* Posts by Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

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Re: Other sites

Are you thinking of Jeremy Kyle? Jeremy Vine hosts a Radio2 show IIRC.

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Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrids: Software bug kills engines dead with THERMAL OVERLOAD

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Re: Honda

If you want that kind of mpg you could always save yourself a lot of hassle and buy a Diesel focus.

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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"Anyway if Greece prints without permission, it's illegal."

The whole concept of EU "Law" is lawless in nature anyway. Their rules are set aside and rewritten whenever it suits them. Their so-called laws serve no higher purpose than to perpetuate a corrupt protection racket.

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Control the language, control the debate...

If they were being honest, these meters would be called "we screwed up generation capacity by replacing coal power stations with useless environmentally unfriendly turbines so now need to control demand by turning off your power when we feel like it - meters".

Unfortunately the marketing people got there first.

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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Oh for the days of coal, steam and carrier bags full of free Pit Head Bath soap from family members who were miners.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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I remember the good old days when money was a peer to peer system. Now there's always someone in the middle; monitoring, profiting, controlling. Not good news.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: Plastic fantastic

Won't someone think of the dinosaurs?

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

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The future is Iceland.

OK, not so great for trading data due to latency, but cheap geothermal power, an endless supply of cold air, and the heat generated can be recycled into domestic/industrial heating and/or energy. Plus the tax breaks are pretty good.

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What a Zuckin' drag! 'Frisco queens protest outside Facebook HQ over 'real names' policy

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Re: Yes, good point

Strangely enough, the UK Passport Office don't seem to agree.

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Couple of questions...

What is the world coming to when a 17st bald bloke called Gary can't pretend to be a Disney Princess on the internet?

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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My DVD recorder went a long time ago. Built a quiet i3 based media PC in a nice case with a front display and card reader. Threw Ubuntu on it, added a dual freeview tuner card, HD webcam (for video calling). I use MythTV to schedule recordings and playback. It will also play DVD, (but I prefer VLC). Chromium for iPlayer/YouTube/4OD/5OD/GeekTV etc. Also acts as a file / web / squeezebox / Minecraft server and runs a suite of security cameras using motion (uploading the images offsite).

The only downside really is the hardware can be fiddly to get working - particularly the air keyboard/mouse, the sound routing and the TV tuner card.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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Re: Reduce terrorism...

Erm.. EU Commissioners are appointed, not elected.

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David Cameron 'guarantees' action on mobe not-spots. Honest

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The call of political parties everywhere...

"We will clear the deficit AND "invest" more in public services AND give you all a free Unicorn."

Vote for us.

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Firstly, thanks for the analysis. It's the only one I've read so far that makes any kind of sense.

Seems to me that if the whole system can be brought down by a lack of honourable behaviour on the part of any single city trader then it is screwed.

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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That was my thinking - not sure how it's going to go - getting a new supplier before the old one has even set the account up properly. In theory they shouldn't block the switch but we'll see.. Ovo should hopefully be a bit better. Not the very cheapest, but good reviews on service.

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Speaking as a Scottish Power customer who, despite several frustrating phone calls and the involvement of the Ombudsman, has not had a bill for a year, I'd be happy simply with a bit of paper that told me my usage.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: M&S

Sir,

May I draw your attention to the plight of the half-sized-feeted. Getting a decent pair of size 11 and a half walking boots is nigh-on impossible due to the discriminatory practices of the major boot manufacturers.

Almost as bad as the racism shown to Linux users by Amazon's on demand TV services.

Hence, going out is almost as painful as staying in..

Yours, disgruntled etc...

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Good

Oh bore off, you're the selfish one. Do without your internet, your wall-to-wall carpets, foreign holidays, regular meals so your kids can eat, cars that you don't have to fix yourself, gym membership, mobile phones, central heating, five day working week and food that's not scraped off a road, skinned and cooked yourself then come back here with your whiny self-centered attitude.

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Look, no handsets: How to do telephony without a phone

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Voip and softphone at work, which is fine until someone issues a short notice forced reboot.

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: MTP support ?

I have a 1020 and an old XP laptop. They don't get on.

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Visa: One million bonks a month for Europeans from next year

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Just got a contactless debit card from Halifax. Fortunately, they offer an opt-out. Not interested in them from a security, privacy or convenience point of view. (A little bit of inconvenience is no bad thing when it comes to spending money).

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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Election coming soon...

Blatant rubbish designed to bribe potential voters.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: Well, since the 930 isn't affected...

Guilty! (Self-inflicted misery, hooked by the camera. But Panasonic have just brought out a better camera phone on Android so I'll be jumping ship as soon as they come down in price a bit...)

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

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Squeezebox issues here.

Some open feeds noted on the slimdevices forum. I used these to update my favourites. The iPlayer plugin seems to read the location of the streams from the bbc xml, which (weirdly) point to the recorded message.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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The thing that really amazes me is that cold callers haven't got the hang of VOIP yet - as it's free to call a SIP phone from another SIP phone.

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I've done this for the last 6 years. We bought a set of VOIP phones (Siemens Gigaset somethingororther) and used DrayTel to get a geographic PAYG number. I seem to remember my last BT phone bill was about £56 for the quarter, with next to no calls. Oh, and with DrayTel we get caller ID thrown in and cheaper call charges. The whole thing paid for itself in under a year.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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Re: need to fix basic issues

Being able to turn the phone sideways is the least of its problems. It doesn't even support proper mail attachments or certain authentication mechanisms for SMTP.

