* Posts by Kevin Fairhurst

117 posts • joined 25 Aug 2008

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Big Retail: We don't hate Apple, we hate the credit card companies

Kevin Fairhurst

Using a QR code image...

If the CurrentC app shows a QR code image that is effectively your payment details, what is stopping me from taking a screengrab of the app, sending it to myself, and using that the next time I am down Walmart ? Given the lack of consumer protection from this, it makes it wide open for this kind of fraud!

Hey, why bother doing this manually... just create a malicious android app that does it all for you...

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Vodafone, Moneygram hook up to create mobe money MONSTER

Kevin Fairhurst

Will be a long time coming to UK...

Saw this kind of thing about ten years ago and I just happened to be working for a major UK mobile phone provider at the time. They also had the ability to send credit to other phones, so that you could top up and then share your credit with friends/family. I suggested that we do something similar to the head of mobile payments. Apparently, to do this in the UK we would have had to have registered as a bank, with all the extra costs/paperwork that entails, which is why nothing happened. The only people that I can see offering something similar in the UK are Barclays with their PingIt app...

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...

The Cat: So, what is it?

Kryten: I've never seen one before - no one has - but I'm guessing it's a white hole.

Rimmer: A *white* hole?

Kryten: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. A black hole sucks time and matter out of the Universe; a white hole returns it.

Lister: So, that thing's spewing time...

Lister: [donning his fur-lined hat] ... back into the Universe?

Kryten: Precisely. That's why we're experiencing these curious time phenomena on board.

The Cat: So, what is it?

Kryten: I've never seen one before - no one has - but I'm guessing it's a white hole.

Rimmer: A *white* hole?

Kryten: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. A black hole sucks time and matter out of the Universe; a white hole returns it.

Lister: [minus the hat] So, that thing's spewing time...

Lister: [donning his fur-lined hat, again] ... back into the Universe?

Kryten: Precisely. That's why we're experiencing these curious time phenomena on board.

Lister: What time phenomena?

Kryten: Like just then, when time repeated itself.

The Cat: So, what is it?

[Kryten, Rimmer, and Lister stare at Cat]

The Cat: Only joking.

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

Kevin Fairhurst

Very Large Phone

Has an acronym of VLP... But don't let facts get in the way of a good punch line! :)

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Cryptolocker copycat ransomware emerges – but an antidote is possible

Kevin Fairhurst

Locker...

"avoids infecting machines running tools used by security researchers"

What tools, and are they free to install? Seems a good way of avoiding some of the nastier crud if it is looking for, and staying off, machines running certain exes!

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UK.gov forks out £250k to rescue EROTIC novelists and pals from PIRATES

Kevin Fairhurst

What will the "authors" of these badly written books do, once they have ensured that there are no pirate copies on the internet... and yet people STILL don't buy their books?

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Apple 'happy ending': BULGING iPhone WAD - but can it ever be enough?

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Interesting

Alternatively, it shows that despite the existing iPhones being deemed "end of line" as they were due to be replaced in the quarter (something pretty much everyone knows about now), they *still* managed to sell 25 million of them!

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

Kevin Fairhurst

touchscreen failure is down to non-standard iphone charger

use official charger & cable and it will work fine. I had mine plugged in to a belkin one and the touchscreen had that problem!

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Haahhahahahaha!

Give them *some* credit... they don't have the Apple prototypes to blatantly copy from any more!

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Wait a minute

What mistake? They're married!

From http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/mar/26/gay-marriage-supreme-court-defeatism

"DOMA is what prevents me, and thousands of other gay Americans, from living in the US with my spouse, while the legal and social stigma of officially sanctioned inequality is, by itself, devastating for gay children"

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.

But it has already been alluded to that the "powers that be" will be able to find out who has disabled the filter. Imagine you're trying to adopt, and you get refused... Turns out you're considered unsuitable as a potential parent because you turned off the filter. Or not given custody to your child, or turned down for a job as a teacher, etc....

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

Kevin Fairhurst

"A surprising number of parents simply assume the internet is already filtered, just like the TV has a watershed, and their children are wandering unprotected on an open network parts of which are really quite unpleasant."

