* Posts by Phil Kingston

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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?

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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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Xiaomi's Wang: We're coming to the USA

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Re: hmmm... sure....

"People don't want...."

Well, some people may want. And some people may not be bothered.

Last time I saw an IR port on a phone used, it was a Palm Pilot getting online through an 8210. I've not met anyone who puts the presence (or not) of a notch as a dealbreaker when it comes to phone choice. Bluetooth headphones are the norm round my way. And I've still never seen anyone actually swap out batteries (either for a quick top up) or to replace an eventual failed battery.

That's just my experience, some of those things happen, I'm sure, in large numbers somewhere and by some user groups. But to suggest that everyone, in all markets, wants the same as you is probably incorrect.

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They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

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Snippet for those interested in how the browser-based email service got its name - HoTMaiL.

Or so I was told once.

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Hands up if you didn't lose data in the Typeform breach

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Baker's Delight

As a regular customer, I hope Baker's Dozen rise to the occasion. They won't want to be seen to be pounding the pudding. Yeast of all they doughn't want negative press - they'll end up looking a bit crepe.

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Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google's clone gets real and IBM's comes to Europe

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Re: Snowmobile

I want pics

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Google kills AdWords!

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To me, the logo looks like a green-haired clown in a yellow top and blue jeans bending over to take one from Google.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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The figures are both good. But at that rate of call reduction I'm not sure I'd feel very secure as a CSR for MS.

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Bank of England to set new standards for when IT goes bad

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Re: Did this get worse when they started "outsourcing"?

I think an El Reg article covering TSB's TITSUP mentioned that there was some hand-raising, but they were over-ruled by those higher-up.

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Re: Backup plan??

It may exist, but good luck a) finding one b) finding someone in your local Spar who knows how/is willing to use it.

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Cloud-in-a-box? Bo-ring! How about cloud-in-a-tank?

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I do hope it looks cool. And is badged as Microsoft Azure Black Hack Multipack Attack Rack Stack

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums

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Re: Not sure how big of a loss this is

As useful as Windows Network Diagnostics being the default button when you can't access a network location.

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nbn™ CEO didn't mean to offend gamers, just brand them unwelcome bandwidth-hogs

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I expect there's more howlers to come as he winds down on his way out the door. I'm sure someone will remind me, but he's got what, 6, months left?

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Dual-screen laptops debut at Asus' Computex chat

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I thought that too. But the second screen would be a pain in the neck (literally) to see. That whole thing would need to held up at such a stupid angle.

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I'm puzzled by that second device. I can't think of a situation where someone would want a slither of a second screen above a non-tactile on-screen keyboard. And the use-cases for needing both halves of a laptop to be actual screens also seem small.

Still, I may be proved wrong.

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Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

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Re: Naturally

Third party? Are Philips farming out their voice-recognition?

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The ability to set specific colours, brightness, not just on/off

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Samsung escapes obligation to keep old phones patched

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Good to see someone else falling foul of car analogies.

Cars ain't phones.

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NAB mainframe turns its TOESUP* after power outage, offline 7 hours

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Sadly, these outages seem to be an annual event. If not NAB, then one of the others. Luckily I'm not a business-owner. But as a consumer I have a second, pre-paid card with me at all times for just such an eventuality. I suppose cash would be a better backup, but I'd just blow that on beer and crisps.

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Sadly, I fear you may be right.

And I'd imagine it'll be a while before they get round to a heavily-lawyered response that'll need signing to confirm the account owner has agreed to their offer of nowt and have no intention of sueing them (now or ever) just in order to maintain an account with them..

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Remember that $5,000 you spent on Tesla's Autopilot and then sued when it didn't deliver? We have good news...

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So if/when the software is available, these folks will have had their cake and eaten it too?

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Waiting for 100 Mbps NBN on wireless? Errr, umm, sorry about that

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Re: They got 100Mbps wireless in Iceland (country)

Sorry, yes, new service, not new satellites.

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Re: They got 100Mbps wireless in Iceland (country)

Technology ain't the issue. There's apparently no consumer demand. And business demand can be covered by the "NBN Business Satellite Service" which launches its first satellites next year (Sky Muster will remain, but be consumer-oriented).

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Top UK court to rule whether 4.5m Brit iPhone fanbois can sue Google over cookies

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>"Lloyd wanted to pay himself “an annual salary of up to £50,000 for a period of up to four years"

Now it makes sense.

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nbn™ isn’t fixing HFC, it’s ‘optimising’ it

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Still got to admire Telstra's balls - sell a failing network to nbn for billions. Then charge billions more to fix it up for them. Genius.

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DOJ convicts second bloke for helping malware go undetected

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Nice to see people get taken down for this kind of thing, but dang, 35 years!?

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US senators ask FTC to investigate Google's Location imbroglio

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I suspect they mean "messages" that rely on location at points in time. The sort of "we see you're currently at Tesco, why not pick up some discount ham today?" stuff.

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

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Seems a lot of expensive hassle when they could just elbow him out that window he's so fond of waving from.

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>"Assange hacked into the communications system within the embassy".

Ten quid says the "hacking" was the highly-skilled vulnerability exploit of plugging his laptop into the wall's LAN socket.

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We've found it! A cloud-and-AI angle on the royal wedding

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THIS is what AI, machine-learning and cloud is for!

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NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars

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"the first powered flying machine and the first human-designed heavier-than-air vehicle to visit another planet".

If not humans, who else is designed flying vehicles for other planets? That's some Area 51 shit going on. What does El Reg know that we don't?

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Mate, that sounds like a shit place to work!

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No real drama for firmware USB uploads etc... just clarify that such software is distinct from "data" in their memo of "expanding the practise of prohibiting data transfer to all removable portable storage devices". BAU for booting/updating.

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Oz Budget 2018: Cash for 3cm GPS resolution, federated IDs, payments reform and blockchain

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Re: Australia's budget also reduced its beer tax.

I can tell you one thing, I noticed no price cut at Pub Club last night.

Will be interesting to see if there's actually any impact on bar prices.

Still, 3cm positioning sounds great. Especially for rescue services and autonomous vehicles, oh, and Google.

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Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?

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Re: Those two guys will be successful in their future lives...

I guess that if some research didn't identify risks then others might not learn of them until too late.

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Very much this!

There's simply no need to set up an "account" or to "register" when I just want to buy something from a merchant. So when they ask, I don't do it, I move on to the next merchant.

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It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

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Re: Sensible Rules

By making it fixed length, doesn't that make it easier to attack?

Efficiency of retrieval shouldn't be the driver for passwords surely? If there's one thing that I detest it's processes/forms/systems/interactions that are designed to make it easier for the processing bod to work on.

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Re: User-friendly method for good passwords

Gonna need a numeral in there for a lot of systems/sites.

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