* Posts by Test Man

1146 posts • joined 1 May 2007


Hive to pull the plug on smart home gadgets by 2025

Test Man

Re: Thanks for the money but your stuffed.

Nah, 3 years is nothing for these sort of tech. They are not mobiles, no one replaces doorbells or cameras every 3 years, they should last 10+ years.

Legacy IT to blame for UK's inflexible benefits system

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Re: My BS-o-meter just shot off the scale

"The DWP staff would sometimes ask me to fix multiple problems, and I'd decline. "The first one is free, the second one is £50 cash in hand - and don't tell the Dole". One time one of the managers agreed to that even though I'd just been joking. Paid me out of their pocket. Took an afternoon but worth it for the story."

This is the most amazing set of sentences out of an amazing story!

British motorists will be allowed to watch TV in self-driving vehicles

Test Man

Re: Step #1, define your terms

As always, the devil is in the detail.

Distractions will be allowed only when the car is in auto. The moment it's not in auto (even when notifying that it has to come out of auto - please hold onto the steering wheel) the distraction will be legally mandated to be removed off the screen.

The insurer will only be liable if the car is in auto. If it's in any other state, it's the person who is driving that is at fault.

Help, my IT team has no admin access to their own systems

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This article is briiliant! :D

What I want to know is did the bloke state he "fixed" it as soon as he did so, or wait a few hours? Was he even getting paid an hourly rate?

Tesla driver charged with vehicular manslaughter after deadly Autopilot crash

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Re: There are no red lights on the freeway?

"The red light was unexpected? I'm thinking the Tesla wasn't supposed to have exited the freeway to begin with? "

If that was the case, in most countries the exit ramp is a long road and therefore the driver had ample time to have seen it and taken control.

Fugitive mafioso evaded cops for two decades until he was spotted on Google Street View

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Probably not - blurring a face doesn't make someone totally unrecognisable when you can see the rest of his body. They probably looked and thought that his body strongly resembled him, then corroborated it with the pics from the Facebook page of the restaurant he was working for (that was in the same area).

In fact it pretty much says this in the article.

New year, new OS: OneDrive support axed for old versions of Windows from 1 Jan 2022

Test Man



Unvaccinated and working at Apple? Prepare for COVID-19 testing 'every time' you step in the office

Test Man

They do, actually.

Depending on your role and the company, sometimes you have to have had certain vaccinations as a condition of taking the role.

Weeks after Red Bee Media's broadcast centre fell over, Channel 4 is still struggling with subtitles

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"He told me that there's basically very little going out of the top of the tower these days. "

Yeah I heard that a lot of those satellite dishes don't work any more (maybe even all of them) but they can't be removed because the whole building is Grade-something listed.

User locked out of Microsoft account by MFA bug, complains of customer-hostile support

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Re: Microsoft MFA on multiple devices

I'm going to presume that when you say "365 account" you mean "Microsoft work account with a 365 sub attached to it".

I ask because a personal account can also have a 365 sub.

Test Man

Same here, and it's been like that for as long as I can remember. Google are simply uncontactable... tell a lie, I DID manage to contact them via e-mail regarding Family Link (miraculously). Everything else though.... nope.

With just over two weeks to go, Microsoft punts Windows 11 to Release Preview

Test Man

Getting round software blocks to install patches isn't really a concern, and Microsoft clearly aren't going to be bothered by that. What is a concern is if someone contacted Microsoft with an issue that is on an unsupported system - Microsoft will simply not support it and therefore not help. Nor will they be particularly bothered if a future update or patch caused issues for those with unofficial "unblockers".

Also about binning a capable system - that's not even an issue for Microsoft, because apart from the fact that you'll be on Windows 10 anyway (which is still supported), upgrades is a miniscule revenue stream - it's been said many times before that OEM sales and volume sales drive the bulk of their revenue, so sooner or later you'll need a new PC and you'll get Windows 11 on it.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

Test Man

Re: Just tell 'em to

Bugger ye off*

as said by Rowan Atkinson in Bernard and the Genie - seriously go watch it, brilliant stuff especially Rowan's acting

How many Brits have deleted life-saving track and trace app from their phones? No idea, junior minister tells MPs

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Precisely. At the start, when we didn't know anything about covid-19, self-isolation was a fair enough necessity. 1 and a half years later, it's too blunt a tool. The framework works well, but by now we should be using actual testing to make sure people who are infected stay home, not ask whole swathes of people who likely don't have it to stay home "just in case". In other words, a proper targeted approach is needed.

