* Posts by Steve Foster

630 posts • joined 10 Oct 2007

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Capita payments service Pay360 goes TITSUP

Steve Foster
Joke

Clue in the Name?

Unlike Office365, this one might have been more accurately named based on the annual uptime...

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

Steve Foster

Re: State protected entertainment

"I think this clearly demonstrates that the only thing keeping the BBC alive is state protection, and if it were left up to the democratic vote of consumers' wallets then it would disappear in a bureaucratic puff of smoke."

I disagree. There's plenty of BBC-originated content that I would be happy to buy in a sensible form (although it also makes a lot of dross that I would not want to purchase).

The problem seems mostly to be that while the BBC is supported by the TV Licence income, it appears to be incapable of properly building (and promoting) decent mechanisms for operating in a commercial manner.

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Realistic Brits want at least 3 security steps on bank accounts

Steve Foster

Re: I read the article twice, but couldn't see any mention

It isn't mentioned in the article.

However, it is common practice among many UK companies (banks, utilities and others) when calling you on the home/mobile telephone number they have on file (and often from a number that has CallerID suppressed/ or is clearly bogus) to insist that you have to answer "security questions" to verify your identity before they will talk to you. It is one of the most idiotic concepts ever.

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SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

Steve Foster
Joke

Kim Dotcom

Is this a new plan for MegaUpload to place its servers where the US TLAs can't readily get their mitts on them?

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72-layer flash die from SK Hynix towers over all, capacity a bit meh

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: "Two times = twice"

I would much prefer "twice as fast" over "twice faster", but there are sentences where that would not fit properly, and "two times faster" would be the appropriate choice.

In the article sentence, both "twice as fast" and "two times faster" are acceptable alternatives.

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Huawei faces UK sales ban if it doesn't cough up 4G patent tithes

Steve Foster

Re: Somthing wrong with those numbers

The article has misplaced the decimal point for Huawei's original offer - according to the PDF, it was 0.034%.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

Steve Foster
Boffin

Re: Life extension tech

If that were to be Elon's exit, it would at least be fitting if it were a space bus.

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US Marine Corps chiefs declare WAR on stolen sex snap sharing scum

Steve Foster
Joke

Hmmm, coming soon:

All new NCIS, NCIS:Los Angeles and NCIS:New Orleans?

A whole season of cross-over episodes...

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Roses are red, violets are blue, HMRC confirms Verify can STFU

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Not more confusion!

I had reason to use one of my other Gateway accounts today, and, now that the SA deadline has passed, the SMS 2FA configuration has been made optional!

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Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Not more confusion!

I've been registered with the Gov Gateway for some time (indeed, I have the unfortunate problem of having multiple GG credentials for various reasons).

Somewhere in the run-up to this year's self-assessment deadline, HMRC/Gov.uk decided to add an SMS "2FA" element to the mix, and made it mandatory, with automatic enrolment upon login. So when I came to do my return, I couldn't even start the process until I'd faffed about with this useless extra step.

Next time, I'm going back to a paper return - it's easier!

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Apple goes global in Qualcomm license war: Patent spat hits China

Steve Foster
Joke

@Steve Davies 3

Isn't this just the lawyers scrabbling for something new to do, now that Apple v Samsung is nearly over?

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

Steve Foster
Joke

@Hans 1

Ah, so, perhaps this is Apple's first attempt to counteract the internal map errors on iPhones...

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: Hunt's Capital Gains?

Hotcourses was founded in 1990 (according to Companies House). Jeremy "Spoonerism" Hunt became an MP in 2005. Not sure you could realistically argue that he spent time out from being an MP to create the company!

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Military reservist bemoans frost-bitten baby-maker on Antarctic trek

Steve Foster
Joke

Hmmm

Perhaps this was not the best time to decide to "go commando"!

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Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: "Sandisk"

Sandisk staff were all busy either cashing WD buyout cheques or being laid off (by incoming WD management), so it's hardly surprising they might not have produced enough inventory.

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Boffins one step closer to solving nanoscale computer challenge

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: How high can you go?

If you follow the link to the Grand Challenge, you'll be able to read that specifying it as a 50nm cube is exactly what they have done.

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Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

Steve Foster

@hardboiledphil

One of the arguments for changing the design away from p2p may well have been this court scenario, precisely to avoid similar court cases in future (MS can be surprisingly pragmatic at times).

