* Posts by IsJustabloke

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Easy solution...

It's true.... everything is improved by the addition of bacon. fact!

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Re: Tree Huggers and Veggies

no one wants to hug a veggie ;)

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In a show of solidarity for our vegan bruvvers an' sistas...

I have started a program of returning new five pound notes to the bank.

Please forward all your unwanted new fivers to Just A Bloke care of The Register and I will personally make sure that they are returned to the bank!.

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And yet...

"Or maybe it's that people are more likely to sign something that they think might make a difference?"

A petition calling for an end to the Badger Cull, something surely of equal interest to Vegans et al is languishing with barely a fraction of the votes this time waster has garnered.

This is simply put is virtue signalling and nonsense of the highest order. I wonder how many of them were wearing leather shoes as they clicked the "sign petition" button.

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Blu Vivo 6: Top value trendsetter marred by Chino-English mangle

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Re: Come back, Nokia 3310, all is forgiven...

"In fact, I suspect that phones will always have a battery life of just under a day"

I have a Sony right here in front of me that strongly disagrees with your opinion.

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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

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I dunno why people get so worked up about shit like this...

I have a nectar card and I have a Morrisons card.

So what if Morrisons know what I buy in their shop? every now and again I get rewarded with a fiver off. I've been saving them up over the year and have amassed eighty quids worth of vouchers. They send me coupons, they say "spend x" more for x reward!!" and here's the science bit I just bloody ignore them if they don't interest me; works exactly the same way with my nectar card.

I'm going to buy the things I buy whether or not I have a points card, without I'm 80 quid down.

Amazon knows about everything I buy, I simply ignore its "Hey how about this?"

Ebay knows about everything I buy, I simply ignore its "Hey! how about this?"

These things only benefit the shop if they change what you shop for and how you shop for it,

of all the stuff in the world to get excised about this has surely gotta be very low on the list.

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Black Friday: Cashback site Quidco goes TITSUP* on payday

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Re: Just use TopCashback

TOP Comment! wre you sitting aTOP a plastic hippo?

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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While I agree he's been treated quite shabbily...

He wasn't let go because of his drug conviction but rather because he didn't disclose it. If the company didn't ask him to disclose it then that's a problem with their interview process.

If he asked pointed questions about not needing to pass a CRC, then he should have been honest enough to say "OK the reason I ask is because.....blah blah blah" because if I had been interviewing him my very next question would have been "why do you ask?" (A natural question IMO and we've know way of knowing if this was asked or not.) Yes, he's taking a chance they'll kick him but it's just as likely they'll commend his honestly and while there will always be people who will kick him for his past, I happen to think the majority of people won't. If you feel you've been lied to once then human nature is to be suspicious of everything that person says.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: We have one

"hen buy a bidet."

I can wash my feet in the shower thanks

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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hmmmm...

"Seriously tho, I do think the next election will be won by the party that pledges to revoke the harmful policies of the Tories (not that I think Labour would be any better)"

election pledges are worth less than the paper they're printed on.

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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Re: At the risk of being negged to oblivion...

Way to miss the point... but then you always do.

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Re: At the risk of being negged to oblivion...

"The entire world was telling Britons how to vote, and calling them names if they happened to disagree"

Brexit vote.

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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Re: I like your spelling

I've always spelt it... Shitander

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Re: less effort indeed

"You're just being rude."

new to the internet eh? ;)

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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It most certainly is human nature... have you ever noticed how those people who like to think they've been reincarnated are always Kings,queens or other "big nobbs" they are never the scullery maid or a serf living in a mud hut.

I've never got the point of BYOD.. why would I mix my work stuff and my own stuff? A friend of mine uses his personal phone for work stuff and then complains that they contact him all the time. All because he doens't want to carry two phones

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Re: Leave these people alone FFS!

I don't think anyone is saying they can't spend their money on iProducts if they wish. what I'm reading here and mostly agree with is disdain for all the pretentious bollocks that comes out of their mouths each and every time a product is launched.... there's also a good dose of lamenting an obvious decline in product from the perspective of long term users.

Now, if you don't mind my saying Fuzzywuzzys you need to take a bit of a chill pill, (get out there with your camea it's gorgeous out there this time of year that always works for me) because your post comes across slightly shrill and a little hysterical.

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Re: Ah the memories...

"Turns out he was fleeing in terror from a 4'10" Kiwi nurse"

4'10" ....

tall or wide?

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Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

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Re: Headphone jack!?

"what exactly are the benefits of removing the iPhone headphone jack

Courage."

To Be fair... it did take a certain amount of courage to stand on a stage and use that phrase with a straighface

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Re: What a clusterfrack

"especially now we are leaving the EU"

And what has the EU got to do with using NATO allies to service equipment? try not toconflate teh two things please.

