* Posts by Ben Rose

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Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

Ben Rose
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Keystroke logger

A resident keystroke logger would so just as much harm, so I don't see much additional concern here. Either your machine is infected with malware and is at risk, or it's not. Single use 2FA is the only way that makes sense.

Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine

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Not sure I agree...but...

Not sure I agree...but...being paid to burn in your kit can't do any harm, can it? A lot of systems vendors do a 48hr burn-in test, now they can get some of their electricity costs back?

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: Past meets future

JohnFen,

My primary headphones are a pair of Bose QC12 - they're old but still work just fine so I've no reason to replace them.

They're wired and came with a cable about a yard long. I used to plug them into my 3T, as a London commuter I use them for several hours a day.

Now I've added the adapter for my 6T - it means the cable is about a metre long instead. I can still hear my music, I can still listen just as I did before.

People are moaning about something that just isn't a problem - just try it.

Ben Rose
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Re: Past meets future

tiggity - I don't charge my phone in bed, i never even charge my phone to full. It significantly reduces the lifetime of a non-replaceable battery.

Your wife can charge her phone before bed and listen to music all night and there will still be plenty of charge in the morning. She can charge it again whilst she's in the shower if she needs to but it won't run out and she simply doesn't need to charge and listen at the same time.

Charging your phone overnight is a dated practise and precisely why dash charging was created. You can get an unfeasible amount of charge in the phone in a very short time and it allows you to just charge when you need to and not shorten the life of your device by hanging it off a cable all the time.

Why anybody who struggles to sleep would choose to wire themselves to a phone which, in turn, was wired to the power is beyond me. If ever there was a use case for a pair of wireless earbuds, this is it.

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Past meets future

I bought one of these on launch day, my 3T was due an upgrade anyway.

The headphone thing is obviously subjective but I don't see the big problem here, just another thing for people to moan about. There's an adapter in the box, plug your old headphones in if you need to. If you're out and about you don't need the USB-C port for charging and if you're at home you don't need to use your headphones for music. People argue about the quality being less over bluetooth but if you really care about audio quality you wouldn't be using the headphone jack in a phone anyway...you'd have a proper high end music player.

Moving on, the biggest battery ever is truly superb and, despite being a heavy phone user, it just runs and runs - helped massively by Android Pie optimisation.

Talking of which, BlackBerry devices don't run on Android Pie yet and has a big history of being utterly useless on Android OS newer than their own - I had a problem with Nougat for ages until they release KeyOne. This is far more likely a BlackBerry/Pie issue than anything to do with Oneplus.

When the battery does run down, the Fast Charging (can't call it Dash now...Amazon copyright) easily gives you a day's charge in half an hour. I've only charged mine when I'm in the shower so far and it never needs any more than that.

Screen based fingerprint sensor is slower than 3T but face unlock is instant so I don't care - fingerprint plenty quick enough for banking apps etc and its relocation has made the screen real estate much more useful.

Camera isn't as good as other phones that cost £££s more, no surprise. It is however massively better than the 3T and now takes decent photos at night along with being good at close ups.

All in, a great purchase - another guy in my office has already bought one and I'm going to buy a second for my wife.

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Paris Hilton

Avast?

Avast has been painful for years, I binned it off in the Windows 7 era as it got more bloated and buggy. No surprise it's causing problems.

To be honest, having any commercial AV active during an OS upgrade has always been technology suicide anyway. Surprised Microsoft don't detect it during prerequisite checks and just say no.

Paris - because even she doesn't check for viruses before overnight maintenance.

RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

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Re: tips & corrections

If we're playing sub-editor:

"It appeared first appeared on Windows Mobile, but versions appeared"

needs revisions. It surely only appeared once?

Hyperoptic's overkill 10Gbps fibre trial 'more than a clever PR stunt'

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my phone can do 150meg over WiFi - they're in a dreamworld.

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Poor contention?

We have Hyperoptic in our apartment building, selling speeds of up to 1Gbps.

We signed up to the 100Meg download/upload service but I've never seen speeds faster than 60meg - don't see any point in selling 1000Mbps when they can't even deliver 100.

(Same kit happily downloads at 150Meg in our other property connected by a different provider)

Outlook.com looking more like an outage outbreak for Europe

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Important Emails?

Why on Earth would anybody have important emails in Hotmail? It's always been useless, I run servers at home with better uptime.

Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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As much as I like to kick them when they are down...

...working just fine for me in Surrey.

Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

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Did you know?

Your GPS location data is constantly tracked on Android?

Amusingly the repetition of this point alone made me realise that Andrew O had written this article.

Does he have shares in Apple?

