* Posts by A Non e-mouse

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Outlook.com is still not functioning properly for some Microsoft punters

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Re: Outlook's failure to comply with RFC 2822

Woh, there. I think you need to cut down on your caffeine intake!

Just because you don't have a need for the Lookout client, it doesn't mean other people don't have a use for it.

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Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

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Transparency

The key here, is that OpenReach not only have to be independent of BT, but have show they are independent. That can only be achieved by OpenReach being transparent in their work. There can't be any "commercially confidential" deals. It all has to be out in the open.

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

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Re: Sign of the times

An entire mass transit system's IT gets badly mauled for money and the headline here is "Woot - free travel".

A non-life threatening IT incident occurred and was reported by El Reg - an IT news website known for a heavy dose of sarcasm and humour, especially in its sub-heads.

Move along, nothing to see here.

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Twitter to crack down on spies wielding its APIs

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Twitter will begin clamping down on unauthorised police surveillance of its users.

But authorised police surveillance will be business as usual...

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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Why is it that watching someone else perform a legal act is illegal?

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Between this and RIPA, I can see the use of TOR & VPNs in the UK sky-rocketing.

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

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Linux Desktops

...many areas where Windows and Linux are in competition, such as in the on-premises desktop...

I'm no Linux hater, but is Linux on the desktop really much of a competition to Windows?

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UK NHS 850k Reply-all email fail: State health service blames Accenture

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@RW Re: The usual suspects

Email recipients who seem incapable of editing their replies and instead quote the entire message replied

I've had people complain when I cut-down replies, saying that I'm forcing them to keep all the previous emails.

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Re: The usual suspects

At my organization, even the people who work in the IT department still haven't worked out the difference between "Reply" and "Reply To All". If the IT bods can't work out the difference, what chance do we have of our users getting it right?

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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While the details are still patchy, there's no doubt that this was a hugely sophisticated, coordinated and advanced attack

Utter tosh. Right now, we know nothing about the form the attack took. Any comment without facts to back them up is pure speculation.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: Genuine curiosity...

I'm guessing the people who are aware of Win10's spying are taking precautions over it, and are also careful with their use of Facebook, et al. (e.g. Most of El Reg readers)

Everyone else probably doesn't know.

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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

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Re: Stupid

The other option is to separate cellular infrastructure from operators so it is fair to everyone.

See the (many) previous articles in El Reg about BT Openreach.

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Re: Stupid

But the cost of these packages is very high compared to normal single carrier SIMs.

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OFCOM Powers

Parliament is considering a bill that would give Ofcom the power to fine companies who don't meet their coverage targets

WTF? So the operators can promise the moon on a stick, and if they fail to deliver, currently, nothing happens?

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Crashed Schiaparelli lander's 'chute and shields spotted

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Re: Fun

Differentiation between "interesting" and "fun" is largely determined by whether there were lives lost during the failure

And also whether you were involved in the project or are merely a spectator ;-)

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And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

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For critical data, I'm now only using RAID 10. For stuff that doesn't matter too much if I loose it, RAID 5.

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China's Shenzhou-11 capsule docks with Tiangong-2 station

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Pity they didn't make Europa back in 2010....

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vSphere has been moved onto VMware's slow development train

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Re: To be fair....

The Windows fat client was the lesser of the two evils. I've been playing with the HTML clients (vSphere & vCentre) since they started as early Flings, and I'm surprised that either are ready for prime time.

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What's 5G? Who knows, but Qualcomm's designed a modem for it

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Re: fool around with 28 GHz

You start to wonder why they're bothering, and why they just don't use WiFi, if range is so bad.

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Microsoft boffins: Who needs Intel CPUs when you've got FPGAs?

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I've been following Ken Shirriff's blog as he helps to get an old Xerox Alto up and working. One of the (many!) things that impressed me with this machine, was that you could add new instruction codes to the CPU on the fly.

Sounds a bit like an early FPGA to me.

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How a chunk of the web disappeared this week: GlobalSign's global HTTPS snafu explained

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Re: Web-o-trust, smmeb'ol'thrust

Here's the thing about a self-signed certificate: how do I know that you issued it? If I don't have a method of independent verification...

Because the CA's have such a good track record for diligently checking every certificate request and only issuing them to the correct people....

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Soylent bars farting recall

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Re: 12.5% of the nutrients needed for a single day?