That said, I agree our kit should be serviced in the UK. If it were up to me I'd also be designing and building it too.

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

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Re: The people spoke

As sick as I am of all the squabbling that did make me laugh so kudos!

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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

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Re: don't for get the Chocolate 'repackaging'

"All the nice but bad food is being reduced in package size as well as the price going up."

Dear God..... just get a fucking grip will you? That sort for thing has been going for ever.

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Re: I can't help but feel this is the calm before the (shit) storm.

"So you claim to speak for them all?"

Not really any different from you characterizing anyone who voted Leave as a "Bigoted, racist , xenophobe"

I think the only thing that can be said with any certainty is that there are fuckwits on both sides of the "debate" *

*I use this word very loosely

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'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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Re: So it's bound to be cloudy then.

"And possibly raining or snowing as well."

Only in the grim north though

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UK spying law delayed while Lords demand Leveson amendments

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Re: So let's get this straight...

"So let's get this straight...

If you're a government-licensed "news publisher", you can do what you like and not be taken to court - is that right?"

No, it's more of a government sanctioned trade body, that has a say in what you can and cannot publish, any given media outlet is free not to join but faces these punitive "charges" if they don't AND get taken to court, irrespective of the result. Obviously, it'll cost more if you lose.

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Re: First the Brexit vote, now this.

"Nobody has blocked Brexit"

I I think this is the issue, a lot of people on both sides of the debate are assuming that parliament (mostly PRO-EU) will see this is as a means of blocking it and in doing so will have subverted the the "will of the majority who voted". TBF there is a real possibility that some will try , for instance Corbyn is already shouting how he's going to block it if he doesn't get this or doesn't get that.

For the record, there should be parliament oversight BUT it shouldn't be used to block anything. if parliament did have the country's wellbeing at heart they'd all be pulling together to get the best possible outcome but of course we know that her majesty's Opposition must oppose at all costs and that a politician can never be allowed to change his/her mind.

The whole thing has been badly handled by the very people that an awful lot of people (many on this thread) constantly tell us should now be the wiser heads that we should trust. (except of course they're not wise enough to know how to use the snoopers charter. You can't have it both ways, they get their will on "this" but not on "that")

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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Re: It will be a shame if the Archer gets charged

"she will make sure that no-one will defend their home ever again"

yes, fewer people shot by enraged homeowners (whether or not they are actually shooting burglars) would be such a dreadful result...

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Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

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Re: These devices are botnet

"Free software products are the only way for people to regain control from corporations"

what free as in Google?

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Re: These devices are game changers

Fair play to you for your disclosure however, these devices change nothing.

There really is absolutely no need for them. I have an android phone and it has the google app on it, I use my phone *all* the time and at no point have I ever felt the need to say "Ok google", certainly not when I'm out and about and definitely not when I'm at home. They answer a question no one asked, fill a hole they dug out for themselves.

These are firmly on my list of "unaccountably popular"

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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I'm afraid to tell you that....

Only idiots argue about trivialities such as those mentioned here. I have too much actual shit in my life to deal with without inventing additional stupid shit to argue about.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Re: I hate to quote David Davis, but this "will of the people" shite

"A democracy that cannot change it's mind has ceased to be a democracy"

yep... I have to say the meedja has always pissed me off in this regard...

Politician enacts "x" policy, comse to realise that perhaps they made a mistake and so reverses policy "x"

The correct response should be "Well done, tries something, something didn't work and is now trying something else" what we actually get "Stupid politician make humiliating U turn ! what an utter twat!"

Net result : Politicians are no longer allowed to change their minds

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Re: Very Interesting . .

"Potentially stormy waters ahead."

I think this was always going to be the case.

For me the problem is that both sides have huge vested interest and that they are always going to rock the boat.

either for or against, the correct thing to do would be for everyone working together to get the best result for the country as a whole.

This constant squabbling serves no one, least of all the country as a whole.

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Re: Chris Miller, re. abstention

"You do not get to appropriate my vote. Had I been in favour, I would have voted in favour. I was not, so I did not. That's how democracy works."

Nope.... if you decide not to exercise your franchise then you a) are hostage to the result and b) not entitled to an opinion on the result.

Sorry but *that's* the way it works.

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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Gaz and Leccy... hio ho ho....

I like the way the advert says "You're entitled to claim a smart meter from your supplier at no extra cost" as if it were some kind of prize...

TBH They're gonna need a court order to get one attached to my house. I'm in full control of my utilities thanks very much.

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: Automated lifts will never catch on

"Have a realistic looking dummy in the driver's seat"

Might just as well leave 90% drivers in there then

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Re: Spin is the answer

"just as I can walk across the Millau viaduct without plummeting to earth"

Not without being arrested or squished by a huge French lorry though...

