* Posts by Mark Jan

190 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jan 2008


Vivaldi browser to perform a symphony of ad and tracker blocking with version 3.0

Mark Jan

Clear Data on Exit?

I've used Vivaldi on desktop for ages and Opera on mobile. Just downloaded Vivaldi Android but the one thing that seems to be immediately missing is the great Opera feature of being able to delete all stored data on exit.

S20 Ultra 5G: Samsung unfurls Galaxy flagship with bonkers 108MP cam, 6.9-inch display

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Re: 108 Mpixels in a phone?

The Nokia 808 unveiled at MWC 8 years ago had arguably comparable, if not better camera tech, albeit in a single lens design. It's a shame Nokia ripped itself apart...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

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About Time

About time we had a politician who could stand up and deliver on what the (albeit slim) majority of people voted for.

If we stayed in the EU the country would do OK.

Once removed from the shackles of the protectionist organisation that is the EU, we'll thrive.

Well done Boris to hopefully finally deliver on the will of the people.

Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

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The only real tool here is Mark Zuckerberg...

The only real tool here is Mark Zuckerberg...

I disagree. Mark Z isn't the tool, the users of facebook are. Each and everyone of you / them.

Water you can't live without, oxygen similarly, facebook you can

For years and years, friends have told me I must have facebook otherwise I wouldn't know what was going on. And despite being told I'd be a social outcast for not having a facebook account, I wasn't one and I did know what was going on - my friends simply let me know in other ways - usually by picking up the phone or dropping me an email.

I simply couldn't see much of a point in facebook, unless perhaps facebook paid me. But even then, I'm not sure I'd sell all my private data, yet here are millions of people simply giving it all up for free.

We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: Just Close Your Facebook Accounts

Our democratic process has been perverted. That affects all of us, not just those with a Facebook account.

Really? Perverted? People were sent "targeted ads" based on previous responses. Campaign leaflets are regularly posted through letterboxes during election campaigns. Marginal seats are particularly targeted and individuals targeted specifically based on previous phone, canvassing etc campaigns. How is this different?

You can always choose a different newspaper. You can always choose to watch a different news channel. You can always choose to ignore political doorstep canvassers and you can certainly always close your facebook account.

Mark Jan

Just Close Your Facebook Accounts

I just don't get the complaints from people or more recently MPs.

You, everyone who has a facebook account are the product, or at least the biggest chunk of it.

That's the price for being "free".

So, just don't use or have a facebook account. Your life will be more fulfilled.

It's pretty simple really.

Facebook needs you more than you need facebook.

And StartPage, duckduckgo etc are also easily substituted for Google.

You can Ring my bell: Amazon pays ONE BEEEEELLION+ dollars for smart home upstart

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That was enough for Amazon to realize it needed to move fast on smart cameras, smart doorbells and smart security systems. And there was only one company doing it all that was available to buy: Ring.

What about Netatmo?

How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Re: Want one!

I still use a Psion 3a daily and have almost 20 years of data on it.

It's just a beautifully engineered machine with the only weal link being the hinges, which do need looking after. I actually emailed Planet a while ago whether they'd consider developing an app to port everything from a Psion to the Gemini. I would imagine that people like me still using Psions on an almost daily basis are now, a pretty limited market and perhaps not worth the effort...

Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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Re: I'd happily own a phone

I think what most people have described is the new LG V30.

Pretty crappy front facing camera but fantastic dual cameras on the rear including class leading 4K video.

And LG have kept the 3.5mm headphone jack and mated the audio with MQA streaming and a Quad DAC. Face ID that actually works as well as a fingerprint sensor placed in a sensible place on the rear of the phone, unlike the S8.

Hello, Dixons Carphone? Yep, we're ringing from a 2015 handset. Profits down 60%, eh?

Mark Jan

Re: Worst company ever

Fortunately my exchanges with them were by email so it'll be easy to take them to court.

You don't need to.

If it is over £100 and you paid by credit card it is subject to a credit agreement. Al you need to do is phone the customer services for your credit card provider, tell them that under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act you're holding them "jointly and severally liable" for the absence of phone and you're either not paying that element of your credit card bill, or if you've already paid it, you want them to refund it.

I know, but where would the fun be in that?!

