* Posts by Calum Morrison

114 posts • joined 6 Jul 2007

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

Calum Morrison

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.

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Jaw-boned: Wearables biz Jawbone shuts down

Calum Morrison

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.

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

Calum Morrison

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.

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While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

Calum Morrison

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.

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Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am

Calum Morrison

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???

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Is WileyFox finally WileyF*cked?

Calum Morrison

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.

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

Calum Morrison

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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Calum Morrison

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.

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

Calum Morrison

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.

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Peace-sign selfie fools menaced by fingerprint-harvesting tech

Calum Morrison

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.

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

Calum Morrison

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?

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Who killed Cyanogen?

Calum Morrison

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.

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

Calum Morrison

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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Calum Morrison

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?

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

Calum Morrison

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.

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

Calum Morrison

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

No it won't.

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

Calum Morrison

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.

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Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

Calum Morrison

But...

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

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Reg readers speak out on Thin Client technology

Calum Morrison

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.

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

Calum Morrison

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!

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

Calum Morrison

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.

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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?

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Shocker: Adobe patches critical Shockwave remote hijack hole

Calum Morrison
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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.

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Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

Calum Morrison

Re: Common Lego !!

Lego? It's Playmobil FFS!

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

Calum Morrison

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!

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City of Edinburgh Council in £186m outsourcer swap

Calum Morrison

You'll have had your BT then...

</edinburghjoke>

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

Calum Morrison

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.

http://www.hmshood.com/hoodtoday/eriboll.htm

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

Calum Morrison

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.

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World loses John Nash, the 'Beautiful Mind'

Calum Morrison

Re: Peculiar and unlikely?

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

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

Calum Morrison

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.

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Nesting falcons interrupt £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

Calum Morrison

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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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

Calum Morrison

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.

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

Calum Morrison

* were

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

Calum Morrison

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.

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

Calum Morrison

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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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Calum Morrison

Re: To install all in one go

Check your browser settings then - ninite is not and does not install crapware; quite the contrary. Used it lots and never had any issues with it. Your problem is not ninite.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

Calum Morrison

Re: Everyone apart from me, obviously...

The best way to keep an old POP account going is to filter it through gmail (or Hotmail etc). It's crazily simple when you think about it, but these guys filter spam a lot better than your free ISP will, have decent apps for most phones etc and you can send with your original POP address as the reply to, but using their SMTP servers...

It's a teeny bit of a faff to set up - but not beyond most Reg readers' abilities. First of all tell gmail to download from the POP server (leaving existing messages on it as discussed above if you wish - I don't) then, when this is working nicely, there's a setting that allows you to send as that address - in gmail, it ensures you have access to said address for security and gives you the option of using their SMTP server if you prefer (as a lot of ISPs only allow access to their SMTP from their IPs, you want to do this). Next tell it whether or not you want this as the default From address and bingo, you're done.

Aside from having Google rifle through all your mail, you now have the advantages of easy access from anywhere, bulletproof (ish) hosting and excellent spam filtering, tagging, searching etc. I've been using this for years, even setting it up for a few clients purely as a spam filter and archive - it's great.

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El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

Calum Morrison

Re: A nice interest, but ...

I wondered that too - my Tool "10,000 Days" CD has one built into the sleeve. That could be an interesting fight...

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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

Calum Morrison

Re: Pop goes Samsung's glossy image.

I've had to replace the back panel on my Nexus 4 a couple of times, so believe me it's easy. Undo a couple of screws, lever the old one off then snap the new one on. Replacing the front screen is a different ball game, but doable (you need a new battery for that as the existing one is stuck to the screen and bends as you prise it off - it was that mis-shaping of it that lost me the first backplate as it cracked when I put it back on).

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

Calum Morrison

There was an alternative...

I probably still have a download of RealAlternative - a wee app that played Real media files (including BBC streams) but without installing all their shite. It was freeware IIRC and I installed it on many PCs. If Ninite had been around then,I'm sure they'd have stocked it.

Happy days

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

Calum Morrison

Re: @Chris Miller

There was an article here on el Reg a few months ago that explained why it takes so long to switch between digital channels. There were sound technical reasons IIRC; certainly not just some software that could be tuned up a bit; if that was the case, that would be a differentiator for a manufacturer to sell on...

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

Calum Morrison

Old news; potato waffles were actually supposed to be punched cards...

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

Calum Morrison

Re: Nice

You can do it in Google Maps again; type OK Maps in the search box and it caches what's on screen. It's better than it was but still not great. On the other hand, you can also get free mapping with OsmAnd which is decent enough for a lot of cases.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

Calum Morrison

Yep; B&Q have the worst.

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BlackBerry Messenger to launch on Android, iOS this weekend

Calum Morrison

I don't get it.

It's free on the client, it costs BB money to host the service and it means people no longer have to buy a BB handset. Am I missing something blindingly obvious but it sounds like the only loser here is BB themselves. What the hell is the business case for this? Seems bonkers to me...

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

Calum Morrison

Re: "photographs are forbidden for fear terrorists could make use of them,"

Is everyone here forgetting the terrorist attack on the similar Dubh Ardrain facility nearby? There's some big boys out there, and some of them know how to strike and run away!

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Love in an elevator.... testing mast: The National Lift Tower

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Re: Cardington

Do it properly; get yourselves to the hangar (one left of two originally built) at Tillamook in Oregon. Now that's an impressive shed; a complete air museum (http://www.tillamookair.com/building.html) nestles in one corner...

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