* Posts by Da Weezil

387 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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Crap broadband holds back HALF of rural small biz types

Da Weezil

Re: Pity the poor rural business

Rural Tiddlers... Does that include the SME's round here that maintain the LNG processing plants and terminals and the oil refineries and the local power station (soon to be 2) that keep your lights on, your office warm and your car fuelled? Rural doesn't mean a village green with an exchange on it, nor are all SME's kitchen table start ups, in the same way as I'm sure not ALL urban dwellers have their heads up their arse... only some.

We have several SME heavy engineering firms locally in the petro-chem sector than need to be here (its where the customers are) that are pushed out of town by planning restrictions for industrial units, that only makes things more difficult, I know a couple of businesses that barely have broadband and are at the limit of the cabinets reach it is where the industrial zone was sited so they have little choice about location. Sometimes its a lot more complex than the average office droid can figure. Something in the region of 25% of the UK gas supply enters the network not 10 miles from where I am sitting. That network and plant needs upkeep, and its SME's that do the bulk of it.

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

Da Weezil

Its a spooks wet dream... another step closer to a population under surveillance from the day it is born, we already have a generation of kids unconcerned by cctv monitoring, this just ups things another notch.

Seriously Creepy.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

Da Weezil

"Have you changed your filter please sir? ok...... now I need you to log off please.... and change the details to startup_domain @bt,com... the password is password"

Please to note that if we send an engineer to check your system there may be a charge of £149.

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iPhone addiction will RUIN YOUR LIFE – if only that were true

Da Weezil

My Iphone ringing while I am completing a task during my working day causes the same emotional response as my old S3, and the Blade before it, and the 6230i before that etc...

"People know my hours why the **** are they ringing me now when taking a call is not possible...?"

Which coincidentally is a similar emotional response to those who ring me late at night/when I am in bed...

This study sounds more like a prior assumption looking for validation.

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

Da Weezil

.......And in an ideal world these would be valid point, HOWEVER... the weirdos and crazies are actively seeking to stop free discourse and expression of ideas by use of deadly force, which means the "tolerance and understanding" school of thought is on a loser as it is taken by these nut jobs as being a display of weakness and "decadence" .

Turning the other cheek is all very well in the playground, but when the citizenry is being blown away by hate filled religious zealots (many of whom will be acting out of a view corrupted and bastardized by radicals who seek power for themselves and would wish to cast society back to some past feudal point), then that is time to up the game in defence of those for whom religion is something "other people do". As civilised people we don't arm and take to the streets, so if a group wants to make a protest in this way and possibly disrupt the use of radicalisation/jihadist sites then good luck to 'em!

Does anyone else see the Streisand effect in this? On Monday I have never heard of Charlie Hebdo. So any irony about Anonymous Defending free speech by deying free speech is more than outweighed by the global publicity given to a relatively obscure (outside of France) publication by those seeking to destroy it.

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Right, who feels like going to an Ofcom meeting? Anyone? Bueller?

Da Weezil

Re: I have a few simple suggestions

"You want a global real-time number database? "

No we want a stop to overseas callers spoofing UK STD numbers usually with ranges that do not exist.

Add t the the inalienable right for ME as the rental payer for the line to refuse to accept termination of calls from overseas. I don't deal with companies that have off shore centres but I get s many spam calls from outside of the UK where unscrupulous UK companies deliberately farm (Illegal) cold call work to avoid regulations in the UK

OH and introduce a requirement that a line should perform at n% or its likely technical capability for broadband, so where a line should be "technically capable" of 10 megs it should do at least 7.5 or something and stop Openjoke hiding behind excuses for knackered copper dodgy joins and ally crud in circuits- we pay line rental we have a right to a reasonable quality of service surely? Given that many lines (like mine) now only exist to support Broadband its time the rules recognized this,

Finally Stop the SFI con, if you are being charged for an SFI then the guy should be better qualified than a plain old engineer, and if the issue ISN'T down to you then there should be NO charge, Unlike what is happening up and down the country today.

