* Posts by IsJustabloke

255 posts • joined 9 Dec 2010

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

IsJustabloke
Coat

Re: Too polite

That made me LOL and deserves more than the single poultry upvote I'm allowed to to give it

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: There is no such thing as "Road Tax"!

yawn.

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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

IsJustabloke
Meh

There is nothing stealthy...

about a bright red lappy.

I dunno but I really don't think these things represent good value for money.

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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

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Coat

The price?

why Sir! you can have this lovely car for £3.50... the disguise to stop you being recognized will cost you £34,996.50

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Facebook's phone KILLER: Messenger will replace TALKING, says Zuck

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Facepalm

Re: This sounds awful

Well I guess if you can't see a reason then they must be shit.

WhatsApp for instance.... is instantaneous, an SMS is not. You can send pictures instantly.., you can send videos... instantly. You can send voice messages... instantly. you can chat simultaneously with multiple people... if you're on Wi-Fi they're free, totally free.

I find it useful on occasion, I also find SMS equally useful on occasion... "chatting" by SMS is a pain in the arse. but they're great to organise a night out or a get together.

BBM... free.

Snapchat... just another way of flirting and having fun for some people.

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

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Re: Eventually...

"To date we have a few hundred people some who have owned their laptops for some time who may or may not have legitimate reasons to complain."

In which case Apple have nothing to lose in sorting their problems as a goodwill gesture and everything to gain. In the scheme of things it costs them pennies but leaves everyone with a sense of "So moneysupermarket" (to coin a phrase) but the truth is they actually have a reputation of sticking two fingers up at people, whether that is justified or not I don't know I can only judge by what I read.

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

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Re: He missed the main problem...

Knowing / not knowing.. don't really care. I don't enjoy being filmed as I walk along my high street and I wouldn't enjoy being filmed by the person I'm talking to. Hiding the camera so that its not so easy to know the person I'm talking to is filming me doesn't make it ok; it makes it even more creepy.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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I'll probably be shouted down but...

I just don't see a problem with the licence fee. I prefer advertising free TV. I suppose I could pay sky an inordinate amount, have adverts and the BBC but I choose not to; no, in real terms the licence fee is great value for money.

People always bang on about TV but let's not forget the radio... isn't the ginger dick getting around 15/16 million listeners a day?

I do have a problem with what I perceive as bias and social engineering within the BBC, its staff and most of its "factual" output; But for every bias I see I'm sure someone else will see an opposite bias.

I do have a problem with iplayer being available to everyone /everywhere and I really don't understand why it isn't behind a pay wall that accepts your licence number as proof. I also have a problem with people being prosecuted for not being able to pay, if its a compulsory charge then there should be state help available for it.

If paying for the BBC via a licence means I don't have to put up with being reamed by Murdoch I'm happy to pay the 11 quid a month.

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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FAIL

Rootmetrics could have saved themselves a shitload of cash and simply asked me about Vodafone.... Vodafone don't give a shit if you're not in a LARGE metropolitan area. (ie at least several million)

I struggle to get data signals simply driving up and down the country... I regularly get no signal in my home, I can actually see their mast from my back bedroom window!... 4g in my hometown? forget it never gonna happen. Something they have confirmed tome several times over the phone, of course actually getting a CS rep on the 'phone is a mission in itself.. never less than 45 miutes and they *never* successfully sorted out anything I've ever contacted them about. I always end up doing it myself, where I can of course.

They are an appalling company.

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4G Mobile data suck stiffens Vodafone revenues

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FAIL

What amusing fellows they are...

"users gradually moving to 4g"

Ho Ho Ho.... I *had* to have a contract that included 4g, I didn't want it then and I don't want it now but if they are charging me for it then they should damn well supply it.... what's that you say Vodafone? *never* coming to a cell near me you say? fair enough, I'll take a reduction then if you don't mind... oh I can't ? well that's handy for your revenues isn't it? charge me for something you have no intention of supplying... yeah no wonder your revenues look good.

Rest assured I'll be churning away just as soon as I can.

Fuckers.

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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Facepalm

Re: So what happen to Peak Apple?

You got some kind of homoerotic message about having bumsex from the words "Watch out in April Tim Cook warns" ????

Jesus Christ... just walk away from the computer and get some fresh air.

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

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Trollface

Re: I could so easily have this wrong...

so what you gonna do with all the time you saved typing "goog" instead of google ?

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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I think 4k....

will go the way of 3D (remember when all the tv manufacturers were constantly harping on about that? ) It's a solution that only a few (relatively speaking) people and the TV Cos think is a problem.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

I've no complaints about the look and feel, its more about "Ok I'd like to do "x" how do I that? So I have to invest time digging about finding out what tool does "x"... if I don't have it.. where do I get? How do I install it? How do I invoke it? How do I use it?

