* Posts by Martin Summers

1141 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011


HTC breaks with tradition to push out 2 phones someone might actually want to buy

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It's after care was crap and more importantly its build quality was crap. I've never owned a phone with flaky paint and as many lock ups, since my last HTC many years ago, and I won't risk it again.

Hoverbikes, Hyperloops and sub-orbital hijinks: Yes, the '3rd, 4th and 5th Dimensions of Travel' are coming soon

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Re: Nothing so simple

It's a vacuum in a tunnel, not space....

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I think I'd rather get lubed up and use the hyperloop tunnel as a giant slip and slide rather than be shot down it in a vacuum. Am I incorrect in thinking you could get pasted up the wall of the capsule if something goes wrong? Not for me even sedated I think!

Ever felt down after staring at your phone late in bed? It's not just you – mice do too

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Re: Control Groups

They stopped what they were doing, then started again.

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Re: So it’s the blue light all along

I'm pretty sure that mice are currently unaware of the global pandemic or race riots etc.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: That's a first!

Well that's one angle on it. Maybe the miscreants just wanted a refund for a flight from Easyjet. Obtaining and using someone else's credit card details from them was possibly the easiest way to achieve that.

Ofcom: Rule change to force UK comms providers to tell you when your contract expires

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Re: IPv6 disclosures?

Like it actually matters. If you want IPV6 so bad go with a provider that offers it. I don't think it's Ofcoms job to get involved with such niche technical aspects of ISP's services.

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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Let's be fair to this error message. Its not for a techie, it's for the customer who has come up to get a drink to tell them it can't serve them. Otherwise what else is meant to happen, it says nothing on screen and the customer gets frustrated because nothing is happening?

This isn't even a Windows error message, aside from the fact you can see Windows is present this really has nothing to do Windows. It's an error generated by the software running the vending. Not quite what I expect from the bork column to be honest. OS errors interjecting into customer facing applications is usually what's funny about these contributions.

Back of the net! Norfolk County Council kicks off £18m Oracle cloud ERP deal

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Oh dear. Give it a couple of years and I fully expect them to be tendering again. I can guarantee this will not go well. I keep wondering where Oracle are getting the customers still and why their new customers have not done enough due diligence on this company.

Unfortunately, thanks to the way councils have to procure services by law, Oracle probably had a crack team working on fitting the procurement criteria to the letter and deep enough pockets to price everyone else out. I don't think there's anything a council can do to account for the fact that a company are known to be utterly shite on their application. They'd have more than likely had no choice but to go with them. I bet their IT department are absolutely dispairing.

Comms giant Telefonica confirms O2 in talks to merge with Virgin Media

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Ah Mercury, I did extended work experience at their NOC at Small Heath in the mid 90's. Manager who was looking after me said he'd have offered me a job had I been old enough as I'd got a good grasp of PDH and SDH. Alas many years later and I wish I'd pursued that a bit more at the time as compared to the jobs I've done since it was a pretty cool place to work.

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That will be interesting considering Vodafone were meant to be hosting the Virgin Mobile MVNO as of next year. I imagine there have been some worried phone calls and checking of contracts going on behind the scenes.

Browse mode: We're not goofing off on the Sidebar of Shame and online shopping sites, says UK's Ministry of Defence

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I've tried sucking up before too. Alas, still no gold badge.

Brit magistrates' courts turn to video conferencing to keep wheels of justice turning

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I've got a better idea. Can people just bloody stop committing crimes for a bit pretty please? Cheers.

Cheshire Police celebrates three-year migration to Oracle Fusion by lobbing out tender for system to replace it... one year later

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Why do they want to leave after 12 months?

Because they've had 12 months of Oracle's production 'support'. That's why.

Sophos XG firewalls hacked, hotfix ready. Texts wreck Apple iThings. Yup, business as usual in infosec world

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I've just made myself really popular with my wife sending her the Apple crash message and losing her a weeks worth of messages. Wasn't the wisest of moves on my part.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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"And obviously, leaving the safe confined air recirculated close proximity of a sub for the shore - madness"

Quite. I am sure after they've been back for a day they'll be clamouring to get back in the tin can and resurface again when all this is over!

