* Posts by Nifty

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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And just this morning, something else that's fishy

Farming Today this morning - this scheme http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/control/technologies/ers/index_en.htm - laptop data entry on fishing vessels then uploading it. What could possibly go wrong?

And this recent fail:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/26/part_of_cap_it_system_may_be_scrapped_after_digital_fail/

Avoidance of apps and mobile devices in favour of laptops. Weird when you think what a productive and creative app ecosystem is out there.

We need is a compact optical/WiFi device to clip onto our old electricity & gas meters that sends images to a cloud for digitization. Random checks by wetware meter readers. Done cheaply in months.

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

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Re: OMG .... It's ridesharing?

No, no, ride sharing comes next. Unless the "pros" nip this whole Uber thing in the bud.

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Israeli boffins hack air gap, fire missiles on compromised kit

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So you need to install efficient malware on both machines in order to make one really inefficient hack work. Hmm.

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Another GDS cockup: Rural Payments Agency cans £154m IT system

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Fill a huge form in with map-linked data and validate the input

there must be a tablet app for that

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

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Youtube with Roku allows super convenient casting from iPad to TV but I want foreign TV channels like DW that are free to air (their non rights-restricted content). It can all be streamed fuss free in an iPad but Apple just won't do it with Apple TV.

The minute that Apple TV can show ANY and ALL streamed video cast from a iPhone/iPad is the moment that I'd buy one.

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo good to go after six-week recovery effort

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Re: Small satellite, or a really big LED bulb?

I think that pic is the Lego version

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Online Voting

No electronic voting in the UK yet then.

Well, you need to be a very tech savvy nation wit strong confidence in the security of your IT system to have electronic voting.

Like India.

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French minister: Hit Netflix, Google, Apple et al with bandwidth tax

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The article missed the bit about all made-in-France films having a special flag embedded, that would allow exemption from the bandwidth tax.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Re: The voters hate Google

Google + your brain = cheap prices found for services & goods

Google - your brain = non-optimal higher prices paid

Where was your brain?

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Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

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Re: Quick on the draw?

Time Machine magazine?

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Web protection: A flu mask for the internet

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"Not having web protection online is like working in a flu lab without a vaccination or a mask. For a while, you might get away with it. But sooner or later, you will start sneezing and wish you had taken some simple precautions"

To which, from an IT pro's viewpoint I have to say:

"Having web protection is like working in a hospital where you need to fix people's medical conditions.

But where all the detailed patient notes, help manuals and medicine bottles are kept in a permanently locked cabinet with a 5-step procedure to obtain a key to see any specific item of information"

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Apple forks out nearly $2bn for two ripe, green data centres

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Finally a green apple?

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Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

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The vSphere web console seems to need flash.

Or is there an alternative?

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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This will go down in Wikipedia as the pioneer phone before all phones had an e-ink back.

It will be a given like a touch screen. But of course with slimmed down form factor as technology improves.

That Apple , with its $billions cash pile did not innovate this first just shows how a black swan can sail past entrenched competition.

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Re: Coming to a phone near you...

r.e.

"Usual disclaimer about having no connection with anything in the link, I came across this after the last article on Yotaphone..."

http://www.everbuying.net/product742029.html

Which dumps you on the websites home page?

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What time do you call this, BT? Late, state-funded broadband rollout plods on

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Baffling

...to think that mains water, power grid and tarmac roads all got rolled out to 'unprofitable' areas of the UK without the big fuss

Is it because we're now in a new super- privatised world compared to those bucolic days when the UK's more traditional infrastructure was rolled out?

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TalkTalk may begin making 'Three style' low-cost mobile moves

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For a moment I thought the article was going to be about "TalkTalk may begin making 'Three style' low-cost mobile moves"

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

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Re: Smart TVs

Anon for what obvious reason? A fairly innocuous comment I would have thought.

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

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you won't defeat the object

Hamburg's privacy regulator says “I think it’s problematic that Facebook wants to exchange user data between all of its various units, including WhatsApp and Instagram”

Err.. that's the whole point of the acquisitions, bozo!

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Bought it already

Should have invested the millions in something useful

Whenever I buy something online I get intensively chased by ads for a week after to buy the identical item again from the same seller. Funny that Google, Yahoo et al are incapable of adding an 'bought it already' button to their ads! Or maybe the seller should have such a button. Now THAT feature would be worth millions.

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

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Re: HOW much?

