* Posts by Steve Foster

616 posts • joined 10 Oct 2007

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Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: "Sandisk"

Sandisk staff were all busy either cashing WD buyout cheques or being laid off (by incoming WD management), so it's hardly surprising they might not have produced enough inventory.

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Boffins one step closer to solving nanoscale computer challenge

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: How high can you go?

If you follow the link to the Grand Challenge, you'll be able to read that specifying it as a 50nm cube is exactly what they have done.

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Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

Steve Foster

@hardboiledphil

One of the arguments for changing the design away from p2p may well have been this court scenario, precisely to avoid similar court cases in future (MS can be surprisingly pragmatic at times).

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Uber's robo-truck makes first delivery of ... Budweiser in Colorado

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: They'll make everyone unemployed

Ah, yes, just as the plough, the jacquard loom, and every other thing we've invented over the centuries has done before.

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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

Steve Foster
Facepalm

"creative output"

If it's anything like most meetings, the most useful place for that output is in the round store of infinite capacity (that some other commentard described recently).

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Asda server glitch leaves customers without online shopping

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: "how an unbagged raw chicken could contaminate an entire supermarket"

With an awfully big Nerf gun...

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Banks don’t give a 2FA

Steve Foster

Re: Whoops!

Although Santander don't use 2FA at that point, their login pages do include a personalised display as an anti-phishing measure (I haven't seen any other bank doing that).

And Santander do use 2FA for approving new payees (by sending a OTP to your mobile).

Personally, I think 2FA just to login is probably excessive, and there are reasonably some functions that could be done without it (eg requests that require delivery fulfillment or branch collection [replacement cheque books and such]).

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Ofcom finds 'reasonable grounds' that KCOM failed to maintain 999 services

Steve Foster

Re: 112?

It's what Europe use instead of 999. So while we're (temporarily still) part of the EU, it's required to work here as well (at least, that's AIUI). But, as is usual with EU measures, we continued with 999 for us.

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Microsoft makes massive changes to MCSE and MCSD

Steve Foster
Holmes

Backronym...

Must Consult Someone Experienced.

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

Steve Foster
WTF?

Re: "decorations will be up"

Christmas Puddings are already out on the shelves.

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My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: That migration to SQL Server's working really well then...

Since it's Tasks, the backend they're migrating to will be Exchange (Office365)...

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

Steve Foster
Joke

Gender Stereotyping...

Obviously, this exhibit was designed by a man. If it had been the product of a female brain, the colours would have been fuschia and lilac.

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Dude, you got a Dell lawyer: HPE sues high-flying ex-exec after defection to EMC

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Hmmm

Interesting that HPE are so desperate for cost savings that they're implementing large redundancy programmes, yet there's enough in the kitty for "blue rectangle" lapel pins.

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

Steve Foster
Joke

Well!

That takes "you're holding it wrong" to a whole new level.

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Appliance-maker Liebherr chillin' with Microsoft, prototyping another Internet fridge

Steve Foster
Boffin

@Dr Syntax

Surely you've experimented with hand-pressing the internal switch that is normally operated by closure of the door?

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O2: Float or flog. What's it going to be, Telefonica?

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Here come the groundhogs

Except you missed the bit about the existing name being toxic, seeing as how it's associated with the soon-to-be-ex parent organisation. So you need a completely new, whalesong-inspired corporate nothing-word rebrand (helpfully, that would fit with Sean Bean routinely getting killed off in whatever thing he's involved with :p).

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Linux 4.8-rc5 lands

Steve Foster
Joke

Never mind "an rc8"...

...it sounds like they're at increased risk of an rcLinus.

(even though that's a fairly frequent occurrence already)

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

Steve Foster
Holmes

@AC

Well, of course, everyone (other than marketeers) quickly learnt that "HD Ready" = "not actually capable of HD" (see also "Vista Ready").

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BBC vans are coming for you

Steve Foster
Black Helicopters

Silly Question, but...

...can anyone actually cite the legislation that changes the rules? (rather than just the BBC/TVL claiming the rules have changed)

All I could find was reports of Whittingdale saying that the government intended to make the change "possibly as soon as later in the year", then some parliamentary debate notes in early summer about the BBC White Paper (that talked about introducing legislation in due course), and then of course, Brexit happened and turned everything upside-down.

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MIT brainiacs triple the speed, double the range of Wi-Fi

Steve Foster
Joke

"consumers won't have to buy new hardware"

What about those of us who don't have Roombas? Can we substitute the family pet?

