* Posts by Paul

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Ofcom: Legal separation will force Openreach to eat more fibre

Paul

I think ISPs should only be able to charge you the actually achieved line speed, not the "up to" speed. They can recover the costs from BT OpenReach for the quality of the line.

So if you have an "up to 80M" service and the line can only do 20, you pay only 25% of the normal rate, and the ISP gets a refund from BT on their costs of renting the line.

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Re: For whom does OFCOM work?

I think the analogy of buying a Ferrari and complaining about the roads is a poor one, because the two aren't the same.

Perhaps a better one would be that of of buying a rail season ticket with a guaranteed seat on the non-stop express every morning, only to find the service is oversold so you don't get a seat or get bumped onto a later slower train would be better.

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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

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How about BT stop jacking up line rental and using the money to sell their broadband cheaply and pay for sports deals, and thus make their competitors less competitive and bolster their own services?

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‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins

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Re: Innovation is needed, not more phablets !

yes, 5" is way too small for a pocket computer that can occasionally be a phone.

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Snapdragon 820 is old hat

the Snapdragon 820 is old hat now, the 821 is what the cool kids run these days.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Re: the "bags for life" that last about 12 months at best.

"My understanding of 'bag for life' was that when the bag fails, that's it, you're ground up for lasagna."

Hopefully people are more tasty than horses?

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Three outsources staff to Capita

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I wonder if Capita learned anything from the last time they "helped" run a mobile phone company...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/10087909/Capita-plans-to-close-O2-call-centres-and-cut-thousands-of-jobs.html

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/25/capita_voluntary_redundancy_call_centres_o2/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/29/capita_o2_staff_asked_to_stick_around/

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Re: Always carry a fire extinguisher under the passenger seat

Whilst I agree that having a fire extinguisher is a good thing, I am fairly sure most extinguishers won't help against a Lithium fire.

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Internet of Sins: Million more devices sharing known private keys for HTTPS, SSH admin

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El REg wrote "researchers recommend that service providers use a VLAN connection"

shouldn't that be VPN connection?

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Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

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Re: Not really comparable

Arm are a design company with lots of licensees.

If softbank try and relocate all the engineering functions, most people will simply quit and join another company or start their own.

I can imagine that people there are already planning their exit strategy, to create a new startup.. I'm sure they already know about the open risc project which has some big names gathering behind it

http://openrisc.io

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

Paul

The problem with lithium fires is that regular fire extinguishers won't save you.

Airlines need to start carrying the special fire extinguishers required, both in the cabin and the hold.

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Adobe reverses decision to kill NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux

Paul

Even with chrome, which sandboxes the pepper flash plugin, i still run a flash blocker extension. Then flash only runs when I let it. This solves most problems.

I don't install Adobe flash and so flash doesn't run in Firefox, but I don't care.

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: Opportunity to get rid of 32bit silicon?

it's called Itanium?

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

Paul

apparently there are versions for retro computer enthusiasts which can make the sound effect of a floppy drive in action, even including the gronk gronk sound that an Amiga used to make.

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TalkTalk's appeal against paltry ICO data breach fine thrown out

Paul

I can imagine that there was a bug in TalkTalk's bug tracker along the lines of "under specific circumstances a customer might see another's data" which was marked down in priority over adding a specific new feature like "add another advert on the page for TalkTalk's products".

I can also imagine that the developers probably shouted out this needed to be investigated and fixed, and requested more hardware and QA/testing staff to work on it, and they were told that giving Dido and other directors a bigger bonus and a new car was more important.

And I can imagine that when the bug went public, the developers would have been berated for not fixing it.

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

Paul

hopefully microsoft use a strong and secure hash to validate each chunk that's P2P'd, so that people can't generate their own update chunks and mangle them to product a using a hash collision!

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Chinese CA hands guy base certificates for GitHub, Florida uni

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Am I the only person who goes through the list of CAs in my browsers and removes most of them?

Though I admit, I don't do that nearly as often as I should.

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Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW

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Just don't use this near the aurora watch project, otherwise they'll cause a global panic!

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German minister seeks facial recognition at airports, train stations

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Government minister seeks to use technology to solve social problem without understanding the effectiveness of it and how easy it is to defeat it.

Nothing new here then.

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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Re: Don't drop that wrench

You can't deep link directly to an image on that wp site

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Banking system SWIFT was anything but on security, ex-boss claims

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Security is a lower priority than the director's bonuses, fancy offices or new car.

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Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature

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I've often thought stupidity is a fundamental force of nature.

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Thailand waters down alien-tracking plan

Paul

It's no good changing the SIM once they know your IMEI, which they will be able to track.

It's difficult to change the IMEI, but not impossible, depending on your exact phone model.

