Re: Surely they have to go shopping?
Do you have a source for that assertion (which I’m pretty sure is wrong)?
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At least it's easy to opt out - for a very large number of people, just do nothing... the fact that they are not using an iOS 14.5+ or Android 11+ device, and/or aren't connected to a 4G/5G network will do the trick!
As already pointed out, radio/TV aletts and large outdoor speakers would be far more effective, social media would do the rest. Probably much cheaper and more reliable too.
“Simple things in a message, that most understand.” - that’s the basic problem for Aspies, and I reckon there are a lot Aspberger sufferers on El Reg. Usually it is couched in terms of non-verbal cues such as inflection and facial expression but it includes idiomatic language too.
It runs in the male line of my family, I’m one of the less autistic members...
Not necessarily - when I was a contractor I supplied my services through my Ltd to a school for 10 years, outside of IR35 - the difference is that I also supplied several other schools, a half day or day a week at each.
I was also free to determine almost everything about the way I performed my job, and I supplied my own tools etc.
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...
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.
"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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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