It is time to stop BT acting like the abusive virtual monopoly it is in many places. and if that hurts the shareholders TOUGH, we are paying through the nose for a second rate service much of the time. Itr needs to stop and OFCOM need to grow a pair, man up and finally bring BT group to heel - not that they will... its too comfy getting along like old chums.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

Da Weezil

In common with a lot of things on modern cars its about form over function.

It doesn't matter how stupid or impractical as long as it looks /is seen to be *cool*.

Many modern car light clusters illustrate this perfectly.

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Samsung forks 4K with Tizen tellies

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Samsung would do better sorting out the durability across thier range, after a lightly used 42" had a motherboard failure at 13 months, and my galaxy s3 lost its usb port at 17 months I am sure there is NOTHING I want Samsung to sell me

Thier loss means a gain for Panasonic and Apple.

I'll pass on this toy just like I did with 3d.. its only TV... HD is more than adequate for most peoples needs.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

Da Weezil

So how is this any different to PC makers selling you a machine with a drive that is partitioned down from its stated size to accommodate the cab files to reinstall the OS?

Oh of course its bad because its Apple, cue much gnashing of teeth....

This is getting so old.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

Da Weezil

Re: Have to agree with you

That might be the norm in CS HR depts, however... for those "at the coalface"

Days 1-5 require a daily "sick call" to be made to the office, after day 5 a Doctors certification is required, and calls then become weekly from line manager to employee - regardless of the certification, this even happens when surgery is involved with a "known" recovery time.

After 4 weeks a face to face interview takes place, at which point the Dept has the option to refer employee to their internal contractors for examination.

After 8 days continuous sickness or 2 instances of any length (even 2 single days) within 12 months it becomes disciplinary matter, which kicks in a 12 month "attendance monitoring" which will lead to further processes if health continues to be an issue - like when the office hero comes in with a nasty virus and spreads it to all their colleagues - who in turn spread it to their families. As the partner of a civil servant working under this regime I get so sick and tired of hearing people droning on about things that they clearly have ZERO knowledge about or generalising about the good deals that a tiny minority may enjoy.

Employers do NOT own you and surveillance of this nature should be a last result for most extreme cases. This over-reaction seems to be a complete waste of the public funding that people have been wittering on about here. The sad thing is that when councilors and local authority executives are caught making whoopee with public funds there are few consequences beyond a golden handshake - see Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire - 2 neighbouring Welsh councils with similar issues.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

Da Weezil

I guess this means a commons committee to look into the situation - Experts in the field can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J8JA7LNUL0.

Where would this leave the trusty old tinned Frey Bentos steak pie?

Some people really do have too much time on their hands.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

Da Weezil

Re: Analogy

There is a huge difference between a tree falling across tracks and a train company saying "we cant be arsed to provide the premium facility we have sold". Prime is a premium service sold on the basis of a 12 month availability, for them to suddenly say sorry that's only going to be 11 months now isn't acceptable

If you cant see that you really need a reality check.

Analogy Fail!

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

Da Weezil

I think before the Test is altered the standard of instruction needs a serious looking at. I have seen instructors stop their pupils in the most ridiculous places to "chat". No wonder they behave like muppets when they actually pass the test - they have been given bad habits by their tutors!

I note that now it seems reversing around a corner is allowed downhill (coasting), whereas I had to perform that maneuver on level ground/uphill to demonstrate appropriate throttle and clutch use.

Who are the idiots who think that Slavishly following a Sat Nav is more important than being able to make basic maneuvers safely and competently. I am reminded of a woman who turned into a side street on her right - across the path of a friend who was proceeding along a road from the opposite direction. Despite hard braking and a swerve they collided, when he got out of the car she asked him "didn't you see me indicating?". There are far too many on the road like her already, without this "improvement" lowering the standard still further. The fact that it is supported by the Instructors body suggests they are looking to improve their pass rates by dumbing the test down, what next? demonstrating an ability to change a CD while driving at speed on a trunk road?

