* Posts by JimboSmith

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OK, team, we've got the big demo tomorrow and we're feeling confident. Let's reboot the servers

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Re: Big demo. Should we test?

After a merger the head of health and safety is doing the rounds of the regional offices of the other firm. He checked and was told that there were presentation facilities at all the offices. He turned up at the first one and found that it was a struggle even to get into the building. Staff eventually let him into the building after checking who he was with head office. The staff directed him to the lunch/meeting room and he sat there watched by the staff as he attempted to do his presentation. After the laptop had booted and one of them had logged in for him he attempted to insert his CDRom. The drive will not open by pushing the button and he assumed that it was broken. So he tried eject on windows explorer which didn't work either. Taking a paperclip he managed to open the drawer and insert the disc. It would't show up in explorer though which was annoying. Apologising he tried a USB stick which wouldn't show up in explorer either. The staff have sat there in silence and when he asked if they had another machine the answer was yes. Won't work either though he's told, it's just as locked down.

He said he felt like he was the person who had driven off down a very long but dead end road out of a village watched by the local yokels who hadn't tried to stop him. He asked when they were going to tell him that particular fact if at all if he hadn't asked. They said that they enjoyed watching people trying and to see how far they went before asking. One of them took pity on him and loaned him their personal laptop so he could do the presentation. He got back to the office the next day and sent round an email telling people to book out one of our laptops if visiting.

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Re: Big demo. Should we test?

Saw a presentation where on one PowerPoint slide the video they wanted to show was just a link to a YouTube file. When it was being shown during one training session i attended the link was clicked and internet explorer loaded. A YouTube page appeared and the video not available graphic. Apparently Warner Brothers had objected to their music and or video being used. Much hilarity all round from the trainees.

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Re: Another Robin in the 'Hood

In the distant past circa 2000 I worked for a company who had just upgraded to a whole new version of a piece of software. As someone who used the software and the most junior after the first renewal I was the one who had to phone up every 45 days to get a new license key. It wasn't just one key though as each brand using it required one. So I'd call up and speak to their UK office and go through the procedure. This involved giving them the code that the software would generate and getting one back to type in. Sadly the code I had was about 20 digits and there were four of them. The first time I did it I saw why I'd been given the job. A new code was being generated every minute or so. If didn't get the code entered before that minute was up my machine generated a new one. At that point you started again which was nice.

Now whilst it was possible to do this it just wasn't very easy. I bought a small kitchen timer so that I could make sure I was in time. Spelling things out NATO phonetically helped with the accuracy but not the speed. I said that they needed to increase the time allowed for key entry and the lady I used to talk to when doing it agreed. However she said that there was also an option to do it over the web. It wasn't automatic and required someone to manually do it every time. I said we didn't have those machines connected to the net and so that wouldn't work. I asked if anyone did and she said not in the UK. The next version had a two minute window for you to enter the code. They'd allegedly bought in the licensing module and therefore getting the timing changed had taken a while. Their previous system had been developed in house and was hackable. After a while I looked for a keygen online because I was sick of it. Sadly I never found one and I do not miss those calls.

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

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Re: "...you'll make your hands pregnant in the afterlife if you touch yourself..."

Have an upvote for the Sir Pterry quote.

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Re: Computer sound is on in an open space ?

I worked for a media firm where there was always plenty of noise. I had my new email notification set to various different things. Some of the most memorable included:

Kenneth Williams saying "Frying Tonight" from Carry On Screaming

" I Love My Brick" and "Small...Far Away" from Father Ted

"Open Channel D Please" from The Man From Uncle (sadly no clip on YouTube)

The bloke who sat opposite me started off hating them but after a couple of days had his own one going.

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee

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Re: Stupid gimmick from the start

Wow you have your meters read every month? As in 12 times a year by an actual person employed to do this? That never happens in the UK as far as I know. Things sure are different South of the Equator.

Here in Blighty I get asked to provide a meter reading (by the people who charge me for energy) every quarter by SMS. This isn't too hard to do and I haven't yet had a bill that was wide of the mark. If people find it too hard to do four readings a year then getting them to change their energy use thanks to a smart meter is highly unlikely.

