* Posts by Phil Kingston

46 posts • joined 10 Jan 2008

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

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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

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"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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Smoke-belching flash drive self-destructs on command

Phil Kingston

I think I'll just carry on with a pair of good ol' defrib paddles on the outside of the case.

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Apple orders 10in iPad, moles claim implausibly

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I do wish el reg would stop it already with wasting their time "reporting" unsubstantiated, unresearched regurgitations of rumours for anything Apple.

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Oz regulator to Apple: Don’t call it 4G if you can’t connect

Phil Kingston
Mushroom

Apple lost all sense of product naming when they named their second-generation iPhone 3G.

OK, it indicated an available connection type, but the obviously didn't try having to explain that to anyone non-technical.

The same trick again of mixing up generations of models and radios does suck. And the ACC are right to hit them for it.

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Sky 3D to launch in April

Phil Kingston
Grenade

Trumping O2?

This rather takes the sails out of O2's much-heralded "UK's first ever live 3D sports broadcasts" the following weekend doesn't it? http://www.o2blueroom.co.uk/3drugbylive

Bet they're peeved.

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ZuneHD en-route to Blighty?

Phil Kingston
Unhappy

I wouldn't bother

Apple, Sony, Nintendo etc might get away with slight delays in bringing new tech over here and assuming the $ sign can be straight converted to £, but I can't help thinking that MS have taken the mickey a bit with neglecting the UK from Zune for years rather than months.

Sorry MS, but I know a lot of people who got bored waiting for your product and are now iPhone converts.

Boat. Missed. Well and truly.

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BT still struggling to fix Olympic problems

Phil Kingston
Boffin

compo

....contractors who are probably looking very hard at their contracts this morning.... especially the compensation sections. As BT are likely doing too. Wonder how much that'll cost them?

Safety glasses - as should be worn when in control boring machines, especially large thrusting ones.

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BT does Italian Job on London traffic lights

Phil Kingston

huh?

"... or alternatively maybe its down to the fact that in Poland they don't have fibre 32 metres below the surface, so using a boring machine (intentional mis-spelling) is just that... pay monkeys etc." Mis-spelling? What?

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Apple wrongfoots iPhoneys

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High-spec knock-off

Wow, worth having one of the Canadian ebay ones for the "Camera: 130 milion pixels high-definition digital" alone I would have thought ;-)

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TfL hands out contracts for congestion charge tags

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Go

hooky tags...

will be available 3 months later?

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Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat

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V poor

Next they'll stop people for wearing a menacing frown.

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Doctors back more tax on booze

Phil Kingston

CHUMP OF THE WEEK

No contest - outright winner.

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DVLA's 5m driver details giveaway

Phil Kingston

Choice of submission?

Of course you have a "choice of submission" - if you don't want your vehicle to be traced, don't own a vehicle.

There's two problems here - 1) that DVLA will sell you to anyone without actually checking that the request for info is in any way proper 2) that some scumbags are cloning numberplates and racking up fines in other peoples names

Another government cock-up. How many more will they get away with before we vote them out?

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Microsoft set to milk mobile Messenger mavens?

Phil Kingston

You can install Live on your T-Mobile device

A quick search will find you the genuine Windows Live cab file to install Live on your T-Mob device that didn't have it...

Although due to this licensing error, I've now removed it from mine and will be using Yahoo! as my primary IM.

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