* Posts by hi_robb

354 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Jul 2007


Several months after the fact, CafePress finally acknowledges huge data theft to its customers


Here's a product idea for them.

I visited this site to shop securely, but all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

The Register taps a foot with boffins under the Lovell Telescope at Bluedot Festival


Brilliant festival

Yes it was muddy, yes it rained on Friday and Saturday morning but it was a fabulous festival full of wonderful science and geekery in the shadow of quite possibly one of the most iconic telescopes of all time.

Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email


I'll bet..

That the only complaints were from those who seen the picture and got a bit of Mormon glory..

The Reg visits London Met Police's digital and electronics forensics labs


A question for all my fellow (and fellowess) El-Reg readers.

I've been on these forums an awful long time. And in that time the general conscientious has been that most people on here are opposed to something like a central bio-metric database.

Can I ask why you feel that way?

Is it simply because you do not trust UK Police / Government to make it secure, or are there other reasons?

Surely apart from the obvious security concerns - which believe me I understand and feel the same way, if they were never going to be a problem then, if you've nothing to hide...

Genuinely curious on this.


Unlocked: The hidden love note on the grave of America's first crypto power-couple


Loved this

Please El Reg, more articles like this.

Shut the front door: Jewson 'fesses up to data breach


Oh dear

It looks like Jewson IT security is run by a bunch of planks.

Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment



My broadband has gone shit recently....

Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade



This article was heavy reading...

'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport


Feck me

I'll tell you what, the Queen's put on a few pounds...

Simon's Cat app rapped for random 'racy' advert


Oh dear

Thank god the viewers didn't visit the app hoping to see a bit of pussy...

Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch



Lots of complaints out on the t'interwebs about this.

I sort of understand what crApple are trying to do. It's so you can disconnect quickly from slow networks but still connect to your preferred ones like home without constantly having to disable and re-enable wifi when in different places.

What I've seen most complaints about is that because wifi doesn't really switch off now, that if you're out and about, that you still repeatedly get asked to join new networks as the phone detects them. Things like BT wifi etc.

There's a setting in Wifi settings where you can switch that off, and it works, now you no longer get connected to new networks automatically or asked to join them.

Of course "please don't call me Surely" mode still works and that's actually a bit better now as you can turn that on then put wifi back on so only tluebooth and your phone's mobile functions are off, still leaving you with connectivity. Maybe it's always been like that though, I don't know in honesty.

Personally, while it took me a few mins to get my head around what they had done, it doesn't really bother me that much. It's not really wifi and bluetooth that kill battery, it's the phone searching around for a mobile mast which kills it. So in that respect, this works better IMHO. You can be in that pub in the country with ten foot thick walls and no mobile reception, turn airplane mode on and still use the pubs wifi, so saving your battery from being drained by phone hunting for signal, but still be connected to the outside world.

The London Underground and wifi is probably another good example where this will save battery and be useful.

But I can understand why people don't like it. It's typical of crApple's attitude of, that's how it works now sod off.

Oh and about that pub in the country, my phone would be off, I'd much rather be drinking and enjoying my solitude than staring at the fecking screen,

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


oh dear

I hope he doesn't attempt the clean and jerk next.

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Does anyone know exactly where this terrible place is located?

It's so I can avoid it, honest...

Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus


I can see it now!

The minute people start having issues with FaceID, Apple will tell them...

'You're looking at it wrong."

Or maybe I can't see it and that's why it won't work.

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins


Re: Rules

Yep, their very fucking stupid.

Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins


Oh dear

May I be the first 'not' to weclome our new Proxima b dwelling overlords :-(

Men charged with theft of free newspapers


Re: Why?

I woudln't even wipe my arse with anything Gideon is related to.

Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads



Good old Currys / PC World.

A couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted a 4K UHD blu-ray player, a panasonic DMP-UB700 to be exact. Amazon were out of stock until the week after, but a cursory glance in google brought up Currys / PC World in the serach results for the same price as everywhere else. The Currys one even came with a free UHD disc (the girlie Ghostbusters so nothing to shout about, infact I'm ashamed to say it's in my possession!).

To be fair, the website was easy enough to use and I reserved my player to be picked up from my local store that very afternoon, and off I went to get it.

Once at the store I went and reported in to the customer service desk and the pimpled faced sales yoof brought my purchase out. As you can guess I got the extended warranty speil, told him no home insurance and the card I was paying on had better converage thanks. He stopped right away tyring to seel their crappy insurance to be fair, but then he dropped his big sell!

PFSP: "Do you need a high speed HDMI cable for that Sir?"

