* Posts by Phil W

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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"This is not a valid defence, because YOU'VE never used medical grade ECG test gear either."

Eh? How do you know I haven't? I haven't (though I could probably get my hands on some), but what's that got to do with anything? I also don't own an Apple watch.

Also I have nothing to defend, I didn't make any point, I enquired as to how the person claiming his Apple watch is totally accurate knows that that really is the case.

If I'd said "my Xioami Mi Band 1s is more accurate than your Apple watch" you'd have a point, but I would never make that claim, especially as my device cost £20 and I don't expect supreme accuracy from it.

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"Why medical grade when you can easily count it with a finger and another timer?"

Yes that's just fine when you're sat still or just walking along but I'd be beyond extremely impressed if you can accurately count your pulse with your finger while engaged in strenuous exercise that has got your pulse into the 130 or 140 range, even more so if you could do it while comparing it to the read out on your watch.

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"And my Apple Watch is always dead on."

I would genuinely like to know how you know that. Have you conducted rigorous testing at rest, during moderate activity and during strenuous exercise while wearing the Apple Watch and hooked up to a medical grade ECG?

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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

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Modular

I'm not really sure how this is wildly different from the way things are now?

To me it sounds like someone who doesn't know what they're talking about describing the way servers (and even desktop PCs to some degree) are built.

If you're buying say a 1U rack mount server, there are a whole variety of configurations, your front end drive bay module and backplane can be 8x 2.5" drives or 4x 3.5", the backplane they connect to can be either SATA only or SATA/SAS, you can have a PCI-E SAS RAID card or just use onboard.

The description holds even more true for blade centers, where each bay can hold either a traditional server with CPU, RAM and local storage, or have a disk storage blade installed to be attached to other servers, as well as other options like GPUs and tape drives.

In either case you pick the parts that suit what you're building for, and in theory you could get new parts and change them around later if the workload changes.

However in reality you don't because for the majority of the type of people who are buying servers in any scenario outside of being a cloud host, you have a specific workload in mind when you're buying with a specific budget related to that workload.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Re: So the bar is now much higher for e-cig makers

No, it really really isn't.

A hard hat is a piece of safety equipment whose only purpose is to prevent you sustaining head injuries in a dangerous environment. Any negative side effect a poorly made hard hat might have (such as your mention of scalp disease, if such a thing exists), is still infinitely preferable to a fatal head injury.

Consequences of wearing a (scalp disease causing) hard hat vs not wearing one?

You may get scalp disease but you're alive.

Consequences of inhaling tested and regulated chemical formulation vs untested and unregulated ones?

Your fluids might cost more, but there is now a much lower chance of you inhaling something with dangerous or even life threatening properties.

Despite the endless amount of positivity E-cigs have towards them from many quarters, they are still essentially a device design solely for the purpose of taking potentially toxic substances into your body. They are not, unlike a hard hat, a device with a safety or health purpose in mind that might have unintended negative side effects. All they are is a "possibly" safer, that is safer not safe way of doing something which is known to be harmful.

The "possibly" there is important because while many government bodies will accept that e-cigs are in the short term clearly less harmful (and it's important we use the phrase "less harmful" and not "better for you", they cannot and will not comment on the long term effects of e-cig the technology simply has not been around long enough for anyone to know if there are any serious side effects from substantial long term use.

On top of that up until now there has been no regulation of the substances you're choosing to inhale, you have no assurance as to content and safety of the liquids you are inhaling.

Are E-cigs a good way to get off cigerettes and then tape off smoking/vaping altogether over a short term period? Absolutely.

Are E-cigs better for you if you just replace your heavy smoking habit with a heavy vaping habit for the rest of your life? No-one knows, it could be, but equally it could turn out that long term inhalation of vapourised nicotine and other chemicals has consequences we don't yet know about, particularly if those chemicals are untested and unregulated.

Don't even get me started on the quality of the electronics in these devices causing fires etc...

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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

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Payment options

I bought my last handset SIM Free, simply because it was marginally cheaper to buy it with a credit card that had 27 Months interest free on purchases and set up a direct debit to pay it off over the same period, alongside a cheaper SIM only tariff.

I'm now not tied in to a contract and can chose to pay off the credit card whenever I like.

The moral of the story is, it's not that SIM Free is better but that selling handsets with little or no upfront cost and paid for as credit which is rolled into a high line rental tariff on a long term contract is a terrible and out of date model.

