* Posts by davemcwish

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

davemcwish

Re: Do what I've done

I get the same intermittent nag running 9.2.1 and have to keep selecting 'remind me later'; there isn't a 'bugger off' option. The red dot with '178' over the App Store icon seems happy enough.

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Three to chop off £3bn of its network in bid to woo EU over O2 merger

davemcwish

Re: That pledge on prices...

Yup there will always be other deals, it's just a question of timing. I've got my eye on EE's limited time 16GB Data Unlimited Minutes Unlimited Voice for £20 pcm

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

davemcwish

Re: Exkeewws me

Long Ton (UK) - 20 hundreweight (2240lbs) or 241.9268 Jubs

Short Ton (US) - 2000lbs or 216.006 Jubs

Metric Ton - 1000 kg (2,205 lb) or 238.0952 Jubs

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

davemcwish

Definition of success

Reduction in domestic electricity demand ? Articles in 'the popular press' about fuel poverty being replaced by 'out smart meter saved us £££££'?

My guess is success will just be completion of the rollout.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Paris Hilton

Subscription content

@Thecowking Yup and SPB.

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Would sir care to see the post-pub nosh menu?

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Moving Pictures

I think the next stage is to have the full El-Reg/Lester Haines video experience. Something like James May's Unemployment Tube was what I had in mind with a Spanish audience.

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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Johnny Castaway..

^ This

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

davemcwish

Re: "Si non confectus, non reficiat"

This highlights an interesting (to me anyway) parallel here in the UK with the debate on funding the Trident replacement (our current equivalent to the Death Star) vs funding equipment more suited to to what others perceive is a more real threat from non-nation state terrorist groups (let's call them 'rebels'). The latter believed could be countered by conventional offensive capability e.g. Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier + the yet to be funded planes and a better more well-equipped army and navy.

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New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs

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Big Brother

Alternatively....

Connection Records Archival Premium

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Janet pulls open network info for good after DDoSers exploit it

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Coat

Crocodylia

@Martin-73 @RichardJones1

I'm assuming that you reside by the coast and have the requite saltwater typically favoured (but not exclusively) by crocodiles. For the rest of us I'd suggest alligator.

To any prospective burglars there are two ways to disable the reptile.Take a pencil, and jam it into the pressure hole behind his eye. Alternatively put your hand in his mouth and pull his teeth out.

Mines the one with the titanium tactical pencil in the lining.

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VPN users menaced by port forwarding blunder

davemcwish

Re: Which VPN?

I did look at others including Private Tunnel before I made my choice (vpn.ac). I decided against Private Tunnel (and others) given they are more easily subject to US oversight. I'm not sure what is really the one that provide the most anonymity as they are probably mostly as good/bad as each other. IMHO true anonymity would be not to use the internet at all but failing that, the advise in the ISIS/ISIL/Daesh OPSEC guide is a start

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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

davemcwish

And the problem is...hurt feelings ?

When I had a part time retail job as a merchandise replenishment officer (not 'shelf stacking' - there's no such thing), random unpaid checks at the end of a shift to deter shrinkage, aka theft, was the norm.

There could be a slightly sexist element in that women's clothes don't have a large number of pockets compared to men's hence the need for some bag, but actions to prevent theft seem reasonable.

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Here's the little-known legal loophole that permitted mass surveillance in the UK

davemcwish

Re: What the what?

@Daniel Hall

"but.... what the hell is 21 shillings."

252 pennies

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UK govt sneaks citizen database aka 'request filters' into proposed internet super-spy law

davemcwish

Re: Wait a sec...

@dickiedyce

They'll also be on the 2003 version so be limited to 65,535 records.

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Request Filter

Given that this is the 2nd attempt to introduce this I think it's highlight likely that it already exists and they're after retrospective authorization to use and demand ISP's populate

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Top FBI lawyer: You win, we've given up on encryption backdoors

davemcwish

Re: or...

Unlike the realist/cynical/tinfoil hat (delete as appropriate) brigade on ElReg forums and elsewhere, IMHO the public either tacitly accept the behavior of politicians and are easily appeased by panem et circenses or they openly support being spied on as, in the words of a US national I know, 'there are a lot of bad guys and we need our good guys to do whatever they need'.

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

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Re: Thought experiment

@Doctor Syntax

I guess it depends on how paranoid you are but what about a paper variant of the Enigma machine

http://www.themarysue.com/papercraft-engima/

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davemcwish

Re: Which Delusional World Are People Living In?

@Uberseehandel It's aimed at other countries who dislike the the US but still think that the the UK (and it's institutions) are honest, democratic, decent and transparent.

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davemcwish

Re: Not that I'm condoning this ...

"So what else am I missing?"