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Re: Change supplier

much like the energy switching door knockers who frighten old people

One new showroom took a call about their energy contract from a cold call. The caller said that it was imperative that they came off the emergency tariff ASAP. They then offered a contract that wasn't needed as we already had one. I had to call the actual supplier and stop any transfer taking place. These people just look up businesses that have moved and then cold call them. Bunch of low lives.....

After that another employer of mine had a contract change where we discovered one of our telecoms contracts had a new package on it. When I enquired who had authorised this I found out it was a junior member of staff. They had no authority to do this from either our end or theirs. I asked when had this person had been given permission to make changes to our account. The response was "Oh sorry you're right they haven't......" I then had to have discussions about dropping the expensive package (for cheaper international calls) and getting a quite large refund for the cost of the package minus the calls we'd actually made. The woman who had actually taken the call said she'd not been aware she was changing anything. She thought she had agreed for them to send her some literature to get them off the phone. She was just far too polite to just put the phone down on them.

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Re: Stupid gimmick from the start

So you're satisfied with the dumb meters that you have currently.

If your question was (indeed a question and) aimed at me then the answers yes. I don't see what's wrong with my dumb meter. I can see plenty of things wrong with a smart meter though. If it does become compulsory to have one I'll just turn the utilities cupboard into a Faraday cage. The one thing I do know is there's two good earth points in there.

One of the selling points of a smart meter is so you can find out what is using the most energy in your home. Personally I can do that by looking at the item concerned. My cooker To reduce energy consumption in my house I'd need to just not use things. Having a smart meter isn't going to:

Make me need to switch on the lights less,

Make me drink less hot beverages,

Make me need the heating less,


There's very little in the house that uses serious amounts of power that isn't contained in the kitchen/utility area and so easy to spot. I guess there's the hair drier but I think it's unlikely anyone will leave that on as it's too noisy (no immersion heater as no water tank). We're on Economy 7 and do use the washing machine/dryer/dishwasher etc. overnight so no savings there. I also don't have a problem with phoning in/sending in meter readings once a quarter (four times a year - is that really such a struggle for people?) and don't get estimated bills as a result.

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Re: Change supplier

The great thing about being able to switch energy supplier is that if they ever start talking about installing a smart meter you can quickly move to another supplier.

Or just say no thanks as they're not compulsory.



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The SMETS 2 spec can be downloaded from here:

PDF version

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GCHQ was involved with the security model for SMETS2

GCHQ were only involved after the initial designs were produced. Thank goodness they were because the initial design used the same decryption key for every meter.

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Re: Stupid gimmick from the start

From the old Smart Energy GB website FAQ page https://www.smartenergygb.org/en/faqs

......What is a smart meter?

......Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters. They are being installed in homes across Great Britain at no extra cost, to replace the traditional meters, including prepay key meters, most of us currently have ticking away under the stairs, or outside our homes.

Now call me cynical if you like but won't the cost of the meter and installation just get added to the bill they send me? It might not be that obvious they probably won't add a Smart Meter charge to my bill. It will probably just be that all the tariffs come with slightly higher prices. I just can't see the energy firms just stumping up for this roll out out of their own pockets. Smart Meters cost £340-£400 each I believe.

Well the advertising standards authority thought so and banned people suggesting smart meters were free https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/26/adverts-governments-smart-meter-roll-banned-claiming-devices/

A bloke called Nick Hunn has also found a 'few' problems with the advertised savings.


Also from the FAQ page

......Does a smart meter mean my energy can be cut off more easily?

......No. You’re protected by strict regulations against your energy supplier switching off or disconnecting your gas or electricity supply. This protection remains as strong with smart meters as it is with traditional meters.

