* Posts by Phil W

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IBM tries to dodge $1bn sueball for deal won with 'ethical transgressions'

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An unsettling one.

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Windows 10 Media

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Performing the free upgrade will get you a key, you may need to use some utility (google can help there) to find out what it is. Based on my experience, machines upgraded from oem pre-installed win 7/8 get one of a handful of generic keys, where as retail copies of 7/8 that get upgraded get unique keys.

You can create Windows 10 installation media for Home and Pro (but not Enterprise) from this page

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-10/media-creation-tool-install

and use the key you have from the upgrade to install it.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Please don't use our updates

This will prove interesting in enterprise environments using WSUS and/or SCCM to manage updates. Particularly if those organisations only publish updates if they know what they do and that they need them.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: 4K-positive fun for ... vloggers?!

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Re: No Galaxy Note 5 in the UK

Indeed, I have a Note 3 and my next upgrade would have been the Note 5. Now? I'll probably hang on to the 3 for quite a while longer.

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Win10 Firewall

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Re: Win10 Firewall

Which firewall were you using prior to the upgrade?

Presumably a third party one, not supported under Windows 10?

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BT hands £129m back to UK.gov after beating rural broadband targets

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Actual cashback may vary

BT are giving "up to £129m cashback" in much the same way as they provide up to 8/24/36/72 mbps broadband.

Unfortunately due to the quality of the banks through which the money is being transferred uk.gov will only receive £1 million

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Microsoft to spoofed Skype users: Change your account passwords NOW

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This has just happened to me despite having complex passwords and two-factor authentication turned on using the Android Microsoft Account app, rather than SMS.

The messages were all sent while I wasn't signed in to Outlook or Skype from anywhere (middle of the night, I was asleep) and there are no logins shown on my account activity. Wield.

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Consequences

"considering the likely outcome of a quadcopter's entrance into a jet engine at 700ft above ground level"

I'd actually be interested to know how a jet engine would cope with a quadcopter going into it. Don't they test engines for resistance to consuming birds etc? Obviously a quadcopter is potentially a bit more solid than a bird but not substantially so in most cases.

Sounds like a job for Mythbusters/Braniacs etc.

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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Re: Also on a helpdesk

To be fair, I doubt you would have gotten in much trouble for it under those circumstances.

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Lawyer brands client 'small penis asshole' before challenging him to a DUEL

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Or kippers at midnight.

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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Re: No Coop / Smile ApplePay Support

"does my debit card connect to the internet whilst I touch it?"

Only if your finger is NFC enabled.

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Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure

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Improvements

I have a Sony Smartwatch 3, however I only got it after the 5.1.1 update was released so I'm not entirely sure of the feature changes.

One thing I believe was added in 5.1.1 is the ability to use Android Wear as a stand alone music player with Google Play Music. Pair bluetooth headphones with the watch and you can use it independently of the phones to listen to music you've download to the watch. Handy for runners or cyclists who do not want to carry a bulky smartphone with them on their route perhaps, may also be useful for swimmers with water resistant earphones, I plan to try this once I have the earphones.*

Also as for the Cloud Sync, it can be handy for the same reason, lack of bulk. I have a Note 3 so occasionally I want to take it out of my pocket for some activity but still want notifications. If you want to leave your phone behind, then use the mute option on the watch (swipe down from the watchface and tap the bell) and it won't interrupt.

*N.B. If you're thinking of trying this check the water resistance/IP rating of your watch first. Mine is IP68 rated, and while I'd prefer a proper ISO water resistance rating as used on normal watches IP68 is high enough that I'm willing to risk it. Many other Android Wear watches are only IP57 rated, I would not recommend swimming with these.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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I prefer your description Alistair, it's significantly more accurate. The icon (assuming your depiction is accurate) looks very little like tetris, it is totally lacking T and L shapes.

These days though many decent computer based video conferencing systems allow you to share screen content so surely showing them would be easier.

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Two Corsair SSDs destroyed thanks to faulty PSU from Maplin

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Ugh clearly that should have read "PSU from maplin"

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Please tell me you only bought a P'S from mail in because it was convenient and the PSU was a major brand?

Rule one of system building which many many people ignore, never skimp on the PSU in order to save money for other components.

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Wendi the horny dino named after Canadian fossil hunter. Charming!

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Re: I'd have called it...

I'd have picked someone named Sarah and named it Sarahceratops.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Re: Hunting / Wrestling / Riding...

Or sneaking them across the border the border into neighbouring countries.

No wait, they're just volunteer mammoths.

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Re: Let 'em loose in Russia

Or riding them.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Why don't you knock it off with the negative waves?!

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*channels Donald Sutherland from the 1970's*

It's a beautiful tank!

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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Re: NHS

"Microsoft said it will continue to support Silverlight for out-of-browser applications for the dozen or so of you who are using it for that purpose"

"Try the several thousand mental health professionals in London NHS Trusts whom use RiO, provided by BT and running on Silverlight in IE."

