* Posts by batfastad

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Smart

My parents Samsung smart TV has been gradually downgraded over the last 2 years and my old Now TV box has been auto-updated to the point that input lag is about 10s. This is something that had always put me off having all this functionality in a single device... do one thing and do it well.

Thankfully I still have an Android TV box which handles "smart TV" functionality... for now. Though it's still only a matter of time until the apps require updates to continue working and further down the line those apps will no longer be available for my version of Android. That will either be a night following guides on xda developers unlock bootloaders, flash recovery and roms etc, or charity shop/bin and buy new.

Manufacturers need to take more responsibility for their devices to ensure a longer functional life and reduce waste, even if it comes at the expense of new shiny things.

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US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Proud

Seeing so much money spent and excitement generated over the creation devices to kill humans makes me proud to be a human. Not.

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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<table>

Hopefully El Reg will keep it 90s by still using the default HTML 4.0 table style...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/28/the_enterprise_hardware_market_is_growing_you_read_that_right_igrowingi/

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eBay dumps users into insecure authentication mechanism

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SMS 2FA insecure?

SMS 2FA insecure? Someone needs to tell HMRC that.

Since a couple of months back it's now impossible to login to the personal tax portal without setting up SMS-based 2FA.

As someone who changes SIM cards a few times a year depending on which provider offers enough ooodlebytes of data for the least money, this is a no-go. TOTP FTW.

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Be our Guetzli, says Google, to make beastly JPEGs beautifully small

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Re: A better solution...

El Reg should take the lead here by stopping adding vaguely-related stock photography to the top of each article.

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Scality guarantees 100% availability

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Sex Panther.

So it's 100% available... if you make it 100% available.

That's almost as good as "60% of the time, it works every time" (see title).

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Privacy concerns over gaps in eBay crypto

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FAIL

See icon ----------------------------------------------------------------->

Have been wondering this myself for 10+ years.

Even though there is little personal information on the non-HTTPS eBay pages there is still identifable information in the form of (many) session IDs.

Whenever you've got a session with a user the session IDs should only be transmitted over HTTPS. Basic.

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Upvote.

Was going to question this myself. A VPN would only be any good if it was straight into eBay's networks.

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Microsoft foists fake file system for fat Git repos

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Git Submodules?

http://bfy.tw/4L93

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MS

I like the way they reliased they've got a problem once a git checkout hits 3 hours. Presume they were happy with 1-2hr checkout times?

Maybe that's what Windows update has just been doing in the background all these years!

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David Hockney creates new Sun masthead. Now for The Reg...

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Re: OMFG!

> And obviously I hate scousers because they transported my ancestors on the slave ships out of Liverpool.

Yes, scousers still to this day are renowned throughout the world for their magnificent wealth gained off the back of the slave trade.

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NHS reply-all meltdown swamped system with half a billion emails

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All England rule

"A software configuration error meant that the system applied an 'All England' rule"

Tories/UKIP are probably gunning for just that!

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Google launches root certificate authority

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HTTPS everywhere!

HTTPS everywhere! Well, to the edge anyway. Behind the load balancers? Ahem.

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Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228

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Faster

But systemd makes my server boot 2 seconds faster! After I've waited 20 minutes for "configuring memory", "updating inventory", "verifying system devices", "lifecycle controller something".

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Korean boffins vow 1,000km-an-hour supertrain

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HS2 != Maglev

I'll get excited about high-speed rail in this country once there's a project targeting European speed and ticket cost - instead of 70% European speeds and 300% ticket cost.

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Re: Whats this GUI thingy?

> If you are interested in cluster building, Pimoroni do a Pi Zero "Cluster Hat". Connect up to 4 x Pi Zero to a Pi3.

OMG - fugging awesome... https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/cluster-hat

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Re: Hunt's Capital Gains?

> Hotcourses was founded in 1990 (according to Companies House). Jeremy "Spoonerism" Hunt became an MP in 2005. Not sure you could realistically argue that he spent time out from being an MP to create the company!

True, and cheers foro clarification. I will try and RTFA better next time ;)

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Hunt's Capital Gains?

Well I'm sure he'll be paying his fair share of capital gains! Anyone accountancy-minded care to calculate?

I obviously don't know the ins and outs of MPs' employment contracts but before I became a "tax-dodging scumbag" IIRC my employment contracts had clauses which meant any inventions I made in the duration of my employment were property of my employer. MPs?

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AWS, you crack us up. Rebrands Westminster 'Webminster'

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UK Datacentres?

I've shifted alot of stuff into AWS over the past several years for several customers and the fact that they're hosting in Ireland or Frankfurt and not the UK is usually seen as a positive! Usually something about wanting hosting in a "stable, transparent and sensible regime" haw haw!

