* Posts by Phil Kingston

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Vish Nandlall exits Telstra CTO role

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Hmmm. They only started checking the CV after 21 months? And after several well-published outages?

In my experience, the HR drones only start going back through CVs when asked to because someone's looking for a good reason to unburden themselves of a troublesome employee. Or to let them carry the can.

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Telstra's confession to DNS-messin' explains broadband borkage

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Might be a good year to be in the change management training/simulation/lab-building/kit-supplying/report-writing sector.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Still,

I might be able to pick up a few 950's in the bargain bin soon.

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

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And Space scrolls down.

At least for the moment. Until Google decide that's too confusing as well.

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Re: Finally!

Not sure it was so dumb.

But I am sure I'm going to have some pain convincing some of my users that the "better" replacement is to press ALT+Left Arrow. At. The. Same. Time.

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As an avid Backspace user, I'll be sad to see this function go.

Never had an issue losing form data with it either.

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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

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Re: Modular

Yep, very much so. But the marketing dudes need to keep inventing new terms like "composable" and getting their interns to run up some funky new PowerPoints and sales material so as we think we're getting something newer and shinier.

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Telstra's horror run continues with TITSUPs on three networks

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It used to be that if you wanted reliability and coverage you paid the bit more and went Telstra.

Seems to be becoming apparent they weren't using that money to invest in a continuous improvement of technology. Still, I guess the shareholders were pleased to get some dividends.

Telstra's reputation is currently where Vodafail's was a couple of years back. Anecdotally there's a lot of individuals and businesses questioning why they're paying a premium for a non-premium network now. H2's gonna be churntastic.

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Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

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Re: Loyalty cards?

If they're just barcode ones, there's plenty of apps to help you store them all on your phone.

Dependent on your screen and the scanner type, they don't always scan, but the assistant can just type the number in for you and you still get your points. Without a separate wallet to remember on shopping trips.

Personally, I use one called mobile-pocket as it seemed to be the only one that worked reliably and had an easy backup/restore to survive ROM/device changes without having to scan all the cards in again.

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Re: Excellent news

Yep. If it makes the coffee queue in front of me move quicker, I'm all for it.

Initial purchase of a prepaid card can be done anonymously for those who fancy it.

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Raspberry Pi Zero gains a camera connector

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Re: expensive

Yep, a second NIC and I'd be all over trying one as a firewall.

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Google tries social again

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Re: Google should concede they can't do everything

Google's track record of failure, or at least of closed-down products, is pretty long - several dozen IIRC.

I fear this one will go the same way as buzz, wave, plus and all the others.

They definitely do seem to have this desire to keep straying from their core business and hoping something sticks. Social search history ain't gonna be it though.

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Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

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Re: Dell - Really !!!!!

I'd hope the Enterprise services and hardware bits of Dell are at arm's length from their consumer laptops then.

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Roll your own Office Online

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Priced sensibly, I can see that carving a sizable niche.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Their "engineers" might be better utilised correcting the pricing on their website.

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Microsoft sets Feb 2017 date to kill last SHA-1 zombies

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

If I used Windows...

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Get out much?

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Government tips last dollars into NBN

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Re: Greed and Corruption

Whilst nbn may be a continuing shambles (and who saw that coming!?!), surely the last thing we need is another few million chucked at a toothless, pointless Royal Commission?

With the number of Royal Commissions being called for/set-up, I'm surprised there's anyone available to participate on them. I keep expecting my cat to be called up to sit on the commission.

Whilst the aim was ambitious and laudable, the politics at play in such a large project were always going to screw it over.

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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Perhaps they, I dunno, thought it better to get an injured person and themselves away from an obviously dangerous situation?

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Kaspersky cracks CryptXXX, throws lifeline to ransomware victims

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Not *that* John Snow, surely?

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Duct tape old mattresses to the front of trams.

Job done.

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Re: Hmm...

Is a better solution in place already in the UK? I thought every single crossing had been dug up and fitted with dimples and drop-kerbs to indicate a crossing. Which, unlike LEDs, also work for visually impaired folk and considerably easier/cheaper to maintain.

Still a complete waste of money, but it's already been done.

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LG: Stop focusing on Apple and Samsung. There's us. And our G5. Look at it. Look at it

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"I personally think LG have an image problem'

To me also, their brand perception is still no higher than when they ditched the Goldstar name to try and level-up.

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Re: Modules

I'm in two minds on "friends". I can kind of seeing it being neat. And it's certainly a differentiator. But I'd also jump at a device twice as thick, crammed with battery, DAC and decent imaging.

