* Posts by Michael B.

128 posts • joined 6 Nov 2007

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UK's GDS to hire 300 folk. Silver lining: They'll be evicted from Holborn

Michael B.

Hell no, that would put them under an hour from where I work. I'd be able to smell the bullshit from my office whenever the wind is blowing.

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At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live

Michael B.

Re: Useful but ...

They seem to do a degree of caching. I just viewed my town, killed the app and then put the phone into airplane mode. The app moaned about not having a data connection but the maps I'd just viewed were available.

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

Michael B.

I think it's personal

When I search for the same string I get a "full" set of results in Google ( about 501 results). I think Google just don't like you.

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BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

Michael B.

Hell No

Sorry even though they have been running the show for the last decade at least they have been gracious not to shove their toxic BT brand in my face.

I've actually had good experiences shopping with Dabs but as a brand I've had nothing but pain with BT so I shan't be be shopping at the BT Shop. Bye bye and thanks for all the fish.

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

Michael B.

f.lux on PCs does the same

I've been happily using f.lux for a few years now. The transition from day to night modes is so subtle that you only realise that it's occurred when you disable it and your retinas are suddenly burnt out. I really don't know how I managed before with it.

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Microsoft wants to lock everyone into its store via universal Windows apps, says game kingpin

Michael B.

Deja Vu

Didn't Gabe Newell come out with the same doom laden prediction when Windows 8 came out? How did that prediction go then? Did steam, Origin and Gog die under the relentless onslaught of the Windows 8 and Windows 10 App Stores?

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Q: How many guns to arm nine coachloads of terrorists?

Michael B.

Re: Isn't it more worrying ...

The BBC just quoted the Detective in charge who made that comparison with coach loads of terrorists.

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This Android Trojan steals banking creds and wipes your phone

Michael B.

and this is why I haven't gone anywhere near my bank's mobile banking app and stuck to the seperate security key. To be honest I don't need an app to tell me I don't have enough money anyway!

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'Adobe Creative Cloud update ate my backup!'

Michael B.

I'm assuming that they must create a hidden folder as part of the installation process and in the cleanup process they grab the directory listing, filter it for the relevant temp folder and then pass it as a list through to a generic cleanup routine that thankfully is just popping off the first folder in the list.

My assumption is that the filter routine is broken so we should be thankful that the CC installer doesn't delete the entire hard drive. Perhaps Adobe's QA team might have spotted that one.

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Flash flushed as Google orders almost all ads to adopt HTML5

Michael B.

Re: one more nail please

The iPlayer has an HTML5 version http://www.bbc.co.uk/html5 it's not perfect but it is a vision of a flash free world.

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Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws

Michael B.

Re: Mission impossible...

They haven't got Apple's retail numbers because this is ONLINE sales only which they calculated by using a panel which has their online activity tracked, including their ecommerce activity. They claim their panel covers the top 100 online mass retailers.

Basically YouGov for shopping.

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'Personalised BBC' can algorithmically pander to your prejudices

Michael B.

Re: This is stupid.

People do this anyway it's called using the TV guide and changing the channel. At least in this brave new world I will have wall to wall Only Connect with even the mention of the existence of Strictly Come Dancing being a taboo.

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

Michael B.

Re: In-house solution

Azure goes down a lot less than in-house Directory services I've seen in the past with much much shorter times to recovery. The downside is that you don't get the sense that anybody is working on the problem though constantly calling the IT team for a status update tends to get things fixed much slower.

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Mega Microsoft dev tools update includes Clang codegen for Windows

Michael B.

Re: VS2015 as Win 10 bait

Well since Windows 7 doesn't come with the necessary runtime subsystems what do you expect to do on Windows 7 bar build the project? You can't run it or test it. (I'm actually surprised that you can run any Universal app on Windows 8/8.1 since they changed the runtime from 8/8.1 to 10.)

If you really wanted to stay on Windows 7 then you just need the Pro Edition and grab a disposable Windows 10 VM.

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128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

Michael B.

Re: Errr?

You can pick them up at Dabs. They seem to be doing 64GB at the unconsumer price of around 375. The 16 and 32s are there buried amongst the kits, though yet again at very unconsumer prices.

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Microsoft's CRM chief defects to Salesforce

Michael B.

Not really. From the article he looks like a serial Vice President hopping from business to business staying just long enough for it not to be too suspicious when he leaves.

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Rap for wrap chaps in crap email trap: Chipotle HR used domain it had no control over

Michael B.

Monthly Bail Bonds

An online bail bond company set up at almost the same address as our personal domain but with an s. ( We were here first!) About once a month we get people emailing copies of every single piece of personal information to our info@ address when applying for their custom bonds. If we were malicious we really could steal their identity with no problems at all.

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E.ON fined £7m for smart meter fail

Michael B.