1. Do you, as a citizen of country x, have complete and unconditional trust in your government, their security services and all public bodies that they will not misuse this for their own ends in spite of the evidence that they do e.g.the UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000) has been used on number occasions to investigate individuals for non terror related alleged offences ?

2. Do you, as a citizen of country x that has a repressive regime, have complete and unconditional trust in your government that they wont give your private key to the security services of government y to spy on you for political related matters?

For me the answers are both 'no' and I don't believe Silicon Valley aren't already in discussions with the NSA.

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Here's how TalkTalk ducked and dived over THAT gigantic hack

davemcwish

Re: Let's try to weather the storm

@Ledswinger

"I have a suspicion that because of the high churn rate in telecoms reselling, give

it 6 - 12 months for people to forget and people will sign up" <- fixed it for you

ElReg commentards will remember but there's a lot of people that don't follow this and will just go for a cheap deal at any given time.

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Re: fuck this makes me angry!

@Rimpel

If I setup a new recipient via internet banking (I haven't tried DD), I'm required to go through a telephone authorization procedure before it's activated. I can't see that it would be difficult to implement this for DD.

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Insert headline here for Microsoft Office tweaks

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CalDAV and CardDAV

Lemme guess, still no support for the OSX variant.

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We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens

davemcwish

Re: This is easy to check...

@Roland6 - Apparantly not.

The only published "data" other than weight, price and whether it's bagless is a 'star' rating for each of

* Carpet/floorboards/laminate - Refers to how well the vacuum cleaner picks up and retains dust from these surfaces

* Allergen retention - Refers to how well the filter retains small particles of dust and pet allergens

* Pet hair - Refers to how quickly the vacuum cleaner collects pet hair

* Noise - The more stars the quieter the vacuum cleaner is

* Ease of use - Refers to how easy the vacuum cleaner is to use on stairs, manoeuvre on carpet and wooden floors, empty or change bags and store away

* Brand Reliability

They don't even list the manufacturers published power data.

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Cyber cop: Snoopers' Charter tag is offensive. Maybe we need a 'yes to snooping' tickbox?

davemcwish

Re: Tick box?

@Graham Marsden

"Don't forget that ticking the box will, of course mean "I have something to hide" and are therefore deserving of extra surveillance..."

Don't forget that NOT ticking the box will, of course mean "I have something to hide" and are therefore deserving of extra surveillance...

Fixed that for you.

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davemcwish

Re: Tick box?

It'll be similar to the Twitter Blue Tick but shows that you have been agree to be tracked by HMG / UK spooks / any of their 'designated partners'

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White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

davemcwish

Re: Tantrum coming in 3, 2, 1...

"Then what do you have a navy for ?"

Gunboat Diplomacy

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Phone thieves to face harsher penalties for data theft

davemcwish

Re: And the link is...?

" if you nick a 3000 pound bike with powertools, you get a community order."

Maybe....my non-legalese reading of the s25 guideline for your 'alleged' offence would be Medium Culpability / Greater harm with starting point of 18 weeks' custody. I would add the caveat that £3000 for a bike has a different 'value' dependent on the owner's need.

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

davemcwish

Re: Well DUH!

"The second of those is really interesting, as Volvo are part of Ford and use their engine technology."

Nope, Ford sold Volvo Cards to Geeley in 2010

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NASA reveals secret 1970s SPACE PANTS

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Boffin

Re: Laboratory Coat

@Graeme Sutherland - downvoted for not RTFM.

It *is* there. Page 60 d) Laboratory coat

A 7" wide (17.8 em) logotype may be embroidered in NASA Red centered on the back of a white lab coat (fig. d) .

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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adage.com

23 connections and 11 trackers blocked by uBlockO and Ghostery

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Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

davemcwish

Re: Call me a miserable git

Agree with Dynorwig. It was great to see it in real life having had it as a case study as part of an OU Engineering course.

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GCHQ wants to set your passwords. In a good way

davemcwish

Recommended passwords

@Loud Speaker You may also want to add Purge...

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Sign of the telly times: HDR shines, UHD Blu-ray slides at IFA

davemcwish

Re: UHD Blu-ray is already sunk

Re: Packaging

Barring a very small number of boxed sets, that's the first thing I toss in the bin. I wouldn't be able to accommodate my 400+ disk collection without it. The silver disc thing and the artwork goes into a sleeve which then sits in a tray on my shelf.

The only problem I have with this is that the sleeves and trays are on import from the US; however it does make the living room SWMBO friendly.

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

davemcwish

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

davemcwish

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

davemcwish

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

davemcwish

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

davemcwish

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

davemcwish

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

davemcwish

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

davemcwish

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

davemcwish

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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