* Posts by Dan 55

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MS: Latest Windows 10 build has 'no significant known issues'

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"For the 1st time this is a build of Windows 10 with which you might be able to get your work done"

No, it's still uploading your keystrokes.

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Brussels pops a CAP – and net neutrality – into mobe roaming charges

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Re: Still not cheap

Oops. My bad. Icon for me.

In order to get this Net Neutrality has been thrown under a bus so I can still leave my anti-EU rant in though.

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Re: Still not cheap

Very competitive for PAYG though, it's several times cheaper.

Which means telcos will enforce a residency test for PAYG so you can't just get a SIM the next time you're on holiday and take it back home.

Hurray for the law of unintended consequences.

Perhaps the EU should have said roaming charges should be no more than x% of home charges, but they were never really bothered about the practical effects their laws have on day-to-day life (see Greece etc).

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Redmond Uber-alles: 100 Bing staffers driven to dial-a-car developer

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For which we should be thankful

I couldn't think of a worse new owner for Here than Uber. Now Uber won't be buying Here.

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China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

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Need moar reviews

It's nice to have dual SIM but with this phone you sacrifice your SD card when you go abroad.

Perhaps it might be a good idea to review phones by European-based rebranders like bq and Wiko. They don't add much to Android itself but they do throw in a lot of features for the price, including proper dual SIM.

Also El Reg still hasn't managed to review the Jolla phone.

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Google IS listening: Binary blob banished from Chromium build

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Re: typo city

So the kernel module in Chrome talks to the edge microphone driver?

That might be true of a ChromeOS laptop (until you install Mint) but hopefully nothing else under the sun.

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Re: typo city

Well the binary blog has gone (was it .doc format?) but if Chrome/Chromium ever installed kernel modules that'd be a high-profile story in the general newspapers .

Quality's slipping at El Rag.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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Re: @Dan 55, re Lenovo.

So I get my new Thinkpad, open it up, swap drives, download and install Windows 10 from that online store which waves the pirate flag making sure I don't install a compromised version because Microsoft doesn't offer .isos if it's an OEM version, then find and install the drivers?

Life's too short for that. Just give me a damn computer which works and I can be sure that it's not got scumware on it. A default Lenovo install can't offer that. A Signature Edition can.

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Have we forgotten it's Levohno?

No Signature Edition, no sale.

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

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Can't we just employ the best people for the job and come down like a tonne of bricks on those people we do employ who can't work alongside other kinds of people who we also employ? It would seem like the best way of going about things.

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Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops

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I've never seen a company where is so obvious as they take the "let's throw shit at the wall and see what sticks" methodology and run with it than Samsung. Smart TVs that believe they're in another country even of you configure them with a UK postcode so all the channels are unordered in the guide until you find the country setting which is somewhere else completely, phones that duplicate all the Google apps yet offer nothing more, laptops that don't update, and awful UIs in everything.

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WTF?

Laptops now only have a useful life of one year?

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Re: Bah!

Uninstall then hide KB3035583 (nagging) and KB2952664 (phoning home in spite of CEIP settings).

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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

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Re: There is a reason!

Why, do they charge for toilet paper by the square too?

I'll get my own cutlery and toilet paper from my coat.

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: No phone sales because...

Well Nokia Device and Services under Elop did manage to destroy their previously great relationship with operators and mobile phone retailers. Hence the lack of stock and salespeople not being bothered to sell them.

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Half a gig of preloaded office suite

No wonder they're paying to get it preloaded, they might have to compete with office suites a 10th of the size.

And as soon as you update it that's 1Gb of memory gone between system and device memory.

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Man in India claims his new iPhone 6 combusted in his car

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Re: "Apple declined to comment on the matter."

I'm sure they would have commented, it's just for some reason Apple gave a Genius Bar appointment with an estimated time of 6 hours and the journalist had something better to do than hanging round the shiny temple all bloody day.

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Redmond: IE Win 8.1 defence destroying hack ain't worth patch, natch

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Re: Yet everyone uses 32-bit IE for plug-in compatibility.

The chances are that most IE users are still running the 32-bit version:

- The Start Menu defaults to 32-bit IE.

- File types/protocols are set up to call 32-bit IE.

- 64-bit IE cannot be set as the default browser in Internet Options.

- The main two plugins that everyone wanted, Flash and Java, were 32-bit for a long time which conditioned people's usage of IE.

- There are many other 32-bit plug-ins that don't have a 64-bit version still.

So not fixing 32-bit IE is a mistake.

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Re: So that's alright then

Yet everyone uses 32-bit IE for plug-in compatibility.

MS should stop being vague about this.

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Re: Let's see if I've got this straight

What are pointers but operators which read and write values to/from locations?

Then there's the memcpy or strcpy functions which takes a location and an array of bytes to write and uses a loop to copy the array to the location, and instantly people who didn't take care started shooting themselves in the foot. If we remove the memcpy() and strcpy() functions then people will write their own looping functions which will also screw up.