I've got a smart meter installed

It's absolute rubbish. It gives you barely any more information that my old 10 quid clamp meter from B&Q did. They still don't understand generation so all values are positive and the only way you can tell if you are generating versus somebody in the house has left a heater on is to switch the kettle on ( a known power drain) and see what values the meter comes up with.

Oh you can get the gas and electricity readings on one box, whoopsie do!

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Cops' IT too complex for quick and dirty revamp – Police ICT boss

Michael B.

Blimey - Easyjet sponsoring Bedfordshire Police?

New sponsored caution?

"You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not book a great low cost flight from Easyjet to a destination of your choice with prices starting from just 10 pounds book online at Easyjet.com..."

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Apple’s TV platform just became a little more secure (well, the apps at least)

Michael B.

Security for them, not us

How naive of me to think that this was security for the user's benefit. The company's MO is in content protection and anti-tampering which is just security for Apple and the content it sells..

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BT posts flat results following EE merger green light

Michael B.

Apparently there is a BT Mobile which is an MVNO running on top of EE.

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TalkTalk attackers stole 'incomplete' customer bank data, ISP confirms

Michael B.

I a couple of years ago I was in the queue for the bank and I overheard a distraught customer revealing how she had be scammed into giving the rest of her bank account details. A scammer called her up and for security reasons they gave her the (standard) prefix of her card number and got her to reveal the rest to confirm her identity,

With this data a scammer could easily modify it by giving the first and last digits and getting the customer to reveal the middle digits. As the first 4 digits are card and bank specific they can easily cycle through the card numbers pretending to be the relevant bank that the card is attached to.

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

Michael B.

Re: Snapping more family pics

Er, no they haven't. The Windows Phone 10 camera is the same as the Lumia Camera.

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

Michael B.

Re: licensing

Nope, I just happen to have to deal with Copyright crap on a regular basis and are acutely aware of the fees and paperwork involved when getting into the business licensing of copyrighted material for multiple territories.

Frankly I really don't care about this at all, I just thought I'd give a more rational explanation to one of the factors behind this decision rather than OMG I'M LOOSING MY DOKTA WHO! THE BBC IS TAH SUK!!!!!!

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Michael B.

Re: licensing

You couldn't have any programs with any form of art, anything with music in it and certainly no photography. ( Heck even the Daleks have to be licensed from Terry Nation's estate) QI has a big problem as the photos behind them are stock photos and they didn't have worldwide or DVDs rights for the stock photos. ( http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a577767/why-isnt-qi-shown-in-america-alan-davies-tells-all.html#~prBC4hdcluB0T2 )

Without paying for licensing fees for photography then this is what you get: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/01/bbc_snap_update/

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Michael B.

Copyright Licensing

I guess very few people here understand licensing of copyright licensing. If the BBC were seen to be offering copyrighted material, images, audio etc. to the entire world they would have to pay a big increase in the license fee to use that material. The best example I could find is in licensing visual Artists' works http://www.dacs.org.uk/licensing-works/price-lists/television-and-film The UK v Worldwide fees are such that the worldwide fees are around double the UK fees.

In at least paying lip service to blocking viewing outside of the UK they are saving themselves fees in licensing copyrighted material and potentially residuals. ( Though how much the BBC actual spend on this is a mystery as the annual report does not breakdown costs that far.)

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Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

Michael B.

Re: Now you know how much your privacy is worth

What nonsense are you peddling? There is no monthly subscription fee.

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BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

Michael B.

Re: This is why I love the bbc

"I just wish BBC could spend less time on 4K worries, and get rid of Flash NOW."

They already are. There is a HTML5 beta trial going on right now.

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Team Microsoft: Device Police... 'Are you pumped? I'm pumped'

Michael B.

What's the problem?

What would be achieved by demonstrating Windows 10 especially when it is already out there and being used? This was a hardware launch and as such they were focusing on that. In the software launches they don't demonstrate the hardware features beyond the software running on hardware and I didn't expect that to happen this time either. ( Apart from the Continuum demo which was showing off Hardware and Software.)

Since everything they showed used Windows 10 they weren't really hiding it at all as Orlowski stated there just wasn't a need to focus on it.

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Microsoft's big Tuesday reveal: New mobiles and slabs? Win 10 shock?

Michael B.

Er more likely they have actually been invited to the Microsoft do and Apple only invite sycophants. As such The Register is Persona non Grata as far as Apple are concerned.

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Grinning BBC boss blows raspberry at UK.gov, eyes up buffet

Michael B.

Because the government foisted the entire World Service, and all of its costs, onto the BBC( with the commensurate saving of a couple of hundred million saving to the Foreign Office) and now the self same government now wants them to broadcast to Russian and North Korea.

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Michael B.

The same happened in the Bristol area. At one time it was called the Bristol Evening Post and slowly but surely you would receive it earlier and earlier in the day until you started getting it in the morning. After that they then moved the printing to Didcot in Oxfordshire and now you are basically getting Yesterday's news tomorrow.

