* Posts by SteveK

276 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

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Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

SteveK

But who breaks the law? You, the non-Russian citizen, non-Russian resident for letting a Russian enter their personal information into your non-Russian site? Or the Russian citizen/resident for sending you their personal information?

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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(I've noted with one client that all their systems are now running Office 2013, even though we install 2010 on all the laptops...)

Still have 2010 on the PC that upgraded, although it did seem to knock out the product activation from that so that it was reporting it was unlicensed, and install a 'Get Office' app that promptly needed 50Mb of updates,despite already having Office (just not the shiny version it wants me to have, presumably)

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Not seeing any sign of it here on domain PCs that aren't using WSUS. Whether that's because we use a volume license product code I'm not sure. I do know that non-domain W7 PCs using the same volume license key did come up with the 'register for upgrades' thing, so it's not that in itself that's preventing it.

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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

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Re: Windows 10 is Ransomeware?

It's certainly hard to swallow. Still trying to work an Amazon reference in though.

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Re: How much like?

Equally screwed if it turns out to be LV-426, in which case I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit..

It's the only way to be sure.

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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@AC Re: Fantastic projets

I think JulieM's point isn't wondering why people pick on the Robin, but why people often get the name the wrong way round.

It isn't a 'Robin Reliant', but a 'Reliant Robin'. Reliant is the car maker (who also made, amongst others, the Scimitar, Sabre and of course the Kitten - a 4 wheel version of the Robin). For some reason people do seem to frequently call it a 'Robin Reliant' though but I have no idea why - can anyone shed light on it? As JulieM notes, they wouldn't call a Ford Escort an Escort Ford.

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Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

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Re: "including delivery charges the fuel costs nearly $10,000 per pound"

Meanwhile, the 'Russian debris' was actually delivered by Yodel (or whatever name they're using this month), they didn't bother going and knocking on the door of the ISS and just lobbed it over the fence.

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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Re: Heat balance

Also, the fact that politicians won't do anything unless their feet are held to the fire doesn't exactly help matters

...and said fire must produce a fair amount of CO2, thus linking politicians directly to CO2-based-climate-change. So the solution is presumably to get rid of the politicians - or at least the ones that pursue inactivity as an art form.

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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Re: That is a really idiotic design choice.

Can't come close to matching the suffering of the story, but on the subject of illogical UI design, was upgrading RAID driver on an elderly Windows server a little while back. Downloaded the latest driver from the manufacturer and ran the installer. Was presented with a standard Windows dialog box: "Previous driver detected, click 'OK' [the default] to uninstall, 'Cancel' to upgrade."

Err, ok. What about if I now decided that I wanted to do neither and just exit instead? I only have those two options (or kill the process...). And why is the default button the one that uninstalls the driver for the disk array which might be fairly vital.

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The USB Lego, bluetooth coffee cups and connected cats of Computex 2015

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Re: Hmm...

I thought it was supposed to be a cat-on-a-treadmill powered coffee grinder. I couldn't imagine any real cats falling for that though.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: Universal applications

You do know I was having a dig at MS, that people who have a PC are more likely due to sales to have Android, also look at recent games console sales.

Nope, apparently completely missed that. Clearly need more caffeine in the morning.

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Re: Universal applications

Erm don't think so. Can't see how it would be possible for one program to work on multiple OSes.

Really?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Write_once,_run_anywhere

OK, Java wasn't great but at least as a bytecode it should run the same binary code on any platform that has a suitable runtime.

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Scams and malware

So, how long before scam artists and thieves (no, I'm not talking about Microsoft here) start pushing out popups that look like this, or on 29th July pretend to be a 'Windows 10 is ready to install' thingy. Given the hype about it, how many people will then believe such a popup to be genuine?

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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Of course, it could also be argued that the actual cause of the *crash* was [reportedly] flying into power lines and/or an electricity pylon whilst attempting an emergency landing in a field.

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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

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Re: "£900bn"?

Maybe '£900bn industry' is referring to 'the car industry' as a whole, not just driverless cars. Maybe what he was trying to say was that by 2025 he expects driverless cars to be contributing to an industry that this year amounts to £900bn? And he's just inept in putting it across, or it's been misquoted or taken out of context.

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HOT HOVERSHIP-ON-HOVERSHIP ACTION: SpaceX ready for barge boing

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The SI unit of length is the metre, denoted by the symbol "m".

Yes, but since when has The Register bothered with such convention?

Personally, since it's a sea landing, I'd suggest it stands for 10 manatees.

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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

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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

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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?)

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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

SteveK

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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