* Posts by Phil Kingston

682 posts • joined 10 Jan 2008


We have bad news for non-US Microsoft fans: The incoming Surface Duo is underspecced, overpriced, and over there

Phil Kingston

Re: Battery capacity for starters

I reckon a couple of extra mm thickness and ram a bigger battery in might have been a better option. Claimed 27 hour battery life, so probably 12 in real world. Yeah, nah, i'll pass.

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music

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Re: Disabled person

Upload the tracks in YouTube music, change the default music source to YouTube Music in the Google Home app and her Home Mini will default to that.

Microsoft confirms pursuit of TikTok after Satya Nadella chats to Donald Trump

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Today Trump talks tremendous tik tok takeover

Butterfingers who don't bother with phone cases, rejoice: New Gorilla Glass 'Victus' tipped to survive 6ft drops

Phil Kingston

Re: £5 buys you ...

They're good, but can't get one (cheaply) that fits curved-edge screens. You know, the curved edges no one asked for but Sammy gave us because they could.

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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Your use of an exclamation mark, Mark has sent me into an anxious panic. Cease.

Phil Kingston

Yeah, good luck going through all code, manuals, KBs, training materials etc and changing those.

An email banning our staff from using TikTok? Haha, funny story about that, we didn't mean it – Amazon

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Re: Faceless evil

I suspect they spend too much time dismantling SuperMicro mainboards looking for those secret chips to worry about such things.

Hundreds of forgotten corners of mega-corp websites fall into the hands of spammers and malware slingers

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Re: Xerox

Not sure it's as black and white as that

University of California San Francisco pays ransomware gang $1.14m as BBC publishes 'dark web negotiations'

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Re: So, nothing important was encrypted

To management, DR only becomes important once you've had the D

What's the Arm? First Apple laptop to ditch Intel will be 13.3" MacBook Pro, proclaims reliable soothsayer

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Re: And now it gets interesting

3) To control their supply chain

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up

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Re: Does this mean...

Are you the reason I have to keep using net start spooler?

845GB of racy dating app records exposed to entire internet via leaky AWS buckets

Phil Kingston

Re: Herpes Dating?

Well he certainly had an Illustrious career

Not just its VCS console that's MIA, Atari is a no-show in court, too: Reborn biz ignores hardware architect's lawsuit over unpaid wages

Phil Kingston

Re: Atari?

Pretty much, yes.

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

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Re: Petty or Pedant?

"Duck take is called this because it is made with a cloth (duck) backing."

If only you'd typed tape correctly

Papa don't breach: Contracts, personal info on Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John, others swiped in celeb law firm 'hack'

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They're fecked then

We beg, implore and beseech thee. Stop reusing the same damn password everywhere

Phil Kingston

Re: In other news....

You've probably exceeded the policy's remembered password count, so can just cycle it back round to Password1! again and you're golden.

Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and cloud-based IoT gear bricked by vendors. Looking at you, Belkin

Phil Kingston

Re: Returns?

They're insisting on a receipt though.

Phil Kingston


Why would they insist on returning them? Pure spite? They got a plan for them? Or worried about falling foul of some environmental disposal law directly caused by their own bricking fuckwittery?

Bad news: Cognizant hit by ransomware gang. Worse: It's Maze, which leaks victims' data online after non-payment

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They are never going to financially recover from this

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

Phil Kingston

Re: Crooks will use this to play on people's worries

>My phone would simply be sending daily amber and red warnings for the contacts I'd have.

That would be the point

Phil Kingston

Re: Good for data-less phone plans

Curious.... why do you not use cellular data?

Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there

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Re: Only one sneeze away...

As an extra step towards that, we're also using police drones here in WA to disperse "crowds". Equipped with lights, sirens and a PA this is a scary path to go down. As someone commented, "we shouldn't think for a minute that the police will pack up their new shiny toys when all this is over".

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm

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Re: Read Receipt

Read receipts really get my goat. That and "High Priority" flags. Thanks, but *I'll* decide if it's High Priority for me.

Phil Kingston

Time to mention their own NoReplyAll Outlook Add-on I guess.

But yes, I'd be mashing that ReplyAll button too.

Stuck at home? Need something to keep busy with? Microsoft has 115 ideas – including an awful SMBv3 security hole to worry about

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>offerings from the multimedia giant are all free of major security flaws this month

Some way to go yet

Morrisons puts non-essential tech changes on ice as panic-stricken shoppers strip stores

Phil Kingston

Re: "throughput of goods is in excess of the usual Christmas peak"

You've obviously not seen the state of the stores in Australia then. They've been stripped bare of various items (bog roll, flour, beans, noodles) with fights, people raiding pallets as they're delivered and all sorts of other bizarre behaviour.

You'll get your money – when this bank has upgraded Windows 7... or bought extended support

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Re: Just a question

Reminds me of the guy who had repeated issues with his local ATM so duct-taped a fish to it in order to make a technician attend. Less destruction, same result.

