* Posts by I_am_Chris

156 posts • joined 22 Nov 2009

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Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours

I_am_Chris

Stupid map

That map is next to useless. Oh look the most populous places in the UK are the ones with the most problems. No shit Sherlock!

They should correct for population density, then it might tell you something. Or maybe not if this is a non-story...

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I_am_Chris

Re: A little slow in Berkshire

I note that prices are conspicuously absent on that email. Anyone know how competitive they are?

It would take quite a deal to get me to move from iD mobile.

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Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

I_am_Chris

Re: The ICO is toothless

"How did they get my new number then? "

By generating lots of random numbers until one hits? They know the ranges of valid numbers and could easily just do things randomly.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

I_am_Chris

Re: These idiots woke me up TWICE !

Then set up the do not disturb feature on your phone. It's built-in on iOS and I used to have it on Android, although I can't remember if it was an app or not.

The SOP is that it won't notify you when someone calls or texts you, but will if they do it repeatedly within a short time window.

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UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

I_am_Chris

Ring fence

Ring fencing is one thing, which should be applauded. However, post brexit we're facing at least a £3bn loss in funding. What's UK Gov going to do about that?

This is on top of the fact that the UK has one of the lowest levels of science funding per GDP (1.7%) amongst leading nations (below EU average and massively behind USA) and has dropped since 2009.

Core academic funding is critical for innovation, creativity and manufacturing. If it gets squeezed any further the whole country will suffer.

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You have no idea

"Our universities are funded by fee-paying foreign students, it would be insane to stop that flow"

And yet that is exactly what is happening. EU applications down 9% ...

www.theguardian.com/education/2016/oct/27/uk-university-applications-from-eu-down-9-ucas

The utter joke about Brexit is that it was about 'control'. We have actually lost control, not gained any. Epic, epic, fail! The government know this and are pissing about trying to avoid telling us.

We're going to get screwed by the EU, because they can and need to in order to stop it falling apart and there's bugger all we can do about it. Welcome back to the British 'glory years' of the 70s - 3-day week, no bin collections and hyper-inflation.

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Password1? You're so random. By which we mean not random at all - UK.gov

I_am_Chris

Re: Password managers FFS!

Forgot to add.

Lack of internet is a red herring. Proper password managers keep your passwords file locally - no internet required. you just need to sync it automatically when you do have internet.

If you want access to secure sites on hardware that you don't own or trust, then more fool you.

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Re: Password managers FFS!

Given that currently the single point of failure is the user, anything that avoids them either using weak passwords or reusing the same password, is a big win. Password managers make it trivially easy.

With the better password managers allowing you to keep your file on Dropbox, icloud, etc any miscreant has to crack one round of 2FA plus the database file's encryption.

No silver bullet, maybe, but certainly silver plated IMO.

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I_am_Chris

Password managers FFS!

That is all

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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

I_am_Chris

Re: Sounds like the classic

OPEC

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Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour

I_am_Chris

3.69 pence not pounds

"Time on Cirrus is charged at £0.0369 per core hour (exclusive of VAT)." From your link in the article. You're 100x out.

Seriously El Reg I'd expect better from you.

That's within the Amazon t2.medium ($0.056 per hour) territory. Quite competitive really.

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I_am_Chris

Only capital cost

The £1m will be purely for the hardware. Running costs will be continuous and substantial. And, of course, is being run for a profit.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

I_am_Chris

Where's the news here?

Man dies by driving sports car into tree. How many times a week/month/year does this happen? It's not news, just a statistic.

OK, so it was a Tesla. Whoop di do. The driver was already dead by the time the fire brigade got there. This is such a non-story.

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Two-speed Android update risk: Mobes face months-long wait

I_am_Chris

Re: One problem..

Look at the ZTE line. It hugs the bottom axis - equivalent to never.

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

I_am_Chris

In space...

... No-one can drop a wrench. One, because there's no gravity for it to fall and two, they are tethered.

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Vivaldi's tweaky grinders fire out another release: Add themes, security

I_am_Chris

Love it's speed

I was a hardened Firefox user (almost non-stop since Phoenix days), in the last six months its performance had tanked.

Viv is a breath of fresh air. Lightweight, fast and clean. It's been my primary browser at work on Mac and at home on linux for about two months.

As others have said better control of pdf handling would be good.

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Funny story, this. UK.gov's 'open banking app revolution'. Security experts not a fan of it

I_am_Chris

I'm all for online banking...

...but ubiquitous banking apps on mobile phones is a disaster in waiting.

