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* Posts by viscount

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Accenture in doghouse after NHSmail mass outage cuts off 1m+ UK health staff

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"Accenture is reportedly facing major financial penalties"

I seriously doubt that.

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SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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I'm on board with most of it but this could be a challenge:

"Be not drowsy."

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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I am always impressed with how loud and distracting a "silent" vibrate mode can be when a phone is on a table or desk.

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GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's

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Re: Google is headed for a Republican beatdown

You misunderstand the GOP mindset. The GOP is always in favour of _big_ business, regardless of domain and political view. So for example, conservatives rail against the Hollywood libs, but GOP administrations will always do everything they can to protect their IP at home and abroad.

This may seem contradictory. It is not as long as you understand the first principle of the GOP is to support big business. The actual business is of secondary importance. So expect Google to get a very easy ride indeed.

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Plusnet customers peeped others' deets during system upgrade

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As a Plusnet customer: I laugh at the idea that a hacker can make sense of my bills. I can't.

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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"Dressed in mismatched jacket and trousers".

If El Reg is now the fashion police I have a lot of crimes to report from those around me.

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Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

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"The returns procedure is notorious."

That's surprising - I may have been lucky but when my Pixel broke I called Google and had a new phone the next day.

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Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

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TLA

Honest (rather than sarcastic question): does anyone think that some arm of Uncle Sam did not know about such a vulnerability when there were so many US companies working on fixing it?

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On Android, US antitrust can go where nervous EU fears to tread

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This article posits that a pro-corporate Republican administration will suddenly come down on big tech. That is a basic misread of America.

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Tim? Larry? We need to talk about smartphones and privacy

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If I was Quartz I would quickly write that story.

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Ex-US pres Bill Clinton has written a cyber-attack pulp thriller. With James Patterson. Really

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Okay, I have not read the book but how does POTUS possibly go "undercover"?

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Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Most likely random personnel on the Chinese base have some laser pointers and feel like annoying some Americans.

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."

"Not you hit F1, and an almost random page opens in a browser with very little, if any, useful information."

This. I remember when MS help was awesome - full, clear and context sensitive in Excel for example. Now you get random links to websites that often don't exist anymore, along with lots of worse than useless "community content".

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Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches

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Re: Pistachio

If it's not Pecan Pie I'm switching to Apple.

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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"If you think it should be legal to refuse to identify yourself to a representative of the law..."

Well, yes it is legal (and should remain so). What is your argument for changing that situation?

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Laser sauce, cheat code, jam seshs: The Waymo vs Uber trial kicks off

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'He will "take the fifth"'

This is civil case, so taking the fifth means he is avoiding incriminating himself and preventing a future criminal action. In a civil case the jury are allowed to take an adverse view of that action, so he could blow Uber out of the water.

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Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

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Courtesy of a graphic design colleague:

Q: 'How many graphic designers does it take to change a lightbulb?'

A: Graphic designer: 'None! I'm not changing a f****ing thing'

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Re: "shaft gland packing"

More like the Navy Lark with Leslie Philips:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Navy_Lark

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Re: "shaft gland packing"

Is it the HMS Double Entendre?

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Netflix mulls using AI to craft personalized movie trailers for viewers

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I use Netflix and if they are using AI I wish they would use it to improve recommendations. They have some odd ideas about what I might like.

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Whilst I agree with much of the article, Google support has been good to me. I bought a Pixel 1, it went wrong and Google had a new phone to me in about two days. The operation seemed very slick, and it's a very good phone with frequent updates.

No view on the Pixel 2 though.

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Google Play Protect is 'dead last' at fingering malware on Android

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Re: Ahn Lab coming first ...

Do you also think the aardvark is the best animal?

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OpenAI bot bursts into the ring, humiliates top Dota 2 pro gamer in 'scary' one-on-one bout

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That's not a knife.

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Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?

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The vast majority of users do not currently use ad-blockers. So this is a smart move by Google. They are hoping to head of the growth of the blockers by stripping out the massively irritating ads but leaving the fairly innocuous ones. That is where Google started remember - small simple ads on search results.

It may or may not work, but its an interesting move to try it, especially for mobile.

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TfL, WTH is my bus? London, UK, looks up from its mobile

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A great service

If you had asked me a year ago whether visibility of what buses were arriving where and when would be helpful, I probably would have been lukewarm.

