* Posts by Tomislav

54 posts • joined 31 Mar 2009


OnePlus 8 equals buttery-smooth refresh rates, water and dust resistance, but an inflating price tag


Re: Middle of the road pricing

Yup, I guess my ageing Oneplus 3T will have to do for another year, or three. :)

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong



I have and will in the future use Zoom software exclusively!

I do recognize that there is a discrepancy between the commonly accepted definition of what I just said and what I actually have done and/or intend to do.

Hong Kong coronavirus quarantine evaders collared by cops with the help of smartphone-tracking tech


Re: Not so smart tech

RFID has low range. Now, if you introduced mandatory personal QR code worn on the chest (for example on the left side) and on your arm below the left shoulder...

IBM veep partly blamed Sopra Steria for collapse of £155m Co-Op Insurance Agile project


Re: Crikey, this raises more questions than answers...

"The system is in fact performing as expected"

Nobody at IBM really expected it to work so it is in fact performing as expected. :)

Vodafone CEO: We will elbow Chinese firm Huawei from our European core networks


5 years?

So they will simply wait until the equipment has reached it's usual EOL and then replace it with something not made by Huawei. Sounds sensible, but I fail to see where is the 200m cost since this is something they would do anyway...

Throw a sofa at this guy with your mind. She's in Control. Oh look, now I've learnt to bloody fly. She's in Control


I have not played a game in ages, and it shows. The first thing I thought after reading the above post was - author must have a really bad computer to have issues with "XCOM: Terror from the deep" :D

US govt 'told Germany that Chinese spies bug' Huawei 5G kit. It also told the world Iraq had WMDs ready to deploy...



"THE US cannot be trusted to tell the truth or protect the interests of others,"

There, fixed that for you :)

The IoT wars are over, maybe? Amazon, Apple, Google give up on smart-home domination dreams, agree to develop common standards


Obligatory XKCD comic...


Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'


Not much left then...

Don't expect to see this in mobiles because they don't have the required cooling. Unless you are willing to let your mobile phone preheat itself to 60 degrees C and then wait a couple of hours for it to cool to room temperature this will have no impact in your daily life.

Recharging a car in 10 minutes will have enormous power requirements, the infrastructure and production to support this on a mass scale is just not there yet and might not be within the next 10 to 20 years. Remember, electricity needs to be produced somehow and then brought to the recharging station. Recharging a Tesla to 80% in 10 minutes will require about half a megawatt of power, now imagine a recharging station in the middle of the desert with a dozen cars recharging at the same time...

Bloke who claimed he invented Bitcoin must hand over $5bn of e-dosh in court case. He can't. He's waiting for a time traveler to arrive


Not much left then...

I am sure someone will get that password, one way or another. :)

Obligatory XKCD


Can you trust Huawei... or any other networks supplier for that matter?


Not much left then...

"Two key areas are how well a country protects its citizens' data and how much technology companies are mixed up with military and security agencies."

... if we rule out Cisco too.

Bring it on, Chipzilla! Nvidia swipes back at Intel in CPU-GPU AI performance brouhaha


If the processor only ever runs your code you do not need any of those patches...

Samsung Galaxy's flagship leaks ... don't matter much. Here's why


It has a jack...

Just look at the picture in the article, you can see the jack to the left of the USB port...

It's 2019, and a PNG file can pwn your Android smartphone or tablet: Patch me if you can


Re: Oh well

I have a 2+ years old OnePlus 3T that gets regular security patches and will even get an upgrade to Android 9.0

WD's Purple reign continues: 12TB helium disks for vid spy tech


Re: Helium

Unfortunately using vacuum is not an alternative because that would require a much stronger (read: thicker) casing, which in turn would reduce the available space for platters. Remember, you are limited by the 3.5" HDD case size. Filling the interior with helium helps keep the pressure difference to a minimum.

Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones


Perhaps, but Apple could have just warned people that the replacement screen is a potential security risk. Outright disabling phones with 3rd party replacement screens is going too far. People should have the right to do the wrong thing, it is their security after all, not Apples.

Intel claims it’s halved laptop display power slurpage


Inquiring mind wants to know...

What about SPECTRE? Can we expect that to get solved in the new processors?

How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone


It takes very dedicated programmers to create code with so many bugs. Kudos to Acrobat! :)

I got 99 secure devices but a Nintendo Switch ain't one: If you're using Nvidia's Tegra boot ROM I feel bad for you, son



So this dangerous exploitable hole I am going to get pwned through requires physical access? I am going back to sleep, tyvm. :)

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors


Re: Biometrics

So all you would need is a copy of a federal judges fingerprint to unlock any iPhone in the world? Sounds foolproof...

Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box


Wait, does this mean Apple responded to a Reg request for comment? That is bigger news than these flaws. :)

Huawei servers hitch ride with Intel's Xeon SP


The v4 generation seems to have been skipped.

This is not surprising, the Chinese dislike number 4 and often skip it, even as a floor number. This is similar to us skipping number 13 in hotels etc.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap


Re: Only the imminent OnePlus flagship is likely to give it any competition?

