* Posts by anthonyhegedus

844 posts • joined 9 Feb 2016


Watchdog slaps down Three's claims to be building the UK's 'fastest 5G network' – again


Cloud Core bollocks

What's a 'cloud core'? Is this a core network that's in a datacentre connected to the internet? What utter nonsense these companies spout. I wouldn't touch three with a 10-foot bargepole.

Refreshing: An Office update that won't frighten the horses


Yeah that ribbon

I’ve been using the ribbon since Office 2007 was launched back in 2006. That’s 15 years. And I still can’t get used to it. Like I search for an email, find it, hit reply, and then…. Where the FUCK is the send button? Oh yes, it’s on the ‘Home’ ribbon tab thing, so I have to click that first. WTAF? Microsoft - why wouldn’t I want to hit send while writing an email? Why would I want to search again??? You can see I’ve found what I want, and I’m replying to it!

And they say AI is going to take over!

United, Mesa airlines order 200 electric 19-seater planes for short-hop flights


Plow?! This is an English-speaking organ. Please do it properly

Google killed desktop Drive and replaced it with two apps. Now it’s killing those, and Drive for desktop is returning


BLoody software companies keep doing this. I'm still confused about the last change! Same with google hangouts and google duo - what's that all about? And there's a new one I think.

And then there's Microsoft: Do consumers use Teams or Skype? And then there's that camera icon that appears on some windows installations.

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip


Re: Miserable and small minded

It's those vagina-shaped rockets we need to be careful of. Not exactly aerodynamic*



Re: Miserable and small minded

You clearly do not understand the British psyche. It is our duty to take the fucking piss wherever and whenever it necessary.

Both those clowns are worthy of that. Branson has ridiculed himself by asking for government money to help his airline, saying "but my space company is a different company" or some such utter bullshit. He can afford to go into space, but needs a bailout to stop people from losing their jobs! And Bezos runs a company where an AI bot fires its employees and there's no comeback.

They both have made their money from upsetting people and taking the piss themselves. There's no point to it. Any stupid clown with a load of money can go up in a glorified firework.

Bitcoin doomed as a payment system and its novelty will fade, says Federal Reserve Board of Governors member


Re: It's the usefulness

It’s not useful or convenient - unless you’re a crook

Treaty of Roam finally in ashes: O2 cracks, joins rivals, adds data roaming charges for heavy users in EU


I cannot understand why there is any roaming charge at all, other than to gouge customers whenever possible.

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America


Also, because the story about the tank man not appearing on bing image search has appeared on so many news sites by this morning, a search for images on bing now returns the famous photo as it should have done in the first place.


Meanwhile, 100 years in the future, few if any search engines will bring up anything when searching for the word ‘bing;, apart from Bing Crosby of course.

10.8 million UK homes now have access to gigabit-capable broadband, with much of the legwork done by Virgin Media


Re: Gigabit...

I am so glad it's not just me who calls it vermin

Hospitals cancel outpatient appointments as Irish health service struck by ransomware



When are we going to issue sanctions against countries that harbour these criminals? And of course countries that sponsor them or even are them.

The situation has got so serious that the only solutions are incredibly uncomfortable: increased security costs, decreased convenience, even vetting employees.

UK Court of Appeal rules Tiny Computers' legal remains can sue Micron and Infineon over 2002 DRAM price-fixing cartel


The law is an ass. It's ridiculous, and anyone with common sense can see that. The liquidators are greedy, plain and simple. Nothing in there about how Tiny sold substandard crap with proprietary parts (I worked on them at the time; they'd get a perfectly good motherboard and then get the manufacturer to build several of them with bits missing off them, and with cheaper components. The resultant abominations were harder to service, and unreliable.

So does this mean that people who wasted money on badly made computers 20 years ago can sue the liquidators? Thought not.

Website maker Wix embarks on weird WordPress-trashing campaign, sends 'influencer' users headphones from 'WP'


I used wix for a while and was not impressed by the speed. The main website page, not particularly large, took several seconds to even begin to load. We eventually went for a Wordpress site, and paid a designer to design one that didn't look like an amateur had been let loose on some templates.

In fact, most of our customers who went for Wix, eventually realised it wasn't worth the money and trouble, and got a proper web designer to design a proper website (usually in Wordpress) for them.

