* Posts by Dan 55

3197 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Moto E 2015: The builder's cheapie gets a serious upgrade

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Re: First against the wall...

UXers are out of control, I don't know what planet they live on (California?) but they've managed to screw up practically every phone/tablet OS out there, Windows 8, Yosemite, Firefox, and websites which are being tabletised for no good reason... for screwed up tabletised websites don't need to look very far for an example, do we El Reg?

Is there anything which can stop them, or at very least stop making them so bloody arrogant?

I'm surprised AO didn't mention that Blackberry the exception which proves the rule by the way.

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Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone

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Heh

It's bit difficult to type a distress PIN into your phone while it's currently in someone else's hands as they run off down the street and about to be handed over to someone else before the rozzers get there.

I just thought I'd use this chance to use the word 'rozzers'.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Being in the US, I'm no expert on the BBC...

If it's funded by general taxation then politicians are going to fiddle with it more than they do now.

Want to see journalists being hired and fired when there's a change of government when the new government took office they got their man in as the new head of news? No, neither do I.

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Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

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Re: Have they stopped

I think moving the prefs window into the browser page is going to be officially on the next release.

It's in the current one too if you twiddle browser.preferences.inContent in about:config. It's bloody awful, I put it straight back in its box.

I put up with it because it's the most configurable, extendable, and private browser there is but they are trying my patience.

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Re: Problems with XP?

Two and a half hours on the phone? TeamViewer, for the love of God!

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Re: Storm in a teacup!

It's not all or nothing, you know. You can choose to opt out of certain things, like mothership-reporting TVs, Facebook, and loyalty cards.

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Re: John Tserkezis

The solutions suggested in the story don't seem to fix the solution given on that blog page, you need to serve a file on a webserver you control and change your local DNS to make samsung.com point to it.

It's academic now as Samsung have put the XML file back.

That's not a very smart TV if it can't cache that file and goes on strike if it can't find it.

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Re: I am hoping for a stupid TV to become available.

I haven't seen one smart TV interface I like and LG and Samsung ones have been caught uploading stuff to the mothership.

Stupid TV (or even monitor) + Android TV stick/box + Kodi FTW. If you use Amazon, Netflix, etc... then minimal gapps as well.

Not an official Google Android TV box though, those probably have the same problem as smart TVs.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Come to sunny Spain

Every ad break has an ad like this... and the programmes too if they can't think of anything else to fill up the time, which often happens.

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W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?

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Re: Meanwhile away from the Lilliput town of Webdev...

True programmer-controlled multithreading in JavaScript? You'd need to find a true programmer in JavaScript first.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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That reminds me, I saw 2001 the other evening

Sodding monkeys fighting over territory. We'll never get anywhere at this rate.

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Re: Sign it.

+1

The piece of paper doesn't mean you're any worse at your job or somehow less ethical.

Plenty of nerds who can't overcome brand loyalty or make objective judgements about privacy have signed that paper, but they were like that before they signed anyway.

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Re: Why?

I always thought that universities stick calculus in computer degrees to give their maths professors something to do more than anything else.

IT is logic and structure, if you can't get that right then no amount of calculus is going to help you.

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Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ hacked us – but didn't snatch crucial SIM keys

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Meh

That they didn't find a breach doesn't mean it hasn't happened.

It could have been an inside job, if anyone can get an impeccable CV for working at Gemalto it's a spook.

Presumably Gemalto contracts out some operations to third parties. Whatever was found on their LAN was probably useful in infiltrating them.

Edit: Gemalto say prepay SIMs (and in most cases that means their phones too) are chucked after 3-6 months. O'Rly?

Etc... etc...

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SSL-busting adware: US cyber-plod open fire on Comodo's PrivDog

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I'm sure it is possible to set up a local MITM properly, it doesn't change the fact that if I log onto my bank at lunchtime then everything I read or key in may be taken down as evidence and used however the local BOFH sees fit.

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It looks like it's becoming unacceptable to MITM SSL connections for antivirus software. Hopefully it'll be equally unacceptable to get them MITM'd at work just because you're at work.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Yes but....,

Passive Voice (consider revising)

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Forget Google Maps and use Here, it's out out of beta and available from the Play store.

