* Posts by Martin Summers

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Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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So...

That problem really tested his metal.

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Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

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Re: "captured audio of the killings, and subsequent removal of the bodies"

So what's the murderer going to have said "Alexa play my bludgeoning playlist"? There's not likely going to be any useful recording on there but it's possible. I have an echo dot and I can replay the recordings on my phone in the history, I can hear exactly what it records. Sometimes it records what it thinks was its wake word when in fact it was random stuff. The recordings don't last for long though. I wonder if they've tried getting at the history in the phone of the victim if they had the app.

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Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Shame I've pissed about all morning trying to sort this on a machine activated with Windows 10 Pro for over 2 years. I don't read 'El Reg until dinner time. At least I have an explanation now! FFS Microsoft...

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While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+

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Re: 4G+ icon?

Apple haven't invented it yet.

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'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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The best thing about guaranteed freedom of speech, is that the nutters out themselves publicly without fear and you know who to stay well clear of and keep an eye on.

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Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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As I'm starting to realise, the largest horror story in IT, especially after the latest update, is Windows 10. There job done, Happy Halloween.

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Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch

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Re: Merkins, eh ?

A Merkin is a pubic wig. Some commentards also rejoice in the use of the same word to describe our American cousins. Not on this occasion though.

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

"Are 14 year olds allowed to post on here?"

Apparently yes

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All through the house, not a creature was stirring... especially Samsung smartwatches: Batteries empty at 3AM

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Why not just do what I do and turn the watch off overnight? If you're not using it for sleep tracking I can't understand why you wouldn't. It takes seconds to turn it back on again in the morning.

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: I Will Fucking Murder Mail

This and reverting Edge to be default PDF viewer everytime Adobe Reader has an update.

There is a powershell command to remove mail app for all users on a machine BTW.

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Re: Are you 18 or older?

"the parents should be bringing up their children and leading them into the world"

Well if this plan goes ahead they won't be able to find out how until they're 18.

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Re: Are you 18 or older?

Absolutely, if you want to be old school about it then have the no button take them to the Disney website. Brings back memories...

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Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN

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Re: Blimey!

"I just saw a dog and a cat walking together down the street paw in paw, I think so!"

I'd imagine more likely limping given the difficulty for them of doing that. ;-)

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Don't get THAT personal, says personalised cards firm Moonpig. Dick pics. They mean dick pics

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Never mind greetings cards, what about the companies that print postcards from an app and send them out. Now that'd be something.

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Re: Moonpig are rubbish

"andy gibson, I think your brain is not working properly... LOLOLOL"

I believe the word "whoosh" is appropriate here. Don't get me started on the LOLs.

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UK.gov won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services

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Why didnt they just take a hybrid approach and find a way of allowing devices to use Airwave for voice and EE for 4G? Surely that's the best of both worlds. Maybe that just makes too much sense for a government contract.

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Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit

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Re: I'd like to know

If they can't man in the middle encrypted traffic, by decrypting it on the monitoring equipment and then re-encrypting with their own certificate to send it on to its destination, then they can't see what's in it. The bad guys used an encrypted connection to carry out their nefarious activities.

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Google Chrome 69 gives worldwide web a stay of execution in URL box

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Re: Do Not hide the URL

"It's still the first (not literally) thing I do."

Are you sure it's not the other you?

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Well I hear they work well in cameras so good idea.

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AI beats astroboffins at sniffing out fast radio bursts amid the universe's clutter

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Re: Regarding an earlier 121102 FRB

Ooh I didn't realise you had a blog. You've been around a bit haven't you!

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Nope, the NSA isn't sitting in front of a supercomputer hooked up to a terrorist’s hard drive

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Re: Am I being thick ?

"so it is not a simple task to add another encryption layer on top without rooting phones"

Maybe not but bad people can go old school and come up with code of their own, like "the geese fly to the pink elephant tonight" and they'd not have a scooby what they were talking about without an informant. So maybe they should stick to proper spying and concentrate on paying bribes to informants.

Do we actually still have Bond types out there or have they confined them to desk duties now?

Also your point about WhatsApp backups, hadn't actually considered that!

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Re: Am I being thick ?

"Nude selfie... Aye, there's the rub."

"I see what you did there."

Eww, so I take it you broke his first layer of encryption then.

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Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot

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Re: FFS

"You just described about 99% off all council members."

Makes for a nice popularist soundbite come back which no doubt would get you a lot of up votes. It is however not accurate to that extent at all and all walks of life suffer this not just the political world. So many people think of just themselves rather than the greater good. Councils and politicians have nothing to do with that.

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Re: FFS

"Fly-tipping is a problem created entirely by the local councils."

Fly tipping is a problem caused by ignorant self serving idiots who don't give a toss where their rubbish ends up and who cannot be bothered to deal with it because its too much effort for them. Councils don't drop litter, councils don't fly tip. Councils however do pick up the cost of dealing with this selfish minority act which we all then share the burden of.

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5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov

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"5G itself has been dismissed by former Ofcom director Professor William Webb as a distraction from the real need to fully roll out LTE (4G) tech"

At least there's some sense out there, shame he's the former director.

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Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: Phone Reset

And then they ring back even more irate and possibly to one of your colleagues who has to pick up the shit you left for them.

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Re: Sad times

No, it's clearly KFC. Ronald McDonald is a big cock.