To me, Wix is nothing but a stepping stone. Nothing you do in Wix will ever look as good as if a pro designed it, and any pro out there worth their salt wouldn't use Wix to do a customer's website.

Lenovo's latest gaming monster: Eight cores, 3.2GHz, giant heat sink, two fans. Oh, and it has a phone bolted on


But it runs andriod. That means in a year, maybe two or three if you're lucky, they'll stop sending updates to it because I presume the manufacturers don't want to spend money on modifying android for their device.

Anyway be that as it may, the specs are impressive. I can't help thinking that the whine from a 15000 RPM and a 12,500RPM fan will be impressive too.

Microsoft drops 64-bit OneDrive into the pool: Windows on ARM fans need not apply. As usual


Before they make it 64-bit, maybe they could make it fucking work properly for fucks sake!

- if it comes across a 'clash', sometimes it just stops all syncing

- sometimes it even remembers to put a little cross on the cloud tray icon to tell you there's been a clash of some sort

- if you use the default to integrate into Office apps, it tries to save to the cloud first, so if you save as a different file type (such as PDF), the file just doesn't show in file explorer, until it syncs, which on a medium spec computer and 100,000 files could be several minutes if not longer

- if you delete a load of files, but your sync has stopped (because you didn't recently restart your computer and stuck to the 'fast startup' default), then start the onedrive sync later, it might decide to put all the deleted files back because I don't believe that the sync client or the OS maintain a proper journal of when things happen.

- if you dare to use the option to open a file directly from 'the cloud' and multiple people edit it, it might even not generate a clash and create two versions of the file, if your lucky.

- It might take several tens of minutes to find a change. It should know the change because the OS just did a file save.

- changes are never merged when there's a clash, despite it offering the option

- sometimes it works fine, no problem

How do we stamp out the ransomware business model? Ban insurance payouts for one, says ex-GCHQ director


Those in security all know a dodgy link or attachment when we see one, and can train staff, but we cannot anticipate what future attacks will look like with any degree of certainty. IT managers could block all links in Outlook, and block all attachments, but this is likely to be impractical.

The real problem is that the system allows for scammers to extort money through several weak links in the chain:

- ease of OSes being susceptible to viruses

- governments hiding these perps, or even being the perps

- ease of sending malicious links or attachments

- ease of creating a website that hosts malicious code

- ease of opening links or attachments on computers

- ease of getting payments more or less anonymously

I don't profess to know the answers, but it's clear to me that the problems are manifold. Each one of these things is being addressed in part by systems, people, laws etc. but I do feel that more could be done in regards to the payment mechanisms like Bitcoin, and perhaps sanctions against those countries which continue to do not a damn thing about the criminal gangs behind these attacks and the hosting companies that help them.

Microsoft nudges Windows 10 21H1 toward commercial customers


Re: Wish list

Totally agree. Windows is just so full if “we are doing it this way because it's better for us” things. For example clicking start to do a bing search (who in their right mind?) because you want to search for ‘CMD’ and not go to the command line prompt, of course you do.

Then random updates that push the user to connect their login to a Microsoft account. Why? It just creates more work for everybody.

And the latest printer debacle - where’s this supposed update that fixes it? I can’t find it. Why isn’t there a CLEAR option that says ‘uninstall this update and don’t install it again’ ?

That company has a track record of making unreliable software. It’s over bloated and under capable. It really is like The Emperor’s New Clothes. We all know it’s bad but we all live with it.

What could possibly go wrong? Sublet your home broadband to strangers who totally won't commit crimes


“IPRoyal is built on three core pillars – security, safety, and privacy,"

Sure it is, though to be fair, it isn't.


Re: Sounds “interesting”

That tinpot ISP you refer to actually enabled "BT Fon" or "BT WIfi" or whatever it's called BY DEFAULT, well at least they did.

They didn't explain it very well and so most people didn't disable it.

Something fishy is going on in Taiwan as folk change name to include 'salmon' for free sushi


What an otter load of nonsense!

Something about dolphins can't think of a pun.

I'll get my coati

Brit college forced to shift all teaching online for a week while it picks up the pieces from ransomware attack


Re: "a cut above ordinary criminals"

au contraire, some of the criminals overseeing the whole thing are indeed the same criminals who shoot each other over turf. I've read anecdotal stories of young 'hacker types' being pressganged into working for big crime syndicates' cybercrime divisions on pain of their family meeting an untimely end.