Remove malloc() because it's too powerful and people forget to free() and guess what happens, people will declare fixed-length statically allocated byte arrays instead and then then happily overflow them or get the scope wrong anyway.

So if we remove fixed-length static arrays there'll still be another way to shoot yourself in the foot, probably involving structs.

You could overhaul C into some bureaucratic thing like Java where every object has to be stamped in triplicate and there's a huge library which does everything for you and you might think that you've successfully stopped the foot shooting... except you haven't because there are still Tomcat websites which barf Java stack traces over several pages.

The problem's not the language, especially in C's case where it's a concise enough language that you can claim to know completely, warts and all. C++ isn't knowable by one person but then again it's got RAII which is a great way of stopping you shooting yourself in the foot.

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Re: C

And better than the truncating functions, you can use the allocating functions. Something like asprintf does all the magic for you and returns a pointer to the string.

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Re: C

"The software industry has an approach to safety which assumes that engineers are daredevil heroes, and the answer comes from individual developers "doing the right thing". This clearly fails."

It does if they are working as isolated units. But there are stages before and after the programming stage, or there should be.

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Re: C

C is a language which compiles easily into assembly language and lets you shoot your foot but trusts you to do the right thing. With this in mind it might be right for kernels following best coding practice and code review but it's obviously wrong for the aircraft industry.

The failure was the development methodology or maybe even choosing C in the first place if the developers weren't up to it. Maybe Pascal might have been a better choice, indeed a lot of the old Windows API was Pascal orientated. Then again Adobe would probably been able to shoot their own foot in Pascal too.

As for the aircraft industry, the code should be formally proven instead of banged out.

But criticising C is not helpful and unproductive, because everybody knows what they get and they don't get if they choose C and first and foremost they don't get nice strings. C's pros outweigh its cons, that's why it's still about.

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Re: C

It's not difficult to use strings on C, you just need to remember how pointers work and not to use the obsolete stdlib string-write functions which take a pointer but don't take a maximum length.

If you can't cope with that then obviously you shouldn't be writing kernel code in the first place... as Adobe shouldn't be. Or any other code for that matter.

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Re: all suported versions of Windows

Maybe if you flip the POSReady switch in the registry?

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Verizon outage borks phones, TVs, internet for hapless East Coast folk

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That press release

Would be a lot more useful if they just said Verizon customers can't make emergency phone calls. Would they like everyone to test if their phone makes emergency calls?

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Online gov services are mostly time-wasting duplicates, says EU

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Re: Death is also a life event

Registry Offices often supply an information pack produced by the county council, which brings us to the question as to why are county councils are having to produce information because central government (at least in England) can't be bothered. The information packs will also vary between counties which is evidently wrong too.

Tell Us Once is a nice idea but the DWP itself is manifestly unable to cope with bereavement, you just enter telephone menu hell then get told to ring somewhere else and start again with more telephone menu hell at a time when you really can not be bothered with it.

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Give us your software BlackBerry, we love it. The phones? Meh

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If BB10 already runs Android apps...

... why is running Android in a hypervisor necessary?

... or why would you want to run the Blackberry apps on Android?

The one good thing Android has is apk, let's leave it at that. Android is not particularly good at enforcing hardware or software security.

There's a need for Blackberry hardware when an enterprise or organisation wants security. Most Android hardware can be put into recovery mode or reflashed with a USB cable and a PC program.

Likewise two Android apps working together have been shown to defeat the limited permission security that Android does have (I assume running two apks on BB10 does not let them run riot in the same way).

It seems that the clamour to run Blackberry apps on Android hardware is that just because it seems like the right thing to do, but nobody's quite sure why they want it.

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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Well it had to be hardware that was brought light-years across the universe that was compatible with AppleTalk, nothing else closer was.

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Blurred lines, as consumer tech swallows delivery of BIG IT

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Re: Wrong premise

They command line tools were purpose-built for or already existed but extremely suited to the task. It's not snobbishness or lockout. And when all else fails on a server, a shell or a text log file are the last things to stop working.

Also, be careful what you wish for...

http://m.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/23/spiceworks_in_security_fail_linkedin_facebook/

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Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down

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Re: So...but the screens are not what Sony think they are

"see how the text seems to be sat below a thick pane of glass? Compare that to a Sammy, Apple or my Nokia 930. They look like the graphics are painted on the surface. That's good engineering, right there."

You'll be saying that if your screen breaks and you'll need to get it replaced.

Later Sony phones also have a screen white balance setting, unlike many others.

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Re: So...

It's fact, it was something which famously (or not so famously) could be mitigated in Windows Phone 8 with a settings change but could not be mitigated in Windows Phone 7 and as MS didn't push out an update for Windows Phone 7 the users were left hung out to dry.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/2876146.aspx

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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Re: Is that an accurate translation?

See also "The Awful German Language":

http://www.kombu.de/twain-2.htm

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It's never been so easy to read e-books as on a Kindle

Your young professional in her Frankfurt city pad with no children within a mile radius picks up Kindle, searches the online shop, buys 50 Shades e-book via one click, and then finally lets her imagination run riot with "Bitte warten Sie 2 Stunden 44 Minuten".