Zuck loves free speech so much Facebook will censor 'anti-state' content in Vietnam after telcos 'crippled' access

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If it stuck it out for 7 weeks then it should have stuck it out for longer.

You are either committed to free speech, or you aren't.

Baby, I swear it's déjà vu: TalkTalk customers unable to opt out of ISP's ad-jacking DNS – just like six years ago

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If you think this is bad, anyone remember when Network Solutions did it for the entire Internet in the root DNS?

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule

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Re: We know what you did ...

We will never be rid of people in our society who don't give a fuck. It's depressing. Most of us care, most of us try our hardest to do as we should and do right by others. Some of us don't want to and never will. It often seems they have better lives than we do because they just don't worry about the things we worry about.

But I could never, and will never, become one of them.

Samsung's Q1 forecast defies coronavirus downward trends but it's unlikely to continue

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Re: S20

My inner geek said "Get the ultra" my sensible self said "No way am I spending that kind of money on a phone". I've got an S20 5G because I wanted an upgrade from the S9 and I'm glad to say it was thankfully worthwhile. I skipped the S10 as I thought it was their first foray into this form factor with an under screen fingerprint sensor and wasn't going to suffer any issues they've had (only to find they've used the same sensor!).

I don't understand why they've decided to alienate their customers who liked owning their flagship phones knowing they were getting better value for money than iFans by releasing premium varients of the same model. I won't fall for it and they can sod off if they ever think I will pay to be in their premium club. I don't imagine in the long run they will sell enough ultras to justify their decision.

Samsung succeed when they're not trying their hardest to ape Apple and chase their margins.

Cloudflare family-friendly DNS service flubs first filtering foray: Vital LGBTQ, sex-ed sites blocked 'by mistake'

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"Presumably it also does it for free?"

Yes, it is free.

"Frankly, sadly, changing a home router's DHCP server to hand out a different DNS server address is going to be well beyond what most parents are capable of."

If you've not got the technical smarts to put it in place yourself then you're not going to be 'censored' involuntarily are you. Censoring is a strong word and this is most certainly not what Cloudflare are doing.

"I suspect a significant chunk of parents have no idea how to go about restricting what their kids can access."

I suspect a significant chunk of parents don't care what their kids access and never will. There's plenty of advice and ways to filter the Internet for kids if you are so inclined to do so and they're not particularly technical. Companies have made it their business to provide specifically this for decades now. In this article we are talking about DNS filtering which can be done at the OS level if needs be which can be done following a step by step guide. I suspect most people will choose an easier software route if they're not capable.

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They're not censoring the bloody Internet. People are *choosing* to use their DNS filtering service. There's a big difference. It can be removed just as easily as it was put in place. It's a filtering service, it filtered stuff. Others providers like openDNS are available and you can even choose to not block specific sites if you want to.

Who's going to pay for Britain's Aunty Beeb to carry on? Broadband users, broadcaster suggests to government

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Re: April Fool

Unfortunately even if it was, I wouldn't be at all surprised at the suggestion of such a levy.

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm

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"Is this a bad time to bring up the recent study about the carbon footprint of a single email?"

I'd hazard a yes.

What happens when the maintainer of a JS library downloaded 26m times a week goes to prison for killing someone with a motorbike? Core-js just found out

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Re: Zloirock

Make sure you've got trousers on!

World's smallest violin to be played for opportunistic sellers banned from eBay and Amazon for price gouging

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Re: The best way to fsck these scum

Bob, I appreciate the sentiment but I think the police have enough to be going on with at the moment. It's one thing the price gougers putting their wares on eBay but it's another that people are actually willingly buying them, noone is forcing them. This is eBays responsibility to Police and they will take the reputation hit if they don't.

