* Posts by SteveK

260 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

SteveK

Re: Passport Chip

See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/20/home_office_slips_out_android_passport_reader/

It is certainly encrypted with passport number (maybe DOB too), however I don't believe these can be read from the passport via NFC - they need to be typed in (or optically read) so would need physical access. There's nothing extra stored in the chip beyond what is printed on the card.

That does remind me though, I need a new passport photo for a different ID card, maybe I'll just read the image off my passport and send that in!

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LOOK OUT, Brits – is that a Facebook LASER-GUN drone above us?

SteveK

Hmmm... a fleet like that is going to cost some big money. I'm guessing his return will be the advertising dollars?

The finished ones will no doubt be pulling big advertising banners behind them!

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

SteveK

Re: oooo

And can it run Crysis?

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BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

SteveK

Re: Which will be more boring...

 if a cricketer makes a mistake he loses his bails

Oh, bails.

I misread at first and thought that seemed extreme.

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

SteveK

Re: No Green???

All the 'glowing green stuff' has been stockpiled by assorted mad scientists and for illuminating secret underground bunkers, and so is not available for the general public.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Cryptoanalysing BOFH

I'm starting to think there's some sort of data encoded in the BOFH schedule - whether it appears on Friday or Saturday is clearly a binary state and then there's a variable number of weeks between episodes..

Or perhaps something is just telling me that it is pub-o-clock.

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

SteveK

I guess what could be a good idea with smart washing appliances (and suitable tags in clothing):

"Wash temperature of 60 degrees not compatible with items to be washed"

"I'm detecting a red sock left inside along with an otherwise white wash - are you sure you wish to proceed?"

But then again:

"Open the washing machine door"

"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that"

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Re: Blimey!

Honestly, if I was far enough away that I needed a notification on my phone, the last thing on my mind would be rushing back home to dick about with laundry.

And as the connectivity between balls and phone seems to be bluetooth, presumably you can only be in an adjacent room at most.

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Google mouthpieces: 'Right to be Forgotten' should NOT apply on google.com

SteveK

Re: Turn about is fair play

That may depend on whether you consider .com to be international?

Maybe things can be removed from Europe and international, but not google.us? (or Pakistan and international, but not Europe)

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Win! The Ultimate Cash 'n' Carrion Survival Kit

SteveK

Re: Said with love...

All well and good but how the hell did you get the Delorean in there in the first place?

By hitting 88mph in just the right location before the server room was built?

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Supersonic Bloodhound car techies in screaming 650mph comms test

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"and doing it in the Kalahari desert is nigh on impossible"

Agree, it'll be a challenge to make it work, but really? Getting a wireless data link in a flat open area with no buildings or obstacles to block or reflect the signal, and probably virtually no other transmitters or sources of interference for a large number of miles in any direction is harder than elsewhere?

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

SteveK

Re: I took the Chromebook plunge last year.

Sure it doesn't run Microsoft Office,

Although I am slightly bemused by the fact that all the Chromebooks for sale from Dabs/BT Business appear to be offering a bundle deal on buying the Chromebook with MS Office 2013 or Office 365...

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

SteveK

Re: targeting children....

The problem seems to be that they are allowed to assume that not logged in = over 18 since they have no way to know the age otherwise, which means that they can show the ads to anyone. The only way they can reliably not show the ads to children is to require login and require that everyone including children disclose personal information, such as age (and probably a dozen other mandatory fields for marketing purposes). Which is also something that is not encouraged nor desirable.

So perhaps the only workable solution is to ban ads altogether? Or at least ads that are not suitable for children, other than on sites that are targetting adults (and require adults to sign up to view).

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

SteveK

Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

SteveK

Re: Just wondering

But surely when Tom Hanks or whoever actually turns up at the reception desk, that's a bit of a giveaway and junior staff member can still say X is in room N, and if they always use the same alias when travelling then it's rather surprising that a list of these names hasn't leaked anyway.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Re: On a Nexus 7/2013...

What is the problem with notifications? They seem fine to me. Presumably I'm missing something but it seems to me that: something happens, I get a notification, without needing to fiddle.

