* Posts by J. R. Hartley

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Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: Don't be........

There's also a microphone in Nest Protect smoke alarms. I pointed this out a few weeks ago and got lynched by the commentards on here at the time.

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/all/2019/02/01/project_alias/

Suck on that you mothers.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Some day every house will have a MiniDisc deck.

PS. I'm nobody's fucking bitch.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: Nest Smoke Alarms

It's really quite simple.

The microphone listens to see if the smoke alarm is making the right sounds.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

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Nest Smoke Alarms

I have 3 Nest smoke alarms in my gaff, they have microphones built in (for testing).

How long before they are hacked, if not already?

I'm sure MI5/MFI/CIA/MOSSAD are already on it.

Brexit-ready BT sits back, watches profit rise in CEO's swansong quarter

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BT

It's good to walk

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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Re: Do they still do it?

A factory reset wont roll back the OS to a previous version though.

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Do they still do it?

I haven't installed any of the OS updates on my Note9 since I got it, or my S8 before that, just in case.

I had suspected that this shit was going on long before it was confirmed, and I frankly don't trust any phone company at this stage.

Can anyone confirm or deny definitively?

The Apple Mac is 35 years old. Behold the beige box of the future

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Re: Typical el Reg

Indeed. I once designed a Zorro III card with Akiko on-board. Never made it out into the wild though as it became clear nobody was going to make use of it.

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Re: Typical el Reg

I'm still bitter regarding how the Amiga didn't emerge victorious in the PC/Mac/Amiga battle.

Golly 4G whizz: Vodafone caught using a cheeky bit of Three UK's spectrum

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Never mind fingering contractors, they've been shafting customers for years.

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

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Re: Multi-tasking..as a matter of interest..

The first rule of downvotes...

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Re: Multi-tasking

I still baffles me how Commodore managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. David Pleasance's new book drops a few bombshells in that regard.

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Re: No, you don't wish you'd have bought it.

I sold off my Amigas (A3000, A4000T plus a lifetimes worth of Zorro cards) a few years ago to put a deposit down on a mortgage. It is a decision I still bitterly regret. I kept the CD32, for close encounters.

Last year I bought an A1200, and I'm working my way back up again, at great expense.

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Windows 10 scares the shit outta me

Its bloody horrible. Ghastly. I repair PCs for a living, and use Win7 on my own PC. Dreading the day I'm forced to go Win10 (not for another 10 years at least).

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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Re: I wish they'd fix remote desktop

The fix is to set them to connect using 'less secure authentication'

Not ideal, but there it is.

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Re: The Ultimate Upgrade

I'm sticking with Win7 til the bitter end.

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: Look it's really quite simple.

Nah

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Look it's really quite simple.

There's just no need to upgrade any more, and people are becoming wise to it. I bought a top of the range i7 PC about 5 years ago, and apart from fitting an SSD and reinstalling Win7 last year, I won't be spending money on a PC ever again, until that one is pining for the fjords at least. If I didn't keep cracking my phone screen all the time I'd still be on my Galaxy S7 too. The Note 9 does nothing more than the S7 does.

We've reached peak something.

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February

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Re: Sametime viable ?

Sameshit. Different program.

If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

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Re: This company is simply outrageous

Just read that article. Absolute madness. Glad the greedy hedge fund got burned, shame the team were just collateral damage.

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Not sure how I feel about this

I hate patent trolls. But then, I also hate Apple.

What a conundrum.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Pesky microwaves

Hi Arlene you cunt.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Re: Wild West Days

Cheers for not treating Amiga users like shit. It was appreciated.

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Re: It's downvotes all the way, er.... down

> Downvote for downvoting due to elitism.

Looks like you've already been downvoted for downvoting someone for downvoting. (Not by myself, I should add).

Never mind. I'm sure that we'll see downvoting of those responsible for downvoting the people who downvoted people for downvoting... ;-)

Downvoted.

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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Re: The FBI paid him back in return for his services

Aah we went to the same school, AC.

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RIP Sysadmin

Be a shame if somethin happened to him.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: Is this the stupidest idea ever?

"Two words: Tor Browser"

A third word: Watchlist

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Fucking shite. This just means I need to enable desktop mode on my Note9 so I can see the front page as I want to see it every time.

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

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Cannon Fodder changed my life.

Millennium Buggery: When things that shouldn't be shut down, shut down

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These millenium bug specials really are brilliant. More please.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

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Re: Vindicated

"Throughout my working life (I recently retired) I harboured a secret Unix hostname convention. I never dated use it:

1: Name your hosts after common Unix commands

2: Write complicated and undocumented shell scripts to do mysterious things between them

3: Resign"

And make life hell for the PFY. Never change.

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Re: Take care what you argue over...

Amiga users have been bombarded with big endian / little endian explanations for decades now.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: And that's why...

"not my problem. ;-)"

That's the spirit.

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

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Re: Marconi

"I thought the bankers did that by inveigling them into spending their cash mountain on inappropriate diversification."

No. GEC were very diversified. They then sold everything off, spent all their money on Telecoms, and paid cash when making acquisitions, in a fit of madness.

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Marconi

BT already bankrupted Marconi and a few other British companies by shafting them during the 21CN programme and going with Huawei instead. They were warned back then. What's changed? Bastards.

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business

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Re: so just like the US before 1914 then ?

Yep. They don't like it up em. Well, some of them do.

Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more

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Re: A fantasy

The Google doorbell has been doing facial recognition for ages. What's the difference?

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut

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The golden age of porn on demand is cumming to an end.

RIP Bill Godbout: Cali wildfire claims the life of master maverick of microcomputers

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Re: Off topic but on headline

Super Cali Go Ballistic, AC Is Atrocious.

If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: Northern Ireland

"I think you'll find the Bloody Sunday massacre was what caused the civil war in NI.

I think you'll find you don't know what you're talking about."

I think you'll find I'm from Derry. I was there. A lot of people decided to sign up to the IRA in the days after the massacre. You know nothing.

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Re: Northern Ireland

I think you'll find the Bloody Sunday massacre was what caused the civil war in NI.

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Re: Eh?

[casual racism intensifies]

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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I'll take that IDE one.

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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It's perfectly simple

Why should I upgrade my Galaxy S8? It's so fast, and does everything I need. I'd still actually be with my S7 Edge if I hadn't wrecked the screen when it was a year or so old.

For the first time since around 2004, I won't be upgrading my phone at the end of my contract. There's no new features, so why would I? The notch you say? Fuck off with that.

BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages

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BT should have stuck with Marconi for their telco equipment. Now we don't have a choice, it's all foreign companies.

It's wall-to-wall Huawei: Chinese behemoth hogs five of six top spots in SPC-1 array benchmark

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Marconi

Never forget :'(

China tells Trump to use a Huawei phone to avoid eavesdroppers

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A quick check: Nope, not The Onion. Nope, not April 1st.

Fuck me.

Shingled-minded Western Digital insists its latest hard drive sets disk capacity record

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Re: Wow, a 7% increase

I remember spending 200 quid for a 80MB hard drive for my Amiga and thinking I'll never fill that.

Finally, someone takes a stand against Apple, Samsung for slowing people's phones. Just a few million dollars, tho

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Re: Obsolescence.

Bastards! Utter, utter, UTTER bastards!!!!

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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