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Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update

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Re: KitKat - no complaints?

They're all too busy trolling over at WPCentral? :-P

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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

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Re: RE: Nobody makes things that bad by accident, surely?

Oooh, that brings back memories of my childhood! :-O

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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

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Re: I don't get what all of the fuss is about £1 per day

For me, you'd need to remove the bread (allegry) and the butter, tomato purée and chickpeas (purine).

A loaf of gluten free toast bread over here costs around 4€! That would be the most part of the week's budget gone right there! :-(

Hmm, time to get Sainsburys and Tescos to have another fight over the price of baked beans (although some sites say yes to eating them and some no, because of the purines)... If you can get them back down to 1p a tin, you'd be laughing (and farting) your way through the week.

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US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

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Re: 24 hours?

Easy, the kill instruction breaks open an acid capsule in the phone, melting the motherboard.

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Re: Only in America...

Using EMEI we've been able to kill phones since at least the introduction of GSM. Most of the carriers don't like doing it though. It isn't 100% reliable, but changing the EMEI is beyond the average theif.

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Reg gets sneak peek of Getac's chunky TOUGH AS NAILS 8.1-incher

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Re: Snapback replacing standard ports?

Your average soldier isn't running around the battlefield with a 100M ethernet cable trailing behind him! :-D

The same for our users. The tablets we used never went anywhere near an RJ45 cable. They are used in slaughterhouses and use wireless, it is a lot safer and more hygenic than trailing a network cable around through blood (slaughter line and cool house) and excrement (lairage).

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Re: GPS as an option?

The things are well 'ard!

We've been using them for half a decade, mainly with Linux installed. They are very rugged (used for lairage management in slaughter houses and for cool house management after the slaughter line. They are exposed to all sorts of crud and they are just washed down with a high pressure hose after the shift.

So often as they are dropped, I wouldn't think an android in a waterproof case can keep up. My Galaxy was dropped from 1M onto marble tiles and, although the screen remained intact (it lande glass side down, but completely flat, so the shock was distributed evenly, pure luck), the antennas stopped working. Dropping that thing from 1M onto concrete won't even make it blink.

We haven't had any reclamation from our customers, and some are still using the devices that were delivered half a decade ago.

The only thing I've seen that was tougher is the old Husky line from the 80s. One of our field engineers got stuck in a field, stuck his Husky under a rear wheel of his Mercedes K-Wagen and managed to get enough traction to drive out of the field. He walked back, picked up the Husky, washed it off in a near-by stream and carried on working. Try doing that with a Galaxy Tab, waterproof box or no.

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Re: They Actually Make Things In Germany

Woking per chance?

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Re: They Actually Make Things In Germany

And you don't build it in London, which is why London does badly.

How many high performance sports cars or F1 teams have their factories inside the M25? The same for Pharma, aerospace etc. You find all of those in and around Munich (and other major cities in Germany).

Creative expense account reporting doesn't actually count towards innovation, which is why the City does badly. :-P

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Re: I take it we're talking hard R&D here

Yep, and you have a lot of big industry R&D and HQs around München - BMW, Siemens etc. as well as a very large IT presence and a good startup community. It is the hip place to be.

Although Berlin is generally seen as the German start-up city in the German media.

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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Ah, but you can use evidence to show he was a bully, you just can't say he was a bully.

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Lost your credit card PIN? No worries! Get a new one - over SMS

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Re: If you can't remember your PIN .....

Possibly, although I haven't used my UK credit card for over 3 years and I can't remember the number.

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Re: Just for this...

Lily Who?

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Thanks, Amazon – we'll take it from here: SAP muscles in on cloud subscriptions

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Et tu, Brute?

Pulling over 900 customers out of AWS? Ouch, that has to hurt.

I hope for the customers sake, that it goes smoothly, on the other hand this is SAP we are talking about...

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TrueCrypt audit: Probe's nearly all the way in ... no backdoor hit yet

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We are currently having security auditing, including source code done on one of our products. It ain't cheap!

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As The_Idiot says, where are they going to get the money from to do that on a regular basis? They would have to start charging for it, which would put many people off. Or a rich sponsor.

Doing a Kickstarter is a one of, because it was in the news. That won't work, if you are doing this every year or so.

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Maybe

they could look at OpenSSL once they are finished here...

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Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare

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Re: Developer unlocked?

Robert, as far as I understand it, you are correct, you "just" need the app, but in order to install the app the phone has to be developer unlocked, a free process.

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Re: Developer unlocked?

Check out the articles on Winsupersite.com and WPcentral.

