* Posts by I_am_Chris

114 posts • joined 22 Nov 2009

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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

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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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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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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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This $199 home air-quality gizmo will tell you to VOC right off

I_am_Chris

Re: Reckitt Benckiser

Nope. That was carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Totally different. The Await is still useless.

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Bluetooth privacy is mostly ignored, so you're beaming yourself to the world

I_am_Chris

Re: It beggards belief

"Or, you know, just turn Bluetooth off"

And, pray tell, how one would achieve that on a device with no buttons e.g. a fitbit?

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Capacity

What I don't get is how come a 6x increase in pixels only results in 1.5-2x disk capacity? What kids the size difference between an HD file and Bluray one?

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I_am_Chris

Re: Total waste of time

Most houses don't have a 20Mbps connection required for 4K streaming. Even HD is a struggle for many. That's why.

If the media companies contributed to BT's fibre roll out, that would guarantee higher uptake of streaming.

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

I_am_Chris

Re: I like Costa

" If I had a company serving the public,

would I really want my dirty laundry aired

in the full view of social media?"

That's exactly why it is a great avenue for getting a response. They want to be seen as being responsive to customer issues. I've had good experience with a few companies via Twitter.

Much better than an email sent to /dev/null

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ICANN banked $60m from dot-word auctions. Just what exactly is it going to spend it all on?

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FIFA

Man, ICANN are doing a fantastic job of making FIFA look like the epitome of transparency and anti-corruption.

At least they're not running something important upon which the rest of the world relies...

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

I_am_Chris

Re: I am hoping for a stupid TV to become available.

Err, just don't plug it onto the interwebs? It'll be as dumb as you like.

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

I_am_Chris

Already exists on Scotrail

Scotrail already have free wifi on all/most of their journeys. It works pretty well given the usual caveats of shared bandwidth and slow speeds.

Poor reporting el Reg or does Scotland not count as UK anymore.

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I_am_Chris

"And all because the mobile networks are so poor along the train lines that using the internet on a train is like taking a Morris Minor to the Alps."

It will make no difference. Where do you think the trains get their wifi from? Yup, that's right, the mobile networks. So, if there's no 3G available then wifi will not work either.

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

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proper link!?

Why is it so hard for media outlets to link to the actual scientific article rather than just the home page? Are they intentionally wasting people's time? I expect better from you El reg.

Here's the proper link to the 'science bit':

m.pnas.org/content/early/2015/01/14/1412198112

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Witches

If the feds do find anything incriminating on a smartphone, will the owner be burned as witch? Or borrow one of those guillotines that were all the rage in France in 1789...

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Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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libreoffice

" with almost perfect compatibility with Microsoft Office."

ha ha ha ha! oh my aching sides. You've never had to try and get impress presentations working in PowerPoint, have you? They look terrible, line wrapping fails and forget any animations. I've spent almost as long fixing presentations as my children have spent making them.

I desperately tried to make open/neo/libre office work seamlessly with my work colleagues and at home, but there are just too many incompatibilities.

in my experience it's only good for reading Office documents not writing them. Forget about collaborative working.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

I_am_Chris

12/12

Although, I wouldn't have known who that Facebook exec was without reading this article first.

Given that <1% of respondents got 12 right, I'd say the quiz was pitched at the right level and yes El Reg you're being harsh :)

Given the BBC has to explain what IP addresses are regarding the latest anti-terror bill tells you everything about general internet knowledge.

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Microsoft .NET released from its Windows chains... but what ABOUT MONO?

I_am_Chris

Licence

No mention of which licence they'll use?

That'll indicate how trustworthy this endeavour is. GPL, no problem. Some non-OSI approved licence with royalty-free clauses, run away.

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Microsoft's Lync becomes 'Skype for Business'

I_am_Chris

shame

" None of Lync's features will go"

I was hoping it's feature of crashing every 5min on my Mac would be fixed. Oh well shall stick with Adium.

