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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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Try and See if You Can Buy?

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager should try ordering from a range of foreign sites and see what happens. That way she would have direct experience and knowledge.

The other side of the coin is that an awful lot of small or tiny sites would rather not have to deal with the stupid new rules over VAT. Remember that Brown and Blair signed up to while they were working to ruin the country

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BT slams ‘ludicrous’ Openreach report as Vodafone smirks

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Re: Where did the rural internet money go?

Funny I live within 100 yards of the Virgin Cable on a main road, on the edge of an ancient town. The odd thing is that Virgin passed us by though someone else did cable us up and allegedly have a fibre option we might be able to access - or not; the story keeps changing. However, we do have some sort of service, hence my sending the message from my desk top PC.

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More suppliers join flagging GOV.UK Verify ID assurance scheme

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Is there a Point I am Missing?

Wheels, the bus would like to meet up with you, or is this scheme not aimed at normal punters? As far as I can see the Government Gateway is the only body I am registered on. Does this give me a free pass not to use the digital services?

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Is this a lost in translation

I totally agree.

I also wonder how the 'device' will spot the signs that some councils have cunningly covered with vegetation to make drivers 'guess and pay', or will this brain of Britain device know the different bushes and trees used to cover road signs? Oh Hawthorn means 30 mph, brambles mean 40, etc.

Far better to use GPS to locate limits and tell the driver what is going on - 30 MPH in 50 yards, etc. Still variable limits could catch out sleeping drivers as would temporary speed limits.

As an alternative look through the big glass thing in front of you and use some judgement and e.g. look for lamp posts, they are relevant in the UK.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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Re: No doubt... @Graham Marsden

I believe that this move started under the previous shower, it was introduced into Northern Ireland in 2002, so clear evidence of vote rigging there or not? The UK's politically independent Electoral Commission had been pushing for such a reform for some time. The volume of suspected fraud in the 2010 election was a further source of pressure, though I am not confident that the new system will prevent that trouble.

While my household appear to still be registered, (I checked last week) we have not had any invitation to do anything. As where I live is likely not a TAW* area, your suggestion appears not to hold much water, though it does say something about you talking without evidence or information.

*TAW = member of the tax and waste party.

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Check with the Local Council Setup?

Having heard the stories about this I tried the option I thought to be the best. I rang the local office designed to deal with these matters. They apparently confirmed that the right number of names appeared to be registered at the address though no one had jumped through the various hoops apparently set out in much of the published stuff. So I travel hopefully!

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Kaspersky Lab hits back at Bloomberg's Russian spy link hit piece

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Re: Were the accusations true...

Interception of various forms can easily be traced back to the middle ages and, if you try a bit harder to other civilisations far further back. It has certainly been fully active wherever I have lived for all of my life. The impact it has had on my life has so far been very close to zero. I said close to zero and not zero because there have been times when interception and observation have failed. Then I have been closer than I would like to things that really would have ruined my day.

Oh and for the record I find the imperial thug Putin to offer more threat than almost any other legitimate or quasi legitimate government, though still managing to be far lower than sundry death cult sects.

You do have to say that he has played most leaders for the misguided innocents that they appear to be and got everything he wanted along the way. It has been so easy for him; why would have need to break a sweat and make any sort of real effort?

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Re: interesting problem

It was very different with Sony. I had a then expensive Sony Trinitron and that started to peel in the same way but not to the same extent. I sent them a picture they sent me a return pack to have it collected and sorted out. Perhaps one should check the OEM's history carefully to see if they stand behind their products once they stagger out of the showroom. I wonder who makes Apple screens?

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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Re: Exactly what problem does this solve?

A few years ago I came across an accident about a mile outside a large county town. A car had spun off the road in heavy rain, probably two or more hours before I and several others stopped.It was late afternoon not dead of night by the A 30 road into town, the driver was then cold and very dead.

It is NOT only in the wild deserted areas where this might be of value, crash off the road hit a tree and 'park' in a field while no one was watching and you can die there before anyone spots what has happened

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Re: FORD SYNC

I'm not sure if this is an incentive not to get a Ford or not to get anything apple. Since the last Ford I mistaken bought needed new automatic gearboxes more often than it needed an oil change I will never get another Ford. Since the apple range offers me only things for which I have no need at all, ditto for not having one of them.

