* Posts by jason 7

2567 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Western Digital's hard drive encryption is useless. Totally useless

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Re: Good enough for government work

Spot on!

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Re: "Totally useless" ?

Some people really do go over the top when it comes to encryption. Plus why do most here think they are special enough to warrant in depth attention from the NSA.

I would bet you don't.

Yes this product is flawed but how will it stack up in 99.9% of the cases it would need encryption.

i.e. will it stop Mum/Wife/Girlfriend/Guy who finds it on the seat of the train from looking at it, there fore avoid embarrassing episode?

I'd say so.

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Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

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Get a proper man kettle!

One that sits on a gas hob.

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

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I know your game! Mr Lapdance club!

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Reg reader escapes four-month lightning-struck Windows Vista farm nightmare

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Re: Winning formula

The downside of that is the more employees, the more your actual efforts are diluted in the real world.

You just become a smaller and smaller and ever replaceable cog in the machine.

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This stuff goes on all the while.

I sometimes look after a large taxi firm. It makes a small fortune for the owner but any IT has to be begged or borrowed. If it costs more than £40 on Ebay forget it. Their whole taxi booking and accounts system resides on one old XP PC that has no backup or copies of any of the software. They wont buy new software, I've given up explaining that you just cant copy and past software from 2000 over to a new PC from 2015 (well you can if you get lucky or have major patience) and they wont even let me have the machine for an hour to at least clone the HDD so we have a copy. I also work for a taxi firm across the road that has invested tens of thousands in IT and it's a different world. They are also slowly taking over the other taxi firms. I pray it wont be long...

Seen company bosses that boast to me that they just invested £250000 in new van fleets but when I ask for £600 to replace the 10 year old PC they all manage it from...oh no, can't do that.

In these cases I just write up a simple "This is what's going to happen if you don't..." report and post it to the boss and the next two or three down.

Then I simply sit back and wait for the desperate call and that £600 PC suddenly costs £1200...

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I have one thing to say to MacBook users at EMC: Whoops

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Re: EMC guys who transitioned away from using Dell laptops to various MacBooks

"Ironically Apple released some new iMacs today."

Yes and they are just as dull and boring as the previous 5+ iterations. How much effort Apple?

Lazy! You'd think Apple doesn't care about Macs...

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Twitter reduces BBC hacks to tears with redundancy notice

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I just love the faux sincerity and concern...

...these announcements take.

I remember at one corporation I worked at there was a exec meeting to make 80 staff redundant. I was expecting a load of hand wringing, heated discussion and sadness.

All they did was look down the list of branches and the staff numbers.

"Ahhh look Preston office has 78 staff! Sorted!"

That was it. Took maybe 20 seconds to change 78 peoples lives and then onto the next item on the agenda.

No consideration of the work they did there (some offices did specialist schemes and work). Just that the number fitted the closest.

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Playboy drops the butt-naked ladies

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Re: I think it's a good move

"nudity outdated"

I know what they mean. It's like when a current TV show or a mainstream movie puts a 'gratuitous sex scene' in the middle. You are just sat there thinking, "Why are you bothering with this??"

Hit the FFWD button.

It was welcome back in the 70's, 80's and 90's (thank you Helen Mirren and Jenny Agutter) but now, it just ruins the pace of the movie/show.

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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Nice current topics...

and a great chap! Rather hear him talk about Project Orion...

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TRANSISTOR-GATE-GATE: Apple admits some iPhone 6Ses crappier than others

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Re: I don't think the vast majority of people would even notice

Yes but the thing is...we weren't having to do the charger shuffle all day with our non Apple phones. It was a constant source of amusement for the week.

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Re: I don't think the vast majority of people would even notice

We were staying with some friends at a large holiday cottage and another family they knew were staying too. They were a family of 5. All of them had iPhones. All they seemed to do was spend their time going "Where's my/your phone charger?? I need to charge my phone!!" Just never stopped.

Seems owning an iPhone is a stressful endeavour.

