* Posts by cipnt

40 posts • joined 18 May 2019

Samsung aims boot at Apple's decision not to bundle a charger in with the iPhone 12, foot ends up in mouth


Re: Reduce the e-waste?

User swappable battery needs to make a come back, at east in some models (not everyone needs it)


Good idea; Bad timing

*Good idea*

The idea is obviously good and the EU is pushing for that as well - buy only the phone, you probably already have the charger for it. Also, something that come for free is perceived as worthless by consumers; when you pay for it you'll be more careful with it (ie not lose it)

*Bad timing*

The problem is that Apple is not yet using a universal usb-c plug for its phones so even with the included usb-c to lightning cable you will not easily find a compatible charger "brick" (eg it is not compatible with usb-c chargers with non-detachable cables).

Previous iPhone chargers have a usb-a socket on them, incompatible with the now included usb-c to lightning cable.

This change would've made more sense next year after a significant number of iPhone users would've owned the new usb-c wall brick.


Re: Oh what a laugh

I agree, we don't need fast charging very often and using it every time significantly impacts battery life.

However the solution could be built inside the phones - when you plug your phone a prompt could ask you if you want to use normal or fast charging. It should default to normal charging speed unless the user choses the fast option.


Not shipping a usb charger is meant to reduce waste, but putting usb ports in the wall socket is kind of stupid unless you have a separate 12v circuit throughout the building.

Also technology moves faster than building refurbishment cycles, so you will be stuck with a outdated usb ports for some time.

I have seen some CIBSE articles on this issue and the industry seems to be mostly against it. Usb wall sockets serve an immediate need but are a bad long term decision

Nominet refuses to consider complaint about its own behaviour, claims CEO didn’t mean what he said on camera


Re: Go, El Reg!

Hear hear! This isn't the sexiest of news headlines but thanks to El Reg for keep on pursuing this


Re: Clearly out of control

That's a looooooong url

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village


Re: We still use a CRT television

While it may be true that they don't make them like they used to, some of these appliances have had years of improvements in efficiency.

Help save the planet by getting a new one that probably uses half the energy, water, etc

What the hell is going on with .uk? Dozens of domain names sold in error, then reversed, but we'll say no more about it, says oversight org


Re: Tobacco Road

Start with CEO Russell Haworth

.UK overlord Nominet tells everyone not to worry about 'distorted' vote allocations in its board elections


Re: Something finally explained

That could very well be the case, but there is that 3% voting rights cap which these big registrars would likely fall under


Nominet has lost its way

Fire the incompetent Russell Haworth (CEO), give fair voting rights to members, reelect a new board, divest from all those crappy cybersecurity and radio spectrum ventures, and make Nominet what is was set up to be – the uk registry, and nothing more

Let's go space truckin': 1970s probe Voyager 1 is now 14 billion miles from home


They don't make them like they used to...

Sad :)

Fasthosts finally promises to stop pushing unwanted .uk domains onto irritated customers


One man's trash is another man's treasure

Nominet promises .uk owners it'll listen to feedback on plan to award itself millions... as long as it agrees with it


What a joke

55 votes to an open consultation is embarrassing when you have 100+ member opposing it by petition.

If Nominet wants change, let's start with their wasteful finances and their CEO's ridiculous £639.5k (10 % of total annual salaries at Nominet)

Epic Games gets itself epically banned, launches epic Fortnite death match with Apple over App Store's epic 30% cut


Epic is right

Epic is right – there's no technical reason for Apple to force in-app payments on developers, it's all just greed disguised as security policy.

Their commission is exorbitant considering a card payment processor takes just 1-2% commission.

It's extremely brave for Epic to go against both Apple and Google at the same time considering the loss of earnings and lack of alternative for users, but probably there's a strategic reason for thes and it's not just a coincidence. After all, they had adverts, websites and lawyers ready for this moment - they knew it was coming.