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Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

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Re: Whatever ....

@Paulf I'm glad your experience has been good...

I moved to them from Orange but only because Orange were dicking me around over a contract renewal when I'd been with them for over 10 years, I never had any real problem with the CS they offered.

Vodafone were beyond useless, I went nearly a full month before I got even basic functionality from my 'phone. I once rang Cs to try and get an issue relating to texts (ie not being able to send or receive them) took me 45 minutes to actually get through to someone (a good day!) who said "I'll text you the settings for your phone" . No CS rep ever resolved an issue I reported to them, I always ended up doing it myself through judicious use of Google.

Their coverage outside of major metropolitan areas was woeful. I work in an office on teh fringe of Hemel Hempstead, I rarely if ever got a data connection, mostly I was lucky if I had any kind of signal, a sudden SMS saying I had a missed call would suddenly pop up even though my phone hadn't actually rung! I had to dial my full mobile number to access voicemail even though I was using my handset, I was asked to set my pin *every single time* I rang voicemail despite several attempts they never fixed it. Their website a mess of broken links even if they sent me a link to some information on their website it invariably went to a "404"

They are an appallingly bad company in every respect. 4th class service in every respect , first class prices

while I feel for the people who work for them, if I read that Vodafone had gone bust I'd happily dance on their grave.

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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Re: Are you saying the mini revamp was a success?

I know several owners of new 500's and they are no more or less reliable than other modern cars. I would say that you are living in the past.

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ha ah! The Renault 4 :D

I had one of those too... I liked the way the gear stick stuck out through the dashboard and was connected to a normal gear stick that stuck out the top of the gearbox by means of a long connecting tube... fabulous stuff... it literally ratted away around me, I drove through a puddle once and the girl in the passenger seat got a shot of ice cold water all the way up her leg from a hole in the floor....

Ah... students and their cars :)

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Re: I was assuming this would be a look at the mini...

"Have fond memories of the the dear old Maxis."

I too have fond memories of my Maxi but that was more to do with the fact that when you put the rear seats down it was the size of a double bed back there..... er... I've said too much.

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Re: Are you saying the mini revamp was a success?

"The point applies with equal validity to the revamped VW Beetle."

conversely I think the FIAT is spot on and I'd say their ubiquity is testament to that.

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Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%

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Re: How about a watch that...

"To be honest, I do have a bit of a problem with the idea that people are to friggin' lazy to reach for their phone"

I have a fitbit Blaze which is a fitness tracker with a bit of smartness.

when I'm at home my phone usually sits on a side table in its cradle across the room from the sofa, so if it rings then a quick glance at my fitbit allows me to decide whether I need to get up and answer the 'phone, likewise if I get a text and can decide if I need to respond it or can simply ignore it.

if I'm listening to music streamed from my phone, I can stop /start/ skip/rewind from the comfort of my sofa / armchair/kitchen etc etc. So in that respect they're useful functions but only if I'm at home, if I'm out and about my phone is always in reach so I use the phone.

So really it's not really about being lazy friggin or otherwise.

YMMV

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Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

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"And the company owner might have given a lot more thought to avoid this sort of thing in the future, + provide some decent DR infrastructure "

awww bless... it's like you've never worked in industry :)

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What will happen when I'm too old to push? (buttons, that is)

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Re: Not being old

"I really want to know why my TV has a red status light to tell me it's turned on"

The remote infrared receiver is next to it and they give you the light so you know where to aim the remote

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NooooooooMannnnnnn!!!!!!!

I was at that gig....

I love all that guy's stuff.

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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Re: 'Digital Natives' are totally oblivious to how it works

"Too busy sexting pictures of themselves to each other I guess. (didn't do that when I were lad)"

but you wooda if you cuda :)

I have been making up for lost time :D

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Ecuador admits it cut Assange's internet to stop WikiLeaks' US election 'interference'

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Re: Slow motion catastrophe

Who'd be an American eh? talk about Hobson's choice.

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Drone exercise will transform future naval warfare, says Navy

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Re: Inconvenience them into surrendering

"saturate all frequencies with polka music..."

That would be a war crime right there....

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Sextortion on the internet: Our man refuses to lie down and take it

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Re: Duct tape...

"an old episode of 'The Good Life' on DVD"

Hmmmm... Penny Keith / Margot was hot!

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There are some really crap budget phones out there. Vodafone's Smart Ultra 7 isn't

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And that...

" - it does everything I want"

Your use case <> my use case

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Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

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This....

"Or am I being too much of a Register reader?"

Most people do not give that sort of stuff a second thought, reg readers represent a very small proportion of the phone buying/renting public, same goes for all those commentards that bang on about "rooting" and sticking "fluffy_bunny2.6" on it

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