* Posts by David Nash

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Samsung, Oppo collared in smartphone bloatware probe

David Nash

I don't like bloatware but...

surely Samsung et.al. are fully within their rights to put whatever they want on the device.

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Look! Up in the sky! Five Brit satellites on one Indian rocket!

David Nash

Risky?

That seems like a lot of eggs in one basket. Launch vehicles have been known to fail.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

David Nash

Once a streamer, always a streamer?

I use free Spotify because it's nice to try things out or discover new things. I baulk at a tenner a month though and the problem with only streaming, even if you had sufficient mobile data/coverage, is that you are dependent on them for ever. I like having my CDs, I can take them (in the form of MP3s) whereever I want and don't have to pay £10 a month to do so. I can rediscover an album I bought 15 years ago or equally one I bought this year.

If I streamed but then didn't want or couldn't continue, or the service disappeared, all "my" music is gone. My CDs/MP3s won't do that.

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

David Nash

Re: Morning Panic: Secondocalypse or Bad Cable TV?

"A lot of squinting at a computer screen said my computer also thought it was 2am-ish, so I abandoned the mystery and went back to bed. The DVR was working fine by the time the real 5am (plus some snooze button slaps) arrived.

Would secondocalypse mess up with a cable TV network to that degree?"

Don't know but if I had been in that situation I'd just have looked at my (analogue) watch and rolled back to bed.

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

David Nash

iplayer

I got one of these (£19 offer as a Prime member) just for the iplayer, since the BBC broke it on my Sony Blu-Ray.

It's the same iplayer app as on my son's PS3, which we were using, but seems to work much more smoothly and reliably and without messing around with PS Network subscriptions, logging in, updating firmware, etc.

We also use it for Prime Video, good for watching old episodes of Bottom and so on.

Yes the remote is RF. Not sure what flavour, but the Amazon and iPhone apps work fine over wifi too.

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

David Nash

Re: UK Price

If it's the equivalent of $14.99 for a family and the service is comparable to Spotify Premium (hopefully including off-line listening) AND on Android, I'd sign up.

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David Nash

Re: invention

Yes, I know because the BBC news at 10 had an er..advert...all about it.

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Screw you, Apple! We're still making phones no one wants – Samsung

David Nash

Re: Oh good! Hardware Android buttons are back

I like hardware home buttons. In fact so do millions of Apple users.

My first Android was an HTC Hero which had a little trackball - great for certain games.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

David Nash

Hate and Vitriol

There was plenty of that going the other way too!

And also the less obvious trying-to-be-subtle spreading of rumours, lies, or just plain old FUD.

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David Nash

Re: a 48 year-old writes

"the UK has a tendency towards Conservative government"

I (almost the same age as you!) have come to the same conclusion

" ... it's the natural party of power."

Not sure about that bit but it does seem to be the default option for many people.

Myself not included - I remember Maggie! Of course some people will say the opposite for precisely the same reason!

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David Nash

Re: As with any survery

"Who I vote for is my business and no one else's "

True, although you could just tell the pollster that, rather than lying.

Since these opinion polls seem to affect the campaign significantly and turn out to be inaccurate at best, why not just add them to the list of behaviours that is already banned or strictly regulated during the election campaign?

It's already banned to try to influence people in the polling station, or to attempt to reveal how someone voted (exit polls notwithstanding), why not ban polling during the campaign?

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JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

David Nash
Coat

Re: Its a BOOT.

And the article should appear in the bootnotes section...

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David Nash

Re: Cars/bulter ratio

Some cars are always in the same place during working hours - train station car park.

Ideal for people who are not at home but don't want or can't receive a parcel at work or dont want to lug a parcel around on the train on the way home.

I would be slightly nervous of the security implications though.

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Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

David Nash

I was rather impressed on a recent trip to Madrid, the phones just continued working in a deep Metro tunnel. Not just in stations, voice and data just worked as if we were on the surface.

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

David Nash

I have one of these cards and have managed to accumulate enough points for a free coffee or two, over the years. But I didn't bother registering online, especially after I noticed what they asked for.

It works fine as a loyalty card without registering it.</smug mode>

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Watch: Nasty JPEG pops corporate locks on Windows boxes

David Nash

Nasty JPG

So the so-called "Nasty JPG" of the title is not at all, it's a nasty script pretending to be a JPG.

Did I get that right?

So similar in concept to a spam email containing "open_me.doc.exe"?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

David Nash

Fantastic

As described in the article. No added contaminants necessary.

This is one of my favourite foods, including the onions of course. And no runny egg please! Bonus, if you're that way inclined, is that it's one of the only dishes that the Spanish have that doesn't include meat.

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

David Nash

Re: "to call these the first colour photos of Pluto,"

Filter composites?