Amazon tried to fight the App/Play Stores with their own weapons (alternative app store for Android, blocking competitors' products in their store, blocking their services on iOS) but eventually had to give in. So unfortunately the odds seem to be against Epic who have less leverage.

eBay won't pass UK Digital Service Tax costs on to third-party sellers – unlike Amazon, which simply can't afford it


Re: On the breadline then Bezos?

You got this all wrong...

1. The tax bill that you wish upon Amazon will in fact be paid by small businesses which would otherwise not be the subject of this tax – Amazon makes the same profit, small businesses pay more taxes which makes it harder to compete with big players.

2. This has nothing to do with Brexit.

3. And Bezos (aka Amazon) is in fact dodging this because he is passing the bill to the little guys (aka third-party marketplace sellers)

Peer-to-peer takes on a whole new meaning when used to spy on 3.7 million or more cameras, other IoT gear



The worst thing about this tech is that it can't be turned off in some devices. But even if it can be turned off, you will be disabling a crucial bit of functionality of the device which will render it close to useless: what's the point of a cctv camera if you can't check the video feed?

The first time I installed an IP camera for a friend some 10+ years ago and was trying to work out what ports to forward in the router only to hear my friend saying "it works!" before I even did anything, I was both shocked that the firewall was bypassed and disappointed that my skills weren't in fact needed.

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online


£35 / user?

They know G Suite for Education is free, right?

Nominet shakes up system for expiring .uk domains, just happens to choose one that will make it £millions. Again


Re: £2500

You can't really ban secondary marked trade...

Even in countries/ccTLD where selling domain names is specifically restricted by t&c the practice still goes on hidden behind consultancy or other adjacent fees, and the domain is transferred for free.


Re: Nominet needs to go

I know, they are already doing that anyway.

With oversight from OfCom maybe that can be avoided


Re: So we do have to keep the .co.uk domains?

Keep the .co.uk for a couple more years and redirect it to your .uk

You visitors might still be somewhat confused by .uk/.co.uk so it's better to have both covered


Nominet needs to go

Nominet is an infrastructure provider (similar to OpenReach) and should keep its registry business completely separate and transparent, regulated by OfCom.

Ideally it should be turned into a non-profit too.

They are a monopoly, they shouldn't be allowed to profit from from something that is essential to modern life

Hungry? Please enjoy this delicious NaN, courtesy of British Gas and Sainsbury's


To see such errors on some smb wordpress site or digital advertising panel in a bus stop is one thing, but to see them in utility and stock management software is seriously worrying. Who knows what else have they rushed through testing like that?

Leaked benchmarks from developer kit for Apple's home-baked silicon appear to give Microsoft a run for its money


Re: GeekBench compiled for OSX on arm

The Mac Pro (8+ cores) will probably be the last to get Arm chips. The main benefits of Arm – increased energy efficiency and the "little" cores – will be best used in the MacBook, maybe even MacBook Pro range.

But if Apple chips can outperform Intel, either at single core performance or by optimizing its software for a significantly larger core count, then they will be welcome in the Pro range as well. But Apple will either have to create a special layer at OS level to better split the load to multiple cores, or they will need to encurage devs to adjust their code for larger core count.

For example Adobe CC is not currently optimised to make full use of 12 or more cores even in the most demanding tasks, so a higher clock cpu performs better than one with more cores.

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process


Why bother to sue when you can use the UDRP which is a lot cheaper (about $1,500 per claim and can include multiple domains) and it's a lot quicker too (takes about a month from start to finish)?

By having access to the personal data Facebook can just threaten people with a lawsuit which in some cases will be scary enough for the registrant to hand over the domain. All this at zero cost to Facebook.

And the examples given by Tucows show that Facebook is probably automating these requests and that legitimate domains could be impacted by this

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


Re: app did exactly what it was supposed to do

Agree (and it was so obvious as well), but that can be done while also delivering a solution


Re: I wonder who did the architecture for this balls up.