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Hyundai i30 Turbo: Softly, softly, catchee Audi

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Re: No

I switched back to good old steel rims. The freedom and carefree attitude you get far out-weighs the style downside. Alloy wheel phobia is a distant memory for me.

Kerbs? Bring em on!

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Re: I own a i10.

Yes the gear shift indicator is very annoying. As is the central locking only working for all doors from the drivers side (apparently an upgrade is available). But other than that, a good car for the money.

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I own a i10.

I live in a city centre and a 1.2L with 85HP and £20 Road tax does very nicely. Cruises on the motorway just fine and doesn't feel like a small car once inside. Chose it over several other more 'mature' brands.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Re: What a meltdown.

It all depends on who you read. One side hysterically claims a million people died as a result of Chernobyl. If you read the WHO/UN reports it's a double figures result.

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Re: If animals can tolerate constant small doses of radiation

We just need to give the Rhino some gene therapy that makes their horn highly poisonous to humans.

Problem solved.

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This reminds me of one of the great legacies of the Vietnam war.

Since so many bombs and explosives were dropped across most of the jungles many areas are total no go zones for humans. In other such countries most jungle would have been cleared cheaply for cattle or other crops, clearing an acre of land there costs a small fortune.

If you really want to save the forests and jungles from humans for a set period, scatter them with millions of anti-personnel mines with a set shelf life.

Could do similar with protecting fish stocks...

I can see it actually coming to that.

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Apollo 15 commander's lunar timepiece goes under the hammer

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Two light sources? The sun and light reflecting off the earth?

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Always wanted a Omega Moon Watch too.

Just couldn't afford the £3700+.

So I settled on a Seiko SSB031. Closest I could get. Very happy with it.

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'One Windows' crunch time: Microsoft tempts with glittery new devices

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It's not Windows that's the problem. It's the crappy bargain basement bloatware filled £250 Acer its installed on that's the problem.

MS is now finally addressing this. I await the toys thrown from the pram from the likes of Acer/Toshiba/Fujitsu etc.

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Happy

Erm actually my 2006 MK1 Zune is still going strong. Forget the bad name and the failed ecosystem, good hardware keeps going.

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AdBlock blocker biz bought

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Having all these blockers and privacy add ons installed in my Firefox...

...has meant a lot of -

"Oh FFS, let's just load up my bare copy of Chrome and look at it/buy it there!"

Privacy Badger seems the worst for just making sites flat out refuse to work.

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Here are the God-mode holes that gave TrueCrypt audit the slip

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Re: People still use Truecrypt and friends?

That's the main reason I stopped using Truecrypt for full disk encryption in that it can no longer support modern PC hardware in certain setups. I think that maybe had more to do with it being dropped by it's developer. Just not worth the hassle.

I still use it for containers though.

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Re: Pfft

Indeed I always say to my customers that wring their hands over encryption -

"Look do you have any data that a man in a tactileneck and night-vision goggles will slide silently down on a wire from a skylight to get his hands on?"

So far the answer has always been "Erm no!"

As mentioned encryption for most is just to stop the opportunist having a gander and avoiding legal/media embarrassment.

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Mobile first? Microsoft decides to kneecap its Android users instead

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I have to say...

the previous Outlook.com Android app was superb. It worked really well and looked great in a nice clean simplistic fresh style. It had reached a mature usable format that most people liked.

That apparently is a BAD thing (to hipsters maybe???).

So we now have the new app that...well...doesn't work as well and looks a bit messy. My usage of my account on there has dropped. Notifications seem hit and miss too.

They had a Stradivarius of an app and replaced it with a kazoo.

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Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

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Please can we keep the accolades coming...

...for as many of these great people as we can please.

As it does appear to be one of the greatest team efforts (even if many of them didn't know the whole game the others were playing) ever.

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If you got Netflix for Miss Marple, you're out of luck (and a bit odd)

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Two things I'd like.

