* Posts by Gordon 10

3184 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Re: WTF is it with Faceboob insisting on preinstalling their slurpware

Ditto my Honor 10. Just one of the reasons the Honors are *much* cheaper than the same spec Way-Hey's in spite of coming from the same factories.

That and my suspicion the software QA is a little more scrimped upon. The Honor 10 bluetooth stack requires a reboot every coupla days otherwise my headphones start breaking up.

Fortunately its also the fastest rebooting Android phone I have ever seen - but that might just be Pie.

Top GP: Medical app Your.MD's data security wasn't my remit

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Re: Hmmm

Why? There is no way to tell from those quotes whether she believed the situation was under control or not.

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I read the side bar and it doesn't.

I for one remain as confused as the OP, and apparently the barrister and the doctor too. It's not clear how these vulnerabilities could be used or for how long they existed.

Wierd incoherent story with weird partial quotes that shed no light.

Did the YTS trainee write this one?

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

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Precisely. Where is the backup stored and how independent is every component from the main AWS infrastructure?

For example during the Spectre patches we had about 5% of our VM's b0rked resulting in data corruption. What happens if those same patches b0rked the backups?

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: Rock and a hard place

Have to disagree, particularly on the point of this article which is battery life.

I had 2 flagship Androids (Nexus 5, HTC M8) both virtually unusable after 1 year due to poor battery life. The Nexus in particular was shocking.

I actually think Apple was targetted for actually giving a little bit of a damn about user battery life, whilst Google and the rest of the Android eco system got off scott free. They should have equally been held to account.

Nowaday's I just buy mid range Android and expect the battery life to die around the year mark.

The fundamental tech industry problem is everything has Plateau'd, from UI tech like touch, to usable compute density. Apple are more exposed to this than most of their competitors because they are big in all device categories wether PC, Phone and something in between.

Cook's failure as a CEO has been to green light massive price rises for Tech . (FaceId, TouchBar) that deliver completely marginal UX improvements.

I am typing this on my work 15" 6-core MBP, that for most of my user activity is fundamentally worse than my 2013 11" MBA. The battery runs out quicker, its bulkier, and the software is less reliable. (Some of this is that i didnt control the spec'ing process for my work MBP)

As Andrew has noted recently Apple is heading for a perfect storm of high prices and weakening engagement from some of their core market segments and they will need those core segments when a lot of their fanboi's change to the latest disrupter

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

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Re: GDPR much?

Someone has to prove there was a leak first. A vulnerability is not a leak.

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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The Reg is better than this? Which alternate reality are you from?

Poking fun at both Tech leaders and Tech Fads - this is exactly why El Reg exists.

On a related note - some of the fake ML/AI bots on Twitter are hilarious. There are a couple of good Trump "bots".


Cambridge Analytica sister firm pleads guilty, fined £21k for failing to obey UK information commish

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So reading between the lines

Dodgy as hell company went bust during the enforcement process, and whilst the administrators would probably have liked to comply they have neither the access or probably the competency to do so. Although on the latter point it could be argued that the administrator has a responsibility to retain enough BOFH's to be able to do so to meet their legal obligations such as this one.

The 700TB mitigation is irrelevant and only holds water to a non-techy - I'm pretty sure I could find the data for less than £21k if I had access and Im not L33T - as is the dont punish the creditors line as paying a part of the Government (albeit at arms length like ICO) just like the tax man comes before any normal creditor imo.

It does raise an interesting question. If the ICO seized a few more servers from a few more companies - effectively forcing them into immediate bankruptcy, people would be a little more scared of them and pay a bit more attention to data privacy.

Ministry of Justice abandons key plank of £280m IT project

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I feel dirty for saying this but you mean like Exchange can? Or dirty in a different way Google Calendar?

If 95% of the business world can run on those 2 - why on earth is anyone considering a bespoke system?