Virgin Media scales back Project Lightning target in first quarter results

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Re: Smoke and Mirrors

Trust me AC, I used to get all the advertised bandwidth all the time and respond in a similar way to how you did - going back to original 1Mbps broadband days with NTL.

I was one of the first UK customers on 50meg and got it every second of the day. Same with upgrades to 60, 100 and 152. I even got all the 200Mbps all the time at first, but then they gave all other customers a "free" upgrade which presumably tipped the balance over on available bandwidth and they just couldn't deliver.

Now we struggle to watch a sinlge iPlayer stream at dinner time without interruption.

Like I tell everybody, VM is great when it works but when it doesn't they're the worst. Tech support waste hours of your life requesting modem reboots and blaming Wi-Fi for problems on a gigabit wired link.

They make you pay for big download speeds in order to get a reasonable upload speed, and then don't even deliver the speed anyway.

Ben Rose
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Re: Smoke and Mirrors

Trust me, my 200meg connection is lucky to get 40meg at peak times - I'm not much better off.

I can get that speed all the time on Virgin if I wanted, but I pay for more. I expect to get what I pay for, this has nothing to do with countryside availability.

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Smoke and Mirrors

Having equipment and a port speed capable of supporting 300meg is far away from actually having the bandwidth to support it.

They've just upgraded my area from 200 to 300 meg maximum speed, yet fail to achieve 200 meg a lot of the time at peak times. What's the point in paying extra for an increased connection speed to the green cabinet if there is no local bandwidth to back it up?

Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

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Re: I always smile when the statement generally goes like this

I was affected, but didn't report it because:

A) I initially thought it was something I'd done.

B) Only when I got an email today did I realise Netgear had screwed up.

C) I had backups - so no data was lost. I've been burned before by a ReadyNAS failure.

They can't claim "only a handful of people were affected" before they've even told them.

Virgin Media suspends 4 staff over misreporting connections

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Indeed, at peak times I currently get around 10meg on a 200meg connection. It's pretty much unusable and watching streaming services like iPlayer is impossible.

Reported at the end of last year, I was told it would be fixed by the end of March. Now I'm told end of September. It actually turns out 70meg ADSL is faster than 200meg Virgin fibre.

Please come back! TalkTalk woos customers with broadband offers

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I'm on a Virgin "200 meg" connection. At peak times, I sometime get 30meg - apparently I suffer from a local congestion fault. It will be months until they can resolve it.

I've been with Virgin since 1Meg "NTL" broadband days. I've always got the quotes speeds. DOCSIS3 gave me all of the 50meg it promised then I went to 152Meg and also got all the speeds. Then a "free" upgrade to 200meg (followed by the usual price increase) and since then my peak time speeds have been utterly useless. It makes watching things like iPlayer and All4 unusable at the time we want to watch them.

Nothing to do with Talk Talk I guess :O)

Seagate laying off 2,217 employees

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HDD Market

No major surprise, I was chatting to a friend only last week about how much of a mess the mechanical HDD market must be in.

SSD has taken over in the 512GB or smaller market, essentially all new desktop PC/laptop kit comes with SSD. Which leaves the big data storage drives.

I was pricing up a new NAS with 6 x 3TB drives, identical to the one I bought in 2014. I was amazed to find that the price would be £150 more for the chassis and that the drives hadn't dropped in price at all. In nearly 3 years.

In previous times, I'd expect to replace drives with ones that are double the capacity for the same price. So I'd have expect 6 x 6TB drives for the same price as I paid for 6 x 3TB drives in 2014, but this just isn't happening. HDD manufacturers are introducing bigger drives, for more money, instead of the flagship drives being the same price and the older ones being reduced.

Will the price per TB start falling again? Or will large SSD more cost effective before it happens?

Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

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Re: Social Attacks

52% of people voted for Brexit. Then add on the Trump voters. Lots of stupid people out there.

Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

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Planned to buy...but didn't.

I recently bought a new tablet to replace my ageing (but surprisingly long lived) Tesco HUDL. Having looked at all price point, in the end I went Pixel C. It offered everything. Fast octocore CPU and USB-C charging, great screen with market leading screen resolution and amazing battery life. Not cheap but ticket every box in a big way - I even went for the 64GB model as I knew I'd do more stuff on it.

I was naturally quite excited when I heard a Pixel phone was on the way. I've always like the idea of Nexus and always having the latest Android stuff, but the phone designs never floated my boat. I've been with Android since V1 and my current Samsung S5 is getting long in the tooth. I dreamed of a phone that impressed my like my Pixel C tablet had. It didn't.

