165 posts • joined 9 Sep 2010
Re: Default deny!
Yup that's why you need a firewall tool. Mines called Little Snitch.
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...
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
Re: Death support systems
Surely Clippy would say
"How about a nice game of minesweeper?
Re: This will be interesting to watch
It's realpolitik in this case my enemy's (Russia) enemy (Ukraine) is my friend.
Re: So clearly square phone
Yup, I've got a vernier caliper if the El reg subs want to check.
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.
Re: Security questions?
my girlfriend flushed her 5S down the toilet
I've heard of this failure mode and always wondered how to perform it. Any insight ?
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.
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.
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"
Being an impoverished new dad
supporting a team that didn't get anywhere close to qualifying I'll give these a miss unless anyone wants to swap their fancy thin one for my 36" CRT. You come and collect though as at 72kg I ain't dhifying it as it's heavier than me.
I suspect the view that the NSA is in the wrong here is from a distinct but vocal minority, the rest don't care or actively support.
I spoke to my former US boss last year around the time the Snowden leaks came out. His view was fully supportive of the NSA as the ROW is full of "bad guys" and he expected the US "good guys" to do whatever it takes.
All of the brouhaha is really unnecessary:-
1. Governments need to protect their interests
2. To achieve this they spy on each other and as they don't trust the public they spy on them.
3. They will use their authority to oblige the tech companies to make it easier to do #2.
4. Voting only changes who sits in the posh seats in national Parliaments; #1 stays the same.
Re: I thought DARK SOCIAL...
Yes I have and it's one key
Re: They missed a trick...
"I'll start the ball rolling. What am I bid for my 2/3?"
A second-hand iPhone
Re: The grooming period is over
Apart from those it's also the fact that they think there are a lot of 'bad guys' and they need 'our good guys' (NSA etc) to keep them safe.
On the plus side
the swivel camera is a clear differentiator from the rest of the current crop, not withstanding other commentards historical examples; it would be interesting to see how it lines up against the competitors particularly in low light.The software looks ok without the useless bloatware other droid handset have.
Having said that the rest of the hardware spec particularly absence of SD card is a major failing so thanks Oppo but no thanks. I'm a bit surprised really as their Blu-Ray offering is fairly highly regarded in comparison to the competition; they do have a higher level handset 'Find 7' though so maybe El Reg can get a review sample..
Re: Never mind Comic Sans
There should be a 2nd donate button to keep annoying the hipsters.
Is this a dig by a sub-editor who knows Storagebod's behaviours when 'working from home' ?
Too much selection...
Looking at the current offerings, albeit from an end/personal user I can understand Trevor's position. Being a 4s user I've got locked into the iTunes/iOS app ecosystem so changing would be difficult but not impossible. I've been very happy and to be honest, apart from the lack of storage (yes I'd like more than 64Gb) and my use case changing towards needing a bigger screen (I mainly use it as a small portable tablet with a phone attached) a slightly larger screen would help. Given that it would be a single device a large phablet (e..g Sony Xperia Z Ultra) would be too large; 5" would probably be sufficient.Other than that there's nothing currently out their that has a compelling case for me to change; even if it breaks, a 4s from fleabay, where I got my corrent one from, would be the obvious choice dependent on 5s availability/cost. I don't really see a compelling vision to move to the Android ecosystem.
As others have said, the win pc/laptop market lost traction as it got to maturity with functionality broadly similar with very little differentiation other than the case, badge and screen size. I suspect that the handset is getting to a similar position much quicker and I can't really see what the next big jump will be.
Re: "The Cloud"
For Paris and us uneducated plebs, why is 'Lockstep' (or equivalent marketing buzzword) important and why specifically for Financial transactions ?
We've had to save up our pennies
Don't you have enough clout to blag a review sample ?
Re: Time for The Register to weigh in methinks.
Another reason is that he's done an introduction to the 'multimedia visitors guide'.
I suspect that the ultimate aim is to dispense with the warm bodies and use gadgets instead.
Re: Whilst I want Bletchley to keep going
@fixit_f There's also a sequel to that book called "Far From the Sodding Crowd", have got both. Agree with all the comments. The success, or otherwise, of these places is that it's the knowledge of the guides that crucial not some standard script designed to maximize the throughput of guests by minimizing questions for which a detailed answer is required.
