* Posts by Pete B

198 posts • joined 7 Oct 2009


Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

Pete B

Pedant Alert!

"...are hidden from the hoi polloi by GDPR..."

Standards are slipping at el reg - "hoi" is the nominative masculine singular form of the definite demonstrative article? Or in order words, it means "the", and therefore "the hoi" is a bit of a pleonasm.

Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone

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Just had to replace one that went completely dead at my boss's house - no lights on it at all. IIRC it was installed in 2014 - Voda's response was it was out of warranty so we had to fork out for a new one. I use EE and wi-fi calling on my own handset -works perfectly without additional hardware like voda need.

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: They missed a trick

Is Poettering related to Daniel J. Bernstein - they seem to share the same basic beliefs?

How to secure MongoDB – because it isn't by default and thousands of DBs are being hacked

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Re: Cue useless drivel as defence

"...I find it unfair to compare to M$. The latter needed nearly 15 years to figure out the simple fact that security is a must..."

In M$ slight defence here when they launched Windows it was in a world where most PCs were never connected to anything else anyway so there was less need to segregate privileges. Anybody starting to create a system nowadays should assume it's going to be connected to the world at large and configure it accordignly.

90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

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Re: Security concerns?

"It works for the UK education system ..."

Thanks - I hadn't had a laugh today, but the idea that anything in the UK education system works to any acceptable level gave me a good one.

Hackers actively stealing Wi-Fi keys from vulnerable routers

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Re: HOW??!?

@David 132

I see what you did there, but their alternate methods are not as obvious as that.

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@asdf Re: interesting

"Don't buy a home router until you check there is open source firmware for it."

Thought everybody on here would use Cisco or Juniper at home TBH?

Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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Re: I know that feeling

"Personally I find the best cure is to silently stand up, walk over to the sales droid and then without a word place a screwdriver on the desk in front of them, and then silently return to your seat."

Think a spanner's more appropriate in this case.

Sony kills off secret backdoor in 80 internet-connected CCTV models

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Re: Hardcoded passwords...

"This is Sony. They have form with rootkits and didn't get sued into oblivion then."

No - they just got dropped from my list of possible vendors. I wouldn't consider anything with the Sony name on it since that debacle.

Are your landlines buried in the stone age?

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Re: Biased article

"If i only want internet on a line, its impossible without paying a line rental, although I hardly ever use it!"

Not true - have a look into "Metallic Path Facility" vs "Shared Metallic Path Facility" - if your ISP wants to they can offer you exactly what you're asking for.

Hearts, minds and balls: Microsoft's Windows 8 Surface gamble

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@kb Re: Poor sales?

I really don't see why the carriers should hate Skype - the contract I have my 920 on has unlimited calls/texts and is only limited on data - at that they should *love* me using Skype since they're likely to get additional revenue when I exceed my data allowance.

If you mean the carriers that haven't woken up to the fact that text/voice isn't going to pay their bills for much longer hate it then maybe...

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I didn't word my reasons for being hesitant to buy very well: I know on paper it does exactly what I want; the apps are there to meet my requirements. BUT what I can't tell without physically holding one are the more subtle nuances of build quality, screen response etc. I would think quite a few people will follow the: got to PCW/wherever, try everything they've got to see what you like then go home and order it online - if they haven't seen one then it won't be on the list. (iPad obviously aside since it seems a lot of people do make the decision based purely on it being an Apple product)

TBH if Surface were stocked in the likes of PCW I'd probably buy one this weekend, assuming that quality/feel etc is OK. I'm quite a way away from Hampshire, sadly otherwise I'd take you up on your offer.

Pete B

Poor sales?

I've been thinking seriously about buying a surface RT (I have a Lumia 920 and like it and also W8 on desktop), but I refuse to buy one unless I can actually have a ply with one before purchase. So far in the UK I have been unable to find anywhere that I can do so. I suppose I could buy one and return it under distance selling if it doesn't do what I want but that would be a PITA.

