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1786 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab

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Re: Microsoft account needed for Facebook? ??

I have to admit this trend of having to have successive accounts to access material is getting very tiresome. I'm thinking of just abandoning several of them.

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XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

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Re: Say What?

@drxym Yeah really the full reviews for the PS4 and One should come out in May 2014 which by then both systems should be pretty much as intended from day one.

Also why I never buy a new console for 6 months.

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

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Re: Where did I hear this before ...

If you look at the fans in both machines they have taken very different directions.

The fan in the PS4 is a pretty standard almost laptop cooler type whereas the One has what looks like a 140mm fan in there.

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Re: The blue light issues have undermined what was an otherwise solid PS4 release for Sony.

I think the issue here is that the previous generation suffered from numerous cock-ups and lapses of QC and attention.

You would have thought after all these years, this time around things would be monitored with a higher level of scrutiny and testing.

But no....

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Re: This is why...

Thats where I am too.

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Reg hack fondles a sexy Pro: An Apple MacBook 13in with Retina display

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Upgrading?

I guess you can give up caring about that when 85% of your business/income is from the disposable world of phones.

Take it or leave it I guess.

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TrueCrypt audit project founder: 'We've set our sights high'

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Re: Still a problem for non-techies

Not really, fully aware of the need to protect 'important' data etc. from preying eyes.

I just like to tease the Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Wannabes. You know who you are.

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Re: Still a problem for non-techies

So err...the question has to be asked of such folks that feel they have to keep all their stuff 'secret' -

What exactly are you up to that might make the NSA etc. even vaguely interested in what you do?

Most intrigued.

In reality I'm sure you are just as boring and irrelevant to the NSA etc. as the rest of us. Sorry but the NSA really isn't hanging on your every word.

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Re: Have they updated Truecrypt.....

Ha ha yes indeed.

But seriously if the Truecrypt guys were 'serious' you would think they would have moved their product out of the currently 'obsolete and not fit for use' sector pretty darn quick.

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Have they updated Truecrypt.....

....so you can actually use it with a PC or laptop manufactured in the past three years?

All this new BIOS tech doesnt play well with it otherwise.

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What a plot of nonsense: Ten Master master plan FAILS

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Yes when they let Jacobi be The Master, I thought "Oh that's inspired!" and then they changed him almost straight away to Simm it was "oh that's predictable and disappointing!!"

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Fukushima fearmongers: It's YOUR FAULT Japan DUMPED CO2 targets

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Pointless arguing really.

After all once our green and pleasant land is covered head to foot in wind-turbines and solar panel farms, once we get the still inevitable brown outs and power shortages we'll be building nuclear reactors like there is no tomorrow.

So just sit back and relax.

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'A measly 3 Instagrams? NO!' Sexy selfie Snapchat spurns Facebook's $3bn

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Oh dear.......

....you know the next offer they get will be $50 million take it or leave it.

In such situations I always remember that scene in the 'Adolf Hitler Diaries' when Murdoch offers the German newspaper x million for the rights and they sit there smug asking for double, thinking they are in total control.

Murdoch (played by Barry Humphries) simply says nothing stands up and walks out. The Germans completely crumble.

Total control switch. Quite a powerful scene actually.

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PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more

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The Cybermen have turned up a lot since the re-launch.

Nothing to do I suppose, that the suits probably cost quite a lot to make?

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

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Me too!

I remember the first day of my Computer Studies O level myself and my mate Simon sat at the single 380Z instead of all the BBC B machines because it looked more...techy.

For that day we played around on it and had fun accessing the disks in the two drives. But the next time, we sat back at the BBC B and there we stayed for the next two years. I don't think the 380Z was touched after that.

Would have been September 85 I guess. I often wonder what happened to that old beauty.

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Yet ANOTHER IE 0-day hole found: Malware-flingers already using it for drive-by badness

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Facepalm

Yup too many erorrs in that post really.

NT4.0 didnt even have a defrag in it, as at the time folks used to think NTFS didnt need it.

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Re: who cares ?

Indeed, you can't give Linux away. I offer my less financially able customers Linux on their new PC advising them it's £100 cheaper and will do all the Ebay etc. they want.

But no they still stump up the extra £100. In the five years I have been in business not one has asked for Linux. Even the ones that know about it. They just want Windows.

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Unhappy

One day MS will include EMET as standard in Windows.

However, until they are no longer worried about upsetting old man Withers and his old shareware email client from 1998 we can but dream.

Oh and if they do include it, might be a good idea to switch it on by default guys.

