* Posts by thesykes

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Osbo slaps down Amazon and eBay – who'll be liable for traders evading VAT

thesykes

@rhydian.. you don't get it, do you? Previously Amazon, Apple, Google etc didn't pay 18% on millions, now they won't pay 17% on millions. Therefore, the amount they aren't paying is reduced.

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"What can I do," thought George, "to reduce the amount of corporation tax not being paid by those nice American chaps? I know... I'll reduce the rate of taxation! Oh George, you are a clever boy."

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London cops hunt chimpanzee in top hat

thesykes

How dare you insult monkeys.

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Ofcom's head is dead against Three and O2's merger

thesykes

Re: Easy fix

a "mobile signal from any operator is likely to be non existent." is probably the main reason "to be out on a remote walking holiday in a scenic but sparsely populated area of the UK"

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Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

thesykes

why?

"Vehicles typically run two main networks: a high-speed one for engine, brakes and transmission systems, and a lower-speed version running secondary functions like entertainment and climate control.

But the two networks have to talk to each other...."

Why do they?

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One Ring to pwn them all: IoT doorbell can reveal your Wi-Fi key

thesykes

Re: WTF?

To be fair, if you were fitting one of these, wouldn't you press the doorbell yourself immediately, to test that it actually works?

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Apple pays two seconds of quarterly profit for wiping pensioner's pics

thesykes

Re: It's official now.

If it was possible to do a factory reset, then surely it should be possible to get the to the photos by connecting it to a Mac? Or are iPhones designed to make it impossible to access the data other than with the phone itself?

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thesykes

Re: It's official now.

No, the court has made so that somebody with the job title of "genius" should have the intelligence to warn a pensioner that he may lose his photos, and to check that he's happy with that, and provide advice on how to back up anything important. Judging by the self-righteous,arrogant responses above, it's easy on an iPhone, so, shouldn't be too difficult for a genius to sort out.

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Storm in a teacup: Wileyfox does Android cheapie, British style

thesykes

Re: Wileyfox Swift

PAYG - have you looked at Three? Top up and you get to use all of it for data at 1p per Mb, with no expiry on that. You also get 150Mb free when you top up, although that lasts for only a month, and I think you need at a tenner top up to get it.

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BYOD battery bloodbath? Facebook 'fesses up to crook code

thesykes

Re: AVG Study

Nice to see that I don't have any of the 20 apps listed by AVG as being the biggest battery drainers.

Assuming that the messenger app is the Facebook one, that means they have 3 out of the top 10 auto-starting battery draining apps available for Android. Impressive.

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

thesykes

If you ever see a film where the action has been speeded.. sped... made faster, whatever... you can tell the difference. the cars bounce differently, turn differently.

Also, letting it be known that they wrecked so many Astons and Jags is far better publicity than saying they wrecked a dozen Mondeos in drag.

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Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

thesykes

Re: Nobody NEEDS a connected kettle...

A toaster doesn't need an internet connection, unless it's to download a new language pack. Toasters need to talk.

Would you like some toast?

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How far will Microsoft go with Android?

thesykes

They didn't cover themselves with glory with mess they made of the Outlook Android app. After Google dropped support of their Outlook sync tool, presumably to try and force users to stop using Outlook on a PC and switch to Google Calendar, I installed Outlook onto my phone and then used a third-party app to display it.

Microsoft then "updated" the app one day, and neglected to say that the upgrade was actually to remove all functionality from the app and leave just a static screen telling you it was no longer supported and to load another Outlook app. Problem being that the new Outlook app is a steaming pile.

So, now both Outlook apps are consigned to the bin, Google calendar is disabled and Android Exchange services is happily pulling my calendar into my choice of calendar app. After using a decent calendar app, trying to use either Outlook or Google calendar apps is painful.

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El Reg keeps pushing Apple's buttons – its new Magic Keyboard

thesykes

Magic?

Do Apple customers not feel ever so slightly stupid asking for "Magic" items?

I'd like a magic keyboard and a magic mouse please.

Of course, here you go, your "Magic" mouse and "Magic" keyboard, sprinkled with fresh pixie dust and here's a unicorn to help you carry it home.

Maybe your average 4 year old would be impressed, but, supposed adults?

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Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

thesykes

Re: I love REAL remote controls!

" I have to unlock my phone, find the netflix app, let it re-sync with the programme being played, press pause. It all takes a few seconds and is annoying and fiddly."

I'd say that's a fault with the app then, as all the apps I use kindly put the controls on the lock screen, no need to unlock.

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Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

thesykes

It may be included in later versions of Android, but, isn't enabled by default, at least not when upgrading from older versions.

Not sure if new phones with newer versions have it turned on by default.

One day I'll get round to encrypting mine, maybe.

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Google literally dangles its new dongle in front of gasping TV audiences

thesykes

Re: Coral is a colour?

If only the "marketing arseholes" at Google had some way of performing a search and being able to see photographs of such things....

