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

Paul

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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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

Paul

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

Paul

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

Paul

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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Paul

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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Paul

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

Paul

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

Paul

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

Paul

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

Paul

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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Paul

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

Paul

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?

Paul

this problem seems trivial compared to the latest hack!!

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Ransomware attack hits Synology's NAS boxen

Paul

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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Linode busts up Digital Ocean with price-matching speedy server

Paul

SSD speeds in megabits or megabytes/sec?

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Granny's Guardian: Acorn BBC Micro hero touts OAP watchdog kit

Paul

isn't this just a copy of AlertMe?

the alertme kit has PIR sensors, door & window switches, power sensors (so you can check if granny is using the kettle), has GPRS option too.

suddenly everybody's busy reinventing home monitoring.

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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

Paul

Re: Nobody has a problem with artists receiving their due

really, you think it's reasonable for people to be paid for something, potentially, their great grandfather did?

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

Paul

ETOOLATE Error, device too late on market

ENOHDMIFREE, Error, no hdmi sockets free on T.V.

I already have a Chromecast, a bluray player and a satellite receiver so my TVs HDMI ports are all used up, and if I want I can plug in an MHL adaptor and use my phone with the TV, I could also get a Miracast wotsit as well.

I don't know why Amazon haven't made it possible to run their Love Film app on all android devices and not just their android-based kindle fire OS. I wouldn't buy a kindle as it's too single-purposed and these days they can't easily be hacked to install the full Google Play services, so no thanks.

I see what Amazon are trying to do, creating their own ecosystem just like Sony and Samsung and Nokia have all tried to do and *failed*. Amazon's clever use of android as a base layer gave them a useful head start. I note Nokia are now trying to use Android as a base in the same way.

I think Amazon are big enough to make a dent in Google Play and iTunes, but do consumers really want to embrace yet another ecosystem, especially when you can have some of Amazon's offerings on your Android device already?

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

Paul

Re: Sounds about right

Your experience mirrors mine. In rural (Cambridgeshire) areas, if the signal is poor my phone goes to GPRS and it's a slow but usable network, but if the signal gets better and phone gets an EDGE sessions it becomes unusable!

Unfortunately it seems impossible to disable EDGE and leave only GPRS enabled; all I can do is force 3G or 2G. Android JB 4.3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

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Paul

Re: your milage may vary

Vodafone were very persistent trying to keep me. A year ago when it was renewal time I gave notice and they dropped the price significantly. This year because of poor coverage I was determined to move, and their retentions department called me three times!

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Paul

I just dumped Vodafone for Three. Although in Cambridge city centre V were good, coverage dropped off a cliff, and their 2G GPRS is poor, and the 2.5G Edge is worse despite in theory meant to be better!

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Paul

Re: Indoors or outdoors

most operators used "sectorized" antennae, i.e. they beam the signal to where they want the coverage rather than using a "co-linear" antenna to give a flat disk of coverage. It also means that each sector can in theory have a different set of users on it which allows more call and data capacity.

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

Paul

Re: Implementation of IPv6 is a farce..

I've had FTTC and before that ADSL2/2+ with proper (not tunnelled) IPv6 for over two years at home; I have a /56 block at home, and even my VPN to my house provides v6 communication.

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HP claims ProLiant server audits to stop 'competitive misuse'

Paul

I recently found an HP drive in the bin at a datacentre. It was a Seagate NS series near-line-sata. The controller was still alive, and I could read all the SMART data, but the disks were toast.

Had it been bought from Seagate directly it would still have been under warranty, but it had an HP sticker on it so Seagate's RMA site disclaimed responsibility. HP's site told me the warranty expired, because they only provide a one year one as standard.

A replacement drive from any online seller would have been much less than £100 and comes with a 5 year warranty. HP stick on an HP label, charge three or four times the price, and only give a one year warranty.

IBM do the same AFAIK.

Do Dell do that too? I wouldn't be surprised.

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Thought mobe banking apps were safe from nasties? THINK AGAIN

Paul

Re: Android SSL docs are nonexistant

99% of security protection holes are caused by people.

9% of people are caused by holes in protection.

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Paul

Re: Internet banking in don't do it over a public wifi connection shocker!

it's quite a bit harder for someone to MITM your home internet connection without compromising your computer first; whereas on public wifi it's relatively easy.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

Paul

IIRC, Buffalo already had a USB hub which allowed plugs to be inserted both ways up.

ah yes, here it is:

http://gizmodo.com/5887636/a-usb-hub-that-doesnt-care-which-way-you-stick-it-in

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

Paul

a simple thought experiment

Take a litre of water at room temp, 20C ish and two identical vessels.

Take two identical freezers and add internal camera.

Share the water two ways.warm one up to 60C. If any evaporation took place, add a small amount from the other to balance them again.

Put the vessel one into each freezer. Immediately press the boost button (did I mention that?) To override any cycling off the thermostat.

Surely the vessel that started at 60C will have to cool to 20C and meanwhile the one which was at 20C will now be colder. Logically the one which started hotter will always be chasing the cooler one.

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A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

Paul

I've lost track of what the patents were and whether Samsung actually tried to negotiate a fair price for their use.

The irony is that non-essential and essentially useless patents on things like square corners and central round single buttons become more important than patents which come about do to genuine innovation like UMS and LTE.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

Paul

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_3-5665.php

but take it with a pinch of salt

Available as:

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9000 with 3G connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9002 with dual SIM card support

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 with 3G & LTE connectivity.

