* Posts by Nifty

616 posts • joined 13 Sep 2012

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Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband

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Funny then that some rural communities have grouped together and done DIY fibre at a fraction of that £20k then.

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

It's a Brexit conspiracy then!

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Tesla semi?

ref worries about heavy aircon use in the sunny climes while crawling through slow traffic cutting the range

Surely the solar panels on that big flat truck trailer roof will entirely power the aircon and infotainment? And have spare to top up the batteries?

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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... Turned into a massive scam. ...

Well stealing copper was no longer as rewarding

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Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

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Re: Paying more

Why didn't the cost prevent mass electrification and the creation of the national grid in the UK then?

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Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Re: Tradition

"We're one of those locations in rural Dorset - 5km from the cabinet but a reasonably well concentrated cluster of properties and we have a mainline station for that there London, so the demand for service is pretty high"

Check for marginal constituencies first.

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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So, you're in a meeting and an alert arrives on your iPhone. You want to unlock it discreetly while it's lying on your desk or in your hand at waist level, like you would do with fingerprint unlock..

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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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What if an unsecured device and a secure one both have the same Dropbox account (other brands I'd cloud storage are available), what happens when the unsecured one gets ransomware?

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All your masts are belong to us outfit Arqiva confirms IPO plan

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Re: Maybe they know something...

Exactly. This event follows the rule that when a cash cow stops being one, IPO it.

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SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

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Re: Bottom of the class

I wouldn't boldly go there.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: How is it different

Where's everyone been?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-35750816/eagles-trained-to-take-down-drones

or if you prefer hawk over eagle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhDG_WBIQgc

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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Re: Obligatory

Actually Apple is protecting is shareholders as legally obliged from the weird and wonderful thing that is the US tax code. Once US has thought and done something about making it a bit more attractive for any US Corp to repatriate profits the the US, we'll have the right to moralise.

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Re: User swap battery

How unfair to the manufacturers! They'll have to think of other ways of making their products obsolete ready for the new shiny.

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Re: Wrong Swelling

On my ancient IOS 9 iPad, Safari will hang on any demanding webpage unless I double tap The Home button and swipe BBC iPlayer Radio app up off the screen to close it. If closing apps this way has no effect, can anyone explain why I need to do this?

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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And the dealbreaker is...

My companys BYOD phone/tablet rule: An 8 character alphanumeric password enforcement, and it needs to be changed every 3 months. Fingerprint ID not acceptable. VPN profile installed, that's the least issue.

Been near-universally rejected by the grunts.

They must be like me:

1. Password must be easy to enter with 1 thumb. Can the need to change a personal device screen-lock PIN every 3 months be explained, please?

2. In a domestic eventuality, OH at home or on the road must be able to access the phone, for more reasons than I can list right now. For me the need hasn't actually occurred, but the option must be there.

All a bit of a pity as certain apps, plus and internal company email and instant messaging, could have been a productivity booster.

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Dildon'ts of Bluetooth: Pen test boffins sniff out Berlin's smart butt plugs

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"personal area network technology", yup right there on line 3. That was deliberate, right?

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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The Credentials Manager issue is a known one and apparently something to do with the W10 Anniversary Edition and/or Cortana. Once a login to MS is made from the W10 user, there's an ever re-appearing account.

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Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

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Re: Petty?

In fact all the new V type and 'slot' dryers blow a nice fine spray (some brought up from the stagnant wet pool at the bottom of the 'well'), around the room for you & everyone to breath in. A Legionairs (and many other) disease paradise that needs an EU infectiousness test if anything ever did. Oh and you can't avoid touching the internal edges wet from previous user.

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Re: Is this the same Dyson who has no time for the EU ?

"Small fraction of all vac cleaner sales"?

I'd heard that Dyson was Germany's favourite vac brand. Can't be far behind in the UK then. But citation needed.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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Re: Sleeping?

I had a schoolmate who indeed could be asleep while sitting bolt upright in the classroom, with eyes open.

No doubt it's a recolonised condition affecting x%.

Still, the scenario is not hard to imagine: Drug dropped into drink Victim falls into drugged sleep. Eyelids held open. Jobs a good'n.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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Re: Smart intercoms/bells are a good idea, that are usually badly implemented

A discreetly placed IP camera pointing at the door that can be seen on your phone, and a standard wired doorbell?

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Re: re. Heelight

and not so far fetched at all:

20,000 Watt Light Bulb Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT5_-A0m8_U

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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Re: Company Cars are a financial millstone

I thought company owned cars can't be used for your normal commute/leisure purposes?

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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Re: US drivers often disable lane departure warning systems

Thsi may be an apocryphal story but was it Mercedes that did a detailed study when antilock brakes were first introduced. They found that Turkish city taxi drivers had the same collision rate once they'd got used to antilock brakes. And that their average gap-to-next car has much shortened. The human had adjusted to the system.