As mentioned it would be nice if Netflix and Prime had a on screen indicator of 'shelf life' for a title.

I find it frustrating that as a FireTV user I don't get that 'soon to leave' info on my Fire TV and I have to look up a separate website for it, same for netflix.

Man I was so annoyed when Frasier went over to paid on Prime, just as I reached the end of Season 3.

Also I'd love to be able to switch off all the non Prime stuff on Prime. I don't rent or buy on-line movies, so only want to see the 'all I can eat' stuff.

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Re: Elysium

I watched Elysium and then knew why the conservative media were so against it, as it outlined the 1%'s ultimate plan.

Leave the rest of us behind to scrabble around in the dirt.

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NOxious Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal: Chief falls on sword

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Re: Win Win

Ah I was right! A $67 million pound retirement to be precise!

http://consumerist.com/2015/09/24/ousted-volkswagen-ceo-might-still-get-67m-payday-plus-company-car/

Such harsh punishment.

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Re: Win Win

He's 68 so I'm pretty sure him 'leaving' was fully discussed as a media strategy, well arranged and compensated.

Enjoy your retirement! (rolls eyes)

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

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Re: Not available

Yeah performance is somewhat 20th century standard for Open/Libre. Even on SDD all my other software opens virtually instantly but good ol' Libre just chugs along and opens in it's own sweet time.

Takes me back...

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Re: Easier to use

"For context, I use Excel 2010 on a daily basis and I _HATE_ its ribbon interface. Even now after years of using it, I still have to hunt around to find several quite basic functions!

(You'd think I'd have learned the keyboard shortcuts by now wouldn't you...may this also says something about the rubbish interface)"

I think it says quite a bit about you too.

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Re: Not available

Yeah with Open/Libre Office, I can open up Word at the same time, type up a book in Word, send it off for proof reading and editing, have some marketing meetings, get the book published, in the shops and then the bargain bin before Writer has even opened.

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Total War: Warhammer, Blood Bowl and other Games Workshop table-to-screen delights

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Was more a Dark Future...

...kind of guy.

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: Sorry el-reg

I know a few sites I frequent have an annual donation drive to stay ad free. I'm always happy to chip in $20 on paypal a year to keep it that way.

We had a bit of a barney on HowToGeek about this a few weeks ago.

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

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I would have thought...

...the mortgage would have been paid off by now?

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Arctic summer ice cover is 31st HIGHEST EVER RECORDED

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Re: Data

Nice graphs?

How about some pictures of chemical filled lakes full of dead fish? Albatross young choking on plastic? People choking on smog? Land where nothing can grow? Chemical factories that should have been shut down 40 years ago? The list goes on of stuff we could be dealing with now that everyone can see is real and harming them.

Why not concentrate on stuff that exists in our backyard and in cleaning that up we might just tackle as a side the stuff that may or may not cause global warming.

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Hey how about...

...actually getting off our collective arses and cleaning up some actual pollution instead of sitting around at plush, all expenses paid conferences, arguing over climate prediction models and spreadsheets?

You'd think people were making a lot of money out of climate change...

Climate Change - Making it look like you are helping to protect the planet without actually having to do anything.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

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Re: Labour... now unelectable

"From what I can tell environmentalists don't like the following forms of power:

Fossil fuels. Nuclear fuels. Wave power. Wind turbines. Water power from reservoir/dam systems."

I've seen that question asked of environmentalists on the TV many times.

It always goes very quiet and the interview ends.

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Re: Labour... now unelectable

Well carry on pumping out the thousand of tons of CO2 everyday then.

It doesn't matter though as nuclear will be the future anyway. It will have to happen so just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Renewables are not going to power the lifestyles of the 9-10-11-12 billion to come very shortly.

Nuclear is the way forward. Unless you want to tell all those to come in the developing world personally they can't live like we do?

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Re: Labour... now unelectable

Wave/Tidal power...would be great, as an Island nation we have quite a few waves and tides and they are regular. However, when you try to go install them in the places they would operate at their best you get opposition...from the environmentalists.

