* Posts by PTW

92 posts • joined 31 Jul 2012


Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'


"...universally acclaimed digital ID system which nowhere in the world has yet,"

Apart from Estonia with it's universally acclaimed digital ID system!? Fuckwit

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama


Re: Backup @illiad

About 4 to 6 weeks Sky subscription then for the average prole...

Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in


Re: Not a chance & buttons

Google don't think so, they've enforced an A to Z on screen keyboard on the latest Android TV update, I'm sure in an effort to get people to use the voice search.

Sideloaded the ASOP keyboard and it wouldn't even display. Google can kiss my hairy arse!

Now a happy Pi 3b+ LibreElec/Kodi user, complete with Netflix.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid


I can understand no Whatsapp

To be free of the Facebook slurp, but no Signal? I would have thought that a no brainer.

Although, with no store I guess a secure update process would be more difficult - the Signal website even carries a warning about downloading the apk directly.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms


Re: They should ask Torvalds to rename git. - GentlyPluck

Won't somebody think of the turkeys, as it's nearly Christmas

VPNFilter router malware is a lot worse than everyone thought


TP-Link MR200

Seems TP-Link were aware of this model being affected before the 23 May, as that's when the latest firmware dates from. No firmware updates for the v1 since 2015, now they seemed to think it needs an update to:

1. Optimise the compatibility with DT(Germany).

2. Optimise the compatibility with Edge.

"Honest, they're the only changes"

Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California


One step before the fine...

IANAL But my understanding is that under GDPR a fine is issued at Level 4, but the step before, Level 3 your right to act as a Data Processor is removed within the EU meaning Facebork can't hold any EU citizen's data.

Only way to deal with FB ------>

It's official: .corp, .home, .mail will never be top-level domains on the 'net

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?


I'll raise you...

A tub full of m/m, f/f 9 pin serial connectors, 9 pin to 25 pin serial converters in various m/f guises, and a hand full of serial loop back plugs.

Oh! And Neo Geo Art of Fighting cartridge and a Neo Geo to Jamma board

Now I feel old

Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace


No-one see the contradiction?

On one hand they're spending >€49.3M "because all the software is Windows based" & they're migrating to cloud based applications.

Which are usually browser based, no? Ergo, no need to switch to Windows, just to a non bespoke version of Linux

Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes


Re: De gustibus non est disputandum

OK my error, I was talking about Roundup rather than simply glyphosate.

Real point is Monsanto are CNUTS of the highest order, and the red mist descended that anyone would try to defend them. You know, that company that sues small farmers into oblivion because Monsanto GMOs drift uninvited onto their land. :rage:


Re: Glyphosate and Monsanto

Nothing to do with the lies that it's only active for 2-3 days after spraying, rather than the fact it can remain active for up to 30 years in real life?

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it


Skype (and MSFT), utter, utter, shite!

Within months of MSFT taking control I lost my very early, firstname.lastname, Skype account, locked for no valid reason - to unblock tell us the month and year you created your account, and the exact balance, and which was the larger? Jesus left or right testicle, ad infinitum.

Just had the 4th blocked after 3 weeks, and a single use, due to possible spamming, trying to unblock entails constant email/SMS code loops. It's required for my latest assignment otherwise I'd fuck it off, and I'm trying desperately to get them to move to something else.

To top it off now there are no usernames only tel. or email.

MSN messenger was pretty awesome tbh, and early skype was even better... Ah, halcyon days..

Hand in your notice – by 2022 there'll be 350,000 cybersecurity vacancies


Old is new again.

It was NCE, MCSE, CCIE, now there's some new "must have" cert for the 20 (or 30) somethings to shell out for. All by paying your money to some "training" company that trains you in cramming answers; critical thinking NOT required.

Cue loads of bods getting certified and depressing wages again.

*Full disclosure, I completed my MCSE in two weeks; but you know what, it didn't teach me how to figure out NT4 won't install from CD if you call your CD drive, "CDROM" under DOS. *$^"* ^$&"£%%*"$!!!1! I don't know if the bug still happens in a VM, in theory it should as it's a DOS/NT issue. Go on, try it, you know you want to....

No longer a Windows User, just a bum ----->

Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks


Touch screen

Who the hell wants fingerprints all over a laptop screen!? Oooh! Shiny, shiny, err, no, I'll take mine matte please. And keep your grubby paws off it!!

