* Posts by Chris Miller

2642 posts • joined 6 Apr 2007

MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Re: Why would you even fix this?

I think the problem (on Samsung anyway) is that the Smart TV is a walled garden - it displays a page (which I'm guessing comes from a Samsung web site) of icons that you can select using your remote (including iPlayer and YouTube, but not e.g. 4OD). So if you can't reach 'samsung.com', you're really dead in the water.

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Now working again

My Samsung Blu-ray PVR is now back online - it was still broken last night, so something must have changed in the last few hours. Its DNS config points (as it has always done) to the local gateway (192.168.1.1), which some on other forums have claimed is a problem.

FWIW e1722.g.akamaiedge.net (= www.samsung.com) resolves (for me in the UK) to 184.24.107.225

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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That's not Reg the Vulture

Where's his woolly hat and scarf?

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Re: The Superman defence

If you or I were called out of the blue for what was effectively an interview for a highly lucrative job, I think we might take 30 seconds to Google this foreign company and its apparent representative that we'd never heard of. At which point "no results found" might start a few alarm bells ringing. But not for these two bozos! Even if they can't figure out how to turn on their iPads (provided by us), presumably they have access to people who can.

And yet they have both at one time been in charge of our foreign policy. Not exactly Viscount Palmerston material, are they?

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: *ahem*

There's no doubt that Marconi was the first to demonstrate long-range radio transmission and reception - the arguments with Tesla were about who held the US patents, the courts eventually decided in favour of Tesla (and we all know how reliable US patent judgements are).

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Microsoft to store deleted Exchange Online mails FOREVER

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Shift-delete?

On 'real' Outlook, shift-delete actually deletes an item, as opposed to moving it to the "Deleted Items" folder (just as with files). I've no idea whether the same holds true if you're using web-based Outlook365, since I have a 10-foot bargepole under my desk with which I'm not prepared to touch it, but it reads as though you can set an option to keep deleted items only fro a set period of time - it's just that the default has been changed to 'keep forever'.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Re: Simple solution

Good points, Trevor. I wasn't really aiming at Lenovo with my comment, I think any manufacturer would do well to think about it as an option.

I really miss the good old days when life for PC guys offered simple no-brainers: you want a laptop? IBM; you want a desktop? Dell; you want a server? Compaq.

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Simple solution

Offer a clean OS install without all the bloatware/spyware/crapware for - what? - an extra £20/£30/£50 (as has been pointed out, maybe Microsoft would be willing to subsidise it for Windows). Of course, I'd buy it, and so would Trevor and so would many of the ElReg audience, but I'd bet 99% of sales would be for the cheap version.

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Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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What's even creepier than the song

is to find Sherlock Holmes singing it.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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@getHandle

It's just you!

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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

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encrypting a message 1,600,000,000,000,000 times

I think you mean something more like: having 1.6x1015 configuration settings.

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El Reg chefs whip up Post-Pub Noshographic

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Define 'drunk'

You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.

Dean Martin

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

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Re: Beaver and Jubs

To be slightly pedantic, when NASA estimated its mass as 500 lbs, they probably meant somewhere between 400 and 600 pounds, so translating this to an exact number of kg (or jubs) is overkill.

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Are you ready to ditch the switchboard and move to IP telephony?

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Re: My personal opinion...

No, it's in England with no mobile signal.

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Re: My personal opinion...

I used to ask clients: "What do you do if you have network problems?"

"Well, first we ring round our list of key contacts to notify ... oh."

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Two things

1. Since this is government departments getting their VAT wrong, isn't this essentially an internal transfer between HMRC and some other dept, there's no 'real' money involved (either plus or minus).

2. The article claims: "Money spent on off-the-shelf software, hardware and interim IT staff is not eligible for recovery." That's news to me - I've been recovering VAT on hardware and software, and charging it on my consultancy services (admittedly not as interim staff) for more than a decade - should I dob myself in? (Perhaps this means that it's only the case for government depts?)

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Microsoft: Look at our cloudy privacy award. Isn't it so ... meaningful?

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@Paul

If I'm talking bollocks (nice argument), you should easily be able to provide an example of such a service. I shan't be holding my breath,

Better still, set one up for yourself, since you're so clued up. You could piggy back on Amazon or whatever, so it needn't cost very much. Do come back and tell us all how it went.

