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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

Allan 1

Re: Opt Out more likely

Thanks for the heads-up. I logged in to my vm account on a hunch after reading your post, to find they had kindly activated this rubbish for me too, without even having the manners to tell me. I went to settings and got greeted by:

"Because its your first time here, we have activated all settings for you, to protect..."

There was a radio button control to turn it off but no save settings button. When clicked on to change it to "Turn Off", I got greeted by a nice red dialog warning of death, doom and destruction, obviously designed to frighten those whom are less technologically literate.

It had better stay turned off. I'll be checking it periodically. While I don't do porn, I want it off because it should be my choice, not theirs.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Re: Cheltenham again?

Yeah, I'm not buying the "failure" excuse either. Happened too soon after BT had an identical "failure".

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Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

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All well and fine, but...

Every streaming service I've tried do NOT provide subtitling for the feature, and some have no intetion to ever provide subtitling, hiding behind clauses such as "the licence holder prevents.."

I am deaf. I need subtitling on my movies. DVD's provide that. Streaming doesn't.

I'll stick with DVD's.

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ICO raps UK Student Loans Co for leaking MEDICAL files and more

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Re: The article keeps changing

Once published, the article should be static except for spelling corrections ofc. Error correction should be via a strikethrough, so any comments made don't suddenly look weird as the part they were commenting about is suddenly missing.

Its not print, but it is press.

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

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Oh god No!

I'm with Tesco Mobile at the moment, only because they gave me a good deal on a Galaxy S3. I thought at the time, "OK, so they use the O2 network, it can't be that bad."

I was right, its not that bad. Its worse. I can barely get a signal at home, in fact anywhere thats not "city centre" has an atrocious signal, and I have just over a year of a two year contract left.

If they want to make a success of their own phone, they need to use a better carrier network imo.

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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Agreed

I nearly fell for one of the EHIC scam sites, and paid the £25 for an EHIC last year.

If it wasn't for a Dutch friend telling me that the NHS EHIC's are actually free. Knowing they were free, I eventually found the proper EHIC application site via NHS Direct of all places.

So yeah, Google need to deindex the fake EHIC sites also.

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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"Hey guv, its scary. We need to close down WoW urgently. Its a hotbed of therroristht activthy. EVERYONE talks abbout 'nuking the boss' continually!!!"

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Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe

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Friend of mine has a Lumia something or other, he was always raging on about how it had a "proper camera with carl zeiss lens!", so I showed him just how grainy his pictures actually were at full size on a proper PC monitor.

Given the size of the lens and the size of the sensor, I can't imagine this would be any less grainy. Especially when compared to a similar shot taken with a proper camera.

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NYC attorney seeks mobe-makers' help to curb muggings

Allan 1

Re: Block by IMEI

The technology exists in the UK too. Plus theres a central registry of blocked IMEI's that any carrier in the UK can check (I believe). However, don't ask Vodafone UK to do an IMEI block.

I had a nice Samsung on Vodafone, that got stolen. I reported it, they blocked te SIM, I asked them to block the IMEI too, they point blank refused. I pressed them, and was told they have the ability to block it yes, but internal policy prohibits them. This was about 4 years ago. Might have changed since.

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Hey, Acer: Is that a rounding error, or did you actually make a profit?

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Actually Acer's customer support seems to have improved. They replaced a defective keyboard on my laptop, by replacing the entire laptop with a more up-2-date model, out of warranty, free of charge.

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Virgin Media: SO SORRY we fined your dead dad £10 for unpaid bill

Allan 1

Re: Debt after death

Actually in the UK, the only debt NOT written off in the event of a death, is HMRC (tax).

If a debt cannot be recovered from the deceased persons estate, its written off. Its not tradition, its not "being nice", its the law.

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New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

Allan 1

Re: Virgin Media

Actually, if you read the legalese, they pass it off not as a £5 fee on credit card payments, but a £5 discount on direct debit payments, effectively evading this legislation.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

Allan 1
Meh

Not suprised

They were nice to browse, but seriously, they had issues.

I was looking for a DVD recently, it was stocked by my local HMV for £13.99, according to the HMV website. I could order online, for collect at store, and pay only £13.99, or have it delivered for an additional... I forget how much.

It was also stocked by an online company, sent2u, for £10 with free delivery.

