You beat me to it. I was about to point out the same thing.
Trouble is, 9:26 doesn't work either due to the zero. 14/03/2015/09:26
And who puts the time after the date? This is pushing vague numeric associations to an extreme.
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You beat me to it. I was about to point out the same thing.
Trouble is, 9:26 doesn't work either due to the zero. 14/03/2015/09:26
And who puts the time after the date? This is pushing vague numeric associations to an extreme.
All Owners, Directors, Managers of this company should have their home and mobile phone numbers published so we can phone them at stupid times of the day.
In fact, I think this should be a standard. If you run a call centre, then you should have your personal details made public.
Signal Boost and UMA are different things. EE is still running UMA on the network as my Blackberry Bold 9780 uses it. Nothing funnier than being in the basement of a building with a client and my phone rings. My call being routed via the building's WiFi network while the client looks as his fancy Smartphone with zero signal bars.
If it wasn't for UMA I would not have phone coverage in my house, or my neighbour's house. So it is good to see Vodaphone supporting this as I have been a little nervous about what will happen when BT eats EE.
At least with fax machines you had the fun of replying with solid black pages to use up all of the advertiser's toner as revenge.
I heard a rumour that it would be possible to get some fax machine's to overheat and catch light if you sent them 50+ pages of solid all black. Not that I ever tried this out with annoying fax spamming spammers... innocent whistle....
Back in 2000 it used to get so bad for our fax machine it could print through half a ream of paper overnight!
I had one yesterday. Initially I just politely said "No thanks, not interested" and put the phone down.
The guy then phoned back and hurled abuse at me. Clearly he had been learning a few choice English swear words. "Excellent", I reply, "The early morning abuse line. This is more like it."
I confused him by being mega polite and laughing a lot. He seemed happy he was wasting my time... until I pointed out he was on speakerphone and I was carrying on with my work.
It did get a little weird as he was asking if I had the mobile phone numbers of any women he could have. I could hear the call centre behind him, he said there was a thousand of them in the room! Sounded like it!
I never did find out what he actually wanted as he seemed to have forgotten about his script. Only thing that disappointed me is he hung up just before I had selected some music for him. I had just found some rather nice abusive extreme punk music to play him, but he hung up.
You have to play with these people. Free entertainment. I see it as doing a service for the community as the longer I talk to him, the less he is scamming someone else.
An how many computers or laptops actually have Blu-Ray players in them? Or is the PowerDVD bug also going to work with DVDs?
With all the UK Banks keen to install IBM's Rapport thing if you do online banking, does that flag up these advert SSL MITM attacks? Does that stop the user from doing online banking if Superfish, PrivDog, etc are installed?
So are Google going to block all the "free download" sites? It is getting annoying that even the "legitimate" sites now play this malware game.
Trying to use any of those free download sites is a game of hunt the button. A minefield of scummy adverts distracting the user from the real Download Now button. Press any one of them, and you have scummy software on the machine.
But even when you do navigate to the correct button, there is then the installer package that has been added to the product by the hosting website. So many hidden buttons, triple negatives, and just plain scams added to the installers it makes it a puzzle game to get through even for the most paranoid of techs!
And, of course, many of these are sticking in these dodgy certificates... It is getting nasty out there for the average home user.
Funny little experiment at Happy to Geek where they install the top ten apps from Download.com
I would say the main problem is the exact copying of the shape of the keys. Yes there have been many phone keyboards, but this Typo effort is clearly copying the shape of the keys on a BB keyboard. Compared with other phone keyboards, the patented shape of the keys makes a noticeable difference when typing on it.
It is especially a joke when they are show side by side. Almost as if Typo got a bunch of BB keyboards from EBay.
This list sounds similar to the ones that Chrome use when you download an installer. A list that is a serious PITA at times. I'll often talk to a client over the phone to get them to install something like TeamViewer - only to have Chrome tell them that the installer can't be trusted.
So if they can't even keep a list up to date for big name companies, I worry for the smaller developers. Those companies who will not be able to afford constantly getting their software on the white lists. We all know there will be a fee for this service... and it will become a massive headache for devs as they find PCs become a closed shop unless you pay the fee for entry.
