* Posts by Chris 3

576 posts • joined 10 Jul 2009

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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Certainly worth it if you are on iPad

I've been running the beta in on a 2017 standard iPad and all the split screen and multitasking stuff is really good.

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Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

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You need an iPhone - but you don’t need it with you. Handy if you’re canoeing or going for a run or whatever.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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Apple requires you to have a passcode in addition to TouchID/FaceID

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Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps

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Not a dreadful idea, but...

... horrible implementation

I'm a heavy Trello user, so downloaded this yesterday. It's written in Electron, is pretty laggy and when I last looked, was taking up about 700MB of RAM. Alerts are nice, but that's about all it offers me. I'll be sticking to the browser

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HSBC biz banking crypto: The case of the vanishing green padlock and... what domain are we on again?

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Mushroom

HSBC trains its customers to be phished.

I’ve been having a back and forth with HSBC about the text messages that they send you, if they believe that your card has been compromised.

You get a text from a random number, purporting to be from HSBC telling you to phone another random number urgently to discuss your account.

That number isn't a publicised number. Moreover, even if you search for it on the HSBC website to check if it is legit, nothing turns up.

I’ve had several arguments, but am unable to get through to anyone who seemingly understands.

Yes, I understand that you may not want to publicise the number on the site, but at least arrange things so that if a customer checks, the search function returns a page saying 'yes, this is a legit number for the department'.

To add insult to injury, HSBC keeps sending me marketing brochures explaining how important it is that I keep a look out for phishing attempts.

Is there anyone? FSA, ombudsman who would be interested in this issue? It’s only a matter of time before someone is spoofed and loses money.

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Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

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I'm intrigued.

... what actually locked you into your beliefs that climate change is a hoax.

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Re: I don't mine a skeptic. I prefer a skeptic in this position

> Regardless, the subject (CAGW) is in effect, an apocalyptic religion.

Well, a religion except for the whole issue of it being based on sound scientific evidence and observation, of course. The faith-based argument is the one that says that the greenhouse gases that human activity has been generating isn't having any effect, despite the evidence that it is.

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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

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Happy

Thanks

A really nice article Simon, thanlks for writing it.

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A glimpse of life under President Zuckerberg? Facebook CEO's boffins censor awkward Q&A

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This was an /r/science AMA

Very strict rules about 'science only questions' - so, I presume this was just the mods deleting stuff that didn't follow those rules.

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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: I'm loving this...

So, to be clear - you're fine with a president firing an FBI head, simply because he is change of an investigation that may prove politically embarassing, and refuses to say he will be loyal?

Should the new FBI chief be required to swear an oath of fealty to Donald as part of the confirmation hearings?

Are you not the least interested in finding out how Russia tinkered with the US election?

Weird.

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The harsh reality of Apple's augmented reality toolset ARKit: It's an incredible battery hog

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Re: Improves with age?

Lets also not forget that Apple's beta software tends to be pretty battery-heavy, but then gets better optimisations before release. So it could well improve fairly rapidly with age.

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WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in

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Re: 5% of 1000 000 is 50 000 desktops.

Except of course - how are you going to get those images to the doctor's desk? USB stick? Mmmm. Two entirely separate PCs on each Doctor's desk on two separate networks?

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We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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Re: Just don't do it

I'm still astonished by the number of people who use Whatsapp -which demands access to *all* your contacts

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Has President Trump’s executive order on 'Public Safety' killed off Privacy Shield?

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Re: Nice Try, now go home.

Still upset that he took all your guns?

... oh wait.

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So the Trump campaign Website still has the pledge to ban Muslims up. The order bans all travel apart from from 'persecuted religious minorities' aka Christians. It is a policy carefully constructed to be a Muslim ban and only someone incredibly naive would think otherwise.

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NCC Group's profit hit by contract cancellations

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Is this the same NCC that used to be the National Computing Centre?

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

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Re: DNC - Remove the mote from your own eye

Did they actually find out what they thought, or did they just see a bizarrely skewed interpretation a la pizzagate,

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Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

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Re: FUD

What is it about Trump fans their love of capital letters?

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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Re: Amen to that

Gove's education policy was a prime example of his 'experts? What do they know?' Core belief (another school governor)

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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Re: Bollocks

One thing that may give you pause for thought. While the system was indeed pump-primed by showing its neural networks passed games, it has apparently improved substantially in the last few months (since its games against the European champ) through the simple expedient of repeatedly playing itself .

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Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper still useless: Security bloke reveals lingering holes

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Re: "It's their choice and they choose not to, fair enough."

Every reputable journalist will approach the subject of the article if it is being criticised and offer the chance to comment yes - that is exactly how it works.

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Day 2: UK research network Janet still being slapped by DDoS attack

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Re: Not just universities

Yup, any schools using London Grid for Learning for connectivity are having a bad time right now.

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

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I seem to remember with the Apple IIs, you had to also open them up and push all the RAM chips back in with a satisfying crunching noise as they tended to walk out of their sockets after a while due to thermal expansion.

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Weird.

Never had any problems with Mail.app, Safari or indeed iPhotos/now Photos. iMovie does the business for simple video, assuming you are happy to assemble in linear fashion. Pages is pretty good if you want simple and effective Newsletter layout, for everything else there is MS Word or Indesign.

