* Posts by Test Man

1018 posts • joined 1 May 2007

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

Test Man

So the government want social media companies to ban content automatically within 2 hours.

So the people who peddle this content will simply use... normal web sites. What about them, Government? Oh right...

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Google blows $1.1bn to hire HTC's Pixel people, forming one big happy handset team

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Re: Embrace, extend...

"Downvote if you like - but personally, the idea of the vast majority of public electronic communication being controlled by a single entity that's sole purpose is to profile you as closely as possible and doesn't mind playing fast and loose with the law (NHS records, monopoly abuse, stolen wifi details etc) fills me with dread."

Yes but enough about Apple...

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: BREAK

"On Acorn computers you only had to press 'Break' by itself and it was incredibly frustrating to accidentally touch it after spending hours at some important work*. Requiring two or three keys in combination is a much better idea."

Strictly speaking, BBC Master machines also had a SHIFT+BREAK combination that performed a hard reset. A tap of the BREAK key on its own was essentially a soft reset that still kept data in memory.

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Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

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I don't think this is right. No contract has been formed by merely ordering an item. When money has been taken, then clearly there's a contract there.

I think they call it an "invitation to treat"

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

Test Man

Don't know why people are confused (including the author) - Google Drive isn't going anywhere. The APP is - it's been retired for either Backup & Sync (for consumers) or Drive File Sync (for G Suite customers). G Suite customers can't download it willy nilly - their admin will turn it on so that it's either pushed to their machines or it can be installed from the usual Google shortcuts (top-right of most Google pages).

Most people (ie the general public) don't ever need to worry about the latter.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Re: I was scammed by someone working for BT...

Like I said replying to another comment, anyone calls about saving you pounds, DON'T. It may be legitimate but it also may mean worse terms. You can't make a decision on the spot then without having possession of all the facts, so don't bother.

If you want to save money, do it and call them in your own time, once you have thoroughly researched the savings.

A few years ago BT would have Option 1, Option 2, Option 3 as call plans and I was on Option 1 (the minimum "pay for all calls as you make them" one. They used to also subdivide the call plans so that you could get Option 2 (the "evenings and weekends are free" one) for the same price as Option 1, so I was getting calls where BT was "helpfully" offering me Option 2 for the same price. Of course I said "no" and I further looked at the exact terms - this Option 2 "same price" one would have meant that I would have been recontracted for a year AND it'd be a rolling contract so I wouldn't be able to get out of it except in a very short timeframe just before it rolled over, every year. My Mum got caught by that one, which was an issue years later when she tried to get out of it, and couldn't

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Test Man

These sort of calls, where you're called by companies offering to reduce your bill "out of the goodness of their hearts" (or more likely because they want to put you on a new contract with worse terms) I ignore completely.

If I want to pay less, I will call them myself when I want to.

Sometimes it's actually better to pay more if it means you get more service or stay on contract terms that are far better than a new contract.

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Google has some sort of plan for not favouring its own shopping service

Test Man

*patent

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London 'not-spots' look out! Mayor wants team to tackle crap signal

Test Man

"least 4g is data only."

Data won't stop people from talking... #voip #messengercalling

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Look out Silicon Valley, here comes Brit bruiser Amber Rudd to lay down the (cyber) law

Test Man

"Rudd may not get the opportunity to meet with Cook while in California, however – the Home Office has only said she is meeting with representatives from YouTube and Alphabet. (Presumably that means two different groups of representatives, but since Google owns YouTube, we can't be 100 per cent certain. Rudd is not exactly tech savvy.)"

Actually it's possible that you may not be business-savvy - Alphabet (not Google) owns YouTube, but this is totally irrelevant, because YouTube is an entity of its own (not a department within Alphabet). It is possible that she's meeting with YouTube and Alphabet.

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

Test Man

Re: Destroy the culture too

>> Should we just ban all music because of the likes of bieber et al?

Yes*

*Not really

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

Test Man

It never ceases to amaze me how sad people can get, I mean taking bundles of a FREE newspaper? Why?

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

Test Man

Re: Is there any Android device with >3 years support? / Custom ROMs

"3 years is pretty well longer than any typical phone contract (which tend to max out at 2 years, at which point most users upgrade their phone)."

You seem to forget that there are people who have purchased device under 2-year contract towards the end of the device's lifetime (i.e. let's say 1 1/2 years). If you don't buy the device immediately after release, the typical support timeline doesn't help you in the slightest.

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Test Man

I can see why they have done it (hard to support an OS on a device where components aren't supported after a short length of time), but I think it really sucks for people who don't purchase it straight after it launches, in particular people who buy it just before it goes off sale.

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Last year's ICO fines would be 79 times higher under GDPR

Test Man

I think this article misses out the fact that GDPR WILL impact all businesses in the UK, because it's coming in May 2018 when we're still in the EU. Brexit is only happening a year later, in 2019, although again it'll still apply because UK businesses will likely be holding data on EU citizens.

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Test Man

Re: Yes, but...

"All well and good, but will the GDPR be mandatory if the British firms are only handling UK citizens data?"

No British business are going to have only UK citizen data in their systems - EU citizens live here in the UK too and they inevitably will be in the system post-Brexit

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Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

Test Man

Re: Is that

It's probably both in the exact same way it is for buses/coaches and trains - on those they are commonly 3/4G connections (with embedded SIMs) just to bring the connection to the vehicle, but people connect to it via wifi. Obviously it has to be 3/4G, because it's not as if a vehicle can be wired up to an exchange.

It's the same with smart meters - how do you think they connect to the energy companies? Via embedded 3/4G SIM. Same with some traffic lights.

So I can see it being the same for this - lots of 4G cells not for customers to use (obv) but as the backhaul - to bring the connection to the area, but users connect via wifi.

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Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

Test Man

Re: Makes you wonder

"Why they never adopted Android in the first place"

Because if they did they'd be where everyone not called Samsung is now - with less than 1% market share, and looking exactly like everyone else.

At least with Windows they had a chance. Pity it didn't work out though but it was a differentiator

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Cloudbleed: Big web brands 'leaked crypto keys, personal secrets' thanks to Cloudflare bug

Test Man

Re: anyone else ...

Funnily enough my wife's Samsung Galaxy S5 did last night. I checked the relevant places in My Account and saw nothing suspicious whatsoever.

But it's very very interesting that there are other people who have also experienced the same.

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NHS reply-all meltdown swamped system with half a billion emails

Test Man

No, NHSMail2 is Windows Server and Exchange Server (2013, possibly), with Outlook for client access on Windows 7 PCs (people off-site can use Outlook up to 2016 to access mail securely). Exchange Server comes with Outlook Web Access for web access, if configured to do so.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: Does anyone even use the Win 10 start mess?

Def - LOL useless. Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP - faff around organising stuff to lessen the time to find stuff

Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 - simply WIN+part name of program/file/resource *click* DONE.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

Test Man

Reminds me of the Three Seashells...

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

Test Man

Re: That reminds me...

Commodore Vic-20 user here too, who ALSO played Lunar Lander via cartridge!

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Argos tech team updates iOS app with helpful info on 'eleventy-billion toilet seats'

Test Man

Re: Perhaps doing some research, rather than jusk asking for comment.

I was going to say the same - Argos updates have always had "humorous" updates. Nothing to do with any parent company sale, obviously, just the sense of humour of the person in charge of submitting the updates to the Play Store.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Test Man

Re: Am I been too technical, in saying the 3P&3Bs: prepare, prepare, prepare + backup,backup,backup.

Did you read some of the issues that were related to the update installing itself even when dismissed? Why would anyone buy a SSD or another HDD and software to make a backup when they don't want to upgrade in the first place?