The answer is to educate the parents, and to get them to have responsibility for their children. A half arsed PR stunt to make people think that working filters are in place will ensure that those parents will continue to let kids use the Internet unfiltered, as the kids will have found a proxy to get around the blocks!

A default filter does NOT solve the problem. It needs a programme of education as well. Any ISP level filter needs to sit alongside software controlled by the parents, so that they have finer control over what is and isn't blocked.

Parents also need to ensure that they still have anti virus and anti spam software installed on their windows machines, but it would not surprise me in the slightest if those of a less technical bent assume that this filter will also filter out that kind if thing...

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Premier League boots footie-streaming site off Blighty's interwebs

Kevin Fairhurst

Thanks to this court order....

There's another streaming website that I know about now! Barbra Streisand!

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Lasers to carry 622 Mbps Earth-Moon link

Kevin Fairhurst
Pint

Astrium? Built in Stevenage, then?

Well, designed there. Maybe...

Meanwhile at the other end of town, swathes of properties don't get decent broadband to their homes because it isn't "cost effective" to upgrade the cabinets... :-/

<--- unlike the lager, I *am* bitter!

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Poor iPhone sales mean Verizon could owe Apple $14bn

Kevin Fairhurst

What people need to realise is that under this "commitment to buy" agreement, Verizon have effectively pre-ordered $14billion worth of iPhones, and while Apple are able to sell some elsewhere, they won't be able to sell all of them... As with any B2B relationship they will come to an arrangement that isn't as much mutually agreeable as will be made out in the press releases...

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

Kevin Fairhurst

We don't! But like PC days of old (and Amiga* days before that) it seems as though Android is all about having the biggest numbers and best stats! My phone is faster than yours, ner ner! Candy Crush still plays at exactly the same speed though...

* "Ah but my memory card has a co-processor. I have a 68882 with blah blah blah." Did it actually make a difference to how I used the damn thing? Did it buggery.

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The only Waze is Google: Ad giant tipped to gobble map app 'for $1.3bn'

Kevin Fairhurst
Big Brother

What's in it for Google?

They get even more information about people. Not just what they do when they get to places (e.g. using search to find stuff) but also which routes they take, who they interact with, etc.

And at the same time they get all that lovely real-time data that people willingly feed in, not just speed/accident data but fuel price & speed camera data sets can both be sold on...

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Bloomberg blocks its hacks from snooping on financial terminals

Kevin Fairhurst

sounds like they just fingered users they knew

we used to finger each other all the time at uni... i dunno, kids today, etc...

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

Kevin Fairhurst

Not just Apple

My wife was ordering a dozen charms online from Thomas Sabo, and they decided that they wanted scans of bank statements, passport etc. When my wife kicked up a stink & said that they had delivered to her before, using the same payment method and delivery address, they relented and sent out the order...

Any company sending out untraceable goods need to be extra cautious against potential fraud, as the card company WILL put a chargeback on them and they will be the ones that lose out, not the end customer, and certainly not the bank. I think the banks need to put some additional measures in place so that the company contacts the bank for proof of address or whatever, and if the bank decide that the address doesn't match, it is the bank that contacts the customer for any proofs. Then and only then does the bank release the funds to the vendor, who sends out the goods.

That won't happen though, because the BUNCH OF BANKERS that run the banks wouldn't make as much money!

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BT to slap overalls on 1,000 new bods in fibre broadband boost

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Execellent

Sadly not - lets just say that there is a small "estate" in Chells where an old school used to be with about 250 houses/flats. And the one cabinet that feeds all of these has been missed off the upgrade plans.

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Kevin Fairhurst
FAIL

Re: Execellent

The main Stevenage exchange was done yonks ago. They haven't done the cabinet at the end of our road, though! Neighbours have a choice of high-speed service, having both Virgin Media and BT Infinity. We languish with ~4Mbit connections wondering if OpenReach will ever deign us worthy of an upgrade...

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Nationwide are ok now, but....

Thanks for this. I was just about to consider switching to Nationwide. But since you used the S word...

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Review: Britain's 4G smartphones

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: 8Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up HSPA+ speeds

Just managed 10.93Mbps down and 4.24 up, with 45ms ping, on a T-Mobile/EE iPhone 5. You must be holding your phone wrong.... ;)

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Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

Kevin Fairhurst
Joke

All speeds I can only dream of...

