* Posts by wolfetone

1603 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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A Typical Scam Call I Get

*ring ring* - *ring ring*

Me: "Hello?"

Caller: "Hi my name is (whatever) and I'm calling from (insert claims company) and we've been handed your details by the National Database of Car Accidents. Could I confirm that this is (my name)?"

Me: "Well yes, that's me."

Caller: "Very good, and it's correct that you've been involved in a car accident recently?"

Me: "Well you're going to have to be more specific, I've been in a lot of accidents"

*blip* - Caller hangs up.

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Nintendo pulls the Switch, fires Joy-con at Microsoft and Sony

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Re: Not exactly family friendly pricing though!

I don't actually think the Nintendo Switch is aimed at children though, judging from the video they released. The problem is back in the day you were either in the Nintendo camp, or the Sega camp, or the Sony camp (other camps were available) and you wouldn't dare go to another system. I started on the N64 and progressed up, until I was earning my own cash and bought a Dreamcast. You picked a system because it was unique, the experience was unique, the games were unique.

Now though what exactly is the difference between the PS4 and the Xbone? Very, very little. They have the same games, offer the same sort of features and experience. One big thing for me is multiplayer games, as in multiplayer games where you have 3 other friends next to you in the room playing. The choice of those games are limited to Call of Duty, FIFA and Trials Fusion. Compare it to just a generation ago there was far more choice.

In terms of VR I don't think it's actually all that great still. Even those with the Sony VR, spending the tonne of money needed to have it work, are having issues that Sony are ignoring them on. It was a gimmick in the 90's, and it remains so now.

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I think £279 for the console isn't too bad, considering the price of other consoles that come out at first. It's always usually £300.

What's really bugging me though is the price of the Wii U still. It's still £249.99 at Argos and Game. It's been like that for 18 months. When will the price drop? I need to get one before they go but I don't want to pay full price for it either.

I'm tight like that.

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Oh, for F...acebook: Critics bash WhatsApp encryption 'backdoor'

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"vulnerability"

Yeah, right.

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Smart fingerprint padlock startup to $320k backers: Sorry for the radio silence

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I think you've just won the internet with that observation. Here, have a pint.

Wear some gloves though!

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Just because your manufacturing is having delays, this doesn't affect your PR department or social media guy from saying "We're having delays, we're working as hard as we can to fix it".

Smells like bullshine.

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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At least your Mother In Law is away from you. The woman that lived next door to us died a month ago and her house is up for sale. And guess who wants to buy it?

I'll give you a clue, it's not my mother.

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Holmes

She can't be that bad if you haven't dobbed her in.

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18Mbps?

I'm surprised he wants anything faster than that. Speeds that fast can cause nosebleeds and blindness y'know?

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Re: Linux Noob question

"TBH as well arsing round compiling things from source etc, contreversial as it may sound to a lot of techies here, is the reason why every time I install Linux I go back to windows. To much having to piss around to get a working tool I can use for what I want, when I could be doing other things. "

The beauty of Linux though is you only have to piss around with it once, and it'll work for 10 years then.

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Re: Linux Noob question

It doesn't mean that there are no drivers for Mint or for Linux, it just means LM didn't have a driver to hand when it was being installed that suited your wireless. There's always the possibility your wifi might not be supported at all (regardless of distro) but that's a fairly small possibility these days.

This goes through how to get wifi working on Linux Mint. I've not had to use it as my laptop has an Intel chip inside it. But this is at least a good first step for you.

But ultimately what Linux Mint and Ubuntu are in the world of Linux is a distribution. A "flavour". They aren't actually their own operating systems per sey. At their core is Linux, and the software that it uses, the way these packages are maintained, and the GUI style are all specific to the distribution. Something like drivers relates to Linux itself rather than the distribution. If you don't find a packaged version of a driver or software for your specific distribution (usually .deb for Debian-based systems, .rpm for Red Hat/Fedora-based etc) you can always compile from source. This is the long winded way to do it, but usually it's a last resort when all other avenues have been exhausted. But if you use a distribution like Slackware for instance, then compiling from source is your only way of installing software.

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By the time I wrote what I did you already replied.

You need to find out the specific card your using. This forum talks about Atheros issues on the previous version of Linux Mint. A lot of it will be applicable to LM 18 though.