I wanted the dvd there and then, I was bored, and needed some AV entertainment, so I chose HMV, and selected collect at store. Placed my order, and went down to the store. "No sir, sorry, you can't have one of those copies, those are our store copies. You will need to wait for it to be dispatched from our warehouse. It will be about 2 to 3 days."

I cancelled the order, and placed an order with sent2u instead. It arrived the next day.

In my opinion, in part, HMV failed, because it failed to adapt to a changing market place. I am sad though, the local HMV was a nice place to browse during lazy saturday afternoons.

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Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

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I can't say

I can't say that I have faith in Dyson products. The only Dyson product I ever owned (a vacuum cleaner) failed a few months after its warranty expired.

Yet my BOSCH corded hammer drill must be at least 10 years old, and still going like a trooper. As is my BOSCH IXO, and my BOSCH fridge.

Also, I suppose its totally inconcievable that BOSCH, with their multi-million £ R&D departments have the expertese to come up with similar design concepts independantly.

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UK judges quietly declare text chat can be obscene

Allan 1

So basically, my texts and skype conversations to my girlfriend, currently in the US, are now illegal as they containt "flirtations and descriptive content" that would make some people cringe.

How long before they just make sex itself illegal except for procreation, and even then it will require a licence and full montoring unfrt RIPA by council officials to make sure its not being actually, enjoyed?

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Ebuyer on the naughty step for fondleslab promo cock-up

Allan 1

Re: Hmmmm....

No, if I recall the rules correctly, and I may not be doing, its been a long time since I read them, in order for a sale to be valid, they have had to sell the item at the higher price for at least 28 days prior.

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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

Allan 1

Banks

My bank simply said (from memory)..

We are required to inform you that our online banking system uses cookies to maintain security, manage your login, and deliver targetted adverts from selected partners. We are also required to inform you that you may opt out, however, opting out of any of our cookies will make our online banking service unusable.

Strange that I had blocked their "targetted advertisment" cookies ages ago, without ill effect.

Scaremongers.

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Missed the Venus solar flyby? It's only 105 years to the next one

Allan 1
FAIL

Whats the fuss?

I really don't see what the fuss is about.

A black dot moving across the face of the sun. Big deal. I have friends in Norway, where apparently they held huge parties, and festivals to mark the occasion. Well, I can accept any excuse for a party, but really, come on... It was just a black dot moving across the sun. It didn't change anything.

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Virgin Media wipes out websites with routing blackhole

Allan 1

Roadworks on the routes?

Problem started for me 7.30am on the 24th, when I noticed it. It then got progressivly worse with more and more websites disappearing.

Then early afternoon on the 27th, about 1pm approx, things popped back to normal.

I had to set up a VPN to bypass their "routing issues", but thankfully, I have a friend in Germany who set one up on his colocated machine in Hetzner.

Its interesting to note that, while this so called "routing issue" was ongoing for me, all the websites were both pingable and traceable. It seemed to be only the content that was backholed.

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Virgin Media mauls UK.gov for pumping millions into BT

Allan 1

Re: Cables

Virgin Media is a company resulting from the takeover of other cable companies, however, they were originally NTL, that was just a namechange not a takeover and NTL did lay cables.

So yes, VirginMedia has laid cables prior to their namechange.

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

Allan 1

Re: @Magnus_Pym If they really knew...

Yeah, I nudged someone in a car park at a major mall in Manchester. The guys inside were of Indian origin. They were all smiles, no damage was done to the car, not even a scuff on the paintwork. We exchanged details.

Few weeks later, a claim for 4 cases of whiplash, 2 busted tail lights, and a replacement bumper came through. We aquired the CCTV footage from the mall which clearly showed undamaged tail lights, and them moving about quite normally.

Their claim just seemed to evaporate when the footage was handed over to our lawyers. A pity they weren't charged with attempted insurance fraud.

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BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down

Allan 1
Stop

Ultimately

While I don't agree with the entertainment industry, I don't agree with the pirates either. There needs to be some middle road everyone can walk.

Ultimately, if the pirates keep evading the censor, and they will, it will result in a whitelist internet. That is, you will only be able to connect to websites specifically allowed. Everything else will be blocked by default.

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Indiana cops arrest violent 6-year-old

Allan 1

Must be a really slow news day. Other news websites reported on this, last week, when it actually happened.