How are these not also filter composites? Even if the camera takes one-shot-colour, it does so by using fiters over the sensor and generating coloured pixels from groups of colour-filtered monochrome pixels.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

David Nash

I'm interested to know why it seems to be considered OK for home routers to be insecure.

A router should be secure, and in that case could be useful for both home and small business.

If it's insecure it shouldn't be considered for home or business.

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David Nash

Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

"At this moment, to me the question is not "why would home user want SIP" - it is "why not want it", with one possible answer "lack of skills and motivation to learn". Which is pretty lame on ElReg, I think you will agree."

Yes, except this article demonstrates how fraught with potential pitfalls this area is. I am pretty technical and looking at my home network setup would scare and confuse any joe user not familiar with it (much like that of many reg readers I guess) but I don't know much about this stuff and on the basis of this story would certainly avoid it unless I'd done a ton of research.

I too would assume that "block all ports" means just that. The argument that it needs to be opened for the service to work is not a valid one in my view, because in that case the person doing so would at least be aware that they had opened a port, and could consider the implications.

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

David Nash

Intellectual (?) property

Aside from the safety considerations, I wonder if part of the objection is filming premiership matches, presumably for the benefit of those who haven't paid sky or BT or whoever gets the rights these days.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

David Nash

Re: Small Gods

"Everyone supporting ISIS, the Taleban, Al Quaida, or indeed any religious moveoment that believes in killing people should read Terry Pratchett's "Small Gods"."

And those that don't.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

David Nash
Facepalm

"It's time to bring about regime change in Sa'udi Arabia, and ensure that the new regime is firmly committed to universal standards of religious liberty and the separation of church and state"

Oh is that all?....Easy peasy...worked out fine in Iraq, after all!

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

David Nash

Re: I have a Sony blu ray player

Identical thing happened to me. Sony Blu Ray, iplayer disappeared one time. Eventually for good thanks to stupid BBC policy.

Now using a PS3 to access iPlayer, that's a horrible user-interface and again subject to logging in to Sony network just to watch BBC programs - which I am loathe to do but am putting up with for now.

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BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

David Nash

Maybe you're not getting what you're paying for and I sympathise, but 42Mbps isn't too shabby and there are plenty of people stuck on <10Mbps or even 1Mbps out in the sticks who can only dream of the speeds you are getting.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

David Nash

Re: Speaking of Mars...

"thin waxing crescent Moon"

if it's the same day as new moon (ie. solar eclipse) then I highly doubt the crescent would be visible to the eye.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

David Nash

Re: Why all the hate?

"You may not agree with paying £10k for an ethernet cable to improve sound quality"

You seem to have missed the point that it _can not_ improve the sound quality over a standard ethernet cable.

All your other examples do actually convey some difference for the money, either build quality, quality of service, or even just aesthetic appeal. But people are being sold these on the basis that they make a qualitative difference to sound quality, not just that they look nice!

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Man trousers $15,000 domain name for $10.99 amid registry cockup

David Nash

Re: So How's Pets.com Doing?

When I wanted B&Q I typed "bandq.com" into the address bar, and guess what? It works. Unsurprisingly.

It redirects to diy.com which I think is a bit odd actually, I would expect it to be the other way round.

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

David Nash

Re: Last chance to see...

It passes high in the sky from the UK on Monday night, I believe.

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

David Nash

Re: Humans are dumb.

"So what if this German gent wanted to take a pic. of himself with Stonehenge in the background?"

OP said "his wife/partner stood by and watched". Perhaps she could have taken the picture instead?

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

David Nash

Re: Dib dib dib

"Note, this short term isn't used any more"

And hasn't been for quite some time. I left cubs in about 1980 and we were saying the "new" version even then.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

David Nash

Re: Maybe it hit hard and the panels flew open ?

+1 for The Martian by Andy Weir

It is indeed a pity that Pillinger isn't here for this news. I am sure he would have loved to know that it did actually get to the right spot on the planet.

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Spotify flips bird at Taylor Swift, adds MILLIONS more users

David Nash

You are right. 0.99 total (not per month) for three months. Three people signed up in my house, all of which will revert to free membership within the three months.

I can't help thinking Spotify are going to lose most of those new members by April, and more in a year's time when those who forgot to cancel within 3 months decide to do so.

I am sure they are not stupid and know this is how many people work, but I wonder how many they reckon they will keep from this promotion.

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Rosetta beams back colour pics: 67P shades of grey are SO HOT right now

David Nash

RE: Water???? Ice????

"It has been the scientific CONSENSUS that comets deposited all our earthly water and now that seems less likely."

I'm afraid they beat you to it. A paper released last week concludes the same thing:

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/14dec_cometwater/

There is nothing wrong with finding out that a hypothesis was not correct. That is science in action!

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UK.gov STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

David Nash

Re: PAYG

It's not "subsidised" it's spreading the cost.

Arguably it can be cheaper taking out a bank loan (or a 0% credit card deal) to buy the phone outright, but it's convenient to do it through the mobile phone company.

