* Posts by Tim 11

292 posts • joined 4 Jan 2010

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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

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Re: Any other luddites about?

you might only use your phone for calls, but the person who calls up and pretends to be you can then use it to order phone upgrades and tablets on your phone account (as I discovered to my cost).

Fortunately it looks like AT&T are slightly more on-the-ball than EE, because the latter don't seem to have any security precautions at all - they let the hacker repeatedly access my account and order stuff (10 times in a month) despite not knowing any security details except my name and address.

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

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Re: Definition of fail

Also it's very dependent on the definition of project. Small projects amending existing systems are much more likely to succeed than big greenfield ones so the percentage of failures depends very much on where you draw the line at what constitutes a project for inclusion in this list.

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Look who's joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

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Re: "Any terrorist with even a modicum of competence"

Yes this is exactly the point.

There are arguments for and against of enforcing backdoors for use in extreme circumstances, just like there are for other government security powers, but with encryption it's too late to do it because the horse has already bolted - strong encryption has been invented and is in the public domain. Any debate about banning encryption is pointless because criminals already have it and we can never take it away from them.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: Christian Berger: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

Repeat after me "Government finances are not the same as Personal Finances"

and whatever you do, just keep repeating it, don't ever stop to think about it

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Giffgaff 'roam like at home' package means £1/min calls in Jersey

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This will benefit far more people than it harms, so they can probably afford for a few people to leave

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Bot you see is what you get: The cold reality of Microsoft's chat 'AI'

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Re: And they want to make sure their customers aren't calling them over the phone.

What nobody seems to be able to grasp is that if you make your product or service inherently usable and reliable, and fix problems reported by customers rather than just fobbing them off quickly to keep your "tickets closed" numbers up, people won't need to keep calling customer service, and that's what really slashes helpdesk costs.

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

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I think it's a bit naïve to think that just paying existing staff more would change their behavior. Even though it would probably attract some better candidates for future positions, you'd still need to improve the hiring process to make sure you're not just wasting your money by paying more for the same level of skills.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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Active Desktop anyone?

A lot of the things described in this article already happened 15 years ago in IE4 with Active desktop. It bombed. Are things different now?

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What a To-Do! Microsoft snuffs out Wunderlist

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"the only task management app built on an enterprise cloud..."

There is some truth in that, at least if you only consider Microsoft apps. If there's one thing Exchange/Outlook definitely ain't, "built for cloud" would be a fair description

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The gospel according to Blockchain, or is it the other way round?

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As they say in wikipedia...

This article contains content that is written like an advertisement

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Google, Microsoft bump bug bounties

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Re: Oh, so fixing normal bugs is no longer a priority?

unfortunately this is only about security bugs, otherwise we'd all be millionaires

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Google's Project Zero reveals another Microsoft flaw

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ground-up rewrite?

I thought edge was supposed to be an all-new browser, finally throwing off the shackles of legacy IE code. Is it just coincidence the two have the exact same bug, or is Edge just a skin on top of a load of old IE code?

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Hold the phone! Crap customer service cost telcos £2.9 BEEEELLION in 2016

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as the old addage says...

"We don't care; we don't have to. We're the phone company"

just as true today as it was in the 60's

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Everything you need to know about HP's three-in-one x3 deals

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What's the point?

I'm mystified by this constant desire to consolidate all our devices into one all-encompassing hopeless compromise.

I own a big Dell laptop for work, a MacBook air for casual computing, a Nokia 105 for calls and text, a smartphone for those (rare) occasions when I need the internet on the move, and a Kindle for reading books. Each of these is better than any of the others for the thing I use it for (and I don't need a tablet because there's nothing they are good at).

Sure, it means I'm occasionally carrying 2 devices with me, but 90% of the time the only one I'm carrying weighs 70g and only needs to be charged once a fortnight.

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Is Google using YouTube to put one over on Samsung?

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Re: ...put "blocks" in inverted commas

I think should be "\"blocks\"" (or maybe ""blocks"" depending on context)

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Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

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Re: I take that as a rather good sign, overall

I think the issue is that if Amazon went tits up, a lot of people would get scared of cloud as a concept, even though Google or MS are much less likely to collapse.

