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* Posts by Detective Emil

39 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010

Crumbs! Holiday phish based on genuine hotel booking surfaces

Detective Emil

Re: @Pascal Monet

Well, you could do your homework (as I have not), and find out whether your building society is breaking EU law: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_transfer#Regulation_and_price

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Audio tech upstart DTS takes on Wi-Fi speaker juggernaut Sonos

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The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from

An earlier, and as yet closed, standard in this space is WiSA: see http://www.wisaassociation.org/. It's lossless, potentially with lots of bits and samples, and does not use Wi-Fi for good technical reasons to do with latency and skew. The association boasts a large rag-bag of members, including a few biggish names, of which, as far as I'm aware, only B&O has products on the market as yet.

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HGST's tiny whopper: Just 2.5 inches, but we've packed in 1.8TB

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Toshiba MQ01ABB200: 2TB 2.5"

Consumers can can get a 2TB 2.5" drive. Admittedly, it's only a 5400rpm SATA device, and an inconvenient 15mm thick, but I'd say that it deserves the accolade of being "the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive available".

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Sonos Controller app update conflict

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I'm agin it

It's as though the designers had assiduously read all the criticism of the beta versions of the UI in iOS 7 — stick-thin, low-contrast, hard-to-read text; no differentiation between text that's buttons and text that's not; obscure symbols that must be touched to expose random functionality; poor information density … and said "Wow! Let's have some of that!".

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India throws switch on new 282.6 Tflop super

Detective Emil

Xeon what?

If there is such a thing as a Xeon E5-2760v2, Intel's keeping very quiet about it: it's not in their product list. Maybe they mean E5-2670.

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China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

Detective Emil

Doesn't add up

The great circle from Beijing to Seattle follows pretty much the proposed route, and is 8,708km long. So why are they proposing to lay 13,000 km of track?

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

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Re: Next year, I will mostly be living in Luxembourg

Next year, the standard rate of VAT in Luxembourg is going up to 17%. Guess what: it's to make up for the shortfall resulting from not being able to collect the tax on all those services currently nominally sold from the country. But don't despair: for some reason (strong lobby maybe), the VAT rate on meals in restaurants will remain at just 3%. So, should you actually visit the place, you'll be able to get a cheap meal. Although, as prices are high nevertheless, I should take that back: let's say that you'll be able to stuff your face without stuffing the government's coffers.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Angel

Pre-roll ads?

I can't recall ever having seen a pre-roll ad on YouTube. Wonder what I'm doing right to be so blessed.

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Apple finally flips switch on HTTPS by default in App Store

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Big Brother

Yes, it's about time, but…

… SSL itself is susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, as demonstrated, for example, by those nice people in Iran — see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/09/gmail_diginotar_security_alert/.) You can even do it to yourself with the mitmproxy utility.

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En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

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Unhappy

Re: small cells?

Yup. Here in Luxembourg, one's eyes habitually flick to the top of the screen if one's near a border. And, as for those mandated text messages about roaming charges, they often arrive the next day, if at all (even if one's phone has been turned on all the time).

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Microwaves thrash fibre on speed... if you like two-nines uptime

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Meh

Re: Run for the hills

Heavy rain is one of the factors that causes that 1% downtime on microwave links. So maybe not.

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Flame

Throw it under a bus? Great idea.

The amount of time that I have wasted waiting for an Eee PC to do something useful for me does not bear thinking about.

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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

Detective Emil
Meh

Money talks (and cajoles and whines and threatens)

Convince me that the licensing model is not arcane, and I'll be more interested.

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Google gives fat fingers the flick before they click

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Meh

Well, it would also help if app designers did not purposely position the ads where they're likely to get touched by mistake.

Now that you've applied a Band Aid to that issue, Google, perhaps you could do something about graphics-heavy start-up ads that take so long to load when I can't get a fast data connection that I decide that I do not need to use the app after all.

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Microsoft STALKS YOU even more than supermarkets do, says dev

Detective Emil
Headmaster

Citation?

66 trackers on Apple's site? Where? I've browsed around, and Ghostery, the software being pimped, consistently shows just one on every page I visited (always the same one from Omniture: if there's one thing you can rely on about Apple, it's that there'll be no beacons from any Google property — unlike, let's say, The Register). And, no I'm not using an ad blocker. Same story with Microsoft, except they go with Webtrends. If you want to give Ghostery a better work out, just visit any UK newspaper site (except The Times).

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

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Holmes

Heritage industry

They're just building on the grand tradition of remote controls. They've always sucked.

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Intel plans Core i7 bare bones mini-PCs

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Sincerest form ...

May I be the first to wish Intel as much success in promoting clones of the Mac Mini as they have had with their Ultrabook alternatives to the MacBook Air.

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Windows Phone 8 has a secret feature which may activate at any time

Detective Emil
Big Brother

Eeek!

So my phone will provide personal information to random third-party hot-spots without bothering me? No thanks.

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US Copyright Office approves phone jailbreaking and video remixes

Detective Emil
Headmaster

You write "fondleslab". I stop reading. Deal?

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Four in ten Brits have had to change all their passwords to foil crooks

Detective Emil

Methodology?

Is this "survey" is derived from anything more than the responses of self-selected, motivated Internet users who have filled in a form on GetSafeOnline's site? There is nothing in the story or on the site to suggest otherwise. (It might help if the organisation had updated its press pages in the past eight months.)

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Health minister warns ISPs: Block suicide websites or face regulation

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The "think of the children" card is even more overplayed here than in previous nannyism. The Department of Health's own recently-published statistics show that both under-15 and 15-19 age groups have a considerably lower suicide rate than any other age range. While any suicide is sad, recent successes in cutting the number of young male suicides mean that the age range that needs to be targeted is us middle-aged blokes. I have my doubts that web site blocking will help.

