* Posts by Mike Bell

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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What would have helped you would have been a proper comment editor that allows you to format and embed links without resorting to HTML. Come on, El Reg, it's not that hard to implement!

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Apple gets around to fixing those 77 security holes in OS X Yosemite

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Re: Apple's last update fixed 80 vulns,50 for Safari alone.

But Google didn't leave WebKit development. Blink is a fork of WebKit.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: If you are old enough to remember

I'm old enough to remember a time before fibre-optic communications, mobile phones, widespread use of computers, lead-free petrol, inkjet printers, digital cameras, the Internet, Diet Coke and Taylor Swift.

The march of technology has made the world a better place in many cases, rather than trifling concerns such as who or what owns a company.

In other ways, we've gone completely backwards, like the stoopid housing market in London where piles of bricks earn more than people.

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We need to know about the Internet of Things, say US Senators

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Time for a rename

TV > Telescreen

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Shocking...

...that Homer Simpson made it in at number 3, and no sight of Peter Griffin!

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Hackers exploit fresh PC hijack bug in Adobe Flash Player, the internet's screen door

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Kill it with fire

A stake through the heart won't do.

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Cupertino GIVES IN to Taylor Swift, will pay Apple Music royalties

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Re: Royalties? What royalties?

Apple f***ed up big time on this one, no doubt about that.

I imagine that little gets sanctioned within Apple unless it can be demonstrably shown to be turning a profit, despite their hundreds of billions in the bank.

Example: Apple iCloud comes with 5GB free storage per user. Which, these days, is pretty paltry, especially when you consider that a given Apple user is likely to have more than one Apple device, and Apple certainly try to persuade these users to buy multiple devices. Rather than show a little generosity and bump up that allowance to something far more sensible, like 20GB, Apple are more than happy to bother users with a 79p invoice each month for the privilege.

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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Only in the movies...

...and in the case of the murder of WPC Yvonne Joyce Fletcher. The murderer walked right out of the Libyan embassy right onto a plane, and the murder weapon likely went the same way in a diplomatic bag.

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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Re: I don't consider...

I don't consider...

...myself to be materialistically poor (I earn a good salary) but I do think that I'm technologically literate (I've worked with computers for over thirty years).

My choice is iOS, not for price reasons (I bought an iPhone 6, for god's sake) but because I like an easy life where my phone does stuff with minimal hassle and inconvenience, and I know that the vendor has my privacy in mind.

My thought is that you *buy* an iPhone, but you just *rent* an Android device in the hope that they will keep its firmware up to date and don't worry too much about mobile malware and stuff like that (I think fandroids refer to it as "la-la-la").

It's horses for courses, you see.

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Apple seeks fawning 'journalists' for in-house 'news' self pluggery

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Drop the dead donkey

Yeah, journalism is a dirty business.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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Re: What the...?

Nice troll, BB. I'm not entirely sure where Gideon's hands are, but they're not on a steady tiller.

I wouldn't trust him to feed the cats when his wife is away. The thought of imposing austerity on defenceless creatures would surely be some kind of delicious temptation.

As I see it, we need to utterly destroy our financial system, hit a reset button and start again. STOP private corporations (banks) from creating money with a government license. IF you're going to dump oodles of cash into the system (QE) just write a cheque to the people who are actually likely to spend it and actually need it, rather than making bankers richer (you & me). STOP pretending that the economy isn't ENTIRELY dependant on debt, and acknowledge that almost ALL money in the money supply IS debt. And as for the minority of people to whom this massive debt is owed, tell them that their investment hasn't worked out, sorry.

Or something like that.

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Europol operation crushes phiendish global phishing ring

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Boffin

Operation Triangle

The men were arrested as part of Operation Triangle, an effort involving police from Spain, Italy, and Poland together with authorities in Belgium, the UK, and Georgia.

Surely that should have been Operation Hexagon?

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Bring on the Music, Apple: Spotify ups the ante - and money pot

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Re: It should be noted...

It should also be noted that Universal Music Group, a major partner under investigation, has already repudiated said claims.

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Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

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Shift Key

Nobody said a word about it in the keynote but I swear I saw a standard iOS keyboard being used where the keys toggled from upper to lower case. That would be a radical move by the Fruity Firm.

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Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

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Re: I saw the trailer

The movie is much better than its trailer. Really funny stuff. I concur with the reviewer.

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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The Cabinet Office currently has 2,500 users on Gmail

Meaning: The Cabinet Office currently has 2,500 users whose communications are being scanned by Google.

Nice. Am I dreaming this?

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NSA bulk phone records slurp to end when law lapses next month – report

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Softening us up, surely

I find it hard to free my mind of the suspicion that this is just a sneaky trick to warm us up for the impending megaslurp that will be swung into action the next time there's a terrorist outrage.