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Google's Allo chat app hits a downside to AI: Bot must hoard private messages to train itself

Test Man

Re: No news...

It's because it's also not encrypted, it can't be when the Assistant needs to read the chat logs in order to "train" itself.

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World+dog to get retro classic Commodore 64 for Christmas

Test Man

"Actually it was Speccy vs C64 vs the posh kid who had a BBC Micro. Said posh kid got a lot of stick from the rest of us, but secretly we envied him for Repton and Elite."

I had a BBC Master 128...

:p

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BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

Test Man

Re: Adobe

"Acrobat is for *making* pdfs and costs lots of money . "Adobe Reader" is the bloatware that *displays* a pdf , when its not screaming and bitching like a baby about god knows what . That part is free."

WRONG. Adobe Reader changed to Acrobat Reader DC a few versions ago now.

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Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

Test Man

Re: The article lacks basic research

" and he accepts that some lives have to be lost"

Don't be so fucking stupid.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

Test Man

Re: behaviour was a bug, not a feature

They didn't slurp e-mail addresses and passwords, they slurped data which could contain anything - on an encrypted network it'd just be encrypted data, but on an OPEN network it would be plain text so literally anything that was transmitted by whatever device is using that network.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

Test Man

Re: standard operating procedures

I agree. I mean, they are firefighters, how would they tackle an electrical fire in any other situation? Why didn't they just use the already-existing steps to tackle electrical fires? It's not as if a Tesla car is anything special in that regard.

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Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops

Test Man

Re: Make a phone call

What I don't understand is why a Financial Controller, upon being told to move lots of company money, is not immediately checking the authenticity of that message? I mean, seeing as it's company money, they should NEVER accept that message at face value and should always verify it?

Surely there should be business processes for moving money and it should always rely on verification of the original message?

And anyone who is authorised to make these sort of decisions (i.e. someone who is allowed to ask for money to be moved) should know this?

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

Test Man

Re: "according to Microsoft's own UI design rules"

The X on the old dialog was dismissing the dialog without change. The thing is the upgrade wasn't scheduled by any action in that dialog box, it was automatically scheduled before that dialog box appeared, that's why the X doesn't cancel the schedule.

In other words, Microsoft WERE following the UI design rules but were definitely bending the rules in order to get more upgrades scheduled.

Instead of tricking users, Microsoft have stopped setting the schedule before the dialog appears, and now explicitly sets the schedule IN the dialog box, when someone clicks the "Upgrade now" button . Therefore clicking X will dismiss the dialog and an upgrade won't be scheduled.

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Down and out in the Middle Kingdom: Beijing is sinking

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Re: "delicious example of the challenge of science writing in non-metric America"

I'll tell you what's weird - I was born near the end of the 70s and in the 80s we were taught in metric measurements only. However, I can only visualise things using imperial measurements. Weird, eh?

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

Test Man

Samsung are clearly in the wrong here - they've had over a year (maybe two, three?) years to prepare for Windows 10 especially when Microsoft was providing technical previews for ages beforehand.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

Test Man

The problem here is Microsoft are being amazingly mealy-mouthed here.

They are right - the dialog is simply giving you information... on a setting that has already been set. Instead of trying to "trick" users, why don't they do this:

• Do not pre-set any fucking option

• Bring up a dialog that makes it clear that this is an opportunity to set a schedule, with a fucking CANCEL button to not set it

• Therefore the "X" button would leave the machine in the same state as it was prior to the dialog appearing - with nothing set.

There, simple Microsoft.

Idiots.

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Walmart sues Visa for being too lax with protecting chip cards

Test Man

Re: I like sigs

LOL fingerprints - what are you on about?

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EU blocks O2/Three merger

Test Man

And with O2 and Three, the combined company would have control of the backbone that BOTH company uses.

BT and EE aren't comparable - BT didn't even have a consumer mobile presence for a start.

