* Posts by Alfie Noakes

74 posts • joined 4 Nov 2009


Wind and quite a bit of fog shroud Boris Johnson's energy vision for the UK

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Re: Or

But, but, but - after Fukushima, didn't Germany decide to phase out their atom-burners? Thus there must be tens of fah-sans of "nu-cu-ler" designers, engineers, constructions workers etc. all desperately in need of a job!

Where are we now? Microsoft 363? 362? We've lost count because Exchange Online isn't playing nicely this morning

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Yet again we hear the word "mitigated"

...which simply means "less shitty"!

Firefox 78: Protections dashboard, new developer features... and the end of the line for older macOS versions

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Re: Recommended by Pocket!!

A new section appears on your home screen, similar to "Top Sites" and "Highlights".

You can turn these sections on and off via "about:preferences#home", but after upgrading the "Pocket" section was enabled by default.

Strangely, after i disabled the Pocket option last night (and rebooting) the setting has disappeared, otherwise i could provide a screenshot :(

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Recommended by Pocket!!

They seem to have snuck in a "Recommended by Pocket" option, which is turned ON by default!

I haven't ready all the "privacy" propaganda yet, but would rather have be given an "opt-in" option with an explanation beforehand :(

Vodafone issues a stay of execution for Demon domain hold-outs

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From the sound of things at https://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Other-broadband-queries/Anyone-else-affected-by-Vodafone-disabling-demon-co-uk-emails/m-p/2655220 it looks like Vodafone thought that there were only a couple of Demon e-mail users left!!!

Well, it looks like they might now be losing quite a few thousand "customers" (and their friends and colleagues and much future business) as a result of their lack of basic common sense (and arrogance)!

Oh Hell. Remember the glory days of Demon Internet? Well, now would be a good time to pick a new email address

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Vodafone forums

In case anyone is still reading these comments, there is an interesting discussion going on in the Vodafone forum at https://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Other-broadband-queries/Anyone-else-affected-by-Vodafone-disabling-demon-co-uk-emails/m-p/2655220

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Re: Aliases


Have you seen https://www.names.co.uk/support/2850.html ?

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I will NEVER buy anything from Vodafone EVER again!

Vodafone (after taking over Demon)!

First they took away my web-space (without telling me).

Then they took away my web-site (without reducing the price).

Then they forced me to pay for an e-mail service that was supposed to be part of my HomeOffice 8000 package.

Now, in the middle of a Coronavirus pandemic they give me just over a month to re-allocate around 200 e-mail addresses (many over 20 years old).


Mozilla plugs two Firefox browser holes exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack victims' computers

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Re: Clarification

I think that the former is found on macOS!

Watch Waymo's totally driverless self-driving car cruise around, how the US military wants to use AI ethically, etc

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Re: Prety neat driving

It also seemed to be doing a lot of un-necessary braking (including mid-turn). Not the cleverest self-driving (if that is indeed what it is using)!

Things that make you go .hm... Has a piece of the internet just sunk into the ocean? It appears so

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Re: "just north of Antarctica"

I thought that the question was "What colour is the bear?"?


The original riddle had an answer of "white", but i believe that a polar bear has black skin, but transparent (hollow?) fur that appears white due reflected light!


Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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Why do Microsoft pepper their status updates with the work "mitigated", which literally means "less shit"???

Office 365 enjoys good old-fashioned Thursday wobble as email teeters over in Europe

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It is not even the end of January yet!

Down yet again, but seems to be coming back :(

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Re: Bye bye.....

"I still have my demon mail domain hosted on O36x now "

Me too, so i hope that Vodafone give the demon domain to NamesCo (rather than just closing it down, which seems to have been their MO so far!).

The icing on the cake would be for NamesCo to drop O35n, as it seems to add several K of "diagnostics" bloat to even the smallest e-mail :(

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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I am surprised that (James) Dyson hasn't chipped in there? Very British, high-speed air, etc.!

Gotta be worth a punt (anyone got his phone number?)

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Calls and Email

@Doctor Syntax

...and another advantage of plain text in e-mails is that it is in YOUR e-mail, in YOUR mailbox/on YOUR computer.

(Linked) Images have an irritating habit of expiring, or worse still, changing, so you lose any hope of an audit trail!

WannaCry is back! (Psych. It's just phisher folk doing what they do)

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Is nothing safe?

