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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

Joe Harrison

Re: I'm not entirely opposed...

Don't want to spoil your friend's Arduino fun but hasn't this been done already? (Yubikey)

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Not your father's spam: Trojan slingers attach badness to attachment WITHIN attachment

Joe Harrison

Re: Don't expect software to save you

Zip files are handy if you want to send 400 small jpgs to someone by email. I know this because gmail does not let you attach them grr

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Joe Harrison

Re: Password protected...

Yes because the encryption is military grade

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

Joe Harrison

Re: Location of the Microsoft/Crypto folder depends on the Windows version

Mine is full of impressive-looking strings of hex. Somehow I don't think these on their own are going to cheer up the average victim tearing their hair out to get their files back.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

Joe Harrison

Re: Agenda here?

I'm not rabid about it but I always buy the organic version, if there is one. A bag of carrots last me for ages anyway so why not spend the extra 50p on the off-chance there is some benefit? If I had to buy three bags of carrots per day I would see it differently of course.

Let's say there is no proven organic benefit whatsoever - I still think it's worth it just to eat something on which somebody has spent specific time and care to get right, instead of some old crap that fell off a container ship in a plastic bag.

It certainly is strange about the militant meat-eaters though. Occasionally the money-savers on hotdealsuk.com will post a cheap deal on Quorn burgers or similar and the anti- brigade are guaranteed to come storming in accusing people of hypocrisy, going against nature, etc.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

Joe Harrison

Re: Apple DON'T repair your iThing

My son's 160GB ipod classic had a flaky headphone socket. I could not figure out even how to open it so phoned Apple who told me to take it to their shop, quite a long distance away. When I got there I met a spoddy kid with pink glasses and ironic haircut who told me it was unrepairable they were not interested and would I please have a nice day.

Confused I phoned Apple again who this time routed me to a very competent and helpful lady in Russia who organised a device-swap by mail which cost me NINETY (90) QUID.

Recently my own MP3 player (Sansa Clip) developed the same intermittent headphone socket problem. With the help of a soldering iron and youtube tutorial I fixed it myself in less than 30 minutes.

tl;dr

Yes they make repair difficult on purpose to get your money.

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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

Joe Harrison

Re: Format important

Spot on, no matter what the digital source of your video it's still much nicer to do the actual watching plonked on a sofa with your feet up in front of a big screen. Tons of choice of weird little boxes you can plug into your telly but I still think XBMC (running on a proper PC) wins hands down for watchability.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

Joe Harrison

doesn't mean you should have bought it

The majority of music I like is a bit niche, so niche in fact that you cannot buy it. It is not on sale anywhere. Literally the only place you can get it is some obscure .br website to which the artiste uploaded it or if you are lucky someone re-torrented it.

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

Joe Harrison

Microwave

Have you ever noticed how many 10+ year old microwave ovens people have? Then when they eventually do fail you are initially pleasantly surprised how cheap the replacements are and spend 40 quid on another one. You will be very lucky to get two years out of it this time however.

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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

Joe Harrison

Virgin

Go into a train station owned by Virgin trains (for example Wolverhampton) and they do indeed have CCTV in the toilets. And I do mean "in", like as in pointing at the urinals. When I complained they just told me politely where to take my concerns.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

Joe Harrison

How?

"ESET researchers are calling on webmasters and system administrators to check their systems to see if they have been compromised"

It would be nice if they explained how to do that... I get a 404 when I click the story on their site.

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

Joe Harrison

Yes a techie

Or at least his son Joshua is, I used to work with him on Novell Netware. Nice bloke so I assumed his dad was too.

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

Joe Harrison

Do you remember where you were when Elvis got shot

To me the theoretical WWW start date is less important than when I personally discovered it - sticks in my mind so vividly. At the time I was very impressed with the concept of "winsock" - before that you could only run applications written for your particular vendor's TCP/IP stack. I found a winsock application called "Mosaic", a primitive browser, no idea what it was but thought I would try it out. I was literally gobsmacked, just sat there with my mouth hanging open because I knew it just changed everything.

A few months later I had a similar experience when I played my first MP3, it flashed though my mind immediately what was going to happen with that one.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

Joe Harrison

Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

For years the average Danish person had no problem with people knowing their religion, in fact it was written on their birth certificates. Maybe some were uneasy and thought it was a bad idea but there were too many others who said "I still don't really have an issue with any of it."

Sadly none of them could predict the future and in 1940 Denmark got invaded by an army whose first action was to grab those records to select people for death camps.

