* Posts by BongoJoe

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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Re: Suckerfish

Nobody remembers anything any more. It won't hurt them for more than a week - if that.

Well, there is still the Ratners' Effect which sometimes plays its trump card.

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Re: Heads will roll?

I will never buy another Sony again after they threatened to sue me for buying a laptop in the US and then daring to to try to register it with a non-US address so that I could get technical support for it under their 'worldwide warranty'.

Over the years following the Sony television was replaced by another brand, the home cinema amp was replaced, the digital camera was replaced and so on...

The rootkit palaver happened after this time and that would have been the final straw for me if I were still using Sony gear as I consider this Superfish to be more misguided than Sony's rootkit which was, as far as I am concerned, intentional and downright evil.

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Re: Heads will roll?

Really? If Lenovo follows through on their statement about no longer pre-loading bloatware going forward, that would keep them on my shortlist.

Ditto here as I rather like the hardware. Then again I do blast the machine with a new operating system when it comes out of the box.

Of course the problems we face today are now in the BIOS...

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Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

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"Slack policy and compliance strategy..."

Quite.

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By the owners' mums

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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Re: "Partially worthless"

That's even worse than totally unique !

Aren't MAC addresses, for example, supposed to be 'mostly unique'? After all, there have been instances of identical unique addresses found in the wild.

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Re: "People speak different languages, the group reminded Kommissar Ansip"

Cymraeg?

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: M&S

On the other hand I have never understood how people with feet sized smaller than 10 can stand up in strong winds.

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Headmaster

I have slight arthritis in my back. Does that make me a 'nobend' as well?

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

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Re: I've seen this movie...

Shirley wrong icon?

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Re: Nah! What we really need is...

I looked at that picture and thought "Fwoar! Angela Rippon" and then "oooh, look at all those PDPs"*

Clearly I am showing my age. Nurse, the Bromide!

*Whether they are or not.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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I can see this being grounds for rape in a twisted universe not far enough away from here

"M'Lud he gave me the impression that his Rolex was solid gold so, thusly, he shagged me on false pretences because I wouldn't have consented"

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Document Foundation pledges Office 365 and Google Docs challenger

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Re: Nice but...

Is that with, or without, GCHQ/NSA?

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Microsoft's three-way only goes one way: Backends merge into Azure App Service

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Re: This is a great innovation

Living in North Wales my experiences of clouds is that they are there so that I can get regularly pissed on.

The Cloud seems to have been built with the same philosophy

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

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Re: Does the EU include Wales?

My lane to the main road (also in Wales) has no mobile coverage due to mountains being nearby and, secondly, isn't on any maps.

So if I run into Tom Jones'* bloody sheep and cause my airbags to pop would the car think that I was driving in his field?

(* No, not that one. The other one)

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You – yes, YOU – can now 3D print your very own Paul McCartney

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Re: Not working?

Comments like that will leave you without a leg to stand on.

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Re: What's with the dislike?

A lot of people disliked him for lots of reasons over the years.

I can think of a few.

1. Living on his reputation as a Beatle and dishing out second rate songs when he should have gone into silent retirement. The list of the offending works is too long to mention.

2. Being a man of the People and wanting to charge Liverpool an insane amount of money to play at one of their City of Culture gigs and then saying that he was proud to play for the city (which is an euphamism for a fat cheque).

3. Closing down all concession stalls at stadiums which had a right to be there on the ground they sold hamburgers and the like without offering compensation. Imposing his Veggie Fascist ideals onto others gets a downvote from me all the time. By all means be veggie but don't close down omnivoric outlets.

4. For just being generally crap and tiresome of late.

He was good as a Beatle but that was millions of years ago in another geological age. Now he's not.

Cue downvotes from mop-topped thumbs up gesticulants

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Mushroom

This is excellent and just what I really need...

...for target practise.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: Unexpected benefit

Indeed have an upvote from me.

I used 'Silent Clack' because using a clack is more or less like using a morse key and when a member of the RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) passed on their obituary was marked in the magazine column entitled "Silent Keys".

Yes, a little contrived, but there you have it.

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Unexpected benefit

When I am bashing out ASP pages I sometimes* forget if I am looking at a live page hosted elsewhere or whether I am looking at the page on my test IIS rig.

Now with this added to the IIS server I can see at a glance if I am looking at a live page or not. The live page will, of course, have a silent clack.

(* i.e. most of the time)

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Vince Cable opens hipster-friendly London tech creche

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Re: "greater innovation and greater synthesis"

It does rather sound as if the taglinee developed an improved version of LSD in their basement laboratory.

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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Re: AA scores again

Do you remember when Madonna, faced with underwhelming sales of her book, Sex, reported it to the Obscene Publications mob?

That also didn't work.

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Telly chef Jamie Oliver in embarrassing infection double shocker

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Re: Safe Site

Okay, I will bite.

If a site only serves text and images produced by the site owner and doesn't have any third party plug ins, adverts, trackers, analytics or what have we -- how can it not be safe?

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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Windows

Microsoft

Let's hope that they're not producting this patch.

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

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Re: Ah

Sarah, I am much in the same boat as yourself (I believe that I have replied to one of your posts on a similar topic in the past). However, the overall concept of Universal Credit is a good one.

Or rather, the concept as promised is good. The implementation is terrible as is a lot of the promises and various sleights of hand which is going on.

In a fair and decent United Kingdom this would be implemented properly.

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Gamers! Ransomware will scramble your save files unless you cough up $1,000

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AV

although the malware backs off if it detects the presence of some antivirus packages,

It would be interesting to see which packages causes it to back off.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Re: The difference is …

Two years, max, and you will want to replace your Apple Watch with its replacement, which has more memory, runs faster,

Runs faster?

