* Posts by Matthew 3

392 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

Matthew 3

Re: Numbers

Google does not collect, scan, or use data from the core services for advertising purposes."

Added emphasis to point out the possibility of 'non-core' services.

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

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Re: Public wifi?

"...it is however quite possible I'm sure."

Yes, it is more than possible. Martin Lewis' site reports one victim still finding fraudulent transactions eight months after cancelling a lost card.

This is possible because banks do not automatically check all contactless payments immediately. Some are processed as 'offline transactions' and are only checked later. One bank told the Guardian that virtually all transactions for less than £15 were not immediately checked.

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Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

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Re: Crowdfunding is just an unsecured loan

You do it at your own risk.

If you've paid by credit card doesn't Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act protect you?

My understanding is that credit card companies are equally liable to deliver the product, or refund you, as long as you spent over £100. But does that not apply to crowdfunded sites?

Just curious - nothing to do with wondering if the Gemini will go the same way or anything...

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

Matthew 3

Professor Frink

Am I the only one saying 'Hoyven Maven Glaven!' in Professor Frink's voice after reading the orbiter's name?

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Brit lords slip 30Mbps Universal Service Obligation into UK Digital Economy Bill

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6Mbps per second?

Is broadband like gravity then? ;-)

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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

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Am I missing something?

They are only talking about demoting the illegal search results. So anyone who wants a dodgy MP3 will simply click straight to page 5 of the search results, won't they?

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IT team sent dirt file to Police as they all bailed from abusive workplace

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Re: Not a great surprise

If you are picking a union it's a good idea to make sure they're on the taxman's approved list. You can then reclaim the income tax you've paid on your membership fee. It saves a useful few quid.

Gov.UK link

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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Brilliant line.

"...the internet has been running a bit slowly recently."

"Did you call Vint Cerf?"

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Encyclopedia Dramatica user hit with £10k damages after calling ex-councillor a 'paedo'

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Worth a punt on definitions?

Since the word 'paedo' literally means 'child' there must surely be a legal defence to that angle?

Without the addition of the suffix '-phile' it could be argued that the only criticism here is an accusation of immaturity.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

Matthew 3

Re: America? (while we are stereotyping)

If it had been named after him it's more likely we'd be talking about Vespuccia, based on the last-name-based traditions of the time.

Richard Ameryk seems like a more likely candidate to me.

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RIP ROP: Intel's cunning plot to kill stack-hopping exploits at CPU level

Matthew 3

Re: It'd be nice to have a system...

Every PC is a VM? What would you run those VMs on? ;-)

"It's turtles all the way down!"

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: OK, I'll bite

"What problem is this a solution for?

Let's see what device permissions the new app requires first. My guess is that it will want to read all your known associates, sorry, 'contacts', and it'll want location data too.

They'll have almost everyone who signs up effectively carrying around a trackable ID card which can be cross-referenced with ANPR cameras...

Still having trouble working out why they like this idea?

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Come get your free Opera VPN (and bring along something to read)

Matthew 3

Re: Raising more red flags than a Soviet military parade

Don't forget that Opera is data collection and advertising company first.

Thank goodness Chrome comes from an organisation that avoids these areas. *snort*

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Betting on VR with a dash of Vulkan

Matthew 3

Processor?

It seems that Samsung are again supporting two processors - either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or one of their own Exynos ones, depending on market.But my understanding is that Cyanogenmod's developers prefer the Qualcomm. Anyone yet know which processor the UK will get?

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Boffins switch on pinchfist incandescent bulb

Matthew 3

TCO?

A 60W incandescent bulb that's three times more efficient than before will still lose over 50W of that as heat. But if you're comparing it with a 6W LED, the inefficiencies surely don't change the fact that it is still cheaper to run for the same amount of usable light?

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Happy 2016, and here's the year's first ransomware story

Matthew 3

Re: Ouch

I seem to recall reading that some ransomware variants now wait a month or more before appearing, precisely so that your backups are all also compromised.

