* Posts by Mattjimf

133 posts • joined 16 Aug 2012

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

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I had this a few years ago with my NHS.net address.

Scottish biz raided, fined £500k for making 193 million automated calls

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Re: Spoofing of phone numbers should be limited

My current roll in the NHS involves calling Doctor's surgeries to arrange/troubleshoot issues with label printers, it's amazing how many GP practices that block withheld numbers.

There is a code the hospitals can enter into the phone first to remove the withheld number, but most people don't really know it or can be arsed to find out.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database

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Seeing as I keep getting crap delivered addressed to the The Occupier, am I and the countless others in the same boat in trouble?

SanDisk's iXpand Wireless Charger is the unholy lovechild of a Qi mat and a flash drive

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Re: Costs

It's £16 a year for Google.

Oh noes! Half the NHS runs on Windows 7! Thankfully, here's Citrix with a virty vaccine

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Re: Loaded question, isn't it? Asking of the Windows 7 base

In the NHS the answer will still be the same due to the fact that almost all software required for various systems is not compatible/supported on non-Windows devices or the OS is not compatible with the existing infrastructure.

Holy smokes! Ex-IT admin gets two years prison for trashing Army chaplains' servers

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Re: Where is god when you need him?

Being Omnipotent, they know who you are regardless of perceived anonymity.

Nine words to ruin your Monday: Emergency Internet Explorer patch amid in-the-wild attacks

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Re: Emergency ?

Obviously doesn't count all the PoS sites in the NHS that only run on IE, with Java 6.4, iframes and flash

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

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Electric Supplier: "Great news we're rolling out smart meters, contact us to get one installed!"

Small Print: "Will not work with Solar Panels and FiT"

Me: "WOOT!"

Bus pass or bus ass? Hackers peeved about public transport claim to have reverse engineered ticket app for free rides

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Re: Still too expensive

Growing up in the home of First Bus (Aberdeen), where the original motto was "We bought the Buses for you!", that was quickly dropped same as the non-profitable routes as the prices went up.

Not very bright: Apple geniuses spend two weeks, $10,000 of repairs on a MacBook Pro fault caused by one dumb bug

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Devil

Would it be better to test this out in the local Apple store last thing before they close or first thing after they open?

Apple disables iPad for 48 years after toddler runs amok

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Working with the iDiot devices at work, I have seen this pop up on both the iPad and iPhone a couple of times, although I've always gone with just wiping the damn thing.

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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Attending a training course at Uxbridge, staying right next to Heathrow airport, yet having to get a train/Underground from Newcastle rather than the faster and cheaper option of flying.

Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic

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Re: WAIT! Hang on, back up a second ...

If plugged in you can pre-heat/cool the car for up to 3 hours, it works best with the 6.6Kw connection as that doesn't use any of the battery, the 3.3Kw versions (only on the 24 and 30KWh versions) use a small amount of the battery power to pre-heat/cool (usually 1-3%). Unplugged you can pre-heat/cool the car for 15 minutes again this only uses 1-3% of battery power.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

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Re: Huh?

You mean swapped your phone for a re-conditioned one with a new battery, unless they opened it right in front of you and actually did what you're accusing them of doing.

Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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Google on Alexa

Tutorial here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR-LVPMU7F4

5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov

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"The West Midlands is to become the first UK urban 5G testbed area"

Can someone please tell this to the loon in Gateshead who keeps forcing the council to spend money telling him they are not testing 5G and fixing the street lights he keeps breaking.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: Still happens

We had a consultant who would consistantly damage his laptop every year, round about when the new laptops had been released. One excuse was dropping it from the top of the plane stairs.

Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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Good luck with that one. We had one to trial in my work and god it was awful, getting drivers was hideous, the build and performance was woeful and it kept dropping off the WiFi.

Tsk-tsk, fat cat Softcat: Milk-slurping reseller taken to court

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I guess the shop owner is a fan of Herman's Hermits:

https://youtu.be/LesWfbkJJlQ

(no I can't post HTML)

No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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Re: i3 ?

Don't worry, when Intel get to i8, BMW will get the money back.

Irish priests told to stop bashing bishops

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Wonder if they will go down the Father Ted route https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pGcE7IvCTs

A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder

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And the female equivalent

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/sex-and-relationship/180917/couple-rushed-to-hospital-with-mans-head-stuck-in-his-wifes-vagina.html

BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown

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Looks like Monty Python were right to be worried about it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdk-rHAndNc

And yes I know it's not the retrival system.

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Oop North

Not heard any panic up here in the North East so far.

Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

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Here we go again.

And it's been blocked again, this time the capture isn't working on Chrome or IE11.

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Re: So Chrome gets a free pass?

Alway happens on a Monday, at least in my Trust.

IE 11 and Chrome fine to complete captcha, IE 8 (yes we are still using it, and we still have a few XP machines (in the very low hundreds)) can't manage the captcha.

We currently have a ongoing project to update IE to 11 Trust wide standard, but hampered by external suppliers only supporting IE8, Chrome is App-V only.

Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements

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Re: "Bring back Tomorrow's World, I say."

You've never been up at 6:30-7am on a Saturday morning when it's on BBC 1?