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UK digi exclusion: Poor families without internet access could 'miss out' on child tax credit

Da Weezil

Re: What about Public Libraries?

Would these be the same public libraries that are facing cut backs and closures due to the current austerity regime?

That would be about right for UK politicians, a lack of joined up thinking - or a devious way to dis-enfranchise the lower orders even further.

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Virgin Galactic vows to continue space program after 'serious anomaly'

Da Weezil

The price of mans curiosity about what is "out there" can be high. Luckily for mankind there are some brave enough to risk having to pay it. They are the modern pioneers, and deserve much respect.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Da Weezil

Wont buy another thing with the Samsung name on it. I have found them to be less than durable.looks like it will be a Nexus, Fire or 6+ next.

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

Da Weezil

Re: Nothing new here

We have a tax on television too, however you frame the name, its a tax.

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Da Weezil

Re: Oh noes!

The fact that VAT is already levied on Internet access isn't a bar to further taxation... think of motor fuel... Which comprises Item cost + (specific duty ) Fuel Duty + (General Duty) VAT. A lot of people forget we pay tax based on a value that includes a tax already included.

When it comes to helping themselves to our incomes Governments will always find ways to grab more and ways to justify it - except where restraint would affect their standard of living of course. Dont think it couldn't happen here - especially where we have a government that has recently found a way to ensure any vehicle sold mid month attracts a double licence fee for that month as you can lo longer sell a car with a licence included, and the system will show a vehicle as untaxed once the DVLA have been notified of a sale unless licenced by its new owner immediately - from the beginning of the current month of course.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

Da Weezil

Ive often wondered why BT exchanges don't (cant) "verify" valid UK STD numbers before connecting the call.

BT lost me as a revenue generating customer when I called them after many overseas calls and asked how I could bar international calls due to the nuisance, as I don't get personal calls from outside of the UK. The Droid I spoke to claimed it would be illegal to do so, and had no words when I pointed to the illegality of the calls under Privacy in Comms regulations AND asked why spoofing CLI data wasn't held to be a breach of BT's T&C (and thus allowing for a block legally) he just couldn't answer those points. My view is BT like the termination revenue they get for this.

I moved all my personal stuff to mobile, dropped all the premium services on my landline (which now only exists because we are blackmailed into supporting a voice service to have broadband) and unplugged the handset BUT IT SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS.

We have weak and ineffectual regulation, both within telecoms and in business regulation where companies in the UK specifically use overseas centres to get around the privacy protections in place. AS ever it seems the rights of the individual take a very poor place to the scammers and schemers in big business, both here and abroad.

Finally reporting spam calls to OFCOM is no use. Report them to the ICO via webform, if we bury the ICO in reports maybe someone will realise that this is a real issue, because right now it seems that no one in power understands how widespread the problem is - or how ineffectual the current regime is.

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Damage control (noun): When Microsoft's CEO kickstarts diversity plan after women pay gaffe

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The unpopular viewpoint...

I view this with the same suspicion I see "all female candidate list" political fudges, quite popular with some UK politicians.

The best person for a post is the one most skilled and experienced for the task surely? Gender shouldn't enter into it. This PC garbage really does society a disservice where it excludes the best/brightest in pursuit of some misguided diversity goal. To get the best you have to be the best, Gender doesn't enter into it. Ive worked for some female managers who were fantastic, very skilled and knowledgeable, they got where they are by being damn good, and that is the only thing that should count.

I'm sure it wont be a popular view... cue the downvotes... At least I'm not hiding behind A/C

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

Da Weezil

Re: Setup costs

The thing is there is the problem by where we have no relationship with Openjoke and it falls to the ISP to chase problerms. Some are great at this (AAISP for example) others really "CBA"

If they are not pushing really hard and persistently for a resolution then they seserve to lose the business and should not be able to hold customers to a contract where thiey are failing in customer service top provide an acceptable level QOS - one technically possible for that line.

