* Posts by Dan McIntyre

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Reborn Nokia phones biz loses its head

Dan McIntyre

I've pre-ordered a 3310 from Amazon. Expected delivery is first week in August. Retro baby!

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

Dan McIntyre

"If he was sitting in another seat and driving he would have been the real Jesus.

What a peculiar comment."

Not really. I can drive my car either from my drivers' seat or the front passenger seat thanks to the placement of my hand controls.

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

Dan McIntyre

Does anyone actually use Bitcoin for anything legitimate?

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

Dan McIntyre

So so true.

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

Dan McIntyre

I use a wheelchair and often spend time in hotels with various types of carpet. Most of these hotels have metal controls on the lifts so you'll often see me tapping at the wall around the controls before touching them as I hate the discharge that happens if I go directly for the metal button.

Has gotten me some strange looks.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

Dan McIntyre

Just out of interest, how does a 49" screen fit into something that "measures 47.4 x 15 x 20.7 inches"?

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Jailed fraudster admits running same cold-caller con from behind bars

Dan McIntyre

Getting phones (and even keys and other items) into a prison is easy. Just get a wheelchair.

Seriously, I am a wheelchair user and a few years back had a friend in prison who I visited on a regular basis. I have a zippered pouch on the front of my chair which hangs just behind my knees and is large enough to hold my mobile, keys, some medications and catheters and other essentials.

I was never searched when entering the prison for visits and always had my mobile and car keys with me. I suspect many other supposedly secure locations will be similarly lax in checking people in wheelchairs.

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Dark-web pedo jailed after FBI and co use vid trick to beat privacy tech

Dan McIntyre

Re: So the FBI ...

As far as I'm concerned he waived all rights to protection the minute he started interfering with kids.

He is a sick individual and deserves whatever punishment is meted out to him behind bars and as another commentard has said I'm not terribly concerned with his wellbeing.

I do know that perverts such as this chap are usually segregated from the general prison population but mistakes do happen and they do mingle sometimes.

Then the fun begins.

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

Dan McIntyre

I once spilled coffee in a Kindle DX (was a large American market only Kindle with built in text to speech and storage/speakers for music) whilst waiting at a car dealer for my car.

When I got home I stripped it down and cleaned it out and it worked fine afterwards.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

Dan McIntyre

Ah land of the free.

Hahahahahahahaha! Free. Ha!

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Parcel bods Hermes become latest London drone delivery droogs

Dan McIntyre

So do these bots come with a flashing blue light on the front and a sound chip that can make a "boom boom boom" sound....?

It's just BigTrak all over again.

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Verizon's bogus bills tanked my credit score, claims sueball slinger

Dan McIntyre

Not Just Murica

Doesn't just happen in Murica - I've had the same from Vodafone here in Blighty.

Ended up having to get the communications ombudsman to demand that they remove the record, remove all charges from my account and pay me £100 in compensation.

Caused by months of errors by Vodafone staff on my account.

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Mediaeval Yorkshirefolk mutilated, burned t'dead to prevent reanimation

Dan McIntyre

Thanks Reg

This story has made me want to visit - the place is practically on my doorstep.

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

Dan McIntyre

@Anonymous South African Coward - thanks for the ACC story link - read it and enjoyed immensely.

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

Dan McIntyre

Many years ago I was in a role where I processed housing benefit claims. As part of this I had access to the DWP (DHSS as it was back then) systems and was subject to their rules on accessing information.

The system was set up so that, at any point and at random, it would do a spot check. It would not allow further access to records until the operator had collected all paperwork and details relating to the claim in question and presented them to a senior manager as justification for accessing that record.

If we couldn't do this (as in if we were just checking up on people we knew for example) then there were severe consequences.

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Dan McIntyre

This isn't really news.

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Vodafone to bring 2,100 customer service jobs in-house

Dan McIntyre

As with G R Goslin above, I am a current customer of Vodafone who ended up getting the ombudsman involved over a series of errors on my account (which had 5 numbers on it) and extremely poor customer service and complaints handling.

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

Dan McIntyre

Re: 99 ice cream loving honeybadgers ate my hamster!

Some people's memories are THAT bad (or worse, you have to keep telling them THE SAME THING every single day).

Indeed. I have young-onset Alzheimers. I am one of those people.

BUT - I have never yet forgotten any of my passwords. And I use different ones for every service I use, both personal and work related.

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Iconic Land Rover Defender may make a comeback by 2019

Dan McIntyre

Re: Why did people like the defender?

If the thing breaks down in England you're fine, can't imagine trying to get a modern off roader repaired in some countries.

