* Posts by David Nash

70 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008

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

David Nash
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Re: Its a BOOT.

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

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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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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

David Nash

I installed it on Saturday morning to fill the time on a train ride. Just in time it seems. Noticable was that it was small enough (a few hundred K IIRC) to do so over a mobile internet connection, and also that it required very few permissions. One I think, I forget which, probably internet connectivity for ads.

Having said that there appear to be no ads in the Android version.

It is damn hard though, I will probably uninstall it if I can't beat my score of 5 by the end of the week!

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Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

David Nash

Re. Not a bad idea

They do have repair facilities, and while I am an Android user and have very little time at all for Apple and their (what I consider) unwarranted lawsuits aimed at Samsung, I was in the Samsung store in Westfield Stratford yesterday, and I have to admit it struck me as extremely reminiscent of the Apple Stores

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Asteroid-hunting beauty AWAKENS, takes cheeky snaps of neighbours

David Nash

red dots

Possibly they are hot pixels in the camera. The line shows the relative movement of the camera/satellite between each exposure that was combined to make this image.

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

David Nash
Coat

Astronomical disappointments

I have my own version of this, based around my family holiday from the UK to China a few years ago to coincide with the solar eclipse....poured with rain most of the day. Got some nice photos of everyone on the beach in the dark though!

Made up for it in Cairns a couple of years later though!

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NSA sez NO to prez: Spooks ban Obama from using iPhones

David Nash

Re: And landline? What's that for?

@Station Grey, That's for when the mobile signal is unreliable due to the building structure, or the cell is saturated, or just plain poor quality, and to have a guaranteed way of making an emergency call.

Anyway didn't you include that in what you called "Line Rental"?

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

David Nash

Re: Better publicity

I agree totally. They say there is not enough demand but I have never seen a bbc promo for 3d content (well maybe the olympics, I can't remember). I had to search online to find out what channel they were using for the Doctor Who 3D (now that BBC HD has been renamed to BBC2 HD. Aside: Can we have BBC4 HD please?)

I watched wimbledon a year ago in 3d after hearing about it by word of mouth.

How do they know people don't want it if they don't publicise it properly? The olympics and wimbledon were great in 3D. I would love more BBC 3D content.

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Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1

David Nash

My Z is great

So there !

Screen is good and there are no problems with the viewing angle. I wouldn't mind a headphone socket with no flappy cover though.

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

David Nash

Re: Nimbuseses

"Weird BNC Network" - that will be Ethernet then!

Our school had a couple of 380Z machines in the early 80s which were owned by the maths dept I think. We then became part of some government pilot IT scheme (1983?) and were supplied with a network of 480Zs that shared one vast "Winchester" disk, probably 5Mb! Initially they were on a bus that traveled from school to school but the following year we got our own, on which we wrote games and otherwise messed around (yes also Wordstar dot commands, nostalgia....sigh)

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

David Nash

pointless subject like French

In the author's defence, I read that as a humourous comment and representing the student's perspective. As in, computer science (or whatever they called it in the school at the time) was interesting, whereas the struggling student saw conjugating French verbs as pointless.

I think most people can appreciate the value of learning foreign languages now.

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Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

David Nash

Green because of Photoshop?

Not at all, long exposures show colour in comets, usually green, just like all those pretty red or blue nebulae which are also monochrome to our insensitive eyes.

There will have been some photoshopping or other processing to increase the contrast but not to add colour.

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Windows 8 fans out-enthuse Apple fanbois

David Nash

Re: Amazon's way of doing it

Ooh yes it's doing that for me too. Who knew?

Thanks for the tip, when it runs out I shall know why.

Actually I don't know why it apparently randomly requires re-logins to Amazon apps from time to time anyway.

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