* Posts by Ben Boyle

105 posts • joined 11 May 2007

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

Ben Boyle

Law retrospectively changing in...

3... 2... 1...

Willing to bet there'll be no actual punishment, maybe a vaguely worded statement about lessons leaned and words having been had with the persons involved.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

Ben Boyle

Re: Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance

Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La La and Po.

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

Ben Boyle

@Francis Boyle - Re: That's what happen when you have a Kirk...

Norfolk is also the home of PETA, so no hi-jinks with any furry creatures or there'll be uproar.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

Ben Boyle

Puts the finger

IN the problem... FTFY

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T-Mobile USA: DON'T install Apple's iOS 10, for the love of God

Ben Boyle

Can we get some photos of T-Mob users

So we can see if they're holding it correctly?

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

Ben Boyle

Re: Game, Set & Match to the Vultures

2009 MBP here - probably wont be buying another unless they bring back the 17". Trying to use X Code on anything smaller is an exercise in frustration and while, yes, I could buy a larger display the point of the portable is that I can, well, PORT it and use it when I'm away from my comfy abode or uncomfy office.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

Ben Boyle

Blocking legitimate posts?

Facebook are already doing that themselves with their constant switching people to the "Top Stories" feed and selective display of items in the "Most Recent" list.

E.g. SWMBO says to me "Why didn't you like my latest cute discovery I posted ten minutes ago?" and yet it's nowhere in my news feed. I go to her page to feast mine eyes upon her missive and have to wade through half a ton of "Posts I may not have seen yet" and stuff from two days ago before finally finding the post from ten minutes back.

Curation, my ass.

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Server vendor has special help desk for lying, incompetent sysadmins

Ben Boyle

Re: Wrong sized hammer

AKA "Percussive Maintenance"

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Ben Boyle

Re: "Microsoft Certified Support Engineer"

Or indeed Must Consult Somebody Experienced

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Crooks abusing Facebook to offer credit card samples

Ben Boyle

Re: Just one reason

No need for a soldering iron with my bank - the CVV number rubs off after a couple of weeks of wallet exercising activity with no help from anyone.

Which is great right before Christmas when you need to make an online purchase and can't remember it :/

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Cloudian clobbers car drivers with targeted ads

Ben Boyle

Uniquely relevant

On your way home from the dealership: "You're driving a brand new BMW... would you like to buy a new BMW?"

Just picked up your daughter: "You recently searched for baby products, you should buy Pampers!"

In the car with the wife and she's looking a bit testy: "Try AshleyMadison.com, free for 30 days!"

We may expect targeted ads, because that's what's being shoved down our throats, but it doesn't mean that we *like* it.

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Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

Ben Boyle
Stop

El Reg seems to be monetizing it's user base, too

Given that I had a call on my work cellphone number from "The Register on behalf of Kaminario" trying to give me all flash storage white papers a couple of weeks ago...

One wonders what value Vulture Central places on individual commentards.

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Adpocalypse 'will wipe out display ad growth' by 2020

Ben Boyle

Re: Is it just me ....

@Kryptonaut

You'd have a fair point if the ads weren't obnoxious, invasive, or occasionally carrying a malware payload. Until the online ad industry can clean up its act, then blocking is the only way to stay safe.

Site owners should be applying pressure to the ad industry, not to their customers, if they want to keep the revenue stream.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

Ben Boyle

Re: My heart bleeds

4. Clean up your shit so that the ad networks aren't malware vectors.

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

Ben Boyle

Re: "no fixed controls on the land border between Northern Ireland and the republic"

@joeW... I will not make a leprechaun joke... I will not make a leprechaun joke... I will not make a leprechaun joke... I will not make a leprechaun joke...

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Big-screen Skype gets small farewell note

Ben Boyle

Re: I <> Everyone

Yep, holiday calls with the extended and dispersed fam are the key use case for Skype on the TV, at least in the home. I've seen businesses use it for site to site in small conference rooms too.

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

Ben Boyle

Update from AMC

AMC just sent out an email saying that “… there will be NO TEXTING ALLOWED in any of auditoriums at AMC Theaters. Not today, not tomorrow and not in the foreseeable future.”

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Czech Republic to rebrand

Ben Boyle
Trollface

Re: Will the Czechs change their name to Czechians?

@chivo243 - Hollandaise?

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Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

Ben Boyle

Re: $22bn

Obviously they're using the same mathematicians and formulae to calculate losses as the RIAA

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

Ben Boyle

Re: precedent

Trying to derive a whine-whine from the loose-loose situation...

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

Ben Boyle

Re: @Lost all faith Same here

@Tom 13

Odd, my wife has the same reaction to Outback's food. Personally I find the over the top "aussie" accent used by their voice over people to be incredibly irritating, but I know a few others who think it;s great.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

Ben Boyle

Re: Brilliant

AFRICAN-American wall, so the Academy Awards nominations won't be a whitewash...

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Getting metal hunks into orbit used to cost a bomb. Then SpaceX's Falcon 9 landed

Ben Boyle

Now push... and pull... and PUSH....

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Rebels defeat the Empire (again) by giving BB-8 an API

Ben Boyle

Re: An API is OK, but ...

I have the Hasbro version, and it's actually fun to play with for short periods of time. The dog figured out quite quickly that if he bops the demon just the right way his head will fall off, but that's part of the joy....

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Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

Ben Boyle

Re: Not Just Cisco

I have a Dell laptop (E5550) that has a numeric keypad, but no num lock indicator light. Caps lock and the hardware mic mute have lights built into the keys but not num lock.

FFS.

Ended up finding a bit of software that puts an indicator in the system tray.

