* Posts by tin 2

412 posts • joined 3 Apr 2010


Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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"a bit irritated at the EU's continued determination to punish the UK"

If you leave the golf club, you aren't allowed to still use the course.

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Hahaha eBay laggards?! There's no chance of that, they haven't even updated their logo on some of their pages yet. (e.g. search for a car and click the "get the report" link in the item specifics section)

UK.gov dangles £100m for service slingers for back office 'transformation' that'll kill off bespoke systems

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This, 100%. Everything in this arena is bespoke, unless you have everyone half manually processing the data with shared files and Excel. And even then you'll probably end up with a load of bespoke macros.

No, the trick is to get a well-shepherded in-house team who create, intimately know and love the system they give birth to. But ain't nobody got the kahunas for that.

While waiting for the Linux train, Bork pays a visit to Geordieland with Windows 10

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Re: Need a bit of Raspberry Pi action

I came here specifically to say this. The "protection" is an illusion.

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

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Re: Browsers don't.

Turn off Javascript?! how many websites you visit actually function these days?

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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"Every time I see an email from Google it is terrifying."

There is a great summary of the problem.

Facebook-for-suits puts on a fresh jacket. 'Classic' Yammer is so 2018. Behold, a public preview of 'New' Yammer

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Re: Linked-In is already bad enough

I saw that as exactly the point of the mock....

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

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Re: I hated the pump ads...

I agree with you entirely on every level. The problem is that the vast majority of people aren't bothered enough, don't vote with their feet, so it continues.

Serial killer spotted on the night train from Newcastle

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I remember... maybe late 90s perhaps, they installed new displays - nothing like these - in the underground stations on Merseyrail. They showed testing and then something like "look at the front of the train" for many months, perhaps years. I'm pretty sure they never displayed any actual information and at some point were replaced with the more conventional ones you see these days.

Xiaomi emits phone browser updates after almighty row over web activity harvested even in incognito mode

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Which peice of shit software developer...

...is sitting there thinking it's fine to add telemetry to private browsing mode*, and doing it? C'mon who are you?

* NVM the more arguable stuff. I think we can all defintely agree that private browsing signals that the user doesn't want any telemetry sending anywhere right?

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

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"The billion-dollar deal set off alarm bells from the very beginning: no one in the domain name industry had ever heard of Ethos Capital, and it only had two named employees. It quickly emerged it had been secretly created by a former CEO of ICANN, and he had registered the company one day after ICANN made clear it was going to lift price caps on the 10 million .org domains, instantly making the registry worth tens of millions more."

WOW.. wowowowowow. I have no more words. Just wow.

Guess who's back, back again. SE's back, tell a friend: 2020 reboot looks like an iPhone 8 and even shares components

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all they got to do now is....

.... put a 3.5mm jack on it, and it will be almost the perfect phone.

Move fast and break stuff, Windows Terminal style: Final update before release will nix your carefully crafted settings

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Re: How about a poll?

You can't have NaN cos by definition it's NaN.

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Re: How about a poll?

AmigaOS .... Still one of the features I'm not sure how the wider world didn't learn.

As Zoom bans spread over privacy concerns, vid-conf biz taps up Stamos as firefighter in totally-not-a-PR-stunt move

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100%. More than 1/2 of the phishing I get *purportedly* comes direct from the Yahoo accounts of people I know.

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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Re: Please don't kill Skype

"confusing mess of bollocks" is the most precise description of teams I've seen for a good long while.

While I don't doubt correctly set up teams might work once you're in call, figuring out the day to day running of communicating via teams is something I still don't understand.

The number of magically resurrected otherwise long-dead chats when people think they're getting in touch with you afresh is astonishing. Kind of like the old Lync leave-a-call-but-don't-really-leave-it-actually thing.

It really is quite incredible. MS must have mountains of people working on it, and it's still a dogs dinner.

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I wonder who's downvoting this stuff. Bill himself?

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Anyone think that the software engineers at MS sit there doing nothing all day?

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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Re: But........

I'd be handing the car back as not fit for purpose. Then see how motivated they are to replace it.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: Troll

and that just backs it up. Nicely done.

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Re: Bit of a non-story

That makes the massive whacking assumption that any of that is true.

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Re: Troll

And the fact that you use "terminate" as a term for a thing you do to another human being indicates all we need to know about your attitude.

Zoom vows to spend next 90 days thinking hard about its security and privacy after rough week, meeting ID war-dialing tool emerges

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Re: To be honest you can't blame people for going to Zoom

and they'll make zoom rubbish somehow.

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Re: 90 Days?

Assuming the lockdowns do get eased, It's gonna plummet, but not going to the levels it was, now people have been forced to make videoconferencing work of sorts. A significant percentage of companies and/or of meeting organisers are going to realise it really doesn't need people blowing valuable time travelling and the associated costs quite as much as before.

Just a shame someone needed to show all the other videoconferencing "experts" how to write software that actually works - most of the time.

BT providing free meals to coax its healthy customer support staff back into office as calls rocket amid pandemic

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Plusnet - and I mention them cos it's called out by Marc's tweet specifically - has been overrun by demand for literally years, without any real attempt to address. So I think, and I presume for the rest of BT, this is bollocks.

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home

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I don't get why we need a system

Phone company - send this to all subscribers now cos we say. Job done. No (OK... not much of a) system required for that surely?

Oh-so-generous ransomware crooks vow to hold back from health organisations during COVID-19 crisis

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This is not because banks are not targeted; it is because they have better security."

..or they are liars..

Let's Encrypt? Let's revoke 3 million HTTPS certificates on Wednesday, more like: Check code loop blunder strikes

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I picked a bad day to get into working with LetsEncrypt then! (been seeing random API errors all day - I now presume due to load)

Raspberry Pi goes 2GB for the price of 1GB in honour of mini-computer's eighth birthday

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Re: Many hapPi returns.

