* Posts by Martin Summers

970 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011


O2 brings forth a Friday fail for some unlucky UK customers

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Re: Emergency

More to the point, how would she have coped pre mobile networks? My kids school have my work department landline numbers. It's an outage, it's inconvenient, it happens. Suck it up!

Altered carbon: Boffins automate DNA storage with decent density – but lousy latency

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You can just imagine the marketing slogan now.

AWS: Data Storage is in our DNA.

I presume Gene therapy is required for any corruption?

Let's spin Facebook's Wheel of Misfortune! Clack-clack-clack... clack... You've won '100s of millions of passwords stored in plaintext'

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Re: wash. rinse. repeat.

Some years ago I tipped off my former boss (whilst I was working for him) that our hallowed Web developer was storing passwords in plain text for our customers website customers and emailed passwords in plaintext as reminders. He wasn't interested either. Our Web developer even lied directly to him in a meeting and said that even Facebook sent out password reminders in plaintext. Or at least I believed he was lying, seems he was half right!

Dead LAN's hand: IT staff 'locked out' of data center's core switch after the only bloke who could log into it dies

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Re: The system is still working...

Read the article mate, also don't work in IT please. Thanks.

From MySpace to MyFreeDiskSpace: 12 years of music – 50m songs – blackholed amid mystery server move

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Re: MySpace

They found that the storage invoices didn't bring them joy.

Do Martians dream of electric Nimbys? Selling 5G needs steak, not just sizzle

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Let's be honest here. Not many people, mostly here give a flying f*** about 5G. It's pure marketing bull and people are getting sick of the shite they're touting. We have reached peak smart phone and now we've reached peak 'G'.

Raiding party! UK's ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits

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They probably aren't from there at all, like most they will be spoofing their number usual using VOIP and an allocation of many geographical numbers. What once would most likely have been a legitimate call with a UK number, everyone eyes with suspicion now and that's a shit situation to be in. I let those calls go to voicemail and inevitably they're crud. Unfortunately these kinds of companies can operate outside of the UK so the ICO has no effect on them. Its nice to see the ICO being as effective as they can be though, just time for the telcos to step up.

One-time Mars InSight Lander engineer scores $1.5m redress over whistleblower sacking

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Re: RE: I'd be a lot less emotionally distressed after than before

Cliff, I hate to break it to you mate...

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Re: Costs?

He actually used to make some sense at one point but stopped around a year or more ago. If you Google him you'll see this is not the only place he has frequented.

Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?

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Re: Problem already solved

Playing cards? How posh! Discarded crushed drinks cans or those plastic cheap cordial drink containers where I grew up!

Cheap as chips: There's no such thing as a free lunch any Moore

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Re: Confused...

Point missed methinks.

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I'm confused. Why on earth are you comparing a Surface Go to an iPad Pro? Trolling or ignorance of Surface Go's market?

What links US Supreme Court, copyright legal bills, and stadium hot dog prices? A: Oracle

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Well someone needs to!

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us

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I know it's not quite break out rooms but it's in the same vein. A Web dev friend of mine sent me a picture a few months ago of the gloves his company had provided to everyone because they couldn't afford to have the heating on. Needless to say he didn't stay there long.

At my company they provide tea coffee sugar and milk. I bring my own coffee rather than drink their turgid shite, I bring my own milk now because otherwise I have to open the UHT capsules, I'm nearly at the stage of bringing my own sugar because they've got the silly individual sachets. I know it might sound ungrateful of me and their offering is better than nothing but this stuff really does get you through the day, it's the little things that aid staff morale and retention. So providing better quality stuff myself for my own sanity is a must. I also agree that if these types of things are stopped then your company probably isn't doing so great.

It's not your imagination: Ticket scalper bots are flooding the internet according this 'ere study

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"To arrive at its conclusions, Distil looked 180 ticketing domains over 109 days at the end of 2018, and analyzed over 26 billion interactions."

But how? How do they get access to private companies traffic and server log/analytics data to get to these conclusions? Or are they trying to make out their mitigation solutions are in place on all of these sites?

I don't know if I've missed something but I think we as readers quite often take stats like this for granted without questioning where they really came from. If these 180 domains are all of their customers then it would be nice to know.

