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Virgin Media takes its time on website crypto upgrade

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Re: And they have a ludicrous mandatory weak password policy too

@badvok "the only real issue* if someone hacks the account is that they could pay your bill for you!"

Really? Let's see.

- They can get your landline number and your name (don't think the postal address is available)

- They can see every telephone number you called, with its time, duration and cost.

- They can see every PPV thing you ordered, and when (I presume - I don't have their TV)

- They can muck about with up to 9 other accounts you can set up for people.

- They can change your subscription, such as broadband speed and TV bundles - imagine the hoops you'd have to jump through to rectify that

- They can see your security question and answer (Yep - another Virgin Media fail - it's there in plain sight on the web page)

Hmm - your complacency seems somewhat naive, especially as you are keen to give the impression you know all about security.

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Re: And they have a ludicrous mandatory weak password policy too

Badvok, why would you not be in your right mind if you used Virgin email services, apart from these password issues? (I don't use it by the way - I'm just curious.)

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Re: And they have a ludicrous mandatory weak password policy too

"When you are dealing with a service that has millions of customers accessing it, no change (however trivial it might seem) is trivial."

It's trivial. They've had months if not years to fix it, and they're a big bad company with dozens of experts to test it to destruction.

I repeat - it's trivial.

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Re: And they have a ludicrous mandatory weak password policy too

Yes - El Reg, you should be pursuing them about this too - trivial to lift those restrictions.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Displays not being updated?

I'm not getting you I'm afraid. Of course if you display a 1280 width image on a 1920-width screen then pixel mapping is not 1:1, but if the pixels are too small to see, and the scaling is done properly to avoid aliasing, then how can you see any "fuzziness"? It shouldn't be up to the application - the display driver should scale.

Why not use a higher resolution than is necessary? Because it costs more to manufacture, and takes more processing and electrical power.

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Displays not being updated?

You don't say? As the whole point of a *Retina* display, we are told, is that the resolution is more than the eye can perceive, there's no point in making it any greater.

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Re: Right click..

@Jes.E: "Apple's insistence of the single button mouse was to force the Software manufactures to make their software 100% functional with the single button."

Or because Jony Ive/predecessors thought two buttons weren't pretty enough.

"This one button mouse meme is old, pervasive with windows enthusiasts to point out how stupid Macintosh users are, and simply false."

Windows was always usable without a pointing device at all, with things like tabbing.

Your argument may have some basis in fact, but, especially given your attempts to conflate multiple finger gestures with one vs two button mice, I simply don't buy it as the only explanation.

PS I'm not a Windows enthusiast.

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"most Android users are replacing at every contract renewal"

That might have something to do with the fact that they can afford to.

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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

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Re: Yeah helium, great

How much helium does balloon gas contain though? Just enough to make a balloon buoyant at the pressure required to inflate it may not be very much.

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Re: Low flying heads

Not sure quite what you're asking, but HDs must have gas in to make the heads fly, and if you wanted to make an evacuated one you'd need an enormously strong container, negating any advantages.

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Are you clever enough, and brave enough, to give a Register lecture

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Hmm

"The Register is looking for speakers who are as fascinating and knowledgeable as our audience and as good at story-telling as our writers."

Gosh, you do set the bar low.

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Netflix: Look folks, it's net neutrality... HA, fooled you

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But where does the money come from to pay the ISPs? The VoD constomers, of course, via their subscriptions!

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: Weak article

@ Kevin McMurtrie - you're right, Ah is pointless on its own, but the whole article just smacks of regurgitated press release - you can't expect the author to go to the trouble of actually finding out the answer to that question...

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Re: "there is no derailleur....so the prototypes are fixies"

@Tom 7 no you wouldn't - a car has plenty of spare power; a bike does not. Ever tried pushing a car? Then you'll realise how little difference the energy absorbed by a timing belt makes.

By the way, I thought a "fixie" was a bike with no freewheel (so the pedals turn whenever it is moving) - isn't this one a "single speed"?