Mark Jan

Re: Worst company ever

I had an online order cancelled within 24 hours.

Rather than an immediate refund to my credit card I had to chase them up repeatedly and they responded by saying that they'd opened up an account for me and the funds were in that account! They further stated that I could purchase something else in store or online or have the funds refunded. I then had to phone up India and give my credit card details for the refund to be processed. This was over a month ago and still no refund. Fortunately my exchanges with them were by email so it'll be easy to take them to court.

In the meantime I bought the same mobile from Hong Kong with a £150 saving, double (128GB) memory and full UK spec, plug etc. Placed the order Monday evening, phone delivered Wednesday morning. If a company in Hong Kong can offer such service, why can't a UK company do the same?

My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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Re: Thriller

Not really. By the time Elop arrived the Finn's had already trashed the place and shat on the carpet.

No. The Finns had certainly begun to trash the place, but it was Elop who pissed all over them and then shat on the carpet, before setting fire to the building. But the Nokia party was good while it lasted.

EU's tech giant tax plan moves forward

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EU - making it up as they go along

If companies such as Apple, Google et al in all good faith and with a duty to their shareholders to take advantage of all legal systems present in the EU to minimise their tax payments, however "unfair" that may seem to the rest of us, then it isn't those companies at fault but the EU. For the EU to subsequently castigate and change the rules of the "single market" is wrong. I wonder how many times they'll repeat voting until Ireland gets their vote "right".

The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Transfer from Psion

I still use a Psion day to day and have almost 20 years of accumulated data on them.

Will there be an application which will enable the transfer of data from a Psion to a Gemini?

So, Nokia. What makes you think the world wants your phones?

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And that's the main reason I refused to buy anything Apple - I know they made / make beautiful hardware and meld it all with software that just works and also across devices, but that comes at a price. And that price isn't just a fiscal one. Part of the price you pay is an increasing dependence on the ecosystem of which you are now a part. Leaving that becomes increasingly difficult.

Mark Jan

Camera Tech?

I still use a Nokia 808 as my one and only phone.

It has a removable battery but after years of use, the original is still fine.

But, despite being launched in 2012, its 41 megapixel 1.2" camera was (and still is) incredible camera tech and I believe still unsurpassed. The sat nav is better than any other I've tried. I've been waiting for Nokia to bring out innovation similar to the 808 or its predecessor, the N8. All they've done is more or less bought off the shelf parts and encompassed them in a Nokia badge. Is the innovative Nokia of old dead? Is it too much to expect of HMD to do anything other than sell on Nokia nostalgia?

Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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What About the Nokia 9?

Any news on the (alleged) real Nokia iPhone, Galaxy killer, the Nokia 9?

I had read rumours that the Nokia 9 was going to be announced at the same time as the Nokia 8.

Mark Jan

What About the Nokia 9?

Any news on the alleged "real" Nokia iPhone, Galaxy killer, the Nokia 9?

I had read rumours that news on the (alleged) Nokia 9 was going to be announced at the same time as the Nokia 8.

Facebook tried teaching bots art of negotiation – so the AI learned to lie

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Facebook tried teaching bots art of negotiation – so the AI learned to lie...

...and then became a politician.

Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

Mark Jan

Re: “Collision Avoidance Of Arbitrary Polygonal Obstacles.”

Polygonal Obstacles With Rounded Corners surely?

Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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Re: They walk amongst us

@Pompous Git

Congratulations, you've treated yourself by attending to the root causes.

Have you ever tried magnesium oil as an adjunct or even replacement to the magnesium supplementation?

And yet, those with a closed mind will down vote you without even investigating for themselves.

I would have thought people on this board had enquiring, inquisitive minds.

Mark Jan

Re: They walk amongst us

"There are a variety of legal offences for people who knowingly cause, or attempt to cause, harm and death to other people."

Makes you wonder how homeopathists gets away with it .

Also the upper management of various religions that eschew modern medicine

And yet, properly prescribed medicines are the 4th biggest killer. Makes you wonder how "modern medicine" gets away with it:

Lenzer refers to a report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices: “It calculated that in 2011 prescription drugs were associated with two to four million people in the US experiencing ‘serious, disabling, or fatal injuries, including 128,000 deaths.’”