It's not just a matter of backup and restore processes

Just because data can be restored doesn't mean that it's that simple. Restoring data onto a compromised system is a bit pointless. How do you know the systems are no longer compromised? You rebuild them from scratch, that's how. That's slow and fraught with potential problems. The least of the problems is rebuilding the data from a backup. User credentials may need to be reset, databases recreated, users needing to be alerted.

The important thing is to find how the breach occurred and patch whatever it was if it was a vulnerability, or if it's through an email, finding how it happened so it doesn't happen the same way again. This is why penetration testing, user education, anti-phishing training and better email security are all key.

These days, the perpetrators of this ransomware stuff are really clever and it's not just a matter of one PC and a few thousand files. As the article says, the backups may be poisoned too.

Bulking up security and better backups are just part of the equation. Tracking these thugs is the other part. Governments which obstruct efforts to find the crims should be sanctioned in much the same way as unruly potential nuclear powers are. And governments which fund these activities (we're looking at you, Norks) need to be even more heavily sanctioned until they start to behave.

Another Windows 10 patch that breaks printers ups ante to full-on Blue Screen of Death


They'll introduce PaaS before long. You just have to download the PrintAnywhereYouFuckingLikeExceptHere app, and subscribe to Microsoft's PaaS. This is a long drawn-out affair involving getting your registered printer number, accepting that it's your responsibility to allow people to randomly turn up at your house and pick up pages of print they've printed to your printer. This is in exchange for allowing you to be able to print anywhere too. You cannot print to your own printer, because it's not your own. It's owned by HP or Epson or whoever. So if you print a photo, you might be told that you can go round to your neighbour to get it.

The torture garden of Microsoft Exchange: Grant us the serenity to accept what they cannot EOL


Re: Situation normal for Microsoft

The trouble with open source software is a lot of the UI in open source software is inconsistent. Look at LibreOffice with it's unfathomable mail merge (not that MS is much better). Look at how annoying thunderbird is. Linux on the desktop looks OK but is full of software which would flummox most people. Maybe it just requires more hard work. But nobody has come up with something like Exchange which, for the user, just works.


Situation normal for Microsoft

Microsoft 365's labyrinthine admin menus only make life slightly easier. Try to find where to unblock a sad user who tried to send 300 marketing emails in one go - of course, it's in the "Office 365 Security and compliance" page (note they haven't changed the name to Microsoft 365 yet here), under "threat management" and "review".

It's no longer under "protection" and "admin center" in the Exchange Admin Center (old version, the new version doesn't reference it).

It's not under "threat management" and "Dashboard"

It's not under "Microsoft 365 Admin centre" anywhere.

They really go out of their way to make their software as difficult as possible to administer. And yes, when you get used to it, if it hasn't suddenly changed, it's just a matter of remembering where to go. But all this smacks of 'work in progress' and 'built out of something that evolved badly'.

University of the Highlands and Islands shuts down campuses as it deals with 'ongoing cyber incident'


It is. It's putting the cyber insurance companies in the same league as the criminals. Actually, it's putting them in the same chain of command. The insurance companies might well negotiate a lower fee with their ransomware friends, on the basis that they'll put more work their way.

It's like your insurance company negotiating with burglars.

Want your broadband fixed? Best write to your MP, UK's Zen Internet tells customer


Re: Openreach are run for themselves, not the ISPs forced to buy from them

The problem here is identifying what is a 'stops working' service. Providing 50Mbps instead of 80 that you used to have until a bit of water got into a junction box is still 'service' as far as openretch are concerned. Providing 20Mbps when all your neighbours can get 60 is still 'service' too. And having to pay extra for FTTC just to give you 20 / 1 when ADSL gives you 5 / 0.5 and someone down the road gets 20/1 on ADSL is rather unfair. Having to pay extra for FTTP is also unfair, especially if the VDSL either doesn't exist or is poor.

If openreach had to provide service based not on the tech used, but on the speed available using the best tech, then they'd start to invest more into full fibre, because ultimately it'll be cheaper to maintain.

In other words, if I want an 80/20 service and VDSL can't provide it, they should either charge much less, or charge for an 80 / 20 line and put fibre in.

Maybe I'm talking bollocks but quite honestly, the inequality of speeds is so great that something drastic needs to be done.