Ironically, mine was sent to an e-mail address that was _only_ (and anonymously) used to access the Avast support forum!

Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Wellyboot beat me to it ;)

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...and that would also provide a very nice world-wide set of "base-stations" that would be in control of the participants!

'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

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Re: AC

"Vodafone have recently announced they are closing Demon as an ISP.

Where that leaves the email service that was outsourced is an interesting point..."

Hopefully names.co.uk have an ongoing agreement with Vodafone, otherwise i will have to transfer my 170-odd demon e-mail addresses yet again :(

Nothing to suggest it is happening at https://demon.net/, but i wouldn't put anything past Vodafone EVER again (dropped them as an ISP some time ago, as they did nothing but collect your DDs).

Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

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Re: Much a do

@Stephen Battleware Re: "Most telemetry can be shut off by disabling a single service in Services. Cortana can be shut off with a single simple regedit. "

Please let us know the "single service" and single regedit "tweak" that will disable all slurps - or is it not really that simple?

Linux kernel long term support extended from two to six years

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Re: "bleeding edge" is overrated

AC said: "because you can no longer backup phone contacts through itunes."

Since when?

China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Thanks for the link/video - oh for the days when the RI Christmas Lectures were _truly_ educational!



Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

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What is that smell?

I didn't think that DVDs and LCD displays (as per the picture) existed in 1989?

We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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So are you saying that i can walk down the High Street with a Taser in my pocket (or utility belt) and not have any concern about being stopped, jumped on, handcuffed and arrested? Perish the thought that i might actually point it at someone!

Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought

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Re: natual consumption reduction

"The monitor sits in a drawer now, and has been for maybe 2 years as it was costing me a fortune in AA batteries!!"

...that's a good point - I wonder if the DfBEIS factored the cost of batteries in their energy (un)savings?

Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression

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"Chen says one of his “now-retired colleagues worked on real-time compression, and he told me that the Alpha AXP processor was very weak on bit-twiddling instructions".

I guess that Chen doesn't know what the "R" is "RISC" means!


300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

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The Daily Mail...

...would that be the newspaper the puts all its weekend supplements, leaflets etc. in a, er, single use plastic bag?

Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

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Dangerous gimmick

If compromised, you can change your password - but you can't change your voice!

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: $&%#! Microsoft!

Re: "That's only true for those who upgraded from an originally OEM license..."

It is a good job that Microsoft made that transparently clear in their upgrade nagware popups - er, they did, didn't they?

EU: We're splashing out €6.7bn on a giant scientific cloud

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I wonder how many more of these "very generous schemes" (already greatly funded by the money we pay into the EU) will suddenly appear over the next two months?

I guess that timing is everything :(

Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

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Re: Leave the Conman Market before its too late!

Re: Si 1

"One more thought: If the EU really is so vindictive and malign towards countries leaving, then surely we are better off getting out from being controlled by them?"

Forget the economic arguments - this alone is enough to justify leaving! With "friends" like this, who needs enemies?

Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: Carbon


But are you comparing the energy density of methanol to hydrogen at room temperature and pressure?

Big data boffins crunch GPS traces, find altruistic route planning is good for everyone

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Re: More Cars than Roads


"Rail systems are mostly paid by its users."

In the UK, rail companies receive billions of pounds per year in subsidies (on average, several pence per passenger mile). I don't know the actual percentage compared with paid-for fares, but it is probably quite a lot!

"Road systems are mostly paid by the taxes."

That'll be the taxes in the form of duty on fuel, and VAT on the fuel and the duty, and the road fund licence wotsit, and car tax, and car insurance tax etc - £50-odd billions worth every year, of which only a tiny fraction is spent back on the roads!

No wonder motorists think that they are treated unfairly.


Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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@Salts (Re: Sue 'em )

Re: "Consumer wise same in the UK, unless it is against your statutory rights, basically at point of sale you and the retailer enter into a contract and all terms and conditions that need to be adhered to must be clearly displayed at that point, not 10 meters back on a wall in white text on a white background or sealed in a box, otherwise your statutory rights apply and anything else you can get away with."

...and Microsoft did _just_ that for me this morning!

Booting my (work) PC i received a popup dialogue saying that i could not continue unless i *accept* a licence agreement. The popup did not say what program or application it was from, and the licence agreement link said...