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Suspected freetards to face piracy letters in 2014

Allan 1

Re: Warning: PDF

Earlier revisions of adboe reader firefox plugin tended to cash firefox with annoying frequency. So a lot of places started warning users that a link was to a .pdf.

Its not quite such an issue anymore, but the courtesy warning remains.

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RIP Ceefax: Digital switchover kills off last teletext service

Allan 1

Ah yes

Ah yes, teletext (ceefax). I remember it well, and being deaf, my favourite page was 888 (subtitling for the current channel).

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Egypt ponders smut suppression

Allan 1

Re: re: Article Title

"A man must always be covered in loose and unrevealing clothing from his navel to his knee. This is the absolute minimum covering required." - Source: http://www.almasjid.com/content/islamic_dress_code, and confirmed by a number of muslims I know.

So it seems that there is no rule against being stripped to the waist, as long as the naval is covered.

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Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts IN A YEAR

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I always understoodthat...

Only part of the licence went to the BBC for "content", the bulk of it contributed towards the cost of the transmission network (TV broadcast masts, etc), which is the reason a licence is required even if you only watch ITV.

I don;t own a TV, and haven't since 2005, when I decided all the repeats weren't worth it. In 2007 I had a number of men from the licence inspectors call. The first one was a snotty git who tried to pass himself off as some kind of police man who had a legal right to enter my property. Access denied. 2nd one threatened me with a search order. Sure, go for it. 3rd guy asked nicely and politely if I'd mind him laking a quick look to confirm my assertation that I didn't have a TV.

Politeness wins, he was admitted, he filled in a form, and... They've not been back since. Nor have I recieved any nasty-grams.

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Game files for administration

Allan 1

Re: Game

Same town? The Trafford Center has two GAME stores within 100m of each other (one on the upper floor, one on the lower floor).

Always amused me.

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Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

Allan 1
Mushroom

3 Hours?

More like 12hrs so far, its till ongoing, with many pages still timing out, including google. I know that things happen, but I wish they wouldn't lie about it with statements like "3 hours" when its bloody patently obvious they aren't fixed yet, 12hrs later.

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Cops seek clues to $1.7m tablet snatch

Allan 1
FAIL

I recon the thieves thought they were stealing iPads or Galaxy Tabs, and have now dumped them all in a landfill somewhere.

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BUSTED TWO: Carrier IQ monitor-ware on iPhones too?

Allan 1

Eternally Glad

I am forever glad that I don't own a cellphone of any kind. I used to, 5 years ago, but I found that being permanently "connected" was actually quite intrusive. People knew they could get hold of me, even if I didn't want to be gotten hold of.

If I dared turn it off, I got interrogated. "Why was your phone off...", so I decided to bin cellphones entirely, and don't regret it, ever.

Sure I get a weird look when I tell people I don't have a cellphone, but who cares?

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Orange contract price hike angers subscribers

Allan 1

Usually, yes.

Usually yes, but you might have to argue about it for a long while with customer services.

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Ofcom: ISPs can cripple the web as much as they please

Allan 1

Once again...

The UK falls behind the rest of Europe..

The Dutch have already enshrined net neutrality into law, and other EU states are soon to follow. Only the UK is waving bye bye to net neutrality.

Who runs the UK these days? Government, or the Corporations?

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2016: Death of the wallet as NFC tap-cash arrives at last

Allan 1

How soon before....

"Cash sir? We don't accept cash at this establishment sir. Now will that be card or phone. sir?"

or

"Cash? Cash is subject to a 10% handling charge."

It will happen sooner or later.

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Nude lady recreates Star Wars tauntaun scene in dead horse

Allan 1

Nothing wrong

Nothing wrong with eating horsemeat, any more than there is eating cow meat.

Just because you consider horses to be what is effectivly a large pet,...

However, this woman is just... foul.

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Shale gas operations triggered Blackpool tremors

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Non-event

A non-event, hyped up into an event, by those with an agenda to stop the shale gas extraction. Its not as if Blackpool is about to slide off into the sea.

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Feds nab granny in moon rock sting

Allan 1
Joke

Running out of Gel

The US has to chase down every speck of moondust it can, as they are running out of white gel which they need to fight mantis-men and insane computers.

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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

Allan 1

No, they got it right.

