* Posts by Dan 55

3473 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

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Re: ID

Pretty easy, they want ID cards or passports, nothing else.

Now as an example of petty burocracy I was particularly impressed with news that DVLA have changed how cars are sold on and say that a soon as a second-hand car is sold it becomes untaxed, the previous owner is refunded for the unused portion of the year, and the new owner must get it taxed immediately.

In this age of everything being recorded on CCTV and datestamped, how are you supposed to get it home and drive it around for the next week or so while you sort it out? I don't believe it's even occurred to TPTB in Spain to do it this way, that's how petty it is.

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Bloke, 22, in knockoff Microsoft Xbox ring gets 18 months in the cooler

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It seems they sold one console for $5000. This goes into more detail...

http://www.itworld.com/article/2694992/it-management/how-hackers-accidentally-sold-a-pre-release-xbox-one-to-the-fbi.html

The hardware is pretty easy to find but I'm still not quite sure how they did the OS considering the Xbox's private keys are supposed to be private.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir found BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Most disappointed

30 comments in and no link to a clip from 2012...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzk1uqxpfoY

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Surfaces?

I'm sure it confirms what was originally suspected, like finding out someone drives an Audi.

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Headmaster

He's trying to curry favour with the grammar nazis but it won't work, we shall remain ever vigilant.

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Say what you like about Nutella

But he can bullshit with the best of 'em if the stock went up after that.

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giffgaff riff-raff hacked off with lift-off of cash spaff

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Has Telefonica got money to lend?

I mean, they are 47 billion euros in debt.

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Google: We're not mad, our mobes-in-sky Project Loon is FINE

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Re: The aim to provide 100 per cent global internet coverage is laudable

I'm more worried about Tony Baird. From the photo it like Google are using Scanners to convince teleco bosses to support their project.

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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This is how it should be done

Because, after all, when you stop subscribing to a magazine or newspaper all your copies don't disappear in a puff of smoke.

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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Re: Back in my day...

It might have been an Acorn Electron. Acorn probably didn't know how to get rid of the things after they failed to sell them in Christmas 1983 so they might have offloaded them onto schools cheap.

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Re: Cloud?

If you use cloudy storage and applications there's no need for a Surface. Something as cheap as chips will do because it's going to get battered to hell and there's nothing on earth that will survive that apart from an old Thinkpad.

If you decide to go the USB stick route for extra storage there's also no need for a Surface either. The USB socket will probably end up knackered anyway.

If schools are concerned about games, IM, and so on and they're insisting on BYOD with Windows then they least they could do is supply a CD which installs the required software and configures Windows so it doesn't run any old executable.

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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Re: The real story

Alarms probably went off somewhere as soon as he booked a flight, what with him being being a security researcher and all.

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"Aircraft use a special implementation of Ethernet for avionics communications, AFDX. This network can reject data packets from hardware not programmed into its routers static MAC address table."

Oh sweet baby bejeebus, it's no more secure than my home router.

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

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It's a rough translation to English of a Japanese honorific which means the speaker is keeping a respectful distance between him or herself and the almighty fuckup.

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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Re: Please explain

One could get admin rights, install software, snaffle credit card numbers.

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Coffee/keyboard

That caption for the second image

You might want to go over that text again.

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Game to go a round with a Spartan? Microsoft will pay if you bruise it

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Go

It's a bit of an easy challenge

Start by going through the IE11 CVEs that don't involve Active X or quirks mode.

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

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Re: Ironic

However in Android's case you can swipe from the left edge, I don't know about WP but it doesn't sound like it.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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"I would agree with you, but the fact that this software is probably a C module running an HTML 5 module"

Fact is conjecture... And what's C done to deserve this?

@geekguy:

"Not accurate, Google has written good software which is now superseded, manufacturers, if they cared, could update their devices in someway to the new Apis. Samsung has a way of doing this. it is not a failure of Google but a failure of the OEMs. You cannot support aging software forever."

It's not just Samsung though. Three years is too short a support time for embedded devices like TVs and Blu-Ray players. They're not as easy to update and that should be taken into account.

