* Posts by Phil Kingston

363 posts • joined 10 Jan 2008

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

Phil Kingston

"when the dot-matrix printers are connected to their Windows 10 PCs via USB"

Surely not?

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Google aims disrupto-tronic ray at intercoms. Yes, intercoms

Phil Kingston

"Broadcast just leave my pj's on the landing, I'm trollied"

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

Phil Kingston

Re: Running up stairways of falling rocks

Nah, tits and dragons, tits.

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Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes

Phil Kingston

Re: Still waiting

you'll be waiting till there's a capacious enough battery to run such a device.

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Telstra drops nbn™ in it as it wears compo for broadband speed ads

Phil Kingston

Re: Absolutely Beautiful

Now if only nbn had rolled out something more predictable, like say, fttp.

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Woeful NBN services attract ACCC's attention

Phil Kingston

If it will save the ACCC some time, and God knows how many millions, I can answer the question of whether they should intervene for them now: Yes.

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The inquiry's not about that though.

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Vodafone's NBN plans may include voice-over-WiFi, virtual landlines

Phil Kingston

Give me a data-only SIM and allow me to port my 04 mobile number to a VOIP provider, then we'll talk.

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Apple vs. Samsung to climb back into rounded rectangle of justice

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Re: So Who Won?

They're the only ones that always win...

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nbn™ to use G.fast in late 2018, firstly in commercial premises

Phil Kingston

Re: FTTC?

I seem to remember they've made a statement along the lines of "we're calling it FTTC as that's the internationally recognised name".

I've got a different name for FTTC/K and FTTN.

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

Phil Kingston

Yep, they're daft buggers. Always seem to run towards the car/bike/train that's scaring them. Had one smack into the passenger door of the ute on Saturday. Made a helluva thump.

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I'm sure they've done the math, but that seems like it would be a hell expensive project to save on a small number of staff.

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Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

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Re: 3G is important, even for dumb phones

2G is gone for the biggest network in Australia. And the others are quickly following suit.

The only feature I'd want from a dumbphone is for the contacts to sync with e.g. Google. Then I'd buy one as a pub phone.

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Ouch: Brit council still staggering weeks after ransomware bit its PCs

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Thumb Up

I say kudos for a BCP that a) actually existed b) managed to maintain some semblance of front line services.

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Helium's for balloons and squeaky voices, not this 10TB Toshiba beast

Phil Kingston

Re: Question

I've always gone with the more spindles approach.

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Boeing slams $2m on the desk, bellows: Now where's my jetpack?

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Let me guess, Boeing will own the IP of any design submitted?

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

Phil Kingston

Re: Small-minded men

"Not scared, just cautious."

Add "informed" to that list. The problem with a lot of pro and anti-cloud arguments seems to be that those making the decisions either don't understand or don't care what they're championing.

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Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

Phil Kingston

Does it come with the legend "Plonker" emblazoned across the back?

Because that's what everyone will think when they see the wearer struggling to brush it the right way while defending how useful it is to their mate.

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Fresh chips from Intel (yay?) at 14nm (awww)

Phil Kingston

"We are laser-focused on giving the enthusiast community the ultimate desktop experience"

If I were in the same room as a manager who decided to one-up the management-speak overuse of "focused" to "laser-focused", I'd leave, at best. Nut him at worst.

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

Phil Kingston

Re: The Elephant in the room

Question is, will the potential fraudsters just happily sit on the information for 366 days before trying to use the information they've obtained?

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Virginia scraps poke-to-vote machines hackers destroyed at DefCon

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Re: Replacements

depends of how secure you consider Windows XP to be...

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Microsoft, Apple cough up MEEELLIONS after Australian tax audits

Phil Kingston

AU$630 million agreed to be paid back with no penalties?

That's an obscsene amount to have (seemingly) intentionally adopted dodgy accounting practices to avoid paying.

And if they agreed to AU$630 million, you can bet the "real" figure they should have paid was substantially more.

And no penalties? Well, that's the cherry on top.

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Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

Phil Kingston

Aside from any technical reasons, asking a user to pay the same fee for a Windows licence used on a piddly netbook or IoT device as a corporation would for a hefty server would be a hard sell.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

Phil Kingston

I used to be pro-ad, I understood that publishers needed to earn a coin. Then, of all sites, El Reg had a massive IBM auto-playing, auto-expanding video/audio ad that interrupted not only my reading, but also my choice of music that was playing at the time. I went full anti-ad. I'm luck enough to be technically literate enough to block ads on my work PC, my home network and my mobile.

I like learning about new products and services, but if advertisers want to interrupt my listening pleasure they can get lost.

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For fork's sake! Bitcoin Core braces for another cryptocurrency split

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Re: Where does the money come from?

You'd not be splitting a tenner though. This would be the Bank of England (or those crazy Scots ones) giving <something additional> to everyone who could show them a tenner. And doing the whole "promise to pay the bearer on demand" thing. Which if I think about it, is as flimsy a foundation for the value of something as an algorithm-derived electronic token.