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Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

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Re: yawn

...as opposed to predictable sheep like yourself, who peddle their unfounded prejudices without a moment's hesitation for rational thought. Well done, anonymous bottom feeder.

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Apple storms to top spot in stagnant Chinese phones market

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Re: Grow up?

That's an idiotic assessment in its own right, Mr. Damage. But it is fair to say that idiot taxes abound in all walks of life; it's what capitalism is about.

Camera manufacturers put high end sensors in mid-range models, but deliberately cripple them so as to set a price point discriminator in their pro cameras. Who's the idiot there, you or the camera manufacturer?

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Pop-up pest MacKeeper patches 0-day remote code execution vuln

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My Mac works perfectly well without this kind of software. Custom url scheme? Whoa, no thanks. It's just about tolerable to have a custom iTunes url scheme, but not for something like this.

Adverts for 'memory cleaning' utilities are an annoyance, too. With Yosemite, the OS will try its hardest to use all available RAM, because that's why it's there. But many users are still stuck in a Windows XP mentality mode, and panic when they see all their RAM in use, so they're sitting ducks for this kind of ad. Such software invariably causes problems rather than fixing anything.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: I know that I'm a bit dim...

Or connect the iPad to a smartphone for Internet access. I'm doing that now, on the train.

That won't help if you are shooting in Camera RAW, mind. Raw files are typically in the tens of megabytes, which is going to take an age to upload anywhere, even on a decent ADSL connection.

If you can get by with basic shots taken on an iPhone, or even on the iPad itself, these normally get uploaded to iCloud pretty quickly.

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Three's 'Home Signal' femtocells fail, restore mobile black spots

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Re: Three in Touch versus Home Signal

It would be far more useful if Three were to enable Wi-Fi calling, which comes out of the box with the iPhone 5c and greater, rather than lumber the user with a proprietary app to install.

But, since they don't seem to realise it's 2015, and fail to provide Visual Voicemail, I won't be holding my breath.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Like having a DSLR with the kit lens welded on

Nope. It's more like having a Canon DSLR that has hardened paint to stop you tampering with the Canon logo to make it look shit.

Rolex make nice looking watches. They would not want their brand to be associated with arbitrary cheap after-market watch faces. Apple are in a position to enforce such compliance, and it's no great surprise that they are doing so.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Nothing like a sample size of one...

...to get Apple bashers frothing at the mouth in the morning.

In the absence of such world-shattering news, you might consider getting hold of your own tooth-drilling kit for a bit of amusement.

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Yahoo! Mail! goes! titsup! in! Blighty! due! to! mystery! error!

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Yahoo! Mail is not experiencing an outage

I'd like to know how Yahoo! Mail can experience anything. Does Roger Penrose know about this sudden leap in computing technology?

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Love-rat fanboi left bobbing for Apples in tiny Japanese bath

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Glug

The white gadget is an 'Airport' wireless router with internal backup disk.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: Raise your hand...

IIS is slowly dying off altogether

Nope. Despite a short term blip, it's Apache that's been trending downwards for a number of years.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

Which bit of "Apple offers a battery replacement service for all MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro notebooks with built-in batteries" do you not understand?

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Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

Non-replaceable batteries condemns this equipment to be trash after a few years.

No, it doesn't.

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Apple splats Safari flaw affecting a BEELLION iThings

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Re: where's the fix for iPhone 4 iOS 7.1.2?

No. iOS 8.x is only available for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later. Not the 3GS.

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has found a since patched bug

Has? Surely he found it before it was patched. As he is credited with finding it in the Apple document that you link to.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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Meanwhile back on Earth, El Reg are going to be reporting astronomical Apple Watch sales in a few weeks, and the Apple money-making machine will be confounding armchair economists once again. You know it's going to happen in your hearts really, don't you.

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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Re: incorrect transactions

You get a record of each transaction in Apple Pay. You might get a receipt, which you'll probably throw away, with contact-less card payment.

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

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Re: Redstone? Sounds familiar...

Sounds a bit like what did for Jason Bourne.

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Tests show HTC, Sammy phablets BEND just like iPhone 6 Plus

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Re: Bendy phones? Bendy phablets?

Bent iPhones: never really happened, did it? There's little point in over-engineering a gadget to cater for edge cases where lard-arses stuff it down their pants, or try to kill it in novel ways for the benefit of a few YouTube clicks.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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Re: DNT = AdBlock Plus

DNT and AdBlock Plus are not the same.

For one thing AdBlock Plus is not available to every browser and device.

For another, there are many ways your activity can be tracked. See this El Reg article from 2010.

Does your browser pass the Unique browser test?