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Chrome lives in dog years: It's seven years old but just turned 50

Test Man

Application shortcuts haven't been binned - I still use it to launch my work e-mail and calendar in windows without any other browser furniture.

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

Test Man

Re: unwanted spawn of demonic iTunes

Nah it hasn't done that in years now - it was dropped from the installer.

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Test Man

I got my HP laptop with Windows 7 x64 back in 2012. I installed QuickTime and it decided to not play nicely with Windows' own file association manager so I removed it. Since then I have installed 8, 8.1 and 10. I haven't encountered one single piece of software or website that required QuickTime. Tell a lie, iTunes requires it for the movies. As I don't play movies on my laptop, it stays uninstalled.

QuickTime was dead to me way back.

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Fail0verflow GitHubs PS4 Linux loader

Test Man

Re: I just... why?

"Someone takes away your ability to dow what you want on your machine and others put it back."

LOL it never had Linux in the first place, in exactly the same way my Samsung non-smart TV didn't, or my BEKO cooker didn't either.

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Big-screen Skype gets small farewell note

Test Man

And... I'm also looking at YOU LG!

*angry*

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Happy new year, VW: Uncle Sam sues over engine cheatware

Test Man

What's withdrawing from the US market got to do with being fined for what they did? Withdrawing won't change a thing and doesn't stop them from being fined and having to pay, obviously.

And clearly VW aren't going to withdraw from the market anyway, it's the US, a very very profitable market so not a chance they'll even consider it.

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Google probes AVG Chrome widget after 9m users exposed by bugs

Test Man

I thought that Chrome extensions/addons weren't allowed to install via anything other than the Web Store?

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Hapless Virgin Media customers face ongoing email block woes

Test Man

"...I use POP"

There's your first mistake there.

Your second was using an ISP-provided e-mail service..

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EE reports flat Q3 sales, keeps mum on Power Bar recall debacle

Test Man

Power Bar - LOL at latest news.

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Kill Flash Now: 78 bugs patched in latest update

Test Man

Re: Very few sites demand flash

"I've asked this question before but whenever I disable Flash YouTube stops working (this is Firefox on Windows 7/8). Is there some magic to persuade it to work or is this just fallout of a codec war?"

That can't be right, YouTube already switched to HTML5 a while back. It should be serving up HTML5-based videos to you - only serving up Flash if you specifically asked for it, or when using a browser that doesn't support the relevant HTML5 elements.

Go to https://www.youtube.com/html5 and follow the instructions.

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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

Test Man

Re: Interesting justification.

"What about a jug of lukewarm/tepid water applied to the windscreen?"

Anyone doing this is the one that is the lazy one. As has already been said, two things will happen:

1. Tepid water may crack the windscreen

2. Lessening the temperature of the water to avoid the above will simply mean it will refreeze the moment you take the car out on the road.

I should know, my dad did the above when I was a kid and it did freeze up a minute up the road. This is in the south of the UK when it was cold/freezing, not in some colder climate country like in the Scandinavian region.

Like a normal person with actual sense, use de-icer.

Problem solved.

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Dum dum dum - another cloud bites the dust (Adobe's photo cloud)

Test Man

Re: Never was fully sold on the cloud concept

Who says you're being forced to use "cloud" though? Your example of Office 365 doesn't wash - it's still a local copy that is installed - the only difference is that it checks the subscription over the internet once in a while. You're not forced to save the files in the "cloud" either, you can save it anywhere you like as you have always been allowed to.

Same with Adobe Creative Cloud suite. We have it here in the office but it's exactly the same as the usual, and we save the resulting files anywhere we like.

Anyone who thinks that you have to embrace the "cloud" is misguided. You can continue to save locally as always. Even if you have something like OneDrive or Google Drive installed the files are kept locally and SYNCED online. Cloud is not and has never been the MAIN way to work, it's just an additional backup kind of service.

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