* Posts by Martin Summers

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I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Re: Conquest of Africa?

"The US has a dept of defence"

I wonder, is it appropriate to have a department of attack?

Oxford University reportedly turns off its Huawei money tap

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Re: Very slick

That's exactly it. That's the choice that's being made. Lots of people making noise about Western governments being able to backdoor stuff too but quite rightly they are indeed making the choice 'who do we prefer to spy on us'. I don't think anyone is being unreasonable in stripping out their kit from core networks. You don't go out of your way to make it easy for a government like that to spy on you or potentially have access to critical national infrastructure, why on earth would you?

I've just had a Huawei G.Fast modem installed at home and I will just have to put up with the fact that they can see the unimportant crap I use my connection for. If I need to connect to work (and let's not forget that hostile governments like to undermine the economies of its 'enemies') it's via secure means anyway.

Like, subscribe and comment: Sage takes a breath as cloud sales bounce

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Hmm. Change your licence key on Sage 50 and suddenly you're on Sage 'Cloud'. Your data isn't migrated and nothing changes other than a new online tax feature. There is a Sage drive you can use but realistically it's just not cloud at all. It's marketing bullshit and an excuse to charge more money.

Veeam. Veeam. Veeeeeeeam. What was that? Oh, just the sound of half a billion bucks hitting backup biz's bucket

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Veeam is awesome. A rare product that truly just works, reliably with excellent support.

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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Re: Just dumping the stuff in a cart wouldn't be a terrible option.

I think they limit the amount of orders that can be placed within a certain time limit (one every half hour?) so the kid pressing the button constantly can't result in lots of product arriving and an empty bank account.

I'm actually surprised the Germans haven't gone after the buy using Alexa option as I think that's the same as using a dash button with no indication of the price. I've not used that feature and wouldn't so don't know if I'm correct on that.

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I came here to say the same thing. Subscribe and save is a joke. Subscribe and drip feed us money and we'll decide how much. I'd be using it if I could trust them to keep the price. Same with the dash button it also limits your exposure to other products that may have come to market that are possibly better. If the manufacturers are in cahoots with Amazon on this and people are blinkered into always ordering the same stuff then surely that's somewhat anticompetitive?

Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone

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Re: Samsung was making much of its profit from RAM & flash

Never mind the market. I'm depressed. The excitement of a new phone is no more. I remember unboxing my first ever Android phone and my first transition phone from the dying Nokia. It was the HTC Desire and it was awesome. Now its just another black candy bar phone after another, but where else can they go from that. All I really need now is a lot better battery life.

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Re: Well said, Watson

"Fuck off and die"

Absolutely inspired!

Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real

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Re: Uber is a ponzi scheme

Who said that he was using them? He certainly didn't!

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Now, I get the same as people mentioned above, but how about this. Not only do I get email from my namesakes around the world there is a 'me' in my own home town and even he gets his bloody email wrong. I have had his house sale details and all sorts. More disturbingly recently I got an email from a solicitors with a subject line of "The estate of" and my own father's name. Now he died about 20+ years ago so I was a little bit freaked out to say the least. That email was also meant for the guy who lives in my town...

I've seriously considered checking another namesake in for his hotel stays to save him the bother but eventually got the hotel to deal with it. I'm not sure I'd go as far as others suggest and action anything on someone else's behalf as you could get them and yourself in hot water.

It's a nuisance having an early adopter email address but it's sometimes quite funny and an insight into how the other half live. I got an email from Bianca Jagger once asking if I wanted to go to a charity fundraiser. Well not me but my much wealthier London counterpart. I of course wrote back and told her she'd got the wrong address.

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

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Re: God Bless written instructions

To be honest, I normally qualify instructions that I think may be a bit dodgy with an "are you sure about this" and get the response to that in writing. You may well get instructions that are half arsed given by someone who hasn't a clue. In this situation you're the expert giving advice that someone may not have considered and you're saving yourself grief by asking the question.

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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Jesus, I know this is a cheaters quick nosh guide but this is beyond even my cooking patience and skill. I'd rather reach for the app and order something even if I have to wait! Kudos to anyone who can follow these steps drunk and even more so to the organised who have time or the inclination to pre-prepare stuff.

Happy New Year commentards!

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

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Delay in 5G. Who really gives a toss?

Ofcom asks networks, ISPs: Hey, wouldn't it be nice if you let customers know the best deal once their contract's up?

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What they really should be forcing mobile providers to do is automatically reduce your monthly bill by the amount the phone hire purchase cost was. In fact it should happen with all providers utility or otherwise, they may even see less churn as a result.

MAMR Mia – it's not just WD: Toshiba's popped to the microwave too

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Yes, don't forget that the latest release will delete your My Documents folders for you to make sure you've got the space.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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"Many mega rich musos could have added half a mill each."

Precisely, this is like pocket change to some few people. It would be a place in history for them as the person that made it happen. Once they're at 1000mph as has been mentioned, I doubt they'll bother trying for more then. Still, it's currently in administration so still time for someone to save them.

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

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Re: Naked IT Support

You know what normally goes with a nice rack? A UPS (Uninterruptable Pervert Supply).

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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And pester they bloody have. My 12 year old constantly going on about the death of memes and YouTube. I finally had enough yesterday and educated him to the fact that YouTube are hardly going to go out of business because of this. I hope I've got through to him as it pissed me off that YouTube have managed to do this via him. Same as this bloody subscribe to Pewdiepie bollocks.

Openreach names 81 lucky locations to be plugged into its super-zippy Gfast pipe

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My town was getting G.fast some months back. It even appeared as planned for my number on the checker. Now its disappeared and no sign of it. Not sure how accurate their roll out claims are.

Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment

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Re: MS : From bad to worse to pathetic

Any sensible business isn't rolling out the latest update anyway. You create a Guinea pig group in WSUS and unleash it on them when you've got no choice but to and hopefully when the worst of the crud is fixed.

'Cuddly' German chat app slacking on hashing given a good whacking under GDPR: €20k fine

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I call bollocks on that one.

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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So...

That problem really tested his metal.

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.

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...

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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...

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. ;-)

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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