* Posts by Mark 110

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Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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It doesn't need to be patched. Security is like an onion (to quote Shrek). Not sure you need your processors patched if no one can get to them.

Cloud presents different problems I agree.

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Re: Looking at the wrong holes

@BlinkytheMagicPaperClip

"You do realise this is almost Windows' entire software ecosystem, and a large proportion of non Windows apps?

Unless you really do want all software to be signed, vetted, subjected to (possibly arbitrary standards), plus a 30% margin, then dumped in Windows Store?"

Why are you picking on Windows? Not that I'm a fanboi (user yeah) but when I install something on Ubuntu I have as much clue what I am installing as I do on Windows, or Android or Mac. What are you trying to say? x86 CPU flaws are only going to affect Windows users?

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If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

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Re: They sold at least three

My current firm dishes out a couple of thousand Dell/MS tablets in the field for site surveys. Theres definitely a business market. Never owned one myself - I'm fine with laptop phone and kindle. Not sure the tablet would add anything.

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You: 'Alexa, open Cortana.' Alexa: 'Who?'

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In what way is ignoring digital assistants interesting?

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Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

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Re: "natural predator"?

Good call. Additionally "Zebrafish are omnivorous, primarily eating zooplankton, phytoplankton, insects and insect larvae, although they can eat a variety of other foods, such as worms and small crustaceans, if their preferred food sources are not readily available."

They don't eat fish.

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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Re: Prime Complaints

I've never had a problem, but then I'm never really that desperate for the next day thing so don't watch that closely. I will watch more closely in future. Always nice to get free stuff.

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Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 after less than 24 hrs

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Re: You contacted Apple for comment

There was a story within the lastg yearf where "An Apple spokesperson told us . . .". We all had a good giggle at the time :-)

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

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Re: Half a Review?

"Platform rivals to the Apple’s WatchOS have been stagnating for years, with no new silicon from Qualcomm with which to take on the (now) all-conquering Apple smartwatch since 2016."

Please stop ignoring Garmin as a thing El Reg. It is a thing. It makes the best bits of tech that are dedicated to exercise. OK so it used to be dedicated to cycling, running, walking and specialist device swimming but now they wrap all that up in a nice package with all the other health stuff. And you get phone notifications on your wrist. And they are starting to add payment services.

Theres more tech companies in the world than Apple/Samsung/Google!!!!!!

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Firefighters choke on Oracle's alleged smoke-and-mirrors cloud

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Re: Ahhh, the Oracle we all know and love

"Also 143m seems quite a low number for the type of fund"

You made me look it up . . . . $147,902,939 under management.

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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The Indy can't be as bad as the Liverpool Echo

"Just try to visit UK daily newspaper The Independent without an ad-blocker (remembering to disable media autoplay as you go) and you'll find yourself mired in a swirling nightmare of digital ad manure that keeps jumping around but never completes loading. "

On the rare occasion I mistakenly hyperlink into https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/ I just spend my time fighting the thing to stop throwing awfulness at me before I manage to close the tab in disgust. The things in unreadable and blocks your adblocker.

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BBC websites down tools and head outside into the sun for a while

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Re: No comment?

The analysis of the outage is insightful. And well written. I wish some of the customer comms I have written under stress had read that well :-(

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

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I was wondering why the power switch didn't have a guard over it . . .

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ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

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Re: Last time I looked it was lacking virtual network drivers

Why use Hyper-V?

Presumably there was a choice between installing Virtualbox or finding the driver and the latter was chosen . . .

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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Re: Whatever he's being paid

I couldn't really give a shit about whether the EU or the UK are more democratic (I do think - check my old posts - that the UK system is horribly undemocratic though).

What worries me most is that the EU makes much better decisions and better laws for the good of all of us than the UK ever has. Our worlds a better place for it. In new world we have to be like (or in slavery to his hedge fund) Jacob Rees Mogg . . . Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccccc........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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Developing world use cases

Once this makes its way onto lower end devices then isn't there a place for it in a world where people can't afford a phone and a PC? Might be a viable like that in corporate environments as well. Just give everyone a smartphone and set some hot desks up with these docks.