And what is a legitimate application for the list? How will the handle all these SnakeOil registry cleaners? SpeedUpMyPC applications? "Watch Free Sport" toolbars? These types of programs can be argued to be "legit" but have evil Ts and Cs and take over computers. In many cases they do worse damage than an actual virus, but so many of the BigBrand anti-virus products leave these scumware applications in place.
This just sounds a bonkers system for me which will only benefit those software companies with wedges of cash.
THIS is what I don't get. I paid good money for my TV and I thought I owned the hardware. So why do I have to suffer adverts? NO other device would do that to you. Imagine buying a car and every time you turned on the radio there were adverts from Ford? Or there was a salesman installed in the boot?
The only logical way I could see adverts as making sense on a bit of TV Hardware is if you had a choice. So if you had a choice of saving of a few hundred quid on the TV by seeing adverts, then I'd understand.
WHERE is the benefit to the customer? What is the positive reason for adverts?
I really do feel sorry for the future generations who will not be allowed to have a thought of their own...
It is this kind of buggy firmware, combined with this advertising, that clearly shows that no one at Samsung uses a Samsung TV at home.
When a product is created, the people who come up with the ideas should be forced to actually use the device they designed.
I am rather relived to have a 2012 Panasonic TV. No adverts. On the 2011 models they stuck adverts on the EPG. The fact they disappeared in the following year showed that someone was listening to feedback from customers.
Broken features are always annoying. And we all know that firmware updates get abandoned a year after sales as they move to a new model.
Us geeks are lucky - we can swap to software solutions like Kodi/XBMC. The average home user just suffers all this crud.
Why did El Reg post this? Because all the AV companies create these stories if you watch. An obscure virus will have been found by one of the anti-virus companies and they put out a "Security Warning" which should really just say "Press Release" or "Advert for our product".
Almost every time the "answer" to the panic will be to buy protection from the company producing the
advert press release.
This is a classic example as it seems to imply that the hacker needs root access to install his code. Which kind of defeats the point as once you have root you can do what you like, and you certainly would not be copying in the same old code you have used elsewhere. If your hacker can get root, then you can't blame a "virus" for taking down the machine. You blame the sys admin for leaving the door open.
The point is to make your car too much hassle to nick, so they move to an easier one. This is why I park my grubby Honda, complete with dents and dings, next to the poshest car in the car park.
20MB over a 33.6K modem... those were the days.
Time to get the modem back out as this download is only 3.89GB!! I'll let some other poor soul work out how long that would take to download over your modem.
Nice thing is they are releasing it via bittorrent making downloading a breeze
I assume Corel's company name derives from "corral". They seem to corral so many other products that the didn't create and attempt to profit from them - Wordperfect, Winzip, Paint Shop Pro, WinDVD being a few that spring to mind.
So my money is on Winzip being the "Corel Compression Software".
I've worked for Software companies who get upset if someone steals the software they produce, but don't think twice about using Pirated copies of Office, Photoshop and Winzip.
What is really annoying about companies like this is they don't even need the stolen software. OpenOffice, Paint.NET and 7Zip will do the same jobs legally for free.
Wouldn't be surprised if they only ever used Photoshop to crop images like many of the people who steal it...
Why on earth is a tool for monitoring how and where you drive allowed to mess with the car's controls? Shouldn't the point of a monitoring tool be to watch only? If this device can also control the car then isn't that a simple get-out in court in case of an accident? Or do the companies supply a separate insurance policy to cover the damage that may be caused by the dongle talking control ROTM style?
So in this supposedly "Green" world we live in where we are supposed to be cutting back on our power usage, how much extra power is this going to need to supply all the individual feeds to people instead of one single broadcast? All that new kit needed in the home sending all that old kit to landfill - again.
Ah - of course... missing the obvious. Broadcast TV covers everyone equally with the same service. Whereas a wireless system is going to be more point-to-point therefore allowing a more personalised advert laden experience. Gotta get the adverts in.
It is not just that pointless paragraph of legal text, it is the far more annoyingly patronising "P Before printing, please think about the environment" line which has been carefully added in GREEN to also use a little bit of your green ink up every time the document is printed!
