* Posts by Sartori

101 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details


Here was I thinking it was just me, got it this morning in England on my S9+. I thought.....that's weird......so tapped it, it disappeared and then promptly forgot all about it until I saw this article, odd.

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling


I know plenty of people still using phones long after they last received any kind of update, quite happily too. It only tends to be when the battery becomes pretty useless (or they drop/lose/have it stolen) that they get rid of them. If the battery was user replaceable then I'm sure they'd have used the phones for much longer still. If we're talking green credentials, then I think non-user replaceable batteries is more of a concern than software updates for most people.

Found on Mars: Alien insects... or whatever the hell this smudge is supposed to be, anyway


It's clearly......

.....a rock lobster, after all, there was a World War 2 bomber found on the moon, probably a B52, so it all makes perfect sense.

RIP: First space-walk badass Alexei Leonov, who made it to 85 despite best efforts of Soviet machine


Great article, great man!

That was a superb read, thank you. I had absolutely no idea about this guy, but I'm glad I do now, huge respect for everything he achieved.

Orford Ness: Military secrets and unique wildlife on the remote Suffolk coast


Re: More please

Completely agree, love these articles, very interesting!

Eight-hour comms lags and shock discoveries: 30 years after Voyager 2 visited gas giant Neptune


Re: Voyager: The Most Amazing Unmanned Mission

Absolutely, there have been many great space missions over the decades, but Voyager is just something else. Truly an inspiring mission and even now, it's still boldly going where nothing built by humans has gone before. Well done to everyone involved in Voyager, what an achievement!

July is here – and so are the latest Android security fixes. Plenty of critical updates for all


Re: If only

My Nokia 8 is still getting the security updates every month, which I think is pretty good for a phone that didn't cost me all that much. They tend to pop up a couple of weeks or so after the Google release.

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend


Counts as reporting? El Reg creating a BezosBonkBot? It's the kind of reporting you do best! I guess Mr Bezos is wanting to play the field a bit, ya know, before he's past his Prime. I know......but it is Friday.....

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is


Re: Hmm ...

*applauds* your idea, and definitely deserving of a beer. Happy Friday, that's a great comment :)

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: The first budget Android QWERTY for years


Re: Price is still not anywhere near "work phone" bracket

If you go through the official website and click on Buy Now, they show 2 sellers, and Unlocked Mobiles have it in stock for £290.83 + a pricey £12.80 postage. Or the other link goes to Clove who have it for the stated £349.

All through the house, not a creature was stirring... especially Samsung smartwatches: Batteries empty at 3AM


Re: 3AM Eternal

If they did, I'm sure it was justified (and quite possibly ancient).

The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt



What a fantastic read, Voyager has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. Wonderful to hear from someone who has been so involved with it from the start. Thank you for a great article, and all the earlier articles on Voyager!

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'


Excellent BOFH

One of the best BOFH's in a long while, an absolute classic, brightened up my day no end.

I have never been unfortunate enough to have a work accident, thankfully. However, like AC said earlier, the one and only time i *almost* did, I was chatting to a colleague, and as someone needed to get past us, I backed up a little to give them space, and very very nearly went flying over a 'Wet Floor' yellow sandwich board. It does make me wonder what % of accidents in the workplace are caused *BY* Health & Safety....

Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids


I think that's one of the dangers of buying a 'new' phone that has already been out quite a while at the time of purchase. The S6 was released on 10th April 2015, so it's a 3 year old device, even if yours is only 14 months old. On the positive side, you get a phone for (usually) a considerable reduction compared to it just having been released. There is the downside you described as well though......

Blackberry snaps, yakkity-yak Snapchat app brats slapped with patent trap rap


No thanks, I'd rather have a nice cup of tea.

Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76


What a time....

When I was just a child, and started hearing about Einstein at school and all that he did for science, I thought to myself 'Imagine being alive while such a genius was around.....' Well, guess what, we have been. Not only a fantastic scientist but great sense of humour and an inspiration for generations to come.

RIP and all the best to his loving family.

