* Posts by Dan 55

9945 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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AOSP is made from 100% open-sourced AOSP and 0% Google. *

* AOSP have been made in a facility alongside other products containing Google. Traces of location services, DNS resolution services, and other Google products or services may be found. We may not be held responsible for any issues resulting from Google allergies or data collection.

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In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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As a sad-faced engineer in a high-visibility vest reset the “days without a Windows Update incident” clock back to zero

Wouldn't it be better just to paint the zero on and leave it like that?

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Cabinet Office: Forget about Verify – look at our 3,000 designers (and 56 meetups)

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Re: Doug Adams was right

Aren't you supposed too be able to fit the entire population of the Earth onto the Isle of Wight?

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Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Re: Developing in sometimes difficult... who knew?

Quantum is the name of the project to move code from Servo (a prototype rendering engine) to Gecko.

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Mozilla bought Pocket for some reason, I guess they need to justify the purchase.

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Developing in sometimes difficult... who knew?

I'm sure there's a plan to swap Gecko out for WebKit/Blink... they're just working out how to break the news to everyone.

Oh, and why would live bookmarks ever need to sync?

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Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Re: Updates Failed

I like the way the first sentence was passive, otherwise it would be total gibberish instead of half gibberish. If they're going to write crap, they should have gone the whole hog:

"We cancelled some updates. We'll keep trying in case we make them available again."

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That usually works until you take it home then it gets updated anyway.

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Re: Let's get real

Yes, let's real, WDF changes every six months in Windows 10 whereas before it changed once per 2-3 major Windows releases. HP had the rug pulled out from under them by MS.

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1. MS don't pick up on the bugs reported in the insider program.

2. Their testing approach is wrong, MS should have common OEM equipment to test on and OEMs themselves should be able to test a pre-release version on their machines and be able to report errors back. An error would mean either Windows needs fixing by MS or the device driver needs fixing by the OEM, but the idea is not to send out an update which hoses thousands of computers.

3. Windows still reboots and applies updates when it feels like it, people in real life with work to do need to be able to keep their work.

4. If MS is part of making it the world worse, they're doing it wrong.

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Re: HP keyboards are special?

They've got a bunch of keys to launch the browser, printer, calculator, etc...

Pretty sad state of affairs that they can't even get that right.

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Windows 7

Still looking good...

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

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Re: Terrance

How would a birth certificate show an unofficial name?

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Re: Terrance

In the UK you can change your name unofficially as long as there is no intention to commit fraud.

Possibly but banks now won't let you have an account that deviates from the name on your passport, so you have to change your name officially anyway.

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Casino Royale

Is the only decent Bond film that Craig, Daniel has starred in.

But I'll let you have the opening shot in Spectre if you must.

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Mozilla grants distrusted Symantec certs a stay of execution, claims many sites yet to make switch

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Re: Who, and how much?

I had a quick look around and discovered that nobody had produced an extension to restore the UI of the browser back to how it looked previously.

Unfortunately it's impossible to do with the fantastic new API.

After trying a few alternatives I decided I quite like Pale Moon, and have been using it since without any regrets since.

I went for Waterfox. It can do all three kinds of Firefox extensions and it's based on Firefox 56 + a few minor UI changes which came later (sidebar, some preferences) + security updates. I figure it can't be worse than ESR 52.9.0 and if the project dies I'll look for another one.

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Re: Who, and how much?

I guess they're trying to hang on to users. Firefox Quantium seems to have made some monthly active users move somewhere else. There was a summer slump that never went back up. Odd that...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners: So, about that other broken update…

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Re: Come on...

Who knows, hardware manufacturers have been known to swap out expensive components at the start for cheaper ones in later batches, and we all know how good MS' software QA is lately.

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I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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Re: Funny

I'm sure someone somewhere in IBM does, however he or she is not getting that past IBM's siloed bureaucracy.

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PINs and needled: Experian site blabbed codes to unlock credit accounts for fraudsters

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Re: The email address was not necessarily the one associated with the account ?

Welcome to software development in the 2010s. It's not even "compile it, ship it" any more, it's "if some PHP or Java-based monstrosity doesn't spaff too much crap to the logs then deploy it to production".

Also, Experian don't necessarily have your e-mail address, they just collect details about you while you go about your life hence the difficulty of proving that you're you to them. Perhaps if everyone got a "welcome to Experian, these are your account details" letter on their 18th birthday it might concentrate a few minds as to what's happening.

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UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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Government verification gateway without the verification

Instead of roping in third parties who ask you the number they're thinking of based on the data they've got which may or may not be right, and are only there at great expense to avoid having actual real civil servants verify that you're you, how about this:

1. You set up an account at the government gateway, filling in your details and saying where you're going to get verified (DWP, council, main post offices).

2. You go to wherever it is and prove your ID.

3. They hit a button confirming that you're you and print out the instructions as to how to proceed from now on including a login code.

