* Posts by The C Man

26 posts • joined 6 Aug 2013

Brit broadband giants slammed as folk whinge about crap connections, underwhelming speeds

The C Man

I'm with TalkTalk and, yes, we had our problems but they were caused by outdated and overloaded Open Reach/ex BT aluminium cabling to the home from the local box. Eventually TalkTalk gave me a link to bring in the Ombudsman which made it an official complaint. The problem was finally solved by the local Open Reach engineers, after two years of near weekly visits to my home, who took it upon themselves to add an additional copper cable from street box to pole for my (until now) exclusive use. TalkTalk was not at fault and did their utmost to solve the problem. Speeds now never drops below 70 mgb and there are 24 other connections available.

At least Sony offered a t-shirt, says macOS flaw finder: Bug bounties now for Macs if you want this 0-day, Apple

The C Man

Be honest!!!

Let's be totally honest here. If a bounty is offered it means Apple will be admitting it's possible that bugs exist. Apple's sales teams used to deny the possibility of anything being hacked or for a virus to exist on an Apple product. If a reward was offered it might cause more experts to look for them. More experts looking could cause more to be found and there goes the illusion of total security.

Apple files yet another appeal against $503m FaceTime patent payout

The C Man

What's deductible?

As far as Apple is concerned part of the cost of fighting these cases is tax deductible. Pay the $500 million and it costs Apple $500 Million. Lawyers are a tax deductible expense and any deductible expense is good for Apple.

Gripe to UK, Ireland, Poland: Ad tech industry inhales, then 'leaks' sensitive info on our health, politics, religion

The C Man

Medical records

Back in 2017 Google was given access to NHS records of more than 1.5 million in the UK. I have no doubt those records were eventually removed from Google's servers but while they were there they could have in part been disseminated to others. I wonder how many other health organisations gave access to patient records. Was the new app created? If so was it being created by Google or an external company Google would have no control over? Even worse was Google's later take over of DeepMind which seemingly gave access to more records. Even if Google had access to the records for a few seconds before being rescinded it could have gathered the information from millions of them. Google operates some of the most advanced and fast computers in the world.

https://goo.gl/uFCLAA was an early report and one of the latest is at https://goo.gl/ojKPe1

The dingo... er, Google stole my patent! Biz boss tells how Choc Factory staff tried to rip off idea from interview

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Not only patents

I was a Top Contributor in the Google Gmail Forums and got to know one of the management team well and we would have off the record chats about problems. He confided to me they were having problems with spammers creating multiple accounts to which I reminded him that in the early days of Gmail you needed a mobile phone number to create an account and suggested they went back to it with a limit to the number of accounts that could be created. It took less than two weeks for that to happen. During the early days of the Afghan war troops who were deployed there were unable to sign into their Gmail accounts and use Google Talk to speak with their families due to the location causing a security problem restricting service men to a 10 minute phone call home when and if they were lucky. My suggestion that isps for military bases were automatically recognised by Google as valid was utilised. There were other suggestions made and used by Google. No word of thanks or even mention of the suggestion being made by somebody who gave his time for free was ever seen. I can well believe that either Google or its employees claim ideas as their own.

Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit

The C Man

Forwarding a message is fine as long as it doesn't contain the original senders name or address or anything derogatory. It's all down to courtesy.

The C Man

It's not whether it happened

The fine is actually way too small whether or not the information was released. What really counts is the info was accessible by a company that was not part of FaceBook and was therefore not under FB's control. FB failed to protect it's users.

Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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Apple = Foxconn = Apple

Yet another Government and people that is going to be ripped off by Apple (who will claim they tried to bring production to the Homeland) who has the money to fund this whole project out of petty cash. If this whole project falls through Foxconn will sue for every penny they will claim to have invested while, with the potential drop in sales and need for less production, Foxconn would love to escape from this venture.

Facebook quietly kills its Aquila autonomous internet drone program

The C Man

Use commercial flights instead.