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Heins didn't have the beans. Can comeback king Chen fish BlackBerry out of jam?

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Where are.....

....all these dirt cheap Z10's?

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The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

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Well you can add the boss 'that thinks we are all here to work for the good and greatness of the company!'

Rather then we just turn up begrudgingly because it pays for the mortgage and food.

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There is the "Uesless So Promote Them Boss"

We had this a lot at our company.

If you had a useless clerical person, you couldn't sack them (also wasn't worth the effort) so the best way to get rid of them was to 'promote them out' to another department. "Congratulations! Bye Bye! Ding dong the witch is dead!"

However, this kept happening over and over so by the time I left, we had people that had zero social skills, couldn't count to ten, manage their way out of a paper bag etc. now at Head of or Director level.

The other problem was they thought they were gods as their rise had been so meteoric. Unfortunately, we were all in on the joke.

So if you've reached a high senior level, just think back how regular your promotions have been and whether any of your previous colleagues actually bother to keep in touch or walk the other way when they see you. If so then you may be one of them and everyone else knows.

Kind of where good employments rights can bite you hard.

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Re: And for your next trick ...

How about....'The Triple Decker'?

That's when in your office you have your manager, his Head of... and the Director of... all sitting within 30 feet of one another.

Nothing like three different decisions/opinions/strategies to work around to help a project along.

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I had one complain to my face.....

...that I was 'too low maintenance!"'

WTF????

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

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Re: Hang on

Indeed I often used to hear from my other half "Oh christ Adobe wants my user password to download and it wont take the last one again! Better setup yet another account!"

I think at last count she had 6 or more.

Even I have three (maybe) and I don't use any of their stuff. Don't ask me what the passwords are, but nothing amazing. The details in them are all bogus...mail @mail.com anyone?

So if Adobe says they have for example 50 million accounts that's possibly only 5 million actual users.

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

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Re: I suppose...

I have always said if you get rid of Powerpoint in your business, you can get rid of 25% of your clerical workforce with zero productivity impact. In fact chances are productivity will rise.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Re: Ok, the SR-71 was cool looking and black...

Indeed, all the powerful lobbying and FUD by Boeing to getting Concorde kicked out didn't help much either.

Messy business.

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Re: Ok, the SR-71 was cool looking and black...

Well I would say better video conferencing tech and 9/11 killed off Concorde but there you go.

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So might be ready by 2030....

...so lets be honest and say 2035 at the earliest so by that time...........

Nowadays if you cant get it done in less than 10 years you are wasting your money as something else will have passed it by.

However, as mentioned what we get to know about is usually the stuff from 10+ years ago......

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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I did wonder why.....

...Sony was keeping quiet on exactly what the PS4 could and couldn't do.

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Win XP? Your PLAGUE risk is SIX times that of Win 8 - NOW

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Re: Why do I need a backup laptop?

Good for you Charles, great if you can wait for delivery or live next door to John Lewis. Great if you know how to setup a laptop and transfer 2GB of Outlook 2007 email or Outlook Express into the new world. Migrate Sage accounts or ACT to a new machine or a new OS.

A lot of folks don't.

But they dont think about it until it happens. And in my experience very few still use the cloud in the small business arena. in fact many have just discovered USB sticks.

It maybe 2013 in your tech warren but for the average person it's still 2005.

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The biggest problem?

All those lapsed copies of McAfee and Norton that folks haven't paid for or upgraded since they bought the laptop/PC 4 years ago.

"Well yes I think it has anti-virus!"

I love the fact that shop bought Windows 8 machines still have useless trial installs of McAfee on them which knocks out the perfectly good Windows Defender.

Still not helping guys!

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Re: Are we confusing cause and effect?

Very obvious indeed but a amazed how many choose to ignore it.

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I know a MS Reseller.....

...near me who can do MS Reseller Windows 7 Pro Licenses for not a great deal plus a decent dual core 2008 spec Dell Lattitude PC for about £70 to run it on.

I am constantly amazed by the number of small businesses that when I go visit to look at their IT setup, state they cant afford any new IT, too expensive, they only bought it all 2 years ago (read 6), scrimping and saving, worlds smallest violin etc.

Yet I walk past the big house, the M3 in the drive and the new leather sofa being delivered. Or they are an IFA!

If you cannot afford a few hundred quid for new IT from your business contingency budget then..well...what are you doing running a business?

Oh and quit running your business whilst owning only one laptop! Amazed how so many do not have a backup laptop or desktop system to run on.

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So many 'cyberspying hackers' about... and most of you are garbage

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Would I be right in thinking....

