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* Posts by Matt Black

14 posts • joined 4 Sep 2007

Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

Matt Black

Vision Plus box - just awful

Aside from wanting Sky3 and Sky4, the sheer awfulness of the Vision box is what made me switch to Sky.

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Verizon finally drags FCC into court fisticuffs to end one-speed internet for all

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Someone has to pay

Those who don't transfer vast peer to peer files should not have their service degraded by those who do - an argument for 'pay per byte' . Whether at the client or server end of the link...

Should BT be prevented from traffic shaping to ensure delivery via Broadband of the Sky channels on its Vision service? If not, is this because delivery of pay-TV is somehow different from the hallowed Internet?

Providing the network to support the Internet is not a charitable occupation: it tends to be 'for profit' for better or worse - and in my view better than attempting to pay for it out of general taxation and gave it run by some quango...

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Reform candidate gets CISSP tin star sheriff's job

Matt Black
Meh

Forget the CPEs

And have the pleasure of splashing £440 every 3 years for the delights of the 6 hour multi-choice exam. At least that forces you to revise - and means an average annual cost including membership of circa £200.

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Adobe Reader browse-and-get-pwned 0day under attack

Matt Black

Bad Couple of Years for the Adobe Security Team?

Working in a security team is usually a depressing experience - under-resourced and fixing crap mistakes made by people who should have known better; not being allowed in to the design and review cycle early; etc.

And now you report it as if they are the ones to blame.... look higher up the tree and earlier in the process!

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App steers cyclists away from traffic, upward inclines

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energy problems solved

Downhill both ways... all our energy problems solved! How many cyclists will it take using their dynamos to charge us all sufficient batteries to power our electric vehicles (or even our puny LED lights that now replace the incandescent bulbs I fondly remember...)?

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US word czars unfriend shovel-ready toxic assets

Matt Black
FAIL

Toujour La Change...

Can I nominate 'New Labour' since the term 'Old Labour' or simply 'Labour' seems to cover the ground admirably?

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Faster broadband for free?

Matt Black

Unplug all extension wiring...

I just received an iPlate - net effect an apparent slight reduction in speed.

However, when I unplug the internal wiring and plug a micro-filter in to the BT ‘test socket’ to which my home-hub and a DECT phone are attached, my ‘IP Profile’ rises from 2mbit/s up to 6.5mbit/s.

So I am now thinking of some experiments to cut (or perhaps earth) the bell-wire – or another approach would be to insert a (very short range) DECT extender to link from the micro-filter attached to the test socket through to the internal wiring – more money but might do the trick?

Thanks to Neil from BT who rang to provide support and knew what he was talking about!

Matt Black

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Run Mac OS X on a PC

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VMWare

Make it run on VMWare 'hardware' without any expert knowledge required - then I will try it!

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Microsoft to search browsers for JavaScript compatibility

Matt Black

A Good Thing

Surely it is? And if it leads to modifications (codification of de facto practices) to the standards then that too is 'a good thing'.

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MPs praise e-passport roll out

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Exemption from procurement rules...

Fine to hear of a success - all credit. Procurement rules seem designed to (a) promulgate an adversarial environment; and (b) thwart the PRINCE2 principles espoused by our own Governments's OGC... So no surprise to me that (again credit where due) something that worked broke the mould...

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Only Sky can save digital TV

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Most PSB output is shite...

Most PSB output is shite... but SO much better than the commercial channels.

Roll back to BBC1, BBC2 and the 3rd channel I say.

I have spent £thousands on gadgets to show / hear this rubbish - more fool me - and would cheerfully just have radios 3 & 4 - even tho' they have dumbed down in a disgusting fashion. Bah Humbug.

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Google's 'Gphone' said to be mobile OS

Matt Black

Adverts Schmadverts

How do I offer to pay NOT to be advertised to?

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BT home router wide open to hijackers

Matt Black

BT Fails Duty of Care?

BT has repeatedly tried to get me to take their home hub and sign-up for 18 months. They want me to throw away my firewall/router to replace it with something totally insecure - and the blurb mentioned some 'security device later'. I think this stinks from a major provider - and I think El Reg should take this up with them.

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Euro consumers favour plasma over LCD

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Freeview made my mind up

I intended to purchase LCD. Helpful chap in shop got the set I had picked, and showed me Bugs Life from DVD with direct digital to the LCD - it looked great. Then I asked to view output of a freeview box since in reality this is 99% of my viewing. The LCD looked terrible - flesh tones of the news reader made her look like a dummy. So I looked at the same output with a plasma and the results were natural. I bought the plasma.

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