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Re: That mailing list

"One figure caught my eye 'paid for but never delivered' was 26%. She thought this was a disgrace, I saw it as a brilliant sector we should be working hard to get into!"

The NHS IT project would have been one.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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So, Kaspersky

Can you remove this code and not replace it by anything written by anyone east of the Urals?

And, more to the point. Where does this stuff come from?

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Re: Late starts?

That's us then?

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Consumers beware! Ofcom's seen a scary new mobe nasty: APPS

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Re: Sorry about this but...

already what?

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Diablo fingered in offensive ASCII art trial doc shock

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I remember an old issue of White Dwarf in which the contents page was arranged to provide a message to the management by outgoing employees in a similar manner.

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Crap employers banned from enforcing backdoor crim records checks

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And then what?

So you apply to get your own data. What then? You have done as the employer requests and who is to say that you have to hand over the same data or indeed that you have done.

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Whoops! AVG data centre KO'd by 'unplanned' outage

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"unplanned maintenance outage"

What, pray, is one of these?

Is it weael words for Cock Up or are they really trying to suggest that some BOFH wandered into work one morning and decided there and then to apply SP3 to the whole lot?

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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 ..

So it's back to the Personal Notices in The TImes, komrade?

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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I would be curious how they are going install meters in those cottages which are off the grid.

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Scotland to get National ID system 'by the backdoor', campaigners mull challenge

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Re: Why the fuss?

When I lived in Belgium I noted that it was a device used by the police to harrass those of somewhat darker skin colours by randomly stopping and demanding the papers of Moroccans looking for those without ID cards.

As someone with a high albido index I was rarely bothered. It's just a way to control and harrass law abiding citzens.

The one I had in Norway had my date of birth as the 32nd February, 1900. It broke every scanner trying to parse it. I was requested to get a new one but, for some reason, I declined.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: Re:AC How do I get one in the states?!

I think you need to understand the level of irony which sloshes around these boards. It's generally so deep that it has its own tide tables.

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: I don't get it…

I wouldn't. For two reasons.

If it's nice outside the clothes get dried in the garden. If it's not nice out then the clothes get dried in the drier or on the creel above the fire.

Either way, getting the clothes out of the rather expensive washing machine means then I can get another load done...

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Re: This is just stupid

Frankly, the idea of putting beer in the fridge disturbs me.

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Terminator

Currently the dishwasher is having a 'moment'. I can press the GO button it may or may not go for any apparant reason. The washing machine will often start and then decide that it's too much effort and stop the cycle there and then.

The Bosch oven, that beast with five alarm clocks and an occasional flashing Error 11 message which sometimes requires a reboot by trying to turn it off at the main consumer unit (the power connecter is out of reach behind it).

If these things all have a mind of their own and decide that, independently of each other, that they want to go on strike then imagine what it would be like if they have the means to get organised.

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Tired of IoT hype? Internet of SLUGS and SPIDERS is the reality

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Re: Former?

Oh, that's good to hear.

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Former?

They'll also do well to consider the experience of Australian chap (and former IT journalist) Dan Warne, as recorded in this Tweet.

Looking at that picture is there a clue therein as to why Dan is now 'former'?

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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Talk about being borked sideways by Bubba, Micro$oft really should get a wiggle on rebuilding the entire OS from the ground up.

But according to Redmond, they do..

...by clearly using the same code.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Llanbedr

The locals are hoping that it comes here because the noise from the spaceport would be infinitely less than the noise from the RAF/USAF flying at Mach five million just forty-five inches above the houses.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Meta Browser

I am waiting for one clown to come up with a browser which runs in the cloud...

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Re: BASED ON A MORRIS MINOR

I see your Traveller and raise you a Morris Isis

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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A few thoughts on this

I am rather much against this for a number of reasons.

Firstly Choice. I don't feel that I ought to be forced to pay the rather large salaries of some of these presenters. Do I wish to pay towards the upkeep of the likes of Brand who generally leaves a bad taste in my mouth. He is, to me, the BBC's equivalent of John McCirrick and I have no intention of supporting their lifestyle as such.

I do buy the BBC's box sets when one comes out that interests me. This is my choice and some years I may spend more than £147 and some years I may spend less. This is my choice and this is as it should be.

Secondly, the BBC. I am not pleased with the way that they covered up the Savile affair and I can image a lot of religiously minded individuals would be less than keen on supporting such an organisation as the BBC.

Thirdly, programme quality. On the whole, I think that what the BBC offers is shit, Yes, there are a few good dramas that they make. But those I may choose to watch on Netflix (which means I will have paid my share for indirectly) or I may buy the box set or, even, I may choose not to bother with it at all. What was once the preserve of the BBC is now being overtaken by other channels. Channel 4 is now making Indian Summers and ITV are making the renowned Downton Abbey; all stuff that used to be the preserve of the BBC,.

Years ago the BBC would point to their dramas and claim that it was their 'unique funding' that enabled these shows to be made. Now, this argument no longer exists.

The sport has nearly vanished entirely from the channels. There is lads mag late on Saturday night which seems to be the Manchester United fanboi show and that's about it. Oh, when they did show the racing at Ascot it seemed to be a four hour fashion show interrupted by a race getting in the way. The BBC did promise us something special and we got were some cooking shows and antique hunts at scruffy car boot sales.

Worst of all are these panel judge shows which encourage the viewers to spend money to vote for something pointless which appear to be springing up.

The case for the BBC is weakening by the month and the idea of a compulsory tax on a non-essential item to keep the likes of Lineker and Shearer on massive salaries is, quite frankly, distasteful.

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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

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Someone please...

...offer this service to the BBC

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