* Posts by Roopee

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Who watches the watchers? Samsung does so it can fling ads at owners of its smart TVs

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Re: Good reason not to upgrade

“Only thing we can do is to get Netflix, cancel TV and use ad blockers.”

You seem to suggest that is somehow not realistic, but that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for several years.

Amazon staffers took bribes, manipulated marketplace, leaked data including search algorithms – DoJ claims

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FAIL

Whatsapp

I bet they wished they’d used Signal instead of <Facebook>!

As an aside, Amazon’s search is so bad I’m quite surprised to hear that it has an algorithm!

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

Rubbish - my number plate has both O and 0 in it, as do many others! In fact they are adjacent and as several people have pointed out, they look identical but you can work out what they are from the post-2001 format of the plate (AA99 AAA).

Something to look forward to: Being told your child or parent was radicalized by an AI bot into believing a bonkers antisemitic conspiracy theory

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Is it just me...

...who thought that that ‘extremist’ manifesto actually sounded quite sensible?

Mine’s the camo hoodie with “how to be a prepper and make it happen” in the back pocket :)

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy

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Re: Personalised ads actually make less money

“advance neo-liberal agendas”?? Hardly...!

TalkTalk, Three, and Virgin Media, come on down! You've all won a prize for... not being that great at something!

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Re: Zen

Seconded - my Zen landline went down a few weeks ago, on a Saturday - Zen quickly identified that it was an exchange fault, diverted my landline calls to my mobile and quoted “up to 3 working days” for it to be fixed by OpenReach.

However within 24 hours, ie Sunday, they rang back to say it should be working again and to check it was OK before they removed the divert.

Excellent service again. It isn’t really the number of faults that matters, they’re mostly out of their control anyway I assume, it’s the way they handle them that really matters. No way will I switch back to PlusNet, or any of the other big operators...

ANPR maker Neology sues Newcastle City Council after failing to win 'air quality' snoopcam project bid

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WTF?

WTF?

I wish I could sue all the people who have chosen not to use my services! Or even just the few who have expressed an interest by phoning me and then decided not to... M'lud Potential Client A phoned me about a problem, didn't like how much I said I would charge if we went ahead, or maybe it was the timbre of my voice, and then hung up. I'm outraged and demand compensation!

Wankers, was I think the term El Reg said they wouldn't use for firms such as Neology.

SAP blogger reveals top tips for keeping clients happy: Don’t swear, remember to write a pithy subject line, and TURN OFF CAPS LOCK

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Happy

Only a school boy snigger? I burst out laughing for the first time in days - thank you El Reg for brightening my day!

YOU... SHA-1 NOT PASS! Microsoft magics away demonic hash algorithm from Windows updates, apps

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Re: "a legacy cryptographic hash that many in the security community believe is no longer secure"

"Secure" is not a mathematical concept, it involves judgement of risk. For example you might argue that your new mega lock is 'secure' because the key is impossible to copy, but if I've got a battering ram that can destroy the door it matters not whether the key is copyable...

If it has taken many years and huge resources to come up with two documents that have the same hash, as it says in the article, and assuming that it hasn't suddenly become easier to generate another pair, I'd argue that the hash algorithm is secure enough for most purposes - and that can reasonably be called a belief, in the sense that it is an opinion.

ReactOS hits a milestone – actually hiring a full-time developer. And we've got our talons on the latest build to see what needs fixing

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Here’s Hoping...

...that it reaches stability before the inevitable day when Micros~1 pulls the plug on their last Windows 7 activation server, because I for one will be in the queue, assuming I can afford the large price tag that ReactOS will be able to command!

Folk sure like to stick electric toothbrush heads in their ears: True wireless stereo sales buck coronavirus trends

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Re: I'm still astonished...

One could argue that if you need hearing aids you are not really in a position to judge the quality of speaker drivers, other than to say which you prefer of course, which is always a valid opinion.

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Meh

Re: But Y'know, cake?

Not if you are fat. I mean mass-challenged.

Australia's contact-tracing app still basically borked on iOS, says new bug report – and GAPPLE API version tested

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RE Gapple

Surely "Goople" would be fairer?

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

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Re: Perfect Mail Client

I've been using Thunderbird for years and it has had the facility to detach attachments (and save them where you want) for as long as as I can remember. I detach them all, to keep my mailboxes lean and fast and easy to back up.

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

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Re: are my saved password now property of Updates"R"Us??

