* Posts by Ian Emery

1580 posts • joined 9 Aug 2007

Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

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Meanwhile, Chrome is still silently installing itself alongside compliant 3rd parties, and making itself the default browser.

Just had this tonight with my parents; for 2 weeks they have been unable to get active elements in emails to work. Went over, found the email program was trying to pass on to a browser and failing and asked the question.

Yes, Chrome installed itself without permission, so we immediately uninstalled it.

A lot of smaller AV/AM programs now tag Chrome as a PUP; when will the big boys start biting the hand that feed it???

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Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT

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Re: What do you expect?

I am sorry, but you all buy phone and tablet cases with a cut-out on the back to show you are using an A#Thing; is that not waving it in our faces??

And as someone who has had to suffer through my wife and mother owning A#Things, I am well aware of why Android is better.

On a recent family trip, my mum was the only one who couldnt share photos via Bluetooth, because IOS Bluetooth wont connect to Android Bluetooth (or Windows Bluetooth), correctly.

I suppose I could have set up a wifi hotspot on my netbook, and allowed her to connect via that, but I wanted her to understand WHY everyone else in the family had switched to Android.

She still has an Air she uses for work related stuff, but her phone is now Android.

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Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

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Re: Propellor problems?

No one told the contractors is shouldn't be water soluble; about 40% will have fizzed away by the time they reach dock.

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Someone told Google to nuke links to mean reviews of disgraced telco True Telecom

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The ISPR story is still there, but the comments section about the story has been wiped clean.

I was one of the people who commented, so I know what was there and what wasnt, and the claims made by the owner of "fake news" are bollocks; as (I suspect) are all the glowing reviews on their website.

The company has gone bust and changed names and office address multiple times in the last 10 years, been struck off and threatened with being struck off twice before - all this is available via companies house.

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Microsoft says Win 8/10's weak randomisation is 'working as intended'

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Re: Glad to be sticking with Win Vista

I think you are being nasty to Win ME; no way was it as bad as Vista.

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Re: Windows 7

Anyone smart and stubborn enough to stop Win10 was surely smart and stubborn enough to stop all the spyware as well; I know I was.

In other news, Austin/British Leyland say that the wheels falling off of the Allegro was a feature and not a bug.

The captain of the Titanic says the ship sinking was always part of the plan, and not a bug.

Wile E Coyote says getting hit on the head by the anvil was always his intention and should NO WAY be considered as a bug.

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Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

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Following todays triple whammy

I have my wife dusting off her trusty abacus.; I am fairly certain it cannot be hacked, although it WAS made in China.

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It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

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WTF?

FAIL!!

It should have been obvious that it was a scam site; it worked!!!

Anyone who has had to deal with TSB will tell you that NOTHING WORKS!!

I am amazed at how they have a single customer after my experiences in trying to open an account.

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Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10

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Nelson Muntz

We REALLY need his icon for stories like this.

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UK.gov 'could easily' flog 6m driver records to private firms this year

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I am shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YOU!!

All this time I thought I was giving the government my personal data so they could lose unencrypted copies of it on USB drives and laptops left on trains and in taxi's; now I discover they sell it as well!!!

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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

I bought a brand new office printer 6 months before Win7 came out - and found I could only use all its features if I had XP installed; the Win7 driver was the generic M$ job, and the Vista driver was a pile of steaming dung that BSOD'ed anything but a basic print job.

I am now off to dig out my ancient Pana dot matrix, to see if it still works.

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True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more

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Apparently, the people behind True Telecom have already used this trick multiple times to avoid OFCOM fines and court judgements against them.

They are already up and running under a new name, but in the same offices, same phone number. and with the same executives.

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Ads watchdog tells Plusnet: There's no way unlimited business broadband costs £4.50

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A&A arent conning you

BT Wholesale are conning you, A&A are only passing on the cost.

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BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die

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Agreed, testing needs to be more rigorous and standardised than this; I had a phone a few years ago that wouldnt last a single day in or around my home town, but lasted 10 days in Moscow - because Moscow had decent cell coverage, and the phone wasnt running full power trying to get a signal.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Re: You need to upgrade your hand...

you mean A¬Finger.

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Re: as autumn weather turns to winter

You missed something,

"as the autumn weather turns to winter for much of the world"

Lets see, around the equator, (a large part of the worlds surface), there is no real winter.

SOUTH of that, Spring is turning into summer.

Apparently, the writer failed geography, and lives in a secluded hut with limited internet access, because they have never seen or heard of 2 thirds of the world.

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Automatic for the people: Telcos forced to pay for giving you crap services

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Re: Too late

Yos pays penuts, yos gets monkeys.

