* Posts by Fred Dibnah

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

Fred Dibnah

Re: Oh, please don't put me in jail . . .

Trouble is, that kind of pleading often works, e.g. the the texting driver who eventually killed someone (mentioned in an earlier post) was let off seven times and allowed to keep his licence because he claimed he would lose his job if he was banned.

My response to such BS would be "Hard luck matey, you should've thought of that before you did what you did."

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Paper version

I pick up the paper and look at the headlines, but adverts start filling the page and the headlines keep moving about. When I'm reading an article adverts keep appearing in front of it and I have to swat them away, and when I turn the page the ads move across and cover the next article. And one of the ads gives me a reading disease and I can't read any more papers until I'm cured.

That's what online is like without an ad blocker. So, definitely no guilt.

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Half! a! billion! Yahoo! email! accounts! raided! by! 'state! hackers!'

Fred Dibnah
WTF?

Re: A bit elitist aren't you El Reg?

Not sure what the beef is with spam (cue comments about pork). 99% of spam goes straight to the spam folder, leaving <10 messages a month in the inbox. I've been using Y! webmail for years, with Ublock Origin and Yahoo Mail Hide Ad Panel plugin, and it works great for me. I considering switching around the time that Marissa's minions fucked around with it for a few months, but they have left it alone since then.

I've looked at other webmail offerings (don't want POP3 or IMAP) and I haven't seen anything better so far. YMMV, of course.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Fred Dibnah

Re: Am I been too technical, in saying the 3P&3Bs: prepare, prepare, prepare + backup,backup,backup.

If you talk about disc imaging, backups, SSDs, and so on to the average Which? reader you won't get far at all.

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Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

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That looks like Alexis Texas to me (whoever she is, no idea, honest)

Mine's the dirty mac with a rolled up copy of Men Only in the pocket.

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Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

Fred Dibnah

Photo

Is she holding two pints of creme de menthe?

Two Scotsmen in Rome

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Reports: Autopilot will go on strike if you're not paying attention

Fred Dibnah

Re: Plane vs Cars

Well no, because sometimes an outside observer can see things which the insiders can't. For a good example, have a read of the Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. It's about how surgeons trying to reduce deaths in surgery learnt from pilots about the importance of checklists.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

Fred Dibnah

Re: And?

Not to mention splashing the cash on vast quantities of arms from the west. Any time the UK gov says it's going to raise the issue of human rights / bombing the shit out of civilians in Yemen / sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan with the Saudis, you know that what they really mean is that it will urge them to buy more hardware to keep the arms factories running.

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Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors

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How do the Chinese workers facilitates, conditions and hours compare to the Victorian paternalism of Port Sunlight or Bournville?

Not well, but those two places were the exception, not the rule. Most Victorian employers sweated their people to the max.

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Fred Dibnah

Re: Thoughts

From the OED:

Awe - A feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder

If the well-being of your business relies on another business treating employees badly, perhaps it's time to get out of that business.

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Omni-shambles! Card-stealing malware checks into US hotel chain

Fred Dibnah

Re: Included _What_?

Happy to get with the programme.

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BMW web portal vulns pose car hack risk – researchers

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Might be useful

A hacker could at least make the indicators work.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

Fred Dibnah

Re: Why only the internet?

Because Murdoch doesn't own the internet. Yet.

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Fred Dibnah

Re: What a choice

Eh? On my abacus £350m divided by £65m is about £5.50 each per week.Don't spend it all at once.

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Fred Dibnah

Re: Regression to the really mean

From now on I'm using Private Eye's name for her: Andrea Loathsome.

But really it's no laughing matter, as she sounds to me like a dangerous nutjob. May, with her surveillance plans, is also dangerous, and I don't get to choose the next PM (surprise surprise, democracy in action) but if I did I'd pick May over Loathsome any day.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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
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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?

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@ 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?

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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

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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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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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