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Re: No

What's wrong with legislating so that privacy is assumed to be the case by default? If websites claim confusion because the user's intents aren't clear, that's tough. Unless DNT is false or absent in the browser's request header, websites should be obliged not to track the user, with punitive measures for failure to comply.

The site operators can easily provide instructions for idiots to permit tracking.

In my opinion, a move like this would be far more useful than being required to plaster silly warnings about cookies on websites. Come on EU, crack the whip!

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Got an Android mobe with a virus? Congrats, you're The One Per Cent

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Re: Ouch

Settings | Privacy | Contacts

All the apps that have access to iOS contacts are listed there, and may be disabled on a per app basis. It's not 'hidden' and you have to grant permission before an app is allowed access to your contacts.

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Verizon: FINE OK, you can now rid your life of our stalker supercookies

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Re: Another reason for using TLS every where

It's site operators and their affiliates who are predominantly responsible for 'targeted' ads, not ISPs. TLS won't help there.

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Half of Android devices open to silent hijack

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Yes, there's something to be said for a walled garden.

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Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari EXPLOITED to OWN Mac, PCs at Pwn2Own 2015

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"vulnerability involving an uninitialized stack pointer"

That's quite a feat. By that, I mean creating such a bug in the first place. I'm not sure how I'd go about doing that in any of my code, even if I wanted to.

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MacBooks slimming down with Sammy's new 3D NAND diet pills

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Re: TRIM support as well?

Unlikely, if this guy is to be believed.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: Not a universal view

Anybody's usage pattern will involve charging the thing up.

My MacBook Pro typically gets charged up daily, perhaps when I have it on my lap in front of the TV. And - by God - have I thanked the designers time and again when a twitchy cat has taken a leap in the direction of the charging port. The MagSafe power connector is a work of genius and does its job perfectly. It clicks into place in a super-ergonomic fashion, and protects the connector from all manner of accidental yanks.

Apple are crazy to ditch this.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Overpriced?

This Rolex sold for $1.16M. Was that overpriced?

I can't see myself buying an Apple Watch any more than I can see myself buying a Rolex. But the market decides what is overpriced and what isn't, not commentards here.

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Chappie: The AI tale that’s about heart, not intelligence

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Re: Nice review...

I was looking forward to this movie, but I wasn't impressed. Cutesy 1980s voice synths aren't needed in a film like this. Hell, my Sat Nav has a better voice than Chappie. And why does he behave like a scared human, just because he looks humanoid? Daft. HAL he is not.

Sadly, it's too much like District 9 for comfort. With Robocop thrown in. You'll also get reprises of implausible psychopaths with SA accents. Oh, and Sigourney Weaver mutters a few words in a brief cardboard cutout role.

This doesn't bode well for Blomkamp's forthcoming Alien movie. He can do the action stuff, but he's repeating himself, and I sorely hope a decent screenwriter gets drafted in for that project.

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Boffins say Mars had ocean covering 20 per cent of planet

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"Smooth, flat with very few rocks"

Pffft. Boring.

I want to see some close-ups of the Martian Caves.

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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Re: ApplePay is very secure

I dont get how Apple Pay is more secure than carrying your credit card in your pocket

But you don't just carry the card in your pocket, do you. You get it out and, typically, stick it into a reader where you start typing your PIN. Your PIN can easily be sniffed by someone watching over your shoulder, or putting the card in a compromised reader. Your card/PIN can be cloned and used quite happily in parts of the world where they don't use Chip & PIN yet.

Apple Pay uses secure tokens to ensure that your credentials are never divulged to anyone. Ergo: more secure.

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Re: Banks (and Apple) must be accountable for fraud

Apple should take some share of responsibility

They do. In return for their tiny cut on the transaction fee, Apple do take on partial liability, so it has been reported.

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Is light a wave or a particle? Beaming boffins prove it's BOTH

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Either... Or...

Actually, the double-slit experiment, which has been around for a very long time, demonstrates quite convincingly that light exhibits both particle and wave-like properties simultaneously.

The interference pattern in this experiment clearly shows wave-like behaviour. But one may also reduce the intensity of light so that the pattern builds up over time, photon by photon, with the resultant impacts being very particle-like.

One way of looking at this is that the photon 'knows' that there are two slits available and - somehow - passes through both simultaneously, interfering with itself to produce a statistical pattern.

Then we're back to the old conundrum of finding out why a particular photon ended up in a particular place (no pun intended). Which is made all the more fascinating that, in Many Worlds, multitudes of possible outcomes actually took place.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Re: Trouble , nothing but trouble

Killing in the name of God makes no sense.

Actually, it makes a lot of sense, as it protects and entrenches religion by eradicating competition. Darwinism in action, but at a cultural meme level.

It's a nasty tawdry business. In my book, religion is about as useful to the world as Ebola.

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