* Posts by sorry, what?

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Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Devil

Academic question

Just wondering, how you define "technology consultancy and marketing" in a manner that is robust enough to fit a legal usage?

And talking about "academic", if we had laws that ban folks from working after they have been shown to be peddling hype, that could really shake up the academic world. After all, in academia if you have an idea you want to research you need to "sell it" (probably with plenty of hype) in order to get funding. And that funding may result in no gain other than a negative result. Ergo an academic can no longer work in academia after their first failed research project.

Now I think about it, perhaps that would be for the better.

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AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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Unhappy

I think I need to follow Ethan Hunt's example

I need to create masks to wear whenever I go out of the house so *I* can't be tracked and can have some semblance of privacy.

I'm probably kidding myself though.

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Till Microsoft finds it a place on the path unwinding, it's the circle, the circle of Skype

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Unhappy

Skype changes... worrying for some

The desktop client can be configured to auto-answer. This is ideal for people who want to be able to call a friend or relative who is suffering from dementia or another illness that prevents them from being able to understand or physically interact with an incoming call request. All you have to do is make sure the PC/laptop is always on and is facing the right way to view the recipient, then set Skype up to auto-answer.

I noticed a few weeks back that Skype (even the desktop client) was not correctly initializing - once up after initial boot and login to the PC/laptop, you had to click on the "join a conversation" button to make the client complete initialization and allow incoming calls to be auto-answered.

Now I wonder whether the web-based replacement will work with auto-answer at all.

Anyone know?

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Terminology and Marketing

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FAIL

Terminology and Marketing

Marketing is the worst thing that could happen to science. Science comes up with ideas/techniques/goals that warrant specific names. Then marketing comes along and says "oooh, I like that name. What we're doing would sound great if we call it that". And so begins the abuse and dumbing down of the name.

Don't believe me?

What about "hologram" or "AI"? Do you really think that universities are using real holograms to project virtual lecturers or that your smartphone (or more accurately the service provider behind it) really has an artificial intelligence helping you turn your home lights on and off?

I wish someone would "re-educate" marketeers and stop them from co-opting, distorting or plain destroying science. (I suspect that "re-education" would be a term that a marketeer would apply to watching re-runs of The Big Bang Theory because that sometimes uses "big words" so must, therefore, be "educational".)

One last note; journos are not helping here, by sheepishly following the marketing fools.

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Imperial bringing in budget holograms to teach students

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FAIL

They just needed to Google "hologram"...

@Aladdin Sane, absolutely right. What they have is a flat projection of an image captured by a lens and not a light field. There's no showing the object from a different aspect based on the viewer's position. It's just a variation on projected TV. Twats.

(It's exactly the same BS marketing use of terms like AI.)

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Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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IT Angle

Re: Crimes against music

Shockingly, I totally agree with @DJV. Worse still, I actually quite like what little of their stuff managed to impinge on my consciousness.

(Icon reflects the total lack of real relevance to IT for this article. That the tape is reported as being a DAT doesn't really get it over the IT hurdle IMHO. That said, the article was welcome light relief from a tedious code review I've been trying to finish for the last 2 days.)

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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Devil

Re: English Idio.....

It seems that someone eradicated use of that abbreviation - I certainly can't find it.

Personally, as a native Brit of rather more years than I care to mention, it's not an abbreviation I'd have used for any of the suggested words. I'd have said "dosh" instead of "compensation", "mix" for "composition" and "muck" for "compost".

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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

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Alert

Single point of security failure

Having had a very cursory glance at the Inrupt Solid web site content, with all their talk about personal PODs, since these PODs are implemented using the "Solid Server", that software (if, and that is a big IF, Solid were to actually catch on) would be a primary target for all hackers after exploitable personal data. The smallest whiff of an exploitable bug would be catastrophic.

Or did I misunderstand something?

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Unhappy

Re: AWS EU issues

@Munkeh,

It is interesting to piece together which services are co-located when this sort of thing happens. I don't give a munkeh's about Alexa (like many of the other commentards I don't have one and wouldn't use it if they gave it away) but Jira being down was serious trouble at 't mill.

https://status.atlassian.com/incidents/2x4splh4hgvq

"The root cause was identified as a networking issue with our service provider. The issue has been resolved and the services are now operating normally."

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Pint

Re: You have not lived ....

@Rich 11, that sounds very much like the RML 380Z's form factor. Though obviously with a different CPU since the 380Z was Z80 based. A really heavy piece of kit with a massively thick, seemingly indestructible metal chassis. I loved the fact that it had a lit up power/reset button that had a physical key lock next to it you could use to prevent bored kiddies resetting the machine. Oh, and the twin *vertically mounted* 8 inch floppy drives with the huge snap-shut closures. Real hardware for real programmers. #bliss#

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Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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Coat

Taxing

About to do my tax return. Hope I don't owe HMRC that much.

