* Posts by Test Man

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Google: I don't know why you say Allo, I say goodbye

Test Man

Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet aren't launching they've been available for over a year already.

It's only for G Suite customers but apparently it will be opened up to any Google account user, following this the original Hangouts app will be made defunct.

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school

Test Man

Re: Puzzling

Because he was an idiot.

Logic doesn't always apply.

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

Test Man

Re: Build number?

1809 is just the public-facing version number (obviously based on the last two digits of the year and the month it was released in). It's just a name plucked from the ether for something specific.

Build numbers have a different significance compared to version numbers, generally.

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Re: Windows Search

Nah, this is simply a change to the current indexer that exposes it to the entire set of folders (and is an opt-in option - not a default). As usual, after indexing searching any folders should be the usual quick self because the details are pulled from the indexed database.

The current search (i.e. what's been in Windows since Vista) only indexes a few user folders, but a user can elect to search outside this, which means the searcher physically inspecting those folders which takes far longer.

The old built-in search before Vista didn't have indexers so searching would actually mean the searcher going through whatever folder was specified to grab details, a process that takes a lot longer than just pulling the already-collated details from a database.

Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

Test Man

The old take-a-screenshot-of-the-desktop-make-the-image-the-wallpaper-turn-off-icons trick was a good one back in the day :)

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

Test Man

Re: Silly first name.

"Cliona not Cleaner"

I was also going to say that! But the person I know who goes by this name spells it Clidna.

Test Man

Re: Silly first name.

Irish names - try

Caoilainn not Kaylyn

Caoibhe not Keeva

Aoibhinn not Aveen

Aoife not Eva

Seána not Shawna, Shona,etc.

Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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Google are going to reverse this in Chrome 70 - https://www.blog.google/products/chrome/product-updates-based-your-feedback/

I find this behaviour weird - if I want to clear all cookies, I'm explicitly asking it to clear ALL cookies including Google ones, so I expect to be logged out of everything. What issue did they think they were solving by keeping Google cookies persistent?

If they want to give the option of the user keeping Google cookies persistent while deleting everything else, they simply need to produce a better cookie deletion interface that lets people delete individual groups of cookies instead of users having to rely on the Inspector to do it.

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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@LucreLout you seem to forget that it was such a marginal "win" for Brexit that it was clearly insane going through with it without a proper analysis and a rerun when we actually exactly know what Brexit was.

And it wasn't even a compulsory-for-parliament-to-enact vote.

Test Man

@streaky but before the EU (and even before the current implementation of the EU) going to the continent was a nightmare.

This is what we may go back to, that's the point!

5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov

Test Man

The whole panopticon concept mentioned in the article doesn't really work in practice though, does it? I mean the whole "you could be watched so don't do it" doesn't really discourage people to break the law, for example CCTV coverage doesn't really stop crime taking place in the areas, right? And speed cameras used to be hidden (as a supposed "deterrant") until a concerted effort to show that this doesn't stop rule-breakers breaking the rules of the road, right?

Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday

Test Man

Re: The "App Gap"

When your App Store lacks very very popular apps (YouTube, Snapchat), or only has really awful implementations of apps on other platforms (Facebook, Twitter - only recently rectified), there's most definitely an app gap for a hell of a lot of (potential) users

No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

Test Man

Re: airgapped

One theory:

Compromise device of mark with physical access to isolated network.

Send messages purporting to be from a higher authority, and purporting to be "secure", to gain information, and to then ask them to do something that would normally be dodgy in itself e.g. throw the on/off switch.

For example, compromised "secure" messages could be sent from a higher authority stating that a project to test the fall-back capabilities of the isolated network is in operation, messages are sent back and forth requesting certain information based on valid information already sent to mark, then mark is finally asked to switch off "isolated and important system" off. Mark doesn't question anything, including the "switch isolated and important system off" message, because messages sound like they are from someone in the know.

Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October

Test Man

Re: Anyone from BT got time...

Our company works like the proposal, it seems - we are 100% fully owned by the parent company, but have our own board and are fully independent, so we can make decisions (any decisions) without having to go to the parent company for approval.

The only thing that bounds us to the parent company is money - wages are paid to staff by the parent company, and our yearly budget is set by them too, which requires higher-up board members to make a case for such-and-such/fully justify every year.

So if it's going to follow the same, Openreach will be fully independent and no the BT board won't have a say in any decisions beyond having a person or two on the board of Openreach (if that). BT will be handing out the yearly budget though, with Openreach having to justify the planned expenditure every time it comes up.