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GDS shouting matches so severe team takes to talking by hand signals

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I can certainly see the value in this - it allows everyone to quickly express their opinions at the same time without interrupting the flow of the conversation. Based on my experience, even with only 4 or 5 people in the meeting it's quite possible for 2 to dominate (usually I'm one of them) leaving the others struggling to get a word in edgeways. hand signals would also help to subtlely shame those people who are dominating and get them to yield for a bit

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Dutch bicycle company pretends to be television company

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Re: Doesn’t always work

since we're having a pop at courier companies, my company recently had a parcel which was returned to the sender because they had tried to deliver it to us 3 times and nobody was in

on checking the details it transpired all 3 delivery attempts were within 5 minutes of each other

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Re: I'm not so pessimistic

@AMBxx - that's a really interesting point. I don't specifically enjoy driving, but like most people I think I'm a better driver than average. So a computer would have to be a lot better than average to convince me it was better than me :-)

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Tim 11

I'm not so pessimistic

I'm generally a pretty cynical person but I reckon once autonomous cars are shown to be substantially safer than a human driver (which won't be long, if it hasn't happened already), insurance companies will be happy to insure them and governments will come under increasing pressure to allow them.

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Bing maps has a killer feature compared to Google (for UK residents at least) - OS landranger and explorer maps for free. Not that I use it for anything else though

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Cyber-crime cost calculation studies are rubbish: ENISA

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what does "per company" mean?

Since the average (mean) company turnover in the UK is less than $1m (due to the fact that the vast majority of companies are very small), I suspect Chirgwin is somewhat misquoting the figures. Presumably they only apply to companies over a certain size?

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Microsoft grabs employment guns, aims at British sales units

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Re: Is that a leak-

Err, we're talking about 100 people here. big companies are restructuring all the time taking people on and laying them off - it's just business as usual.

I'm not saying there isn't a bigger story about MS, but I don't think you can say for sure this is a symptom of it.

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The dev-astating truth: What's left to develop? Send in the machines

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Is this article really saying anything?

If you define agile as "everything that happens from now on in software engineering" (which is what it seems the author is trying to do) then yes, by definition, nothing will come after it, just the same as MS is trying to do with Windows 10.

However, that doesn't mean things won't continue to progress. There will continue to be both evolution and revolution, as there will in all aspects of life, whatever terminology you use to define them.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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but once the brewing has completed, I don't see anything wrong with putting the milk in the pot before serving.

If I'm in one of those tea shops where you get a small cup and a pot of tea, I normally put both the milk and the sugar in the pot.

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Ditch your Macs, Dell tells EMC staff

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Re: apple only? (@Nate Amsden)

In my experience, IT pros will often choose a mac even if they need to use windows, so I wouldn't assume this is only OSX users.

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BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

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I was getting 10% packet loss pinging facebook. not sure how that works or if it was related but that's what I saw

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

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Re: Not holding my breath

Windows file copy is still completely f***ed up in one serious respect. drag a big file from one drive to another, then while it's copying, drag another file, then another. Windows attempts to copy all the files at the same time, interleaving the operations and causing disk contention and thrashing, when simply copying them in sequence would be (in my tests) up to 5 times quicker.

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

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"...customers whose own IT support is thin on the ground"

Good luck to them - you don't know the meaning of the words "support is thin on the ground" until you've tried office 365 support.

If you want sympathy from fellow disgruntled users, you'll get plenty of that, but expect things to work properly and you're in for a shock.

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Use Brexit to save smokers' lives and plug vaping, say peers

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yeah - who on earth would possibly bother making a product aimed at a market of only 50 million people.

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Gartner: Brexit cluster-fsck has ballsed up our spending forecast

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Brexit

Wherever we end up (and let's face it, nobody really knows, no matter what they say) , I'm pretty sure it'll have been worth it just to see all our "authority figures" running round panicking and trying to blame everyone else for things that are just to go wrong.

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Microsoft releases cross-platform .NET Core 1.0 at Linux event

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Don't forget system.web.dll

In addition to not including web forms, I presume that .Net core it doesn't include system.web, which you almost certainly depend on unless you've been very careful to avoid it

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Presumably the supposed "synergy" is harvesting personal data - to what end I'm not entirely sure but it seems to be the fashion nowadays. Still, considering MS's recent performance (technical and business), I can't imaging they will actually be able to achieve this.

The only real beneficiaries of this deal are LinkedIn shareholders though there will be some small benefit for those of us who find LinkedIn irritating, as it gradually declines and MS eventually declares it to have been "superceded" by something utterly unrelated like WCF or Surface.

