* Posts by Vector

607 posts • joined 21 Feb 2011


Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


Re: Nothing like having your work day extended a few more hours because 'The Cloud' is unavailable.

Choice is great! Insisting that you make the "right" choice, not so much...


Re: Nothing like having your work day extended a few more hours because 'The Cloud' is unavailable.

Yeah, when I saw that "continuous update" thing in the article, my first thought was "Great! So I get to relearn how the apps work every few months."

None for me, thanks!


Office 97 does pretty much everything I need from an office suite. Haven't really seen anything since that I would find compelling enough to upgrade. As a matter of fact, I've seen several things since (*cough, cough* ribbon bar!) that compel me NOT to upgrade.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files


Re: Recycle Bin

"These changes came after months of info emails and warnings about said changes."

Ah! That was your mistake.

You expected users to read!

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service


"being naked in the garden may cause problems"

Does give new relevance to the concept of a "walled garden," don't it?

(there's your IT tie in)

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!


Re: Confused

"XS, pronounced Excess whatever Apple might say..."

Yeah, I'm sticking with the (unintended) double entendre too!

Alphabet gives bipedal robots the Schaft 'cos no one wants to buy its creepy machine maker


It does seem El Reg is quite keen to welcome our Robot Overlords™

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


You're thinking of Tech Peak which is a secret summit in the Andes only known to the ancient graybeards.

Peak Tech is a rapper or a football player, I forget which.

Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft


Re: Come El Reg we know you want to say it...

"I wonder when people will wake up and realise the size of the barrel that MS has them draped over?"

It's not just Microsoft. Google wants you to do all your productivity work in the cloud too. In fact, it seems all of Sillycon Valley has been seduced to the cloud-side.

I say, yet again, that all software developers who think using the cloud is a "good idea" should be dropped, on an annual basis, into the middle of the Mojave Desert with their precious cloud computing devices to see just how much work they can get done when there's no internet to be found.

Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not


"Stand in front of investors aghast that the world hasn't snapped up your 95% identical-to-every-other-phone-but-costs-more product..."

You mean the one they offered in a semi-exclusive tie-up with the last place cell-provider in the US? Can't imagine why that went wrong...

Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform


Re: X Ray Specs

"Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery"

Pixel 3, 3XL, Slate tab launch: Google emits swanky iPad botherer while tarting up mobes


Google tablets

As I suspected, Google has decided that Chrome OS (with Android support) is the future for tablets and Android will be limited to phones. I recently bought an Acer Chromebook to replace my tablet since I couldn't really find much to replace my old tablet (and certainly couldn't find anything larger than 10 inches that didn't require a second mortgage). It does run all the Android apps I want to run but it can be quirky about how it runs them and I'd really like to smack someone upside the head about their "shelf" implementation.

Reel talk: You know what's safely offline? Tape. Data protection outfit Veeam inks deal with Quantum


@Wensleydale Re: Offline?

"Good old fashioned shoe leather, retrieving the rapes from another building does the trick."

As Colonel Potter used to say: Horse Hockey. You know as well as I that the server described in the article has a network connection and it's intended to function with it.

Sure, we used to cart tapes around from server to server, but I don't think that's been realistically done for at least a decade.

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The tapes may be offline(able) once the data is written to them, but that nifty server needs to get the data from somewhere, most likely a connection to a network.

Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echoes into snooping devices


It's just a matter of time...

That is all.

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing


"...executives gave serious consideration to an all-Android strategy."

My research when I bought my last tablet (which is actually a 2-in-1 Chromebook) leads me to believe that Google has decided that ChromeOS will be the large form-factor OS (ie. tablets and such) while Android gets relegated to the phone world. I could find relatively few choices from major vendors for Android tabbies. Tons of off-brand kit but IIRC, only Lenovo, Samsung and Huawei for recognizable vendors.

Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?


Maybe they should have consulted with Magic Leap. They seem to have been able to keep the gravy train running for 8 years and over a billion dollars!

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'


Re: Adventures in a NEW Android 6 Phone

Or you could just pay a little extra for an iPhone that comes with none of that shit pre-installed...

Ah! So, sell your soul to Apple instead of Facebook. What a lovely plan.

Of course, with Android there's Google...


My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?


Re: Go with the flow,

Lemme fix that for ya:

Little things like that mean a lot to Rick because life on that any help desk wasn’t much fun.