Also known as Samsung Galaxy Note III

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network LTE

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accessing thecreg on a mobile device

Paul

Re: accessing thecreg on a mobile device

You wrote:

> The link to m.theregister is on the subnav bar on the front page. http://www.theregister.co.uk/Page/Apps/.

this disappears when you are looking at an article, which of course you are doing when your mobile device has followed a link from an rss feed.

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Paul

how about a cookie then which can be "auto", "forced mobile", "forced desktop".

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Paul
Holmes

accessing thecreg on a mobile device

For a site dedicated to technology The site is crsp at dealing with mobile devices.

Firstly there's no user agent detection and generation of a page for the mobile device

You have to go to m.theregister.co.uk .. But where's the link on the page for that?

If I come to theregister from rss I land on the desktop site. . Useless when I am on mobile device.

I also find that the page blanks on and off . The flicker is very annoying. It happens when the cursor is in the text box.

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How I hacked SIM cards with a single text - and the networks DON'T CARE

Paul

not relevant here, there's a about-the-register forum:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/section/forums/vulture/reg_stuff/

complaining there seems somewhat pointless, I've tried and been ignored.

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Australia to reveal tech giants' tax tricks

Paul
FAIL

thus proving taxation systems are broken

every time a new loophole is found, it's patched over. our legal and tax systems are like a badly written hacked-together overly complex computer program. no wonder it's possible for clever accounting practises to run rings round it. The winners are the corporates and the accountancy consultants!

we need simpler tax, simpler corporate law.

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Google's Larry Page: MY SECRET TO VAST WEALTH, SUCCESS

Paul
Holmes

People said that about mobile phones. Remember the Nokia N95?

Big screen for its time, great camera, multiband 2g &3g, huge storage.

Then along came touchscreen phones and Nokia were left behind.

I would say the innovation is in services now more than hardware.

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What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

Paul
Facepalm

managers hear what they want to hear

Some years ago I was working with two others on a monitoring system for an ISP. It was a fairly major endeavour intended to

One of my colleages developed the subsystems which collected netflow data, crunched it down and put into a database for analysis and graphing for well over a year, and he went off sick and it looked like he wasn't coming back.

Our manager asked me how long it would take to pick up his work and I said I didn't know, I had specific APIs and data dictionaries but no knowledge of his code at all, so we agreed that I would look into his code and report back in a week's time how long it would take. The next week's meeting didn't take place, so a fortnight later we sat down to review it.

The Manager asked how well I'd picked up my colleague's work, and I said I hadn't, that I'd only agreed to work out how long it would take to get up to speed with his work. Manager tried to rewrite history but I stood firm! I was finally asked how long before I could start on the bug fixes and new features, and when I said about two months, he was aghast! I had to remind him that this was a complex system written by people who'd never worked on this kind of thing having spent months prototyping and experimenting.

Fortunately by the time I was expected to do something useful with my colleague's code he came back to work. I knew his code was a terrible mess so was very relieved.

Nearly six months later there was a big purge and we were "let go" despite being the only people who really understood how it all hung together. I heard that the people redeployed onto our project quickly turned it into a bug-ridden unstable mess in trying to add all the version 2 features and never got it to work properly.

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Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 Android media player

Paul

Re: I think it comes with DAB+ too

the YP-G70 has FM radio. perhaps there was a prototype one with DAB? In Japan and Korea they use different digital broadcast standards anyway.

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Paul
Boffin

Re: were 99 at comet.

BTW, to upgade to Gingerbread, it's very easy:

http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/android-tablet-hacking/25778-upgrade-your-samsung-galaxy-wifi-5-0-gingerbread.html

although I backed up the memory, all I had to do was wipe the cache and didn't have to restore movies, photos or music.

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Paul

Re: Hang on...

yes, it has compass and GPS. use gmaps with pre-cached map squares and it's a winner.

the hires screen makes my tomtom XL seem crap.

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Paul
Boffin

were 99 at comet.

These are excellent android devices.

I bought a pair of these for 99 quid each for my kids when Comet had a special offer. I wish I'd bought three so one extra for me!

With FM radio, GPS, compass, stereo speakers, twin cameras, microphone, big display etc they make a fine toy, and cheaper for games than Nintendo DS's.

I've upgraded them to gingerbread and they run v well.

Anyone who tells me I should have bought SGS2 or Note is invited to give me the 400 quid each for the difference.

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Freeview TV shoved aside for iPad-compatible 4G

Paul
Boffin

Re: @AC 11:58

Quite a few European countries use dvb-t1 and hd as does Australia.

There are many people who bought Freeview dvb-t1 TVs which could decode such HD and didn't know they'd be stuck with SD

OTOH we are stuck with DAB when Offing could have mandate DAB+ compatible receivers years ago to prepare consumers for a better quality radio system.

The management of spectrum resources and use in the UK has been appalling and too often seen as a way of milking revenues instead of a public asset to be stewarded for the benefit of the people.

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Paul

Re: Today's sets ?

I decided long ago that terrestrial broadcasting was a bad idea and satellite made sense, except for places overshadowed by mountains or high-rise buildings.

I took an old 1m sat dish, fitted an eight output LNB and now all my viewing is off freesat.

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The Register Comments Guidelines

Paul
Flame

only good links to the best free pr0n

so long as it's free-range organic pr0n without advertising pop-ups and pop-unders and uninfected flash movie players, there's no problem :-)

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Jonathan Ive is knighted in New Year Honours list

Paul
Coat

held it wrong!

He wasn't able to read the writing on his gong because he was holding it wrong, luckily Her Maj had a rubber ring to put round it so he could hold it better.

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Paul
Boffin

designer not engineer..

..because an engineer wouldn't have fscked up the antenna

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