PLEASE NOTE: Your use of this software is subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement by which you acquired this software.  For instance, if you are:

• a volume license customer, use of this software is subject to your volume license agreement.

• a MSDN customer, use of this software is subject to the MSDN agreement.

You may not use this software if you have not validly acquired a license for the software from Microsoft or its licensed distributors.



...and that was it.

The Vogons were nothing but fluffy kittens compared to Microsoft!


Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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@Steve Davies 3

"Those old enough to have worked with VMS will probably smile at your post."

...and lucky enough ;) :)


It's amazing the UK Parliament agreed to track 22bn Brits' car trips. Oh right – it didn't

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Re: AC Of course, now we *know* this

..but he (she) did it anonymously (er, wait a minute!).


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One rule for us...

Is it ironic that the photo at the top of the article has the police car number plate obscured? ;)

BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

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Web attack knocks BBC websites offline



Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?

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> I am having trouble understanding your brand of paranoia:

Thank you for your concern ;)

> * You have issues with accepting cookies from support.microsoft.com

Absolutely, indeed i block cookies from most websites, although i allow them for the session on say, e-commerce sites, so that my shopping basket works. With regards to Microsoft specifically, at work i don't block cookies, and because i have various accounts for MSDN etc., when i go to the support website it must find some old cookie and decides that i need to logon to see the site. But it DOESN'T tell me what account it wants me to login under (MSDN, live, 365 or whatever)! Trying the same from home (with no cookies) works fine (no login required). That is unnecessary complexity, monitoring and meddling.

> * Yet you apparently continue to use Windows. Else why would you care about GWX?

I have been using Windows for nigh on 30 years (starting on a VAXmate in the mid eighties). Over that time it gradually got better up to XP, stumbled badly with Vista but then recovered well with Windows 7. Since then it has exponentially got worse in almost all respects, so i WILL continue to use Windows, but on "7" only, and will be planning a migration soon ready for support ending (or nag-ware/slurping going too far).

> * And you don't routinely use your favourite browser's private browsing mode. You indeed seem to imply ignorance of it.

I have already tried your link in Private Browsing mode, and it doesn't work there either - although that is probably because i am blocking the cookies anyway. I actually go much further than Private Browsing, and use the likes of NoScript and RequestPolicy etc. There are too many 3rd-party hangers-on out there for my liking (and it speeds up browsing muchly).

> I don't know, really. Is there a real issue you're facing, or are you just making up objections, at this point?

The issue is, i can't see the contents of the link that you posted due to Microsoft's unnecessary messing!

> And a similar, but more general, question to the downvoters:

FWIW, i didn't downvote you, indeed if i could read the article and it was useful, i would probably have given you an upvote.



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Re: Here's how you do that

Sadly that website insists that you "Please enable cookies and refresh the page" (without telling you exactly which cookie they want enabling) - thus slurping even more info about you :)



Hungryhouse resets thousands of customers' passwords

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Re: Responses

@ scottf007

You are a member of the El Reg community, a CEO and someone who seems to know what he is talking about (in IT at least) - i salute you!

Safe-mail.net goes titsup. Storage failure blamed

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Re: Coincidence?

Nothing to See heAr?

Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

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My Dad is with TalkTalk, and several weeks ago they sent him an e-mail offering F-Secure "SuperSafe Boost" for "a tiny £2 a month". He did not take up the offer.

Then, just over a week ago he received an (unsolicited) e-mail directly from safeavenue@f-secure.com (confirmed by the headers and not just the "From:" address) , greeting him by name and offering what looks like a free 8-seat licence for "F-SECURE SAFE!".

So if TalkTalk have passed on his e-mail address and name to a third party, what else have they given away without permission?


175,000 whinge to Microsoft about phone tech support scams

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Re: And the real problem?

@Loud Speaker

"Currently the only way to avoid these scum is to avoid MS' products."

How, exactly, would this work?


Daddy Dyson keeps it in the family and hoovers up son’s energy biz

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...but it kept him in business, so he could keep many, many, R&D jobs in the UK, along with the IP for today and tomorrow!

20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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Er, i'm keeping quiet here ;)

Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: Buses are like HS2

AC posted: "Less than half the population have access to a car"

...really? Which planet does this population that you refer to exist on? Certainly not the UK!


Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids

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Re: Link

Wow - that is the MOST cookies that i have ever had to accept to watch a mere video!



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