Plus, I doubt it'll do anything that the CMA claims it will.

Maybe people aren't switching because, on the whole, UK banking is very good? I've only ever moved to take advantage of deals not because of bad service.

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Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

I_am_Chris

Re: @Bob Dole ... Could Also Be...

I don't think I've ever worn a digital watch. Much prefer analogue dials. Including my Withings Activite pop fitness tracker I wear these days.

Analogue watches are often fashion accessories with prices far above those of the Apple Watch. I have a Longines automatic which cost about twice an iWatch, but will last a darn sight longer!

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Users fear yet another hack as TalkTalk services go down

I_am_Chris

"The amount of time it takes to fix faults can vary depending on the type of weather and the impact on the network"

Is this TT's equivalent of good ol' British Rail's wrong type of snow?

Time to privatise TT? Oh wait...

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EU wants open science publication by 2020

I_am_Chris

No gold OA

This needs to be thought through properly. The publishers are currently pushing up prices for gold OA, so instead of making money on the subscriptions they now make money by charging to publish.

Any new rules need to enforce green OA where copyright is retained by the authors and can be made freely available upon publication.

Charging over 2k to publish a pdf document is extortion.

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I_am_Chris

Re: Already happening...

"Hang on, did our government do something good when i wasnt looking? Bl**dy hell .."

Don't worry. The Wellcome Trust started it and uk gov followed suit once it became stonkingly obvious it was the right thing to do.

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Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

I_am_Chris

Bad press

Twitter gets bad press for being full of trolls and fire being superficial. Although I don't disagree there are those elements, it isn't unique on the internet.

I use Twitter a lot for keeping in touch with others in my field of science and what they are up to or thinking about. The traditional scientific publishing model is broken and social media is more attuned to how we want to communicate our work. Quickly, easily, to our peers and the wider community.

Hashtags are an extremely efficient way to follow conferences that you are not able to attend in person.

Conciseness is a strength of Twitter, breaking that will make it fail.

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Four hundred MILLION vulnerable Androids are out there

I_am_Chris

This is exactly the reason why

my next phone is going to be of fruity variety (no, not a Blackberry).

I made the mistake of buying a supposedly supported Moto G from Three and have got exactly ZERO updates in over a year. This is despite the fact that Motorola are releasing updates.

The Android patching model is fundamentally broken and Google/manufacturers/networks don't care.

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EE most 'reliable' mobile provider for cities – Ofcom

I_am_Chris

'*four* major cities'

OK any guesses for which of the *five* cities tested by ofcom is elreg trying to offend? My bet is on Norwich.

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Dell's Ubuntu-powered Precision Sputnik now available worldwide

I_am_Chris

Top-end

Nope. These are usually at the top end. Typically ultrabooks with high-def screens. Price difference (if any) is small.

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Fifth arrest in TalkTalk hacking probe: Now Plod cuff chap in Wales

I_am_Chris

immaterial

Whether they took anything or not is immaterial. Just accessing TT's served is enough for breach of the Act and end up under arrest.

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KeePass looter: Password plunderer rinses pwned sysadmins

I_am_Chris

Re: When spelling is important.

I set a timer on my database. It is never open for more than 30sec.

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I_am_Chris

Windows-only

This only affects KeePass2 on windows. KeepassX on Mac and Linux shouldn't be affected. Although, it will be vulnerable to a similar exploits on those systems.

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Second UK teen suspect arrested over TalkTalk hack

I_am_Chris

Re: Talk talk

I've been very happy with Plusnet for the last few years. I'm happy to recommend them.

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TalkTalk website STILL down on day TWO

I_am_Chris
Coat

has over 4 million customers

Not for much longer...

Icon as that's what TT's customers will be doing.

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FOUR STUNNING NEW FEATURES Cook should put in the iPHONE 7

I_am_Chris

Yawn. Old news.

Everyone knows the current Apple story is the iPhone 7s/8.

Personally, I'm not interested until I see leaked photos of the iPhone 9 - it'll be a rectal implant which you interact with via your Watch4.

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XCodeGhost iOS infection toll rises from 39 to a WHOPPING 4,000 apps

I_am_Chris

Google Play immune?

"The more rigorous testing regime required before an iOS app can be published has always been considered to be the reason for this difference, but in this case it seems to have fallen short."

Although the above statement is true, how do we know that the Play Store isn't similarly affected? Has anyone thought to do a similar scan there?

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

I_am_Chris

Home cooking anyone?

There an even easier solution than depending on the cooperation of supermarkets, whose interests are opposite so yours: make you're own bleeding food!