I do wonder how well the system will cope with the not spots which is where such assistance would be most effective and needed.

No doubt I will need to ditch my old Nokia one day, but will I still need a mobile anyway by then? Hopefully usable but otherwise dumb phones will still be available.

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BT fined £800k over lax emergency text relay delay blunder

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While I agree that text is a best effort service of dubious speed and delay. However the text relay service appears to be different animal altogether - which is possibly why it is getting its delays out in the open before the service even starts spluttering to life.

Using basic text as an emergency service would be totally pointless due to the delays and sometimes missing messages.

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

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Re: Online Voting

Or strong laws to stop machine errors and faults being reported as the case in some places. Now which tiny state was that?

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@ dogged

My retirement income is (still) being spent on sorting out the mess created by No more boom and Bust Brown, remember him letting the banks have free rein to pay him more tax income and him selling off the gold for a pittance.

Of course you could now enjoy the 0.5% interest rates and over borrow, everyone else does. Remember when rates were well above double digits?

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Data centre dangers: Killing a tree and exploding a UPS

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Things that Go phut

Generator with two tanks, a main storage tank and a smaller 'local' tank that was supplied by a send and return set up that pumped the fuel up from main tank to a local tank via a switch and valve system returning the excess to the main tank. Engine ran perfectly every test run and then the mains failed oops, The lift pump valves were set the wrong way, the 'local' tank did not fill and the pump overheated pumping nowhere, as the run went on longer than a test. Generator quit with no fuel and the lift pump now sick, well you can guess what happened!

In another building the large bus bars were insulated on the left the right and bottom, where was the painter, yes up above when he put his paint pot down. Entire room spray painted with hot burning paint.

In another location a big A/C plant lost power for a short time, so the motors started to spool down, power came back suddenly the reverse torque spun the stators, 'look no working pump motor' until they were completely rebuilt. It happened twice before a minimum duration break was built into the power system to allow the pumps to spool down completely.

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Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

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Government Scheme Successes

Of course the present non system is such a success that we all bow down to worship its grand performance.

Then there was that NHS IT scheme that had to be canned after wasting billions.

Or the ID cards.

Or

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Re: "four to six million recorded telephone calls a day"???

About half the calls made would meet busy tone or not get answered. Some might go to idle numbers with no working connection. Many would get terminated ASAP; they were almost certainly VOIP calls and many might be dropped by the outfit making them. Unless the network receiving the call attempts find something odd about the calls why would they spend money looking for trouble.

By the way, who says the network did not help with the bust?

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Going on holiday? Mexico wants your personal data

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Re: If the cartels don't get you, the whales will

The whale was a cartel hit whale.

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PNR Data

Declare no dietary information - Check

Cash charged type credit card for airfare - Check

Email, for this use only account. - Check

Phone number, more tricky but perhaps a disposable mobile telephone - check

Or do not bother with Mexico, too much drug based crime for some tastes -Checkmate.

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Ad bidding network caught slinging ransomware

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Re: Sort your shit out advertisers

Does anyone outside of 'care in the community' still allow Flash on their machines?

Or does removing flash not stop the main cause of issues?

If a site or entry demands Flash, then I pass by and get on with something useful.

The problem with such as Adblock is that they have been allowing crap advertisers to pay to have their beloved spam and malware pass through onto users machines.

If the advertisers are so damned stupid that they encourage this crap, they have only themselves to blame when we try to block their desires.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: Quite so

How very niche market?

Not all of us throw everything away each time a new computational machine comes out.

WiFi can be so very dodgy in many buildings. Apart from a mobile head set I have no bluetooth devices.

At least I have the Centronics connections on the network;) though I rarely use that portable printer too much these days.

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BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be 'resisted at all costs' says lawyer

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Re: Will the spooks be surprised ..

This reminds me of the First World War story of suspect telegram. The censor being suspicious changed a word in the message, it was something like from dead to deceased or some such. Back came the reply, is XXX dead or deceased!