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Ofcom serves up an extra helping of airwaves for Wi-Fi

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Re: Weakest Link

"Surely the speed of the broadband connection is a determining factor."

Not neccessarily. I've got a fairly consistent 200Mbps down from Virgin none of my wireless devices can fully take advantage of that for one reason or another be it signal strength or just the chipsets in the devices, my laptop's built in WiFi is actually only 802.11n 150Mbps compliant.

Cat6 to my PCs gets me the full 200Mbps to all of those wired connections though.

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No story today on Netflix blocking VPNs?

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Re: No story today on Netflix blocking VPNs?

Most likely it is as you say, that they're just blocking IPs known to be VPN endpoints. Since this is most likely an exercise in satisfying the licencers of content, it could well be that this is all they're doing in the same way that ISPs only block access to file sharing sites when asked and don't actively look for sites to block themselves.

There are plenty of other methods they could be using as well, but I'd be a little surprised if they were using them since they're not especially reliable and would require a substantial effort on their part, but if it were me I'd design a scoring system to flag addresses as potential VPN end points in much the same way spam scoring is done using something like this:

Some statistical analysis on the number of connections coming from each IP that is streaming content, ignore any addresses with less than 10 connections to rule out individual users, multiple devices in one home, shared Internet connections in flats/appartment buildings. You could also factor in data on IP ownership to allow for traffic from Universities etc with high numbers of users behind a NAT pool. Anything that's left gets a score based on the number of connections per IP.

You could also do some slightly deeper inspection of the packets looking at MTU size and MSS settings, although these can vary substantial depending on the nature of the connection, lower MTU and MSS sizes can indicate that the traffic your receiving has previously been segmented to be encapsulated within VPN packets. Since there are legitimate reasons these can vary, and there is no single size that can be definitively associated with VPNs again we could assign a score based on what the MTU and MSS sizes are compared to what we could see from a connection passing through a VPN compared to one that doesn't.

If an IP address scores too highly it could either automatically be blocked, have the number of stream connections allowed from it capped and/or be flagged for manual review.

Of course there are companies out there who specialise in doing exactly this sort of VPN detection work and sell blacklists, so it could also be Netflix just buy in one of those.

IPv6 could of course make this whole situation more difficult since the VPN endpoint could potentially provide a new IPv6 address for every client. But the slow uptake of IPv6 will limit the impact of this problem for some time to come yet.

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Re: No story today on Netflix blocking VPNs?

Could it just be that it's not that exciting?

Shock horror, major media company is making reasonable efforts to enforce it's copyright responsibilities.

I'm sure Netflix would love to make all their content available in all the countries they operate in, but if the copyright holders don't agree then Netflix are pretty much obliged to a) not make content available outside the areas they have been licensed to provide it in b) make reasonable effort to prevent users circumventing these limitations. If they didn't do a or b then the copyright holders would simply refuse to license content to them anymore.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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Re: Stop blaming the users

DNA, fingerprints and other biometric security are actually terrible ideas. Entry level to mid level fingerprint scanners are unreliable, and prone to getting dirty and being inaccurate and/or are easy to fool, anything decent is expensive. DNA is impractical as with current technology and anything we're likely to have in the foreseeable future it would simply take to long to authenticate.

Some fingerprint scanners can also be fooled with fingerprints copied onto paper or other material, do you know of any good mechanism for resetting your fingerprints once they've been compromised like you would with a password?

Putting aside the practicalities of implementation for a moment, do you really want to secure valuable things using your DNA or fingerprints? If it's valuable enough you're just encouraging someone to remove your fingers or blood which is both bad for you and not terribly secure since fingers are far more easily broken than a complex password.

Also at least with passwords you can either hand them over and potentially not be harmed, or lie to the person trying to get it from you (not necessarily a good idea but it's an option).

Reliably extracting data from someone's mind is next to impossible, as much as the security services would like you to be believe torture (sorry, enhanced interrogation) is effective it often isn't and could easily lead to death before the correct information is retreived.

As for a "quantum approach" , what form do you envision that taking? Sure quantum computing could open up some more advanced avenues of encryption but strength of encryption is rarely the main security issue these days, but the nature of the key used to unlock it whether that be a password/passphrase or physical key of some sort. These can all be cracked/lost/forgotten/stolen etc.

The real future (and even present) of secure authentication is two (or higher) factor authentication, whether than be multiple code entries or physical factors like RFID/smartcards.

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Simple choices for complexity

I often hear complaints from users, both where I work and elsewhere, about how much of a pain password complexity rules are and how difficult it is to come up a new password regularly.