The report called this “one of the most significant perils to humans resulting from human activity.”

And here is the final dagger. The report was compiled by outside researchers who went into the FDA’s own database of “serious adverse [medical-drug] events.”

Therefore, to say the FDA isn’t aware of this finding would be absurd. The FDA knows. The FDA knows and it isn’t saying anything about it, because THE FDA CERTIFIES, AS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE, ALL THE DRUGS THAT ARE ROUTINELY MAIMING AND KILLING AMERICANS.


And in June 27th, 2014, issue of the Harvard Safra Center for Ethics newsletter, by Donald Light, “New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages”:

“Few know that systematic reviews of hospital charts found that even properly prescribed drugs (aside from misprescribing, overdosing, or self-prescribing) cause about 1.9 million hospitalizations a year. Another 840,000 hospitalized patients are given drugs that cause serious adverse reactions for a total of 2.74 million serious adverse drug reactions. About 128,000 people die [per year] from drugs prescribed to them. This makes prescription drugs a major health risk, ranking 4th with stroke as a leading cause of death. The European Commission estimates that adverse reactions from prescription drugs cause 200,000 deaths; so together, about 328,000 patients in the U.S. and Europe die from prescription drugs each year. The FDA does not acknowledge these facts and instead gathers a small fraction of the cases.”

Mark Jan

Re: But seriously though folks....

And never mind the barking mad anti-vaxxers (who tend to be within the same circles as the homeopathists) who flat out lie to get people to stop vaccinating.

You need to keep up with the research!

Read Miller’s Review of Critical Vaccine Studies which summarizes the findings of 400 vaccine-related scientific papers. Whilst doing that don't forget the most recent damning verdict of big pharma published results:

“For most study designs and settings, it is more likely for a research claim to be false than true. Moreover, for many current scientific fields, claimed research findings may often be simply accurate measures of the prevailing bias.”

(Ioannidis JP. Why most published research findings are false. PloS Med 2005 Aug; 2(8): e124.)

Back to the vaccine studies, the findings are disturbing. For example:

“Thimerosal-containing vaccines continue to be administered on a regular basis to potentially the most vulnerable populations: pregnant women and children (especially in developing countries). Given this, we believe it is high time to reassess the rationale for using thimerosal, a known immune and neurotoxic substance, in human vaccines.”

(Tomljenovic Ll, Dorea JG, et al. Commentary: a link between mercury exposure, autism spectrum disorder, and other neurodevelopmental disorders: Implications for thimerosal-containing vaccines. Journal on Developmental Disabilities 2012; 18(1):34-42.

“Evidence has now emerged showing that autism may in part result from early-life immune insults induced by environmental xenobiotics. One of the most common xenobiotic with immune-stimulating as well as neurotoxic properties to which infants under two years of age are routinely exposed worldwide is the aluminum vaccine adjuvant.”

(Shaw CA, Sheth S, et al. Etiology of autism spectrum disorders: genes, environment, or both? OA Autism 2014 Jun 10; 2(2): 11.

“The yearly U.S. mass influenza vaccination campaign has been ineffective in preventing influenza in vaccine recipients. Vaccine recipients need to be informed of the limitations and risks of the vaccine and of the alternatives to vaccination. In particular, they need to know of the possibility that repeated vaccinations may increase the risk of adverse effects.”

(Geier DA, King PG, et al. Influenza vaccine: review of effectiveness of the U.S. immunization program, and policy considerations. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2006 Fall; 11(3): 69-74.)

“Under universal varicella vaccination, there has been a vaccine-induced decline in exogenous boosting. We estimate universal varicella vaccination has the impact of an additional 14.6 million herpes-zoster cases among adults aged under 50 years during a 50-year time span at a substantial cost burden of 4.1 billion U.S. dollars or 80 million U.S. dollars annually.”

(Goldman GS. Cost-benefit analysis of universal varicella vaccination in the U.S. taking into account the closely related herpes-zoster epidemiology. Vaccine 2005 May 9; 23(25): 3349-55.)

Mark Jan

Re: But seriously though folks....

The more recent investigations into understanding what the various cancers actually are and selectively targeting treatments and looking far more promising.