You go to the online developer site and register for free, download the SDK, developer unlock the phone and download the 8.1 experience app. It is 'for developers', but anybody with a Windows Phone 8 device and an internet connection can sign up - the Dev Unlock application needs the phone to be tethered to a Windows PC, the rest is over the air.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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I've updated all of our machines (2010 Sony laptop, 2011 Sony laptop and a Sumsung tablet), no problems to report here. Have you looked at security settings? Some firewall problem?

If the desktop side is working, then it sounds like firewall or security rules might be a good place to start looking.

Edit: posted reply to your first message, before reading your second. Any idea what caused it?

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Yeah, I was looking for a entry level phone recently to replace an aging iPhone 3GS. Given a range of decent Android and Windows Phone devices at the 100 - 150€ range, why would I pay an extra 400€ for an iPhone 5c?

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Re: Anecdotes.

Disk? We haven't used discs for about half a decade!

For people who use a computer for a couple of hours a week, knowing to search for a program and then how to download it and install it can be very daunting. With the advent of smartphones and tablets, it has become easier, the user is presented with a central list of available apps and they just need to click on the install button. THAT makes a huge difference for people who don't understand software.

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Everyone I know, who has upgraded, has no problems with Windows 8. For many it is the first time "Windows makes sense" to them. The App Store means that for some it is the first time they've ever managed to install software on a PC on their own.

And none so far have a touch screen PC.

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Re: I hate Live tiles

I really like the live tiles, but if you don't want them to be live, you can turn off the live part. It is a setting on the start screen. Just right click on the icon and select the option to deactivate live tile (not sure what it is in English, my Windows is German).

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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Re: Authorised

I can see it now, standing in front of the court, "yes m'Lud, I was just checking Barclays' security, when I broke into their vault. After all, I wanted to be sure my money was safe."

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Probably like renting property, the landlord reserves the right to check the building from time to time, to ensure it isn't being used for illegal activity or that you aren't lighting bonfires in the middle of the lounge (yes, I have seen that in some rented properties!).

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Re: Section 3?

Do they actually need to run the exploit? Is the information not in the SSL headers? Just look at the Calomel plugin, that pulls all sorts of information back about the server's SSL behaviour. Whether the SSL library version is returned, I don't know.

Although some checkers are lazy / not checking properly, LastPass reports Microsoft's servers as unkown SSL library, could have been affected.

Edit: Thinking about it, if they get that it is 1.01 to 1.01f, they might have to test to see if the heartbeat is switch on.

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Re: Would it contravene the Computer Misuse Act?

Unfortunately that case law predates RIPA.

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Re: Dodgy website admins

Certainly under German law, if your serverhas poor security and somebody uses it to cause damage on other servers / PCs, then the server owner is responsible for reimbursing for the damage caused. You can only hope that you can prove you aren't the end of the chain...

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Re: Authorised

The person doing the scanning needs to get the permission of a legal representative of the company - that means somebody who is authorized to speak on behalf of the company, in legal terms, not just any old employee.

Most companies have such things defined - I'm not sure how it is in the UK, but probably they have to be registered at Companies House as the speaker? Certainly only one of our directors (here in Germany) is allowed to speak "on behalf of the company."

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Innovation creates instability, you say? BLASPHEMY, you SCUM

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Re: Good article

yes, those that speak English generally speak it very well, especially from a grammatical standpoint.

However, my fiance doesn't speak any English and most people where I work don't speak much English either. I end up writing most English based communications, presentations and now translating our new website into English.

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Re: Good article

I had a problem like that today. My German is very good, but I was in a phone conversation with an Austrian, his accent was so heavy, I only picked up about half of the conversation.

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Apple is IMMUNE from Heartbleed, it says. But don't check if it's true

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@LosD I'll give you an upvote, but the full sentence should be "Any version _before_ 1.0.1 is also safe from Heartbleed, as the heartbeat feature wasn't implemented until 1.0.1."

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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Re: 9 to 5

If it is a company phone, it is "expected".

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IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels

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Nope, IBM.

I used it on a couple of projects in the late 90s to interface between AS/400 and Windows servers for an early ecommerce site for vehicle leasing.

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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

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With the perpetual licensing, with Software Assurance, you could also get free copies of Office for your employees' home PCs, so not necessarily losing anything there.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Yes and no.

Office 365 web apps are getting better, but it is like the difference between a Mercedes C Class with the base engine and no extras and a fully loaded AMG C Class, they look vaguely similar, but one is underpowered and lacks a lot of features.

