* Posts by Steve K

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LiveDrive drive by: Backup biz's price hikes will kill us, say resellers

Steve K

Re: Livedrive are a dishonest bunch - wouldn't now recommend at all

Thanks!

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Steve K

Re: Livedrive are a dishonest bunch - wouldn't now recommend at all

As a current LiveDrive customer - can I ask whether Dropbox does deduplication and lets you do file versioning?

I have added Azure Blob storage too as a backup target for my QNAP NAS recently (approx. £5/month for 350GB) which gives availability options too (at a higher price) - pleased with it so far.

Thanks

Steve

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LiveDrive

I have used LiveDrive for years (as part of a more diverse personal backup strategy) and renewed last month for approx. £50 (£4/month-ish). I don't think I would use them for business back-up though as their support and SLA are at the cheap end of things (fair enough for what I pay them....)

I haven't had any notice of changes from them, and the charges look the same on their website.

Giving the benefit of the doubt, I wonder if this is because of problems that they have had with resellers overselling the service in some cases (rather than a land-grab by LiveDrive)? It looks like resellers get 5TB initially to pool over their user base, so if resellers are selling that as "unlimited" then maybe that's where the charging problem has come from.

It is pretty tough on resellers if a huge price increase has been imposed on them, but I imagine that contractually there will be get-outs (for the reseller) since they would have no control over their upstream provider (in this case LiveDrive) pulling the plug/going bust/increasing charges in a way that does not suit their reselling model etc.

It's also tough on the end-users too, but - as long as there is notice and some kind of pro-rata refund available - you can at least get your data back (may take a while if you have several TB stored.....) and move elsewhere before the new charges kick in. As others have said - you should not have something like this as your sole backup target.

Steve

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

Steve K

Re: Offline device

Maybe I've misunderstood, but aren't you advocating carrying another device in addition to your phone in order to manage passwords?

Pretty secure as you have outlined it, but prone to failure (in the sense that there are now more devices - and not just passwords - to forget/lose etc....)

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Steve K
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"bread out" most backdoors by now"

Luckily for you or you'd be toast

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Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Steve K

Re: How the mighty have fallen

"Ime Archibong" - Is this a distant, but more senior relation to the Reg's esteemed correspondent Steve Bong???

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What's all this? Welcome to The Register's News Bytes

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Re: Can I switch them off as they mess up the front page layout....?

Email and screenshots sent.

I get the same result on IE11 and Edge

I don't think it's a technical/compatibility issue to be honest.

The grid on which the main news items is based does not align with the Newsbites items (probably due to the smaller font that Newsbites uses?) so you get a column of story snippets in a small font on the left that looks misaligned with all of the story snippets on the right in a bigger font...

I know, suddenly everyone is a web design expert, but this just jars with me because of the uniform grid layout for the front page.

Steve

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Steve K

Re: Can I switch them off as they mess up the front page layout....?

Thanks!

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Steve K

Can I switch them off as they mess up the front page layout....?

Can I switch them off as they mess up the front page layout....?

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Waiting for your Oculus to arrive? Yeah, it's going to be some time

Steve K

Is a Facebook account mandatory here?

So do you have to have a Facebook account in order to use the Oculus device at all, or is this just for Facebook content interaction?

Steve

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'Planet nine' theory boosted by Kuiper Belt Object with odd orbit

Steve K

Re: Typical

The proposed orbit is pretty big, so maybe your neighbour's bathroom ceiling might be better?

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Steve K

Milankovitch cycles

Could this explain the Milankovitch cycles in any way (i.e. when the Earth and this planets' orbits are in the right orientation and hence resonance every n*20000 years-ish) or should I get a bigger tin-foil hat?

Steve

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Oracle's website, social media to wear sandwich board of shame over Java SE insecurity

Steve K

Re: Bah!

Absolutely - even some of Oracle's own products have needed to use old JRE/JDK versions on both client (and server) sides.

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Russian rocket roll-out and raising revealed

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Space-grade Gaffer tape?

Is it me or is that Gaffer tape over some connector ports on the loud end of the booster at approx. 02:00 in the video.....?

You can tell it's space-grade as it's silver and hence "spacey".

Steve

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'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

Steve K
Boffin

Yes - hubris means overweaning pride and arrogance.

This is more like "pietas"?

Steve

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Reposting 8-second sports clips infringes copyright

Steve K

Disruption...

..and too often "disruption" equates to ignoring the law (whether IP/commercial/statute) rather than a genuinely innovative offering for consumers

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Electronic Superhighway 2016-1966 – a retro: Texts, ar*se and ASCII rolls

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Re: ouch

Depends on your interests. It's cheaper than a Premier League/Division football game. You can choose to avoid both and save the money.

