* Posts by Richard Jones 1

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

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Re: Legacy

Sadly true, then there is the issue of of the dongles which need a specific interface. Add in the fact that the code for the damned device has been lost. However, this does not really matter as it was written the computer equal of an unknown tribal language and the supplier has closed down anyway.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: This is why I miss the pre-web internet.

Ah, Sales and Marketing - or the Granny sellers as we used to call them when I was at work.

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

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Re: So blameMicrsoft because it doesn't innovate...

Most mass market producers like to try run something like the old 80:20 rule. Get 80% of the market with 20% of the effort. Since the new phone was so clearly a niche product, witness the mass market rejection of the phone when tried in public situations it was clearly more of a 5:95 device, 5% of the market for 95% effort. OK @LDS they innovated and went for the 5%, fine if you are after a tiny niche and you were clearly in that niche. I have no problems with niches as it happens I like my phone as I sit in the non touch phone niche user group.

Finding what users want as opposed to what designers want used to be called market research.

Getting it right for the intended market used to be called judgement

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Amazon AXES try-before-you-buy AppStore TestDrive facility from shopfront

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Re: "try-before-you-buy" might be a bad idea...

Are there, were there ever any other sort for any of the systems?

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FCC hit with SEVENTH net neutrality lawsuit

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Re: CenturyLink? Broadband? I thought they were a telco.

I guess the second line entry was a Freudian slip when you typed DSL as DLS, presumably this is what they offer, Delay Line Service, though I have a few doubts about the word service; perhaps Delay Line Servitude would be more accurate.

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Google drives a tenth of news traffic? That's bull-doodie, to use the technical term

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Re: The real problem

@FF22 Frankly I am unable to follow the logic in your message. If I look at a news site for information I am already on that site. However if I ask Google 'Is there any news information about X', then hopefully Google will tell me where I can find the news about X.

You appear to suggest that I should first have gone to a site that I did not know about, to find the information about the item that interested me. That does not make sense. If I knew about the site I would have gone there first. Most days I go via my book marks to a few sites. If I either do not find something about what interests me or if I feel that those prime sources have failed to give me the coverage I need I will then go to Google.

Hopefully Google will then link me to something that I would otherwise have missed. Is this not the way that most people would work?

Or are you suggesting I should bookmark every possible news source and only when I have visited everyone should I then do a web search? If so please give me a couple of spare lifetimes.

To be honest I would tend to ignore a link to the Garudian(tm) as a first choice in favour of other news sites.

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Hungry Apple fanbois can now buy a lunch date with Tim Cook

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What's for Lunch?

I guess it will be a little mac not; a Big Mac(tm) that would be too old hat.

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Miscreants rummage in lawyers' silky drawers at will, despite warnings

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Re: Surprising

It is really no surprise, the issue is that many professions appear to think that they are able to do the work of others far better than those experts. Sometimes they admit to needing an expert but most times this is not before they rub into the walls of their incompetence. Normally they see no point in seeking assistance. It is a pity that when faced with areas where professional competence is required but not forced, too many will try to mess through. For too long IT matters were seen alternatively as a black art, a tradesman's business, dead easy, I have a PC at home or just simply about the same as a Biro and paper.

I thought the 'girl friend' was simply a classic case, the legal profession does rely on laws and their printed words to such an extent that if something is not written down and demanded it does not exist. Even when it is written down, they will wonder is it completely explicit, is there a drafting gap, does it apply to me and most important will it cost me money that I cannot bill to a client?

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WORLD+DOG line up to SLAM Google after anti-trust case unveiled

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Re: Nobody forces you

Google got where it is by being the first one to get things more or less right. Has anyone tried those alternative sites? From time to time I have and as a way of passing time and gaining nothing else it worked splendidly, but as a way of finding anything remotely useful, well even a chocolate teapot is streets better than most of the dross. Interestingly my biggest problem is finding that a Google search has returned one of those dross engines as a possible useful result - they never are.

My gripe is that the '+' and '-' operators no longer allow me to filter out the stupid stuff and I cannot now do +'this is what I want', or any other control mechanism to limit rubbish.

Still at least Google no longer offer me stupid entries like suggesting I might be searching for 'The Hotel Screwdriver' or 'The Hotel Ark Welder'.

I guess we will be forced to get used to some crap alternatives. Note if 'cant-find-it-for-me' works for you fine and good luck, they just do not work for me.

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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Re: trust

Yes, but you would have to be careful to cover your own backside in that event. Setting up a computer with some entirely fictitious names and locations would not quite work as it might be spotted - or are they that bright? I am guessing that using real people without their knowledge could also be an issue and with a person's knowledge could drop them into a pile of extra nasty.

