* Posts by JimmyPage

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Government hails superfast broadband deal for new homes

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You see, it's nonsense like this ..

which leads me to doubt the "end of the world" rhetoric that (some) politicians try to use to extract more $$$$s. God knows what the emissions consequence of having to cable *after* building are.

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The size of UK houses should be measured in area

Oh yes !

We currently pack 1,400 sq. feet in our 2-bed bunglalow. (OK, we have a toilet/cloakroom, bin store, utility room plus a hall to access them).

Currently I have yet to see a *4* bedroom house (which, don't forget has an EXTRA FLOOR) with more than 1,200 sq. feet.

Get fed up of looking at new builds in 2014. Best way to shut the sales droid up was to ask which room they suggested we lose to move into the new build.

And as for "garages" ????? Can't we have a law forcing developers to call them what they are: "external storage units" ?

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Boffins smear circuitry onto contact lenses

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Anyone who is partially sighted

would probably think of an application immediately.

In my wifes case, the ability to focus a small image onto the part of her retina that still works in a way that current optical technology can't ?

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Surely this makes the UK

a world leader in ad-blocking ?

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Official UN panel findings on embassy-squatter released. Assange: I'm 'vindicated'

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Re: Won't make a bit of difference.

Will all the USA snatch squad subscribers please fuck off back to Facebook ?

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Mall owner lays blame at Apple's door for dragging down sales

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WTF?

Oh FFS !

was my initial thought on reading this ....

We really need a "FFS !" icon.

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Bill for half a billion quid lands on Apple's desk in Facetime patent scrap

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Apple spoke to El Reg

of course they did. It suited them. Would have been poetic justice if El Reg had refused to print what they said.

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Samsung trolls Google, adds adblockers to phones

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Re: Something like this?

"not available in your country"

so no. Nothing like that.

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"Surprising findings"

It's not *paying* I object to.

It's paying 100s of individual itty-bitty subscriptions.

The day someone (and it may be Google. Or Apple. Or Amazon) can find a way to charge me a*single* daily/weekly/monthly/premium, and allow me direct access to *whatever I want*, is the day I will take their hand off.

Those El-Reggerrs who agree, and would also subscribe, upvote me (I predict there will be loads).

The fact no such service exists, despite "market pressure" is a very good sign the market is well fucked.

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If nothing else ...

I have this article to thank for NoRootFirewall

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Lincolnshire council IT ransomware flingers asked for ... £350

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Re: any colour Audi can have a muppet at the wheel

true - as can any car. However, IME, a black or white *car* (which is how I read the OP) increase the odds to within a whisker of 99%.

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HSBC online services still offline following 'attack' on bank

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We successfully defended our systems.

Note to existing and future (if there are any).

HSBCs definition of "success" may not be the same as yours, if they think that customers being locked out of their services a "success".

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: Policy based evidence

Like western civilisation, would be a good idea.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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Re: Apple ][ network ?

(actually it was an ITT 2020).

AIR Apples had no intrinsic networking, and I don't recall an interface card to do it either, although it did have 6 expansion slots.

For some reason the standard one for the disk controller was 6. I can still remember the command "PR#6" to initialise the peripheral on slot 6. I realised I was the schools (actually the boroughs) tech expert when reading the manual revealed that "PR" was to initialise for output (PRint - geddit ?) and "IN" was to initialise for "INput" (possibly a light pen) and that for the disk controller (being both, either would work).

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Re: Set the mouse to left handed.

1) If it's possible.

Many "lock down everything" IT departments remove the mouse settings. Happened to me once, when I attended an interview. They had a technical test on a standard RHS mouse PC. I asked for the mouse to be set up left handed, and it took 30 minutes for them to find a tech who could log in as admin to make the change.

2) If it's practical

There's quite a few industry-wide mice that are clearly intended to be held in the right hand. So even changing settings won't help.

FWIW, ever since I started suffering a touch of RSI, I've found I'm ambidextrous when it comes to mousing, so use my left hand now.

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Brit boffins brew nanotech self-cleaning glass

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Re: What about Bird Shit?

ITYM "white dielectric material" ....

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Thousands fled TalkTalk after gigantic hack, confirm researchers

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Re: Dead customers

The problem here, is that the person you are *talking* to, rightly or wrongly, will have no authority or ability to amend customer details. This is self-evident the first contact you get after complaining.

At that point, it's pointless to continue trying to make changes by repeating the process - you'll end up with the same problem.

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

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+1

For the Led Zeppelin reference alone.

Now I shall read the article !

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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"I can't afford to discard tools ..."

"... because I don't like their design"

Don't like Wikipedia ? Then you do better ...

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TalkTalk outage: Dial M for Major cockup

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Fool me once etc.

Anyone who stayed with Talk Talk after they proved their incompetence is undeserving of sympathy and column inches.

However, they do seem to explain how we got a Conservative government.