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Apple releases MEGA security patch round for OS X, Server and iTunes

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Lion EOL

Patches only for mountain lion and mavericks: looks like Lion is now end-of-life. Time to upgrade, I guess <sigh>

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

I_am_Chris

Re: Trend?

Ha ha! That's a very interesting attitude you've got there. It's not Microsoft's fault for producing buggy, data-eating code, but the user's for being stupid enough to use the software that he paid good money for. <sarcasm>"Oh thank you, Microsoft, for letting me give you money and then corrupting my hard drive."</sarcasm> #fail

In actual fact DOS 6.0 was a serious problem for Microsoft. They had to release two/three updates pretty quickly in order to fix the doublespace bug (6.2) and changing the code to avoid infringing a 3rd party's (stacker, was it?) patent (first by removing doublespace in 6.21 and then reimplementing it in 6.22).

DOS 6.2 was a great OS (for the time) and was the last piece of software that I paid Microsoft full price for. I bought a 'discounted' copy of Win98 in Malaysia and more recently an OEM version of XP (for use by my wife in a Linux VM) on ebay for ~£12.

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Fancy some mobile filth? New logo tells you when not to bother

I_am_Chris

Simple

" "Parents need to be confident that their children are not exposed to adult content when out and about in public places," Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson, said."

This is such a middle class 'problem' - just don't give your spoilt brats iphones. Problem. Solved.

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Microsoft links Skype to Lync

I_am_Chris

Re: Interact with technology how and when Microsoft will let you

Heh.

You're speaking a foreign language there!

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I_am_Chris

Re: What I don't understand

It's because it comes 'free' with office365 installations. Like my work has.

it's a pile of crap and adding bloat to it with skype is not going to make it better. Why does everything have to be integrated with everything else?

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This photo slide scanner costs €60... The bundled malware? That's free

I_am_Chris

Re: Strewth,

er... at best you're only going to see the same no. of pixels, only larger. At worst you'll see fewer, larger pixels.

TVs are limited to 1920x1080. lots of monitors have a higher resolution.

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Microsoft plans midnight launch for Surface

I_am_Chris

Re: Shhhh! - you'll ground the suspended disbelief!

It's like having meetings at noon. I can't remember the number of times I've had invites to meetings starting at 12am

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iPad mini to go on sale in one month?

I_am_Chris

coincidence?

iPad 1 not getting iOS 6 - effectively EOL'd

Now, new mini iPad in the offing.

Coincidence? I don't think so...

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ENCODE’s ‘junk DNA’ claims spark biological bunfight

I_am_Chris
Boffin

Re: As one DNA strand...

<killjoy>Except the other strand is not a copy, but a reverse complement</killjoy>

If one strand is CAGTATCGAC, then the other is GTCGATACTG.

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We're raising generations of MUTANT KIDS, says Icelandic study

I_am_Chris
Boffin

Re: Careful with your evolution mumbo jumbo.

"Actually, we evolved from great apes. Monkeys have tails. That should help you in the future"

You're both wrong.

We didn't evolve from apes or monkeys. We evolved from a more recent common ancestor to the apes than we did the monkeys, thus we're more similar to modern apes than modern monkeys. What those common ancestors were we don't really know as they only existed ~5 million years ago .

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Apple MacBook Air 11in 2012

I_am_Chris
Gimp

Re: ethernet

I also happily use a 2011 13" Air as my main office 'desktop' computer. I never bought the ethernet to usb adapter thinking I could get one if I needed it. 10 months down the line and I've still not got one.

Connected to a 30" 2560x1600 monitor makes it the perfect workhorse for enterprise with the additional bonus of great protability (weight and battery life).

