* Posts by phuzz

2831 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Microsoft teases web-based Windows Server management console

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Re: Partly playing catch-up?

Microsoft creating proprietary versions of tools/software that already exist is half of the history of Windows though.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Re: Are you spying on us?

Well, you know how you decided to save money by buying discount webcams from "Cisko"?

Well, how can I put this, they're all riddled with viruses and currently all of those webcams are mining dogecoin for some Chinese kid in a basement somewhere...

If you ever want to have secrets again, I'd tip every one of those webcams into a landfill. Apart from the one in your boss's office perhaps...

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Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

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Joke

To be fair, elReg has it's own targeted advertising, except the categories are more like:

"java hater"

"how to burn Windows boxen"

"History of 'why flash ruins the world'"

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: TBH

"reboots on my systems are on the order of 20-30 seconds"

Oooo, look who's got an actual budget! I'll bet all the machines you're responsible for are actually from this century, you posh git you.

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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Re: I swore

I don't know, kids today, growing up in a world where rockets really do land like that. They'll think those cartoons are documentaries.

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Microsoft pitches encrypted Azure to keep cloud data secret

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Re: Microsoft pitches encrypted Azure to keep cloud data secret

The US DoJ, so that next time they get a warrant for someone's data the can legitimately tell them to do one, rather than dragging it through court for years.

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UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

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Holmes

The only question with Rees-Mogg is that, as he's clearly from the eighteenth century, are we dealing with time travel or a haunted portrait in his loft?

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AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

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"Holy shit, was that Angelina Jolie?"

You've never watched the majesty that is Hackers? It's one of the best/worst films about, well, hackers, ever made!

The soundtrack is fantastic, and it's got Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller (yes, that's Sickboy with the brolly), who ended up getting married after the film. It's also got the obligatory psuedo VR hacking sequences that every 90's film about computers has to have, oh, and pretty much the first appearance of Wipeout.

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Pool on the roof eh,? I've heard that one before.

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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Re: Minister to Rear Admiral

"I wonder what the fourth time is?"

Business as usual for the MoD?

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Trump blocks China-backed Lattice Semiconductor buyout

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"The President's decision to kill the deal had been widely expected since September 1, when the Treasury Department's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States advised against approving the merger."

I was expecting him to do the opposite, isn't that what he usually does when he's given good advice?

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Bespoke vending machine biz Bodega AI trips cultural landmine

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Re: Stupid Bay Area Hipsters...

Also California just banned weed being sold by anything other than a person, so no robot dealers or drone doobies.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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Once upon a time...

Yet again the media are ignoring the real story here:

What's happening with the Wu Tang album?

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Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

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Re: What!!

If they waited for a working weapon before they bought it then there'd be less opportunities for massive cost over-runs, and without them it wouldn't be a proper procurement project would it?

(Also, in this case they're basically funding the R&D)

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Act fast to get post-Brexit data deal, Brit biz urges UK.gov

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Re: £240bn

"I hear the EU got a shock recently when they realised they do rely on our military services"

The main European defence organisation is NATO, and in case you hadn't realised, it's separate from the EU.

There have been plans for military integration across Europe, but they kept getting derailed by one of the member countries, can you guess which country? I'll give you a hint, it's one that wants to leave the EU in 2019...

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Terminator

And you're all missing the icon that elReg have provided for us to use when talking about our strong and stable leader >>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

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Re: Time is an illusion

Agreed, anyone with an interest can convert from UTC to their preferred timezone (of course it's super easy for us Brits for half the year). It would be great if elReg standardised on one timezone for all articles, particularly science ones, and UTC is the obvious choice.

(I can see an argument for using local time for some stories, it makes a difference if someone is going into their office at 3am or 3pm, but it doesn't make much difference to Cassini)

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Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

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Re: Nope

Out of interest, have people getting stuttering problems tried a different web browser (and disabling Flash)?

I used to have lots of problems with iPlayer in Firefox, but it worked fine in Chrome.

(Now it works fine in both under Win10, but my computer is hardly low end, so it's probably not a good example)

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Re: Nope

"Assuming that is something from Apple"

Nope, but I can see how a non-Brit might jump to that assumption.

The second part of your comment is correct though, iTunes on Windows sucks mightily.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Re: equal taxation

"Even if B saves/invests some of their surplus any gains will be taxed"

Right up until they're earning enough to pay an accountant to move their earnings to a company based in a friendly tax haven, so they can stop paying taxes altogether.

