* Posts by VinceH

2950 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

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Re: Do they substitute products if unavailable?

On the upside, in the context of general groceries, their habit of identifying previous purchases and suggesting you buy it again makes a little more sense.

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Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming

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Re: Not just the Nigerian's Anymore

Wait - are you saying it's not legit?

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Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting with stars

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Re: Artist's Impression..

"NASA and ESA spend all that money sending an artist out there to paint it, and you complain?"

Yes, they should be sending professional photographers. As well as providing more accurate images, doing so would mean the missions don't take as long - it's quick and easy to take a photograph, even for a professional when compared to an artist, who would take considerably longer.

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Uber New York class action alleges passengers overcharged $7.43m per month

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@gnasher729

"If you think things are repeating"

I don't. I must have been too subtle: My point was that the case reported on in this article is more closely related to the case reported on in the one I linked to, than the one linked in the article itself.

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"If this sounds familiar, it's because just days ago, Uber drivers in New York made a similar claim that they were getting underpaid because fare estimates were not accounting for taxes and fees."

Umm... If this sounds familiar, look a bit further back than a few days:

Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

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Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

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Re: "Gave them permission to do this?"

"Your free to give them your data."

I think for most people that should probably be "You're free to not realise you're giving them your data, or the implications of doing so."

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AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

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Where the hell are you buying fuel at over £13 per litre? Are you bonkers?

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Re: IMHO Pure Naked Greed...

"If it costs you £1 in fuel to do the round trip across town to put 50l in to save 50p then only a fool would do it."

And yet, surprisingly enough, there are fools that do it. These are people who don't follow through the headline price by doing the maths to find out what the actual cost to them is (or would have been at the first station). I've known people like that, and in some cases managed to get the point across - but not in all cases.

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How good are selfies these days? Good enough to fool Samsung Galaxy S8 biometrics

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Re: RFID ??

"Girls could use tonsil recognition, as they do most things with their mouths open."

That's just silly - what if they've had their tonsils removed?

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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Re: Better alternatives...

@PNGuinn

"I think I'll start keeping essential security info in a a camber pot under the bed. Is dampness / pong a security advantage?

Security by obscurity and all that?"

That's not security by obscurity - it's security by odorosity.

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As NonSSL-Login says, algorithms like those can be reverse engineered fairly easily. Also, the example you give using first/last or second/fourth letters brings with it a serious limitation in the total number of computed passwords, and there will likely be a number of password clashes.

Stick with KeePass.

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Crooks use WannaCrypt hysteria as hook for BT-branded phishing emails

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Re: Shortened URL's

I wouldn't normally click on a link to a cat video (because not a cat person) but your rant about adverts made me do so out of curiosity.

I got straight to the video itself, with not an advert to be seen. Luck? Or good settings in NoScript et al?

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Ur dumped lol: Folk may be able to leave mobile contracts via text

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Re: Why not?

Agreed.

The ease of leaving problem isn't just limited to mobile phone contracts, though. There are all manner of things where it's piss easy to sign up via a website, but to cancel requires a call and a sales pitch aimed at persuading you to continue paying. If you can sign up online, you should be able to cancel online.

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

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Re: That's an "I know why you're single" moment

"That's on a red button that lights up in my head when I notice an unpleasant Critical Trait in someone."

Yeah... I get that same red light.

It's probably the reason I'm single.

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Re: Austin

Agreed - what a pity it's in a country I never want to go to!

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: MP3

"Erm.. I bet 95% of people still use it and that will not change very quickly at all"

^ This.

I've encountered a few people that seem to think this is the end of the MP3 - but patent expiry doesn't in any way, shape, or form mean the format is suddenly going to stop being used, or that it's going to somehow die off overnight.

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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Re: Lenny

Reminds me of about a hundred years ago, when I had a Nokia feature phone with the ability to play back a recording during a phone call. I had a few 'one sided' conversations recorded, and I'd prank people I knew by ringing them and starting one of the recordings. My favourite was a recording from a taxi firm trying to confirm a booking.

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Re: Put them on hold

I don't know what it is about your post that put this idea in my head, but...

"Could you hold on a few minutes - I just need to finish up with my girlfriend.." and go to a porn site and start something (un)suitable playing (with the speakers on). Wander off and make a snack.

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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

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Disappointment

Imagine my disappointment... image and explanation on twitter.

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

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Re: La La La..

I've been reading through these comments to see if anybody else spotted that before commenting myself.

