* Posts by Phil W

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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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Rosetta probe to try contact with Philae lander on Thursday

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Re: Fingers crossed!

Or perhaps it will have merged with some giant spaceborne entity, some of the letters will have worn off and it will claim to be a god named P'lae?

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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Re: Risk?

I'm not sure if it still is, but it used to be possible to create a project on Indiegogo such "The make me rich project" who's stated purpose was "to get people to give me some money for no reason"

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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Re: Badgers?

I thought it was badgers. Badgers, mushrooms and a snake.

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Samsung buys LoopPay ... to be better at bonking than Apple

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It wouldn't be that surprising for it to be free, the benefit to Samsung is in it being a selling point for the device.

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

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Lethality

"then move in for a lethal execution"

As opposed to non-lethal executions?

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: "while no one would go to prison for false VAT claims"

In fact it will probably cost the tax payer more to sort it out, given the man hours required to unpick it all.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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Re: Say what?

You've really hit the nail on the head for the most part there. No matter how wonderful and automated the software at some point there always needs to be hardware to run it, and that hardware still needs physically installing and does not always play well together particularly in a business culture where major purchases go out to tender and the cheapest always/usually wins.

Some argue that because of "the cloud" hardware is a thing of the past for most businesses but the reality is due to management/business culture still liking having someone to blame or go to for answers when things don't work, in house servers and datacenters still have their place. I don't believe that will substantially change in the next decade (or even 2 or 3 decades) regardless of the developments in technology.

The other issue is legal and political limitations such as Data Protection, requiring data to be kept in country meaning servers and storage are necessary to house it. Sure certain cloud services offer to let you pick where your data gets located but how many of these also have fine print saying backups may be stored elsewhere not to mention current political issues like the USA trying to force MS to hand over data stored in Ireland. Until or unless the landscape of these services changes a responsible company/ legal department is going to insist data is kept in house.

Fundamentally the longevity of IT departments and their staff is dependent on human issues not technological ones.

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Top smut site Flashes visitors, leaves behind nasty virus

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Re: @ Phil W: "campaign leveraging the recent Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability "

If you believe my use of Muphry rather than Murphy was down to autocorrection you are incorrect, I suggest you consult Google.

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Re: @ Phil W: "campaign leveraging the recent Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability "

Indeed, I blame auto correct and muphry's law. As is often the case I was typing on my phone where i use "it's" far more often than "its".

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Re: Adblock plus is your friend...

That's an awful lot of effort setting up a sandbox VM just to watch porn?

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Re: "campaign leveraging the recent Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability "

You calling it pretentious doesn't make it's use any less correct and appropriate.

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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SAR

Since the photos are apparantly covered by the DPA along with presumably other data the police hold on you, perhaps we should all issue Subject Access Requests to the police asking for copies of any and all data they hold on us.

Either they will be forced to waste their time finding and supplying the data or in fobbing us off.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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Re: Low end will probably be dropped

I agree, I think the 1GB RAM marker will be key. Devices like yhe Lumia 620 already work poorly with Windows 8.1 for some things such as making video calls. Dropping Windows 10 support for them will help push them out of the ecosystem and raise the baseline.

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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Re: Li Ka-Shing?

To be honest I would of just Li was Cashing in on an opportunity.

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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Re: Whole country?

Same here no problem here across 30 miles of Cheshire at any point this morning.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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Detached

"any pointing device other than a human finger attached to a human arm"

This would seem to imply that using a human finger which is not attached to human hand is specifically disallowed, as is a non-human finger attached to a human hand. That must have been one hell of a focus group.

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Re: Anal probes all round then?

Then we'll have a new use for Toblerone.

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Reboot

It's rare for me to say this as I think classic Sci-Fi should be left alone however in the case of The X-Files I think a reboot would likely work better. Have new agents come in to run the X-Files division with Mulder and Scully having left the agency for one reason or another.

The whole Mulder and Scully storyline has been worn out by now I'd say.

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HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

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Come on... if you're going to say that at least use the appropriate icon!