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Mars One puts 100 Red Planet corpses colonists through fresh tests

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selection criteria

"knowledge, clarity of communication, and their ability to handle conflict" - Yup you've pretty much summed up the typical reality show contestant. This thing is sure to fly.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

Tim 11

Re: cambam boards [sic]

Normally I would report a genuine typo using the "tips and corrections" link. Unfortunately this mistake would seem to indicate that the author of the article is just playing buzzword bingo and has no idea what he's talking about.

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Smartphone sales falling

Tim 11

"halved its forecast for worldwide sales of smartphones"

not really - it sounds like it's halved its forecast for the *increase* in worldwide sales of smartphones, which is a very different thing

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US 5th graders have a pop at paper plane record

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"another 100 to 150 grams of helium"

hmm just try weighing that out on the kitchen scales ;-)

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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

Tim 11

the link about salting is from 2006. presumably they have fixed this now in which case the hashed passwords are useless?

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Learn a scripting language and play nicely: How to get a DevOps job

Tim 11

Re: Not asking much then?

" Isn't there some kind of axiom about "Jack of all trades"? "

yes there is but in my experience it's almost universally false in computing. Someone who can turn their hand to many different things is usually better at any one of them than someone who can only do that one thing.

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Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

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Re: Oi!

What I find interesting is quite how un-political most of the debates are. There's strong arguments both for and against from people at both ends of the political spectrum and everywhere in between. I find it great to be able to openly discuss the pros and cons without having to worry about offending anyone's political sensibilities.

The people who are coming off worse IMHO are those who seem to think the answer is obvious and doesn't warrant any discussion (i.e. most of the political establishment)

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Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head

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Heresy

How dare anyone imply that there's any value in legacy code, or that old systems worked as well as new ones. Everything should be written in javascript these days, should only work on tablets, and a new version should be released every 3 minutes.

As far as I'm concerned, any app that didn't get borked by the removal of left-pad from NPM last week has no place in the modern world.

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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Immature product

I agree with the comments about OSX devices having a long service life, but those are basically mature and stable products.

The apple watch is basically a first generation very immature product and, if the whole smart watch concept is viable at all, developments need to be so rapid that the current product is a laughing stock within a 1-2 year time frame.

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ESET blocks news sites

Tim 11

Re: Just reboot

I suspect the reboot was a red herring. I had the symptoms between about 11:45 and 12:00 today after which they went away, and my last signature update was showing as 9:45 throughout the whole period.

I assume that it's doing some check against a blacklist which is more "live" than the virus signature updates.

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Legal right to 10Mbps broadband is 'not enough', thunders KCOM chief

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10Mb would be a great start

Yes, more than 10Mb is lovely if you really want to watch several movies at once but for access to essential services, and even for casual streaming, 10Mb is mostly perfectly acceptable, and I predict that situation won't have changed significantly by 2020.

The big problem at the moment is that a small but significant percentage of the population does not have access to broadband that's good enough for accessing government services, banking, online shopping/price comparison etc. Bringing these people online is higher priority than striving to reduce the time it takes for the average connection to download a movie from 10 to 5 minutes.

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Microsoft adds OneDrive to bug bounty program

Tim 11

Re: Pity it's only bugs

Damn shame - at $15k a time, I could retire on the bugs I've found in OneDrive (and probably afford to buy MS outright if you included the abortion known as OneDrive for Business)

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Domino's trials trundling four-wheeled pizza delivery bot

Tim 11

Re: Not wanting to state the obvious...

I suspect the conversation went something like this:

"have you seen the amount of free publicity Amazon got from their pie-in-the-sky delivery drone videos.?"

"yeah let's get us some of that"

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

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another desktop linux

Woo hoo - finally someone's really committed to making a usable linux for the desktop aimed at non-techie users.

Now stick it in the pile with all the others and wake me up in 5 years if there's any more than a few techies using it ("0.2 probability" as Gartner would say)

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

Tim 11

Re: Office nasty

in the old days when the monitor power was daisy-chained out of the back of the PC, I connected a novell netware server to the output power socket on my colleague's PC, and connected his monitor power and VGA to the output of the netware box. when he turned the PC on, the monitor turned on and he saw netware booting up.

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

Tim 11

Re: Errrrrrmmmmmm...

Surely if there's any reluctance in user takeup, all they have to do is integrate messenger into the normal FB application (which in my experience can't be uninstalled on android), then users will have the simple option of either having messenger or not having a smartphone.

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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Re: Performance...

For me, the performance difference is real because the startup time of Libre office is much longer than MS office.

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