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown

Test Man

Sounds like the plot of Tomorrow Never Dies.

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now

Test Man

Re: Not that hard to fill in a form

Adobe Reader also lets you add boxes to type in.

It also lets you import a signature that is stored in your Adobe account (you create it by signing into Adobe Reader on a mobile and write - with a pen or your finger - your signature).

To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user

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UK's National Rail backs down from greyscale website tribute to Prince Phil after visually impaired users complain

Test Man

Idiots. Yes he died. No greyscaling stuff is NOT an appropriate tribute.

Very little helps: Tesco serves up 3-for-1 borkage special to self-scanning Tesco shoppers

Test Man

I could send you an example of this in Tesco several times a week, cos nearly every time I go there there's at least one borked handheld.

Laptops given to British schools came preloaded with remote-access worm

Test Man

Re: Plausible Deniability

Calm down. It's just a cockspur, which is par for the course when it comes to the government.

Police warn of bad Apples that fell off the back of a truck after highway robbery

Test Man

Re: Calvados?

HAHA forgotten about that. Brilliant!

Test Man

Yeah of course but it doesn't matter by that point, the thieves will have your money already and be long gone.

Google to end free unlimited online photo, vid storage, will eventually delete files if accounts go over their cap

Test Man

Re: OK, soo..


Microsoft drives users to the Edge: Internet Explorer to redirect to Chromium-based browser in November

Test Man

I think so, but not really a massive issue when Office 365 sites are likely to work better on Edge anyway.

Test Man

Re: Windows 7?

If you're using a non-supported browser on a non-supported system, it doesn't matter, sooner or later some sites will cease to work well on IE11 regardless, simply because no new features or support for newer web standards will be added to IE11.

Samsung to introduce automatic call blocking on Android 11-capable flagships

Test Man

Samsung phones already have spam and scam block tech from Hiya. Right now I have it switched off but the caller ID and spam protection switch is on, so I get alerted to spam but it's not outright blocked unless I throw the switch on.

This is a Galaxy S10+ with Android 10 (One UI 2.5)

Indonesia’s black-market phone prevention plan bricks a whole bunch of handsets

Test Man

Well yeah. Obviously the phone companies don't just manufacture one phone per person.

Microsoft tells staff work-from-home is now ‘standard’ – with caveats galore

Test Man

Re: Commuting

Did they pay "compensation" when they required staff to work in the office pre-lockdown? Nope. Then nope they won't.

A decades-old lesson on not inserting Excel where it doesn't belong

Test Man

To be more accurate, it was an XLS document that has that 65,000odd limit. XLSX has a far higher limit. Wouldn't have helped the OP, mind (XLSX came out in 2007) but would have helped the current government who made the exact same mistake 13 years after a file format that replaced the aging XLS format came out.

Angry 123-Reg customers in the UK wake up to another day where hosted mail doesn't get through to users on Microsoft email accounts

Test Man

Re: Recommendations please

1&1 (now IONOS)

Bad news: Your Cisco switch is a fake and an update borked it. Good news: It wasn't designed to spy on you

Test Man

Re: Impressed?

Reminds me of all those knockoff Street Fighter II: Champion Edition arcade cabs (they were colloquially known as "Rainbow Edition"). Capcom's fightback plan was to release Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting for two reasons:

1. they released it as an upgrade PCB for the proper "Champion Edition" PCB, so anyone who bought a knock off couldn't upgrade (it made them have to get a legal copy in order to upgrade)

2. it instantly made "Champion Edition" old hat, so no one would want to buy knock-off "Rainbow Edition" when something new is out there

What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'

Test Man

It was blatantly the Russians. They were "checking our infrastructure" when they realised that they may be found and decided to quickly delete their tracks. It was just merely unfortunate that the entire top deck of the 65 could see what they were doing.

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

Test Man

Hasn't that been solved ages ago? Whether it has an optical drive or not, devices have had functionality that restricts the console to only download and play, let's say PEGI 3 games only.

Getting rid of the optical drive isn't a massive deal these days, with this generation the disc is merely a delivery mechanism - the games are installed on the HDD regardless.

