* Posts by alpine

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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An MoD network forum. On the INTERNET? Were they mad?

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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2040-50?

Or will it be like the pension age where they keep having to increment it earlier than expected? 2020 anyone?!

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: Missed the boat...

"So, why oh why oh why, didn't someone at the BBC do the "proper" thing and ensure that all set top boxes could take a subscriber card..."

They knew it very well, and went out of their way to ensure conditional access facilities were optional only. This was to preserve the guaranteed income that the licence in its existing form gives them.

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

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WoW!

"your timezone could pull you into negative time"

Apple lead the way again, the first phones to time warp. And the space time continuum has curved corners. No one has ever surpassed their innovative minds. Their 'Joney' deserves another knighthood for his second piece of brilliance.

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Bye-bye, BT: Finance director jumps ship

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He's probably just latched on to how much they've paid for their football deals and that it will never match their subscriber revenues.

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Talktalk's been fine.

As it usually has been for me for 6 years now.

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Ofcom's head is dead against Three and O2's merger

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Re: Easy fix

" people say "you can't put a mast there"

BT of course don't have that problem because all those nice telegraph poles, which they own, are already everywhere. Ideal for cellphone or wifi repeaters. That's why it is very dangerous to encourage their monopoly to extend itself into the mobile arena.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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They would say that wouldn't they, they're looking for customers!. Personally, I'd never use contactless payments either and it's not enabled by default on my cards.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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India

Probably shortly JLR's parent company will open a new plant to build them in their home country, free of EU interference.

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Happy 30th birthday, IETF: The engineers who made the 'net happen

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RFC

The clue that explains why it was all so successful is in the initials on all the fundamental standards. They're still called RFCs, or were when I last looked, which I admit was some time ago.. 'Requests for comment'... Cooperation was the key.

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Capita in line for tasty £139m deal across five councils

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Anti-localism

And all in the name of 'localism', as Big Brother strides further over our lives. Localism? The truth is the exact opposite, encouraged by weak councils who have been conned into believing renaming their main committee as 'the cabinet' gives them some importance, as well as more fees.

It's very sad to see.

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EU governments reach agreement on passenger name data

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Landbased?

And what about land based travel. You know trains n' boats n' cars?

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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

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Rubbish

Active Directory has always been rubbish under the covers, since its first incarnation limped out of the starting blocks. Nothing's changed.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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Re: Hosted Exchange

Don't be silly. It's the CLOUD, dontcha know, the unversal answer, alongside 42, to everything.

Please conform.

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DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

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SM

They should reintroduce that most beautiful car, the Citroen SM. I wonder whether SM would be a good brand? In some circles, possibly...

They could merge with the old Bond brand, for even more excitement. The SM Bond.

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BT reveals vanishingly small detail about its fibre broadband network

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Former?

'Former' state monopoly? As long as BT is allowed to hang on to Openreach, it still is a state monopoly except in those highly restricted areas covered by cable.

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Apple's OS X App Store downloads knackered by expired security cert

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I'm sure Steve Jobs put an entry in his diary.

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Amazon's chomping at the Brits: UK to get AWS data center region

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Re: GCHQ/NSA is a red herring

Speeds are reasonable, but it's always bugged me (!) that their search engine is awful compared to Ebay. Why don't they do something about that first.

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TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

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Re: 6 or 12 months

I have to say your view really is total garbage. And if you believe that the supposed loss of £3.5K had anything to do with Talktalk, then you're even dimmer than your post suggests.

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TalkTalk hush-hush on compo for up to 4 million customers after mega cyber attack

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Storm in a teacup

Hysteria, encouraged by farcical 'reporters' at the remains of the Telegraph and the Times (very keen to encourage people to move to Sky of course)

As a happy Talktalk customer for 5 years plus, TT have confirned by email today:

• The number of customers affected and the amount of data potentially stolen is smaller than originally thought. Our website was attacked, but our core systems weren’t and remain secure.

• On its own, none of the data that may have been accessed could be used to leave you financially worse off.

• We don’t store unencrypted credit or debit card data on our site, so any card details which may have been accessed have the 6 middle digits blanked out. For example, it would appear as 012345XXXXXX6789. This means it can’t be used for financial transactions.

