* Posts by GreggS

301 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Feb 2012

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Smart ovens do really dumb stuff to check for Wi-Fi

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Not surprising

"SMART" TV's have been phoning home for years, Samsung's used to have to be able to see samsung.com. Heck, my TAPO lightbulb won't work with Alexa if I have DOT enabled.

Nice smart device – how long does it get software updates?

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SMart

They're only smart if the person using them is smart. That is why i have such a bugbear about so-called smart meters being marketed as better for the consumer, they're not, they're only better for the energy suppliers and National Grid, although, they aren't exactly smart either,

Startup raises $30 million for wireless power delivery system

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Re: $30 million for a microwave oven and a tin can?

And to The Pringles post.

Once you've popped, you can't stop.

IBM manager sues for $5m claiming postnatal demotion

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Good luck to her

If all that is stated is as it is, then $5 mil seems low.

Apple patches actively exploited iPhone, iPad kernel vulns

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Tim Cook

Every time i see a photo of him i have to have a double take just to make sure it's him and not Tony Adams.

Your new career plan: Go to jail for bribery, get busted taking drugs, be appointed chair of Samsung

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Member of UK cabinet

With a reputation like that, I'm surprised he wasn't appointed deputy PM.

How I made a Chrome extension for converting Reg articles to UK spelling

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Isn't that what Musk is trying to do by buying Twitter?

New measurement alert: Liz Truss inspires new Register standard

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A Truss

You could have easily have already been using a Clough(ie) as he only lasted the same amount of time at Leeds United as famously depicted in the Damned Utd. Ironically, Truss wanted to channel the spirit of Don Revie during her leadership bid, the very man Clough replaced.

Amazon expands end-to-end video encryption to battery-powered Ring devices

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Devil's in the detail

So key here is "customer's enrolled mobile device". According to the blurb;

"With this option enabled, your video content is encrypted with a unique key generated by your Ring device, and this key is only shared with the mobile devices you select. Only you have the key to decrypt the videos.

Please Note: Enabling End-to-End Encryption will disable some of the features you get with Ring devices. For example, you can't watch Live View from enrolled Ring devices on an Alexa device. Also, any Shared Users you've added will lose access to Ring devices you enrol."

So you can enrol a few devices under your own account by the sounds of things, but any "shared" users (not logged in under your account) within your household can no longer access them. Plus you lose the love view function on any Alexa devices. hmmm...

Lenovo launches face-mounted monitor

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Re: How long until..

Good luck to him if he's managed to keep going for 30 minutes.

Software developer cracks Hyundai car security with Google search

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re: that would be Iconic

It would certainly be Ioniq.

Vivaldi email client released 7 years after first announcement

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Re: Old Man

I was horrified by the fact that Virgin Media support now use WhatsApp to communicate. I'm no Luddite, but perleeaase....

Apple gets lawsuit over Meltdown and Spectre dismissed

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I believe the point here is that the judge is saying that security is not a central function of the CPU. It therefore stands to reason that the overarching OS is therefore responsible for it, which is basically what Apple is saying in their argument.

Welsh home improvement biz fined £200,000 over campaign of 675,478 nuisance calls

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Wow Minority Report type pre-emptive strikes

"Home2Sense was incorporated in September 20129"

Impressive

Pension cold-calling financial services biz cops largest ever fine from UK data watchdog

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No word from the FCA

On whether they will also be fining the company for breaking the law on cold calling?

Council culture: Software test leads to absurd local planning SNAFU

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Xerox

edammed if he do, edammed if he don't

Annoyed US regulator warns it might knock SpaceX's shiny new Texas tower down

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unless you're Boeing (and until you get caught out).

UK urged to choo-choo-choose hydrogen-powered trains in pursuit of carbon-neutral economic growth

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Re: Oh great!

"You happily drive a cat with 60-80 litres of explosive liquid in a single walled plastic bowl."

Would that be a Schrodinger's bowl?

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills

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sweet and sour pork balls

"The 3 per cent of respondents who suggested a day with a hangover should best be started with sweet and sour pork balls (30th) are clearly suffering from a hangover caused by something other than alcohol. Possibly crack."

Nope. It's an indication of our changing population and Student demographic.

Want to keep working in shorts and flipflops way after this is all over? It could be time to rethink your career moves

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Clothing?

No one can force me to put any on whilst i'm typing this response from home!

Just when everyone thought things might be looking up, Dido Harding admits interest in top job at NHS England

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She's a friend of BoJo the clown so will probably get the job no questions asked or other people interviewed.

Facebook Giphy merger stays on ice after failed challenge to UK competition regulator

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Re: prognostications

I predicted as much.

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prognostications

great word. Must try and use it today.