Vast numbers of users just need telecoms, a browser (for their business apps), email and office. Could knock a significant percentage off corporate IT budgets.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Re: My Comments

Cool that worked. I'd move the first ad below the first story if I were you though - or have a smaller ad - not a nice experience just seeing the masthead and huge ugly boring ad when you access the page.

(HTC11 - Firefox)

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Looks like they haven't sold the ad today.

Can't we have the ad just down one side of the page - would allow the responsive design much more space to show some headlines.

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Re: My Comments

On desktop: Feels like there's way too much whitespace - alot of downward scrolling needed. If you have gone full responsive design, why isn't the site filling my browser width? I can only see 9 articles before I have to scroll. On classic I can see 10 even though you've wasted a 3rd of the space with a picture of some chips. You don't really need all that space for those background adds do you?

On mobile: I can't really tell the difference.

My tuppence.

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Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Re: Cash, always

Yes, read this https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money/

All becomes clear.

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Re: Same experience...

You also freed a fat kid from a cycle gate and played a banjo / bagpipe duet? Wow . . hell of a coincidence :-)

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Re: Those guestimates are just that guesses

If I could upvote you more . . .

Pint - but best not hop whilst drinking

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Teradata lobs sueball at SAP, alleges HANA based on its 'trade secrets'

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Re: Forcing HANA

Not sure its true. I was working at one of the biggest SAP shops in the world (Unilever) when HANA was launched and there was no rough stuff. Actually, more a "this looks like an advance, bring it on" attitude from the business & techies.

I sense Teradata clutching at straws before they go under here.

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Re: revenues of $2.3m, and net loss of $67m

And if you ever dealt with them its not hard to see why. All sales pitch and no delivery.

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Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Re: Still at the FPGA stage after all these years?!?!?!?!???

"Great for Microsoft, but if that happens the days of open computing are over."

That must be why they ported Linux onto it . . .

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Brexit Schmexit and other Perverse Costly Abominations

I'd love to go for a pint with amanfrommars. Would love to know how he constructs his usual posts. They are genius.

Lets face it we are all strangers in a strange land to some degree.

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Google freezes Android P: Get your shoes on, tire-kicking devs

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Get em young . .

Bit harsh implying that getting them young is a Google tactic and not an Apple one.

Apple have been subsidizing their kit into schools very heavily for the last 10 - 15 years.

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Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

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Re: The more I listen to the EU...

"...the more I conclude that it is the EU itself that is trying to have its cake and eat it."

I think its more that the EU has baked its cake, is enjoying eating its cake. The UK wants it to change the recipe to something less palatable.

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Re: "opt-out was probably the best choice"

"I don't mind downvotes, but I'm honestly curious here -- why is this comment getting them? Can someone give me the counterargument?

I believe what I said is true because I have yet to see "anonymized" data collection that can't be de-anonymized whenever the entity holding the data wants to do it."

They aren't collecting any PII data. Theres nothing they have they could de-anonymouse.

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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Re: 80s music was mostly dire

I always liked The Cure . . . 'Boooooys Dooooon't Crrrrrryyyyyy' . . . . yes they do. About their gadgets :-)

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UK Ministry of Justice knocks down towers, brings IT BACK in-house

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Re: Tower of tickboxes

They aren't getting rid of the towers. Its the Service Integration layer across the top of the towers they are bringing back in house. Sensible.

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Co-op says IT upgrade project going swell since axing IBM

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Re: Years of under-investment

Coop Bank were still running Windows XP less than 18 months ago and the programme to upgrade was barely off the ground. I'd say years of under investment is about right.

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The Register Lecture: How to build your own tractor beam

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Transporter (to pub) please?

Surely the transporter is the leap forward. What use is an attraction device (tractor beam) compared to being able to instantly transport oneself from work to pub!!

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Oracle sued over claims of shoddy service, licensing designed to force adoption of its kit

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Re: Why hasn't Oracle died yet?

I disagree with the 'just as crap bit'.

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Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

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Re: Talking of other ways to get porn.

@John G Imrie

And needless to say if this works - which it won't - you'll still be able to torrent the wildest things in your 12 year old imagination anyway.

