* Posts by Fred Dibnah

106 posts • joined 29 Oct 2008

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

Fred Dibnah

Re: "clear democratic majority"

The Conservatives won a majority in 2015 with a much lower percentage of the electorate - 24.3%. The 37.4% figure for the referendum is a lot higher than that, and in fact no government has polled a similar percentage since 1966.

http://www.conservativehome.com/highlights/2015/05/lets-not-get-carried-away-the-conservatives-only-won-over-a-quarter-of-all-potential-voters.html

If a quarter of the electorate is deemed a sufficient mandate to raise VAT, cut the top income tax rate, introduce the bedroom tax, etc etc, then a third voting to Leave has to mean we leave. Sadly.

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Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

Fred Dibnah
Coat

Version for taxi drivers

Wear 2.0 Guv.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

Fred Dibnah

Re: "preventing free speech and internet security"

Hey, does the UK have a constitution now? Thanks for letting me know!

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UberEats into food delivery with new app launch in London

Fred Dibnah
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UK vs Netherlands

In the UK, Uber is helping us to eat more, whereas in the Netherlands some of their cars will carry your bike on the back. They obviously know their customers' tastes.

Icon because food, plus footie only 40 mins away :-)

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Crims set up fake companies to hoard and sell IPv4 addresses

Fred Dibnah

Re: It's finally come to pass

I read somewhere that Yale Uni has more addresses than China.

The UK Govt Department of Work & Pensions has an class A range - why??

And who decided to waste 16 million addresses on an internal loopback?

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Watchdog snaps: Privatise the Land Registry? What a terrible idea!

Fred Dibnah
Unhappy

Agree with most of the above

Private Eye have been reporting on this for a while now.

Have just filled in the shitty response form (and wrote a shitty response).

Feeling v. angry.

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London to Dover 'smart' road could help make driverless cars mainstream – expert

Fred Dibnah

Re: Petrol prices ,,,

They probably removed the signs because people could see the outrageous fuel prices and kept on driving past the services.

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Fred Dibnah

Re: All the better to track you then?

Sign 4

"Burma-Shave"

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

Fred Dibnah

@ werdsmith

Most people may not give a shit, but don't you think it's a good thing that some of us do? It's just like the 'snooper's charter', where 99% of the public don't know or care what will happen with their data, but a bunch of barristers are making a fuss.

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UK draft super-spy law 'not fit for purpose,' say 100s of senior lawyers

Fred Dibnah

Re: Sigh...

"......do we really live in a democracy and is there a rule of law?"

Given the atrocious FPTP voting system and the ability of the rich, powerful, and well-connected to work the legal and political system to their advantage, my answers are No we don't, and No there isn't.

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

Fred Dibnah
Happy

Re: Pedant Alert

And from this side of the pond, I couldn't care less about any of this.

(I really couldn't.)

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Fred Dibnah

Re: iPayer for iPlayer

"There are many programs that never make it onto iPlayer due to licensing issues."

Conversely, there are some programmes that are only on iPlayer, such as the brilliant Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02gyz6b

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If NatWest texts you about online banking fraud, don't click the link

Fred Dibnah

Every time I contact my bank's call centre about something, they remind me that they don't have my mobile number in their records. Here's why.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

Fred Dibnah

Re: There's no problem, only solutions

How about some of these trousers?

Goodies

@ 2 minutes

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

Fred Dibnah

Re: Oh dear sir,

Idiots who self inflict either through ski-ing, hang gliding or <insert recreational activity of choice here> do NOT deserve first line care. Fuck em and let em wait.

FTFY. Can you see the problem with your idea? Luckily doctors and nurses treat everyone as equally deserving of care.

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Trane thermostat is a hot spot for viruses on home networks

Fred Dibnah

Must be running Linux then.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

Fred Dibnah

Re: It's a good joke, but.....

My mileage differs. I worked on seismic crews in Africa in the 80's, and we drove Toyota Land Cruisers (the old upright type with running boards) without problems. Then one client insisted we use Land Rovers, so they were shipped in but the corrugated desert roads shook them so much that the aluminium panels cracked and fell away. They couldn't be welded back on so they were riveted and screwed on to keep them together. Then the rainy season came and the Lucas electrics failed. Within a year they were all scrapped and we went back to our faithful (and reliable) steel-bodied Toyotas.

On a trip to west Africa last year, I only saw two Land Rovers, and they were both ancient. All the other 4x4s were Japanese.

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

Fred Dibnah

Re: Privatisation

"Yeah, because the GPO was such a proactive bastion of forward thinking and cutting edge tech. Oh, wait..."

It was a while ago, but Colossus was built by the GPO. Without that, this discussion might be moot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_Office_Research_Station

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

Fred Dibnah

Le livre des visages

Une haut-vote pour vous!

Have une bonne evening.