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Da Weezil

Re: Please

My local Trading Standards were very helpful to me. when Pipox were throttling my connection daily from 3.30 pm I had a long chat with TS after Pipex denied all knowledge, It was so bad I was even having trouble with large content pages (simple text was ok but anything else? - Forget it!).

TS gave me chapter and verse to quote to them about the relevant legislation and the nature of their failure. Suddenly Pipex were willing to admit what was happening (it is now a widely known fact but at the time it was something they flatly denied.)

Just had something similar with XLNTelecom trying to sting my boss for £299 to migrate the out of contract Phone service at work, I clued him up about the rights of Domestic & SME customers since about 3 years ago and suddenly they backed down and offered him a retention deal instead.

The telecoms sector is full of scammers - its nearly as corrupt as Banking!

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Misery for Virgin Media mobe customers over mysterious 'EE data centre gaffe'

Da Weezil

I seem to recall reading somewhere fairly recently about some SIMs being shown to have software included that deliberately downgrades service/reception quality for some customers on cheaper or PAYG contracts, I wonder if this is a case of borked "throttling" software being on SIMs issued to "lower tier" customers by a network?

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

Da Weezil

Re: What are Apple buyers going to do.

OSX on Non Mac hardware is like popping a Zetec engine into a Morris Minor. Its possible, its been done a number of times, but takes a bit of skill and knowledge. In the average high street you cant buy a laptop without paying the windows tax.

As for inserting a disc and installing - My first home PC actually came with a disc containing windows. Now if your hard drive dies a couple of years into ownership you are screwed because they are too cheap to even give you a CD or DVD rom for the licence you are forced to buy.

I wont get into the ludicrous situation of trying to upgrade a current machine with a larger HDD, if I have paid for a licence then I SHOULD be able to use it even if I upgrade my machine. Redmond has long been an abusive monopoly in common with a few other businesses in the UK.

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

Da Weezil

You got a reply? that's better than I managed. After some discussions about line length from exchange with a member on a broadband forum - who was taking Google maps as gospel, I informed the chocolate fireguard factory that they are showing my exchange some half a mile in the wrong direction. It figures correctly on street view on a major junction on the outskirts of my town, but the maps show it as being "in town". It isn't hard to find, it sits on the side of a huge roundabout!

No reply, and years later no resolution, so Google maps are considered inaccurate in my household and are never consulted.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Da Weezil

The BBC is an arrogant white elephant that has become overblown with its own importance. How dare they presume to set themselves up as an authority on what people might be using a service for? The more pressing matter is the need to look at why they blew a shedload of money on an illogical move north and selling buildings that they then have to rent back.

I am forced to pay a fee to watch tv despite the fact that it produces NOTHING that I want to watch.

It is time it was subjected to the harsh realities of the commercial world and made to fend for itself rather than being able to leech off of many for whom it offers nothing.

(And I say this as a person who once believed it was a cornerstone of UK Broadcasting and quality production)

The output of TV in the UK is abysmal.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

Da Weezil

D*ckhead Designer requirements

I hate to see too much pandering to the requirements of designers when the subject is vehicle lighting. There are far too many atrocious lighting designs on modern cars, clearly its a case of form over function which should NEVER be the case with automotive light design. Admittedly this affects the indicator and brake lamps more, but it illustrates nicely where the muppet manufacturers priorities are.

Motor vehicle lights are safety features NOT styling statements.

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Recording lawsuit targets Ford, GM in-car CD recorders

Da Weezil

You seem confused about how unions work. The leaders do not dictate policy, that comes through the membership and the reps, sadly the fallacy that unions are run by and policy directed by the leadership is likely to lead to new laws in the UK that will effectively remove the ultimate action from the working man allowing companies to once again ride roughshod over the ordinary working man.