• No My Account passwords have been accessed.

• No banking details were taken that you won’t already be sharing with people when you write a cheque or give to someone so they can pay money into your account.

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

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Re: No issues here.

And of course less TV will improve your mental condition since hopefully, you will be less of a couch potato. I say this as a generality, not aimed at you specifically. The UK has suffered for too long by having the least bad national TV services. We need to get people to diversify their interests away from watching TV which is unhealthy for both mind and body.

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

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No Qi?

That's me out then. No way am I going back to plugging in bits of wire overnight, even if the new and currently rare connector is fashionably bisexual.

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Vodafone joins calls to pry Openreach from BT's hands

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But neither of them are QUITE as slimey as BT...

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If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

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Re: 1/7 computers stayed on 10 after upgrading...

Yes, my shiny new Dell XPS13 9343 came with WIndows 10. And after I'd got rid of the tiles and managed to get the start menu looking almost right, it has large amounts of blank space that I don't seem to be able to remove.

Fortunately I had a new copy of Win 7 Pro, and there is an 'Enterprise' set of Dell drivers for it. So I tried to put that on. But it came with a GPT disk which Win 7 isn't keen on. Eventually I decided to kill Windows 10 and clean the ssd back to a nice MBR config.

All now well, and I've even made a small partition and installed Win 10 on it, in full Call Home mode. Just in case it ever appears to be of any benefit. I've tried it a couple of times. But there seems to be something wrong with the Wifi drivers which don't auto connect.

The touch screen on a laptop is a bit of a bore as well, so Win10 doesn't get used any more really.

The XPS13 is a nice machine, lovely display, touch screen or not... It's even made me resolve to keep all my regular applications down in QuickLaunch, just so I can have an empty screen and look at my background images.

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The pachyderm punch: El Reg takes just-over-a-ton Elephone P8000 to tusk

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Re: Hmmmm

"But in fixing the battery in place they've lost me as a potential customer"

Only by sticky tape, though you'd have to unsolder the 2 connection wires.

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BT boss: If Ofcom backs us, we promise to speed up UK broadband

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Re: Physical connections are a natural monopoly.

BT need to be watched where Wimax is concerned. At present, via Openreach they own all those conveniently placed telegraph poles...

And where I am, if I go in the garden I can get some 3g, but only there. I even have to go in the garden to make a reliable voice call. Texts usually get through inside the house, well, parts of it.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: I'm confused

"IS there something about the modern attention span that can't get all the way to the end of 'application'? I mean, I know it's a long word, but even so..."

It's just what they lean at Uni these days.

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Microsoft starts to fix Start Menu in new Windows 10 preview

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Personally, I don't want tiles of any description: they seem a reversion to the 1980s. Though I have heard that you can now revert to a proper desktop and start menu. I do have a Win 10 system on order, but when it comes, I shall be installing trusty old Win 7 Pro...

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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 2

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Re: Why a PC?

"The drawbacks are its hardware is not really designed for 24x7 operations, and I would not store my emails on a SD card (especially a consumer grade one), since a mail... "

My emails aren't stored on the Pi2, they are removed every 15mins via my pop clients. And of course its hardware is perfectly able to handle 24x7 operation. It may have escaped your notice that many hundreds of milions of tablets, phones and SSDs exist today, all using flash.

And of course, I am a consumer...

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Re: Why a PC?

PS, the only other change I needed to make was when I discovered that my ISP provided Huawei ADSL router prohibited NAT loopback. I reverted to my trusty old Speedtouch 585 which can be configured to allow this (and discovered that this old one actually syncs a few hundred Kpbs faster than the shiny newer one).

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Why a PC?

My Pi2 based server has been up and running for several months now. I first started looking at doing this because I found that, believe it or not, my large UK based domain and email provider was treating M&S order acknowledgements as spam, despite my email service being supposedly configured to accept all spam so I could sort it out on my clients.

