* Posts by Richard Jones 1

1304 posts • joined 10 Sep 2009

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South Korean regulator worried Apple, Google, may be working around app store payment choice law

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FAIL

Never Used an App Store Yet

It is impossible to understand why people clutter up a mobile with unwanted junk. I have never purchased anything from a so-called app store, why would I? The stores demonstrated what a pit of vipers they were years ago, with kids running up monstrous bills. So, had a simple rule, never I put any financial instrument near them. I use different cards as the humour takes me, when paying for things, so, sorry no need for juggling with a 'payment system' on a mobile either. My mobile is stuck away in a pocket, unlikely to get dropped, or grabbed, even now, it probably does not know what a sunny day looks like. Do I need new systems to make wasting money easier, why would I?

Microsoft warns Windows 10 patch broke printing for some

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Re: A traditional problem

So, just advancing the paperless cause, then.

Demand for smartphones is drying up

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Re: The telcos are upset

I have a handset that is said to be 5G ready, but will EE offer 5G where I live and go? They struggle to provide 4G and reliable voice unless I use Wi-Fi. My handset is about a year old, I became fed up with my marginal Motorola after years of use, any slower, and it would have gone backwards. All I did was rare texts and voice calls with an activity monitor thrown in. Now there are verification codes for doing almost everything, Current mobiles get cluttered up with applications to support this disruption, but once a handset can meet that need, what else is there? Mobile internet is dreadful, while I block most of the stupid advertising dross on my desktop, I have not ventured into the wacky-races field of doing so with the mobile. So, every attempt to use the internet is shut down by adverts for junk no one in their right mind could ever want.

Microsoft's latest security patch troubles Windows 11 users

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Re: No Problems for My Windows 11 Installation

Perhaps the answer is to use unsupported hardware, so far, I have seen no Windows 11 issues.

I did not have any issues with Windows 10 on any other machine either.

US EV drivers won't be able to choose vehicle safety alert sounds

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Re: Alert Sounds

I am hard of hearing and my hearing aids are of limited benefit, draining down to zero benefit, when a moving object is too quiet. You do not have to a cyclist to need warnings.

Smart thermostat swarms are straining the US grid

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Re: fully manual

That has not been my experience. Our system has been running for about 6 years when I guiltily decided to try to get it serviced for the first time*. It cools in summer and heats in winter, and is left to its own devices. It did ice up once, surprisingly during a cold, almost 100% humidity day. A brief rest and a wash down of the heat exchanger and 30 minutes later it was back to life again. The airflow might have been affected by the clutter of air carried muck, leaves, insects, dust, etc. that had stuck to the heat exchanger.

*Three different dates were agreed with three different service suppliers, only the third came along, the others just disappeared.

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WTF?

Even better, the dumb 'smart' you use does not rely on a soon-to-be cancelled remote server like, let me see, could it be Hive?

Pentester says he broke into datacenter via hidden route running behind toilets

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The Security Was Possibly Via a Screwdriver

Often, those panels are only held by screws, though, in this case possibly nothing so secure, as he had bidirectional access. Possibly, only spring clips were used to ensure easy access in the event of an urgent service problem.

Massive telecom outage in Japan kicks 40 million mobile users offline

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Happy

Re: No Smartphone Day

You, rate the chance that high? What would slug-bait (meta) do without all the cashflow?

Google to pay $90m to settle lawsuit over anti-competitive behavior on the Play Store

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WTF?

Making The Unusable, More Unusable

I cannot be bothered to venture into the snake pit that is app stores. So, other than a tiny number of Google's own apps, and a few from others such as a bank or two, I have avoided the rip-off activities of the hype vendors. Do they really have anything that would enrich my life more than they cost?

FBI warning: Crooks are using deepfake videos in interviews for remote gigs

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Re: How to stop it in it's tracks.

That one is easy, they will state they are some variation of gender variation and then claim harassment, denial of rights and so on.

Not much of this actually from 'China anymore,' says Northern Light Motors boss

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Re: Question

I would say yes, the French also have so different vehicles for the same reasons.

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Re: Question

Licensing, taxing, possibly insurance, in some niche cases the fun factor of being different.

Beijing-backed attackers use ransomware as a decoy while they conduct espionage

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Facepalm

Diversification

Some interesting points for any business hoping to survive. Diversification needs to apply to both the nature of the business in terms of having a number of profitable lines, but also having a diverse population of customers, or at least those supplying you with cash. Sometimes a low margin, mass product that is sold to huge numbers of different customers can work, if it carries almost all the business overhead. This leave speciality products to carve their own niches while needing to support little mass overhead. A great model for an espionage enterprise, though in such a case the master prize come from the niche product, neat.