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Check out this link! It's not like it'll crash your iPhone or anything (Hint: Of course it will)

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WTF?

Probably snobbish, but...

It seems to me that too many people think of writing HTML and CSS as "coding". In my opinion it is not.

In my view:

CSS isn't code; it is a set of rule definitions that tell the browser (or other rendering engine) what effects to apply to specifically selected markup.

HTML isn't code; it is a structured set of markup that describes content to be rendered.

JavaScript is code; it provides executable statements with various programming constructs such as iteration and conditional execution, arithmetic logic and variable management. It is a significantly different proposition to CSS or HTML.

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Don't put the 'd' and second 'i' in IoT: How to secure devices in your biz – belt and braces

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Unhappy

"No MDM no connection... if the user doesn't like it, tough"

So this is where I have a problem. The typical device and MDM suite combo is like a hammer to crack open a nutshell. Whilst this approach is entirely acceptable, to me, on a device provided by my employer it is completely unacceptable to me on my personal device.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong or out-of-date, but other than a handful of (unpopular) devices that have the concept of partitioning between personal and business data and apps, the big problem for me is that the MDM administrator, once the device is registered, can use remote wipe and will blow away all personal data in addition to their (supposed) target of business data.

I was given the option of being able to access business email on my personal device, with MDM enabled and remote wipe a possibility. You know what, I said no way and that my employer had to provide me a separate device. Since it would be a pain to carry two devices, when I was away on business I just carried my business device and used that for business and personal activities. So, basically, "tough" back at you.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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FAIL

Sigh

See title.

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Security bods: Android system broadcasts enable user tracking

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Unhappy

Re: No issues here

@AC, smug isn't helpful. Fixes are.

Given the distribution of OS version by device volume (http://gs.statcounter.com/android-version-market-share/mobile-tablet/worldwide) and how version 9 doesn't even warrant its own break-out it seems to me collusion with the criminals to not patch older Android versions.

Would it not be possible to simply return false information through the API when the permission conditions are not met without actually changing or otherwise inappropriately affecting old APIs? Maybe I'm being naive...

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Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud

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Coat

Re: Going the wrong way

Surely their number one priority is our number twos?

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Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Unhappy

Re: I miss the good old days in San Fran

@Blake St. Clare, I've been to SF three times. Once in the 70s as a kid. The Exploratorium was fantastic. The food was OK. It felt safe. Once in 2009 on business. I didn't get away from downtown, but it was clean, felt safe, the cable car was hop-on-hop-off and the food was great. The third time was just a few weeks back on holiday with the family. We were all really disappointed. The streets were definitely dirty and there were a lot of homeless, it had lost that feeling of safety, the food was rubbish and everything was so ridiculously expensive I doubt I'll ever go again. Like, $78 for two of us to go in the Academy of Science, which was pretty meh.

I agree; the good ol' days were soooo much better.

(We were there when London Breed was being sworn in; all that meant to us was traffic issues! I have to say, her name is, um, unusual.)

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The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

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Facepalm

"Top Stories"?!

I don't want to have this hog the top of the page. I liked the area tucked away, out of the way. This is not my go-to part of the page and is only of minor interest to me. I want to see the latest stories list. If you want to make this UI responsive, make the top stories a "slide out tab" when on a narrow device and otherwise leave it perched on the right hand side. Or let me turn off display of this section.

Perhaps I need to switch to the "week" page that everyone is talking about in the other comments; I didn't even know it existed and have been reading El Reg for at least 8 years!

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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Boffin

Re: Unlisted devices

@BomBob, I found that the HP all-in-one I inherited a while ago, being one that can be used with HP's remote ePrint service and that is wifi enabled, has a setup menu with the all-important "check for updates" option. If your printer has this give it a go. (I discovered that it had been configured for auto-updates and the printer declares itself as being up-to-date. Of course, I can't see what version it is running without wasting some ink and paper to print the details, but ho-hum.)

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

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Unhappy

Re: They Live....

@Alistair, sorry to hear that. However, the solution I arrived at instead was to have a magnetic clip-on "sunglassy bit" for my non-reactive lenses and a small hard container for them that is easy to carry around. Sorted.

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Unhappy

Re: They Live....