I learned about exciting functions like the Google assistant but then realised it wouldn't be available on my matching tablet. It wasn't even available on those "always up to date" Nexus handsets. Suddenly features are exclusive to Pixel, a phone which is about double the price of a similar spec Oneplus 3.

If Google refuse to update their Pixel branded tablet, which is still on sale, what hope do we have that Pixel Phone will support Pixel 2 features when that gets released in a couple of years? Not only do Google want us to pay Apple like prices for a handset, they also want us to accept built in redundancy as our devices get older.

That's not what Android owners do. We keep applying updates and, when they stop coming, we start installing custom ROMs. Sure, suppliers may not make much money from that model, but we do provide repeat business.

It started to hurt when Samsung removed the SD card slot (which makes life much easier for juggling custom ROMs) and now I fear that the geeks are struggling for something to buy. I know several people who were poised to buy the Pixel phone but didn't. Rumoured sales numbers in the UK confirm we aren't alone.

I'm now looking at a Oneplus 3, albeit without an SD card slot, but it doesn't run Android N yet which would be a bit of a downgrade for many to go back to Marshmallow. Once it starts shipping with Nougat I feel Oneplus will have an order book that HTC can only dream of.

Straight outta Staines: Attenda has finally been sold... to US biz Ensono

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Do you mean?

Staines-upon-Thames

Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Sell

Backup biz Arcserve: Private equity... there's nothing like it

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Re: Actually a customer...

We're missing agent support for some software.

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Actually a customer...

I'm actually an Arcserve customer, but can't use UDP as it doesn't match the functionality of the old product. I got constant hard sell to try out UDP so wasn't chuffed to find that, whilst it add some nice new bells and whistles, it couldn't even do what their old product did.

We're stuck on the old product until the new one works properly.

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Percentages...

If you take a small number and add a small number, the growth can be a very large percentage.

Just saying.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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Avast problems?

I had Avast problems some time ago under Windows 7. I found the solution in the Add/Remove Programs dialog. No problems since.

Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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He's not entirely wrong...

In real terms, I kinda see his point.

I've upgraded my internet from dial-up to 1meg "broadband" and now I'm all the way up to a lovely "200 meg" connection. I can get the full bandwidth, Speedtest proves it.

But, in reality, my downloads haven't got much faster since I upgraded from 50 meg. Despite their being sufficient bandwidth from the source (especially P2P swarms) it just won't go any quicker due to traffic management algorhythms in place.

Meanwhile, stuff like Speedtest, Netflix etc. have indeed "speeded up" with the speed of my internet connection.

So I'm using the same wire and the same modem, the ISP has speeded some stuff up, but what I actually use it for hasn't seen any significant increase.

The only real use for a fat domestic broadband pipe is for multiple concurrent streams, like 4k Netflix in different rooms - achieving the full bandwidth is nigh on impossible.

NZ hotel bans cyclists' Lycra-clad loins

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Trains next?

Would be great to ban lycra shorts on there...the bikes too.

Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

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"almost immune"

Either you're immune or you aren't. There is no such thing as "almost".

Nest thermostat owners out in the cold after software update cockup

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Nest already outdated

Get yourself a Honeywell Evohome - per room control, job done.

Mandatory data breach reporting rules finally agreed by EUrocrats

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Re: "to whom"...

Beat me to it :O)

Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

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Re: WTF has this got to do with IT?

I was right though, it was a stinky diesel :O)

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WTF has this got to do with IT?

Are times so hard that you need to try and steal page views from car mags?

I sort of understand the electric car reviews, they are kinda techy and have apps for control etc.

This is just a stinky diesel.

Microsoft puts arm round Salesforce, pair skip gaily into the cloud

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Re: "Lightning"

I tried to blame Apple, but even it spells it right on its connector.

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"Lightning"

Why can nobody spell lightning any more? A quick twitter search during a storm shows how English language standards have dropped.

Lightening is what Michael Jackson did.

Even less excusable when you're copying a press release.

Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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Re: Just do broadband properly

Sure, but being able to use home streaming service might be nice...I signed up to 152meg for a reason, not because I wanted 20 - like being back in 2005.

Ben Rose
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Just do broadband properly

Never mind email, which is optional, I just wish my VM cable connection would work as advertised. For the last month or so I have been getting circa 20 meg from my 152meg connection, with VM claiming capacity issues as the cause - although the problems appeared to happen overnight.

Nothing on the service status page, as usual, you have to call to confirm the issue.

In the interests of balance, I should point out that VM have offered me some compensation - but only for their own service, not the other services like Napster/Netflix etc. that are continually failing due to lack of bandwidth. I'm also unable to work from home effectively as the VPN connection is restrictively slow.

