* Posts by Suburban Inmate

500 posts • joined 8 Dec 2007

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Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal

Suburban Inmate

Re: Illegal use of NHS is negligible.

With respect, I think you may have misinterpreted my comment. It was about keeping data internal to the UK health system, centres of excellence included, rather than leaking it to other regime departments.

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Suburban Inmate
Big Brother

Illegal use of NHS is negligible.

Frankly, if someone needs emergency care then just bloody treat them and be done with it, like we already do.

For non-emergency stuff, why not simply furnish hospitals with a list of people eligible to go on their books, to be checked internally? No surveillance potential, of course, nor can anything even be gleaned from such a list as it covers everyone, everywhere. Also good for citizens and visitors on their own insurance. Exceptions can be handled as and when, as appropriate.

With info being sent to the regime* how long before they're catching Murderers? Fraudsters? Non-violent x/y/z-phobic gobshites? Ganja growers? People with unauthorised opinions? This is a one-way street no matter how slow we're going on any given day.

If this was really about money they'd simply enforce existing tax law and close loopholes. But turkeys, Christmas, etc.

* /reɪˈʒiːm/ noun

1. a government, especially an authoritarian one.

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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, look out for must-have toys that are 'easily hacked' ♪

Suburban Inmate

Re: How far?

I live in a basic old terraced house in SE London, the type where the kitchen with a bedroom above sticks out the back, leaving a sort of dingy alcove.

With my LG G3 on my desk, by the rear window that looks out to the alcove next to the kitchen, I can still get music on my old 8 quid bluetooth headset on the front porch. About 15m and 2 or 3 brick walls.

I imagine a decent antenna and circuitry could at least double that to the middle of the road.

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

Suburban Inmate
Thumb Up

Same with 4oD

1. Turn off ad blocker.

2. Mute the tab for the ads at the start.

3. Un-mute and re-enable ad blocker when the program proper has started.

Not that they have anything to advertise at me anyway. I'm skint, and I most certainly have no need for, err, 'lady products'.

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For Facebook, ignorance is the business model: Social net is shocked – SHOCKED – that people behave badly

Suburban Inmate

Essential addons if you must swim that open sewer

FB Purity, and some form of ad blocking like uBlock. Sorted.

I just have it set to "friends feed" to keep in touch with people, rarely ever look at "Pages feed".

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

Suburban Inmate

That's not UBI

UBI isn't a wage, it's a baseline income for all, just covering the basics. Unlike a means tested benefit there's (virtually) no administrative overhead, since that balance is naturally 'built in', and it doesn't discourage people from seeking work for fear of losing benefits.

Finland is reporting positive things from a trial.

Oh and don't forget to take UK employment figures with a pinch of salt.

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Black Helicopters

Tax the firm not the tech.

If we could make sure $BIG_CORP paid the tax it owed, at a reasonable rate that doesn't permit it to steamroller smaller competition, that would be a good start. Add to that enforcement of environmental responsibility, a living minimum wage (i.e. no need to be topped up by tax credits, etc), and keeping their grubby fingers out of politics.

The elephant in the room is that even with all the advances in productivity, tech, knowledge, and all the rest... We're backpedalling in living standards and politics. Food banks and homelessness on the rise, house prices an utter piss take. This situation is getting worse and is neither natural nor accidental.

Where's our 4-day week, Universal Basic Income, and personal jet packs with friggin' laser beams? Call me paranoid if you want, but I get the feeling the world's uber-wealthy just might not be running the economy for the good of all mankind.

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It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

Suburban Inmate
Black Helicopters

Go wrong?

I thought traceless fiddle-ability was the whole point of electronic voting?

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How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

Suburban Inmate
Big Brother

It's not that Democracy is a bad system

It's more that it has been overpowered by 'free market' extremists and to hell with the little people and basic common sense. We've been reduced to little more than cattle in service of The Sacred Engine.

Little surprise then that a leader who (for all his faults) wants to improve our lot has suffered an unceasing barrage of establishment screeching and shit-flinging.

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Android apps punched out by Judy malware

Suburban Inmate

From time to time I get a stupid redirect to some ad shite (e.g. £500 voucher for Sainsbury Supermarket [sic] survey), usually when I stray from my usual few sites on Chrome. Would that be this or is it just the ads in the pages?

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Zuckerberg: Escape from the real world into my goofy make-believe science-fiction fantasy

Suburban Inmate

Re: Direct brain interface

FB *is* the backdoor... Maybe better described as a front door in this scenario?

Which, if your opinions on the tory regime are anything like mine, will soon be the only front or back door you have left in one piece.

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Mushroom

Re: Zuckenberg the high priest of the new Technocracy

As soon as I read about facetard AR yesterday I couldn't help but think "Oh splendid, moar stoopid ads, which this time I can't block!"

