* Posts by Phil Kingston

64 posts • joined 10 Jan 2008

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Uber holds out hand, hails another $1bn – mostly from Microsoft

Phil Kingston

Re: Does this add up?

The fare doesn't have to be the only revenue stream.

I'm thinking there's money in the data about traffic, travel choices, dates, times, people habits, demographics etc.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

Phil Kingston

Re: I have 600

In the months of running the Technical Preview on a daily driver, I think I only opened up the Start menu once. It's only been put back to placate those who fear change. The other methods of interacting with the OS are, once mastered, better.

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Pirates also buy content legally, Australian gov study finds

Phil Kingston

Timing is everything

So the research finished back in April, but wasn't released until after Tony got this bill through?

If only he'd waited till he actually had some facts to base a policy decision on.

But that's not the Abbot way.

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Microsoft giving up on phones? Naaahh ... Windows 10 Mobile lumbers toward release

Phil Kingston

Re: Reset the Spin Dials

It's pretty hard to interpret all of the stuff coming out of Microsoft as anything but the death toll for Windows Phone/Mobile... Senior staff sacked, "tough choices" to be made, only a commitment to be an OEM for 2 years (sink or swim it seems), closing Nokia-branded support centres, no new hardware, no announced release date etc etc

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

Phil Kingston

Re: Windows & Devices Group?

Inserting the word "mobile" completely changes the meaning.

I think if that was their focus, it would have been called the Windows & Mobile Devices Group.

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There's a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, but you can't upgrade to it

Phil Kingston

Re: Uh huh...

It's not a release.

It's a Technical Preview with many, many caveats and hoops to jump through explaining it's not for general use and only for people happy with the risks etc. Sadly, a lot of folks who don't know what they're doing have ignored all that and then start whining.

No damage done.

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Exit-tel customers can't even upgrade their plans to stay

Phil Kingston

“we are told it was a management commercial decision, and they have not told the staff the reason”.

Oxymoron of the day.

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

Phil Kingston

Engage

Sultry

Cortana

No need to change the key. Which means it's good for the majority of the world where Cortana doesn't exist.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

Phil Kingston

It is.

But why's that relevant to a review of something they're badging this year?

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

Phil Kingston

Let me guess - you have to "charge" up funds to the wristband account before you can use it? A nice little interest-earner for the organiser?

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

Phil Kingston

Err, cos it's a complete cum-puddle?

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What a Zuckin' drag! 'Frisco queens protest outside Facebook HQ over 'real names' policy

Phil Kingston

Must be awful for them. A complete drag in fact.

Maybe they could just, I don't know, not use Facebook?

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NBN must limit downloads to 12 Mbps downloads until copper handover

Phil Kingston

Alice, Alice, who the flip is Alice?

Don't get up, I'll let myself out.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

Phil Kingston

Re: When will Service Pack 1 be released?

Ain't gonna be no service pack. It's constant evolution upgrading from here.

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Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August

Phil Kingston

Re: What happened to the talk about the "free" upgrades from 7 & 8?

Users of eligible OSes will be able to upgrade to 10 for free, for the first 12 months of 10's release. Yes, still on.

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Phil Kingston

Re: system requirements:

You don't have to buy it.

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nbn has made ZERO fibre-to-the-node and cable connections

Phil Kingston

Perhaps less money on image/branding consultants and name changes, a bit more on actually doing a network would be a good thing.

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Salesforce snubbed Microsoft's $55bn biz gobble offer – report

Phil Kingston

Re: I'm glad that Salesforce.com is at least talking about staying independent.

Problem with being visionary is that it doesn't always pay the bills.

IIRC, Salesforce has never made a profit. In 16(?) years. Perhaps MS thought they'd be more open to offers and the CEO less greedy in upping his demands for MS stock/overvaluing his loss-making enterprise. Who knows.

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

Phil Kingston

Re: In other news. Windows 98 is easily hackable.

MS have said all WP8 devices will be getting 10.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

Phil Kingston

Re: RT was essential.

One of the main benefits was all day battery life.

