* Posts by RFC822

35 posts • joined 2 Jul 2009

IT security pro salaries: Silicon Valley? You'd be better off in Minneapolis

RFC822

And there I was thinking that this was theregister.CO.UK. SIgh.

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

RFC822

Re: Laura's Tale

Aaaarrrgggg - it's bad enough everywhere else, but I'd have hoped that people on The Register would know better than to refer to 0207 and 0208!

The area code for ALL of London (including the local numbers that begin with a "3") is 020. Not 0207. Not 0208. Not 0203. It's just 020.

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Latest Androids have 'god mode' hack hole, thanks to Qualcomm

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Re: Nexus OK?

My Nexus 6 is running MOB30W (dated 5 August) and the Checkpoint app says that I'm affected by all 3 vulnerabilities...

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Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

RFC822

Interesting that people seem to be in denial of what they ACTUALLY paid for (not perhaps what they WANTED to pay for), when purchasing music or other content.

Regardless of what you would like to happen, you only purchase a (limited) licence to use the content. So you cannot pass on your iTunes collection when you die. And you cannot (legally) format change the content. Nor can you broadcast the content in public. Or sell a CD while keeping an MP3 copy.

Of course, those who ignore the terms of the licence are probably too busy joining their fellow freetards and downloading pirated software to bother reading this.

Downvote away...

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RFC822

I'm rather surprised at somebody on here thinking that ownership of the physical medium also confers ownership rights on the content. You don't "own" it, you merely have a licence to use it.

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

RFC822

It's a lie

The story must be a lie, because everybody knows that Apple products just work...

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

RFC822

Pointless

The main reason for changing passwords periodically is to reduce the window of opportunity during which a compromised password can be exploited.

Of course, most compromised passwords will be used immediately after they have been compromised, so changing passwords every 30/60/90 days is pretty pointless. However, the user has to remember yet another password - and is quite likely to choose a less secure one in the haste to satisfy the password-reset requirement.

Good to see some sensible advice being provided.

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If NatWest texts you about online banking fraud, don't click the link

RFC822

Re: What's worrying...

Not in these VoIP days, when spoofing CLIP is as easy as spoofing a MAC address, IP address or any other such "identifier".

(Which doesn't stop the legislators from foolishly thinking that you can trivially easily tie an IP address to a human being. Sigh.)

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Google plugs Android vulns

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Emoji - mmmm

Yeah, never mind all that technical gobbledegook about fixing bugs. The _real_ reason for upgrading is that the latest monthlies are rumoured to support a load of new Emoji. :-)

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

RFC822

Why is an OS update changing my applications?!

I'm no Microsoft basher - I run their operating systems and applications on all my PCs and I am generally happy with their product set.

BUT the latest Win 10 update has made changes to my non-Microsoft applications - a space where the Operating System should not be dabbling.

The two issues that I've noted so far (I've only been running it since this morning) are:

1) It removed Piriform's Speccy application from my PC and put it in windows.old - displaying a message about this for all of 5 seconds, which I was lucky to see, but not offering me any option to prevent this

2) It changed the association for .PDF files from Foxit Reader to Microsoft Edge - again, without warning or permission

An operating system update should not be dabbling in the user/application space without permission. I've no idea what other changes could have been made, but it's not acceptable behaviour.

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'I posted winning race ticket in Facebook selfie ... and someone stole it!'

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When did we start using US$ here?

Thank you so much for converting AUD to USD (twice!) within the story.

I must have been asleep when we stopped using GBP here...

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Hands on with Google's Nexus 5X, 6P Android Marshmallow mobes

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No Qi - No buy

I've recently been wondering what to replace my Nexus 6 with, and was really looking forward to finding out the spec of the 6P.

But it doesn't have Qi charging - what on earth was Google thinking of?! Having placed Qi chargers in all the places that I normally have the phone (office desk, car, TV room, bedroom, hotel room), and loving the lack of faff that's involved in not having to keep connecting and disconnecting a piece of wire to the phone, I find that the 6P is going back to USB charging only. So it's USB-C - dig deal.

(Any suggestions as to what to replace the 6 with will be gratefully accepted. Must have large screen, run Android, support Qi, and be root-friendly.)