These complaints are annoying, not because the users don't appreciate the value of security but because using sufficiently complex passwords that are hard to guess and reasonably hard to brute force is actually not that difficult, unless you work in government or high profile business that's likely to come under a well resourced/state sponsored cyber attack you don't need a totally random sequence of numbers, letters and special characters as a password just one that moderately powered cracking won't break in a short amount of time.

You can simply construct a password out of numbers and words that have meaning to you but are not related to the system the password is for and wouldn't be immediately obvious to others.

For example the name and extension number of someone you call regularly at work, maybe your boss, might well be quite memorable giving something like Richard8417. While it would make a terrible password for work systems wouldn't be too bad for an unrelated personal email account or bank login. At work perhaps your father's date of birth and your mother's middle name giving you something like 2608Nancy.

For an extra bit of complexity throw an exclamation mark, 2608!Nancy would be relatively difficult to crack but have significant meaning to you to make it memorable and unless the person trying to crack your work account has detailed personal background information on you to help the process along this should be secure enough.

If you can remember them, post codes (zip codes) can be useful password components.

Passwords made of memorable components can be secure enough for most purposes as long as you pick ones that have no relevance to the system the password is for or better yet are quite obscure, such as the phone number/post code of somewhere you used to work 10 years ago, or your old school, house you grew up in but haven't lived at for some time etc.

This level of complexity, combined with a password lockout policy to prevent sustained brute force attacks, should be more than enough for most purposes.

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Suck on this: White hats replace Locky malware payload with dummy

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Practicalities

"If this happens it’s normally impractical to recover scrambled files without paying crooks a fee"

Unless, you know, you take regular back ups of your valuable and irreplaceable data like a sensible person. Unfortunately when it comes to the security of their data far too many people are not sensible, but in an ideal world the only data lost should be that created between the last backup and the time the ransomware hit.

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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I am Satoshi Nakamoto and so is my wife.

Alternatively for the older generation...

You are Satoshi Nakamto and I claim my five pounds.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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"While it's true that a simple package install from a fully configured desktop gives you a new desktop manager option on the login screen, you could also simply download and install from a choice of..."

Well yes, that was my point, installing the distro with your preferred GUI in the first place is massively easier than adding it afterwards (especially as adding afterwards often leaves you lacking themes etc). Personally I rather enjoy the installers for Fedora and similar that give you a choice of desktop environment as part of the install process. Maybe that's something canonical should do?

"If you are knowledgeable enough to already know this or know what you want, ignore the advice, it is often advanced in the spirit of trying to be helpful."

Quite true, and the Ubuntu forums themselves are actually quite friendly in terms of advice, unfortunately other places are not so much. I've actually encountered people who insist, regardless of others opinions, that the only real way to install Ubuntu is to install a server/mini install and add all the relevant packages for your chosen GUI from there.

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UnUnified

I enjoy Ubuntu (or rather the various spin offs), but I despise the Unity desktop, as well as GNOME from 3 onwards. The shiney new launcher bar and loss of the old Applications, Places, System menus in the traditional drop down style were absolute deal breakers for me. Simple things seem much harder to find and do in both Unity and GNOME 3.x

Mate on the other hand is wonderful, and now that there is a pre-spun Ubuntu with Mate as the desktop, that may well be my distro of choice. It may even be enough for me to stop picking Mint by default.

N.B. Also, yes for you Linux/Ubuntu zealots who feel the need to point it out, I am fully aware that I could install Mate on vanilla Ubuntu or any other spin off, I just don't like having to go to that much effort immediately after install to get to a GUI I feel is usable.

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

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Freedom

Perhaps the Principality of Sealand would grant him asylum?

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"He's a young man with many years to live"

Only if he's very lucky....

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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Re: How IT are you?

Ignorant T*/!

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Anyone dealt with icann before?

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"Make the minimum renewal price £20 per year, and your problem with name squatters is solved."

Not really, a lot of domains like described by the OP where the domain is owned but is being used for absolutely nothing and has no working services are owned by businesses, in some cases very large businesses. Perhaps for a now defunct brand, or a company they've previously bought out.

Even if they are not intentionally holding on to it in case they want to use it again, a £20 (or realistically anything less than a few hundred pounds, which rules out personal users having domains really) isn't going to solve the problem.

In a very large business the person responsible for arranging the domain won't care much about the cost anyway regardless of how high it is assuming they even still work there, and the finance department getting regular invoices for £20 if it's been previously authorised is not likely to be sufficient to raise any questions.

