* Posts by Cynical Shopper

56 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Feb 2013


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

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DAB not mandatory in new cars until 2022

20 years after that should be the minimum for consideration of analogue switch off.

Google puts Chrome on a cookie diet (which just so happens to starve its rivals, cough, cough...)

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Starving rivals

Aside from the vague "ways to reduce browser fingerprinting", this is all in the name of security (mainly protecting against CSRF), not preventing tracking. The only way rivals will be hobbled is if they don't add SameSite=None onto their cookies before the new Chrome setting becomes live.

Meet Microsoft's new Visual Studio Online... not the same as the old Visual Studio Online

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Re: Framework + Core = .NET 5

I would say it's more .NET 5 => (Framework == dead).

The writing's been on the wall since Core came along. When MS say "Framework's not deprecated", they actually mean "time to jump ship".

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

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Any cookie management screeen that has opt-ins pre-ticked is not GDPR compliant.

British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages

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Re: Green Locked Padlock icon

Except in this case, given that the hackers modified a file on BA's server, they could have modified its CSP too.

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No, that just affects which SAQ applies:


US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: Default opt-ins

Default opt-in was allowed yesterday.

But any of those opt-ins no longer apply today.

TalkTalk plans to sell family B2B jewel to Daisy Group for £175m

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leaving Talk Talk to concentrate on selling broadband services

Stick to what you're good at, eh?

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Re: Impossible? No

And how do you convince crims to use this encryption, rather than something secure?

Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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@ Lost all faith... "Because [Netflix] do fuck all when it comes to Radio, Websites, Current affairs; in fact anything they can't buy in several months in advance."

If you needed a licence to consume *any* BBC content then your argument would stack up, but most of the stuff you mention doesn't require a TV licence.

The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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Re: OpenSource

"The Groove app will continue to play wma files"


Germans force Microsoft to scrap future pushy Windows 10 upgrades

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Re: Horse, door, oh...

"Microsoft are on record saying that Windows 10 is the last "major" version, it's a rolling program of "minor" updates from then on."

Didn't they say that about IE6? That worked out well...

Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

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Re: Spawn of Satan

I tried this once - it responds with a message along the lines of, "We'll call you back later".

Some time later, a human calls you up saying you requested a marketing call. It's all to get around the TPS "survey" loophole - which I informed the human that we both knew was the case. He said, "Why did you press 2 then?", to which I responded, "I wanted to know what company to avoid giving any business to."

Cassini captures pieces of Saturn’s rings

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Saturn's ring piece

You missed the obvious...

Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. Now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction

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Oculus had no expertise – other than Palmer Luckey who could not code

So they did have expertise. And one of the other three could do the coding.

New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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Customer can't win

So when your automated car crashes due to a software issue, you lose your no claims, and all drivers collectively pay through increased premiums. The insurance company would have no impetus to claim off the liable manufacturer since they won't be out of pocket.

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"In future, we might expect the market to evolve to a point where it is very expensive indeed for motorists to obtain insurance cover for vehicles that are not autonomous."

Why? The number of non-autonomous accidents should reduce in line with non-autonomous motorists.

In addition, "insurers would be free to exclude or limit liability", but this would be the same as is now for unauthorised modifications - there's a bit on your certificate of insurance that says that nothing in the policy prevents liability for third parties, so they'll still have to pay out, but try to recover the costs from their customer.

What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: Santander must also not be hashing passwords

Santander's login differs depending on which bank they took over that you used to be with. I locked myself out once due to their telephone banking system asking me for a field I don't have on my account.

The customer ID length being "unknown" would be very weak security by obscurity.

Storing hashes of each 3-character combination of your password (along with the necessary indexes of the characters) is pointless - it vastly reduces the attack space to brute force your password. Once you've got the first three characters, attacking another hash that re-uses 2 of your now-known characters is simple, and so on.

Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

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Unpicking the mess

So long as you and the car are in one of 43 quintillion pre-determined combinations.

Banks don’t give a 2FA

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Lloyds 2FA

They do have 2FA, but only when you want to perform some action. A bit like lazy vs. eager password entry on sites like Amazon. Works better for me than one of those stupid calculators that you have to carry everywhere.

Admittedly, it's not providing much security when the second factor is calling the same phone that the app or website is running on.

Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

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fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP)

It's premises.

A premise is something completely different.

Vodafone bins line rental charges as it moves onto TalkTalk's turf

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Vodafone should get a pat on the back?

Because they did it just before they were forced to?

PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Can we get rid of our stupid cookie notifications now?

And while we're at it, can we ban DRLs and bring back dim-dip lights please?

We will end misleading broadband adverts, thunders ASA...

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It's not just the adverts

Ofcom's complicit in that its "approved" comparison sites, eg. broadbandchoices, also do their best to hide line rental costs, and don't show or allow comparison of prices after the initial discount.

Gosh, what a huge shock: Ofcom shies away from BT Openreach split, calls for reform

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BT welcomed the conclusion

If that's the case, that tells me all I need to know without having to read the report: expect line rental to keep subsidising football viewers.

'I bet Russian hackers weren't expecting their target to suck so epically hard as this'

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Re: The pointless use of a ternary operator when there is no 'else' action

I think you may have misread the line as:

$path = $path[0] == "\/" ? substr($path, 1, strlen($path)) : $path;

As it is, the code is equivalent to:

if ($path[0] == "\/")

___ $path = substr($path, 1, strlen($path))


___ $path;

I'd equate that to "no else action".

Three scoops 'most reliable network' crown, EE takes every other title

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Vodafone last?

