* Posts by Ambivalous Crowboard

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Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

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Coat

a bunch of rapacious fundamentalists hell-bent on world domination

"No-one wants to be associated with a bunch of rapacious fundamentalists hell-bent on world domination, after all."

And yet you continue to sell stuff with your logo on via the Cash & Carrion site...

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It’s alive! BlackBerry 10 users lobbed fresh 'Hotfix' update

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Received mine this morning

My update presented itself this morning.

Does anybody else have the thing where you're typing on the physical keyboard and not only is it slow, but if you type the sentence

>This is a sentence.

You end up with

>This This This sentence.

? I'd have hoped that this update would have addressed that; alas, it persisted even after a (four-hour!) security wipe and rebuild.

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Australia considers mass herpes release for population control

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Written

from the sole. Well done.

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Dev to Mozilla: Please dump ancient Windows install processes

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Re: Apple application packages/they got it right.

[citation needed]

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Oh, go on

Start on "app" while you're at it

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

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Re: "Fans of the older interface"

> be 2016

> be trolling

Okay, I'll bite. Here is just one example of how the new interface blows.

When I search for text in my vault now I can see 16 items on my 1920x1080 monitor. And loads of HUGE pictures which I don't have any apparent control over.

In the old vault I simply got a nice and elegant list of the text results, immediately, without the people standing behind me being able to see which sites I frequented at a glance.

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Re: Why does it need 'improving'?

> Just what I don't need...

Agreed. All of this. I hate to be a naysayer but there's nothing wrong with it; I type in the site I'm looking for and press enter or click it. I don't need extra bandwidth-hitting of logo fetching (and where do the logos come from? Embedded? No, fetched live, which means some webserver somewhere knows I have a login in my lastpass for that site), and...

blah, blah. I'm out of energy. I'm going to look for alternatives. Fuck you, Loggyminge.

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Google probes AVG Chrome widget after 9m users exposed by bugs

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Re: "no browser extensions should be allowed to install automatically"

Absolutely. Have we not been here before? Many, mamy times, and many moons ago, with things with shitty IE plugins that trash your online life?

Speaking as an IT admin that loves it when silent installs are possible, they are also simply disasterous for home users with vendors and the likes pushing what they think is best into other people's systems. If your users can't be persuaded to click a "Yes" box by your shitware, then perhaps fix your shitware.

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BlackBerry axes BBM Meetings a year after launching it

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Should have been free for BlackBerry users

I'd have been all over it like a rash if it was, otherwise it's like "meh, let someone else pay for it"

Haven't they heard that free is the new black?

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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

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Disclosure?

What disclosure? To be honest, I'd rather the person that reviewed the new blackberry had possessed the old blackberry. Makes perfect sense. I bet most people in the comments are of the "have the old, want the new" variety (or they are trolls come to sentence blackberry to death again).

Time to get down off your high-horse, I think.

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Shuttle bus firm Terravision belatedly adopts https for credit card sales

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Re: Ironic that you think ticking the Anonymous box will hide you from the el Reg ironic police.

It isn't about that. It's about submitting any credential pair to anything should be done via SSL now, lest you find out someone's written an article on an IT news website about your lax security.

Unless you *are* the news website, that is.

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Re: ...it's worse when they bear no relation to the problem mentioned in the article.

Agreed. I wondered what the story had to do with instragram.

Ed: You know we can't publish it without an image, John.

John: But how do you represent something that isn't there?

Ed: Well, it's about SSL in general, isn't it? Didn't we do a piece on instragram having a leak, or something, a few years ago? Just use whatever was on there.

John: Uh, are you sure?

Ed: Yeah. The coding on the site won't allow us to run a story without a pic any more, just use one of your pet dog or something. Nobody even looks at them, let alone expects them to correlate to the actual article.

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

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Yo dawg

Is that a plane inside a plane I see?

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Are Samsung TVs doing a Volkswagen in energy tests? Koreans hit back

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Re: Imagine if Samsung made cars

Ugh, that'd be awful! They'd only let you listen to the radio stations which they installed in your car (and there'd be THOUSANDS of them but they're ALL crap), and then one day you'd come out to your car to find that it'd had an update overnight, and now car doesn't work on certain roads...

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iOS 9 update set to bork 'hundreds of thousands of EU businesses'

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Re: That's just ASKING for trouble.

If you don't know what you're talking about, don't post. It isn't "asking for trouble" -- as a customer you can do chargebacks, indemnity claims, and so on. These devices are very safe and very popular. Get back under your rock, or read up before you open your mouth.

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Paris Hilton

ITT: people who don't know what they're talking about

I didn't read much of the comments but I read enough to see that it's largely

1. iZettle's fault for not testing their stuff in time

2. morons tagging their card onto "a device attached to any-passing-joe's mobile phone"

3. 48 hours is a TERRIBLE amount of time to wait to receive your cash

Firstly, who's to say this little payment company iZettle didn't reach out to Apple at beta stage and try and get this all cleared up before iOS 9 was pushed out anyway?

2 - those who say you are a 'moron' for being a customer of a merchant using iZettle have clearly never looked at card machines. I was quoted £300 a year plus three year contracts and equipment purchase fees just to start taking cards for my run-from-home business. Or, I can just pay ZERO to iZettle upfront (card reader is optional and sometimes free), ZERO contract and just a relatively small percentage per transaction. Add to that the app's comms are encrypted, the PIN pad is a challenge-based device, plus full receipt and auditing of card & cash balances... you're a moron NOT to use it if you're a micro business.

And C - merchants typically ask customers to wait 7+ days before then doing a BACS (3 day) transfer to the account. This is also how iZettle started. And it's how VISA makes them do it. They've been able to shorten the time, but the bottleneck here rests firmly with VISA (et al) and not the card processors.

I'd like to acknowledge here the small minority of people in this thread who were using reasoned arguments and pointing out the facts in response to the seasoned idiots though; good work, keep going... but isn't it like swimming upstream sometimes?

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Man in India claims his new iPhone 6 combusted in his car

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Headmaster

grey*

This *is* a English-British site, isn't it?

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Facebook tosses creepy Place Tips beacons at stateside retailers

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Glad I've got a Blackberry

We haven't even got replies-to-comments yet on the facebook app for Blackberry, so you can bet it's going to be many years before my location is stalked like a tagged sheep around a shopping centre.

Beacon sounds like it's all about the people who pay facebook money, and not the actual users. Sorry, I mean the products.

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UK.gov opens kimono to SMEs in Tech Services framework cash spaff

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Capita?

So I couldn't find Capita in the article. Is everything okay with them?

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It's all got complicated: The costs of data recovery

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RE: Very few places

"Very, very few places, especially small and medium enterprises, actually need these ponsy overpriced 'cloud' backup services."

Actually, all of my customers tell me the the opposite. Especially the ones who have lost data because they didn't have a proper efficient backup strategy working.

The vast majority of my customers are below 20 employees in density and the company owner doesn't give two hoots how his backup is handled, all he wants is for someone to shout at if there's a problem, and for his business to work for as long as he/she wants it to. Having recently handled a data recovery job for a new customer who was happy that everything was being backed up on his NAS, with mirrored drives, as soon as the main chassis died we then had to swing in to action and save the day. The local IT tech got canned and we won the contract for online backup. Daily reports, managed service (we fix it when they change something which stops the backup from running) and they are a million times more happy.

We only started providing cloud backup a couple of years ago because we realised it was the cheapest way of helping our customers be good at backup. Besides, it's all good and well grumbling from under your bridge about how easy it is to backup and small business don't need it, they just need to... ah, there's the prerequisite. And if the companies don't meet your defined prerequisite of actually being good with organising backup, then they DO need someone else to do it for them.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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I loved this article

I'm not here to complain about Clarkson or racism but just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this article, and the reaction that it is sure to provoke.

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Prez Obama snubs UK PM's tough anti-encryption crusade at White House meet

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Fifteen mentions

of the word "cyber" - a word which was originally only really used as a prefix of the word "sex"...

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QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic

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Re: I bet

you're*

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UK banks prepare for Apple Pay 'invasion', look to slap on bonking protection

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Re: And I'd be curious to know why you wouldn't trust Apple with data security.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/10/spotlight_caught_spreading_your_delicates/

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

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@Orlowski Re: Which is incredible, the old BlackBerry did.

BB10 missed a lot of things off OS 7 that I couldn't understand why they dropped. Profiles, vibrate-this-many-times and for-this-long for different app/message notifications, auto on/off timer, the low-power battery saver mode, all stuff which I found incredibly useful on OS 7 and missed like a limb on the Z10.

However, I've had a Z10 since its release and it's come on leaps and bounds since version 1 of the software. So hopefully, maybe they will continue to implement what is missing, and what is needed, and hopefully in some sort of sensible order...

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Re: Also

Then sold, thanks.

Regarding the hold-date thing; yes, but this selects all prior emails. Chances are I don't want to delete all prior, just today's crud (or yesterday's, or last week's if I've been being lazy).

Regarding the "just change a setting" to delete off server/handset; yes, I know, but the hold-date thing only deletes from handset regardless of setting.

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Also

Can I delete the million emails and text messages that I receive on an hourly basis without going tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap?

Android and iPhone don't seem to have this sorted out. At least on Z10 you can do "Delete everything prior to this date" - but it deletes from handset, not server, meaning you still have to go home and delete from your computer. What's the point in that?

