* Posts by JimmyPage

1747 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010

Ex 'Tech City' chief Shields appointed junior Fun minister for internet safety

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This was the bit I didn't like ..

quite aside from technical fripperies

A dual US-UK citizen

So she can **** up life for everyone else in the UK, then swan off back to the good ol' US of A ?

How many dual-national congressmen (*excluding* Israeli) ?

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Polygraph.com owner pleads guilty to helping others beat lie detector

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I'm surprised he wasn't defended by a consortium

of snake oil ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H polygraph manufacturers.

Surely all this case has done, is enshrine in law that polygraphs are fallible and can be beated.

Who'd waste time with one now ?

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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I would suggest that for the cast majority of pirates

it's a case of "can't" (as in there is no mechanism to) pay, won't pay.

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Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

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"...rather than use my decision"

"to possibly damage the party's chances in the election, I decided to sit back, and watch them do it all by themselves"

is possibly closer to the truth,

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Pi based kid-nerdifier Kano buried under freak cash avalanche

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Re: Radionics`- Phillips

My memory wins:

http://www.hansotten.com/index.php?page=x40

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Radionics`

fond memories of learning electronics, aged 8 from a Radionics kit, made by Phillips. Got me an A/O and O level in electronics years before they were on the syllabus

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Zuck'ed up: Facebook opens up free internet in India – but bans HTTPS

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Yahoo, Compuserve, AltaVista

but no mention of AOL ?

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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"It can't have been me, I was out of the country"

was Mr. Shapps defence on radio, last week. I had to pull over to roll on the floor.

It summed up everything that is wrong with politicians and technology.

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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There is a joke there ... somewhere

about FB users and (trails off) ....

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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And be warned .. (@Jonathan 27)

I agree. However, Google aren't much better.

I recently had cause to install an SMS blocking app on my wifes phone. I duly scoured the Play store (which is painful enough) and located several "SMS blockers". However (get this) none of them actually block SMSs. One or two actually tell you this, but most don't (read the reviews).

Turns out Google reconfigured Android between Jellybean and Kitkat and dropped the ability to block SMSs (something my Windows Phone does natively). I have a memory from trying to configure a previous device for bluetooth TTS/STT that similar tricks have been pulled in the past.

And the quality (of lack thereof) of "Apps*" in the Play store ....

*I say "Apps" because in a recent adventure to recover some deleted SMSs, I discovered quite a few "Apps" are just manuals you download telling you how to recover SMSs (which is a lost cause on an unrooted phone, and risky on a rooted one).

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Free markets aren't rubbish – in fact, they solve our rubbish woes

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rare to see a discarded drink container anywhere

doubt you'd have the same result in blighty. Went for a walk in the park last week. Came across two patches where people had been drinking. I knew this, because they'd left their cans on the grass. I wouldn't mind so much, but one was about 5 metres from a bin, and there are bins at every exit.

Although generally opposed to the death penalty, I believe no good case has been made for not stringing up people who show so little respect for their - and others - environment; that they pollute it.

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Re: supermarket pricing

is a not-so-subtle form of idiot tax.

Many moons ago, when our lad was proudly learning maths, we were shopping, and he noticed that it was cheaper to buy 2x24 Weetabix, than the 1x48 packet (special offer). Over £1 saving. He saw a lady go to pick up the 48 pack, and proudly explained she could save a pound by buying 2 24s.

She gave a confused look, and said "but I want 48" ... he tried to explain that 2x24 was 48, but got a scowl as the lady repeated "but I want 48" and huffed off.

Still happens now. I guarantee you can go into any of the big 4 supermarkets, and find the same.

My recent favourite was 600g jars of mayonnaise priced the same as the 400g jars. Next to each other (Sainsburys). Or 500g tubs of marge less than half the price of the 1Kg tub ....

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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GUIs can be great ...

Ongoing argument with my penguin mad brother over preferring GUIs - in *some* situations.

Because a good GUI can help a great deal towards presenting a quick logical overview of what on earth it is you are doing. You can grey out controls, or link them so that you know selecting an option requires addition parameters. You can also ensure mutually exclusive commands can never be issued. And you can provide tooltips to assist in more obscure or lesser used options. Best of all you tend to work in generics, rather than specifics - you want the outcome to be "Delete temporary files on completion" - or is it -B ? -D ? --delete-temp-files-on-exit ? --cleanup ?

However, I do like Linux, so --->

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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My first thought

Have Microsoft detailed their policy on signing enterprise software specifically:

1) How long the process will take ?

A 24-hour turnaround would be acceptable. However I suspect there will be all sorts of hurdles to jump over that means an organisation needs to have a definite timeline to fit into migration/deployment projects.

2) Cost ?

AND

3) Support lifecycle

because once you have Device Guard in your organisation, it would be a little unfortunate if Microsoft suddenly stopped offering to sign Enterprise software, or decided that it would charge $10,000 per executable.

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Facebook invents Caller ID ... say Hello to today's staggering technology

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er .... is it just me ?