It depends on how many of those optional extras you can shift onto the web platform and how good the browser experience becomes. The web apps aren't bad, for when I am not working on one of my PCs, but I wouldn't swap my Office 2013 installation for them. At least not yet.

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

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Re: Remarks

I still see a majority of Android devices, ever fewer iPhones and a few more WP devices. The woman in front of me at the Chinese last week also had a 1020, in Osnabruck I see them occasionally, more than I did a year ago.

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Re: Remarks

SIM free. Most people I know, here in Germany, who don't have a company phone have a 10€ (100 minutes, 100 SMS, 500MB data) or 20€ (flatrate for all 3) a month contract or prepay with a SIM free phone bought outright.

I recently switched from a Samsung Galaxy to a Lumia 1020 "the one with the good camera" and my wife went from an iPhone 3GS to a Lumia 620. I'm also seeing more and more WP8 devices in the wild. Our MacBook using daughter is looking at upgrading her WP7 phone to a WP8 device shortly - the lack of new apps is starting to bite.

I still have a GS3 as a work phone, but I use the 1020 for my private account and the GS3 only has mail and a wifi analyser on it, all the "real" apps are on the 1020.

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Re: COBOL - Yuck!

I loved writing COBOL on the Vax - EDT and TPU FTW.

I miss those "simple" days. I think the verbosity of the code was really nice, you felt you had acheived something when you had written a screen full of code. With C, in the same vertical space you probably had 2 lines of code and 20 lines curly braces! :-P

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Win XP security deadline: Biz bods MUST protect user data – ICO

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Re: Yeah, and we all fell for that ridiculous panic that immediately after 31 December 1999

Yep, I spent a good 18 months, along with dozens of other programmers, going over our companies products with a fine toothed comb in order to ensure that all our customers remained unaffected.

It was a lot of work, revisiting thousands of COBOL, FORTRAN and BASIC source code files and ensuring the PICs and other declarations were correct and that the systems worked with a 4 digit date, with a sliding window for 2 digit date entry.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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Re: @big_D What's the point?

They have a server running their production line (mainly slaughter lines), but don't have any need for Internet - many customers actually install an Internet connection for the first time when they take our software, in order that we can provide them with support! Heck, for some it is the first time they have had network connected computers in their building!

They are often lucky if they can get 1mbps DSL connection, let alone a business connection.

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Re: What's the point?

The point? Support.

A majority of our customers have standard DSL connections with dynamic addresses, which makes setting up a VPN from our end troublesome when they have a problem. Using a DynDNS solution means that we know their IP address when we need to help them or install updates etc.

Given that most of the customers don't have an IT department and wouldn't know an IP address if it punched them in the face, let alone how they would find their public IP address, such a solution is very useful. Especially if they call up and say their production line has stopped, they don't then want to have to run to another building and find a computer in order to look up their IP address.

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The Great Hash Bakeoff: Infosec bods cook up next-gen crypto

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Re: Storing unencryped passwords or unsalted passwords

Passwords in 2014? Why aren't we using something more secure?

I'm looking forward to seeing SQRL in action...

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Re: Looks quite nice

That wasn't supposed to be a criticism of your point BTW, just that it wasn't something I've actually ever thought about.

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Re: Looks quite nice

To be honest H4rm0ny, that is not something I've ever thought about. When I switch phones or make updates, I just start from zero, when it comes to SMS. I've never thought about exporting them.

I've had my iPhone and Galalxy S3 replaced twice and I've switched between Mozart, iPhone, Sensation, Galaxy S3 and Lumia and never thought about taking SMS with me. Each time I've started with a clean SMS slate.

That said, that probably comes from my experience with older phones, where you could store between 10 and 100 SMS at most, so I was always deleting old SMS in order to receive new ones.

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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Re: E-mail encrypytion should be user->user

User->User + Server->Server

With User->User the metadata is not encrypted, just the body of the mail.

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We already have "E-Mail made in Germany", which DTAG, GMX and Web.de belong to, which send email between themselves in encrypted form and directly, not leaving German borders.

Obviously the whole thing falls down when you send an email to somebody who doesn't have a DTAG, GMX or Web.de account, if their servers don't accept encrypted mail headers, they have to send the email in the clear and if the address is hosted outside the EU...

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Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs

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Re: Pot meet Kettle..

A future brother-in-law bought a new PC last week and tried to set it up himself, but had problems.

When I got there, I found 30 instances of 5 differrent click-jackers on the machine! It seems many came over from his old XP machine, which had around 200 instances of malware on it! :-O

Malwarebytes managed to clean up the mess, but Avira said both PCs were clean!

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