Perhaps it would be best to simply fill the honey pot PC with lots of made up cases involving every sort of invented bad behaviour with all 'names' substituted, but carefully matched to possible roles in the department. Much the same way that consultants do when considering take over bids. So basic grade plods might be pawn 1 through to whatever and up through the range of chess pieces? Would the chief of police be a king or a queen?

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: Conservative manifesto: 5G

And the Green a Gee Gee until the hay runs out when they would do you for animal cruelty. After all they are promising a no fuel future. Now where did I put my barrier building manual in case they get a sniff of government..

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Soil and sand harden as SPEEDING MISSILES and METEORS SLAM into GROUND – boffins

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Re: Research

I take soil liquefaction to be the result of vibration, e.g. earth quakes when the soil can almost appear to boil and once buried items can 'float' to the surface. However, this was not what I was talking about, rather the atypical, unpredictable behaviour of some soils, (but which ones and why?) when under 'duress'.

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Re: Research

Well I guess that several towns, residents and developers 'out East' are really glad that this physics research was not bothered with sooner. They are the ones who had their buildings collapse due to slow differential settlement that caused the building to tip then topple over. They probably did some fairly high impact soil compaction tests and thought that it would be fine. But buildings do not hit the ground fast, they accumulate weight over time and many soils can flow under these situations. I do not know what splendid research you would like money to be wasted on, but it is a shame that some of these alleged unemployed physics type were not able to do more useful research, e.g. on thorium power generation.

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Tech troll's podcasting patent blown out of the water by EFF torpedo

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Re: A stupid question

On the face of it there appears to be a hint of fraud and extracting money with menaces involved here, maybe even blackmail. I wonder if you can sue for a shakedown even if you settled, 'under duress' outside a court of kangaroos or jack asses; oops, sorry American court of law?

America used to have the best police money could buy perhaps trade practices have spread a little further?

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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Re: What study?

I can see your point Aldi and Lidl are so up market and luxury just like Apple...

Oh hang on a minute!

The phone I use has a particular function I use to the exclusion of any others. While I am out it almost never leaves my pocket let alone gets waved about,but I can still communicate. It will never use NFC and I doubt I will either.

Oh I don't use Aldi and Lidl either, too expensive as they are the other side of town.

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Big Blue securo-bods warn of dire Dyre Wolf AMONG WOLVES

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I am not the big bad wolf I'm granny with a sore throat.

It worked so well for children's stories that the same ruse works on grown (groan) ups. There was a time when banks and customers, especially large customers had a relationship. Now anything goes, the customer's clerk does not know who they are calling anyway and probably has no idea which is the right number to call. One could ask what happened to training, but as the instructions are all 'on screen' training is not needed and 'we must save money'.

Yes to give it to the crooks!

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Mozilla piles on China's SSL cert overlord: We don't trust you either

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Re: Verbosity

So, they get some spiv somewhere to turn out what appear to be invalid security tokens. Now people don't trust these untrustworthy tokens and they say this is unacceptable. What planet or which illegal substance(s) are they on?

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: It's called freedom, folks

I completely agree with those sentiments. If I ran a business I would not I want to know the feelings, beliefs, inclinations, or whatever of a customer. Normally I do not give a fig and never did care what people got up to in their 'private time'; and yes I had a few different folk of many different types work very successfully for me. The break point comes when they are asking me to participate in some way in their private lives, that could be a bridge too far in many cases.

So would I go out horse riding chasing foxes? No.

Would I go to a swinger's party? No.

Would I contribute to a political or religious movement with which I did not agree? No

Would I go on a march for anything? No; part personal choice part old age and health issues.

Would I do work for a paying customer yes - but I would likely draw the line at adding political, religious, sexual or illegal slogans - there may be a few more restrictions, e.g. I would not want to supply bomb making parts either whoever or whichever cause they promoted.

Have I mistakenly entered a gay pub? Yes but since we were a mixed group we drank up and left as it was clear that the regulars were not comfortable. Why stay and offend them?

Selling nuts a bolts to a gay car repairer is normal business, though why anyone should need to know the sexual nature of a customer for such a transaction defeats me!

It is when someone is asked to cross the line to support or promote something with which they do not agree that I would raise an objection - it fine to help them as a person, but NOT to support their cause. Why does everything have to be defined in terms of whether someone is this or a particular orientation? Should we introduce performers as the gay dancer/ singer/ whatever, or the seriously committed atheist/ Christian/ Jew/ whatever, heterosexual, monogamous father/mother of three kids, painter?