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I am using Cinnamon yes. It's probably a settings thing, but I'd have thought it'd make sense to have it lock immediately by default, instead of prompting to display a message before locking?

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The most annoying thing about Linux Mint 18 is when you click on the applications menu, and click on the lock screen you expect it to lock the computer. So I've clicked on it, and walked off.

About 5 minutes later I come back with a box on my screen asking me to type in a message. You don't have to, it can be blank, but unless you click OK it doesn't lock the screen. This annoys the hell out of me, and because Debian et al don't do this (with the exception of one windows manager, might be XFCE but I might be wrong) it's not a reflex action for me. So quite often if I lock the computer in a rush, I actually haven't.

That, however, is the only issue with LM 18. Well that and a bitch of an issue regarding the installation of VirtualBox which fails due to the kernel used. But is that Oracles fault of LM's? Who knows. I don't care though, I've another machine which VB runs on fairly well. So I'll just sit tight and wait for one of them to fix the issue.

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Lloyds Bank customers still flogging the online dead horse

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I suspect they didn't pay a bill on time, hence the outage.

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

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Re: "it also sends each jet’s history back to the US"...

No, it's been in development for years. So they'll probably be running some bastardised version of Windows Vista. Windows 10 doesn't support its own software well, let alone older code.

Sorry for opening up old wounds everyone.

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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Re: Or... no snooping at all

"enough of a costly overkill to suggest a search for a better alternative."

Well if you can go speak to Adobe and get them to release a Linux version of Photoshop, and if you could also speak to Eidos to get them to re-release Championship Manager 99/00 for Linux I'd appreciate it.

You go first though, we're right behind you.

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Re: Or... no snooping at all

When I've needed to use Photoshop or play old Windows games, I've ran a VM with Windows 7 inside it. Gave it enough RAM and CPU, and it's ran like a charm. I also introduced this to my team (consisting of me and 2 others) and it ran fine. Windows never needed to access the internet, so we didn't give it internet access. So the fact it was cut off and only accessed a shared folder on our hard drives (so we could swap files from Linux to Windows, handy for keeping your collection of ISO's off of the VM) it wasn't a security risk really.

I approve of this method, basically.

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US Navy runs into snags with aircraft carrier's electric plane-slingshot

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"2) The Falkland's task force didn't lose a carrier, and the operation wouldn't have been possible without the carriers."

I wasn't alive when the Falklands kicked off, but from what I can gather from watching the TV and stuff, wasn't it Thatcher riding a tank that delivered the guys walking along the field? Wasn't that wot wun it?

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Oh Britain. Worried your routers will be hacked, but won't touch the admin settings

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It'll be the same people who decide it's alright to buy a house but won't change the locks because they think they have all the keys for it.

What a world we live in when people will be so worried about the possibility of their stuff being broken in to, yet won't take proactive steps to avoid it. Take responsibility for your own stuff, or don't use it. Simple.

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UK Parliament suddenly remembers it wants to bone up cyber security *cough* Russia *cough*

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Re: Comparing tomatoes and public phone booths

"Anyway, how many lands were annexed by the US recently? How many democratic countries were dismembered by the US Army? How many so-called "Republics" with no international recognition created after an American military occupation? How many journalists killed or in jail in the US? How many opponents to the US killed by polonium poisoning or any other mean?"

I love you, you point out Guam but totally skip over Guatamala.

What about the shit show in Syria? What about the shit show in Iraq? Afghanistan? The continuing shit going on with Saudi Arabia? To say it's fine because you brought "freedom" to a people who have lived under a dictatorship is an insult. Many of those in Afghanistan are now so dependent on heroin due to the explosion in poppy field production that there is a generation lost because of it. Why? Well didn't the Taliban surpress the growing of poppies. But hey, no more dictators so heroin addiction MUST be good?!

But no. The big bad Ruskis they're the baddun's aren't they.

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"No, Russia is the bad guy because it invaded and partly occupied Moldavia (Transnistria), Georgia (South Ossetia and Abkhazia) and Ukraine (Crimea), and it continues to destabilize Ukraine and Baltic States."

