* Posts by Craig McGill 1

71 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Feb 2010


BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work

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What is best for a house on three levels?

Gah, this article has only muddied the waters for me. Currently on the hunt for what would be best for this house (five bedrooms/three levels) due to everyone WFH and three teens ready to be sent home from school. TP Powerlines don't work well due to crap electrics so I need something I can run that works with Virgin's truly awful Superb 3.

I was always wary of kit like BT's because I was told it halves your signal power and what you can use? Am I being a dumb noob?

All and any kit (routers/mess/whatevs) suggestions welcome though...

Leaked EU doc plots €100bn fund to protect European firms against international tech giants

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EU completely misses a point...

Even when Europe and the Nordic areas create big companies or decent unicorns like Nokia and Skyscanner, they get snatched up by US and Asian companies. So that's always going to be a problem.

Of course, one of the reasons (I suspect) that the EU struggles to develop killer firms is the hassles in growing cross-market. China and the US are one-language markets, which helps growth. You can't do that in the EU.

Top AI conference NIPS won't change its name amid growing protest over 'bad taste' acronym

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Has anyone ever complained to The Reg...

About TITSUP? Just wondering...

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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Define digital skills

This is the bit that bursts my knitting - what is basic digital skills? Is it being able to surf the web? send email? Set up an email account? Code a basic website? Pivot a spreadsheet? Understand C, R or other codes?

It's too vague a term these days.

Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

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Papers send staff out?

They don't have the staff these days. Even most court cases are covered by agency. Having said that, El Reg or the reporter could probably make a few bob writing up a version of this for the other papers...

Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

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Re: Slowing Mac Sales?

This is either a problem for Apple or where they want the company to go. We've three iPhone users in the house all wanting to upgrade but won't pay the crazy prices for the existing ones and the SE is too out of date for the money, so we're holding off.

Equally, the lack of an afforable MacBook saw us go to another OS.

I think the pricing going up suits Apple just nicely but I suspect we'll (over time) see a rerun of the 90s with them because while the pricing element will suit a considerable part of the market, when you add in the fact that they seem to be making their walled garden more locked-in, I think they're making a bad move. Be expensive, yes, but let me use other companies' products with my Apple gear (the lock-in on their new Siri speaker is just daft).

The Reg visits London Met Police's digital and electronics forensics labs

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Good read - well done cops and El Reg

More of this sort of thing please - and well done on the cops for not hiding behind bog-standard answers and being quite open. Nice one all round.

Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

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For the price of four iPhone X's you could fly in zero-g

Just to put it in perspective - one you would change in a few years and the other is an amazing experience. It really is a nuts price for a phone isn't it? (And I say this as someone who always buys a mac for the house and has had some overpriced howlers like the LC475 and PowerPC 4400).

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Apple's cloud stuff is still not all there

You must be one of the lucky ones. I find Apple's cloud offerings to be dire (and yes, I've checked the settings) - photos don't always come together on different devices, contacts never sync up, iBook is a joke. Glad it works for someone though!

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VLC works on ios

I've been transferring files to iPads and iPhones to watch on VLC for years.

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Re: This is why I always wait a version or two...

Yeah, same here. The only reason I have from wanting to drop down from the 6s+ I have at the moment is the size - I am bloody sick of carrying a TV screen around with me. If a SE2 gets announced soon I may consider that, failing that I'll stick with this as long as possible and then pick up whatever the last model that is slim(ish) and has a proper headphones socket.

How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Gemini will ship in 30 flavours - are they mental?

That seems a tad extreme - the variation and complexity there is surely OTT and will give them manufacturing grief...

(I always liked the Sony consumer kit trick of a base model, base model plus £50/£75 and then a third model at £50/$75 above that - was simple and you knew the differences.)

Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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Re: Gadget Show Apple bias,....

Purely as a side-step, the N95 was a great phone but man did Nokia screw the pooch with the follow-up...

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How many?

Two eyes, two nostrils, two ears, skin, tongue - so what's the ninth? Unless you are counting the different taste receptors in your mouth...

SpaceX 'raises' an extra 100 million bucks to get His Muskiness to Mars

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Re: Andrew Silver, this is article is low effort trolling.