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Microsoft UK seeks infrastructure guys for BYOD workshops

Joe Harrison

Looks like the Reading event might be sparsely attended

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /k/ms-pcit-workshop-1-apr1 on this server.

Apache/2.2.22 (Debian) Server at go.theregister.com Port 80

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Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

Joe Harrison

Re: barter

Intrinsic value is purely a matter of personal opinion. Good luck getting a vegan interested in your eggs and milk currency!

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

Joe Harrison

Keeping track of all those billions must be hard work

A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking real money

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

Joe Harrison

Re: Roaming

I expect the price list will be per KB actually

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

Joe Harrison

You can't not get this

“Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services”

That's right folks - we use your information to provide an improved service to our, eh, "special" customer. Available soon our new thermostat with FREE webcam!

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Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

Joe Harrison

multi-room

I often sit using a PC located half-way between two rooms, one with a Virgin cable TV signal and one with Freesat. The audio gets delivered at slightly different times and hearing two almost-synchronous versions of Strictly Come Dancing is extremely weird.

I remember a very long time ago visiting an audiophile shop with a friend who handed over serious money in return for an "Isoplanar CD Stand." This was a sheet of odd-looking soft plastic and it was supposed to damp any mechanical noise from the CD audio drive. Years later I replaced my old wooden chopping board and instantly recognised the same white plastic. Oh and "isoplanar" just means flat.

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

Joe Harrison

Cyber-lol

Definition: cyber (ˈsʌɪbə) : adjective

"To undermine one's own credibility or indicate a lack of IT understanding (esp. security)"

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

Joe Harrison

New year's resolutions

For those of us on diets this is a valuable resource - typing "calories potato" will bring up the information I want (how many calories in a potato) immediately. Otherwise it is a hell of clicking links all over the place and wading through invitations to sign up for a free diet club account etc.

Also there is a surprising lack of consensus about the energy content of certain foods and the search preview usually turns out to be the most accurate.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

Joe Harrison

whirr whirrry whirr-whirr

I lusted impecuniously after a QL but was under no illusions about the microdrives as I had plenty of opportunity to play with OPDs at work. The moment there was a QL overnight price drop from 400 to 200 pounds that was it and I rushed out to Dixons to get one.

Not-so-fond memories of trying to load a huge planetary orbit calculator from microdrive though :( I agree those devices were what finally pushed the perception of the QL onto the wrong side of the usability line.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

Joe Harrison

147 inch eh?

Just right for watching the snooker.

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

Joe Harrison

Re: App Permission

I went on the same journey. Droidlight wants camera and flash permissions that is all. You don't need a Motorola phone as implied in the blurb.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.motorola.dlight&rdid=com.motorola.dlight

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HTC: Shipping Android updates is harder than you think – here's why

Joe Harrison

Re: Not much of an excuse

Cyanogenmod is amazing - 30 minutes work will see 4.4.2 installed onto your Huawei Y300, a great phone which you can pick up for under 40 quid at Crap-phone Whorehouse.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

Joe Harrison

Re: Pardon

I actually agree with you. Otherwise what about my great-great-great-great-granduncle who was hanged for stealing a turnip he should get a pardon as well.

Also I think if Alan Turing was here today and asked if he thought this government action made things right he would probably say "well no I would much rather you had not hounded me to death."

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

Joe Harrison

Re: Avoid costly speeding camera updates / fines

I had my car run into by one of your superbrain people... he somehow found it too hard to distinguish between "no other traffic" and "no other traffic apart from Joe"

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

Joe Harrison

Re: A new feature that isn't a gimmick?

No I don't like that. Instead of junk callers sending a junk fake number they will now send a trustworthy fake number that kitkat will look up for you and tell you it's OK to answer.

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

Joe Harrison

soft is good, mostly

I did sociology and geography for A-level in precisely the hope that it would be a bit of a free ride but unfortunately these subjects are as hard as any other. I never want to think about rice production in the Po valley again.

I made a similar mistake by assuming that being technically good at IT was the only thing. Not that it isn't but in my experience career progress is more strongly indicated by the ability to put yourself about and become well-known as someone who can influence others.

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

Joe Harrison

Re: I can keep a secret...

"Two may keep a secret, so long as one of them is dead"

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Call me maybe: Orange loses a segment as competition bites

Joe Harrison

Re: Ummm

I am an Orange customer and I am in the UK. This is only because I never cancelled my historic OVP Virgin account though and I'm hardly a regular user except if I want to go the cinema on a Wednesday.

