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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

Tim Bates

Re: As Winston (reputedly) once said...

"and it's clear why people prefer Apple once they have used it."

Maybe in the Apple user camp... The more I use them, the more I wonder how the heck anyone puts up with them. Some of the ways they do things is not only the opposite of the norm, but the opposite of common sense (for example the upper case keys representing lower case is plain retarded).

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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

Tim Bates

Re: Did he really say this ?

"Have a group of OS's rather than one, and 2 for tablets FFS......"

A couple of us at work were talking about that last week, and figure it's time for someone at MS to have the balls to do with Apple did with OSX - complete restart based on a *nix system.

We figured a nice Windows (7) style GUI on top of a popular distro, a few tweaks to various things that aren't quite there in Linux and it's basically done. As a bonus, they could then offer the same MS Office on Linux as they sell for Windows, the same IIS for Linux as Windows, etc. Imagine being able to whack Exchange onto a perfectly good Linux server!

We weren't 100% serious of course... But given how Windows 8 went, it could actually work out better.

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Voteware source code review 'could lead to hacking'

Tim Bates

Re: Once a trouble maker always...

"I think there should be a law against electronic voting because it will never be reliable."

Human counting is also potentially unreliable, as seen in many corrupted nations. Even in Australia we've had paper votes go missing... It can be accidental or intentional, just like with electronic systems.

I personally think the electoral system in Australia is broken anyway. With what seems to be 99% of people thinking the Prime Minister is who they voted for, thanks to the media, there's almost no reason to care if the counting is flawed.

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Tim Bates

"We know that Boris Johnson got the job, but we don't know that he was actually elected."

I don't follow London's Mayoral politics, but I gather Boris didn't care. I think he said it was verrry niiice.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

Tim Bates

"Anyone whos blood pressure goes up using a device most grandparents can easily use MUST be overweight or at least have a bad cholesterol problem, so my point still stands."

Or perhaps they do different things on them. Does your grandma get asked to configure the perfectly reasonable things Apple or MS decided weren't needed?

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

Tim Bates

Re: The start screen is a pile of crap on a big screen.

"It slows you down because you have to move the mouse too far."

Especially if you right click something on the start screen... You're going to take a road trip with your mouse for that.

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

Tim Bates

Re: Humourous

"itself is now quite a nuisance"

In what way exactly? I run the free version on a few computers, which does understandably try to sell the paid one twice a year, but it rarely bothers me unless I've given it a reason (like downloading a dodgy file).

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Tim Bates

Re: Are you listening Adobe, Oracle?

At least with Java there's a registry key to prevent it installing the malware when updates come out. Pity it's not set by default since Oracle think distributing malware is OK.

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

Tim Bates

Re: Learner drivers

You mean people use their indicators where you are? Luxury!

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Sneak peek: Microsoft's next browser (thanks, IE Developer Channel)

Tim Bates

"nippy compared to Chome, which is now a dog on slower machines"

What? I just installed it on an old EeePC 901 and it runs quite well. Are you using a 486 or something?

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Student promises Java key to unlock Simplocker ransomware

Tim Bates

Re: Really?

"Google could modify the OS to create a randomly named file in a random location, then any program that attempts to modify it gets blocked."

So when I go browsing MY phone to find where I copied that file I need, I can then lock out my file browsing app when I start to wonder what the "do not touch this file.dat" is for and end up deleting it because it looks dodgy/useless?

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Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

Tim Bates

Re: how many...

"How many of these so called active websites are in fact OWA portals / SBS remote access gateways / ActiveSync gateways?"

Quite a lot if they just did a crawl of the internet.

To be fair though, similar things could be said about how many Apache servers are just a webmail interface or some other locked out staff only business convenience. Probably less common, but still some out there.

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

Tim Bates

Re: Bah!

I wondered the same thing, although in my version, I was more worried about someone accidentally opening the drawer and quickly returning a half-open box of paperclips or staples they borrowed yesterday.

Personally I prefer the woodgrain look many DIYers have done in the past. Looks more like a desk and less like a portable BBQ.

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iDevice gizmo-snatcher Oleg... you must be taking the Pliss

Tim Bates

Re: Ahem El Reg: Please Properly Educate Yourself About Apple

OK, so after reading a few posts saying this, I'll pick this one to reply to...

Apple states they lock accounts. That is not rate limiting. If you don't see any difference, read on...

Say you've got a list of a million account names, and Apple will lock an account after 5 failed logins. That's 4 million login attempts without getting caught. Because it's not rate limited*, you can do that in however long it takes Apple's servers to process things, and no accounts get locked still.

