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477 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007

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Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

Edwin

Re: "Think of the children" or something

I find it very hard to understand the reasoning of the US government on these things, and with the current administration, I tend towards "playing silly buggers" conclusions. (nb: if you're reading this in the US, you may disagree, but it's probably fairly representative of how the rest of the world views the current US government)

The argument against protectionism here is that the US doesn't have a significant capability to build (mobile) networks in-house. Cisco has capabilities, but nothing like the big scandinavian players and the chinese. The remaining argument against this being genuinely about punishing ZTE and securing the US against chinese state influence on critical infrastructure is that it's just part of a trade war game, either bargaining with china or appearing tough for domestic purposes.

All told, I think this could be explained in many ways, and we may never know why...

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'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

Edwin

Re: What's surprising ...

I beg to differ somewhat. Regulation is absolutely necessary, but the problem here isn't deregulation - it's in politics where (particularly in the US) corporations have so much sway that regulation has become twisted and complex to the point of being impossible to manage as politician after politician tries to right a perceived wrong while listening carefully to whoever is sponsoring their re-election campaign (or, in the case of Ajit Pai, their future employment) to ensure it's not righted "wrongly".

As soon as the electorate starts thinking with their head instead of responding blindly to whatever nonsense is being doled out by the likes of Cambridge Analytica and the Internet Research Agency, politics will start returning to government for the people rather than behaving like big business.

I'm not holding out much hope though...

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Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley

Edwin
Facepalm

but...

Why not set it up as an email forwarding service for 12 months? Explain to people how to set up (insert favourite freemail provider here) accounts to automatically identify inbound email as having been sent to which.net so they can send a change of address notice. Perhaps a novel idea, but postal services have been doing this for decades...

GDPR requirements suddenly become much less onerous, the email service cost plummets and the punters get 12 months (rather than 2!) to migrate off the system.

I'll take a vulturecentral.com address also please.

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

Edwin

Re: Feeling Old...

I worked around that with a lot of batch file programming and a dozen or so different versions of CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT that were swapped in and out depending on what it was I wanted to do. Games had their own copies, but there was also a set to back up the PC to my DittomaxPro and then reboot back into the default setup.

Good days...

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We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap

Edwin

Re: Have they the rights

I was thinking that that's all they have, but now you made me question even that ;)

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Sysadmin held a rack of servers off the ground for 15 mins, crashed ISP when he put them down

Edwin

Trumpet Winsock on Win95?

I remember using it on Windows 3.1, but thought Win95 had its own sockets?

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Finland government buys a slice of Nokia

Edwin

Re: Nationalisation by the back door?

And do party lines (in the telecommunications sense) even still exist?

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

Edwin

Re: I use them...

Indeed. I use one to power the pi that runs my unifi server. Doesn't need a fan though - doesn't even get noticeably warm (unlike the 8/60W Ubiquiti switch that powers it...)

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Sacked saleswoman told to pay Intel £45k after losing discrim case

Edwin

Re: Representing yourself

Most companies would much rather settle than go to court. Court is public, and there's always the risk of precedent being set.

For Intel to take this to court suggests they knew up front they'd win, or perhaps she *really * pissed them off.

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Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

Edwin

Re: Why is Garmin

Had a fitbit, which was nice to count steps, but it's Suunto now. Very sports-centric, but all around useful enough for daily use also.

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Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

Edwin

Re: Form factors

Next year's HMD nostalgic relaunch - the Nokia E7? Or maybe one of the 9xxx series? Shall we do a poll?

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Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

Edwin

end of x86 & x64?

With advances in parallel processing and piplining, branch prediction and whatnot, are we to see RISC on the desktop?

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'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo

Edwin

what about

The Mersenne prime?

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From the graaaaaave! WileyFox's Windows 10 phone delayed again

Edwin
Happy

Re: Just why ......

There's a similarity to the VHS/Betamax war here - WinPho lost not on technical merit, but on commercial maneuvering and a lack of willpower on the part of Microsoft to really put some effort into it, such as releasing it under similar licensing conditions to Android and not providing a nice, simple piece of reference hardware.

The past five years have seen the destruction of a tremendous number of hardware and software platforms, largely due to ineptitude of the companies making them. Blackberry, Nokia, Symbian, Motorola, Microsoft and - probably - Sony.

It's sad, but I maintain hope that sooner or later something else will come along that gives IOS quality without the IOS pricetag and walled garden.

PS: Have an upvote ;)

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Edwin

Re: Just why ......

Disagree - I'm on my third WinPho, and I'm going to miss it when it dies. The UI is great, the platform is stable, the merging of mailboxen and calendars and contacts from different sources without faffing about with dozens of third-party addons is fab. It doesn't seem to be near as leaky as Android, and you get good usability without paying the Cupertino idiot tax.