US senators seek ban on sale of health location data

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I Wonder What The Fuddy Duddies Really Want?

Just send all the unwanted, undesired or unaffordable offspring to your nearest Supreme Court, aka Court of your Inferiors, injustice or nearest Republican fool, to raise them until they are gaol age.

One side effect of Roe vs Wade was said to be a reduction in criminals being produced, and hence gaol populations. Be careful what you force on the unwary.

Chinese 'Aoqin Dragon' gang runs undetected ten-year espionage spree

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Unhappy

Re: Once again

Why do they need to know? After all, if you work on X or are involved in the Y department, there are possible generic hooks they can use. Otherwise, they might use the p0rn method, or the possible side interest, they do not care what they send out. Like the telephone scammers or text scammers who pepper the world with a grape shot of pure rubbish, hoping that the right fish will swallow the lure.

Mitsubishi Electric again admits to widespread quality control cheating

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Re: Culture change

If they sell, X000000 units and one complaint comes in, a cover culture would probably step in and cover out the incident, 'sorry sir a rogue part was included, please have this totally new upgraded item for free. We will cover all reasonable costs of the downtime.'

Such things have happened in the past and no doubt will again.

Safari is crippling the mobile market, and we never even noticed

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Re: Crap article

I have never had an Apple device, unless you count the one I had for a while from my employer. That convinced me I never wanted to buy such a slow, overpriced counter-intuitive device. Having never used one since and having only ever used a mix of Nokia and Android, I have never felt the need to stray. I find the mobile web a total waste of time. Screens filled with advertising dross, terrible presentation, lack of useful information and so on. Every addition to my mobile's capability has been supplied or free, so no one fleeces me from oh so useless 'apps', or should that be craps.

4G to dominate cellular IoT until 2028, when 5G takes over

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It Would Be Nice if 4G Was Treliably Available

Any 'G' would be great. Reception is perhaps fine, if you have 10,000 neighbours in your sitting room in CityVille, but move a few metres outside that hellhole and the idea of reception becomes a memory. Broadband Wi-Fi can help inside homes, but that is hardly mobile 'G' is it?

Europe's GDPR coincides with dramatic drop in Android apps

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FAIL

What Point Costly Applications?

Is there any reason to buy an app, ever? I have never seen a need, add in the screen filling dross that plagues mobile web use already, and it appears that someone is actively campaigning to make mobile use unpleasant. I have a free Google application or two, and a few from banks/financial bodies for authentication, and that is about that. There is the point about possible market saturation, is there still something not already, served/abused/blanketed, delete as required?

Microsoft, Apple, Google accelerate push to eliminate passwords

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Re: Upgrade!!!!

Where do I buy new fingers with ready to use, reliable fingerprints?

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Re: Mobile devices are not the answer either

For a start, what about the not spots with poor to no mobile service? I can see the buildings of central London from near my home, but mobile service in the house, all I can do is hope.

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Re: What could go wrong?

Correction, 'What are the ways this will go horribly wrong'.

UK's state-owned bank launches hunt for core systems worth close to $1b

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It Used To Be Easy

Drift in with pocket money, plus passbook, deposit both on the counter. Get the updated passbook back. Reverse the process to make a withdrawal.

Now God only knows what it is all about, first find a Post Office if some clown has not arrested everyone! Even now, how many kids run internet access?

BOFH: Something's consuming 40% of UPS capacity – and it's coming from the beancounters' office

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Ah The UPS Overload

Many years ago, the main frame and a few terminals were on our no break UPS. I needed more data collection terminals for in-process data collection and other statical functions. Each time I added more collection points, (PCs) I told the power engineer and never had a response. Finally, I saw him on the stairs and questioned if all was well with his UPS and 'my loads'. A light bulb went off in his face, my activities were close to drawing 50% of the company's power draw. His comment, I wondered where all our power was going, bear in mind I was sharing the power with the mainframe running the company and several other 'useful' functions.

How do China's cyber-spies snoop on governments, NGOs? Probably like this

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Re: Snoops

Why would they need a back door, when the front door is easier?

Openness of Oracle licensing and audit tools questioned

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WTF?

Re: This needs legislation

However, little people always get the bill, just because they are little people at the bottom of the pile.

UK, EU regulators probe Google and Meta's 'Jedi Blue' ad deal

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I Put My Efforts Into Avoiding Adverts

So, to be honest, I doubt that this impacted me. On normal web activity, I block adverts. As for mobile use, the damned adverts made web use too painfully useless. A recent mobile update tried to force every picture to be a video, and even polluted it with some god-awful noise. I deleted the crap, together with what might be the origin, an unwanted video and picture editing crap-app.