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Re: The best way to fsck these scum

I've spent a couple of minutes a night to go through and report every single item I've found for price gouging. They don't seem to be getting taken down though unfortunately.

Hypochondriacs – are your eyes all blurry? It's just YouTube trying to cut video-stream quality worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic

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Re: Huh?

Oh don't get me started on the waste of bandwidth and sheer annoyance of having to watch adverts before each and every stream I play on Amazon Prime. Can't even switch it off. At least Netflix have finally had the decency to allow you to switch off their shocking auto previews when scrolling through content. I suspect though that was more to do with competition coming along than listening to customers.

TeamViewer is going to turn around and ignore what you're doing with its freebie licence to help new remote workers

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"As other services (*cough* Teams *cough*)"

Is this a new and persistent cough? Do you have a fever?

SpaceX beats an engine failure to loft another 60 Starlink satellites

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"Are all the satellites getting the new paint job?"

I shouldn't think so, who would want to be the one up there with a tin of paint and a brush? I'm crap enough at painting without having to catch the bloody thing I want to paint first.

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"

People are panic buying toilet roll apparently because if you're stuck inside isolating it's the last thing you'd want to run out of (other than food) and you don't want to be mixing with lots of potentially infected people in a supermarket to get more.

You. Drop and give me 20... per cent IPv6 by 2023, 80% by 2025, Uncle Sam tells its IT admins after years of slacking

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In all of this intervening time no-one apparently has thought it fit to come up with a standard the world could easily adopt without the unnecessary complexity of IPV6. If it had been acknowledged early on that IPV6 is a turkey then by now we could have moved on to bigger and better things. Why so much protectionism for something so unloved? It's crap, it always has been and always will be.

Yo, Imma let you finish, but for the 6,000 people still using that app on a daily basis ... we have a question: why?

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Throws sheep

Smartwatch owners love their calorie-counting gadgets, but they are verrry expensive

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I loved my Pebble watch, I unfortunately got through 3 of the things due to screen issues although happily these were all warranty replacements. I've now got a Samsung Gear 3, I still find it useful but it's way more sophisticated than I wanted compared to the Pebble. I can only get the same battery life by turning it off over night. Saying that I actually do sometimes use the phone (through my mobile) feature which comes in handy when your hands aren't completely free.

What annoys me is that the manufacturers are utterly obsessed with the health side of it and you'd think that was the only reason anyone ever bought one. I get that for marketing but it's shoved in your face constantly even if you're only in the geek part of the market like me.

Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything

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Re: "as your mum once told me"

"Make friends with the IT flunky in charge of chucking your keyboard, and I'm sure they'll ensure it gets chucked into a waiting bag..."

Ha, that'd certainly be an idea if we weren't a really small team, as in 4 of us now soon to be 2 as we leave the sinking ship!

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Re: "as your mum once told me"

I got bought a Microsoft Sculpt desktop set for work to use to alleviate my RSI. I have found it amazingly good at the job. Unfortunately it is expensive and I'm going to be working for a charity soon and don't want to burden them with an occupational health request for a keyboard such as this. Does anyone know of any proven decent, reasonably priced keyboards with the same aesthetics as the Sculpt? Any help would be appreciated.

PS: Unfortunately my old work won't let me take the keyboard and mouse I've used for 3 years even though I know it will get chucked in storage and never used again. Who'd knowingly want to use a keyboard someone has used for that long anyway!

Reddit gets downvoted as site takes a Wednesday tumble

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Re: Wait a second...

Where have you been? In keeping with the spirit of biting the hand that feeds IT, 'El Reg have published several articles on their Landords recent woes and have declared their tenancy each time. I think they used to have better dedicated Vulture Central headquarters once upon a time...

I believe most online publishers are moving away from staff actually having to come into contact with each other. They might argue that's a good thing. I've never met a Register reporter in real life so I couldn't comment.

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Well, lunch breaks are important.

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I'm finding myself spending more time on Reddit for some reason these days, not for lunch time surfing though, that's time for The Register. Seriously though, if the Register went down over lunch time I don't know what I'd do, it is actually an ingrained habit for what must be nearly 2 decades now.