So this is really off topic, but I had some of those clever self-darkening lenses at great cost. Less than a year later the prescription in just one of my eyes radically changed. Guess what? You can't replace just one of these lenses you have to replace both at twice the cost! Why's that? Because the manufacturer refuses to do a single lens ("we can't guarantee the same colour or speed of lightening/darkening").

Do not buy (regardless of the brand which may, like the T shirts, be on display for all to see)!

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Joke

Oh, I thought it read...

Those T-shirts and jackets with them logos... I clearly need glasses. Just to name a few I misread:

Tummy Hiltfinger

Superdross

Glop

Hicoste

Ididass

Nicked

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IBM wants everyone to marvel at the size of its Strategic Imperatives

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Meh

Re: Strategic Imperatives

Funny, I first heard this phrase when looking for a job a half dozen years back, finding a company called "Strategic Imperatives" (still going in Staines I believe, https://www.imperatives.co.uk) and wondering to myself what that company name really meant...

Imperatives are things that are vitally important, and strategy is related to long-term goals and how to achieve them. So I guess what IBM are saying with this name is that they are so distracted with so many different parts of the business that they are having to throw out most of their strategy and focus just on those aspects that are imperative to their (management) survival?

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Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

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Devil

Re: Slack? IRC?

@tfb, I agree with all but the "all developers ... simulating the thought-patterns of 18-year-olds". I, for one, am a significantly older developer and have an 18 year old whose thought-patterns I would NEVER want to simulate.

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Stop

Re: Slack? IRC?

@AnonCoward, I assume by SfB you mean "ShiteForBusiness"? The fact that this (like Lync before it) can't (or couldn't when I last used it 7 months ago) handle offline message store and forward makes it totally rubbish.

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Re: Slack? IRC?

I totally agree. My experience of Slack was that it was (s)lacking in usability especially around search, comment linking was poor, image insertion/sharing and thread updates were not great and it was generally pretty carp.

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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

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Stop

Re: LEGO isn't what it used to be...

I guess you didn't see the Lego Masters TV competition. This was a lot of standard brick stuff mixed with some of the specialist blocks/pieces. Some truly inspired designs and builds.

From my perspective, I agree with the comments about creativity - my youngest loves Lego, but only for building the models as sold. My experience was totally different, creating buildings, vehicles, spaceships and landscapes from my own imagination - much more rewarding IMHO.

Final point, to the tune of Frozen's Let it go:

"Lego go, Lego go, Logo sell those bricks to me

Lego go, Lego go, even better make them f-ree-ee

I don't care what your profits are;

Let the bricks go cheap

The prices really bothered me every time"

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Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

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Meh

Re: "There's no easy way through this"...

@Archtech, You have heard of outgoing firewall rules, right?

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FAIL

"There's no easy way through this"...

Really?!

I take the easy way: I reject voice assistants. Not a single one is enabled on any device in my household.

Very easy.

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Real talk: Why are you hanging on to that non-performant disk?

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WTF?

"If you can afford a new car then you’re not going to buy a beaten up second hand vehicle..."

That's definitely worded to be emotive ("beaten up second hand") and, when phrased more appropriately, is clearly untrue.

If I could afford a new car but I can get a decent second hand one (that is only a few iterations older) whilst taking out all that forecourt depreciation I would jump at the second hand one instead. I'm not proud.

If I had a small business where money needs to be spent wisely, of course I would look to re-purpose existing kit, as long as it makes sense to do so.

Anyone suggesting you just scrap useful stuff is a) unenvironmental and b) blind to economics. Clearly someone grew up in the "just buy a new one" generation!

PS: Not that I generally disagree with the article, but I think this metaphor fell short.

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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Devil

Re: Tut tut tut

Recycling an old comment, did you know that Elop backwards spells "I shafted Nokia"? Either that or "I do plumbing". And I don't think he does the latter, at least not as a job.

As soon as he arrived we knew it would be Win D'ohs Phoney and nothing else. Disaster written all over the appointment. (I haven't read the book but I witnessed aspects of this "from the inside".)

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Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

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Pirate

DeX Pad == ASUS PadFone + Bluetooth Keyboard?

ASUS did this a while back, though sadly didn't release in the UK. The gadget that the first PadFone had that I thought sounded really fun was the stylus that worked as a handset too (with mic and earpiece) for when you were busy in "tablet mode".

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

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Facepalm

Re: The best thing that can be said about IoT...

As I've said before, the self-defining acronym for IoT users:

"I Do Internet Of Things"

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Devil

Re: Still looking for an electronic lock...

Just tape a key to the back of your phone... there you go... now you have a lock you can open with your phone!