None of this is particularly difficult or impossible, my point is that I;m at home, I *just* want to 'X', I don't want to teach myself new stuff.. i *just* want to do 'x' and then go and do something else.

At some point I'll have some spare time so I'll figure out how to do and that's great but now I want to do 'y' and teh whole shebang starts again.... Obviously there are points where both things touch but I think you can see my point.

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IsJustabloke

Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU... @Peter Gathercole

No argument from me about things needing to change but I can't see the vast majority of users ever finding a compelling reason to change. I imagine that most of them have invested the time to get to grips with whatever OS they're comfortable using and don't really want to invest the overhead in learning something else when they have a box that already does it perfectly well for them.

I do tinker with my lappy but only if I have the leisure to investigate how to do "x" otherwise I just want to do "x" so I use my PC

I'm a software engineer of nearly 20 years experience, I consider myself to be a bit of a techie.. if I find switching to Mint (or whatever) a pain in the arse, then what chance for people who just want to turn on a box, go clickity clicky and then walk away?

It may be that one day, people will be able to buy a Mint powered machine the way they currently buy a Windows pc from PC World.... pay for it, take it out of the box, plug it in.. choose a user name and away they go.

The fact is, and a good number of zealots *really* need to understand this, linux in whatever flavour, is a VERY long way from that stage. I make no judgement on the rightness or wrongness of this, simply offer it as is.

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IsJustabloke

Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

No, "most people" don't want choice. What *most people" want is to plop themselves down in front of a PC that looks feels and smells like the one they're used to. "Most people" get that experience at work using windows machines. "most people" see their PC's at home as just "a thing" that does "some stuff" and that's it. They have no interest in cutely named software that sort of does what the windows box does but only after they've waded through pages of "stuff" that might just as well be written in klingon, that they need to get onto their box, so that they can sorta do the things they are already doing with their windows box. "Most People" are not techies. I have a laptop that runs mint, the overhead in learning what bits do what things makes using it a pain in the arse.... feel free for lambast me for not wanting to take the time learn how to do it but frankly I spend my days fucking about with recalcitrant software, in the evening I just want stuff to work and whether you like it or not windows does that for the vast majority of people that use it.

Seriously, the users of this forum are mostly IT techie types but don't let that fool you into thinking you are the majority; you're not.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

IsJustabloke

Re: Awwww... come on....

you're mistaken.... there was no Matrix 3

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Megaphone

Re: Boris?

I'm ashamed to admit that I do a "Boris" every time I solve a tricky application issue....

I know.... I'm holding my head in shame

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Trollface

Re: I loved the top down GTA Games

Do you mean minuscule islands like "Australia" perhaps? ;)

Seriously, who gives a fuck what country drives on what side of the road?

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

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Stop

Dear Vulture...

I was gonna post but have changed my mind....

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

IsJustabloke
Joke

However I know of at least one European mobile provider...

And Three cheers for them I say....

Ahem....

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

IsJustabloke
Meh

never gonna be an exciting car to drive

I agree with the consensus, in as much that for the people that car is aimed at it'll probably be just fine. I also agree with people that say an under powered car is as dangerous as an overpowered one.

For me though, the biggest crime is that this journo was driving this car while blind .... that can be the only explanation for describing this assault on the eyes as good looking.

Its fucking hideous!

TBF renault have previous in making "interesting" looking cars.

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: Fun, but not for all

IsJustabloke

Ha! A journo that understands the Alfa virus... I love Alfa's I'm just lining up a mito QV to accompany my 1986 spider. Until about 3 years ago that spider was my daily car. I drove it every where and it *never* let me down. It was the cost of running it that made me get a more modern car.... 18 to the gallon and I drive it like I stole it (where possible ;) ) not to mention the fat end of 300 quid a year to tax; surprisingly it was very cheap to insure although that could be my age I suppose I

couldn't afford another Alfa at the time I needed to get a car so I'm currently driving a FIAT punto on a daily basis (my spider comes out at the weekends) its surprisingly alright but its no Alfa.

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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Re: Escape from...

That's often the problem... I love board games and was a huge fan of the avalon bookcase games but they tend to be long and complex and people are less willing to invest an evening (or two) for a board game.... that said I recently discovered several friends willing to (eager even) to come and play with my Scalextric set so perhaps games aren't such a big leap... I shall broach the subject over Christmas dinner :)

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ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

IsJustabloke

Re: The snag with this next day free delivery is that

I recently had some correspondence with the MD on their choice of courier....I was willing to pay more for a proper standard next day delivery service as well, his response was that if I paid the extra I could upgrade to "before midday" which was always sent by Royal Mail.... I pointed out to him that I'll be dealing with CCL online in future for *all* my orders because of his choice of courier.

Also I have no flag for the ASA but they are right Ebuyers delivery claims are bollocks, they always have been.

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

IsJustabloke

Re: Prefer danish Bacon

We don't.