"Vodafone .. comes last when the various categories are averaged out."

"RootMetrics gives EE a weighted aggregated score of 88.1, Three 84.5, Vodafone 78.6 and O2 76.6."

If Vodafone are last, what are O2?

Asda slammed for letting vulns fester on its cyber shelves

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PCI Compliance

Who the hell have Asda been using for their penetration testing?

What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

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Any properly designed website login system uses HTTPS

Nice to hear the Reg publicly accept that its site is not properly designed.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: Harder, faster and they'll give you a buzz

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rendering a notional 1242x2208 user interface on a 1920x1080-pixel panel

That's going to look a tad squished. You would have thought they match the long and short sides.

Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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Re: One surprise...

"MOT test is being upgraded to ensure that all emission reducing devices originally installed are still present at the test. So you would need to reinstall the DPF and EGR for it."

But will you? I don't see much reduction in the fitment of aftermarket HIDs, despite the lack of self-levelling, supposedly now checked for as part of the MOT.

Ins0mnia bug means malicious iOS apps WILL NEVER DIE

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Re: limited support

"They currently support iOS 8 and devices up the iPhone 4S."

Yep - they "support" them until they're unusable: iOS 7 killed my iPhone 4. Patched iOS 6 would've been more sensible, but then I wouldn't have needed to get a new phone!

Sony PC owners to get Windows 10 upgrade as early Christmas present

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> all laptops should be vanilla with no differentiation

I'm sure Sony's system management firmware differentiation really drew in the crowds.

Apple's iOS 9 public beta lands: El Reg pops it on a slab, strokes it up

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Re: I hope it fixes the little UI niggles

iOS 7 introduced the big UI flaws - displaying the "last view" snapshot image when an app has to be restarted due to being booted out of memory, despite the app being configured not to.

And Safari temporarily displaying the "last view" snapshot of page when navigating back, only to replace it with the current page when it doesn't reload within 2 seconds.

In both of these situations, the screen's just showing an image, but there's nothing to let the user know that.

The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

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Re: Version for Android coming up?

Like PC iTunes, its Apple's one chance to appeal to the users of their competition.

Similarly, I expect Apple to completely cock it up.

What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display

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Re: Upgrade your RAM?

"How do they calculate that price?"

8GB = £160 (included)

16GB = £320 (so an extra £160)

32GB = £640 (so an extra £480)

So it's £20 per GB, for the same stuff that Crucial will sell you for £5.40 per GB.

BT set to undercut rivals with return to mobile biz

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Undercutting rivals

Monthly cost: FREE*

* plus £15 line rental

Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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Re: So the UK once had the most competitive mobile markets..

Deutsche Telekom never had a hand in Orange.

Presumably Ledswinger's referring to them half owning what's become of Orange.

Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: as an American, all I can say is...

If it helps, we do get more liquid in our gallons.

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Re: Answers

@Hans 1

"Please, you do not know what you are talking about. They are bringing specifically modified cars, with overinflated tires for example, different clutches etc to the test"

The EU test *allows* the manufacturers to do this. It should not. If Apple were *allowed* to claim its iPhone 6 can hold 40Tb of data (5TB?) then you can be sure that it would.

The test is to blame.

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Re: Answers

@ Robert E A Harvey

Manufacturers are compelled by law to include the results of the standard EU tests, along with CO2 emission figure, on all advertisements.

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Re: Answers

"My hire car managed 28.8mpg on diesel . Don;t believe what the manufacturers claim"

The manufacturers don't claim the MPG figures, they're the real result of standard EU tests.

OK, they game the system to get an astoundingly impossible result, but that's the fault of the test not the manufacturers.

UK.gov binds mobe operators to £5bn not-spot deal

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Reuse, reduce, recycle

"Calls and texts"? Looks like they've found a use for the old 2G kit they remove when they install 4G in cities. Welcome to the 90s, bumpkins!

High Court: You've made our SH*T list – corked pirate torrent sites double in a day

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Re: No one cares...

If I remember correctly, what's currently happening is "step 1". The agreement is that if (when) step 1 is found ineffectual in reducing copyright infringement, more draconian steps will be taken.

So, you're best off keeping quiet and pretending piracy has been cured.

Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

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Re: I just want

You can have proper motion when they start filming at sensible frame rates.

Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Re: OS integrated browser was MS's point of failure.

"But IE offered "multiple tab browsing" by putting each new tab (each new window) into the taskbar at the bottom of the screen -- a break with standard (and very successfull) Windows design of putting application menus on the application window, not on the main screen."

IE conformed to the Windows 95 "document-centric" ethos - each separate document was supposed to have its own window and button on the taskbar; it was Firefox that broke the rules. Tabbed IE now has the horrific mess of a single window and multiple taskbar entries, similar to Excel and its dreadful MDI window left over from Windows 3.1 days.

Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

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Incomplete information

"Get it all for just £30 a month for the first six months."

I've no idea how much that would cost me.

Ofcom should not permit this type of thing without the advertiser also saying what the cost after six months is, and preferably the contact length too. And it should include line rental in all prices, which I bet it doesn't.

What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?

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ordered not to screen the ads on British TV again

"We weren't anyway - that campaign's finished. We've got a new misleading ad lined up for the next campaign".

Rinse. Repeat. Well done ASA, that's told 'em.

Hey, remember the iPod Touch? Apple just did

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Better than 80 quid for the same on an iPhone (and 80 vs 40 for the 16Gb upgrade).

Ignoring that 32Gb of SD card costs about 12 quid, does the iPhone have better memory than the iPod to explain the discrepancy?