* Posts by Number6

1817 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

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Me too, heard the news that FB bought it, sent one last message to relevant contacts telling them I was uninstalling it and that was it.

I've never had the FB app on my phone either, why do they need access to my phone number and contact list?

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Unlimited mobile data in America – where's the catch? There's always a catch

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My current plan has a 3GB cap but I rarely get anywhere near that. Mind you, I don't consider a phone to be a suitable medium for watching videos so that probably saves me because it's something I rarely do. A bit of email, web browsing and navigation obviously doesn't use much.

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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I knew someone would bite... Probably without thinking about valid and legals reasons why someone might not be giving DVLA any money.

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Re: Better ways??

You get several months' grace on the sticker anyway, mine failed to arrive last year so I had to fill in the form and request a new one, which duly arrived a couple of months after the previous one had expired. I was expecting to get stopped but I guess they never looked closely enough or took the trouble to check with DMV that I had indeed paid. The payment is the important part, not the tag display, it seems, unlike in the UK where displaying the tax disc was the important point in law.

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I have to admit I haven't given DVLA any money since they introduced the scheme.

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LinkedIn sues 100 information scrapers after technical safeguard fail

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Re: If I wanted a job at any company

You'd be surprised how many recruiters do search LinkedIn. If you pay them money then you can get all sorts of access and search features. I get a regular stream of pings from that source, some of them are even interesting, and I have to admit that my current job is due to that source.

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Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

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Re: Decoupling of email from broadband?

I took the decision back in 2000 to acquire my own domain based on my Demon hostname (a .org at the time, although I also now have the .com and for a while had the .co.uk), so I got over the pain of changing email address a long time ago. I also run my own mail server, so I get unlimited user names at the domain. The hard part now is having a static IP for outbound mail and the way a lot of ISPs block inbound port 25, but a friendly cloud VM provider provider fixes that, I have a Linux machine out there with fixed addresses and I can use it as my gateway in and out.

I stayed with them for quite a while, having been about number 700 on their customer database based on the IP address (158.152.10.x) before switching to AAISP because I wanted to play ipv6.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Is Zuck going to provide a watertight guarantee to compensate people for damage done by malware from ads on FB? If he's sure that all the ads are safe (and they might well be if it's all in-house scripting around them) then he can do that and take away one of the biggest arguments in favour of ad blockers - the security one is hard for the ad-slingers to argue against.

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Speaking in Tech: Nope, sorry waiter. I won't pay with that card reader

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There's an interesting generation split here, when I'm looking for information I prefer to find it in written form, which I can peruse, skip through and re-read at my own pace. My son automatically looks for a video to show him how to do something, rather than have it in writing. I find video and audio feeds a lot less convenient simply because I'm often in an environment where listening to something is not so easy - either it's a noisy environment or it's somewhere quiet with other people who might not appreciate it. Having a transcript is easier, but failing that, I just don't bother with the article.

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Olympics bans GIFs

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I think it's now "you will not get paid for doing this", regardless of your day job. Once upon a time it was "you shall not receive any money from anywhere for doing this on any occasion".

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I have the urge to go on Twitter and use the #Rio2016 hashtag just to piss them off. Possibly with a graphic image of the middle finger.

If the IOC try to be too controlling about it all then they'll probably do more harm than good.

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Re: Dune

- Anything after Heretics of Dune aren't sequels, they're milking the series. Meh, some of them are Ok, but all of them together are not worth one of the original.

To be fair, the stuff written by his son is pretty good in its own right and fills in some of the background nicely.

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Re: Dune

The film was dire, the book is good. There is also a Dune mini-series available (see Amazon) that I can recommend, which sticks to the storyline in the book and doesn't piss around with stupid weirding modules and rain. The mini-series covers from the start of Dune to the end of Children of Dune.

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Oz stats bureau deploys a bot to harvest Twitter IDs

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I seem to remember filling in my last UK census with a Sharpie. Shame about the cheap absorbent paper. Had fun colouring in all the barcodes, too.