What's not to like? Well, lack of apps - even Microsoft's own (Dynamics) don't seem to be well-supported. Not a real problem for me, but perhaps I'm undemanding. Biggest worry is the fact that the platform is dying a slow death.

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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

Edwin

Only partly true

If I read the kracken website correctly, both clients and APs must be patched - patching only one end of the connection is not enough, so with the updates from Ubiquiti and Microsoft, the most critical parts of the network are now patched.

I have some hopes of the various Apple and Samsung/Huawei clients, but suspect the Withings scale, Netgem set top box and Squeezebox Radio will have to be relegated to the guest network...

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Edwin

and this is why I run proper hardware even at home...

Just installed the patched firmware with a friendly nod to Ubiquiti

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

Edwin

You're all missing the point!

Who is this company and how can we ridicule them?

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D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws

Edwin

Re: Are any routers any good?

Always been a big fan of AVM, but considering inserting a Ubiquiti USG between it and the LAN. Just to be safe.

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The good kind of data sharing: Reg empties its storage news warehouse

Edwin

Diskashur?

The base product looks like the old IBM/Lenovo Secure HDD, which I've used for quite a few years. Nice to see someone picking the product up and running with it, though the prices are a bit on the high side.

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IETF 'reviewing' US event plans in the face of Trump's travel ban

Edwin

Re: For real sexsim, anti intellectualism and racism...

Ah yes, the "but he did it too" argument so beloved of five-year-olds and those with no leg to stand on.

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

Edwin

Re: Nice hardware, but...

Sorry, which privacy-slurping OS are we talking about here? Windows or iOS?

Sadly, it seems unavoidable that we will end up sacrificing privacy on mainstream OSes since you can't use a "store" without sacrificing your privacy and an increasing number of software vendors deliver software only through these storefronts.

And so privacy on the desktop goes the way of privacy on the mobile.

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

Edwin

Re: Free Fix!!!

"I wonder how the citizens of living in the 'home of the brave' feel about how cowardly and paranoid their leaders are."

That's easy: they don't care, because it doesn't apply to them. In fact, a disturbingly large number of them probably think it's a great idea: just ask yourself "what would Trump think?"

Given the above, and the fact that the right-thinking part of the country probably doesn't care enough to stop this lunacy, I think us forunners are screwed if work or holiday takes us to the "Home of the Brave (but not enough to stand up to anyone in power)"(TM).

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Hacking mobile login tokens tricky but doable, says reverse-engineer

Edwin
Go

Completely pointless comment

...but I only read the article because of the Weird Al reference...

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Edwin

Very cool, but

seems like an expensive way to realise that you should have added "uSD card slot" to the list of requirements when you bought your new phone...

That's not to say I'm not tempted though - the primary use case may be a little silly but there are plenty of others...

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

Edwin

Re: Auto generated passwords

<pedant>33k6!</pedant>

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Edwin

Re: When I was your age...

Dammit Steve K. You owe me a keyboard.

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Edwin
Windows

When I was your age...

My first personal commercial internet connection was a terminal session (Pine, Lynx, TIN) on a 1200baud Hayes. Of course, real dinosaurs remember acoustic couplers and 300 baud.

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She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

Edwin
Facepalm

Been there, done that...

...and if anyone can recommend a T-shirt, I'm game!

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

Edwin

My thought exactly...

I actually feel quite good when I see things like this going on. Because clearly, if the formatting of comments is the biggest problem in the Linux kernel, then it much be in pretty fantastic shape.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

Edwin

A340?

I wonder why A330 based - the A340 has a higher MTOW, which I think would be handy for freight...

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

Edwin

Re: The CEO problem

Hum. The inherent assumption here is that the process is effective, adds value and makes sense. Looking at IT in any number of large corporations, this is a risky assumption at best.

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

Edwin

Re: There was only ever one proper gag on Windows...

That - and who do you think has to fix it?

The telecoms engineers in the company would have been an acceptable target, but I suspect they were capable of much nastier pranks in retaliation...

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Edwin

There was only ever one proper gag on Windows...

In the early Win95 days, the preferred office prank was to take a screenshot of the desktop, hide all the icons under the recycle bin icon and set the task bar to autohide.

This was especially effective for people with a 101 key keyboard since they didn't have a Windows key to use (surprisingly few people know the alternative key combinations).

To be fair: we only did this within the IT department. Anyone in IT who falls for that for very long is in the wrong business anyway.

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T-Mobile US boss John Legere calls bulls*** on video throttling claims

Edwin

To be fair...

Hidden among all the misdirection and fluff, it appears that they're trying to flog a low bandwidth "partner" business model for their subscribers not on high bandwidth packages.

There's very clearly some lack of transparency about what they're doing, but it would seem that people who want full fat bandwidth can purchase that option also. Though I'm sure it costs a bit more.