One of my clients uses a sig with a 350x200pixel company jpg, legal blurb, registered address, facebook, twitter and linked-in buttons, website links, green message, company motto AND the annoying (out of date) award logos (which are also links). That mess takes up about 25% of an A4 page. Obviously he also includes it on all replies too!!
The most bizarre thing is this guy only ever sends single line emails...
This is so the Advertising Billboards can talk back to you like in Minority Report. It says it will be exchanging information about who and where you are... which sounds to me like something for the advertising crowd.
What is the point of a list of "affected hardware" if they don't include the firmware versions?
@AC with the Retail Shop: One simple trick I have seen to pollute a host file is just leave a hundred empty rows after the standard text. That way when notepad is used to look at the hosts file it looks "fine". How often does one actually check the scroll bar on the right hand side of the screen?
You get down votes for not reading the article. This is a *phone* fraud\scam. They phone you up and tell you your perfectly working computer has a problem and then they talk you through installing remote control software. And yes - this does happen on Apple as well as Microsoft kit.
Most calls start with "we are from Microsoft" but I have also heard of ones from "Symantec" or "VirginMedia" as well as other official sounding names. At least one of my clients with a Mac was walked through a script that would have successfully taken over his Mac. (The only bit of the script the home user needs to follow is the installation of Remote Control tools... which is just as simple on a Mac as a Windows box)
What needs to happen next is Google need to stop promoting these same fake companies. So often I notice the AdWords have been bought up by these same scammers offering to "reset hotmail password" and other common phrases the average dumb home user types in. The phone calls are just the tip of the ice berg.
Visiting the site today I noticed that these huge font headlines for the blind now give us a lot less information. At this moment there is a headline of "Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream". In the past there was plenty of warning that this wasn't "news" but one of those "Something for the weekend" posts.
Please put the sections back with the headlines in some way. (And not just the tooltip)
Sub-headlines still have the section. So do the main news stories. It is just the selected GIGANTA-FONTED-HUGE-IMAGE-SEE-IT-FROM-SPACE headline item that is missing this handy information.
Personally I always avoid BONG\SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND as these are the wrong humour for me. Would be nice to be able to keep doing so.
Glad to see the pop-down menu has calmed down today. It is currently running at a much better reaction speed as now I can move my mouse over it without the manic strobes of yesterday.
IMHO I still think the images at the top of the pages are too big. We don't all have 4K monitors yet as I am still on a lowly 1920x1200. I assume the page designed had a big whizzy monitor and doesn't realise how much extra scrolling he now has us all doing.
Re: the all white glare. Any chance of having off white \ cream edges a bit like you see over on the BBC Sport pages? I end up having to zoom in to the El'Reg pages to try and get rid of the empty glaring border.
This one is only me... I realise this... but I often look at the site through an old Opera web browser and you seem to have killed the ZOOM option on the page. + on the keypad or the zoom option on my Logitech mouse is borked on this site now. (Yeah yeah, I know, stop using out of date Browsers...)
Agree with the harshness of the white - far too bright. The old site was heavy on the all white everywhere.... this is getting worse. The huge areas of white are actually leading to headaches for me. I often find if I am trying to read El-Reg at the end of the day, the brightness of the screen eventually means I have to leave the computer.
Too many sites have been doing this lately. Going brighter with the white and shrinking the text. I'm going to have to learn some custom CSS I guess to try and tone down the glare.
(Ouch - I am already having problems on this page... I'm not actually going to be able to manage my end of day read...)
Also not a fan of the pop-down menus. They are a bit too fast as I keep having to move my mouse away from the menu bar as I accidentally sweep past it.
@Billa Bong: That Parental Filter can be turned off in the router settings. Either per machine or in its entirety. Not as if it will stop the average teenager anyway - they just learn about Proxies and TOR to get round it. Joke is, in the average house, it is only the kids who understand how the filters work anyway.
We had VirginMedia having DNS problems only a short time ago as well. Add in 1&1 and this current BT issue. No doubt there are others not as loudly reported. So what has suddenly happened that all these big ISPs are having coincidental DNS problems. Is there some new security protocol being implemented that means more complexity for the support guys? Or is this just plain cock-ups all round?
