* Posts by werdsmith

2236 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Leftover Synaptics debugger puts a keylogger on HP laptops

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Re: Can anyone explain

The BBC explanation:

He said the keylogger was disabled by default, but an attacker with access to the computer could have enabled it to record what a user was typing.

According to HP, it was originally built into the Synaptics software to help debug errors.

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NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered

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Re: Mugs game

"This is just one of the many reasons why I will never go anywhere near craptocurrency."

I mined BTC for 12 months a few years back. Then after the price went up a bit I took most of it out and took the family on a nice holiday to USA with the money. Since then the little bit that I left in there has become worth more than I took out to pay for the holiday.

Yeah, real mug, me.

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Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids

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Re: @ Dr Stephen Jones As a childless curmudgeon.

Quite frankly, you should fucking thank me and my SOH for being the least possible drain on this countries dwindling resources.

And when you are retired and drawing a state pension you can thank the rest of us for providing the workforce that provides the money.

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Re: "Year 6 children, or 10-year-olds, routinely use WhatsApp groups

FFS.

OK VRH, your advice will be rolled out to all kids immediately and we will have our utopia.

All kids will be joining your kids in the top 0.1% for physical fitness and all kids will be bigger and stronger than all other kids.

I really have no idea why we haven't been doing it this way all along.

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Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

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Re: It's fantastic to see such a great start

And it doesn't matter how nice the phone hardware is, it's still Android.

Deal breaker.

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Apple sprays down bug-ridden iOS 11 with more fixes

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Not anymore.......

I still use an Apple device despite its flaws and irritations. Because I've experienced the alternative.

Had it not been for these articles on The Register I would never have known about any of the problems; nor would I have suffered any ill effect.

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WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

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Re: Enigma

Bletchley Park wasn't just about knowing how to break an enigma message, it was a huge industrial operation that collated thousands of messages from dozens of outstations and had to do it very quickly.

Some of this work was based on the leg up they got from the Polish cryptanalysts, but thereafter Enigma had to be cracked and re-cracked and for long periods in the middle of WW2, Bletchley was completely blind to some Enigma versions, particularly naval Enigma which put the battle of the Atlantic in the balance. Many more breakthroughs had to be made. To state that breaking enigma was about knowing how to decrypt an early version of it is oversimplifying matters. The Polish input was the seed for the subsequent work and is well acknowledged, and anyone that gets a tour of BP will hear all about it and get shown the very nice monument to them.

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

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Re: Prestwick??

Machrihanish (Campbeltown) is not mentioned, but it already has a bigger USAF built runway, and is more remote. And being an airport, remoteness is not an access problem.

However, depending on the next referendum, it may end up as a Baikonur style lease.

Other options, Woomera is being developed again, and also Ascension Island has an appropriate name and location.

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Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

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They will have more than the tooling. They will already have the flight spares.

In such a risky business as spaceflight a launch failure is already well planned for.

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Re: Soyuz 2-b

Here's an English Major for you, though he is not normally enraged:

English Major

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Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT

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Re: What do you expect?

Sorry Werdsmith, but i can speak from personal experience, about some of my colleagues and their disdainful attitude to anything not coming from the fruity factory.

There really was no need to start your comment with an apology for the rest of it, but accepted anyway.

And from personal experience I have met people with a disdainful attitude to everything coming from the fruity factory. Is it somehow OK for them to be like this because it aligns with your personal views?

I think they are as bad as each other, but the exception not the rule.

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Re: What do you expect?

Werdsmith, you defenitely need to get out more.

Or maybe it's my choice of friends.

Talking about reality distortion, depending on where your confirmation bias sits you won't have to look far to find supercilious and sanctimonious comments from both sides. You have the internet at your disposal and you can find stuff to backup whatever you want.

I realise that there are sensitive souls out there walking around with their "please offend me" t-shirts on. But really it's no big deal. If you want to be disdainful about Apple users because it suits your emotional investment in another product, for every one of you there is one the same looking back down his nose in the opposite direction. There's no goodies and baddies here, no moral high ground, just a bunch of polarised twats.

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Re: What do you expect?

It is actually very simple, there is a big subset of Apple owners who like to lord it over those who don't have and don't want any Apple kit.

I think that's a perception that generally exists only the mind of the person that use the non-apple kit. I've really never seen any apple owner do anything other that use their stuff for what the bought it for. Really the iPhone aura faded around 2012, people get into the iPhone world for peanuts with used phones, nobody thinks it's a big deal.