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Steve Foster
Trollface

@Dr?

Are you sure the pigs had lowered their standards that far?

And, besides, hasn't CMD[1] gone now?

[1] "Call Me Dave" for those who've managed to forget already.

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Steve Foster
Big Brother

Re: The 'two wrongs make a right' argument.

While I agree with your sentiment in principle (that two "wrongs" don't make a "right"), if Corbyn has voluntarily waived his right to privacy by publishing "selfies" of his journey, then it can't really be argued that Virgin have breached said right by publishing additional footage of the same journey (not having seen the footage, I would hope that they did at least blur out any other passengers! [or obtain their consent]).

"...and why couldn't Corbyn have been a bit more organised and reserved a seat? His lack of planning does not justify renationalisation of the network."

Because *terrorists*, obviously! :)

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

Steve Foster
Joke

Simple, innit?

The filter consists of:

*.facebook.com

:)

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Google Chrome will beat Flash to death with a shovel: Why... won't... you... just... die!

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Dear Google,

Does this mean you'll also end the (clearly) absurd practice of bundling the Flash player into Chrome?

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Pokémon Go tragedy strikes

Steve Foster
Childcatcher

"Tragedy Strikes"

...I was expecting a rather different story to be behind the headline, about how the list of Darwin Award candidates was getting longer by the minute.

I'm kinda disappointed by the actual (non) story...

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Since you love Flash so much, Adobe now has TWO versions for you

Steve Foster
Devil

@DubyaG

I was tempted to ask whether you were referring to IE or Flash, but decided that the advice could usefully be applied to both targets.

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Galaxy S7 Active can't swim, claims site. But it can, vendor retorts

Steve Foster
Holmes

@Duffy Moon et al

I rather think that's a predictive text substitution for sim card.

Perhaps Samsung's marketing department could make their next model the S7 Felix... :)

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

Steve Foster
Childcatcher

Re: Thank you, Sir

Let's not forget bow and bow [and beau], and row and row.

(archery vs shipping or obsequience; argument vs Steve Redgrave).

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

Steve Foster
Headmaster

@kmiettinen

<pedantry voice="Stephen Fry"> _fewer_ </pedantry>

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Keep on trucking: Dropbox's Magic Pocket and the curse of the loading bay

Steve Foster
Devil

"Who's surprised?"

The hipsters, of course.

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Microsoft and Facebook, swimming in the sea,
N-E-T-W-O-R-K-I-N-G

Steve Foster

Re: Meanwhile

3 months to slowly cross the atlantic letting out cable as you go sounds like a reasonable timeframe; 15 months seems excessive.

At least, for a private organisation - obviously, if this was a government scheme, the consultation alone would take at least 15 months!

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

Steve Foster

Idiot Banks

One of the reasons that people get caught by phishing attacks is the banks idiotic behaviour when they call you in demanding you answer "security questions" - when *they're* the unknown quantity.

I always decline to do so, and try to explain that I'm not going to answer questions from some random stranger who's called my number, and nor am I going to call any number they give me - at least not until and unless they prove who they are to my satisfaction first.

Another example of cretinous behaviour on their part:

Most of my bank accounts are protected by 2FA of one sort or another. One day, using a shiny new laptop, I logged in to one of my accounts (that uses a PIN protected challenge/response key generator thingy), authenticated with multiple user codes, plus the 2FA response, arranged a regular payment _to an existing recipient_, received confirmation of payment and logged off.

A couple of days later, I went to log in again, to be told that my account was "not initialised properly" (or some such) and I could not login. Figuring this was some temporary glitch at their end, I tried again the next day. Still no access. After a couple of days of this, I gave in and called their support number. After passing their security questions, they told me that my account had been frozen (no payments out, internet access blocked) due to "suspected fraudulent activity" (the payment that I made online [by now] a week earlier [which they'd actually cancelled]). I asked what was the point of having and using 2FA and all their other security measures if they were all going to be overridden/ignored just because I used a new computer!

While I do appreciate that they are supposed to make efforts to prevent fraud, a single minor difference out of several test elements should not be enough for them to a) lock me out of my own account, b) cause payments to be summarily cancelled, and (most especially) c) do this all without making any sort of attempt to contact me in any way.

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Irish data cops kick Max Schrems' latest Facebook complaint up to EU Court

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Another thumbs up to Max!

That hardly seems like a fitting reward for his efforts!

