* Posts by Phil Kingston

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Re: A phone from the past

Wish I'd never got rid of mine. Waaayyyy past time for that form factor to make a comeback.

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My pub phone dream is close to reality. Just needs a little less fruit and to not to be tied to some yank network.

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Re: Seems OK

I've heard Sittingbourne is 20 years behind.

Confirmation.

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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I also wonder why he didn't just enter the property, trigger the alarm, and then simply silence the alarm with PIN/fob/whatever.

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lock escalation?

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Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

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What really got me about all the Samsung bloat and crapware was that they don't even let you uninstall them. I mean, it's one thing to ship a device loaded up with shite, and quite another to not even let the user remove it.

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Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN

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Re: Android?

Extortion is a serious word to be throwing around.

If anyone has a valid patent and does good licensing deals then I say fair enough. Obvs not all those patent troll firms.

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If you haven't already patched your MikroTik router for vulns, then if you could go do that, that would be greeeeaat

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Re: Would anyone...

I don't. But i've heard good things about them and i know a one-man-band IT guy who's rolled out a dozen or so.

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Why even touch user folders?

Smartphone 2002, with ActiveSync, those were the days

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Sounds like a non-trivial task to un-pick everything they put Plus' hooks into.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Sky's the limit with this kind of legislation. Hope they get their legal eagles on it.

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Want some of that sweet government contract money? Obama's CIO gives tips to land deals with Uncle Sam

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To be fair, the only reason government departments hit EOL woes is because they can't get rolled-out without months/years caught up in their own procurement process.

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CEO pleads guilty of conspiring with drug cartels to sell them stealthy Blackberrys

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Just some good-ol' fashioned policing.

Now if only they could pass on their knowledge to those hastily drafting a crazy encryption bill in Australia.

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Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

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Re: Going back to Thinkpad

I suspect you may not be the target market then. The folks I've seen who use these as mobile devices (seen a fair few that never actually leave their desk) have a wireless mouse and expect/demand Wi-Fi everywhere. There's no need for them to lug USB hubs or ethernet adaptors. They're not the kind of people who would know what a VM is, let alone want to run some on a tablet.

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Re: $350 headphones?

About right for the competition they're up against - Bose and Sony's most popular wireless noise-cancelling offerings are at this price too. But! They don't have these one's killer feature! Cortana built-in!

No, me neither.

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Surface All Access looks like an interesting proposition. I shall investigate further when it extends outside US.

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UK comms watchdog Ofcom pokes probe into Vodafone and EE over network coverage numbers

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What's that got to do with the price of fish?

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Fragile SMW-3 cable back in service

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Reminds me of our local https://howmanydayssincebayswaterbridgehasbeenhit.com/

Perhaps we need a seemewee one.

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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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Re: Notches

Sharp had a notched display that beat Essential to market by a few days. Not that it matters.

I prefer to see the display as having two extra areas rather than having something taken away. Glass half full.

My this year's handset has ears. The remainder of the screen is 2:1 and the presence of the ears really had zero sway on my decision to buy it. I genuinely don't see why people are upset about it.

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Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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I dunno, I wouldn't say they fucked up so much, more that Apple won by having their App Store. When they opened the App Store to 3rd parties, that was the killer blow. MS then just went down a path where each new version was incompatible with previous version's apps. Users didn't stand for it.

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Ooof! Cisco Webex has been down for 7 hours – and counting

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I don't see the point of spokespeople like WebEx's. Can't remember the last time I heard of one actually speaking something meaningful.

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US JEDI military cloud network is so high-tech, bidders will have to submit their proposals by hand, on DVD

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Optical media?

How quaint.

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Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

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Re: Things will not improve until...

Perhaps start with CIOs

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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Re: pathetic

Pretty sure that comment could be copy-pasted under any article I've ever read.

Portable outrage.

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Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

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Re: The Chinese variant of the XS will take two physical SIMs.

Bingo. Apple have only done this because it suits them. Either as something to assist negotiations with carriers or some other reason. They want to own everything. It's not unreasonable to anticipate them becoming an MVNO in certain regions. Imagine that, buy iPhone, fire it up, set up iTunes account, choose default Apple network, all your base are belong to us.

