* Posts by nick soph

24 posts • joined 26 Jun 2007

'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers

nick soph

Please send more tax than our rules say you should.

Do we really think the NHS would be in its current state if MP's were obliged to get all their health services from it?

That you were speaking to Margret Hodge and didn't discuss her families use of offshore shell companies to pay less tax, shows you didnt do your research and I doubt you think people should pay as much tax as they feel morally obligated to do. So are you really making a story of about a fishing millionaire (who didnt pay more tax than she needed to) who says "Amazon didnt pay more tax than it needed to!"

Margaret Hodge's outrage and most of this article is deflecting from the real questions about how to change the laws.

Remember those stolen 'NSA exploits' leaked online by the Shadow Brokers? The Chinese had them a year before

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Symantec - a reliable source of twaddle

If anybody has any reason to believe Symantec is capable of carrying out an investigation into anything but money I'd be obliged for the links.

The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows

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Missing the point

Creation of WSL had a primary function - to reduce MS embarrassment when at every dev conf they hold, nearly all the devs are on macbooks. If you are going to a MS event, don't forget your mac.

On Kaspersky’s 'transparency tour' the truth was clear as mud

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Could an American company report the bad things it thinks American security agencies are doing? Likewise for a Russian/Chinese/North Korean co. Truecrypt was closed down by persons or persons unknown without any explanation and before its final security audit was completed. The final comment from the anonymous Truecrypt authors was that Truecrypt had a fault and they made a recommendation to use Microsoft's Bitlocker instead. There is an interpretation of these events which goes - the security services used secret laws (Do we have them? How would we know?) to stop any further dev of Truecrypt because it worked, and Truecrypt's 'use Bitlocker' statement was made as a obvious false flag (It is widely assumed that Bitlocker has a backdoor available to US agencies). It seems likely there is a difference in the form of pressure exerted by states on the companies that work within their borders but the effect is the same and the reporting by a company of the misdeeds of its homeland's government is discouraged and the opposite for the reporting of misdeeds of other countries. The US's public defamation of KL should be regarded as a compliment to KL (at least as far as US produced nasties are concerned), the sad thing is that the Russians have not similarly endorsed any US security products in return.

Intel adopts Orwellian irony with call for fast Meltdown-Spectre action after slow patch delivery

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We just need to wait for the exploits. Once we have a few million PC's pwned by the baddies, action will be taken: until then Intel is solvent.

The opsec blunders that landed a Russian politician's fraudster son in the clink for 27 years

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Guam - because he will later be released to the Russians to prevent the release of videos showing an orange bloke and a young girl.

French publishers join Swedish 'Block Party' to pester ad refuseniks

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Mute button next

TV remotes often have buttons to change to another channel or mute their TV's. Whilst this is a perfectly acceptable use of the remote control for a TV, I've noticed several people also using these controls to temporarily change channel or mute sound whist adverts are on. This should be stopped and requires only simple reprogramming of the controller to prevent these harmful, unwarranted and unjustifiable acts.

How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript

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So can we guess a date for Kik's demise by password theft or DoS attack?

Im picking April 3rd.

Smartmobe brain maker Qualcomm teases 64-bit ARM server chip secrets

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A question - what does this do for VM's running containers?

Symantec fires staff caught up in rogue Google SSL cert snafu

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Symantec - nee Norton

Was a great company till Peter Norton left - downhill ever since - I wouldnt touch anything from them now.

Bezos' bozos swing ban-hammer at media player

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Ban Windows, OSX, Linux and Android too

These operating systems (and several others) are favored by pirates who install add-on programs which they then use for infringing copyright - this shirley should not be allowed and Im sure that if we ban the selling and distribution of operating systems we can significantly reduce piracy.

It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Re: Edge and other search engines

Didnt see your comment before posting mine but if Steve Ballmer was still in charge I might of taken you up on the bet.

nick soph

Re: Edge and other search engines

How to kill a browser in one easy lesson. Somebody tell me this isnt true.

Rackspace in Crawley: This is a local data centre for local people

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Legal opinion? What for?

Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

$86 for the replacement of an iphone battery.

I think Apple must have a special course for their employees - How to keep a straight face when a potential customer approaches you.

UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Calculating a fair fine

Number of calls to people who didnt want them, times

time in seconds it took them to answer the call and hang up and get back to what they were doing, times

the average wage per second.

The information gathered will supply more accurate info but;

Working on 6 million calls a day, with just 1% of the calls being to people who didnt want them and 2 mins of their day wasted at £10 an hour, comes to £20,000 per day or about £5,000,000 a year.

Oracle bypasses SAS/SATA controllers in flashy new servers

nick soph

Really? This is The Register! If I wanted to read press releases Id go to the BBC. The headline sucks too.

Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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Nexus 7 2013 - upgraded to Lollipop on release day from the factory images. The only significant issue with the original Lollipop machine images Ive seen has been that the tablets with the larger memory capacities were all set up as if they only had 8GB, which Google issued a fix for, apart from that I noticed some misaligned text on something in settings. The few people I know who have the same tablet have not had the OTA update pushed out to them and it seems that only those who have hacked the OTA update to install manually have had problems.

YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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Re: RotM?

I think I see an Apple patent coming up.

TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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I was never that bothered by it's name. Can't we just agree to call whatever follows something else - 'Elisabeth' maybe?

Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Not just overloaded - duff firmware increases load

One particular router is adding to Sky's problems - hundreds of users are reporting multiple random disconnects since Sky pushed out latest firmware upgrade to their Sagem router.

More interesting is that they are suggesting buying a new router or upgrading package as solutions.

nick soph

Sky have another problem -

After a problem where my Sky Sagem router randomly but persistently dropped the ADSL connection for a few seconds, I discovered the problem was directly connected to the Routers new firmware and a quick reflash of the older firmware brought the issue to an end.

Looking on their forums shows im not alone with over a hundred users reporting the same problem on Sky's forums since the start of this year. What is interesting is Sky's response which is firmly sticking it's head in the sand. With users reporting the Internet connection light on the router turning red they are being asked to check

a. their wireless is not too far from the router

b. they havn't exceeded their download limits,

c. whether they are willing to BUY a new router

Pointing out the fix to about 10 of the users brought a swift response from Sky - If I continue to spam the forums - expect to be banned.

What is going on and why havn't they acknowledged their is a problem with the new firmware?

'Shut your head and be pheasant'

nick soph

A Guide For Users - Dealing With Technical Support Staff

Rufus brings up an interesting point, how to treat customers who are both open topped and not phesant. but I'd rather start a conversation about what we would like our customers to do to make it a better interaction.

A Guide For Users - Dealing With Technical Support Staff

Please be aware that computers are immensley complicated - more so than engineers.

If the computer has developed a fault, it is often best to turn off the machine and restart it before calling the support line.

Even if the rebooting solved the problem the problem should be reported.

Helpdesk staff are rarely experts in all the areas that relate to your issue.

Mention early in the call if the item has ever worked and try and think if anything else might be relevant, eg. there's a powercut or you dropped it down the stairs.

Follow instuctions and report back on your progress with plenty of verbal confirmation and interaction.

If you want to know, ask and if you are uninterested try and be polite - sometimes engineers need to talk things thru to clarify their own thoughts and are rarely gifted with the ability to properly judge the level of detail each caller would like to hear.

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