I can turn off notifications for certain apps. I have notifications I can pull down and view. I have notifications on the lock screen. I can just see the prioritised (or recent) notifications or double tap to expand the list. I haven't had to change or tweak any of that. What part of notifications does everyone else agree is so complicated, as I'm worried I'm missing out on something...?

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Re: Updated my Nexus 4

By eliminating the default email app, Android/Google is trying to force corporate users to use Gmail. As a consequence, you have to get another email app for the very basic function of using corp email

While I prefer to keep work and home email apart in separate apps and initially saw the elimination of the 'email' app as a problem, actually it seems fine. The 'Gmail' app happily talks to my work Exchange server as well as the old email app did, and still allows individual notifications and sounds for each mailbox, so have not needed to 'get another email app' or be forced to only use Gmail.

So far liking 5.0 on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 - speed and battery fly (probably due mostly to doing a factory reset to wipe out all the cruft).

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

SteveK

Re: So how does Amazon "autorip" get away with it?

Last time I bought a CD from Amazon I was also able to download a digital copy for free.

And last time I was looking, the CD with free download of the digital copy was cheaper than buying just the download version of the same album from Amazon...

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Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU

SteveK

Re: First Amendment ?

How does the EU law trump the US constitution for a website located in and operated by a US company ?

Possibly in much the same way the US government thinks that its laws override local laws in countries such as, say, Iceland or Ireland?

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

SteveK

Re: Wow, I'm way out of touch...

Silverlight is also needed as a workaround for previous removal of functionality that stopped parts of Exchange 2010's web interface working in Chrome (v37 removed modal popups), specifically the ability to add attachments or view the addressbook.

A pain if you have a big Exchange system and thousands of students who haven't gone and bought Office, so actually use OWA to access it. (Also doesn't work properly in Microsoft's own IE11, hence a lot of students were using Chrome). Having Silverlight installed lets Exchange OWA fall back to a different mode ... until Chrome removes that too!

Apparently the solution is to upgrade to Exchange 2013, but on a big installation with many servers and multisite replication (fortunately I don't look after that, so I'm just spectating, with popcorn) that's not just an afternoon's work...

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

SteveK

Mint does look and behave nicely. The concern to me though is that it and future versions of Mint for at least the next couple of years are based on Ubuntu 14.04. Which means that, unless Mint developers are going to backport apps, things will be stuck on the version that Ubuntu 14.04 offers with only minor point release updates. No bad thing necessarily - unless the package has a bug that requires going to a later version to fix.

The kernel for instance (which will presumably be forever 3.13 - it is in Mint 17 and 17.1 certainly). It has a timing bug introduced in 3.10 and not fixed until 3.15 which causes pretty, but unusable, display distortion in [certain?] machines with the Intel Core i-series CPUs and onboard graphics (Dell Optiplex 9010 series for instance) in both GUI and console.

Yes, I can grab the kernel source, or download .deb files from a 3rd party site and install them, but then it's up to me to do that outside the package management system and keep watch for security bugs etc requiring an update. And who knows whether any compatibility issues will arise if the kernel API hooks change between the version of kernel on the machine and the version that the distribution expects me to have.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

SteveK

Funnily enough, reverse was true for me. 4.4 had really bogged down my 2012 N7 to a crawl, trying to open an app or switch between them would take around 10 seconds. Did a wipe and reset, all returned to normal, updated to 5 when the OTA upgrade arrived a few days after that, all still fine.

Like Windows PCs, these things do slow down when they accumulate too much cruft and need the odd reinstall. Plus I gather a number of apps aren't quite suited to 5 yet, so cause problems - probably why mine's fine as I didn't reinstall all the junk that had built up since I bought it!

The iPad on the other hand does seem to get more sluggish with every update..

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Most convincing PHISHING pages hoodwink nearly half of you – Google

SteveK

but what proportion of those users would also fill in the forms on the least convincing phishing pages?

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

SteveK

Re: Given my

Perhaps that explains the two recent as-yet-unexplained rocket-based mishaps...?

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

SteveK

Re: Missy, Master. How did I miss that?

