460 posts • joined 10 Jan 2008
The figures are both good. But at that rate of call reduction I'm not sure I'd feel very secure as a CSR for MS.
Re: Did this get worse when they started "outsourcing"?
I think an El Reg article covering TSB's TITSUP mentioned that there was some hand-raising, but they were over-ruled by those higher-up.
Re: Backup plan??
It may exist, but good luck a) finding one b) finding someone in your local Spar who knows how/is willing to use it.
I do hope it looks cool. And is badged as Microsoft Azure Black Hack Multipack Attack Rack Stack
Re: Not sure how big of a loss this is
As useful as Windows Network Diagnostics being the default button when you can't access a network location.
I expect there's more howlers to come as he winds down on his way out the door. I'm sure someone will remind me, but he's got what, 6, months left?
I thought that too. But the second screen would be a pain in the neck (literally) to see. That whole thing would need to held up at such a stupid angle.
I'm puzzled by that second device. I can't think of a situation where someone would want a slither of a second screen above a non-tactile on-screen keyboard. And the use-cases for needing both halves of a laptop to be actual screens also seem small.
Still, I may be proved wrong.
Third party? Are Philips farming out their voice-recognition?
The ability to set specific colours, brightness, not just on/off
Good to see someone else falling foul of car analogies.
Cars ain't phones.
Sadly, these outages seem to be an annual event. If not NAB, then one of the others. Luckily I'm not a business-owner. But as a consumer I have a second, pre-paid card with me at all times for just such an eventuality. I suppose cash would be a better backup, but I'd just blow that on beer and crisps.
Sadly, I fear you may be right.
And I'd imagine it'll be a while before they get round to a heavily-lawyered response that'll need signing to confirm the account owner has agreed to their offer of nowt and have no intention of sueing them (now or ever) just in order to maintain an account with them..
Remember that $5,000 you spent on Tesla's Autopilot and then sued when it didn't deliver? We have good news...
So if/when the software is available, these folks will have had their cake and eaten it too?
Re: They got 100Mbps wireless in Iceland (country)
Sorry, yes, new service, not new satellites.
Re: They got 100Mbps wireless in Iceland (country)
Technology ain't the issue. There's apparently no consumer demand. And business demand can be covered by the "NBN Business Satellite Service" which launches its first satellites next year (Sky Muster will remain, but be consumer-oriented).
>"Lloyd wanted to pay himself “an annual salary of up to £50,000 for a period of up to four years"
Now it makes sense.
Still got to admire Telstra's balls - sell a failing network to nbn for billions. Then charge billions more to fix it up for them. Genius.
Nice to see people get taken down for this kind of thing, but dang, 35 years!?
I suspect they mean "messages" that rely on location at points in time. The sort of "we see you're currently at Tesco, why not pick up some discount ham today?" stuff.
Seems a lot of expensive hassle when they could just elbow him out that window he's so fond of waving from.
>"Assange hacked into the communications system within the embassy".
Ten quid says the "hacking" was the highly-skilled vulnerability exploit of plugging his laptop into the wall's LAN socket.
THIS is what AI, machine-learning and cloud is for!
"the first powered flying machine and the first human-designed heavier-than-air vehicle to visit another planet".
If not humans, who else is designed flying vehicles for other planets? That's some Area 51 shit going on. What does El Reg know that we don't?
Mate, that sounds like a shit place to work!
No real drama for firmware USB uploads etc... just clarify that such software is distinct from "data" in their memo of "expanding the practise of prohibiting data transfer to all removable portable storage devices". BAU for booting/updating.
Re: Australia's budget also reduced its beer tax.
I can tell you one thing, I noticed no price cut at Pub Club last night.
Will be interesting to see if there's actually any impact on bar prices.
Still, 3cm positioning sounds great. Especially for rescue services and autonomous vehicles, oh, and Google.
Re: Those two guys will be successful in their future lives...
I guess that if some research didn't identify risks then others might not learn of them until too late.
Very much this!
There's simply no need to set up an "account" or to "register" when I just want to buy something from a merchant. So when they ask, I don't do it, I move on to the next merchant.
