* Posts by GioCiampa

53 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Mar 2020


Yes, Samsung 'fakes' its smartphone Moon photos – who cares?


Re: Who cares?

And Gromit's footprints!

£2B in UK taxpayer cash later, and still no Emergency Services Network


Re: voted Labour and Remain

"He should stick to football, at least he seems to have some clue about that."

Sue-Ellen... is that you?

Apple's outsourced Lightning cable plant in India goes up in flames


Re: Link?

Have the BOFH and PFY been travelling, perchance?

UK consortium set to bid for £480 million NHS data platform


Re: The real question for me is

Agreed! We do have the expertise in-house, but more often than some fad or other comes along and any such resources are then either underutilised, or dispensed with altogether.

(Disclaimer: I work for the NHS on a prescription system, developed in-house, that has existed in one form or another, and evolved as a result, for 30+ years)

Chipmakers threaten to defect to US, EU if UK doesn't get its semiconductor plans sorted


Re: >Where's the Brexit bonus?

"The other countries just waved them through"

As is their right under international law, where the asylum seekers state where they want to go.

The Twitpocalypse may have begun, as datacenter migration reportedly founders


Re: "Going forward, Twitter will be broadly accepting of different values"

For, presumably, increasingly small values of "broad"...

200MP smartphone and first premium PC spearhead Samsung's pro push


Re: Oh God, the prices...

I baulk at high-end handset prices in general (but, admittedly, Apple and Samsung in particular)

Twitter stiffed us on $2m bill, claim consultants in lawsuit


Re: Twitter Dead Pool

There was someone claiming to be that guy - but it may have been a parody account:


Live Nation CFO on Taylor Swift ticket chaos: Don't blame me, bots made me crazy


They never will - Ticketmaster owns GetMeIn, so why would they prevent themselves getting two bites at the exorbitant fee pie?

For password protection, dump LastPass for open source Bitwarden


Re: ...and not as paranoid as I am.

HIBP doesn't ask for passwords...

Haiku beta 4: BeOS rebuild / almost ready for release / A thing of beauty


Re: You ran it on WinCE and..a..Dreamcast?... Really?..why AC?

Fair enough - I cut my online teeth on Usenet (and later Slashdot), so know exactly what it could be like - I think I was better at ignoring it all back then too (my better three-quarters can tell when someone on, say, Facebook has started to irritate... I'll probably have an aneurysm one of these days!)

That said, while I have posted AC in the past 30 years or so, it's never been that frequent an occurrence that I can recall. Non-zero definitely, but not significantly higher.

Oddly enough - the most recent one I can find is here (dating from July 2019) and is so utterly innocuous, why I did it is a mystery to me. (Odds on the link not making it?)



Re: You ran it on WinCE and..a..Dreamcast?... Really?

So why post AC?

You're expressing your opinion as did badflorist, there's nothing controversial in either post as far as I can see.

No ball in this game - only ever encountered one WinCE device ever, which I found in a drawer at work one day, powered up, played with for a while, then back in the drawer it went - just curiousity. (I think we need a cat icon)

License to launch: UK space regulator gives Virgin Orbit satellites the go-ahead


Re: I'm confused by all this...

Half a (bee) licence, surely...?

You can hook your MIDI keyboard up to a website with Firefox 108


Aghast... how much (RAM)?????

Just checked a little page of mine - essentially a bunch of plain text, and some links to various videos on YouTube:

The HTML file - 5 KB

RAM usage (in Chrome) - 19-20 MB (and this varies in that range over time... why?)

Musk roundly booed on-stage at Dave Chappelle gig


Re: One of the rare times he escaped his own reality bubble recently

"No you're not."

Pot, meet kettle.

Time Lords decree an end to leap seconds before risky attempt to reverse time


Re: TAI = UTC + 37 seconds, am I missing something?

So... we have a claim being made... time to investigate!

My first action when investigating - ask what YOUR source for the claim is, so that I can look at that, decide on its accuracy, then go from there.

What doesn't count is a clichéd statement stating you do "a lot of digging for data" which equates to no more than the "do your own research" bollocks we hear so often - YOU make a claim, YOU back it up! (Especially given that it only requires "grammar school math")

Microsoft tests 'upsells' of its products in Windows 11 sign-out menu


"and was turned off."

Not "removed" I note...

Elon Musk jettisons Twitter leadership, says takeover was 'to try to help humanity'


Re: The taste of schadenfreude

"Censorship is not the way to fix society."

Neither is tolerating intolerance!

Meta approves four programming languages for workers and developers


They'd be better off...

reimplementing the buggy mess that is their app in Brainfuck - probably easier to understand than whatever it is their "infinite monkeys" are producing at the moment...

Amazon to spend $12b on five more datacenters in Oregon


Cost to Amazon...

...or the Oregon taxpayer?

Google releases beta version of Android 13 'Tiramisu'


Other handset manufacturers are available...

Apple's grip on iOS browser engines disallowed under latest draft EU rules


Re: Shiny shiny ...

Apart from the fact that you're wrong... the obvious example being Firefox:

Android - built on Gecko

iOS - built on WebKit

Where's the Google monopoly you claim exists? Yes, Chromium-based browsers form the vast majority of those used on Android and as such may be a de-facto "monopoly" (in the same way Windows is in the non-Apple PC space), but there's nothing to stop anyone from building their own should they want to.

Customer service chatbot sector forecast to be worth $7bn this year


Saves them $935,000...

Costs us our sanity...

Another US president, time for another big Intel factory promise by another CEO


re: "announcing the chip maker's investment of $20bn"

I assume that should read:

"announcing that Ohio has promised us a huge tax relief package, meaning the effective cost to us is minimal"

'Please download in Microsoft Excel': Meet the tech set to monitor IT performance across central UK government


Assuming, of course, that there are enough rows for all the data...


