* Posts by The Alphabet

56 posts • joined 15 Jun 2012


PSA: Disable FaceTime. Miscreants can snoop on your iPhone, Mac mic before you pick up call

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Disable facetime, wifi, bluetooth and mobile data.

Be extra safe and leave your phone at home, face down, too. Take no chances.

Full frontal vulnerability: Photos can still trick, unlock Android mobes via facial recognition

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I know this article relates to smartphones, but lets include "Windows Hello" in the "unlock with a photo" category. I tested it with Surface Pro on 1803 and a relative was able to unlock the Surface with a photo on her phone.

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: Cancel? Yeah, sure thing, buddy.

Even the restart option has that "feature" now - if it hangs waiting for something to close and you click cancel it jumps to RESTARTING and reboots anyway.

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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"Here's your 350millimetres a week"

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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If you want absolute security then the laptop should have a kill switch that automatically erases all the things including any USB devices, repeatedly, until the battery dies, if you are not physically touching the unit after 60 seconds.

It might make having a shower and sleeping difficult, but security is more important than such trivial things.

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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"Good news! We're letting you go and paying you £1.2m. Bad news, we're putting it in a TSB account, locking you out of your accounts and blocking your cards"

It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

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"Unexpected operating system in baggage area, please remove and try again"

Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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The biggest complaint i hear is how every time this rolls around, they cant work for nearly 2 hours while it does whatever it is doing.

Android figured out how to do seamless updates (it does an update, boots into android then completes in the notification bar). Why Microsoft hasn't tried to do the same since XP on is crazy.

Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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If they screw this up they will lose trust.

After Skype, Nokia, Windows Phone, Danger, Windows Mobile, the many recent apps they have purchased and all the previous acquisitions in yesteryear only to sunset i'm surprised that they think this will be an issue only now.

It's not like they've done it enough times for people to be wary almost instantly, is it?

BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all

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BT is making all these changes. But they fail to mention why through any of it.

Could it be that they've been coasting along for far too long and that apathy has come back to bite?

Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers

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Could Siri be to blame for this? She does have a mean streak....

EE: Data goes TITSUP* for Brit mobile customers

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If nothing ever works with EE all the time, then it must be working exactly as intended.


Back when i was with T-Mobile i had network issues where inbound calls would constantly divert to voicemail at home despite having signal and trying multiple phones, you'd have to call about 7-10 times before my phone would actually ring. The problems stopped when i migrated to Orange, then when the network merger started i wound up back on T-Mobile's network again and continued until i left EE entirely.

They told me there was no technical or capacity issues in my area.

If at first you don't succeed, you're likely Intel: Second Spectre microcode fix emitted

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I've already seen a windows update reboot itself into forcing a BIOS update this week. That's going to go well when half the office uses Windows 10 laptops.

From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

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I'm surprised that "ads that cause device resources to be rapidly consumed" isn't on this list, because there's several who nag me to turn off the adblocker then as soon as i do Firefox baloons to 7-10gb RAM use.

It seems that ad-content seems to miss that serving me ads is a two-way relationship; serve me ads in a manner that does not upset or interrupt the content of the site i'm on, or the device i'm using to view it on. If you can't do that then that relationship fails and you dont deserve to serve me ads.

When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa

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I can't wait for someone to sneak this into a Justin Bieber song and watch the fallout.

Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

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I'd argue the real issue is Google is too US-focussed (how many times have we heard "US only"?) and often times international expansion (or international-focussed products) is just an afterthought, if that.

It's 2018 and your Macs, iPhones can be pwned by playing evil music

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That site you refer to states which devices gets the update, not that devices which are labelled obsolete cannot get any security updates on them even if the patches are released right after EOL.

Having to work out which are EOL ourselves is not the same as just plain saying "these devices will not get security patches no matter the severity of the issue".

Google themeslves could have easily said "the Nexus 6 will not be patched for this bug" (which was the last EOL Nexus before blueborne) but opted to stay silent.

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*picks up my iPhone 5C, checks for updates*

"Your software is up to date"

I guess the security on my iPhone doesn't matter too much.

This isn't a jab at Apple either, as my Nexus 6 never received November 2017 patches (meaning it wasn't patched for blueborne). But note that both Apple and Google (and every other phone manufacturer) make careful attempts to avoid saying clearly what devices will not see an update.

Facebook invents new unit of time to measure modern attention spans: 1/705,600,000 of a sec

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People: "we want chronological order"

Facebook: "you need a new measure of time!"

It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

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My AMD laptop installed the patch automatically over the weekend, then immediately disabled the keyboard during the boot sequence, so i couldn't type the PIN to boot into windows.

I had to take my laptop back home (i was out travelling) and stick a USB keyboard into it just to type the PIN.

Well done.

HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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If we replace "HSBC" with "RBS" this sounds eerily familiar...

Logging on to United's frequent flyer site might take longer than a flight

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"Millions of miles have been handed out to researchers in exchange for bugs."