What it really needs is a method for claiming domains like this. It would be a bit long winded but a system where you can pay a fee to put in a claim on a domain, something substantial to deter abuse but not totally unaffordable, the registrar then contacts the current owner using their registered contact information say 4 times over 12 months to ask them to confirm they are still using it. Should they fail to responded after all those attempts then the domain can be transferred to the claimant.

Seems fair enough to me? If you can't respond to 4 requests in 12 months or haven't updated you domain registration details in over 12 months you don't deserve to keep your domain anyway.

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Video folk, you'll love the 96TB, 2.6GB/sec LaCie 12big HDD

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Leap into failure

"The Seagate drives are built for 24/7 operation; 8,760 hours a year"

Are they ok with running for 8,784 hours a year as well?

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FOUR Avatar sequels

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Re: Terminator 6

Terminator vs Aliens

Aliens come to invade the world and Skynet's robotic horde and humanity must team up to save the world from the aliens.

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Re: One word.(answer)

Avatar 6 - The Search for More Money*

*Because if you're going to shamelessly rip someone off, why not steal from the best.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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Re: Tracking

I have to say it's nice of them to be so concerned about your digestive health.

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Misco: We're moving to the cloud after yesterday's bit barn meltdown

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Re: From bad to worse?

Absolutely! The Cloud* is brilliant and totally resilient and definitely never has any down time, and if our office loses it's Internet connection we definitely won't have any problem continuing to take orders over the phone using the order system that we can no longer access....

Personally I have one very important first rule for externally hosted cloud solutions. Can your business, or the business segment that relies on that solution, continue to function without it?

If the answer is no then you should keep it in house, and do proper redundancy and data recovery. With the right infrastructure your solution can be just as reliable as the cloud, and if you lose net access you can still see it even if your customers can't. Also just as importantly, if it does go wrong you have full control over fixing it instead of twiddling your thumbs waiting for an explanation and/or estimated fix time.

*WTF does that really mean anyway?!? The Cloud? So there's just one right? AWS, Azure etc are all just one big service. Arrgh, don't get me started on that part.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Yes but more importantly, through the bringing of this case, have we found the best and most competent judge in the entirety of the USA? Make that man President, immediately.

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Bug hype haters gonna hate hate hate: Badlock flaw more like Sadlock

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Re: Not quite right

"The "sniffing the traffic" bit isn't required. Just get the client to connect to you and bobs-yer-uncle ! :-)."

While that's probably true, unless you're already familiar with the target environment and know everything required about the client and servers involved, I'm not sure that you'd have anywhere to start without sniffing some traffic to identify your targets.

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There's oil in that thar … Chinese space probe?

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Re: Small particiles don't drop

"Not Civil I Hope"

Oh I don't know, it's probably better than uncivil engineering.

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Cheap Android heart rate monitor

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Cheap Android heart rate monitor

I thought I would share this little gem for anyone here who might be interested.

I was recently looking into a cheap way to get heart rate monitoring in Android for use in Endomondo and other apps and the options seem to rather limited. I have a Sony Smartwatch 3, which is lovely Android wear device but lacking a heart rate monitor.

There are plenty of expensive options, but these are either chest straps, which I don't like anyway, or more fully featured devices i.e. other Android wear watches with HRM or FitBit and FitBitesque devices which provide features I already have/don't need.

I then came across the Xiaomi Mi Band 1s (aka the Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse). It's a fairly small wrist band device that uses Bluetooth LE to connect, and at time of writing can be had for around £20 on eBay. In theory it only works with the Xiaomi Mi Band app, however it can be used with Endomondo and other apps with a small work around, you simply need to trigger continous heart rate monitoring on the Mi Band, before using Endomondo (or other app).

This can be done by either starting a running session in the Mi Band app, or using a third party app that has the ability to trigger the continuous monitoring, there is a paid but relatively cheap app available called MiBand Tools which adds a persistant notifcation to the notification bar with a toggle for the continuous monitoring which is sufficient to enable use in Endomondo.

One small note of caution, the supplied rubber wrist band into which the device itself fits is not especially large so if you have thick wrists you may need to look into an alternate strap.

Hope this is of use to someone who is looking for the same solution I was.