While we're reminiscing...

I got one of the first model Bs too. I wrapped it in one of the original PiBows. It ran a browser displaying a network status carousel (in fullscreen of course) on a big monitor strapped to the wall at my place of work. There had to be a cron job to reboot it every night as the browser slowly spanked all the memory during the day, but that was OK, it would reboot and come straight back to the web page in about 15 secs - in direct contrast to other nearby previous attempts that were most of the time big TVs proudly broadcasting Windows sat at a Novell login (yep!) prompt.

I departed and so did my Pi, but that same one is currently the DHCP server in my home and lab networks today, although it desperately needs me to bite the bullet and upgrade the version of raspbian and ISC that's on it.

We know what you did last summer: MGM's hotel spinoff lost 10.7m guest records and now they're on hacker forums

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10.7 million = limited?

FCC forced by court to ask the public (again) if they think tearing up net neutrality was a really good idea or not

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Re: Net Neutrality is to Free Open Internet as PATRIOT Act is to Patriotism

Try to make a possibly valid point but fill it full of hyperbole so that it looks like you're a nutter, why dontcha?

Assange lawyer: Trump offered WikiLeaker a pardon in exchange for denying Russia hacked Democrats' email

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"and a total lie". Statement direct from Trump himself then!

Best buds? Apple must be fuming: Samsung's wireless earphones boast 11 hours of listening on a single charge

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Re: Powered what?

Of course. It's horses for courses and personal preference. I'd love a great pair of wireless headphones, it just seems such a thing doesn't exist. I have several pairs, all consigned to the drawer.

For me, having to jam them in your ears (OMG the whomping while you're running!), bluetooth still being a user experience nightmare, needing to ensure they're charged, ease of losing and the cost all massively outweigh the pain in the ass wire.

So perhaps. for some people, the wire is an overriding PITA, but I absolutely don't buy that wireless headphones are any kind of massive improvement over wired for multiple reasons. And for me for technology to move on the new thing has to be appreciably better than the old thing.

So - overall - I genuinely don't get what's not to love.

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Re: Powered what?

I came here to say the exact same thing. Infinity hours battery life on no charge, and you can easily move them to any other 3.5mm equipped device in seconds with out titting around with any bluetooth settings. And more difficult to lose. AND quite cheap to replace.

I don't really get what's not to love.

Virtualization juggernaut VMware hits the CPU turbo button for licensing costs

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Re: VMware

Yep, whack whatever it was direct on tin, and ensure you've got your OOBM working. Buy another server with the £ you just saved. That is all.

'Windows Vista' spotted doing a whoopsie over EE's signage

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Re: Yikes

That would be super cheeky!

The 3 screens in the front of the local EE shop are often displaying a teamviewer error over the top of whatever's playing, and have been doing so for months.

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest

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Re: "Around 0.5% of emails opened in the 'bird today, apparently"

ahh the memories!! pine on Irix and Solaris here too :)

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Re: Thanks for the clarification, Smooth Newt

pine. surely?

Because Monday mornings just aren't annoying enough: Google Drive takes a dive and knocks out G Suite

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Re: Hands up...

Heheh. None at all, I just chose what I saw, got lucky, and still like it.

You're right tho, as I did already say, I must back it up. Cos either Google will get bored and EOL it, or there'll be some megahack that "nobody thought possible".

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Re: Hands up...

Me. All my stuff is in there. I think it's had a couple of hiccups in the almost 14 years I've been using it. and I've NOT lost my work due to some kind of crash hundreds of times in that period. I think they're doing really quite well.

...and yeah I probably should back it up and no I'm definitely no Google fanboi.

In deepest darkest Surrey, an on-prem SAP system running 17-year-old software is about to die....

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Re: Civil servants never learns..

Agree entirely. But this is definitely not limited to civil servants.

Chrome suddenly using Bing after installing Office 365 Pro Plus... Yeah, that might have been us, mumbles Microsoft

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Re: Antitrust

an upvote just for mentioning Spybot S&D

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

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Makes logitech look like....

... absolute saints.

Dixons fined £500,000 by ICO for crap security that exposed 5.6 million customers' payment cards

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I remember that well, the staff were really struggling with it.

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan

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Re: Security angle

I don't buy that at all. They play audio streams and pull control data from (presumably) a web portal. There's not much there to screw up in the first place and certainly no advances in security that couldn't be updated in software on older devices. If Logitech can keep their similarly aged, long discontinued stuff working, I don't see how Sonos can't, unless they're incompetent.

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Re: Many happy non-returns

^^ this. 100% this.

This is home audio equipment, NOT consumer electronics. They're supposed to work pretty much until you get bored of it, it breaks irreparably or you fancy an upgrade. Then it goes to the flea market or boot sale (or ebay I guess).

The absolute oldest Sonos must be.... what.... 2005? That's absolutely not lasted long enough for a piece of home audio kit.

In tribute to Galaxy Note 7, BBC iPlayer support goes up in flames for some Samsung TVs

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Re: Sorry but...

yeah but then they could change that core software dramatically and make it an absolutely horrible POS to use....

That's Microsoft price: Now you can enjoy a BSOD from the comfort of your driving seat

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Re: bootnote

And the person that snapped the photo was able to snap a picture between crash and crash + no time! impressive.

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Re: "Proper embedded devices fail a lot less often than windows."

"But keep on believing all the evil in the world it due to Windows"

Oh no, that part is true.

Stand back, we're going in: The Register rips a 7th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon apart. Literally

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Re: Who actually needs the talking to?

and also the same as.... a Macbook pro



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