Ring in the changes: Mandatory two-factor authentication, login alerts, targeted ads opt-out after punters voice privacy gripes

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Re: Security?

To be honest I'd rather them do that than break in and take what's inside. As a bonus you might get a mugshot or at least a profile of them that law enforcement may possibly bother with to match their crimes elsewhere.

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All we need now is for Spotify to do the same thing to get into their account pages. People are crying out for it on their forums. They don't notify you if anything happens with your account they just shut the door after the horse has bolted. I had a password that had been raided from LinkedIn (yes I know, never re-use) and someone got in to my Spotify account and added 2 premium users to my subscription without me ever knowing. All I got eventually was an email from Spotify to tell me that they'd blocked access to my account as they'd detected unusual activity. I duly changed my password but hadn't seen the new accounts that had been added until I went to add someone new some time later. Everyone should now have some form of 2fa to prevent this.

I'm sorry, Elon. I'm afraid I can't do that... SpaceX touts robo-rides for orbital vacations, lift-off in 2021-ish

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Ask the price?

I won't ask but I'm sure the prices are reassuringly astronomical...

You'll never select all and mark as read again after this tale of peril... Oh, who are we kidding? Of course you will

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By the sounds of it he'd have removed that and continued to walk through anyway!

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

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Fantastic, I need a copy of this poster to put up at home so I can point to it when my Discord using teenager is being a pain in the ass. Seriously though, I do wish my boy knew how to use all of these off his own back, I'd be quite proud. Unfortunately past gaming he doesn't take an interest.

Android owners – you'll want to get these latest security patches, especially for this nasty Bluetooth hijack flaw

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Re: "you'll want to get these latest security patches"

"Your device is up to date. 1st Feb 2019"

Not sure if you think that is the last update you got or if you realise (and I hate to break it to you if this is the case) that is just the last date your phone *checked* for an update.

WindiLeaks: 250 million Microsoft customer support records dating back to 2005 exposed to open internet

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I just saw this bulletin, sent it to the Reg but as usual they're ahead of me, 42 minutes in fact!

In the bulletin it says "misconfigurations are unfortunately a common error across the industry. We have solutions to help prevent this kind of mistake, but unfortunately they were not enabled for this database".

5G signals won't make men infertile, sighs UK ad watchdog as it bans bonkers scary poster

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Doesn't that prove it? ;-)

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail

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You could have looked that up yourself. Also, look up 'irony'.

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Re: Deleted

In the real world things can be thrown away by accident. Most times you have the option to retrieve whatever it was from the bin. That's the same principle as this and I think that's fine. I don't think user stupidness should always be designed around, carelessness yes but stupidness definitely not. If the user actually tried to make something of their 'important' emails disappearing from the deleted items box then they only make things look worse for themselves. I don't think something like that could ever make a HR meeting let alone a court without someone telling the person to stop being stupid and drop it. People have to deal with the consequences of their actions and sometimes IT people helpful as they are feel an unjust sense of guilt about users troubles even though they didn't cause them. It's why IT departments get shat on from a great height the world over because they don't stand up for themselves and let people think the worst of them. We are at the point now where if someone can't get something back that's important it becomes the techs issue and they're deemed as unhelpful if they didn't manage to pull off a miracle. Maybe not to their face but you can bet they've told everyone else that. A simple, 'you did the digital equivalent of chucking it in the bin and its gone forever' is sufficient for this and not looking apologetic or acting in an unsure way as if you could have done more. We as IT people need more confidence in ourselves!

Londoner who tried to blackmail Apple with 300m+ iCloud account resets was reusing stale old creds

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Re: How does this work ?

I'd say he's setting him up for next time around. I'd rather not have the prisons full of guys like this who pose no danger to life and have not had a substantial impact on people's lives generally. If you put his crime against those of the utter knobs that crippled the NHS, that's all the perspective I need.



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