America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky


Re: The usual way out

r/c plane owners always used to carry public liability insurance in the UK back in the 70/80s. It was neither prohibitively expensive, nor IIRC mandatory. It is however eminently sensible and shows you give more than a flying fcuk about your fellow humans [pun intended]

So, yes, if you're flying 55lbs of stuff that can drop on someone's head/house/car then public liability insurance should be mandatory

Biz overlords need to give a stuff about what they're told by IT crowd


Did it actually ask

"How likely is your credit card company to keep your data safe?" or did it more likely ask "How likely is your credit card data to be leaked?" the answer then "translated" to "people don't trust their credit card company"

White House sicko sent down for 20 years after sexting underage girls



Have an upvote and a beer! Someone from the real world, how very novel in these times :-)

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA


R2D2's time has come

see title

Edit: O.K. well he didn't use protuberances to fly, but still I'd rather think of him in the co-pilot seat than a T2

HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa



The USB-C to 3.5mm convertor uses power, what a fantastic technological leap over the 3.5mm 4 ring jack. I'll leave you to decide in what direction

Amazon's Alexa is worst receptionist ever: Crazy exes, stalkers' calls put through automatically


How do you think...

You block calls from "crazy ex-boyfriends" without keeping their number?

Are you a developer?

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT



A down vote for posting details from Spain's National Cryptology Centre?

Weirdo down voter Foxtrot Oscar & you can have an up vote [and beer] from me

US spymasters trash Kaspersky: AV tools can't be trusted, we've stuck a probe in them


Coats is something else begining with 'c'

So now any 'unauthorised access' needs 'authorisation' from the highest level? WTaF are these people on?

And by his logic Lauri Love, et al are all under Russian control?

Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election


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Re: Noobs

Have an up vote! Even if you include the USSR, Russia must still lag the US of A on interfering with other nations. IIRC hasn't the USA only had about 2 years in its history when it has not been at war?

America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'


Have to hand it to Microsoft

But it's a pretty extreme way to increase sales of the Surface line [is it still a line or just one model?]. I guess when your back is against the wall...

Mozilla wants EU to slow down its ePrivacy Directive process


Re: "a danger to the future of the web as we know it” - yes, we know it and don't like it.

Free software, like Opera of old? I've said it before, I paid for Opera when the free version only had the very unobtrusive little ad panel.

And I ditched FF when they made it difficult to disable WebRTC thus exposing your real IP address.

Flaws found in Linksys routers that could be used to create a botnet


Re: Smart eh?

Anything with "smart" in the name should be viewed like countries with "Democratic" in their name.

Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly


@Will Godfrey @keithpeter

QubesOS FTW! Xen/Fedora base, took me a while to get used to. It uses AppVMs that, if you choose, can reset on close. Supports Win7 apps too, if you need it.

SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist


As stated...

You can't use all the functionality of the headphones without the app, so spend $350 then discover either, they revert to $50 [equivalent] 'phones, or "all your data are belong to us". Like all Bose gear a bit flawed, but otherwise awesome.

It's a bit like agreeing to the EULA inside they sealed box when you buy physical software media, which I believe is outlawed/unenforceable in some countries. [Oz, France? CBA searching]

Slurping!? Just ---->

Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips


Dear Microsoft shill,

I see you are busy with the down votes, but not actually trying to defend an action you know is indefensible.

Microsoft begone! -------->

Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'


True Sloane Range-r

First thought was why and how do you i-control something that takes a day to get to working temperature? Then I read it's electric, and thought ouch that's going to cost a bit to leave running 24/7 but still Agas don't really have a 'stat as such.*

Then I see it draws 30A, so basically a very f@#cking heavy, and enormously expensive cast iron shell around an electric oven for the Chelsea Tractor driving mummies "in town" so they can look the part. Hack away, well text away, my friends, text away!

*To our friends across the water Agas are traditionally solid fuel or oil, they are cast iron, sectional, built in situ and filled with insulation. With a built-in hot water boiler to use some of the excess heat. The idea being they run at a working temperature 24/7

Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale

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Re: why oh why?

Samsung bricked all the unreturned Note 7s with an OTA update, so even if there are one or two left around in aeroplane mode the chance of an original release causing a conflagration aboard a flight are statistically zero or a number indistinguishable from zero.

UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud


Usual default for control

As we all know, the government can't ban encryption, so they'll do what they always do with "necessary evils" e.g. alcohol, tobacco, firearms, drugs. etc and license it.

Game over, who wants to go to gaol for using Signal/Telegram to message your SO?

Icon, because it's only Monday morning and now I need one of these ---->

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court



I've been running W7 in a VM for a couple of years, installed Never10, so left Automatic Updates on as I sometime need to connect it to the net. Then along come the "critical" [telemetry] updates that constantly un-hide themselves so I have a script that I run after any auto update that uninstalls telemetry, *again*!

An hour or so after I ran the uninstall script this week W7 starts complaining it's not activated and the only option is to activate by phone.

F.O.A.D. Microsoft, really, just F.O.A.D.!!!1!!11

Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals


And don't forget

This is the same OneDrive that MS routinely trawl through to see if you have anything you shouldn't.

Just in case. Just think of the children.