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

Fred Dibnah

Re: Nah

"The one where the Austrians and the English fought against the Turks at Gallipoli? I've got that one, too :-)"

An easy mistake to make:

Dumb and Dumber

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BT and Openreach: Splitsville or not? We'll not find out till Feb – at the earliest

Fred Dibnah

“I think full separation would be an enormous undertaking...."

No more than when BT was separated from the GPO and privatised, surely?

"...incredibly time consuming..."

So what? Is OFCOM really so busy with other stuff?

"... [and have] lots of potential to backfire,....”

That's never deterred the government in the past.

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

Fred Dibnah

Just my two penn'orth

I cut my teeth with a BBC micro and Amiga 1200, then bought a PC when Win95 came out. Liked it. Liked Win98 even better. Looked at NT4, pretty awful for a home user (drivers etc), Win2000 better, but happy with XP - the best in terms of GUI, IMHO.

Win7: OK but not really a great improvement on XP. Stuck with it until this W10 lunacy.

Win8: awful, didn't bother.

I'd played with various Linux distros in the past, and despite learning lots I always went back to Windows because of issues with some hardware or other (I once spent a week trying to get sound working). Applications weren't great then, either, and there was always some CLI hacking to do to get things running. But after trying the horrible interface that is Win10, and then the slurping, and then the upgrade nagging, I'd had enough, and after some experimentation plumped for Mint Cinnamon with the Numix theme. It works well, looks great, and the available applications are now as good as I need for general office, internet and photo editing. I also like that updates are all in one place (night night, Ninite), and I don't need anti-spyware (yet) or AV (yet - although I scan attachments with ClamAV so as not to pass viruses to MS users).

I think that just as MS have decided to stop providing a standalone OS, Mint has come good. This time I'm not going back to Windows, and now I've also switched my family's computers to Mint I don't get any more calls for help from them.

PS Not a Linux fanboi, just a happy user.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

Fred Dibnah

@ Ledswinger

"Remember, the value of retail investments can go down, or down a lot, it's only the big boys that get the gains."

http://www.infideas.com/books/fred-schweds-where-are-the-customers-yachts/

Great username BTW.

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TV broadcast vans drive ESA from Perth

Fred Dibnah

@AC Re: Disappointed.

Offset feed dish.

That is all.

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Paris, jihadis, tech giants ... What is David Cameron's speechwriter banging on about now?

Fred Dibnah

Made my day

What an awesomely bad article written by an idiot, in a newspaper run by nasty idiots. I'm glad I don't pay to read such rubbish, as I'd hate to think I was contributing to her fee. The comments below the article in the DT are surprising in their reasoned condemnation, because usually they consist of rants blaming muslims / immigrants / paedophiles / Jeremy Corbyn for everything that's wrong with the world.

Best of all is that I have now discovered Techdirt. Thanks El Reg!

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Love your IoT gadget but could you keep the noise down?

Fred Dibnah
Go

Re: Xmas gift @ Soap Distant

You could always head down to Home Depot and make your own, just like this.

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Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?

Fred Dibnah

Re: Does anyone else wince when they see this phrase?

Yes indeed, because we all know what it really means:

We do not take the protection of personal data at all seriously. A superficial review of our procedures has been launched and no measures will be put in place to make sure this does not happen again.

FTFThem

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

Fred Dibnah
FAIL

Re: Error during Transmogrification. Insert despair to continue.

The Task: Convert some PPTX presentations to PDFs, as slides + notes.

1. On work XP machine with MSO 2003, MSO file converter, and Acrobat 7. File opened OK, but when printing to AdobePDF 'printer' some of the notes came out as square blocks instead of text. Fiddled with installed fonts to no avail.

2. Saved file as PPT. Same result.

3. On my own PC with MSO 2003, MSO file converter, and Acrobat 7. Same result.

4. On my own PC with Open Office (can't recall which version). PPTX opened and printed to AdobePDF just fine.

I've used Open Office ever since. Now jumping to Linux as well, due to W10 & W7 'telemetry' issue.

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No 4King way: Dolby snuggles its high-def TV tech into MStar SoCs

Fred Dibnah
Thumb Up

Re: Remember when

Valves or transistors?

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

Fred Dibnah

Re: Cruel and unusual punishment

Door card in same pocket as phone usually equals unreadable card. Also, hotel door cards are actually quantum devices, as they have three states:

1. Doesn't open the door

2. Turned over and doesn't open the door

3. Turned over again and does open the door.

USB plugs are another example.

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Exposed Volkswagen 'n' pals get 2 more YEARS to sort out emissions

Fred Dibnah

Re: Here's a plan!

Maybe, but you would be driving a Ferrari one minute, then it's all change with the drivers and you're in a Skoda the next. The elderly gent who drives super-slowly would get the same drives, so it would average out in the end.

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Fred Dibnah
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Here's a plan!