Those are "official records", completely different story

An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher


Re: Planned or accident

Indeed, an expired CA authority certificate should fall under the UK and EU warranty laws for at least 5 years from date of purchase.

But will breaking iPlayer or Prime Video on a smart tv amount to a defect?

It sure would be nice to have laws that stipulate a minimum period of security updates too.

Or open-source the firmware after x years so people can update it themselves.

Google+ replacement ‘Currents’ to end beta and debut in G Suite on July 6th


Re: Oh, you can opt out. Trust me.



Re: Oh, you can opt out. Trust me.

Google makes some genuinely useful things which are free for the most part: search, email, public dns, android, chromium, etc.

But you can chose not to use any of their products/services.


Re: Impossible to opt out!

Chill! That simply means it will replace Google+ and will be included with all G suite packages. You don't have to us it. You can carry on using MS Outlook :)


Re: Google Wave

You're right for the most part, but RCS is an standard developed by the mobile industry as an upgrade to SMS. It's not Google's platform, they are just big advocates for it and rightly so. If you've ever used it, you'll immediately understand why.

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021


UK has always kept to its separate path

.eu is a lot more popular in some European countries than in the UK.

UK can often be reluctant or very slow to adopt new things, especially if they come from the direction of the EU.

Google productises its own not-a-VPN secure remote access tool


Re: the months that it might take to roll out a traditional VPN solution

Hehe, you forget how slow a big corp moves. They're big and complex creatures that don't like to be rushed

Cloud'n'server hosting giant OVH more like OMG: Data center hardware failure knocks out services in France



They had another *major outage* in July last year and some of their services were unavailable for many days, if not weeks.


Four months, $1bn... and ICANN still hasn’t decided whether to approve .org sale with just 11 days left to go


You can only have one Domain Name System; it is a monopoly by design, therefore it should be operated by not-for-profit organisations under the supervision of an international governing body like the UN.

Verisign operates .com and makes over $1 billion in profit every year.

Nominet operates .uk and makes a more modest £10 million profit every year.

*approximate numbers from memory

'That's here. That's home. That's us': It's 30 years since Voyager 1 looked back and squinted at a 'Pale Blue Dot'


I mean Voyager was impressive because it was the first and most of us didn't even had colour tv at the time, but look at those superb Cassini picture ⚆_⚆ Mindblown

Let’s check in on the .org sale fiasco: Senators say No, internet grandees say Yes – and ICANN pretends there's absolutely nothing to see here


Beautifully written

Another great article by The Register

It's back: The mercifully normal-looking Moto 360 smartwatch


Not quite a moto360

It may be round, but the bezel on that screen is humongous!

Motorola explained at the time why the "flat tire" cutout was needed at the bottom of the screen to achieve that beautiful edge screen.

This new fake (ie not a Moto) version is nowhere close to the original 360.

I really did wish Motorola released a proper successor to the moto360. I was hoping OLED tech has advanced enough to achieve that full edge to edge round screen...

OK, Google, please do a half-hearted U-turn: Stay of execution for smart home APIs after Big G goes cuckoo in the Nest


Still works with Nest

Good article and glad there was pressure from media on this issue. Thankfully Google has reconsidered this.

I own two Nest thermostats and two Nest smoke alarms which are tightly integrated with my SmartThings through the Works with Nest API.

SmartThings has a superior presence sensor (electronic ZigBee keyfob) which is very fast and acurate, unlike Nest's Home/Away Assist.

For this reason, and for consolidation, I prefer to do all things (rules, triggers) in SmartThings.

Shutting down Works with Nest with such incredibly short notice would have rendered my thermostats "dumb". I would've probably switched to Tado or similar.

At least they didn't schedule it mid winter when the thermostats are in full use.

I still can't see how Works with Assistant is going to replace some of the WWN API. It needs a lot of work!


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