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Re: hmnn

Wow, Google must've added a few kilos to the weight of the new Chromecast then. The old version is very light, and I would say puts less strain onto a HMDI port than any of the HDMI cables that hang down from them.

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Herbie Goes Under Investigation: German prosecutors probe ex-VW CEO Winterkorn

thesykes

Re: After working with people on chipset driver software

"I would not be at all surprised if it was only supposed to be for testing purposes and the flag was left on in an obscure control bit."

Really? How naïve can someone be? Do you really, honestly believe that VW engineers accidentally left this is in by accident? Can you imagine that the engines were tested in the factory, and then never tested out on a test track or open road? That absolutely no sensors were monitoring emissions at that time? That nobody compared test bed and road emissions to see if they were similar?

You think that one engineer said "Hey, the NOx emissions are 40 x higher on the road than in the lab"... to which another engineer said "That's normal, ignore it".

And all this was going on for 7 years? Accidentally?

Next you'll be telling me you're currently helping a Nigerian prince with his banking arrangements.

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Glasgow fanbois keep the faith at iPhone 6S benefaction

thesykes

Re: Needs clarification

anybody who cheers someone buying a phone, deep frying is too good for 'em.

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Look! Up in the sky! It's letters on a plane read with a 250MP camera

thesykes

pfft

CSI have been pulling that sort of info using traffic cameras, at night, reflected in the retina of a stray cat in a dark alley, for years. I've seen it on TV, it must be true.

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

thesykes

No CVV and no Verified by Visa / Mastercard Securecode?

Name and shame the sites and get the banks, Visa and Mastercard to refuse to allow online transactions with them.

Bypassing the most fundamental of security checks is ridiculous, and I would've thought the retailers themselves would have to stand to any losses.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

thesykes

Re: Android TV lost me at...

So create a dummy account with fake name. No need to give them a phone number or address. Not that difficult.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

thesykes
Joke

It's obvious really

The reason he doesn't like the sound quality is that he's obviously not using high quality audio power and Cat-5 cables.

The fool.

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Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

thesykes

Re: Now THIS is something to cheer for

Agreed, the password manager thing is a bit of meh sort of thing.

Much more interesting and useful is the permission control stuff.

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ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

thesykes

Have to admit I gave up trying to play the Hobbit. I had the MSX version, which took about 15 minutes to load and each picture about 5 minutes to draw (probably a bit quicker, but age blurs the reality). I just didn't have the patience for that, so just loaded River Raid in 30 seconds and was away.

I did play text adventures, and can still remember encountering a bear blocking a cave entrance on a TI99/4a game (I knew how to pick a winner when it came to home computers). To get past you had to scream, which scared it and it fell off a cliff. You later walked past a "slightly woozy bear". No idea why that sticks in my mind. No idea what the game was either.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

thesykes

Re: What a shame

Hear it? You can feel it! I remember watching one fly low over the car park at RAF Finningley and hearing a chorus of alarms go off as the ground shook.

Definitely something you have to experience in person.

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

thesykes

Just another bit of crap to uninstall, to add to all the other crap dumped on your computer by the manufacturer.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

thesykes
Coat

Obviously somebody get the wrong end of the stick in the Argentinian military. The memo about gaining revenge for the Falklands war didn't actually say to invade Britain using crack parrot-troopers.

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

thesykes

"although the sat-nav doesn't take postcodes"

what year was this review written?

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

thesykes

Re: In fact, warning does make sense

"strawberries aren't berries"

To be honest, I'd say that the scientist who came up with the definition of berries that excludes strawberries, raspberries etc., got the definition wrong.

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

thesykes

I'll take that back. They're already on there. As are the watches themselves.

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thesykes

Not to worry, there'll be replacement copies on eBay for a fiver in a couple of weeks.

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Microsoft's top legal eagle: US cannot ignore foreign privacy laws

thesykes

Wouldn't it have just been quicker and easier for the US Government to go to an Irish court and ask for a subpoena from them for the email?

I mean, it's not as if they'd use a judgement against Microsoft to try and force every US-based tech company to hand over all their overseas documents, would they?

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

thesykes

Re: If only

Spot on. I have no desire to break the law, and am more than happy to pay, once, for a film. Unfortunately, I would also like to watch that film how I want, when I want, where I want. The US film industry seems hellbent on making sure that I cannot.

Take Ultraviolet, for example. A good idea badly implemented. Buy a film, and get to watch a digital copy when I want. Except, it doesn't work. I can watch all my Ultraviolet films on the Flixster Android app, but, I can't cast it to Chromecast here in the UK. Apparently you can if you're in the US. Why? I can cast from the Blinkbox app, but, they don't have all the studios signed up, so some of my films aren't available on Ultraviolet on Blinkbox. What's even more annoying is that Blinkbox will happily sell me the non-Ultraviolet digital version of the missing films.