Maybe now you understand why letting your browser remember your passwords is a really bad idea...

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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The best overall solution is: "Don't buy HP"

Couldn't agree more, where printers are concerned. This has been my mantra and heartfelt advice to all clients who ask my advice for longer than I can remember.

It's not just the cartridges; HP printer driver software accounts for more troubleshooting time than all the rest put together.

Such a pity that the printer division isn't like the laptop division - I have more HP laptops than all my others put together, because I actually like them.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

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Re battery-draining radio broadcast

I leave BT on all the time, and have done for years with my current iPhone SE and my previous HTC One S, simply so that I can use it hands-free in my car without any messing. I've tested both phones to see how much difference it makes to the battery life and the answer is not a lot, in fact no noticeable difference at all, unlike GPS and (on the HTC only), WiFi. If I don't make any calls or use the phone for anything else during the day, but leave BT on, the iPhone uses <10% of its battery.

I used the HTC for 6 years and its battery was still fine for a heavy day's use when I reluctantly abandoned it in favour of a 'new-fangled' phone with 4G mobile and 5GHz WiFi so I suspect that if BT flattens your battery with a day's use, it's probably time you bought a new battery or a better phone!

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home

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I agree, spelling aside.

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Fake News

I received it earlier today, but I assumed it was spam and possibly malicious - until I later saw an announcement on a trusted news site. What a silly thing for the government to do without telling people in advance that it was possible, and having some means of checking its validity! Cue a spate of fake announcements...

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally

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Re: Options

How about a Hackintosh? As long as you follow the hardware guidelines of one of the instructional sites, and you have access to a real Mac (borrow one?) it's not too hard. My Hackintosh is newer and faster than any of my real Macs, for much less ££s than an equivalent, though not as pretty of course.

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Re: F.U.D.

I agree with some of what you say - eventually support will peter out as it always does, but while there are still several hundred million PCs out there running Windows 7 I don't think it's imminent.

My advice has to be aimed at a level that is appropriate to my clients, most of whom are very low-tech, and mostly hate change. I try to get them to understand the behavioural risks, because that is likely to be a far more effective way of protecting their identity etc than any amount of upgrading.

I think I can truthfully say that every single security incident that I've had to sort out for a client has been basically their own fault, either through ignorance, carelessness or stupidity, in fact often they tell me that themselves. And for proof, just as many have been on Windows 10 as any other - it's not the OS that's the problem.

You may have rather different clients.

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Seconded

I've used the same USB image to install several Windows 10 VMs and a couple of real PCs, using both Win 7 licence keys (not even upgrades) and hardware W10 keys, without reimaging the USB.

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F.U.D.

My advice to my clients who ask is that unless they feel they are a high risk target, stick with Windows 7 if they like it. It has been out far longer than Windows 10 and isn't continually being changed, with every change bringing the likelihood of yet more bugs. The only exploits that are being found are so esoteric and difficult to make practical use of that nobody is going to bother unless you are a high value target.

I also advise them to keep their browser(s) updated and use a good, paid-for antivirus and most important of all, use common sense. By far the biggest risk factor is the user, not the OS or the hardware.

When I eventually have to stop using Windows 7 because of lack of browser/e-mail client support, I certainly won't be switching to Windows 10.

If I were a betting person I would put good money on the sky not being about to fall in on Windows 7 users, much as the technical establishment would like us to think so. They have a vested interest in pushing sales of new PCs.

I'm sure some El Reg readers will have differing opinions!

Stand back, we're going in: The Register rips a 7th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon apart. Literally

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GXL?

GLX Shirley, and it wasn't the top of the range, that was the Ghia. Below the GLX was th GL, then the L.

/childhoodcarnerd

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

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What sort of idiot...

...would upload their home-made pornography to an online video-editing website, least of all a free, unknown one?

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro

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Re: Selective deafness

Really wish I could give you many more upvotes!

I'm a technician, not a dev, but I do have quite a few Apple devices, and apart from my iPhone SE none is newer than my thoroughly upgraded and very nice-to-use 2010 MBP, for exactly the reasons you give and the fact that I have more sense than money...

HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry

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Re: Simple answer to HP's problem.

The last Epson I installed for a client was already showing 'low ink' by the end of the installation process, not kidding!