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

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Re: So to get zero stars

@Toltec

Schroedinger called. He wants his cat back.

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Re: So to get zero stars

But then they'd be getting zero stars by default, because nobody would be able to give them any, so that would be cheating.

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Great Ormond Street children's hospital still offline after WannaCrypt omnishambles

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Re: So why exactly was it taken down?

Well, it works against hackers, even when two idiots using the same keyboard can't stop them, so it must be a good defence against this as well.

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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Re: And soon.... The clock will strike thirteen

"Freeview 61 or thereabouts"

Much more useful to identify the station by name - not everyone has a Freeview feed.

Just looked it up - "True Entertainment" - quite an ironic channel name, considering!

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US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

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Re: You're twisting words El Reg...

Yes, the problem is the missing "not"

Perhaps the American tendency to drop "not" in phrases such as "couldn't care less" (to make it "could care less") is spreading to other parts of the sentence. 8)

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

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"In short, Europe has increasingly decided that it will not continue to allow US-based tech giants to break European law. It is prepared to hit them where it hurts – in the pocket – to force them to comply with data protection laws."

And that's just one reason why I am so glad that we in the UK are a part of the EU... oh, wait. :(

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Microsoft Azure almost doubles infrastructure cloud market presence

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"Microsoft's share of the cloud infrastructure market nearly doubled in the first three months of this year, according to analysts Canalys."

Almost twice as many customers unable to access their data when there's an outage, then.

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It's 2017 – and your Mac, iPad, iPhone can all be pwned by an e-book

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Re: I do.

Try a bird instead: Nightingale

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Japanese researchers spin up toilet paper gyroscopes for science

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Re: Cats...

When you hear a six or seven year old child calling out "Mum!" from the toilet, you

(a) know the Andrex puppy has had it away with the loo roll

(b) and think "Hang on! But I don't have an Andrex puppy. Or kids!"

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Re: This is hilarious

But if they're suffering from constipation, there's nothing going down the pipe for analysis, so they won't get a surprise voice as a result!

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

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Re: Quick question

I have a fitness band.

No - sorry, let me correct that:

I have banned fitness.

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A bleary-eyed Microsoft wakes up after its cloud, IoT party, clears throat: 'Oh yeah, so Windows...'

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"It's a practical acknowledgement that Microsoft products must play nice with Android or iOS devices."

It would also be nice if they'd play nice with users' privacy, not to mention their choices.

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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'Despite a backlash against Google in March for adding a movie ad to its Google Home voice-assistant [surely you mean "invite to our partner to be our guest and share its tale"? – ed.],'

I can't see any way to fit that in without rendering the sentence nonsense.

Anyway, that aside...

"a marketing analyst said devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home would account for 25 per cent of digital ads within the next three years."

Since I never intent to own one of these, if that meant 25% fewer adverts elsewhere, because they've moved to those devices, that's brilliant. Shame it doesn't mean that, though. Ho hum.

I think this is how it works:

"Look! Over there! Something without advertising!"

"What? We can't have that sort of thing! Grab it! Don't let it get away!"

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HP Inc ships laptops with sinister key-logger

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

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Re: We dumped our landline ...

"2 years ago."

I did away with mine much longer ago than that and just rely on my mobile - but that's where I (sometimes) get nuisance calls. Since adding it to the TPS list the problem has mostly gone away.

I did get an one today, though - and searching online for the telephone number reveals it to have come from an outfit called Galaxy Numbers Ltd.

The caller was ringing me about my business line because, she said, my business has been flagged up as "newly registered"

Well, yeah quite new - I only started a mere 28 years ago. What she really meant was that it had newly appeared on her list of numbers to call, which she isn't checking against the TPS list.

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

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"> But all browser-based mail is awful to use

Oh? If that were true, why is Gmail STILL so popular?"

Because an awful lot of people don't know any better - until they discover they want something better, and start wondering how to do it. (First half or so of this.)

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Oh, great: There's a new Same Origin Policy exploit for Edge

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Microsoft Edge

The faster, safer browser designed for Windows 10.

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RBS is to lay off 92 UK techies and outsource jobs to India – reports

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"and or internal sabotage"

Such as offshoring these jobs, so they'd be right.

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Secure email service builds newsletter bomb defences after attack pummels their inbox

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Re: "like asking for email confirmation"

"Doesn't that just mean they would have got 500,000 "please confirm your e-mail address" messages rather than 500,000 "welcome" messages (which often include a "click here" to confirm)?"