The UK is trying to catch up. Merge some mobile phone companies, bundle everything like broadband and TV, set £100/month aluminum spend target per household.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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"Anyone going to a movie, any movie, expecting anything other than fiction is already in the wrong place."

The Theory of Everything (well worth seeing) somewhat contradicts that statement.

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2015 and IBM: But it wasn't supposed to be like this...

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"Do the cloudy folk do a better job than you were doing before you moved your primary data assets into their "cloudy place"?"

At IBM, quite possibly, yes.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Which part was hard to understand of "content providers such as 4OD"?

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Granny gadget?

This could be a gadget to leave with granny who has no ability with IT / tablets at all.

Because you can fire up Skype or BBC iPlayer etc remotely for them using a free Teamviewer account.

Could even be used a security cam / infirm person monitor at this price point.

IOS / Android - no chance for proper remote control.

Windows 8.1 - proper remote control possible.

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With Android and IOS, content providers such as 4OD have in the past specifically blocked the use of the HDMI port when playing their media. I suggest check if this happens to be true with this tablet.

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Re: Gobbledygook In Real Time

"Using Google Translation Tools for German ..... is going to be THE GREATEST JOKE OF 2015!"

You'll have to wait till the very end of the sentence for the punchline

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Eight pocket-pleasing USB 3.0 hard drives

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Windows 7 home premium 32 bit. Looks like VeraCrypt is the only option. It's the one that has has not yet had a code audit for security to nearly the same extent as Truecrypt.

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How to encrypt these?

Without spending as much again on software?

Now that TrueCrypt is 'dead'.

You wouldn't want to export from your encrypted Windows partition into a free to view ID theft package, would you?

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: It is a French car.

Are you sure is actually subsidised for private drivers, as in: Subsidy is money contributed by a government to make an item or commodity cheaper than it's cost? I thought France still levied a tax on diesel, albeit not as large as UK tax.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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In Asimov's I Robot books...

Earth has a public transport system

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7671484

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UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

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Re: But Has Anyone Found something To Do With Them?

But the 4 iPads are far from landfill. Do a total reset on them and sell them efficiently via Ebay and get over 50% of the new price.

Try that with Android devices.

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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better than FT here

The article and comments are of such quality that I will cancel the subscription to the FT that I don't have henceforth.

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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So when are the hackers going to release....

this Kim Jong movie? If it is the 1 & only film not given an unscheduled early release that itself will be revealing.

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France says 'non' to UberPop

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Paris in a taxi - never again

I still recall how diabolical the Paris taxi services were when I visited with a disabled relative as part of a 4 person group. It was impossible to order a vehicle to carry 4 and the folded flat compact wheelchair. All drivers kept a thermos and sandwiches on the front passenger seat which was not available for passengers. In order to stay together we had to carry the wheelchair through numerous turnstiles and twisty narrow stairways in the Metro system instead.

Never never again. Paris taxi drivers DESERVE Uber.

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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The content makes want to use the ancient marketing trick of price differentiation.

The principle in theory is that if they want, they can sell to low income markets at a price that consumers in that market can accept. Especially popular with the pharmaceutical companies.

Nice if it worked, but in fact, 'official' DVDs and CDs in say, China cost as much in the West, so blowing that justification out of the water.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price_discrimination

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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If you can legally transport a copyrighted paperback book across borders then you should be able to transport any copyrighted data - so long as you've bought the content legally somewhere.

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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Thats what we get for our SIMs

With an iPad 3g/4g you cannot buy any pay as you go non-expiring data. For an occasional user - say 4 hours a month on trains (for those moments where there's data coverage), Ovivio and Samba used to be the answer, but are no more.

With an iPhone 6+ you can pop in a Three 321 SIM and sip as little or drink as much data as you like with no expiry on the credit - at 1p/MB.

Suddenly the device makes the usability case due to the restrictive quirks of the mobile networks.

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Pay with your credit card at station kiosk? 'Dare Devil' is targeting YOU

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What's that WAV I hear?

I was standing in the queue at the petrol station and it turned out the card machine had locked up.

The queue lengthened.

Eventually the till attendant glanced up from his flat screen monitor behind the till and said "it'll be working in 2 minutes"

We waited.

Then were greeted with the Windows XP startup sound.

And the credit/debit card reader was working again.