This way you can make whatever size you want.

Christ. This kind of research only gets airplay because of 'Cambridge'. I'd bet if it had come out of any other Uni (except Oxford) it would have got the attention it deserved: none.

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‘Dumb pipe’ Twitter should sell up and quit, says tech banking chap

I_am_Chris

Twitter's ineptitude is users benefit

Why does everything have to be driven by ad revenue?

As an avid user in the scientific community, the (relative) lack of ads is a huge bonus! If they ever get their act in gear it'll be the death of it.

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Fujitsu sidesteps data scientists with a move toward tuned machine learning

I_am_Chris

Re: Accuracy != Robustness

Agree completely!

Anything above 95% screams of over-fitting or the data are so noddy that ML is irrelevant.

I also am happy to provide rock salt to go with these articles.

I'd give more upvotes if I could.

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

I_am_Chris

can't be a joke

Article can't be a joke as the first bits are right - for the majority of non-IT literate people. On El reg, however, it just comes across as school boyish and shrill.

Most people should avoid AM sites like the plague as they will be ID harvesters or malware ridden. Most El reg readers will know where to go for this kind of material with low risk.

The moralising and finger-pointing is poor.

This article would be perfect for the Daily Fail.

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

I_am_Chris

An alphabetti spaghetti of flaws...

As per subject

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Another death in Apple's 'Mordor' – its Foxconn Chinese assembly plant

I_am_Chris

Re: "employees aren't statistics"

Of course it's sad that someone dies, but the story is nothing to do with them - there's no mention at all of who they were - Apple is the target here.

Instead of criticising them, they should be applauded for improving quality of life. The UK, with all its welfare, has 10x the suicide rate and support is woeful yet we're quite happy to point fingers at Apple and the Chinese.

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Re: "employees aren't statistics"

Guess which demographic has the highest suicide rate? Young men.

What's the betting that a high proportion of Foxconn's employees are young men? High, I'd say. So, a rate of 0.6/100,000 is laudable. Just because someone chose to commit suicide at work doesn't mean work was the *cause* of the suicide.

This is such a non-story.

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Testing Motorola's Moto G third-gen mobe: Is it still king of the hill?

I_am_Chris

" Moto's one of the best at keeping phones updated."

Ha! Just make sure you don't get it from Three. My Moto G 4G, which I bought in Feb, hasn't had a single update. Still on 4.4.2.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

I_am_Chris

Re: 5 minutes

Cue lots of CC details being pilfered from parents' wallets and purses.

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

I_am_Chris

> Will you go blind if you take selfies?

Hopefully!

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

I_am_Chris

Re: Consequence

If the rest of your credit report is clean, then one 'missed' payment is going to have minimal effect. If it's not, then that's hardly RBS's fault.

Point taken about how Santander can't/won't change report due to RBS's cock-up, though.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

I_am_Chris

Re: KeePass

"Just use a password protected Excel sheet. "

Not sure if you're joking, but just in case you're not, google 'break excel password' and you'll find lots of workarounds including this one:

http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/328118-need-to-unlock-a-password-protected-excel-2010-workbook

Excel is never the answer. Regardless of the question.

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I_am_Chris

KeePass

Use KeePass. There's no server to compromise. You're in charge of your passwords. Job. Done.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

I_am_Chris

Doctors

"It’s a good job that doctors’ receptionists never put you on hold"

Ha!

Our surgery has a queuing system. Fortunately, it's also a local number.

Looks like Vodaphone want out of the mobile phone business if you compare 37.5ppm with 2ppm available with Three 3-2-1 PAYG.

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

I_am_Chris

Speak to DARPA

Once DARPA invent bullets/missiles that won't kill friendlies [1], then we'll talk about 'safe' encryption.

[1] Merkin's, yerpeens and the oil-rich

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Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH!

I_am_Chris

Re: Business Choices - Nick you are going to fail big time....

Wrong

Swatches were, and are, good products. I have a couple that >10 years old. They may not cost the same as a Rolex, but you got something you could wear everyday or have several to suit your mood.

Design is key.

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I_am_Chris

Proper swatch

I hope they don't try and ape apple or Samsung. Those things are overpriced toys for those with more money than sense.

Watches that combine the best of both like Whithings Activite are more like what normal people are prepared to be seen wearing.

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Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

I_am_Chris

The way forward

Better OS integration of password managers is the future. Using 3rd party programs can be a ball-ache.

However the OS vendors need to be squeaky clean regarding how they make it work. Plus, must be multi-platform. It'll be useless otherwise.

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