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

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Re: €49.3m for Windows 10

That's not the problem by itself. The problem is that it differs from windows 7 more than most Linux desktops.

That's not a problem either because for the vast majority of users, the OS will just be a means of launching an application and all the productivity is in the application, not the OS.

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Re: €49.3m for Windows 10

Are designed to bring money for Microsoft: Don't ever try to claim anything else.

Are you trying to win a stating the obvious competition? That statement applies to virtually every commercial product. However, the ones in question are designed to give value in exchange and they actually do. It might hurt some people to hear that, but they really do.

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Re: €49.3m for Windows 10

Then add SCCM, SCOM, AD, Endpoint Manager, Windows Server, etc. It ends up begin incredibly expensive.

So what are you saying exactly? Are SCCM, SCOM, AD, Endpoint Manager, Windows Server etc cheaper when purchased retail?

Most of those things, plus Group Policy on AD are of benefit to an enterprise IT department and are designed save a lot of legwork and sysadmin time and therefore salary cost.

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'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'

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No need to break up faecebook, just require them to use a standard with an open API. Like browsers, email and everything else internet before these people got involved who see it as their life's mission to make their company into the de-facto web starting silo services.

So, a person who chooses to use Diaspora could add in a contact that they know is a Faecebook user, and vice versa and continue to see their updates.

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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Very rarely, I plug a little powerbank into it.

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Never been inclined to do any of that SD card stuff, like most of the phone buying market. Most phone buyers use their phones a lot but not for things you need to store many GBs of locally.

There is no incentive for for phone makers to compromise their strategy just to please a few geeks.

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Yes, battery life is important, also being able to survive a drop on to concrete from head height.

I'd also like good screen readability in sunlight, and good connectivity in fringe coverage areas.

I'd rate all those ahead of screen size, slimness etc. I've not missed replaceable battery or SD card slots at all.

The biggest problem is choice in the market. If you wan't to avoid Apple then your only practical option is Android. Not a happy situation.

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Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

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Re: £300 refurbished? You've been ripped off.

Giffgaff have 128GB SE for £299 unlocked Black Friday deal.

New not refurb.

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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"longer battery life and lower power consumption."

Ooh you get both! Imagine that!

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Re: RE: GOT AWAY WITH IT

This guy was the typical entitled cyclist that gets us all a bad name. Didn't think he was riding dangerously and complained that HIS life was ruined. c**t.

http://metro.co.uk/2015/07/15/cyclist-who-hit-little-girl-on-the-pavement-denies-riding-his-bike-dangerously-5297096/

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Re: Cycle lanes/paths

I really enjoy cycling down the cycle path in my jeans and coat and overtaking the lycra twats on the main road.

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Re: ICE's blocking EV Charging points

This is why I have a tankbag full of roofing nails on my electric bike. Same for the people that park across 2 or 3 spaces.

Seriously? You admit that? I would suggest that being a twat is not the best way to deal with other twats.

If I see a sharp object that could puncture a tyre I put it in a bin.

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Re: Fair enough, but...

But one cyclist accidentally knocks over a pedestrian who was on her phone and not paying attention to traffic when crossing the road and you're all up in arms, bloody hypocrites.

If a driver was driving a car with no working brakes and driving an a "wanton and furious" manner then everybody would be up in arms too. Think it through.

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Re: Fair enough, but...

> "Perhaps it's also time they were required to carry insurance?"

>>Be good if all motorists did that:

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All motorist are required to have insurance.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Both travelling south on the A177 near High Shincliffe.

A very standard ordinary road if my memory serves me right, I used it often to get from Durham Uni to the A1M.

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I once passed a cyclist, gave him a full lane width of space, he still turned right without looking or signalling and hit the back of my car.

In fact most car drivers drive in such a way as to yield their so called "right of way" (doesn't exist) in the interests of everybody. But I've noticed a prevalence among cyclists to assert their perceived "right of way" even if that means putting themselves in danger.

On days when I cycle to work (days when I'm not going to be either soaked in sweat or rain) I tend to try to help all the traffic along and I won't let a queue build up behind me. Observe the drivers, at least 19/20 will be looking after you. I observe the other cyclists, they tend not to want to give anything away, some of them even get aggressive toward each other and pedestrians.

