* Posts by Paul

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Low price, big power: Virtual Private Server picks for power nerds

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I found my VPS provider through the lowendbox blog, and signed up with Cloud Shards and found them to be excellent.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: How to wear a watch

> No Darryl, we're not prefixing stuff with an i now, so whilst iBelt makes some

> sense, it'd now be Belt Sport, Belt and Belt Edition

surely the Apple Belt Sport....

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Re: Huh?

> making fun of Samsung for the size of the Notes?

> Yup. I remember. That was me

it's very nice of you to decide what's best for everyone. are you related to Steve Jobs by any chance?

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FCC wants to know if carriers can grab some of YOUR WiFi signal

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If there's a capacity problem with USA cellular systems, then surely the answer is that they deploy more cells, each cell covering a smaller area. In a simplistic way, isn't that the whole point of GSM, UMTS and LTE cells?

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

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Re: Tipping Point

At the very least, the end of the dominance of the x86 instruction set.

I imagine Intel regularly look back at their sale of their StrongArm product/licences to Marvell and kick themselves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StrongARM

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Acer introduces a REVOLUTION in tablet tech: The PENCIL

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Some Sony tablets and smartphones have sufficiently sensitive touch screens that a pencil will work, so this is nothing new.

I can use a soft pencil with my Xperia Z Ultra, I say soft for two reasons: a hard pencil doesn't have enough graphite, and secondly the anti-shatter film on the screen is easily scuffed (but light scratches polish out easily).

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Zucking 'ell! Facebook at Work bloke unfriends Facebook AT WORK

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"free content ad network"

don't you mean

"content-free ad network"

?

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Red Hat explains its choice of scale-out storage hats

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highly performant? uck

why not "high performing"

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NASA guy to White House: Be really careful with that HTTPS stuff

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QUIC has been deprecated in favour of HTTP2

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Re: HTTPS? Welcome to the last decade.

before you get as far as HTTP or HTTPs, the computer will do a DNS lookup which will tell you what website the user is trying to access.

the http connection is to an IP address, so that doesn't say too much, although SNI can occur in which case someone snooping learns something about what website the user is accessing.

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Apple Watch: When I think about you, I digital touch myself

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yawn

yawn

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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

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what was the purpose of this article?

it reminded me of one of those semi-useless blog-like sites which are set up to garner advertising revenue by publishing articles which use all the right buzzwords but don't actually provide any useful information.

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Hacker catches Apple's Lightning in a jailbroken bottle

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Re: There's one TEENSY problem…

I imagine Belkin have paid Apple to buy chips to go in their Lightning adaptors.

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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Re: re: doesn't work as planned

Anon coward wrote:

>32 years ago we 'destroyed' well paid jobs in

who's this we?

you mean the government stopped artificially helping broken business models?

there's an irony that some people say, and I'm not saying it's you, we shouldn't bail out the banks with their broken business models, yet we should have bailed out iron, steel, shipbuilding.

actually, the bank's business model was great *provided* you realise that part of their business model relied on the government effectively being the underwriter. If you're a serious gambler and you can bet money you can't afford to lose on a long shot, knowing the government will rescue you, you should make that gamble!

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Re: Overly simplistic?

The billionaires who won't and don't pay tax, well, you still want them to live here and spend money, at least they pay VAT.

And if there are people who would pay tax elsewhere but decide they will stay and be a taxpaer, you're better off.

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Re: Tax allowances

You're not giving more to the better off, you're taking less off them. It's an important distinction.

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I think a citizens' income would be a good thing.

Everybody gets a very basic standard of living, just sufficient to have food and shelter and basic clothing. The disabled, their carers, and pensioners, get additional.

But also reduce the zero-tax band to near zero. Why? A key thing is that all citizens should have "skin in the game", at the moment voters dependent on benefits don't care about government efficiencies, but if they realise they are paying for waste, they might start to care, and they have no reason to not be involved.

A simpler tax regime should be implemented, even a flat rate tax. Some people will say "but the rich should pay more". They do, it's a percentage, not an absolute amount.

Abolish NI, it's a pointless separation. I think should also abolish the abitrary distinction between salary, savings interest, and dividends. All these things make collecting tax more complex and expensive, and complexity causes loopholes which the rich can subvert.

The hordes of civil servants doing the administration of benefits and taxation will massively reduced. Ok, this will create a spike in unemployment, but the burden on the taxpayer will be reduced because they'll only be receiving citizens income rather than a full salary!