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Users of secure chat app Telegram popped after possible nation-state attack

Paul

Your html for a link to a Reuters article is broken

Your html for a link to a Reuters article is broken

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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Re: What's all this then?

p.s. Thales are a French company, partly owned by the French government.

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Re: What's all this then?

Thales e-Security are pretty big, part of the huge Thales organisation, and sell hardware security devices, trusted by many household names.

Based in Cambridge (England).

I'm sure they'll be happy to pick up lots of customers fleeing from the US mandated backdoors.

Disclaimer: I work there.

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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

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Re: For contractors, it's a big world

http://fortune.com/2016/02/08/renounce-us-citizenship/

"Bye-bye, USA: Record Number Give Up Citizenship for Third Year in a Row"

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Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

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lenovo make a smartwatch?

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: I wait with interest...

then all we do is use a different encryption wrapper so that the plain text part of the handshake looks different.

if the government think and try to block unauthorised types of encryption, then the only people who will be affected will be the dumb and lazy and technically ignorant people, who are likely to be the least interesting.

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4-day Fasthosts outage: Customers' sites go TITSUP

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Re: Depends on their size!

if £60 is a lot, then they're probably not running a business, but a hobby that pays for itself.

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

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their spokes-person wrote:

"Our sites have been operating for over a decade without an major issue with security"

chances are they have no way of knowing whether their systems have been compromised and root-kitted to hell and back.

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Alleged Brit hacker Lauri Love bailed amid US extradition battle lull

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But a judge in Virginia said that if you connect a computer to the internet, you have no expectation of privacy,

http://www.eweek.com/security/home-computers-connected-to-the-internet-arent-private-court-rules.html

so Lauri L can't have done anything wrong!

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Jury awards US$3 BEEELION to HPE in Oracle/Itanium lawsuit

Paul

Should I feel sad for Oracle?

Naah.

Does Oracle have any friends?

Naah.

Just pay up!

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Lester Haines: RIP

Paul

RIP

I'm very sad we've him to the great /dev/null in the sky

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

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or he has a social media personal assistant who is charged with setting up accounts for him on any new services that get created, and that PA creates accounts with easy to use passwords and Zuck is meant to login and set them to something strong.

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Facebook to kill native chat, bring opt-in crypto to Messenger

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No Facebook apps on my devices

Since my phone is rooted, I was able to delete Facebook app entirely off my phone.

If I partly go through installing the app off Google Play Store, the privileges it wants are vast, it might as well want root!

So there's no way I'm going to install their messenger app or their main app.

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Nexsan sues EMC in tussle over Unity name

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two companies claiming trademark over a commonly used word in the dictionary.

the only winners are the lawyers.

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Re: Takes courage

I've seen that. Such bash horrors are written by people who don't understand how to use single and double quotes properly.

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Re: "Hosting biz still working on fix for outrageous outage"

Hosing Blitz?

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Australia should be the 'Switzerland of data', Cisco head hacker says

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How many different prime ministers have they had in the last six years?

"political stability"???

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This is the Australia which tries to censor the internet as if it's a TV channel?

The same Australia which has a monopolistic national telco?

It'd take ten years, massive investment in new fibre links to the rest if the world, and a total reeducation of their government before companies would host there.

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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Now most Apple kit is sealed, anything with a battery will only be useful whilst the battery has capacity or Apple are willing to service it.

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Police create mega crime database to rule them all. Is your numberplate in it? Could be

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Re: Peasants! It's all your fault

> you can demonstrate, if it's gonna make you feel better

Not without permission

https://www.gov.uk/protests-and-marches-letting-the-police-know

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Tracy Emin dons funeral shroud, marries stone

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Kate Moss had been the stone's previous fiancee, but he still wanted to roll, and the relationship didn't survive.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

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my car radio is pretty good, but doesn't have DAB.

still, it's only purpose is to be a bluetooth receiver so I can play podcasts from my phone. I listen to quite a lot of BBC R4, but as podcasts. I play them at 1.1x normal speed. I can rewind too and pause. far more convenient than radio.

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Re: DAB would have some great potential if you get propper equipment

there's an interesting related project:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/radio-4-matic/

grab and time slice the audio stream from the radio for time shifted playback

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

Paul

And in other news, GCHQ has found a way to make horses run backwards into the stables they bolted from, so that they can retrospectively lock the stable door.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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I note that the contact page on the portoftyne website is fscked, insists that the message field shouldn't be blank.

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and yet only 17 months ago...

http://www.portoftyne.co.uk/ews/port-of-tyne/photographers-urged-to-put-south-tyneside-in-the-frame-for-port-of-tyne-reflect-awards

"The Port sits at the heart of the South Tyneside community and we hope people will pick up a camera or smartphone and start taking pictures of what life means to them."

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Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

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Why am I reminded of "things I won't work with"?

http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2014/10/10/things_i_wont_work_with_peroxide_peroxides

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