How's the equivalent gong to happen with driverless?

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I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't let you drive like that

Shirley?

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On the interactive web conference, nobody will hear you are a dog

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Joke

Can it detect the sound of snoring?

Looking for a real-world use for this.

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Openreach pegs full fibre overhaul anywhere between £3bn and £6bn

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Re: so that's ...

So while icebergs 'a quarter of the size of Wales' break off, we can measure large scale infrastructure project costs in DUPs.

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Apple pulls massive HomeKit chip U-turn to keep up with Amazon Echo and Google Home

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Next up, Apple TV gets a real app store. Credit card's ready.

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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Will the next Defcon be held in the USA?

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UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

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Wait for Royal Mail shares to shoot up

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Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

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Was just wondering if the Fairphone makers might turn their attention to PRINTERS next. I'm fed up with junking them when one tiny part fails.

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Russia launches non-TERRIFYING satellite that focuses Sun's solar rays onto Earth

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Mayak jamming

Is it pure coincidence that the satellite is named after what became known as the USSR's Cold War era radio jamming technique?

http://www.radiojamming.puslapiai.lt/article_en.htm

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An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not

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Can a lip reader instantly tell which video is fake?

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Re: Resist with crowdfunded RPNs...

I believe that the story about the phone box at Bletchley Park in WW2 being directly wired to a London exchange, so all calls would appear to originate in London, and people could be called back as if in Lomond, are true.

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

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Re: So why then does Slack launch Skype if I click on a number?

Checked the associations. The only one for Skype is for opening Skype files (.skype).

When I installed Slack I never permitted it to associate with Skype. But any number in Slack is seen as a Skype associated link.

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So why then does Slack launch Skype if I click on a number?

Loads of people here suggesting switch from Skype to Slack.

Well, my installed Windows version of Slack converts numbers in posts to hotlinks. Clicking on one always launches the Skype login prompt (Skype being installed for other reasons like doing remote desktop shares - Lync replacement). Slack thinks it needs a phone app to dial a number.

So installed Slack has tight integration with Skype and I have yet to figure out how to remove it.

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Northern Ireland bags £150m for broadband pipes in £1bn Tory bribe

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Re: @ Martin

Pork barrel politics - a nautical term?

Are you sure?

Wikipedia indicates it's an American expression:

"...phrase originated in a pre-Civil War practice of giving slaves a barrel of salt pork as a reward and requiring them to compete among themselves to get their share of the handout"

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BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

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Re "Try living in the country. My mobile won't work in my house"

Aren't you using WiFi calling? It works seamlessly with Three on an iPhone 5s for example - you cannot distinguish between texts and calls that are carried by WiFi from 4g ones.

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Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

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The x-ray scan scanned the liquid and confirmed it was a liquid

Taking the logic one step further, transparent liquids will also need ex-ray scanning just in case.

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Soldiers bust massive click-farm that used 500k SIM cards, 100s of mobes to big up web tat

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A very suspect story. Were the perps hiding the fact they were running a DDOS operation?

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Apple frees a few private APIs, makes them public

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Will I finally be allowed to use an iPhone to survey my local WiFi environment for congested channels?

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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No such verb as to architect?

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/architect

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Computing

Design and configure (a program or system)

‘an architected information interface’

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

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A scientific/enginnering apporach?

NHS, BA and Sainsburys. Maybe there should be a computer science degree/MSc program that specialises in IT resilience and disaster recovery regardless of cause.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: What else has BA poorly maintained?

Re: "Their IT should be redundant and resilient, a bit like the critical systems on an aircraft"

Their staff are resilient and redundant.

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I heard that all BA phone lines were down for the duration and website affected too.

The public were unable to talk to any BA staff or even get basic advice.

If their phone lines are so tightly integrated, what does this say about BA's resilience to other kinds of catastrophe?

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Have a go with this WW2 German Lorenz cipher machine – in your browser

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Re: Is this even legal in the UK now ?

Lorenz company is still in existence.

http://www.lorenzelektrotechnik.de/leistung.htm

and still makes data and networking equipment

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

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Sorry but GCHQ aren't going to reveal they've got working probes into the blockchain that reveal where the ransom recipients are.

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Virgin Media scales back Project Lightning target in first quarter results

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One downvote, and and the other one please?

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Would the 2 VM employees doing the downvoting care to identify themselves?

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China's first large passenger jet makes maiden flight

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"Boeing and Airbus each have backlogs of thousands of their own single-aisle planes and struggle to increase production."

So when the EU mandarins want to play trade wars to punish Brexit UK, it's not going to help Airbus much, eh?

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