* Posts by Emir Al Weeq

41 posts • joined 28 Mar 2020

Ah yes, Sony, that major player in the smartphone space, has a new flagship inbound: The Xperia 5 II

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If there a reason that phone dimensions are expressed as a ratio to 9, ie 16:9, 18:9, 21:9?

The first makes sense to me but shouldn't the other two be 2:1 and 7:3 respectively?

Alibaba wants to get you off the PC upgrade treadmill and into its cloud

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Re: A ''cloud" computer!

That IVR had been misconfigured, it forgot to add, "Due to unexpectedly high call volumes" and " your call is important to us".

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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> the task is complex and quite hard,

Complex, yes. Hard, no: once you know the rules, it's a few lines of awk. There are no overlaps.

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Re: good grief

With the AAA999A and A999AAA formats, Z was only used in Northern Irish plates.

QR-code based contact-tracing app brings 'defining moment' for UK’s 'world beating' test and trace system

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Re: Sounds more like a gimmick.

>Will supermarkets also be having a QR code at the entrance?

And if they do, will anyone bother to scan it? The last time I was in a supermarket nobody was using the free hand sanitiser at the entrance. I stood well back and watched whilst rubbing it into my hands. Some 15-20 people walked past and only one other person used it.

On leaving, the few people ahead of me ignored the sanitiser at the exit too.

Scanning a code takes longer than waving your hand under a dispenser and has uncertain benefit: no one will do it.

Cops called to Singapore golf club after 'wrongdoers' use scripts to book popular timeslots

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Is it hacking?

Is it hacking if I sit on the web page repeatedly clicking Refresh until a slot appears?

Is it hacking if I cut 'n' paste my details from a pre-prepared text file?

Is it hacking if that text file includes all the tabs needed to hop fields so that a single ctrl-v does it all?

Refresh, refresh, refresh, ooh! Ctrl-v

I'm not doing anything that's not expected of a user. I'm just doing it a bit quicker. Is it hacking if I script that?

Google wants to listen in to whatever you get up to in hotel rooms

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No audio is ever stored...

... we just sell the transcripts to all and sundry.

Register Lecture: Can portable atomic clocks end UK dependence on GNSS?

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Re: Interesting

Ok, just re-read the headline: this is about UK dependedence. Ignore me.

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Re: Interesting

Using atomic clocks in cell towers wouldn't work in locations where two or less cells (from different towers) are available. I suspect that's most of the Earth's surface and everywhere at altitude.

You *bang* will never *smash* humiliate me *whack* in front of *clang* the teen computer whizz *crunch* EVER AGAIN

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Re: With great power comes great incompatibility

...and label suitable sockets as "Cleaning staff" or similar. Nobody is in doubt and the newbie tech isn't going to plug a server into a dirty power source.

The Surface Duo isn't such an outlandish idea, but Microsoft has to convince punters the form factor is worth having

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Re: I would have never thought two screens on a mob would be great

Chivo243, you didn't say what OS you were using but I thought running two apps (one above the other) was common on Andriod now.

My old phone (Samsung S7) used to allow multiple apps in windows that could be resized - something I miss, but not enough to make me pay S10 prices.

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo

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Re: "everything, everywhere" trademark

>No-one gets a "everything, everywhere" trademark

What about Everything Everywhere? They had one before changing their name to EE. Probably still own it

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

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Re: Ahh yes the

The trick is to write a business case and make sure that c>s/p where:

c = cost of downtime, make sure you include staff costs whilst they do nothing, reputational damage costs Inc loss of future business, insurance premium rises if applicable etc. Let your imagination run free.

s = cost of spares

p = probability of operational kit going wrong during lifetime of spares.

I wanted to follow this with a reference to the means to calculating (I think it was) R, as used as a measure of the speed of Slartibartfast's car, but don't have my copy of HHGTTG to hand.

Burn baby burn, plastic inferno! Infosec researchers turn 3D printers into self-immolating suicide machines

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Re: Hardware failsafes?

Paper? In a 3D printer?

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

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Other people are joining in the prank?

Oh no!

I've been receiving unsolicited Lamborghinis for the last two weeks. When is it ever going to stop?

Brit unis hit in Blackbaud hack inform students that their data was nicked, which has gone as well as you might expect

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Steve Foster, I came here to make exactly that same point.

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

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Re: Yabbut...

I recently came across a company using the term AI, but when questioned they said it stood for Augmented Insights. A bit underhand, I admit, but I felt it was more accurate. Augmented Inference would work too.

Incredible artifact – or vital component after civilization ends? Rare Nazi Enigma M4 box sells for £350,000

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Re: "Rare Nazi Enigma M4 box"

I see what you did there. Upvoted, but did you mean to add an extra zero to the new price?

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Re: A fine piece of German engineering

Was it security by obscurity?