Back in the 1990s when Hans Snook was at the helm of Orange it was all very very different. Orange was formed because people were bored with the Voda/Cellnet duopoly and Orange were seriously exciting in comparison. Orange were first to introduce SMS, first with caller ID, and Orange geeks ran a high traffic mailing list. Eventually Hans left and their decline into boringness was signalled by introduction of a 10p charge for SMS, something which hit the geek community particularly hard and left them feeling massively betrayed.

Now of course all people want is a cheap pipe to the internet, something which my O2 PAYG unlimited data for £7.50/month does fulfil admirably.

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Ryanair boss Mike O'Leary hits Twitter: 'Nice pic. Phwoaaarr!'

Joe Harrison

Obligatory Downfall parody

Hitler finds out he has to fly Ryanair

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zs0IRiJN4A

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

Joe Harrison

Re: I was Steve Jobs in a former life

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Refute means to disprove so what about "reject" instead?

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Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out

Joe Harrison

If you don't like it, overwrite it

If you don't like the mysterious 64K then just overwrite it with a chunk of mp3. Either Truecrypt will stop working or it won't, which should tell you something in itself.

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All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

Joe Harrison

Not like Skype then

Not another popular open source project which is bought commercially so that it can be "enhanced" by persons unknown.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

Joe Harrison

Got to keep it

If every character needs 16 bits rather than 8 then the NSA will only be able to store half as much of our stuff

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Hundreds of hackers sought for new £500m UK cyber-bomber strike force

Joe Harrison

They won't really do it

They trot out this old chestnut every so often and nothing ever comes of it.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/police-forces-sign-up-civilian-iplods-to-beat-cyber-crime-6372096.html

That's from 2011, did it happen? (no)

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

Joe Harrison

satellite FTW

I got a complete satellite TV kit from Screwfix for GBP 49.99 and it works great. There is a fuge number of free radio channels. They come in at decent technical quality as well. OK no good in the car obviously but fine for home.

@monkeyfish yes I could have used the Pound sign but you never quite know how it is going to come out. BT sent me a phone bill for so many Dollars once and they were well miffed when I actually wanted to pay it.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

Joe Harrison

That's it then

AC mentioned the Nazis. Thread officially Godwinned no more comments please

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Joe Harrison

Cost you mate

The unique artistic patterns on my fingers are copyright © me. Anybody wants to scan them I am willing to talk about license fees.

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NIST denies it weakened its encryption standard to please the NSA

Joe Harrison

very carefully worded statement

NIST denies that they themselves (NIST) did any crypto weakening.

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Vodafone and Verizon update relationship status: $130bn worth of complicated

Joe Harrison

Re: Commendable

I upvoted this on a selfish level since my pension does have exactly that. Neither do I like bureaucratic waste.

I am a bit fed up though of stories which go:

1. Massive profits made

2. (Incomprehensible financial mumbo-jumbo)

3. So we don't pay tax!

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'Kim Jong-un executes nork-baring ex and pals for love polygon skin flick'

Joe Harrison

Re: Cult of Personality

Gorky Park was a gripping and exciting read so I bought all his other books. Don't make the same mistake, they are no good.

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Comet brand yanked from its grave: Tycoon vows to open EIGHTY new stores

Joe Harrison

People have long memories

I bought a car stereo from Comet. Not only did it stop working but it chewed to pieces my saved-up-for Uriah Heep cassette. Comet took the whole tangled mess back for "repair" and I never saw it, or my money, again. I vowed never to buy from them in the future and I never did. It can't just be me. Why would anyone want to put money into a brand like that.

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The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

Joe Harrison

Re: "3D films are increasingly becoming the standard"

Very true I've only been to one 3D film which was Prometheus and I'm not doing that ever again.

If nobody goes to see them at the theatres the studios might be hopeful of watch-at-home sales but 1.6TB per movie isn't going to make that easy.

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Facebook turns tables on profile stalkers with News Feed tweak

Joe Harrison

Interesting what will happen to it

Originally my joining their site coincided with the start of a new real-life social pastime and I found it incredibly useful because it automatically served me up with what I wanted to see. Fast forward to the present and you have to make too much effort wading through stuff. I barely do anything on it now.

I think it will be a long slow popularity decline but what if instead one day they finally cross the line with that one tweak too many and people just overnight give up on it.

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Jokes of no more than 2 lines

Joe Harrison

Cake shop

Man goes into a cake shop, points at a cake, and says "Is that a macaroon or a meringue?"

Shopkeeper says "no you were right, it certainly is a macaroon"

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Chickens as usual

Why did the chicken cross half-way across the road?

It was a Rhode Island Red

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