* Posts by Anthony 13

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

Anthony 13

Is there a legal advantage to your neighbour ...

... using your WiFi* i.e. an IP address is not a person! Should we all in fact be running open guest networks with the bandwidth locked right down?

This is not advice, merely an observation ... I take no responsibility for any negative repercussions...

* To be a pedant, this article (despite its headline) is really about router security not WiFi.

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

Anthony 13
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And how many "pay wave" style plastic cards ...

... are there that have been distributed and never 'waved'? Half the time I try to use one of those, the vendor has a machine but it isn't enabled! If a plastic card rarely works, who is going to bother trying with their phones?

So I can understand why you are are picking on NFC, but I'm not quite so sure why you using Apple as an example - I would have thought a 10% adoption rate for something relatively newfangled would actually be considered a reasonable success. And that % must be higher if you take into account regions where Apple Pay is not an option...

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

Anthony 13
Stop

Re: Simples...

Yes to cash, not so sure about that pre-pay card - I believe hotels typically pre-block* a chunk of money on the card - and if it is pre-paid card that's your cash they've theoretically got their hands on! Case in point, friend was recently travelling with a pre-paid card with relevant foreign currency on it - went to a swish hotel and they kept that block on the card long after he had checked out...he was then forced to use a card with a much less favourable exchange rate for everything else.

* I'm sure there is a correct technical term for this!

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Shove over, 2FA: Authentication upstart pushes quirky login tech

Anthony 13

Sounds like ...

... they are trying to transfer technology from the realm of fraud detection. Not sure you would want to use that for authentication though.

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I am POLICE SERGEANT L. TORVALDS! Stop or I'll SHOOT

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Crikey, that show was boring...

You know a show is bad when you only watch the first and last episodes and you don't feel like you missed out on anything in the middle*.

Pretty good production values from the ABC though (typical IT BS aside).

Edit: * Except this LT in-joke of course (and apparently Lucy Lawless!"). Still not worth watching the whole thing though!!!

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

Anthony 13

How do you ever know???? My WHS (Server 2008 R2) bricked itself too - I saw it was waiting for an update - BOOM - wouldn't boot the next day... oh crap. Coincidence? I don't know - I'm too incompetent to work it out - I guess it serves me right for keep putting off the backup of the OS drive...

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

Anthony 13

Re: A troll is...

I thought you were going to say: A troll is ... the Daily Mail.

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Brandis: NO LIMIT to ASIO network taps

Anthony 13

Re: Got Nuthin' To Hide, Eh?

From The Shovel today: http://www.theshovel.com.au/2014/09/24/asio-to-watch-while-you-have-sex/

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

Anthony 13

And the CEO and board didn't see it coming...

... double bonuses all 'round!

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

Anthony 13
Joke

Re: Got a letter on Monday

That identify theft thing is a bitch, ain't it!

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

Anthony 13

I often thought their business suggestions were odd to say the least, but thought that this was a feature for the US market where they might make a bit more effort with their data - nice to know there is clearly no point sending corrections in...

I have noticed and reported a couple of application issues - never hear back, but they have got them fixed over time:

- no tube station showing up at Liverpool St.

- the negative 0 latitude longitude bug in some versions (i.e. entering -0.02 would take you 0.02 degrees East of Greenwich)

- auto-suggest comes up with a station icon, but when picked is often some distance from the station

If I have spotted these, I can only imagine there must be heaps of other bugs across all the different versions, let alone the mapping data itself ...

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

Anthony 13

Re: Not my GMail password

Yes they have checked - via Ars - http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/cleaning-up-after-password-dumps.html

"We found that less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked, and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts. We’ve protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords."

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

Anthony 13

How do these thing save money?

Serious question, how will these things save anybody any money? They consume energy themselves, so if anything, my bill would microscopically go up. If you want to save money, don't use electricity/gas, right?

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

Anthony 13

It's ASIC ...

... I suspect it is ... fraud! dodgy financial products! and illegal tax avoidance! why won't someone think of the bankers?!??!?

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Anthony 13
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

"And even if there really isn't anything suitable, paying someone to write software, or tweak existing software would be far cheaper than paying for MS licenses, and the hardware upgrades the monster would require."

That is one of the funniest things I have ever heard!!! Jamie, I can only assume you are a software developer with self interest at heart?