It would make sense to add the equipment to commercial aircraft which cover most of the planet most of the time rather than wasting money on trying to create something that might only be an expensive dream.

If FaceBook or Google go with my suggestion they owe me.

The C Man

For what it's worth and if anybody from FaceBook and Google ever read the Register, it would be a lot more cost effective to add the equipment to commercial airlines which almost always have aircraft in the air covering most of world.

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

The C Man

Where's the problem?

We, my wife and I, have laptops, tablets and all-in-ones dating back to 2008 all running Windows 10. All of them have been through various updates from Vista (the earliest one we still have) to the latest update without a problem. What we do is make sure that all drivers are up to date every couple months which means not relying on Windows updates for all of them. Some, such as Bluetooth drivers, have been rolled back to a working version but what really matters is not always relying on the updates to do everything but doing some maintenance for yourself.

TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2

The C Man

I must be a one off. TalkTalk managed to convince Open Reach that I needed at least a copper connection to the house in an area that still uses aluminium lines so my broadband speed is near enough what I pay for. Refunded me for slow broadband speeds. Changed my phone number to get away from fake calls. Philippine and South African call centres were always understanding of my needs. Apart from my free SIM from TalkTalk I have always been an O2 mobile user so it's all good news as far as I'm concerned.

Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz

The C Man

My local branch of NatWest (extremely busy at the time) was closed forcing me to go on line to do most of my banking. Now the nearest branch has modernised to having only two manned cashiers positions (down from eight) and one help desk and waiting time for either can be close to an hour at certain times. Phone calls are met with an automated system that takes you to a recording advising that lines are extremely busy due to an unprecedented demand but to try the on-line service. It isn't only RBS that is doing this. Every major bank is going the same way making them an easy target for start ups such as Metro.

There has to be a point when management realises that they are forcing themselves to close down branches which, in turn, takes away the high street presence which brought in the customers they need to survive.

Roaming charges drop smacks O2 daddy Telefonica in the profits

The C Man

I'll stick with o2 who have never charged me the purchase cost of my phones beyond the contract date but dropped to service charge only. Who refunded all my wife's charges for calls from America when she got stranded because they were delayed in sending the unlatching PIN so she could use an American SIM for her phone. Who wiped a bill for being outside Europe due to a footprint while in Greecce. Who forgot to send out a notification back in the early days that free tethering was finishing so they wiped a bill for over a £1k and gave users a month extra so they could find an alternative. Who have never knowingly overcharged me for anything and a simple phone call has always sorted things out.

I know people who are using phones that are more than 5 years old and still being charged the purchase price of the phone.

Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

The C Man

Can't help wondering how good their insurance cover is and whether they will claim for the loss of the Notes that were attached to the batteries.

Mozilla breathes petition-of-fire at EU copyright laws

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It's a misunderstanding ...

.. by the European law makers but so is Mozilla's understanding of it. The Eiffel Tower lighting displays are created by a living artist and supposedly governed by the copyright laws but as they are meant for public display and paid for by the owners of the tower who cannot restrict photography except on the grounds of security as Eiffel's copyright ownership is no longer valid. Copies of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas and elsewhere cannot/should not copy the lighting displays of the Paris tower without the express permission of the display creators.

Without copyright laws that allow artists/authors/designers to be paid for what they create they would be deprived of a way of earning a living. Piracy laws go out the window if, for instance, books as soon as they are published, can be downloaded freely from the internet without the author earning from the sales of those books.

The C Man

It's a misunderstanding ...

... by the European law makers but so is Mozilla's understanding of it. The Eiffel Tower lighting displays are created by a living artist and supposedly governed by the copyright laws but as they are meant for public display and paid for by the owners of the tower who cannot restrict photography except on the grounds of security as Eiffel's copyright ownership is no longer valid. Copies of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas and elsewhere cannot/should not copy the lighting displays of the Paris tower without the express permission of the display creators.