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FAIL

I Put My Efforts Into Avoiding Adverts

So, to be honest, I doubt that this impacted me. On normal web activity, I block adverts. As for mobile use, the damned adverts made web use too painfully useless. A recent mobile update tried to force every picture to be a video, and even polluted it with some god-awful noise. I deleted the crap, together with what might be the origin, an unwanted video and picture editing crap-app.

Moscow to issue HTTPS certs to Russian websites

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Re: actually

If you want to submit to necrophiliac Putin's terrorist mob, you are welcome.

Please use a one way ticket for your travel to thugland.

Yes, Mark Zuckerberg is still pushing metaverse. Next step, language translation

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WTF?

Re: VR drinks?

What I did not want today was real icy cold rain, hail, thunder and lightening. I do not want any nightmare dreamed up by the second rate slug bait company, (metaldehyde-verse) either.

5G masts will be strapped to lampposts and traffic lights – once £4m project figures out who owns them

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Re: Eating your equipment - DON'T

Batteries are far and away more toxic once they enter a body than almost anything else normally to hand. They can burn through internal organs within days, leading to fatal consequences, as a number of small children's parents have found. A case of look no throat or stomach, it is also incredibly painful.

APNIC: Big Tech's use of carrier-grade NAT is holding back internet innovation

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Re: I've said it before and I'll say it again

Anonymous Coward, I went on IPv6 training courses some years ago. It was only slightly tarnished at that point. Time passed and I retired 20 years ago. It is 'interesting' to see that the debate has not really changed, and neither has the deployment of IPv6.

I have forgotten most of what the courses covered, and shredded and composted my notes years ago. I am probably the exception in not keeping things like Facebook open all the time, I am almost certain I am one of the few who has no dealing with Facebook, though my wife has an account, she might look once or twice a week. Perhaps I really wish I could see a useful benefit to me from IPv6, but I suspect that the number of current internet users who are happy not to have to deal with the work of any change over is large. There is no advantage to my, TVs and PVRs, having a direct IP address. I am not even sure they are IPv6 capable, anyway.

Do not get he started on the withdrawal of PSTN services, aka the ones that work at my home. I joked with an ISP person that broadband service probably suffered as I killed a few snails. I suspected they might have been delivering part of my service.

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Re: That old chestnut

If there were a shortage of nails, the differing legal status of nails vs screws would become an issue. Nails are easy and cheap to make, unless you are using some fancy nailer, almost any nail source is OK. Do not forget, to the person with a hammer, everything is a potential nail.

Microsoft rolls out Files On-Demand with tighter macOS integration – but it defaults to 'on' and can't be disabled

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WTF?

Re: All your documents are belong to us

I encountered that, 'I can back the lot up, just watch me' attitude. After 10 days, it was not done. So, I unwound that pile of do-do idea. I back up what I want where I want it, thank you. I do use a bit of OneDrive 'magic', though my need to share stuff between systems is close to zero. It is limited to just sharing the odd document with the mobile, if or when I can be bothered. Working on a mobile is such a total pain, that it is now a rare event.

Ad blockers altering website code is not a copyright violation, German court rules

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WTF?

Block Axel

Perhaps the answer is to block those sites that insist on such behaviour, i.e. those from German publisher Axel Springer?

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Re: Great idea

Ah, they are the websites I do not want to enter, perhaps they have some extra tacky crap for sale?

Planning for power cuts? That's strictly for the birds

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Stuff Happens

In one case, the generator ran exactly as planned during every test run, except there was one small issue that was not detected. The fuel feed was for some reason fitted with a multi-way tap. This allowed the engine to draw fuel from a local header tank or the main tank. The reason for this set up escapes me at the moment. Of course, all those test runs had not exactly refilled the small header tank. When the mains power went on holiday, the backup generator kicked in, ran for a few moments before spluttering to a halt. Diesel engines do not like being run dry of fuel, so even when the problem tap setting was found, it took a while to prime the engine and restore matters.

Admins report Hyper-V and domain controller issues after first Patch Tuesday of 2022

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Facepalm

At The Basic Level

Today after the snafu, sorry update, Firefox was not playing well, but a second restart cleared my issue. Small beer for me and compared with bigger issues elsewhere it pales into the landscape.

Do new problems count as a feature update?

After deadly 737 Max crashes, damning whistleblower report reveals sidelined engineers, scarcity of expertise, more

Richard Jones 1
WTF?

Perhaps it depends on who purchased the aeronautical engineer?

T-Mobile US figuring out international roaming on 5G

Richard Jones 1

Re: Let's see if they figure it out before Apple do...