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Re: Apple builds crap computers designed to fail after just a couple of years

My iMac bought late 2007 begs to differ. This is why the newer Macs which aren't upgradable annoy me.

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Re: The solution is easy

Somebody's already done it. You can download the UK Mac keyboard layout for Windows here...

http://www.logikdev.com/2010/02/18/apple-uk-keyboard-layout-for-windows/

Problem solved, wifey happy.

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I think there are more suggestions than complaints because there's infinitely more chance of getting it fixed at Dabbsy's end than at the cloudy end.

Odds are that it was something they already had and they wrote the requirements to fit the software rather than the software to fit the requirements.

Of course it's normal - how many shiny piles of shit from Accenture, Crapita, etc... have HM Govt paid for?

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Re: progress...

Perhaps it's some kind of torrent download to save them bandwidth, but unless it does UPnP the average user doesn't have a hope in hell's chance of getting it to work.

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Re: Lock Apple and MS in a room......

Shouldn't Apple (bootcamp) or Parallels supply the appropriate keyboard layouts?

If Parallels finally do it in Parallels 20 then they will give it a shiny feature name and spend 6 months spamming you about it so I'm rather hoping it's Apple, but I doubt it's very high on Apple's OS development team's priority list, they've been held hostage by Marketing who've decided they need a major OS release every year so we actually have the pleasure of upgrading yet again.

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The solution is easy

You need to hand-roll your own Windows keyboard layout to match the Mac's keyboard and install it. Use the Mac's virtual keyboard menu thingy to see all the dead key combinations and put same keys into the Windows keyboard layout.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=22339

Of course you need .Net 2.0 which if you install in the wrong order with the other .Nets has a funny turn. Oh, and as it was released when Vista was around it might not work with Windows 7 or 8. Who said IT was pointlessly complicated?

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Mozilla mulls Superfish torpedo

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Re: @Paul crawford - Deeper problem

It does let you disable it, but what it doesn't do and should do is ask you if you're aware this new certificate has been dropped into the certificate store and if you want to keep it or wipe it.

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: what the hell is this all about

They're trying to publish articles which might interest you even though they're not strictly IT. Like Ars Technica do but unfortunately El Reg are not as good as it.

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Man the HARPOONS: YOU can EASILY SLAY ad-scumware Superfish

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Re: CEO Addy Piranhas regrets ...

And he continued with "we have been working with Lenovo and Microsoft to create an industry patch to resolve the threat."

Well at least he didn't lie there, Microsoft updated Security Essentials to remove it.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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Re: The Register - What happened to "Printable View" for articles?

The PFYs who did the web makeover thought it would be far easier to manually insert "Print/" after the site in the URL than it would be to click on a button, e.g...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Print/2015/02/19/feature_25_years_of_adobe_photoshop/

I'd like to meet that genius and shake him by the neck.

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Shodan boss finds 250,000 routers have common keys

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Re: @Dan 55

Presumably if the same firmware image is replicated across a batch of 200,000 routers and another OS image is replicated across 150,000 routers, if all routers in each batch have the same public key, then all routers in each batch could also have the same private key.

If this is so then you need to concentrate your efforts on one router from each batch and you will get keys which are good for 350,000 routers.

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Re: Linus's public key on 100000 computers!

What's the difference between cracking two private keys and 350,000 (the number of routers in the two batches) private keys? Um, that's a tough one.

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Microsoft updates Outlook app security, but haters still gunna hate

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I thought the whole point of an Exchange server was it could do push (ActiveSync). Why would credentials still need to be stored in the cloud, be it AWS or Azure?

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: But does it support WPA2?

Why on earth would you want to let it connect to your home network if smart TVs have been caught rummaging round network directories?

Put it in the DMZ and see how long it takes to melt down.

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The privacy policy says it records video too?

Kill it. Kill it with fire.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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That's his opinion, here's mine

I think he abdicated his responsibilities as a UI designer with Yosamite. It looks like crap and expand window/full screen was better the way it was in Mavericks.

And on the software side it looks like they've allowed it to become a little more sluggish, relying on SSD to pick up the slack.