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Re: Sexist?

I probably know more Maxines than Maximillians.

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VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

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Having had a decent year as City of Culture they'll be crying out for some IT conferences. They would, if you like, become City of Vulture.

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‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

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>AI flagged the offensive name change, but for some reason the human in charge of blocking it did not do so.

I feel for that human. I find it hard to imagine a more tedious office job than reviewing "AI"-generated map edits, not surprised one got through.

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Chinese hotel chain warns of massive customer data theft

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That explains it. But that's a poor law if it means they have to save years old credit card information.

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Real culprit here is the hotel group for holding onto data long after it was needed.

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Windows 95 roars once more in the Microsoft round-up

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I've still got the Windows 95 startup sound as my ringtone. #95foreva

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Incoming NBN boss inheriting regulation, service headaches

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I thought I was in a tiny minority of NBN customers with such issues. Those figures are staggering. That said, it shouldn't be too hard for him to improve on them.

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'Surprise!' West Oz gummint is hopeless at information security

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I always think disabled accounts could still be a risk. Take disgruntled employee Jonno. Has his account disabled when he's black-bagged on Friday. Rings the service desk on Monday and gets lucky that the operator decides to re-enable his account. Assuming some sort of remote access, Jonno's back in, and up to mischief.

Worse, if another person knew Jonno's account had been disabled they could attempt to get it reactivated and try their luck at a few passwords.

Small, but disabled accounts still pose a risk.

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Australia blocks Huawei, ZTE from 5G rollout

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I'd be as concerned about what influence the US government has over Cisco, Juniper, HP et al.

The Huawei-bashing does seem a little bit of a trend these days. Excluding a vendor for something that might happen in the future, with no evidence of past wrongdoings, seems harsh. A thought I'm sure will earn me a downvote or two.

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Heads up: Fujitsu tips its hand to reveal exascale Arm supercomputer processor – the A64FX

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Makes me feel old. No love for Doom any more.

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MyHealth Record privacy legislation published

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Re: What time is it now?

Pretty sure it's my turn to be PM any day now. Everyone else seems to have had a go.

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Blinking internets, Batman! O2 trials 5G over lightbulbs

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Hue had me at 5G light bulb

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Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

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Hmmmm. Interested to know how this crew's "free" plugin makes them money. Assuming it's not hoovering up user browsing habits and flogging same to advertisers of course.

On the plus side, they managed to get quite a cool domain name.

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Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

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Honeshly oshifer, the zebra fish, he shtarted it

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Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

Phil Kingston
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If you have to ask the price...

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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I read this as them wanting a method to take covert screenshots of the unencrypted messages. Should be a fun one to watch at any rate.

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Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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I can't see the need for most of the information in WHOIS records. Just knowing who the registrar is should be enough for most purposes. No?

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Hey, don't route the messenger! Telegram redirected through Iran by baffling BGP leak

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Re: You yanks pronounce it wrong, so no.

To be honest, we're not all that impressed with what you did with our language. We'd rather you just gave it us back and we'll forget about the whole thing.

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Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

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Re: I guess this is a positive thing?

Shipment figures over the last few years show a clear downwards trend. Demand's still there, but much reduced.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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We fear change

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Seen it in plenty of places but never seen it used. I seem to remember someone telling me that if it goes off, all the dust that gets blown around is enough to kill a lot of kit. So you may as well have let it burn.

One day they'll let me hit the button.

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Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

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Next you'll be telling me that Lotus123 is coming back.

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Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

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Re: Notepad to support *nix line endings

Bad day?

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Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime

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Re: Backups and redundancy, FFS

Is cash the analogue backup method?

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Huawei won a contract in Oz. Of course there's a whispering campaign

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Re: but when the trains stop, someone's bound to notice.

To be fair, this is just the comms network. From what i hear on their services it's mainly used to alert drivers to traffic jams, that Jonno's left his wallet on their bus or other mundane chatter.

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