Maybe I'm missing something here but surely using Silverlight in IE doesn't qualify as an "out-of-browser application"?

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SMS delivery reports for international numbers

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If you're trying MMS you could use Read Reports instead of/as well as delivery reports. I believe the Read Reports are sent from the receiving device so may be more useful, the downside of course being that MMS messages cost more to send.

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Re: SMS delivery reports for international numbers

I'm assuming that you are using the built in "request delivery report" function on your phone?

Have you tried not using this, but starting your message with *0# instead. For me at least, this result in a text message from the SMS handling system telling me the status of the message. Where as the "request delivery report" function just puts a tick next to the message when the delivery report is returned and I've found that sometimes if the receiving phone was off when the message was sent I won't get the delivery report until hours after the phone was turned on again or sometimes not at all.

With the *0# approach, if the message couldn't be delivered I immediately get a report back saying it couldn't be delivered but further attempts will be made, once the receiving phone is turned on I get another message to say it has been delivered.

Not entirely sure what the difference is to be honest, or if the *0# function is universally supported, but may be worth a go.

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Employees love their IT departments (almost very nearly true)

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"equipment can be down for days when they schedule the MS updates for in hours"

In fairness to them Windows update can be unpredictable, I've had 2 identical server builds side by side that I've done clean Windows installs on and kicked off the exact same set of updates at the same time and had one finish in an hour and the other finish in 3 hours for no good reason.

I'm guessing if budget is non-existant they probably aren't paid to do the updates out of hours either.

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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Re: This sounds exactly like the UK 'Amazon Logistics' operation that delivers prime stuff

Not really anything like that from what the article says. The article implies any one at all who has an Amazon account, delivering a parcel because they feel like it.

In the UK parcels delivered by Amazon Logistics are generally delivered to you by one of three sets of people

A. A courier company employee in a liveried van

B. A contractor working for a courier company in a van, possibly liveried possibly not, which they rent or own (sometimes battered but usually ok, since they're contracting for a branded courier company)

C. An independent individual courier in their own van (more likely to be battered)

In all of the above cases though the person delivering to you is a professional courier (for a given value of professional) who do this for a living and will have insurance of one form or another.

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"I'd probably limit it to long-term Amazon customers."

And just how would you define long-term customers?

If you just mean they've had an account for ages then I know plenty of people who've got dormant accounts because they haven't bought anything through Amazon in years. They're not going to be worried if Amazon cuts them off after 1 high value item went missing in their care.

If you stipulate that they have to have bought something in the last few months, fine, but there's plenty more who buy 1 or 2 very low value items every few months. They're not going to care about getting cut off either.

You could perhaps say they have to have spent a certain amount in the last 30/60 days and spread over a certain number of purchases, but their limits your potential human drones significantly.

Maybe just Amazon Prime customers? Even fewer, but at least these people are more likely to want to keep on good terms with Amazon.

Genuine questions here though. In the UK this would be a major problem from an insurance point of view, since by delivering parcels for Amazon for pay would invalidate any vehicle insurance that doesn't cover business use (most people don't bother and just stick with social, domestic, pleasure and commuting cover). Would a similar problem exist in the US?

Also what about parcels which rather than going missing, get damaged while in the care of the "human drone"? Who is responsible for that?

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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Re: HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data to NSA

Or a return address, meaning that it will end up sat in a Royal Mail sorting office, forever.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Re: All of a sudden, my decision to learn Linux

unless you've been burnt to ash for being a heathen.

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Re: Growing up is tough

You can fire up nano (or vi or emacs, if you are a masochist).

Sorry, couldn't¹ resist.

¹ Not that I tried at all.

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Intel adopts 40Gb per SECOND USB-C plug for Thunderbolt 3.0

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Re: Optical Networking?

I think the only intention of the fibre option is for long runs of cable, hence why the article mentions runs of up to 60 metres.

Fibre has some advantages, not least of which is massively increased range compared to copper. However the one problem it always has is latency, because at the end of the day the devices at each end have to convert photons on fibre to electrons on copper, and that's always going to take time not necessarily huge amounts but why bother unless you really need to.

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Re: Square peg round hole

Hey I'm just going by the article

"Intel's sort of given up on the Thunderbolt interface - but it's also found a way to help increase its relevance by making it a superset of USB 3.1"

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Square peg round hole

This sounds like a recipe for confusion to me.

A new Thunderbolt device using a USB Type C connector could perhaps be converted back to an old Thunderbolt connector, but what about the backward compatibility to DisplayPort and FireWire?

A new USB device using a USB Type C connector could be converted back to a USB 2.0 or 3.x connector, but not to a Thunderbolt/DisplayPort/FireWire connector.

Would it not make more sense to include the Thunderbolt feature set in USB 3.1, but not call it Thunderbolt at all and avoid any confusion.

