* Posts by big_D

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Forget Tiger Woods – here's Cyber Woods: Robot golfer hits hole-in-one during tournament

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Re: Robotic golfers

Yes, but, does it sleep around?

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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@Phil Kingston

Sorry, no.

It shouldn't wait until an upgrade. It should check at the next start, after it has been repaired, not wait a few months for the next upgrade.

If this is something that came in with iOS 9, then they should have warned users first. By the time the user comes to do the upgrade to iOS 9, if the phone has already been compromised, then it is too late to bother bricking the phone.

And if Apple do disable the phone, they should have an in-store review process already in place to check the components and re-certify them, if there is nothing malicious. For that, a service fee of $10 would be acceptable, I think. Certainly better than $700 for a new phone.

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@AC

I know it is a Mac thread, but please don't shoot me.

Me to, although I would say, that if Apple brick the device for security reasons, they should unbrick it, if it is taken to an official Apple dealer or repair center and proof of ownership is shown. They can charge a "small" handling fee for re-pairing the TouchID and cable, for example, then the device works again.

This sounds like a car manufacture saying, that because you replaced the brake pads yourself, you need to junk your car and buy a new one - it wouldn't fly.

I could understand that they would refuse to repair or replace under warranty, if the device had already been repaired by a third party, but to make it irrevocably "dead" is dispicable.

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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GS knew, after the first take down, that the images are illegally online and they cannot point to them. Therefore, when the pictures "magically" appeared again, they knew before they added a new hyperlink to them, that the images were being illegally hosted, so they willfully broke the law.

There is a difference to you or me linking to a site showing a story or image and being sent a takedown and we stop. If the image re-appears, we already know that we have been told that the images / story is illegally online, so we don't link to the story again.

GS made a sport out of deliberately breaking the law and taunting the copyright holder. That is a big difference.

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Re: re.Mutti

@Diogbenes this little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home

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Re: re.Mutti

Although I've never heard the term (living here since 2002) and my German wife hasn't heard the term either.

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Re: That's Bundeskanzlerin Frau Doktor Angela Merkel to you

Chancellor Mutti was new to me, so I asked my German wife, she has never heard the term either.

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Safe Harbor crunch time: Today's the day to hammer out privacy deal

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Re: Umm...

Just make it nice and simple, no written permission from the identified persons and no EU warrant, no access. Easy.

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

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We probably do about 20% throught standing orders / direct debit, 60% is cash, 19.5% debit card and 0.5% credit card (mainly Amazon / online travel booking etc.).

Store cards are still pretty rare, here in Germany. People just don't accept them, they are an invasion of privacy.

Going into debt is still considered shameful by many here. If you don't have the cash, you don't give the money out. If you have cash in your pocket, you know how much you can give out, using cards it is all to easy to lose the overview.

I haven't met anyone yet, who is the least interested in mobile payment solutions.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Re: Just

Bit confused here. They are stopping Defender production in 2016 because it doesn't meet 2020 emission regulations. But VW can continue production of diesel vehicles that do not meet the 2015 emission standards. Doesn't compute. Well not without a nifty bit of naughty software ...

There you have it in a nut shell, it has nothing to do with EU emissions and everything to do with the willingness to update it with modern engines and safety standards.

Plus the VWs can meet the regulations, but will either have less power or need more AdBlue, increasing running costs.

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Re: Just

All they needed to do was put a more modern, emissions compliant drive unit in the thing. There are a lot of them out there, even from their parent company.

Whilst it is a brilliant utilitarian vehicle, it can't compete with a Range Rover or Land Cruiser on the gruelling school run, so it probably isn't worth the investment in "cleaning up its act" to sell it to those who actually could benefit from one.

I can remember hurtling across Ashdown Forest in a V8 long bed with the windscreen clapped down.

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Senate marks Data Privacy Day with passage of critical bill for Safe Harbor

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It is a bit like driving a 2016 Mercedes S-Class with all the additional safety features loaded on and being told that if you travel to America, you will benefit from all the safety features of a Model T-Ford...

Still, it is a move in the right direction, even if it is a little limp wristed.

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Show us the code! You should be able to peek inside the gadgets you buy – FTC commish

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Re: Open Source FTW

The problem is, the average customer is going to understand about as much of the OpenSSL library code as they do the EULA they just click through. They won't be able to work out what it does, let alone whether it has bugs or back doors in it.

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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

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Re: simple question.. @ YAAC

@Yet another Anonymous coward - Microsoft have already tried that, they have data centres in Ireland and the US Justice Department want them to hand over the data, because Microsoft Ireland is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. in America and therefore falls under US Law and not Irish law...

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: The more they push

Now they tell me, screw you, you want to upgrade to the current hardware, you are changing to 10 and that is all there is to that.

No, they are saying that it may not work or may not take full advantage of new hardware - exactly the same as other legacy versions of Windows.

