* Posts by Calum Morrison

127 posts • joined 6 Jul 2007


If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

Calum Morrison

Re: Ding!

I read it two days ago, just after the guy microwaved his dinner.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Then, amid the oohs and aahs, the small boy said "but he has no clothes on!"

I read down the first comments incredulously trying to understand why no one was asking that. Who needs this amazing security when there's nowt to secure? Stick a PIN on a burner phone or search the back of the sofa for an old blackberry and surely you're up on what this offers?

Me, I'd buy one in a heartbeat if it did email, maps, photos, WhatsApp, tethering and, ah, well, I'd miss Facbook so I'd want that, and if I've got that I may as well whack Twitter on it. And it's businessy so I'll need LinkedIn. If only I could buy a phone with all that for £350.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: It's OK; you can set firefox as your default!

I genuinely do like Windows 10 but I've had that a lot. Admittedly it hasn't happened since I flattened my 1709 daily driver and installed 1803 at the weekend but over various builds, it's happened enough (for jpg and other associations too) to be noticeable. Funnily enough, it's never set my default email client back to the Mail app, it then I do (tinfoil hat) use Outlook for that...

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It's OK; you can set firefox as your default!

Until "something went wrong and we had to reset your default browser". Happens too regularly to be coincidence, and never seemed to be an issue in the days of Windows XP etc, all apparently much less stable OSs. Hmmm.

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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It's maybe time I gave the gimp a workout again; it's years since I bothered as PSP was just much easier to get to grips with. When it disappeared up it's own erse I just defaulted to Paint.Net - an easy install via ninite.com that does what 90% of users would need.

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Re: Similar experience in the USA

A very kindly subway station attendant gave me that same Zip code advice in NYC; you can get a week's travel for around $30 and using 99999 as your zip allows you to pay on card. Handy.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Pedant Alert

Two lanes? Pah! This is the A838 near Durness on the NW coast, otherwise known as the NC500.


That's a passing place on the left.

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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That was the one. Maybe they're still running about somewhere extolling the benefits of Windows 8? Who knows; the main thing I took from that day was getting photos of Andrea Pirlo and Pavel Nedved in the lobby as they were in the hotel too. I think they were getting ready to play Celtic rather than install Windows 8 though.

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I was at that event and got the same kit too. I needed it for repairing the damage done after repeatedly banging my head off the desk after using Windows 8 and TIFKAM. IIRC, the guys at that event were wide-eyed poster boys for how great everything (even the charms bar) was. I remember wondering how they felt after the reverse ferret that was Windows 10 that launched mere months later...

User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: sub for a riot

T9 often made a aunt of my texts tbh.

Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

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Extra Reg interest...

The first time I flew into San Francisco I was thrilled (geek that I am) to see the giant airship shed that I'd just recently read about on El Reg. Later on that holiday, I chanced upon the Tillamook air museum in northern Oregon located in a similarly vast hangar (seriously - the museum took up less than half of it and didn't want for exhibits) and in there what I confidently thought at first was a 109 turned out to be a Buchon that had starred in the Battle of Britain.

Great museum btw and not a hell of a distance from the Spruce Goose at McMinnville if you're in the area...

Violets are violet, roses are... rosy, Dell just got $145.8m for selling Mozy

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I uploaded all my eggs to Mozy's basket back when they started - even then it was around 100Gb - because they had such a great deal, something like $5/month or perhaps even less. I figured it wouldn't last and was right - I think EMC started cranking the handle, though in fairness, when the VC cash ends, they need revenue from somewhere.

I went to home-based external backup HDs for a few years but was never truly happy with the off-site-eyness of that and turned to Backblaze a couple of years ago after all the positive stories on here. They do seem suspiciously cheap but however they're doing it, it seems to be working year after year. Still got that external drive if it all goes wrong again...