Openreach are run for themselves, not the ISPs forced to buy from them

The problem is openwretch and their crass attitude to faults. If there's an intermittent problem or an HR (high resistance) fault that their diagnostics don't find, you're not going to get anywhere. They won't investigate unless your speed goes quite a bit below the 'maximum' (actually I would have thought 16Mbps qualifies).

The whole problem is due to their continuing to sell copper products. Most people I know who think they have fibre don't - it's just fibre to the cabinet and copper from there to the property. Copper may be good when you're near the cabinet and the wiring and wiring cabinet are fairly new, but if you live in the wrong place, you'll get rubbish broadband.

I know we're making progress, but it's slow. We need more fibre not just for the speed, but for the consistent speed, and the reliability.

We supply broadband to about 50 business customers, and we've found that whilst the good circuits are OK, the bad circuits just keep having problem after problem.

It's about time the government stepped in and took this more seriously. Decent broadband is more important than projects like HS2 for example, to my mind.

Voyager 2 receives and executes first command in 11 months as sole antenna that reaches it returns to work


Re: It's a different world

You mean we are able to genetically manipulate people to create the new world order 5G Bill Gates Cabal of doom genocide squads? That's according to facebook groups that facebook won't get rid of no matter how many times they're reported.


Re: It's a different world

I have devices all over the house that would not survive an hour with all the ionising particles that thing had to endure. But on the plus side, most of my devices can be used to watch cat videos.

Microsoft's underwhelming, underpowered dual-screen Surface Duo phone arrives in the UK this month for £1,349



Why don't these manufacturers ever say what they mean? Such as 'the 855 processor optimised for a dual screen display'?

That could mean absolutely anything from 'we paid for a special version of the 855 chip with an extra load of processing power for the display' to 'we wrote some code to handle two displays, and the code runs on the main CPU'.

It's like Apple saying 'Built right in' when talking about some new feature that's obviously built right into whatever phone they're wibbling on about.

After 7 months and 500 million kilometres, the Emirates Mars Mission has to endure 27 nail-biting minutes of engine burn


Re: Moar Please!

Forget garage... I'll have a rummage through my cables box and that drawer in the kitchen...!

ThinkPad T14s AMD Gen 1: Workhorse that does the business – and dares you to push that red button


Re: Red pointy thing

I don't call it a nipple actually, but it certainly works as a small red nub-type thing.

Japan’s COVID-19 contact-tracing app hasn't warned users of encounters with carriers since September


Olympics anyone?

And if they had the olympics with zero spectators, there would be 11,000 contestants from all over the world mixing in close quarters. They're going to have to bit the bullet on this one and cancel it, if only to put people's minds at rest

Nespresso smart cards hacked to provide infinite coffee after someone wasn't too perky about security


Nothing wrong with nespresso. Yes, you can get a better espresso if you buy your own beans, grind them to just the right size powder, tamp it down to exactly right pressure and then use exactly the right pressure and temperature water to pull a perfect shot.

First thing in the morning? No thanks!

I want something by tired and bleary-eyed brain can get around so that I can get caffeine quickly into my bloodstream. Nespresso is better than the vast majority of coffee shops I've been to, even the ones purporting to be independent and 'coffee-loving'. It's not perfect, but it keeps me alive.

UK Test and Trace chief Dido Harding tries to convince MPs that £14m for canned mobile app was money well spent


Not fit for purpose

Dodo Harding is not fit for purpose and should be scrapped. Can't anybody see it's like The Emperor's New Clothes? There is nothing there, just a head and shoulders. She should be put out to pasture with all the other useless tories.

In wake of Apple privacy controls, Facebook mulls just begging its iOS app users to let it track them over the web


Targeted ads my arse!

Yeah, I get ads, but if they're targeted, I can't for the life of me work out why. Yesterday, among others, I got an ad on facebook for automated holy water dispensers and something totally inappropriate that I could buy on Wish.

Quixotic Californian crusade to officially recognize the hellabyte and hellagram is going hella nowhere


What's a Helluva then?