Limiting the functionality of the API is understandable as is not allowing access to it from new devices but they shouldn't get bored with it and help push otherwise perfectly usable devices into landfill because they've got institutional ADHD.

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In other words, that's a yay for landfill then. See icon.

The only hardware replacement for a Smart TV box you might need in the next five years is 1080p -> 4K, everything else is done by software. Good software means you keep a device even though it might be getting long in the tooth, bad software can ruin an otherwise good device. In this case, Google has written bad software which brings about obsolescence.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Meh

I don't know if everyone got it but it was some kind of CloudFlare DDOS protection asking for a Capcha for requests to regmedia.co.uk, which made the images unloadable from the main site. Now the Capcha is gone and the images are back.

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Trollface

Nice to see you've finally taken on board our pleas and reduced the image count accordingly. Looks much better.

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

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Re: After being arrested...

Yes but unfortunately for the iPhone guy he was holding it wrong.

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Wrong conclusion to the report

Stupidity, not alcohol.

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Chrome 42 breaks vSphere web client thanks to ye olde NPAPI

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Re: Bad light?!?

Perhaps they can't do it with Google's API du jour. Maybe sandboxing NPAPI like Apple and Mozilla have done is a better idea.

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Let’s PULL Augmented Reality and CLIMAX with JISM

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Augmented Reality: Chapter 4 - A new MacBook

In a couple of years time you will be able to enjoy a similar demonstration but involving the MacBook's 1 (one) USB port.

In fact you could republish this article again in a few years with the MacBook edited in some blank space and call it a Special Edition. Your most devoted fans would say it was an abomination and demand the original edition back, you would grudgingly oblige years later but on a magenta background.

Well it worked for Lucas.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Re: Overcooked?

Edwina Curry does not approve this message.

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Coffee/keyboard

Well if you prefer you can replace the onions and potatoes with artichokes and lemon juice instead. Not that I'm partial to it myself but it's apparently an option.

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You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

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Re: Competition?

If it's this one, it disappeared with a whimper at the end of 2013.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaero

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: How does this pass EU battery regulations?

1. Then you've probably found another fault which they've silently extended the guarantee for.

2. Making devices that are unserviceable by third parties means Apple don't have to compete with individuals buying their own kit and upgrading/repairing or an unofficial repair centre.

Apple have access to necessary items like bodies with batteries glued in that everyone else doesn't.

Items that are beyond economic repair for you when you take them to Apple are not beyond economic repair for Apple to refurbish as Apple charge outlandish repair rates. If Apple give you a small good-will refund your un-economically repairable iShiny so you buy a new full-price iShiny and also refurbish your current iShiny and sell it in the refurbished store that's much more profitable than just fixing the damn thing and charging a reasonable rate for repair.

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Re: How does this pass EU battery regulations?

A second post (sorry) as my edit time ran out...

Again, seriously, what is going on in your brain? When Apple offers you a battery replacement should you need one in five years time, do you think they can't remove the battery? Do you think when you hand over the money to have your battery replaced, they turn around and say "sorry, can't do it, it is glued in, we put the replacement in our price list so we can have a laugh at people trying to get the battery replaced"? You are reading a stupid article by the stupid iFixit guys, who want to repair computers but are too tight to get the right tools. Any glued in battery is easily removed _with the right tools_, and you can bet that Apple has the right tools.

Of course they have the right tools, they have the production lines. They have a far easier job of transplanting the motherboard into a new body with glued-in batteries whereas you or a service centre have a much harder job of removing the old batteries and putting new ones into the old body.

iFixit stay in business by selling tools often with mark-ups so if there were a right tool to do the job they would gladly sell it.

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Re: How does this pass EU battery regulations?

Colleague of mine got a 28 month old Retina MBP repaired for free (motherboard replacement). So how does that chime with your idiotic claim that they don't want you to use a computer for more than 18 months?

Because of a design fault which will get them a class action lawsuit in the US if they don't...

https://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro-videoissues/

As far as the recycling is concerned, you can take any broken Apple product that is beyond economic repair to an Apple Store; they will not only recycle it properly (nobody burning away the plastic to get at the metals) but even give you some small rebate towards your next computer.