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: let me guess...

I agree Pavlov - as a white middle aged male (thankfully not too old yet) - I am sick of it too. Sadly, I don't have answers on how to fix it though - all I know is it will take a long time. As you say, affirmative action may not be ideal, but at least it's something.

To be fair to others (and I don't think you deny this), "the best person for the job" is not a bad ideal - but there needs to be a realisation from people that although you didn't get hired "because you were a white guy", you were probably picked from a bunch of white guys because most non-white non-guys never got the same opportunities / treatment over the long haul. I suspect that may not be a popular view here, however...

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

Anthony 13

A bit of transparency would be good...

... surely the carriers / MVNOs could be forced to be a bit more open about what the agreements are - the consumers should know what they are getting - do they sit in a 'tier' on the network and what tier it is. Then the consumer can make the decision as to whether we want to pay to be in 'higher' tiers - be it PAYG or contract, home carrier or MVNO.

There are clearly people stating tiers don't exist, but all I can say from my own personal experience with O2 PAYG (my usage being light data - browsing, etc.) - in the same locations: O2 was OK, giffgaff was consistently poor (almost unusable) and Tesco has been OK as well. Others will no doubt say the opposite, but the networks should tell us what is going on.

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Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

Anthony 13

Re: What is Hachette contributing?

And what exactly is Amazon contributing for its 30%??? Nothing to assist in the creative (or marketing) process, I suspect...

* And yes, the same can be said of the other digital players.

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

Anthony 13

Re: Abbott is a complete and utter incompetent

"Within a single day of the prime minister, Tony Abbott, taking to the microphone ..."

Let's face it, you can finish this sentence in any fanciful way you like and it wouldn't be surprising...

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

Anthony 13
Coat

Re: Bays

Open the drive bay doors, HAL.

Dave, I know you are planning to insert more drives - I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.

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'I'm for free speech!' brave Boris bellows, bewildered by 'right to be forgotten' bluster

Anthony 13

Ummm ... read the article?

"Such a refusal would simply force the complainant to take their gripe to their national data protection authority – such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the UK – and any decision taken at that level can be fought over in the courts."

I.E. Assuming Google refused the ICO request, ultimately a court could order the information be removed. Without the law, you could never get that far ...

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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@Old Handle

Thanks - yes, I was thinking it might be a hashing issue - though if encrypted and then hashed it must protect those simple passwords some more. I guess my own feeling is that a somewhat complex string of memorable words is still a safer bet for most people than storing a bunch of super duper complex forgettable passwords - but I am (clearly) no expert.

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Anthony 13
Windows

Someone please enlighten me...

... what exactly does a 'strong' password (as defined here) protect you from? This is a serious question - I just don't understand this "password long, symbols, numbers not a word" mantra. It just forces the user to write things down, store it elsewhere, reset it all of the time, etc.

- If the password isn't encrypted, it doesn't matter how complex it is.

- If the password is able to be decrypted, it doesn't matter how complex it is.

- If your encryption model depends on 'everyone' having an equally strong password - good luck with that - it won't matter how complex yours is.

- If there is a key logger (video camera, machine compromised, whatever), it doesn't matter how complex it is.

- If you are successfully phished, it doesn't matter how complex it is.

- If you are re-using a compromised password, it doesn't matter how complex it is.

- If someone is attempting a dictionary attack on your account, the security model 'should' stop the attack well before it can 'guess' the password, so it 'shouldn't' matter how complex it is.

- Further to this, if someone is simply guessing your password, the above should also kick in - the 'obvious' password examples given aren't anymore obvious than a thousand other things...

What am I missing?

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

Anthony 13
Joke

Re: Pono Player

People in duty free - 2 for the price of 3?

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

Anthony 13
Happy

Re: Please checked your facts

1. 'spent' not 'spendt'.

'Please checked your facts'? Hmmm, it's not 'Graudian' either...have you got some meta-irony thing going here?

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Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

Anthony 13
Coat

Why no naked broadband in the UK?

Not that it would make these providers any less slimy...

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

Anthony 13

Re: Home server/NAS

WHS has always been (still is) available as an OEM license, which an individual (system re-purposer) can use .... as the OEM you have to support yourself though. I suspect most people inclined to build their own server are more likely to run Linux.