They're not promising at all. The latest and greatest (and eye-wateringly expensive) cancer drugs are (best case scenario) extending (note not saving) lives by maybe two or three months. The patient in the meantime hardly feels alive.

The billions spent on the "war on cancer" declared by Nixon in 1971 has largely been a failure.

The human genome project promised in 2006 a "cure for cancer within 10-15 years has been a shown to be a failure. And why? Because the vast majority of cancers are not the result of gene mutations. The mutations are in the vast majority of cases the symptom and not the cause. Much of current modern medicine seeks to treat the symptoms and not the cause, and so it is with cancer. Without addressing the cause, drugs eventually become ineffective as the cancer cells literally shed the receptors that are being targetted, rendering the drugs ineffective.

Before you down vote look up the work of Professor Thomas Seyfried explaining the metabolic derangement and mitochondrial dysfunction of cancer cells. There is hope on the horizon but it won't be found in the majority of oncology departments or pharmaceutical labs.

Scammers hired hundreds of 'staff' to defraud TalkTalk customers

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Happening Long Before the Data Breaches made Public

These calls were being made way before the data breaches were made public.

I actually received these calls at least a year or two before. The thick Indian accents weren't all that unusual (this was TalkTalk after all with call centres not only in India but S Africa etc).

The first ever call I received was at least superficially convincing in that the caller had all my details. That is: full name, account number, bank details etc. The call began to get a bit more suspicious as it progressed though, that a virus has been detected on my machine, they would clean it etc etc. Now, an "ordinary" punter might think what a great company TalkTalk is, the PC has been running a bit slow recently and the caller has all my details to hand so they must be genuine. People who frequent this site don't fall into that category but the detailed account knowledge is what could convince Joe Public.

Once I confronted the caller and exposed him for what he was, I remember his knowledge of swear words being quite extensive, then receiving a death threat together with threats of my wife and daughters being raped.

I called TalkTalk to tell them they clearly had a data breach. They dismissed my concerns.

Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

Mark Jan

Re: Makes you wonder

Why they never adopted Android in the first place and went with Elop & Co to rape the company and staff.

That was Elop's job.

Mark Jan

Underwhelmed and Disappointed

I use a Nokia 808 and have done for years. I love its 42MP camera which despite its age, still beats any camera on any smartphone. I don't need a 1001 apps.

Based on the circulating rumours I was expecting an announcement of a high end Nokia 8 or 9.

I am therefore, underwhelmed and disappointed.

(Or maybe Nokia / HMD are having another "just one more thing" moment later in the week...?)

'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Re: I'm a US citizen

I've only been to the US once. Returning from Boston a couple of years ago the staff couldn't have been friendlier or more accommodating when I asked for a pat down instead of a body scan. (I don't like body scanners of whatever flavour for health reasons). The TSA agent was professional, friendly and chatty and far better mannered than the goons who greeted me at Heathrow.

Millions of Brits stick with current broadband provider rather than risk no Netflix

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I Switch Every Year

I switch every year as the offer for new customers has always beaten that for me trying to renew. So, every year I go down the now well trodden route of switching via Quidco. Last year was a switch to BT and after £300 cashback, my monthly fibre connection cost was practically zero. Their customer service was however, even worse than TalkTalk's the year before. This year I'm with the Post Office (TalkTalk reseller) and so far their ADSL2 speeds have exceeded the fibre speeds (FTTC) from BT last year and I'm saving over £15 per month compared to BTs renewal monthly cost.

It always amazes me how much marketing spend all the Telcos are prepared to spend on acquiring new customers yet aren't prepared to spend to keep them. I guess they just rely on customers' lethargy to later switch.

I'm hesitant to ever switch to Virgin as have also heard of the impossibiilty of keeping your phone number when subsequently moving away from them.

Yorkshire council hit with prolonged web outage

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You're right about the bins.

I'm reliably informed by a Kirklees Council resident that the green bins on their street were due to be collected last Wednesday. And yes, you've guessed it, they weren't. Neither were they on Thursday nor Friday.

Any chance of an apology from Kirklees Council? Don't hold your breath.

Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

Mark Jan

Re: Trumpity Trump

You don't get to "believe" in science or not.

Don't confuse science with climate change "science".