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Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid: AWS to open data center in Montreal

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Sigh ...

And this evades the PATRIOT Act how, exactly ?

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

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Re: More facts required (WHY ?)

He wasn't sacked for using corporate *devices* for personal use.

He was sacked for using corporate *time* (time he was paid to do his job in) for personal use.

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BlackBerry baffled by Dutch cops' phone encryption cracked brag

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Nothing to see, move along

Before I read the article, just from the headline, I *knew* I would find a line like:

It well may be that the handset in question was crackable not because of a Blackberry flaw but an incorrect implementation of PGP itself

The best encryption technology in the universe may be compromised by lack of understanding.

I notice is was "encrypted emails" that were cracked. Bear in mind, in it's native form, an "email" will have the underlying RFC-822 layout. So if you know what that looks like, and you have 200+ of the buggers all encrypted with the same key(s) you have a head start.

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EE, O2, Giffgaff, BT Mobile customers cut off as mobile networks fail

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Ah ! Tesco

MrsJP is on Tesco, and yesterday around 4pm, tried to call a local landline 19 times from her Tesco mobile. The call just "dropped". No message, no tone. In the end I made the call from my Vodafone wok phone - first time.

This incident reminded us of something similar 2 years ago - again on Tesco (which is o2 really). I tried calling my sons phone, and was told "the number you have dialled has not been recognised" which lasted a few hours.

However, for balance, I haven't had any problems (yet) with the giffgaff SIMs I use in my Wileyfox ....

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Investigatory Powers Bill: A force for good – if done right?

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We're looking in the wrong direction

These powers have fuck all to do with trying to predict and intercept *future* terrorist activity, and everything to do with accessing historical data to haver dirt on any and all who oppose the Eye of Sauron.

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Yes Minister ...

there was an episode of Yes Minister where the hapless Hacker found that something had been agreed by his department which turned out to be politically embarrassing.

He calls in Sir Humphry, gives him a carpeting, and insists he is notified of everything going on in the department. Sir Humphry seems reluctant, which only increases Hackers resolve.

The next day, Hacker gets 5 red boxes, and takes all night to read them. Memos about staff rotas, pencil quotas ... as Hackers wife pointed out, by demanding to see *everything* Hacker had allowed Humphry to drown him in minutia.

Which is why my response to all this data-hoovering is "bring it on"

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Three-years-late fit-to-work IT tool will cost taxpayers £76m

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Re: bedroom tax

That's what they told you.

The fact the *biggest* group of under-occupiers of social housing (pensioners) were explicitly exempted indicates otherwise. So I stand by my assertion. It's ideological (as opposed to logical).

Do as the priest does, not as he says ......

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Re: Whaaat?

On the radio today, the egregious Ms. Hillier was forced to admit that the means testing cost *more* than it saves.

Like the bedroom tax (which has cost the UK far more than it will ever "save") this is proof that "austerity" is a political and moral process, not a fiscal or practical one.

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BT and EE, O2 and Three: Are we in for a year of Euro telco mega-mergers?

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Re: What do you think Virgin Media is

Crap ?

I suggested 5 years ago they could offer a combined mobile-landline-BB-TV deal, such that you could have a "family" of mobiles that would be free-call to each other (cf. giffgaff). The application being even if your sprogs have used up their credit, they can call home.

Given Virgins unique capability to offer such a service, you'd think it would be a no-brainer.

Didn't even get a reply (which it turns out is SOP whenever Virgin have a business opportunity).

The older I get, they less impressed I am by "the market".

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Is it a losing battle ?

As far as I know, every time "competition" has been fostered, then end result is fewer players.

The UK energy and cable markets being a paradigm.

We started off in the 80s, with several small, localised cable operators.

Now there's only Virgin.

We started off in the late 90s with several small, localised energy suppliers[1].

Now there's EON/EDF and BG (who all have resellers - not the same thing as competition)

[1]In 2002 I signed up with Amerada. In a shadow of the old "how do you know you work for a dotcom company ?" (you've worked for 5 companies in two years and never moved desks) I found myself with 3 different outfits over 4 years without ever changing.

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Americans massively back call for more police body camera tech

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Re: USA is a "War" nation

Echoes of Mussolini, and his program for Italy

"Battle for Grain" (great)

"Battle for Land" (hmm, less so - ask Ethiopia)

"Battle for Births" (yes, really)

cf. "5 year plans (Stalins USSR)"

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

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Of course any password manager

is just a link in a chain of security.

Not that you'd think that from some of the more hysterical tinfoil-hattery being exhibited here.

If you make the assumption that *any* form or credentials caching - regardless of implementation - is susceptible to being read by 3rd parties, you take appropriate preventive measures.

In my case, even though my card details are stored in LastPass, an attacker with full access to my vault (which would require going through a 2FA challenge, so already they'd need to crack the Google authenticator mechanism) would not be able to use them, since my bank *also* demands 2FA. And all my saved payment details require the CVV number from the card. Which is *not* stored anywhere - not even on the card (use a soldering iron, the digits are embossed).