One man's fish is another's poisson....

Steve

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Power outage in Sheffield kills e-commerce at Insight UK

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Rebranding?

No secondary provision.?

Soon to be rebranded "HindSight UK"...

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Watch six tiny robo-ants weighing 100g in total pull a 1,769-kg family car

Steve K

Re: I, for one,

A great book indeed - and includes a car stereo that turns every cassette tape into Bohemian Rhapsody ("Is this the real life - no it's just Battersea").

A bit like the Waif-o-matic (TM) that every f@cking TV advert is using at the moment to get some 80s/90s classic songs to sound like they have been sung by the same insipid waify-girly singer.

Aaah that's better - glad I got it off my chest.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

Steve K

Re: When I was your age...

300 baud? Luxury!

When I started we just shouted 1s and 0s down the phone line to each other.

If someone replied "Pieces of 7" you knew it was a parroty error.

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Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

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Re: Keep in mind it's 90 000 feet on Earth,

I imagine that in a Martian scenario they would have to keep their pressure suits since pilots have to get in and out of it under unpressurised conditions.

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Machismo is ruining the tech industry for all of us. Equally

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Re: equality

Well to judge your request properly we need to know if you are male or female, Mr/Ms. Other - if that's your real name.......

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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Stop

Oh no I don't....

Unfortunately that won't work for me since after entering my postcode:

"Dominic Raab MP has told us not to deliver any messages from the constituents of Esher and Walton. Instead you can try looking them up on the Parliament website. There you will get a phone number, a postal address, and for some MPs a website or way to contact them by email."

Great.... and not for the first time with Mr. Raab

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Europe is spaffing €20bn on handouts for tech

Steve K
WTF?

WTF...?

“Convergence is actually following a reverse trend.”

WTF... - does that sentence actually mean "divergence"....?

Steve

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

Steve K

In the same vein, whilst not fanless or completely silent, the All-in-One solutions (e.g. Corsair H55 - approx. £60) are pretty quiet - especially if you only need the CPU-supplied graphics, and use the fan-tuning software that ships with the motherboard (e.g. Asus).

Steve

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Oz town suffers hairy panic attack

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Black Helicopters

Clone tool....?

Is it just me or does the picture shown look a bit "enhanced" via the clone tool....?

Maybe it's just the downsampling to JPEG from a screengrab that makes it looks fuzzy though.

Steve

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Trade union threatens work-to-rule action over HPE Lancashire job cuts

Steve K

"not covering for anyone else’s work"

"not covering for anyone else’s work"

I can see how the rest of the items could be covered under work-to-rule, but how can you refuse to cover for someone else's work in an infrastructure role?

By its nature you would have >1 person assigned to individual environments/systems, and you would pick up helpdesk tickets as they came in. I can see that you might have reduced capacity if someone was absent, but you can't refuse to cover their work as it's not just "theirs".

Steve

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Telemarketers hit with £70,000 fine for cold-calling pensioners

Steve K

Other ways too:

* directors' loans are taxable if not repaid at the end of the company financial year

*or assuming he is a shareholder too (not unreasonable in this case) then dividends, capital distribution on winding up.

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Why Tim Cook is wrong: A privacy advocate's view

Steve K

Re: This is wishful thinking

> Now, how any times did you have a debit/credit that expires and then when the new one comes the PIN is the same as the old one? I find that spooky.

Might be missing the point here, but if it's got the same card number then isn't that expected (since the stored hash will be cryptographically based on the long card number and the PIN plus maybe some other salting)?

The naked PIN itself will be unknown to the issuer since otherwise that breaks everything.

Steve

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Streetmap's lawyer: Google High Court win will have 'chilling effect’ on UK digital biz

Steve K

Re: You're all forgetting the money...

...but loss leaders are not in themselves illegal nor do they necessarily indicate an illegal abuse of market position or competition law.

They will ultimately benefit the competitor with the deeper pockets, which generally means that the smaller guys are hosed if the big boys move in on their territory.

Note that I am not saying that this is a good thing......

Steve

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Putin's internet guru says 'nyet' to Windows, 'da' to desktop Linux

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Re: Or

..and the "pick" command too...

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Don't you see these simple facts? Destroy Facebook and restore human Liberty

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"It's all social medial"

Therefore including El Reg comments....

..and John 104 disappeared in a puff of logic (apologies to Douglas Adams...!)