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Randall 'xkcd' Munroe. Live. You get to ask him stuff. No biggie

Matthew 3

Re: Ugh

At least part of that difference is accounted for by VAT - ebooks are taxed and real ones aren't.

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BlackBerry opens its Priv kimono just a little wider

Matthew 3

Finding the ability to selectively grant permissions to apps is my favourite feature of Cyanogenmod's Android builds. It was also the only way to get my ageing Galaxy S2 to a current-ish version of Android.

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Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

Matthew 3

Re: If you really - really have to run Windows 10

The operating system isn't called 'Window' and neither are its owners. So you don't get a 'Window's Store'.

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Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

Matthew 3

Re: Faraday cage with a window ...

We know the base has wifi - it's mentioned in the story. And Android phones can route calls over wifi.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Matthew 3

Leaving me here in the desert? Wow, Dad really doesn't like Apples.

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

Matthew 3

H&S

It's always fun to deliberately trip over a 'Caution: wet floor' sign and then complain about the hazard.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

Matthew 3

Re: "the UK's attempt at high-speed rail"

As the first production use of maglev technology was in Birmingham airport they're used to the tech already. Theirs was a bit slower though.

https://youtu.be/asVQzbOftqE

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

Matthew 3

Re: Handmines

I took this as movement-detection, rather than just seeing who was there. Many animals (including humans) are able to pick out movement more easily than a stationary object.

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AT&T fingers BT's brass neck, wishes it could throttle it

Matthew 3

Customer service...

"...a regulatory regime similar to that of the UK would mean significantly less broadband investment, higher prices and bad customer service."

Because American telecom companies are famed for their high quality customer service...?

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Has anyone lost 37 dope plants, Bolton cops nonchalantly ask on Facebook

Matthew 3

Re: The Facebook Generation

And Mel Smith answering the 'How did you work that out?' question with 'That's how much we got for it!' in another sketch.

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Capita: Listen up redundo staff, we know you're leaving but...

Matthew 3

Brings back memories

My former employer sent our jobs to India and also expected us to train our replacements. We also exhibited a staggering lack of commitment to that task, not least because our redundancies were involuntary.

There was lots of schadenfreude when the newbies were asked to shut down one data centre for maintenance and instead accidentally shut down every single datacentre, globally.

The estimated losses were far greater than the gain from losing all those years of experience and goodwill but, hey, they were cheaper...

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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

Matthew 3

Don't the British government have a spare range?

I'm sure that I read that the British government have an unused IPv4 address range (51.0.0.0/8).

Surely that would be worth a couple of billion to someone?

So why not sell it and reduce the deficit?

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Messerschmitts, Sinclairs and a '50s living room: The Bubblecar Museum

Matthew 3

Re: What is needed...

They were banned from the roads in 2003 and all bar a handful were crushed.

BBC article

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Give me POWER: How to keep working when the lights go out

Matthew 3

Best lesson is experience.

My old employer had an office in Manchester's Arndale centre at the time of the IRA bomb. All the backup tapes were in a fireproof safe, inside the sealed off powerless building.

Fortunately an unaffected ISDN2 line lasted just long enough to take a full backup...

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Samsung's bend blame blast: We DEMAND a Galaxy S6 Edge do-over

Matthew 3

"...your a moron"

If you're (or, as you might say, "your") going to call someone a moron it is sensible to check your own grammar before posting.

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

Matthew 3

Re: We cannot spare the money to hook you up...

Speaking as someone who has been TUPE'd, you don't get 'equivalent benefits'. You get the same basic terms of employment, the same basic salary, and length-of-service treatment. But anything above that (sharesave, pension etc.) is out of scope. You get what the new firm chooses to give you.

BT probably saved a small fortune.