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Also looking back at the graph in the link, the price increase shown in the last 6 months looks to be around 10% which is about how much the Euro has fallen by against USD.

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"prices of specific models rarely change (other than due to currency exchange rates)"

That is a very good point, which probably explains what bahboh is seeing assuming he's in the Eurozone, based on the link he gave. The Euro has been dropping against the US Dollar quite sharply over the last 6 months.

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Re: HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

Yes I did mean rare earth metals, apologies for the slight slip.

But regardless I didn't say the prices for them were high I said availability was limited because of the Chinese limiting who they will sell to and the quantities they will trade. I also didn't say this was a current problem, this was actually a market event from circa 5 years ago which I was just quoting as an example of the factors in price fluctuation. Since then the expansion of rare earth metal mines in other countries has broken China's monopoly and brought the prices back down.

My actual point was that I don't perceive there to be a lack of decline in prices. As I pointed out, in the last 3 years the price of SSDs of a given capacity has roughly halfed.

Hard drive prices have also dropped though not by such significant percentage, but that's to be expected.

Can you give some examples of an SSD or HDD product you think is currently on sale for approximately the same price as it was 3 years ago (or more even since you claim prices have also gone up in some cases)?

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Re: HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

"Tech prices always naturally decline over time."

Your initial assumption is flawed. Tech prices have always fluctuated both up and down due various market forces and outside influences.

The main ones in recents months and years being either availability of precious metals in the international markets (China has become very restrictive on who it will these to, and has a large portion of the worlds deposits of certain metals), or accidents such as fire or natural disasters like flooding destroying factories and warehouses that produce/store the products and their components resulting in low availability pushing prices up through the normal supply and demand mechanisms.

In general though prices have declined fairly significantly. You can now easily buy a 250GB SSD under £100, where as 3-4 years ago a 120GB SSD cost £150-200 or more.

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Spammers set their sights on WhatsApp – that's that ruined then

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Although receiving spam messages might be a pain unless it becomes massively wide spread it won't be that much of a problem since whatsapp has the ability to block contacts.

Although some phones allow you to block SMS messages from particular numbers SMS has the major flaw that it allows messages to be sent with the number replaced with arbitrary text preventing most devices from blocking them. Since whatsapp requires a number for use you should always be able to block unwanted senders.

As for the charge. If the above doesn't convince you the tiny fee is worth it, maybe it's not for you. Personally I find it worth it as I have international contacts and whatsapp messages are much much cheaper than international SMS messages.

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Mr Cameron goes to Washington for PESKY HACKERS chinwag with Pres Obama

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Re: 80%?

It's ok they'll get Stephen Fry on board to advise he's very up on his tech and can explain it all to them with brief but accurate summaries.

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Eight pocket-pleasing USB 3.0 hard drives

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Re: Samsung and Seagate do it for me

I have a previous generation Freecom XXS drive, which is very similar except that it has a Mini USB 2 port and at the other end there is a flap in the rubber allowing you to remove the drive.

It is about 4-5 years old now and still going strong.

I did have a problem with it shortly after i got it, where the USB port detached from the PCB and since the USB port is directly on the HDD instead of a SATA port I couldn't get the data off. I sent it back to Freecom directly under warranty expecting to get a replacement in the post and to have lost my data.

To my extreme surprise they had repaired the one I sent them, replacing the socket with a more substantial looking one and better soldered joints. As well as this all my data was still intact on the drive.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: Obligations

"It's only a legal requirement because someone passed a law saying it should be."

You mean just like every other law.

"Better still, put the company information in headers where it can be used properly instead of in free text."

Um no. The whole point of the law is that the company information is readily available and human readable so that when receiving email from a company, particularly one you haven't dealt with before, you can quickly see any information you might need to know about who they are.

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Re: What kind of numpty prints out email, ever?

In principle you're right but there are occasions when it is functionally or legally necessary to have hard copy of correspondence.

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Obligations

Some of the stuff included in email signatures is there because there is a legal obligation for it to be. Perhaps not all the legal waffle is required, but a certain amount of signature content is.