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Re: @ Douchus McBagg

"Someone has to."

No they don't! It's like choosing to use Edge.

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Re: Sad times

Yeah it really didn't help with my craving for a sausage and egg McMuffin this morning.

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Re: Ahhh, memories...

Whilst we all I'm sure would love to get away with some of the stuff the BOFH does, doing stuff like that gives IT Pros and IT Support in general a bad name. We have to deal professionally with the fools who are a nuisance and shit all over us as well as the people who hardly ever ask us for anything and are grateful for the help. It's the swings and roundabouts of the job we are in.

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Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work... McAfee yanks BSoDing Endpoint Security patch

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Or better still, just remove McAfee completely.

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Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?

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Re: For His Masters Voice Transport Missions with Tramp Steamers/Sleek Tenders

"Eh?"

Resident 'on the wonk' bot.

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Oi, clickbait cop bot, jam this in your neural net: Hot new AI threatens to DESTROY web journos

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Re: pot / kettle

"First ever - breakthrough PPI checker is 100% online - no phone call, no paper..."

Got a link?

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Any headline image with a red circle around something completely irrelevant. Especially that one about the British woman who got her credit score improved with this 'one neat trick', only she's holding up a FICO report. I've clicked on my fair share of click bait, most of the time for a laugh. It's like giving your brain sweets.

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: Of course they're still spending...

"Not sure about that, I was looking for an alternative to Amazon for ebooks and there basically isn't one now."

No maybe not now, doesn't mean there won't be one in the future. These things take time. It's like offshore call centres gradually coming back home, in another ten years some bright spark who wasn't around when they first tried it will decide it's a good idea to outsource. The world goes around in trends.

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Re: Of course they're still spending...

"Sure, and when Amazon is the only retailer left, come and tell us how you are enjoying their prices, once they no longer have to undercut anyone."

That's the thing though. These things come in trends, competition starts up again to meet the demand. It's a never ending cycle as is how many things work in this world.

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Hey, don't route the messenger! Telegram redirected through Iran by baffling BGP leak

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Re: 'Don't route the messenger'

You yanks pronounce it wrong, so no.

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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

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Re: Swamp -- Alligators

Erm, what else would be in charge of a swamp?

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: haven't ad's died yet?

"Nobody looks at them, nobody clicks on them, apart from by mistake"

That's actually just not true. I do click on ads that show me something I'm interested in. It's how I found Digital Ocean on the Register when they advertised on here some years ago. I'm still a customer and it saved me money over who I was with. So ads do work and the way the Register presents them is exactly how it should be done.

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Re: I'm seriously thinking about charging Coca Cola rent.

"Because it isn't McDonald's fault that their customers are stupid fucks who litter because its easier than thinking."

Quite, and people who blame companies and councils for the litter all over the place are as far as I'm concerned just as bad as the people who drop it.

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Re: Not Ads, but chuggers

"Only if you suck my cock."

And if he'd said yes?...

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Google Translate spews doomsday messages, Facebook snatches boffins, and more in AI

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Re: What I want to know is...

Google AI has worked out that dogs created the earth hence the anagram for God. God is actually a Border Collie hence the 'Lord is my Shepherd' stuff.

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Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France

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Re: Google braced for giant Android fine from EU

"Nice map but cripes, look how many terminate at Bude. That's only pissing distance from the spooks over at Morwenstow. That can't be a coincidence can it?"

No, it isn't.

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Two-factor auth totally locks down Office 365? You may want to check all your services...

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Great and this is relevant to the article how? This article doesn't even point out any fault with Microsoft either.

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Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

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Crappy windows apps being core functionality cause so many issues, not to mention the duplication (done badly) of control panel options within that windows apps framework. Windows 10 still doesn't know what it is after the failed tablet experiment that was Windows 8.

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What can $10 stretch to these days? Lunch... or access to international airport security systems

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What I don't get though is if there are so many building and industrial systems compromised why we don't hear anything of the results. Surely someone wreaking mayhem with such a system would result in some sort of press coverage even if they didn't know what caused it to begin with.

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Softcat scores big in Scotland: Many a mickle makes a muckle

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Softcat? Good luck with that. They've messed up everything that I've ever been involved with them for and they were reasonably small things. When I moved jobs they would call persistently to try and win business despite being told we'd never deal with them. Last occasion the only way the guy would consider not calling us again was if we put the request in writing. Which I did to their data protection address. They've stopped calling now, I dare them to try again!

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Outage outrage: TSB app offers users a TITSUP* encore

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Re: Never mind that,

I'd like to see you try and get a mortgage on the cave you're presumably interested in buying. ;-)

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They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

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Yes it's definitely age, you're right. I'm only mid 30's at the time of writing this. You didn't need to be anonymous I wouldn't have been offended :-)

And Flightradar24, actually yes that was the last new shiny exciting thing I saw actually,good point.

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Weird, I always thought Yahoo was before Hotmail, although Hotmail was definitely the plucky upstart. I remember Yahoo being superior as far as I was concerned. I collected email addresses on all kinds of services in those days but it was always those two I used until Gmail came along. Google had the right idea by making it invite only, people swarmed to it and I even sold the invites myself on eBay along with Live Messenger Beta invites. There's nothing new shiny and exciting on the Internet anymore.

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