* Posts by Stuart Halliday

841 posts • joined 2 Jul 2007

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

Stuart Halliday

Re: Adblocker time...

They've already announced they plan to use a long thin scrolling advertising banner at the bottom...

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Stuart Halliday
WTF?

Come back when America starts using Centigrade. They are still using the long obsolete Fahrenheit standard.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

Stuart Halliday

Never listen to your fan base

Typically Microsoft listened to their fan base. These type of people like or are customed to what Microsoft do.

Every company has them and they're great for getting bugs fixed or existing products made better. But they're rubbish for getting new ideas.

Most companies realise this and never mix the two. Costly mistake if you do....

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

Stuart Halliday

Re: Yes, the original version. Yes, the normal one downloaded from the Piriform Website.

Hmmm.... This probably explains why my Malwarebytes program keeps popping up that it's real-time protection is turned off...again. A threat scan by it or Defender doesn't reveal anything though.

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UK council fined £70k for leaving vulnerable people's data open to world+dog

Stuart Halliday

So why should the cleaners, child minders, librarians, security guards, drivers get fined for lousy IT?

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

Stuart Halliday

Re: What's in it for me?

The other major benefit for users is the durability of SSDs. The huge number of home users who move their PC whilst it's switched on is massive in my experience. Eventually HDD will be used for backups mainly.

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A storage giant wants to give you 46,763...

Stuart Halliday

Goodness sake use text files!

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Infosec eggheads rig USB desk lamp to leak passwords via Bluetooth

Stuart Halliday

Eh?

Don't see how. The data lines of nearby USB ports will not be switching logic levels.

Sure, if I put a A/D converter in the USB device I could easily record minor changes in the data lines.

But then if I'm doing that, it's pretty safe to bet the PC is unguarded.

Then a couple of capacitors across the data lines will solve that problem.

In any case, hardly real-world scenario...

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

Stuart Halliday

Re: Assuming it was armed...

It wouldn't show up on Radar...

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Stuart Halliday

Odd.

You seem to go out of your way to not mention that these things can be bought on the High Street. Like Menkind or Maplin? Why is that?

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

Stuart Halliday

Manufacturers never learn.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Stuart Halliday

Just a damn stupid idea to bring in a subscription service.

So obvious it's one of the best things that Britain has ever made.

Why can't people understand that it's output would be decided by the viewer numbers and not creativity.

No other Media output is monitored so closely and has Law behind it. Heck I can write to the BBC Trust and by law I've to get a report and an answer.

Try that with any other channel.

People wanting a opt-in option really don't care for the organisation and probably would pirate it in any case.

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Stuart Halliday

Ah... So cute that you don't understand.

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

Stuart Halliday

Yeah, you press it 43 times and the battery catches fire!

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Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful

Stuart Halliday

Still living in the 20th Century where they think they can dish out as much shite as they want.

But nowadays there's educated customers who know when a company is pulling a fast one.

We'll just need to inform our clients what we think of their devices.

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Tandy 102 proto-laptop still alive and beeping after 30 years, complete with AA batteries

Stuart Halliday

Still got my hand held PC-1500 with 4K of RAM. It's a 6502 with 16bit accumulator still running off 4 AA batteries after 30+ years.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_PC-1500

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Semiconductor-laced bunny eyedrops appear to nuke infections

Stuart Halliday

Will this mean the scrapage of quantum dot televisions will be long term toxic to animal life? ;)

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

Stuart Halliday

Re: Who still uses farenheight for things like this ?

The Register has to sadly support our old American neighbours. Still living in the 19th Century.

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

Stuart Halliday

School never taught me that...

After I was qualified to be a Microsoft IT engineer by the University of Edinburgh I didn't expect the reality of people not actually liking you because of your job.

Seemingly I stop people going to Web sites at work, I stop them downloading stuff. In effect, I'm a policeman I was told.

Manager thought I was rubbish because I allowed 1 spam email to reach his account. I tried to tell him, the software had blocked 999 of them that day. He would use his email on USENET!

Director told me, IT was a drain on the business. It did nothing profitable for it.

Seemingly the £20,000 I saved him on license fees that year was forgotten. Odd that.

I was quite happy to get out and do freelance IT.

Wish School had taught me how to deal with people who really didn't care what they got up to at Work.

Oh hum

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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

Stuart Halliday

Re: AES was not cracked, cut the click bait

Ah. So not an electronics man?

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Stuart Halliday

Re: How well was the PC prepared? TEMPEST?

I think I'd notice a 10" loop aerial lying around...

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Stuart Halliday

Re: How well was the PC prepared?

Lots of kitchen foil and stickyback plastic Blue Peter style required?

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

Stuart Halliday

If you haven't reported a store to the ASA, can I recommend you do so. It's fun and very easy to do.

I reported a big single fruit company (not really fruit) and sure enough the advert was banned. The company tried to get in touch with me for a tour of their factory, hinting at a give-away. I declined.