How many? There are 70,000 workers in HMRC, if that could be reduced to 10,000, that'd probably save about £2.7B. There's 45,000 at the DWP, cut to 10,000, that'd save another £1.6B. Total £4.3B

If the citizen's income was set at say £6000 a year, those savings would be enough for over 700,000 people.

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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Schrodinger's dog still reported as missing, after a bizzarre experiment into wormholes went wrong.

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Odd

I have one of those too. Not expensive. Am on my third strap - replaced the rubber one, then replaced that with a metal one. Still on its first battery, quite a few years on.

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Re: Odd

likewise button-flies on trousers.

For my last birthday my wife bought me some smart jeans with button flies.

I wore them a few times to keep her happy, and then they mysteriously found their way deep into a charity bag where they wouldn't be noticed.

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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it seems to be a mobility scooter that goes a little faster a bit further and has a canopy.

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

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I'm amazed The Register can write an article about broadband without mentioning Entanet, from whom many smaller ISPs buy service.

This article was pretty short on useful facts.

Like why BT Wholesale is more expensive than TalkTalk and others? Hint: BT Openreach control the market, and BT Broadband doesn't have to make a profit despite in theory paying the same prices as all their competitors.

What about a discussion censorship to limit access to pirated software and pr0n, the abuse of the cleanfeed mechanism, and the default being to turn filters on.

Please go away and write a real discussion about how consumer broadband is actually done in the UK.

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Snapchat jihadist-fearing peers return with LAST GASP Snoopers' Charter demand

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they can pry my GPG password out of my cold dead fingers

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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there was a time I visited the USA two or three times a year, then it became two, then one because travelling there is such a hateful experience. Very long lines at immigration, then queuing again through more security, being x-rayed, being fingerprinterd, being treated like a criminal.

And I suspect I am lucky as I am a typical western white male and less likely to be racially profiled and thus singled out for extra attention. Last year I didn't go at all.

Total cost to the US economy just for me about $3000 per trip, so up to $9000 a year lost. And I know I am far from the only one.

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Plusnet customers SWAMPED by spam but BT-owned ISP dismisses data breach claims

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they still need a list of recipients

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Sony employees face 'weeks of pen and paper' after crippling network hack

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why didn't they just hand out live linux cds? or USB thumb drives?

it would probably be cheaper than paying all the conslutants to clean everything up.

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Will security concerns scupper your BYOD policy?

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Re: Give it up

totally agree, I have often felt BYOD is really BYOM - bring your own Mac.

BYOM was pushed by people who don't like having a locked-down windows box which can only do what the company permits deciding they want a shiny Mac to use because it makes them look cool.

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Docker, Part 2: Whoa! Spontaneous industry standard! How did they do THAT?

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I'm not sure whether this article had really all that much content.

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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Re: Thats what we get for our SIMs

I too have an XZU, and occasionally I think about getting a tablet but for nearly all the times I'd use a tablet, the phablet is actually more convenient and likely to be within arm's reach. And if I want to do something "productive" rather than "consume", I have an ultrabook which resumes sufficiently quickly if I open the screen when I'm standing up, it's ready to use by the time I sit down, and it has a keyboard and runs a real OS (linux).

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Given that Microsoft seem to be slowly losing their grip on the business market - like them or not Chromebooks are hot sellers - then there would seem to be less need for an entire ecosystem based around Window Server, Windows desktops/laptops and Winphones.

I really don't see Winphone getting a market share to meet android or iOS. I can see Blackberry disappearing entirely.

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MediaTek takes aim at Arduino with IoT wearables project

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but how much will they illegally charge for access to GPL source code?

http://www.xda-developers.com/android/have-you-paid-your-linux-kernel-source-license-fee/

"When asked for source code, MediaTek asks for money. They literally charge a Licensing Fee to device manufacturers for Linux Kernel source code"

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

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BYOD is fine for companies where their corporate data is worth less than a few hundred quid and it doesn't matter if a member of staff loses their device or simply resigns and takes it with them, and/or their staff are paid so badly a mobile phone, laptop or tablet is worth more than it costs to employ a staff member for a few weeks.

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Re: My employer offered it...

A colleague added the corporate exchange server to his personal android phone. Something went wrong with it connecting to the server and it decided the device was stolen and wiped it to factory, even including the virtual SD card.. every app, every configuration setting, every photograph, every music file.. all gone!