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Use The Side Effect Case

Dear Patient, I understand you are concerned at having xyz cancer. I also understand that many patients with xyz also have worms/ acid reflux, yada, Yada, Yada, (delete as required). I have to warn you that one side effect of this treatment is that tumours shrink/die/disappear while the heart burn, worms or whatever are being treated. Now may I ensure that you are kept free of worms heartburn whatever?

The civil service hate this approach but in my past experience in a different field they end up living with it and have even been bounced into following that approach - if the incentive is in the right place.

There is an ongoing battle over cheap and effective vs a too expensive to use treatment for if believe wet macular degeneration.

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Fareit trojan pwns punters with devious DNS devilry

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Flash Why Bothrer?

I removed flash from my computer a while back, OK a few sites still want to use it to play their content, but I can live without their content and with constant flash updates.

Life is easier now.

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Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer

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Re: I'm getting stabbed...

I fell into your line of thinking about the offence of retaliation for a while but then I realised.

They call up saying you have a nasty thing on your computer and yes you have so you say

"Yes I have."

They log into your computer and the nasty thing turns round and bites them. You have been totally honest, they called you, they got the problem, where is the issue?

To take another example, you call a repair person saying that some electrical device is faulty. They come round and either collect it to test at their workshop or plug it in with you.

It goes bang and they get a shock.

You are dealing with 'experts who know about these things' they should fully understand the risks of faulty electrical devices or bug ridden PCs - that is their job, not yours.

[Word to the wise, just in case, do not let a gas fitter test for leaks with a lighted match.]

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

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Re: IoT? WoT?

I have yet to fully change out the old bulbs in the house and at the current rate of replacement I possibly have a 20+ years stock of old bulbs. However, one thing I have found is several handy devices for controlling lights and they never go flat. So I can turn on or turn off the lights as I need them and the magic item is a switch. These are often found on walls close to the entry point to a room, or just below the light source on the free standing lamps. The amazing thing about these mood adjustable lights is that there is absolutely no programming needed. Not only that, they cannot be hacked and never need a system upgrade. Even the oh so modern LEDs can operate using just this modern marvel of a switch. There is no need to worry about which version of software you have on your phone, in fact you do not even need a phone at all - except perhaps for phone calls or to invite people to join you.

Dimmers feel so 1970s now.

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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Re: ApplePay is very secure

Some years ago back in the mid 1990s I met with credit card companies on a project that was being developed. There were two issues then, limited imagination and the huge cost and near impossibility of adding security functionality to the streaming processes then used. I am pretty sure that number two still exists and we can see (1) being exhibited now. I am amazed that people were not aware that all this talk of 'very secure', is frankly hog wash - it is with all systems. Make a more secure anything and people will look for the easy way round the security. This is no exception. I suspect that the first error was to major all efforts on one device/method of initial verification. After that it was to allow a basically insecure method to 'verify' the voracity of the set up. If you do not employ a bit of lateral thinking and periodic re-verification your security will be breached. This is a consumer product so one perceived need is an easy ride for the user, but easy rides always come with costs.- The CVC code is pretty weak, and even the secondary card not present checks are not hugely strong but at least they are better and can be updated if/when needed via an established route.

Frankly I do not care who allowed this to come about, the banks, apple, the man in the moon, or whoever, it makes no difference. It is still like making a secure vault with thick walls and armoured locks and having an unsecured air-conditioning duct or a plywood roof (it's safe at 10 feet off the ground). The product is end to end and the weakness is where ever and when ever it is found.

The risk to the well organised fraudster is zero, phone cost is a few units of currency, (probably paid for with a stolen card), load it, use it for a few days make money, dump phone, bingo.

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EasyGroup continues bizarre, time-travelling domain crusade

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Sleazy Grope

Oh dear, is it too late to register Sleasy Grope, or for that matter Sleasy Grasper?

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: are you sure ?

That is a measure of your friend circle.

I must admit to being very happy with a 42 inch plasma. LCD is 'OK' but all the LCD sets have artefacts or other limits that the plasma does not appear to have.

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MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

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Before I place an Order

Does anyone have a patent on Popcorn, Beer, chairs and other life necessities for a good spectator feeling, before I place my orders?

This could get a strong pair of running legs.

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Re: Public ISP's

Yeah like a snowball's chance in hades that there will be no NSA, where do you think your private operator will get their information? Of course the private company will have managed to somehow sell as much as they can to their buddy of choice.