4. You go back to the government gateway, log in again with the login code, and follow the instructions to download your certificate.

Just an idea...

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Windows 7

Gigabyte Windows USB Installation Tool from here worked for my even though the new computer didn't have a Gigabyte board.

However it doesn't like deep subdirectories, so put it in something like C:\X. Also it failed on the first computer I ran it on and worked on the second, the log file wasn't any help in explaining why.

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Re: No mystery

Isn't there a tickbox labelled 'data loss' on the bug report which gets the report looked at by an actual human being in a matter of days? If not, there should be.

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Re: *** Be careful *** Also new in 1809, changes to Disk Cleanup Tool,

(For a start, why physically delete those files rather than "Recycle Bin" them?)

Because we have to cater for the users who find emptying the recycle bin too difficult.

There comes a point where if you try to make an idiot-proof OS, your OS ends up just doing idiotic things.

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Re: Windows 7

If the computer only has USB3 ports, it is a bit of a faff to get USB3 drivers onto the Windows 7 install image, but I'd say worth it.

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Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

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Re: Store to landfill

Got to disagree with you there, middle-aged curmudgeon is El Reg's target demographic, isn't it?

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Russian 'troll factory' firebombed – but still fit to fiddle with our minds

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Re: Separated by a common language...

No, Slovenian.

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Pixel 3, 3XL, Slate tab launch: Google emits swanky iPad botherer while tarting up mobes

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Re: "no expansion" = more environmental damage

Things are going in the other direction. The only way you can upgrade or swap the RAM or SSD on Apple laptops is by soldering chips.

And of course Microsoft (Surface) and Lenovo (Yoga) followed thinking they'd achieve Apple success by copying the shittiest aspects.

Really, given what we currently know about the environment, that kind of shit should be illegal.

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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Re: Ha HA!

Why bother routing them to the Internet yourself when you've got an ME that's so eager to help? Send frames inwards, not outwards.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Dazed and confused...maybe because I'm seventy....

I'm going to hazard a guess and say that Waseem and AC are from different countries...

Many countries require ID for PAYG.

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Re: Why android?

Sailfish has to be paid for.

Meego is dead for today's hardware.

System 60 is closed and dead.

Android/AOSP is free, therefore it's used even though it's not suited for dumbphones. I don't agree with it, but that's the way it is.

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Re: Why android?

Because developing their own dumb OS would be more expensive. Unfortunately Android/AOSP is the lowest common denominator.

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Re: DOA

Not sure how consumers probably have four of five devices that do WhatsApp already unless they have, erm, two or three phones already with WhatsApp web set up.

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Surprising no one, Google to appeal against European Commission's €4.34bn Android fine

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Re: uninstalling (as opposed to "removing")

Well people have hosed their Nexus 5 and OnePlus 2 doing it. link

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How did you get from Google paying Apple to be the default search engine on iPhones to Apple selling its metrics data to Google?

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Re: uninstalling (as opposed to "removing")

Which phone is that again? Just to avoid buying it.

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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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Re: Update: The Bloomberg story is changing

Super special Ethernet spy jack which can receive stuff over WiFi or whatever + Intel ME = ...?

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: "sunsetting" ... lol!

I'll tell you what the spin is... They want to add Google+ to the Google Graveyard, and this is an excuse to do that.

Rather annoying, since for the first time ever I regularly went to Google+ to read about FUZIX.

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: My Preferences Rarely Leap to Litigation...

The newsfeed is a lie.

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UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: RE: Mooseman @codejunky

Fancy eating 1-2lb of maggots, fly eggs and mites per year? Try some US food standards!

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Re: RE: Mooseman

Erm no. The EU doesnt have to offer Ireland a choice, the EU is above Ireland. Ireland do as they are told. For example Ireland doesnt want to take more money off Apple, the EU dictates Ireland takes money from Apple and wins the legal case. Ireland takes the money but appeals against the decision in hope of giving Apple their money back. Or that the EU is negotiating Irelands border not Ireland. That sovereignty thing we leavers were banging on about.

Firstly, that's about unfair state aid rules which was around since the Treaty of Rome, so no EU country can claim they didn't know what they were signing up to (not even the UK in 1973).

Secondly, if countries in the EU do as they are told, how come it was possible to have a Brexit referendum in the UK in the first place? Is it more of that UK exceptionalism?

And thirdly, as a rules-based union signed up to the WTO, the EU has agreed alongside 160-odd other countries that, in the absence of a trade agreement between two countries then there must be a border with ports and customs inspection points. The EU is not going to waive that rule as they are signed up to the WTO.

Some brain-dead politicians in the UK may claim the solution is to not have any border or customs inspections, that would be against the WTO rules which the UK is falling back on and in breach of the UK's agreements with 160+ other countries. Not an auspicious start.

Why are you thinking things will be the same? Or that things as they are is the optimal or desirable? FYI Japan has extended the UK an offer to join the TPP partnership that the US dropped out of. It does require we brexit though.