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

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Yep, I reckon Docker should do the decent thing and release details of the harassment that was aimed at their employee.

Pretty sure they'd be a lot of folk willing to help track the nutbags down.

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CERN publishes massive data set

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I do love a good inverse femtobarn

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iiNet founder Michael Malone takes nbn chair

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He'll be in for a shock - growing his own business to suddenly being bogged down in all the fluff associated with a body like nbn,

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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So they know there's been breaches for stuff like birthday checks? And have in place a maximum penalty of three months in prison? Have any of them every actually been prosecuted? I reckon a half dozen civil servants sent to the slammer would start to get the message across to the rest of them.

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'GPS 2.0' outline calls for open, hackable, interfaces

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Open = open to abuse?

That's my first thought anyway.

Making those kind of standards open, yet secure sounds the hard part of that.

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Boaty McBoatface 'wins'

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I'd say that going with the poll results would fit quite well with part of their charter:

"to generate public awareness, communicate research outcomes, encourage public engagement and dialogue, disseminate knowledge and provide advice in relation to those activities."

I do hope they go with it.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

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snipped to "may have heard reports considering testing whether some might in a small selection" - that's overkill on playing it down.

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Most cinemas I've visited have fairly obvious IR cameras dotted around the place. And they can/do ask people to leave if they're seen to have an electronic device on during the main presentation.

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UK Government Digital Service links with Australia's Digital Transformation Office

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Re: Governments learn from the mistakes of others - I don't think so.

Nah, mate - our lot will find a whole new set of ways to botch it.

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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Wot, no Microsoft Tag?

But seriously, El Reg is right - terrible idea that WILL be exploited in exactly the manner described.

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Telstra being paid to fix Telstra's network for NBN – AGAIN

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Surely with all this cash circling round and round and everyone taking a cut, there'll be precious little left for any actual network.

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FBI Director defends iPhone 5C unlock tool that's obviously going to leak into wrong hands

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"They are intentionally endangering the American publics right to privacy"

And there's the nub - do Americans actually have that right? They assume they do.

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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

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Buffering? I *dream* of being able to get a stable and fast enough connection to even contemplate attempting to stream SD video. Let alone fill a buffer with HD content. And that's one train stop out from the CBD of a capital city.

A situation I've had in several properties around the city, so not an isolated issue.

Australia's broadband infrastructure is a joke. And whilst it would be good to get the NBN done properly I'd suggest that if we think having connectivity is in any way important we should get a wiggle on with even a half-baked NBN.

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Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug

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Re: What a useful feature.

And don't forget the No-Reply-All add-on. One of my faves.

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Top Firefox extensions can hide silent malware using easy pre-fab tool

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Block for all your kit in your DNS server. Done. Also for tablet.

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US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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Re: Admin password

... and the best bit is that the employer was a government body.

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That was his other one

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Re: So far...

The iCloud backups were disabled a couple of weeks before the murders. The feds got the iCloud password reset (so broke any chance of getting the phone to do a current backup).

There could be anything in there - selfies, videos, nudes, shopping lists, unsynced Candy Crush progress.

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Stop! Before you accept that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, read this

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Re: Hmmm...

Isn't Ddg just a proxy for Google, but just with all the useful personalised results unavailable?

Anyway, yes - the time to kill their mobile offering is now. It's the kindest thing to do.

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So where has the legal 'right' to 10Mbps broadband gone?

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Do these 5% of (presumably mostly remote) folks want connecting?

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Dropbox slips 500PB into its Magic Pocket, not spread over AWS

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I've not seen "durability" measured before. I wonder what they're referring to? Anyone care to enlighten me?

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Dick Smith database, web store sold to Kogan

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The opt-out page requires re-entry of first and last names and email address. Sloppy. Either they can't handle mail unsubscriptions nicely, or perhaps they're just harvesting valid details.

Plus the email I got was sent to an email address I haven't given out in several years.

Self-promotion under the guise of privacy protection is a bit sly. If they even thought such a mail-out was sensible, it should have been opt-in.

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Reprogrammble routers axed by TP-Link as FCC bans custom firmware

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Let me get this straight...

A device manufacturer is being told it's their responsibility to stop purchasers doing something illegal with the product?

That's a helluva reach, surely?

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AdBlock replaced blocked ads with ads for Amnesty International

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Bait and switch

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Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

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This is all going to keep some lawyers in cash for months!

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UK Ministry of Justice secure email system browns out

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Capacity planning? Nah, never heard of it. Just add a few thousand more email accounts. She'll be right.

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