Oh, a bit like what America has been doing since the 60's? Guam, Guatamala etc. But let's come further forward, the US has been bombing the shit out of the middle east for 10 years, and it just so happens the US and UK owned companies are doing pretty darned well out of that situation. Syria? Let's not get started on that.

But Big John makes a good point, something which has been lost. The leaks of the emails exposed corruption within the Clinton Foundation. Jesus there's even an email chain between Podesta and others within the foundation and the DMC regarding Chelsea Clinton's questioning of where certain payments from the foundation were ending up, with Podesta even asking "How do we shut her up?".

Follow the money, as they say. Because the money sure as hell doesn't end up in Moscow.

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Sorry but how is Russia the bad guy when Podesta's IT guy said a dodgy GMail password email was legit (should've said it wasn't) and the Democrats allowed their most high profile to have their own email systems dealing with party specific subjects?

We're literally being set up for another "Saddam has WMD's we need WAR WAR WAR" again.

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Rethink on bank cybersecurity rules might only follow major bank breach, says expert

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UEFI was only invented by Microsoft to try and screw Linux over. Everyone knows that.

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Re: Smile/Cooperative Bank Poor account reset Security.

I tore them a new one over this over Christmas. I had lost my card a week before Christmas, they said they'd send me a new card and PIN. I got the card before Christmas, but the PIN number only turned up yesterday. And that was the second PIN that was sent out, so God knows where the first one went.

Anyway, as I was using my credit card as it's the only thing I could use to buy petrol etc, I decided to transfer some money to the card. I go to do it and I'm greeted with the God awful username and password thing they've decided is a good idea. I forget the password, and I'm asked to use the card reader. Guess what? I couldn't, as I lacked the PIN number!

So I call them to see if they could reset it, and they could with alot of huffing. But I asked them why this new way of internet banking security is better than the old one? A three step process, and if you didn't have the information for one of the three steps, you couldn't get in. As you said, it worked for 17 years and was brilliant, if a little dated looking.

The Co-Operative Bank has gone to shit since the Americans "saved" the bank. I stuck around during those months when the bank was struggling, but recently their game has slipped. And I know I'm not alone, and I won't be the only one looking to leave the bank over this bullshittery.

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You mean, banks won't do anything to secure themselves until they have to do something?

Let me just go to the tap, I want to make sure water is still wet after this revelation.

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Fitbit throws fit, emits writ for outfit's non-hit, rather sh*t, 'Fitbit' kit

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Re: That's hilarious

"I'm on my third."

If it were mine it'd have been flung on eBay after the second strap. I admire your patience.

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Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

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Re: Having seen the latest NHS IT Software in action

"They get all uppitty if you say 'I told you all that last week. She hasn't grown a pair of wings since.'"

Well wouldn't you get all uppitty if someone got arsey with you for doing your job? It isn't the fault of the nurse taking the information pal. Be an arsehole to the idiot who thought the system was a good idea in the first place.

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UKCloud: We ARE cheaper than Microsoft or AWS online storage

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I'm struggling to remember the last time a race to the bottom worked out well for the little guy?

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

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Re: retro?

"i was here when it was still the ocean floor."

I was here when Atlantis was a thing.

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Re: retro?

I WAS HERE BEFORE IT WAS A LAWN!

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Re: retro?

Damn Hipsters, coming on here saying the Windows Classic Look is retro.

What happened to Windows 1.0 eh? Too old for you or something?

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3... 2...1... and 123-Reg hit by DDoSers. Again

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Re: I'm with 123reg

I moved mine to Namescheap. But from what I gather these issues are concerned with people hosting their sites and emails with 123-Reg, not actually registering domains with them.

But you're going to get a million and one replies to this, all with different answers. For what it's worth, and it's my opinion*, don't go with:

- Fasthosts

- GoDaddy

- Heart Internet

- Daily

Everything else is fair game.

*for the benefit of people who get offended easily.

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Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, shame on me.

Fool me thrice, I am a 123-Reg customer who doesn't give a damn about my business or emails.

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Fedora 25: You've got that Wayland feelin', oh, that Wayland feelin'

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Re: Who's the guy in the picture?

"Nothing wrong with judging gluttony Little Snowflake. Or should that be Fat Snowflake?"