NO!

They are either a singer, dancer, painter or whatever who's performance you admire or you do not like their work. As someone else implied, since Alan Turing was a homosexual should we now bring Hitler back, because it was unfair to defeat him? Damned stupid to try, we should not mix private lives and work: neither should we chase down anyone because of their private lives. However, bawdy or lewd behaviour may well be liable to cause a breach of the peace so you enter a grey area of possible restriction, so we should all be considerate whatever the sexual background. Should a left wing council be forced to hire out a meeting place for a far right group, even though to do so would bring out the theatrical complainers and the rent-a-mob protesters?

Sadly No and that cuts both ways.

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Energy utilities targeted by Office-spawned recon attack tool

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Re: Ha.

Standard dumb reasons:

Corporate specification PCs strike again?

Of course those Office licenses are free aren't they? The PC came with them anyway.

And on the other hand, "We paid good money for office 97 and 2000, we cannot just throw that out can we?"

I know someone in the power business who has only stopped using Office 97 in the past 6 months - after 3 years of pressure from others and his complaints about an unstable PC!

Yes people like that do exist to cause problems!

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: Tapeador

No, but the blithering idiots who go out thoughtlessly to maim and kill must surrender their 'right' to drive like a moron. I had one this morning,

I was driving through the sleepy town's main road with cars pulling out and pedestrians crossing, the moron behind appeared to be conducting a live music display, apparently urging me to go faster than 25mph in a 30 limit area, why?

Was it so he could exercise his right to wear out his brakes and waste more fuel?

What society asks is that those who set out to maim and kill should surrender their supposed 'right' to get away with the behaviour that kills,perhaps that is why we have number plates on cars? Or, are you against them as well?

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Confused a DragNet with a Drag Party?

Was it just one of those moments that some people have getting confused about where they want to go, what they feel and what they want to do. Perhaps they were just a couple of drag artists who misunderstood what was going on?

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So where's all these digital services GDS promised us?

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The Agile Problem?

Perhaps if there was less emphasis on being agile, as in jumping from mountain top to mountain top like a mountain goat on stimulants and being more emphasis on being like a shire horse, pulling hard and getting real work done, the result would be more useful?

I have in the past used TV licensing and the old car tax websites and found them useful, but for actually getting useful information the new ways can be woeful. The information is often somewhere, it is just not possible to find or easy to access. You can go round and round often ending back where you started.

Oh and boy do they like adverse comments - not.

They are like trying to do laundry with the foam rather than water and soap or detergent.

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

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Re: IT disasters...

IOD = people who generally have to make things work in their domains and who get booted round the countryside and out if they don't. Contrast that with many government projects where the team move on to a higher grade before the sh1t hits the rapidly rotating object. and the bill for the mess goes to the general public.

There is nothing smart about a meter that will tell the world when you are, and are not at home. Frankly the whole idea is dumb, My family uses the washing machine when we want to wash clothes, the microwave when we want things heated, ditto the kettle, the toaster the heating and the rest of the gubbins in the house, not forgetting the PC and its printers. Power consumption is not helped by being retired, so we are always in the house with a dependant who is largely house bound and able to do only so much for themselves.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Re: Don't away with BST, don't blame farmers

Time is a largely arbitrary concept but losing daylight for most of the population in the interests of a few members makes no sense to me.

Why the heck do I have to live with GMT wintertime? Who buys their milk straight from the farm at daft-o-clock?

If the farmer wants to milk their cows at point that suits the cows and the farm plus factory process do it then. The produce will still arrive at the supermarket, corner shop or dairy when it gets there and be available for purchase.

As for the statistics from the last 'experiment'. All the reports I have seen point to an 11% reduction in accidents affecting children. You may not care about the children not getting hurt but if that is the case at least think about the reduced cost to the NHS of not having to treat them.

The last time it was the Scots who had problems. Since apart from wanting money from London - (just look at them salivate over the proposed London housing Tax sorry mansion tax), the Scots can do whatever they like with Scotland time, - or the scheduling of their activities. They should do what they want when they are ready to do it, without slavishly clock watching.

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Starry-eyed hackers stuff Eurovision's voting app

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Eurovision Song Contest

Is that still going? I think I saw years ago. Is it still as awful as it was then with all those so called 'tactical votes'? No doubt the Russian freedom fighters will get out their ballot stuffers and be ready to pounce. Perhaps Jeremy Clarkson should head our entry.

I will still avoid the hazard of watching.

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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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Re: Good

@ 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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