You might be surprised. I have travelled various parts of the world including some we'd refer to as 3rd world areas in various vehicles ranging from a Suzuki SJ to a 1938 Argson tricycle and in some of the more obscure places repairs and parts have been easier to obtain than here in the UK for a mainstream car. Better customer service too in most cases as a lot of garages are family run, small and friendly.

I've managed to get clutch bearings for a Suzuki SJ in deepest darkest Russia and a spare wheel and clutch rod, plus welding gear, very early on a Sunday morning, for an Argson. Try doing that in the UK with your Focus or Astra or whatever.

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Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse

Dan McIntyre

My MS accounts (Hotmail and One Drive) have both been working fine all day.

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Nintendo Switch orders delayed: Dun dun dun... dundundun dundundun dadada!

Dan McIntyre

Not be unable?

"...disappointed thumb-twitchers complaining they will not be unable to experience the much-anticipated new Zelda..."

So they will be able?

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

Dan McIntyre

Re: Everything old is new again

I rode old British motorcycles as main transport for many years, and the vibration would routinely kill speedometers.

I rode a 1938 Argson tricycle across the Alps in 2011 and found the same problem - the speedo first stopped working and then dropped off altogether eventually. Minor issue though compared to the chain stretching, the idler shaft snapping halfway up a swiss mountain on a sunday etc etc.

BTW, we managed to find a garage on that mountain, open and they let us use their welding gear to fix the idler.

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Virgin Media swallows 215,000 new fibre customers in Blighty

Dan McIntyre

Been with them for almost 2 years. Was with Sky for almost a decade before that and Sky's customer service is in a different galaxy - Virgin's is appalling and their engineers lie to say they've turned up to appointments that they never arrive for.

I'm only with them because in my area there's no fibre broadband available via anything from a BT socket and 1.5mb/s is the maximum speed, with no plans to introduce fibre so cable is the only way to get a decent internet connection.

And the internet connection is decent - I regularly see around 161mb/s though their phone and TV services are dire. I mostly use my Amazon fire sticks for content when I want to and rarely watch TV anyway.

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Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

Dan McIntyre

I had a number of Nokias back in the day - 5110, 6110, 6230 and 6310i but the daddy was the 9000i communicator which was my first ever internet access, via Pipex dial up at 9600. Ahhhhh, those were the days....

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

Dan McIntyre

What do IBM even do anymore?

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'Grey technology' should be the new black

Dan McIntyre

Nice to see this kind if piece on the Reg.

As a 40-year-old disabled man (physically and mentally) I myself use a few pieces of this grey tech in order to be able to interact with the world and to work (IT support for a hospital).

What I'd like to see is the costs reduced in line with other tech hardware and software. Seems that the moment you add words like "assistive" or "disability" to anything that's a green light to up the cost 10x or more.

As an example I use a screen reader and magnifier called Zoomtext. It has a host of fantastic features that are really useful and make working at a PC much easier for me but it costs an absolute fortune.

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The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

Dan McIntyre

This isn't new. Here in the UK a former rock star named Gary Glitter was caught out about 20 years ago when he took his PC to PC World for repair and kiddie porn was found on it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/517604.stm

From the article:

"The charges came after a member of staff spotted the material on Glitter's computer, in for repair at PC World in Bristol.

Mr John Royce, QC, told the court that a technician tried to correct the fault and in order to see if he was successful had to look into a file. But what he found, said the QC, was "disturbing".

A police sergeant arrested Glitter when he returned to collect his computer.

An initial examination of the computer revealed that it stored "the most appalling images" of very young children engaged in most humiliating sexual acts, said the QC.

The examinations, said Mr Royce, revealed firstly that he had downloaded the material and secondly "that it was carefully, deliberately and enthusiastically done"."

Far as I'm concerned they deserve everything they get. I hope to hell this nonce doesn't get off with it on a technicality - please tell me America isn't really *that* stupid?

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Around 1.4 million people have sub-10Mbps speeds - Ofcom

Dan McIntyre

Hahahah 10Mbps?? Here in Rotherham you can't even get close to that through a BT line - my particular suburb has a max of 1.5Mbps and no plans for fibre.

Hence why I went with Virgin Media. I mean I hate them as a company and their customer service is abysmal but I get 161Mbps on a regular basis at the moment.

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

Dan McIntyre

I'm glad I did turn mobile back on. It's lost DHCP and is now downloading yet another update over a 4G connection.

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Dan McIntyre

Updating my Dell Ultrabook via TeamViewer now. I've turned the mobile connection on, just in case.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

Dan McIntyre

I've experienced this issue this weekend and I'm on Virgin Media.

3 laptops - Toshiba Sat Pro, Sony Vaio and a Dell Ultrabook.

