* Posts by Craig 2

488 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009


Under that pile of spare keys and obsolete cables is an IoT device: Samsung pushes useful retirement project for older phones

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Re: My old Motos...

An old iPhone 4 made a great dedicated kodi remote, but now the family just has the app on their current phones. Since it seems phones are permanently glued to their hands it removes the need to even get up and look for the remote!

Pure frustration: What happens when someone uses your email address to sign up for PayPal, car hire, doctors, security systems and more

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We're our own worst enemy...

As somebody (occasionally) in tech support you get to see both sides of this coin. If I need to speak to somebody, I REALLY need to speak to them to sort the problem out. I've already exhausted all the `autofix` options. Conversely, almost everyone who calls me could have solved the problem with a bit of googling or looking at the help pages or even, God forbid, a bit of elementary knowledge. It's these people that make companies hide their telephone support at the end of a very long and convoluted maze. Otherwise people wouldn't even look at all the self-help ideas, they would just pick up the phone...

Uncle Sam sues Facebook for allegedly discriminating against US workers in favor of foreigners on H-1B visas

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Bzzzzt.. Still wrong, made me smile though so thanks!

Banking software firm tiptoes off to the cloud with MariaDB after $2m Oracle licence shocker

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Re: Nice ending


That's Oracle's reaction when they successfully pull off these kind of licensing-lock-in deals. All the way to the bank...

Google reCAPTCHA service under the microscope: Questions raised over privacy promises, cookie use

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At first I thought you'd misspelt `like` but then I realized your original sentence also made perfect sense :(

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Re: In a way this is all encouraging for me

Definitely this, if you have your browser relatively locked down, recaptcha will ask every single time for image verification on sites you visit repeatedly. This should indicate that they can't fingerprint you so have to repeatedly verify you're not just a random bot.

Of course, the conspiracy version is that they can still track people running noscript / ublock etc just fine. They're only pretending they can't to make you feel safe....

We know there are a lot of, er, distractions right now but NASA's got some sweet video of its asteroid rubble raiser

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"The passenger-bus-sized spacecraft will spin with its robotic arm extended, and NASA will measure the moment of inertia to measure the mass inside the sample head on Saturday."

Brilliant: We could put some kind of instrument to measure what we captured, but instead we'll just use the entire spacecraft and physics as an instrument!

Here's US Homeland Security collaring a suspected arsonist after asking Google for the IP addresses of folks who made a specific search

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If there was one thing this guy really should have thought of first it was a burner phone...

Hasta la vista, Ola: TfL bans ridesharing startup, claiming unlicensed drivers picked up passengers

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Because number plates are 100% reliable and cloned plates aren't a huge problem with criminals....

I'm assuming the start code would work as a one time token the driver tells you before you get in? It could be anything, but something like a famous spy movie quote could add an air of mystery to every journey :)

Ring glitch results in global ding dong ditch: Doorbell bling flings out random pings but they're not the real thing

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Re: ding dong ditch


Not content with distorting actual reality, Facebook now wants to build a digital layer for the world

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"when I'm walking down the high street, that is also a private situation as far as I'm concerned"

If you really believe that then you should never leave your house again, or permit any family members to leave, or do anything online, or buy anything with a credit/debit card etc etc...

Family wrongly accused of uploading pedo material to Facebook – after US-EU date confusion in IP address log

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Re: Pounds alone for bodyweight

"What if the pilot had an especially big breakfast?"

Tower: Sorry, you're not cleared for takeoff until you & the copilot go for a shit.

Cops called to Singapore golf club after 'wrongdoers' use scripts to book popular timeslots

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Re: Is it hacking?

Not hacking! A script or macro is just a bespoke digital assistant. It won't be soon before you say can say "Hey Alexa, book me a slot at the golf course as soon as it's available".

You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit

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I think this is where my spelling pedantry comes from: Looking at code with the knowledge that just a single misplaced character can wreak havoc. Even when it's not critical to conveying the message, spelling errors trigger me!