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Uber's robo-truck makes first delivery of ... Budweiser in Colorado

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: They'll make everyone unemployed

Ah, yes, just as the plough, the jacquard loom, and every other thing we've invented over the centuries has done before.

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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

Steve Foster
Facepalm

"creative output"

If it's anything like most meetings, the most useful place for that output is in the round store of infinite capacity (that some other commentard described recently).

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Asda server glitch leaves customers without online shopping

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: "how an unbagged raw chicken could contaminate an entire supermarket"

With an awfully big Nerf gun...

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Banks don’t give a 2FA

Steve Foster

Re: Whoops!

Although Santander don't use 2FA at that point, their login pages do include a personalised display as an anti-phishing measure (I haven't seen any other bank doing that).

And Santander do use 2FA for approving new payees (by sending a OTP to your mobile).

Personally, I think 2FA just to login is probably excessive, and there are reasonably some functions that could be done without it (eg requests that require delivery fulfillment or branch collection [replacement cheque books and such]).

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Ofcom finds 'reasonable grounds' that KCOM failed to maintain 999 services

Steve Foster

Re: 112?

It's what Europe use instead of 999. So while we're (temporarily still) part of the EU, it's required to work here as well (at least, that's AIUI). But, as is usual with EU measures, we continued with 999 for us.

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Microsoft makes massive changes to MCSE and MCSD

Steve Foster
Holmes

Backronym...

Must Consult Someone Experienced.

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

Steve Foster
WTF?

Re: "decorations will be up"

Christmas Puddings are already out on the shelves.

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My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: That migration to SQL Server's working really well then...

Since it's Tasks, the backend they're migrating to will be Exchange (Office365)...

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

Steve Foster
Joke

Gender Stereotyping...

Obviously, this exhibit was designed by a man. If it had been the product of a female brain, the colours would have been fuschia and lilac.

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Dude, you got a Dell lawyer: HPE sues high-flying ex-exec after defection to EMC

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Hmmm

Interesting that HPE are so desperate for cost savings that they're implementing large redundancy programmes, yet there's enough in the kitty for "blue rectangle" lapel pins.

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

Steve Foster
Joke

Well!

That takes "you're holding it wrong" to a whole new level.

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Appliance-maker Liebherr chillin' with Microsoft, prototyping another Internet fridge

Steve Foster
Boffin

@Dr Syntax

Surely you've experimented with hand-pressing the internal switch that is normally operated by closure of the door?

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O2: Float or flog. What's it going to be, Telefonica?

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Here come the groundhogs

Except you missed the bit about the existing name being toxic, seeing as how it's associated with the soon-to-be-ex parent organisation. So you need a completely new, whalesong-inspired corporate nothing-word rebrand (helpfully, that would fit with Sean Bean routinely getting killed off in whatever thing he's involved with :p).

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Linux 4.8-rc5 lands

Steve Foster
Joke

Never mind "an rc8"...

...it sounds like they're at increased risk of an rcLinus.

(even though that's a fairly frequent occurrence already)

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

Steve Foster
Holmes

@AC

Well, of course, everyone (other than marketeers) quickly learnt that "HD Ready" = "not actually capable of HD" (see also "Vista Ready").

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BBC vans are coming for you

Steve Foster
Black Helicopters

Silly Question, but...

...can anyone actually cite the legislation that changes the rules? (rather than just the BBC/TVL claiming the rules have changed)

All I could find was reports of Whittingdale saying that the government intended to make the change "possibly as soon as later in the year", then some parliamentary debate notes in early summer about the BBC White Paper (that talked about introducing legislation in due course), and then of course, Brexit happened and turned everything upside-down.

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MIT brainiacs triple the speed, double the range of Wi-Fi

Steve Foster
Joke

"consumers won't have to buy new hardware"

What about those of us who don't have Roombas? Can we substitute the family pet?

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Steve Foster
Trollface

@Dr?

Are you sure the pigs had lowered their standards that far?

And, besides, hasn't CMD[1] gone now?

[1] "Call Me Dave" for those who've managed to forget already.

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Steve Foster
Big Brother

Re: The 'two wrongs make a right' argument.

While I agree with your sentiment in principle (that two "wrongs" don't make a "right"), if Corbyn has voluntarily waived his right to privacy by publishing "selfies" of his journey, then it can't really be argued that Virgin have breached said right by publishing additional footage of the same journey (not having seen the footage, I would hope that they did at least blur out any other passengers! [or obtain their consent]).

