* Posts by elaar

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TalkTalk outage: Dial M for Major cockup

elaar

Bad TalkTalk

I've never had a dialtone with TalkTalk. From the day I joined and (presumably) BT messed up connecting the PSTN side of things (internet was fine though), I've never had the use of my phone.

I tried many times to get TalkTalk to resolve this, but after months of being redirected to different departments, and automated text messages not working correctly, I gave up.

It was more grief to get it sorted than living with the problem, and that's how I'd sum up TalkTalk in general.

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UK Home Sec stumbles while trying to justify blanket cyber-snooping

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But if it's well publicised that GCHQ has everyones browser histories/communications (which it is/will be), then that first line process will be useless anyway, because what terrorist would leave such glaringly obvious clues to his/her plans?

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Cisco Jabbers in the clear due to STARTTLS bug

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The quality of their code seems to be pretty good compared to most, and reported bugs are fixed very quick. As much as we all dislike Cisco for their dominance and over-priced equipment, there is a very good reason why their products are so popular regardless of price.

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You base your network purchasing on whether the bug release guys have perfect spelling/grammar?

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BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

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This will only hurt consumers further. If others companies aren't able to include Sky Sports in their channel listings then surely they'll be more active next time sporting rights are bid on?

I left BT broadband recently, £47 just for phone line/infinity because of all of the footie crap they keep buying.

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

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Royal Mail knows that the next addition to the snooper's charter will ask all citizens to remove their front doors, so the government can ensure there's no paedophiles or terrorists lurking within.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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Re: Just do the flipping update

It may be classed as an "update" by MS, but it's really an entirely new OS.

Linux folk may run updates, but don't always update to the latest release, and remain on LTS versions.

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Work from home when the next big Windows 10 installation arrives

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Re: Please...

" and mostly because I didn't hear anyone bleating about it when Google and Apple started".

Please don't make me paste you links to hundreds of articles where people bleated about it.

It's very different when it comes to your normal PC desktop though, people thought they were safe there.

If I tell MS that I don't want it to search Bing when searching local files/folders on Windows 10 (by checking the appropriate option), and lo and behold when I type something into the search box it still starts a TLS session to bing.com, then this is something myself and others should be concerned about.

Your argument of "Others do it, it's expected, stop being ignorant" is infact pretty ignorant.

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Hats off to Nintendo’s platform supremo Super Mario Bros at 30

elaar

Amazing game (assuming you were of the right age and owned a NES).

Back when game design was both extremely difficult and creative, with only 64KB for direct rom/ram, bank switching, and every bit counted.

Nintendo got it right where so many other companies failed.

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Re: After all, despite the hype, it's really only Windows 8.2

Agreed, I ended up blocking a few IPs (mainly the www.bing.com one) on the router after a scary-looking packet capture experiment.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Re: Im sure that

"Suddenly after the iPhone was released they looked very similar. "

True, but do you not think this is more down to technology advances rather than every manufacturer wanting to make an iphone clone?

The iphone was created at a time when touch screens had evolved enough to do the job well, without requiring a stylus, and eliminating the need for a physical keypad. This meant that the rounded-corner, rectangular screen was the obvious evolutional shape.

I'd like to know how Apple supporters imagine the shape/layout of other branded phones would be if they hadn't "copied" the iphone.

I used to have a P900, which came out many years before the iphone. Take off the keyboard, and it looks like an iphone apart from it being fatter and having a smaller screen (all things it had to be due to technology limitations at the time).

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Blighty tablet sales plunge 31 per cent in saturated market

elaar

I bought a 2nd hand Nexus 7 from ebay for £60, it does everything I need a tablet to do (which isn't a great deal considering it sits in the cupboard for most of the year). Useful to take on holiday.

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Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

elaar

There can be multiple gateways for different systems, not ideal but it would work. As long as they all use the same controller (whether that be a webpage or mobile phone apps). It would be nice if someone created an open source controller, and all manufacturers created APIs so that the controller could have snap-ins (for want of a better word).

I can't see the problem with manufacturers doing that, they make their money on the hardware (especially the hub/gateway).

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The Philips Hue bulbs reset with power-loss for the reason that if the bridge dies, or you have lost your mobile, then they will still function as a normal light, using the normal light switch.

So there is method to the madness, but I agree, there should be a way to make them sync back up to the bridge (and all data stored on the bridge, as you don't want the added cost of flash/eeprom etc. on each bulb).

You picked a fairly bad example, as Philips are pretty good, providing APIs and good developer docs.

Ideally, there needs to be cross compatibility and standards (such as what they did with DLNA), otherwise you're going to get many different eco-systems, all with incompatible peripherals, meaning you will forever be locked into an individual companies IoT project.