I was being sarcastic. This Huawei model has just about matched the performance of the old 3T model (apart from the higher resolution screen and a bit stronger battery).


Only the imminent OnePlus flagship is likely to give it any competition?

Imminent here means last years' 3T model? Since that model had 6GB of RAM and 128GB of flash at a lower price point I can only see Huawei trying to catch up...

New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data


Why not use swallows instead of pigeons? European for normal thumb disks and african for the larger 2.5" variety...

'Hacker' accused of idiotic plan to defraud bank out of $1.5 million


Re: Cybercriminals?

I believe he meant Google and co...

Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash


@Steve Evans - since this is Google we are talking about if the other driver has an Android based phone Google can probably prove it, including which app was running in the foreground and what he was typing. :)

Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system


It's simply Nuts.

Boffins build laser that can twist its own light


There is something missing...

I am disappointed with the lack of sharks in this article. El Reg you can do better than that. :)

Eric Schmidt, for one, welcomes our new robot overlords


"population growth"?

How will AI advances influence population growth? Or is this the other, more mechanical and heavily armed kind of population growth? :D

Cisco cops to enterprise IOS XE vulnerability


Audit? Nah...

I doubt this has anything to do with code audit. This looks like a standard vulnerability, probably found by a customer who used some sort of network vulnerability scanner or some other piece of software which used the all zero MAC address causing his switch to crash.

Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth


"It sounds terrible. I'm going to have to go to another room."

So it does have potentially good side effects?

Chlorine gas horror leak at Apple data center puts five in hospital


I would guess a local BOFH with a reduced beer... er... I mean IT budget might be to blame. :)

Cylon is golden: Backstabbing bank holiday board games


@Graham Marsden

True, Shadows over Camelot can get a bit tedious after a while and working as a traitor is complicated but with just a bit of luck you can make Camelot go down in flames. :)

There was a game I played but not really liked that was very paranoia inducing - Panic Station. Some might like it. :)


Saboteur 2 does exist, but I would rather call these two party games, not backstabbing. Try Shadows over Camelot. :)

Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs


What about free software for home users, like Putty or Wireshark? Or something that updates often and does not like Microsoft very much like Java or Flash? Seems like Microsoft is trying to go the walled garden iRoute...

Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!


Microsoft should learn from Samsung and Apple and just rename W10 to Windows XP 2 plus.:)

El Reg regains atomic keyring capability


Furthermore you can get it on ebay and, lo and behold, they ship worldwide...


No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services


So Windows becomes DLC based? You buy a barebones version and then just buy modules you need? Start Menu? Sure, $5. Control Panel? You do not really need it, but we will sell it to you for just $3.

Review: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB wireless hard drive


Can the firmware be updated? Sounds like a solid platform for DD-WRT...

'Like most convoluted theories, it was an incorrect one'


Re: "Wouldn't that depend on whether one is looking at the light side or the dark side?"

Which one of has cookies? :)

Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs


Sending e-mails?

"Perhaps one day we’ll all be thinking emails directly to one another - hopefully with hilarious results."

Lets just hope the autocorrect technology keeps up with this one. :D

FCC: Kids, here's 100MHz of radio spectrum - but you have to share


Re: Good article, but not entirely accurate

Why don't you create fake traffic on emergency channels with the sole purpose of tracking him when he starts with interference?

Battle of the Clouds: Azure goes lower


No, prices are "per GB per month", so 1TB would be $95 per month.

EU runs to WTO again over China's mineral hoarding


It is all our own fault.

It seems like we are perfectly happy with Chinese people dieing in the mines instead of us, but when these same people decide to take advantage of having all the mines suddenly we complain.

I believe it is not a problem of us not having these rare earths or the capability to mine them, the problem is that it is much cheaper to buy them from China compared to paying for geographical surveys, digging, paying workers, insuring them against disasters etc.

It is a neverending circle that the greedy companies have drawn themselves into.

iPad 3 'first tablet' with Bluetooth 4.0



How often do I send files over bluetooth? I have never used bluetooth for anything else. I have done it at least once every 3 months for the past 4+ years, sometimes a lot more often. It is great when you have to send a photo or a video to an older handset that does not have net access.

Microsoft bans all plugins from touchable IE10


Why is everyone so concerned about Silverlight? What about WebM? Will this mean that IE10 will only support H.264 encoded video even though they announced that WebM support will be available via 3rd party plugins?

Windows Phone 7 gets 'goodie' update


An update to enable future updates?

Why doesn't this surprise me? How many Windows updates had that line in the description?

Simply shows how unfinished the product really is. I will not be buying one for myself, at least not before SP2 comes out :).

Microsoft's IE9 'nearly finished'


Nearly finished?

Aren't all their products "nearly finished", regardless of their name or release status?

Swedes serve up flicks with KVM



I was under the same impression. Even had a visual impression of an ancient KVM switch I used in the old days when mice used to be connected to serial ports :)



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