Rake in the £15+ per month per install in line rental
it's not just BT that do this.
Re: Another way of looking at it...
130 for me...
Re: 5-month-long grumble flick
"21 and a half weeks" (sequel to the Kim Basinger effort)
Re: You've been barrelled
I've been with Zen for the last 10 years and with only 1 minor outage been very happy. I won't upgrade to fibre as they want £4.50 / month premium unless I also take their phone package.
If/when the time comes that I need fibre I'll probably have to go elsewhere.
'news' paper for stupid people in the UK.....
@ISYS Daily Mail surely ?
Re: Not what it's cracked up to be
Glad someone else spotted the mistake with the 9s question. I made the same assumption only I'm not a coward...
Way back when I were a youth
I (like John Naismith) sat my 'O' grades one of which was Arithmetic - a completely separate exam to 'Mathematics' and all we were allowed was the little grey paper book of log tables.
As for devices I still have my Casio 7000G & 8000G and a Ti-89 Titanium all working.
Re: Offer a reward
I suspect that if that was offered, the actual reward will be:-
life of anonymous luxury = encaration in a United States Naval Station
on some hot island = Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Re: This is going to end badly
Twilight Zone was better IMHO
Is there still a significant use case?
Given the high costs of DAB licences and the content providers' (can we silll call them broadcasters) ability to stream in higher quality, is there a compelling case for DAB these days ? I'm not sure even in a car the case holds as it's technically possible, though not yet prevalent, to pair your car audio to your phone (assuming that it's got sufficient internet connectivity).
It seems that internet streaming is where things are headed; I don't have the comparitive costs compared with AM/FM/DAB licencing so maybe I'm wrong..
Re: Why spend a fortune on BT DAB dock
Probably because it assums that you've got an internet connection for your device. I suspect that the use case for these is for those occations where you don't.
Reminds me on that great scene from The West Wing
FLIGHT ATTENDANT 3
Mr. Ziegler? A message was just patched up to the cockpit for you. I'm not sure I've got it right. POTUS in a bicycle accident?
[stops typing and looks up] You got it right. [reaches for his cell phone]
FLIGHT ATTENDANT 2
You can't use your phone until we land, sir.
We're flying in a Lockheed eagle series L-1011. It came off the line 20 months ago and carries a Sim-5 Transponder tracking system. Are you telling me I can still flummox this thing with something I bought at Radio Shack?
FLIGHT ATTENDANT 2
You can call when we land, sir.
[calling as she walks away] Also, I never got my peanuts.
Re: re: that's when Betty is on most channels...
Nope Brenda's (QE2) husband was 'Keith'.
c) Do nothing
Who cares ?
IMHO this is, for the majority of people, a non issue because they don't comprehend the issue, have better things to do or as a US collegue I was talking to last week believes, there are so many bad guys out there that there is the need for the government (the good guys) to do whatever it takes to keep him safe.
As for CEO Marissa Meyer's comments, they are just PR to the semi-litterate on the subject; the NSA doesn't need access to her datacentre when as AC indicates, they can just tap into the IXPs. We just need to accept that governments have unlimited resources and expertise so anything we do on the internet can be traced. The same goes for the commercial organizations we give our data via our usage and buying habits; that's before I get started on 'loyalty cards'.
If you really are that paranoid then you should stay as anonymous as possible starting with getting off the internet.
As for the food
I need to find a better chippie, the Spanish example puts most of my local establishments to shame.
Shouldn't they be concentrating on spending the £1.2bn of public money on rural broadband like they were supposed to or doesn't that give them the required media exposure ?
Re: "therefore a bit rubbish when you remember how exciting the first one was all those years ago"
@Duncant You do know that 'The latest Ford Escort' is now a decade or so old don't you ? Other than pristine ones for vintage collectors and the Cossie variant, provided it's not been ragged, they are a bit rubbish compated to their modern equivalents, made by FMC or not.
Re: Great business idea!
Maybe not with the cream, but you can, at least in my part of England, get porridge that only needs water. So all you need to do is to dig out your retro teasmade and you're done.
The new Clangers will explore themes including "community and caring for the planet", with Firmin pere promising "a new Clangers for a New Age."
I do understand that that the original series had some similar themes but it sounds like they'll spoil it by going overboard ......
- +Comment Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN
- OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR
- MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
- UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
- Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes