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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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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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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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Re: "Women are local creatures"

You have clearly never met my wife

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Holiday HELL: Pourquoi, monsieur, why is there no merdique Wi-Fi here?

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I miss my Blackberry Bold 9700

It would automatically join unencrypted wireless spots, and the UMA gave me free voice calls over internet while roaming (all encrypted, as per Blackberry stuff. Lovely). I used to take a trip around a foreign town (the week I spent in Menorca springs to mind), leave wifi on, turn mobile network off, and every now and then a pulse of messages would come in. Process my replies, deletions, updates, uploads, whatever, keep walking and eventually they'd sort themselves out.

But yes, it's a shame we can't go without Internet for a few days.

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Battery-free e-ink screen grabs screenshots from smartphones

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I could think of a ton of uses for this.

Want the ability to transmit your RememberTheMilk shopping list to the eink panel on your fridge?

Need to leave a visible message for the spouse on the back of the front door?

Want to put a map of where you're going on the top of your motorcycle tank bag? Transmit it using the flexible eink panel that's been printed to the top of your tank.

When this tech goes colour and waterproof, it will open up a whole load of interesting ideas!

Excited stuff :)

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It's now or never for old sysadmins to learn new tricks

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What he said

I've taken a slightly different approach. Being of the tender* age of 30^H^H31, I'm in a position where my house is being sold, I've become a single man, so I've taken a look at the national occupation shortage register, and decided on a completely different path.

Sure, I could become a developer, or a website bloke - and to be honest I already run a small MSP and have a few tech support customers. But I'm just not feeling good about IT any more. Perhaps a career in social work, where I get to deal with actual people, may be more engaging...

Four years at college/uni doing a people-related qualification (for free, cause there's a skills shortage in this field) and I can then go into teaching, assistant/deputy/headteacher, or do social work for £30 an hour (as a friend has just done).

Interesting times ahead!

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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I can clearly see your nuts

There's a distinction already between what is abuse and what is trolling.

Allow me to demonstrate:

"Haha, I can't believe Microsoft made people pay for the Winpho upgrade! Apple would never do that," posted in full knowledge of the fact that Apple did actually do it a while ago, but is posted purely to anger and incite. However there's nothing violent, threatening, abusive in itself - the person is trolling because they know that the other person will become a keyboard warrior in response and you can sit back, fold your arms and watch the drama unfold that you've created.

Another example - let's say you wrote your comment fully aware of the fact that there is already a distinction, and you're just baiting me to write this comment and become a keyboard warrior when I go "OMG I can't believe you're such an idiot to think that blah blah blah" whatever -- so, either you're a good troll, or you're a moron.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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Re: Where's Orlowski when you need him?

Nokia stories, brb

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Pendulous

*snort*

that made me chuckle, and then gave me all sorts of images in my head that I did not want...

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BT's not at home to Mr Profit, but its lordly boss probably isn't too fussed

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Re: your really sheldon cooper

you're*

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O2 pulls plug on OAP-monitoring service

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Re: "blames the conservative UK market"

Yeah!

What he said. Down with this sort of stuff!

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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Re: headphone sockets

Yeah, the thunderbolt port even less so.

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What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

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Well, that was a bit unexpected

I expected a warts-and-all diatribe about technology and networks and infrastructure, and it was almost there before digressing suddenly onto politics and propaganda at the end.

A bit disappointing :(

Enjoyed the bits about the BT networks and fibre differences and so on.

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Oi, Google, you ate all our Wi-Fi keys - don't let the spooks gobble them too

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No,

Actually I think you'll find here is a strange place to put an apostrophe:

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Pwn all the Androids, part II: Flaw in Java, hidden Trojan

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Re: So why didn't google make the play store push out system updates?

"The device manufacturers can take this code, test quickly and roll out the patch within a couple of weeks,"

Yes, but they don't. Not if you're using a not-the-latest handset (e.g. Samsung S2).

And the carriers are even slower to react. Try going to the "Android Firmware Download" page on Vodafone or T-Mobile. Isn't one? Oh right.

I appreciate there is OTA updates but, again, why not just let Google update that bit of code on your phone if it hasn't been touched by the vendor or carrier?

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Rotten hackers feast on mouldy Java flaws

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I've never understood Java

1. Discovers a security problem requiring an update to protect the machines running on

2. Deploys the update (using the most annoying updater software ever - UAC prompt before consent? Yuck)

3. Leaves old version with security hole in place

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SIM crypto CRACKED by a SINGLE text, mobes stuffed with spyware

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Re: Like I said a million times.

"For law enforcement reasons, you have no privacy. I have no problem with this."

Says the Anonymous Coward.

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Oi, Google! Stop LIBELLING us Germans, fix your autocomplete

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Re: Re: "Google has been ordered"

And you forgot to substitute a dollar sign for the S on Soft.

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BlackBerry 10: Good news, there's still time to fix this disaster

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You're an idiot

If you have never used BIS then you don't appreciate what it is and what it is good at, so you cannot (should not) make judgements like that.

BIS is an end-to-end encryption solution and also a method of controlling and deploying a ton of phones to your organisation. Need to set up a BB7 in a BIS/BES environment? Plug it in, assign the user, unplug it. All the user's email, calendar, contacts are now assigned to the phone.

Need to set up a BB10 or a BB7 in a non-BIS/BES environment? Manually enter in the Outlook profile, details, username, password etc. User changes his password on the network? No email until the phone is updated. Cue the call to the helpdesk saying the phone doesn't work any more.

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Re: A new (?) idea...

Yeah, kind of like a BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Don't put all your kettles of fish in one basket

Yeah, I know what you mean. I took one look at the blackberry and I was like "whoa, I can't believe they've done that. Still, plenty more eggs in the sea."

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Re: Voice recognition

Tried it last night, including send a BBM and an email and setting a calendar appointment with fantastic results, have to say I'm very impressed overall. Lots of very nice little touches to the OS that make it a pleasure to use. The screen's unlock mechanism being responsive even when the screen is "off" is particularly nice I think.

I managed to make the calendar app crash when changing a calendar's colour, and also managed to make the email hub panel flip out a few times ("no items selected" even though two were) but I imagine a lot of this is just stuff that will get ironed out with updates just like any other fruit-based delivery.

One thing I'm very disappointed on is the playbook integration. When you hook up a playbook to it, the playbook has no control over the device - basically the "bridge" is limited to just internet tethering, you don't get the old way of looking at the device's contacts, calendars, messages and so on. But again, perhaps that will be fixed with an update.

Thanks for the pointer regarding sound profiles. You are limited to Normal, Calls only, Vibrate only, Silent, and All Alerts Off. No opportunity to set your own profiles up, and no opportunity for location-based or time-based profiles (yet).

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Re: Roaming?

I would imagine it will behave just like any other phone, i.e. not routed through BB servers and therefore not on your special data plan.

Blame the people who whined on about single point of failure, special expensive servers for calendar/phonebook sync, etc...

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Mine is waiting at home for me

Arrived this morning, and I ordered it specifically for its sound profiles (which, on Android, royally suck!) and because I want a proper calendar not like the crippled disabled version that Samsung force you to use on their S2/S3 series.

So, we shall see. Disappointing to see the implementation of evernote is half-baked.

It could have been so, so good!

Any word on voice recognition?

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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

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Re: Three accounts with Zen

I disagree completely. I left them because:

- they kept returning 1 in 10 emails because my sender DNS domain "didn't exist" (they didn't see how this was a problem on their network, not mine)

- their line speed was very poor, after a few complaints I left and went to BT Business and they said "oh yeah, your router's MTU is wrong, it should be this..."

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John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

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Re: Well done for totally missing the point btw.

No, you bellend. As in "save UP an extra few hundred".

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Apple loses iPhone patent lawsuit

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> There has to be some way

When the patents are "saying yes to an on-screen message" and "saying no to an on-screen message" I think you'd be hard-pressed to do anything other than pony up your license fee.

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Amazon makes BEELLIONS from British customers, pays pennies in tax

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oh fuck off

how can you seriously post on El Reg and not get its humour?!

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Nokia HERE iOS maps app review

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It does look lovely though

I'm sure that's what they said about the early iPhone. I can see a pattern!

"It has no voice-dialling, no bluetooth tethering, no multi-tasking ... but it does look lovely though"

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Hands on with BB10: Strokey dokey

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Re: I've yet to see

Fuck me, do you walk around with your eyes shut? Or maybe you have just yet to see anyone over the age of 21?

"IT" types tend to have Android/iOS.

"Business" types tend to have BlackBerry devices still. You just can't beat the email experience - as the owner of an iPhone 4 and Samsung S2 device, I can honestly say I want my BlackBerry back and am waiting eagerly awaiting them to ship!

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