* Posts by davemcwish

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Cisco re-orgs marketing to hide the brand, EMPTY YOUR WALLET

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Marketing vs Sales

I'd have thought "revenue generation" was the sales team's job so doesn't that mean either they aren't up to it or the c-suite exec's bonuses are too small. Who will do the brand awareness now, IT (prospective and current) customers talking to themselves for free ?

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: How much for

Although the TV License covers TV, radio and online, it's only required if you do, or have the capability to watch live BBC broadcasts. If you've just got a radio then AFAIK nothing....

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

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Re: Wow

"1) You have complete control of which carrier you are connected to,

Current disadvantages:

1) Not all carriers support the SIM. In the UK only EE/T-Mobile are available for use."

Hmmm...

It needs to support *all* not just those that the h/w manufacturer has a 'Marketing arrangement' with.

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Infosec bigwigs rally against US cyber export control rule

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Re: New business model?

"The only other explanation I can think of is that the US Government WANTS to encourage the proliferation of cyber crime. Or is my tinfoil on too tight? Please HELP !"

It not that at all. What I suspect Governments want is whatever oversight of the populous that they want (not need); North Korea-lite if you will providing just enough freedom to stop them revolting. If as a side product of the removal of that dangerous weapon we call encryption, cyber crime increases, then, as long as it doesn't impact their tax revenues, it's someone else's problem.

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Alternatives

I came across what3words as a potential alternative to GPS/route mapping. I appreciate that it wouldn't work internally to buildings but seems interesting.

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Hey WD. Are you killing off Arkeia? 'Solutions... contracts... burble'

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Maintenance Mode Only

"We will continue servicing current WD Arkeia customers through the extent of their existing maintenance contracts and sustaining the software."

I recently had the misfortune to engage a z/OS tool vendor regarding an issue I had. The 'sustaining' line was very much like the response I got except theirs was a bit more direct '[our product] is now in maintenance mode and we'll provide brake fix options. Your issue would require extensive development which we have no plans of supporting'

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Smart Meter biz case still there, insists tragically optimistic UK govt

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Re: I had a smart meter fitted last week

Um...It's summer, at least in my part of the UK. We've had the hottest June temperatures in 100 years so what's the need for central heating being on ?

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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Home Leccy

Our issue stemmed from buying our house in the summer i.e. in daylight. One of the lights in the lounge didn't work so after the basic's (bulb - ok, supply to fitting - not ok), I discovered that the wiring (behind the horsehair plaster) was that nice mix of metal conduit, brass fittings and 2 core (live and neutral); you no earth.

I never did find out where the failure was; I ripped the whole lot out, this was pre- Part P/harmonization, and started again.

I suspect that the small sample on incompetence posted in the forum is the reason for Part P. If you take your time rewiring isn't *that* difficult; ok I had oversite from qualified father-in-law particularly with the 2 way lighting but putting the ring circuits in place wasn't that hard. The arse was the prep before and the £300 a wall the replastering cost; every room was wallpapered so big money there..

Talking of kitchen fitters, I don't trust them either as the (Hygena) contractors that did this for the previous owners managed to tile/plaster around the boiler so the cover couldn't be removed if it needed to be serviced. The gas fitter who came to do the service wasn't that impressed and blamed me for being an idiot. Although the brand isn't in the UK these days, depressingly I suspect the sub-contractors that did the fitting are still active.

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

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And the answer (best route is) ?

You tempted us with the benefits of AWS so what is the optimal route then ?

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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Time enough at last

Kudos to the sub/picture editor

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How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

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Re: Work in a third world backward nation...

I thought that was Yorkshire.

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Buzzer position

Ford have already thought of it's location

https://youtu.be/WemMcrkjWCM

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The USB Lego, bluetooth coffee cups and connected cats of Computex 2015

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Re: Hmm...

Coffee was what I thought although it was "Is this DIY Kopi Luwak" rather than a grinder that came to mind.

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GCHQ: Ensure biz security by STOPPING everyone from TALKING

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And this is new how ?

Having worked in a large multi-national, there's nothing in here that new or be don't already do.

Additionally, the document in question was published in May 2013. http://www.gchq.gov.uk/press_and_media/news_and_features/Documents/directors_IoD_article.pdf

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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IT Angle

Facts please commentards

Lots of Orwell analogies but given that this is supposed to be a technical forum, can I have some more facts please. Like:-

1. What is Samsung's definition of "personal or other sensitive information" ?

2. Is there an algorithm or is there a list of 'defined words/phrases' ?

3. Who is the third party mentioned ?. I'm assuming its not Samsung or a subsidiary.

4. Regarding the other data collection, could my router's firewall be used to block that traffic - assuming that I could use a sniffer like Wireshark to determine the destination addresses ?

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: How much tracking of crims was being done before?

You forgot 'in a park, by a lake, feeding the ducks'.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Death Threats

"Let’s acknowledge straight away that our makeover has not received universal acclaim - although we have yet to receive a death threat."

That's a relatively one to fix, just make a Playmanaut video satirizing the IT capabilities of an Asian country and its Supreme Leader.

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-1 Version please

Way too much whitespace at either side. Why ? Please don't telly me you'll be using that for ads that'll scroll. (Yes I know that you all need feeding but those type of ads are very annoying).

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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Re: American Bacon is Delicious!

While we're at it you can keep your ghastly Hershey's to yourself

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Re: Too early to judge

You'd think that they have the money to do all this given Hollywood Accounting and the risk of reputational damage

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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Randian douchbaggery

Nice! *addstolistofputdowns*

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

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Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

Nope not nearly enough. Only get 500GB on my MacBook and as it's glued together I'm going to have to resort to a second external disk; first 2TB one is full. 640Gb would be ok if you don't do a lot, have a small media collection and don't want to keep any photos you've taken. And no, none is p0rn; being married with a child took care of that.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Everything You Need to Know About the L.A.R.E.