It's all well advertising the things, but if retail stores haven't got them on sale to demo then there's no point in spending all of the money on advertising.

Arbitrators side with Foxconn in brain-damaged worker case

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Re: Boycott them buy nothing from China!

I was just wondering if it was possible to get a list of manufacturers who used Foxconn, but you're probably right that the only way to boycott them is to avoid buying any electronic goods.

Intel insists Mac Mini HDMI fix inbound

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Re: nope

This *is* Apple's problem since they supply the machine; the lack of choice in Apple products is supposed to stop this sort of problem happening.Apple chose which chipset to use, so their problem.

Register readers mostly too ashamed to cop to hideous hoard horrors

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Re: what is an empty house a sign of?

"Or an impending divorce. Mine even took the garden shed whilst I was at work."

That was the first hint you got?

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If a clean house is a sign of a clean mine, what is an empty house a sign of?

Oi, Apple, stick to phones, forget about TV - Time Warner CEO

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Re: Apple TV is not really necessary

Ironically Woz started a company making programmable remotes specifically to 'solve' this problem! (CL 9)

Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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Re: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

No - that's why the offence you're charged with is "Taking without the owner's consent".

BOFH: The Great Patch Mismatch

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Re: Don't talk to me about...

APC? If it is the entire unit will probably develop a mysterious fault where irt just decides to randomly switch itself off wihtin about 6 months of changing the battery.

Power to the people - if you can find a spare socket

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Re: You should see our data centre

CEEform is indeed the correct name, but all of the sparks I every had dealings with, and Datacentre staff (Telecity/UKG etc.) call them commando sockets.

Commando was the MK brand name for them, is the origin.

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Re: You should see our data centre

Eh? Data centre we use does indeed provide the round blue command sockets - rated at 32A. You do know you can buy PDUs with those already fitted, don't you?

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+1 on PAT testing

Try pointing them to this site:-


Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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Blue Waffles?

Can't believe nobody's mentioned it yet!

Long-suffering Virgin Media victims see no end to vid PURGATORY

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Re: Junk mail

Indeed - I get at least two a month from them throguh the door - we're not even in a VM cabled area!

Verizon staff arrested for stealing customer's nude pics

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Re: Not theft

Breach of copyright is probably the most obvious crime.

EDF: We'll raise bills 11% - but only 2% is due to energy costs!

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Re: Yes, lets focus on short term cost increases...

" demolishing old buildings and replacing them with new energy efficient ones etc"

And how long will it take to 'repay' the energy costs of creating that new building?

I do actually agree with you about energy security, but disagree completely about how it should be generated; lets have something reliable so we don't end up having a complete duplicate set of gas turbine generators to cover the periods when the sun doesn't shine, and the wind doesn't blow (oddly enough these two happen quite often at the coldest time of the year). Our governments energy policies over the last 20 years has been absolutely disgraceful; if we're going to massively subsidise anything then it should be proven Nuclear Plants.

4G: Bad coverage, crap battery life - but at least it's really expensive

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Re: Even T-mobile has HSDPA+Dual channel

Interesting - I get 5-bar signal from T-Mobile at home (+200Yds from mast) and a blistering 0.04Mb/s down & 0.03Mb/s upstream with 684ms ping times - this with several different devices. I assume they have ISDN back-haul from the tower - don't see 'upgrading' to anything other than a different carrier.

Dr No, Thunderball, Casino Royale? Vote now for the best Bond film

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I'm basing my vote

On the girls in it, not who played Bond.

Has to be The Man with the Golden Gun.

US climate-change skeptics losing support

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Re: Cut to the chase

Ot more probably that different people are asked each time, so the results are more or less meaningless; the sample size is also minuscule, so any extrapolation done from it is correspondingly useless. I also wonder how many of them can differentiate between climate and weather?

Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

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Re: Pedant

"or perhaps you live in some strange world where hard drives don't remember what is written to them?"

or maybe he uses Excelstor hard drives? We had a batch with 100% failure rate under warranty; the ones replaced under warranty even then failed themselves, still within the original warranty.

Icon self explanatory..

O2 kicks out Ericsson server for breaking its network

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Re: But...

I read the website as well, but for some reason rather than what is says:-

"CUDB provides a single point of access and administration..."

I read it as

"CUDB provides a single point of failure..."

Mosley thrash'n'tickle vid case against Google opens in Hamburg

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Re: Agree completely

NOTW may not exist, but News International did the last time I looked. All of the compensation payments made recently over the phone 'hacking' carried out by NOTW have been made by News International.

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There is a difference between 'in the public interest' and 'what interests the public'.

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Agree completely

Wouldn't be unreasonable that News International should be paying his legal costs either since he won the case against NOTW.

Google's disco-dancing uncle Schmidt trashes Apple's patent war

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@Ted Treen Re: “are literally talking all the time about everything”

No reason at all - Friday would be a much better day to talk about.


New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

Pete B

Business opportunity

Nothing to stop me charging a handling fee as far as I can see?

Ex-HP boss Mark Hurd's $53m gold parachute approved by judge

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Re: re: "There's not been a company ever turned around by the fifth CEO on the job,"

Maybe they should bring back Bill & Dave by proxy - I don't think a medium would make any worse a job of running HP than Hurd did.

Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off

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Re: Apple copying?!

I read that mapping companies frequently include imaginary streets on their maps so that people copying them can be easily seen to be doing so - maybe that was Apple's intention, but the 'make it up' algorithm got a bit out of hand.

BT gets postcode knickers in twist, plants Shoreditch on Mount Everest

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You on the same Exchange as me? Status NC - seeing as the flag is in the middle of a field 2 miles away from the physical exchange i can see it isn't surprising.

It's time to burn the schedules and seize control of OUR TVs

Pete B

"Then ability browse what's on now and go; "That might be interesting....." is the vitally important horizon-broadening bit."

Yeah - but I do this by once a week going through the listings and telling my Mythtv set-up to record anything that looks as though it might be interesting. admittedly I do have a small backlog of around 12Tb of interesting stuff to watch now, but hey I might get the time eventually!

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Re: Watching "live" by PAYG

Exactly! I was starting to think I was alone in my viewpoint that the BBC as a PSB shouldn't necessarily be chasing ratings; I see their job as to provide the bits that commercial TV doesn't. If the manage to get big ratings then grate, but it shouldn't be their primary goal. I do realise that in my ideal they wouldn't show a lot of sport, soaps and such like, but it's not as if they're not available on the commercial channels.

Raspberry Pi 2.0 ready to ship

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Re: Kinda hope

I pre-ordered from RS back in June and was told it would be 4 weeks; it arrive at the beginning of July, so pretty much spot on. I do order a lot of hardware from RS though - don't know if that made a difference.

Chick-lit star snubs Menshn.com password flaw alert

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Where's Anonymous when you need them...

Neil Armstrong dies aged 82

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Re: Cover-Up @Graham Dawson


McAfee splats bug that knocked punters offline

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More trouble than any virus

Seriously - I've seen more problems caused by McAffee over the years than I've ever seen caused by viruses on non-protected machines - they range from blocking email collected over SSL, dropping random internet traffic (this update isn't the first one to do this) and generally slowing the machine down to a crawl even when they're working 'correctly'.

Ready to patent that 'new' invention? Google is here to dash your hopes

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No - because they simply cancel them before they have to pay for them. I think the idea was intended so that if you made a typo on a registration and immediately realised you could cancel it and register the correct one without having to pay twice. It's abused by the sleazier registrars though.

Privacy snafu as TOPLESS Mark Zuckerberg picture leaks online

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Is that Fabio Capello in the second picture?

Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy

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Think the key word there is "...intelligent..."


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