Steve

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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

Steve K

Decent configurator website too

Unlike the other big boys (HP/IBM), Dell also actually have a decent configurator on their website for getting a publicly-available idea of the valid configuration options available, their cross-compatibility and the pricing for most of their mainstream kit.

Steve

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Oracle hires cloud 'success' pushers, denies EMEA customers are floating away

Steve K

Re: Cloud subs

> b) From the customer perspective, surely you'd take your data and jump to somewhere cheaper/faster/better?

Possibly, but that depends whether you are just hosting a database, or something built on Oracle Apps too (e.g. EBusiness Suite) where a move is definitely non-trivial and carries significant business risk.

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Eight budget-friendly 1TB SSD data packers for real people

Steve K

Re: 2.5"

Already here...

My current PC (built is September 2015) uses an ASUS Z170 with a Skylake 6600K. I have am OEM Samsung SM951 AHCI drive (as boot) in a PCI-E adapter, and an OEMSM951 nVME 512GB as a secondary in a M.2 PCIE/NVME slot on the motherboard itself.

The SM951 OEM drives can be picked up pretty cheaply online (e.g. FlexxRAM in the UK), the only issue you will have is getting it the nVME one to UEFI boot.

Steve

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Two big risks could torpedo Dell-EMC deal

Steve K

Dell and EMC had better hold fire on the reorganisations then...

Dell and EMC had better hold fire on the reorganisations then...

Recent reports show them both looking to eliminate departments where there would be overlap in a merged organisation.

Steve

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Florida cuffee surprised by pills in vagina

Steve K

Did she swallow the Babypod instead...?

A mixup and maybe she swallowed the BabyPod instead......?

(http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/07/foetal_streaming_service/)

Steve

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Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'

Steve K

Schoolreunion.org.uk

I used to work with someone who showed me his almost-finished site "schoolreunion.org.uk" on the Friday in 1999 before Friends Reunited was splashed all over the Weekend Section of one of the broadsheets - and thus was effectively launched skywards with an effective first-mover monopoly.

That was a shame - so near.......

Steve

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

Steve K

Re: The wrong question

This is assuming that the target people have a device to use it on (PC/tablet/smartphone), electricity, comms in-range, literacy, a permanent dwelling etc.

I think it needs to be asked whether this solving the right problem at the right time, and if it is, any monopoly should be state-run/owned at least in the early years (although there is a quandary involved in turning down a rich funding source like FaceBook...)

Steve

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Russian Pastafarian wins right to bear colander

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Lots of holes in his argument

Yes, but there are lots of holes in his argument too.

Steve

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McAfee Security Manager lets anybody bypass managers' security

Steve K
Angel

Re: It's a feature

As an older El Reg reader, I am reliably informed that the same key you mention, but with all "2"s worked also. Allegedly.

Might be hardcoded, or maybe it's some sort of weak hash collision(s) in the key validation mechanism.

Steve

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Wanted: 1,400 sales jockeys to flog Oracle Cloud

Steve K
Stop

Logical extension is to stop on-premise software commission for salespeople

The logical extension of this is that they will stop paying salespeople (and presumably Oracle partners too) commission for on-premise software where there is a cloud version.

That does not bode particularly well for users getting the right solution for their needs, when the opening lines will be:

"Cloud is the answer - now, what's the question?"

Steve

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What's going on with X.org? Desktop software body could lose domain

Steve K

Re: Pass the Sick Bag!

Hope this diagram helps with the style rules to be followed:

http://www.bulldictionary.com/reach-out/

Steve

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Cops stuff Mumbai thief with 48 bananas

Steve K

Re: Bananas ?

Simply brilliantly-told story!!

That Picolax is impressive stuff - I nearly crapped myself laughing just reading that article.

Steve

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Steve K

Reversible...?

48 bananas should be enough to have the same effect starting from the other end too.....

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Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service

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Chuffed?

They must be chuffed with this idea.....

Maybe someone else will pudenda to it?

(I'm here all week - don't forget to tip your waiter/waitress)

Steve

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

Steve K

Err.. there are 4 elements to name anyway...

Without pissing judgement on the names you suggest, there are 4 elements to name anyway...

Steve

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Steve K

Re: If nobody can agree...

Good choice, but already done in the separation of Americium and Curium!!! (Pandemonium and Delirium)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americium

Steve

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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

Steve K

Re: Same again today - 18/12/15 - UK

Back now - 18/12/15 -@ 11:30 GMT

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Same again today - 18/12/15 - UK

Same again today - 18/12/15 - UK @10:50 GMT

Main status page carries no details still.... Detailed status pane hangs...

Arsebucket -@#!!

Steve

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