* Posts by ChrisElvidge

77 posts • joined 17 Aug 2011

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BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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the plan was in danger of being voted down in Parliament by his own MPs

If using Huawei is a good idea, why can't Labour vote with the Gov't to stuff the "no huawei here" MPs?

Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps

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Re: Schneier posted a thorough takedown of contact tracing apps

Govt: "We have a problem and something must be done"

AppCoder: "This is something"

Govt: "OK. Lets do it. Problem solved"

It is becoming more and more obvious that (sorry Clemenceau) pandemics are far too important to be left to politicians.

Brit magistrates' courts turn to video conferencing to keep wheels of justice turning

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Could be onions in the 'swag bag' and the jemmy is just to help him fix his bike.

India launches e-government platform for 125,000 villages and drone land surveys to put them on the map

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Re: For the sake of pointing out the obvious

The reference should not then have the (common) misspelling; it is: The Domesday Book

Delivery drones: Where are they when we really need them?

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Last scene in Midsomer Murders' Death By Persuasion?

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest

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Re: Oh God No

Totally +100. I'm still using 52.2, anything later stops Thunderbrowse and Element Hiding from working. It's amazing what you can get rid of with Element Hiding Helper.

From WordPad to WordAds: Microsoft caught sneaking nagging Office promos into venerable text editor beta

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Re: Where did it all go wrong?

NT version of 3D pinball here.

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail

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Always work on a copy!

Shut down outlook, copy the .PST file, restart outlook then do the "always in this order".

Apple's latest keyboard travels back in time to when they weren't crap

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"In 2018 Apple added a rubber prophylactic layer to keep out the gremlins, although publicly it insisted the move was to reduce noise."

Was this a Jony addition?

You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals, so let's watch for tech sales VAT weirdness through the channel

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UK fault?

"It works by using the legislation that allows cross-border trade to be VAT-free, with VAT only applying to each country's domestic sales."

AFAIR the UK is/was instrumental in making sure this rule was not changed by the EU.

Not to over-hype this storage chip tech, but if I could get away with calling my first-born '3D NAND', I totally would

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Low Fluorine Tungsten?

"There are a couple of options here: one is to use a particular kind of tungsten, a low-fluorine version"

WTF is Low Fluorine Tungsten? (Asking for a friend).

Israel's NSO Group: Our malware? Slurp your cloud backups plus phone data? They've misunderstood

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The Pink 'Un

I always thought The Pink 'Un was The Sporting Times

The Eldritch Horror of Date Formatting is visited upon Tesco

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Re: Dates? Don't talk to me about dates...

Standard output from YAD forms, too.

Those darn users don't know what they're doing (not like us, of course)

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Re: Scoff not

Yeah, 'civilians!'

Help the Macless: Apple’s iPadOS is a huge update that will enable more people to do without a Mac... or a PC

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Re: iPadOS?

I've got an old 10" NOOK HD+ that I updated to Android Nougat (search: android on nook hd+). Works really well, full HD screen.

A reasonably cheap option.

Crime doesn't pay? Crime doesn't do secure coding, either: Akamai bug-hunters find hijack hole in bank phishing kit

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Re: Good hackers aren't always good coders ...

"Breaking things is a fundamentally different skill from making things."

Viz: Uber, Facebook, Google etc.

Swedish court declines to detain Belmarsh prison resident Julian Assange

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Re: Why?

In their opinion, he's already detained - for at least another few months.

It's a Hull of lot more: Macquarie offers £563m for fibre network flinger KCOM

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Re: Oh dear, that's them ruined

It's becoming very obvious that these high interest "loans" from parent compan(y|ies) should for all our sakes be banned by law. If a loan is necessary, interest should be charged only at market rate. LIBOR+.5? If a company is forced to take a loan, parent co. should not be allowed to asset-strip.

We'll hack back at Russians, declare UK ministers in cyber-Blitz blitz

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Re: lol

You don't need to disconnect from the world - just make all traffic go through a gateway where it can be scrutinised by GCHQ.

How much open source is too much when it's in Microsoft's clutches? Eclipse Foundation boss sounds note of alarm

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Re: If you want to live don't fund Microsoft ever

So which newspaper do you recommend?

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Re: If you want to live don't fund Microsoft ever

Not only Microsoft, Apple, Samsung.

I have a VAX vacuum cleaner on which the floorhead motor failed - out of warranty, I hasten to add. VAX UK would/could not sell me a spare motor.