Me: "I have a number of HDMI cable at home thanks."

PFSP: "Ah but you'll need one that's high speed and support HDMI spec 2. blah blah and can carry a 4k signal."

*Now at this point I realised he may be actually telling some truth and that I may only have some older 1.4 spec cables in the house.*

Me: "Ah ok, I may need one, what have you got an how much is your cheapest?"

PFSP: "How long do you need the cable to be Sir?"

Me: "2m should do it thanks."

And without a trace of shame, not a blink of an eye or even a pause..

PFSP: "Our cheapest is £154 Sir."

Needless to say I paid for the blu-ray player, didn't take them up on the bargain cable and I I walked out the shop, got on to Amazon 2 hour prime same day deliveryon the phone, and had one of Amazon's own brand basic high speed cables delivered 34 minutes after I walked back through my front door.

The Amazon cable cost me a fiver and works perfectly.

That's where Currys make their money, selling wankpuffin extras to wankpuffin people who are too stupid to know any better.

Hundreds stranded at Manchester Airport due to IT 'glitch'



Don't just fook it, Thomas Cook it.

Russian hackers and Britney Spears in one story. Are you OK, Reg?



They did it again, they're not that innocent.

/taxi for one please

Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop



What does the guy call his laptop?


Teen charged with 'cyberstalking' in bomb hoax case


Re: Article picture

Absolutely not, that's the first sign of Madness...



2 years, the kid certainly kept them occupied.

Nerd Klaxon: Barbican to host Science Fiction exhibition this summer


No, no, no.

The bible is one man's lie about an affair that got seriously out of hand.

Payday lender Wonga admits to data breach


Cyber attacks are on the rise eh?

Yep, they sure are.

Wonga have detected a 1,509% increase in the last 5 years...

Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled



Shaq can buzz off, dangerous, bumbling fuckwit.


Re: And talking of quack medical gadgets...

I bought the wife one of those vibrators!

All she has done is moan since...

Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores



Some good points on HDMI,

A lot of err cheaper early build 4k tellies only have one if you're lucky and to do 4k HDR, the Scorpio buyers are going to need one. However, most modern 4K tellies have at least a couple of ports. Obviously the better ones have many more. My Sony X93 has erm 4 I think - all 4K HDR compatible.

Even those with 2 may struggle if they already have Sky Q and a PS4 Pro using them up already. Scorpio does have a HDMI in and if it's compliant that could be an option, but it's not exactly green. The Xbox One needs the console switched on for it to be used so up goes the leccy bill.


Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business



Wonder if it was a spur of the moment thing....

Van Allen surprise: fewer nasty particles than NASA expected



I love Van Allen,

Especially that song 'Jump'


UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts


God bless America

And free speech...

Smart sex toys firm coughs up $3.75m in privacy lawsuit



I hope their lawyer stuck up for them

BBC hooks up with ITV, launches long awaited US subscription VoD


Oh dear!

American's getting ITV, aren't the poor bastards suffering enough with Trump without that shit on top to!

Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant



I hope El Reg didn't take notes...

Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff


Eileen Dover....

I mentioned Eileen Dover earlier, but I'd also forgotten about her fella, Arthur Cliff...


Lovely pic

It was taken by Eileen Dover

/gets coat

Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017



Having read through all of your wonderful tributes to the Great Man, I'm genuinely sitting here in tears.

Not a bad word for him and long may that continue.


Amazon's first live drone delivery flew last week in Cambridge, UK


Fair play to Amazon

I didn't think this idea would get off the ground...

Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze


Excellent article

In fact it was first class..

LinkedIn officially KickedOut of Russia



Their new website.


British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows



It would seem Lloyd's are making a large withdrawal.

Adult FriendFinder users get their privates exposed... again – reports




Orgasmation surely..

Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger



I guess they'd done the "here comes the bride" bit and were now trying out the "here comes the groom"


This article reminds me...

That I haven't spokn to my South African friend for ages!

I think I'll give him a ring....

Join the Q: British intel agencies seek tech-savvy apprentices



Pleas pick a password with at least 8 characters.


Birmingham sperm bank pulls plug after just a handful of recruits



Please don't come again soon.

Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media


Oh dear

This reminds me when I was younger and had a racing snail!

I thought taking it's shell off would make it go faster, but it just made it sluggish....

New UK National silicone database will help avoid boobs



I hope it doesn't go TITSUP...

Casino cops are coming if we can't move all this cash in a hurry


good on that techy

He was right on the money...

$100 credit for Note 7 owners



So Samsung owners could end up with another 100 notes burning a hole in their pockets...