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

Steve Foster

Re: Wild Python?

Wild? I expect it was absolutely livid.

(with credit to Rowan Atkinson/NTNON)

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Got $130,000 down the back of the sofa? Great. Grab an HP 3D printer

Steve Foster
Facepalm

And, of course, this being HP...

...a JetDirect card to connect it to the network will not be supplied as standard.

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Art heist 'pranksters' sent down for six months

Steve Foster
Alien

@Doctor Syntax

s/transplants/implants/

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Microsoft bods tell El Reg: We've re-pivoted open-source .NET Core

Steve Foster

Re: The real news

Nah, it's the fruity firm that won't talk to ElReg.

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

Steve Foster

Re: And it all works until...

I have a Nest thermostat. It is not connected to the internet, and yet it works just fine (albeit I accept that I can't "manage" it from my smartphone [I don't see any need to do so]).

Since it is not connected, it's hard to see how it could be remotely disabled or rendered inoperative because some "cloud" service evaporated overnight.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

Steve Foster

@WibbleMe

Except that Google do indeed do just that - or at least, they were doing so when they were the outsourced mail provider for Virgin Media (for email from one [!] of several identically-configured domains on a shared mail server).

Recently, Hotmail have reverted to rejecting email rather than silently swallowing it, so that I do at least know that messages have not been delivered (I'm still peeved that we're being blacklisted without good cause).

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Ironic: CCTV systems slide open a backdoor into your biz network

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: Given that such cameras are often pointed at physical access points in buildings...

Not only that, but you can extract a better-than-passport-quality image of the users face from their reflection in the keypad buttons.

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Ad-slinger Opera adds ad-blocking tech to its browser

Steve Foster
Boffin

Re: Eh?

Yes, it was part of the Presto-based Opera, and that and so much more was all lost when Opera became a reskinned Chrome derivative.

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Alice, Bob and Verity, too. Yeah, everybody's got a story, pal

Steve Foster
WTF?

Re: Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel too...

Aargh! Now I have *that* tune in my head for the rest of the week. So annoyingly catchy that even a very large thimbleful of scumble isn't going to be enough to expunge it.

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Samsung is now shipping a 15TB whopper of an SSD. Farewell, spinning rust

Steve Foster
Joke

Government Time saver?

Now they can lose all of our personal data in one go when they leave it on a train!

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Steve Foster
FAIL

“The BBC works on the basis that all who watch it pay for it."

Wrong, Whittingdale, wrong.

As all well-informed Regtards know, it's funded by all those with a television*, regardless of whether they watch the BBC or not.

* discounting the small number of non-payers.

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Nearly a million retail jobs will be destroyed by the march of tech, warns trade body

Steve Foster
Holmes

In Other News...

...the freight industry reports that there are 250,000[1] new driving jobs being created every year, due to the increased use of logistics and delivery services on the back of that shift to "online and digital".

[1] number plucked out of thin air by me.

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Samsung off the hook as $120m Apple patent verdict tossed

Steve Foster
Black Helicopters

Re: hold on..

Ah, well, you see, now that Apple are "sponsoring" terrorism, they're agin the guvmint.

Therefore, I would not be at all surprised to watch as lots of their patents (initially those where litigation is in progress) will suddenly be revealed to have been "obvious", or invalidated by examples of prior art, etc, etc. And, no doubt, the USPTO will soon be under instructions to reject all future applications from Apple.

(several of ElReg's icons would suit this post, but I'm going with the obligatory helicopters to match the "conspiracy theory" tone)

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Still running IE10? Not for long, says Microsoft

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Edge is hardly an alternative

Particularly as it's not available as a standalone download for Vista, 7SP1, Server 2008, Server 2012 or any of those other listed OS's with an obsolete version of IE.

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Ethernet switch sales flatten but 40 Gbps starts to take off

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Maths fail?

You do have to remember that this is IDC we're talking about...

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French Playmobil heist: El Reg denies involvement

Steve Foster
Joke

@CMOT Barnes

Would you be suggesting that the rumours of the imminent rename from LOHAN to LUCAN are not true?

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GCHQ's exploding doughnut threatens to ooze into innocent field

Steve Foster
Big Brother

Re: So many other options available..

"Yes, I'm happy to remain anonymous, thank you."

Yes, I'm happy with the appearance of being anonymous, thank you.

There, FTFY.

(would have liked to use the Joke Alert icon, but sadly, Big Brother is more apropos.)

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