I assume the hard bit is actually client access, authentication and user protection/management, cant see the calendar itself being that tricky.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: There's disposable income then there's

Thats not market value though. Trade-ins are always significantly below what the market (ebay etc) will pay both to allow the company operating the trade in (which isnt Apple) to make a profit* and because many of the trade ins wont be minters, and require extensive refurbishment.

*Im willing to bet that Apple also gouge the Trade In company for its blessing to operate the the trade in scheme too.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: What about banks?

I personally would still use a travel agent - as long as they are a "proper" one.

That means they know what the company prices on the website are, and more importantly what additional discounts are available via the backend or some other back channel.

Its also worth bearing in mind that in some cases the agent may still have access to sources that are not on the interwebs. There are hundreds of private network or intranet type sources in the travel industry.

You should walk out on anyone who uses booking.com for anything but a price/amenities baseline.

It should also be noted that content and rate reference data management in Travel is absolutely lousy and the chances of a better deal being out there somewhere are quite high, but the chances of an individual being able to find it are quite low, unless they have old skool mad travel agent skillz.

Like most things its experience and aptitude though.

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago

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How about "Pity" and "the Thule"?


Huawei or the highway: Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone

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Alternatively : Huawei punishes 2 of their marketing team for gross misconduct at their job.

This isn't 2 random employees - these are people whose job is in marketing, who have been entrusted with the Official Twitter account credentials and who are probably paid a reasonable salary to act as marketing professionals which they clearly did not in this case.

Personally I would have given them an off the books or verbal warning, but given the that damage to the brand could be argued to be significant (ie Millions of dollars of brand value being impacted by making it a laughing stock) I don't believe firing them would have been totally unreasonable.

It comes under the heading of "you had one job".....

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

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why? were you planning on messing around with an undocumented API on it? If you use it as intended it works fine and is in a class of one.

It's a commercial product and there are always going to be edge cases that aren't supported but thats the difference between using something pre-built and going open sourcery on the problem.

Yes I preferred it when Logitech didn't own it but you cant have everything in this world - I can live with it. It still does 99% of what I want.

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Re: As a non-developer.... about undocumented / private API's...

No. You are spot on.

But a bunch of whiners are whinging about it and it's a slow news week at El Reg Towers, so it was an easy win to trot out some copy before slinking off to the journo's pub.

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Storm in a TeaCup

How is this a story?

A vendor locks out undocumented API's. Thats fair game. Cry me a river.

Hatmony supports IFTTT - if you want API integration use that and lobby for the publicly exposed API's to be expanded properly.

Not amazed with Logitech as I think they are slowly killing Harmony with neglect (particular on IFTTT and new devices) but these are features that were never sold, promoted or documented.

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Re: No more lock-in

You knock yourself out with that. Some of us just want to have something that works OOB.

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No. Not if it wasnt a documented sales feature.

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you... Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

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Re: Hmm...

I disagree. I think it should be made clearer up front that people are signing a contract that will continue to drain their bank account long after the phone is paid for, but I don't think the supplier should necessarily be forced into anything more than flagging when that happens.

We need to make people more savvy not mollycoddle them, then the suppliers will be forced to retain their customers better. This isn't life or death it's a phone. I feel more strongly on other products such as leccy or gas.

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Re: Data Portability

Precisely what data do the Telcos have that needs to be portable, that isn't already collected either via the contract sign up process or the existing porting Process?

The data portability clause of GDPR is a complete red herring in this case.

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

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I was wondering that myself. It seems like the flaw was with the depth sensor, I wonder if it was global in nature or a part for a regional model?

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I was alway told it was Pay And Dive Instantly.

And BSAC'ers could be identified by their Beards and Pony bottles.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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Re: Not a shadow phone unless you manage to clone your SIM

won't the networks will do it legitimately for you for a small fee?

BT: Soz about that £1.3m CEO bonus vote, shareholders. Friends?

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Why on earth

Did staff from BT ring round trying to convince shareholders to upvote the bonus?

