* Posts by MarkTriumphant

60 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Dec 2019


Government by Gmail catches up with UK minister... who is reappointed anyway


Re: has a political identity that is self-described as "anti-woke"

That's not the bit of Rishi Sunak or Suella Braverman that makes me question why they are in charge. Or any of the other people currently making the attempt to run the country.

UK facing electricity supply woes after nuclear power stations shut, MPs told


Re: Hmmm.

Yes, because that would not be "handled correctly". You are arguing using a straw man. Please don't.

Too bad, contractors: UK government reverses decision to axe IR35 tax reform


Re: Screw them

My only worry on that is that Starmer has said that he is not going to push it forward.

US accident investigators want alcohol breathalyzers in all new vehicles


Re: Regarding touch testing

Of course you can - I know of at least one stroke victim who has a door-knob type of addition to the steering wheel, specifically so that it can be easily controlled with one hand.

Firefox 105 is here, and it's faster and more memory-frugal


Re: Vertical Tabs

Why would anyone move *to* Chrome? Google are not making it better, they are making it worse.

Japan makes online insults a crime that can earn a year in jail


Re: I approve

Which sort of proves the point. Freedom of speech means that the government should not regulate it. Responses from others are fine, but I'm uncomfortable with the though of the government have full control of speech.

Clearview AI fined millions in the UK: No 'lawful reason' to collect Brits' images


Re: Public images.

None of which says that you can't do it. What it says is that some companies need signed releases. Not all do, though.

Reg reader rages over Virgin Media's email password policy


Re: Smug mode off

This confuses me - I have just logged on with my non-Virgin email address. What am I not understanding? As an extra, I have never used my Virgin email address, as I rent my own domain.

UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok


And even geo-fencing won't work. My SO works for a foreign company, and their connection in the UK makes them look as if they are elsewhere in the world when online. This was also true when I worked for a phone company.

Court of Appeal ruling offers hope for UK umbrella firm workers chasing holiday pay


Re: Lies

Surely anything actually paid to the contractor from their company is taxed as normal?

COVID-19 was a generational opportunity for change at work – and corporate blew it


> We've gone from five days in the office to three – yet those work-from-home days always seem to be Mondays and Fridays.

On the other hand, our company said that Monday and Friday were not, in general, to be WFH. Probably because they perceived it as adding to the weekend.

A time when cabling was not so much 'structured' than 'survival of the fittest'


Re: Was there no conduit?

Unless they've changed wildly in the last 9 years, I thought that home stuff did not have to be run in metal conduits - lots of plastic options. Thus the restriction on cable placement. Isn't that so any more?


Re: Was there no conduit?

I suspect the person that you replied to is talking about Wiring Regs for home use.

UK watchdog's punishment for Blackbaud, Easyjet, other big privacy lawbreakers was slap on the wrist in private


Re: an implausible £18bn in damages

Although that would then place the responsibility on the Home Office, and I'm not sure I trust them at all. I like just having to deal with them every ten years, rather than every journey.

Sweden asks EU to ban Bitcoin mining because while hydroelectric power is cheap, they need it for other stuff


Re: Off topic: Heat Pumps vs Gas Boilers

Because we already have radiators, and don't have air vents throughout the house. Retro-fitting would be relatively expensive, disruptive, and difficult.

Unvaccinated and working at Apple? Prepare for COVID-19 testing 'every time' you step in the office


Assuming, of course, that you know whether they are vaccinated.

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids


Facebook has done research into the best way to keep people scrolling down, to keep seeing more adverts. If that is not fostering addiction, I don't know what is.

Canon makes 'all-in-one' printers that refuse to scan when out of ink, lawsuit claims


Traveller must be doing well, as Mongoose Publishing continually produce new content for it. It's not bad stuff, either.


Re: No print? No buy.

For printing photographs? Laser printers don't really do good enough colour for that sort of thing.

Reg scribe spends week being watched by government Bluetooth wristband, emerges to more surveillance


Re: I'll be tracked almost everywhere I go...

I'd love to know where you got this information from - the Zoe research bods have said that immunity from having the jab after having COVID is much better than that from just having COVID.

Judge in UK rules Amazon Ring doorbell audio recordings breach data protection laws


Re: Surely they have to go shopping?

It is OK to have view of public property, but other peoples' property is off limits.

Electric car makers ready to jump into battery recycling amid stuttering supply chains


Re: The pros and cons with the carmaker recycling the batteries

My assumption was that the battery would be recycled, not the whole car.

Intel's €80bn European chip plant investment plan not bound for UK because Brexit


Re: @Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells

> How many died waiting for the EU to actually place orders and get some vaccine and how many saved when the members abandoned the EU pact and bought their own?

Which does somewhat prove the point that we could have done exactly what we did, but within the EU.

Senators urge US trade watchdog to look into whether Tesla may just be over-egging its Autopilot, FSD pudding


Re: Tesla seems to be protected

Upvoted for mentioning Fully Charged, which I was not aware of, and can get to quite easily. Thanks.

Electrocution? All part of the service, sir!


I worked with an Icelandic Thor while at a non-Scandinavian phone company.