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Pisspoor EE customer service earns it a cool £1 MILLION Ofcom fine

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I bet they have artwork hanging in the loo at the headoffice that is worth more than the fine.

Seriously, £1 million, that must be 1 board of directors' quartely bonus.

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Apple wants to patent iBeacon stalking

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Can't they just agree to meet at a certain time (drooling) in the apple store?

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GoFundMe shows users how it's done, cashes in with $600m valuation

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What's stopping someone making a similar website that is not-for-profit?

$600million for a 5 year old site that would be simple to clone.

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Phone hacking blitz hammers UK.biz's poor VoIP handsets

elaar

Brute forcing passwords should be almost impossible if people used proper passwords for such important systems. You would think people would have learnt this by now.

When we provide a company with Voip, all International/premium dialing is disabled. We require a signed disclaimer if they want to allow this on certain extensions, and we also only allow a couple of Group Admins (once they have been adequately trained). A number of times customers have been hacked, and on each occassion they try to blame us.

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LG G4: Be careful while fingering this leather-clad smartie pants

elaar

I was given the LG for a company phone, and like you I don't get too excited about phones these days.

I have to agree, the phone is very fast, has a superb camera, and the charging/battery life is the best I've ever had with a smartphone, it lasts 2 days with me (with a LOT of phone call usage).

The phone is too big for my liking though (my fault of course), and the rear buttons do take a while to get used to.

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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Re: $325? Blimey!

£270 here. It has all the functionality of devices less than half its price, seriously who buys Beats stuff?

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

elaar

At least the US pretend not to spy on its own people.

Vile woman.

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Windows 10 hands on: Build 10074 is for the brave - but it's pretty snazzy

elaar

At what point did I belittle others?

I understand they have function, and from what you have said many people find them useful, and that's great. I also didn't state I wanted them to be static, but infact have that sort of colour scheme/style.

So why do they have to look so ugly? To have that functionality, why do they have to be blocks of solid bright, high contrast colour?

I don't see why you had to get so touchy about it.

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Is it just me that hates the big coloured boxes for each "app" (Tiles or whatever they call them now)?

What's wrong with light coloured backgrounds and icons?

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

elaar

"The RRP of the car as tested is £97,600."

Don't forget the extra cost of the obligatory vanity plate, which is required to be worn after 6months.

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

elaar

Data skewed?

Isn't the "average connection speed to the ISP" partly chosen by the customer though?

For example, a lot of people might go for the BT Infinity package instead of the Infinity 2 due to costs and bandwidth requirements, or 20Mb Virgin because who really needs the 100Mb?

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Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets

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"news sites".... "buzzfeed" wtf? "22 ways to eat a pineapple", "58 ways to steal photos/gifs from other websites" gah.

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Sit back and let someone else manage your telephony

elaar

If the call quality is crappy, get them to change the codec.

If you can't handle the service ticket times, then most providers offer an "admin day course".

You can't tarnish all voip solutions just because your set-up is crappy.

It all works out a hell of a lot cheaper than your PABX and countless ISDNs.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

elaar

If they're all so beautfiul and perfect, then why do they need to resort to using a dating website?

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

elaar

Re: "block the TVs access to the Internet on the router"

I agree, it's not a great solution, but the main point is that we shouldn't have to do it in the first place.

With your examples of South America, I suppose you could still manually enter incorrect DNS details in the TV settings?

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elaar

I think you're missing the point. The average Joe may think he wants a TV with voice recognition, so buys one, but maybe completely unaware of the impact on his privacy in doing so.

Buying a TV with a camera for Skype is one thing, the manufacturer then perhaps deciding to use that camera covertly for some form of data mining for its own benefit is worthy of attention.

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After LG were caught with their pants down siphoning user data from their TVs, I decided to block the TVs access to the Internet on the router.

You can still stream your own media, watch iPlayer, Netflix etc.. through Plex. Who really wants/needs to watch YouTube, Facebook etc through a TV app? People seem to be way too willing to give up personal information in order to use stupid gimmicks like voice recognition.

I'll probably find out at some point that Plex harvests all of your viewing data as well, you just can't win!

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

elaar

Re: £699

I stopped reading when you stated it took you 5 minutes to log in to a website, what were you doing??

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

elaar

Re: Twaddle....

The problem is, he probably asked people for recommendations (knowing very little about the technology himself) and the Apple brigade (like Cook) told him how much better his life would be with an iphone, hence his purchase :)

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elaar

If you have an OS that has (or tries to have) the ability to work on a variety of different phones from a variety of different manufacturers then inherently there will be more issues.

I am more than willing to accept this as it gives me more choice, rather than being restricted to a few phones.