Days after President Trump suggests pausing election over security, US House passes $500m for states to shore up election security

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A successful technique considering you both posted comments.... Oh, wait.... shit

Raytheon techie who took home radar secrets gets 18 months in the clink in surprise time fraud probe twist

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Re: Editing

Tickbox in the comment entry area for "This is a correction"

Still published as a comment (For the glory)

Icon fixed to pendant (For the lulz)

Staff get a feed of all correction posts.

Separate metric for "You have made x corrections" as long as a staff member upvotes it.

Brit telcos deliberately killed Phones 4u, claim admins in £1bn UK High Court sueball

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Re: Supposed to give a warning

Cars accidents are generally in a public place so fair game. Secretly recording conversations where you would have a reasonable expectation of privacy could be a different matter.

Hot, synchronous DRAM: Next-gen memory tech spec DDR5 lands

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Re: I’m disappointed!

"Sorry, but I have nothing actually useful to contribute to the discussion."

Welcome to The Internet....

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again

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AKA the "more lipstick" update...

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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A whole new level of exotic...

I thought my shopping list was exotic when I added avocado for the first time...

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: He used the wrong excuse

True, the crime of being a stupid fuckwit carries a life sentence...

Microsoft blocks Trend Micro code at center of driver 'cheatware' storm from Windows 10, rootkit detector product pulled from site

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"The code is definitely there and someone had to write it"

Absolutely. It looks like the code literally reads as "Is certification testing active?" If so, pretend everything is ok, otherwise carry on....

It's a bit like customer phone support when the boss is/isn't standing next to you.... :)

AT&T slapped down for its '5GE' ads: You don’t have a proper 5G network, so stop saying so, says watchdog

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The whole basis of the nomenclature of 4GLTE is that you have 4G as the base technology and `LTE` are the enhancements made over time to give improved performance. The AT&T usage is pretty much the exact opposite!

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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In honour of their penchant for reinventing themselves every 5 minutes, you should change their moniker likewise and just use everyone's suggestions.

Facebook defers $3bn of infrastructure spend because it's hard to build bit barns when you're working from home

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Re: Colour me surprised...

Don't forget Instagram, gotta post those "day# of lockdown" selfies!

'Non-commercial use only'? Oopsie. You can't get much more commercial than a huge digital billboard over Piccadilly

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Aliens Ate My Buick - Loved that album! Total madness.

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"I used to enjoy taking photos of other companies' failures," Ben told us, "and sending [them] to my colleagues in the office to make ourselves feel better about our own."

Now there's someone who's honest with themselves! I'm sure we've all felt that little glow as we hear of competitor's tales of woe :)

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all

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Ooooh... top new "feature" you can change the background! Plus what sounds like a kludgy hack to get it partially working with Skype. Honestly, if they stopped re-inventing stuff every 6 months they might stand a chance of having something stable and feature-rich. Sigh.

Microsoft cops to 775% Azure surge, quotas on resources and 'significant new capacity' coming ASAP

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Re: “We are expediting the addition of significant new capacity"

"Trolling them is not called for."

Now there's a genuine first for Microsoft!

Google warns against disabling websites during Coronavirus pandemic

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Re: Yes, Google

Gotta keep the revenue from those bot advert impressions coming in! Can't do that if the website is offline...

Netflix starts 30-day video data diet at EU's request to ensure network availability during coronavirus crisis

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Re: Money back

Yes, I'm sure you need that extra £2 a month to go and hoard more bog rolls...

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Reducing bitrate. If bandwidth is the capacity, bitrate is the load. It's better to prevent saturation in the first place than allow automatic measures.

Also, it's a sign of our hedonistic existence that during the first real pandemic in modern times, Netflix availability is a concern!

Microsoft Teams gets off to a wobbly start as the world and its cat starts working from home

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Re: WFH...

Ahhh, that explains all the loo roll panic buying....

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

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

Just buy a copy of the Daily Mail - I can't see any other reason for wanting to.

Wipe your arse with the Daily Mail and your backside will end up with even more shit on it..

Very little helps: Tesco flashes ancient Windows desktop on Scan-As-You-Shop device

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Re: Handheld shopping...

Said employee is probably instructed to do the exact opposite ie. Pick oldest stuff first to help with stock rotation.