Now add in a list of known common passwords and you've got a fairly good chance of getting into a significant number of accounts.

*Apple may rate limit - the point is the account locking isn't rate limiting.

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Tim Bates

Re: Please enter a Unique Username ...

"demanded that the username is an email address."

A major website I was looking at the other day had a list of security tips. Among them was to ensure you don't use the same username and password on multiple sites. Guess what they required your username to be....

(For the simple folk, they required your email address - something most users won't have the option to just make up another one).

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Office website HACKED: Passwords, addresses, phone numbers slurped

Tim Bates

Re: Ubiquitous passwords

"There is no guarantee of quality of security when using sites like these, and some kind of security audit kitemark type scheme, possibly linked to the site's SSL certificate so that browsers could be configured to avoid all the amateurish sites is sorely needed."

And where exactly do you think the average online store owner will get the money required for such audits? Or are we considering a half-arsed script run remotely by Verisign to be enough to call it "audited", thus invoking a lovely sense of false security?

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

Tim Bates

Re: Bar Transport

"As you point out, there's quite a complex set of advanced skills required to operate a current generation vehicle safely."

Driving well is not really a skill so much as an attitude. MANY people I know who have the attitude of "get from a to b" are crap drivers. It's not that they don't have the time or ability, but simply don't care. Not caring about driving is a major cause of danger on roads (not caring about sensible speed, not caring about indicating, not caring about other road users, etc).

There should be an attitude test before being given a license. If you're not that keen on driving, don't!

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How about printing your electricity?

Tim Bates

Re: umm, no

"Yep, there is this obscure patent filing from crApple covering the tech."

No, no... They're printing onto paper with square, pointy corners. Apple only patented the rounded corner rectangle.

Of course there is still the whole printing angle they could come back on. They did use an HP Deskjet, and we all know the last of the Stylewriters were HP Deskjets. Given the US patent system, that's a valid patent right there. Just some paperwork to fill in and Apple will be the proud owner of a patent on inkjet printing.

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Apple wheels out sueball cannon, again

Tim Bates

Re: This isn't about phones looking like each other

"It's about phones containing features that are patented (like data detectors)."

Yeah... Exactly. Some of those are completely insane patents of course, like touching a touch screen, but a US government department approved it so it must be valid, right?

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Telstra asks users to be its next backhaul network

Tim Bates

"The reason that the average mobile user out side the capatal cities uses less data is its so fu%king slow."

The reason it's so slow is the retards in Telstra shops sell 3/4G mobile modems to customers that would be better served by ADSL. In some cases they even switch people from working but old ADSL plans to poor value 4G plans. And they usually sell them a USB modem, ignoring the fact people use wired Ethernet for desktops, multiple computers and even printers.

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FINGERS CROSSED: Apple and Samsung said to be hammering out settlement

Tim Bates

Apple coming to a sensible agreement over patents? I doubt it. Their past history suggests the have a messed up view on the value of patents - ie, the ones they own are worth 10x what anyone else's are, regardless of the contents.

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

Tim Bates

At least it was still booting

We don't see many Macs in our shop, but the last 3 months or so, we've had a series of Macs, all with the same problem - did updates, now it won't boot. In each case, the filesystem was too messed up for Mac OSX to read or repair it.

We booted a Linux live CD, mounted the disk, copied their data off, and factory restored the silly things.

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Australia targets software maintenance costs with Drupal plan

Tim Bates

Re: Makes a lot of sense

"Most of the PHP-based CMS have a very long list of CVEs"

That's hardly surprising since most of those are also free, which makes them extremely popular.

Increased popularity means increased attention, which means more eyes looking for bugs.

My home brew CRM has zero reported security flaws. Doesn't actually improve it's security.

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Linux distros fix kernel terminal root-hole bug

Tim Bates

Re: Don't forget the design

"Since Windows 2008 you can run a server without the GUI. It looks your Windows knowledge dates back to 1995."

I'm not a Windows Server person, but doesn't that option simply provide you with a graphically windowed command prompt instead of using Explorer? It's not running Windows without a GUI. It's running a terminal as the shell for the GUI. Totally different thing.

Happy to be corrected, but the screenshots of Server Core I saw look like a GUI (albeit a lame one) to me.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

Tim Bates

Re: @PaulR79 "Never click links for banks etc in emails"

"Banks do this all the time. Ever had a phone call from your bank that starts "I just need to ask you some security questions to confirm your identity"?"