Your day's going crap? Let's rap. Snapchat self-splat chat app chaps zap $350m, Wall St saps clap

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Re: Last update of SnapChat is crap

I don't use Snapchat so can't comment on it specifically, but over the years, Facebook updates have caused nothing but hatred from users (curated timelines, various privacy concerns etc.) but it hasn't harmed the platform. Even in the brave new world of social media, people hate change and resit it only to soon forget the old and embrace or at least accept the new, ultimately forgetting the past.

Don't bet on it being a significant game changer.

The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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Re: They're both faultless...

I come from the highlands of Scotland, have driven all over Europe, but the twistiest, most challenging road I've driven was in the US, from Highway 101 in Northern California to Fort Bragg on the Pacific coast in the dark and wet. Something about all those downhill bends through the giant redwoods focuses the mind.

Jaw-boned: Wearables biz Jawbone shuts down

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One of the few things I can ever be happy about with Apple was the time I went to one of their stores to buy a Jawbone bluetooth speaker (I think after a positive review here...) and the fanboi let me hear it. The sound quality was woeful; muffled to hell, like it was wrapped in a towel.

He suggested I try the Logitech UE Boombox (I know...) they all used (£80 instead of the £160 Jawbone wanted) and what a revelation. OK, we're not talking hifi quality but the sound was leagues ahead. Thank you Apple and goodbye Jawbone. There's probably a moral in here somewhere.

Ransomware realities: In your normal life, strangers don't extort you. But here you are

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FSRM is your friend

In terms of mitigating against Ransomware, then get FSRM installed on your file server. It's standard from 2008 onwards and can be used to give instant warnings of any unusual activity. Setup is trivial (follow the instructions at http://jpelectron.com/stopcrypto) and it's easy to maintain. It also has many other uses, but is not one of the better known features of Windows server OSs.

While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

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I remember giving a wee chuckle when they were previewing a mobile phone and suggested that one day, they'd be so universal, even kids would have them. What utter nonsense.

Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am

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Re: Bah!

Back when I was a lad, I remember Philip Schofield demonstrating this amazing new type of personal stereo on Saturday Superstore or similar, where the music was all stored on these tiny little solid state black plastic chips. By way of demonstration, he showed how this weeny bit of plastic, the size of a small coin, could contain an entire album and played a bit of Guns N Roses' Appetite for destruction (that dates it to 1988 or so).

I was amazed and totally sold on this awesome new technology and couldn't wait for it to replace the clunky tape players of the time. Then I realised it was April 1st and that this was clearly a joke. Well Phil, the joke's on you pal; I can fit an entire album on just such a 32Mb chip now (if I compress it to 96k) so who looks stupid today, eh???

Is WileyFox finally WileyF*cked?

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Is WileyFox finally WileyF*cked?

I've bought a few WF devices for me, Mrs Me and for users at work, registering each for their warranty on their site with a personal and a work account. After buying a couple more for new starts last week, I went to register them (that screen warranty is useful...) and found my password wasn't recognised.

Hit the password reset and waited...

No new password. Hmm. Did I definitely use this address? Let's try creating an account with it... New account created with existing email. No devices registered - there should be 6. Bollocks.

Has someone hacked my account and deleted it? Let's try a password reset on the personal one. No new password...

Looks to me that they've got one ether a massive issue where duplicate accounts can be created with existing email addresses, or multiple accounts have been hacked or they've deleted all of their f*cking users' accounts. Occam's razor makes me think the latter, though their chat support promises to look into it; in the meantime, I've bought my last WileyFox.

Samsung phones, Apple's iPhones are 'overpriced', says top Huawei exec

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Re: They're all mostly overpriced landfill.

Fair play to the above; I'm too cheap to buy Apple (and don't like the iOS even if I wasn't) but accept that the price I pay for my parsimony is a lack of support and the odd wee (and sometimes not so wee) Android niggle. Being a clumsy bugger, I'm unlikely to get more than a couple of years out of a handset so can't work the increased purchase cost against depreciation/sell on value like you can, but recognise your experience to be as good a reason for buying Apple as I've seen.

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Re: Yes Samsung / Apple phones are overpriced

But Samsung's software (even more expensive) is even worse! I thought Huawei were supposed to have just a light dusting of cruft (crufting?) on their handsets?