But people kept peddling the "it doesn't run x" line, so it never caught on. Anyone with the nous to actually try the thing found it wasn't an issue. But hey, everyone just believes what a few tech "journalists" say.

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According to Netflix, Australia's slowest ISP owns half of Foxtel

Phil Kingston

It's OK! NBN will be here soon to make it all better and super fast!

Oh wait.

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What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

Phil Kingston

Re: letters appear twice WTF?!

Those folks are hopefully reading the full MS statement about the issue. Where it states the issue fixes itself within 15 minutes when updated apps are auto-installed.

But that wouldn't make such a good dig for El Reg to include in their article ;-)

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Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

Phil Kingston

Good oh.

But to bang the usual drum, what about some Australia launches for products at the same time as the US?

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

Phil Kingston

However much she paid for that logo, I'll only charge her half it for these magic beans I got for sale.

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

Phil Kingston

"Whether there's a genuine need for handwriting recognition is another matter. Just why one would write instead of using an on-screen keyboard in a meeting is anyone's guess: you'll obviously be giving your device more attention than those in the room with either input method."

Been doing that for years in Windows with OneNote. Take notes/minutes during a meeting, send them out before the meeting's done. Don't have to write them up later when back at desk. Add sketches etc.

I'm genuinely surprised Android hasn't had this kind of thing until now. The way people go on about their plastic-coated, lagtastic Android toys, you'd think they could also make the lunch.

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Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

Phil Kingston

Gotta say, they've done such a good job with 365, I can't see me wanting to put an on-premise Exchange out there again.

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LG monitor software quietly kills UAC, dev says

Phil Kingston

Gotta say, disabling UAC's the first (maybe second) thing I do on any new Windows machine. I know it's well-intentioned, but I just can't stand being asked multiple times if I meant to do something.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

Phil Kingston

Am I alone in wishing Sammy et al would cut gimmicks and just start making handsets HTC-Wizard thick with a flipping big battery in there?

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Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

Phil Kingston

Re: Band?

Band is a tech showcase for the background health analytics MS want to push. It's a beta product really. The idea was that they'll happily licence the tech to other manufacturers. Problem is that no one else has taken them up on their offer. And that MS have a surprise hit on their hands and can't make them quick enough to keep even their own stores stocked.

I'll wait for gen 2.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

Phil Kingston

Re: Apple Internet Recovery

Optical media? How quaint.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

Phil Kingston

You need a DisplayLink dock then. One (USB3) cable to a docking station. Job done.

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CONFIRMED: Tiny Windows Server is on the way

Phil Kingston

My, what a nice hat.

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Give us a week to GUT Superfish, begs Lenovo CTO

Phil Kingston

I kinda wish they'll be the first to market with a "no bloatware preinstalled!" marketing campaign. They'd shift a load more kit to the consumers who spend their time calling in the likes of me to get rid of it when it starts bugging them.

But then again, it's easy money for me. And I suspect the economics at their end mean we'll continue to see all those lovely helpful utilities rolling out the door.

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CommBank app leaks 2FA tokens says Sydney dev

Phil Kingston

Personally, I'd say displaying the code's a good thing. Some folks seem to want to tip the balance between security and practicality to the extreme.

An attacker would still have had to "obtain their banking credentials, passed identification checks and stole a victim's iPhone". Anyone that determined is going to get access to your account. But for the vast majority of users, that 2FA is still a thousand times more effective than not having 2FA.

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

Phil Kingston

Handily, they've an online contact form people can use to request data removal/account closure.

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TalkTalk customers demand opt-out fix for telco's DNS ad-jacking tactics

Phil Kingston

I jsut tyep domian addrrsses corerctly in da frist plaec.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

Phil Kingston

Re: Smart TVs too

One would hope that enough people within their warranty period for "advertised as works with iPlayer" devices will lug them back to the retailers and the advertising standards folk.

Money talks etc. And if retailers/manufacturers start getting enough of a chunk of inventory back, they'll be asking questions of the BBC Board.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

Phil Kingston

Re: Except that the article has got it entirely wrong

But the groundwork's there for the next version to forego a physically changeable SIM.