Without copyright laws that allow artists/authors/designers to be paid for what they create they would be deprived of a way of earning a living. Piracy laws go out the window if, for instance, books as soon as they are published, can be downloaded freely from the internet without the author earning from the sales of those books.

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

The C Man

Back to The Shuffle

Having bought a Shuffle for my wife's mother we thought we would put some music on it for her. Months of transferring our whole collection of music to our computer totally wasted as everything disappeared in what seemed to be a flash. We bought three Creative MP3 players the next day which had better sound and are still usable even today although less so as we have later models and now have phones that give as good quality. None of them has an Apple logo on. Nothing changes. I still believe it is only takes one bite to find the maggot

What's this about Canada reading your BlackBerry texts?

The C Man

How will they deal with BBMs private chat which deletes messages at both ends and can do it instantaneously? Private can still be private unless they are watching every moment of the day.

The C Man

I wonder how they will overcome BBMs Private Chat which deletes messages from both ends. It's now included free of charge.

BlackBerry joins the FREAK show

The C Man

FREAK conquered.

Richard (Author).

The latest BlackBerry update has protection against FREAK. You are late with this story. Might be better to concentrate on Apple whose update doesn't seem to have reached many iDevices and Google who have to rely on the ISP's and manufacturers to roll out updates.

'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

The C Man

Re: Whilst the security failure is worrying...

They may have been taken on a Blackberry but that doesn't mean they were hacked from Blackberry. If they are uploaded to the web and hacked from there they will still show the details of what they were taken on, the speed and aperture and whether flash was used.

It's noticeable that there is no insinuation in the report that they were hacked from a Blackberry device. That would have been big news.

BlackBerry: We'll buy Angela Merkel's phone security company. HA!

The C Man

I'm wondering if Blackberry will make encryption an optional extra linked to the pins. It's not far off that now.

Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

The C Man

Re: When will adults take responsibility for securing their own devices

If Apple was that safe how come they were forced to pay $32,000,000 in fines. You seem to expect Europeans to be fleeced without redress but Americans not.

All Europe is after is Apple to say "The game is free but there are charges to pay if you play".

Blackberry adds the notifications and has for a long time. Google is following suite. Apple is not worried that it's users may not be able to find the money to feed the kids because of these charges.

Sad shop-shelf-clinging BlackBerry Z10 AXED ... in price, contracts

The C Man

Chris,

The backups and restore work in the same way for Blackberry Bold or any other OS4 through to OS7 (I can even remember upgrading an earlier version than the 4 for somebody) using the Blackberry Desktop Manager. In actual fact Blackberry' phones have always been (probably always will be) able to use the information stored other Blackberry phones.

Apart from upgrading the Playbook to OS0 which I do consider to be a major mistake it should be remembered that there could be an OS3 waiting in the background.

Personally I would get the Q10 or even the Q5 for your wife. I doubt she would be unhappy with either..

The C Man

There seems to be a severe lack of knowledge here so as the reigning expert on the Google forums regarding Blackberry devices (yes, you can look me up) and my wife and I covering the Z10 with OS version10.2, Q10 with the latest OS10.1, Bold 9900 with OS7, Torch with OS6 and 8310 with OS4 I'll try sorting this out.

Chris,

After three attempts any of the BB10's will ask for "blackberry" to be inserted as the clearance to allow another password attempt. If that isn't put in then it will commence to lock the phone. I made the mistake once of trying to put in the actual password because I did not read the screen properly. Luckily you have more than one chance to type it in correctly.

Anonymous Coward should read this part

Backups are available from the Blackberry Link including previous devices by choosing Restore from the Blackberry Link and when it only shows the latest four use the scroll bar to the right hand side of the little block and scroll down to find "Legacy Devices Backup Files" and click on it so you can restore from a previous device.

If you still don't believe the files are there or you want to see what is in them then install Blackberry Backup Extractor from http://www.blackberryconverter.com/ which will find all the files on a pc.

Any further problems please come visit me in the Google Forums http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!categories/mobile/blackberry-devices and I'll try to help.

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