Taxation is only a level playing field for the non-rich.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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I assume that anything I have an electronic copy of isn't a private document any more, no matter where I store it.

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I have some things in Gdrive that i need on my phone (pdfs of tickets etc.), but I don't want all of it on my phone, so being able to pick what's downloaded is useful to me. Equally there's things I need access to at work (like my folder full of useful scripts that I take and repurpose), but I don't need any of the music I have on there.

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Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'

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What happens if you bank calls to tell you you're overdrawn? Mine always has a withheld number, so there's no way to tell who's ringing.

Mind you, I only get about one spam call a month and take great delight in wasting their time, which I assume is why so few of the fuckers try ringing me any more :)

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Re: Wireless Charging

I assume Apple wonn't bothering with Qi, in the same way they've not bothered with a USB charge port like ever single other manufacturer out there.

I don't just mean phone manufacturers either, practically everything I own with a battery in it uses micro USB to charge, but that's not the Apple way.

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Wireless Charging

"Apple's wireless charging is tipped to be incompatible"

And they'll be charging at least £50 for the charging dock which probably won't even come with it's own power supply (and will be incompatible with any power supply you currently own).

Still, someone will queue up all night to buy it, so I guess Apple must be doing something right.

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Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

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Terminator

"Let us reintroduce human contact wherever we can where at the moment we have robotic automated voices."

Are we certain that that wasn't just a back-handed insult to the current Prime Minister?

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Re: Logic?

"one of our parliamentarians"

He's a Lord, not a Member of Parliament, so by assuming he's capable of jumping to a conclusion you might well be over-estimating his competence. Half of them would struggle to reach the conclusion of a sentence, let alone a speech.

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The bigger the drone, the bigger the impact

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Re: Until..

I think there'd be more thefts from delivery vans if they didn't have a driver. Robbing an unmanned vehicle would feel more like a victimless crime.

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Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

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Re: "will need updating"

"There is nothing to suggest that pre Oreo devices couldn't be patched"

No one is saying that it's impossible to patch, in fact, that's part of the problem, we know from experience that most Android phones don't get updates for more than a year or so after they're first released.

Personally I'm willing to put up with the occasional flakyness of a custom ROM (Lineage), and so will probably receive a patch for this in the next week or two, but the majority of Android devices out there will never get patched. Despite the fact, as you point out, it's possible to patch older versions of Android.

Oh, and why? Because there's no money in updating an old phone, when you could be selling people new phones.

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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Re: This is actually an amazing piece of work. Privacy protection sounds first rate. But please

"Do you really need a few million of the clueless looking head down inside some of those stations?"

They're already looking at their phones, why not give them a nice easy sat-nav type app which tells them exactly where to walk. That way they can point different individuals in different directions, perhaps routing that tourist family on a slightly longer journey so they don't have to get mixed up with all the commuters.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: CDs in 5.25" drives

Ahh yes, I remember a user who couldn't get their laptop dock to work. It turns out that a USB plug fits perfectly into an ethernet port.

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Re: PC fail

"No homophobia here please. Kindly report to your nearest re-education camp."

Oh AC, you poor sweet soul, when they talk about objects in cavities, they don't mean penises (which, after all, are supposed to fit in another human's body), they're talking about all the random objects that medics have to remove from people after they "slipped and fell".

Actually I guess they might also be talking about removing penises from other objects, like vacuum cleaners.

Chat to someone in an A&E department and you'll be amazed at the number of "naked vacuuming" and "I slipped coming out of the shower and somehow this courgette ended up in my..." type of injuries!

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Atlassian releases 'Stride', because HipChat isn't hip enough to whack Slack

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Re: Just what we need...

They've been promising to allow non-OSX users to login to multiple accounts from one client for about three years now (when they released it for OSX they said it was 'coming soon' for Linux and Windows).

Aaaaaaaand when I tried to follow the link to the blog post where they announced such functionality:

blog.hipchat.com/2015/06/08/connecting-multiple-accounts-on-hipchat-is-here

it gets redirected to their new Stride announcement.

So no more features for HipChat, and presumably no bug fixes or other upgrades either, how else are they going to get people to 'upgrade'?