I hate those. I don't even suggest I'll call back. If it's important, they find a way to ID themselves to you. And if they can't do that, they tend to revert to old fashioned paper in the mail.

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

Tim Bates

Re: Don't get too excited ...

"Apple's "water" sensors are nothing more than bits of paper that turn pink when exposed to water, for example condensing humidity after coming in from the cold in cold climates, or going outside from over-air conditioned buildings in hot climates."

Uh, and that condensate causes water damage. It's not really unfair to blame it on water damage when condensation has formed INSIDE the device.

As questionable as Apple's ethics are, this is a perfectly normal exercise in self protection. And Apple aren't the only ones doing it. Practically every phone has them, digital cameras have them, and even some external HDDs have them. Even our old VHS player manuals all talked about possible condensation damage if moving between hot and cold areas. It's not rocket science - just plain old regular guy science.

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Tim Bates

Re: Genius Bar

"You've never seen the "tracer-t" guy then..."

Ow! My brains!!!! Somebody just stabbed them with so much wrong information. It'll take weeks to push that brain damage back out again now!

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

Tim Bates

Biggest complainers always talk about charging...

The charger my old Samsung phone came with (a B2710 for anyone wanting to know) has the cable leaving the micro connector off to one side rather than centered. After using it for a week, I never got it the wrong way around.

The biggest issue I have with USB isn't getting the plug the right way - it's simply finding the tiny connectors in the first place.

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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

Tim Bates

Wait?!?!

Ummm, is this just that thing where the game name was changed on Steam?

Here's a possibility for everyone... Maybe someone who had an authorised developer account simply did it to make a point, or to raise the profile of the game's name.

As far as I have gathered, only one publisher has been effected, and only 2 or 3 games. Certainly a good way to raise the profile of your game's title - the entire internet is talking about CoD now.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

Tim Bates

Re: Capacity

"but now the old measuring system is starting to look downright stupid"

You know what would look stupider? Marketing drives as 3725GiB instead of just keeping it a nice round 4000GB.

And does anyone really look at their free space on a blank HDD anymore? Most people just start shovelling in the pirated movies, TV shows and porn these days and only worry about free space when their OS starts hinting about it.

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NSW government gets into the smartphone case business

Tim Bates

Ummm. No NFC?

The Galaxy S3 and S4 do NFC, right? As do Note 2 and 3 (did the first one?) and various other non-Samsung devices. Surely a single app for all these Androidian users would suffice?

I'm no expert on how that all works (though reading my friends' credit cards with my phone is a neat party trick), but it can't be as complicated as trying to market phone wallets to S3 users, can it?

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

Tim Bates

Re: Ridiculous

If it helps you, I thought that was what the patent was going to be about...

While you're calling prior art, feel free to add in this post - whereby I describe additional data from the GPS, accelerometers and other sensors to assist in determining various parameters relating to the object and it's position in relation to the phone.

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Dashboard Siri! Take me to the airport! NO, NOT the RUNWAY! Argh!

Tim Bates

Fail

Am I the only one wondering if people will be a little pissed off when their $100,000+ car no longer has a functioning stereo because the spastics at Apple decided a 2 year old car is too old and we should all upgrade to the latest Ferrari?

And this isn't just Apple and Ferrari - every bloody new car seems to have a non-DIN stereo that assumes you're going to have an iPhone 4S for the next 20 years.

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

Tim Bates

Re: What worries me more is...

I'm not a pilot, but aren't the captain and copilot purposely shown the reading from their own sensors as an additional check outside the computer? Or are they very trusting of computers now?

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Microsoft claims x86 hypervisor market lead

Tim Bates

Useless

This is another one of those graphs showing licenses sold and the price of said licenses... That declining "others" could well be used twice as often as Hyper-V but costs far less for all the graph tells us.

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

Tim Bates

Re: Pah!

Chuck - verb: throw (something) carelessly or casually.

Chock - noun: a wedge or block placed against a wheel or rounded object, to prevent it from moving.

But yes, I agree. It would make more sense to lay these garbage cans down in a rack so the air moves the right way. Cooling already looks questionable in these new Macs without having a switch or router rack mounted above them.

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Devs angrily dismiss Absolute Computrace rootkit accusation

Tim Bates

Re: Insidious menace

Ugh... Tell me about it. We repurposed an old Toshiba laptop recently at work. Not even a business model - just a mid-range home model. Damn thing keeps popping up virus warnings because Absolute keep sneaking their malware back in.

