* Posts by Phil Kingston

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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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"don't waste your time trying to tell anyone else what they should do when it comes to passwords"

Well that's ruined the comments for this article then.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Can almost cut the hate for Windows in here today.

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Commbank data loss: Non-disclosure was pretty reasonable

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Another factor is that Joe Bloggs finding a tape of an unfamiliar-to-most media format lying on the street, or the back of a dusty office cupboard etc, is unlikely to know what the hell to do with it. Unless it was labelled with something like "Super-important backup tape containing banking details of 12 million customers".

Still, no encryption is an epic fail for CommBank's IT bods. The idea that they'd accept the risk of shunting unencrypted tapes to/from a third party speaks volumes about the culture in their IT depts.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Brave

I get nervous hitting the reboot button on kit a few hundred km away, never mind in freaking space.

Hats off I say.

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Re: F1 is a Car Crash

They do need to sort out the media rights again. Hopefully something more along the lines of what Formula E are doing - their emphasis seems to be on fan engagement and large audiences.

An next year's Formula E car looks like something straight out of the Hot Wheels factory http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/introducing-the-gen2-formula-e-car/

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 poised to fling 350kg planet-sniffing satellite into Earth orbit

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I'm no rocket scientist, but dang, having to hit a 30 second launch window seems like quite a feat to me.

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Android apps prove a goldmine for dodgy password practices

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Re: There's Nothing Wrong With QWERTY...

I've always been more of an ASDFGH kinda guy

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It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days

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Where's the obligatory "just install Linux" comment?

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NUC, NUC! Who's there? Intel, warning you to kill a buggy keyboard app

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Have to wonder if this is linked to this interesting story from yesterday: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-06/porn-site-pornhub-displayed-on-perth-yagan-square-touchscreen/9624428

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Intel admits a load of its CPUs have Spectre v2 flaw that can't be fixed

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Re: So since Intel have now confirmed that are unwilling to fix...

Depends on the definition of faulty I suppose.

Car analogies are always a good bet on a downvote, but let's say a car maker were hauled over the coals for using glass in their windows. That glass can be smashed and used to gain access to the car and have a good rummage around the glove box.

Would the manufacturer be liable in the same way? After all, the window served its purpose just fine until someone decided to unearth the hidden weakness in it, much like these CPU bugs.

Still, common sense has no place in the US legal system.

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Here's the list of Chinese kit facing extra US import tariffs: Hard disk drives, optic fiber, PCB making equipment, etc

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Re: Hats off!

Don't forget to narrow it down to only those machines used in making hats out of felt.

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Lenovo sends EMEA exec into metaphorical burning building

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Re: They could have it so easy

Was the ThinkLight the little LED above the screen that illuminated the keyboard?

Always struck me as a bit twee.

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Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix

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Re: Microsoft should be held accountable for there defective code

"Microsoft should be held accountable for there defective code"

I'm not normally one to go all there/their/they're on someone, but in that sentence it's gold.

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Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath

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I'll doubt storage space is really their concern. Probably more that it's either not cost-effective to keep the service going, they don't have a more glamorous roadmap for it, didn't see the take-up they forecast, they're concerned about some aspect of regulation, or they simply can't be arsed any more.

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: Why not ban pit stops when the safety car is out.

Safety. If a car is an unsafe condition, such as dangerously worn tyres, then the driver must still be able to pit and change them. Sure, that means pit stops are gamed as Vettel did, but safety has to be their priority.

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Reflection of a QR code on PoS scanner used to own mobile payments

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Re: How to retrofit bonk-pay to your existing Smartphone

That can lead to scratching the phone. A better option may be to grab a sticker/coffecup/keyring/wristband/ring with the chip in from your provider of choice e.g. https://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobile/phones/wearables/optus-pay, https://www.westpac.com.au/personal-banking/mobile-wallets/paywear/, or www.inamo.com. In Australia at least. Not sure about other countries.

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Re: Tokens "...when a card is swiped..."

I was confused over MST/NFC too. Hadn't heard of MST before. Happily, Sammy has what looks to be a reaonable explanation at https://www.samsung.com/us/support/answer/ANS00043949/

So MST is a contactless way of replicating an actual swipe.

Me though, I prefer bonking.

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City of Atlanta's IT gear thoroughly pwned by ransomware nasty

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Re: Unfortunate names

Agreed, something's not right there

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Re: That will be an improvement

Usually caused by another piece of software incorrectly editing the default file associations, so Windows reverts them to out-the-box defaults.

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