* Posts by John Miles

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Plusnet could face DATA BREACH probe over SPAM HELL gripes

John Miles

No spam for me at my designated plusnet address

I haven't see any to mine - it might be data breach was not directly from system but an old copy of their database.

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The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

John Miles

Re: What happens to the grid ...

with the fire at Didcot Power Station and continued erosion spare capacity margins it is likely the lights would go out in Winter unless lots more money is spent on new power stations/sources

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

John Miles

Agent Ransack

One I find invaluable is Agent Ransack for searching local PC - http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

John Miles

Re: What, along every single track road?

To start with only those where the speed vehicles need to drop navigating a bend would cause major inconvenience/tailback - which there shouldn't be that many if humans can currently drive them safely.

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Re: collision detection systems can't currently see around corners

It is easy - car slows down to a speed where it knows it can stop within half the distance it can see, unlike human drivers the computer won't get impatient and start taking risks if that is 5mph.

It could easily be allowed to see around the bend, it just needs things like sensors and cameras placed strategically along the the road transmitting data about conditions further along and other cars similarly passing data along.

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re: en route for an “inevitable” head-on collision on a mountain road

I can't help thinking by the time becomes “inevitable” it will be far too late for a computer controlling a vehicle to make significant difference to the outcome.

It is almost as if they are expecting a computer to be super efficient at judging the environment only when things start going wrong but not far enough in advance to stop things going wrong in the first place - maybe because that doesn't allow them to get involved.

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

John Miles
Joke

Must get eyes tested

Read as "So you want to introduce a BOFH"

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

John Miles

Re: Am I missing something?

This last week when I payed by a Barclays' Visa card it just come up and disappeared (but I am not sure I ever set anything up on that card), but when I used a HSBC Mastercard it came up and asked me for 3 letters of the password.

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John Miles

Re: Its not like my DOB is very secret.

Mine is if your website is called something like Facebook (I had to create facebook account but fortunately for an organization page not myself) or I don't think you need to know it at which point I take days, months, years and/or decades off my age

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Knives out for new EU rules forcing govts to reveal hacker attacks

John Miles
Facepalm

re: setting up a competent authority

This is something they expect governments achieve, despite all the evidence to the contrary ???

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

John Miles

Re: WHY WHY WHY WHY !!!!!!

Living in a large new estate with low broadband speeds and no fibre/cable despite the town having both. I am pretty certain the discussions go between BT & house builders - what is cheapest option we can do for legal requirements as house builders don't want to pay and BT want to angle for getting government paying for the fibre stuff.

Hopefully, after lots of pressure from residents, council and MP the estate I live on should get Fibre options late this year

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

John Miles

re: Blind spot is another metaphor, by the way: there is nothing functionally awry with my retinas.

There is a blind spot in the human eye - optic nerve passes through the optic disc

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

John Miles

Re: There is simply no way I'd go to the garage to replace some stupid brake light bulbs

I got the garage to change a sidelight bulb once, I couldn't workout how to do so without loosing skin off knuckles or dismantling half the front end so when it was in I asked them to do it - I figured the cost the least pain for me

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

John Miles

Re: I'm not sure why directors are so gullible when faced

Because then they can tell the world that they have saved x by going with outsourced, the cost is transferred from one set of overheads to another. This makes their company profile look better to the people who invest because it fits better their expected company model on overheads etc. so the share price rises.

But in reality no one sees the decrease in efficiency in other parts of the company who now can't get IT problems sorted out so put in old style time consuming workarounds, and no one is left to tell the Director they are being ripped off because thought it only costs peanuts per hour - those peanuts add up when it takes weeks when someone who knew the system would fix in minutes

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

John Miles

re: since it won't be the driverless car making the mistake

It might just though, see Toyota's Killer software -

http://www.edn.com/design/automotive/4423428/Toyota-s-killer-firmware--Bad-design-and-its-consequences

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

John Miles
Joke

Re: I have a dream

I understand 4′33″ ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4%E2%80%B233%E2%80%B3 ) sounds OK on Bose etc.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

John Miles

I wonder if today will be

Invite Alistair Dabbs into your social network day and whether we'll see a Register Doodle to celebrate it.

