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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

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+1 for Amazon CS here, too

In the 15 years since I started using Amazon, I can count on the fingers of one hand the problems I've had. And each one was dealt with promptly, courteously, and [IMHO] correctly.

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Just love it ...

especially since it kinda suggests we need some sort of in depth analysis of beers at altitude ...

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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upvoted for H.L. Mencken quote ..

"Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong."

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And once again ... signal to noise

none of our MPs have the faintest idea of the concept of signal to noise. What people should really be concerned about is by building up these <however many> petabytes a DAY, our security services are simply never going to find the real smoking gun. They may find loads of things which look like a smoking gun. But by the time they've realised it isn't (with a very negative outcome for the innocent who has been detained without trial for 28 days, lost their job, home, reputation, and has no redress from a state which will charge him for his rent and board whilst incarcerated) the real terrorists. The ones we *should* be scared of, will be skipping into the sunset, having bypassed all these measures by (a) faxing each other in Arabic, or (b) used VPNs and TOR where sensible.

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@Rich 11

I have already decided Green for me - despite the fact I disagree with almost all of their energy policy (something the big 3 have managed to fail at too ... looks like no party is going to build nuclear anyway, so I may as well vote Green).

None of the big 3 are getting my vote ... and since it's taken 30 years for me to feel this way, it's unlikely they ever will again.

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Re: Sunset clause

Depends what parliament looks like after 2015. I have a hunch that despite valiant efforts from Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband to pretend nothing has changed, they are commanding the tide to turn back.

The entire demographic of politics has shifted in ways unthinkable 30 years ago. The UK is no longer the easily partitioned LibLabCon landscape of days of yore.

I forsee coalitions as being a way of life. Remind me, who do I vote for if I don't want this shit ?

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Sunset clause

At least it has a sunset clause (as indeed ALL "emergency" legislation should).

Cameron won't be here in 2016 ....

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And todays word from history ...

Abwehr ...

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Out of curiosity ...

How many synonyms does Rogers Profanisaurous give ...

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

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@Return to Sender

They may have changed it now. But I can assure you, when I first got it (Jan 2013), you could not set the internal IP address to be anything other than 192.168.1.1 It let you put it in the fields. But when you tried to save it, it reverted to 192.168.1.1. Hence I returned it as unfit for purpose. This was before the fix which allowed you to put it into modem mode.

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Funny these outages happening

as some very serious allegations are flying around the net ....

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"Super" hub ?

When I first got one, I immediately went into the settings, to setup DHCP the way it needed to be.

Couldn't do it. It forces the IP address of the internal network - you can't change it[1].

Sent the POS back as not fit for purpose, and got a discount for the next year. Then they introduce modem mode, and I was able to use a grown-up router (D-LINK). My router dishes out DNS settings, and they ain't VM, which is probably why I had to read this article to realise there was an issue.

[1]Only in the *VM* version of the superhub. Like their TiVo service, you get a nobbled box.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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Re: Factory Reset

Will this really *wipe* the memory ? Or just like the old "quick format" trash the file allocation table ?

There were scare stories in the 80s of people who had recovered sensitive data from formatted HDDs - and floppies.

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Printed diode can slurp power from phone signals

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Re: Clothing labels

If manufacture is as cheap as to be effectively "free", then durability is less of an issue.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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Hang on a minute ...

from my memory of the law, for the offence to be complete, it has to be shown the defendant was *able* to break the crypto, and that a forgotten password would not lead to jail.

What made the cops so sure - after being provided with 50 possibilities - that the guy hadn't forgotten his password ?

Otherwise we're back to the situation posited when the law was first proposed. Just send someone an encrypted (or sufficiently non-random) email, then call the cops, say "child porn" and sit back.

What's David Camerons email address ?

e2a: Just read that he refused to hand over the keys. One wonders how bright his legal team were ?

My son (who left home a few months ago) called me up a few days ago, asking for the passcode I had set on his TV, when he was younger. No way could I remember, despite going through all the obvious ones I use. And this is just a 4 digit number. Imagine a randomly generated password ...

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It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod

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"The Craigslist slapper experiment"

hard to think of a more concrete examples of two nations separated by the same language ....

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Samsung in Brazilian strip: Robbers snatch $6.3m in gear from plant

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Point ?

"smartphones, tablets, and computers"

All of which are useless without an internet connection. Presumably Samsung have the serial nos etc. I wonder if they can detect the devices going online.

Same with my TV, whose serial number is registered with LG. Anyone nicks my TV, they'll have to use it in dumb mode.

Yes, there's always going to be workarounds for the odd case. But a truckload ?

One thing the IoT is going to bring, is a lot harder to shift consumer electronics.

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Russian law will force citizens' personal data to be stored locally

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Use your imagination ...

They can firewall out sites which don't comply. Or more likely, they can pass a law saying it's illegal to use a proscribed site - i.e. one which isn't hosted in Russia..

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Data ? Copy ?

How would you define either, in a modern distributed system ?