Why TF would you use it unless you're going through the added burden of using TrueCrypt/AxCrypt?

Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?


Sexism, racism, et al

It's an industry, with thousands of people who's livelihoods depend on keeping their chosen "-ism" alive and well. Discrimination is discrimination whether it's positive or negative, why the hell should anyone [the company and/or the best candidate] lose out to a box ticking exercise?

And where is the drive to attract more men to secretarial & nursing jobs, and women to mining or bricklaying jobs?

None of these "industries" want equality they want preferential treatment, humans are all different, and the most marked difference is between XX and XY, with innate different properties. I see no-one calling for the abolition of sexism in the Olympics only in bathrooms and more comfortable workplaces.

And I'd also like to call #FakeNews [or more correctly bullshit] on the "rape culture" inference.

FBI boss: 'Memories are not absolutely private in America'


There is a four word answer to all this.

There is no need for debate so I don't care which side you're on. And please forgive my shouting, but thick heads and all that;


You only make criminals of otherwise law abiding people, as real criminals ignore the law you fucking morons. But hey, think how safe the world will be [and good your stats will look] when you catch the otherwise law abiding breaking your ridiculous laws in an effort for some security from an actual threat.


That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly


Dear el Reg,

How about you stick to reporting tech news?

The subject is tech, the political bias in this piece is just bullshit, it's not a six form common room!

I really feel for your hacks that failed to be hired by the HuffPo, or The Indy but here really isn't the place.

Caveat - This may have been said previously in the thread but it was TL;DR

I want the old Reg back.

Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil


Re: Ambulance

I think prisons have fixed lines, just a guess. You know the world did function prior to the introduction of the mobile phone. And you're about one step from "Think of the children!"


Re: Ready for the down votes, but...

OK I'll bite...

If only metal shielding stops radio waves can you explain the tremendous amount of Wi-Fi extenders/repeaters on sale?

Prisons tend to have very thick walls and very small windows.

My home femtocell can't get 20 yards past my 9" cavity wall.

Do you really think I would suggest it was done without a site survey!? And 80% coverage means you only need to check the other 20% of cells reducing the burden on staff.

But hey it's only a tech site so let us go with, "I can't see it working so there can be no possible way to implement it!" How very inventive and open minded.

FYI - There were some cheap illegally imported Chinese jammers 10 years ago with a line of site radius of about a 20 yards.


Ready for the down votes, but...

Isn't it about time Ofcom arrived in the 21st century and licensed low powered jammers?

Prisons - problem solved

Theaters - problem solved

Cinemas - problem solved

Quite coach - problem solved

FFS Ofcom!

Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty


Or the worlds last remaining E-boat...

Now residing in Cornwall


Cancel your cloud panic: At $122bn it's just 5% of all IT spend


Re: Biannual

Oops! Apologies for the errant "an". Who's semi-literate?

Measure twice, cut once, or just proof read twice following edits!



"Semiannual" may well be in the OED "World English" edition but why!?

Is it an Antipodean? Having seen some Australian TV recently they seem to have overtaken the Septics at butchery of The Queen's English, and unusually extensions rather than contractions;

"a wheel stand" is a wheelie and the best of all "a horse barn" it's an effing STABLE!


Semi-literate convicts

Google devs try to create new global namespace


Re: Details?

Repeat after me; the cloud is not backup, the cloud is not backup, the cloud is not backup.

The Upspin framework is for sharing not archiving and as it states in the article the user holds the keys.

Ditching your call centre for an app? Be careful not to get SAP-slapped


Reminds me of Chelsea v Man Utd.

One of those battles you wish both sides could lose.

I don't even follow football, but a bit like politics, do you wand a dog poo sandwich or a cat poo sandwich. And any other SW provider that follows this model, good luck to you.

BT and Virgin Media claim 'broadband' tax will cost £1.3bn


Any chance of some detail being added to the text?

Without me having to Google it, exactly how are the BR changes adversely affecting BT/Virgin?

Were exchanges previously exempt/reduced rate?

Come on el Reg, some facts please, rather than "big business moans"

Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy


“identity management for devices is best served when it's centralised.”

Because that's what we all need, to be linked to our IoS [cars] via a central database. I can't foresee any problems there.

How about a "factory reset" does just that? Or better still stop effing connecting stuff to the net that has neither reason nor need to be there.

Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now


Re: Power leads

Ledswinger, I agree, micro-USB is a PITA but IIRC the MTBF is spec'd at 100 times that of mini-USB.

I can't believe it's taken until now [USB-C] to have a connector you don't need to look at during insertion. Micro-USB is about as convenient as PS/2, although at least it doesn't blow the surface mount fuses if you plug it in with the PC switched on.

Edit - good god, that first sentence is acronym hell, I'm off for a beer


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