So. To the question we really wanted answering: How real is 5G?

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Re: "4K video beamed from car circling the streets"

Not dogs. 4k cats.

Age checks for online pr0n? I've never heard of it but it sounds like a good idea – survey

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Re: age from an image of their face

So fake beard sales are going to go through the roof. I'm sure they'll work for men and women.

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow

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What a phallusy! Only dicks here are the HOA.

Now you've read about the bonkers world of Elizabeth Holmes, own some Theranos history: Upstart's IT gear for sale

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Meanwhile, over at Magic Leap?..

El Reg has gone quiet on that front.

Oracle sued for $4.5m after ERP system delivery date 'moved from 2015 to 2016, then 2017, then... er, never'

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Well that's one way of looking at it I suppose. Not sure how long the wall or my head can go on for without caving though.

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It's Oracle. What were they expecting. A quick Google should tell you what you need to know. They don't deserve customers, they couldn't give a shit once you've handed over your money. A lot of companies are like this but Oracle are in a special category of their own. I have to support their products and seriously considering my career choices as a result.

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror

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Re: Toilets, health trackers, sexual innuendo

"Would you be the same Martin Summers who was working at Aston Uni about 1991 or 1992?"

Hi Julie, no not me. I was still in education at that time rather than educating!

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Re: Toilets, health trackers, sexual innuendo

Was it because yours is a small column in comparison and you're paid by the inch?

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Re: Toilets, health trackers, sexual innuendo

Well it's certainly abuse of someone's 'column' they're talking about at any rate.

LG folds at prospect of launching bendy phone while Samsung flaunts its upcoming kit on telly

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Innovation in all the wrong places. LG are correct on this one.

Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode

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A drone prevents the air ambulance from landing at the hospital forcing it to run out of fuel and crash land on the server/comms room. This in turn takes out the first experimental remote by wire surgery happening on a patient in the operating theatre where hackers had already managed to get in to the system via a Windows XP machine and spelt out 'Subscribe to Pewdiepie' with the patients intestines.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: they have been even known to sit on their new born offspring

"True about pigs, and we go to significant lengths to ensure their survival."

For bacon? Anything!...

Housing biz made to pay £1.5k for sticking fingers in its ears when served a subject access request

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Re: Fine

"If you can tell that you've forgotten someone's details, you actually haven't."

You're entitled to keep details of the SAR and right to erasure request to fulfil the obligation.

Defaulting to legacy Internet Explorer just to keep that one, weird app working? Knock it off

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Re: Count me in.

"I have to use Intranet Exploder to launch some dodgy Oracle application"

Yep all those hotels that run Opera PMS are forced to use Internet Explorer. Even the new hosted versions won't run on Edge. Many hotels will never upgrade their on premise installations unless somehow they're forced to for compliance, even then it'll need IE. This is software where they're inputting customer card details into the browser!

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Re: Where

If they knew that there wouldn't have been an article!

Things that make you go .hm... Has a piece of the internet just sunk into the ocean? It appears so

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Re: And this years Hide n Seek champion IS .... :o(

He's probably run off with that guy from the Crypto currency exchange.

Fact is, some time the bills got to be paid for the servers and if it isn't they're going to disappear too.

Hands up who reuses the same password everywhere, even with your Nest. Keep your hand up if you like being spied on by hackers

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Or they could be really decent like other services I've used who have run a comparison of their hashed passwords table against data dumps and disabled any account matches.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: Updating to Windows 10

If you use the Windows 10 media creation tool to upgrade your PC it is still working and will happily give you a new digital licence for it that will survive a reinstall from scratch.

Openreach to heap faster broadband on UK's media-heavy hubs

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Let's hope they train these people better than their current crop. Had G.Fast installed, had to tell the engineer he needed to give me a G.Fast modem and he neglected to use the UTP RJ11 cable from my master socket to the modem. That latter mistake knocked 20mbps off my speed until I found the wire in the packaging he'd left. He'd also swapped the pair my line was running on as he'd supposedly found a fault. It was meant to run the same route but I'm getting considerably less than my estimate (160mbps rather than 252). So not impressed with my experience, still can't get more than VM's top speed either which grates.

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.


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