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Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no

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Devil

Re: Safe enough - IF no third party code

@Outer mongolian..., if you find the "secret" engineering backdoor and use it to expose your system to possible compromise, that's your fault and you deserve what you get :)

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Archive of 1.4 billion credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

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Devil

Re: Has an analysis of the types of accounts been done?

Personally, I use mailinator.com accounts, where there are no passwords, and fake names when doing this sort of forced registration. The only stuff sent to these accounts is marketing trash or offer codes etc., neither of which will be particularly troublesome for someone else to access.

Because there's no password at all, and the account names relate to the site being accessed along with fake names etc. I don't think I leave anything wedge shaped that can be used against me. I could be wrong, of course, since I don't have a degree in psychology :D

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AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad

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Coffee/keyboard

Y...

Did I even read this article?

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IBM opens emergency escape hatch to TSS volunteers

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Devil

Typos (now gone)

I rather liked that IBM was shipping roles off to Easter Europe.

I only assume this is a land full of cheerful colours, bonnets, eggs and rabbits all having a really good time whilst the poorly paid IT folks sit in the gutter randomly typing Shakespeare sonnets on their ancient PCs.

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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Thumb Up

@Ben Tasker...

I wish I could upvote for each and every sound statement you made...

It's great to see that I'm not alone in thinking that password expiry is overused to the detriment of security. I used to work somewhere that passwords had to change every 60 days. This meant my (otherwise secure, non-brute-forcable) password basically got a numeric index on the end for no good reason. If someone got hold of my base password they could easily have worked out my next one. But my point is it was secure and really didn't need this cycling.

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Unhappy

Re: Fake news

I really hate this "fake news" moniker. It was previously good enough to use the traditional terms "hoax", "inaccurate", "false" etc. All it does is comment on the man's vocabulary and the plethora of sycophants in this world.

I don't tweet (since I'm not a twit) and don't know the rules, but I regularly see quoted hate from this man that surely must be breaking them. This ex-employee appears to have been the only person with the cajones to apply the rules to this "fake president" (Trump certainly doesn't act like a real one).

It is a shame his parents didn't call him Iggy Donald Ian Oliver Trump to make it easier for the world to stop taking notice of his rantings.

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Stop

I wonder if...

She will share her dosh with all those technical and admin folks who helped her land the deal.

Actually, no I don't. Of course she won't.

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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Happy

Maybe I've just been really lucky, but...

I have experienced just one day where I had no internet access over the last 18 years of being an NTL/Virgin customer. With some approximation, that gives me a value of 99.985% availability over that time, which seems pretty reasonable to me.

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Speaking in Tech: Yes, they advised me to turn my phone off...

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WTF?

Huh?

What's wrong with using Airplane Mode? Isn't it good to be disconnected for an hour (or 10) whilst on the flight and have a jolly good excuse for it? Think of all that extra working/play time to be had without the bother of new texts/IMs/emails/messages. Bliss.

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Pizza proffer punctures privacy protection, prompts pals' perfidy

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Facepalm

Re: Choice

@Nick Kew, you do know you can turn off connecting to public wifi on Android? Just set the correct settings and, if needed, ask it to forget the connections you don't want.

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Unhappy

Re: Garbage tests = garbage results

@Alistair, totally agree about the "phone number tagged with your name" thing. There are a bunch of different sites that craftily get a person to share personal data about other people, I'm thinking zoominfo.com and LinkedIn specifically, by giving you free access or other "goodies" if you let them slurp your contacts. Personally I think this is actually encouraging people to break the law since this sort of data should be covered by the data protection act.

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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Stop

Re: How about...

jdoe, this is along the lines of what I was thinking. I use my headphones and mic when on my mobile as much as possible. 3.5mm jack in phone connected to speakers and the input source for the voice playback wouldn't allow this detection to work.

I think an earlier post mentioned this being "interesting", and I agree. But it's just an academic exercise and has little real-world value.

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My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

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Coat

He's got...

the gift of the dabb.

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Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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WTF?

"When you're in a turnaround, making decisions in real time, conference calls don't work,"

Well, she's obviously working with a bunch of incompetent people if they can't handle webex/skype for biz/BT meetme or other systems that support ad hoc conferencing, and as was said by another commentard, they obviously can't operate as a global business. Tee double-you a tea.

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Consultancy titan EY to shift jobs to Indian outsourcer TCS

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Devil

That BA reference...

Made me laugh maniacally as I wondered if this was anything to do with the recent IT systems issue...

In my experience you generally get what you pay for when you outsource. Don't get me wrong; there are some excellent IT professionals in India, but when you use these outsource outfits you can bet that 99 out of 100 of the staff who work on your projects will be on the low side of the skills equation.

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