Plenty wrong with it when it doesn't concern you. How does it affect you? Are you worried your taxes are being spent on him or something?

I did wonder if the Daily Mail website was missing a commentard. Now we know.

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Re: Who's the guy in the picture?

"I think you're definately going to be a finalist in the Most Fatuous Counterpoint of the Month award. Congratulations"

Well I was going for the Most Judgemental Dickhead of the Month Award but you beat me to it.

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Re: Who's the guy in the picture?

"How can anyone get so obese that the fat actually noticably sticks out from their face?? Whoever that guy is he'll probably drop dead of a heart attack in his 30s if he doesn't lose weight."

If you get run over by a bus tomorrow he'll have outlived you, even with his obesity.

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So Proud

There was a time around when Fedora utilised Gnome 3 for the first time where I thought the distro was going to fall out of favour. It was going to have a long painful death because it was buggy as hell and it didn't feel loved.

But now? Now it's amazing! They got their act together a few versions ago, and it just feels like a proper polished OS now. Gnome itself is lovely to use, much MUCH better than Unity or Cinnamon (yeah, I went there). I'm just so glad people kept the faith with both Fedora and Gnome, and now we have a distro to be proud of.

Best news of 2017, and it's only the first week of January! A hat tip to all you fine developers, and this pint's on me. Share it amongst yourselves though, I'm not made of money.

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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"Should that not be the good hearted sir fergal sharkey ?"

He's a bit hard to find at the moment.

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Captained by Sir Lord Sharky of George

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China to Donald Trump: Twitter diplomacy 'undesirable'

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Re: Fatalitas

Sounds like he's got Theresa May's PR guru on board.

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Chynah

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook declines invitation to discuss EU tax ruling with Irish parliament

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To quote the Irishman who posted a video on Facebook about the Irish government refusing to take the money from Apple: Fuck Apple.

If you can't attend something on legal advice then you're quite clearly in the wrong. So pony up the dough and piss off.

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Re: What is truly disrupting...

"A mate of mine used a Honda Civic hire car on holiday... He reported that he was shocked not to be able to see the four corners of the car through the windows / mirrors. I guess reversing cameras and image stitching can mitigate this issue in more modern vehicles."

We're in a strange world of car design being dictated by crash tests and air tunnels. If you put a new Civic against one from 1999, and then another from from 1989, you'll notice how large the drivers window is in height (for an example). The bottom of the window will roughly be just above your elbow if you sat down normally without resting it on the window sill. The new Civic's (and new cars in general), this line will be much higher up, towards the shoulder. It's for side impact protection.

Another point would be the A pillars, older cars have thinner pillars while newer cars are much thicker. This is for rollover protection.

The thing is though, with all these things being built in to the car to help protect you from a crash, they're hampering the view of the driver. I don't understand how that's safer? I have so much better visibility in my 1998 Toyota Corolla than I do in my 2010 Peugeot 107. It's madness.

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Re: What is truly disrupting...

"Well to my European eyes, it doesn't look particularly bad, it's pretty much a stretched clone of the current Honda Civic. Not quite sure I understand the vitriol being poured in its direction regarding its looks."

I'm looking at it with the same European eyes you have, and I can't see a Honda Civic there. A Renault Avantime maybe, but it's definately no Honda Civic.

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Re: What is truly disrupting...

The Lada Riva is a more appealing looking car than that turd of a thing.

And I mean turd. If I was ever that way inclined I'm sure I could shape my turd to look like that car.

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Re: Will it.....

350 Miles on a tank of petrol in an SUV?

Well this will disrupt you: I can do 550 miles on a tank of petrol in my Peugeot 107. Plus I can park it easily in town, because it's small and dinky and drives like a go-kart.

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The Zucker Mister Social Club: Facebook's daddy wants to be your friend, for realsies

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Re: One of the most famous people in the world.

"Personally, I'd never want to be famous. What a curse."

Don't worry, I don't know you.

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Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

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Re: I can haz smart meter haxxored?

Oh, I thought Paris' face was for something else.

Me and my filthy mind.

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Re: Alarmist nonsense?

"Smart meters do not have the ability to turn of the current they just monitor the current"

You'll find out soon enough when you don't pay your bill and you get cut off remotely.

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