* Posts by tin 2

310 posts • joined 3 Apr 2010


Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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Re: Crap like this...

"simple Bluetooth speaker with half decent sound quality was probably the right decision in the long run"

probably the app you're using to drive the bluetooth speaker is leaking the same information though.

Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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the games it came with did NOT need a keyboard to operate! You're misremembering.

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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There were already much better interfaces on "PCs". Windows - and therefore the IBM flavour of PC - was "popularised" by outright market distortion that pervades to this day.

Frankly that's why pretty much everyone in the world sits down to work at a buggy slow POS that people perceive to be great purely because it's way better than it was. But apparently the Apple users are the sheep (no I'm not a fan of MacOS either).

123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Interesting point here. 123-reg support have been genuinely utterly fabulous throughout my many years with them (latterly with far fewer domains). Including patiently explaining when I -or a customer I'm assisting - has royally ballsed up.

It's a real shame the company is run by idiots.

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I was in the middle of moving them when the parent company borged the place I was moving them to (and have subsequently issued the same "offer" as 123-reg. I will be moving them again, 123-reg ones first.

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"So if I really want to move it from 123 where is cheap and competent"

This is a tough one, because after much research on who to move to, I hadn't even finished a lengthy and painful migration from 123-reg to TSOhost, and they go and borg TSOhost too. Chances of that happening again are high.

Also 123-reg are competent (brilliant IMHO) at a tech support level, it's just their policies that suck arse.

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Putting every other point aside, I've turned off the automatic renewal on all my 123-reg domains 3 times over the years. I have the screenshots. They automagically get turned back on.

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Re: TSOHOST just did the same thing

All owned by Paragon which is owned by Hosteurope which is owned by GoDaddy. So that's why they're all doing it IMHO.

El Reg is hiring an intern. Apply now before it closes

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Re: I've made a few tweaks to the copy so the intended audience will understand


Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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Will not work, because the firms have figured that if you don't agree, you can do without the service. They're not interested in spending the time/effort to appease your issues, just sign it and get on, or go elsewhere.

What this needs is legislation, but I can't for the life of me work out quite what that would look like.

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I wonder if you post them a 40 page letter saying actually you don't agree and/or they therefore agree to a load of stuff too, and presumably they don't read it, it's binding too then?

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

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You forgot to bring up when they very quietly scrapped their no charge to transfer out promise. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/03/123reg_shrugs_at_complaints_over_sudden_domain_transfer_fees/ - pertinent I think.

I'll be testing getting them to comply with their original promise shortly!

My only arse with this is I've been slowly transferring my domains out to TSOhost, who were brilliant, but got borged by 123-reg's parent company Host Europe early last year :(

New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

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Re: Just remember...

Not quite, Amiga were on their own, got into financial trouble, and only got a deal with Atari to stay afloat long enough to keep developing the chipset into something workable.

The Atari deal of course was heavily wieghted in Atari's favour, and one of the Amiga team manged to find a way to wriggle out of it with the deal from Commodore.

On balance a pretty fair outcome given Atari's dodgy tactics.

Development was actually mostly funded by a bunch of dentists AFAIR!

Nationwide banking suffers its own Black Wednesday

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I've been a Nationwide member for a very long time and would indeed describe them as "Brilliant, simply brilliant" (without sarcasm of course just in case that's not clear).

And that's including with the inconvenience of OB being on it's arse for a good chunk of yesterday.

ICO fines Morrisons for emailing customers who didn't want to be emailed

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Sky do this all the time. Where's their fine?

Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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no no no no no no no, Apple

"consistency checking it, reporting back to us whether the upgrade was 100 per cent clean and then rolling it back"

You need to be 100% sure it will be clean BEFORE testing it on my shit, Mr Apple. And if you were 100% you would have no need to test it on me would you?

This is NOT the Apple way.

Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Re: iPhone funeral

C'mon, MS products have never reached the dizzying heights of average.

Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

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It's fabulous to see manufacturers putting in the effort to prove apple wrong as possible when it comes to the 3.5mm jack :)

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Appears to just be a very good (at spreading) ransomware, not a particularly dedicated attack.

IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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I'm not sure I noticed the difference between this description and now.

Fiscal '17 was a record year for us, says Workday CEO

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eff knows how. Workday is just a web 2.0 gui tacked onto the same old shite.