See http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/files/2012/09/Statistical-update-on-suicide.pdf for chapter and verse.

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News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

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Headmaster

Re: Some thoughts for Mr Williams

Quite. As long as you're putting “copyright kleptomaniacs” and “digital suckers” in scare quotes, you should also be applying them to "robbing the Australian economy of AUD$1.37 billion annually".

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AAPT confirms attack, through Melbourne IT

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Megaphone

Pot/kettle albedo criticism situation

I don't think The Register is in a position to complain about anybody else's use of SHOUTY CAPS.

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New gov.uk site hits beta, flashes SINGLE typeface to punters

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Stop

Stop SHOUTING!

Talking of typefaces… please fight your sudden desire to SHOUT in your headlines. Thanks.

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LinkedIn admits site hack, adds pinch of salt to passwords

Detective Emil

Re: wtf

Aw, c'mon. Cut them some slack. We've only known about salt for 34 years: http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/passwd.ps

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Creatives spin copyright licence that sticks to web

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FAIL

I won't buy anything I can't rip

Goodness me. No instance of the dread initials DRM in the whole article (although admittedly "rights management" does get a single mention). Looking at the site (www.linkedcontentcoalition.org — which has a Flash entry page to show how clued-up they are about where content is consumed these days), in the 63 pages that Google hits, DRM appears just once, and that's in "scare quotes". I fear that, much as it might like to, the coalition cannot ignore or skirt this issue.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Blu-ray

Detective Emil

The app's fine without the BD …

… and rather better value.

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Fabulous execution prompts Apple to rein back Q3 outlook

Detective Emil
Headmaster

Re: Well done them...

And well done Reg, for managing to get through a whole Apple piece without using any of "fanboi", "fondleslab", "fruity firm", or "Jesus mobe".

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Visa shows off data centre 'moat'

Detective Emil

Re: there

Reminds me of the fountain built in the middle of the BBC Television Centre, hurriedly emptied forever after it flooded the technical areas below.

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New dole system is 'digital by default', like it or not

Detective Emil
Headmaster

Pah, eurmbeurg

I often find myself telling francophone colleagues that they are "developing" stuff, not "elaborating" it. How can I convince them if people like Mr. Dover (think of those white cliffs, man!) come out with logorrhoea like this?

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Five firms to create HD-centric DRM for SD cards

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FAIL

Based on PKI??

Ah. This would be the Public Key Infrastructure that's been proving so trustworthy of late, and which is likely to require that one has a live Internet connection before being signed off as a worthy viewer of whatever it is that is on the SD Card. So no viewing in planes or on my canal holidays, then.

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Intel preps Thunderbolt docking tech for Ultrabooks

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Ugly

"The notion is that such tech will make slimline Ultrabooks with fewer ports than a full-size laptop more attractive."

(Examines linked article...)

Not with a wart like that on the side, they won't be.

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Gordon the supercomputer is intense about data

Detective Emil

What video?

"In the video..." Umm, what video? All I can see are NVIDEA ads (even in a totally untampered IE9

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'Insatiable' Brits gobble Blu-Ray, deserve reward

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FAIL

UltraViolet ultra tedious?

The UK may not be missing much: it seems that a lot of hoop traversal is required before one can actually get hold of a something that is only a standard-resolution, application-specific, version of the HD content you paid for: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/11/your-movie-on-every-platform-sort-of-for-a-while-how-the-new-ultraviolet-drm-fails.ars

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Aussie retailer accuses UK shops of HDMI 'scam'

Detective Emil

Explicit proof. Probably.

Kogan's blog references http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385346,00.asp, which ends by saying that, in most cases "there is absolutely no reason to spend more than $10 on an HDMI cable." Then there's Computer Shopper's take, at http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home-entertainment/1282699/hdmi-investigated-are-expensive-cables-a-scam, which after going on about how much the oscilloscope it used to check the eye patterns cost, tabulates the results of blind tests in which 18 out of 30 panelists perceived no difference in video between cheap and expensive cables, with seven of the remainder preferring expensive and five cheap. (Results for audio were more polarised, with more people preferring cheap cables.)

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Brits stereotyped by app popularity chart

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Black Helicopters

Caution. Sheep shearing in progress.

Following the links that lead eventually to the long and creepy promotional video from GSMA Mobile Metrics, I'm glad I'm resident in a small market that's unlikely to be mined for this kind of information in the near future. Tinfoil hat owners in the UK (the lucky world premier recipients of such close scrutiny) may want to pay as much attention to hiding their phone's browser trail as they do to that of their PC...

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Dell takes aim at Apple with upmarket pledge

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Jobs Halo

Design is dull or disastrous

The trouble with Dell kit is that, when it first comes out of engineering, the marketing department seems inclined to say "No. That's not ugly enough." Although, on a good day, they may say "No. That's not boring enough." It's when they say "edgy enough" or "cool enough" that one really has to get worried. And, as for "pink enough" ...

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Ten free apps to install on every new Mac

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http://jumpcut.sourceforge.net

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Jumpcut

I'd be less productive without Jumpcut, "a minimalist clipboard manager", which remembers the last dozen or so cuts and copies. Plain text only, but that's good enough for me.

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Opera auditions for iPhone browser spot

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WTF?

Well, we must be very confused then

"Apple thinks an alternative browser would confuse users ..." Umm, just do a search on "web browser " in the App Store, and you'll hit dozens of the things. I use one, iCab Mobile, every day.

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