Perhaps it could have been if they really explored it for more than 30 seconds. Hey, you killed a kid. Now oyu have to meet them because they want to see you and have requested to. But then they run off inside 5 seconds not saying a word. Yeah... that's not really very powerful. Kind of a waste of time, really.

I was pretty sure at the end when Danny is wavering on pressing the button, the reflection in the iPad is of the kid, so I'm guessing he'll be instrumental in saving Danny in part 2 and will therefore have a purpose.

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Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS

SteveK

Re: ...how do you get the sharks up there?

That must make for very tricky precise targeting if the source is spinning in excess of 100mph!

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Coat

But...

...how do you get the sharks up there?

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US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'

SteveK

I had one the other day. I say 'day', it was still dark outside ad my brain wasn't firing on all cylinders or perhaps I could have been a bit more engaging. As it was, much of the call was spent with my asking what he got out of making fake calls and scamming people out of their money - he seemed quite angry with the allegations: 'why would I waste my time trying to steal a few pounds?' Well, that's the question isn't it? I even told him I knew he was talking crap as I work in IT - he seemed to just turn that around to 'if you work in IT, you know I'm telling the truth'... errr? In the end as he wasn't taking the hint, I just shouted the highly unoriginal 'F*** off and die' down the phone and hung up.

He called back 30 seconds later to ask why I had hung up on him, and after still trying to persuade me to go through his procedure list only finally hung up on me after I told him that at least talking to me was stopping him calling some innocent old lady who might actually fall for his scams.

Did make me wonder though whether the actual people making the calls really do believe the utter lying bilge they're spouting, and really do think they're working for Microsoft or whoever. Almost certainly not, but the insistence of this guy that he wasn't a common thief who should just step in front of a bus did seem genuine - and if you know you're nothing but a lying weasel then you'd just move on to the next mark and not try calling back someone who has clearly seen through your cunning ruse...

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

SteveK

Re: Keyboard won't be a gamechanger for BB

"Everyone (except iOS) has Swype now"

Ah, no. Being able to install 3rd party keyboards was one of the revolutionary new features in IOS8, so now even IOS can have it...

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Atlas snubbed! Ad blocker says it can kill Facebook's stalker tech

SteveK

Re: You don't have to click......

True, but I assume this system tracks you just because the page has 'like' buttons on it, regardless whether or not you clicked them - the fact that you visited a page about X will be logged.

On the other hand, clicking all the random ads that appear is useful. For a start, it messes up and devalues any possible data that has been logged about you; secondly if the target of the ad starts having to pay out for lots of clicks that result in zero sales then they may be less inclined to pay, which again devalues the advertising.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

SteveK

Re: Streisand effect

Actually, it wasn't 6 iPhones, it was all of the iPhone 6, they just wheeled out Yoda to make the announcement.

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SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches

SteveK

Re: Because the flaws were very different

Also releasing it Friday night made a lot of sysadmin happy, that night and the following Saturday, believe me.

It's not Friday night everywhere at once...

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

SteveK

Re: planet-forming disk?

Only the inner ones. Low density diskettes for the outer gas planets.

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And yet bottles of the stuff still have a 'best before' date...

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

SteveK

Autocorrect?

Do I detect a whiff of autocorrect/autocomplete/rushed deadline?

"...Windows 8 operation system..."

"...Wind 32 apps on the desktops..."

"...in their move from Widows XP."

Or are these deliberate and I'm just behind the times on Microsoft-bashing?

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Netflix bullish after six-country European INVASION

SteveK

The main problem is not with Netflix themseves, but primarily that the TV studios don't want to (or aren't allowed to?) license out content to 3rd parties - the rights owners want a chance to sell DVD box sets and their own high priced subscription service first. Then when rights do come up, they're bought by the highest bidder in that country for first showing. This is likely to be especially problematic in a country that hasn't until now had Netflix, as the rights will have already been bought by pre-existing networks.

When I first looked at Netflix and Lovefilm, I was disappointed that nothing I searched for seemed to be there, but then I changed perspective and looked at what it did have, and what it suggested and discovered some good series that I'd either missed the first time, or had never heard of at all.