I think the point of their food stuffs is that they're not just energy, but all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fibre, etc., etc., that they think a human body needs.

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Google DeepMind 'learns' the London Underground map to find best route

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Re: Network diagram is insufficient

Absolutely. The famous example is Leicester Square<>Covent Garden. There are many YouTube videos of people walking it faster than taking the tube.

There are also often quicker ways of getting between lines than by using the obvious tube interchanges. That's why Oyster has a feature called "Out of station interchange". Some stations are linked inside the Oyster system so exiting at one and entering at another within a certain time period counts as one journey and not two.

And if you want to get really clever, you use Geoff Marshall's StationMaster app to show you the efficient way to change lines at stations, as the signs don't show you the efficient way - just the way they want you to take.

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TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

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The thing that puts me off moving to Andrews and Arnold ISP is that apparently Talk Talk is part of their backhaul.

From the A&A Website:

It is important not to confuse the carriers we are talking about here with retail offerings from other telcos. For example, BT Retail offer various broadband services, and whilst they use the same back-haul network, the services they offer depend very much on their business model and their equipment which is different to ours. So just because you have heard bad things about a particular retail offering does not mean their carrier / wholesale back-haul network is bad in some way. This is particularly important when considering issues such as shaping policies or censorship - the back-haul networks we use are transparently passing PPP packets between you and us and we bypass any such measures used in their retail offerings.

Also, TT Backhaul is selectable, depending on the service you want from A&A.

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Lenovo exec: Nope, not building Windows Phones

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WTF?

Microsoft & Nokia

How on Earth could Microsoft spend £4.6 Billion buying Nokia, and then in the space of a few years throw the whole thing out with the trash?

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Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

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Statistics

[TalkTalk is] haemorrhaging customers

Let's see: Assuming the 150,000 customers details leaked were all current customers, the 9,000 lost customers is around 6% of that figure.

6% customer churn in a quarter doesn't really sound that big to me.

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Researchers crack Oz Govt medical data in 'easy' attack with PCs

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Overseas

Is Australia starting to get an American complex? Does it think that this law will stop people in other countries de-anonymizing the data?

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BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list

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@Pen-y-gors Re: Ofcom = useless

Just looked at their tarriffs - make the rail companies' ticket pricing look simple! There are an awful lot of complicated essential extras, and the prices can be VERY high!

Their Home::1 package is quite simple: Pay £25 per month for 100GB with no filtering. Or pay £10 extra for FTTC. Or pay £40 for 1TB download. Sure, you can make your own tariff, but the Home::1 package is good enough for a lot of people.

Yes, the tariff is more than the likes of BT, TalkTalk, etc. (I reckon I could cut my broadband cost in half by going elsewhere) But their 1st line support staff are more like the others 2nd or 3rd line support staff. And this doesn't just stop at the technical side. Their billing support is good too: One time, they emailed me to say that they were going to give me £10 compensation before I'd even noticed the mess their billing system had made. When was the last time you got cold hard cash out of BT or TalkTalk for their screw-up?

A very happy A&A customer.

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Re: WARNING: Rant incoming!

The problem is that the average consumer only cares about the (headline) price of the product/service they are purchasing. Support staff are overhead, and companies try and lower overheads to keep their prices low to attract customers. This means support staff are paid as little as possible and overloaded with work.

Good support costs. I bet many El Reg readers know this, and probably pay more for their broadband because they're with smaller players who focus more on overall quality rather than subscriber quantity.

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Facebook's AI boss is on a mission to end spoon-fed machine intelligence

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Unsupervised learning

All animals have some form of supervised learning, usually delivered by a device called a "Parent".

What makes Facebook's AI wonks think they can beat thousands (millions?) of years of evolution in learning?

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Re: Ironic

MS needs to simply produce an updated version of XP...

They did. It was called Windows 7.

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Re: BBC ??

I watch a fair bit of BBC4. Unfortunately, the programs do tend to repeat quite frequently.

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Matt LeBlanc handed £1.5m to front next two series of Top Gear

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Re: arguably the UK’s most famous ginger man

In fact.. just get Boyle in to do a guest episode. I'd watch topgear for that.

Yeah, but after the lawyers had vetted the show, how much would be left?

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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

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Re: Wot no Babbage?

Or Newton....

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Don't forget the bikes

You should also warn visitors about the bicycles. In Cambridge, there are a *LOT* of them. Also, watch out, as many roads that are one-way for cars are two-way for bikes.