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IsJustabloke
Meh

American bacon... What's wrong with it?

take a lovely smoked streaky bacon slice.... then roll it between 2 steel rollers until it has attained a glass like sheen, is approximately 1 mm thick and will send shards flying across the room with sufficient force to slice open wrist and necks should you be so foolish as to attempt to skewer it with a fork.

In the event you should actually manage to get a piece in your mouth you'll find that it has no flavour, actually feels like glass in your mouth and will slice your gums / tongue into ribbons.

That's whats wrong with it.

And while we're on the subject... flat roundish fried meat things are not sausages

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

IsJustabloke

Re: Political PHBs

Politicians should obliged by law to keep their mouths shut

FTFY - no charge.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

IsJustabloke

Re: one film edit

Like a Non-directors cut

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IsJustabloke

Re: @big_D

Where was Tom Bombadil? Quite rightly no where to be seen or heard!

The LOTR films were superb tales of good versus bad and had they been completely accurate renditions of the books that would have been even better because the books are great stories terribly told.

The Hobbit would have made a single excellent movie or at a push two but there was never enough story there for a trilogy.

The Hobbit as a book is everything the LOTR trilogy isn't.... readable and enjoyable without having to edit out all the shit "elven poetry" and the likes of "Tom Bombadil" ... if you want that shit go read "Giles of Ham"

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

IsJustabloke
Facepalm

Re: Old news

luckily, I don't drive a BMW so I'd be surprised if they were tracking me.

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on the upside....

There's no mention of retro fitting the things to older cars... yet,

This is not dissimilar to the recent experiment with insurance company's offering to fit a black box to your car to monitor your driving .... that experiment was deemed a failure because unsurprisingly not enough drivers were willing to be monitored every time they got in the car.

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One-click, net-modelled UK copyright hub comes a step closer

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Facepalm

This is what I agree to...

I took the photographs therefore I own them. if you want to use them then you'll need my permission. if you use them without my permission then you might as well stick your hand in my pocket and help yourself to some loose change.That sound like stealing to me. Its not rocket science.

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

IsJustabloke

I have only this to add...

"shibboleet"

(806)

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Stop

Re: And for women?

I imagine that in a society as egalitarian as the Dutch one is supposed to be there would be no problem should they want to. Its not unknown for women to er.... back up to a urinal.

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Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

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The MINI a good looking car you say?

You sir, are a buffoon.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

IsJustabloke

5.5 million sales...

and they still won't post a taxable profit.

Also you know that Christmas is still 3 weeks away right? I think even Yodel could get a parcel to you in 3 weeks.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Those sabres are an Abrahms wet dream...

Imagine the lens flare he'll get off of those suckers.

I found myself seriously underwhelmed by that trailer. I'm telling myself that its because I'm keeping my expectations low.

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

IsJustabloke

Re: Might actually be good. someone who

KW Jetter is an appallingly bad writer.

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IsJustabloke

Re: Surely Harrison Ford is now too old to play a character with an engineered short life-span?

I took that to be a bit of "messing with his head" .... there was nothing in the statement that implied the her death was imminent

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

IsJustabloke

Re: Just one question.... That's two.

Why does the first version of his question have more upvotes than the second....dd some commentards change their minds?

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IsJustabloke

Re: Logo on the back I can understand...

ummmm..... MY current SONY has the brand back and front.... as did my sammy before that and my HTC before that and indeed the Nokia I had before that.

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Trollface

Re: Finland should consider itself lucky

I think you'll find that they know where Ukraine is rather the Crimea ;)

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IsJustabloke

Re: Meh

I always thought mungnuts were a type of Edamame

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Vodafone's 4G investment is beginning to pay off

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Vodashite

They may have 4G somewhere but its certainly no where near anywhere that I am, they're happy enough to charge me for it but are strangely reluctant to offer me a discount even though by their own admission the likelihood of my home town getting 4G from them is akin to the devil skating to work. I don't really care about 4g but if they are going to charge me for it then perhaps they should supply it.

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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Facepalm

Re: Android OEMs are copying Apple in all the wrong ways

How strange... My Xperia Z1 has had two updates and is due to get another in the new year. I can't say its particularly bloaty either.... yes it includes the awesome Walkman media player and its album software is pretty darn good too ( along with its class leading camera) Oh... and its waterproofing.

Yeah, I see what you're saying its utter rubbish!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Thumb Up

Good for him... its good he works in a society that allow him to express his sexuality without fear or censure, I don't really give a stuff one way or the other.

I'm not too sure about the "gift from God" stuff though.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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Stop

You married foreign nationals....

Which means that you probably spend a lot of time in the company the foreign nationals that make up their friends and families and so will undoubtedly have a view coloured by that experience.

This is akin to the small vocal minority that use internet forums who somehow come to believe that their collective view / wisdom is in fact the correct view.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

IsJustabloke
WTF?

Re: Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew?

Why are you so bothered?

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