So from that can I deduce that there won't be a provision in the meter to cut off the supply remotely? Well no I can't because it doesn't mention anything (technical or otherwise) about the ability of the people I pay for my energy (or some nefarious player) to remotely disconnect my supply. When the supply goes dead to a house maybe because of a Fat Finger Incident or worse, consumers can rest easy as they shiver waiting for the supply to be switched back on. They'll know that the protection remains as strong with smart meters as it is with traditional meters where someone would most likely have had to gain entry to their house to do that rather than by remote control. Does this mean that Electrickery companies are going to have someone there 24/7 just in case something goes wrong out of hours (unlikely) or will UK Power Networks who serve London be able to switch you back on (even more unlikely)?

.......How secure are smart meters?

.......The smart meter security system is very secure. Security has been at the heart of the whole smart meter rollout programme from its very inception and right through the design process. Smart meters have their own closed, dedicated communications system that employs technology widely used by, for example, the banking industry. Smart meters have been designed with top cyber security experts, including the government and GCHQ, to ensure that security best practice has been incorporated at every stage.

The initial security on the project was crap and that's putting it mildly. GCHQ were not involved in designing the thing from the ground up. However we can thank GCHQ for beefing up the security as they looked at the initial plans and recoiled in horror. Some bright spark wanted to use the same decryption key for all the meters and I think most of us (though clearly not all) know that's asking for trouble. It was done apparently to save money so that's okay then. This according to an article on the inquirer.net (I couldn't find it on El Reg) showing the original plans for the meters had one single decryption key for all the meters.

Now I may not be a top security boffin or even boffing a top security boffin but I do know that's not a really good idea.


......What are the technical standards that smart meters have to meet?

......Smart meters are covered by strict UK and EU product safety laws. These ensure that smart meters all have the same high quality and safety standards, regardless of your energy supplier.

So everyone is clear now on the technical standards after reading that? So we move on to:

......What health and safety tests have been carried out on smart meters?

......The smart meters used in Britain have undergone one of the most rigorous safety testing regimes in the world and exceed every UK and EU safety standard. Public Health England, the government's agency on public health, has said that exposure to radio waves from smart meters is well within guideline levels, and is many times lower than the exposure from wifi and mobile phones.

So everyone is clear now on the exact health and safety tests after reading that? No BS there at all, not one mention of British Standards.

As they're not compulsory I won't be touching them with a barge pole. See here to confirm this:



This has cock up written all over it and I won't be having it in my house thank you.

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The fact that a smart meter requires the householder to do something to make the energy savings means large scale savings are unlikely. Also the latest ad campaigns I've seen don't suggest actually reducing your overall energy consumption.Adverts such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmBy74j2vMc&app=desktop They suggest you can use this power for another activity which is an interesting idea given I thought cutting our overall energy use was the top priority.

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: i believe it was a mistake..

My next door neighbours would be setting that off all day (and all night if I was away).

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Re: Don't be........

You can never be too paranoid. Ah bugger my hat has fallen off. Why is tinfoil so prone to wind gusts?

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Re: Don't be........

When my friends found out that I dismantle anything I buy (excluding phones) that will be used to access the internet they laughed. I normally physically disable the microphone as a matter of course. Paranoid? Me? Not feeling that when I read things like this.

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Don't be........

Don't Be Forgetful I'm sure that was the Google motto.

Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

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Re: the phrases, they're from my own, unpublished, poetry.

Have an upvote for the Douglas Adams reference.

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Re: Remembering loads of long passwords


And they wonder why I don't use their (or anyone else for that matter) online banking.

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Re: Ha, it comes to something when the Post-it is superior to software...

I know of someone who kept password clues on a post it note under her keyboard. She was as she put it the only person who could understand what the clues referred to. She was horrified when she came home to find the yellow paper missing. It turned out her son had swapped the keyboards with his because a key he (over)used had become intermittent. Personally I have something similar but keep things in a safe.

Head of Apple's insider trading program charged with… you guessed it... insider trading

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Re: Why would you do this?

You couldn't make this up. The bloke sounds like some of the corpoate bods I've met. Except they were only stupid not allegedly engaged in criminal behavior.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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As a baby engineer, I once got stuck on the Coventry ring-road after visiting Marconi. Every turn I took eventually brought me back onto the bloody ring-road. I began to seriously suspect I may die there, endless circling 'picturesque' Coventry...