Obviously you'll be able to play offline single player, that's already possible with this generation console. This requirement is not affected by the presence of an optical drive.

An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher

Test Man

Re: Of course if they weren't so greedy ....

"I can turn a TV on and get it down an aerial and it is not encrypted, indeed everybody can snoop and see the traffic if they want."

That's not true. HD broadcasts (broadcast via DVB-T2) are encrypted and have been since the beginning.

We're going underground, and this time it's not an inebriated banker crapping themselves, but Transport for London

Test Man

Re: That API is public

"Normally that information isn't to be presented to the public mainly to stop confusion - i.e. for NRE you can get a platform number for a train but it's suppressed so you shouldn't show it -"

HA! I'm going to check out the API when I'm on the concourse and find out the platform before they display it, from now on!

Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial

Test Man

Ouch, that must hurt Cisco LOL

House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly

Test Man

So they'd rather go with an untrusted system instead of the system that they are already paying for via a contract that already had approval?

Test Man

I thought Parliament was using an Office 365 tenant package?

If so, why aren't they using Teams?

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

Test Man

Yesterday, Boris' aide said pretty much this.

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025

Test Man

Re: What about?

No, currently the phone line is all PSTN and built for voice calls, with broadband service sitting on top. So you have to have both voice calls and broadband service to get broadband.

With this thing going on, they'll effectively be independent. You'll still need a physical line but one will not depend on the other.

So your grandma will still be able to order just a voice service on its own, it'll just be carried as VoIP over the line. And definitely vice versa (i.e. order broadband service only). No longer will the broadband service depend on the voice service needing to be there.

Test Man

Re: Beware of the REN

I would have thought that virtually everyone with a landline uses cordless phones these days. So when you think about it, if REN is still significant then you can count your cordless base as having a REN of 1, while all other cordless extensions (that connect to the base via DECT) won't have their own REN obviously.

So it's not an issue, really.

US Homeland Security mistakenly seizes British ad agency's website in prostitution probe gone wrong

Test Man

Re: US Homeland Security

"Had same thought... There is the use of a .com... Having said that, that nowadays is more synonymous with a "generic, global, commercial" than a "US, commercial" label..."

The .com top-level domain is owned by a US company. That's it. Doesn't matter how it's generaly perceived.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

Test Man

Re: Sigh.

I was told that lower than 10MPH below the posted speed limit is a "minor".

Annoyingly a small stretch of road round the corner from me is "National Speed Limit" so 60MPH for cars, but regularly on a clear day with no traffic I get caught behind cars doing 40MPH.

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer

Test Man

Re: The interns are early this year

"In one case, their new natwest card came pre-defrauded (before they even used the new card the first time, there was a fraudulant transaction from Holland for Netflix on it)."

What the f....?!?!?!

Dual screens, fast updates, no registry cruft and security in mind: Microsoft gives devs the lowdown on Windows 10X

Test Man

Re: Dual screen?

Probably because it was a headache to support (in a basic sense, having to ensure that windowing elements all lined up and were still useable - if you've used WindowBlinds you know how hard it is to have a theme that actually was consistent for all elements).

Not saying it can't be done, but it's something that might have been analysed and decided that it wasn't essential to throw lots of resources at.

'Windows Vista' spotted doing a whoopsie over EE's signage

Test Man

Re: BT YUK!!

Bought up by BT Group a few years ago, but still a separate company though (i.e. not a division).

Test Man

Re: This isn't Vista

Yep, definitely 7, for all the reasons you said.

Also (another reason) - taskbar isn't black.

Test Man

Re: AC cos I'm ashamed of saying something nice about Vista

I remember Toshiba dared to sell laptops with 512MB RAM.

I should know, my uncle bought one of those shitboxes. It was sloooooooow from the moment of first-ever boot.

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin

Test Man

Re: I don't think this does as much as people think

It depends - there's clearly an algorithm that is working it out based on number of phones in a given area and type of road. 99 phones down a country lane = 99 cars all moving slowly so probably traffic. 99 phones down a motorway with hundreds of cars also in the same spot moving quickly - less probable traffic (although maybe shows one lane closed? Remember GPS isn't that accurate).

Test Man

Re: Ingenious

I would say that a helicopter won't work - the location wouldn't be correlated by the wifi the phones pass by for a start



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