Oops, says Manchester City Council after thousands of number plates exposed in parking ticket spreadsheet

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MC1192

Is that a human or just the number of a mobile unit?

If it's a human, you've got to give them some Kudos. I certainly couldn't write a ticket that quickly and at that frequency.

CD Projekt Red 'EPICALLY pwned': Cyberpunk 2077 dev publishes ransom note after company systems encrypted

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Xerox

I like the dark chocolate one.

Congrats, Meg Whitman, another multi-billion-dollar write-off for the CV: Her web vid upstart Quibi implodes

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Re: Meg Whitman drives another company into the ground

She did it again? That would be Britney songs, not country, surely?

That long-awaited, super-hyped Apple launch: Watches, iPads... and one more thing. Oh, actually that's it

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No mention

of battery life at all?

Digital pregnancy testing sticks turn out to have very analogue internals when it comes to getting results

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Re: Doomed

Come again?

Not exactly running on the pregnancy test hardware though. They've changed the CPU & display and stuck them back into the stick casing. That's like putting a modern PC's innards into a ZX81 and saying i've got the latest Flight Simulator running on it.

Hundreds of forgotten corners of mega-corp websites fall into the hands of spammers and malware slingers

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Xerox

would you say it was a copy cat enterprise?

Never knowingly under-digitally transformed: Retailer John Lewis outsources tech function to Wipro

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Well

good luck with that.

One map to rule them all: UK's Ordnance Survey rolls out its Data Hub and the juicy API goodness that lies therein

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Re: Could this become the official UK postcode and address database?

or this;

https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/28/21272954/google-maps-plus-code-geolocation-digital-address-six-digit

Zero-click, zero-day flaws in iOS Mail 'exploited to hijack' VIP smartphones. Apple rushes out beta patch

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Re: Buy Apple

I'm not saying they haven't. It was sarcasm. But Apple use this on their advertising.

No one is 100% secure so to say it is......

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Buy Apple

It has (in)security built-in!

Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...

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Is the use of Zoom down to his PM in all but name, sorry special advisor Dominic Cummings?

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now: Brexit tea towel says it'll just be the gigabit broadband

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Re: hedgehogs

They should just share.

Ding-dong. Who's there? Any marketing outfit willing to pay: Not content with giving cops access to doorbell cams, Ring also touts personal info

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Re: GDPR?

Yes, but RING's EMEA HQ is in the Netherlands.

ICANN finally reveals who’s behind purchase of .org: It’s ███████ and ██████ – you don't need to know any more

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If it is a massive tax avoidance scheme, shouldn't the IRS be getting very interested in any transactions taking place?

Apple tipped to go full wireless by 2021, and you're all still grumbling about a headphone jack

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CarPlay

So they're going to make nearly all Apple Carplay systems redundant as well at the same time? Only very few manufacturers are including wireless CarPlay systems.

Bandwidth weirdness at TalkTalk has customers fuming at being denied on-demand I'm A Celeb

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Amazon link?

Could it also have something to do with Amazon starting to live stream the "footy"?

Video-editing upstart bares users' raunchy flicks to world+dog via leaky AWS bucket

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Still

It's one way to get your search rankings up

Baffled by bogus charges on your Amazon account? It may be the work of a crook's phantom gadget

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Samsung

Weren't Samsung TV's the common link here?

Seems it might be a problem there.

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want

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They can't guarantee next day across international borders, so they offer "free" for most items to Prime members. Having said that, i ordered from Amazon.com, got free international delivery and it was delivered within a day.

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Prime Video is included as is their Prime music service, but not their Music unlimited one.

Fed up of playing Whac-A-Mole with network of SoftBank-owned patent holders, Intel hits court

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pot

kettle

Google: We've achieved quantum supremacy! IBM: Nope. And stop using that word, please

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Re: Boggling

Q-Bert says"@!*?@!"

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Re: A company that sells ads versus a company that sells computers

Hmm.

"hyberbole over fact"

Insert obligatory Brexit statement here:

Tearoff of Nottingham: University to lose chunk of IT dept to outsourcing

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Local hospitals

Interesting. Nottingham University has a big and close partnership with the Nottinghamshire University Hospital Trust which runs the two Nottingham hospitals - Queens Medical Centre & City Hospital. Will this outsourcing also affect them?

EU's top court sees no problem with telling Facebook to take content down globally

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Facebook/Google et al

How is this situation any different from the ruling in Google's favour around global takedowns, which went in Google's favour?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/09/24/eu_court_justice_right_to_be_forgotten_ruling/

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper

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Yeah but don't worry, the ICO is here to make sure all that data is used correctly!

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"Server farms and data centres require vast amounts of energy to operate"

They have to pay for that £2.9bn overspend at Hinkley Point C somehow.

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