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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

AlbertH

Re: @Daniel Palmer

Daniel seems to be particularly unlucky with his hardware. Perhaps he should replace his nylon carpets and start wearing leather soled shoes and clothes without "man-made" fibres.

I've used dozens of Rpi machines of various types for any number of functions. They have all been entirely reliable and many are in continuous use. My only real hardware-related gripe is that it would be nice to have some more RAM to play with. However, at the price, these little machines are amazing!

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Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

AlbertH

MS are just beginning to realise that the have no viable product for over 90% of their previous userbase. Users don't want Windoze 8 - it's a tacky, unstable, bloated resource-hog that won't run most legacy software and looks like a toddler's toy. Windows 7 nearly got it right, but rather than sort out the problems, they decided to ditch it in favour of their brightly-coloured computer game.

In terms of underlying software issues - their products are still based on the nasty, flawed, unstable NT kernel - they still haven't had a better idea. Unless they wake up, realise where their core business comes from and redesign their offerings from the ground up, they're dead. They just haven't stopped twitching yet.....

MS got rid of the real programming talent in the last round of job cuts (that's where Google got many of theirs). They really have dug themselves a very large hole!

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Cybercrooks breed SELF-CLONING MUTANT that STEALS your BANK DETAILS

AlbertH

Just one more reason to avoid Windoze.......

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Attackers fling Stuxnet-style RATs at critical control software in EUROPE

AlbertH

...and then try to run SCADA system on Windows machines - just how many points of vulnerability do you need?

The utter stupidity of the beancounters who won't countenance anything other than Microsoft OS purchases, the beancounters trying to run technologically sophisticated enterprises without the slightest understanding of what the company does or how it does it - no wonder so many tech companies fail.

As long as we have beancounters valued more highly than engineers, these stupidities will continue. People need to understand that book-keeping is trivially simple - I can teach anyone to do it in an hour - and an "accountant" is just a book-keeper in a suit. They should be paid accordingly.

OTOH, engineers actually ADD VALUE to a company, and so should be well paid - ideally with some kind of profit-share as real motivation. They should also have the majority of input into technical products.

Thank goodness that Windoze is banned from most nuclear sites!

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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

AlbertH
Linux

Re: well minted

Unfortunately for the malware writers, a user really has to want to bork a Linux machine. Users don't run with admin rights, so users can't install executables. It's a simple concept, but one that continues to elude Microsoft.

MS took a bunch of decisions in the late 80s which still haunt their operating systems to this day. There is no way to make a Windows machine secure - other than switching it off.

The Windows apologists and fans around here who sneer at the apparently small market share conveniently forget that their routers, Tivos, internet service providers and their favourite websites all run Linux (and couldn't work as effectively with any other OS.

Windows is just a pi$$-poor, insecure, slow, bloated and expensive client for a Unix world!

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PC-infecting chat demon quotes THE BIBLE to summon malware plague

AlbertH
WTF?

Re: It just boggles the mind

Perhaps you should read the article a little more closely - it infects Windoze only. What a surprise!

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

AlbertH

Re: Might consider this

There's no accounting for the stupidity of some users. A teapot would be too technically taxing for that clueless AC!

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AlbertH
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Re: Might consider this

The clue is in the name.... "Windows phone". Of course it crashes. It's a Microshaft product. It's certain not to work properly.

Interesting fact of the day: Microsoft have NEVER released ANY product that has worked properly. That's a 100% failure rate.

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AlbertH

Re: 512MB of Ram not enough

The organisation I work for bought several of these efforts recently. All the users have ended up dropping them from a high place, losing them in a river "accidentally" or hurling them at a wall. In common with every other Microsoft product, they just don't work. Worse - they don't work in a very bad way - they seem like they're going to work..... then don't.

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Redmond slow to fix IE 8 zero day, says 'harden up' while U wait

AlbertH
FAIL

Re: Is ActiveX fixed yet?

Every time I look at Windows "latest and greatest" I find further flaws. It's still very open to abuse.

There are many of the old, quite trivial attack vectors still available. MS seem either unwilling or unable to fix the many problems. They've been given plentiful details of the attacks, but ignore the reports and concentrate in putting ever more shiny stuff in place.

They seem to hope that the look of their OS will divert attention away from the fundamental flaws.

Polish that turd, guys!