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Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

Ben Boyle

Re: Three Keys To Improved Computer Security.

Delldos

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

Ben Boyle

Re: I've been around here for ages

Upvote for correct use and spellage of "piqued"

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ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

Ben Boyle

Re: This article needs an Editor

"Pidgin" English

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

Ben Boyle

Re: Own Goal

Or perhaps that's what we're meant to think.

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'T-shaped' developers are the new normal

Ben Boyle

Re: I'm pleased I don't live in a mind...

Perhaps it's less a T and more of an inverted isosceles triangle, which when converted to 3-D becomes a cone... which is rounded from some angles but still has varying depth.

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

Ben Boyle

TalkTalk, soon to be rebranded "Fuck. Fuuuuuuck!"

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

Ben Boyle
Thumb Up

"Spung"... I like it. Sounds kind of unpleasant and dirty, much like the media spin on a lot of topics. Henceforth I shall use your newly coined term, Sir!

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XcodeGhost attack tapped into dev distaste for Apple's Gatekeeper

Ben Boyle

Re: Let me see...

And if you're a student or hobbyist you don't actually have to pay to download Xcode while you learn - you only need to pay the $99 when you want to submit your apps to the app store. Sell your app for $1 and you only need to punt 141 copies (allowing for the 30% apple tax) to break even...

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Ben Boyle
FAIL

I tried turning off the ad blocker on my tablet

As above, I turned it off for a day or so, but the number of times an ad displaying on reddit or imgur pushed me to some crappy application in the play store before I could see the post i was trying to get to pissed me off and I turned the blocker back on.

That's the kind of shit that forces people to take steps against the ads. police the ads that your customers are pushing through your ad networks and maybe that trend will reverse. Stopping visiting a site doesn't work either because the same damned ad gets served on multiple sites and you can never predict which ad network is being used where.

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'Walter Mitty' IT manager admits to buying gun on dark web

Ben Boyle

Re: Luger

Probably an LCP - the LC9 is 9mm and that one clearly says it's a .380

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Google Adblock shock a load of cock – users mock post hoc

Ben Boyle

Re: Simple solution for google

For me it's pretty big. I've also started closing tabs on the sites that offer list of "funny" things that end up being one per page, and 3/4 of each page is ads or random links to other lists of funny things and related content.

I seriously see some of them on my tablet where the content I want is in the top left quarter of the screen (landscape) and the other 3/4 are crap that takes ages to load. Going through ten pages of that is a major nope and it seems that there are way more of those being shared as clickbait on the ad free content network of late.

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

Ben Boyle

I'm glad the manufacturers are going to push out patches, but will the carriers help or hinder the process?

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Hey, Apple! 1999 just called and it wants its voicemail avatar back

Ben Boyle

Re: Patents!

That's a very Wednesday joke for it to still be Monday. Well done that man!

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

Ben Boyle
Joke

Yay!

On the plus side, I have an Android phone on AT&T and half the time MMS messages never deliver content anyway, so I guess AT&T can start claiming that as a "security feature".

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

Ben Boyle

Re: I mostly agree

Same thing with my Samsung "Smart" blu-ray player.

Advertised as having Hulu support, which wasn't there initially and promised as "coming soon" then six months later they released the new models and suddenly all mention of Hulu disappeared from their web pages for my model. Bastards.

I'll stick with a dumb panel that I can plug in a PC, Raspy Pi, or Roku type device and upgrade the brains without shelling out for a new screen.

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

Ben Boyle

Re: Saleswoman missed the obvious

Wrap them up individually and sell them to the celebrity crazed, bizarrely cash rich teenage fans on fleabay

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Ben Boyle

That should be "Donut try to divide us...:", Shirley?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Ben Boyle

Might just be me but on my 1680*1050 screen the logo in the banner is looking a little jaggy.

Won;t stop me reading but I'm in the "Ewwwwwwwwwwww!" camp too. I like the overall layout of the articles on the main page but for me there's too much bright white space and it feels almost... unfinished?

And those popup/flyout leaders when you hover over the subnav are crazy annoying :/

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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

Ben Boyle

Re: EE - Cash On Tap

Same here in the US - vending machines, 7/11, CVS Pharmacy, McDonalds. various medical offices... still get looks from some people as if I just hacked their payment systems because while it's readily available there just aren't that many people using it. I know a couple of folks who had to go to their Verizon store to get an upgraded SIM for their phones in order for it to work, so I;m figuring most just aren't bothering and unless you already have it configured and working the networks just aren't pushing it that much.

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

Ben Boyle

Same thing for immigrant visa in the US - list every visit ever made to the US, with dates, reason for travel and accommodation addresses.

Always fun when you've been back and forth at least every six months, for both business and pleasure, over the preceding six or seven years.

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VMware's Project Zombie gives dumb servers BRAAAAINS

Ben Boyle
Black Helicopters

Re: Buzzword much?

All your data are belong to U.S.

FTFY ;)

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I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

Ben Boyle
Facepalm

Re: "The only issue..."

office 2003, Excel, OLE... have to format the cell as a date first in MM/DD/YYYY then insert your data in that format, then reset the format to DD/MM/YYYY or it fails.

Every. Damned. Time.

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UK.gov stalks jobless online to axe work refuseniks' benefits

Ben Boyle
Meh

Re: Bang on

Similar experience here - made redundant as a software dev in Somerset. JC wanted me to apply for an overnight data entry job in Plymouth because "you can type pretty well!"

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Google motors into cloud storage with Drive

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Thumb Up

Re: Meh

Yup, and my educational SkyDrive account just got a bump to 7GB so I won't be jumping ship just yet

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