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Facebook flings PGP-encrypted email at world+dog. Don't lose your private key

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As is double penetration testing.

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Fedora 22: Don't be glum about the demise of Yum – this is a welcome update

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Re: plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Are you suggesting that Shift+Del for permanent deletion is a bad thing?

It's a fairly common key combo for that effect in a variety of systems, it exists in Windows explorer and Outlook. It's not like the 2 keys are close together and you could accidentally press both.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: God give me strength

I suspect that in reality, most of the leaders of the older core religions (i.e. Judaism, Catholocism, Islam) don't take certain things like their stories of creation literally. It is the more modern (relatively speaking) off shoot religions that seem to have a harder time with this.

Didn't the Pope make a statement a few years back saying the Bible is not meant to be taken literally? I was sort of hoping, probably in vain, that him saying that may have been the beginning of a shift toward a slightly more enlightened age for religion.

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100s of Virgin Media customers hit by handset repair glitch, telco admits

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Re: I know I'll get downvoted but...

Partly because you were expecting downvotes and partly because I agree, have an upvote.

My Virgin broadband, phone and TV service has been pretty much flawless since it was installed 3 years ago. The one time I had an outage of any significance it turned out that it was scheduled maintenance and I'd thrown away the notification they sent me thinking it was junk mail.

The cause of the outage was obvious when I went outside and saw 2 VM vans down the street with dozens of cables hanging out of the cabinet.

My only slight gripe was that when my contract was up I had to ask them to put me on a different tariff that gave me faster broadband for less money, they had no problem doing it when I mentioned it though.

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Guestimating customer service

"I reckon there should be around 100 cases which haven’t been processed"

I reckon you should find out before making public statements rather prefacing them with "I reckon".

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

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Re: Tipping Point

Yeah Intel took a risc and lost their arm....

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

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Re: Machine recognition

Yes but the implication is that the set of valid butterfly images was also selected automatically, not just that the whole set was automatically selected as being butterflies.

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Machine recognition

If, as is implied, the images used in the captcha were selected by a computer which matched them as being a butterfly then what is the point in using them?

The whole point of captcha is to prevent forms being completed by automated computer systems, if the images are selected as being a butterfly by an automated system then surely another automated system could pick them out the larger set of butterfly and non-butterfly images as well, it would know it was looking for butterflies since it is identified in the question text.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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I come in peace. Take me to your Lizard.

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

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Re: "US cannot ignore foreign privacy laws"

Yes but the thing is, if you're going to ignore foreign laws or violate their sovereignty in this way, you're supposed to do it in secret and pretend it's not happening not issue warrants to US companies trying to force them to do it.

Openly ignore the laws and rights of other countries who are supposed to be your friends is just bad form!

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Indeed. A young doctor's notebook is what I assume you're referring to, it is pretty good.

The Woman in Black is not a fantastic film especially, but Radcliffe's acting in it is not half bad.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Confused author

Also agree on the not forcing them thing. But given that Windows 10 is supposedly going to be a free upgrade for 7,8 and 8.1 users is forcing the less technically astute to upgrade to a more up to date and supported OS a bad thing necessarily?

But more crucially from what I can tell the idea in the article that this is an update that's basically adware trying to get you to install Windows 10 is pure speculation. It may well simply be boot strapper for starting the Windows 10 install of you choose to do it, especially on Windows 7 where there isn't the option to present it through the store like they did for the 8 to 8.1 update.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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"I would be LGBT!"

What, all four?

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Legislating for the zealots/stupid

Obviously the amendment is a good thing but in many cases it's just made the bigots harder to spot.

For the most part this amendment will only prevent businesses run by the stupid or extremely fanatical zealots who are unable to do anything other than talk about how they are "a good Christian business" from discriminating.

The smart (I use the term loosely) ones will do what they've always done and make a convenient excuse such as "oh I'm sorry we can't cater your wedding we're already booked on that date".

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WIN a RockBLOCK Mk2 Iridium sat comms unit

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LOHAN: COCK TEASE

Complete Onboard Component Knowledge Testing Endeavour And Survivability Experiment.

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Assange™ lawyers demand Swedish prosecution files or no London interview

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Re: Statute of limitations ...

Have an upvote purely for the use of the phrase "get all rapey with the natives"

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Droidberry dangles: Why the BlackBerry-Samsung alliance is big potatoes

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Failings and hope

'Microsoft recently splashed out $200m on a calendar and email apps for Android and iOS – but these aren’t “best of breed" '

They aren't even an acceptable part of the breed. My company, along with many others, have had to take steps to block the use of Microsoft's newly acquired Outlook app because it violates not only our data policy but also potentially the law as well. It stores the user's data and credentials in a public cloud service potentially taking their data outside the country.

As for the BlackBerry Samsung partnership, I hope that it at least results in the availability of a new, decently specced Android device with a hardware QWERTY keyboard.

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