I can get email from anywhere, but not without a reliable connection. That's what we pay you for at the end of the day.

Cloud provider goes TITSUP? Will someone think of the data!

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There's no such thing as "the cloud"...

...it's just somebody else's computer.

Azure Australia went TITSUP for about seven hours

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There's no such thing as "the cloud"...

...it's just somebody else's computer.

In this case, that computer doesn't work right now.

Outsourcing at its best.

Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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@James Cane - Re: and the electricity?

Hi James, I downvoted. I explain why.

Firstly, as Graham pointed out, you failed to take into account transmission losses etc. Even charging losses local to the vehicle are quite significant.

Secondly, it's not all about efficiency. Sure, ICE engines aren't massively efficient, we know that, that's why we'd like to replace them all with EV's - WHEN THE GRID IS CLEAN.

At the moment, ICE engines are wasting petrol and diesel. Recent fuel prices confirm we have plenty of that for a while. However, inefficiencies in an EV waste electricity...wasting that means burning more coal than you need as I outlined above.

The biggest inefficiency in an EV, as supporters always try and gloss over, is the heater. The irony is, all that waste heat in an ICE car isn't waste...it can be used. It heats the cold, it defrosts the windscreen and saves you having to sit there in an anorak on a cold day.

Simply using the heater in the same way you would on an ICE car can reduce EV range from ~100 miles in Summer to ~60 miles in winter. That's a 40% reduction.

EV manufacturers combat this by allowing pre-heating when connected to the charging cable. Your car gets heated by using electricity directly from the grid, not the battery. This isn't taken into account on any efficiency figures and would totally void figures like the 30mpg equivalent quoted by somebody above. In cars like the leaf they are trying heat pumps, seat heaters and other techniques to help the situation but, ultimately, it uses a shed load of electricity to keep the car comfortable for its occupants whereas an ICE car is effectively heated at no additional cost.

Ben Rose
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Re: Unless your grid is entirely coal based

I'm not sure where you get that claim from, it's a bit myopic.

Electricity grids are based on supply and demand. Each day, the renewable sources (wind/solar/hydro) produce as much electricity as they can. It's pretty much free to produce so they sell as much of it as they can - although it can still oddly make financial sense to put the brake on a wind turbine at times.

Any remaining electricity requirements have to be filled from nuclear, gas and coal. These are more "on-demand" producers and can turn up and down as required, especially in the case of gas.

If you plug in your electric car, more electricity is needed on the grid. The _only_ way to fill this gap is to burn more fossil fuel. No exceptions.

As the grid improves, as does the carbon footprint of everything. Oddly, even IC powered cars get greener with the grid.

EVs will have their moment, but we're still decades away. All the current generation of EVs will be in the recycling bin long before it arrives and we'll wish we'd saved all those heavy metal batteries for when they were actually useful.

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and the electricity?

She does realise that, until they clean up their electricity grid, the whole car is pretty pointless anyway?

Sure, EVs can reduce "local" emissions, but that depends where you live. If you live next to a coal power station, EVs are only going to make your air dirtier.

Yes, I know, superchargers, solar panels etc...but these in no way offset the total electricity consumption of the nation. The target has to be for total green electricity generation to exceed total electricity usage. EVs only add to electricity usage so take us further away from that goal.

Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Re: All of a sudden, my decision to learn Linux

If you hold a UNIX shell up to your ear, can you hear the C?

YOUR DATA could be SOLD in RadioShack's bankruptcy auction

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Re: El Reg Hacked? El Reg sold my data...

Ian,

Serious answer...

It wasn't just my email address but my name, company name, job role and direct line number that they passed on. The third parties confirmed from where they received the information and El Reg confirmed they did indeed supply it.

I've received apologies from many of those involved but, in real terms, this is illegal marketing and fraud.

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Re: El Reg sold my data...

Happy with all those Ts&Cs, just not happy when data gets passed to 3rd parties WITHOUT my permission and information passed to me about stuff I have NOT requested.

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El Reg sold my data...

To NetApp and FalconStor...without permission.

Pot meet kettle.

Twitch stitch-up: Gaming vid streamers in data breach hack alert

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Thankfully not signed up to Twitch, I've got enough trouble with El Reg leaking my personal details to third parties.

SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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Not much use...

Not much use for the new Samsung Galaxy S6 though, is it?

Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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Who cares?

To be honest, why are all these people demanding WiFi?

All I need is a service that runs to the timetable and doesn't have constant signal failures.

If the services ran on time, we'd spend less time on our phones and more time where we want to be.

South West Trains, I'm looking at you.

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