Oh well. Poor kids :-(

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Re: I'm assuming

Changing your DNS doesn't change your address. You need a VPN service for that. And yes my girlfriends kids use them to access US Netflix content thats not available here. I'm quite sure it would get around this porn thingy as well.

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Look! Fitbit's made a watch that doesn't suck!

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Re: Four days!

I bought the other half a Nokia Steel HR last night - looks beautiful compared to that ugly square thing in the article and a month charge iirc.

I bought myself a Garmin 735XT - thats got a 4 day battery life but then thats got GPS and loads of other bumpf - I charged it Friday and its still got over 50% charge mind - I use it for swim training more than anything. Imagine I will hammer the battery fairly quickly when I start cycling and running with it.

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Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

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Re: Why is Garmin

Thanks for the tip on the Garmins all - I have been using a Garmin Swim for years (Garmin smart watches didn't exist back then and the GPS ones didn't have pool functfions).

Very tempted by the 735XT or 935 - both like a very nice upgrade. Time to get a new toy and hopefully get a bit of cash back on the Swim and the Cycle computer (probably give that to the nephew - he wants one) as it would replace both.

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The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead

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Ook

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Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X

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Re: Looks good

Does anyone even use the camera? Seems like a waste of space on a laptop to me. I must have webcammed for any constructive purpose (couple of job interviews) about 3 times ever. And the job interviews I used a USB webcam as the laptop cam made me look very very very scary . . .

Much easier to and better to pull a usb cameera out of the drawer / bag when its needed.

Guess people mileage varies . .

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Re: Not a Mac Clone

@Mage - what was all that about?

Mac clone? Of course it doesn't come with OSX its not made by Apple. Article was talking about the hardware.

Annoying Windows? Writing this on a windows/linux machine that hasn't annoyed me since I switched it on (windows) and doesn't come with thhe Apple idiot tax.

Linux - fairly sure it will work - apart from the auto screen rotate when I put this Lenovo Yoga in tablet mode then everything else works perfect under both Ubuntu and Mate. Fairly sure Huaweis stuff will be much the same.

I feel your pain if Lenovo aren't honouring law - go to a small claims court - you will be back with your money in no time. Would work the same for Huawei.

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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Re: @ wolfetone

Lets face it if ever theres a proper shooting war then all these carriers, and the planes still on the deck, will be on the bottom of the sea within about an hour.

Carriers are just for bullying people that can't shoot back.

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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

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Re: Last name on the list is not likely to be Russian

Yes. Who paid them? Russia or Trump?

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Re: Is lies! Lies! All lies!

Yup - fake news obviously . . .

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If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

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Coop Bank, Sopra Steria, IBM . . .

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Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies

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Nowhere near corrected

"Amid the turmoil, Bitcoin – the cyber-cash poster child – has seen a massive drop (or "price correction" depending on whose side you're on) that has cut its trading price from a high of nearly $20,000 in mid-December to under $7,000 in early February. Crypto? More like crypt-doh!"

Once its back around £500 we might consider it to be corrected.

Seriously though, since the purpose of a currency is to be traded in exchange for goods and services, and therefore it has value, I would be interested to know how much Bitcoin is actually traded in exchange for goods and services (as opposed to being traded for other currencies), and how that compares to a normal currency like the pound or the dollar.

If bitcoin is actually being used to buy stuff it might have some value.

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Re: Excellent news

Yes - excellent news. Amazed it took so long.

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Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Scope creep

Oh don't be an arse. Why do you want to be in an all male environment?

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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Re: Where?

@Ledswinger

So go back to ADSL then? I'm sorry but having been on Virgin for 10 years before I moved house you really don't want to give it up. BTs network is so shit compared to Virgins. Either stop moaning and switch back to BT or stop moaning.

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Re: Exchange-only lines?

Central Liiverpool I am still running 1.2Mbps max . . . Only bad thing about buying this flat was moving out of a Virgin area :-((

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Re: You forgot to mention

So I heard on the radio the other day (comedy show, unreliable) that the reason we can't have a tunnel between Scotland and NI is that we have dumped so muchh dodgy ordinance (including chemical weapons) into the Irish Sea that its not safe.

Is that true?

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