"Oh cant go there...site of special scientific interest/breeding ground/fragile eco-system etc. etc.

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Re: Labour... now unelectable

@TheVogon

Actually look it up. Another big misconception.

It's not nearly as much as you think and in modern reactors most of the spent fuel can be used again...and again.

A few tons of waste stuck deep down a hole is a better legacy than an atmosphere filled with carbon pollutants and the millions of tons of waste non-nuclear power stations produce.

Nuclear waste is tiny almost negligible compared to other ways.

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Re: Labour... now unelectable

Another big problem for the NHS is the fact that...

...in most cases the Doctors are now terrified to make a conclusive diagnosis.

Unless your condition can be 100% verified they will not make a diagnosis and will just hedge their bets with a range of treatments that 'might work'. So what happens is you get treated for half a dozen things seeing half a dozen other specialists at six times the cost and time. Then after all that it's taken so long that your condition changes to something worse that costs all the more to treat.

My other half has experienced this and has even told her doctor "Look let me sign a bloody legal waiver saying I won't sue you if you'll properly diagnose me!"

They won't. Like many in this position we'll end up going private and pay for it all again but it will get diagnosed within 5 minutes and treated properly like it should have been done under the NHS in the first place.

For many the NHS is just a huge waste of time and life. Not fit for purpose unless you need a organ transplant or possibly cancer treatments.

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Re: Labour... now unelectable

I don't think it's coming from the right.

I think it's coming from folks like me (in actual fact the majority) who sit in the dead centre and are just fed up with the constant left right swing of politics.

In a modern world, most political ideas and concepts are redundant. We don't need a bunch of people who just look after one end of the social spectrum. We need to look after everyone. Why? Because its the folks in the middle who get ignored who pay for it all.

All we folks in the middle want is some calm, focused people who have a modicum of economic, managerial and social skills to be able to make a more efficiently run country that hopefully benefits everyone rather than just lurching from one end to the other every 5 years or so.

Basically we just want a sensible 50 year plan for Britain's future and just get totally turned off by pathetic out of date party politics. It's childish and as a nation we deserve better.

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Re: Labour... now unelectable

The problem with the NHS is we have 50% of the staff that want to do a good job and fix people ASAP. The other half unfortunately are lazy, incompetent and just waste people's time, health and money.

Don't get me started on the daft energy policies that have been worked out due to the public's fears and ignorance.

If you want to be truly Green then Nuclear is the only way to go. Nuclear is fine as long as you apply two main rules.

1. Don't use old plants past their sell by date.

2. Don't use old plants past their sell by date in a major earthquake zone.

"Oh we'll go 100% solar and wind!" Okay what happens at 7.30pm on a still Xmas night when everyone wants to watch the Eastenders Xmas special?

For every renewable energy source, you need to have either coal/oil/gas/nuclear backing it up when it's not working.

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Re: Nine years

They will have spent it all by then.

Pensions won't exist in a few years. The figures don't add up.

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World finally ready for USB-bootable OS/2

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Hmmm no real fond memories

We had a business system that we used back in the mid 90's running OS2.

The system ran using huge Compaq 22" CRT monitors that defaulted to flickery 60Hz and induced migraines to many. The tech department at the time didn't get that stuff.

As I was the 'guy with a PC at home" I was asked to try to sort it out. I dug around and found the 75Hz setting. Odd to find Windows 3.1 tucked away inside. Anyway super! Problem solved...for a couple of weeks and then the monitors started failing like crazy as they couldn't maintain 75Hz at the high res required for a document scanning system.

We were losing 2-3 a week. Ah well.

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Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

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Re: Absolutely brilliant, except the screen size

But its boring and everyone has one.

No one is impressed by an iPhone.

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Witness Apple's iPhone-iPad extravapalooza here in our no-hate zone

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You can really tell someone...

...has lost their mojo.

Just interesting to see how long the loyal press and fans can keep the hype going.

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