It's should always be a co-operative effort, regardless of who has the largest and hardest mass.

Some motorcycle training would be a very good thing for cyclists and drivers.

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Red Hat opens its ARMs to Enterprise Linux... er, wait, perhaps it's the other way round

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Re: Meh.

Debian based linux has had Systemd on ARM since Jessie.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Look it's true, but you shouldn't say it on The Register forums. Just not done.

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Re: Nothing to see here...

Also known as a "fine" .

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Re: Whot ?

I write and write and write every day. I don't use Office to do the work, I use either the Mac, or the google docs word processor.

But when my work is submitted I have to import it into Word and check the formatting is straight before it goes off, because it can be guaranteed that where-ever it's going they are going to be using Word.

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ARM emulator in a VM? Yup, done. Ready to roll, no config required

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Re: Just how big are they?

"just became a little easier"

I didn't notice on first read-through because I think my brain auto-inserted the missing word to make the sentence work.

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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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Re: Horsecrap

Apple need OS flash to fix a keyboard bug,

Yes, but there were many lies being told around the web about the fix for the keyboard "i" problem being a 1GB full OS download. In fact the 11.1.1 update is already out and is only 44.6MB including a separate SIRI fix.

Yes, it does include a rstart, no big deal in itself and when I used an Android a reboot was usually a pretty good idea more often than not anyway.

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Re: Who's Supposed To Be The 'Winner' Here?

The thought of an Android monopoly is, for many reasons, an unbearable one.

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Re: Sometimes marketing matters...

ChromeOS doesn't need to be "continually connected to work".

But alas, WebOS is now an LG TV OS, but could have provided a plausible alternative to iOS.

I really wish there was one.

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Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400

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Re: RiscOS

Yes, RISCOS sometimes feels like a breath of fresh air when I use it. I just wish the real good productivity stuff wasn't so expensive.

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Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

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Re: A short sighted story to medicate the masses

Most of my job is automated already, everything from rules on my email inbox, to plugging in key words to merge into pre-written documents. I automated it myself because I didn't want to be doing all this boring stuff. So people think I'm productive, I'm not at all but the job comes with a PC so I used it to do what it's supposed to. It even looks like I'm working when I'm at home asleep in bed.

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Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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Re: ?

I'm 11.1 and it doesn't do anything odd with the I. Is this a hoax?

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Re: Been a busy couple of months with iOS updates

And what about iOS users who have replaced their keyboard with Swiftkey keyboards?

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Anyone know how to reproduce this problem? Because I can't make it do it. Type i get i .

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Re: Been a busy couple of months with iOS updates

A small price to pay to avoid Android.

It will be 1/4 of your 1GB suggestion and roll in a lot of other stuff.

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Londoners: Ready to swap your GP for an NHS vid doc app?

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Re: Choice

But many problems need a hands on approach by a doc to get to the bottom of the problem.

Or there could be a special rubber glove attachment for phones?

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Re: Fake news

I dunno about fake news. How about no news.

An 11 minute outage on a twitter account? Can't get excited.

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Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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Re: The US has an inverted system

It's true, we are likely to get electric or other non-polluting-at-point-of-use vehicles sooner because of Tesla, so whatever becomes of the business we still have the American tax payer to thank for kick starting the move away from diesel.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Borland

You just reminded me of Borland. Whatever happened to them? Their name used to be everywhere.

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Re: a decent android phone does everything an iPhone can

Total crap being talked about the cost of iPhones. There is no need to pay £50 per month r £500-£600.

I have an iPhone 7, cost £277. Can pick up a 6 for £150 ish, or cheaper with a screen crack and spend 15 minutes fixing it. Five minutes to replace a battery. If you see someone using an iPhone they might be paying less than your Android cost and they don't have to suffer Android? If these Apple users are sheep, then their Android critics are prime grazing meadow.

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Brit cities overrun with middle-aged dronies, reckons survey

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Re: Strangely ...

One of the local papers ran the story. You can probably find it online

Yeah Jake, I had already read about Nestor Rodriguez. He got in the way of the firefighting aircraft alright, but his drone was not shot down.

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Hey, you know why it's called the iPhone X? When you see Apple's repair bill, your response will be X-rated

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Fools are one thing, but there are enough people in the world that can splash a few grand and not feel it at all, enough for there to be a market for Apple..

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