Its the same sort of ignorance we see with the "nothing to hide nothing to fear" mob, Governement and big business do not always know best and frequently will screw the little man to further their own ends regardless of how that im;pacts those further down. The same is true of the music dinosaurs. I work today - I must work again tomorrow to live, not keep claiming payment for stuff I did 20 years ago - or things my late relatives did.The only thing the music mafiaa are protecting is themselves, thier bloated organisations and their over indulged lifestyles.

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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Adam Kramer of Facebook is reported by BBC.co.uk as saying

""At the same time, we were concerned that exposure to friends' negativity might lead people to avoid visiting Facebook."

The guy is Missing the point. Its Facebook with its arrogant attitude to people and the fact that not all of us feel the need to plaster minutiae of our lives on the internet that leads many to avoid visiting Facebook, a fact I am relived to see is dawning on some of those I know who are Facebook users, and are cutting down or ceasing their use of the data-mining service. Many of us can see NO value in joining, For my part I feel that joining would lead to a deficit in privacy and the quality of contact with friends, I prefer to relate to my friends individually - I feel they are worth that time and effort rather than employing the electronic scattergun approach of spraying dull details of everyday across t'interwebz

Simply put Mr Kramer, Facebook really isn't as compelling as you feel it should be, and - happily - people are starting to question their participation in it. I have never been and never will bne part of it, companies that increasingly demand a facebook or twitter account to interact with them should take not of the fact that I am p[art of a sizeable section of web user, one that may well grow in the future.

This is as sinister and underhanded as subliminal advertising, and it is time that this "service" was more strictly controlled - those running it clearly have no morals when it comes to messing with other peoples heads.

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Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room

Da Weezil

Re: Seeing as I don't use Facebook

Oh thats ok, its tame... now if it was "Backdoor Sluts 9".......

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US space-station crisis: 'We have enough of our own problems' sighs Russian deputy PM

Da Weezil

When all the sanction talk kicked off I thought of the old movie 2010, That had a rift between governments affecting those already far from home on a deep space mission.

I guess it was inevitable

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BT fibre 'availability checker' looks into FAR-OFF FUTURE. Again

Da Weezil

Re: Yet another...

We had a similar problem with ADSL2 here. BT maintained that the exchange wasnt financially viable for an upgrade - until talktalk gave notice that they were going to unbundle here, suddenly we had ADSL2.

Now we are just starting to see a fibre roll out in town, publicly funded, the 10k line exchange is allegedly not commercially viable.

Bt really do still act like an abusive monopolist.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

Da Weezil

Re: I hope they use thicker plastic...

Had the 5p charge in Wales for years now, Have never yet paid it - I just keep some of the "bag for life" in the car - Ok I paid 6p for the Asda ones (cheaper than Tesco) but they have long since been swapped out when they split or wore through. Ive not seen anyone giving staff hassle over it, we are just annoyed that the 'tards in Cardiff bay are as grabby as the 'tards on the Thames - and just as divorced from reality as any other politician.

I dont do all my shopping at Tesco plus I often shop for family and neighbours using my Clubcard so Tesco have a very confused idea of "who I am". As for the mobile - the Tesco SIM only plan suited me both in terms of cost and being a 30 day contract, if a better deal comes along then I'll be off. Maybe I'm strange but I shop at places that fit the need and "target price", not because it is xxxxxxx (insert name of chain here)

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'Monstrous' Apple kicked us off iAd, claimed we are its RIVAL – Brit music upstart

Da Weezil

Re: Wrong. @ThomH @Da Weezil

This passage from the post I was replying to is fairly clear I think

"Note I said "potentially illegal". I do not know enough about the American legal system to make a judgement on whether Apple is allowed to restrict access to iAds because the other product is competing with iTunes"

It has naff all to do with the American legal system, AFAIK the article referred to a UK based complaint which I assume means that its business they sought to place through whichever office Apple uses for UK leads. (while avoiding as much tax as possible natch)

My point stands, if it is an issue with an order placed with an EU office US law has diddly squat to do with it.