...some of the basic ground rules for hacking these days would be -

Don't do it from your own home.

Don't do it on a machine you use for anything but hacking.

Don't use your own credit card...

Don't let them know you've been.

Don't keep going back.

Don't leave sarcastic/nasty comments behind that just make you sound like a vindictive d*ck to a jury.

I just see so many cases on the news that don't appear to have thought through what and how they are doing it.

Best rule is probably not bother in the first place.

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HP fires sue-ray at makers of Blu-Ray

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I have yet to buy a Blu-ray.....

.....let alone burn one.

The tech has passed me by really.

Or should I say I passed it by. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

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Re: I guess the issue is.....

And then in the real world......

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I guess the issue is.....

...how do you make money selling and renting IPV6 addresses when there are so many compared to IPV4....

Cash cow lost.

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I just put my router on a timer switch that turns it off from 3am to 7am and it changes the IP address every day that way. Might cause more disruption for someone else. Not that I believe for one moment the NSA or the like have been anywhere near me or even remotely interested.

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Phantom Flan flinger: The story of the Elan Enterprise 128

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Re: Atari ST

Yeah the ST and the Amiga were really exciting machines.

Except my dad came home with a Apple Mac 512k with extra external floppy.

Grrrrrrrrr not quite so fun. All of a sudden I was the 16bit equivalent of the lonely kid with the BBC B. (as in no one else had one)

I may add that it was my first and last Apple PC. It's still in the loft back home.

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Well remember that today 97% of the worlds 'wealth' is debt.

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Re: Cheap keyboards

Yes folks tend to forget that stuff was bloody expensive back then.

Even in 1995 a 4x CD burner cost £1864.00!

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I remember seeing these.....

....and thinking.."well it's lovely looking and I love the spec but...it's a bit late isn't it?"

By then if you didn't have a Spectrum or a C64 it was game over. Didn't matter if the spec was twice as good.

It was all down to the budget your parents were prepared to spend/paper round savings and how many other mates you could borrow/swap games with.

However, the effort was appreciated.

"If ahhh cud turn back timmeeeeeeeeeeee!"

And one thing in that article made me smile. I remember around the turn of the century one of the phrases much shouted round the office was -

"Has anyone got a Madge card cable? I've lost mine!"

There must be that secret place somewhere full of lost socks and Madge card cables....

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Just HALF of 10m iPhone, Android BlackBerry BBM app downloads activated

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Re: Installed and Dumped

Goodness how very 'third world'!"

Never been charged extra for texting to and from abroad.

Maybe a better choice of contract might help?

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Re: Installed and Dumped

I have to say lack of credit aside, running SMS on a modern Smartphone is excellent.

Why use anything else really, it does the job perfectly.

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Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco

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Ahh this is always funny when that happens.

I remember it happening at my firm (about 15000 staff) loads of people going "Please stop!!!" and not getting the fact that they were not helping.

Then the wags started going "I'm off out for coffee anyone want anything?"

That was a fun morning.

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

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Re: Resale value

The problem with iTunes is that it's a crappy music database that's been pushed to do ten times more than it was originally intended.

Like taking a simple two slice toaster and trying to turn it into a full blown multi-function Magnet Kitchen.

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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Just completed another 8.1 upgrade.

2006 spec Toshiba Tecra M7 slate laptop. 2Ghz CPU, 4GB ram and 64GB Samsung SSD.

From clicking 'Download' to reaching the new desktop took 59 minutes.

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Yep done it on three PCs now and all took less than an hour.

Simple.

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

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Re: So what AV's *do* detect it?

This is the big rub with AV software. They are always 24 hours behind. The code for the malware it re written and tweaked daily almost hourly and then released in the wild.

The AV companies make it easier as they allow 30 day trials of their software to test against.

I have seen every type of mainstream AV beaten. I tell my customers getting a virus is like getting a cracked windscreen. You can go years without one and then get two in as many weeks.

I do recommend adding EMET 4.0 as a bolster to your security. It's designed to enforce all the memory protection techniques to prevent zero day stuff. Really only works with Vista and above.

If you run modern software you shouldn't have a problem.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2013/06/17/emet-4-0-now-available-for-download.aspx

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/06/windows-security-101-emet-4-0/

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Re: Nasty evil thing

I've found its dead simple to remove. It doesn't really hide itself all that much because...it doesn't have to. The damage is done.

Combofix cleaned it up pretty quick. Worth checking out. Further scans with two other products found nothing more. Okay so the docs are hosed but that's too bad.

However, I'm sure it will mutate.

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