Windows 7 will probably boot on a Kabylake, but it won't take advantage of any new CPU features and MS won't guarantee its stability. If you look at XP and W9x, that is pretty much the same situation. Some processor features in Core i processors aren't available in XP and some cause compatibility problems and you have to disable some CPU features in the BIOS.

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Re: The more they push

Motherboards came with CDs. After installing Windows you would install the software on the CD (which had appropriate sections for whichever Windows version it was) and various drivers and utilities appropriate to the chipset and CPU. In this way new features could be added to the base platform. For example Windows XX might have had no mechanism to monitor or control fan speed or CPU temperature but the software on the CD added this*.

This works to a certain degree for chipsets and other motherboard features, but it won't work for new CPU features, the whole OS needs to be recompiled to take advantage of new Opcodes.

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Re: The more they push

They have just said that the old OSes won't be updated to support new features in new CPUs and they won't guarantee that they work. That is exactly what you described with W9x on a quad core i7.

As far as I can see, they aren't proposing a way to block Win7/8/8.1 from running on newer hardware, they just won't guarantee it will work.

Like XP before it, you might find that new C-States aren't supported, for example, and hibernation etc. might need to be disabled. In the release I didn't read anything that explicitly stated that Intel will be dropping X86 / X64 in the next generation of CPUs.

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I'm guessing it will be the same as with W9x and XP. New features won't be accessible (E.g. MMX opcodes in W95) and if, for example, new power modes are introduced that cause conflicts, you might need to disable hybernate and sleep in W7.

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Re: The more they push

They did this with W9x, Windows NT, 2000 and XP, where is the news here?

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Zuck slapped down for privacy breaches in Germany again

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Re: People don't care

We live in Germany, without explicit permission, you cannot upload pictures with other people in them - the exception being if it is in public and the person is just in the background.

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Re: People don't care

People do care. I certainly care when my acquaintances upload my address to Facebook and Co. and I get messages telling me to join, as my friends are there.

My wife is really vocal about it and is paranoid that photos of her will land online. When we go to parties etc. she explicitly tells people with cameras that no pictures of her can be loaded onto the Internet.

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Re: Now What?

Android caller' call ID is a little different, it checks it against the contact list on the phone. It doesn't send it to the Chocolate Factory, who then send out emails trying to recruit the caller to use Android...

As to the first point, the damage has been done - and WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Xing etc. also do similar things, as the ruling suggests. Using the contact list in that way is illegal. The only thing they can really do is fine the networks and ensure that new businesses don't break the law.

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Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone

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Re: Spreading more FUD, little truth in it

@diodesign, I agree with you up to a point. But the this article about updates being forced and no way back is just wrong. As has been pointed out several times, you need to apply the update and if you don't want it, after you have tried it, you can use the Microsoft reset tool to set it back to Windows Phone 8 / 8.1.

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Re: vulnerable

@ZSn the 1020 had a great camera, the best for its time, but technology has moved forward. The 950 matches or surpasses the 1020 in most situations, and it is fast.

My 1020 takes brilliant photos, so does the 950, I would say the 950 has the edge, especially as the new software modes are supported by the 950 camera and not by the 1020, so multi-shot sequences and the new "video-photo" mode mean you can often get a decent shot on the 950, where the 1020 makes an okay shot.

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Re: Really?

There was a "bad" beta preview in November where the battery of my 1020 would drain in half a day, instead of 2 days. But the next update cured that and battery life is back up to being comparable with Windows 8.1.

The same for my 950, it drains over about 1.5 - 2 days, unless I spend hours playing games, then it obviously needs recharging daily.

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Re: I wonder if

The Nokia Tool will revert to 8.1. I've used it a couple of times when testing W10M on my 1020. Works a treat.

That said, I only used it to reset to 8.1 for the couple of Beta W10 updates that needed 8.1 as a basis.

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Re: I must be a masochist

I've been through iPhones, several Androids and I am now on my 3rd Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile phone.

For work I have the choice of iPhone or Android. I have had Android the last couple of years, because I find it more flexible than iPhone, but my private phone is a Windows Phone and that is where most of my apps are installed, the company phone was just used to do email and phone calls - I now have a 950 privately and I have put the company SIM in the 2nd slot for now.

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Re: Really?

@Falmari - could it be a dodgy app or app update? Try disabling them.

I had a couple of games that would sit in the background and drain the battery quickly. Deinstalling them had the battery life back up to normal levels (Pastry Paradise was one example of a big drainer).

There was a dodgy update in November, but since then the 1020 has been running around 1.5 days between charges and my 950 is doing 1.5 - 2 days.

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Re: Yawn, another El Reg piece dissing MSFT

It is a shame. The problems with Windows 10 come down to mainly poor communication from MS and many sites bashing W10.

Trying to push the updates on people doesn't help.

Which is a great shame, it is an improvement over 7 and 8, although OneDrive on W10 is currently a step backwards over 8.1. Hopefully the Redstone update will sort that out.