One is based on empirical research conducted to test a hypothesis.

The other raises billions in taxes and has become a belief system.

Nokia crawls towards comeback with new phones announcement

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Disappointing if true...

I was hoping and holding out for a real, top of the range Nokia with some further development of their PureView camera tech built in for at least one of the range. A halo device able to compete against the Samsungs (without setting fire!), iPhones, Pixels etc of this world with Nokia's mapping tech re-licensed and built in. Shame.

Zuckerberg to spend $3bn+ to rid world of all disease by 2100 (Starting with Facebook, right?)

Mark Jan

Good Nutrition

Spending $3 billion on the world being able to grow and farm good, (preferably) organic, nutritious food (no Monsanto) as well as clean water, sanitation AND education about what constitutes a healthy diet (hint: it doesn't come out of a packet, is not loaded with HFCS and is not low fat and full of carbs) would be far more effective in curing disease by not allowing the body to become ill in the first place with the chronic, modern diseases spreading across the planet. Hippocrates was always right.

WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

Mark Jan

I started getting a message on my brilliant Nokia 808 (running Symbian) that WhatsApp will no longer be supported on my device after the end of 2016. I guess they just can't be bothered / get the APIs to work in a non Android / IOS environment to "better improve their service". Suits me as will no longer be using WhatsApp and will be uninstalling it based on today's news.

I've never had a facebook / twitter account and use DuckDuckGo 99% of the time.

I'm constantly amazed at how people can't appear to live without these "services".

Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

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Would Love an Updated 808

I personally am looking forward to what Nokia have up their sleeve.

I still use a Nokia 808. Launched in 2012 its 41MP Pureview sensor camera tech is still unbeaten.

If they can deliver a modern equivalent it will be amazing.

BlackBerry's licensing strategy looks smart – and a lot like Nokia's

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Re: 2016 Nokias

@ Dan 55

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

I've been holding out for a new phone for a good couple of years, running a Nokia 808 (41MP camera) because a decent camera in my pocket is important to me.

Hopefully my patience will be rewarded if the rumours on the new Nokia(s) turn out to be true:

And one of their rumored features has the potential to break new smartphone ground: cameras, the “most sensitive ever” to come to market, that are reportedly the product of a years-long, $1.35 billion graphene development effort.

Mark Jan

2016 Nokias

hell, even the NEW Nokia phones coming out are... Android.

Does anyone know anything about the (alleged) new Nokias new out this year?

You Leica? P9 certainly is a Great Leap Forward in imaging... for Huawei

Mark Jan

Re: Is there a "best" phone camera out there?

About four or five years ago I bought and exclusively still use the Nokia 808 phone.

I bought it on the strength of its camera and sat nav.

Over the years I've looked at replacing it but nothing on the market can match the loss-less zoom on its camera courtesy of its 41 megapixel sensor. I find the superb camera on the 808 easily outweighs not having access to the latest "app". I can after all wait until I get home to access my bank account, I can't do that with a missed shot.

I just hope that when Nokia re-enters the mobile phone arena once again (this year allegedly) it hasn't forgotten its camera tech and know how.

Red-stained Opera wants someone to hug it and whisper: 'No more pain, no more tears'

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I'm Still an Opera fan but 12.17

Like ScissorHands I still use Opera 12.17.

As soon as they switched to chromium the result was a tarnished turd of a browser. The previous "most user configurable browser on earth" became such a pile of crap that you couldn't even configure a home page or bookmarks. What happened to the company which developed a lot of the browser features we now take for granted? The "mouse gestures" on the old Opera are a fantastic feature for example.

Opera 12.17 is my daily browser unless like Scissorhands, a website demands a "more modern" browser.

Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

Mark Jan

Re: Hey Nokia: Android please

Hey, less of the Android OS nonsense on a Nokia. And it would be a nonsense for Nokia as well unless they just licensed the Nokia name to the highest bidder and let the licensee do whatever they wanted with the innards. There's plenty of kit out there you can choose from running Android, why would Nokia (as an independent Nokia) even go there?