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Phil Kingston

Not everyone is forced to have a Google or Apple device.

Some folk take it upon themselves to make their own handset choices.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

Phil Kingston

phil-kingston@outlook.com

To be fair, they've made it ridiculously abundantly clear it's not for production use.

Anyone using it as a main OS is taking some big risks.

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Mine's 0.2 inches bigger than yours (says future fanboi of his iWatch)

Phil Kingston

Is there a version of the reg site I can visit that doesn't have bi-hourly unresearched Apple cack?

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National Broadband Network (NBN)

Phil Kingston

Yep, my street was (I think) one of the first around Perth to get it. I jumped straight on it while they were still doing free installation for FTTH. My ADSL was v poor.

Having moved here from a FTTH area of the UK, I'd been really missing it. I don't do anything particularly special with it, but it is nice to have streamed/downloaded telly arrive at a decent lick.

Even the missus comments on how nice that is. Job done.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2012: Why Bother?

Phil Kingston

Re: Just one thing missing

I think they're edging you towards not actually keeping the desktop on the server - it can now be added and removed with a reboot. Management then done with the various remote tools.

I get your point, if they should have removed anything, IE ESC and UAC would have been my choice.

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Apple slip-up slows iOS 6 upgrades

Phil Kingston

Apple beta testing in "live" again?

Perfect example of why I always avoid updates for a few days before hitting the "go" button.

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Taiwan's civil servants caught by sexy email trap

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Not a harsh lesson at all.

User education is the biggest threat. Good to see one organisation tackling it.

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Do Telstra’s call centre cuts add up?

Phil Kingston

I've tried three times to become a customer of Telstra. For different services. For instance, I would have thought a mobile operator would have been able to activate one of their own SIMs and take money from people. Telstra can't even do that reliably.

Poor customer service procedures followed by badly-trained operatives using non-working underlying technology will be the same onshore or offshore.

Either way, there's a lot of people that only deal with Telstra because they have to. And they all expect it to be an enraging experience.

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Amazon UK to offer collection service at corner shops

Phil Kingston

No gripe at all with when you attempt delivery during the day - I'll be out at work. At a place where I can't (and don't want) stuff delivered to (it tends to go "missing").

The problem I as a customer have is that a lot of retailers use Royal Mail. Who are beyond useless. If I make a special effort to stay in, I get a "sorry you were out card" anyway. And if it's not a timed delivery, it's anyone's guess as to when the item will show up (central city location yet still 1st class regularly takes anywhere up to 10 working days from the same city).

Which means at some point a few days later I have to go and put up with the obnoxious sorting office staff. But not on a Saturday. Only between something 07:00-12:00. Which is inconvenient for much the same reason as why they couldn't deliver in the first place.

However, my corner shop, which was on the corner, and open till late at night would have been ideal.

Well done Amazon, you'll put final nail in Royal Mail's coffin.

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Apple, Amazon, close password door after horse bolts

Phil Kingston

With such companies usually requesting far more information about their customers than is necessary for the purpose of providing their service, it is astounding that they haven't then been using that information to ensure they avoid such enormous cock-ups. Like you say, if a bank insists on holding a mobile number for its customers so they can ring them at stupid o'clock and offer them mortgage, they should also be able to use it to ensure they don't allow someone else unauthorised account access.

A timely wake up call for them I think.

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Vodafone drops 178k customers in 6 months

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They've a long way to go until they're even close to the worst of the UK operators.

Coverage isn't their main issue (although that's leagues below even the worst UK operator) it's just that their network simply doesn't do data very well. I've just sat for nearly an hour in a state capital, handset indicating full signal strength but just couldn't establish a data connection. And that's not unusual.

They'd have been hauled over the coals long ago if they operated that way in the UK. In Australia, it just seems to be accepted that it they will be a disappointment.

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RBS IT cockup: This sort of thing can destroy a bank, normally

Phil Kingston

Re: Single sourced

That would require the utilities to be able to disclose personal data which was gathered and is held for a totally different purpose.

Possible, yes. Going to happen, no.

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