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How do you build a cheap iPhone? Use a lot of old parts

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"I'd almost be tempted back but I like my BB Classic's keyboard & scrollpad too much. Plus, I get the sense BB phones are gonna be collector items soon :("

BlackBerry OS phones maybe, but hardware wise hopefully not. I've just bought a Priv, and it's frankly fantastic. Coming from Samsung Note 2 and 3 previously I'm not at all disappointed in the Priv and hopefully plenty of other people won't be either and we'll see some more decent Android handsets from them in future.

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Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

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To be fair the first sentence did not explicitly state that the 48 warheads were evenly distributed between the 16 missiles and there is no information provided as to the maximum number of warheads each missiles can carry.

48 warheads across 16 missiles could be 15 missiles with 1 warhead each plus 1 missile with 33 warheads, for those occasions when you want to blow up one target a lot and 15 targets only a bit.

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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"The last thing I'll be doing is tapping into my Linux servers from a Windows NSA Spyware box."

Interesting statement. Do you use SELinux at all?

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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

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Re: How does it not have Linux?

Probably because of some proprietary development that Amazon/Google/Whoever made it are unwilling to licence (at a reasonable rate) or open source.

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$17 smartwatch sends something to random Chinese IP address

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"Who wouldn't trust "an IP address scrawled on a piece of paper" ?"

Apparently not most of the people who actually use one of those watches, which I guess is not an insignificant number of people. (Though who knows how many buy them, see the scrawled URL and immediately return/bin the watch).

I'd be extremely dubious about downloading an app that could only be acquired from a URL and not via any of the major Android appstores, especially if said URL did not belong to a major known company.

I wouldn't even consider one that gave a URL in the form of an IP address rather than an actual domain name.

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Airwave drops lawsuit against Home Office over EE contract win

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Re: Just wait and see

"EE are now owned by BT. We all know that company's reputation for providing services in out of the way places."

You mean exceptionally good? For broadband there are problems sure, but BT do a surprisingly good job of maintaining the ageing copper voice network in some extremely remote locations.

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

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Re: And tablets?

The reason you haven't got the update is that Samsung have regional teams for ROM development and release. So before the UK version is made available it will have to be polished and customised for the UK by the UK team, then thoroughly tested. The UK team always seem to be a bit behind other regions.

It gets even more frustrating with phones because although the same process applies to the generic direct from Samsung ROMs for phones that were purchased SIM free from a retailer, it doesn't apply to the customised ROMs for networks. Samsung only perform limited testing on operator customised ROMs and leave final testing and approval for release up to the operator, which in the case of many Samsung models results in the operator ROMs being released long before the Samung generic UK ROM is.

In the case of the Note 3 there was a good 4 or 5 months between the first operator branded ROM for Android 5.0 being released and the eventual release of the Samsung generic ROM.

The slight upside to this is that the Samsung generic ROMs tend to require less updates for bug fixes and stability problems due to more rigorous testing.

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Virgin posts increase in profits and sales amid 900 jobs chop

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Re: Mobile

All major networks (and large MVNOs) are like that now.

I used to be with T-Mobile and now EE, but intend to leave once my contract is up.

In the good old days a few weeks before I was due an upgrade I'd go into Carphone warehouse, pick the phone and tariff I wanted only for the CPW staff to say, the computer says your upgrade credit isn't enough and you'll have to pay £xx toward the phone, but we'll call T-Mobile and see what they say. On at least 3 occasions the phone call to T-Mobile effectively went "Oh yeah, he's been a customer for years, we'll bump up the upgrade credit to match the price of the phone no problem!"

Since EE took over CPW can only offer what the computer says and there's no longer anyone for them to call.

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Ex-TalkTalker TalkTalks: Records portal had shared password. It was 4 years old

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Re: Memo

Obligatory response:

That's the kind of password an idiot would have on his luggage.

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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I used to program there

Is it just me that noticed the guy saying "Maybe you should employ some decent developers for once." is implying in saying that that they do not and have never employed any decent developers, immediately after saying he used to be one the developers?

So what he effectively ends up saying is, "This is what I want, I know what I'm talking about! Actually I'm an idiot!"

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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Re: No problem here - but there is...

"So I am forced to switch to CM, and that involves rooting the 'phone."

Installing a custom ROM on Samsung devices doesn't necessarily require root. Odin lets you flash custom ROMs on most Samsung Galaxy devices without root (although it does have here there be dragons warnings when you attempt it). Even if root were required to gain access to flash a custom ROM, there's no reason the ROM you flash should have root.

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Re: No problem here

"open yourself to hacking or starve yourself of practically your entire clientele."