Only 12 Mbps at 9pm??? How do they cope??

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Football club catches, then punts, Kaspersky name

Kevin Fairhurst
Joke

The 15- game

is where the best 13- players go to when they retire. When you're too old and tired to play rugby league, don't worry my son, you can still be paid silly money by the union mob!

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Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: It shouldn't be too hard

But Apple are not paying for Google's maps... copying them in this manner is not acceptable... they would also copy any deliberate errors that Google will have included to identify this manner of theft...

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Subjects bestow Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Queen

Kevin Fairhurst
Joke

Re: 'By Royal Appointment' ?

Not if they had to go back within those five years due to uneven backlighting!

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'Deceptive' web tracker settles with FTC over personal data slurp

Kevin Fairhurst

ummmmm

shouldn't they be giving directions as to how to *un*install the software?

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Fujitsu beams URLs to mobes through your TV

Kevin Fairhurst

So...

...you will need to run a proprietry app on your device, and point the camera at the screen, and hope that the reflection from the window doesn't mess it up?

Why not just use a QR code, then?

Or Chirp, which uses audio and thus doesn't have the issues with reflections?

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Samsung says 'yes' to iPhone 5-sized Galaxy S III

Kevin Fairhurst
WTF?

Re: It's a start

I see your Nokia 7600 and raise you the Nokia 7280 Lipstick Phone!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_7280

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Google whips away card, leaves just clouds in your Wallet

Kevin Fairhurst

in that case...

They're pushing the AUTH transaction on to you and your phone. This could result in less back end infrastructure being required by the business, and thus open up more avenues for card payments being accepted e.g. at festivals.

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

Kevin Fairhurst
Paris Hilton

Won't they just...

...modify the existing Airplay spec so that devices x and y don't need to be on the same existing network? It wouldn't take much to have one of the devices create an ad-hoc WiFi network on the fly for other devices to connect to, rather than needing a router to act as a go-between. No new hardware required!

Paris, routing... isn't it obvious?

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Wraps come off UK super-snooper draft plans

Kevin Fairhurst
FAIL

meet the new boss, same as the old boss

So after saying they were against this kind of thing when in opposition, there is no surprise that the current set of elected officials are all for it now they're the ones in power, even though a number of people will have voted for them simply because of their previous stance...

Ah well. Was to be expected...

How long before someone points out that this will be totally ineffective against the kind of things they're trying to legislate for, as all those naughty chaps already use secure VPNs and TOR?

Guessing the ISPs are rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of all this money coming their way. But if those naughty chaps only ever connect to vpnprovider.com or tor.org there'll be claims that this law has worked as no-one connects to dodgywebsite.ru anymore...

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iPhones, iPads to be FULL OF FACEBOOK and NOT GOOGLE

Kevin Fairhurst

I may be guessing here...

... but I imagine that Google Maps will be an available download from the iOS store not long after iOS6 launches!

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Blu-ray

Kevin Fairhurst

Shakespeare subs....

I'm fairly certain that and a couple of the other "Bluray only" extras are on my DVD version of the film....

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Orange launches TV app to snag wandering eyes

Kevin Fairhurst

A bit late to the game...

It seems as though half of twitter already live-tweet during shows such as Britain's Got Talent, so the social aspect of watching TV hasn't gone away, and unless all your social circle are using the Orange app, no-one will - another chicken&egg situation that Orange would need to surmount!

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ISPs should get 'up to' full fee for 'up to' broadband

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Oh and remember folks...

Sadly a number of ISPs (e.g. Sky) are adamant that you use their supplied router. Which usually sucks or has severe limitations in configurability.

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Eight... AirPlay speakers

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: I disagree....

And this is where we get in to the usual issues regarding audio products; it's all subjective. As I said, having demoed the Teac alongside a similar product from Sony, the Teac sounded awful. Absolutely awful. And the mrs was grateful that i said as much as she thought it stank too and was worried I'd buy it regardless ;)

As to the speakers/mini system distinction, if you've got the room for a Zep' Air you have more than enough space for one of the systems I mentioned. Okay so it isn't an all in one package, but when you're spending the kind of money being discussed here, being able to move the speakers for better stereo separation is no bad thing in my book.