It isn't used exclusively for 'office' tasks but for the analysis of scientific 'big data' in academia. Having access to a 500 core HPC cluster an ssh command away does help, though :)

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Digital music sales beat discs for first time in UK

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Re: iTunes vouchers of course

Mostly yes. There are some exceptions, but yes all of your purchases should now be available without DRM

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UK.gov beats down Microsoft software price hike to 1pc

I_am_Chris
Linux

How does this fit in with their new-found love of OSS?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/31/government_closed_source_kicked_back/

Surely, desktop software like this is prime for the OSS treatment.

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RedSleeve does RHEL-ish clone for ARM

I_am_Chris

linky broken

the link to the Dell ARM microserver links to www.com

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Samsung outs Ivy Bridge notebooks

I_am_Chris

Re: Theory

Nah, it's to do with tellies.

Once LCD TVs took off the TV aspect ratio and resolutions became mass produced and cheap. Hence why many LCD monitors are 768p or 1080p - 1920x1200 or 1440x900 are non-standard and more expensive - thus are limited to 'high-end' machines...

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Intel bakes palm-sized Core i5 NUC to rival Raspberry Pi

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Atom

surely, the atom is more comparable to an Arm. Low cost, low power, no fan and small. ok it doesn't have USB 3 or thunderbolt, but who needs it in this line of product.

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Ten... top Android games

I_am_Chris

Re: Ice Breaker

Doesn't work for me either

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Mutant heroes to rescue Ultrabooks from price trap

I_am_Chris

"its Momentus has come"

<Groan>

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Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N 13.3in Ultrabook

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Short working day

I don't know about you but my working day is certainly longer than 5.5 hours, especially if I'm travelling. Added to the really poor screen resolution for a machine at this price, this is *not* a real business laptop.

A 13" Air is far superior in performance, usability and longevity. AND it is cheaper! An extra USB port would be handy and carrying about adaptors is a bit of a drag, but these are minor issues.

What's more important not needing a display adaptor or having laptop that is still working after 6hrs+? The Air is a *proper* business laptop.

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Ancient cave girl genome could crack Man's genetic puzzle

I_am_Chris

It's called open science and is happening more and more. In fact NIH require that all data are released immediately.

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I_am_Chris

The disk space requirements are much more that just for ACGTN as each base has quality information detailing how reliably that base was 'read'.

However the 'fastq' format is very space inefficient and is partly to blame for global sequencing data to grow faster than Moore's law.

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I_am_Chris

Bytes or bases?

When you say 500GB, do you mean gigabytes or gigabases?

Sequencing data is usually reported in bases in the scientific community.

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New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

I_am_Chris

Increasing other people's premiums more like

I can see this as a way for insurance companies to penalise drivers who *don't* use the system.

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An NT-powered Windows Phone? Not so fast...

I_am_Chris
FAIL

Let me get this right...

MS are saying they will put the same NT kernel that was in XP. Is that right?

Remember Windows XP? It's the OS that was so full of holes that MS spent the best part of 10 years trying to fix it and then replaced it. TEN YEARS!

And now they are wanting to unleash it onto a market where anti-virus is unheard of, unsecured networks are commonplace and scams are a daily problem.

Seriously?!

MS are imploding under their own stupidity... EPIC FAIL

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Poll: Linux's big data guzzling worries melt away

I_am_Chris

I don't get it

What on earth is this article comparing Linux to?

The only other OS specifically mentioned is windows. There's no effing way that that is better than Linux at handling big data.

Fail elReg!

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TalkTalk, 3UK scratched off Ofcom's Xmas card list

I_am_Chris

"If we could just get an ISP that delivers a decent phone line and broadband connection at a reasonable (doesn't have to be the cheapest, somewhere between TalkTalk and Virgin Media would be fine) price, that doesn't tie you in to a contract but instead pledges to keep your custom/loyalty with a decent service and good customer service, I do believe they would clean up"

One word: plusnet

I've been with them for ~2 years with no major problems; broadband + phone. Good value and good customer service.

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BT fibre rollout reaches Scotland, Wales

I_am_Chris

couldn't agree more

My exchange has had FTTC since the summer, but I can't get it :(

Some people on the same *street* are enabled.

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