"We see you contacted XYZ car sales, you should buy a super wizzo instead."

Or in the case of some like Comcast,

"We saw you were thinking of buying a new car, clearly we are not charging you enough please have a double price bill in future, thank you for your custom. Please note the cancellation period for your service has been adjusted in the interests of customer support and is now 999 years."

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Thousands of UK drivers' details leaked through hole in parking ticket website

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Re: Yet another reason. - Re Nebulour Rules.

@corestore

I did not refer to the DVLA, as having nebulous rules, mind you neither they nor the police always limit themselves to strict understanding of the rules and laws. Just look at cars that have been wrongly taken as stolen when they were the result of someone else's fraud, check it out.

However, when you mix in the insurance industry and HMRC you will begin to find out where the nebulous rules bit applies. 'An address without an income yet with expenses, lets go for them they might be on the black market, etc'. Yes the insurance industry needs to know where the car is parked, but the credit checking industry loves inconsistent data, as for the banks, just do not go there. They will not even follow the rules, and sometimes want to ignore the law and court orders, FACT. To protect the innocent, (though now dead) I could, but will not give details beyond saying that the bank in question is very well known, fortunately it caused me negligible difficulty.

All I am saying is make sure you have all your ducks in a line if you are going to go along with non regular situations.

Take it from me or learn it yourself there is nothing so stupid as a bureaucracy that goes on the rampage, - money laundering rules are a case in point. Fraudsters appear to have no trouble getting accounts, but Joe Public can have a very hard time.

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Re: Yet another reason..

If you have access to a valid alternative address for mail through which you can receive all items and meet other nebulous rules then you are (a) lucky and (b) probably on sound legal ground. Not all of us have such an easy route. One point that others might need to watch is the tie between car insurance, location and such as the farce of money laundering laws, plus the 'accidental risk' the insurance industry might wish to accuse you of a fraud.

Note not knowing your situation I did caution 'others'.

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Re: Yet another reason..

Unfortunately the 'screw you jack system' is set to do just that to you all ways round. Even if you were to use some recoding of your details while maintaining a correct address you can attract a large fine for incorrect details, making it almost 'essential' for you to expose yourself for cack handed fools like the present bunch of stupid loons to fit you up for data theft.

What is needed is real teeth in the laws that mean you can sue any bunch of stupid operatives for all costs including rest and recovery from the stress of their mistake - Lazy, deliberate or accidental. Hopefully they will be put out of business.

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Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

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What are All These Little Programs

Not that I have ever seen the point of a machine that needs to have bits downloaded to make it more usable, my take is different. What do these add ons actually bring to the party? What do they do? Perhaps it is simply that the programs add something to the lives of IOS users that others do not feel they lack?

Note this is not intended to be a snide comment, for example, the average college or school person probably does not need, e.g. a stock ticker that others might rave about. So you will not sell many if the phone's demographic is wrong for your mini program. Add the fact that cost concious customers do not splash out on dumb so much as those who can easily write off the experience . Finally, 'community users' probably slag off any miniprog that adds noting to their life, thus stopping others in their circle from falling in. Perhaps IOS users simply do not deal with things the same way as others. Everyone has their own needs and interests and this may be reflected in all of their purchasing actions?

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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MS Might Share Some Blame

I was under the impression that MS were trying to halt the sale of media to allow PCs to be re-installed with Windows and that this was why you have those awful restore partitions -with their disk dies machine dies issues. Or the 'You have 30 second to make restore media do it now - before you have the media onto which to make the restore data available!

The first thing would be to promote the sale of crap free install media, Dell certainly used to do this and I have several re-install disks for various machines.

As others have said strongly, the second thing would be to be honest, this machine is sponsored by Shit Shovellers Anonymous, crap free version yours for £ X, X US or whatever currency.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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In Another Case

In another case a right handed repair person tried both a chisel and left handed scissors to remove a screw rather than a screw driver and cut their hand.

Really if you chosen device it is not right; use the tool that is correct for your task.

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Facebook meets Belgian minister: PLEASE, sir, NOT THE PROBE

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Painful Probing

I thought that painful probing was Facebook's raison d'etre.