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

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Downloaded and working fine here

Just downloaded Office 2016 and it's working absolutely fine here. It's a minor incremental change from 2013.

I can only assume that the people who have been complaining about slow start-up haven't actually run 2016 themselves.

I don't sign in with a Live account, and it does add documents as attachments (not as links to OneDrive) in emails. Nor does it try to save to OneDrive. The Dark Grey scheme, while not perfect, is good enough.

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Microsoft Outlook comes to Android, iOS: MS email now a bit less painful on mobile

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FAIL

No POP support?!

Just found this (better late than never) and wondered for a nanosecond about trying it instead of K-9 Mail on my Android devices.

Then I read that it doesn't support POP.

Epic fail.

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Re: Wait a minute

"Me too" or "+1" or whatever it that people say these days.

My work laptop and my personal laptop both upgraded to 37, but my main desktop tells me that it's on 36,0,4 and claims to be up to date.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Re: Nearly

Isn't that the tail wagging the dog?!

When Firefox first started, it was built on a wonderful premise - there would be a small basic browser at the core, and then a selection of add-ons (which anybody could write) so that users could decide exactly which features they wanted in their browser.

I hate the new Tabs-On-Top design in 29, and now I'm being told that the only way to get back to the previous mode is to use an add-on.

The arrogance of the Firefox developers (you just need to look at their responses to anything criticising the new interface on the Mozilla forums, and there are reports of them deleting Facebook postings that are critical) will be their downfall.

I really don't like Google very much, and they already know FAR too much about me, but I fear that a move to Chrome may be on the way for me :-(

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

RFC822

That's what YOU think. If you'd just like to head over to my YouTube channel ...

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: TBL invented SMS too apparently

Not that far off - I was certainly using SMS 20 years ago (though I was working at BT's Research Labs at the time).

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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Re: Caveat Emptor

My 1005 uses a proprietary connector that doesn't even seem to be shared with many other models in the TomTom range. It certainly does NOT use any standard mini or micro USB connector.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Samsung have shot themselves in the foot with SIM region locking, eFuses and warranty policy

All the talk about the the stylus on the Note 3 neglects to mention that on the Xperia Ultra you can write on the screen with ANY pencil.

However, the thing that most puts me off the Note 3 (and I have had a Dell Streak 5, Galaxy Note and currently Note 2) is not just the SIM region locking, but also the eFuse that's built in to detect whether the phone has ever been rooted - and Samsung's decision to void the warranty on any phone that has been rooted. Compare that with Sony's support for the developer community.

Hence I've just bought an Xperia Ultra. Still getting to grips with the size (probably need an SBH52 headset), and wondering how the HTC One Max (despite only having a Snapdragon 600 processor) will compare, but Samsung have just lost one customer.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

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FAIL

Samsung were NOT the first to launch a VLP

"Two years after Samsung opened the Very Large Phone (VLP™) Pandora’s Box with the original Galaxy Note..."

How short some people's memories are. It was Dell, with the Streak 5, who were first into the market. Here's the review:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/23/review_phone_dell_streak_android_tablet_smartphone/?page=1

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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FAIL

Let's not forget that DELL were the first into this market

"Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - The successor to the device that started all this large-screen silliness,"

Come on, Reg, let's not try to re-invent history. The Dell Streak 5 (I still have mine, along with a Note and a Note 2) was the brave foray into this market.

Yes, they didn't fully support it, and lost faith in the product somewhere along the way, but let's give credit where credit's due.

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Office 2013 now available for some home users

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Meh

Where's the weather?

For £8.95, and being bored with all the snow, I thought what the heck and went for it.

First impression is that some aspects of the UI aren't too bad - I can live with the ribbon bar in "show tabs" mode.

What I hate is that they have removed most of the themes that were in Outlook 2010, so you have a choice of White, Very White or Extremely White! They've also removed most of the visual cues that delineate the different elements on the screen.

Also: most of the reviews say that you can have the weather on your Calendar - but I don't have this listed under Options for Calendar. Is it just me, or is it something that was removed for RTM (or UK users)?