How was this aligned to their fiduciary duty to the company.

Sounds dodgy to me.

I hope at least it was the board level renumeration committee doing the grovelling for their woeful rewarding of lousy performance, and presumably if the pay out was warranted under their current rules then they should tender their resignations for designing such a flawed system that shareprice declines and fraudulent behaviour are rewarded in this way.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: Why Dublin?

and easier for their team who nich sprechen Deutsche.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Assange is not a "professional secrets dealer"

There was me thinking every utterance out of his tiresome gob was used to profit his own desire for attention and relevance. Silly me.

Consumer group attempts to lob Safari workaround sueball at Google... again

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Who had the loss?

And who will get the payout?

The fact that such as thing as a "Litigation funding business" is involved (or even frikkin exists) makes me very suspicious that the ordinary consumer is going to get SFA out of this.

It reminds me of the case in the US (I forget the details) where the consumers were ruled to have been damaged but because it amounted to peanuts per person it was suggested (by the lawyers!) that the lawyers colleges and law schools should get the the payola.

We need a "Danger Will Robinson!" icon for this stuff that looks good at first glance.....

£10k offer to leave firm ASAP is not blackmail, Capita told by judge

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And to be fair to Crapita - All accountants know Year End is a nightmare slog, it comes with the job. Not an accountant but have managed financial systems at Year End myself.

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Re: Accountants

Employee headcount teduction programme. No slush fund needed. 100% standard business accounting.

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Re: Not Blackmail?

I have - its quite a common practise, although I haven't experienced it myself. I have heard from sources that I believe that its quite a common practise in the Big 4 consultancies. Basically the bottom 10% performers are pulled individually into a room and offered a compromise agreement (basically mutually agreed redundancy with an NDA) in return for waiving their notice period and usually with a decent wedge of cash/benefits at prevailing rates (ie much better than statutory) and a good reference and a list of clients to whom they will put in a good word for you. The catch is that there is usually a strong time limit on the offer, up to and including decide the same day or its withdrawn.

Not saying whether it's wrong or right but I have heard the same from multiple peeps. For me the "unreasonable" bit not sure its blackmail but its sure extreme pressure is the timeline attached.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: Meh

We only got ripped off if the taxes and jobs it created added up to less than 1bn worth of benefit to the UK economy. I suspect we did rather well out of it.

Hortonworks faces sueball over Cloudera merger

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Violates SEC rules

Then presumably the plaintiff could have notified the SEC rather than launching a sueball?

Personally I think he should be thanking Cloudera, it's been clear for years that Horton were playing Yahoo to Cloudera's Google, and that they were on a trajectory that was going to disappear somehow....

Health secretary Matt Hancock assembles brains trust: OK, guys. Let's cure NHS IT

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Goldacre will be interesting

Whilst not coming across as a techie, he has a track record of agitating against what is broken in the Pharmaceuticals industry, he doesnt come across (at least to me) as a Government "yes man".

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: No headphone socket - no sale

@michael. Thats just a rebrand from Android Pay to Google Pay. No change to the functionality, just happened on the last app upgrade - it was seamless.

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I agree. Not sure the UI makes the several £100 quid difference over the 2 or 3 similarly spec'd Huawei's.

Plus you at 6.41" you need giant man hands to use it properly.

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Re: No headphone socket - no sale

Same innards? Not really - no NFC on F1. Frankly I'd rather buy a bluetooth headset than lose Android pay.

Vision Direct 'fesses up to hack that exposed customer names, payment cards

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Sounds rather draconian. What punishment do you advocate for people who cant take the time to read a story properly before commenting?

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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2018 is the year of stupidly sized phones

90% of the releases have been at 6"+. Ok its a narrow diagonal that 6" was last year but its still stupidly big for anyone has < averagely sized man hands ie most women. Case in point my Moto Z play is a 5.5" diagonal and in retrospect too big for my tiny man hands, so I've been looking for a smaller replacement after multiple droppings.

