* Posts by Dan 55

9650 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

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No customer's getting any money, there are two solicitors who are first in the queue to be paid. I guess Levy & Co are only there now to try and avoid being held personally liable.

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The master also asked Levy in passing whether RCL was still in existence, to which its chairman replied: “Yes.”

Well you couldn't tell from their Facebook and Twitter (looks like it's been hijacked) accounts.

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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Re: My carefully curated online presence

Your family might GAF if accounts are used to steal someone's ID or as part of a Russian retweet campaign in the next elections.

When somebody dies, the estate should be able to download any data attached to the accounts. Now that GDPR has come along this is easier.

Next, depending on the nature of the account it could be deleted (e.g. online shopping) or left up for a period of time before being removed (e.g. social network). After deletion, the account ID shouldn't be reusable to prevent ID theft.

This is where the Internet clashes with the real world because how does an estate prove that it should have the rights to twinkletoes@hotmail.com whose address is down as Buckingham Palace.

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Re: They had hiyigh hopes......

Blue passports, but a French company is sorting that out.

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Re: Over in Brussels this morning

What the hell are you supposed to do in seven months apart from brace for impact?

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Don't you just love Windows 10 refreshes, yells Lenovo

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Re: All the OEM's suck except maybe Acer with Predator

I presume Acer have radically turned around their build quality and customer service issues in the last decade? Wouldn't have one again even if you paid me to.

In fact they pushed me over to Apple, which thanks to glue-gun madness from 2013 onwards, I wouldn't have again either apart from maybe a Mac Mini.

Got no idea what to go for next when the time comes. Maybe something like PC Specialist.

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: To later

My downvote was for the unnecessary Brexit related trolling, sarcasm or otherwise.

You're right. Over two years since the referendum result and there is still no idea what Brexit is or how to achieve it. The Unicorn-based nonsense is a parody of and in itself and no additional trolling or sarcasm is necessary.

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Re: To later

Let's have a British USB specification, which does what WE want, no matter that it doesn't match the rest of the world.

We can call it USB-Stupid.

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Re: EU Standard plug

USB-C is more SCART-like than you realise. It's got power, USB data, Thunderbolt, and three display methods (HDMI, MHL, and DisplayPort).

Or maybe some of them, depending on the devices at both ends and the cable.

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Re: 2.5 Gig footprint for a fucking phone OS

Quite a few, but none of them would work, and would be chock full of long-running bugs.

Whatever you do don't look at the Android bug tracker and sort by date then.

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2.5 Gig footprint for a fucking phone OS

I wonder how many Symbian kernels you could fit into that...

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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Location history is spread all over different apps and settings and the Web and App activity setting too. Everything defaults to 'on' so their PR dept has just blatantly lied and it's on record. I hope it's used against them in an upcoming court case.

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TSB takes on 250 complaint-wranglers to absorb £200m outage fallout

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Re: Only now?

You'd think they're closing the door after the horse has bolted, but their new platform is such a shitshow that they still need them.

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Sorry if it was unclear, I was replying to the AC above me.

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Utter nonsense, you can choose to set it up later on first run and never set it up.

Meanwhile Play Services is still in the background, slurping dafa, only you can't change the default settings Google does deign to offer because you don't have an account.

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Re: Apple far worse

I can see the damage control PR shills have been deployed.

1. You can run iOS without an Apple ID account.

2. Play Services has been caught sending your location even whenever all location settings have been turned off and it seems no Google account is required. See this.

3. Battery life is not reduced because it's collected while Apple Maps is open, the data is anonymised, it's only used for improving the Maps app, and you neglect to mention what Google Maps and Google Play Services does with the data it slurps - you don't even have to have Maps open for it to pop up plaintive cries for help about restaurants you're walking past.

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Re: Google takes revenge

Just because you opened the Maps application and in Google's eyes supposedly therefore agreed to the current opt-out default settings and all new opt-out settings which appear in future Maps updates, it doesn't make it GDPR compliant.

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Re: Also need an Email Account

Perhaps I should have mentioned a Gmail account just for the phone which nobody sends mail to apart from Google can't really be mined.

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Re: Google takes revenge

Or uninstall/disable Maps and use a GDPR-compliant alternative.

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Re: Firefox and DuckDuckGo

Also I noticed there were a lot of websites where audio recording and camera permissions popped up in Firefox - no idea why, they were just news sites etc - ads triggering these permissions?

Yep - malvertising.

You should worry more about why those permission requests didn't pop up on Chrome.

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Re: Also need an Email Account

Use a dedicated account just for the phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: Bezels

I'd rather the owner have that option, rather than the OS.