Yours for $20 Million ($208k per page)

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Creative Community

Are they the same people from the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation that tried to flog us 3D TV as the future and is trying again with 'Smart', '4k' and 'Curves' ?

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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Good Move

It's OK but as a Sync Gen 1 user and from reports from Gen 2 users, the execution wasn't the best and it looks like M$ and Ford and unable to get it working. I don't think execution would be an issue with Apple but I suspect that Ford need to go with a proven vendor.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Why didn't you Google it ?

@Zangetsu

http://wikibin.org/articles/mountain-view-chocolate-factory.html

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ElReg Units ?

For the confused, here's the conversion to ElReg units we all love.-

Height - 169.1487 Linguine (2.5687 Double Decker Bus, 0.1712 Brontosaurus)

Length - 717.7226 Linguine (10.8944 Double Decker Bus, 0.7266 Brontosaurus)

Area - 114.5098 nanoWales (0.1145 microWales, 0.5873 Football Pitch)

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Re: Err... it is useless for a different reason

No really idiotic just based on practicalities and privacy.

Your solution doesn't address

a) The driver doesn't want a personal smartphone or have their medical records stored on a company issued one

b) Multiple occupants. What about a coach crash ?

If you're going down the route that the paramedics need access to the victim(s) full medical history then the only practicable solution is microchip implants.

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Re: Lies, Lies and Politicians

Yes as GPS data includes altitude they could infer which road provided altitude info is added to the roads in question

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: Hilarious maybe

If you're going down that route a pie should be 2π or Τ

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Re: A pie does not need to have pastry!

But there's others not listed e.g. Key Lime, Lemon Meringue, Banoffee, Custard and the IT favourite Raspberry.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Cheese on the bacon roll

Really? I thought the El Reg standard was brown sauce ...IMHO it also should use middle bacon

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Re: America...

Apparently we already are.

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

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Re: House colours

and I thought that [insert your favourite caffeine based beverage] was fuel for late night programmers no ?

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Amazon’s CHRISTMAS QUEUEING bonanza!

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Amazon Locker

This is a good idea in practice as my local one it's in a Co-op that has longer hours that Royal Mail. Downside is their algorithm that determine if it's suitable doesn't always work as I had to get one delivered elsewhere. When I compared the size of the box against the storage lockers that 'weren't suitable' it could clearly fit in some.

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

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Re: Fillip glass

There's also the branded meal replacement product

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re: Default deny!

Yup that's why you need a firewall tool. Mines called Little Snitch.

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Legal Blackhole

I'm not a lawyer but the terms and conditions paragraph provides plenty of wriggle room.

"We will not access, view, or listen to any of your content, except as reasonably necessary to perform the Services."

Crucial word here is 'except'; until it's challenged in a court, this gives them free reign to do what they will. It's the same rationale unregulated 3 letter state security agencies and the UK police using RIPA use to do things that others feel invades on their privacy i.e. if we didn't do this then blah blah....terrorists...blah blah...paedophiles....blah blah you'll all be murdered in your beds....blah blah blah...

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Re: Theresa May was playing the same card during yesterday's conference speach.

Yup they're all at it and incompetence from the plod and other agencies responsible in e.g. Rotherham and Doncaster is used to scare the public and unfortunately it works. I'm not suggesting that they are deliberately being incompetent but it's certainly helping the authoritarian case

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: Death support systems

Surely Clippy would say

"How about a nice game of minesweeper?

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Fraud shop OVERSTOCKED with stolen credit cards

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Re: This will be interesting to watch

It's realpolitik in this case my enemy's (Russia) enemy (Ukraine) is my friend.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: So clearly square phone

Yup, I've got a vernier caliper if the El reg subs want to check.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: 2 year phone cycle

If I was to identify a strategy it would be 'SIM only Handset -1" i.e. wait till the fanbois and girls upgrade then buy up their 1 year old rejects off fleabay. Currently I can get an unlocked 64gb for £400 which I can couple with a £15/month 3g sim only deal from Virgin (250 mins/unlimited texts+data) used on my 4s.

I really can't see a compelling case, other than 'I've got a new shiny shiny', in upgrading every year either just to fill Apple's and the network providers coffers. OK I don't get tethering or 4g with Virgin but the comparative 1 year costs for a the same handset and 4gb data are not far off a grand for the first year (VF is £971 for 3g). If I really felt I needed 4g or another provider I can easily get 4g 4Gb sim only for <£25/month.

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Lamb to the slaughter

It's been done in fiction

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Re: Security questions?

@TheCostElc

Octarine.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Cockwomble

Is also not allowed due to it not being the requsite 9 characters long - as is the XKCD example.

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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my girlfriend flushed her 5S down the toilet

I've heard of this failure mode and always wondered how to perform it. Any insight ?

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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

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VIAO Quality

Not surprised. Bought the SWMBO a laptop, lasted < 2 years before it died due to a system board issue. Local shop was unable to source the spare part.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Solar

Backpack looks good. I've got the combination of Powermonkey Extreme and Spidermonkey that works well. Even when not camping, or if I've got a leccy hookup, the Spidermonkey obviates the need for multiple power adapters.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Re: And now they're encouraging flyposting.

and in airplane toilets apparently.

Looking this morning there seems to be some trolling going on

"I wish someone would pull the plug on this site, shut it down so it stops wasting taxpayers money. #somethingelse"

and the greedy

"I wish a #Canon EOS 5D Mark III, a Canon 17-40mm and a MacBook Pro 13" 2,4 GHz. #secondhand #thank_you"

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