"...and why couldn't Corbyn have been a bit more organised and reserved a seat? His lack of planning does not justify renationalisation of the network."

Because *terrorists*, obviously! :)

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

Steve Foster
Joke

Simple, innit?

The filter consists of:

*.facebook.com

:)

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Google Chrome will beat Flash to death with a shovel: Why... won't... you... just... die!

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Dear Google,

Does this mean you'll also end the (clearly) absurd practice of bundling the Flash player into Chrome?

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Pokémon Go tragedy strikes

Steve Foster
Childcatcher

"Tragedy Strikes"

...I was expecting a rather different story to be behind the headline, about how the list of Darwin Award candidates was getting longer by the minute.

I'm kinda disappointed by the actual (non) story...

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Since you love Flash so much, Adobe now has TWO versions for you

Steve Foster
Devil

@DubyaG

I was tempted to ask whether you were referring to IE or Flash, but decided that the advice could usefully be applied to both targets.

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Galaxy S7 Active can't swim, claims site. But it can, vendor retorts

Steve Foster
Holmes

@Duffy Moon et al

I rather think that's a predictive text substitution for sim card.

Perhaps Samsung's marketing department could make their next model the S7 Felix... :)

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

Steve Foster
Childcatcher

Re: Thank you, Sir

Let's not forget bow and bow [and beau], and row and row.

(archery vs shipping or obsequience; argument vs Steve Redgrave).

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

Steve Foster
Headmaster

@kmiettinen

<pedantry voice="Stephen Fry"> _fewer_ </pedantry>

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Keep on trucking: Dropbox's Magic Pocket and the curse of the loading bay

Steve Foster
Devil

"Who's surprised?"

The hipsters, of course.

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Microsoft and Facebook, swimming in the sea,
N-E-T-W-O-R-K-I-N-G

Steve Foster

Re: Meanwhile

3 months to slowly cross the atlantic letting out cable as you go sounds like a reasonable timeframe; 15 months seems excessive.

At least, for a private organisation - obviously, if this was a government scheme, the consultation alone would take at least 15 months!

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

Steve Foster

Idiot Banks

One of the reasons that people get caught by phishing attacks is the banks idiotic behaviour when they call you in demanding you answer "security questions" - when *they're* the unknown quantity.

I always decline to do so, and try to explain that I'm not going to answer questions from some random stranger who's called my number, and nor am I going to call any number they give me - at least not until and unless they prove who they are to my satisfaction first.

Another example of cretinous behaviour on their part:

Most of my bank accounts are protected by 2FA of one sort or another. One day, using a shiny new laptop, I logged in to one of my accounts (that uses a PIN protected challenge/response key generator thingy), authenticated with multiple user codes, plus the 2FA response, arranged a regular payment _to an existing recipient_, received confirmation of payment and logged off.

A couple of days later, I went to log in again, to be told that my account was "not initialised properly" (or some such) and I could not login. Figuring this was some temporary glitch at their end, I tried again the next day. Still no access. After a couple of days of this, I gave in and called their support number. After passing their security questions, they told me that my account had been frozen (no payments out, internet access blocked) due to "suspected fraudulent activity" (the payment that I made online [by now] a week earlier [which they'd actually cancelled]). I asked what was the point of having and using 2FA and all their other security measures if they were all going to be overridden/ignored just because I used a new computer!

While I do appreciate that they are supposed to make efforts to prevent fraud, a single minor difference out of several test elements should not be enough for them to a) lock me out of my own account, b) cause payments to be summarily cancelled, and (most especially) c) do this all without making any sort of attempt to contact me in any way.

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Irish data cops kick Max Schrems' latest Facebook complaint up to EU Court

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Another thumbs up to Max!

That hardly seems like a fitting reward for his efforts!

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

Steve Foster

Re: Wild Python?

Wild? I expect it was absolutely livid.

(with credit to Rowan Atkinson/NTNON)

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Got $130,000 down the back of the sofa? Great. Grab an HP 3D printer

Steve Foster
Facepalm

And, of course, this being HP...

...a JetDirect card to connect it to the network will not be supplied as standard.

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Art heist 'pranksters' sent down for six months

Steve Foster
Alien

@Doctor Syntax

s/transplants/implants/

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