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How to run a big web music biz (Spotify): Grab more cash from fans, sink deeper into the red

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Re: Stakeholders delight - not

Spotify Premium does a lovely job of putting playlisted music into your phone's memory before you leave the WiFi zone. That's the appeal of Spotify and why it won't allow offline 'delayed' streaming like this for Spotify Free.

Using Spotify Free has allowed me to realise I love it for 4 hours a month as does the missus.

Might go up to 8 hrs/month each if offline were allowed.

For which we are not going to pay £20 - presumably to subsidise those listening for 100 hrs/month.

No pay as you go (or pay lite) option is what's stopping any of my spend going to Spotify.

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Apple surges in on the BYOD wave

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Someone overlooked the real BYOD issue

I work at a large corporate with a BYOD policy in place.

I would estimate that 60% of eligible hardware owners have rejected the BYOD offer (including myself).

- Because they don't want to enter an 8 digit PIN every time, and that's one that must be changed every 3 months.

- Because the device has to use a VPN for all access to corporate thingies and you cannot get a statement from your employer as to when and when not traffic is routed thus.

- Because no-one else in the family is allowed to touch your phone once you've unlocked the screen.

Blackberry is the ONLY handset supplier who's recognized the issue with a SEPARATE and ENCRYPTED partition for corporate usag, apps and data and another partition for everyday.

Other Android solutions exist but would not pass the BYOD security policy AFAIK.

Even if Apple were to finally, finally play catch-up with a partitioned solution, my own iPhone at 16GB would not have the spare memory for corp stuff, even though I could sorely use the BYOD functionality.

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

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I spent a couple of years in Berlin & Bavaria and got fluent in German.

Even in the 80s any reasonable sized town had most shops open till 7, so if you left work promptly could do most shopping after work with ease. Unlike 80s UK where town shopping centers were closed at 5:30.

It's true that Sunday started at 13:00 on a Saturday though. Something I'd appreciate much more in my dotage than in those days.

In the 80s you could not access any UK media except for newspapers from the regional airport and BBC World Service. German TV and radio was dire then and has not improved much since. German speech and news radio stations today are still a century behind the BBC.

Jobwise I found my employer clinging to unbelievably archaic and customized tech. In that respect I was better off returning to Blighty and it's US-centric approach to IT.

Due to the wildly inflated price of UK property and cost of UK public transport, I would consider retiring in Germany due to the better living space and travel opportunities.

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Re: Better around cities than elsewhere

That's strange, the C1 has a full sized spare wheel neatly under the boot floor.

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Re: A new El-Reg unit perhaps?

My wife has the original C1 (= Aygo). As she's 5'6" this car can ride 4-up with her+ 3 larger adults in perfect comfort. We chose this after I'd had this exact car on hire in France once - you need to drive some hours to appreciate it, looks alone are deceptive.

I take it work and on long motorway trips to give the engine a good run. It's an astonishing little car, impressively stable on the motorway and much more fun in town than any larger car I've had.

The tip above about the speakers is a good one - maybe I'll have a look at swapping to Pioneers too, the audio quality is practically the only fault at this price point. Speed-dependent Adaptive volume control on the audio (as is in all Fords nowadays) would have been nice too, wonder it it's in that new Aygo?

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You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

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Re: Don't trust USB

So you roll up at a booth and plug your iPhone in charge it.

Now, do NOT tap YES on "Do You Trust This Computer"

It will charge.

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Three WireLurker suspects arrested in China – reports

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The Chines govt must be quite miffed in a 'why didn't WE think of that' way.

I guess the miscreants are now awaiting job offers

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Big Brother

hmm... TrueCrypt... hmm...

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: A rock and a hard place

OK so the BBC whats to quietly monetize content I've already paid for, and charge so very much that only the very rich or stupid would purchase that content.

Where's my TV license rebate for the content I've paid for and the BBC is monetizing elsewhere?

(I've been recording inconveniently timed radio programs since the 80s with timers and cassettes)

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

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It's so difficult that if I log into my Plusnet account, I can instantly see my data consumption so far this month.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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Real Windows 9 and servers on a phone?

I see a possible future of computing here.

Proper real Windows running on your phone/work phone/BYOD.

At work, you dock it and work on proper keyboard and big screen.

On the train you tether it to a tablet screen for a few odd tasks or media consumption.

At home you re-dock it to a proper keyboard and screen, or any other hardware that takes your fancy, log onto work VPN and carry on working if needed.

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