So in summary - the Apple apps are just fine for everyday use. I think the person destined for the 'shortbus' is probably the person who makes such a meal of them.

No, I'm not going defend iTunes.

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Half the staff go gardening at the now not-so-jolly Jolla

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Re: bugger

It really is possible to set up an iPhone so that it doesn't Hoover up your details.

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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Re: Read the story in the Telegraph today

It's nice that you trust your VPN provider so fully.

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Ins0mnia bug means malicious iOS apps WILL NEVER DIE

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Re: limited support

I would *hope* that Apple would check and pull any apps from the Store that use this exploit.

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Safe as houses: CCTV for the masses

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> I have no idea why commercial camera solutions can't record to a NAS and you just log onto your NAS to see the pictures taken.

I think the issue is simply that there are advantages in having off-site storage for security images. Your NAS system is fine until someone walks off with the NAS or burns the house down.

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Cheers Ireland! That sorts our Safe Harbour issues out – Dropbox

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Its not clear to me whether...

The move is to do with data legislation, or Dropbox attempting a little tax avoidance. Comments?

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

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Re: ...you're out of luck.

Hang on? I've got 10.10.3 running on a 2007 iMac with 3Gigs of RAM. I agree about the stupidity of the new 21" iMacs not having accessible RAM slots, but if you've got one of those, it wouldn;t have shipped with less than 8Gigs.

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Chris 3

Duh

It's here for download https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1804?locale=en_GB

Not exactly sure what you mean by 'babysitting a GUI app'. The Appstore pretty good at resuming interrupted downloads. Sounds like you want to be angry for the sake of it.

... Whereas you could be quite reasonably angry about them not providing patches for Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks.

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

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Re: 2008?

> not sure how "startup" became a synonym for "new"

They aren't synonyms - as can be seen from the way that the article applies startup to a 2008 company.

Hence startup is a state of mind. You're the one confusing yourself.

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Virgin Media takes its time on website crypto upgrade

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And they have a ludicrous mandatory weak password policy too

It's been a few months since I wrestled with trying to reset a mail password on Virgin, but it used to be hilariously bad. The system disallowed my choices for being too long, then for having a space in, then for having the wrong kind of punctuation in the wrong places. Amateurs.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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So it's impossible for your passenger to put on music?

Quite often on long journeys, its nice for the wife to be able to channel surf or put some music on or whatever, while I concentrate on the road. This looks to be impossible with this set-up. Yes?

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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Re: Does it matter if the beeb were late?

Personally, I think Newsnight did it on purpose to see if they could give the reg staffer some kind of smugness-embolism.

Did Kelly survive? That's what I want to know.

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Siri? Are you seeing another man?

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It's articles like this...

That make me yearn for the dear, departed 'rate this article' widget, so I could hit '1'.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Re: Really?!

> No. What caused their downfall was being forced to do what Microsoft wanted.

No. Their downfall was already well underway by then.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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But what the network cannot do is roll out services when it does not have the network in place.

... Except for all the VNOs like Tesco who do just that.

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Does Father Christmas expect a happy ending with Clara in Doctor Who?

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Alternatively, Capaldi's been the best doctor for while and the writing has been imaginative, with a good mix of scares and laughs and a nice bit of nuanced character writing. In addition the plots have gone back to comparatively simple but entertaining story, compared with the overly baroque 'the doctor save the entire universe again this week, with some time-whimey paradox which is never fully explained'.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Re: I'm just glad it's over

Not really. She started as magic-pixie-impossible-girl and ended up as a character with a bit of emotional depth and complexity.

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An enjoyable episode that finished an enjoyable series

Some fine acting from the The Doctor and Clara, a series in which the Doctor's morality is put under the lens, siome nice character driven episodes, a few properly scary ones. Some laughter, a few damp eyes and the return of the master (and no she's not dead).

Overall a cracking return to form for what is - let's face it - a kids show that adults can enjoy watching too.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Re: Value for money?

> The idea that anyone is editing 4K images at 1:1 and needs the extra space for toolbars etc. is classic Apple iWank. If you're editing those images, you're zoomed in

How do you figure that? Why would I want to zoom in when editing?

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Re: Wotta lotta pixels

All Macs come with really good calibration capabilities courtesy of Colorsync Utility. You can get an idea of what it does by watching as someone pootles through its menus here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah_EpObQ1PE

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: Why proud, confident or assured maybe?

> I'm not "Proud to be hetro" it's just what is.

Yes, but that's because you're not part of a minority who until recently were classified as criminal and who (for example) have to think twice before holding hands in the streets.

You don't have to think long and hard about the effect announcing your sexuality would have on family, friends, stockholders and customers.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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This is going to make the Minecraft community even more nervous.

... and they're already pretty nervous about what it means for all the game channels on Youtube.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Re: Not compatible

See also Virgin Media, where their passwords have to be something like more than 6 and less than 10 and don't allow spaces etc. Sigh.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: Server Preview Fopah!

Its almost as if it's a really early preview and some boiler plate text and code has been left in there. Astonishing.

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Re: Key Strikes Yes - Letters NO

Hmmm, I can see how it would be useful to (for example) capture strings that were typed into the help box, or into command lines.

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Re: "operator-led NFC payments system"

Why, what's Apple done 'of late'?

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: Glostermeteor If they say yes...

I was pondering the fact that England might be able to stick with BST all year around, perhaps with double summertime?

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