* Posts by Test Man

1042 posts • joined 1 May 2007

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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?

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Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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).

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

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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.

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Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!

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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.

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

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"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.

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

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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).

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

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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?"?

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

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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.

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'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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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!

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

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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).

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

Pfffft, and?

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> 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).

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

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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.

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

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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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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

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*patent

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

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"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

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"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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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...

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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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