* Posts by I_am_Chris

138 posts • joined 22 Nov 2009

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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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

I_am_Chris

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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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?

I_am_Chris

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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"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

I_am_Chris

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

I_am_Chris

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

I_am_Chris

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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