Personally I use OpenDNS (22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199) which, like the 188.8.131.52 Google servers can either be put into the router settings for handing out via DHCP or into each desktop client by hand. (This also helps if your cheapo router gets hacked and the DNS settings compromised like so many of the cheapo routers at the moment... see old El'Reg articles)
Most routers sit on 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 by default. A small number are on 192.168.1.254. And Belkins are (used to be) on 192.168.2.1
This makes it trivial to send commands to the routers from a web page from the User's own PC from within the LAN. Visit a website, and it could well be issuing a command to your router using plain old HTML.
This can also be done with email aliases. Which is how I do it. It makes it easy to spot phishing emails as an email from my "bank" which has been sent to my ebay email address is clearly bogus. It also keep my personal mailbox a lot clearer meaning less junk on my phone.
So many ways to read this. I thought the main complaint was that you *have* to install iTunes to be able to put music onto an iDevice. Whereas almost all other MP3 players allow you to use multiple programs to put music onto them as most other MP3 players have an option to present themselves as a dumb USB hard disk.
You own the device, so you should be able to choose where to buy your music from.
The earliest iPods were capable of being accessed without iTunes. This meant that Real Networks and *any* other company could sell you music and put it onto the device.
Winamp is a classic example here as they can put music onto only the first three(?) generations of iPods. Then there is a point in time that iPods were locked up solid. Meanwhile almost every other type of MP3 player does have a plugin written for it for Winamp to allow you to copy music on to your device.
Don't quite understand the comment "Otto is a bear" made: "My Sony, Nokia 6210 and Blackberry phones all came with propriety software interfaces, as did my Palms"
I owned that Nokia - and you could not play music on it.
I also have a Blackberry. And this can certainly be managed by Winamp. Just attach to a computer like a USB flash drive drag and drop music into the correct folder. Or even simpler - the way I actually put the music on the phone is using Drag and Drop to the SDCard in the phone.
Yeah, most phone companies supply propriety software to access all the features of their phones, but every phone I've come across also allows you to access the memory card without the software.
Paper map books never run out of battery, instant boot-up, larger screen, can survive being thrown from car window at speed, no screen glare, easy to update (biro\pencil), don't get nicked.
The best part of map books is you get to see the whole route from A to B before you set out. Letting you then pick the nicer back roads option. Or use your own brain to avoid the traffic past the football stadium.
So if the new driving test includes a SatNav section, does this mean every new learner driver will have to buy a sat nav? Do I assume this idea was brought in by TomTom to help their flagging sales?
The clever trick that Dropbox has pulled off is being the name the average ID.10T user associates with cloud services. There may be better and more controllable services out there, but some how dropbox is the name that people go to first.
Just like many people call all vacuum cleaners "Hoover", even when made by another brand. Or all tablets being referred to as "iPads" even when the user is really talking about an Android
This is where Apple has one thing right. They *never* let their computer OS run on under powered crud hardware like that.
It always frustrates me when I see computers sold in high street stores like Walmart or PC World which are just crud. Junk. Put into a box to look like a computer, but sold as such trivial prices it is clearly trash inside. Scrapped to the bone. And, of course, the average home user doesn't know the difference. They listen to the salesman and thinks this cheap pile of junk is what the Microsoft OS is about.
So - what kind of bundled crudware is on this tablet? Is it like the same cheapo crud computers that come with the same crudware bundle that the top end machines have? So it just kills the poor device before it even boots up.
I can just see this being sold in PC World along with a copy of Norton...
Looking at the thing on the kickstarter page, I can't see it even staying in the holder for long. After a few months use it will become loose and just fall out when you turn a corner. That perfect situation where your phone then ends up in the footwell whilst driving.
Especially as steering wheels aren't flat, there is that big bulge to hide the explosives behind.
> It is looking for a lamp post to pee on -- wouldn't you be after 10 years ?
Isn't that going to pollute the samples they want to take? I would have hoped the lander was told to go before landing.
In the air? Really? Where did it find some "air"?
Why don't people like a number 8 in their OS versions?