I sent an email to Toshiba and Absolute. Standard waste of time replies - Toshiba would love to help me put the factory image back on, and Absolute more or less told me it was there for my own good, so shut up and go away.

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HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules

Tim Bates

Re: What's wrong about that?

On thing that's wrong with it is the fact that the announcement came basically at the same time they implemented the new policy. Existing customers may not be included in the new scheme (I don't know), but the information given implied existing customers may not get updates later in the system's life.

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Tim Bates

Cisco products that require support contracts for firmware are more like full operating systems though, not boot firmware. Cisco's charges for IOS updates are more like Apple's charges for OSX updates.

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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

Tim Bates

Re: Scary Stuff

"A QR-code of the numberplate would be quite small, and could be done in the form of a window sticker that is suitably reflective, and can be mounted on the rear and front windscreens (avoiding muddy numberplate syndrome)."

You've never seen a car with a dirty window? A few km of proper dirt road will cover the windows in most cars with enough dust (or mud if it's been raining) to prevent stickers on/in the window being clearly visible.

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Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

Tim Bates

This could be interesting...

What are they doing for servers purchased BEFORE this came into effect?

Are they leaving up any firmware updates they had previously posted so customers can still get updates to the time this came into effect?

It will also be interesting to see how they react to Australian customers who invoke the Australian Consumer Law too (businesses buying for their own use are consumers under this law). If HP knows of a fix in firmware, they could be forced to supply it for free even if the warranty is over.

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Super Bowl's SUPER BALLSUP: CBS broadcasts Wi-Fi password

Tim Bates

Re: Rubbish?

"but rubbish? I wouldn't go that far."

It's rubbish if you want anyone to remember it without having to write it down in big letters so users can connect.

Also, using WPA-PSK (or WPA2-PSK) when your budget is very large is spastic. If you can afford to have massive monitors on the wall, you can afford to add a RADIUS server and do it properly.

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Another one bites the dust: AVG kills its remote access service

Tim Bates

Re: They had an extra service? (@ecofeco)

"Nor had I heard of it, and I'm an AVG reseller."

Same. But I also ignore their talk of cloudy stuff (much like I ignore almost every company talking cloudy).

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Tim Bates

Re: users should never use the same password on multiple sites or services," said Yahoo!

"Users should never use Yahoo for anything serious, says common internet knowledge."

Try telling that to your partner!

Try having to tell it to your BOSS!

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

Tim Bates

Re: Try game streaming now

"The one downside to SteamOS that I have come across so far is that it requires a UEFI BIOS, thus limiting the amount of old hardware that can be re-purposed to Steamboxes."

That might be something they planned. Think about it... How good would it look if every 2nd person trying it out used a Celeron laptop they had spare, then wondered why every game they tried ran like crap?

I personally wanted to try it on my spare Core2Duo laptop. No go obviously. So I pulled out the drive, hooked it up to my desktop, and tried it out on there. It's hardly worth worrying about.

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Tim Bates

Re: GabeN can afford to give away....

"quick! upgrade your hardware to run the latest M$ OS so your kids can play X"

Most people buying gaming hardware are buying it so they can play the games themselves. Very few people buy gaming hardware for their kids. In my experience trying to sell it, they even refuse when the game they just bought has zero chance of running on their system.

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SimpleAir wins patent suit against Google

Tim Bates

SMS in classic GSM digital mobiles?

When did GSM and SMS start? Isn't an SMS basically what they described?

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Judge shoots down Oracle's Solaris support 'trafficking' claim

Tim Bates

Re: Oh the irony

"This is about a company producing "washing machines", claiming nobody else has the right to service them."

Yeah, that's how I was reading it too... Although I was thinking it would be more like MS suing a small computer repair chain that isn't an MS partner simply because they assist users in getting Windows Updates installed.

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Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

Tim Bates

Expesive door stop in 3, 2, 1?

Careful people... Will your Apple certified Air Conditioner be of any use in 2 years time when you've bought a new phone or Apple's decided to change the APIs in a way that makes the control app useless?

Sort of like how some expensive web enabled devices are only accessible from IE6 - good when you bought it, but no so great now they're up to IE11.

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

Tim Bates

Re: I have looked

"One of the first things I do when I start working for a new company is <blah blah>"

So you focus on scoring a perfect score in the compile? I'm curious... Does that devotion to zero compiler warnings effect how much time is left for writing code that actually does what it was meant to?

Surely it has some effect if people are more worried about it being allowed through the compiler than getting the logic correct.

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