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Tim Cook slurped our brains, snarl fat battery bods A123

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A123?

I hope it's not related to 123A cos that's a rather small battery.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: HD, schmaydsdee

That's one reason why broadcasters are trying to encourge the industry to improve in other areas - colour space, dynamic range and frame rate. But hey, a bigger number must be better, mustn't it?

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Re: "Satellite is the ideal way to distribute 4K. We will drive it just as we did with HD"

@jaywin - you're incorrect that in your assertion about 1080i being much better than 720p. Those letters are important, not just the headline numbers. An interlaced signal has reduced vertical resolution compared with a progressive one, so 1080i does not have 1.5 times the vertical resolution of 720p. Moreover, interlaced signals are harder to code than progressive, leading to more artifacts for a given compression ratio. Even worse, flat-panel displays cannot display interlaced pictures natively, unlike a CRT, with the result that you get de-interlacing artifacts, only mitigated by complicated processing which has other side-effects.

Interlace was a clever 1930s idea to reduce large-area flicker on CRTs displaying a low frame rate, and has no place in the digital era. It was commercial pressures that favoured 1080i in a VHS/Betacam-type scenario.

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Err misplaced ire!

But that's Google's getout clause to a tee - "we're only the conduit".

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Interesting, but I imagine it's very hard to pinpoint the first use because it would have been an innuendo, so not easy to determine whether or not it was meant that way. How blatantly was it used in that film? If not blatant, could it have been a ruse to get past the censors?

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Oh not not again.

But gay also meant prostitute. There, fixed your misplaced nostalgia for you.

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For pervasive 5G and IoT, prepare for wind turbines on cells

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Re: UK has a few wind powered road signs

UK has plenty of solar-powered road signs too.

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Its

Learn to spell basic English words please, before you embarrass yourself on the internet by getting it wrong several times in one article.

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Re: Bose soundlink mini

Soundlink Minis are sometimes available for about £130, which helps a bit. And if you want to use two for stereo you can make up a Y-lead (or maybe even buy one) which will send one channel down each leg. Obviously not wireless any more, but much better for using with TV, as the delay through the Bluetooth connection seriously messes up lip-sync.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: Doesn't BT already do this in the UK?

@AC Yes but I believe the Superhub actually provides the subscriber's identity and bandwidth throttling so can't possibly be replaced by a generic device. They're not just being bloody minded - in fact they're being rather helpful by allowing you to switch off all non-essential functions and use your own router/firewall/access point - "modem mode".

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@cowherder

But then you no longer get the benefit of any other hotspot!

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Re: Doesn't BT already do this in the UK?

Instead of trying to impress us with your paranoia about security (would Virgin really snoop on data flowing around your LAN?), why didn't you just say what we all know - the Virgin Superhub is a crap wifi router and replacing that functionality with a third party device makes the whole experience far better?

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Re: What if someone uses it to download copyrighted movies or child porn?

Churches are where all the mobile phone masts are hidden instead, conveniently providing those facilities...

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Affect on network bandwidth

Ol' Grumpy: "In BT's case, they also claim they put a Quality of Service policy on the router so the home network always takes priority over the public one and therefore your service shouldn't be impacted."

"shouldn't" is I guess the operative word. Only if transactions were instant would this be the case. Due to the latency of the link, once a data stream has been established, packets can continue to appear from the remote end for a relatively long time even if the local end tries to put a stop to them, potentially saturating the download path and so interfering with downloads the high priority user wishes to make.

Of course, how much effect this has in practice is open to debate.

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Re: designed by ex-nokia guys

Sorry, I'm no fan of American imperialism but I was unaware the US had annexed parts of Chile.

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Meet Jack and Jill: Google’s new Android compilers

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Re: Not not mention...

"Jill forgot to take the pill and now they've got a daughter"

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Gimp

The single window mode makes it a lot more manageable.

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Re: Linux?