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Happy 20th birthday to the RADIUS RFC

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Or how about if there is no directly relevant image (e.g.: product photo or vendor/project logo) then my preference would be no image.

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Stock photography

Please, please, please stop using stock photography for every single article! A project is X years old, so you've got a generic picture of some generic people having a shit birthday party.

Enough.

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WD slims down SSD to squeeze into little Black drive range

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Re: Installation complexity!

This is an IT site. Any reader will be aware that a hardware upgrade will involve a bit of rummaging in the giblets of a machine. Installing this WD NVMe M2 SSD is no more complex than any other laptop hardware upgrade. I was just surprised it was even mentioned in reference to this specific product.

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Installation complexity!

> The word "building" indicates the level of installation complexity.

> You need to get inside your PC or notebook to install it and may well need a somewhat specialised allen key-type screwdriver to fasten the locking nut that holds the end of the card once it is plugged into its socket.

I'd say it's almost identically complex as installing a 2.5" drive, perhaps even less so. Often you'll have multiple screws, buffers, caddies, proprietary-clip-on-SATA-right-angle-mungers etc.

When working in IT it's easy to forget how difficult things can be for the typical punter but I don't think the installation of an M2 drive deserves the ranking of "complex".

£189 for 512GB NVMe M2 drive... now that is tempting!

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BOOST! LEGO's computing future and its ground-breaking past

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No article about LEGO is complete without... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX09WnGU6ZY

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Don't believe the 5G hype! £700m could make UK's 4G better than Albania's

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Shoddy.

Just offloaded my trusty old 1st gen Moto G and now able to experience 4G for the first time. Central London and with 4G on my new phone spends more time connected through GPRS than 4G and my actual signal for calls/SMS is intermittent.

Turn 4G off then I get perfectly adequate 3G HSPDASPPAH+ (or whatever it is).

I didn't think it was actually possible for the UK to get worse at infrastructure.

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Gluster techie shows off 'MySQL of object storage' Minio projects

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Re: anyone using mysql for simple key value store

> is probably using the wrong product.

Possibly. Though the memcached interface to InnoDB with MySQL 5.6 is pretty great. And you get replication of the data for free, persistence and you don't have to operate a separate key-value infrastructure unless you need to.

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MPs suggest introducing web blocking to tackle suicide rates in UK

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Re: And so it begins...

@Hollerithevo: Yes I appreciate the Gov appears to at least be thinking about taking positive action on this issue.

Blocking of legal content is censorship.

A few years ago it was blocking illegal child pornography. Yesterday it was logging all accesses to completely legal content because terrorists. Today blocking legal suicide information off the internet because they likely think you can't be trusted. Tomorrow...

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Black Helicopters

And so it begins...

Nanny is at the door. She wants her peons back.

They'll be attacking the judiciary soon enough. Oh...

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Major outage at broadband biz 186k

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Re: Accounts overdue

@Dave Pickles - You might be on to something...

http://status.as8401.net

> Broadband Services Subscribe

> Investigating - If you're currently experiencing an outage with your broadband service please be advised that you will need to find an alternative broadband provider as we are unable to continue to supply your current service.

> Please direct any queries to support@186k.co.uk

> Other services, such as website hosting and e-mail are unaffected.

> We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

> Dec 13, 09:36 GMT

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WDC loads its belt-fed drive cannon, blasts out disks 'n' cards galore

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Instant Secure Erase

"Instant Secure Erase" doesn't sound very secure to me.

Better to do a few rounds of ---------------------------------------------------------->

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Uber is watching your smartphone's battery charge

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W3C API

Genuine question. Why would the Uber app, or any native app, be using the W3C battery API when it's a native app and therefore presumably it has full access to battery status... and lots more besides!

DISCLAIMER: I'm not an Android dev so don't know how the native APIs work - are they just be wrappers around the (developing) HTML5/W3C APIs then?

Thank you for installing SimpleCalculator. This app needs permission to access your camera, stored media, microphone, location, phone call and message history, internet browsing history, stored finger prints, payment details...

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LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

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Massive

Why are all phones from the last 12 months absolutely massive? I'm not interested in anything with a 5.5" screen.

Still rocking an original Moto G here and would like something a bit bigger, actually thicker and heavier would be fine as well if that can cram in a larger battery.

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IETF plants privacy test inside DNS

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dnscrypt?

Is this not the same as dnscrypt?

https://dnscrypt.org

https://github.com/jedisct1/dnscrypt-proxy

Anyway ICRs are harmless, the government said so.