My (Windows) phone does this *already*. Without Facebook. Not that I was that impressed with the feature seeing as all my phones going back to at least 2009 (Nokia 5800) have also had this feature.

Maybe Facebook could work on a "feature" so that if the person being called is busy, the person calling hears some sort of "busy tone" to let them know to try again later.

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Ever tried the "I feel lucky" button?

No.

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

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Surely one of the problems ...

is Microsofts total and utter lack of any track record in backing their OWN products. Their attempts at the mobile market is littered with the corpses of abandoned operating systems.

And all the apps that ran on them.

Much as I like Windows Phone (I do) I can't blame anybody for not wanting to waste their efforts on providing an app which might not last till the end of the year.

The most annoying thing, is Google are pretty much the same. I hope anybody pre-KitKat isn't too dependent on SMS blocking, since it's just disappeared with KitKat. Leading to loads of "SMS blocking apps" in the Play Store which don't - not that you'd know from the description.

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GDS monopoly leaves UK.gov at risk of IT cock-ups, warns report

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Whatever happened to the free market ?

Just asking.

Also, why is there an almost religious belief that .gov systems have to be "bespoke" ? It's attitudes like that which allowed Capita to bill Birmingham City Council £1.2 *million* a year to run a bespoke (and utterly crap) glorified CMS that is www.birmingham.gov.uk.

Because, like Russian homosexuals, there are no OSS projects that would have done the job.

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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

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Own goal for Amazon

one of Amazons selling points (for me) is the fact that a lot of things they sell have a body of genuine reviews behind them. It's not scientific, but looking at my looked at list and purchases, I'd wager that I've bought more because of good reviews than not bought because of bad reviews.

(Bearing in mind that sometimes it's not a "bad" review, just one which highlights a products particular suitability for a specific job. I may still buy *another* product from Amazon.)

If the words starts getting out that Amazon reviews are (or can be) stacked, then they will lose one of their key selling points for me - and my wife.

Be curious to see how Amazon proceed here. Up until now, they have hardly put a foot wrong (in my opinion) since 1997 when I started using them.

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That's right: FBI agents can't pretend to be ISP repairmen to search homes without a warrant

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They should move to the UK

evidence rarely - if ever - gets thrown out, no matter how dishonestly it was obtained.

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Googley TENTACLES reach towards YOUR email

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Isn't there a rival product

called "Oasis" ?

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Re: @Joe Harrison - + sign "not valid" everywhere :(

what would they make of this - valid - email address ?

"()<>[]:,;@\\\"!#$%&'*+-/=?^_`{}| ~.a"@example.org

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Boost your attachment size with this one weird trick

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Re: No, never increase attachment size limits

Not really sure why someone felt you deserved a downvote, but I'll go on record and back you up ...

Attachments are fine if they're KISS compatible. But as teams grow, spread, homework, and take on long running projects, using attachments to exchange information becomes increasingly problematic. I am sure if I called for a show of hands, there will be a number of El Reggers who have encountered problems caused by team members faithfully updating and circulating an out of date document because they didn't receive/notice/start with the latest copy. Or because the copy they *should* have got was quietly killed by their spam filter (maybe it was a spreadsheet that looked a bit PCI uncompliant)

Just wait till that document is part of a tender and the client sees the last-but-one version rather than the current one.

Another "fun" issue is when the team resides in different companies with different email systems (and policies) so some peoples emails are killed (see above)

Heck, even dropbox is better than that.

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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WTF?

Whoa, whoa, whoa ....

What forensic computer security outfit would *ever* allow an examined drive to be in a position to execute code ? I would have thought even the keystone cops would have known that ?

The procedure AIUI is to get a bitwise *copy* of the target, and then perform all tests on that. You would never be able to boot off the drive anyway because that would change the contents.,

And you would never use a Windows machine either.

Something doesn't square up in this story .....

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Stateside security screeners sacked for squeezing 'sexy' sacks

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hang on

weren't wee told that things like this could "never" happen ?

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In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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ladies only count vaginal penetration.

reminded me of 37 cocks from Clerks

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As if by magic ...

a *very* geo-specific mobile app - "Maaxi" is plugged by the BBC

So let's see ....

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Re: Could we have some grown-up options please..

s/google/Her Majestys Government

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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Big Brother

Sigh ...

it's not todays government I fear.

It's tomorrows.

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

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Re: ODWR

Not sure whether to up or down vote you ----------------------->

Before I highlighted Chess: the only way to cheat Death; he can never remember which way the horsey moves. in Chrome; right-clicked (actually left-clicked for me) and selected "search Google for ...." (total all of 0.5s); I had a feeling it would be the sadly recently departed Pratchettmeister. So it would be a downvote for being *that* lazy.

However, the top Google was this

which is a fascinating site I probably wouldn't have bumped into today without your help.

So in balance no votes :)

p.s. It is a Pratchettism

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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Re: meh...