Driving to the football in Coventry with a mate one Saturday we had satnav problems. I knew the route having done it before many times and was directing him. He insisted on keeping the satnav on and was concerned when it kept saying 'recalculating' as we drove on. He stopped when we started getting turn around commands. He looked at the screen and could see according to it we had left the road a few tens of meters ago. We were actually driving through what had been the old Peugeot factory (now a new development) and his shiny new car had outdated info. He didn't like the idea we'd gone off the 'map' and was going to turn round before I persuaded him to go on. As soon as we reached what the thing referred to as road it stopped whining. I said he'd follow the bloody thing into the sea if it told him to. I was only half joking.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Re: I generate the licenses..

I had a fun situation when working for a media company many years ago. I used a program suit that had a batch converter for audio files. When the.company upgraded to the latest version of the program the batch converter ceased to exist. So I was looking at manually converting a hell of a lot of files on a Friday afternoon. Someone in IT support pointed out that we were technically still in posession of the software discs for the original version. Sadly we didn't have a license for it though the new version was using it. As a result I was told we couldn't use it as we were being FACT compliant which sucked for me. I said I'd call the UK arm of the company and plead with them to give me a license/key for just the bactch converter. I did just that one Friday afternoon and the bloke I spoke to told me I needed to make my explanation quick as he wanted to go to the pub. I made my case and he said he understood and would send the key for just the batch converter by email. I then asked about the license which we also needed. He said he'd write something official on Monday and shove it in the Royal Mail on Monday if I'd hang up so he could head off to the boozer.

True to his word on Wednesday a "license" arrived on headed notepaper. The compliance bloke in IT support wasn't very keen on it but grudgingly accepted it.

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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Re: He said that his firm had run its own test of CEST using the 24 cases listed by HMRC

Making Tax Digital....... The next HMRC disaster in the making.

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

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Re: Well, still an idiot

OTOH, isn’t the .org TLD intended for non-profit organizations and charities? I certainly wouldn’t expect to find a personal lubricants business in that namespace, unless they were nobly crusading to ease the chafed naughty bits of the world’s poor.

From memory it was decided that the .org was designed to be used by charitable organisations but that wouldn't be compulsory. So the lube firm are fine.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Re: Does gov.uk

All all can conclude is that this law is not about protecting children. It is about appearing to care about children and winning votes from an IT illiterate public, with the added bonus of more data collection.

See my earlier comments about Daily Mail politics.

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Re: And how long

until the government extend the AgeId scheme to cover other things deamed 'harmful' by the likes of sun editors and daily w(m)ail readers.

It's called Daily Mail politics:

Pick a topic that has appeared in the Daily Mail and enraged the readers.

Announce you are consulting on banning/restricting/encouraging this (delete as applicable).

Receive suggestions that the law will be unworkable.

Go ahead anyway.

Win votes


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Re: Huge loophole?

The problem being that it only needs one child at a school who has access to porn. That's if the school children on the bus I often use are anything to go by. The boys at the back are often swapping porn clips on their phones and tablets. it will mean that the kids with the technical knowledge who can beat the ban will be popular. They'll be the main conduit and either the knowledge of how to beat the ban will come from them or the pron will.

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Re: Join up today

Was going for a meal at a restaurant in Soho a few years ago and someone at the next table was talking about how the area had changed. She suggested that the internet had killed the number of sex shops in the area. That's probably true and more so now but she went on to suggest something else. She said the next step would be to restrict access to porn on the internet to take advantage of this and make access to it complete.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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Re: Interesting argument

Also, if you contracted someone to rearrange your kitchen but found your walls 25% closer after the operation I reckon you'd be pretty pissed...

A mate hired some builders to redo his kitchen. He was very puzzled when they appeared to be building the island to one side and not in the middle of it. He asked why and they claimed that it looked better there. He told them to fix it and either follow the plans or feck off.