Anyone who criticises LastPass for "not being secure enough" is clearly stupid enough to think their security needs are capable of being met by a single application. And that person is - at best - "naive", and at worst, a moron. Especially if after lambasting LastPass for "not being secure enough" it turns out they have a safe inside the locked doors of their house.

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Re: AgileBits

(btw, I *up*voted you, for a sensible reply)

Just curious, if AgileBits isn't

- open source

or

- free

then what's the difference between it and LastPass ?

I'm not thrilled about the LMI takeover of LP, but I can't find another tool that does the job the way I like it - irrespective of price.

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Of course at $12/year

(that's less than £10) ... for the *premium* LP (base version is free) you have to consider value for money ....

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Seems sensible ...

setting up MrsJPs Facebook over Xmas, I was impressed* with the ability to designate a trusted contact to help a user out, plus the feature to nominate a legacy contact to take control of your account when you join the choir invisible.

*despite actively hating Facebook for years, having dabbled now for a few months, I realise it was Facebookers I disliked with a vengeance. Being objective, FB is a very well written and designed site.

There's a saying about not discarding tools because you don't like the colour. Has anyone found anything to replace Lastpass ? I've tried a few (all suggested by El Reggers), and they haven't come close.

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

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Dick Tracy ..

didn't he have a smartish (2-way radio) watch ?

Maybe the patent needs to go back further ?

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Curiosity Rover eyes Mars' creeping dunes

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Re: Curious

and it's exactly why actually going places and doing stuff is so good for science. Either the science underpinning your expectations is wrong or incomplete (in which case we need to know more), or your application of current science wrong or incomplete (which is also good, since mistakes can be highly informative).

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Day 2: Millions of HSBC customers still locked out of online banking

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“We will ensure customers do not lose out as a result of this issue.”

has this weasel statement *ever* been followed up ?

After the 2010 RBS outage I recall quite a few examples being mentioned where house sales had fallen through because funds were inaccessible (one idly wonders if conveyancing contracts now factor in "if your bank goes titsup" clauses).

So how far will this statement go ?

Is there a market for an insurance policy which will make funds available to cover a serious bank outage ?

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Library web filtering removes info access for vulnerable, says shushing collective

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For some reason, I thought of Blackadder ...

J: Ah, I see you've underlined a few (takes dictionary, reads): `bloomers';

`bottom'; `burp'; (turns a page) `fart'; `fiddle'; `fornicate'?

G: Well...

J: Sir! I hope you're not using the first English dictionary to look up

rude words!

E: I wouldn't be too hopeful; that's what all the other ones will be

used for.

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Security bod watches heart data flow from her pacemaker to doctor via ... er, SMS? 3G? Email?

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"Homeland"

of course, this is no news to anyone who saw season 2 of Homeland ... 3 years ago.

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Windows 10 won't come to old WinPhones until some time in early 2016

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Why would you need 2 x of the same SIMs?

1 voice, 1 data

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Blatant plug

Got one of these babies a couple of weeks ago - at £35 (Black Friday) it seemed worth a punt. Shoved 2xgiffgaff SIMs in it, and have been mightily impressed. Combined phone *and* portable WiFi hotspot. What more could you want.

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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Ah joke wallpaper ...

(old enough to remember the site www.jokewallpaper.com - aliased as www.coporateexcellence.com, in case your boss was monitoring your surfing)

Not as good as the joke BSOD screensaver I used to run ...

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New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs

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TalkTalk already does it

Hardly an advert.

Of course enquiring minds might want to know why TalkTalk was not present at the committee meeting mentioned in the article to present evidence or whether they presented any in the first place.

maybe because there's very little Talk Talk can teach anybody ?

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

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Surprised to read this far

and no mention of Captain Pugwash with the oft-repeated urban legend of Seaman Staines and Master Bates ?

E2A: In a typical example of Sods law someone else posted about CP whilst I was typing.

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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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Ah, happy memories ...

back in 1981, buying David Singmasters bible to solving the cube.

And then understanding it. Aged 14. Made some extra pocket money explaining it ...

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Plusnet ignores GCHQ, spits out plaintext passwords to customers

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Why isn't there an RFC

for password storage and handling ?

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IOCCO: Police 'reckless' for using terrorism powers on journo sources

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Or, to summarise in 5 words.

If they can, they will.

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Homebrew crypto in Telegram hangout app full of holes, say security pros

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Deja Vu ???

Aren't there some numpty jihadists enjoying state-sponsored B&B after deciding to cook-up their own encryption on the basis that "infidel technology" was bound to be compromised. Thus proving paranoia does erode rational thought.

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Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

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Maybe the *cinemas* should pay

after all, the film having a BBFC certificate is protecting *them* from prosecution,

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