Until remote access, the help desk was wave after wave of "what do you mean?" and "No, I can't find that button." (the one square in the middle of the top of the screen). Gawd forbid you should have to send out a tech since then you'd spend the next 2-4 hours fielding "where's my tech!?" calls.

On the plus side, you did learn never to underestimate the potential ignorance of users.

Supreme Court to dig into Google's very cosy $8.5m deal with lawyers over web search leak


Re: Lottery

Not that I know precisely what it would be in this case, but it seems to me, when the settlement is too small for the class members, perhaps the money should be used in some effort to address the underlying problems which merited the suit in the first place.

...and, no!, I don't mean make more lawyers!!!

Facebook's login-to-other-sites service lets scum slurp your stuff


Re: And is anyone here surprised by this?

"Not in the slightest, though it's nice to see my constant avoidance of the "login with your Facebook/Gmail" option for all these years has now been justified. Yeah, no thanks, I'd rather have a separate and unique login for each individual website!"

Yeah. You know that thing where they say don't use the same username and password for multiple sites...

Mad March Meltdown! Microsoft's patch for a patch for a patch may need another patch


Re: For crying out loud...

"Get your (your word here) together and release working updates!"

This is why I'm staying away from Win10 at the moment. M$ insistence that they control the patch cycle flies in the face of years of personal experience with Windows patches (I spent many years in a lab testing each month's raft of patches to make sure they didn't hose company systems). I had heard about using group policy to take control of patches back, but now I hear they've borked that too so I'll continue to hold off on that laptop upgrade until they have the major catastrophe that forces them to rethink their current strategy.

Adobe: New Unified Customer Profile will personalise ads as never before


Re: Shared Data

"Amazon's onsite recommendations are based on one's purchase and search history..."

...And apparently, so is their ad platform. That's my only guess as to why they keep sending me ads about crap I've already bought.

Why, why, Mr American Pai? FCC boss under increasing pressure in corporate favoritism row


"He tried to respond in a factual way without engaging in advocacy."

...aside from the whole "we need to elect conservatives and re-elect Trump" thing, no, no advocacy at all...

Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct


Re: People should stop with the thought crimes.

SJW: Social Justice Warrior

These are the people determined to protect you whether you need it or not.

Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?


Re: @ Aqua Marina Anyone want to make a lot of money?

Ah! Lawyers! Now there's a plan. They always end up with the money anyway, don't they?


@ Aqua Marina Re: Anyone want to make a lot of money?

Yeah, I'd think twice about that little scheme. What's most likely to happen is someone will do just as you suggest, the system will get hacked just like everyone with any knowledge of the subject expects and that f*ckton of money and much more will be poured into the endless drain of lawsuits that result.

World+dog ignores Rubin's Wonderdroid


Re: Model number PH-1 suggests 'a wider home automation ecosystem'?

"Maybe it's just an acid test"

Well, it did seem rather corrosive to the company...

US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC


Re: Money Really Talks

"Don't know if it's an old modem (even the new one **from Verizon** won't work on his line) or piss-poor lines."


Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack


Re: Okay, let's pretend I had an aneurysm and bought one of these IoT lock thingies

"Sorry to bust your bubble, but do you know how easy to "bump" your (t)rusty mechanical lock?"

Yes, yes...mechanical locks can be compromised as can the doors to which they're attached. So no need worry about how much easier it is to compromise an IoT lock.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing


Re: They're copying Greggs, that's all

More like Chicago.

Here in the states, we'd call that a Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Been around for ages.

Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'


To my mind, a national network, even with all the pitfalls, surveillance or otherwise, is inevitable. If nothing else, eliminating redundant bandwidth will eventually force the issue. It would have to be either a national network or some sort of franchising scheme (similar to the cable industry). But even a franchising system would end up posing problems because mobile devices don't have a fixed location, so how bad could those "roaming" charges get.

I seriously doubt the current administration has the competence to pull it off, but maybe if we start talking about it now, better resources might come along by the time we start getting serious about implementation.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster


Re: Reminds me of a story

" I still don't know how to use my mum's sewing machine."

Speaking of sewing machines, that's why many older women put the mouse on the floor and tried to step on it. Mice, particularly from the early days, looked very much like the speed treadles from sewing machines at the time.

Beware Paris Hilton's investment advice, SEC tells investors


"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV"


Re: Does anyone still give a toss what Paris Hilton says/endorses?