Series (particularly small quirky ones) do seem to be prone to getting cancelled after a season or two, usually without wrapping up the story so I prefer to not invest time in watching something that will get pulled just as I'm getting into it.

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India vs America: Earthling invaders in race to MARS

SteveK

I'm sorry, I think India should be spending it's cash on bringing the basic necessities to it's provincial population before it piles billions into space.

I think you'll find $74 million closer to the mark than 'billions'.

And if they can show they can do it for a pittance compared to what other nations are spending then they'll probably be able to sell their services.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

SteveK

Re: Oh for an old-school Nokia

You know, you dropped it on the floor and the floor broke.

My mum did that with a sponge cake once.

Actually true, early '80s, had just bought a new-fangled microwave and followed a recipe in the book it came with to supposedly make a microwaved sponge cake. Result was rather solid and unrisen, we took it outside and dropped it on the concrete patio and it cracked the concrete... (My dad was not amused, the patio had only been done 6 months or so before...)

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

SteveK

Re: New start menu

"And metro apps which live as windows on the desktop."

Isn't this just resurrecting the ancient Active Desktop that MS bundled in the days of IE4? I remember having to go round turning that off as one of the first things on installing a new Windows 98 machine...

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

SteveK

Re: Pasteurized before you see it

Yes, but by the sound of it, that was four miles away vertically. Then after it went bang, gravity stopped looking the other way.

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

SteveK

Re: No problem at all.

Ok, the UK model has a pound printed there but just using the UK keymap will put it there even if there's no graphic.

And don't need to worry about other keys being shown in the wrong places as Apple are 'special' in not following the normal UK keyboard layout and just forcing the US layout on you anyway.

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SteveK

When did this reduction happen?

Price (both academic and public) seem the same as they were a fortnight ago, as I had someone ask me about buying one. Looking at his email, he was seeing the list price on the Apple UK store as £999 then, so assuming this reduction isn't something that's just happened?

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

SteveK

Wasn't all the tax arguing last year or so to do with companies using loopholes and incentives to run parts of their business through Ireland and pay less tax? Surely if it is paying Irish tax in Ireland that makes it an Irish company (albeit one that is a subsidiary of a US one)?

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

SteveK

Re: Speaking as a CRT user...

You could just not plug it into the network?

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FRIKKIN' LASERS could REPLACE fibre-optic comms cables

SteveK

Damn it, are you telling me I have to find room for shark tanks in all my comms cabinets?

Mind you, one in the server room would be good, perhaps with loose floor tiles, just *here*

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

SteveK

Re: Red X

"They have work zone signs, "Fines Doubled in Work Zone" signs, cones, barrels, etc....but no work."

Oh no, we have plenty of those here too. There'll be 3 miles of cones with at the end of it, a guy sat in his truck reading the paper. Usually though he's cleared off early so that he can claim triple-wages working the bank holiday.

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Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs

SteveK

Re: Broken by design?

"I was phoned three years running by Orange partners after cancelling my service, to see if I wanted an upgrade. That was despite having opted out of third party communication."

To be fair, all the networks are guilty of this. With Vodafone I would get on average 3-4 calls a week starting about 2 months before the contract expired and ramping up.

With Orange, I started getting these types of calls in the first week, but that turned out to be that the number had been recycled so I was getting calls targetting the person whose number it used to be. After a week, my old number finally ported across.

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SteveK

I'm feeling left out, I didn't get a single one of these messages.

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

SteveK

Come on people, it's not rocket science. Oh, wait..

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

SteveK

Re: Wait and see

"My favourite example of this was from something that ITV used to show at post-pub-o'clock. Sadly that space is now taken up by some sort of tv-roulette-scumbaggery. The show was 'Tour of Dury'."

My example along those lines was the time [BBC|ITV] were showing the lunchtime as-live repeat of the (probably Japanese) F1 that had been on at around 5am, and had the programme announcer start with "And now another chance to see X win the (probably Japanese) grand prix"

Ok, technically it was a repeat and any real enthusiasts would have got up at unsocial-o-clock to watch it live, but nonetheless, anyone who had actually tuned in to watch the as-live showing probably still wouldn't want the end spoiled.

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