On the Bold 9700 (oh how I miss thee) it was simply hold shift, drag down on the track pad, and press the backspace key. Voila. And no double-delete required, too, they just disappeared straight off the server also.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Probably expected an INT, got a BOL instead

Apparently they're going to be implementing Chip & PIN soon.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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Re: Factory Reset (Blackberry)

Yes, BlackBerry do a secure wipe which takes 15 minutes (and more if you leave the SD card in).

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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"but which one thing drove Reg man mad"

What is this, viralnova?

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Botched SAP billing system helps Npower reach No 1 on gripes list

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Working hard to resolve it? My £5k bill says otherwise

npower are a complete, complete joke. The only way I can stem the flow of ineptitude from this shower of bollock-jugglers has been to change energy supplier and raise a complaint the formal way.

Utter, utter imbeciles.

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Silly sysadmins ADDING Heartbleed to servers

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holy fuck, three hours?

One line of CLI and a reboot is all it took for me. Who makes these estimates?

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Nobody's recommended HelpSpot!

www.helpspot.com - rolled this in for a 40-staffer 4000-customer service desk solution three years ago, it's still happily ticking along. Vendor support is ace and features aplenty. Self-hosted is fine.

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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Re: A lot of common sense there

Well then it shouldn't be a concern should it? As a Three customer I tether my laptop and Android tablet to my phone all the time and not a single extra charge came in.

So I did this abroad, too; in one of Three's Feel At Home countries. In Australia I tethered my tablet to my phone for a few minutes, did a couple of downloads, then afterwards checked my charges. Nothing. So I then spent the rest of the time streaming music and all sorts while in Australia and got zero extra charges. In fact I left my hotspot on most of the time so my partner could tether her phone on and avoid her data charges too.

So what actually is your concern?

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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It's the radio

I have a blackberry Z10 with the SIM card out of it that lasts a week switched on with occasional use and no 3G transmission. Put a SIM card in it and the life drops to a day.

Sure, the display eats a lot of juice; but I'd imagine the radio takes more

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EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

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+1 for $device shooting video

How about at the end of every "$device is insecure" article, we have a video of said piece of equipment being neutralised by a shotgun?

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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

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understood

not understands, understood

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Metasploit creator seeks crowd's help for vuln scanning

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Why should they?

Google are a business, a profit-making entity. They can do (and will do) what they want. You want our own Google data? Set up your own Google.

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LinkedIn fires back against 'hack-and-spam' US class-action sue bomb

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[citation needed]

please

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Headmaster

Re: morons

*like-minded

Hyphenation is the difference between a light blue wall (weight) and a light-blue wall (colour).

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No luck at all for BlackBerry as Messenger apps launch stalls

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Re: Blackberry, just stop

*your

Nobody trusts an opinion from someone who can't spell

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Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

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Too little, too late

Even when the BB10 shipped it was unfinished and has tons of stuff that make me (Z10 user, 9700 user, 9000 user) wish I'd have stuck to either a Series 7 handset or adapted to something else.

Top on my list is the ability to select and delete large swathes of emails in one go. Can you do this on a Windows phone? Select, tap, tap, drag, tap, tap, drag, tap, tap, drag... ugh. Same on all other touchscreen handsets. With my 9700 I could select the first, select the last (hold shift, drag the touchpad down) and then delete all. Or "Mark all prior as read" or "Delete all prior" - such useful features.

Can't do that on the Z10, sadly. There's plenty that I miss from my Bold 9700 that didn't make the jump across the ravine to the Z10. Such a shame it didn't take off; the world will be worse off in a two-horse race. :(

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

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Re: Enough, already

Ah, but mon ami, the night is still young!

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VMware to customers: STOP INSTALLING OUR SOFTWARE! NOW!

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Surely

Of course not. Even though the option exists and nothing bad has ever happened in the past and it's a timesaving feature and "VMware should know what they're doing and wouldn't release dodgy patches" and "what could go wrong?", nobody would ever, *ever* select it.

Additional reading: see Windows NT, Service Pack 6

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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Re: Run As Administrator

Here, allow me

http://xkcd.org/1200/

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You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

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Re: Key finder?

Won't work, needs inductive power to activate the tag. No NFC device nearby = no power to power up the tag.

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iPhone 5S: Fanbois, your prints are safe from the NSA, claim infosec bods

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This article reads a bit like

a "here's what everyone else has to say about the iPhone fingerprint scanner"

I particularly liked the bit from the bloke who sells SMS authentication who says that, when talking about authentication methods, if it isn't SMS authentication then it's crap.

Why, how objective of you!

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Qualcomm reveals 'Toq' smartwatch

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Re: Thumb up, obviously

Up what?

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Your nicked iPad now likelier than ever to show up in Mongolia

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"It is no surprise therefore that our report reveals a rise in remote data wipes"

What with the increase of the number of devices supporting remote wipes being in circulation, yes, I'd be far from surprised to see this trend too.

Pillock.

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