We should certainly be eating more venison. The animal is a pest as they breed so many in the wild. No predators. It makes a lot of sense to sling them in the pot. Such a healthy meat too. (I made a big pot of Bambi Stew last weekend... yum!)
It sounds very sensible that this zoo makes good use of their excess animals. I bet there are just as many mice being breed on site that are fed to the snakes.
Is there really still not touch screen enable Apple Computers yet?
Can you even buy a touch enabled monitor and use it with an Apple Computer?
What about the copyright on the eBooks themselves? Surely this is Adobe stealing copies of the books and transmitting a copy to their own server without the permission of the original author?
Even on an old Blackberry 9780 with £40 Sennheiser headphones the difference between FLAC and MP3 is noticeable. It all depends on the music being played.
This article is funny. It doesn't seem as if the writer wants to find a real result, just trying to defend his Apple\Sonos\iTunes preference. Seeing a set of Beats headphones in there just made me laugh and not actually bother reading the thing. I knew there would be more interesting comments than detail in the article.
Personally I have gone through those wasted hours of ripping 300+ CDs to MP3 320kbps, and then I replaced the HiFi setup. Annoying. Spent £1500 and MP3s then sounded underwater to me compared with the CDs. This is how I discovered the wonders of FLAC and have never looked back. I'd rather spend a little bit more on my storage space than compress my music to death.
I also find it hard when I listen to someone else's music system where they are playing MP3s. Or the worst crime of burning a CD from MP3s.
What is encouraging is that FLAC support is spreading. Even Sonos now handle FLAC (as long as you ignore iTunes). Every non-Apple phone plays FLAC. It is starting to creep into online sales (just waiting for Amazon to go FLAC).
Last month I finally swapped my car stereo to a FLAC one and yes the difference is noticeable, even with the road noise. I find it surprising the difference when an MP3 album comes on as the music goes back underwater when compared with the album that was on before
It's all personal choice. Life would be so boring if we all agreed and we the same.
I once bought a record player on the recommendation of the previous owner's cat. I was buying second hand and had taken Pink Floyd's Granchester Meadows as a test track. When the birds started chirping the cat attacked the speakers. If the audio was good enough for the cat, it was good enough for me.
I've found a few home routers with insanely simple "passwords" on the SNMP side. I don't understand why SNMP is in a home router, and especially not why it is on by default with "public" as the SET community string. So it is part of my standard lock-down to mash a very long string into there, save, then turn SNMP off totally.
If the TTL can be set, then so too can the DNS Servers be changed to ones controlled by the hacker.
There are going to be a lot of routers out there that have been installed in the past few years that this attack is going to pick up.
Nah - Churyumov and Gerasimenko should sent the Rosetta team a bill for parking\rent.
What P2P blocking? Don't seem to get any issues here on the South Coast.
The biggest problem VirginMedia seem to have is that different areas behave in totally different manners. Even within the same city. So a grip for one area of VM does not affect others. I haven't seen any You Tube issues here.
Does this mean GM won't know I am driving towards them in my low-tech 1990s Honda?
Or will this open up a market for a Google App which will mimic these systems letting me drive down the road shouting "Get out of my way" in the various car languages.
Now if this App could just be combined with an App to turn all the traffic lights to green as I approach... I think I may have just designed the next "must have" driving app.
Yeah, I realised this. My sarcasm font didn't stick correctly.
What I find odd with these tiles is that they keep wanting to change around. Would make more sense if they could just be pinned up there permanent, but then that is what the StartPage add-on does as mentioned earlier.
I find it funny when people let their web browsers tell 'em what to do. Even more comical is when a forum like El Reg has people complaining about something which they can easily fix themselves. I thought this place was inhabited by geeks and technical people? Or doesn't anyone look into the options and plug-ins any more?
When I installed Pale Moon it set the Home Page to http://start.palemoon.org/ which is a collection of links to Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, BBC, Facebook, etc.
So Pale Moon by default points to a page which links to way MORE than just a few tiles. And has that same "advert" idea to it.
But just like with my copy of Firefox, I just change the Pale Moon home page.
At least with the Firefox Tiles you can turn off the ones you don't want, unlike that Pale Moon start page.
Doesn't every change their home page to what *they* want?