When my old line got SLAMed by my old ISP, my new ISP got me a cancelled appointment and a new phone line installed in 10 days, and the Fibre guy 2 days later.

BT were quoting 2 months......

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Re: "an engineer does not turn up for a scheduled appointment"

I've had that, waited TWO full days for the engineer to turn up, and he had fixed it at the exchange - except no one bothered to tell me my line was fixed, not even a sorry from BT.

As for £25, nice if you are unemployed, but most employed people having to take a day off to wait in vain are out a lot more than that; one of my jobs paid £100 per hour, when will BT et al, pay me £800 for waiting in all day and for them not to show up??

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Re: Fast

Mozilla put SOME of the new code in the current release - and it made a pretty huge difference in speed for me.

The lack of too many of my vital addons such as NoScripts (may be updated in time), FlagFox (no news), and FoxClocks (no news); meansing I have just switched off auto update, and will be waiting for these programs to get updated, or (in a month or so), start looking for good replacements.

For those who dont understand why FlagFox is important.

A few years ago, my mother got redirected to a perfect fake clone of her business bank log in page; the only reason she didnt enter her business password and key code was because I had installed FlagFox, and she realised the site was in Romania, and not the UK.

A call to the bank followed a system scan by me finding nothing, and it turned out the redirect was at the banks end (way to go Barclays), but never publicly acknowledged. I dont know how many business customers got scammed.

BTW, if you have NoScript, you dont really need AdBlock; I switched off ADP+ as it was slowing FF down so much, and NS blocks all the ads anyway.

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Re: Such is life. Have a look around - it's a constant race of arms.

UK is 240 +/- 10%, since the lower end covers 220v, there was no need to change the UK voltage; obviously though, if we get a 10% over volt, it may cause issues with some Euro spec devices, but the only ones I can think of that it would damage would be filament light bulbs - which are in the process of being banned anyway.

(Sparky - retired).

(part time pendant)

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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YT kids is like concentrated nastiness

I naively tried it for my then 2 y/o daughter, and there was some really nasty stuff showing up that was unsuitable for anyone under 18, even stuff about body dismemberment and extreme violence. There were more nasty videos than things suitable for a child to watch!!!

I immediately removed the app from her tablet.

Normal YT is still has lots of nastiness, but the percentage is far less; I have been letting her use YT since she was 3 1/2, and she is nearly 5, and only once have I had to intervene and say "no, it isnt suitable for you".

There are a lot of good providers of educational, and entertainment value - apart from the TV show rips; but far too much mashed together crap drowning it out.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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Re: I would gladly pay BT at least 20 times what I pay now...

I would gladly sell my house, and all its content to help the BT Team.

(NTNOCN knock-off).

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A Trilogy in Five Parts.

Is the ghost of Douglas Adams in charge of BT's "Annual" price rise??

Having looked at the trend over the last few years, by 2022 BT will be having an "annual" price rise every month.

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: If there ever was a story perfect for television ...

You mean, like "The Tomorrow People"; where the original series portrayed the "Nova" humans as incapable of violence, and they turned it into a cheap and nasty, Buffy style, kung fu series.

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Re: Slow off the mark

Not so, just last week we were discussing if the latest Cray super computer, armed with a quad pack of AMD's finest gfx cards; could get double digit fps around Minas Tiruth without crashing every time you use a porting skill or walked through a door.

ICON

Gandalf REALLY let himself go in later years

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Slow off the mark

News of this broke over a week ago; at least, that is how long the discussion thread has been running on the LOTRO forums.

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El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

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Re: Where are the First Direct results??

The only "ads" I see on FD are those relating to FD services; Google try to force their way in everywhere, what browser are you using, because I dont have Google or maxymiser (also Google) showing when I log in.

I block 90% of scripts using NoScript anyway.

Cross site scripting is why I have stopped using TheBookPeople; I get XSS warnings from the credit card details page; this is inexcusable.

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Where are the First Direct results??

I know they are part of HSBC, but they use a totally different system, so should be tested as a separate bank.

As an aside, how can FD's user interface be so wonderful, and HSBC's be so crap???

I have to use both, and REALLY wish FD accepted business accounts.

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

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Re: Whale, whale, whale, let's sea

The Chinese arent very imaginative when it comes to naming state enterprises; back in 2010 I stayed in..

"The People's Liberation Army Supply Depot Hotel"

To be fair, it was a decent hotel, although the hookers were rather obvious.

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Its OK

it is well known that Chinese metal quickly dissolves in water.