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Buying Advice

I've been advising clients for years that the way to choose a printer is to start with a list of requirements (which I help them with, including things like 'at least 4 inks, not Lexmark or HP', draw up a shortlist without looking at the printer price, then look up the price/availability of cartridges from 3rd party sellers (my favourite is prink.co.uk) and choose the cheapest. This will often be a Canon or Brother because of their simple large tanks that are cheap to clone.

Basically TCO of course, but that concept seems completely alien to a lot of people, judging by the surprise exhibited at my 'cleverness'! Or maybe I just happen to have a relatively stupid client base.

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Re: At the risk of topic drift, can I ask for a recommendation for a mono laser...

I'll second that; I acquired a Brother mono duplex networked laser that a business client was throwing out as it was "constantly jamming". I looked where it was jamming, the toner cartridge, installed a new one for £10, now it works perfectly. Very fast start from sleep, no fuss, and it has two paper drawers for the icing on the cake. It had only had 5 toners, so plenty of life left in the critical/expensive consumables. It now saves wear and tear on my ageing colour laser.

In case you're wondering, the client had already bought a replacement before calling me in, they just wanted me to install the new one, so I just offered to dispose of the old one on the off chance that it was salvageable.

What is this, 2016? A rummage around in 7th-gen iPad innards shows repurposed tech within

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Re: I looked at upgrading my 3rd Gen iPad

Well I read el Reg on one of my iPad 2s most days. I keep it in the bathroom :) The browser does tend to crash a lot due to running out of memory, but I just fire it up again and carry on.

Switch about to get real: Openreach bod on the challenge of shuttering UK's copper phone lines

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Why?

Unless I blinked and missed it, nowhere in the article does it suggest what possible benefit there might be for customers (or even for the telcos).

Presumably there is a long-term cost saving otherwise the industry wouldn't be spending its own money on it, but surely there are much higher priorities - in particular getting decent broadband connections to the people who are crying out for them, such as rural businesses and even domestic customers in new builds where the new infrastructure is insufficient or non-existent. I have several clients in both categories.

700km on a single charge: Mercedes says it's in it for the long run

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Unhappy

Shame it's so ugly.

As an aside, I'm looking forward to the council installing kerb-side sockets outside all the local terraced houses so we ordinary people can charge our electric cars without trailing extension leads across the pavement. Like that's going to happen.

Service call centres to become wasteland and tumbleweed by 2024

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FAIL

I was wrong

When I read that headline I thought "that's so stupidly wrong it's got to be Gartner", but I was wrong, it was Forrester. Same difference.

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein

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The 1990s haven't gone away yet...

I regularly come across people who never use the right mouse button and have no idea what it does!

New lows at Bose as firmware update woes infuriate soundbar bros

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Downvoted

@AC for the gratuitous language - it's not clever and there's simply no need.

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene

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Re: College passwords

A ream is 500 pages so your printout was just 60% of a single ream, not "reams"!

Bulb smart meters in England wake up from comas miraculously speaking fluent Welsh

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Re: monoglot English speakers' arrogance, a wistle in the darkening wood

Down voted for wasting my time having to scroll past it. There's a time and a place for posting an essay, El Reg's comments are not it.

Scientist, war hero and gay icon Alan Turing is new face of the £50 note

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Soon? End of 2021?

In what world is 2.5 years "soon"? Personally I'm much more interested in when the new plastic £20 notes will be out, so many of the old paper ones in circulation are disgustingly grubby and tatty.

Mine's the one with plenty of cash in the pocket so I don't have to leave a digital footprint everywhere. And no NFC cards.

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain, Mozilla tells UK broadband providers

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Big Brother

Re: Talk-Talk blocks sites by site accessed

Are you sure about Talk-Talk blocking sites by DPI on the Host: header? I found out that TalkTalk blocks the domain of my remote support provider Splashtop (and other similar ones such as TeamViewer), but I can easily get around it by changing the supportee's DNS to an uncensored alternative such as 4th Estate. From this I deduce that they filter via DNS, not DPI, but correct me if I'm wrong.

Good news! We may be past peak Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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FAIL

1803 is still the most common on PCs I've seen this year.

In fact I've hardly seen any other versions of Win 10 in the past 6 months on my clients' PCs. Second most common is probably 1607, on machines that won't update for one reason or another (such as not enough space on the 32GB non-upgradeable SSD).

IVE HAD ENOUGH! iQuit. Jobs done. Jony cashes out at Apple to run his own design biz

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Re: Good riddance!