Re: Sensible Rules
By making it fixed length, doesn't that make it easier to attack?
Efficiency of retrieval shouldn't be the driver for passwords surely? If there's one thing that I detest it's processes/forms/systems/interactions that are designed to make it easier for the processing bod to work on.
Re: User-friendly method for good passwords
Gonna need a numeral in there for a lot of systems/sites.
"don't waste your time trying to tell anyone else what they should do when it comes to passwords"
Well that's ruined the comments for this article then.
Can almost cut the hate for Windows in here today.
Another factor is that Joe Bloggs finding a tape of an unfamiliar-to-most media format lying on the street, or the back of a dusty office cupboard etc, is unlikely to know what the hell to do with it. Unless it was labelled with something like "Super-important backup tape containing banking details of 12 million customers".
Still, no encryption is an epic fail for CommBank's IT bods. The idea that they'd accept the risk of shunting unencrypted tapes to/from a third party speaks volumes about the culture in their IT depts.
I get nervous hitting the reboot button on kit a few hundred km away, never mind in freaking space.
Hats off I say.
Re: F1 is a Car Crash
They do need to sort out the media rights again. Hopefully something more along the lines of what Formula E are doing - their emphasis seems to be on fan engagement and large audiences.
An next year's Formula E car looks like something straight out of the Hot Wheels factory http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/introducing-the-gen2-formula-e-car/
I'm no rocket scientist, but dang, having to hit a 30 second launch window seems like quite a feat to me.
Re: There's Nothing Wrong With QWERTY...
I've always been more of an ASDFGH kinda guy
Where's the obligatory "just install Linux" comment?
Have to wonder if this is linked to this interesting story from yesterday: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-06/porn-site-pornhub-displayed-on-perth-yagan-square-touchscreen/9624428
Re: So since Intel have now confirmed that are unwilling to fix...
Depends on the definition of faulty I suppose.
Car analogies are always a good bet on a downvote, but let's say a car maker were hauled over the coals for using glass in their windows. That glass can be smashed and used to gain access to the car and have a good rummage around the glove box.
Would the manufacturer be liable in the same way? After all, the window served its purpose just fine until someone decided to unearth the hidden weakness in it, much like these CPU bugs.
Still, common sense has no place in the US legal system.
Here's the list of Chinese kit facing extra US import tariffs: Hard disk drives, optic fiber, PCB making equipment, etc
Re: Hats off!
Don't forget to narrow it down to only those machines used in making hats out of felt.
Re: They could have it so easy
Was the ThinkLight the little LED above the screen that illuminated the keyboard?
Always struck me as a bit twee.
Re: Microsoft should be held accountable for there defective code
"Microsoft should be held accountable for there defective code"
I'm not normally one to go all there/their/they're on someone, but in that sentence it's gold.
I'll doubt storage space is really their concern. Probably more that it's either not cost-effective to keep the service going, they don't have a more glamorous roadmap for it, didn't see the take-up they forecast, they're concerned about some aspect of regulation, or they simply can't be arsed any more.
Re: Why not ban pit stops when the safety car is out.
Safety. If a car is an unsafe condition, such as dangerously worn tyres, then the driver must still be able to pit and change them. Sure, that means pit stops are gamed as Vettel did, but safety has to be their priority.
Re: How to retrofit bonk-pay to your existing Smartphone
That can lead to scratching the phone. A better option may be to grab a sticker/coffecup/keyring/wristband/ring with the chip in from your provider of choice e.g. https://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobile/phones/wearables/optus-pay, https://www.westpac.com.au/personal-banking/mobile-wallets/paywear/, or www.inamo.com. In Australia at least. Not sure about other countries.
Re: Tokens "...when a card is swiped..."
I was confused over MST/NFC too. Hadn't heard of MST before. Happily, Sammy has what looks to be a reaonable explanation at https://www.samsung.com/us/support/answer/ANS00043949/
So MST is a contactless way of replicating an actual swipe.
Me though, I prefer bonking.
Re: Unfortunate names
Agreed, something's not right there
Re: That will be an improvement
Usually caused by another piece of software incorrectly editing the default file associations, so Windows reverts them to out-the-box defaults.