Do testing four times a year, and tell every manufacturer to provide every model at every test, otherwise they can't have them on the road. Test every vehicle on the same roads at the same time, making them take pole position in turn, like cyclists in a team time trial. Select drivers randomly, like with jury service, and swap drivers around during the test. Result: every vehicle gets tested in identical conditions.

I'm being flippant but actually I am pretty pissed off about this.

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

Fred Dibnah

Re: HDR is more important than UHD, right?

Yes indeedy, to my aging eyes HDR is far more of an improvement than more pixels. I'd much rather go HDR with the same screen size than add pixels and have to buy a bigger screen to see them on. Mrs Dibnah indoors would have summat to say on t'matter as well.

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White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

Fred Dibnah

Re: Are they surprised?

When a judge is pronouncing on something happening to EU citizens living in the EU, then yes, I'd rather he/she is European, no matter what the decision.

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Phone thieves to face harsher penalties for data theft

Fred Dibnah
WTF?

Irreplaceable photographs

So if a phone gets nicked, it's worthy of a harsher sentence because the owner hasn't backed up their stuff? Huh? Anyway, copies of messages are held by the telco and/or mail servers and/or websites, so they can be recovered, but how can an accused person disprove that the only copy of a photo was on the phone? IANAL but even I can see gaping holes in this.

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Ubuntu 15.10: More kitten than beast – but beware the claws

Fred Dibnah

Re: I always thought

Yes he was, but he also put in an occasional appearance as Ralph E. Wolf:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Wolf_and_Sam_Sheepdog

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Beard transplants up 600% for men 'lacking length elsewhere'

Fred Dibnah
Happy

Re: Lies, damned lies and...

ran some sort of pubelicity campaign

Are we talking about face beards here, or something else?

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If you got Netflix for Miss Marple, you're out of luck (and a bit odd)

Fred Dibnah

Re: Looking at it wrong

No Hot Fuzz? Well, they can piss off then.

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VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

Fred Dibnah
WTF?

Re: Electric cars are better?

Thank you, no, I'll stick to my petroleum engine.

Blimey, where I can I get one of these crude-oil-burning engines? And what are the emissions like?

Upvote for your post tho'

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Witness Apple's iPhone-iPad extravapalooza here in our no-hate zone

Fred Dibnah
Stop

Your browser doesn’t support live streaming of the event.

This is only for the converted iThingers and the pwned W10ers, then. Doesn't sound to me like a great marketing strategy.

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Manchester fuzz 'truly sorry' for 'accidentally' hacking phone of whistleblower cop's girlf

Fred Dibnah
Thumb Down

Re: The # key adjacent to the 1

Then you've never seen a Blackberry. Go take a look and you'll see.

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Grinning BBC boss blows raspberry at UK.gov, eyes up buffet

Fred Dibnah

Re: Normally...

If you think the BBC's new website is bad, take a look at New Statesman's which is even worse. It seems that giant sans-serif fonts in white boxes with massive line spacing is this year's fashion. Six feet back from the monitor I can still read everything comfortably. Mad.

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

Fred Dibnah

Re: No block through windows

"....bing maps (which really hurts as they have the Ordnance map)...."

Try Streetmap, as they also have OS mapping.

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Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

Fred Dibnah
Pint

Corporates

Sorry but I hate hate hate the word.

Usually it's some business hack referring to 'corporates', meaning (I assume) corporations. But here we have "Corporates can understand and manage these settings", implying that a corporate can be a person as well. Or is it a new name for someone who is self employed?

Rant over, I'm off to the pub.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

Fred Dibnah
Unhappy

Re: alternatives

A record shop.

In a high street somewhere near you.

Or maybe not.

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Security fears arise over body-worn plodcam footage

Fred Dibnah
Big Brother

Re: It's funny...

It's funny how quickly and easily the department gets the Quicky Mart security video or the dash cam out to the news stations when they think it proves their case, but it gets misplaced when there's a chance that Office Meathead is shown pistol-whipping some person who is already on the ground and restrained.

Or how the CCTV just happens to not be working when armed Met men follow an innocent Brazilian into Stockwell tube station and shoot him dead.

Unless plod have their plodcams on all the time, they will protect plods more than the public.

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

Fred Dibnah

Re: So where do the Amazon-phobes shop online?

CPC, Farnell, RS, Maplin, Ebuyer for computery-tech stuff

Blackwells, Foyles, Alibris, Biblio, Awesome, usedbooksearch.co.uk for books (ignoring results from amazon and abebooks which is owned by them)

Indiebooks (via local indie bookshop so they get paid) for e-books

find-cd.co.uk for CDs (ignoring Amazon)

find-dvd.co.uk for DVDs (ditto)

Anything else: anywhere but Amazon. Has worked for me since I closed my Amazon account.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Fred Dibnah

Re: Nothing new here

Wouldn't a nicer way to tell your neighbour be to knock on their door, say hello, and explain why their network is insecure and offer to show them a way to better secure it? Just wonderin'.

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