They refurbish them and sell them in the refurbished items store on their website. I imagine that'll get difficult to do soon because whereas they could fix the internals and put a new body on if necessary, with the Jony Juice devices they'll won't be able to fix the internals and the body will be imperfect so there'll be no point in refurbishing them.

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Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

I have no objection at all to Apple or any other manufacturer making non-user serviceable devices... as long as they attract a punitive tax rate that doubles the sale price, which would be something useful that the EU could actually implement if they pulled their finger out. However knowing the average iFan that will backfire and the higher price will mean that the iDevice becomes even more desirable.

It's not borderline immoral, it is immoral... The amount of electrical waste we create is high enough already without manufacturers adding to it by shortening their lifespan and making them unserviceable even by themselves.

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

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Re: As long as I can remove it,

It should be an option on first run with a tickbox defaulted to 'no'. If 'yes' is ticked then the bloat should be downloaded.

Having the bloat sitting there ready to install or pre-installed and running filling up parts of the system with God-knows what would mean their users would desert them.

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Google: Go ahead, XP stalwarts, keep on using Chrome safely all YEAR

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They probably realised killing NPAPI and XP support at the same time wasn't clever, Firefox would rush in to fill the void.

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D-Link router patch creates NEW SOHOpeless vuln

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asprintf() FTW, snprintf() is clumsy, sprintf() means you're doing it wrong.

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Of course, they were told to get rid of the sprintf but they weren't told they couldn't put another one in...

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There’s a whole mobile world out there – here’s how to manage it

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Re: Say what you like about Microsoft, but...

Indeed they do seem willing to engage, but I do wish it didn't have to be via posts from ACs though.

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Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower

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Re: I don't get it

There is no camera R&D going on at Microsoft, they have spent more than a year making low spec phones with low spec cameras good enough for corporates and undemanding consumers. This review is the phone that's getting the big sales push this year, there are no new flagship phones nor have they announced plans for any. Nor are they interested in flagships, they just want phones as part of a an Office 365 solution.

In case you missed the news the ex-Nokia staff have received the brunt of the layoffs and if the camera boss goes it's because there's no future for him there.

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Re: I don't get it

Nokia kept the camera patents, the camera boss went to Apple, and MS have fired over half the ex-Nokia staff, there'll be no decent cameras on Microkia phones from now on.

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Re: GUI madness

They've already tried the desktop UI on a mobile (Windows Mobile) and the mobile UI on a desktop (Windows 8), so it's to be expected that they try some mid-way collision on both. That won't work either, so I don't know where they expect to go from here... perhaps something radical like a mobile UI on a mobile and a desktop UI on a desktop.

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Nokia to take $6bn bath on Navteq following AlcaLuc purchase

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Unhappy

And so more technology goes to the US big three...

It's not as if it wasn't making a profit, it is, just not enough.

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What would have stopped TV5Monde hack? Yup, MOAR LAWS

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Re: Been a lot of this lately...

Commissioners are parachuted in by their respective governments, they're not voted for.

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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Re: I'm genuinely surprised Android hasn't had this kind of thing until now.

Handwriting recognition was also on the western S60 v5 touchscreen phones too, you could squiggle out text messages and so on with it. Albeit slowly.

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ɘƨɿɘvɘЯ algo attack cracks Belkin router WPS PINs: researcher

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You don't need something unique, you just need a random number generator with enough entropy. When someone wants a WPS PIN the router will have spent some time connected to the Internet and there'll be entropy from the ADSL connection.

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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WTF?

Re: Almost any OS

Um, cash machine that bank owns != piece of kit that I own and tinker with.

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

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Regulating it.

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Re: Although plugin vendors are dancing to Google's tune

Google say the primary reason for forcing everyone over to PPAPI is it's sandboxed...

http://blog.chromium.org/2012/08/the-road-to-safer-more-stable-and.html

However Apple have managed an NPAPI sandbox and as you say Mozilla are developing one. Looks like Google were too quick to drop NPAPI.

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You mean if the NHS wants to run Java applets it'll have to use Firefox which doesn't CC everything to the Google mothership? And the downside is?

The primary purpose of potatoes is to make chips, anything else pales into insignificance.

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