Not necessarily - it depends on the frequency with which the list emails for any given list are sent out.

The 500,000 figure is given as within a week - so if that was 500,000 lists that send messages out weekly, it would have been 500,000 confirmation emails if all those lists did that. However, if these are daily lists, then the number of confirmations would be 1/7 of that if they all sent confirmations. That's a lot less.

The true number would probably lie somewhere between the two, because it'll be lists of varying frequency.

Sort of related but unrelated. I started getting 'newsletters' from target.com - of whom I have never been a customer. That''s a newsletter subscription that didn't require confirmation, right there.

They had an unsubscribe link, but I'm a stubborn old git and feel that if I don't subscribe, I should not be expected to unsubscribe. Instead I decided to repay my annoyance - I did a little digging, found a bunch of addresses for Target execs, and told my mail server to forward any emails from Target.com to these addresses.

I commented to that effect (including a suitable @mention) on Twitter, and got a reply from them saying that if I DM'd them my email address, they'd sort it. I didn't - instead I replied expressing my "repay my annoyance" sentiment.

I was getting those emails at least once a day when I did that. I haven't had a single one since - so none have even been forwarded to those exec addresses.

Guess: They searched for my name and removed me that way.

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Crooks can nick Brits' identities just by picking up the phone and lying

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Re: 'Security' questions?

"My bank tends to ask questions like "You recently charged £49.75 to your account, can you remember what it was for?" - well, probably not but I'd guess a tank of petrol maybe? Not perfect but it's better than the other options."

When reading articles like this one - and posts like yours in particular - I am usually reminded of this - followed up here and here.

What this says is that the "you charged £49.75 to your account..." type of security question isn't a lot of use if they then guide you to the answer.

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Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

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Re: They'll fix it, but users won't get it

"> Google really need fix the problem of users being left out in the cold.

Wrong, I'm afraid. The manufacturers need to be forced by the courts to do this: Google has no obligations whatsoever to individual consumers."

Ordinarily, I'd agree - but in this case Google are exacerbating the problem by choosing not to address it until the next major version. That's just so incredibly... well, Google, actually.

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'Crazy bad' bug in Microsoft's Windows malware scanner can be used to install malware

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Re: Use Windows 10 for the best protection

Well, this time last year I would have answered that question with "from Microsoft"

Because if you were running Windows 10, Microsoft wouldn't have tried foisting Windows 10 on you without permission.

Not sure what the correct answer is now, though!

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Fake ruse: USA Today calls the FBI after half of its 15m Facebook Likes turn out to be bogus

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Re: So 6 to 9 million fake accounts?

You're comparing the number of fake "likes" here with the overall number of Facebook profiles - but shouldn't the number of fake "likes" in this instance be taken as a percentage of the overall number of likes for the page in question, and that percentage then be applied to the number of profiles Facebook claims to have?

Suddenly, it's a whole lot more than 0.5%

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The radio environment is noisy – so use the noise as a carrier for signals

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Re: Disney

They want to put DRM on your children?

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Re: BWA Hahahahahahahhahhhahhahahahha

"What do you expect from a company that went from Windows 8 to 10?"

Of course! They were using an early version of Edge while developing it!

(See also: Microsoft's claims about how successful Windows 10 deployment has been, while world+dog was avoiding it at all costs.)

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Re: Windows 7

"The basics are the same and you can make it as complicated and fancy as you want, or not."

Having been using one of the eleventy million varieties on my desktop PC since late last year, the only way to avoid making its use complicated seems to be to not try to do anything with it beyond use existing software, and avoid any peripherals that might need drivers.

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Last year's ICO fines would be 79 times higher under GDPR

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Re: Not quite fake news but...

Exactly what I hit the comments button to say. These are "maximum" amounts that the fines could be "up to" - and it's dependent upon whether or not our toothless tiger decides to fine companies that much.

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Phew! Chrome to warn when you watch insecure smut

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Re: the article is saying its a warning

"A warning is information, you can proceed as you wish."

A warning is also - if issued too often - something users will develop a blind spot for, and then not notice it when they need to.

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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"And, if you're an Apple lawyer* then it behooves you to defend that trademark to the very best of your ability ludicrous of extremes."

FTFY

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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I was thinking they could take off and nuke the site from orbit. That should put an unhealthily large number of zeros on the end of the (rounded) cost, far exceeding the £10,000.

Plus, it's the only way to be sure.

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