Sounds like the perfect ingredients for a good old-fashioned mud-slinging contest. A bit like American elections.

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

Edwin

Re: when will this madness stop?

Let's not deliberately misstate the intention.

I think the OP's point was that it's an interesting intellectual exercise on who should own the copyright. Not who should hire the lawyers.

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Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

Edwin
Facepalm

Different kinds of politics

The problem is that the two kinds of democracy are incompatible.

The EU politicians are a group of inept concensus-builders, which means that anything that comes out of the EU is a bit like the big American beers: everything with substance has been removed to avoid offending anyone, which means the result is flat and pointless.

The Americans are owned by big business, which means that anything that comes out serves the interest of the dollar and not necessarily the interests of warm bodies anywhere. And when push comes to shove, the guvmint will do what it likes anyway.

Don't even get me started on polarisation as a political tactic...

I'm more and more convinced that benevolent dictatorship is my form of government of choice.

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Only paying for Microsoft software that you use? It's coming

Edwin

Re: embrace the cloud, rather than paying a lot more for on-premise licenses.

No, but I can definitely see where it can be win-win.

Imagine an enterprise system which has regular daily users and occasional (once a month, once a year) users. The named user model makes it very expensive to have occasional users, no matter what the business justification. A floating license model goes some way to address this, but not quite all the way.

Assuming MS wants to have constant revenue, you could then end up with a solution whereby occasional users get quite a lot cheaper.

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Alcatel Idol 3: Holding its own with a pretty decent 5.5 inches

Edwin

Re: The right way around!

Actually, I think they've nailed it - depending on what I'm doing, the headphone jack should be at the top OR bottom. The USB port I don't much care about normally (Qi) but bottom works a little better for me.

The great idea (IMO) is that I can go from portrait to landscape to portrait and not care which way I'm rotating it. With regard to fat fingers on cameras - I'm still partial to physical camera buttons (handy cue to know you're holding it right), so when they add that, I'll consider it.

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Apple watch breathes down Fitbit's neck

Edwin

tripe

A Fitbit isn't comparable to an Apple iSuperfluousness. Or is Cupertino trying to position their not-a-timepiece as an activity tracker now?

I ask, because for that sort of cash, you should get a Suunto.

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AshMad search outfit Trustify to El Reg: 'Trust us, we're the good guys'

Edwin

dunno, really

The validation approach does have the benefit of warning the email address owner that they're being looked up. Granted, the wider availability of the database makes the point kind of moot...

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

Edwin

Re: Or the opposite could happen....

Let's not get sidetracked by the AM business model - whether acceptable or not (and whatever you think of cheaters), the real criminals here are the hackers. And while it may have been prudent (or even wise) for AM to shut down after the first threats, you're then demonstrating to the criminal community that hacking pays. So next, someone can hack the mime club website and blackmail them into shutting down because Lord Vetinari can't abide mimes.

Personally, the Impact Team rationalisation looks backwards to me anyway. Which is more likely:

- someone with a seriously skewed moral compass feels it's OK to hack a website, kill a company and cause millions of people significant discomfort because they think it's "wrong"

or

- someone noticed they could hack into the AM website and pilfer the data, and then needed a rationalisation for doing something truly reprehensible.

Either way, let's not forget who the criminals are in this case.

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The Register WHEELY needs YOU to help raise charity funds

Edwin
Happy

Re: Just a thought

Cool! Where do we sign up 'to be informed'?

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Edwin

Re: Just a thought

Fully agree, and let's also not forget there're more MAMILs in the northern hemisphere!

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German prosecutor given Das Boot over Netzpolitik treason charge

Edwin

Pick the odd man out in this line

"...Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange and dozens of other journalists..."

I don't know that even the most charitable view could qualify Assange as a journo...

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

Edwin

Transrapid

I was wondering what El Reg was reading that said it was in the pipeline... Mind, they've slowed it down somewhat in recent years: it only runs 431 kh/h a couple of times a day these days.

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

Edwin

Re: Nice way of shooting yourself in the foot, or both

This is true only because they owned the US government YEARS ago.

But the audacity of Uber is pretty astonishing.

Interesting question: will they throw their own staff under the bus? Will they cease and desist if these guys go to jail, or will they just hire some new execs and carry on?

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

Edwin

Rogue? Nethack?

'nuff said.

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Nokia declares war on data centres to win back telco customers

Edwin

Microsoft?

I think you need to read up on Nokia and Nokia Siemens history 2007-present.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

Edwin

Catalysts?

Anyone who's spent time on social media is able to see the echo chamber effect quite easily.

I wonder though if in this case the effect was strengthened by the apparent inability of the media to put down a balanced story. The relentless spindoctoring by politicians, activists and business have probably left a large part of the population unclear on who they can trust. And in that insecurity, they hold on to whatever belief they've formed for themselves.

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