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Calling all cybercrooks: Ready-made phone attack rig for sale

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That Maybe True

He did not say it was easy but I bet their 'leaders' do have phones that really beg to be rung at 3 :00 a.m. their time, - it is nice to dream.

Frankly shooting the organisers would be too good; something slower would be better like endless phone ringing and music on hold played together 24 hours per day.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Re: Problem is inherent to closed source

While I am in general terms in full agreement with your article I suspect that it over complicated the discussion process that went on. These were laptops out of the 'normal' Lenovo comfort range of corporate users. These were for marginal low cost customers, many of whom probably were very likely not very skilled with a PC. Note I have avoided the word savy for a very good reason.

Along came Superfish to make life even easier for the simple user, OK I know that this should have set off alarm bells round the entire company if not the world, but I will bet the original presentation went to the marketing types, 'Gee this will make the machines so much easier for the unskilled to use and we get a few cents or dollars off the price.' They would not even have the ability to know about 'What could go wrong' let alone ask the question. So marketing said shove this one the low cost machines and make them easier and cheaper to use, 'Look it even self configures so no need to change production they said to us.' The rest was history.

I do not see this as open versus closed versus any other model of software, this was a simple dumb, crass stupid commercial idea for which the customer in the middle (Lenovo) fell, or sleep walked into, hook line and sinker.

Browser helpers are always an awful idea end of. Do it your self or learn how to. Good Samaritans do not exist.

As for the company that produced the crapware, it appears unlikely, but maybe they really thought they had a good idea, or were they also paid by an unseen hand? I do not know

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Apple: Fine, we admit it – MacBook Pros suffer wonky GPU crapness

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Re: Apple takes no responsibility for its crap.

While I hate being fair to Apple, they do not actually make the things, not an excuse but part of the explanation. Sadly when the real assembler of the bits runs them through the soldering process it is not exactly a craft operation. It is run down to a cost limit, which is bad, a time limit which is necessary to protect the bits and a quality control limit which is supposed to be good.

Sadly for too many years the process has been somewhat hit or miss, fine when it works perfectly, not so fine when it fails. Lead free solder has almost certainly increased the miss rate. However in the past it was not unusual to have the process fall over in so far as some items would be perfect, most would just pass initial inspection but a large number would then fail after shipping and some period of use.

I have to agree that knowing the risk of such failure any manufacturer should run a good, responsive repair or replace policy and in this case Apple appear to have been late to the party. Almost certainly they should have known there was a problem a good while back and it should not have taken so long to step up and deal with the the matter. If they carry out any checking they probably know where, when and how the process went off the rails, if they do not know, a double bad for them, not finding the problem and not preparing a more responsive action plan for so long.

In an industrial context I once had 19 out of twenty complex connectors fail bringing a public telecomms switch to a halt each time. The fault was rapidly traced to a fault in the OEM soldering processes and fixed

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The Revenue achieved RECORD numbers of e-tax returns ... by NOT shifting to GOV.UK

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It is a Plan

Make the web sites so god awful that the punters have to telephone to get anywhere. That way more staff get employed and the unemployment goes down, master stroke!

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Re: This sounds horribly familiar

Its OPEX only until the bean counters in collaboration with satin decide that some staff costs should be capitalised because of the projects they are working on.

And then the expense codes all have to be changed on the special Excel form someone in Outer Mongolia developed but the system throws a wobbly because staff costs and expenses should be OPEX not CAPEX. The staff cost centre has not been changed to a capitalised one as some staff still work on routine work. However, this problem only comes to light when the claim is stuck in the system having been approved via the wizzy system of pass the electronic parcel and the approvals cannot be unwound; because unwinding never happens its not been coded for...

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the £2,000 plus bill cannot be paid because the refund is delayed

then the disciplinary hounds chase up the unpaid credit card bill.

Oh yes, suddenly my lot decided that expenses were not worth the hassle so no one went anywhere, "xyz have a specialist team for doing that".

Meanwhile hell is waiting to freeze over.

It became clear that the company had lost the plot completely.

I kept a record of how much extra annual pension I earned with each day at the office, it was the only way to keep sane.

Then early retirement was never more welcome.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: Cue the ClassAction lawsuits in 3... 2... 1...