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Re: Another price increase .....

But then Remainers are arty types

Of course they are...

Scientists for EU

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Re: Bezels

An iPhone is about as repairable as a brick.

iOS 11.3 update breaks iPhone 8 devices with third party-repaired screens

And not forgetting Error 53 (touch ID disabled due to 3rd party repair).

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Re: Another price increase .....

This year will be the year of Linux on the desktop.

And this year will be the year the whole of the eurozone is sucked into the CERN particle accelerator due to an ever increasing laundry list of items.

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Re: Bezels

No bezels means it's even more glued up and therefore more difficult to fix.

People buy phones for anti-features. No SD card, no replaceable battery, no headphone socket, no repairability.

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UK cyber cops: Infosec pros could help us divert teens from 'dark side'

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Re: The article missed a few details ...

Tories still trying to run public services for a whole country by appealing for people's charity. False austerity while they dismantle the welfare state.

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Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

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Re: If you look at the state of software in cars

Tesla can push out updates but they obviously haven't got the quality control.

No ordinary car company would launch a car with terrible ABS then push out an update a week after a bad Consumer Reports review which improves the stopping distance by 20 feet. They'd have got it right first time.

The problem with moving fast and braking things is that in the car industry the things are people.

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Re: I really don’t want to start a flame war here

That's your problem. Try Here maps.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: 98% ZX Spectrum look a like

Or www.specnext.com ?

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Re: Jonathan Who?

Screenshots and videos show they seem to be pretty uninspired copies of the 80s games, and as people are interested in the Vega for the nostalgia factor, wouldn't it be better for them to play the originals which mean something to them?

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Re: 98% ZX Spectrum look a like

You can switch the output from RF to composite with a simple hack in the modulator.

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XP abstracted stuff, but made it difficult to learn and understand PCs.

Before you had to learn about PCs, even though they were pointlessly more complicated than e.g. Amigas or STs.

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Re: but that's the same as everyone elses review!

Not sure she's going to answer. The Twitter account is now locked and the Facebook page has disappeared. The online shop is still there though, selling products branded with a brand they don't have the rights to any more.

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Re: FUSE?

It was, until they left.

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Re: Nothing wrong with FUSE

The emulator developed by Smith and Andrews seems pretty good, at least on YouTube. When they left RCL, they took it with them.

RCL then had to find someone else, and went to Planet Computers. They took FUSE and hacked around with it but, for whatever reason, it wasn't finished.

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Re: Sir Clive's health

Yes, RCL throwing the old man under a bus because he's outlived his usefulness. So nice of them.

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I'd say PCs made much less sense to get working, until Windows XP and then they became too complicated to understand.

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Re: FUSE?

Planet Computers stopped development last October, there has been no work on the firmware since then. Seems there was no money, no time due to the Gemini launch, or RCL and Planet Computers fell out.

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Re: FUSE?

It was originally planned to custom firmware, this video, from eleven minutes onwards.

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Not really. If the ZX computers kickstarted the British home computer market and taught a generation in the early 80s, they couldn't have been that crap.

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A solid number 2?

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Why Sir Clive Sinclair’s corporate shareholder in RCL, Sinclair Research Ltd, has not intervened is a source of ongoing confusion

If SRL voted with Andrews and Smith to kick Levy & Co. out and take their place, that would mean they have to spend money winding RCL up and become responsible for the debt while trading insolvent and possibly whatever else Levy's done in everyone's absence.

I guess Clive couldn't be arsed with that.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: No QWERTY

That'll do so well for The Hobbit, Elite, or Skool Daze.

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Re: What we need

BUT: Z80 version at Amstrad (Schneider) is totally different story. It is just faster/stronger machine.

Nobbled by memory contention and the Z80 not having enough grunt to deal with the amount of video memory in the higher res/colour screen modes.

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It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia

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Well there we go, a good idea strangled at birth by Google loading its smorgasbord of slurping shit onto it.

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Re: Wasp T12 Speechtool

You were obviously downvoted by someone who never saw a 3650, 7600, or 7610.

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The N8 could be charged through USB, although it drew 500mA max. Charging through the Nokia charge port was faster.

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The counterfeit models lack the Nokia branding and make use of a deprecated OS such as Symbian.

They may have the Harmattan/Belle look (later ripped off by Samsung) but I really doubt it's Symbian under the hood. But if they are, they'd be worth buying...

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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Re: Halifax Bank has been to touch to say

... canned PR bollocks.

And El Reg should have said that they did not address the question instead of quoting them.

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