.deb != Ubuntu

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Simplez: OLD SCHOOL TECH can SAVE the MEERKAT

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But

...you could at least correct your naive description of "white space". It isn't simply the frequencies vacated by analogue TV, which would be nothing special. As Mage says, it is the parts of the spectrum in a given area which are apparenty not in use for TV broadcasts, requiring a device to be location-aware in order to know what frequencies and transmission powers to use. Unfortunately Mage then rather clouds the issue by going off on one about how free this spectrum actually is.

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A DRONE OF THEIR OWN: GoPro tabbed for cameracopter launch

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Wobblevision

Let's hope they dispense with the rolling shutter in the process.

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Re: GoPro need to do more with their software

Those sound as much like hardware as firmware problems.

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Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

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Hard surface

They would have catered for the situation of the surface being hard, with, for instance, the thruster.

...except that that didn't work either!

Evil-looking things those harpoons.

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PHONDLESLAB-ULOUS: Motorola Moto X Android phablet

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Re: Mmmmm, shiny, want one!

You haven't heard the impressive spacial effect created by a bit of signal processing on a dual-speaker handheld device then? No it's not proper stereo, but then neither is what you'd get from "two loudspeakers on opposite sides of the room."

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Re: Blocker

You'd have to block GPS as well, as decent ones fly back to launch point on signal loss.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Even worse

"If the reporting party withdraws their complaint or you obtain a determination of your legal rights, we would be happy to follow up about possibly restoring the removed material." (My emphasis.)

Why on earth would they not restore the material if the original complaint went away or was proved to be groundless?

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Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

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4 + 3 =

Your average race vehicle has 7 cylnders then?

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CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz

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I hoped that, being in Australia, they would be powered from 100% renewable energy sources. I'm guessing that, because they're stuck in cities, they aren't.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: @I ain't Spartacus "The microSD slot at the bottom is open to the elements."

On your Vanmoof Electrified Bike, dear AC, dear AC

On your Vanmoof Electrified Bike, having charged it from the AC

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"The microSD slot at the bottom is open to the elements."

Then put a micro SD card in.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: heart rate?

Your simplistic theory doesn't take into account the fact that we live in a welfare state. Smash yourself up through not wearing a seatbelt and it costs the rest of us to put you back together again.

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Re: I'm a veteran of leccy bikes

Plenty of logic to the 250W rule: if you want more, get a motorbike and a driving licence, number plate, helmet, insurance, MOT etc and keep out of most bus lanes, etc. The more powerful these things are, the more dangerous they are for you and others (not to mention the lower the benefits in terms of keeping you fit and healthy and reducing energy use) and at some point this has to be regulated. Yes, of course the cutoff is is a bit arbitrary but can you suggest a better way of dealing with such situations?

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

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Re: I wonder why the change of hinge...

Marketing.

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Re: Power and video signals

You forgot at least two coaxial wifi (etc) aerial cables which, like the rest, simply pass through the centre of the hollow pivot points. This design has more pivot points between base and screen so I assume that the cables pass through each one, following the straight line drawn between them (almost parallel to the back of the unit), and therefore not needing to change direction significantly. There is more than twice the amount of twisting (360 degrees) but it can be spread over a significant distance. There are also more sets of hinges, so the cables can be distributed better. I'm not sure why you have concerns about dirt and grease - they are insulated cables which will stand up to this.

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BEND IT like YOGA: Newest Lenovo gadgets have built in PROJECTORS

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Subwoofer?

Ha ha ha ha ha! Maybe I'll stop laughing when I hear this miracle of nano-technology, but I doubt it.

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Windows Tax obfuscated again

"the Android version gets half the storage [of the Windows version]" so you can't compare prices.

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

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Re: Can we end the obsession with blue yet?

I agree, but I think some of it is the horrendous overbrightness of a lot of blue LEDs. In the old days, LEDs were very inefficient and so much more muted. High-efficiency/brightness ones cost more; it seems nowadays they don't so they put them everywhere.

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