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AlbertH
Linux

Re: Harden your browser

Harden your SYSTEM - delete Windoze and install a proper Operating System

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

AlbertH
Mushroom

Re: Why Windows in the first place?

So, before you decide to repeat your importunate and ill-advised commentary, I urge you to spare a thought for those less well-off than yourself and for those organisations who struggle daily against a sea of government iniquity to make a genuine difference in people's lives.

Why? I have yet to see any charity that does not have some ulterior motive lurking behind the do-gooding. It's usually religious and therefore to be avoided at all costs.

Oxfam proudly announce that they've reduced infant mortality in Sierra Leone to <5%, but entirely fail to broadcast the fact that mortality between 2 and 10 years old approaches 60% - they "save the babies" just to have them starve later.....

They cannot see the fundamental flaw in their meddling.

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AlbertH
Black Helicopters

Re: Things are hidden :-(

Re: Things are hidden :-(

@Bert...My WiFi is set up with MAC address filtering (so the neighbours can't use it to download pirate grumble flics).......etc etc...

The issue isn't Windows, it YOU. If you rely on a MAC filtering, which is SHIT, instead of WPA2, then, trust me, no OS is going to help.

Errrr.... No. WPA2 is trivially crackable - if you know what you're doing - and using MAC filtering is very effective on top of WPA2 - it makes spoofing a legitimate-looking network device more difficult (but not impossible). If you want to sort-of secure your wireless network, you also have to turn off the SSID broadcast and use yet another level of encryption on top of WPA2 - even then it's not totally secure!

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London Tube has new stop at Azure Station

AlbertH

Re: Incredible timing from Microsoft PR.

It's actually very funny: TfL are in the latter stages of migrating EVERYTHING they do away from proprietary software! Open Source now rules the roost. Boris couldn't believe the multi-million IT bills that TfL (Traffic for Losers) run up, so an edict was issued, and desktops are getting a strange, corporate Ubuntu spin.

Windows (and everything Microsoft) is seen by TfL as expensive, unreliable and insecure. They've recently had an IT security audit that made them panic.....

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

AlbertH

..... you can see why this troll is anonymous!

No version of IIS is in any way secure. Every version, even with every possible patch installed, is as leaky as a sieve.....

MS now have NO viable products. Win 8 is useless for business (and fails to run many games), their server products are so broken and insecure that they are a nightmare to even try to administer.... Even Win 8 for phones is broken!

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AlbertH

Re: This sort of thing doesn't happen

Correct that - this may actually be the current state of Windoze computing.

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AlbertH
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Re: You run IE on Windows??

Unfortunately, for the vast majority of the clueless Windows XP users, the big blue "E" IS "the Internet". Getting them to change browser is virtually impossible. I've even heard "IT professionals" describe Internet Exploder as "essential for compatability"...

This particular can of worms is just going to get worse and worse. XP "users" will continue to be abused and exploited - it's just easier now!

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

AlbertH

Re: Fair dues...

Not quite....

Apple really screwed the pooch by suing Samsung. They now have to pay full price for their screens (Galaxy rejects, incidentally), full price for their memory and wildly inflated prices for their processors. Samsung really loved the terms of the Californian "settlement" - it gave them all the excuse they needed for a more aggressive pricing policy.....

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Bank-raid ZeuS malware waltzes around web with 'valid app signature'

AlbertH
Big Brother

The validity of Windows signatures has long been suspect. It's just that the suspicions are now supported by facts.

Moral? Don't use Windows for anything to do with finances, business or personal communications. It might be OK for games, but watch out for those in-game purchases!

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

AlbertH
Thumb Down

Re: So, let me get this right...

Systemd sends excessive data to the kernel logging system to the point where it either hangs or crashes, right?

So it's a bug in the kernel then.

Errr..... No. If a routine is flooding the kernel with spurious nonsense, it needs to be shut up. The kernel actually does that. Sadly, the programme that causes the problem is fundamental to the boot routines of a couple of Linux distros. The dingbat who wrote the faulty code should fix it. If he can't, he should admit his inability, and ask for help.

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Crack CERT warriors arrive to save UK from grid-crippling hack attacks

AlbertH
FAIL

You can bet your bottom Dollar that those w*nkers will be using Windoze.

Game Over before they even start!