I can get away with Chinese jokes as their sense of humour is very German.

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Li-ion batteries blow up because they breed nanowire crystals

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With NiCd, a quick pulse from a car battery

Did this a few times, great fun; however suicide was not an option, you we did it in the middle of the carpark with a 25 meter extension lead.

Saw someone do it with a car battery once; took several inches out of the FLOOR in an industrial building; despite the battery starting off sat on a tea trolley.

(Also took out much of the interior and all the windows).

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

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Re: Windows 10 Fall

My reading of it as well, but I didnt even think of posting on here, as I assumed at least 1 million people would have beaten me to it.

I HAVE posted it as "is it a small "l" or a capital "I", on a couple of game forums.

The guy with the personalised coat - made in China with "LAN" stitched on the name badge.

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Its not that I am down on M$, but...

Every time I read Windows Fall, I keep reading it as Windows fail; could that first "l" really be a capital "I" ??

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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

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Re: FFS RTFA

True, but they all missed out the fact the lights were broken, and the stairs down to the basement were missing.

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Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

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Sigh

Sigh, not one mention of its inhabitants, the Suppository people.

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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

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Paris Hilton

How long by horseback to London??

When should we expect our new king to reach the capital and declare himself??

Paris?? Well, she has had more than a few pork swords pulled out of her.........

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Microsoft concedes to Mozilla: Redmond will point web API docs at Moz Dev Network

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Happy

Re: Documentation simply isn't cool.

Hang on while I make a record of that response.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Angel

Re: The drone was goose operated.

If only I could upvote that a billion times.

Thank you, you made a very sick man laugh.

(Sick in both meanings of the word)

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Gartner says back-to-school PC sales failed. IDC says they worked

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Re: Two men say they're Jesus

AH, west end girls.

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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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Joke

Not entirely Apple's fault

Like in Dog/Cat years, tech moves fast; smart phones have been around long enough that they are starting to show signs of middle-aged spread.

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Re: Anyone going to talk about the issue being reported?

I am guessing you are a fanboi from the number of incorrectly spelled words in your missive.

Tiny thoughts please tiny minds

Tiny trousers fit tiny behinds.

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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Re: Pissy Weird purchase by any chance??

No, it is an Epson; the model number has rubbed off, but I think it was a 6500 ?? We got the first one with our first Win95 office box.

I had two*, with the slide/negative adapters; to this day it is as fast at standard dpi speeds than my Epson Workforce AIO, or any of the newer, dedicated scanners I have lying around.

For day to day, I use the Workforce (because it has an auto-feed system), but for photos I use the old one, as the colour correction is better.

*My sister broke the one - god knows how; probably yelled at it; the same way she yelled at her PC and killed the HDD.

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Pissy Weird purchase by any chance??

Years back I had to source a 2m SCSI cable for a scanner; the above only had 0.5m in stock for £28; they would ORDER a 2m cable, but wouldnt give me a price.

I needed it in a hurry, so drove 5 miles to a computer fair, where a 2m cable (still in use today*) cost me £8.

* Still in use because, although the scanner barely works with WinXP, it is the BEST scanner I have ever come across - and built like a nuclear bunker.

(The most modern driver for it was Win98SE).

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

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"between 1327 and 2015"

Nearly 700 years, is this a new outage record for M$??

(Yes, yes, I know, feeble joke).

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

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Once again

I will mention, as I did for the previous stories about the estimates on account breaches; that at the time I suggested they were lying, as EVERYONE I knew with a Yahoo account had it hacked back in 2013.

I STILL get relayed emails from my old account, even though I lost control of it at the time; and at no point have I ever received an email from Yahoo telling me that my account had been hacked.

I suggest it isnt a case of "just found out", but more "we have just been found out".

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Terminator

Re: A blonde , female, politician

Sorry, I missed off the joke icon; my brain meds make me a bit fuzzy in the mornings.

As for the humour level - each to their own; after my brain surgery I will be wearing a "T" shirt says Hnk If Yuv had brian sugery"; I expect some people wont find that funny either; but to me (and many others) humour is a coping mechanism.

It is either bad jokes or despair at how totally brain dead our entire, power grubbing, small minded, political elite have become.

(The icon is how I feel right now)

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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I predict

It will all turn out to be vapourware.

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Re: Look in the loft

CPC was crap when it came out, believe me, I had to teach my mum how to use it one weekend - so she could teach some lecturers on Monday morning how to teach their students on Monday afternoon.

(Typical training centre balls-up).

I did at least get free photo copier privileges for my Star Fleet Battles addiction.

The nearest we have to a Nostalgia" icon.

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HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

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