Are you trying to say the pratically everyone who has an Android phone and/or uses Android Pay has a rooted device? I admit that a great many people have rooted Android devices, but as a percentage of total Android and/or Android Pay users I think the number that are rooted is relatively small.

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No problem here

I really don't see a problem here. Removing access to apps that process financial transactions on rooted phones seems perfectly reasonable as a security measure to me.

Sure for those "enthusiasts" who insist on having their devices rooted it might be an inconvenience, but surely restricting this potential attack vector for financial fraud is slightly more important? Even if you yourself are not going to abuse root access to do anything untoward with financial apps, that doesn't mean someone else isn't and that as a result they may end up compromising the security of others.

Not to mention, despite having been a user of rooted Android devices and custom roms in the past. I feel an ever decreasing need for either of those things with modern phones. Back in the days when a single core ~800Mhz was not uncommon in a phone, then yes I felt the need to root so that I could overclock and otherwise optimize the device to make it usable.

But these days with 4 cores being pretty much the minimum in any mid level, or higher, device I see very little need (other than fairly weak ideological "I want full control of my device that I paid for" arguments) for rooting.

Not allowing you to use a particular app on your device after you've performed an unsupported modification of the OS doesn't really seem like a discriminatory act to me anyway. It is comparable to the idea of expecting Microsoft to support the installation of Office on a Surface tablet after you disable secure boot and install some flavour of Linux.

Fundamentally, yes it is your device and you can do what you like with it. Just don't expect things to allowed or supported on it if you do something unsupported to modify it.

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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Re: The drive's a Seagate...

Impossible to know for sure, I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure that even disks/controllers of that age support spin down when idle.

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One's Aspire One. Is it done?

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How about Edubuntu? It's a little out of date since it's based spun from Ubuntu 14.04 but for the purpose you intend it shouldn't really be an issue.

Is it one of the Aspire One's with the bloody awful SSDs in rather than a 2.5" SATA drive though?

If so it might be worth looking to replacing the storage before you do anything. Even a decent low profile USB flash drive would be an improvement, though compatible PATA IDE ZIF cards should still be available that are faster than the original? memoryc.com sell them, I'm sure others do to.

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UK ISP Sky to make smut an opt-in service from 2016

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Re: Whats the problem

"some politician, puritan lobby group or someone else in a position of power will assume it confirms they view pornography."

Even that isn't actually the problem.

The problem is that people, particularly those kinds of people, consider pornography to be 100% bad, morally reprehensible and degrading to women, a terrible evil thing that shouldn't be allowed to exist.

Which clearly means that if you have chosen to have access to it then you are also 100% bad, morally reprehensible person who degrades women and shouldn't be allowed to live.

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T'was the night before Christmas, and an industrial control system needed an upgrade

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Re: > Instead my old manager processed

Quite so.

Someone who is not your boss anymore calls you out of hours about something that is not your job anymore, you willingly choose to answer, then choose to offer some limited information and the next day try to claim a large, not previously agreed, over time payment for a brief phone call that you weren't obliged to deal with anyway. Not a professional way to behave in my opinion.

If I get called out of hours, and am not on call or in any way obliged to answer, then I either:

a. don't answer because I'm not being paid to work, this is my time.

b. answer, and help out voluntarily, especially if it is a quick fix or just passing on info

c. answer, find out how big the problem is, then offer to help only if I'm getting paid for my team (N.B. unless you trust the person in question, make sure they email you their agreement to pay)

Whether it turns out to be a,b or c depends on my mood, where I am and what I'm doing.

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Hapless Virgin Media customers face ongoing email block woes

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Re: Hard SPF Policy

Indeed, unfortunately having SPF enforced in your filtering system means that if you're receiving mail from a source that doesn't include an SPF list in their headers it will most likely also get rejected as spam.

Not everyone actually bothers to configure SPF, which you could say is the fault of the sender, but in reality using strict SPF enforcement in a world where not everyone uses it is just over zealous especially when providing a service to customers.

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"not sure what testing they did but it wasn't adequate."

They sent one email to an external address and replied to it successfully, therefore system is working fine. Simples.

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Dixons Carphone CEO dances on rivals’ graves, swipes share from survivors

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Re: Comet

Unfortunately this was always Comet's problem, horrendously over priced, even compared to other over priced retailers.

Dixons group stores seem to be becoming slightly more realistic in some areas at least. I wanted a USB 2.5" SATA caddy the other day, got one at PC World for £5, not far off eBay prices!

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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"you'll be working with technology so advanced in age that most people don't even know it still exists"

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Re: I did not

Yes you did.

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