If I remember rightly one supermarket even made an advertising point of saying "we will always pick the freshest" for online orders because of the public's worry about this very issue.

US government grounds drone fleet (no, not the military ones with Hellfire missiles) over Chinese espionage fears

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Re: Easy easy espionage

Not sure why Kevin got the downvotes, you're both saying the same thing... I would imagine no "obvious" backdoor would ever be engineered into a device, but an intentional bug could be left in along the lines of: Buffer overflow here gets remote execution there... Then they can legitimately claim bug if it's discovered.

The whole "lets give exploits cool nicknames" thing is another matter, I'm not sure if techno / sci-fi thriller films are copying reality or vice versa.

German scientists, Black Knights and the birthplace of British rocketry

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Regularly run/walk/ride up the downs around the Needles Battery and there are loads of interesting structures. Of course most of them just look like lumps of concrete or fixings poking out of the earth so some historical context from the article is great. There's also tunnels etc. in the cliff facing Alum Bay which are worth an explore if you're adventurous :)

Hospital hacker spared prison after plod find almost 9,000 cardiac images at his home

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Re: hahahahah

This is one of those cases where the meaning of a word is evolving over time and usage. Hacker to me means someone with technical skills, whether compromising a computer system or picking an electronic lock. To some people, hacker could mean they simply used their easy-to-guess password.

Image-rec startup for cops, Feds can probably identify you from 3 billion pics it's scraped from Facebook, YouTube etc

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Re: Cat memes will save the day!

Forget the Feds! Eventually, cats will be able to identify everyone who isn't a cat lover, then we're REALLY in trouble :)

APEX predator? Chinese phone-flinger Vivo teases upcoming concept phone

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Re: Except for the fragility issue...

Pop-up selfie camera could also help with privacy concerns of cameras being activated silently without the user's knowledge. Hard to miss if it appears unexpectedly. (I assume it's motorised?)

Selfie camera occasionally gets used as an ad-hoc mirror, or for checking injuries from falling off the MTB... :)

Dell slathers on factor XPS 13 to reveal new shiny with... ooh... a 0.1 inch bigger screen

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Re: That price..?

In these modern times you don't think Dell actually PAY Microsoft for Windows licenses do you? More likely MS are paying Dell...

Fuming French monopoly watchdog is so incensed by Google's 'random' web ad rules, it's fining the US giant, er, <1% annual profit

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Re: Deceptive units.

"per 100 sht".

No way a single roll lasts 100 shits.

Brother, can you spare a dime: Flickr owner sends mass-email begging for subscriptions

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Flickr can fuck right off... that is all.

You had one job, Cupertino: Apple's Intelligent Tracking Protection actually gets tracking protection

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It's a double edged sword....

Well done Dave, you've made our competitors look foolish and incompetent... muhahahaha

Oh wait, that was contributing to our billions of dollar advertising revenues! You're fired Dave...

Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk

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Re: Ah the good old days

God, the Econet * commands were so much (dangerous) fun..

I played Elite soooo much but only made it to `Deadly` on the school computers. Countless hours wasted outside the station blasting endless Vipers.

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much

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Re: Grrr....

"The lowest-level of penalty is applied if you are found guilty of gaining access to a computer without permission (or officially known as “unauthorised access to a computer”). This crime holds a penalty of up to two years in prison and a £5,000 fine"

Applying £5k PER infringement should force even the largest corporation take note. Of course, sending the CEO down for a couple of years wouldn't hurt too :)

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Software methods that circumvent browser security measures should be considered hacking. ie. Unauthorized computer access and prosecuted as such.

Enjoy a tipple or five? You might need this AI system to tell you when it's time for a new liver

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This is so full of holes.... off the top of my head maybe people predisposed to heavy drinking (a widely acknowledged unhealthy behaviour) are linked to lower education levels, thus reduced eloquence...

Hubble grabs first snap of interstellar comet... or at least that's what we hope this smudge is

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Re: "based on its trajectory and speed, the comet had to originate from outside the Solar System"

Would you like to know more?

Welcome to the World Of Tomorrow, where fridges suffer certificate errors. Just like everything else

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Re: Luddites

Hey, I still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea!



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