Give me as close to stock as possible, such as Motorola - or preferably my WileyFox's (soon to be MIA) CyanogenMod.

Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

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Windows 7

Sounds like an issue with his Win 7 installation; my laptop - before I wiped and installed 10 - would regularly go weeks with no reboots (and no need for them), just a hibernate at night. Same now with 10. I'm agnostic and happy to admit that XP needed regular reboots (haven't a clue about Vista - I avoided) but recent Win OSs have been fine - albeit, any updates usually require a restart. It's hardly a big issue these days though, taking little longer than a resume from sleep.

Peace-sign selfie fools menaced by fingerprint-harvesting tech

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Re: "using yet-to-be built technology"

It's worse than that; boffins could, one day, build a device that can read what you were thinking when the photograph was taken. Imagine the security risks if you were thinking about your password at that point - there's your two factor authentication gubbed at a stroke.

Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

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Now I understand...

My HH5 started doing this last week for no (at the time) apparent reason; boot up, connect, reboot. Glad I didn't know it was my Chromecasts as I'd have felt guilty about politely, but firmly, demanding a new HH after waiting to get through to support for an hour. New hub seems to have sorted it but what fun it was rebuilding a home network that seems to have grown more and more complex.

On the basis that bot HH and Chromecasts worked fine together for a year or so, I'm guessing an update to the latter is what borked the thing. Do BT ever update their firmware?

Who killed Cyanogen?

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Re: future?

Not sure, but interested to find out. Weirdly, although silent now for some time on FB and Twitter, WileyFox pushed out an update to my Storm on Saturday. Odd.

Before Bitcoin, digital cash was called Beenz – all that's left is a T-shirt

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Just remembered...

There was a fleece I got from emusic.com back in 2001 or so for signing up and paying actual money for real mp3s.

I'm still with them on the same grandfathered account; what was originally $9.99 for unlimited downloads (try that on a 128k ISDN) became $9.99 for 40 tracks a month which became £16.80 credit per month for a payment of $9.99 (~£6ish) at a price of £0.42 per track. Still good value - all the indie and classical I want and I've still got the fleece!

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Wish I'd kept it.

I'm no Apple fan but even I wasn't taken in by the Blackberry tote bag (stuffed with a load of leaflets but alas, nothing useful) at the launch of their tablet, whatever it was called. Remember - the one that didn't actually have email on it?

On the side the slogan was something along the lines of "Yeah, you should have waited" or "Bet you wish you waited". It hung around the office for long enough but was victim to a tat clear-out last year. Probably lasted longer than any of the actual devices. I wonder what happened to BlackBerry?

Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

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Re: Great for divorce lawyers

Perhaps not quite in that detail, but the fact that the CEO can access such detailed logs of any owner, seemingly on a whim and so rapidly just for a bit of good PR was what I took from the story. Brave New World indeed.

Eds off their meds: Does this headline REALLY need to be so astronomically long it can be measured in parsecs?

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This person clicked on the link. What happened next will shock you to the core.

No it won't.

Ex-TalkTalker TalkTalks: Records portal had shared password. It was 4 years old

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Re: ICO should open another investigation.

Thumbs down - seriously? I know El Reg is a broad church, but I didn't realise it was such a hotbed of adult nappy wearing. FFS, do as thou shalt but don't involve the rest of us, please.

Truly, speaking as someone who has done this kind of job, you do find yourself being part of peoples' "other interests" and it's not fair. Someone appearing at the door in a state of undress is a legitimate concern, particularly if it became a habit. That is offender's register stuff, whether you choose to believe it or not.

Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

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Is it actually worse than the real thing? I reckon I'd take my chances...

Reg readers speak out on Thin Client technology

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Re: Wow. Editing full screen video on a thin client is difficult and slow

But then senior management want laptops. Sometimes even so that they can actually work off-site.

Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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Re: Museums

The air museum at Tillamook, Oregon is well worth a visit if you're in Portland. Housed in a massive ex-naval airship hangar, it's got a great collection of planes inside as well as a Super Guppy outside. And loads of room left over for locals to store RVs, boats etc within the hangar. Massive. Bonus points - you're just down from Astoria where the Goonies was filmed!

Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

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Re: @ RIBrsiq @Turtle Typo Or Not?

It's not so long ago (it seems to me, but time flies as I get older) Microsoft were demoing a table computer. IIRC it was a big flat touchscreen desk thing, running XP that you all sat around and tweaked and pulled at. Then apple launched the ipad.

Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service?

That's a bit of a sloppy mouthful; I think it needs a snappy acronym. Connected User experiences N' Telemetry Service perhaps?

Shocker: Adobe patches critical Shockwave remote hijack hole

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Re: Wait, who the hell still uses Shockwave?

I hate Adobe crap as much as most people (even making me salute Apple for their stance on Flash, FFS) but it's rare in these comments to see anything lucid and informative; your comment was both and I thank you for it. Like a few others, I was wondering what the differences between (and the reasons for) Flash and Shockwave were and you answered me perfectly. Have a vPint.

Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

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Re: Common Lego !!

Lego? It's Playmobil FFS!

Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

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Re: You need deep pockets for any class on 787 with BA @TWB

Weirdly, I had the most pleasant experience I've ever had at security the other night in Dulles; the chap working at the conveyor was cheery, enthusiastic and helpful. It actually made the process almost pleasant!

City of Edinburgh Council in £186m outsourcer swap

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You'll have had your BT then...


Microsoft co-founder recovers ship's bell of 'The Mighty Hood'

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There is one other existing memorial

I always thought these were placed immediately prior to Hood's last journey but it seems they predate that somewhat. Still, a fitting memorial about as close to her last resting place as it is to get on the UK mainland.


Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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They're sneaky even to WSUS users

MS seem to keep "improving" the update kbs (for there are several) and re-releasing them; I've had to reject them several times now on my WSUS server. Anyone not paying attention could accidentally approve them.

It's bad enough having my creatives whining every five minutes that Adobe have farted out an absolutely-must-have 300Gb update to CC ("because all the companies we share files with already upgraded last night and now we have compatibility issues!") without having the same from MS. Happy Friday everyone.

World loses John Nash, the 'Beautiful Mind'

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Re: Peculiar and unlikely?

I had one from Newark to Manhattan ask me which tunnel he should take. Eh, that's your job pal.

Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

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Is this a new El Reg measurment?

If the Maser's length is a unit of Wales, is its boot to be measured in dead Capos or Made Men? No mention of it's airbags, Bulgarian or not, I notice.

Nesting falcons interrupt £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

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I wouldn't hold out much hope for getting it working Londoners - our local mast was sitting on 2G for 8 days recently after Vodafone buggered up a 4G roll-out. No texts or calls on any of our 45 handsets unless we forced them all down to 2G. Not the first time it's happened either. Useless. Thank god I took the Reg's suggestion and moved my personal moby to 3 recently - what a revelation after a year of Vodafone.


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It looks like you're writing a letter.

Didn't Rover live on? IIRC you could choose different avatars if Clippy wasn't to your taste but annoying virtual assistants were. I'm sure there were things like a star and indeed that wee dug.

SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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* were

Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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Re: Ah!

For that error, you can go in via the Android app and watch/delete a programme now. It seems to affect remote recorded series links.

'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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Re: Good luck on that one.

"Aye, that's right, with your high volume, high earning, tax paying northern population, generating all that income..."

To reuse an old canard, even if you discount all the income we're creating from oil because it gets lumped into UK revenues rather than Scottish, the cash we get from the UK is then clawed back to pay for so-called "infrastructure" projects as HS2 (a line that will stop 200 miles south of us), Crossrail (a line that starts and stops 400 miles south of us) and a third runway for Heathrow (a road that will drain even more from us). Remind me how much you lot are paying for the new Forth Crossing (the what, I hear you ask?). Ah fuck it, you subsidise us and that's all we ever need to know.


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