The one advantage WHS does (did) have is the built-in backup and bare metal restore for Windows clients. It seems crazy, but I haven't seen anything really equivalent on a NAS device or Linux platform - unless anyone else has?

The other advantage it has for me - the machine makes a great PVR and HTPC (Media Portal) client. NAS and Linux do offer options in this area though.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

Anthony 13
Unhappy

Re: "iPhones, iPads, Android gear and Windows Phone"

You got that right - lucky I read this, at least now I'll know why my Skype phone won't be working when I try to call friends and family come Christmas time. It's a shame - it was handy to have one 'normal' phone that could do both POTS and Skype.

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File-sharing mom begs US Supremes to void bloated RIAA fine

Anthony 13

Re: To be fair ...

... she spurned the opportunity of a $25k settlement. Not sure how much lower everyone expects this to go...

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iPhone plunges 13,500 ft from skydiver's pocket - and lives

Anthony 13
Facepalm

Well I can confirm...

... an uncased iPhone does NOT survive a 25 story drop down an elevator shaft ... I should have had me one of those cases it seems.

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ABC vs Sky News for $220m deal to beam Oz TV into Asia

Anthony 13

Controversy?

Surely some context would be useful here for the non-Ossies? Ongoing leadership bunfight between Gillard and Rudd in the labor party; Opposition attempting to capitalise. I don't know if I would consider these lame political games controversial.

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Top execs fly from Alibaba after supplier frauds

Anthony 13

Wrong demographic?

Don't worry, you are in the El Reg demographic i.e. People who insist on posting about things they know nothing about.. But you did do it without personal abuse ... So maybe you don't really belong ...

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Employer settles with Facebooker who called boss 'dick'

Anthony 13

Why is everyone saying "in public" ...

... If it is on Facebook? You can argue the privacy being the Internet and all, but surely one has the right to say what one thinks to one's 'friends'?

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WTF is... DLNA?

Anthony 13

Huh, my DLNA worked without UPnP ...

... well ... at least until I got to Hong Kong ... now it just kinda works.

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Hefty physicist: Global warming is 'pseudoscientific fraud'

Anthony 13
Dead Vulture

So much hypocrocy, so little time ...

So this guy apparantly can't argue against climate change; yet an IT web site constantly bombarding us with anti-climate change articles should be considered enlightened? Interesting ...

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Brighton NIMBYs complain over BT broadband upgrades

Anthony 13

Phone jibe bad ...

... but generally I agree as well.

People need to make some sacrifices, but let's face it - most companies will not make any effort at all if they don't have to, and it saves them a fiver. A good analogy would be sky dishes - in many cases they could be more discreetly installed with a bit of effort, but do you think the sky installer is interested in that ...

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Antarctic glacier melt maybe 'not due to climate change'

Anthony 13
Dead Vulture

Shame there isn't a double fail icon ...

The OP was talking about New Scienctist and Nature, not the BBC. And although one could argue these are not the most hardcore scientific journals they are a damn site more scientific than "El Reg", whose predertimined bias is clear for anyone to see. Strangely you don't even realise that in your analogy the El Reg editorial policy is equivalent to only letting the homeopathy guy, flat earth guy and Nick Griffin speak.

And I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I read so much "pseudo-science" baloney from posters who have absolutely no background in the area (or any scientific area it appears); yet are still determined to prove climate change is all untrue with some stupid analagy (tidal wave guy I'm looking at you). Kudus to the people who do try to argue clearly and succinctly, but you are fighting a battle that has already been lost.

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Aussies rage at 'strings attached' iPad sales

Anthony 13
FAIL

Huh? As the article says ...

... it is against Australian Consumer law to do what they did i.e. force the customer into buying a bundle of products. Perhaps people are prepared to pay "too much" for a supposed lifestyle product - but they weren't complaining about that, they were complaining about having to buy the superflous crap. Overall this has absolutely nothing to do with the supply and demand price argument you are babbling about.

Finally, I should note, JB Hi-Fi are not really comparable to Currys or Dixons - they are mostly noted for selling a vast variety of CDs at relatively cheap prices. At some point they moved into the stack-em-high mid-range AV electricals market. I have always thought their numbers just didn't add up, but somehow they just keep growing - perhaps it just shows how much people have been paying over the odds for music (and AV) all this time (and how limited Internet shopping in Australia is - if you are curious as to why; think about the cost of delivery ...).