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

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Re: EU "law"

"Wuh you mean a parliament elected via proportional representation and a commission assigned by the heads of state of the member nations? That's more Democratic then the UK system."

Actually I was thinking of the unelectable Peter Mandelson and the Kinnock clan who have, incidentally been made millionaires, riding the EU gravy train. Maybe I was also thinking of the fact that the role of the Parliament is simply to rubber-stamp the ideas of the Commission, and the duty of the Commission is to further the EU project, not to represent their home nation. Or the fact that most people in the UK have never had a vote on the whole thing. Or the dodgy accounting and massive wastefulness. Or the rerun referendums when people voted the "wrong" way. Or the technocrats parachuted in, to run nations like Greece and Ireland in place of national elected representatives.

Take your pick really.

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EU "law"

When I were a lad, you needed some kind of democratic legitimacy to create law.

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Young CHAP CUFFED in Blighty over Xmas Sony and XBOX hacks

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Re: excellent

Ye! Who needs a trial, just put him in the stocks and lets throw the cabbages already.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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How does a website install software without the user's consent? Almost always it's down to the user clicking OK on some downloaded freeware. Not sure how these rules will change that.

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Tesco tosses loss-making Blinkbox into TalkTalk's basket

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Tried it on the media PC but no support for Linux meant that I went to YouTube movies.

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Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial', moan players

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I'm considering a similar complaint against RockStar games after I noticed a bit of misbehaviour going on in Grand Theft Auto.

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France says 'non' to UberPop

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The French have no word for entrepreneur...

The French have an odd situation whereby many trades, from plumbers to chemists to lawyers, have their own State protected trade bodies, keeping wages artificially high for their members. I can't see them liking this too much.

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TalkTalk customers demand opt-out fix for telco's DNS ad-jacking tactics

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Don't mess with DNS

Intercepting ones browsing session in order to insert adverts is the height of bad manners. Especially when you're paying for the experience.

OpenDNS do the same thing, but to be fair to them, it's in lieu of providing a free DNS/content filtering service (if you're that way inclined you can block their ad page at the router, giving you the original "failed" ad-free experience).

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Sony Pictures hit by 'fightback on filesharers' DDoS claims – report

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They've got form, remember the "rootkit on the CD" debacle.

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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Re: The Danish legal system must be retarded to have 75 year copyright

I think that's basically to protect Paul McCartney.

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Juristiction?

Does a Danish court have any authority over a British website?

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Re: My Lord, I have a cunning plan

Apparently Baldrick was right - Bronzy is quite similar to Irony.

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Well, to give them credit, they've managed to make donating to the Donkey Sanctuary look like a pretty reasonable thing to do.

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Re: And they wonder why we pirate?

Fascinating insight into the mind of a serial copyright abuser, thanks.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: Hope they win.

The lawyers will win.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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Re: Android for business?

"I, for one, cannot understand why any business would invest in an Android phone."

mm. Dunno. What's the support like for sending mail attachments in WP8.1?

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"Uncomfortably Invasive"

I tried to prevent my Lumia 1020 from synching to their cloud. Changed all the settings to "do not sync". Set the server location to 127.0.0.1. Then one day was poking around on MS Live on my PC after posting a question about the fact that the speech to text facility appears to have selective deafness.

"My Contacts - None". Check.

"My Calendar Items - None". Check.

But there in the OneNote section - smugly staring back at me was a note I had entered into my phone, as if to say, "So who's the smartass now?"

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Password Safe for me.

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Amazon’s CHRISTMAS QUEUEING bonanza!

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great...

The Post Office? Not known primarily for its late night opening hours. I think I'll pass.

I'm not saying where they should be looking to deliver parcels, but there's a hint in the icon.

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Let's vote on breaking up Google, say MEPs with NO power to do any such thing

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Biting the hand that feeds you...

I think if I were Google I'd be tempted to put a few strategically placed "deny from" statements in my Apache config files. The corresponding 403 error page would say something suitably acerbic, maybe:

"Here at Google we have started employing the same fine discernment in choosing our users as in selecting our results. Sadly you did not make the cut. Please download a copy of webferret circa 1998 which we're sure will suit your requirements just fine."

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Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix

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Two questions..

Will it run on Linux?

Will it be as good as GeekTV?

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Speaking as a former forklift driver who worked both daytimes and evenings in the snow and rain, to be frequently told at the end of my shift to jump in a 7.5 tonne lorry and do a York to Tamworth run, I have a lot of sympathy with these guys. I'm reading a lot of comments on here such as "so educate yourself", "move house", or "get a better job". Having done all of the above, I'm probably more qualified than many to make such comments. But out of respect for former colleagues and because I try not to be an arrogant smug git I think I'll refrain.

Sure, you might get the odd driver who, in true Will Smith "Persuit of Happyness" style, lands a job with Facebook. But this only fixes the issue for him. There's a lot of very cash poor and time poor workers in the US (UK too), and a few very rich executives who have no idea how the other half live.

To my mind, that's not a happy situation, but not one that is going to be rectified by Unionisation or Socialism (I don't want an all-powerful State enforcing "equality of poverty").

Maybe the answer is just to treat people better. Take a small hit on the bottom line and also treat your staff with dignity and respect.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Re: Figures

I waited at the door for a few minutes and left when nobody came to show me to a table.

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