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

John Miles

Re: Next Response from OZ Govt

No need to block them - just ban (and fine) any company operating in Oz using Google (or other non-locally paying tax entity) for advertising in Oz.

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CONFIRMED: Sophos shifting threat response work to India

John Miles

re: countries might start passing laws about what can be outsourced?

I am sure first on list will be CEOs and Lawyers.

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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

John Miles
Joke

Re: One unit of measurement PLEASE!

Just wondering what standard reg speed unit would be? 1 full size Paris Hilton picture per minute?

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

John Miles

re: A. I've never had a pet so wtf am I supposed to say?"

how about "PetsIHaveHadNone" (or similar)- usually gives you chance to enter something more secure than Rover/Spot etc.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

John Miles

Re: but it feels too parasitic to be regarded as a distribution in it's own right.

Maybe, but how do you let Canonical know what you feel is going wrong with their distributions. By picking up one of the forked distributions you like, if enough people follow same then that distribution stands chance at gaining enough resources to become a true distribution.

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

John Miles
Joke

Phone sizes

If phone sizes keep increasing - then this might be easier than anticipated

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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

John Miles

RE: Nobody makes things that bad by accident, surely?

I think a lot of these people must have had a really good course on UI design & usability - you can't miss that badly without know what you are trying to avoid

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Samsung claims it still plans to ship Tizen phones in Q2

John Miles

Re: Samsung

Kies - is so good l have dedicated a machine just for it's exclusive use (VMWare one) - Or was it I didn't wantto reinstall windows again?

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Microsoft buys all electricity from Texas wind farm

John Miles
Joke

Does this explain Azure outages

days when no wind = no electric thus no Azure Cloud

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Custom ringback tones: Coming to your next contract mobe?

John Miles

Re: you could end up having Greensleeves played at you even before you've been connected

But at least if I am not connected - I am not paying

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

John Miles

Re: No Traffic Announcements on DAB - useless in cars

There may not be the provision on DAB - but my car regularly switches from 6 Music to local traffic (though I am getting fed up of one of the local commercial radio switching for advert, then switching again for traffic)

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

John Miles

re: Whatever is brewing in Nokia's Espoo headquarters

Must be strong stuff, though I suspect reserved for the board

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Your encrypted files are 'exponentially easier' to crack, warn MIT boffins

John Miles

Re: Compression

Compression has been part of the attacks on HTTPS - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/02/breach_crypto_attack/

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

John Miles
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Bang on...

Currently in the "Highly Rated" comments on article page, this is comment (about lowering expectations) is just below the one about Dutch Oven as if a reply. Just seems so fitting

http://imgur.com/pwznhDH

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Microsoft's cloud leaves manual transmission behind

John Miles

Re: but McDonalds servers billions of burgers. Would you like fries with your cattle server?

and even McDonalds were trying to reduce the number of people asking would you like fries using call centres:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/11/technology/11fast.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Cambridge boffins fear 'Pandora's Unboxing' and RISE of the MACHINES

John Miles

Re: The solution is ...

They tried cutting the power in the original series but the computer had Other ideas on the subject and reconnected itself http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ultimate_Computer

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Pocket Wi-Fi hotspots paralyse Chinese metro lines

John Miles
Joke

Re: officialdom should respond by being flexible and sensible.

why do I feel that might be easier in China than UK?

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Peugeot 508 RXH estate car review

John Miles

Re: "Even Citreon have made great strides,"

hardly surprising - as Citroen is owned by Peugeot and share large amounts of platform and components.