A fifth of England's NHS trusts are mostly paper-based as they grapple with COVID backlog, warn MPs


Re: So much for the Billions already wasted

Perhaps... just perhaps...

...if (successive) "Governments" hadn't wasted inordinate amounts rearranging (usually meaning adding to) the bureaucracy involved in running the NHS, we might have been able to get something workable sorted out. But no... just a giant game of (political) football...

(Disclaimer - I work in a NHS IT department - so have seen the "reorganisations" first-hand)

Another UK government limb that can't get IR35 right: Court service pays taxman £12.5m


Am I understanding this wrong...?

HMRC's Check Employment Status Tool is at fault...

...but HMRC gets to fine those that use it?

Sounds like the Post Office and their broken Horizon system that saw postmasters (wrongly) jailed to me...

Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service


Best viewed...

You could have hidden that behind some kind of "click if you're sure you want to see it" warning!

Three-dozen US states plus DC sue Google over Play Store's revenue cut, payment system, and more


Re: Oh, poor little Google

Ditto 5% (or maybe 10% if we're being generous) for the others also.


Re: re: How is this any different, than say the Apple, Appstore

"iOS runs only on iphones"

Making Apple more of a monopoly? At least Android phones have app store options (including, ironically, Amazon).

If this means that all of them have to take a more reasonable cut of revenue - I'm all for it.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps


Re: All I want to know is...

2. From what I've seen this far... no

Cloudflare launches campaign to ‘end the madness’ of CAPTCHAs


CRyptographic Attestation of Personhood

Hmmm... potentially poor choice of words...?

UK government opens vaccine floodgates to over-45s, NHS website predictably falls over


I too got a text for my first jab - though I'll confess I did wonder if it was genuine for a while...

...the day after the jab I got the email inviting me to book my first jab!

Left hand, right hand...

This developer created the fake programming language MOVA to catch out naughty recruiters, résumé padders


Re: Not so much Paper Towns as Paper Tools

Ah yes, the joys of explaining that creating an export to migrate data from a soon-to-be-decommissioned system (essentially a giant set of CSV files) does not make me an expert in the recipient system...

Samsung Galaxy S21: Lots of little downgrades, but this phone is more than the sum of its parts


Re: Well worth it?

" the difference in price is a few quid a week"

If you like being shackled to a contract, maybe... I gave up on that years ago, so get a new phone when I want one...

Judge denies Parler an injunction to force AWS to host the antisocial network for internet outcasts


Re: Given their style and history

"Neanderthals all."

4% true, if I recall the common DNA figure correctly...

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Trump ban means the service has failed


Re: "a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation"

"Good luck picking the good from the bad with these sort of stats"

They sure picked up on the account that basically repeated every Trump tweet pretty quickly ... less than a week before it got shut down?

Leave.EU takes back control – and shifts its domain name to be inside the European Union



Should be a leaver campaign group, surely...?

'Following the science' rhetoric led to delay to UK COVID-19 lockdown, face mask rules


Re: The Institute for Government, a bunch of non-scientists

"Weren't there scientists calling for the first lockdown to start weeks before politicians decided to put it in place?"

Exactly my point!


The Institute for Government, a bunch of non-scientists

Fixed that for you...

...meanwhile "following the science" was just an excuse to blame others for their own shortcomings when they blatantly did anything but!

COVID-19 tracing without an app? There's an iOS and Android update for that


Re: UK IS testing app based upon the Google & Apple system...

They spaffed a load of cash in the direction of one of Dom's mates - who failed to deliver - so had to go the the Apple/Google solution... which will probably come out of testing just as the pandemic is deemed to be finished...


...or the (open source) German one...

In the frame with the Great MS Bakeoff: Microsoft sets out plans for Windows windows


Re: What about what shows on screen?

"Up until Win 7 there was enough customization possible to maintain a pretty good emulation of Win2000"

Which is the first thing I did on every Windows box I had to use ... turn off all the (irrelevant) shiny and let the processor(s) handle the workload I was throwing at it.

(This stopped, of course, when work migrated us all to Win10)

Google, Amazon pass on UK Digital Services Tax by hiking ad prices, fees at same rate the government takes


"Allowing Google to pay only 2.73% tax on £1.6Bn revenue."

That's how we get taxed (in good old PAYE-land) - the idealist in me would like corporations to be taxed that way too... but their pockets are deep so we get shafted, and they get their accountants to reduce their "profits" by as much as they can...

India's telecoms given ten years to pay $22bn in back taxes they've already disputed for a decade


Re: Given my experience with Vodaphone....

I assume they'll take the taxman out for a nice meal or two... worked here after all...

Last chance to grab a Pixel 3A off Google's UK store with 4A successor around the corner


Re: Apple product support

3 years? Samsung?

The last one I bought was obsolete within 6 months... (S3 mini)

GitHub to replace master with main across its services


"When going around labelling innocent people as a "problem", you need to take a long hard look in the mirror, then decide if you are also, part of the problem."

I have, and I am, to my discredit... what I do about that I have yet to figure out (no doubt I'll get accused of virtue signalling now)

Will you now reverse your own stated "I had never given it a moment's thought" position similarly?

"Society has reached a stage, where far-left-wing identity politics is almost as toxic as the far-right equivalent."

Nothing to do with "left" or "right" - it's simple common decency


"I had never given it a moment's thought"

...and therein lies the problem...

US Air Force wants to pit AI-powered drone against its dogfighting hotshots in battle of the skies next year


Re: Which aircraft will the meat pilot use?

I'll wager the A-10 won it too...

When open source isn't enough: Fancy a de-Googled Chromium? How about some Microsoft-free VS Code?


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