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Da Weezil

Re: Wrong. @ThomH

We are however talking about a problem in the UK affecting business done in the UK and as such US law is probably irrelevant - a fact which may shock some across the pond.

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Da Weezil

Re: A bit like UK TV

Sky have recently been running an ITV channel promo too so its not one sided. Sounds to me like Apple need a regulatory slap for this, and I speak from an open platform houshold where our phones are 'droids and the computing hardware is a mix of imac/macbook pro and linux/wondow dual boots - so theres no fanboi-ism here, we just buy what works for us.

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IBM was wrong to force UK workers off final salary pensions – judge

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Re: Now how many more years...

Absolutely - having just reached the *10 years to go* mark The DWP wrote to tell me that I am also caught in the "work till you drop" ideal that seems to be in vogue amongst the non working decision makers that ruin.... (oops Freudian slip there) ....I meant... run this country. All the tinkering with pensions that goes on in the UK highlights the con that this whole system is just a giant ponzi scheme designed to fleece the working man for the benefit of the city con men. Its sad to see a company like this treating its staff with such contempt.

Shareholders will see no value if the best and brightest get so pissed of that they walk.

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Speaker bods Sonos chuck FREE TELLY* in with discount offer

Da Weezil

UK Consumer Gouge Levy + The lack of DTS support is the deal breaker here, maybe Sonos should quit with the weak offers Stop jacking up the price in the UK .... oh..... and do some development work to make this kit more *usable*

Love my Play 5, but without DTS I wont be considering hooking up a Sonos system to my new Blu ray

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

Da Weezil

Surely material changes to a contract (such as the introduction of a fee for services previously headlined as "free") would need to be properly notified in order to form part of a valid contract? I have had no such notification and such a material change to the basis of my relationship with 123reg can surely only be made with my knowledge and consent (aka an email saying "we are doing this - if you dont like it leave now").

They are just about to lose a handful of domains here - and I'm going to look into the legality of any charges they might try to impose when I leave.

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

Da Weezil

Anybody looking at me in a locker room while wearing this crud is likely to end up having them surgically removed. Go perv somewhere else. Seriously, wearing them in a locker room? That's just way too creepy.

Also.. I don't tweet... sober or drunk. I guess it shows that the chocolate factory expects this to appeal to the inadequate types who feel that every aspect of their mundane existence needs posting for posterity.

They should be banned while driving, otherwise we might see costly cases where courts have their time wasted while glasshole posers argue that they were off - or that they were a wearable sat nav. The fact that some idiots will use them for purposes unrelated to driving when behind the wheel is the reason that they should be banned from drivers faces. The roads are hazardous enough already.

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eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

Da Weezil

This guy reminds me of a holding company here in the UK. Some years ago they took control of a much loved High St retailer - a national chain. A few months later I saw a news item in the financials about how they had sold off the freeholds *to gain money for investment* - the retailer was sold (or floated I forget which) shortly afterwards.

Fast forward to the recent crash and this retailer went to the wall taking the jobs of many people with it because with the decline in sales they could no longer meet the rents on the premises they once owned freehold.

Icahn is just this sort of asset stripper, caring only for his own enrichment. People like him should be barred from holding shares where they can directly affect the lives of (potentially) thousands of employees to feed their greed.

Carl.. you worthless parasite..... get a proper job! Stop scavenging off of the backs of proper hard working people.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Da Weezil

Progress?

HSBC upgraded the cashpoint in my local branch last year. The new generation machine also seems to run on XP according to its display after a crash one day quite recently, but this "better than ever before"super whizzy machine lacks one basic banking function that the old one had. The ability to pay in some cash out of hours. When I mentioned this to the branch they seemed unable to grasp the fact that this was a problem.

The biggest laugh was when the hapless teen behind the counter told me that registering with telephone or internet banking should see me able to carry out all the normal banking functions - she was however stuck for an answer when I asked how the hell one paid in cash over the interwebs - and commented that even the smallest denomination note wouldn't fit through the mic aperture in my smartphone.