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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

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And for every false positive ...

the chances of a false negative *increase*. Not only are these asshats breaking the law, and pissing all over our privacy. They're also making themselves *less* likely to be able to protect us.

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Journal that published Facebook emoto-furtle study: Proper boffins get CONSENT

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A point raised yesterday ...

everyone is 100% certain that only *adults* were involved ? Because UK law (and the majority of US states law) tends to be very harsh on assuming consent in minors.

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UK Xmas 2014: Go to shops a normal human, walk out a glasshole

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Is "needs internet connection"

the new "batteries not included"[1]

[1]Kids - ask your 'rents ...

(for using "'rents" ---->)

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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From the Page household ..

My phone is a company supplied Lumia 620. Since it does all I want (and more, actually, the satnav/GPS is a bonus) I don't need a personal phone.

MrsPage has a 2 year old WildfireS. It does all she wants, expect the battery is starting to die a bit, and she'd prefer a bigger screen (as she has vision issues). So we'll be in the market, but not for anything fancy ... the MotoG is looking like the handset of choice.

What's more, I can't see myself *needing* a new phone anytime soon.

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AVG: We need laws to stop biz from tracking our kids

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Two juggernauts colliding ...

It's a little like Alien vs. Predator ....

"The war on terror" hits "Think of the children"

Popcorn ...

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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HMG ????

Of course, nobbling DNS is the cheapest way to mask certain areas of the internet from the masses. So any issues with major ISPs DNS provision is suspicious.

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Remember the turbo button on PCs? New AWS instance has one for CPU burst

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Back in the 1980s ...

at out Polytechnic computer centre, we were "charged" to use the computer. Two key measures were "connect time" (how long you could be logged in) and "CPU time" (how much CPU you were allowed). These were weekly measures, so got reset every Monday. The idea was to ration a precious resource. As an incentive, if you put your job (in my case network simulations, and matrix-busting maths libraries) into a batch process, and ran it overnight, you weren't charged for CPU usage. (They tried to claim this was to encourage off-peak usage. The real reason was the batch process ran as a special user, and couldn't tell whose jobs it was running).

Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose.

(A rider to this memory is as an old-school hacker, I discovered the process which managed the charging, and was able to write some code (in FORTRAN !) which sent it the appropriate message token to "reset" my - or anyone elses - usage figures. Happy days ....

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

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Cinematic telecast ....

Out of curiosity, I discovered the 20th July (Finale) cinecast was playing at my local cinema[1], so bagged a couple of (numbered) seats. 'Er indoors has never really been a big Python fan, but she appreciates how much money we've saved by not going to the O2 ;)

[1]I guess we can call them movie theatres now ?

Icon ? My hovercraft is full of eels -->

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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Re: Stewart Lee did some excellent stuff about the countryside on BBC2.

*I* upvoted you, leastways, although you may have gotten more downvotes if you started on visible otters.

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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Anyone familiar with the Peter Principle

(the excellent book, not the dull sit-com) ?

In any organisation, people rise until they become incompetent, at which point they stop. Therefore in any organisation, the real work is being done by people who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.

I really cannot recommend this book enough. Despite being over 35 years old, it reads as if it were written today.

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@timo

thank you for that site, I have only just got enough breath back to type ...

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NASA's Curiosity rover brought Earth BUG to Mars

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Re: Re Sunday Sport Headlines

Ah, but did you read the second *story* ?

IIRC, it gave a list of possible explanations for the disappearance of the bomber. The last of which was "The original picture may have been a hoax"

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Will never happen.

The reason nothing stays the same in government is simple. It means it's impossible - not just difficult, or tricky, but actually *impossible* to identify where anything - or anyone - went wrong.

Here's a simple, (definitely non trivial) example from recent history. Do you remember the winning bid for the 2012 Olympics HMG submitted ? Do you remember how suddenly it went 17.5% over budget because someone "forgot" to add VAT (no you couldn't make it up).

Now, who was responsible ?

See what I mean ?

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

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People with over 10k in the bank are usually not in the "*chump" crowd.

Wanna bet ? Here's a story from .... oh, yesterday, about chumps losing money ....

From the article:

Hundreds bought plots of land near the World Cup destination of Fortaleza, for which they typically paid £10,000. But at the end of last year, they learned that Pantheon had been wound up by the Insolvency Service after failing to file accounts.

Although I have very little sympathy. These people are venal and greedy, and got stung by their own appetite, and parsimony (since they skimped on using a proper financial adviser).

Was it P.T. Barnum that said "There's one born every minute" ?. As true now, as then, as the lads from Lagos know only too well.

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It would help an awful ****ing lot

if the banks themselves put their house in order.

I still get phone calls - genuine - from banks who expect me to cough up personal details before they will tell me what I am calling about.

To be fair it's not just banks. All sort of organisations do it.

The single biggest thing that could tackle these frauds is a industry agreement (mandated by legislation if needs be) that a calling agent never asks for security details.

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

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Re: Just drop the damn thing when above the point you want to be above...

These are criminals. Hardly the sharpest tools in the box to start with. The fact that some of their number were *inside* the jail rather underscores the point.