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AlbertH
Facepalm

Re: What's that sound ?

The sound was grasping hands rubbing together with a huge chorus of "Kerching!"

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Boss at 'Microsoft' scam support biz told to cough £000s in comp

AlbertH

Re: B'stards

Whilst the "little old lady" they thought they were playing was keeping them on the phone, we gained access to their servers and wreaked havoc. Every Windoze infection we could find was unleashed in their network. I hope they still haven't cleaned up the mess.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

AlbertH

Re: Aqua Marina

Homeopathy, to any rational person, is just silly. Diluting herbs to the point where there is none of the original material left simply leaves you with water. That's it. Pure and simple. Water.

Water cannot have "memory" - it consists of pairs of very simple molecules, each made of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. I'll be happy to compare some ordinary clean water with any "homeopathic" water in whatever scientific instrument a "homeopath" chooses to demonstrate the magical difference. There will be no difference whatsoever.

As a rational scientist, it's fun to laugh at the clueless who're gulled by these charlatans, but I do feel very slightly sorry for the people who have suffered so grossly at their hands. Anyone who declares that they are a "homeopath" should be locked up, just like any other fraudster.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

AlbertH

Re: Linux?

Linux is secure because it doesn't suffer from the stupid structural design choices made by Bill Gates himself in the name of "ease of use". Just three utterly stupid design decisions rendered every version of Windoze completely insecure, and condemned every Microsoft user to a hell of anti-malware snake-oil nonsense in a completely useless effort to keep the nasties out.

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

AlbertH

Re: The irony

NO wind turbines actually "work". They consume energy in low wind situations (they have to keep turning to stop them jamming) and they'll NEVER pay back the energy used to manufacture, transport, install and commission the damn things. They are as bogus as "cold fusion", just like the vast majority of "green" projects.

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

AlbertH

Re: Rubbish All round after 15yrs!

Orange used to have somewhat patchy countryside coverage, but calls were generally possible. The amalgamation with T-Mobile has reduced connectivity radically (their 4G service is mostly hot air), their customer service (great when they were Orange) has become unusable, and they've put the bills up!

The sooner this joke of a company collapses, the better.

Sadly, O2 have serious coverage issues, and Vodafone are incredibly expensive for a sub-O2 service.

When can we get a proper, truly ubiquitous, high quality, reasonably priced service? Mobile telephony should be a "licence to print money" if done properly!

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

AlbertH

Re: "He used my access to make you a domain admin?!"

In the Linux world, there's "Blue Proximity" that requires a particular Bluetooth device to be close enough to the computer to keep it unlocked. Walk away with your phone in your pocket, and your machine automatically locks itself. It's a great way of automatically keeping prying eyes and unwanted digits away from your computer!

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

AlbertH

The utter cluelessness, incompetence and stupidity shown on this site ensures that nobody will take it seriously. Also, much of the information is just plain wrong and there's no mention of Linux or BSD.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

AlbertH

Running Android on an iPhone 4S has been done. It turned it into a MUCH nicer phone....

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Second-hand software broker: OK Microsoft – we made a mistake

AlbertH

Moral?

Don't use licenced software. There's nothing in the "licenced", proprietary sphere that isn't well covered with free, open souce software. Microsoft are seriously scared about the end of their business - their "licence to print money" has been revoked!

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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

AlbertH

Scary Stuff

It actually scares me that so many people could be gullible enough to believe the claims of this clown - particularly at under £1000 per unit.

I've worked on ANPR and £100k single point systems (like used in garages in an effort to stop "drive-aways") are never better than 45% accurate. The Police systems (typically £2m and upward) achieve close to 80% accuracy, but no better.

There are NO systems with anything approaching 100% accuracy.

Errors are very frequent, so if you're logged on the way into an "average speed" zone, you'll probably be missed on the way out (or vice versa) - they're no real deterrent at all. If you're "convicted" by one of these systems, ALWAYS contest it in court - the Police will invariably back down because they cannot be absolutely certain (to the degree required as "legal proof") that it was your car that they logged.

The London "Congestion Zone" ANPR cameras actually are not automatic - they're bogus. There's a large room full of CCTV operators in Lambeth who watch video from the cameras, and type the numberplates in by hand. This is almost as flawed as the automated systems (so can usually be successfully contested)!

ANPR? Don't make me laugh! Under £1000? Ha!