The Tosh and Sony have been fine after update but the Dell refused point blank to connect to the wireless network. It could see the wireless networks (Virgin routers provide 2 networks, named 2G and 5G) but the only connection it would make was using Vodafone mobile (there's a 4G SIM in it).

Reboot of the laptop and restarting the router sorted it but it was confusing (and annoying) for those few minutes.

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90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

Dan McIntyre

Wow! The trust I work for is in the top 10%. We don't have any XP machines any more. Cool.

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Elon Musk wants to launch 4,000 satellites and smother globe with net connectivity

Dan McIntyre
Terminator

Would this be named Skynet if it comes to fruition....?

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Hell Desk's 800 number was perfect for horrible heavy-breathing harassment calls

Dan McIntyre

The service desk I work on in a hospital has a very similar number to the special care baby unit in the same hospital, so we sometimes get their calls and vice-versa.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

Dan McIntyre

Insurers is just the latest. It's long been known that employers/potential employers and government agencies (Police, benefits offices etc) use Facebook info to make decisions and catch benefit cheats etc etc etc.

It's not really anything new.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

Dan McIntyre

Re: SD cards and Batteries

You mean kinda like, oh I dunno, a laptop...?

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Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

Dan McIntyre

I'd like to see someone identify me from my gait... I use a powerchair to get around.

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

Dan McIntyre

Re: Deliver by underground conveyor

How have I never heard of this before? I've just spent some time (at work natch!) looking at that sight and am impressed.

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

Dan McIntyre

This person is described as a social engineer. These people are experts at obtaining sensitive information about other people using just a few snippets of non-sensitive info (or what most would consider non-sensitive anyway).

Read The Art of Deception by Kevin Mitnick and then say that this guy didn't have access. In many cases sensitive info is there just for the asking, regardless of whether a person has a right to it or not.

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Dan McIntyre

Re: "to open and close his bank accounts"

He's described as a "social engineer" and presumably has the skills requisite of that label. Ever read Kevin Mitnick's book The Art of Deception? The details you mention are easy to get hold of for these types of people.

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

Dan McIntyre

Re: To Cynical Observer...

Whoever you are sir - have an upvote.

My colleagues and I love this.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

Dan McIntyre

Glad I don't keep all my eggs in one basket. I am an Office 365 subscriber with a Tb of OneDrive storage but, after losing some old and irreplaceable photos a couple of years ago, I am paranoid about storage now.

So I use my 1 Tb OneDrive but I also use my 1Tb of Amazon cloud storage and 1Tb of Dropbox storage to hold duplicates of photos and documents. Just for safety I also keep a 1Tb external HDD with me which also has a duplicate of this data.

If all that fails then I figure I've bigger things to worry about than a few lost photos.

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Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

Dan McIntyre

Re: Plus ca change...

AS/400. That takes me back. Working at a large UK based insurance company that's only accessible directly and not through any price comparison sites, we had 3 AS/400s that the European breakdown system ran on (this insurance company also has as part of it's group a breakdown recovery company).

They were named after members of the 1980's royal family and doing the backups was a royal PITA as it meant everyone using the system had to log off or be forced to log off. The consoles were perched on top of the cabinets so we had to climb one of those kick stools to get to them. Wouldn't be able to do it now but it wouldn't surprise me if they were still in use.

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

Dan McIntyre

So given that it's pretty pointless stealing a phone nowadays as it can be rendered useless, could it be that the thief did this purely to make a point and will courier the phones back to the relevant store in the next few days?

The point made being to pay attention to what is going on and get your face out of whatever screen it happened to be in when this stunt was pulled.

Just a thought.

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

Dan McIntyre

Skylab

Just reading the story of trying to bring Skylab back to life and it's fascinating - before my time as I was born in '77 and I was aware of the former existence of Skylab but not in any detail.

Thanks to whoever posted the links to the Google books and the PDF doc.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

Dan McIntyre

Re: Meanwhile....

Would also make my fear of flying irrelevant. I would be able to see more of the world.

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'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

Dan McIntyre

What a story! Loved it.

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Art heist 'pranksters' sent down for six months

Dan McIntyre

But if you're Dom Joly and making a TV series it's ok....?

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Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

Dan McIntyre

After almost 20 years in 1st line support, I'm way past the point of believing users...

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

Dan McIntyre

I use Amazon Music to buy music and have uploaded all the CDs I ripped over the years to it as well. I also use One Drive for photos and documents.

But I also keep a backup of everything on a separate hard drive which I keep with me at all times in my backpack. This includes new music I buy from Amazon - I have my app on all my machines and devices set to automatically download new music and then this gets transferred to the hard drive at some point too.

Lesson learnt a year or so back when I lost some old photos which I thought had been uploaded to One Drive. Turned out that folder hadn't sync'ed and I deleted the originals on the machine thinking they were in the cloud.

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