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Re: “If there is unauthorised access ... we’ll let you know about this,”

Damn, I was trying to keep my peerage a secret :)

You are, of course, free not to use cloud services if they transgress the boundaries of your personal privacy (though, increasingly, public services are moving to the cloud, even though that may not be obvious to their users). But, just as with mobile phone operators, hoping to see a commercial service that offers complete protection from lawful interception is wishing for the moon.

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Re: “If there is unauthorised access ... we’ll let you know about this,”

Sorry Trevor, but no-one is going to offer a commercial service that makes it impossible for them to get at your data if so requested by lawful authority. If you're that sensitive about it, you can always encrypt it prior to uploading, but a commercial operation will look dubiously upon such practices - how can they know it's not your stash of kiddieporn and they won't find the Feds (or local equivalent) beating their door down?

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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@Tim99

I think the number usually quoted is 3-4 hours per day*, but, of course, this is 365 days a year, which isn't that far from a 35-hour week with a few weeks holiday. If their needs were similarly modest, I think many people could achieve a similar standard of living with just a part time job. Our problem is that we tend to get sucked into wanting more and more and working harder and harder to get it.

*Leaving plenty of 'free time', what there was/is to do with it is an entire 'nother question.

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Re: Let me get this right:

Which is exactly what I (and more importantly, Tim) said, being 'rich' means having free time to do whatever you choose, a luxury many of our ancestors didn't have. However, you then go on to say your loaf 'cost' you only 40p, which is your mistake. I also enjoy the IT work that I do (otherwise I wouldn't do it), but it would be a mistake for me to do it for nothing or claim it's therefore without value.

[A propos of nothing at all, the missus is baking some bread rolls for lunch and I'm making soup from fresh ingredients, but I won't sell you a bowl for 20p.]

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Re: Let me get this right:

How much are you valuing your own time at to reach your 40p a loaf costing? I'm pretty sure your answer is: nothing, because I'm happy to do it for free. Which is precisely what Tim said, you're rich enough to be able to afford to do it for fun. If you were like my gran, who baked her own family bread every day because she couldn't afford to buy it from the shop (and delicious it was, too), you might adopt a different attitude.

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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Re: I agree in principle, but...

I think the overwhelming majority of particle physicists expected to find the Higgs, and the actual particle detected closely matches the consensus values for its mass (energy). Which was an impressive demonstration that the standard model works well in all regimes that we have access to, but an 'unexpected' result would have been (as always) much more interesting.

Supersymmetry, is somewhat more controversial as a theory, and less prescriptive of possible mass ranges. So, not finding anything will not rule the theory out. Finding some actual new particles, however, would be quite exciting.

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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@Doctor Syntax

Your experience is out of date - Chiltern offer one of the best and most reliable London commuting experiences (though that is, I admit, damning with faint praise). That having been said, there are currently the dreaded replacement buses between Banbury and Leamington, following a landslip in a cutting that threatens to collapse onto the line. My sources tell me it won't be fixed before April at the earliest.

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Chiltern experience

Chiltern Railways have had free WiFi on their 'Mainline' services for a few years now. It works well in terms of getting signed in, but in a crowded rush hour carriage data rates are a few kb/s.

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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Here is the PC forecast

Issued by MiniTruth 0900Z:

"People of colour" - good; moving towards broad sunlit uplands.

"Coloured people" - doubleplus ungood; expect severe Twitterstorm, public humiliation to follow.

Our next bulletin will be at 1200Z

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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Brilliant image accompanying the article

Hat tip to the subs!

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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it's pretty clear that HSBC Switzerland very well knew it was cooperating in illegal activities

for "very well knew" read "should have known, had they wanted to find out". "Don't ask; don't tell" has been the motto of Swiss banking for centuries.

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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What's the power source?

Big Dog has a petrol engine, is this running on batteries?

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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We could just refer to them

as Quasi-Planetary Nebulae. Then everyone would be happy :)

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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If you really want to know ...

Read The Emergent Multiverse by (newly minted) Prof David Wallace. (Do not attempt this unless you already have a good understanding of (the maths of) quantum theory and a grounding in philosophy.)