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TwitPic-nicking Mail nicked

Anthony 13
Flame

Totally agree with the general vibe from the commentards here ...

... but my question is are these all the same commentards who also comment bitterly about not being able to thieve - I mean torrent - movies and music with impunity? If not, where are they ... surely they should be arguing how this should be fine fine fine?

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Statistics prof nails Blackpool hoopla scam

Anthony 13
FAIL

wtf ... wtf ...

Where is the el reg worst analogy icon? I think you might find people playing those sports are still getting being paid (quite handsomly) without having to sink half court shots, hit field goals etc. etc. Of course that might all change if they are getting the chance to win stuffed dinosaur ... now that's something I'd like to see!

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Seagate to announce SSD-threatening hybrid drive

Anthony 13

Real World Performance?

A synthetic showing "close" performance to an SSD? Did the testing involve allowing the drive to optimise for a particular test? What would performance be like after a few months of use and a user who randomly uses quite a few applications ... what is the performance in this situation?

Hey, I really hope they work as well as they say they do, but just not sure this proves they do (4gb is pretty small). At the moment the suggestion to have an SSD program drive and a HD data drive sounds the ticket, but that is still a very expensive option for the desktop.

@Kebabbert - ZFS is relatively dead isn't it, particularly on the desktop? Mac - nope. Windows - nope. Linux - nope.

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Fake joke worm wriggles through Facebook

Anthony 13

Now it WOULD be funny ...

... if a Malware/Virus/Worm/* writer could write the bad stuff AND write a funny joke!

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Sheffield hospitals pay thousands for dodgy software

Anthony 13
WTF?

Re: False Dichotomy

Yes he missed the point about neither being Open Source, but so have many previous posters.

And leaving aside this particular example of paying for a terminal emulator, surely the issue is that vertical / bespoke / custom software is never going to be written or supported by Open Source communities. The best "the zealot" can hope for is that such software will be developed on an Open Source *platform*.

Where does this mad assumption that FOSS exists for every SW need come from? Do they not realise that business requirements for SW extend beyound Office (and terminal emulators)? I really am fascinated as to how people (like the first poster) come to these conclusions ...

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Website shares user credit cards with world+dog

Anthony 13
Joke

Ingredient names have been changed...

... to protect the innocent!

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How a Tory gov will be the most tech-savvy in history

Anthony 13
Joke

Foul my ballot?

But what if I don't have a dog to take in with me; could get scratchy ...

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BBC confirms death of 6Music, slashes online budget by a quarter

Anthony 13
FAIL

Yeah but when ...

... are people listenting to the radio? Am I only allowed to listen between certain hours now? You can't tell me you listen to BBC1 in the morning and don't feel sick?

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Anthony 13

but...

... it is still shite. not as unbearable as bbc1, but nearly.

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Aussie ISP beats Hollywood on 'copyright' rap

Anthony 13

Interesting Point

As stated in the article "The judge accepted there was widespread copying of their films, not just in Australia but worldwide, but the studios feeling that "something must be done" was not enough to find iiNet guilty."

You pray you are wrong; however, "something" DOES have to be done. Despite the mealy mouthed excuses of the whining freetard regtard's you see comment here - it is "theft" (moral term, not a legal one) and the idea of everyone getting all their content for free is unsustainable.

It is what that "something" will be that is the interesting question. Ultimately some legal changes are inevitable, as even if the distribution methods are changed to be more "consumer friendly" the totally free torrent option will still be there as well ... i.e. the problem of getting cash for content will remain.

Just my opinion ...

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SF's rogue admin finally gets day in court

Anthony 13
WTF?

Sadly?

If they can't make a convincing argument how the hell is a jury supposed to know who was right? Are you supposed to be able to make a totally unconvincing argument and still win?

Based purely on the information provided in this article, my assumption is that he is indeed guilty (sounds like his lawyers are clearly using a BS line), whereas others here seem to think the guy should be knighted. Odd that ... maybe one actually needs to leave one's prejudices at the door and hear all these arguments (i.e. be on the jury) to make a real decision.

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Should you lose your religion on your CV?

Anthony 13
Gates Halo

And because ...

... someone says they are christian, muslim, etc. etc. it means they all actually believe it?

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