Done this reporting a few times now.

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Pop-up Android adware uses social engineering to resist deletion

Stuart Halliday
Unhappy

Re: No other options but to press "OK"

Which will be 99% of the market. If you've never worked directly with the general public on IT issues, you're in for a shocking surprise as they'll trust anything, anywhere.

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Foxconn, Amazon, Apple join Toshiba chip plant feeding frenzy

Stuart Halliday

Why is it ailing?

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Millimetre wave.. omigerd it's going nowherrr.. Apple, you say?

Stuart Halliday

I'd just like to get 4G in me home!

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I'll take the sandtrooper in white: Meet the rebel scum making Star Wars armour sets for a living

Stuart Halliday

You could buy a quality suit or any item from any film from 1984 on wheres.

Talented fans were taking orders for copies of any film or TV prop. So not exactly a new thing. You just had to know someone who knew someone back then if you get my jist.

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Pirates hack was a hoax, says Disney boss

Stuart Halliday

Can someone tell us his ISP? His download speed must be incredible!

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LastPass connectivity snafu locks out Brits from password manager

Stuart Halliday

Re: What I don't understand

Can't do that with my phone or tablet...

I'd rather not have a USB stick welded to my person either.

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

Stuart Halliday

So, this airbag has an airbag.

Go on, you know you want a third...

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Just 99.5 million nuisance calls... and KeurBOOM! A £400K megafine

Stuart Halliday

We need a secure caller display system

If they couldn't fake or withhold their numbers, we'd be in a better position to complain.

How about a complaint button that logs the call with your telephone provider who then has to publish the list.

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Jeez, we'll do something about Facebook murder vids, moans Zuckerberg

Stuart Halliday

Re: The very issue it the culture "WE CAN'T BE WRONG!"

What education and nationality are these censors? Hopefully each country is covered by locals.

I'm worried about the people wanting to see this sort of thing. We'll always have lunatics posting extreme videos.

About the only way to reduce this is to have a system where the poster of videos has to get approval from other FB friends.

But it's impossible to be effective whatever Facebook or governments decide. Just realise this.

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Forgetful ZX Spectrum reboot firm loses control of its web domains

Stuart Halliday

There's dumb and there's stupid

Truly a very stupid company.

Obviously got no IT Staff on the payroll.

Nominet are very good at reminding folks and even allow an extended time after the names expire.

Even more stupid to report it to the Police. Nominet owns the names and so no property has been stolen.

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

Stuart Halliday

Blastphamous?

Like having images of a guy nailed to wood, bleeding is OK?

Nailing the skin of people to church front doors was OK?

Burning people alive was OK?

Saying the Earth isn't flat?

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Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

Stuart Halliday
Thumb Up

Respect!

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Nielsen, eat your heart out: TiVo woos admen with prediction engine

Stuart Halliday

I just press the 'thumbs down' button to all the programmes I watch. Just to confuse them.

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Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale

Stuart Halliday

Re: why oh why?

Well, you could say that about their S6, S7 & soon their S8 range.

0.1% returns is darn low. But I bet a few of them must have smoked.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: why oh why?

Some of us don't fly more than once in a decade...

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Stuart Halliday
Megaphone

Give me one. I'd make sure the World knows it's great.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Environmentally friendly disposal

Och, they said the same about the Wizard of Oz. But no one else actually goes and has a dig.

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Dear Microsoft – a sysadmin's wishlist

Stuart Halliday

Oops I've slipped into the Twilight Zone.

Loved the piece on Containers. Why not simply put a ! in front of a directory name and be done with it! (Subtle old Acorn humour there).

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

Stuart Halliday

Moved across the Atlantic?

Why are you speaking in American?

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

Stuart Halliday

Re: Two things

But Snakes are cool...

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Los Angeles to extradite bloke from Nigeria after scores of city workers fall for phish scam

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

So, it's official. Americans are more stupid than the rest of the Western World.

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

Stuart Halliday

Re: idleness

Going to take a huge and long term change of thinking for the average person.

Some will just use it as an excuse for a while to do nothing. They'll eventually get bored, depressed, commit crimes, attack people and property.

We need to provide training classes for those willing to do them. It can be exciting to learn new skills and to do volunteering jobs.

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US-CERT's top tip: Hack your crap Netgear router before miscreants arrive

Stuart Halliday

Reminds me of the original PET 2001 power supply Poke bug. Proudly printed in the PCW magazine in the Eighties so that eager young programmers could try out to mangle the £700 machine in shops throughout the UK.

Nothing really changes...

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Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

Stuart Halliday

I'll wait until RISC OS is available.... ;)

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

Stuart Halliday

Re: Other Intel Chip

This is what happens when you are a big company and you throw out your older engineers.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: VM to gig BB in the UK

Just how does one recognise a SuperHub 2 or 3?

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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

Stuart Halliday

Because chemical reactions are a heck of slower at low temperatures?

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