Vast majority of problems I had with Citroens were garage competence issues not car related

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Neil Armstrong dies aged 82

John Miles
Unhappy

Probably mankind's greatest adventure

is slowly passing from living memory and all too soon all we'll have is recordings of the experience of a man stepping on another world.

Rest in peace

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Microsoft: It was never 'Metro,' it was always 'Modern UI'

John Miles
Joke

Modern UI?

Is this like the art that gives modern aart a bad rep - maybe they are going for the Turner Prize - the medium seems similar to Chris Ofili's http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/226000.stm

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HSBC brands EVERY Apple iPhone 'an insecure PC'

John Miles

Re: Not only iPhones

They did something similar in the last couple of years - I complained and was told it would stop pushing it after a few tries (IIRC I had to allow Firefox to save cookies for it to disappear).

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Flashy mutant Ultrabooks to shove pure SSD chaps off cliff

John Miles

Re: Hybrid drives overall seem to cost more than pure SSDs at the moment?

Seagate Seagate 500GB Momentus XT 2.5" Hybrid SSD/HDD - costs £95, OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD - AGT3-25SAT3-120G £72 on ebuyer at the moment - to me that looks like Seagate is 1/4 price per gigabyte

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Mars, Moon, solar system could be littered with alien artifacts

John Miles
Alien

re: EM emissions

I believe EM Emissions from Earth would be very hard to detect in the noise floor at a light year away and becoming harder as technology progresses. 150 years ago we wouldn't have been able to detect one of today's most powerful radio transmitters if it was placed on moon - maybe in before the next 100 years have passed we'll worked out how to (there was a recent idea about seeing their light)

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HSBC UK systems major outage

John Miles

Perhaps we should be worrying

Whether this Matt cartoon is true

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/6507609/Matts-best-money-cartoons-the-funny-side-of-the-recession.html?image=4

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Dozens of chemical firms hit in espionage hack attack

John Miles
Paris Hilton

Could it be

These companies are already protected(?) by something from "Symantec"

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Hands on with Canon's EOS-1D X full-frame DSLR

John Miles

re: my film SLR is about 40 year

have you tried likes of ebay - old film slrs probably won't cost a lot and could work out cheaper than getting one fixed

but personally I'd say jump to digital - What make? if it is one of the makes where the film lenses work on a DSLR and you have lots of lenses - then it is worth getting.a DSLR that takes the lenses (though the crop moves each lens towards telephoto )

otherwise look on dpreview.com

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Security by obscurity not so bad after all, argues prof

John Miles
Joke

re: a VIP goes on a trip to a dangerous place do you

doesn't that depend on the VIP ;-)

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Hundreds of dot-brand domains predicted

John Miles

How about machines called “mailserver”

See - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/04/dotless_domain_security/

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or even

Coke or twitter as single word will resolve

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Cornish cow plucked from jaws of death by Navy chopper

John Miles

re: paying

I believe that this sort of thing is regarded as training - as the pilots need to keep certain number of flying hours a month to remain at useful skill levels and rescue operations reflect the soft of job they may have to do in the field. It is going to cost whether they rescue the cow or have to practise moving cargo

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Pixmania users report scam-spam bombardment

John Miles

Could be malware?

Sending spam to everyone (including mailing list) in an address book?

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Google Chrome OS: Too secure to need security?

John Miles
Black Helicopters

Both have their advantages

Security designed in from day one - is good/essential, but it doesn't stop someone installing something suspect (or even hidden in something else they are installing) and once that suspect item is in it can render the good security useless

An AV product stands a chance of blocking something dodgy being installed (a well known disk burning application got dumped by me once AV started complaining about what else it was installing) - and though often malware getting through renders AV useless it does have the potential to fight back

The most important security is a cynical user who doesn't believe what a website/email is telling them if it seems very out of character

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Engineering student cracks major riddle of the universe

John Miles
Joke

re: and dropped the cat onto the floor

I would guess - one very peeved moggie

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