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

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Recognition?

So this is recognition as in identifying who you are, not recognition as in understanding what you're saying? I hate systems that attempt the latter, they don't like my voice at all. Contrast this with my wife, who breezed through the whole thing after I failed repeated attempts.

I think it was UFO where they had voice recognition in the room-lift that took people down to SHADO HQ and I think it was Foster who never bothered giving his name for the voice ID but quoted a bit of poetry.

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Port Your Major Programs

So what it needs is a bit of effort and commitment from major business providers to produce Linux versions - we could have Solidworks and Pro-E for mechanical engineers, Cadence could port OrCAD, Altium could do the same with their product to keep electrical engineers happy, Mathcad for numerical people, Adobe for their suite (although they've gone all cloudy). We already have an adequate office suite and messaging solutions exist albeit with a bit of improvement needed.

That would get a fair few people off of Windows who are only still there for one application - if you've got to update your code to cope with Win10 then why not nudge it to something else instead or as well?

Think of all the times you've been shafted by MS in the past and take it as an opportunity to get one back.

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Re: SLATFATF

Unless you need gaming performance, install Linux as the primary OS and run Win10 in a VM. It'll do most things happily contained and you get to do as much as possible in a Linux environment without being stuck with Win10 just because it's "work" time.

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Re: @Ivan4 - Wow.

Yeah, but that program can only be installed through Windows application store, with Microsoft blessing. Tough luck, mate!

Not if it's just a compiled executable which you can run from a command prompt. Or have they locked it down that much? I have a Win10 VM in case I ever actually need to use it, but at the moment I just fire it up, let it collect updates and then shut it down again. Perhaps I'll snapshot it before the Anniversary Update.

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IPv6 now faster than IPv4 when visiting 20% of top websites – and just as fast for the rest

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Much to my surprise, Comcast rolled out IPv6. Somewhat better than VirginMedia in the UK, who seemed to be kicking the can down the road as much as it could.

I did set the cable box into modem-only mode and have my own router (running OpenWRT) as my primary gateway. This was after Comcast did an 'upgrade' on the old box which broke Wifi and also reset it to default and I lost all my firewall settings. Now they can't. The IPv6 defaults to 'safe' because unless I make the effort to add a traffic rule, it won't pass IPv6 packets from the WAN to the LAN, so it's no worse than IPv4 and a NAT router with no port forwarding. That lets you use IPv6 outbound but still only be accessible on IPv4 if you've enabled any inbound stuff.

The only irritating thing is that the IPv6 prefix changes occasionally, I guess it's the equivalent of re-segmenting the network and changing everyone's dynamic IPv4 address.

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Re: We didn't run out of ipv4

The IoT is still going to use "meet in the middle" servers, with or without NAT.

What I want is some sort of IoT standard such that I can run my own server, point all my own IoT things to it and then have a good restricted access to that from the outside so I can get my phone or laptop to call home. That way it all stays within my firewall, under my control and (bar vulnerabilities in the server), keeps all my data safe. Of course, it also keeps it safe from all the companies out there that want to collect my personal information, which is why they will probably never conform to a common protocol.

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Bot-herders fire fake GPS co-ords at Niantic to collect Pokémon

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I think our dog is about ready for this feature. She would approve of avoiding the next planned death march in pursuit of Pokemon.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: Have Laserjets gone out of fashion?

I had a 5MP with duplexer and a 4M+ but had to leave the 5MP when I moved country. the 4M+ should have been left but accidentally got shipped but isn't much use in the US. Many years sterling service from both of them, it was a shame to lose them.

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Re: noooooo

All old hat now, the new thing is organic OLED diodes.

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Re: Training

Yep. I was surprised this was a ladder incident. When I got to the part of the story where the BOFH grabbed the cables the PFY was handing down from the ceiling, I expected either electrocution or hanging for the smug little printer rep. The ladder was...unexpected.