Low blood sugar is called a hypo, or hypoglycaemia.

High blood sugar is a hyper, hyperglycaemia.

A hypo is more dangerous than a hyper.

Also, slow news day? I seem to recall this very same story being reported earlier on this year. Along with a statement from the company admitting the vulnerability but saying theres no evidence of the attack ever being performed, so they weren't going to action it.

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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

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:D

Shit happens. I accept that mistakes happen, congratulations on being honest and coming clean about it.

You will be contacting those who's emails are compromised, won't you?

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Currys, PC World websites slated by punters

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Agreed

Horrible sites to use, made worse if you use NoScript, its difficult to work out at a glance which domains need whitelisting for basic functionality, as they use ajax to feed content in from so many pther domains. So I usually end up simply going elsewhere.

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Virgin Media broadband in two-day wobble

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South Manchester Too

Lost virtually all web-services on Thurs, went out bought a 3G USB dongle on fri, posted on their official forums (to which theres stll no official staff reply). Called through to faults and somehow ended up speaking to someone in Liverpool not India. This was good because the Liverpool office is 2nd line, as in the people with a clue, as opposed to the script readers.

I was told by a very competent support agent, "There is a known signalling and routing issue at the moment, with the fix scheduled for the 20th. I apologize for this. The fault reference number is.... Once the fault is rectified, call customer services, with the fault reference, and they will credit you a small discount. In reality, its such a major fault, we have several teams working on it, it will probably be fixed before the 20th, but I can't garuntee that."

Sunday, about noon, stuff started working normally again, for me at least.

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BOFH: Where's my free fondleslab?

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Bring back the real BOFH

Uhhh... Is someone ghostwriting these installments of the BOFH? The last few have all failed to ruin my keyboard with coffee.

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Boffins place living creature under control of brain chip

Allan 1
Meh

Cyborg Rats

May I be the first to acknowlege and welcome our cyborg rat overlords?

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Virgin Media finally offers network options on SuperHub

Allan 1

Um no.

This technique will force it to download a new configuration file, if one is available. It will NOT, and I repeat NOT force it to download a new firmware file.

The only way it will download a new firmware file, is when VirginMedia push it out in your area. It hasn't been pushed out in all area's yet, its an ongoing roll-out.

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Allan 1

Yes

They don't push it out to all areas instantaenously. They push it out to each area one by one, to minimise any problems.

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Sony Tablet P in pictures

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Ugly

How Ugly.. Nuff said.

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New UK 'leccy meters remotely run via Voda 2G

Allan 1

Hmm

Smart meters..

If the utility companies want these fitted that desperately, then you can pretty much garuntee that the benefits are more or less one-sided, in their favour.

Lets be sensible about them though. Can they control individual appliances? Not unless they AND the appliance are fitted with some form of control system (X10 perhaps?). It'd be entirely impractical to "control the socket", as you can plug anything into any socket. Any control circuitry would need to be on the appliance itself.

When they start fitting smart meters AND x10 control circuitry to my appliances, then I shall worry about them controling individial devices.

What they will probably be able to do, is monitor the power consumption, and reduce the amount of power being passed to the distribution board (even turning it off entirely). That is scary enough imho, but lets not get carried away here.

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Virgin mulls handing out free Wi-Fi

Allan 1

Electric

0.5mbit is 1.6% of my 30mbit package. Do you think they'd be happy if I billed them for 1.6% of the electric it uses? After all, they will be using MY electric to supply a service to others.

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Virgin Media sees 36,000 cable customers scarper in Q2

Allan 1

Beardy

Beardy simply recieved a lot of shares in exchange for permission to use the "Virgin" brandname. He has no say in the day to day running of the company.

The day to day running of the company is still NTL at its core.

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Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

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Um no

I tried ff4.0 for all of 1 day.

Lost the status bar, hated the add-bar and would rather NOT rely on a 3rd party addon for such a core feature.

Hated the loss of the "loading" bar, they converted it into a "throbber" instead.

Hated the relocation of the reload and stop buttons.

Wheres my "https padlock" gone? Oh, they removed it as they thought it was pointless... mmmhk.

Ugh. Give me back the seperate addons window.

OK, downgraded back to 3.6.

I would really rather NOT have to waste time "relearning" a browser I've used for years, just because some mozilla designer had an epeen and wanted to change it all around.

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