One retailer I worked for had an idiot in charge of the showrooms. So I turned up at a new showroom before the building work commenced to take measurements and check services/power. I recommend the till be placed in one spot because the data points are there along with power sockeets. So I go back to cable the place and install equipment as the shopfitters are nearing completion. I discover to my amazement that the small back office/stockroom is now about 45cm narrower and 25cm shallower. The showroom is similar because there are false walls everywhere. There are also far fewer power sockets on the walls with one wall totally devoid of them. That same wall has no data ports either all of which is a worry given according to the plans that wall will have the till. There was even the physical counter that had been built to take the till but no ports. I pointed this out to the builders/shopfitters who just said that's what we were told to do and presented me with the plans they had. The idiot had made the changes and obviously had no idea the problems they would cause. The sockets/ ports had been stripped off the brick wall as well to add insult to injury. The counter had to be moved to the other side of the room and away from the office/stockroom which had been a key feature of the plan. He was fired for something else a few months later and I slept much easier as a result.

Irish data watchdog to Facebook: Hang about, what's all this about a WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger merger now?

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Re: Creepy

That's sadly more than likely true.

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The whole thing is creepy. Does anyone seriously think that they're doing this just to make the user experience better? Another reason for keeping WhatsApp on a different number to my normal number. I wouldn't use anything to do with.Facebook if I could avoid it but thanks to my family I can't as they use WhatsApp.

(Can we keep Brexit out of this? I'm already bored to the back teeth of hearing about it elsewhere)

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all

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Re: Interesting postscript to this long running tale.

Yep that was a cracking article. Just hope the film is as good as the real story. The Wolf of Wall Street film was nothing like as good as the books.

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I was discussing financial crime with a colleague who was by her own admission uninformed. We were discussing what she needed to watch out for. To do this I was explaining how she could set it up hypothetically herself. I said to make the crime.possible you need to have a few dummy companies and these need names - suggest some. She called them after her husband and children failing to see the error. When I pointed out that it made linking the crime to her much easier she realised I had a very good point. I suggested she read up on Enron, Andy Fastow and the Raptors which he named after his family.

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

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Re: Bug?

First thing I did when given my work iPhone was disable Facetime and cover the cameras in electrical tape. Nothing personal against Apple but I don't trust them or Facebook etc. We don't use Facetime anyway at work.

Facebook didn't care if your kids ran up gigantic credit card bills – lawsuit

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Re: Is there a scammier corporation

And now they're apparently merging WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47001460 Bloody annoying as I'd rather not deal with FB at all but thanks to my family I can't avoid WhatsApp.

You're an admin! You're an admin! You're all admins, thanks to this Microsoft Exchange zero-day and exploit

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You almost owed me a new keyboard. Have a pint.

Just keep slurping: HMRC adds two million taxpayers' voices to biometric database

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Re: My imagination

That does make me feel better about the small fortune the accountants charge to do my tax. It's them on the Inland Revenue voice database and not me. Might use one of those speech synthesisers if I ever do have to and say I've got laryngitis so can't talk.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: Not sure...

I've had the odd present in the hopes I'll put them at the top of my to do list, keep quiet, replace something etc. Once had a girl appear at 6:30pm with a bottle of Scotch and a plea that I help her with a report that was due the next day. She had lied about her abilities in a few packages to get the job and now needed help quickly.

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Re: Not sure...

At one employers I was the person with IT responsibilities at a satellite office. There were mostly very non technical people in that office and they dreaded my holidays. So one week off I return to a package addressed to me waiting in the post. As I opened it to discover a laptop the manager appeared and confessed. Between her and another staff member they had managed to spill a large glass of water into a company laptop via the keyboard. Panicked about what to do they had:

Pulled the power cable and battery,

Mopped the keyboard with a cloth,

Turned the thing on the side to drain it,

Whilst still on the side they put a hairdryer on full heat pointing at the keyboard.

They then left this for 15 minutes to dry out.

The keys then deformed and started to melt where the air was hottest. More panic set in at this point and they called head office who put another one in the post. She hadn't called anyone else because she thought she could be clever and fix it herself. After that an email from myself was sent to all staff at the office and posted on the noticeboard in the kitchen about what to do if liquids were spilled again. They were particularly surprised when I suggested flushing the offending article with distilled water. At the bottom of the email was an instruction in bright red and a very large font saying that On no account were hairdryers to be used with the heat on. Manager replied to my email saying that I was now banned from taking any holiday in case it happened again.

Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid

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Re: "Thin&Light" means Piece Of Shit.

The reply said "if you can achieve that without fans, then fans aren't needed", which is about as useful and relevant as saying "stop moaning about the screen light, if you can see the screen perfectly without it, it's not needed", or "stop moaning about the bad keyboard. If the computer can read your typing requirements telepathically, you don't need it"

Precisely the point just because you don't need it doesn't mean someone won't. I was in a department store that rhymes with Ron Fewis, a few years ago. I asked if they had any portable radios with short wave and medium wave capabilities. The sales assistant told me that I didn't want those and DAB was what I needed. He then pointed me to several DAB/FM models. I said that wasn't the case I did need those bands and did they have anything? Again he tells me that all the stations are on DAB now "even abroad" so having those bands isn't necessary.

I explained that I wanted a portable because I planned to use it as a travel radio and in the USA and other places they don't use DAB. As that's where I intended to use the radio on my trips over there, having DAB was totally useless. Boy was that a surprise to him. No they didn't have anything and probably wouldn't again. He had no idea that anything still broadcast on SW (I listen to international broadcasters and the Atlantic HF air traffic control, to help get to sleep) and wanted to know what I listened to on MW. I said 1010 WINS and the Red Sox Radio Network. The latter is also broadcast on FM but not in the areas I visit.

If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

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Re: This company is simply outrageous

My football club owners have a similar problem with appeals. They've been in the High Court and lost so often that the supporters are thoroughly sick of them. Also as a result of the appeal of the previous decision we won't have anywhere to play next season. They just don't know when to quit and it's the fans plus the team who are suffering. Lovely. Oh and the team is Coventry


Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid

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Re: Sweet greens

The best domain that wasn't for the company you might have thought it would be was back in the day - Baa.com

So the British Airports Authority might have been a logical guess but it wasn't owned by them. It was in fact hosting a website about sheep and wool. See here for proof: https://web.archive.org/web/20000520095021/http://www.baa.com:80/

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Re: lesson ?

I started to receive emails about 8 months after I last renewed my domain (a .com) regarding renewal. I contacted the registrar because I'd paid for ten years and should therefore have had 9 years and two months to go. I also started to get emails from other companies who were wondering if I wanted to register similar domains. The registrar admitted that they had buggered up the renewal and selected 1 instead of 10 years. They fixed it immediately but it was a interesting to see how quickly and how often I was contacted about renewing.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks

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Re: So, the obvious question, - Nord VPN

Cue a load of questions from clueless relatives about what a VPN is after the TV ads. It's probably just a coincidence that they've chosen the months before XXX day to advertise on tv. Certainly a coincidence, nothing to see here or at least there won't be in a few minutes. The ban won't make a much of a difference from what I can see of the youth of today.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: Too late

Look at Blackberry's suite for iOS, it might do what you want.

Thanks I will - although ironically was moved from BlackBerry to IOS.

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Re: Too late - What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.

I have a work iPhone for emails and it is only used for work stuff. I asked around how to get the equivalent of a no root firewall on the iPhone and no one knew. I asked a genius at the local Apple store who asked why I wanted to have one rather than answer the question. I told him that I wanted to be able to see and restrict what apps were able to send to God knows where. After telling me twice that there was no need to do that on Apple I said was it even possible?

No it's not you can't get an app for doing that with Apple. So I locked it down as much as I can (via apps using mobile data) as a workaround). Now it may be that the genius was right and I have nothing to worry about but I like to know what apps are contacting the outside world and what address they're contacting.

Google Play Store spews malware onto 9 million 'Droids

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Re: Do phones still have an IR port?

Can't find it now but a product on Amazon had at least a couple of reviews saying:

"Despite my best efforts it failed to work at all and I returned it for a full refund" (Five Stars)

"Never worked so I sent it back that day" (Five Stars)


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