And even though I'm a Nokia die hard user - my only phone is a Nokia 808 because I wanted the best camera (still unsurpassed) and the best sat nav (now licensed out) I'm still looking forward to MS bringing out Windows 10 on some 808 type hardware. In the meantime, I'm extremely happy with the 808 and as a previous poster said, on the odd occasion I do need real access to an internet app, I simply tether my laptop to my phone. The vast majority of the time it simply isn't that urgent or important.

And if the reports are true that Nokia will be designing and not just licensing, I'm really looking forward to whatever they come up with, particularly if they're talking to the ex-Nokia guys at Sailfish. Hardware designed by Nokia running an OS which should have been on their phones had the management not f*cked up the company should be fantastic, particularly with the Android app running capabilities of Sailfish / Meego.

Nokia on phone return mutterings: They LIIED. We won't be BAAACK

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As much as I like Nokia hardware (and I do) I fear the OS horse has firmly left the stable and has galloped across the galaxy - six times in fact.

It would be pointless releasing an Android phone and competing for scraps against the likes of Samsung. Equally, releasing a competing OS when the ecosystem is with Android and Apple would seem pointless. Maybe they can port apps as Sailfish purports to do, but then the hardware would have to be out of this galaxy to win.

If only they hadn't f*cked up with Meego. Nokia only have themselves to blame - they foresaw the future, then f*cked it all up.

Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

Mark Jan

Re: The DDOS is not a news item

North, South and a few other usual suspects in the region throw these (and other nasties) at each other on a daily (if not hourly) basis.

All South Korea do is reset the WiFi password.

Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

Mark Jan

Nokia Play 360

I got a couple of Nokia ones (Play 360) free with a Lumia 800 a few years ago. Each one is mono but if they sense another is nearby they switch to stereo. They work using replaceable rechargeable batteries from Nokia feature phones so the six hours of battery life is easily extended.

I agree, the Nokia Play 360s have been out for years', have NFC, sense another Play 360 in the vicinity and will switch (in a really cool fashion) to stereo. The sound quality and loudness is excellent for such a small, portable unit. You should really have tested those as well.

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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If it Ain't Broke...!

You did something similar a few years ago and the reaction was similar - a huge outcry and you had to largely backtrack. The Reg v1 was the original and still the best.

You've now gone even worse than the changes you made then!

Please, please don't listen to the agency guys or go all web3. Just stick to what's made you successful in the first place - good info written up in a fun way in an easily readable format.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

Mark Jan

What's with the Yorkshire thing?

Is it of relevance the crim was from Yorkshire, God's own country no less?

Had he been from Berkshire or from such other more affluent county would that have been highlighted in the title?

Data pinching scum is scum is scum, regardless of their geography.

"Ee bah gum" or should that be "EE done bah scum"?

Met Office: 2014 was fifteenth warmest on record

Mark Jan

Raw Data Anyone?

All the way back historical temperatures are just bollocks anyway. They can be made to be whatever the University of East Anglia (or any other organisation with a vested interest in keeping "climate change" alive and well) want them to be which is why the released temps are "adjusted" to allow for any bollocks the boffins decide. After all, releasing the raw data would reveal the true temps, but maybe that would be a bit inconvenient.

Keep up the good work Lewis!

Mark Jan

Re: daft regulations

You just need to go along with the idiots in the council - they're all the same, wherever you are in the country.

Once you have the certificate, change the fans back and flog the others on eBay.

Council idiots.

Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, rename terrorist Wi-fi!

Mark Jan

Security Theatre

It's all just security theatre, but it makes most people feel safe. At a recent "security check" at the airport I was told that the freezer bag I had my toothpaste, gel etc in was too large and I would have to put said items into one of theirs. As I began to take out the items from my plastic freezer bag to put into their airport security approved one, the security man said that wouldn’t be necessary and simply folded my bag and then put both the folded bag and its contents into the airport security approved plastic freezer bag. Suddenly everything was alright again and the security threat had been nullified. I looked at him and without wanting to say how crazy it all was for fear of being arrested as a national security threat, I simply said that he had a job to do. He embarrassingly replied that he agreed it was all nonsense!

We're not Mr Brightside: Asda Car Insurance broker hacked

Mark Jan

...which you are or have been a valued customer of.

I've never been a customer but did request a quote once upon a time. If they don't know their customers from their never been customers, how can we be sure they know anything really?