* Posts by MrWibble

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Cash-strapped English and Welsh cops prepare to centralise all 43 forces' websites

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Re: In theory a nice idea...

Looking at the (lack of) quotation marks on that sentence, I suspect it's El Reg being a little mischievous...

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Ubuntu plugs code exec, DoS Linux kernel holes

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"This is kind of a big deal because the mess is in 14.04 LTS, expiry date 2019"

not really - the "S" stands for "support" - people use this version because they know they're going to get security updates for a long time.

But a headline of "Long Term Support Ubuntu continues to update security holes" isn't particularly interesting.

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Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing

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Re: Lefties

I'm not sure how your handedness works/doesn't work with Unity's left panel (I'm a lefty, and never cared / thought about it!)

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"The Software Center was once a best-of-breed app..."

And yet it still sucked donkey balls - slow, prone to crashing, lack of information about exactly what was being installed (dependencies), etc.

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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"propriety"

You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Your unpatchable, insecure Android mobe will feel right at home in the Internet of Stuff era

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Re: CyanogenMod

http://www.cyanogenmod.org/blog/cm-13-0-release-1

mako is on the list, so CM13 is available, and "stable" (ha!)

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Hardcoded god-mode code found in RSA 2016 badge-scanning app

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Devil

Maybe it was a test to ensure the "right" people were at the conference?

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JavaScript daddy's Brave ad-blocker hits Android, Apple stores

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You forgot to mention that it's not a "new" browser, but an upgrade / rename of an existing one:

http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/02/24/link-bubble-is-now-officially-brave-browser-ad-blocking-and-tracking-protection-are-live/

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Google goes over the top with RCS

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Re: Where is the users carrot?

I think the article is badly worded... It seems that it's meant to be SMSv2 (hence working with carriers to implement) - so it doesn't matter whose handset you use, it'll work. If all carriers can support it, it'll be "richer" SMS (think MMS, but without the current complexity of configurations)

That's assuming all carriers support it. Otherwise, we're back to asking what services / apps people have before trying to send stuff, then giving up...

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Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux

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Re: "The concept is broadly similar to Microsoft's Continuum for Windows 10 Mobile..."

Keep up! Netbooks were declared officially dead years ago, because tablets were the saviour of the universe. Apparently.

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FCC clicks off the safety, fires at America's great cable TV box rip-off

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Re: $150 a month?

Without wishing to derail too much £59 + £18 = £77, not £97

But you can easily add more into that by adding sky sports / movies (I've got it up to £115, without adding some of the more obscure stuff)

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Virgin gives blessing to O2/Three merger

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"With the right remedies, this deal could stimulate, not curb, competition"

Don't believe you.

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'Here are 400,000 smut sites. Block them' says Pakistani telco regulator

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Comparisons

How big is the UK block-list?

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BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

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""Meaning someone will rock in here and say something like they want us to 'make the website better'," said the PFY."

AS someone with a list of 20+ improvement suggestions from Operations, most along the lines of "make it better", this rings true a rather large bell for me at the moment...

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

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"Expect less SHOUTINESS"

Woohoo, about time - it always seemed a bit gutter press seeing all those random words capitalised.

Edit: and if "We'll revisit the site's design on all devices" includes scrapping the "hero" image, I'll be your happiest reader. For at least a week.

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UK ISP Sky to make smut an opt-in service from 2016

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Hope the filter lists are better than Virgin Mobile

I don't care about porn, but being blocked from viewing the lottery results, or the El Reg forums, meant I had to have it turned off (this was a few years ago, mind - it may be better now)

When I phoned up to get it switched off, I was asked "what are the URLs of the sites you're trying to view"!

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Pandora pleased with 15% rate hike for streaming music

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I suspect the 17 cents is going to the record company, with maybe 2 or 3 cents going to the artist.

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Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant

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MSE

A good bit of the upgrade was that Youtube automatically uses HTML5 now, rather than flash (on Ubuntu). It's been a long time having to manually switch to the HTML5 player whenever cookies get deleted.

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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On the other hand

At least they didn't have any passwords on display in the news item

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Microsoft pitches lobotomized Cortana for iOS, Android handsets

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I'll answer my own post - it seems that CyanogenOS gets a much more integrated version.

Ars report

So, now that makes sense - If only it was in the story here.

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"Android (as well as Cyanogen OS)"

Since CyanogenOS *is* Android, that's a strange statement to make. Why not "(as well as CyanogenOS, Touchwiz, Sense, and all other OEM buggerations of Android)"??

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Motorola’s X Force awakens a seemingly ‘shatterproof’ future

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Re: 6.0 "soon"... riiight.

Strangely enough, Moto yesterday announced that the 4g Moto E 2015 is getting Marshmallow!

Moto Blog (Updated)

(Ignore the posted date, it was updated yesterday)

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Mozilla bins 'Tiles' ads plan in Firefox

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Kudos to them for "performing a U turn" as it's know in politics.

I prefer to read it as "we tried something, it didn't work, so we'll stop doing it".

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Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC

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10 years ago, no one expected Apple to launch a phone, Android was nowhere to be seen, and Nokia ruled the roost.

So in another 10 years? fuck knows.