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SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma

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Re: Getting bored now

I love the long range camera shots they've been getting for the recent landings. You can pretty much watch the stage 1 booster go up, and then come back down.

Here's a good animated one, although this stabilised one is even more impressive.

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Top tip, hacker newbs: Don't use the same Skype ID for IoT bot herding and job ads

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Re: stop posting shit about me its pissing me off

Your username got this song stuck in my head, except with leet instead of cool obviously.

(Would a 13 year old even know what l33t even means?)

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Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

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"If we're not all too hungover when New Year's Day 2019 rolls around"

Or too busy searching for food and water in an irradiated hellscape, depending on how optimistic you are.

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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Re: Oh Crap!

To be fair, it was a bloody ugly building to start with.

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Re: It's Scotland

Watch almost any TV program set in a place you know well, and you'll see characters perform all sorts of teleportation tricks.

It's probably related to the way that alien planets in Doctor Who all used to look suspiciously like a quarry in Whales, and every planet with a Stargate mimicked Canada.

>>>>>>> I'm saying it's aliens.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Calm down dear, you're making a lot of incorrect assumptions in just one short paragraph.

1) Illegal is the wrong word, this was a civil case. Just because it is legal to say something, doesn't mean that you can't be sued. Indeed, in the US there's very little speech that is illegal, but the yanks always seem to be suing each other.

2) He was arguing that Techdirt saying that he did not invent email was in fact harming him (presumably because he uses that claim to drum up business). Deciding if it was in fact harmful or not was one of the things that the court case was about.

3) Generally, if you are sent to jail, it's because the government, in the form of a judge and jury, have decided that it is true that you have committed a crime, and you are sent to jail. If the charges are false, you're not.

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

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Re: People who link global warming to sunspots are wankers

I don't see the problem with "wanker", after all, it's an unusual person who's never masturbated.

>>>>> Paris, for ... reasons.

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Give staff privacy at work, Euro human rights court tells bosses

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Re: Which is exactly why it is higher on May priority list

"There shall be no monitoring, recording, or interference with an individual's privacy in a public or private space without their consent"

I personally wouldn't have a problem with some kind of warrant/court order system to tap communications, providing it's more targeted than "we're surveilling you because you get the same bus as someone who's mum's ex-boyfriend's kid once messaged an ISIS recruiter".

Also, "for the protection of health or morals", health I can understand (even if it's a bit iffy, can the police come into my house to tell me to eat less crisps and do some exercise?), but morals? Who's morals?

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Boffins hijack bootloaders for fun and games on Android

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Re: Is this a problem ?

What about a malicious charger? (ie something which purports to just provide power, but is actually doing naughty things via USB)

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WhatsApp irons a shirt, dons a suit, prepares business services

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I've got a great idea for Whatsapp to make money, they could charge customers an annual fee, say less than a quid a year. Oh, and make the first year free to draw people in.

(The subscription fee was one of the reasons I didn't mind using Whatsapp, if I'm paying money I'm a customer, not necessarily a product, but noooo, I'm just a generator of data to be monetised apparently)

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Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B

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"Nobody knows where Irma is going."

Not 3-4 day out maybe, but Puerto Rico are pretty definitely in the firing line.

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Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

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Re: He'll come round.

Of course, because people are well known for being rational in the face of evidence that challenges their world view.

Except for all the times when they just double down on their position and label any opposing views heresy/fake news/propaganda/lies/misinformation.

I'm guessing the second option is what will happen here.

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Futuristic driverless car technology to be trialled on... oh, a Ford Mondeo

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Re: Why not use a Tesla?

Why not use a Tesla Model 3?

Because they'd like to start testing now, not in two years, that's why. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it'll be a lovely car, it's just that all of Musk's ventures seem to run on Valve time.

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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

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Devil

Fourteen terabytes? That's a lot of porn!

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Facebook fails in bid for streaming sports rights

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Re: Rock and a Hard place

Imagine the boost in popcorn sales if Murdoch and Zuck got into a global media pissing match.

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

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Re: Screw 16:10

"Bring back the Radius Pivot monitor."

There's plenty of brand new monitors that can pivot on their stand (eg), and then you just rotate the display via your graphics drivers or OS. (Well, I assume OSX can do this, Windows and Linux can)

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Well, whad'ya know? 'No evidence' that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

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Cripes! Next you'll be saying that Obama actually was born in Hawaii and isn't a Muslim!

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