So it should work out OK without having the hassle of forcing BT to fully spin the company out.

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

Test Man

First used it when I was back in Uni in the late 90s. Closed that account and signed up for a new one probably early 2000s - been using it ever since.

The recent stuff has made it miles more useful, in my opinion - stuff like aliases that allow you to have several addresses tied to the same inbox, and the country-specific domains (if you know how to manipulate the signup form, or the alias creation form ;) ).

Test Man

Re: Hotmail

"Windows 95 & 98 allowed you to set a password, yay!, but you could just get through the logon screen by hitting Esc <---- all your data is belong to me!"

That's because it was never a security feature, it was merely a feature to allow "profiles" which held certain Windows settings (like background, etc.) so you could have custom settings protected by a password (for people who liked to have their own set of colours/background/screensavers/etc). Hitting ESC simply loaded the default profile.

A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

Test Man

Or you just set up G Suite/Office 365 for offline access.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

Test Man

Re: Crash Test Dummies.

Not really pointless - it ensures you keep within the lanes, for example i.e. correcting your minor steering errors and stopping you from straying over. That's the point, not to defer concentration.

FTSE has a nap after a full English IT glitch

Test Man

Not really, the fault might have been fixed way before then (such as 0850, 0830, or even 0805), and the powers-at-be might have decided to open at a time that was on the hour.

PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

Test Man

Re: XP?

Call me thick, dense whatever, but an EOL'd OS can still be licensed?

EOL means "no support", not "we don't continue to own it".

Does MS License server still validate an XP install?

Yes.

Uber hopes to butter up Brit transport chiefs with lots of lovely data

Test Man

ANPR means nothing without context - I mean it will tell the authorities that car A goes here but how do the authorities know that car A is an Uber car, or a Uber car that is being used as a Uber car at that point in time?

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

Test Man

Re: What could possibly...?

So... the same detail as what's already embossed on the card then? Similar story with cheques - it's really a non-issue for 99% of user cases.

Test Man

Re: A convenience

There is no limit in Android (well Google) Pay as it supports CDCVM. Banks don't restrict on their accounts either. It's the retailer's equipment that needs to support it. However you do need to unlock the phone.

Test Man

Been fine for me, but maybe it takes a fraction of a second longer than Oyster card. Far more convenient though, because I only need to get the phone out and turn screen on.

Test Man

Re: Free Greggs

You don't need to unlock it (for purchases that are under the same limit as for cards) - turning the screen on is good enough.

That terrifying 'unfixable' Microsoft Skype security flaw: THE TRUTH

Test Man

Re: yeah... but but but..

I wouldn't worry about it, the flaw is in the installer, NOT Skype itself.

As long as you don't use a 7.x installer to install that version of Skype, you are fine. You're fine if you already have Skype installed.

Test Man

Issue is with the INSTALLER. not Skype.

If you have Skype installed already, you're fine. No need to update to 8 (but obviously Microsoft would *prefer* it).

Installer for 7.40 has been removed from the servers (apparently). Website was offering the 8 installer since late last year anyway (unless you had Windows 10 in which case it directed you to the Windows Store for that version).

HTC phone supremo leaves months after Google guts firm for best and brightest

Test Man

Re: What a shame

Google didn't buy the entire phone division, only the ones that worked on the Pixel phones, so yes they will continue to make phones, but with significantly pared-down staff.

Depending on your viewpoint, it might actually be a good thing, considering the same staff (might have) produced the likes of the M9, 10, U 11, etc. Maybe they need a fresh set of people.

Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!

Test Man

Re: @John Lilburne Well done Google....

>>The point you people understand is that some middle aged lady who writes a baking blog or some kid blogging about cats won't have a clue what you just wrote means.

That middle-aged lady you speak of is almost certainly not someone who has single-handidly set up their own site on a hosting service and so therefore doesn't need to worry beyond asking their third-party blogging platform company (Wordpress.com? Blogger?) whether they are checking their certs.

New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

Test Man

"The way this is announced is though the satellite broadcasts will be switched off in the next 12 months."

No. Sky are introducing their subscription service over IP, and the UK won't be getting it till end 2018/early 2019 - so obviously they aren't switching off satellite broadcasts in the next 12 months. Nothing in their press release refers to satellite broadcasting whatsoever, so you can easily assume that this is IN ADDITION for those who want it over IP instead of a dish.

Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

Test Man

Re: Excuses Excuses

Read the article - it specifically states early on Microsoft essentially "couldn't be bothered" even though they have the capability to patch it (and actually did it a few months prior).

Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

Test Man

I think it's worrying that the DVLA readily give out personal data without any due diligence. In this case, if a crash happened with someone's vehicle, why aren't they asking the obvious question of "why aren't your insurance company asking us for this info?"?

Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

Test Man

Re: Hard wired sensors and cellular transmitter all with back up batteries

That would only be valid if the opportunistic thief had Superman vision and could accurately determine that his house has hidden sensors that used an alarm system of the type that required a cell jammer to block, compared to a house with nothing.

'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

Test Man

Re: I'm not sure what's worse

"Said screenshot is in a word document."

That REALLY grinds my gears - people who put images in a Word document. FFS!

European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

Test Man

Re: Barcelona, Spain

"At the risk of starting a shitstorm of downvotes from Spanish fans of proto-fascism, I would point out that the government of Catalunya declared the country independent."

Not recognised by any country (as defined by the UN, and before you ask - also not by any other state in the world whatsoever) in the world though, including the one you're in.

Therefore, Barcelona, Spain as far you're concerned (officially).

Test Man

Re: So...

"The trouble is, and this seems to be what the ECJ has managed to wade through, 'Uber' isn't one company; there is 'Uber' the app developer, 'Uber' the platform operator, 'Uber' the taxi company (which is likely to be a different entity in each geographic region 'Uber' offers services in) and is the one the drivers contract with, etc.."

I think you misunderstand - it's pretty much the same with many other companies with subsidiaries in multiple countries.

It makes not a jot of difference what the operating company that's filed at Companies House/EU-country-equivalent is, if it's operating as a taxi company it's a taxi company. ALL of Uber's subsidiaries that operate in the EU (that uses the parent company's resources to provide the same service) are all taxi companies as defined in EU law.

Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

Test Man

Re: Don't get worked up over each other

"Presumably it's not exactly hard for Amazon to have their devices pretend to be say Android phones when accessing You Tube and side step this...."

Presumably Google isn't relying on the device's reporting capabilities to implement its block.

Damian Green: Not only my workstation – mystery pr0n all over Parliamentary PCs

Test Man

This whole episode stinks to high heaven, emanating from everyone involved. Green sounds like he's as dodgy as fuck - his "proof" is nothing of the sort, just circumstantial evidence. Actual proof would be a video of him being nowhere near his laptop at the time of the downloading of porn, or actual video of whoever did it.

On the other hand, the cop that ratted to the media is clearly a loony with an agenda - I mean the bloke's alleged porn collection wasn't criminal so had nothing to do with the police, simply a matter for his employers, so him claiming it's in the public interest is nonsense.

Firefox bookmark saving add-on gives users that sync-ing feeling

Test Man

Re: 'so no need for this and its weirdness.'

Pfffft, and?

Test Man

> But FF has this built in natively (and it works). Why would you need this addon?

Yes it has it NOW, but yeeears ago it didn't, and this addon also works cross-browsers, as well as have a full version history.

These days Firefox and Chrome have account sync capabilities, so if you're not bothered by the cross-browser sync, or the version history, there's little point in it.

I'm not sure about IE but 1. I think it may do when you sign into your Windows login with your Microsoft Account and 2. IE is dead now anyway. Edge may be the same (not as dead but not as alive as the other browsers either).

Test Man

I decided to forego this and use Google's sync capabilities - I use Chrome on all my devices now and don't use any other browser so no need for this and its weirdness.

One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

Test Man

Thankfully it's not an issue for me anymore ever since the mobile networks recently supported Wifi Calling.

Google slides text message 2FA a little closer to the door

Test Man

Re: embrace... extend... bloat?

Sounds like you didn't read it properly.

The real story here - Google are defaulting to Google Prompt. Text 2FA is still an option, and will be for some time.

Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

Test Man

But they didn't go scouring through his laptop, they inadvertently encountered proof that it wasn't his laptop to begin with when the big HARRODS logo appeared when they booted up. That, coupled with his request, would have made them suspicious enough. So not illegal.

It's the same debate with Gary Glitter's laptop - could have been illegal but then again they stated that as part of their diagnostics (i.e. testing to make sure Windows was working again and files could be launched) they came across the dodgy images. There wouldn't have been a high-enough burden of proof to prove that they went further i.e. blatantly scoured through the HDD for things they could find.

Same with this one.

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...

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

Test Man

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...

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

Test Man

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.

Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

Test Man

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"

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.

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

Test Man

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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