It shows good planning. Had the end been electrocution or hanging they would have had a body to deal with, and lifting it to throw out the window would have been more effort. Using the defenestration technique means that someone else has to clear up the mess.

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Africa's MeerKAT looks at the sky, surprises boffins with 1,300 galaxies

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Does it have an image feed? Can I follow it?

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FTC lets Nest off the hook over Revolv IoT hub bricking shame

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Re: Home Server

I refuse to have a smart TV. I use a dumb TV with a Linux-based media centre to do the smart bits, so I can be reasonably sure that the TV isn't transmitting my conversations to some unknown place out on the web or ratting out my viewing habits to advertisers.

As for the music stuff, I have several Pi-based systems in the house that hook into a Squeezebox sever running on a machine here. Very cheap way to get networked music around the house, a Pi, a small USB power supply and a pair of computer speakers. Not hi-fi, but the environment here is not good enough for that anyway.

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Re: Home Server

A Raspberry Pi is probably good enough to act as a server to get IoT things working again, it doesn't have to be expensive if you've got someone in the community minded to put together a bit of software.

I dislike stuff that only talks to the cloud, I much prefer to have it all confined within my firewall with an approved gateway in.

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Home Server

The obvious answer from the consumer perspective is for the company to produce a home server that can be used with the device. Either they can write their own or release enough information about the device that someone else can write one, because there are enough people out there that would. If necessary, one final software update for the device so that it can be pointed at the local server rather than one in the cloud.

Can't see it happening though, it would mean that all those people wouldn't have a need to go buy a new device from somewhere.

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Debian: s/Chairman/Chair/g

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Wrong usage

The correct term is chairman. When addressing the person occupying the chair, it is either "Mister Chairman" or "Madam Chairman" as appropriate.

If I have to address the chair then whoever's sitting in it needs to get out. Chairperson is just silly.

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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Re: They have subpoena powers

They can compel him to attend but given that he's turned up, is there anything else they can compel him to do? I don't know if they do stuff under oath, but if not, he could respond to everything with a quote from Shakespeare or similar.

I don't know what happens if one refuses to take oath, presumably there's a clause about contempt to cover that.

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NASA curious about Curiosity's fourth 'safe mode' event

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It probably realised it was searching a dodgy patch of Mars and wanted to filter the results.

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RM: School spending on tech is soft, soggy and downright subdued

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Still going? I remember their good old 380Z and even the 480Z machines. The 380Z was somewhat expensive and over-engineered but I remember it well and wrote my first BASIC and machine code programs on one.

It's memories like that which are probably the reason they're still around.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: A final throw of the Minty dice before

I moved my uncle and my dad from Win XP to Mint Mate. I don't get support calls any more. It's an LTS version, and i use team viewer every now and again to run updates.

What's wrong with ssh? That's how I update my father's machine. The only time I need something more is if I have to troubleshoot a GUI program, but now he's learned the three or four things he needs his computer for, they're mostly well-behaved.

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Facebook's new stalker tool

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Yet another reason not to install the FB app on your phone.

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Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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If he installs it in a Ford Transit, would it be considered as a classic example of Van Newman architecture?

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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Re: Two Stages

It's not quite that one-sided. The rest of the EU may wish to trade into the UK so we have rules too, that's why negotiation and reasonable attitudes are required. If a forest of red tape and tariffs suddenly hits UK business when trying to sell into the EU, there may be a trade war where all the EU imports get hit by equivalent red tape and tariffs. Business leaders won't want that, it'll only be the politicians trying to maintain their egos.

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Two Stages

If we could vote on “common market” and “ever-closer political union” separately then I suspect the entire discussion would be very different and much less fraught.

We are attempting to do that in two stages. The first is to leave the EU, which dumps the political union part. Then, assuming reasonableness all round (hah!) we can negotiate a sensible common market agreement.