I thought that having a box in enemy hands was not considered a problem because that enemy wouldn't know the supposedly unbreakable day-codes (keys).

Oh sure, we'll just make a tiny little change in every source file without letting anyone know. What could go wrong?

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Re: Reply All

I've seen a situation where the email came from the "everyone" group, and so even just hitting "reply" as opposed to "reply to all" had the same effect. I did neither and just sat back with the popcorn.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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Re: NEVER put your home address in your GPS!

@Malcolm Weir.

Lift keys from a family leaving car park: they've just started shopping so won't notice for a bit.

Walk around car park pressing keys until you hear the car blip.

Drive to their house courtesy of say-nav. If the house has an alarm, check the keys for an RFID tag. Let yourself in and load stuff into their car.

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Re: New one on me

Upvote for the C&H ref

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Re: Early optical rodents

Yes, it needed to be in the correct orientation. I seem to remember that it worked OK after a 180 degree twist.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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Re: Me too

One pound, four shillings and no pence. That's an expensive book for its time.

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When talking about vehicle economy I have been known to use furlongs/pint just to see how long it takes people to work it out.

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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$stty complete and clear


BBC voice assistant promises to summon streams even if you're just a little bit Brahms and Liszt

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Re: Not 100% convinced

>what's the weather, computer?

I'd prefer the answer, "It's the prevailing atmospheric conditions, but that's not important right now."

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Re: average office

I came here to ask the same question. Also, is that a modern, open-plan office or British Standard lock-down broom cupboard / spare bedroom / kitchen table office?

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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Re: Would never have happened in my day

>FSM is fine

But until we change from first past the post to first pasta post, they don't stand a chance.

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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Your "hamsters" comment reminded me of a message I received recently. It made reference to something unfamiliar that I then wasted a small piece of my life Googling, which turned out to be a fictitious poison (can't remember the word, began with an "i").

I said something unsavory about the developer and made no further attempt to understand the message.

Driveway karaoke singer who wanted to lift lockdown spirits cops council noise complaint

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Re: The Sound of Silence

Chris G. I stumbled across the Disturbed cover by chance couple of days ago and it's become an earworm for me. How odd, never knew it existed then you come along and mention it too.

Service call centres to become wasteland and tumbleweed by 2024

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Re: because Microsoft do not call you.

>While we are jerking them around, they are not victimising some poor sod

My thoughts exactly.

My PC is never on when they call, sometimes it can take nearly 10 minutes to start up*. My typing is not too good either.

*They did say that they had detected it was running slow.

Tesla sued over Tokyo biker's death in 'dozing driver' Autopilot crash

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Re: Took delivery of a Model 3 just yesterday...

>because the cruise is adaptive

But it's not adaptive: the limit had been temporarily reduced and it didn't adapt.

Prank warning: You do know your smart speaker's paired with Spotify over the internet, don't you?

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Re: Spotify declined to make an on-the-record statement...

You could just buy a thermostat with a basic scheduler. No internet needed, no recording devices, you don't even need to be awake.

Hi, Google Duplex here, trying to book a haircut for a socially inept human. Sorry, 'COVID-19'?... DOES NOT COMPUTE

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24hr clock

Let's hope Google also recognises that 24 hour clock is much more common outside the US (esp. rail travel) and that 22.10 is not the same as twenty to ten.

Then again, given the UK rail system, a train due at twenty to ten will probably arrive at 22.10 so it may all work out OK.

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

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Re: Both

So that would be

stationary - meatball

moving - worm

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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Re: Excel hate?

A.P. Veening, re sep=

You've kept that from me all these years! how could you?

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Re: You solved the problem, goodbye

>Different minds

So true, SWMBO is a lawyer who simply doesn't get computers beyond using them for documents and email. I have a lot of tolerance for this because I see her read and understand the kind of document that makes EULAs look like a learning-to-read book yet, for me, when I try to read them they induce a kind of dyslexia that, after one paragraph, turns the rest of the text into meaningless jumble of letters.

My brother, a mechanic, also takes the attitude that if your car doesn't work then you take it to him to fix. He does not expect you to learn the fix or even care how he did it: he recognises that once he's done, you just want to turn the key and drive it. So when his computer doesn't work, he just wants it fixed so that he can metaphorically turn the key and drive it.

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Re: Trying to teach...

Or just new staff being badly taught by their equally badly-taught colleagues.

Child: Mummy, why do you always cut the ends of the the roast before putting it in the oven?

Mum: I don't really know: my mum told me to do it.

Child: Granny, why do you always cut the ends of the the roast before putting it in the oven?

Granny: I don't really know: my mum always did that.

Child: Great-gran, why did you cut the ends of the the roast before putting it in the oven?

Great-gran: Goodness! I hardly remember that. My oven used to be too small to take the whole roast.


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