Bloodhound gang handles the pan again to get back to Hakskeenpan

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So they're ripping out the jet and putting a rocket in? Not an engineer, but that strikes me as a substantial piece of work. And to be honest I don't think the public are as excited about shiny things going fast as they used to be.

Our 'solution is killing us in a number of areas' IBM said about doomed £175m Co-Op Insurance project

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Oh no no no no no

Never thought we'd write this headline: Under Siege Steven Seagal is not Above The Law, must fork out $314,000 after boosting crypto-coin biz

Phil Kingston

>resides in Moscow, will make two separate payments of $157,000

Something tells me they're going to have send Chuck Norris over to actually extract those payments.

Firefox now defaults to DNS-over-HTTPS for US netizens and some are dischuffed about this

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So what....

do Cloudflare get out of this? I mean they have to be monetising it somehow. Is aggregated browsing data valuable enough to advertisers for it to be worth Cloudflare providing the service?

This is your last chance, HP. There's no turning back. You take blue poison pill, the story ends. You take the red Xerox pill, you stay in Wonderland

Phil Kingston

Re: No winners here except the banks

and lawyers. lawyers are always winners

Instagram influencer fools followers into thinking Ikea photoshoot was Bali holiday

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Almost worth wishing she'd get corona-quarantined.

Mi first! Latest Xiaomi flagship storms DxOMark rankings with quartet of powerful cameras

Phil Kingston

Re: tat bazaar

It's probably quicker to list the things Xiaomi *don't* make. That's what's being referred to. Author maybe got out more than you realise.

Netgear's routerlogin.com HTTPS cert snafu now has a live proof of concept

Phil Kingston
Black Helicopters

Re: OpenWRT

>And I don't allow admin connections from the WAN

You think you don't, but the spooks are in there.

Fake docs rock real docs: Ex-Wall St guy accused of conning medics out of £27m for bogus cryptocurrency fund using faked paperwork

Phil Kingston

Re: Not to blame the victims but...

And offering 15% per month via Facebook takes balls.

Tens of millions of biz Dell PCs smacked by privilege-escalation bug in bundled troubleshooting tool

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Re: Remind me again:

Small operations won't have the IT skills/resources/cash/desire to bother with de-bloating lappies before handing them out.

Who's got the WD-40? Owners of Motorola's rebooted Razr whinge about creaky hinge

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Re: I have no idea.

It's only silly while it's 1st-gen.

The smart folk are waiting for the next model (if indeed there is to be one).

Flipping heck: Footage leaks of Samsung's upcoming bendy smartphone in action

Phil Kingston

Can save you the hassle - 15 seconds of someone opening a clamshell phone and shutting it again.

Brits may still be struck by Lightning, but EU lawmakers vote for bloc-wide common charging rules

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is the future

WindiLeaks: 250 million Microsoft customer support records dating back to 2005 exposed to open internet

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Re: Another day

Not really a hack though if they just leave stuff out there in public.

Me putting my unencrypted hard disk full of plain text full names, DOB's, credit card details etc in my coat ready to be left on the train on my homebound commute.

South American nations open fire on ICANN for 'illegal and unjust' sale of .amazon to zillionaire Jeff Bezos

Phil Kingston

Seems like...

...an utter waste of time for all parties involved

Who says HMRC hasn't got a sense of humour? Er, 65 million Brits

Phil Kingston

Re: Sausage and Chips

Curry sauce or GTFO

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?

Phil Kingston

I imagine Apple will just go fully port-less and thumb their nose at the EU. I can't see there's a need for any ports these days (yes, cue the "but mah doggles" crowd).

Load of Big Green for Microsoft: Lloyds Banking Group inks company-wide Managed Desktop deal

Phil Kingston

Re: Spot on

I'd put money, and issue a receipt, if in-branch transactions actually suffer a lower screw-up rate than online ones.

Huawei invites app developers to board the HMS Core to grab their pieces of eight

Phil Kingston

If there's one thing history has taught us it's that you can never have too many fart apps.

Dixons fined £500,000 by ICO for crap security that exposed 5.6 million customers' payment cards

Phil Kingston

If you fancy a giggle, try being an overseas resident with no UK address for 10 years and trying to buy a UK mobile plan whilst on a visit.

Phil Kingston

Appealing it? They really should just suck it up, invest in a new CIO and move on.

Is it a make-up mirror? Is it a tiny frisbee? No, it's the bonkers Cyrcle Phone, with its TWO headphone jacks

Phil Kingston


So it'll be hitting the market just as the latest Bluetooth spec that allows tangle-free audio output to more than one set of headphones?

I don't want to go on the cart! Windows 10 Mobile hauls itself from the grave one last time

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Still the best phone UI out there. And reasonably-well replicated in Launcher 10 if anyone's moving to Android and fancies it.



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