Anyway being stuck in the contract is not the main problem, I assume the victim will still want a phone account to use with his/her replacement phone. The main problem is the huge bill the thieves run up on their behalf.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

David Nash

Re: you do understand it's a cloud operating system

Thanks for the clarification...I don't have a Chromebook, it was a hypothetical question in trying to understand what was going on. I had naiively imagined a Chromebook as being like a bigger Android phone, where files can be held locally.

But apparently "cloud OS" means nothing is local and printers clearly have to be fed from Google's servers..er I mean "the cloud"?

I can't see myself buying into that for a while then.

By the way, how does your print job get through the firewall in the home router?

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David Nash

So have I understood correctly? If I have a Chromebook, attached to my home WiFi, and a printer, attached to the same WiFi in the same house, it will go via "the cloud", ie. out of my house, up to a Google server somewhere, then back down to my printer.

Who thought that was a good idea? I guess Google get to find out what everyone is printing though...

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

David Nash

Re: Success?

Actually that's what the orbiter (Rosetta) will do, still doing very nicely flying around the comet and watching (and listening in case the lander does wake up as it comes closer to the sun).

The lander Philae was designed to have a primary mission of around 60 hours, and includes a hammer, drill, and instruments to analyse the comet's surface. Not to "film" the outgassing, which I imagine would be best done from slightly further away anyway, as Rosetta is.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Pioneering_Philae_completes_main_mission_before_hibernation

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Crypto collision used to hijack Windows Update goes mainstream

David Nash

it ought to be impossible to recover the original information.

It still is impossible, and this exercise demonstrates that. Given the hash in question, there's no way to know whether it came from Barry White or James Brown.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

David Nash

Re: Time Shifting

Just to add weight to the arguments.

This:

Like many others who have commented here, I time-shift radio programmes for listening in the car or while on a train - something the BBC still doesn't offer.

And This:

Unfortunately, the 'obsolete' service is not so obsolete when both my panasonic TV and sony bravia bluray player have lost iPlayer in this debacle.

both apply to me also. I really can't understand why they can't or won't offer downloads for radio programmes. My Android iPlayer Radio app is pretty redundant given that I have an FM radio on my phone and I don't fancy streaming on the move anyway.

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NASA: Mars satellites menaced by speeding SPACE ALIEN

David Nash

Astro-what?

"I love the way astrophysicians get excited"

Space doctors?

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

David Nash

Isn't it less a case of copyright re. old ROMS and so on, more a case that they don't want you running a VM, eg. Java, or game emulators, etc. that could open the way to non app store-approved software.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

David Nash

Agile?

That's not agile. Agile is about short development iterations, and frequent delivery, true, but not about shipping untested or unfinished product, or about leaving testing to the consumers.

In any case one delivery a year can't be classed as agile. It's just same old same old - delivery date trumped QA, corners were cut and/or testing insufficient.

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

David Nash

Physical Access

No computer/device is secure given physical access. As others have said, this is not a vulnerability, it's standard functionality like a Windows boot disk, or booting Linux into single-user mode.

A true vulnerability would be via remote access, either via the net or some remotely-attached device.

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Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8

David Nash

Comparison?

Has anyone done a comparative review of these various options, LastPass, KeePass, 1Password etc. and evaluated them for various use cases?

If not, how about it, Reg?

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Sealed with an XSS: I gave TweetDeck a heart attack, says teen comp sci boff Firo

David Nash

the BBC went through a period of saying "social media" instead of Twitter, Facebook etc. recently, at least on R2. They seemed to have changed their mind though and gone back to mentioning the names of the services. TBH it did seem a bit pointless when everyone knew what they wanted to say.

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Canon offers a cloud just for still photos, not anything else. Weird

David Nash

what's it doing new that Flickr doesn't?

Raw support?

Although as mentioned, the general non-photo-specific cloud providers would support that.

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

David Nash

Tethering

How do they know you're tethering? Isn't it all just IP traffic?

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

David Nash

Re: Good Thing (TM)

Re. lifetime of cardboard season tickets with mag strip. Mine died several times in a couple of months, and then the man in the ticket office pointed out that I had it next to my Oyster card (which gets occasional use since I don't need my season ticket to include tube travel normally). Using the Oyster killed the mag strip on the train ticket.

Since I put the Oyster in its own separate wallet I haven't had the problem at all.

YMMV and you don't say you are travelling to London but I guess any similar contactless card reader might cause the same problem.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

David Nash

Re. She obviously doesn't have to pay her own phone bill

That's what occurred to me when I first read this story. She's shocked that people avoid roaming because hers is probably all inclusive courtesy of the European Commission and she's probably unaware of the charges.

By the way, to those who say "use free wifi" it's not as ubiquitous or reliable as we'd like, and you shouldn't have to go to a particular location to use your phone, which is called mobile after all.

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