Oh dear. Secret Huawei enterprise router snoop 'backdoor' was Telnet service, sighs Vodafone

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Re: Telnet IS a backdoor

From: https://www.gnu.org/software/inetutils/

Inetutils is a collection of common network programs. It includes:

An ftp client and server.

A telnet client and server. <<<---- HERE

An rsh client and server.

An rlogin client and server.

A tftp client and server.

And much more...

Fortune favours the Brave: Privacy browser chap takes gripes over adtech body's website to Irish data watchdog

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iab.com and iabuk.com

don't use a "cookiewall" and also clear cookies at end of session

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star

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Farscape

Both Ben Browder and Claudia Black turned up in Stargate SG1 as I remember.

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass

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Re: Webservers?

Tried cygwin?

US comms watchdog's industry-friendly 5G rules challenged by fresh legislation

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On the other side of the coin

If local authorities are allowed to charge the telcos (say) $1000 per installation, that cost would probably be put onto the bills of consumers. Telcos will not lose money whatever the charge.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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HS2

So for the cost of 1 HS2 we could have 2 VLHCs?

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe

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Re: Am i being thick...

Running "nmap" on the IP address will give you the MAC.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Can anyone tell me the advantage of face/print unlock?

If I'm asleep can anyone just show the phone my face and/or fingerprint to unlock it?

At least with a secret PIN/password they'll need to wake me up to unlock it.

Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

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Remote Control

I use my 520 as a remote for NowTV box and DLNA from Kodi to my Bluetooth sound bar. (I also have a 650. Well it was cheap for dual-sim.)

Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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Re: Staff cost reductions maid

I would have thought skipping maids were more expensive than the non-skipping variety.

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Is it viral? dispatch or despatch

Dictionary.com : dispatch or despatch

noun: the sending off of a messenger, letter, etc., to a destination.

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

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RSS here too

I download the RSS feed and then convert all references to www.theregister.co.uk to m.theregister.co.uk and serve that feed locally (cygwin, sed and nginx).

Huawei enterprise comms kit has a TLS crypto bug

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The optics of the disclosure

Does "optics" now not mean "a device to dispense a fixed amount of a liquid"?

What does the phrase mean in English?

Courting disaster: Watchdog slams UK justice digitisation plans

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Pubic Accounts

Or did I miss the joke?

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

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Died of horse poisoning in the end.

Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

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I use Thunderbird for everything rss related

But the major gripe I have is with Cloudflare getting between me and the feed url https://www.theregister.co.uk/headlines.atom

This happens irregularly, but regularly enough for me to have found "phantomjs" to get round it.

Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

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Re: Incomprehensible

I get my shoes as BOGOF

Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

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Re: I know it's not capitalised but...

I think the notice that upsets most people is the warning "Cats eyes removed"

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

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ubuntu -wayland -gnome3 -systemd +debian

Try antiX core install, then add MATE

I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

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Re: Gif.

A few years ago, when I was living in Dubai, we had both JIF and CIF on the same supermarket shelves at the same time, at different prices.

Fending off cyber attacks as important as combatting terrorism, says new GCHQ chief

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To quote somebody else:

"Well, he would say that wouldn't he?"

Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Re: Dear Mr Musk

"B Ark" - people seem to forget it was the passengers on the b-ark that survived. Golgafrincham suffered a wipe-out plague caused by unsanitary telephones.

'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: re: Contacting someone implies you were successful;...

"i will be doing the necessary"

I learned it as "I will be doing the needful."

RSS feed not working

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Re: RSS feed not working

Stopped again as of 21:00 last night (Saturday)

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Happy

Re: RSS feed not working

As of 16:00 today (Saturday) working again, thanks.

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RSS feed not working

I've brought this up with the webmaster before. RSS feed has stopped working - again. Cloudfare getting in the way? I enter "https://www.theregister.co.uk/headlines.atom" as the feed address in Thunderbird and click Add. It then tries to verify the address but comes back with "The feed URL could not be found. Please check the name and try again." (Normally I try to download the feed to a local file with "links -source" but that only works sporadically, too. Links doesn't do JavaScript.)

Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

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Re: >>Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

I'm already retired. I reckon I could easily be replaced by an A. No I required to sit looking as though it's reading El Reg.

Police drones, robo surgeons and chatbot civil servants. What could go wrong?

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Chatbots could shave off around 90 per cent of the total number of Whitehall admin workers by 2030.

Are politicians "admin workers"? Can we upgrade the Commons and the Lords too?

Felted! AI poker bot Libratus cleans out pros in grueling tournament, smugly trousers $1.8m

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Card counting

Doesn't a computer by definition count cards. And isn't this forbidden in Casinos?

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