If they were capable of design and build as described, they wouldn't be criminals.

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I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

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@FrankAlphaXII

Have an upvote sir, I agree about WinPho, it's actually quite nice. As always, shame about the dearth of apps.

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

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Your Sinclair !

Didn't realise this was a Dennis publication. Maybe explains why copies were never lodged with the British Library (as I discovered when I was doing some undergraduate research in 1988).

Still, their horror at seeing me with a copy of a magazine they tried to tell me didn't exist did get me a pass to the library proper, which was almost unheard of for an undergraduate.

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RIP Felix ...

from someone who's subscribed to Fortean Times since before El Reg was born

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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so how are you therefore entitled to compensation?

We live in a liberal democracy. That supposes we *all* live under the rule of law. Including (and especially) the government.

If the government causes people to suffer, because it breaks it's own laws (which it did in the JSA case) then those people are entitled to redress.

For a government to rush legislation through parliament to retrospectively deny claimants the money they were due (again, under the governments own laws) is a shocking abuse of process, and one which may well be found to be unlawful, when reviewed against the UKs undertakings to the European Convention on Human Rights.

The fact that Labour colluded with the government on this makes them hypocrites of the highest order. The fact that the poor in society have some notion that Labour is looking out for them is one fact that might be used to demonstrate the stupidity of poverty.

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we'd be better of bludgeoning them all to death.

better still, get them to bludgeon each other to death.

We need an Idi Amin icon :(

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A textbook example

of ideology over practicality. It matters not a jot that this project will cost far in excess of any putative "saving" it will deliver. Because that wasn't it's aim to begin with.

It's real aim is to deliver an extremely cheap labour force to be exploited by the fatcat companies.

Personally I would question Labours sincerity. Don't forget they voted *with* the government to deny jobseekers who had been unlawfully deprived of benefits compensation. Something against the principles of natural justice, where a citizen has a right of redress against state misbehaviour.

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

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Re: Wonderful Idea

I doubt there'll be any human element. It'll be a code controlled locker of some description.

Presumably it'd be a two way street, and you could return stuff this way ?

I still think there's a trick to be made for Amazon to come to a deal with one, or maybe *all* of the big supermarkets to piggyback onto their delivery networks. I appreciate the commercial realities would be for Tescos et al to say no (as they'd want to flog their own tat) but there's an upside that they might win some customers who plump for online groceries (where, after all, you ARE going to be in) just to get the Amazon stuff.

If anyone from Amazon or Tesco/Sainsbury/Ocado want to contact me ...

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US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

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41 comments, and no one has picked up ...

The FCC said that it is seeking the penalties against Shenzen-based C.T.S. Technology, and has issued a cease-and-desist order halting sales in the US and demanded a list of individuals who purchased phone jammers from the company.

Be curious to know about the law about this. In particular if the named individual either denies being that person, or no longer has the device (sold it on, binned it).

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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US Beer

hold off, I cry foul !. Yes, the run of the mill stuff is like making love in a canoe. But then the same could be said of a lot of big brand "UK" beers.

When it comes to decent small-volume craft beers, the US is a shining light.

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Good article

I must be getting old - I must have looked like a Daily Mail reader getting their breakfast fix of bigotry and hate reading that article. I agreed with almost every word.

My current bugbear is "news" sites (well, local news) where you *have* to sign in with Facebook to be able to comment on articles. It would be interesting to see if there's an objective measure of the quality of comments on such sites, when compared to the internet as a whole. I'd be curious on the IQ of a bunch of self-selecting commentards.

btw is it just me, or does Dabbsy look like an IT version of Will Self ?

(I will be very upset if I don't get a pithy reply. I may have to unfriend Mr. Dabbs ...)

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'I'm for free speech!' brave Boris bellows, bewildered by 'right to be forgotten' bluster

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Maybe he was thinking of

Damnatio memoriae ?

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Internet cf. postcards

Personally, I've always taken the view that any data transmitted through any public network should be viewed in the same light as a postcard, where the transmitted data *and* addressing data are in plain view. Although (ironically) the younger generations are probably unaware of how postcards worked. Like rotary phones ;)

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

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There's a scene in the 70s sitcom "Porridge"

where Fletcher is being pressured by McKay to tell him how the inmates digging a tunnel managed to get rid of all the earth.

"Oh, that's easy Mr McKay" says Fletch breezily. "They dug another hole, and put all the dirt in there."

Why does that remind me of electric cars ?

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Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter

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Re: Religion

A while back, I was listening a debate about religion, and an atheist said that good people will do good. bad people will do bad. But the only thing that can make a good person do bad, is religion.

Remember they burnt witches at the stake, not as a punishment, but to save their souls.

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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

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Are oyster cards identifiable ?

Mine is, as I ordered it online. But how about the one I bought for the Mrs (for a London trip !) in cash at a newsagents ?

If you want to confuse the surveillance aspect of this scheme, have a pool of burner oyster cards. And/or swap them with your mates.

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