Fitbit hit on Pebble kit cost just 20 million quid? Oh s**t!

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Re: What murder?

Yes Pebble attempted to commit suicide (my 2nd point) but fitbit can easily go to market with the same product - fitbit branded if their marketing department can't take it - but they are not. They murdered the product.

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DEATH to fitbit for such murder.

And frankly same to the morons running Pebble like it was some Apple competitor rather than just the plucky little bit-part smartwatch maker it was.

Jimbo Welshes on pledge to stop fundraising

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Thanks el Reg...

...knowing they well hit their target makes me feel much less guilty about always clicking close.

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Re: uBlock

The banner is actually called "nag"????!!!!!

Kentucky pried chicken: Fried grease chain's loyalty club hacked

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Re: KFC loyalty card

Oh I disagree profusely!

Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

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But the pebble steel *is* the only thing in the market that doesn't look like a geek-watch.

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And also consider the pebble management themselves. I'm pretty sure pebble has been very badly run.

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shit, and thrice shit.

Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Re: Good for ratings!

How ultra-local TV has been since forever. Even the "good" ones (Channel M, Cambridge Red) couldn't make a go of it.

Cyanogen parts ways with its founder

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Most definitely sinking. And not even because of this, because their "product" isn't very good any more.

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"improve the communication and performance of the team"

Not sure how getting rid of some of them improves that...

LinkedIn competitor offers to drop Russians into same legal trap that caught LinkedIn

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except nobody's actually got to the end of the article and thought: that sounds like a good idea.. have they?

Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

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Illustrates my long held view that Microsoft creates the shittest version of everything. in 2016 they replaced their extraordinarily shitty shell with just a plain shitty one.

Massively impressive.

Mozilla launches 'privacy edition' Firefox... that phones home

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Re: Quelle surprise

indeed. plus I'd trust Phone home to Mozilla a million times more than the stuff it will hopefully block (and Google/MS/Apple as well, frankly)

Maybe that will change, and yeah perhaps a big "BTW we do this" on 1st start would have been a good idea.

Power cut interrupts UK.gov cloud service supplier

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I love how generator failure becomes "Issues transitioning on to generator power"

Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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only £292 effing bargain. I'll chuck my spinning rust in the bin right now*

*that's really what I meant. Already checked that you can actually get 512+ GB pens at mymemory, but they're still 3-4x the price of a hard drive.

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"The Hitachi Life Studio drive is in my waste bin now. Six years on it still works but 500GB is smaller than a decent USB stick's capacity now and the drive is useless."

Did you mix up MB and GB by any chance?

Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

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Funny. Replace Siri with any other flavour supposedly futuristic personal assistant. Watched far too many people say their chosen version works fine, then accidentally prank someone random from their phonebook.

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"Siri, send a text message"

"Calling local taxi company...."



Settings -> general -> siri -> off

Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Something to do with the intel chip used (and available, as yet). More RAM would = no battery. My understanding of it anyway.

Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Which I'm pretty sure was the point being made!

BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Re: Buzzword fail

I also came here to say that :)

Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

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Unless said desktop was an Amiga. (or a Mac I'd guess but I dunno).

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"Windows is only for the young and naive"

The most bang on right thing I've read on here in a long time.

Mozilla wants woeful WoSign certs off the list

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Re: How decides, whom I trust ?

You totally can. I wish you luck with researching the backgrounds, ethics and business practices of all those companies on your own. Me I'll probably gratefully let Mozilla carry on doing it.

Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

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LOL @ we are investing in SFDC. That's you completely fucked then!

BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

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careful what you wish for....

As the saying goes: BT are utter shite but everyone else is even worse.

Don't believe for a sec any of these other wretched fuckers calling for the breakup of whatever's left of BT actually want to provide you with a better service! they just want to keep more of your £30 odd quid a month for their shareholders and directors.

It needs fixing but this is not the way.

Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Re: "Messages are delivered within 40 seconds"

My current favourite is where s4b insists the message has not been delivered* and an hour later the recipient responds to said undelivered message.

* due to some severe, insurmountable problem like a bit of packet loss or something.

Unis don't pay ransom

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FOI study? is that what we call burning-time-that-your-potential-customers-don't-have-in-the-first-place now?


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