And don't get me started on their recent fascination with glue guns and unexpandable RAM. Even Jobs didn't put up with that nonsense.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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On the bright side at least two good ol' boys haven't managed to totally wreck America, unfortunately if the third one gets in that might be the straw that brakes the camel's back.

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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Re: So, in other words...

Sucks to be someone who specialises in baking bread, they don't exactly have the salary to spend it on buying in services but it's nice to be at the top of the heap and buy lots of different kinds of bread.

Unfortunately the poorest are generally the least specialised, so they can't buy everything, or they may do a specalised job which isn't very well rewarded (like baking bread). They may have no other resort other than to bake bread themselves so they can make it till the end of the month.

In an economic downturn people often can't get a specalised job, because it's not on offer. They may have to make do with a lower paid non-specalised job, so they will want to cut back on buying-in specalised services too.

Try and tell these people that they should specalise when they're unable to and buy as many services in as they can when they simply don't have the money.

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Re: So, in other words...

It doesn't matter if I fix my computer or bake my bread in my own spare time whether I'm good at it or not, it's my own spare time. The only problem is when it isn't my own spare time and I'm forced to fix computers at work (bad use of resources - I'm a programmer) or bake bread to survive (but by that point society has probably collapsed anyway).

So is Tim saying that the economy is worse off because I didn't go down to the pub or to the cinema and spend money in my own spare time? Or the economy is worse off because we should all be obliged to buy bread? If it's the first one it's forced consumerism which is not a free market economy, if it's the second one then that's false too because the market has provided the basic ingredients for people who want to bake their own bread so there is profit in it somewhere.

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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"If the operating system is being rebuilt though, a shortage of new features is no surprise...

... The priority is to get the platform right."

That´s what they said with Windows Phone 7 -> Windows Phone 8... Have we actually got any further in the past two years apart from re-arranging the notification centre while the platform sinks?

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Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet – new claim

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Knox Knox

Samsung may be incompetent at developing everything else but I'm sure their methodology for Knox is completely different.

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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If it starts forgetting stuff or crashing after a while then it's probably got more memory leaks than a sieve so turning it off and on again will temporarily fix the problem, and also why their testing doesn't pick it up because they probably don't test boxes that have been on for weeks.

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: People will still buy them

If it's going to have the same functionality as a Pebble but three times the price and a seventh of the battery life you might as well get a Pebble.

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The health monitoring feature has been replaced

Instead the watch face has got a rounded icon with beatifully crafted kerned text which switches between the retail price, the text "I'm a", and finally the text "Mug me".

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Speak your brains on surveillance, despots. No we don't mean Five Eyes

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Relationship between handwringing and action

Inverse corrolation. See also, arms sales.

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Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

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Message to El Reg

This story is a perfect illustration of why this new page layout is complete arse.

Nearest thing to 'think of the boss' icon --->

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Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

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Re: I thought that HTML5

Ancient educational .swfs that aren't going to get rewritten.

DataTables TableTools? (Although why it would need Flash to generate PDFs is beyond me if pdf.js works.)

Um, can't think of anything else.

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Windows 10 to give passwords the finger and dangle dongles

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Re: This could be a goldmine.

I would hope this is a local account and not a Hotmail/Live/Passport/Outlook/whatever it's called today account so it would just be the same as fingerprint readers for the Windows 7 login screen only following this standard.

If it's for a MS account that's all kinds of scary.

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

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Re: A patch that breaks powerpoint?

"The idea was that into the first ship, the 'A' ship, would go all the brilliant leaders, the scientists, the great artists, you know, all the achievers; and into the third, or 'C' ship, would go all the people who did the actual work, who made things and did things, and then into the `B' ship - that's us - would go everyone else, the middlemen you see."

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FAIL

How's that shutting down the Trustworthy Computing group going for you, Nadella?

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WhatDaHell, WhatsApp? Student claims 'stalker' tool shows security flaws

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Stop

Um, you read the blog post... El Reg?

Last seen, profile photo, and status message can't be read by if privacy is set to nobody or contacts. Only the current online/offline status can be read by everyone regardless of what privacy is set to.

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

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Re: Digital snow.

Millions were lost in taxes?

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