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Re: EDSAC & buildings

That looks like the inside of the range of buildings that front onto Free School Lane.

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Heathrow airport and stock exchange throw mystery BSODs

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I feel it's a bit unfair to be posting BSOD pictures back from 2011. Shouldn't there be some kind of time limit on how old the BSOD picture can be?

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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

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Re: Good day to say this.

We have problems with our un-staffed sites. We give BT instructions that before they set-off for site, they are to call us so we can meet them there.

They turn up, find no-one around, ring some random number and bugger off when they can't kind anyone. And then have the check to claim we refused them entry.

Later on, when we (finally) met up with the engineer, we ask them if they read the notes on the call about contacting us, and get told "Oh, I never read the notes"

They're absolute muppets. No, that's not fair on the Muppets...

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DDoS attacks: For the hell of it or targeted – how do you see them off?

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I'm still no better informed as to how to protect against DDoS attacks....

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Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software

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Re: What's really changed is the development tools

Er, you have read the history of the ARM processor? From the Wikipedia page:

"A visit to the Western Design Center in Phoenix, where the 6502 was being updated by what was effectively a single-person company, showed Acorn engineers Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson they did not need massive resources and state-of-the-art research and development facilities."

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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Re: Nope!

And make it difficult to get it back if you're innocent:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

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@Voland's right hand - Re: So what if I do not have one?

The other day, I followed a chain of links from this esteemed website, and ended up on a Wikipedia page reading about how shaped explosives are designed & used in nuclear bombs. Quite interesting I found - especially the bit about where they use air gaps in the explosives to help shape blast. But having now read up on explosives and nuclear weapons, I'm obviously a terrorist and need to be locked up for the good of society.

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Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

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Build an app on RedshiftOracle and you will be running it forever on AmazonOracle – you are locked in, baby,” [Larry] said. “So if AmazonOracle raises its prices you better get out your checkbook.”

FTFY

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VMware's secret security plan revealed

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Virus Checker

I remember years ago VMWare were talking about embedding a virus checker in the hypervisor to scan guests in real-time.

I guess they couldn't keep the performance of that approach.

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WTF is OpenResty? The world's fifth-most-used Web server, that's what!

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...10,000 of the top million sites..

Er, so that's 1% then?

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Re: My printer not HP's

Why should HP or any other manufacturer prevent me filling MY machine with liquefied dog turds if I want to, what has it got to do with them?

Money. You'll probably find that the printer is sold at close to cost, whereas the ink is sold at a massive profit.

Many consumers make their initial buying decision on the up-front costs, rather than recurring costs. Other examples of this business model include mobile phones & razor blades.

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Mozilla emits JavaScript debugger for Firefox and Chrome

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Money wasting?

If the two developer teams were made up of volunteers, then this duplicate work could be excused as people scratching their personal itch.

But I suspect the two teams are employed by the Mozilla foundation to work on Firefox. Which means one of them is wasting their time & Mozilla's money, so someone at the top is asleep at the wheel.

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Good luck squeezing saturated market, Euro mobe firms, say Orange, Telefonica

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There millions of folk world wide who dont want nor can use a so called smart phone

With Microsoft killing off the basic Symbian Nokias, we're having to scratch around for disposable phones for maintenance & cleaning staff to lose, drop, etc.

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However, operators have said they need to consolidate to raise investment cash - now that world + dog now has a mobile phone contract

So everyone is using your service and you can't make money from it? Something sounds wrong here.

...how operators can move away from the traditional mobile contract revenue.

Ahh, I see the problem. You came up with a business plan 20-odd years ago and haven't updated it. Now you're complaining that the world doesn't fit your business plan.

...noting that some countries have 10-12 operators. "So sometimes if one operator lowers the price: what can you do?"

You basically have several ways to persuade someone to buy something from you rather than a competitor:

- Price

- Quality

- Features

- Brand Loyalty

It's your choice how you you want to go.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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@m0rt - Re: Do people care?

They say it was seen, but what proof are they offering? Surely they have to provide you with the information in question

I seem to recall that, with the police, they refuse to show you their evidence unless the case goes to court.

I'm sure I got a parking ticket one time and the notice said "Pay £X fine now. If you want to see our evidence, pay £Y."

It makes you wonder if the police, councils, etc. are copying the mafia's modus operandi....

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