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Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

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Re: Simple

Disappointed they didn't manage to get "disrupt" in there somewhere.

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nbn™ blames cheap-ass telcos for grumpy users, absolves CVC pricing

Phil Kingston

"Internet Australia continues a long campaign in which it insists that copper has no future, other than in short runs as part of a fibre-to-the-distribution-point build that could see twisted pairs used for longer distances than is the case for fibre-to-the-node connections."

Longer? Surely, shorter?

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

Phil Kingston

99 little bugs in the code

99 little bugs in the code

Take one down, patch it around

117 little bugs in the code

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Scary news: Asteroid may pass Earth by just 6,880km in October

Phil Kingston

Does Bruce Willis know?

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Apple exits music player biz by killing iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle

Phil Kingston

Kinda sad to see the segment disappearing. But time waits for no man.

As a possible correction, I thought the mini had a 4GB Hitachi spinning disk.

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

Phil Kingston

i tire of this government's "because terrorists" argument to every intrusion.

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Medicare data leaks, but who was breached?

Phil Kingston

Of the many issues that arise, I'm most surprised at the idea that someone would accept a Medicare card as proof of ID. That's almost asking to be defrauded.

For non-Aussies, a Medicare card is like a 40 year old credit card - no hologram, signature, chip or other anti-fraud measures. I just imagine credit card fraudsters have been literally dusting of the machines they used to make fake cards back in the day and trying a new trick.

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Phil Kingston

I hope the talks are kept brief and there's an end in sight to squandering tax payer's money on that showboating joker.

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Anyone want a private YouTube collab-o-tron? Microsoft hopes you do

Phil Kingston

Nice

Everyone needs a private redtube.

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It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware

Phil Kingston

Re: So why US only?

"So why US only?"

First thought - the bad guys behind the malware are targeting Americans either for political reasons or because the malware they're trying to get running specifically targets American banks and their account holders.

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Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

Phil Kingston

"many agencies – particularly in the defense sector – are taking heat for being slow to adopt their prescribed IT reforms"

To be fair, I can't see many IT managers and staff (especially in govt sector) falling over themselves to move the data and systems they manage into AWS and hence make themselves redundant.

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HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

Phil Kingston

If you outsource all your IT folk to the point that your “associated governance was not robust and relied heavily on HPE recommendations” then there's only one place to ultimately point the finger...

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Dish Network hit with $280 MEEELLION fine for relentless robocalling

Phil Kingston

" filed suit in 2009"

Just me, or 8 years seem about 7 years 3 weeks and 4 days too long to reach that conclusion?

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

Phil Kingston

"the refunds won't wend their way back through the system for several days"

That's the bit that always galls me with mistakes like that - I'm firmly of the opinion that if money's instantly taken in error from my account, they can damn well put it back instantly. And don't get me started on those companies that think correcting their mistakes by sending a cheque is OK. In 2017.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

Phil Kingston

"The AILA expressed satisfaction that the US government was not seeking social media account passwords"

that'll be because the spooks don't need the passwords.

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Twice-crashed HPE SANs at Oz Tax Office built for speed, not strength, and turned off error reporting

Phil Kingston

Re: Shelf failure?

The accidental unplugging due to manual shelf movement has been a rumour.

Coupled with the comments about FC cable management then I reckon we do have a winner - sounds very much like (aside from the other failures and poor data management) a shelf was moved. And I think I remember reading that remote hands were attempting to move kit from one rack to another. Oh dear.

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

Phil Kingston

"So the suit is obviously about something else."

I'd wager the something else would be "lawyers lining their own pockets".

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Phil Kingston

If PP thinks their customers will be confused between a music streaming service and their own financial offerings, that says a lot about how stupid PP thinks their customers are.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Phil Kingston

Both users should take note.

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Australian Federal Police accessed metadata without warrant, broke law

Phil Kingston

#WeToldYouSo #TipOfTheIceberg

Still, it's to stop terrorism, so mustn't dare question it.

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Super-secure Pi-stuffed nomx email server box given a good probing

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Re: Must have been made by...

"Any buzzwords I missed?"

Their dude used "disrupt". A word which gets any vendor off my shopping list.

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'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

Phil Kingston

Is it really wrong to call people stupid or fat if they are indeed stupid or fat?

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

Phil Kingston

Interesting that MS way of storing data makes them less susceptible to US legal overreach crap. I'd bet G will be changing their algorithm to a similar arrangement.

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You just sent an on-prem app to the cloud and your data centre has empty racks. What now?

Phil Kingston

Secure? Away from prying eyes? Light? Powered? Cool? Level?

Anything other than sticking a sofa, a beer fridge and an awesome Scalextric track should be illegal.

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

Phil Kingston

So the same functionality as Google's had for quite some time then?

Microsoft Authenticator joins Office and other MS apps/services that get updates/features on non-MS platforms first/only.

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