How to keep your enterprise up to date by deploying the very latest malware


Re: This is one of those things...

Questionable Content is a fine web comic. Defintely safe for work.

Happy 'Freedom Day': Stats suggest many in England don't want it or think it's a terrible idea


Re: I have some sympathy for Boris

It is perfectly reasonable - Corbyn stopped being relevant more than a year ago, so bringing him up is very-much pointless.

Cyberlaw experts: Take back control. No, we're not talking about Brexit. It's Automated Lane Keeping Systems


Re: "restricted to motorways and to speeds of 37mph"

Although I like the idea, it has the problem that the road then becomes effectively their property, giving them the power to choose who goes on it. It does not seem a good idea to give them even more power/money.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Sub-$600 midranger makes premium phones feel frivolous


Re: Decoy

Which company makes phones in a place that you approve of?

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page


Re: How to tell if you're stupid.

For that case, the police should be informed. If they are not illegal, they should be left alone, not published on the internet.

Finance Bill amendments to curb umbrella company malpractice fail to get traction in UK Parliament


Re: Contractors do not have to use unscrupulous umbrella companies

The major car manufacturing company that my SO works for has selected which umbrella companies will be dealt with, so my SO has that limited choice as to which umbrella they use. They cannot be the only company operating in this way.

Activist millionaires protest outside Jeff Bezos' homes to support tax rises for the rich


Re: the rich being richer than them.

I would be happy to pay more in tax (to a degree). What I would not be happy with is paying more than people in a similar position to myself. I already donate to charities, but taxation should be rigorously formal.

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now


Re: PDF ?

That does not appear to be completable online - unless I have missed something, have to print it, and then scan it.

Philanthropist and ex-Microsoft manager Melinda Gates and her husband Bill split after 27 years of marriage


Re: Giving away money

My mother had it, and me not having it is a definite improvement.

Nominet ignores advice, rejects serious change despite losing CEO, chair, half its board in membership vote


Re: Is this an April Fool?

Given that thy are 8 hours behind BST, and so 7 hours behind UTC, that is still before midnight. Seems like the perfect time to post. Mind you, years of Reddit may have corrupted my time-awareness.

Samsung spruiks Galaxy Buds Pro performance as comparable to hearing aids


Re: Use an app ?

May I ask what app you use - I have been looking for something like this specifically for when wearing my motorcycle helmet.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s


Re: Smoking

Even worse, JAT (the Yugoslav airline) separated smoking and non-smoking to left and right of the aisle. It was not fun flying to visit my fiancee.

Palantir and UK policy: Public health, public IT, and – say it with me – open public contracts


Re: Nope, COVID-19 is not a catch-all excuse for backdoor deals

How does it produce *less* proportional results?

Scotch eggs ascend to the 'substantial meal' pantheon as means to pop to pub for a pint during pernicious pandemic


Re: It's all bollocks

Surely "Me first" is Neutral Evil?

On the 11th day of Christmas TalkTalk took from me... the email address of my company


Re: F****** Autofill

I was so pissed off when they stopped supporting *.demon.co.uk - I had been using it since dial-up, and it was such a faff to change everything over. At least I now have a "domain of my own", so it shouldn't happen again.

HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges


Re: Dictionary

I've had one for about a year, and I am halfway through the colour tanks, and about 3/4 through black. Certainly for home use, it has been much cheaper than my previous Kodak printer.

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it


Re: The Truth?

But Ford was Nixon's Vice President. Fortunately, Biden is not Trump's VP. I just hope that they don't go the same route of "healing" the nation as they did with Nixon. Trump should be punished, just to deter the next one.

Institute of Directors survey says most bosses expect no mass return to the office if COVID-19 crisis ever ends


Re: Not suprising

"a spoon that had just been dunked in near boiling water needed to be thoroughly soaked in detergent. The residue of which will make tea taste funny."

You're not wrong, although the obvious solution to the taste is to rinse it after washing. Why do so many people not do that?

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide


Re: However

Airline pilots have the advantage that there are not many pedestrians (or other road users) moving around at 30,000 feet.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway


Many of us here *are* boomers, and that does not mean that we disagree with you. Please don't use that, as it puts me in the same box as disgustedoftunbridgewells, which I think would be shit.

UK police's face recognition tech breaks human rights laws. Outlaw it, civil rights group urges Court of Appeal


Re: What's a "Human Right"?

I think they are supposed to be human-readable, too.

An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher


Re: Planned or accident

Absolutely true. Land Rover want £260 to update the maps on my Freelander.

Better late than never... Google Chrome to kill off 'tiny' number of mobile web ads that gobble battery, CPU power


Re: I'll stick to firefox thanks

1) So don't use it. I don't.

2) Fairy Nuff, although I like it.

3) Why would you want to do that? However, if that's what you want, I can't disagree.

4) So use Alt-V-Z-A. Sadly these things change. It's not particularly difficult, though.

We're not Finnished yet: Nokia chalks up €200m sales hit to 'COVID-19 issues'


"slumped 6 per cent, from roughly €5bn to just over €4bn"

That looks rather more than 6 percent. Isn't it more akin to 20%?