Much of the Remain argument has been about how the EU is going to be nasty and mean to the UK in the event of a Leave vote. Do we really want to be associated with such a group of people? I'd rather leave on principle if they're that obnoxious. On the other hand, if they are indeed sweet and reasonable people (see above) then there's nothing to lose and everything to gain from voting to leave.

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Stuxnet was the opening shot of decades of non-stop cyber warfare

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Neuromancer

Sounds a lot like a William Gibson novel. Spooky that it was written in 1984. As with the book of that title, some seem to be using it as manual, not a work of fiction.

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Mobile phone app replaces Congressional TV as Democrats stage sit-in

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Periscope's finest hour(s).

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Parliament is building a new website – and it doesn't want GDS anywhere near it

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Video

Hopefully they'll offer the video archives in something a bit better than Silverlight that is properly cross platform (HTML5, anyone?)

The information available is quite comprehensive, you just need to allow yourself time to find out where it is. I assume that's the sort of thing to be addressed by the revamp.

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Maine town plans to become 'Gigabit Island'

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City?

I did boggle a bit at calling it a city. One of the nicest ones I've visited if it is. although they have a Town Hall, not a City Hall.

A bit of maths suggests that $3.8million (excluding interest) would be paid back in three years if they had 100% sign-up for the fibre.

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Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

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Re: Sounds worrying

I thought Telegram was open source, at least the client side. If it's got end-to-end encryption then in theory a compromised server shouldn't be an issue if it's been done properly.

Mind you, how many people download the source and compile their own app?

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Fat fibre taxes strangling us – UK broadband providers

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Re: Government clueless on rates as usual

The way to fix council tax is to replace it with something based on the last sale price of the property, inflated annually by some fixed amount, to be re-assessed each time the property is sold. That way, granny who paid a pittance many years ago but lives in a £2million house in London isn't forced out, but anyone buying it from her (or her estate) knows in advance how much tax it's going to cost them annually over the coming years and can budget for it. Then apply it to all property, business or residential.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Re: Oh training budgets....

I'm also amazed how quickly things go from "required for role" to "nice to have" when you point out that if it's a business requirement, then the business should be paying.

Yes, had a variation on that too. Many moons ago, the my employer was trying to tidy up the software environment, removing all the dodgy stuff and giving everyone a legal copy of WordPerfect (for DOS, so that long ago). We'd been using it for several months by that point, a whole group of engineers writing a lot of procurement specifications, so between us we'd pretty much figured out all the useful features. The catch with the legal upgrade was that we were all required to go on the WP training course, and reading the syllabus we realised that it wasn't going to tell us anything we didn't already know how to do. We finally escaped from this one when the engineering manager realised that all the course fees were going to come out of his budget and suddenly we didn't have to do the course before getting our legal WP. This is the same company at which I filled out that training feedback form I mentioned elsewhere.

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Re: Wot?

The PFY had better watch out, something really bad is in the works.

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Re: Sounds like

We got exposed to psychology course at uni. Being engineering students, we mostly took the piss out of it, and it was clear that in most cases you could select a bunch of studies to support a viewpoint and then select a different bunch to support the opposite viewpoint. It wasn't all useless though, I think it taught us all how to recognise bullshit at an early stage and take appropriate countermeasures.

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I once filled in a post-course feedback form:

Q. What did you expect to gain from this course?

A. Nothing

Q. What did you gain from this course?

A. Nothing

I had complained loudly before going about how the course was well below the level at which I was working at the time but because someone needed to tick a box somewhere, I had to waste company money attending. I don't think they sent me on any more after that one though. No axes or hatchets were involved though.

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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

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All the video stuff on the BBC website that I've tried insists on Flash being present. About time the Beeb updated its website to something more modern. I guess it'll happen sometime after they get IPv6 accessible.

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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That was my immediate thought too.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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WTF?

RIP Lester, you will be sadly missed.

Perhaps LOHAN needs to be renamed to LESTER, not an acronym, it just stands for a really good bloke.

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