Just some company trying to get some publicity.

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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Interesting situation, since Thunderbird sems to be very stable, and other than bug fixes, hasn't had any updates for a good 5 years. That "tax" can't be that much, surely?

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Rooting and modding a Windows Phone is now child's play

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"and the ability to firewall Google's data slurping"

Guess you meant Microsoft? (although to be fair, I'd like to block all slurping, not just the that from the Operating System)

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Video still causing mobile data traffic to shoot through the roof

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How much of that is due to auto-playing video on social media, that people didn't actually want to watch?

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Storm in a teacup: Wileyfox does Android cheapie, British style

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For the paranoid amongst you, I'd suggest staying away from any CyanogenOS phone (note, this is different from CyanogenMod - COS is the commercial software found here, and CM is still fully open Source).

CyanogenOS contains a fair bit of what some may consider bloat, including "Truecaller" dialler - which uploads all your contacts to their server to provide you with a caller ID service. So if your friend as Truecaller, then your name & phone number (& possibly other details) are on their server. Nice, eh?

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Brussels paws Android map apps to see if they displace Euro rivals – report

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Streetmap was probably the first full online mapping system (in the UK at least). However, they thought that was good enough, and were soon overtaken by pretty much everyone else - Google, Bing, Here, etc. kept updating and innovating. Streetmap hasn't simple.

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Facebook brings creepy ’Minority Report’-style ads one step closer

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A month or so ago Marshmallow was released which enables you to block facebook's location / contacts access.

Oh you mean when will non-Nexus users get it? Maybe in a couple of years, when they upgrade their phone.

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DDoS, botnet, and fiber cut fail to stop Twitchers crowd-installing Linux

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"But not everyone online is such a cockwomble"

Unfortunately, the vast majority are.

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I've lost the remote! Fury as Samsung yoinks TV control from its iOS app

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"Why remove very useful functionality"

To improve the customer experience, obviously...

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RIPE rebrand whiffs slightly of joss-sticks

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"You Won't Believe What Happens Next After Not Reading The Article!"

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Linus looses Linux 4.3 on a waiting world

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I've been reading too many internet comments - I read the headline as "loses", and got confused.

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

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Ars says "no"

"Moreover, TalkTalk has confirmed to Ars that some of its customer data was stored in plaintext, i.e. not encrypted. The spokesperson admitted this was "not ideal,"

http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/10/talktalk-hit-by-significant-cyberattack-millions-of-customer-records-compromised/

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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"No, I'm the one who makes the decisions"

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Google publishes crypto mandate for Android 6.0

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Re: What power does this have?

Every devices has to pass google's test before it gets access to the play store, gmail, etc. So if the OEMs don't encrypt, they won't pass, and therefore won't get the google apps.

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Ad networks promise to do something about the awful adverts you're all blocking, like, real soon

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"Interactive Advertising Bureau"

That's the whole problem - being "interactive". Make them static images / text, non-tracked (unless clicked on), and I'll unblock it, no problem. Until then, I'll only unblock for sites I feel are worth my annoyance at the ads.

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El Reg keeps pushing Apple's buttons – its new Magic Keyboard

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It's Apple, so "it just works" as we've all been told.

Or maybe not...

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Noughty by nature: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Rock Band 4

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Re: OK how many did this?

Not me - I skipped the first two pages instead.

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Meego, webOS, Sailfish OS, and now Firefox OS: Ex-Nokia man Jaaksi joins Mozilla

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Joke

Now that's a CV to be proud of!

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Remote code exec hijack hole found in Huawei 4G USB modems

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The story was about Vulnerabilities, not backdoors

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Microsoft's big Tuesday reveal: New mobiles and slabs? Win 10 shock?

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Xl is 5.7" and there's a possibility of a larger phablet one? Jeez...

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Chocolate Factory plops Marshmallow on Android slabs

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Re: Optional security - bah!

New apps will ask when used. Older apps can still be denied permission (system>apps), but it comes with a warning that it may crash the app.

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Ubuntu 15.10: More kitten than beast – but beware the claws

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Re: How do you know there's scrollable content?

When the web page you open is just an image and headline, then you know you have to scroll (glares at ElReg "hero" images....)

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Apple files patent for long-rumoured iRing-type bling

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Re: What not How?

Screw that, the more important question is "why?"

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Share-crazy millennials spaff passwords ALL OVER the workplace

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Re: Passwords on Post it notes pasted to monitor

Just add a 1, 2 or 3 to the password written on the post it.

That's what all our lot do when it's time to change the password, anyway.

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Dieselgate

That's enough. Just stop it. Sticking "gate" on the end of a word, doesn't make it a more impressive scandal.

How about "diesel-lies" or "MPGfudge" or something, anything else...

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BBC joins war against Flash, launches beta HTML5 iPlayer

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Re: FUD as far as the eye can see...

Still doesn't work, after manually changing it, though.

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Pixel C: Google has a crack at the fondleslab-with-keyboard game

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Re: Android Updates?

As it's direct from google, it'll be 2 years guaranteed updates, with 18 months of security updates after it stops being sold.

Of course they could change their minds, but it's a much better bet than anything from an android 3rd party.

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