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

AlbertH

Re: bribes

Quote: "Government ministers getting a truckload of unwanted windows phones, surface tablets and xbones as "gifts" any second now...."

The really influential ones will get holidays, cars and even houses!

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AlbertH

Re: Seen it before

To quote: "A similar announcement was made a few years ago, stating that more open source software and more open standards would be used. It happened just around the time the government was negotiating a big Microsoft contract if I remember correctly..."

That was the time when several Government Ministers (including Blair) got lovely houses for when they left office......

Bair's Belgravia house was a "gift" from Bill Gates.

If Mr Blair says that this wasn't so, he's welcome to sue me - I'll be happy to see him in court (he knows where to find me) - and the whole sordid truth about him and his corrupt, banana-republic "government" will be revealed!

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AlbertH

Re: Important change

You're obviously some kind of Microsoft apologist (and they've got a hell of a lot to apologise for).

Linux is good enough for progressive governments from Munich to Brazil, and there are now gigantic global corporate deployments that would be impossible with the brokenware that MS supply. Open document standards are perfectly workable - their specifications include all the "value added" goodness that comes with proprietary formats, and they are operable with and manipulable by both open source and proprietary software.

MS Office becomes "just another" proprietary suite of programmes - just like Windows with a web browser is just a proprietary client for the Unix and Linux-based internet - beancounters the world over will ask if the "paid for" software adds anything that the free versions don't.....

Windows and Windows software will just continue its decline into irrelevance.

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So Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor walk into a bar

AlbertH

"Beats"? Bulls*@t!

The "Beats" products are made by the idiots who brought you "Monster" cables. A great way to ship cheap 'n' nasty distorted headphones: - stick an obvious logo on the side of them and put the price up to "aspirational" levels.

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Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers

AlbertH

Orange used to be the very best in terms of customer service, and they'd always try to accomodate their customers. Now they've been subsumed into the T-Mobile Borg, their service is non-existent and their prices have gone up. They're now just as crappy as T-Mobile: they were downgraded to match.

O2 have abysmal coverage in much of London, and Vodafone are insanely expensive and just as customer focussed as EE.....

Is there a good mobile service available in the UK any more (and don't mention "3" - they have about 20% of the coverage of the others).

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

AlbertH

Re: In 2014?! A new service "offering" 48Khz?!?!?

Perhaps you need to learn the principles of digitisation and read up on Mr Nyquist. A 48kHz sample rate won't quite handle a CD bandwidth.

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

AlbertH

Re: numbers need adjustment...?

We're quite fortunate here in the UK in that we have several suppliers who will sell you a machine without the Windoze infection. You also do have the right to demand the refund of the price of Windoze if you refuse to "sign" the EULA - I've got refunds from several computer manufacturers including Dell, HP, Compaq (when they existed) and many others. You just have to be persistent!

I'm typing this on a Novatech quad-core Intel thing with 16Gb RAM, 1Gb of NVidia graphic card and 4Tb of HDD space, built to my specification, running Ubuntu. They supplied it without Windoze and I spent the money on an extra hard drive.

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AlbertH

Re: I don't get it

Apple hardware is just commodity gear in pretty boxes. It's insanely over-priced. They could grab a huge market share by reducing their prices into line with Windoze machines, and all they'd lose is their massive profit on hardware. This would be more than counteracted by their hugely increased sales and the sales of software to support the platform.

Sadly, Apple's management don't understand the "supermarket principle" and still believe that they can survive in their niche markets.

The third player that's gaining market share rapidly is Google. There is certain to be a standalone implementation of "Chrome" soon enough - a solid Linux base with all the pretty attractions of an Apple-alike desktop. Apple will scream "foul" and discover that Google can be evil if they feel like it!

Microsoft will continue to lose relevance and revenues with their concentration on "touch" interfaces and the disasterous mess that is Windoze 8. MS just haven't realised that their particular game is over!

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

AlbertH

What did you expect?

Windows users get all they deserve - closed source, deliberately vulnerable, obsfuscated code, bloated, overpriced and fundamentally broken. It's obvious that this almost ubiquitous mess will be targeted by every Nogoodnik, Government spook and script kiddie.

Snowden has done the Open Source world a power of good!

Remember - Microsoft have NEVER released a properly working product!