What a bunch of bankers!

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PayPal mudslingfest TELEVISED: Icahn and Donahoe go on telly

Da Weezil

Watching this situation from the UK.....

I had to look twice... at a glance I misread it as Ichan being on CBBC.... pretty appropriate really.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

Da Weezil

.....And ridiculously you require ID etc to sell a car to a breakers yard, despite the vehicle having its own ID and a V5 document they included businesses that only process end of life vehicles.

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BT fattens up its sales thanks to hearty fibre+footy diet

Da Weezil

BT's "business case" for upgrades are flexible, My local exchange was deemed not worth ADSL2... until talktalk unbundled it, suddenly BT published an RFS date for the service previously stated to not have a business case here. I have a very cynical view about the BDUK fibre roll out.

Time for the outdated requirement for a voice line to be binned too, Like many others I have no need for a BT voice service, so why am I forced to take it? I have no need to support the maintenance of voice equipment that I never use on my line.

There is zero chance of my being blackmailed into taking BT broadband services in order to continue watching moto GP.

BT have managed to turn me from a solid customer to one who wants as little to do with them as possible

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

Da Weezil

.. and of course the purple poser is so musically relevant, I mean look at the long long long list of his success at the top of the charts.

Another case of some reasonable talent totally eclipsed by egomania and a failure to grasp reality, After encouraging a lot of negativity over the "symbol" stupidity, he seems ready to demonstrate his lack of engagement with this.

For me Doves Cry and purple rain marked the high-water of his career - after that - the tide went out - along with my ability to take him seriously.

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

Da Weezil

Filters are folly.

This is what happens when you allow a bunch of technophobic Mrs Lovejoys to dictate policy instead of telling them in clear terms that they need to take responsibility for the action of their little cherubs when they venture onto the interwebs.

I dont need or want filtering, The under16's who use my connection (all 5 of them over the last 10 years) have been involved in frank discussions about the dangers that can lurk on line - and in the real world - if you subscribe to the immature belief that the world is a nice place free of dangers and nastiness the rude awakenings await both your offspring and you a little further down the road when you finally encounter real life. Forewarned is forearmed - and a dose of reality about the world is GOOD for any kid growing up - as is parental oversight of the activities, rather than expecting network filtering to babysit the kids that they are too lazy - or stupid - to supervise.

These are the same idiots who believe that children should go through childhood wrapped in cotton wool so they cant hurt themselves with such dangers as Conker matches or climbing trees, only to find that once they hit their teens that drink/drugs/driving fast does actually get you hurt and hurting is not a great feeling.

I never did get this ridiculous attitude towards matters of a sexual nature - we all do it, iots healthy and natural, the more we try to make it furtive and shameful the more we risk people developing unhealthy attitudes and practices.

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

Da Weezil
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The 'tard at Google - and the glassholes who refuse to be separated from their stupid toys need to understand that on today's crowded roads the only thing you need to be more connected with is the act of DRIVING.

The rest of the world can wait until you can give it your attention - when behind the wheel your FULL attention needs to be on your driving, not stuff placed in your field of vision no matter how peripherally. We really have bred a generation of spoiled brats who want toys when it suits them rather than when it is appropriate.

Id love to see the wearing of these behind the wheel outlawed everywhere - but I am sure Google own enough politicians to ensure that it never happens

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Canada says Google broke law by snooping health info to serve ads

Da Weezil

Once again a slap on the wrist from a tame administration. I wonder how many politicians Google actually owns worldwide? That can be the only explanation for the ability of Google to ignore laws which it sees as interfering with its business model of exploiting our data for the benefit of its third party parasite advertisers.

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Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

Da Weezil

Given that after 12 years of complaints BT Openjoke have yet to cure the periodic instability in my line , I wouldnt think anything or my router crashing/resetting even if repeatedly, so the fcat that this exploit resets the connection would go unnoticed and I suspect many other victims.... sorry I mean users connected to via (often antique) BT copper would be in the same position

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