However, having recently consumed the service via mobile apps it is genuinely useful because you can decide which bus to take from which stop, or whether to walk or get a tube. It sounds trivial but for a city the size of London it's a big deal: there are so many bus users and each gets a little bit of benefit.

Good work TfL.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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I think it depends on which point the paper was in its distribution. The fact that is handed out "free" eventually does not mean that the owner does not have rights to the stock in the vans, warehouses etc. It's a bit like if I decide to hand out free Snickers for a promotion that does not give you the right to make off with my whole stock from the warehouse.

If on the other hand the papers were taken when they were just left out for people to pick up then it could be an interesting legal case.

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Uber culture colonic cleanses CEO Kalanick

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I just read the actual board report summary and it is remarkable how few of the recommendations relate to the original (very serious) problems that Fowler highlighted when she left.

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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No idea on the product, but the "Workstation" brand sounds like a genuinely good idea and will bring back some fond memories of NT for the old timers.

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Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

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No such thing as bad publicity?

The recent Jenner Pepsi ad was widely mocked, but subsequent surveys have shown that, despite the "bad" publicity, perceptions of Pepsi's improved amongst those who watched it and saw the reactions. Private Eye was my reference but this story is similar:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/pepsi-ad-kendall-jenner-protest-police-commercial-backlash-prefer-brand-survey-morning-consult-a7682126.html

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Kill Google AMP before it kills the web

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I agree this is not a well-reasoned article but more of a rant. The point about losing branding is just plain wrong.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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I assume the robot is the one on the left of the photograph, in which case it is very impressive indeed.

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FCC: Take your spam and shove it, slacktivists!

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Nominal charge?

A $ 0.10 fee to submit a response would seem to fit the bill here - only people who can be bothered to get out a credit card, and therefore verify themselves in the process, would be able to submit the form.

Give the money to charity to make it clear it is not intended as a fee.

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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I have come to regard Uber in the same way as I view Peter Mandelson: I don't agree with him much but I am both impressed and entertained by what he gets away with.

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"... the unique fingerprinting persisted even after the phone was erased"

Seriously what does that even mean?

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Lack of apology

Despite the various excuses, I note the absence of an actual apology to a paying customer for cutting him off. Red flag for a company right there.

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Face down in a Shoreditch gutter: Attack of the kickstarting hipster

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Okay it is _essential_ to watch the Hushme video just to hear the pronunciation of the work "phone" 20 seconds in. It's got to be a Mitchell and Webb sketch.

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

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Out of interest, does anyone know why such a person/case would by anonymous? The ICO documents are redacted, but why is that necessary or helpful?

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1.37bn records from somewhere to leak on Monday

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But seriously, it's obviously Yahoo.

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Is that cliff really small or just far away?

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: A few iPlayer improvement suggestions

"cross device bookmark functionality"

It's already there when you login, and works very well.

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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Nate Silver was not wrong

Firstly, Silver is not a pollster, he is a forecaster and he uses polls as input. Blaming him for bad polling is pointless.

Secondly, I followed 538 (Nate Silver) during the election and it was very clear that he and his organization gave Trump a substantial chance of winning (about 30% on election day) and with articles that reinforced that it was an outcome that could easily occur. A 30% chance is a substantial probability, so all those who were "shocked" at the result cannot possibly blame 538.

The media who were taken by surprise have only themselves to blame, not polls or forecasters.

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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Re: This.

Private Eye is good for an alternative view, and (as you mention), the Economist, although between Trump and Brexit even that is now a bit of big whinging pile at the moment.

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Not using Facebook much, I was surprised by the commotion about "fake news". Given how well Facebook can suppress pornography, breast-feeding etc I am surprised they cannot solve the problem in a similar crowd-sourced way, which leads me to conclude that the numbers involved probably all that significant anyway.

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I have noticed that on Trump and Brexit most "reputable" news outlets seem unable to string a coherent article together. Each article is actually a diatribe with a tiny leavening of facts and original reporting. It gets a little tiring when you actually want to read some news.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Is this Peak Apple?

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Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

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David MacKay

+1 for the late David MacKay's "Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air", available as a real book or to read for free at:

https://www.withouthotair.com/

It shows how a future low carbon UK might work with real science and numbers. Great stuff.

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

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Phone contacts

Does this mean that WhatsApp also harvest a phone's contacts and sends that to the Facebook mothership too?

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

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Re: Ever increasing hardware demands

The Nexus 5 is not eligible for update, sadly.

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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"Pentest estimates that the app has been installed on more devices than WhatsApp"

Surely not?

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