Really fancied the Honor 8x but its frikkin huge. Ditto the XR. The X or XS is a much nicer size at 5.8 . (and smaller than my moto) but at the price of 3 or 4 good androids too rich for me. Ditto Sammy S9.

In the end have settled for an Honor 10 another 5.8"-er, after a tour of all the phone shops comparing widths. Was seriously looking at the P20 Lite just because it was a almost a budget price for a decent 5.8".

Is anyone actually testing these phone for fit any more? A software shrink mode is no substitute for a handset that fits nicely in your hand.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Re: Face-ID

Addressing Andrews point. I very much doubt that Apples engineers and management view Face ID as a competitive advantage no matter what their Marketing says.

Face ID was blindingly obviously a decision made to launch the iPhoneX with workable tech at a given point in time. And guess what they were right. Workable in-display finger print readers are only now appearing on the challenger phones and they still lag in responsiveness to discrete fingerprint readers.

There is no way Apple could bin a flagship feature after one year so they were forced to double down for the XR/S/SMax

Presumably there will be a iPhone7/8 replacement next year at the £550 mark - whether it has face id will depend on 2 factors .

1. Whether the cost of the FaceID sensors can be scaled down to that price point.

2. Whether Marketing decide that fingerprints are for the plebs and face id for the 10% who can afford an X model.

Knowing Apple Im erring about 60/40 on the side of an 8 replacement with FaceID and fingerprints being consigned to the Reality distortion field of history (no fingerprints around here - nosirree). Although with most Mac laptops now coming with fingerprint scanners I could be wrong.

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Re: £899 - Ouch

Dont worry. 99% of the features will be on the Honor 20 in 6 months or less for less than half that price.

( I havent even checked that there is an honor 20 but there will be something roughly equivalent.)

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin

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Re: Jet Set Wally

Manic Mining the 80's then?

'Blockchain SAVED my Quango'

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Re: Well, if there's a Chief Blockchain Officer then it has to be legit, right ?

Naaa. Never going to happen. Since when have you known any CxO to provide a proof of work?

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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But not alone in their overpricing, Google Sammy and Huawei now all have flagships in the same ballpark.

Yet it seems just a couple of years ago £500 was a flagship phone price.

Then look at the chasing pack (plus Huawei cannibalising themselves). Amazing phones for 200-350.

Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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Re: long lived phones

I have to agree. I dropped my android phone one too many times this week so an upgrade is in order. Strongly tempted to move back to the Apple fold after I left when my 5 got too old. They are damn expensive for what they are but Im coming round to calling it the support tax. If I get regular updates for the next 3 years thats worth paying for imo.

Still - it hurts though...

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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Re: Nobody is forcing you to buy a fully specced one.

Shut up nerd and get back in the sales queue - BzzzzT!

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Re: Nobody is forcing you to buy a fully specced one.

£2000 quid gets El Reg another clickbait headline and allows them to give Apple a poke, hence the rather spurious addition of Apple Care - you can bet corporates wont be buying Apple care, they'll either hold excess inventory or pay a thirdparty repair service or negotiate a corporate discount with Apple. For consumers and SME's I'd love to know the uptake - my WAG - 12.7%

Nothing else to see - move along....

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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I had to google it to be believe but yes indeed there really is a store called Stormfront.

https://www.stormfront.co.uk/ . (watch out for URL blacklists if at work!)

One hopes they pre-date/are not connected with the neo-nazi cesspit with the same name.

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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The point of the 13" MBP (2018) is more cores + hyperthreading and processor grunt. (ie for developers).

You wouldnt want to run anything more than a basic VM on an Air.

Interesting but little known fact the low power Macbook 2017 CPU's are roughly equivalent to 2014 13 MBP. I looked into a MacBook as a replacement for my beloved 11" Air with an added need for a bit more VM grunt.

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To answer my own question - its TB3 ports :)

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16Gb is a build to order.

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