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Phishers jailed for lifting over £300k from student loan applicants

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FAIL

Jeremy Clarkson

All that happened to Clarkson was that a Direct Debit was set up in his name. He could have had it reversed (under the Direct Debit Guarantee), but as it was to a charity, he decided not to.

There is no risk in making your account number and sort code publicly available.

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RFC822
FAIL

There is no risk in revealing account number and sort code

"I asked my best mate, who I have known for 40 years to tell me his account number and sort code so I could pay some money into his bank account for some crap I sold for him on feepay. He is proberbly one of the most least technical persons I know, but knew enough not to email it, sms it or private message me it on facebook"

How wrong he was, then, because there is absolutely no risk involved in send his account number and sort code over any of those routes! The same information is available - along with his signature - on every cheque he has ever written. The only thing that somebody can do with this information is to pay money in to the account.

You are getting Account information (which does not need to be secured) mixed up with Logon information (which most certainly does need to be)!

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Open-source password keeper to get 'minor' weekend security fix

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Unhappy

Compatibility

@Danny Jr. - I use KeePassDroid on my Android phone and sync it with my PC. Unfortunately KeePassDroid has currently only got read-only support for the 2.x database format, so I'm stuck with 1.x for now.

Also - despite the July 1st date for the update, V1.22 doesn't know about updates yet, and V1.23 is still listed as pre-release when you install it.

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Why O2 shared your mobile number with the world

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What about PAYG?

"Mobile web browsing is different from fixed browsing for one important reason - the network can absolutely, and securely, identify the customer from the SIM card,"

What about PAYG SIMs, purchased with cash?

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Canon perks up Powershot pair

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Unhappy

Where's the G13?

All very well, but why no replacement for the G12?

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Dell puts gun to Streak 5 tablet, pulls trigger

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Unhappy

Bugger!

Bugger! Bugger! Bugger!

As a heavy PDA user and a light phone user, the 5" Streak was perfect for my needs, and now there is nothing in the market to replace it :-(

Like others here, I'm off to look for a spare in case anything happens to my current one.

Best mobile device I have ever had (and I started with the Psion 3, 3a, 3c, 5, then various HTC WinMo phones, Toshiba TG01, etc)

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Touch Calendar

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FAIL

Astonished

It would be a cold day in hell before i would give Google unfettered access to my diary - they know far too much about me already.

(I'm happily using VCOrganizer Pro on my Android phone - complete with its own excellent calendar application and widgets - to synchronise my data with Outlook on my PC.)

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German prangs dad's £275k supercar

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@Aaron Em

> at 150mph everything is happening really, really fast. Fast enough that it's

> scary (on a motorbike, anyway).

It's pretty scary in a car too, even one that's well capable of it (Porsche 928S4).

I've had a lot of experience of driving at 100mph+, but it's astonishing how much faster everything happens at 150mph. I have extreme respect for those who have driven at 200mph (and lived to tell the tale).

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Mozilla unfurls twelfth and last Firefox 4 beta

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Unhappy

Lost its way

I remember when Firefox was built on a really powerful premise - there would be a small core browser that would do the basics really really well, and a set of Extensions, from which I could choose the ones that were important to me.

Firefox seems to have increasingly lost its way, becoming full of bloat and pointless (to me, at least) alterations to its appearance.

Not sure where to go next - Google knows too much about me already, so not Chrome, and I just don't get on with Opera. Perhaps I should give IE9 a whirl???

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Windows 7 service pack 1 set to lift off today

RFC822
Happy

Easy install

On my (already fully patched) 64-bit Win 7 laptop, the SP1 download was about 80Mb. Installed with no problems (and no obvious new functionality either).

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Adobe pushes out emergency patch for Reader apps

RFC822
WTF?

Update requires a reboot - why?

Just installed the update on my 64-bit Windows 7 system. It's telling me that it requires a reboot.

Why on earth does an update to a document viewer require an operating system reboot??????

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Porsche bites back at e-car proponents

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FAIL

Ruf are NOT after-market tuners

Ruf are not after-market tuners. They are registered in Germany as car manufacturers, just like BMW, Ford, etc.

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