For Cook to claim IOS users have a better life because of this, just shows what a tit he is.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

elaar

Re: Middle Laners Anyone?

You sound like a delightful chap!

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Apple wheels out sueball cannon, again

elaar

They both look like every other phone on the market. Do you expect a manufacturer to put the screen inside the battery compartment and the buttons on the back?

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Re: I'm sorry

"Count me among the technologically literate who prefer "just works" to something I can tweak to death. I have a Linux desktop PC if I feel the urge to tweak"

I don't think you can regard yourself as technologically literate if you still have the naive belief that your Apple phone "just works", whilst others don't. I recommend you actually try other phone OS's, they're quite mature now dontcha know. I can make phone calls, email, and even run apps without banging my Android against the wall or rubbing it in the right way.

Sure some people have issues/bugs, but search the interweb and you'll find the same for IOS users, the reason being that the OS's are coded by us human, and humans are fallible.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

elaar

Surely with the weight/size of this thing, an accidental drop means it's 100% guaranteed to die a horrible death (and dent the floor) :)

I like how tablet technology is constantly improving, but the prices for top end models is far too high for what purpose it actually serves.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

elaar

Depending on your job, you rarely use BNC.

Surely phono and 3.5mm jack should be on there!

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

elaar

A more interesting test would be to compare the average mobile phone user IQ to that of one that uses Ladbroke on their device.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

elaar

A novell case design, woop, the price mark up is well justified now!

I've spent many a day looking under my desk and wondering how much better things would be if my hardware was encased in something a bit prettier! Maybe one day ....

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Expensive blingo-rama iPhone 5S OUTSELLS cheapo-plastic 5C

elaar

Why does everyone insist on thinking you have to be wealthy to have an iphone? Or you have to aspire to own one? Walk down the High St and you see just as many working class with them (if not more) than you do other types. If poorer people couldn't afford the £50 per month as opposed to say £30 per month, then you wouldn't see so many sky dishes up on council estates.

Almost anyone can buy anything on credit these days, so it boils down to who wants to waste quite a lot on a communications device VS who isn't too fussed about that type of thing, nothing to do with personal wealth.

I agree with other comments though, if you want to have something to impress your friends, why then get "slighty" cheaper device? Maybe Apple overspent on all the 5C marketing as you can't go to a single underground station in London without seeing the adverts plastered over every single wall. I have yet to see a real one in person yet, and I'm already bored of the sight of them.

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

elaar

Was watching "Elementary" and had to painfully watch Sherlock take time to remove the slab, sort out the back support and then add the keyboard, and then add insult to injury make a search with "bing" massively highlighted on the screen.

It was hard to watch, us Brits aren't used to poor product placement. It made me want to hate it!

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

elaar

VBasic is alot easier to use than C++, obviously that makes VBasic the best programming language ever!!

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3: HOT CURVES – the 'gold grill' of smartphone bling

elaar

"So Apple painted its flagship gold, a trick Samsung has already copied"

Surely not, copying a colour?? I knew I should have patented "black" just a few years ago when it was completely undiscovered!

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UK discovers Huawei UK staff auditing Huawei kit: Govt orders probe

elaar

Whilst the story of Huawei monitoring Huawei is rather comical, there is no security threat. The vast majority of these devices are used on private networks and any obvious data leakage would be easily detectable and if found (just once) would destroy a manufacturer's reputation for good.

How many times has Cisco equipment been packet filtered over the years for various on-site issues? Imagine if just one packet looked odd, it would instantly bankrupt a company if made public.

How would a Huawei router somehow have a hardcoded IP address coded into it, and somehow filter "relevant" data and then send it to that public IP without anyone noticing?

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

elaar

Re: Have and have nots

Re: AC,

Unfortunately, because you live in town and a considerable distance from any reservoirs, from now on you will only receive 0.5gallons of water per day, whilst us country folk have unlimited plans for the same amount. Sorry!

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BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

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Re: About Time!

Dave, I'm with you. I have at times decided not to visit the cinema because there were only 3d versions of the film I wanted to see. We used to have truly good films at the cinema. It has now evolved into mostly cgi cr4p. What's worse than that... cgi cr4p brought to you in the wonder of 3d.

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

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Re: @elaar

"Great, and the poor s*ds who buy their stuff end up financing the clowns in government, and the corporatioms have a field day!"

As opposed to the poor s*ds financing share holders?

Why do the corporations have a field day? It would create a level playing field between national and international companies selling within a country, all fight fairly with the same costs and those that prosper will have to cut margins, produce more efficiently etc.

Currently, some corporations do have a field day because they pay so little corporation tax compared to others.

I didn't say it was perfect, and obviously it has to be modified suitably.

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