If you could say the same about the Kardashians, I might be inclined to go along with you...

If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade to 4.8.3. Thank us later


"If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade..."



Must be Tuesday.

Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages


Re: One good thing

"Did he just say that it is fine to lock the front door as long as you leave all the windows open?"

No, what he's really saying is the locksmith must hand over copies of all keys made with annotations as to the location of each lock.

That is my biggest gripe in all of this. Law enforcement really wants to circumvent due process by serving warrants on the manufacturers and service providers instead of the target of their investigations. Data stored on my device (encrypted or not) is mine and any attempt to access it should come through me!

iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn


"So, a completely glass casing isn't a new design?"

Well, no.

New materials maybe, same old design.


@tfb Re: Windows

"...every other version of the fucking thing decides that some bit of state I care about doesn't in fact matter."

Then you're not using it properly. The proper way to use it is to accept everything Apple has decided for you and be on your merry way. They know far better than you...

Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'


Re: Genius Groves?

And this is a surprise how?

Allow me to point you to:

"FaceTime" (Hey! You can video chat

...as long as everyone has an iPhone)

"Retina Display" (we had more pixels than anyone else! briefly)

"Touch ID" (Look! we added a fingerprint scanner)

Since I've never owned an iPhone, those are the only ones I can think of offhand.

Chinese smartphone cable-maker chucks sueball at Apple


@whoseyourdaddy Re: I can see the value in certification

Again, you did not read the article and, apparently, did not click through to the original article referenced which says:

"The next morning, Day woke up and rolled over. As he did so, a dog-tag necklace that he was wearing happened to catch on the exposed prongs of the charger head, which had come loose from the extension cord."

No where in either article is there any mention that this was anything other than the original iPhone charger. Regardless, the charger itself, whether original or third party, was not the cause of the incident. Rather, it was the probably shoddy connection between the charger and the extension cord into which it was plugged which was to blame.


Re: @Vector - listing of certified vendors

Which still does not explain how the chip makes any difference. If they're making crap cables, they'll get complaints chip or no chip.


Re: @Vector - listing of certified vendors

"If companies are so bold as to try to sell counterfeit iPhones, do you really think they wouldn't sell dodgy cables on eBay they claim were manufactured by ReputableCompanyName?"

OK, so explain to me how that magic chip is going to stop Mr. Dodgy from claiming he's selling a certified cable. Can you see the chip in the pictures? At best, you'll find out after you receive the cable and plug it into your phone, at which point Dodgy Cables Inc. will become oh so difficult to contact.


Re: I can see the value in certification

"You do realize that a chip is necessary as the cable is ambi-dextrous to unswap the pins if needed?"

I believe what you mean is that the connector is reversible and, no, that does not require a chip.

As to your weblink, if you read closely, you'll notice that A) no where in it is there any mention of a knockoff cable and B) he was sleeping with the charger connected to an extension cord in his bed. His necklace was most likely conducting power from the AC end of the charger so the cable connected on the other side would have been of little consequence.


Re: I can see the value in certification

"... what stops a company from making the cheapest Lightning cable possible and selling it on eBay falsely claiming it is Apple certified?"

How about a listing on Apple's website of certified vendors?

I bought some viewing glasses for the recent eclipse by going to a trusted website (the American Astronomical Society) and viewing the list of companies they had confirmed as properly certified. No chip required.

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired


Re: Get an nVidia shield (or your box of choice)

"At least then you have a smart thing you can control and a leave the TV as the dumb screen it should be."

Here Here!

A couple of years back, I bought a Samsung "Smart" Blu-ray player thinking I could use it to stream as well as play Discs. Then I used the streaming player on the thing...

...and went out and bought a Roku.

10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI


Not limited to iPhones

I have the same annoyance with my Android phone and my car's audio system has no option to disable autoplay. I finally had to fix it by using tasker to intercept the play command on my phone.

Yet another example of modern applications trying to be to @#$@ing helpful!!

Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access


I checked Maps and there's a harbor about 10 miles north of Martins Beach. Someone needs to fund a boat launch service to take people down to the beach and encourage the loudest, most obnoxious parties you can legally have there.

Don't make Aug 21 a blind date: Beware crap solar eclipse specs

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Thanks for this!

I was looking at eclipse glasses on Amazon today and my first thought was "how many of these just have the right numbers slapped on them without actually been tested?" My second thought was where to find an approved list. Now I have one!


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