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Re: I loved Top Gear

Your in luck as the new show is indeed on Amazon (not sure how you have missed that info).

The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

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Re: TomTom got me round the UK & France without once getting it wrong

You know you can download areas on Google Maps for use when there is no signal, do it for areas you are going to be visiting before you leave the WiFi coverage, then have data free navigation (of course you don't get the realtime traffic updates).

Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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Re: Tesla's progress is amazing

The superchargers are there for the journeys where you need to stop and charge, not for you to use as a daily exercise, the fact that your nearest one is 50 miles away, means that you know you can currently travel 150 miles away, and still make it home with the help of said charger.

If you have a charger at home and solar panels why the hell do you need to charge anywhere else if your just using it on battery as a city runabout?

Plug in hybrids are built for running in the city on battery to cut polluiton, current BEV such as the Leaf are built for day to day city commute, Telsa is pushing the current manufacturers to help increase the take up of BEV as a full car rather than a second, city runaround.

I have to point out I run a Leaf as my only car, but it works for me as I have charging available at home (with solar panels) and at work, which is an easy commute across Newcastle and Gateshead. First long trip in car next weekend when I travel up to Aberdeen.

Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

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Re: There can be many issues that don't comply

Having worked on the helldesk for AppleCare for a few months, when a user gets a refurbished phone, they get a phone that has a new battery and screen but the gubbins of everything else is from a device that has been returned, typically to Ireland.

'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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Re: Given the scarcity of items on our cousins in the material released...

d) Corruption is so rife in the former soviet union that they just expect that they have been stealing millions but can't do anything due to the next person to come in will be just the same regardless of what they say: see Ukriane and Poroshenko.

Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Interesting - Just hope the dates match up.

You can use standard on street charging as well as the superchargers, just takes a little bit longer.

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Honest in that you can reliably get electric generated from hydro/wind/solar from companies at the moment - see Ecotricity/Good Energy/OVO/LoCO2.

Honest in that the whole push for electric cars is coming from the need to reduce the kerb side emissions in towns not in the emissions used to generate the power (incidentally Scotland just shut off the last coal powered station last month, leaving just a gas powered station and two Nuclear stations).

Honest in that the majority of the rapid chargers on the motorway network are supplied by one of said green energy suppliers (ecotricity).

Honest in that range is crap, but they are built primarily for use as city cars, for the reasons mentioned above.

Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

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Might want to have a look at the Kindle Fire OS 5 and blue shade, released in December.

Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

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Don't take a Leaf out of this book: Nissan electric car app has ZERO authentication

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There is a thread documenting the whole thing here - https://speakev.com/threads/nissan-connect-app-security-concerns.15143/

@Chris Millar, I'm guessing you have an Outlander. As your battery is only good for 25 miles and your lugging a full engine around for when it invariably goes flat, if this was to affect your vehicle it would make little or no difference, it's the electric only vehicles that are most at risk.

Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge

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Can they not just request access to their Apple account(s) be unlocked for them, from there they can unlock the phone via the find my phone feature on the website.

Full access to the phone without bricking it, Apple don't need to circumvent their own security, everyone wins.

Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go

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Cartoon

I'm guessing it's going to be based along the same lines as the cartoon that's on CITV http://www.awn.com/news/playmobil-series-super-4-headed-cartoon-network

Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Missed the visitor centre

I was up there in 2009, didn't realise the visitor centre was in Thurso, so when I got to Dounreay, just stood looking and watching the polis exercising their dog (was heading towards Ullapool, and couldn't be bothered turning back).

When I was a kid I did go on the tour of Sellafield (as it was then) as my dad was working on some of the construction of part of the site at that point.

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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What do you mean there's no new iPhone?

Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: Sentient being prejudice

I think this highlights your point - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmK0bZl4ILM

Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Re: [email protected]

"Maybe we need noise makers adding to our bikes?"

Have you tried sticking ice lolly sticks in the spokes?

Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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You get the option of not being on the "We're greedy buggers and want cash" one.

Elon Musk snowed under with Googley dollars for Space Internet

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Re: could be worse...

Or... "Life Support has stopped responding and needs to shut down"

DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

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Re: I believe...

In my experience iPlayer is London based for watch now BBC shows (at least it is for the news bulletins).

Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Re: Push-button gear change? Really?

The other issue with button (or electronic) handbrakes are that they fail.

My mum's car was hit in a car park by a rouge car where the electronic handbrake failed. The owner, when he returned to find his car across from where he parked, said it had happened a number of times, but they couldn't find a fault with it.

Also it's not as flamboyant pulling handbrake turns with your mates in the back by pushing a button.

FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Sod the books, free music

So if I buy an album on iTunes, download it to my computer, then copy it from the iTunes music folder into a different folder or burn it to disc, I can then request a refund on the album and still have it.

How long before Apple are doing a U-turn on this.

HP breaks for Xmas week - aka 'staff hols' - source

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ummm...

Am I missing a week between Christmas and the 5th of January?

Is next Monday (a week from today) not the 5th of January?

Or were they off last week as well, and El Reg just got round to seeing the complaining email?

Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

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Re: What pisses me off about all this...

Meanwhile in Scotland, the Rugby fans get to watch all the Internationals on BBC, but the football fans have to pay Sky for the privilege.

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