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Outlook outage outrage

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Free

So just ask for a refund.

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WDLabs goes Pi-eyed and sees triple

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Re: Correction

Thanks. That caused me a WTF as well.

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Power 'issue' fells UK web registrar's servers

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Small number of customers...

So 100% of their userbase then? :p

Seriously, these are in the same bucket as 123-reg and Fasthosts for me.

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Pwnfest drops a nasty surprise on VMware

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Hello Darkness My Old Friend

Good old HTML 4 default table styling... I have missed you!

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Google BigQuery TITSUP caused by failure to scale-yer workloads

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60% of the time

... it works every time!

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Some! at! Yahoo! knew! about! mega-breach! as! early! as! 2014!

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Of course

Of course they did. Look at those who had the largest shareholdings at the time and work down in descending order. Sell, sell, sell!

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

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Well

So at least the "killing other humans at long-range" department has still got funding.

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Windows Server 2016 persistent memory support supercharges storage IO

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Re: Reminds me of...

Or the Gigabyte i-RAM from 2006... http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/storage/6200-gigabyte-gc-ramdisk-i-ram/

I remember we got one of those for a particularly busy (and poorly optimised) database and it was just the coolest thing. I remember thinking "this will be the future - no moving parts".

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UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

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> we repatriate a bunch of EU budget

LOL! Repatriate to the nearest wall in the form of a warm yellowy liquid.

I've been in the Remain Hard camp for a long time because I do not think UK politicians and civil servants can be trusted with anything more than a box full of paperclips. Actually treasury tags are probably safer. Any actual money, budgeting or policy decisions on anything further ahead than the next election should not go anywhere near Westminster. Remove all sovereignty whatsoever from UK.gov.plc.ltd.uk immediately and give it to the Walloons.

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Gov.UK goes TITSUP

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TITSUP

means TITSUP.

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And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

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Re: See it all the time

If it's anything like most managed racks DC/colo offerings I end up working with (against), it will often be sheer beauracracy preventing the drives being replaced, not alerting. Beauracracy of raising a ticket with global service desk, often using some weird Excel macro form, global service desk routing it to the right NOC, admin shipping a replacement drive, NOC finding the replacement drive in the loading bay after a bit, needing a new ticket to schedule the work, needing a new ticket for engineer access, replace the drive, shipping the drive back, the drive was never shipped back, etc.

When I'm at a company with a facility in or around London I always prefer actually going there. It's a train ticket and a taxi, it's an afternoon out of the office, but it's done in a day. Not two weeks of "to me to you" with overworked underpayed on-site NOC.

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Blighty's Home Office database blunders will deprive hundreds of GB driving licences

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Internet Connection Records.

See title.

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GlobalSign screw-up cancels top websites' HTTPS certificates

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https everywhere!

It always works.

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Yahoo! halts! email! forwarding! to! outside! email! addresses!

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WTF

See title.

Given that I every day I get at least one spam from a contact's Yahoo! e-mail address, this is probably a good thing. It's "last one out the door turn out the lights" time at Yahoo! me thinks.

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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Netbooks

I always really liked netbooks. Fair enough, the early netbooks were pretty dodgy. 7" screens with gigantic bezels, CF cards masquerading as SSDs, weird screen resolutions, custom Linux OS that would never be updated etc.

I bought a 10" Asus 1005HA-P, 4GB RAM, Atom processor, 2.5" HDD, 10+ hr battery life and just over 1Kg in mass. Rocked that thing for years, perfect for travelling, cheap enough to be considered disposable, expensive enough to have a bit of grunt, ran a full OS (albeit Win XP) so could actually get stuff done in GIMP/Office/text editors etc. I could never see the advantage in a tablet over that netbook.

It died after 4 years of hard travel. I moved on. Asus Zenbook and now a slightly larger Dell XPS 15 with dedicated graphics. Bought an Android tablet which gets chucked around by the kids but I have never felt the need for a tablet. An ultrabook and phone do the job for me.

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What a time to be alive: Nissan reveals self-driving chair

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Cool

They did this vid earlier in the year... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1D07dTILH0

We live in a golden age!

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

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Take back control!

Brit politicians and civil servants sure know their stuff. Take back control!

People wonder why nuclear suddenly got all expensive on us?

50 years of virtually no investment in virtually all of the country's infrastructure except for a few marquee projects. It's cheaper to build it before you need it instead of 30 years late.

The 4-5 year lurch between red and blue parties in Government in the UK seriously holds back long-term investment and planning of the evolution of core infrastructure. Every few years a new task force or re-branding of a Gov dept, going around in circles. Sigh.

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