Beat me to it! Surprised I had to scroll so far before I read it. Apple's designs went downhill after Jobs' influence and tight control waned. Say what you like about Jobs (and there are plenty of unflattering things to say) but he did at least keep in check the worst excesses of "form over function" designers such as Ive.

Having bank problems? I feel bad for you son: I've got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one

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Re: I call bullshit

I was sorely tempted to downvote you, but decided it would be unethical (impersonation)!

We knew it was coming: Bureaucratic cockup triggers '6-month' delay of age verification block on porno in the UK

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Gimp

Phew!

There was me, just about to sign up to AirVPN - now I can save at least 6 months' subscription, assuming the very ill-thought-out and almost completely useless censorship ever starts at all...

Why are fervid Googlers making ad-blocker-breaking changes to Chrome? Because they created a monster – and are fighting to secure it

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Re: What we need

I'm pretty sure that's what we've got - Pale Moon with NoScript anyone? I use it all the time but wouldn't for a minute suggest that combination to the vast majority of my IT Support clients - NoScript itself is quite literally beyond comprehension for most people.

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Re: Ok, so it's useful and dangerous at the same time

"If they even realize it's the browser"...

Conversation I had recently with a client (abbreviated):

Me: how do you access your email?

Her: it's just there on a button when I start my computer.

Me: oh, I thought you were using webmail, do you know what your email program is called?

Her: it's just a button that I click, it says email, you helped me put it there.

Me: according to my notes from my last visit you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, is that what you're using for your email?

Her: it's not a browser it just says BT email.

...and so it goes on while I work out that she uses a desktop shortcut (which I made for her about 3 years ago) to open her BT webmail in IE (but "not in a browser").

So after 3 more years of using a browser she still not understand/remember what a browser is, and is quite sure she isn't using one. She is not untypical of my clients, though perhaps at the dimmer end of a spectrum skewed slightly towards dim.

Nothing that Google does or doesn't do will have much effect on the average person's susceptibility to the wiles of corporate marketing - they are simply cannon fodder for advertisers, and 'twas ever thus. Everyone who reads El Reg is well above average intelligence (simply by virtue of reading ability), but some of us seem to forget it, and/or we're not all above average common sense!

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Re: Netflix is a BAD example, however.

I watch Netflix nearly every day and have no problem finding where I left it, in fact usually it's already the highlighted program, and if I'm part way through it always gives the option to resume or start again.. Also I don't see those annoying Android-style trailers, though I do agree that the continual randomisation of my watch list is really frustrating.

I watch Netflix on an Apple TV in case you were wondering, and can't recommend it highly enough, in fact both Netflix and the ATV. It isn't what I originally bought the device for but it is certainly the main thing I use it for now. I've never bought any content from Apple and doubt I ever will.

Mine's the one with a dinky aluminium remote in the pocket.

What's in store for Microsoft's US pop-up shops? Not much, they're being closed

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Big Brother

Re: What would you buy?

You call 10 years 'aged' - I still have working examples of the original white MS mouse in my museum, though not my very first one that came in the box with my first copy of Windows.

I confess I was an early Windows evangelist. That all stopped years ago I hasten to add, I'd now call myself a Windows 7 die-hard, and my next OS of choice will not be Windows.

Icon - slightly predates mainstream Windows of course, but nicely describes the current one.

I'll just clear down the database before break. What's the worst that could happen? It's a trial

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Headmaster

Re: never trust a PM

1GB RAM in a 486, B-S! I still have one in my attic and I remember when it was new that if you had 8MB in a desktop PC you were doing well, being as RAM was about £40/MB. Mine had 16x 1MB SIMMs, plus 2MB on the disk cache/controller and a top-of-the-range 1MB graphics card - all just so that Windows itself would run quickly, not for gaming. Cost about £2k in 1993 money, plus nearly another grand for the 17" FST monitor!

G Suite'n'sour: Google resets passwords after storing some unhashed creds for months, years

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Not Necessarily...

" skilled intruder, could still access the logged passwords as plaintext – they have to be decrypted at some stage"

Surely if the passwords are encrypted separately then stored, then the typed password could be ecrypted and compared to the stored cipher text in the same way that typed passwords are hashed then compared to the stored hash, i e no need to decrypt the stored password.

Hi! It looks like you're working on a marketing strategy for a product nowhere near release! Would you like help?

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No, Tail Up sounds like amanfromMars' secondary account that he runs through Google Translate and back.

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