He makes a very strong case that we must accept what the equations are telling us, which is that the Everett (multiverse) interpretation of QM is the only one that is viable. Admittedly, he works in the Oxford school of the philosophy of physics, where (with leading lights such as David Deutsch) the multiverse has a very strong fan club. But with doctorates in theoretical physics and philosophy, he knows whereof he speaks and explains these concepts in as simple a way as possible (which is to say, not very simple at all).

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

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Re: Umm, so not baking soda then?

Presumably the spokesman is a chemist, so probably doesn't do much baking. Or washing.

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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Re: 10,500 GBP per day

How will you do it 24x365? You'd need at least 5 people (full-time equivalents).

Of course, the costs are inflated to suit someone's purposes by quoting gross figures (including NI, pensions, someone to manage them and other staff costs; probably at least double what anyone gets in their pay packet) - and however many coppers are employed on this activity, it's not as though they'd all be out of work if Assange came out with his hands up.

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Ofcom can prise my telly spectrum from my COLD, DEAD... er, aerial

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Re: "Broadcast is efficient"

If digital broadcast telly is taking up valuable bandwidth, surely the answer is to raise the fees charged. This will drive out those channels that are watched by only a handful and they can move to online only (as seems to be happening to BBC3).

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Zoinks! Is that Mystery Machine Apple's SELF-DRIVING FAMILY WAGON? You decide

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An Apple self-drive car?

Will it take you only to destinations that have received approval from Infinite Loop?

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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

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Re: Begs the question ..

Some are, some are genuine loonies! Astroturfing is big business.

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'Revenge porn' law to arrive in spring – MoJ

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Aaah, Coleridge

Thanks for that, subs.

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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Re: "As a right-thinking Reg reader"

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the 'social sciences' is: some do, some don't.

Ernest Rutherford (Baron Rutherford of Nelson) 1871-1937

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Bitter Lake: Know your enemy? Impossible, surely, when you don't know if the enemy exists

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Duchamp's Fountain was a pristine urinal. Now, if she'd shown them some of Tracey Emin's works ...

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Re: Er?

Yes, Hammond came a cropper, but May's Twizzy got very uncomfortably jolted driving over tramlines (not much of an issue in London, which is the only place this beast is likely to be seen in the UK).

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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, Dead Girl Walking and Chasing the Scream

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A list of modern Scottish authors

omitting Iain [M] Banks? There'll be letters!

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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@Sampler

No, Ctrl-v doesn't work in cmd under Win8.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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If you allow random devices to connect to your private network, you deserve everything you get. BYOD is perfectly safe* as long as connection is limited to a guest wireless network with its own Internet link and an airgap between it and the real network. If you can't do what you need through a secure web interface (most people can), you'll just have to use a locked-down corporate machine.

* Whether it's reasonable is another question, I certainly don't think it should be compulsory.

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

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Re: Very impressive

Or maybe the old software was pretty crap? (I don't know, but it's impossible to say either way from the facts as presented.)

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

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Re: RTM

It's great that there's so many Microsoft insiders, with deep insight into the future sales, marketing and technical strategies for Windows, posting here. Or perhaps they're just sciolists.

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Not me, guv

But if you're worried about down-votes, don't post on topics related to (especially) OS or mobile phones. There are plenty of zealots who will automatically down-vote anything that disagrees with their world view (almost irrespective of what it actually says).

Welcome to the Internet.

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RTM

I wonder if MS will even bother to produce a physical version. They deliver to OEMs electronically and since they're 'giving' it to anyone with Win7/8, presumably they'll all be downloads (and even 'purchased' software like boxed Office bought from a store now just contains a small slip with a key printed on it for download, although disks are available at an extra cost for those without a fast Internet connection).

My betting is that 'free for a year' implies they want to go to an Office 365 model where you rent the OS with automatic updates (I read that you can't turn automatic Windows Update off) to future versions.

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Alibaba's magic cave empties as it misses revenue target

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I'm shocked

Shocked! to learn that counterfeit goods are available in China.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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Just what the world needs

Another browser. Because ensuring that your new web site looks good and works correctly on every available browser just isn't time-consuming enough already.

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