So they are not actually paying in exchange for bugs, just handing out funbucks because to use those miles requires earning more miles (with them or others) to redeem those miles on United.

Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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I wonder how this survey would appear as if it was exclusively LGBT or other more specific factors (country, race etc).

Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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"Apple does not respond to The Register's requests for comment."

TalkTalk outage: Dial M for Major cockup

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People on TalkTalk who cant use their phones to talk are called what?

(there's a perfectly ironic name somewhere, i just can't think of what it is!)

Eric Schmidt, for one, welcomes our new robot overlords

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Samaritan is about to go live.

Bash, smash, trash Flash – earn $100k cash

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That's far too sensible :(

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Uninstalling flash (or not installing to start) is 100% secure and cannot be defeated by Adobe. Can i have the $100k now?

Three VoLTEs to victory as it jumps into UK 4G voice offering

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What Three haven't said is that its only available to devices supplied from Three (excluding iPhones). So my Nexus 6 (which is VoLTE capable) can't use it.

Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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So the only way to absolutely guarantee to not get forced to Windows 10 (or even have the option to be prompted to it, blocked or not) is to downgrade to Vista?

Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

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I do wish Apple would provide clear end of life dates like this, rather than just silently not updating OSX and leaving it to die.

Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

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Re: Please, do explain

What do you have to block specifically to get all of them?

Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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I read this article and immediately thought of this Family Guy cutaway.


Want to buy T-Mobile US? Yours for $35 per share – report

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What's the possibility of France Telecom buying up a portion and we wind up with EE USA?

Ah ha, mon amour violet ... French Iliad attempts to nibble on T-Mobile US

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I wouldn't be surprised if France Telecom mount a bid for 50% of T-Mobile and rebrand it into EE USA.

(if that happens, oh dear)

Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

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To be honest Nokia lost me as a customer after the 6280 back in 2008. Their first 3G and their first sliding phone - with an astronomically bad radio that would crash the phone and ridiculously bad build quality that rattled consistently and never felt like a "solid" phone.

Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

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I don't think Google bought Motorola Mobility for $125bn........

Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

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This will surely go well.

Chucking cash at sport and broadband starts to pay off for BT

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"Chucking cash at sport and broadband starts to pay off for BT"

..while quietly and consistently increasing the cost of the - supposedly unrelated, yet compulsary - line rental to compensate for it.

T-Mobile US cuts overage charges, dares rivals to follow suit

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I like that T-Mobile USA is making efforts like this. Pity T-Mobile UK has simply become an unwanted stepchild of EE.

T-Mobile US: AT&T's mobe buyout deal is so 'desperate', we'll do it too

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I wish T-Mobile UK would do (or did do when they were a Deutsche Telecom solely-owned or earlier) something like this rather than being absorbed into "the EE family" and being spat out as one of the two identical yet unwanted children.

iPHONE 5c FACTORY SHUTDOWN: Foxconn 'halts' mobe rebrand op

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Each person that wanted the 5C changed their mind immediately after i pointed out the contract price is largely the same (on Three, the cost per month is exactly the same), and the sim-free price is only £70 ish cheaper than the 5S.

It's in this strange no-mans-land where its too expensive to be low cost for people to want (like the Moto G/Nexus 4 etc), but labelled as the "cheaper, low cost" device simply by virtue of not being the 5S.

Google to punish sloppy mobile webmasters

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If only they would remove the "feature" that disables videos to be viewed on mobile devices on youtube first.

O2 scoffs at call-centre outsource fears, forgets to rule it out completely

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Didn't they dismiss the sale of Be and O2 Home Broadband to Sky as speculation at first too?

ASA says 'unlimited' broadband can have 'moderate' limits on it

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Dear ASA:

The definition of unlimited: "limitless or without bounds; unrestricted"

Traffic management policies that restrict speeds more than 0% contradicts the above term entirely. This is not a technical restriction (as in ADSL where you're too far from the exchange and can only get, for example, 3mb) but merely a capacity one.

Secondly the higher the headline speed, the more aggressive the reduction in speed becomes. So having 40% of a 120mb line cut because I'M USING IT TOO MUCH (*11GB or more downstream between 3pm and 8P)M is a ridiculous LIMIT who pay the top price to access exactly that.

Virgin Media boss to Osbo: Bung city fibre cash into small biz

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I would argue that Virgin Media need to pump their cash into increasing capacity and network stability first, rather than forever increasing ever-increasing headline speeds to people just so they hit their traffic shaping "unlimits" faster.

But we don't always get what we want.

Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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As soon as Sky changes its business strategy away from "acquisition mode" to "retention mode" the prices will go up and the quality will stagnate.

That will happen exactly around the time if they manage to leapfrog BT and become #1 and build up a big enough gap.

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Having had multiple problems with Sky's customer service over just the TV package, this has just determined me to go and move away from Be to avoid being sucked in.

How is the LLU market effectively dead when Be was a great example of a niche provider who served its core focus very well? Not everyone can get/wants fibre.


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