I liked the Fidelio but the mrs wasn't as impressed with the sound, although it was miles ahead of the other all-in-one systems we tried. There was another Philips similar to the Teac that was god-awful as well, worse than the Teac in fact. And as I said there was also a similar Sony. If those two products were also tested then there would have been a nice round ten products on test :)

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Kevin Fairhurst

I disagree....

The Teac *does* sound abysmal. We tested it against a similair styled Sony and the Sony sounded a million times better.

But why no Denon Ceol / Marantz 603(?) / Sony G2 series? Have auditioned these all recently for myself and ended up with the G2BNIP (ie DAB and AirPlay/Wifi) as the Marantz and Denon both took the best part of a week to start playing from an iPhone once it was plugged in.

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Ford: kick your car to open the boot

Kevin Fairhurst

If they have any sense....

this will be disabled if the parking brake is deactivated.

Like I said, if they have any sense......

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Brazilians unveil Microsoft SkyDrive's secret – revealing pics

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Downvoting

That'll explain why a comment I made about an error in the original article was downvoted three times, then!

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Kevin Fairhurst

Issue with the screengrabs?

Both appear to show the same thing; suspect the one purporting to show the prices hasn't been correctly linked to!

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Cupertino to ban permissionless address book copying

Kevin Fairhurst
FAIL

Re: Re: Wind: Whether it's iOS or Android...

Can LBE Privacy Guard be installed on *any* android phone straight out of the box, and work with immediate effect, or do you need to root it first (i.e. is it an all-users or a techie-users approach)?

If you need to root the phone to get this kind of functionality, then Android is as bad as iOS. I'm sure if you jailbreak you can find something on the cydia store to enforce similair permissions, but this stuff needs to be baked in to the operating system!

And it still doesn't allow you to revoke permissions and have all previously captured data deleted...

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Kevin Fairhurst

Whether it's iOS or Android...

Anything using "private" data (GPS, contacts, SMS database, etc) should have to request permissions for each item individually, not in an "all or nothing" approach. You should be able to e.g. block GPS from FaceBook but keep it for Twitter if you so wish, without having to opt to not install any particular app.

The problem you end up having is you can have a request saying "Allow app access to address book?" with a "Yes" or "No" but then you need to ensure you have the "Remember this for next time?" checkbox, as well as a way to revoke these permissions at a later date if you foolishly opt in to giving your data to FaceBook now but then want it taken away in future...

And then you get another problem. If I revoke permissions on the app on my phone, I want that communicated back to FaceBook so that they delete all the data they have slurped previously. How long before that actually starts happening? Or will they insist that once you have provided that data, tough?

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UK crime-busters knock hiphop site off the Internet

Kevin Fairhurst

Way off topic...

...but this is why a proper enquiry is needed. There have been too many knee jerk cover ups to screw justice and protect those who are meant to be our servants...

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Cable thieves wreak havoc for cops, BT punters

Kevin Fairhurst

We were hit by this on Thursday evening, around 630-7pm. Thought it was due to the snow we were having, or due to the fact that Sky's systems were being upgraded at the time. When Sky's service status page started up again the next day, they reported it as being an ongoing issue outside of their control. Around lunchtime they added the fact that it was down to cable theft. We finally got our broadband back at around 4am on Saturday morning...

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Google guns for Apple TV

Kevin Fairhurst

Home automation is nice in theory

but in practice, having to replace all of your light switches and power sockets with (for example) PLN capable ones would be bad enough, let alone having to make sure that they were branded by your choice of fruit or robot to ensure compatibility...

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Using phone-tracking tech? 'Fess up now, urges expert

Kevin Fairhurst

at a guess

Turn off mobile reception in one store, walk to another & turn it back on, et voila! Either your IMSI stays the same and you "teleported" or you get a different IMSI...
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HMV faces the music after crap Christmas

Kevin Fairhurst

But the technology side is all overpriced crap!

and the sales droids try selling you £50 HDMI cables!

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Sky follows BT in blocking Newzbin2

Kevin Fairhurst

Using OpenDNS already, and no typing the IP in directly does not work...

Tor works, which completely sidesteps any blocks.

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