Selling a dangerous liquid to someone who did not know about hot liquids was a dereliction of a duty of care. Which UK care home or hospital managed that McDonalds site again?

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Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!

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Re: Fuck ads and all who serve them up

Another reason not to use a so called smart phone? Or perhaps a reason not to install dumb as a brick applications you really do not want. Most times adverts tell me nothing worth reading; I do not care to have my life style improved by, e.g. a pencil sharpener, I want my pencil sharpened by the damned thing. (Yes a silly example of the ad makers art but for the most part ads are stupid.)

If I am looking for a car I want a car to do a task so a specification would be nice, along with the costs and will it fit in with the tasks I need done. It will NEVER do anything for my so called 'style' so stop wasting my time already.

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iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins

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Re: Not smart.

Its say ten-o-clock in the evening, I have just found that my phone is missing so I should use Find my iphone. So here I am in the car park and I pull out my missing iphone and start up Google, and oops there just might be a tiny wee problem due to the missing phone.

Never mind I do not really have an iphone and my actual mobile phone is buried deep in an inside pocket and rarely if ever touched, so I CAN use it to report my missing credit card.

Now I will be the first to say, what suits me does not suit many others and vice versa, but the sales patter does get just a little bit boring.

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Rap for fap stack in hack trap flap: This XXX site caught an STI (Script Transmitted Infection)

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Flash

Why on earth is anyone still using that pile of steaming dung called flash. No cute cat video or anything else is worth the aggravation caused by the lace curtain shield called Flash. Or do people want a career devoted to almost daily updates that always follow the release of yet another flaw exploit?

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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I Wonder

I wonder what else they have hidden in this or a similar way? I used to think that Lenovo made half way decent kit; note that I used to think that way.

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Big Content picks on small Australian ISPs again

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Re: Alternative to piracy?

Or the film makers could issue everyone with a free device to download and pay for their tatty content, oops, sorry valuable IP.

I cannot remember the last time I went to see a film at the cinema, I do remember that I hated every second of the drivel. I was dragged there by a family member, never again. Frankly 'free' is too high a price to pay for much of the output.

As for downloading, I would feel it was unfair to the electrons tortured by the process; is there a society for the prevention of torture of electrons when you need its services?

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Specification, User Requirements, Objective

I guess that those were just some of the many words that the fluffy types did not understand as they are not fluffy enough.

How about finding out what is thought to be needed and what is thought to be done, testing the basic tenets and producing a testable specification of how it will be delivered. Then doing acceptance testing where some skilled and totally unskilled users are set lose on the project to see what breaks? Whatever you do in this phase do NOT use those who 'understand the new system'. I often used the clerks from accounts to simulate ordinary users when I did such work in the (increasingly distant) past.

As a text book study in advanced project destruction this does appear to have been a master class.

To think I was rung a couple of weeks ago about my experience of a paper based system they wanted to bring on line - Inheritance tax if you are interested.

Currently something between 50 and one hundred pages, perhaps more are involved though not all pages require an entry Comprising more than a dozen sets of data gathering that should all cross relate.

Just imagine sitting down and trying to do that lot 'live on screen'. They were shocked that I said I needed a paper copy of each stage to verify entries before moving on and that cross checking was essential before submission. Frankly electronic recording would be good - the papers I produced visited most of the offices run by HMRC, Each time going by post, England, Scotland Northern Ireland and Wales all became involved. An electronic transfer would have been magic but given the track record recorded in the account it will never be possible

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: Tax is due somewhere, surely?

The tax, if any, is due where it is due under the processes of the relevant tax law(s). It is for the German tax authorities to decide the amount of tax due on income within their country.

I assume that those who are jumping up and down are happily paying tax on their entire income and not just the part above the tax free limit? To accept that some income can be received free of tax would be to receive funds without paying tax on them, thus avoiding tax legally.

Here is another moral dilemma for you, lets say that a person has some funds sat in a bank account getting almost no interest and though paying all the tax arising from that tiny income the pay only a tiny amount of tax. Because seeking a higher income by chasing deposits is hard work they did not chase the maximum income they could get. Since almost half of any additional income would go in tax they decided that the extra work on their tax return was not worth the overall effort.

Question: Is this tax avoidance since the income and the resulting tax liability has been forgone?

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