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Microsoft kicks off 'Windows as a service' with new Insider build

Michael B.

Chrome x64 is broken

The x64 version of Chrome is broken in 10525 due to some pretty iffy hooking code on the part of Google. For more info see: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=522201#c36

Uninstalling the x64 build and installing the 32 bit build instead works a treat.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

Michael B.

Re: Am I particularly unobservant...?

That's the privacy policy for collecting telemetry in the PREVIEW/Insider programme so they can monitor crashes and feature usage, which is entirely what the Insider programme is all about. Even the Inquirer url has a clue in it.

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Michael B.

Journalism's Haaaaaardd

You could have dropped the file list into Excel and sorted on Date to get a sense of where the changes have been made since the last update. Granted it doesn't tell you why the change has been made and what the changes are. ( I know that a diff on a sorted file list would also weed out other changes but I was satisfied with the results above.)

Apparently two files were changed in AppX deployment between the 11th August and 14th August updates. ( Appxdeploymentextensions.dll and Appxdeploymentserver.dll)

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

Michael B.

Re: REM had the answer in 1992?

Nah, it's obviously Everybody Hurts that they are referring to. Though "Bang and Blame" from a few years later is most companys' approach to security.

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

Michael B.

Re: still riddled with Flash badness though

In the advanced settings there is a simple switch "Use Adobe Flash Player" so disabling Flash is only 3 clicks away.

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

Michael B.

A World's first: an Audi that aborts a lane change.

So that's what it takes to get an Audi being driven sensibly. A huge amount of high technology to take the driver out of the mix.

I'm sure Delphi are going to fix this bug in the next round so that the Self Driving car will just barge its way into the lane and if this isn't entirely successful just sit 6 inches behind the car in front until they get out of the way.

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

Michael B.

Re: That video ....

...and it needs serious refactoring. They have just copy and pasted the same file creation code changing just the file name. Don't get me started on the use of "form1" and "form21" instead of something non-generic.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 build list snowballs for Lumia mobes

Michael B.

I'm not sure about the released version but for the preview there is an official rollback procedure using Windows Phone Recovery Tool.

The full set of steps are here:

http://www.windowscentral.com/roll-back-windows-phone-81-windows-10-preview

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

Michael B.

Re: A different Freak?

Thanks for that. The website freakattack.com now says "(An earlier version of our test gave incorrect results for IE; IE is indeed vulnerable.)" Which goes to explain why I thought IE was not vulnerable earlier in the week.

On a different note it seems that with the updated website Windows Phone is now being marked as vulnerable.

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Michael B.

A different Freak?

Is this a similar but different attack to the one earlier this week or the same one? I only ask as I tested all my browsers, including IE, against FREAK earlier in the week and they passed.

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

Michael B.

Cheapie LTE World Phone

According to the band listing on GSMArena the Dual Sim LTE variants support 9 LTE bands a piece which would make it a great world phone for me, Dual SIM and a high likelihood of being able to get LTE service where ever I go.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

Michael B.

Good job it's not the default and requires you to select Full Screen mode when using the Mouse. The default Start Menu style is the merged Metro/Win 7 style.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

Michael B.

Re: WTF.....

The supported lifetime of the device means that you can't take your free windows license and place it on a new machine if the machine dies.

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Amazon’s CHRISTMAS QUEUEING bonanza!

Michael B.

Post Office != Royal Mail

The two entities are separate as far as I can see. The Royal Mail delivery service was the bit that was privatised but the Post Office side still remains in government ownership. So in fact this is bad news for the Private company Royal Mail but good news for the government owned Post Office network and franchised sub-post masters.

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

Michael B.

Re: owner of 2 bricks, looking for windows...

Well well it looks like your dream has come true, somebody has taken notice of the non-Windows Nokia Phones and that somebody is.... Opera. Opera will be running the app store on non-Windows Nokia phones. See below for details:

http://www.windowscentral.com/nokia-store-be-replaced-opera-nokia-x-mobile-devices?utm_source=wpc&utm_medium=twitter

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Michael B.

Re: owner of 2 bricks, looking for windows...

Lets get this straight you are moaning that Nokia/Microsoft/Accenture/Whoever are closing the Symbian app store? A platform that hasn't been actively developed in any shape or form for nearly 3 years.

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Farewell Nokia: First ever 'Microsoft Lumia' set for Tuesday reveal

Michael B.

Re: It's really impacted me, this Nokia to MS transition...

More than likely the BBC just shut it off. They have had quite a form on that lately.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

Michael B.

Well get_iplayer has already worked around it

Just updated get_iplayer and it has already worked around the RSS feeds by scraping the webpages. In the process I think it also shows more programmes than the old RSS feeds did.

So in the process of trying to kill off get_iplayer and XBMC they have just screwed over the Smart TV users and nobody else.

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