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Microsoft pulls a patch and offers PHANTOM FIX for the mess

Matthew 3

Re: Well,

The Drupal vuln was being actively exploited within seven hours. Just sayin'.

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Japan tells operators: Put a SIM lock in a new mobe? You'd better UNLOCK it for FREE

Matthew 3

"...hard to wean off of it." Seriously? "off of"?

*sigh*

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

Matthew 3

They're still around

I have one in my hallway and my kids love the novelty of dialling on it. It's not difficult to rewire one to connect to the modern sockets using an old modem's lead.

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

Matthew 3

Didn't the IT Crowd already cover these?

"Damn these electric sex pants!"

Link

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

Matthew 3

Outside the city...

... where 5 meg broadband is the stuff of rumour and legend, these drives still provide a valuable way to move data between machines rather than just download everything each time.

But it is a worry that NTFS' file system may soon be overwhelmed by a giant volume set, created from all of the millions of USB drives plugged into it. :-D

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

Matthew 3

Us Brits use a cooler car

When we make a self-driving car we go for a Bowler Wildcat. Just sayin'.

Link

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

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Bitcoin hard drive?

For a better return on investment, why not send a Reg reporter down to the Newport landfill to search for James Howells' hard drive containing £4 million worth of bitcoin?

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

Matthew 3

It's not just Switzerland

If I lived in the Channel Islands I'd be looking for an angle here. They did it with CD deliveries, for a while, and I'm sure they'll try and do it again.

VAT doesn't apply there - they're not in the EU.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

Matthew 3

Let their constituents judge them

If each MP knew that their local electorate were approving every pay rise or expenses claim there'd be a lot more honesty in the system. And a big improvement in representation too.

At the moment every MP can lie their way into power and then just sit tight for years. If you're lucky they might need to make a few more creative promises in time for the next election but for too many it's just a job for life. These types need constant reminding that their primary obligation is supposed to be towards the electorate who put them there.

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

Matthew 3

Flyspray?

Surely they'd like that? It must make their lunch easier to catch.

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Something rotten stalks the Cloud Kingdom

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BlackBerry

I remain convinced that BlackBerry's slow slide into oblivion is because their licensing arrangements are straightforward. If you don't have enough client licences the console will tell you, with a list of how many you have, how many you've used and a negative number if you've gone over.

Simple. No wonder nobody thinks they'll last much longer.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

Matthew 3

Re: XP Activation

Does the 'activate by phone' option still work? If it does I bet that goes first.

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Matthew 3

Re: Not the end of XP if you've got the cash!

Methinks there may be a (black) market to sell on those privately-purchased patches to all those other folks who want to keep the old XP boxes whirring.

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Meta search engines may infringe database rights: EU Court of Justice

Matthew 3

Insurance comparison sites?

Does this mean that comparison sites would be illegal?

If it means the end of the meercats and the opera singer I think I could live with that.

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

Matthew 3

I've been amused that IE 11 removes the 'MSIE' token from the user agent string. This is to ensure that the old CSS hacks and workarounds required on some sites - to support IE6, 7 and 8 - aren't inadvertently sent to IE11 (now that they are, belatedly, no longer needed). A 'like Gecko' tag has also been added for further consistency with other browser types.

It's a long overdue change but has the amusing side-effect of making an Exchange server misidentify the browser and load the crappier Outlook Web App interface. A server-side update is needed to fix this.

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Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

Matthew 3

But you bothered to scroll to the end of the last page, go to the comments, login and post a reply?

Very odd.

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

Matthew 3

Used to be a fan

I first started using TomTom back in the days when it had to be installed on a PocketPC with a serially-connected GPS receiver. Postcodes required a third-party app which fed co-ordinates back to TomTom's app.

But they're a spent force now. I use Waze on my phone. It's free, I get realtime hold-up data and I can see live travelling speeds on the roads. If I ever get bored of it I can install another app. Why would anyone pay for a separate device that offers no more functionality than you get for free?

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