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* Posts by Phil Kingston

551 posts • joined 10 Jan 2008


Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz

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Yep, I think that sums it up. I'm increasingly seeing Oz networks giving add-ons e.g. Beats headphones on a contract plan as part of the credit arrangement. Makes sense to me - tie customer in for 24 months, load up their credit contract with as much product as you can.

Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards

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Re: Err

Good spot

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It still surprises me that Bloomberg stick by their story. With zero evidence to back it up. It's almost as if they'd been pressured by the US to damage the perception of a Chinese brand.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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I hear the second bill of the next parliamentary year is one to stop the ocean tide.

Be interesting to see if any tech companies announce plans to just not have an Australian presence any more.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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My Tumblr feed is just filth. And I've some fairly niche tastes. So I'll have to find that somewhere else now. Boo.

Customers baffled as Citrix forces password changes for document-slinging Sharefile outfit

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Re: Work requires regular password changes

I used to work somewhere as a non-sysadmin that required regular password resets, retained 12 previous passwords but had no minimum password age. I just used to sit there and reset my password 13 times to get back to the one (very complex) one I had committed to memory.

I say this to perhaps reinforce that having a policy is one thing, having an effective policy is harder. Sounds like Citrix is at least trying to do good things.

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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Re: Another design approach:

I made one of those in my first car (a Citroen GSA estate if you want to know). I screwed the lid of an ice cream tub to the side of the centre console in the passenger footwell, snapped the tub into place, made a rubbish sized hole in the top et voila, my own bin. Tended to be full of fag packets and crisp bags.

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Isn't this the kind of use-case we're all told Blockchain will shine in?

Lenovo superdishes not-so-superdosh for Superfish superloss: $40 waiting for you if you bought adware laptop

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As I recall, Superfish was more than just a bit of bloatware, it was effectively a MITM attack.

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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>stains on the sofas, walls and carpets

Walls? Fark.

Flea market Xiaomi makes mad dash for growth

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Re: Yeah but...

I'm a satisfied Amazfit Pace user. And have long admired their mobile phone offerings even if never actually purchased one.

Good luck to them I say.

LastPass? More like lost pass. Or where the fsck has it gone pass. Five-hour outage drives netizens bonkers

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Re: Keepass

Got to agree, it's the whole security-vs-convenience thing. Sure manually copying a file between devices may be more secure, but at quite some inconvenience. Too far along that scale for me to implement.

US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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Filed under "Committee recommends giving itself more powers".

Six critical systems, four months to Brexit – and no completed testing

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I'll print out whatever Vulture South posts and mail it to you.

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Re: Honest answer here also from the colonies

Hey! Don't be dissing Strictly.

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Re: Testing?

DevOps FTW?

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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Re: Shame to see it end like this.

Yep the UI is still the best mobile one. There's an Android launcher "Launcher 10" that does a pretty good job of bringing it to Android. But performance can be a bit hit and miss.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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The real surprise here is that Windows Troubleshooter actually managed to fix something.

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: Um

They may not have been trying a silent uninstall, maybe these machines are just in the wrong ou or something.

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

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Well done team!

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Would be interested to know how he gets on. It can't be easy to prove something was deleted.

DXC: Everything is going to plan, too well in fact... we've chopped so many staff, our IT projects are now behind

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"Talent cloud"?

Choose your own pun.

HSBC now stands for Hapless Security, Became Compromised: Thousands of customer files snatched by crims

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I'm still suspicious of the credit monitoring folks actually being behind these kind of things.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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Re: Tempting...

How did we get from a Mac Mini to a Windows patch rant?

Oz spy boss defends 'high risk vendor' ban

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So, we're banning the best value vendor and pushing business towards a (probably) US outfit?

Q: What's better than thinking there might be unwanted eyes on your network traffic?

A: *Knowing* there's TLA eyes on your network traffic.

What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!

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Because shiny shiny!

Intel: You'll get 10nm next year – now witness the firepower of this fully armed cash machine

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Thanking you.

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>surged another three per cent after the stock market close

Go on then, someone help me with my economic ignorance... If the market's closed for the day how/who is trading?

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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I can't help thinking that the idea of a car that's programmed to possibly sacrifice its driver in certain circumstances could be abused. Say James Bond is driving along and a group of 10 henchman deliberately jump out in front of him so that James ends up wrapped around a lamp post.

I am glad brighter brains than mine are working on this.

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Can I get....

a link to what the trolley problem is?

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort

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Already happening. Wine being one use-case I've heard of.

Finally, someone takes a stand against Apple, Samsung for slowing people's phones. Just a few million dollars, tho

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Re: Wrong Metric

But there are those who say they'd rather keep the performance.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Hey boss! Honestly, I did all those TPS reports, but they had cuss words in them so they've been deleted. freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Re: The Microsoft Curse?

YAY! I win the office bet on how soon the first Microsoft bash would be. I said top 3.

Chrome 70 flips switch on Progressive Web Apps in Windows 10 – with janky results

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Re: Probably won't work when Windows is done with it

>ads that could not be blocked.

Ah, now I see why G so keen on them.

Alphabet in the soup for keeping quiet about Google+ data leak bug

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I'm admitteldy naive on financial things, but isn't this a case of "dude gambled on stock market, lost, and it's someone else's fault"?

Wouldn't he have had to be actively selling shares to have suffered any actual loss? If he's held onto them then no harm, no foul?

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Re: A phone from the past

Wish I'd never got rid of mine. Waaayyyy past time for that form factor to make a comeback.

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My pub phone dream is close to reality. Just needs a little less fruit and to not to be tied to some yank network.

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Re: Seems OK

I've heard Sittingbourne is 20 years behind.


Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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I also wonder why he didn't just enter the property, trigger the alarm, and then simply silence the alarm with PIN/fob/whatever.

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lock escalation?

Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

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What really got me about all the Samsung bloat and crapware was that they don't even let you uninstall them. I mean, it's one thing to ship a device loaded up with shite, and quite another to not even let the user remove it.

Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN

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Re: Android?

Extortion is a serious word to be throwing around.

If anyone has a valid patent and does good licensing deals then I say fair enough. Obvs not all those patent troll firms.

If you haven't already patched your MikroTik router for vulns, then if you could go do that, that would be greeeeaat

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Re: Would anyone...

I don't. But i've heard good things about them and i know a one-man-band IT guy who's rolled out a dozen or so.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Why even touch user folders?

Smartphone 2002, with ActiveSync, those were the days

Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Sounds like a non-trivial task to un-pick everything they put Plus' hooks into.

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Sky's the limit with this kind of legislation. Hope they get their legal eagles on it.

Want some of that sweet government contract money? Obama's CIO gives tips to land deals with Uncle Sam

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To be fair, the only reason government departments hit EOL woes is because they can't get rolled-out without months/years caught up in their own procurement process.

CEO pleads guilty of conspiring with drug cartels to sell them stealthy Blackberrys

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Just some good-ol' fashioned policing.

Now if only they could pass on their knowledge to those hastily drafting a crazy encryption bill in Australia.

Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

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Re: Going back to Thinkpad

I suspect you may not be the target market then. The folks I've seen who use these as mobile devices (seen a fair few that never actually leave their desk) have a wireless mouse and expect/demand Wi-Fi everywhere. There's no need for them to lug USB hubs or ethernet adaptors. They're not the kind of people who would know what a VM is, let alone want to run some on a tablet.


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