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Desktop Linux users beware: the boss thinks you need to be managed

Paul

I am wondering when VMWare they will offer a virtual chromebook desktop environment.. this would be amusing since its just a platform for running the Chrome browser... Google's version of the thin client.

Of course, VMware could be doing all this because they realise that a chromebook as a thin client could kill off their lucrative Windows VDI market.

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Boffins want to put Quanta in containers, after docking

Paul

Re: Making a qbit at home

you're allowed to measure their speed, or work out their position, but not both.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Paul

You can buy a basic bluetooth to OBD2 adaptor off ebay quite cheaply, it's quite interesting to use a smartphone app (e.g. Torque on Android) and see the engine management's workings... air intake flow and temperature, turbo boost, engine load etc.

A few years ago now cars were switching over to using CAN bus for control, makes the wiring loom simpler with a power bus and separate control bus, but also allows good diagnostics helping notify blown bulbs etc.

My recently purchased Qashqai has electric power steering rather than using hydraulics. I am not sure if the air con is driven by the engine or has an electric pump, I would guess the ones with the larger diesels are driven by the engine, but the new 1.2 turbo petrol might be electric.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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I think when Google or Apple will become an MVNO in various countries in such a way that they can use multiple carriers or switch carrier easily and thus truly render the carriers into being just pipes.

VoLTE will play a part of that because then everything is just data, and you won't even need the PSTN interconnects that the mobile/cellular operators provide and make money on, since G or A can do that themselves.

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EE TV brings French broadband price war to the UK

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The market is still controlled by BT (Openreach)

BT can afford to virtually give away their broadband service at a price no other ISP can sustain because the other bit of BT can keep jacking up line rent and the cost of accessing the local loop.

BT broadband can thus "pay" the same fees as other ISPs for running broadband over a phone line, make no profit and still claim they are playing fair.

The net result is that ISP margins are squeezed so much that their only way to actually make a profit is to sell all sorts of services on the top, whether VOD, music, DVR services etc.

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

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but Windows Phone ...

a little paperclip pops up

I see you're about to be run over.

Do you want to

a/ dodge out of the way?

b/ get hit and go to hospital?

c/ get hit and die?

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Paul

"won't feel cheap and have a battery that goes to pot"

jealous of people with swappable batteries?

have another go.

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Re: Bah humbug

worst time to buy!

you should have waited till the new model and price would have come down further

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Re: Square watches

I see the big iKnob and wonder WTF were Apple thinking???

Couldn't they have put a touch sensor on the side, like the HTC Vision (T Mobile g2) or a trackball like the original HTC Desire?

The rest of the watch is OK - even kind of like the Asus Zenwatch which I like for its somewhat elegant simplicity

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

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Re: Server to server

My previous employer used Google drive and the Windows clients would regularly stop working.They previously used dropbox and everybody was happy, but reached a size where would have pay for it, and switched to G Drive because was free, the only good thing I could say about it.

Web based g drive is ok.

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: Oh no

android fragmentation is often raised yet rarely understood.

http://www.androidcentral.com/android-fragmentation-seemingly-impossible-conversation

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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I'm very sad

I'm very sad that this article was written this side of 2010, or even this side of 2000.

I've worked with many very talented female engineer colleagues and would feel very angry if they were alienated from the team or company by the stupidity of someone's drunken/sexist behaviours.

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Time to ditch HTTP – govt malware injection kit thrust into spotlight

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buy it? it's free!

why do you need to buy this technology? it's free for a basic version!

kudos to these guys

http://portswigger.net/burp/

just poison DNS to get the victim to send their http traffic to you, or use IP header rewriting to steal the http traffic. simples!

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Re: Missing information

you don't need to root the user's computer if you can inject HTML into a normal web page and then make use of XSS to make their browser do interesting things and perhaps steal cookies.

if you're a repressive governement being able to spy on someone's access to twitter or facebook is very useful.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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calling the Men In Black to erase your recent memory

If the technology from MIB existed to erase your memory, then they'd be erasing your memory of attending the footie match because you might inadvertently talk about the match, and commentary is likely covered under the rights they sold.

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How long is too long to wait for a security fix?

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this problem seems trivial compared to the latest hack!!

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Ransomware attack hits Synology's NAS boxen

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I think a key point here is that the owners could do more harm than good in trying to resolve the problem themselves, probably in a panic, so turning it off until they calm down and get expert help would be a good thing.

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