So, my only options, if I want to watch a digital copy on Chromecast of those films, is to either rip a DVD or download from some dodgy site.

I don't want to break the law, but, the film studios seem to want me to.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

thesykes

Moaners everywhere

Maybe some of you should just shut up and think about what this is trying to achieve.

If the partners of this project had all clubbed together and produced this device and offered to give it to every 11 year old, it would get nowhere. Add the BBC name to the project and ask them to knock out a few TV programmes to support it and suddenly here's a project with national exposure, a name most people trust and who have helped inspire a whole generation to learn to use a computer. How many posters on here remember watching Ian MaNought-Davies and being inspired by his enthusiasm for computers?

It's highly likely that these companies involved have seen a steady decline in the ability of graduates to knock out a simple "Hello World" program, let alone be let loose on enterprise-critical coding. Maybe they realise that, if they are to remain in business in the future, they need an increase in the quantity and quality of programmers. As with most things in life, the younger you start, the easier it seems to be to learn.

Some have asked why the Government aren't running this sort of thing. If they were, it would result in a device costing £200 to make, cost £2bn to develop and wouldn't be delivered until 2025.

As far as I see it, this is a bunch of technology companies clubbing together to hopefully avert a programming crisis in 10 years time, and using the BBC to get the message out.

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

thesykes

Re: IE10???

Running Chrome v40 and the checker website says all OK.

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

thesykes

Re: Too Small?

Micro SD card holder, a few quid from Amazon or eBay.Size of a credit card, holds 8 SD cards. Sorted.

No, I don't have one, I keep my spares in the various Micro to full size adapters, all in a cash bag. Even cheaper.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

thesykes

Not so bad

These things are a bargain once you claim your 1.5% cashback from Quidco....

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Microsoft & Paypal link hands, turn round and slap Apple Pay

thesykes

Re: Why can't all the players...

you mean, something like a debit/credit card?

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

thesykes

Re: Would a car buyer complain about the space the engine takes up?

No, the case is equivalent to you ordering a car with space for 7 people, but, when it's delivered, there are only 5 seats. The engine is taking up the space where the other 2 people could have fitted.

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thesykes

Re: Well...

@AC

"I can fill the SD card to the brim with MP3 files no problem. How do I get my friend's pre-Kit Kat Google music app to play them? Oh, you can't? I guess you might not be as helpful as you thought."

Took the micro SD from a broken MP3 player, inserted into my old Orange San Francisco, 4 years-old and running Android 2.2, turned it on, opened Play Music, and the songs and audio books appeared instantly. Music on the root of card, books each in their own folders. Absolutely no problem at all.

Not sure how it could be any easier.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

thesykes

Re: Push-button gear change? Really?

Must've changed things since my car was built in 2012 then. Push button handbrake, releases automatically when you set off, provided you don't try and floor it.

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Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

thesykes

Re: really?

The very fact that Apple will have a potential order book of 10s of millions is why they can, and do, restrict initial supplies.

No newspaper, news channel or website ever ran with a headline of "New iPad on sale, and there's millions in stock". Headlines of "New iPad SOLD OUT in minutes" is much more likely. We've all seen soundbites from grinning phone shop managers all gushing about how they sold out in minutes. They obviously can't say that they only had 5 to sell, but, they never get asked anyway.

Apple are sitting on $billions of cash reserves, they don't care if they prize $700 from little Johnny Fanboi on the first day or the 30th day that the iPad is on sale. They know that there's millions of gullible, sorry, loyal customers out there and by artificially restricting initial supplies, they will just increase pent-up demand and make the devices seem even more exclusive and desired.

You think it's all about manufacturing delays and stock costs. It's not. It's marketing, something Apple excel at.

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Do Moan! MONSTER 6-day EMAIL OUTAGE hits Domain Monster

thesykes

Strangely, their emails to me, saying my domain was due for renewal, got through fine.

My email hosted elsewhere, obviously.

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Android's Cyanogenmod open to MitM attacks

thesykes

Re: Another week...

Absolutely. You never find massive gaping security vulnerabilities in software produced by big multi-national commercial companies, do you?

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

thesykes

Re: Wall

All problems would be solved by building an alternative wall, a little further south. I believe the foundations have been laid for some years now, but are currently being used as something called the M25.

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

thesykes

U2 and the iPhone. Both overrated, underwhelming and beloved of the media darlings, while most of the world's goes meh.

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

thesykes

Re: I have yet...

4 reported errors, 4 fixes.

YMMV

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Yosemite Siri? Apple might plonk chatty assistant on your desktop - report

thesykes

Claim 1. A method for invoking a digital assistant service, comprising: at a user device comprising one or more processors and memory: detecting an input gesture from a user according to a predetermined motion pattern on a touch-sensitive surface of the user device; and in response to detecting the input gesture, activating a digital assistant on the user device.

Boiled down to... making a computer program react to user input.

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