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Re: Yawn, another El Reg piece dissing MSFT

I've been running it on my 1020 since the summer.

Oh, and you can go back to Windows 8.1. Microsoft have a reset tool that will re-install 8.1 on the phone, in fact it was a necessary step for beta testers a couple of times, you had to go back to 8.1 and then install the 10 update again.

I'm was happy with it on the 1020 and I now have a 950. My wife now has the 1020 (she had a 630, but wanted a flash for photos). She hasn't really noticed anything detrimental over 8.1 on her 630.

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

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Re: Bravo!

A politician that actually knows what they are talking about, how refreshing.

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FRITZ!Box home broadband routers' security FRITZed

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In Germany they are usually provided by the ISP. Mine had already pushed through an update for 6.30.

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Motorola cut in half! But still alive, and ready to live again

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Re: Living in the last century

In the cellar, without a light, without stairs, in a locked filing cabinet with a sign saying beware of the leopard

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Windows 10 phones are not dead yet. Acer, Alcatel OneTouch just made some new ones

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I thought it reminded me of the Galaxy S3 - S5 and the LG G3.

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

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The only thing I can think of, is that you generate a new one time password, which can be used to gain access if you forget your password or are in a location which "isn't safe" to enter your proper password, and that password is stored along with personal information about an emergency contact...

Not very well described in the story and how it is described is very worrying for anyone who is a long term LastPass user.

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Re: Emergency access to the whole damn vault?

I would like to know how they do that, because, before the LogMeIn takeover, they proudly boasted that the key was never on the server and it was decrypted at the client... If that is so, how can they give emergency access?

Do they create a OTP for access, which is then stored centrally? Still not a good idea.

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

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Lumias

There can't be that many of them, only the 950, 950XL and the 550 have Windows 10 officially at the moment. Otherwise it is beta testers using the Insider App. The upgrade is set to be officially released sometime this month, AFAIK.

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OK Google? Firefox to nibble Chrome extensions from 2016

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Re: Firefox making progress on their endeavour

The main add-on I use isn't on Chrome, because the BLINK API is too limited and doesn't support the necessary functionality, according to its author - NoScript.

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Researcher claims Facebook tried to gag him over critical flaw

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Re: Hmmm

My thougths exactly. He disclosed his results to Facebook and didn't use them (allegedly) for any gain, other than the bounty.

I would say thank him and be done with it. Next time they might not be so lucky and find their keys and sources on Pastebin...

They should pay him and slap the wrists (at the least) of the idiots whose "passwords" he cracked, in quotes as you can't really consider them passwords, more sort of default values.

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After safe harbour: Navigating data sovereignty

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Re: Schrems has nothing to answer for

Schrems has also taken out a new case against the Standard Contractual Clauses.

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Congress strips out privacy protections from CISA 'security' bill

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Re: Aw shit. Here it comes.

And people questioned why the EU decided Safe Harbour wasn't worth the toilet paper it was scribbled on...

Also, the German government has been pushing "Email made in Germany", where the ISPs and businesses guarantee that email will be end-to-end encrypted, as long as it remains within the borders of Germany.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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Re: I'm waiting until it goes to 11.

"I upgraded 3 PCs at the weekend for relations. All 3 went smoothly. No problems at all, and they were all 3 to 8 years old."

They are going to regret that when they become teenagers

They are all over 50 and happy so far.

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Re: I'm waiting until it goes to 11.

I upgraded 3 PCs at the weekend for relations. All 3 went smoothly. No problems at all, and they were all 3 to 8 years old.

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Re: I'm waiting until it goes to 11.

I'm still not being offered Windows 10 at all on my Surface. I will have to manually upgrade it, probably during the Christmas break.

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It was Shodan easy! MacKeeper user database left wide open

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The report I heard said that he was a bored support tech on a nightshift, who just happened to ask Shodan to show him what was using that port.

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Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant

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Re: Add-on compatibility

In this instance, they are moving away from unsigned add-ons to using signed add-ons to theoretically improve security. But if you add-on is no longer actively maintained, you might encounter problems.

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Re: Add-on compatibility

LastPass for me... But checked in the store, there is a validated version available. Worth double checking.

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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Re: XP or wallpaper? And.. uhm, so?

Embedded XP is still supported and still gets updates.

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Typo in case-sensitive variable name cooked Google's cloud

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Re: @L D S

On the other hand, in German Lesen and lesen are two completely different things and you cannot use a lower case l on the first one and an upper case on the latter, it would mess up the sentence and it wouldn't make sense, you would have to go back and read it several times - well there are examples in English as well, such as the misuse of affect and effect causing people to re-read sentences to get the meaning, because the sentence as written doesn't make sense.

In this case Lesen mean read, reading, sensing, whereas lesen is the verb to read.

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It was an enum in the Quellcode, it has nothing to do with the filesystem.

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