Given that in-car-systems mapping 'services' are almost always crap, that is a nightmare situation. The eSIM non service is not something I would buy into. I have less than zero interest in some lame streaming service. I wonder, what does the emergency calling system do if the service is not bought?

Kremlin names the internet giants it will kidnap the Russian staff of if they don't play ball in future

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Re: On the Ocean Blue

Would you like to dig up a few thousand dead marsh Arabs to discuss how lovely Saddam, Kuwait's invader, was?

A lightbulb moment comes too late to save a mainframe engineer's blushes

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Re: Surgical Safety Checklist

Yes, I saw a Dr once, and only the once, who told me my scan showed that my pain was due to terminal kidney cancer. The problem was that I had not yet had a scan, he also told me that he was too busy to follow things up but that a colleague would see me. It was only when he paused for breath, that I was able to tell him my scan was booked for the following week. I also pointed out that he might need to check the name on the patient's record... It was not clear if he was concerned about trying to scare me, or about breaking the other patient's confidentiality.

Another brick in the (kitchen) wall: Users report frozen 1st generation Google Home Hubs

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WTF?

Mine are only from the 1990s, but I updated my office light switch from night sleeping to early morning awake with lights on. Then, when the sun rose, I again updated to normal daylight and the lights went off. Judging by the house temperature and the fact that my wife is comfortable, the thermostat is doing all that is needed to maintain comfort. So far both devices, and a number of other similar examples, have provided almost 30 years of round the clock service, so have our fingers. As a result, everyone is happy, except perhaps the dog, who now wants their evening walk at 13:30 hours.

Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done

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Slug Poison? (Meta Used for Years to Kill Slugs)

Meta was the short name for a substance used to catch or more accurately poison slugs, To give its full name, Metaldehyde.

Naming an unpleasant, human mind destroying product, 'Slug Poison', sums up Zuckerberg perfectly.

Nobody cares about DAB radio – so let's force it onto smart speakers, suggests UK govt review

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Two DAB Radios Suffered Early Death

We had two DAB radios, both recently failed.

I was shocked to find after five years of ownership, that the car radio has DAB, one day I might try it, though the main reason for turning the unit on, is to enable hands-free mobile response for urgent calls. The radio is normally muted unless I am alone, though I might listen to FM for traffic information or rarely to a non-commercial radio station.

If a 'SMART speaker' works as well as a smart mobile, I know why I have never bothered with one.

I'm diabetic. I'd rather risk my shared health data being stolen than a double amputation

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Re: Respectfully

Again with resect, my wife has serious issues with cancer(s) that may, or may not, be treatable. Our daughters, both, have rare blood disorders.

Okay, we are perhaps not typical as a family.

The insurance company's agreement is specious. Apply for any form of insurance with a life or health element, and you will be asked to self incriminate yourself by declaring all known health conditions. I would sling our data forward for medical analysis in a heartbeat. I know it will probably not help us, but someone somewhere may one day unlock the secrets to treatments for these conditions, if, and only if research can proceed and not be blocked by largely false arguments about insurance.

Has anyone read the stories of insurance companies investigating and rejecting claims because material fact were withheld? The results are not pretty, make a claim, and you will be investigated and must give the company full access to your records or no payout - you may well get no payout anyway if you have been hiding something.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou admits lying about Iran deal, gets to go home

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Re: Concerning

Yes, China and all of its ransom and hostage taking friends will be laughing their heads off. Now they know, do something the rest of the world does not like, do not worry. All it will take is a few hostages, and you will be fine.

Best not to travel or have anything to do with China and its corrupt quisling friends

Google experiments with user-choice-defying Android search box

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Mobile Web Serches?

Life is too short to use a mobile to search the web. All I ever got was stupid adverts, often apparently for pointless, noisy games that had to be shut down. Better to use a PC set up to avoid such issues. Good luck to those who have the skill and devotion to find a way to make mobiles useful for searches.

3.4 billion people live within range of a mobile network but lack a device to make the connection

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Re: The fundamental problem

There are likely too few reports, papers and searches directed at the rest of the world's shortage situations to rank the living on $2 per day in the rest of the world, that highly. There is also the issue that some governments would be unable to care less about the fate of their people as long as they and their armed guards are OK. In practice, mobile usage and take up improves communities and increases the viability of the service provider's network, if enough marginal users can get access to even basic devices. They do not need antisocial networking, they need access to local produce pricing to sell in the best daily markets. Swathes of Africa have shown the benefit. It is a process slow in the building, but hugely valuable in the achievement. Vodafone has some experience in such locations and no doubt this colours their belief that users need a cost-effective 4G phone rather than a higher cost example that requires more charging, probably from the 'pooled' community solar charger.

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