Attack of the cryptidiots: One wants Bitcoin-flush hard drive he threw out in 2013 back, the other lost USB stick password


Re: "Now that the $7.5m is now worth almost $300m"

Not quite - it wouldn't have been guaranteed by the government if it had been that much. The point though is what would you rather trust?

a) a crappy consumer-grade piece of spinning rust which is just as likely to fail as not in any given year, which kept in a secure 'drawer' in someone's spare room at home


b) a bank

Or in the case of the memory stick

a) a fragile piece of plastic which is electrically sensitive and has a reasonable chance of having the electronics fried by a faulty USB port, protected with a password written down on a piece of paper somewhere


b) a bank


Loser Trump is no longer useful to Twitter, entire account deleted over fears he'll whip up more mayhem


Re: An elephant in the room

Wouldn’t it be just typical of poor security planning if there was a big red button linked to an ignition sequence on a nuclear warhead. It would be forced to launch on the basis of a launch instruction. Military chiefs would have to explain to the bomb that it’s been given the command based on false data. The poor confused nuke would have to have a think about it, and after coming to the conclusion that all information reaching it was false, would do what all bombs do, and detonate itself, just after exclaiming “let there be light!”

The curse of knowing a bit about IT: 'Could you just...?' and 'No I haven't changed anything'


It's always the same - I stop listening to the customer when they start giving their own solutions to the problem. "It must be the router. I've done nothing to my PC" sort of thing. And the number of times I say to customers to bring round just the laptop, and the power adapter, and NOTHING else, and they bring round the case, the manual, a driver CD for a printer they bought 18 years ago and no longer have, a restore floppy from a 1998 Tiny or Time brand PC, an AOL CD from 2003, and possibly a wallet with credit cards in it, a passport and other useful personal stuff!

Users/customer - call them what you will - they speak a different language.

Realme 7 5G: Parents, this is the phone you should have got your kids for Christmas


Re: I grew up with PAL

Don’t forget that the actual chrominance (colour) ‘resolution’ is very much lower than the luminance signal. You can’t really notice that on a 576 line TV picture, because the whole thing was quite bad anyway, speaking from a modern perspective.

Cats: Not a fan favourite when the critters are draped around an office packed with tech


Cats definitely help me keep a tidy desk. Every item on the desk becomes a plaything, and every plaything ends up on the floor.

UK ISP TalkTalk ready to go PrivatePrivate, says yes to £1.1bn takeover offer


"The group said "trading restrictions" and the removal of "call usage caps" during COVID-19 dented income."

What call usage caps have been removed? They're talking a load of wankwank. But then Dodo Harding gave their consumer arm such a bad reputation.

Up yours, Europe! Our 100% prime British broadband is cheaper than yours... but also slower and a bit of a rip-off


Re: Disingenuous advertising

We don't all have to use broadband, but those that want it should be able to have it, and those that don't have it will see all the disadvantages and upgrade. The problem is having it. When I can get 80/20 (sometimes) but a customer of mine ten minutes away can literally get 0.5/0.2 if he's lucky, but people up the road can get 330/30 (and not 1000/1000 because BT's equipment can't deal with it), it literally makes no sense at all.

I said 'aim' - there will always be properties that just aren't worth connecting. The point is that to prepare for the next 20 years, there's no point in leaving people on slow ADSL connections. We'll all pay for it, because we all will need a connection.


Disingenuous advertising

Part of the problem at least lies with the adverts describing broadband as 'Fibre' when it's just FTTC. That's copper, using an electronic signals down a copper wire! It's prone to all the limitations copper always had - namely dropouts, attenuation, high resistance and low resistance faults etc.

It's not just the download speed either, it's increasingly the upload speed. Just this week I spoke to someone who had 5Mbps down / 0.5 Mbps up, which he said was "fine" for his needs. Except it isn't. He's now working more at home and he's wondering why his Word documents and Excel sheets take a long time to sync to sharepoint for the others in his office to see.

It's high time this country entered the 21st century and aimed for full 1Gbps / 1Gbps internet as a default. It might not matter now, but in 20 years it will. And those people who are on ADSL with a 1Mbps upload speed are using the very same tech that was introduced around 20 years ago now!

Asus ROG Phone 3: An ugly but refreshing choice – for gaming fans only


Re: Aspect ratio?

18:9 is WAAAAAAAAY better than 2:1, figures don't lie!

World+dog share in collective panic attack as Google slides off the face of the internet


Re: On the plus side...

Roll your own antispam is really hard to do - nearly as hard as making sure all your outgoing mail is actually received!

Don't bother.

Oh, no one knows what goes on behind locked doors... so don't leave your UPS in there


To the average user, red will mean "special plug that isn't a real plug so we can unplug it"



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