So I bought a Pi2, added a little inbuilt UPS module which is probably unnecessary but there to handle shut down tidily, and built an email server. The links include all the information necessary to get to a domain provider who handles non static IPs for you:

This chap, Sam Hobbs, is not me:

https://samhobbs.co.uk/raspberry-pi-email-server

https://samhobbs.co.uk/2015/01/dynamic-dns-ddclient-raspberry-pi-and-ubuntu

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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

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Re: ?

Thanks for your reply John 104

Very happy with driver messing. But I've rather lost touch over the last 4 years of happy Dell use. I recall odd things related to secure bioses or even the absence of the traditional ones happening.

All bypassable?

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Can I upgrade it to Windows 7 so I can just swap the ssdisk from my current little 4 year old Dell?

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Laminate this: Inside Argos' ongoing online (r)evolution

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Re: GUS *IS* Argos!

GUS is also Experian. And Burbery. And Homebase. I'm so glad my grandfather bought GUS shares back in the 1930s, that my family still hold. They've been split into separate businesses, but their ethos remains the same.

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UK government says goodbye sat navs, hello Xbox, e-cigs and Spotify

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Re: Pegging inflation to irrelevant consumer goods...

"It would have the reverse effect, surely? "

Not when the items are chosen to be ones believed to be hitting mass markets and thus dropping in price.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Re: Love the paper maps

OSMAND+ works very well on my MOTO G,

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That's because they're maps, not just charts like the google stuff.

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Re: Openstreetmap and Osmand

I've never had a problem with OSMAND+ voice stuff, it works well for me both here and in locations like Italy and Madeira.

Great application, excellent value for a few pence on Android. I don't think the OS people will beat it.

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Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits

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Re: Waiting for a new display technology

Or indeed OLED, which seems to have become just a niche technology.

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Waiting for a new display technology

A static market was only to be expected and it will remain so until there is a breakthrough in display technology. At present we are stuck with E-ink, fine in daylight but slow and b/w only, and LCDs. Which, even in their best incarnations are totally useless in sunlight.

The same applies to phones.

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Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK

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Anyone who thinks Ebay is an 'online tat bazaar' is as thick as several very short planks. It is certainly true that some sellers offerings are below par, but really it's replaced local shops as the place you can find all those things you can't get locally any more.

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Doctors urged to adopt default opt-out approach to care.data scheme

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I'm afraid I object to the increasing integration of government databases of any description. I'll opt out thanks.

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BT scoops up Wales PSN contracts, elbows out Logicalis

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"(although they get paid whoever wins really)"

Precisely.

I don't know why the headline on the front page reads 'one time' telco monopoly.

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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Dry bearings?

Oh, a mechanical anomaly?. More of those Chinese bearings they always ship unlubricated for some reason I suppose...

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Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick

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Well done. An excellent magazine in its time. And responsible I'm sure for the initiation of many of our engineers.

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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Re: Talking with passengers

I agree, talking inside cars should be immediately banned.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: MicroSD slot?

Sorry, did a search for 'sd'!!! But a trad nexus device then. So it would have to be OTG...And rooted to get write access.

Of course that's until Google decide to stop rooting.

I've heard that the mysterious barge is actually going to be a prison ship where those who have rooted can be sent for corrective treatment.

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iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

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New technology

The real problem is that there is no new technology applicable in their market area that Apple can pretend to have invented.

What would change the world of course is a viable high definition, daylight readable, colour display technology capable of use in the whole range of display sizes. OLED still seems a bit stuck in a time warp. Something NEW is needed...

The more I think about it, the more I realise I won't be buying any new phone/laptop/tablet until this occurs. All that we now have are annual minor performance increments.

And of course I'll skip the silly watches and glasses entirely.

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

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Green

Do you remember when there used to be some GOOD greens in industrial use? Nice blue-greens, deep greens, sea greens etc. But now from M&S to Apple, all they seem to know about is a pale, wishy washy yellow-green single version of the colour. Presumably some international standard. It's very sad.

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Tick-tock, TalkTalk: Users face fourth day of titsup broadband

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Re: Pay the organ grinder, not the monkey...

Good to see another recommendation for Talktalk, who of course have their own presence in most UK exchanges.

Personally, I get the full expected speed from the line, excellent reliability and subscription price.

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