What a lot of people don't realise is that under the Companies Act 2006 Private Limited, Public Limited or Limited Liability companies (so most companies in effect), email correspondence to people outside your organisation must include your company name, registration number, place of registration and registered office address. This is the same as the requirements for hard copy letterheads and order forms in the Companies Act 1985.

Many of course do have this on hard copy correspondence but are often missing one or more or all of these elements when it comes to emails.

http://www.out-law.com/page-5536

Of course this wouldn't apply to interdepartmental emails within the government, but turning signatures on and off all the time is a pain, and of course as others have said why print emails at all?

The only time I've ever printed emails is if they're required for a meeting, some form of disciplinary procedure or in response to a DPA SAR.

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

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Re: indeed WTF

Likely because the USB is sometimes needed for update/diagnostic purposes.

However I'm sure it would be quite practical to make sure it is positioned in such a way as not to be so readily accessible for instance to the rear of the machine which is often inside a secure room where the refilling is done.

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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It could be a reason to smile, as could photos of a former partner. But as Facebook doesn't know which it is perhaps having a year in review video appear, even if only to yourself, should only happen when you request one not automatically.

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Re: Blame the messenger.

"Unless you are going to dislike someone's ashes or dead daughter how is it going to help?"

Well that's precisely where it would help. It's far more appropriate in most cases to "dislike" a post about someone's death than it is to "like" it.

Thinking about it compared to normal social interaction, if you see a pot of ashes on someone's mantle do you express sympathy and unhappiness (i.e

disliking the loss) or do you smile, give a thumbs up and say "Hey I like the incinerated corpse of your loved one! Is that new?"

Unless you name is Simon Travaglia and you're visiting the boss it really shouldn't be the last one. Probably not even then.

Point being a social network should represent normal social interaction not a bizarro world where you can only ignore or "like" what other people say/show you.

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The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking biopic is immensely moving

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BBC Version

I haven't seen this yet but based on the trailers I think the BBC's version with Benedict Cumberbatch just titled 'Hawking' seems better.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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Re: So I just take a USB cable with me?

Bluetooth teathering then perhaps?

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Judge kills Facebook's bid to dismiss private message sniffing case

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Re: "it's a chat system within an ad-funded social network site"

My opinion is that it is not the responsibility of the law/government to protect the terminally stupid from their own naivety.

It rather reminds me of a story I heard, perhaps true perhaps urban legend. The story goes that someone places an advert in a newspaper along the lines of "Send £10 to this address now!" and received a surprisingly substantial sum. Nothing illegal about it, the victims handed over money with nothing promised in return.

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Re: Yes ! Have them dragged over the coals, please !

Not excusing them here, but this isn't an email system we're talking about nor is it marketed as such, it's a chat system within an ad-funded social network site. A social network site which freely states it uses your data to target ads. Your expectations of privacy in such a service should be set accordingly.

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Dixphone's half-year P&L accounts are in. So much RED INK

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Re: Comet?

Is the Internet not allowed in your city?

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Pirate Bay towed to oldpiratebay.org

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Re: Ugh

It's a form of copy protection.

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Bloke, 36, in the cooler for leaking ex's topless pics on Facebook

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One would hope that the police would require more evidence than the victims accusation to go to court, at the very least records showing the IP used to upload the images and records associating that IP to the suspect. Or perhaps text messages/emails to the victim saying they were going to do it.

I think in many caaes though the ass hats uploading the pictures admit to it when challenged by police.

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High Court: You've made our SH*T list – corked pirate torrent sites double in a day

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Re: No one cares...

Not really, since the industry will simply make up statistics to prove that it's still a problem and the draconian laws they want are needed. You can use statistics to prove anything, 40 percent of people know that.

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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Downhill

In my opinion it's all been downhill since Visual Studio 2008.

I'm not really a developer but I tinker occasionally, perhaps it's down to me because I use it so rarely but I find that Visual Studio 2010 and 2013 seem like they had more time spent on making them look shiney than on making them useful or straight forward to use.

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