Presumably it was enough of a shit to decide that you had to tell the rest of us how little shit you give? Marble sized perhaps, like a rabbit dropping?M

Stewart Lee on El Reg ?

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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Clipper chip

'nuffr said

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Who is the fastest-selling phone maker of ALL TIME? Samsung? Apple? No, it's Xiaomi

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Missing the point ...

If nothing, the global financial crisis demonstrated how much shite we had been fed, during the good times ...

1) That it's not possible to have asymmetric interest rates. Before 2008, the clarion call of UK business was that the strength of the pound was hurting exports. Cue a parade of financial experts telling us that the only interest rate that mattered was the BoE one, and it wasn't possible to have a separate one for special cases.

(Looks at BoE rate as of 10/4/2015 - 0.5%. Looks at mortage statement - 3.99%).

So that's that myth busted then

2) That credit ratings are sacred texts, that are never wrong. Cue various US and UK outfits going bust despite triple-A ratings. Clearly the ratings agencies opinions aren't very reliable.

Oh, look, Gideon tells us how important these rating agencies opinions are. Do me a favour ....

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drifting OT

when did PWC become an authority ?

On anything ?

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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er ....

most of the YouTube content I watch is old clips of UK TV shows. Which I strongly suspect Google doesn't own the rights to...

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Oh no, Moto! Cable modem has hardcoded 'technician' backdoor

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field, service

nuff said

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

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Black Helicopters

Just occurred to me ...

What did GCHQ know that the Guardian didn't that prompted them to insist on such a newsworthy destruction.

What *else* have they been up to ?

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une Macbook

or un Macbook ?

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Met Police in egg/face blunder as shop-a-crim site's SSL cert expires

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El Reg doesn't even offer https connectivity

why would it need to ? What sensitive information is passing between you and Reg Towers ?

That said, if we arrive at an encryption everywhere state of affairs (with the security services going all over the media explaining their confusion at such a thing happening) then using encryption ceases to become a red flag to the cops.

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Barry Obama declares national emergency over foreign hackers

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Used, or "thought to have used"

isn't this circumventing due process ?

What does the constitution say about this ?

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Notebooks drag PC sales out the toilet, fondleslabs still falling

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tablet sales will continue to decrease because of their longer-than-expected lifecycle.

really ?

Or is it because there's nothing new ?

There's nothing the market to best my 1920x1280 quad-core Android tablet (design nearly 2 years old). Certainly nothing to persuade me to part with £200.

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

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Pah, lightweights

on a visit last year to the RAF Museum at Cosford, I saw a Nimrod parked outside awaiting preparation for exhibition.

Because it had been carried by road, they had folded the wings up, so you could see the avionics wiring. There were several bundles of what looked like *hundreds of wires) which passed into the wing from the fuselage.

All white (certainly from a distance).

All cut.

It broke my heart ... clearly a reminder that plane will never fly again -->

As an aside it was a hell of a sobering thought (as I mentioned to the Mrs) that someone, somewhere, once knew what every wire did.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

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Colour me uninterested ...

one of the upsides of a free-market economy is you don't *have* to engage if you don't want to.

My first thought on the article headline and subsequent content was "demand creation" ... Apple may have billions of these [canine] testicular timepieces in the wings. But hint at rationing, and you will guarantee the media frenzy (and associated upsales) of black-Friday style mania ensues.

I wonder if Apple are taking any steps to prevent speculative re-sales ? Presumably the iWatch will need to be connected to an iTunes account ? And only Apple will allow a change ?

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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Re: Fiver

Pretty galling when you know they would happily have paid at least ten thousand times that much for the same information from a whizzy startup outfit ....

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Or alternatively

Big companies lobby the government(s) to tighten up the law so that it becomes a criminal offence not to disclose bugs you find in websites to the owners. That way they don't have to spend any money on decent development and can use the threat of prison to enforce compliance.

A little bit like it being a criminal offence (in the UK) not to notify police if Uncle Ahmed has popped off to Syria.

Bear in mind there's *already* a delicate line to tread between asking for payment to divulge details of a bug and blackmail.

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Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets

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Re: And so we have come full circle....

1970, the only way to access a "computer service" was via a terminal which displayed what the machine in an air-conditioned locked room was doing.

2015 the preferred way to access a "computer service" is via a terminal which displays what the machine in an air-conditioned locked room is doing.

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Assange™ lawyers demand Swedish prosecution files or no London interview

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Statute of limitations ...

there's a phrase regarding US law which goes something like "the statute of limitations cannot be considered active if the offender absents themselves from the jurisdiction"

In other words, nice try buster.

Surely the Swedish system would be the same. I can't believe they have a fugitives charter ....

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Home Office splashed £35m trying to escape e-Borders contract

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who the fuck allowed a contract for £750m to be signed without an exit clause?

the same jokers that presented a quote for the Olympics forgetting to add VAT.

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

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impossible to download the older IE versions from them

we do all keep old MSDN packs, don't we ?

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