The Japanese offer is an invitation to start negotiation after Brexit, it is not done deal. The UK currently has an agreement with Japan now and it will lose that after the 29th of March... so much for the EU stopping the UK having FTAs, eh?

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Re: RE: Mooseman

No, we weren't. No-one had the power to make such a promise.

Ah, I think it's beginning to dawn that referendum was a sham and a lie. People promised rainbows and unicorns before the referendum knowing they wouldn't have any accountability or responsibility afterwards, Leave won, then entirely different people do entirely different things based on the result.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

You are wrong. It is not okay to suggest Ireland do anything because any suggestion that Ireland do anything is a non-solution which is not workable (as is, incidently, "Brexit means leave so we just leave"). Ireland is an independent sovereign state. Ireland don't have to change one single thing, they aren't leaving the SM and CU and don't want to leave because leaving would be a monumentally stupid thing to do.

The EU doesn't have to offer Ireland a choice. Ireland chooses on its own, just like the UK. If Ireland wanted to leave, they would hold a referendum as the Irish constitution obliges them to, but they don't, so they won't.

In short, the UK shat the bed, the UK has to clean up the sheets.

So what 'will' the situation be as we are still in the EU and cant sign a single deal? [...] to prepare a new deal is pretty simple as the terms are pretty much already there.

The cognitive dissonance is pretty astounding. What makes you think other countries would just want to replicate the same deal with the UK that they have with the EU and just wave things through? They don't:

The thorniest is the planned sharing-out of import quotas, which has already been rejected by the United States, Argentina, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Thailand and Uruguay.

And that's just the WTO, before any bilateral trade deals.

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In December 2005 the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed to give up approximately 20% of the rebate for the period 2007–2013, on condition that the funds did not contribute to CAP payments, were matched by contributions from other countries and were only for the new member states. Spending on the CAP remained fixed, as had previously been agreed. Overall, this reduced the proportion of the budget spent on the CAP. It was agreed that the European Commission should conduct a full review of all EU spending.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

You said:

Instead of the border being between the UK and Ireland it could be between Ireland and the EU.

You which I said:

Have you asked Ireland their opinion?

Them also having sovereignty and that. Perhaps they don't want to leave the single market and customs union which works for them just to make life easier for the UK, when it was the UK which decided to leave.

To which you replied:

Yes we asked their opinion, there was a referendum. The United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland) are leaving the EU.

You say I'm the idiot (your gramatical error removed), but I'm afraid replaying the conversation back leads us to a different conclusion.

Yet again I dont think you quite follow the situation or are just being an idiot. We are currently still in the EU we cannot have other trade agreements. The EU doesnt allow it.

There was the word "will" in my original post. Perhaps that gives you a clue?

Perhaps the enormity of getting 700-odd non-trade agreements that the UK will be leaving agreed all over again as well as enough trade agreements to replace the current EU ones is finally dawning? What's it like realising you're on the wrong side of history?

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: 1809

MS claim you won't as it's a problem with a migration process to the new version.

Yes, it's actually like updating from XP to Vista or Vista to 7 or 7 to 8 every six months, only without you backing up beforehand as it's just pushed out and automatically installed.

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Wrong person is announcing this

Windows Insider supremo Dona Sarkar took to Twitter to announce that Windows fans would no longer be able to get their hands on the afflicted build.

She's in charge of Windows Insider, not Windows. Or perhaps we're finally being officially told that every day is beta test day?

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SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec

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Re: Wonder what Louis Rossmann thinks about Apple's dick move

And here's the video: Apple's war on refurbishing.

Well worth the 15 minutes.

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Re: Wonder what Louis Rossmann thinks about Apple's dick move

Well, as Linus (Rossmann) says, if you want Apple to stop doing this, you have to stop giving them your money for a while so they stop doing the things they do.

Their hardware after 2012 is difficult or impossible to upgrade and repair so I just won't buy it until it is. I'll keep my current hardware until it fails completely, and if by that time Apple decide they want to bring out decent hardware again then I will buy it.

If their OS had a retail value I might even buy a copy if/when I do set up a Hackintosh but as it doesn't, I won't. They stopped selling it in shops after 10.7 I think and not even they themselves believe they've lost anything otherwise they'd have taken someone to court in the past six or so years.

So really, there's little ethical dilemma.

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Re: Wonder what Louis Rossmann thinks about Apple's dick move

Violating an EULA isn't illegal, it's just violating an EULA. Apple would find it difficult to tie such a violation to a real person, and if they did would hardly go the to the extremes of taking them to a civil court due to a) bad publicity and b) the possibility of losing.

The way Apple designs their devices (glue, disposable) is unethical, it generates far more electronic waste than necessary. The way Apple makes them hard to fix by owners and third parties is also unethical.

If it turns out so many people run a Hackintosh system that it becomes a problem for them, then perhaps shows Apple they're doing something wrong. Any ethical corp would pick up on that.

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