Much like the original book I suppose.

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

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'switch' requests raised between banks aren't being processed and can't be cancelled

If your bank is currently in the middle of yet another almighty IT fuckup, I think telling your HR department of your new bank account and notifying each company with direct debits manually would be the way to go.

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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Meanwhile in Firefox land

The DRM plug-in goes in a sandbox, can be enabled and disabled as you see fit, or even can be never downloaded in the first place.

This was too much for some commentards who announced they'd be off to Chrome.

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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Re: Exactly

"I've yet to meet anyone, ever, that thought JarJar was worth a damn."

Luckily The Phantom Edit and Attack of the Phantom are made for those few people...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_Edit

And Chapters IV-VI Despecialized Editions gets rid of the bouncing monsters in the background that Lucas found necessary to stick in the digital editions of the original trilogy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHfLX_TMduY

Icon is for the people who make these editions, not for Lucas obviously.

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Re: 16 years ago?

I wish all these things making me realise I'm fucking old and there's no way I can pretend otherwise stopped happening.

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Phone-home service Lebara launches prepaid TV offering

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Who's going to lug the satellite dish about with them?

Broadband makes more sense. There are minimum terms but there are also rolling contracts with a month's notice or penalties which are fairly painless.

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Fujitsu shrinks SMB file transfer metadata traffic jams

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Which version of SMB did they do this on ("and other SMB protocol use")?

Because SMB3+ is less chatty.

And isn't using SMB to connect to remote sites rather silly security-wise anyway?

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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Re: I thought you was a fat bloke, Tim?!

What, the NHS are forcing sex changes on fat blokes? That must be against the HRA.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Re: Hang on a mo

I can give you Spain's current prices - taken from Wikipedia and translated...

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_por_copia_privada_%28Espa%C3%B1a%29

Group 1: Recording equipment

CD recorder - 0,60 €

CD/DVD recorder - 3,40 €

DVD recorder - 3,40 €

Hard drives, except those used to boot a computer - 12,00 €

PVR - 12,00 €

MP3 player - 3,15 €

Video player - 3,15 €

Mobile phone with audio player - 1,10 €

Group 2: Blank media

CD-R - 0,17 €

CD-RW - 0,22 €

DVD-R - 0,44 €

DVD-RW - 0,60 €

SD card/USB memory stick - 0,30 €

Group 3: Multifunction printers* and photocopiers

Multifunction ink printer less than 17kg - 7,95 €

Multifunction laser printer less than 17kg - 10,00 €

Scanner - 9,00 €

Multifunction more than 17kg or photocopiers up to 9ppm - 13,00 €

Multifunction more than 17kg or photocopiers 10-29ppm - 127,70 €

Multifunction more than 17kg or photocopiers 30-49ppm - 169,00 €

Multifunction more than 17kg or photocopiers 50-69ppm - 197,00 €

Multifunction more than 17kg or photocopiers 70ppm or faster - 227,00 €

* multifunction printer means something that can do two or more of copy, print, fax, or scan. Do they think people will be faxing Don Quijote to one another? Who knows.

The taxes also kill the recordable CD and DVD market and is a quite a tax on external hard drives. I also like the way the Witchfinder general is weighing printers to find if they'll be taxed the lower rate or the higher rate.

Later on in the Wikipedia page you can find out how much the different rights organisations (book publishers, music industry, and film industry) benefit from each device. Which is not the same as the writers, artists, and actors.

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Re: Hang on a mo

The way it usually goes in countries that do this is that every writable format like CD or DVD and every device like MP3 player, computer, printer, tablet, or phone, has a tax imposed on it and the tax is given to the rights organisations to redistribute.

Although whether or not that gives you the right to copy is still a matter for debate.

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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Re: What prison sentence would he be looking at if found guilty?

Which was an observation on the current rather absurd situation, not passing comment on his guilt or otherwise.

Obviously not Daily Mail enough for the Pavlov downvoters.

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What prison sentence would he be looking at if found guilty?

Because three years is more than many. He might have already served it.

And the extra costs for the Met are a very expensive way of holding a prisoner.

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Apple to replace DODGY hard drives that go BELLY UP in 27-inch iMac

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What's Apple's markup when you buy a system with a 3TB drive?

I'm pretty sure they could replace it, give you another one to take home in a special designer Apple bag just in case, and still have a bit left over.

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Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

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MS got Nokia's S30 and S40 dumb phones under licence for 10 years and they have to call them Nokias. So that could be a potential albatross for MS for the next eight years (manufacturing, logistics, after-sales service, etc...).

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They are not going to let anyone stick AOSP 5.1 + Golden Dragon Butterfly App Store on anything and call it a Nokia, that'd be the quickest way to wreck their brand name.

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

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Re: Maybe ....

But would they be so desperate that they'd be willing to drive to and park in the centre of Naples to buy their magic trees and lighters?

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Stealing secret crypto-keys from PCs using leaked radio emissions

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It's when they shrink the technology down to Bourbon biscuits that you've really got to worry. No corporate meeting will be safe.

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