Agree. I'm all for media cynicism and hype bursting but most of this article was just an unbalanced dig.

UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from Reg's butt

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Are we sure this is UK and not England?

Are we sure this is UK-wide given the devolved nature of some of the emergency services?

Also, how bad is the coverage going to be in Scotland, where I wager most of the dead space is?

10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

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One good reason for the Kindle...

I'm trying to nag the kids to spend less time on tablets and phones but it looks a bit hypocritical if I'm on mine, so I've gone back to the Kindle to show that I'm reading and not doing anything else.

I keep meaning to pick up Jerusalem, but I may need to go to the gym first before getting that bad boy (and finish Artemis and the new Brookmyre)...

The Kindle has been a cracking device though - moreso for what it brought to the market than the hardware - but the price on the books has been getting ramped up a bit of late. I hope this reflects authors getting more royalties...

RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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Petrov was the only non-military man on duty

All the others who were on missile watch had been trained in military schools, Petrov had not and I believe that he often cited that as one of the reasons he thought it through instead of passing on the alarm.

SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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The best one there was

Baffles me that a lot of people don't like Excession as much as the other books in the series. Though thankfully you never see anyone trying to defend Feersum Enjun...

Twitter is just randomly deleting people's lists – and no one knows why

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Give the users a break

Lot of snobbery on here. Lists are actually incredibly useful, especially when combined with Hootsuite or Tweetdeck. Great for curating lists of worthwhile people to follow.

Having said that, yet again this shows - along with the poor handling of name selling - that there's a total lack of business savvy in that place.

75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Fantastic tale, well told

More of this please El Reg! (And I second the RV Jones book - great read.)

Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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Don't go blaming the PRs for this one as it may have been nothing to do with them but surely a bit of common sense would have told them that if they were going to be talking about an internal tool then they should get clearance for that - either from comms or compliance - because if the tool wasn't well known externally then technically they are in breach of contract.

Removing the tweet was just daft though, but they may have done it voluntarily.

(Also, they were told beforehand apparently about what would happen if they did their talk - perhaps that shouldn't have been left as a text message though.)

Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost

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Does it take into account when companies won't let you switch?

I tried to upgrade on Virgin to save money but they point blanked refused as apparently 'I wasn't in the right family of tariffs' so once that contract expires later this year I'm done with them - and downgrading the wifi as well.

Sports Direct hacked last year, and still hasn't told its staff of data breach

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Both parts of this are relatively standard statements in cyber PR issues. The first part is because they really don't want to highlight the matter in case it attracts more attacks and the second part shows that they a) are trying to do something and b) did something.

How effective or useful you may find the statement is another issue and depends from person to person.

Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

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But it is easier to break the mountains off now as the gap is bigger...

Let's go ARM wrestling with an SEO link spammer

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Heh. That is a belter - but are you saying that legit SEO types also shouldn't bother getting in touch asking for a link as well?

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

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Missing the point a bit

Speaking as someone who has been a journalist and on the other side, I can point out that you are utterly wrong here. This isn't about accuracy - people/organisations will use this as a threat to stop something being published even if it is true. As others have pointed out, the big issue is this will be used as a threat ("Are you 100% sure about that? Will your anonymous quotes stand up in court?") - that's something many firms won't take a chance on, even if the story is true.

There are times journalism needs to be on the vague side of the law - many a crook has been exposed because journalism did stuff the law couldn't - but all of the recent activity has mostly been about the rich and famous attacking the media that has, at times, been a pain in the backside for them and embarassed them.

Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Re: Is the book worth a read?

Came out yesterday in the US but for some reason there's a two day delay to UK...

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Re: Is the book worth a read?

Ta! About to order!

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Is the book worth a read?

Only got the new Expanse book to look forward to (tomorrow) so could do with something else for reading to pad out the time until the new Stross in January...

London Stock Exchange's German mega-merger: It's a go, despite Brexit

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Brilliant read

Cracking read. This is the sort of thing I come to El Reg for. (Utterly chilling when you look at the scenarios and implications but still a great read.)

Moshi Monsters' daddy Mind Candy: Falling sales, £2.2m loss...

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Too late to tablet

Moshi Monsters wasn't a bad idea at launch but it failed at two things:

1) Was too late to adapt to working on tablets and phones. Having to use a desktop or laptop all the time absolutely hammered it. If they had the full service on tablets earlier they would have been doing far better.

2) They failed to adapt to a changing audience. While they always had the younger market sewn up, there was nothing for the early users who grew up. JK Rowling pulled it off with the Potter books but few others have managed it.

CIOs: Want to find out how to break into the boardroom?

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For those that can't make London, what's the odds on online material after the event?

Apple flings iOS 8.1 at world+dog: Our AMAZEBALLS 9-step installation guide

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Any better on the iPad2

Like a muppet I installed this on the iPad2 and it's made it horrific to use. Anyone know if this a) speeds things up or b) gives me back the option to pick how many emails sit in my inbox?

No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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Re: Rumours are untrue

OK, it's from a book but what one?

Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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Re: A step backwards

You are totally right but this is the way it has been going for a while in the age of 'content' - most places now work to the opinion of 'as long as a picture is good enough, it will do' and the definition of 'good enough' is 90% of the time not actually that good.

Basically, it's a cost cutting exercise. It's a shame because with the kit and technology available to journalists and others today, we should be in a golden age of reporting but the cuts make that impossible.

Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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Amazon aren't bad

I need to say that 9/10 you can't fault Amazon for this. They do have customer service - humans most of the time - that do try their damnedest to get you off the phone or screen as quickly as possible - but get you off the phone happy.

From corporate bod to startup star: The 10-month gig that changed everything

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A cracking read this - and indeed, sums up one key problem in many a firm. If you want the pay rise you have to get promoted, the old Peter Principle then comes into play.

You think more firms will realise that perhaps there's nothing wrong with having the guy in the middle or the bottom of the management ladder being the highest paid if his work is amazing.

Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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It's true but the time is probably off

I think given that the older generations take longer to come off platforms that the younger crowd who are always looking for novelty, the theory is probably right but I would say it will be post 2020 before it really drops off. I think you'll see a longer fade-off of users. Unless they do some great privacy cock-up and they've survived most of them so far.

New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

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Re: The price of last year's iPhone is eye watering

Yes, because Apple doesn't have any kind of online store for apps, music, films, tv shows or books that might already have millions of credit card details.

Apple returns to courtroom once again to contest ebook shafting

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Re: What planet is Mr Orlowski living on..?

Prices are often set by the publisher. I know a few who believe that a) they can charge more for digital versions because they are more convenient and b) because its the early days of the market. A few also want to dissuade people from buying digital versions strangely enough...

Facebook VOICE is what telco barons should fear - not a Zuckermobe

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Still get some income

... from the 3G charge. Wifi still isn't as readily available in the UK as elsewhere so they would still make some cash.

Interesting thought though: would a telco or handset maker take a chance and ban the Facebook app?

Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

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What about PressReader?

For those looking for all-you-can-eat press - UK and elsewhere - the app/site PressReader does a cracking job at £18 a month.

Doesn't have The Sun mind you.

Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

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Great for Data in Scotland

I hear horrific things about their voice service but their data connection across Scotland totally skelps O2 and others. Tie that in with their decent iPad 24-month plans and it's a winner all the way.

After Leveson: The UK gets an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for real

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Re: Don't bring Lucy Meadows into this...

What about a person who has hanged themselves holding a newspaper article talking about themselves and their family? I would say that's far more proof. And has happened.

I'm not sticking up for Littlejohn or the Mail - far from it.

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Don't bring Lucy Meadows into this...

To date, there has been no proof that Meadows took her life because of press involvement. It looks likely but it's not a given. To bring her into it diminishes from those who have taken their lives because of media reporting.

Having said that, this was a fantastic article. Muzzling the press in the way that is planned is wrong - and for those looking for a crusade - wouldn't have stopped Littlejohn's opinion piece from appearing.

Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount

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How many Aberdonians are reading El Reg?

Good grief, might need to talk them into running a Reg night. Wonder if the chef can get vulture...