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



Queen Of The Dessert? That's a confectionary, right?

UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report


I hadn't checked for ages on availability for mine but you prompted me to. Mercifully, I have Virgin fibre for my broadband as BT's offering has always been dire where I live. So, let's see what is on offer today shall we:

Estimated speeds


512k Lowest assured download speed

Oh, and I also get the 5 months blah blah for fibre message too. I'm a little South of you, on the Wirral, if anything changes in the next 5 months I'll be suitably astonished.

Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name



Well, Virgin Media is pretty much encouraging me to swear today anyway, as their spam filter seems to have been placed into the 'Off' position. My inbox is being flooded by all sorts, I'd rather have the spam filter working than a profanity filter, thank you very much.

You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'


Just what we need...

Won't somebody save arseho...... erm..... our soles!!

It's a bit of a shame Sneakernet is already a thing.

NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars


Incredible, well done all!

Cassini really has been a remarkable spacecraft, it will be a little sad when it meets its demise. Congratulations to everyone on the team who made it such a huge success!

BOFH: Don't back up in anger



Best one in a while, loved it, thanks for bringing some good laughs on a Friday! :)

You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg



Just completed the Free The Press form, only takes a few seconds to do, good luck El Reg, hope many more people sign up too!

Lester Haines: RIP


Re: :'(

Currently at 55 upvotes, I would add mine, but 55 seems a good place to leave it.


Thank you Lester!

Wow, this came as a shock today, have read, laughed and loved many of his articles over the years. He was most definitely a big part of El Reg and one of the writers whose articles I would always look out for.

Very sad to hear this, RIP and hope that his friends and family take some small solice in how many people loved what he did and will remember him fondly. Here's to you Lester!

Russia faces Ukraine and Georgia in Eurovision deathmatch


Yep, that's been my approach too, albeit wine, rather than cider in my case. It definitely makes the whole proceedings a lot more fun :)

A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good


Re: Surely...

Well, he is usually pretty good with vacuum's

Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!



When the first car with one of these fitted, crashes, do we officially have the Internet Of Dings?

Flying Finns arm octocopter with chainsaw


Bet that costs an arm & a leg

Especially if you screw up the landing.....

Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening


Interesting to see it made the news here, in the North West I noticed the email service was down last night but fibre broadband was working fine, thankfully.

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse


Terribly sad that Sir Terry has passed. So many happy memories of how his books over the years have made me laugh, smile and think.

I was lucky enough to meet him at a book signing once in Liverpool. He was all smiles, witty and so much time given with a sense of fun to all the many fans who queued to see him.

A man who mixed childlike wonder, silliness, endless imagination, with wisdom, sharp wit and intelligence in his work.

He will be missed by millions, thoughts with his family and friends. RIP.

Nationwide Building Society's services out for the count


Re: It seems to be working again now

Yeah it was down but only briefly, all good again

BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept


Re: Time to rebrand HR....

Now that's a proper HR department!

Huawei Ascend P7: We review the PANORAMIC SELFIE smartphone


Sound quality / updates ....

Would be nice if the review included something on audio quality through headphones. As phones these days are the modern 'iPods' for most people it would be good to know.

Also, what are Huawei like for Android updates? Good, or forget about it? If they're hopeless can another ROM easily be flashed to these things?

Seems a good spec for the price, phone looks nice, UI looks pretty awful but another launcher could fix that. With the Nexus 5 currently down to £249 in CPW I wonder how they both compare.

Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up


Re: just not interested...

That was exactly my thought too. I really like it, but not at those prices. It may well find a market but I suspect it's going to be a fairly niche one. On the upside, those Surface 2 tabs should drop in price pretty soon.

Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th


Re: £100!

And you won't have to...... as stated in the article that's for "Premium" Beta access for super keen people who absolutely *must* get in there early.

For the rest of us, we'll just wait until it's released, wait for some reviews and if it seems any good, buy it for a more normal price.

Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars


Re: False story...

Media blowing things out of all proportion? Surely not!

Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted


Re: How much does..

They do get a lot from selling their TV abroad, The Voice however isn't a BBC original unlike the rest as they pay a stupid amount of money out each year to broadcast it -

"The BBC has splashed out an astonishing £22million on a reality entertainment show to take on The X Factor in the Saturday night ratings war.

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen signed a two-year deal to secure the UK rights for The Voice, which is already a success in the U.S. and Holland.

The cost to the Corporation is likely to be ramped up still further as it looks to sign up a big-name judging panel."

Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?


Nobel prize incoming

How can we nominate El Reg for a Nobel prize for coming up with this recipe for heightened awareness and glorious health?

Also, can we get bacon classed as a 'superfood' somehow please?

Happy Friday :)

HTC offers FREEBIE repair on new models with cracked screens


Same here, had it since release and it's still a brilliant phone. I'm actually due an upgrade next week but I don't really see anything dramatically better out there. I might just stick with it a while longer and reduce the monthly payments until I see something that catches my eye.

Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan


Re: Shove your Win8 where the sun don't shine

Quote "if Microsoft tried to screw me like this" - I suppose the years of telling people they needed to upgrade from an ancient OS to get continued support and even extending the support cover so people had even more time than was originally published.......yep, must be MS fault


Re: What will they actually get for the $200m?

It tells you that in the article "Under extended support Microsoft will deploy dedicated engineers to paying customers, who keep releasing fresh security patches after the April cut off."

I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it


Re: Streaming in the car?

I recently gave this a try too but using an Android app called Livio Radio (as it includes a station I enjoy from the US) which includes some limited caching ability but I haven't felt the need to enable it yet. I do around 35 miles each way to work and back along a mix of motorway and local roads. The most it has cut out was twice, each time it started streaming again in a few seconds. This was on the 3 network too.

Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service


Re: Little true choice

Exactly the same here, if I move to ADSL then the speed I can expect is somewhere between 1 and 3meg, woohoo!

Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive


Blakes 7 was without doubt my favourite SciFi as a kid, if it's a really good remake then I will be very happy. What are the chances of that though? I hope it's good but can't help getting that sinking feeling it will be really and truly shockingly awful.....

Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB


Looks pretty good to me, for my uses anyway.

I do use Twitter, browse websites like the register/various news sites, Instagram, some online video clips, listen to music, google maps, browse ebay.

I don't make lots of phone calls, do much gaming, or watch full movies, iplayer, or need the latest quad core mega HD battery devouring tech, I would rather have a good size easy to read screen with a decent battery life.

I don't want to carry a tablet with me and need a seperate phone, so this pretty much meets my needs without actually costing £500+ for the latest flagship that eats batteries and in the case of some of them, can't have the battery swapped when it does run low.

No question it won't suit everyone but it's definitely one I will be considering.

Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?



It says a lot when you get people in mobile phone forums saying oh i'm an audiophile while listening to music on a phone consisting of audio processing to the sum total of a few $ at best while plugging in their in ear headphones. Or if they think they're really going overboard some cheap USB DAC.

Expectations seem to have dropped considerably, the only plus side seems to be that less people are now satisfied with truly awful bargain basement headphones.

Google suspends 16GB Nexus 7 orders


Re: Learning from Apple

Who the hell will want a tablet that only has 8GB storage?

Well me for starters, and plenty of other people I expect who want to browse the web on it, use email, listen to a bit of music, online radio, read ebooks etc etc. Not everyone needs to have a digital music/video jukebox constantly loaded to their kit. For those who do then yes, they need more storage but that's not everyone, very far from it.

I haven't bought one yet because I'm waiting for any initial production issues to be ironed out, I was already caught out by getting the HTC One X on release date and took 4 phones to get one that was put together properly. Early adopter again? Sod that......

Google fattens up Android devs with Jelly Bean sauce


I'm sure if Samsung wanted to push out plain vanilla Android to their phones they could do so very quickly, Galaxy Nexus for example. Since they insist on having their own customised interface on their phones then it's going to take longer and that's their own choice.



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