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

AlbertH
FAIL

Re: Most annoying thing for me

...Of course a proper operating system doesn't need an anti-virus.....

Shame that MS still can't get their heads around the basic concept of permissions and add properly granular access control to files and processes - like we've had in Linux since 1992.....

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AlbertH

Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !

I've just uprated a Windows 8 "Ultrabook" to Mint whilst reading this article and the comments! My only needed interventions were to tell the installer that yes, I do want to use the whole hard drive, that I'm in London, and I have a UK keyboard. It's done the rest, and is now installing a few applications that I like to have on board. Total install time? Just 25 minutes, including a comprehensive suite of applications.

Game Over, Microsoft!

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Sneaky new Android Trojan is WORST yet discovered

AlbertH
Linux

Re: does tend to prove the point

Breaking into and abusing any Windoze kernel is trivially easy (due to the stupid anti-security decisions made by William Gates back before he needed to shave). The faults in Windows persist right up to today.

Conversely, the Linux kernel has remained largely secure despite its massive installed base. It's the predominent internet OS - for servers of all kinds, routers and switches. Even Microsoft use it where Windows won't scale! Android is just a shiny desktop, and does nothing to compromise the basic kernel.

Kaspersky are just like all the others of their ilk - selling non-existent solutions for non-existent problems. (None of their "solutions" actually do anything useful)

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AlbertH
Linux

Re: What Security?

Kaspersky want to SELL you a malware solution for a problem that CANNOT exist. There is no means of any software installed with user priveledge gaining root access without manual user intervention.

These are desperate times for the anti-this and anti-that manufacturers. Even the latest iterations of Windoze are getting more secure, and MS's own, free anti-malware programs do the job better than these bogus third-party efforts. McAfee, Kaspersky and all the other snake-oil salesmen are rapidly going out of business, and these specious claims andmalicious lies are their final efforts to keep their businesses alive.

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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

AlbertH

Re: What's the purpose of O2 now anyway?

They've also sold what used to be the best ADSL ISP in the UK (BeThere) to Sky. You want a betrayal? That's the worst!

Also: Be persist in trying to take money from me for service I've cancelled. If they persist, they'll be in Court for harassment. I'll be seeking damages in £100k+ range (and I'm told that I'll probably get it!).

The sooner they go out of business, the better.

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Prankster 'Superhero' takes on robot traffic warden AND WINS

AlbertH
Coat

Re: here's another one

I got a ticket for parking in a prescribed place.

Illiteracy and stupidity should both be actionable!

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AlbertH

Re: Send an invoice back

More than a few times I've invoiced companies for wasting my time, £35 per letter or email sent, £25 per phone call made, £15 per letter, email or phone call received and my personal favorite £15 for drawing up and processing each invoice.

I started doing exactly that after my bank charged me £25 for a letter telling me that I was £2.14 overdrawn. I replied (enclosing an invoice for £30 for MY letter) thanking them for their concern and that the account would be adjusted that day. Over the next year, they ran up over £600 of debt with me which they refused to pay on the grounds that the claims were "frivolous".

I took them to Small Claims Court - the bank Manager refused to appear, so I had to send Bailiffs to compel his attendance (and to shut the branch for the duration of the Court Action). The reputational damage to Natwest was significant, and I was ultimately awarded my money, damages and costs. Natwest had to pay out almost £8000 and lost most of a day's business at a city centre branch. I moved my overdraft elsewhere immediately, of course!

I hate this silly ambulance-chasing litigious nonsense that's going on these days for all the spurious "injuries" people suffer, but I'll always take on Banks, Parking Companies, Railways, airlines and any other companies who provide me poor or overpriced "service" or try to apply additional charges to their headline prices (the airlines!).

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AlbertH
Pint

Re: @AC Appeals process a sham, sherlock

I think you need to be a little wary when having these "debts" sold to a debt recovery company

If they do that, send them a brief letter threatening to sue them for libel. It's always worked for me (even against Notional Wastemaker Bank). If they try to substantiate their silly claims in Court, you will invariably win, and they will have publically defamed you - which is actionable of course!

UKPC and Network Rail currently have to pay me damages of just over £7000 for their trying to register me as a bad debtor with a Credit Reference Agency. I'm still waiting for the money, but have been assured by the Court that they are paying for my summer holiday!

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