I do use facespook, but with the equivalent of a NCB Hazmat suit, comprised of Privacy Badger, uBlock, and FB Purity. (superb extension that allows many many tweaks and modifications)

Get fscked, Zuck.

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Blighty's £1.2bn space industry could lend itself to tourism – report

Suburban Inmate
Thumb Down

I'll pass.

I'm not sure I want to risk taking a zero G parabolic flight, much less low earth orbit, in a rocket replacement bus service.

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

Suburban Inmate

He might have been on to something (but clearly wasn't)

Cannabis has been shown to have an effect against some types of tumour cells, and there's a few anecdotal reports. There's also a load of things besides cancer it's good for.

It would cost a fat wedge more than $47 though.

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

Suburban Inmate
WTF?

A Motorola phone, after a repair place failed.

Needed a new charging port, which I was unable to fit, not having a fine enough soldering iron.

Another fault? I thought it odd there seemed to be writing inside the microSD slot. Yup, the repair kiosk numpty had somehow managed to replace the back with the mSD still in the slot. Which was now pretty much buggered. I managed to rescue about 2.5 jpegs from it.

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Suburban Inmate
Childcatcher

Re: Charlie Brooker

Here's a little gem I hunted down one bored afternoon. It caused Concerned Mothers™ to get in quite a flap.

Dr Helmut Werstler's Cruelty Zoo

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

Suburban Inmate

They're not messing with t'internet. It's just delivering the data. The DRM is at the source and the players.

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Two million recordings of families imperiled by cloud-connected toys' crappy MongoDB

Suburban Inmate
FAIL

Face. Fscking. Palm.

For the sheer predictability of this omnishambles that was clearly obscured by dollar signs in the eyes of whoever signed off on the Bad Fucking Idea.

I haven't caused any kids, but if I had I'd never let anything like this anywhere near them.

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Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

Suburban Inmate

Somnio (2016)

Must find a source for that and watch tonight...

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Apple ordered to cough up $2m to store workers after denying rest breaks

Suburban Inmate

So, given the really utterly piss-taking forced obsolescence of their latest offerings, added on top of their control-freakery and questionable business ethics (suicide nets, anyone?) I have to ask: Apple products - Why?

I used to tell clients that asked that they were very well made and the software/app environment very polished, plus the support is there. But charging £silly for a repair that could be done for £silly/4, while doing everything it can to deny third party repairs, on devices that are designed to develop faults... Nope.

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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

Suburban Inmate

Nice one.

Makes me feel a little better about that one time I actually paid for a copy of Windows. ('98 OEM from a computer fair, if memory serves)

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Copyright crimefighters FACT change tack after Hollywood calls The Terminator

Suburban Inmate
Unhappy

TheBox.bz

Way back in the day, it usually thrashed the kecks off iPlayer and co. in every way: Lead time, dl speed, file quality, choice of formats, no adverts, no DRM and arbitrary expiration. Most modern streaming services can't hold a candle to how good that place was the best part of a decade ago.

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GDS shouting matches so severe team takes to talking by hand signals

Suburban Inmate
Devil

Re: After reading this I started making hand signals too

Chairmanperson? I think shock collars would be more economical.

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EFF dinks HP Inc finks in rinky-dink ink stink

Suburban Inmate

Indeed. In fact years ago I remember these sort of things were passed off as bugs. How times change!

It is also insane from an environmental point of view. I have a Deskjet D5160 so HP have almost certainly not released a firmware update for that in aeons, let alone since I last fired it up to print something. In fact I so seldom print that my worry isn't the refilled carts being detected but them drying out so far that even an isopropanol paddle can't revive them.

Where was I? Oh, right, yes, the environment! Selling equipment as a 'loss leader', such as an inkjet for £20 encourages waste, i.e. unnecessary upgrades. Skewed markets are rarely any good for the consumer or the environment.

IMHO, HP and chums should be regulated to sell the goddamn printer and make a profit there by having a competitive product for the price. Then they are free to sell their carts and try to make a profit there by having a competitive product.

HP, If some folk aren't too bothered by slightly 'downmarket' inks and re-used print heads then perhaps your cartridges are just a smidgen overpriced? By all means gouge the hell out of corporates on a service contract, until a competitor comes and outcompetes....

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We want GCHQ-style spy powers to hack cybercrims, say police

Suburban Inmate

Re: And of course ....

Well then don't break the law and they'll leave you alone!

Oh, hang on, maybe not...

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone." - Hamface McPiggyfiddler

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

Suburban Inmate

ANOTHER facetard essential

Gratifying to see them lose a few bucks from their mountain of moolah!

I already had faceberk's latest shenanigans blocked anyway: I wouldn't internet without AdBlock, Privacy Badger, and on facespook this little add-on: Fluff Busting Purity.

It's like developer options for the zuckernet.

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Smartphones help medicos, but security is a problem

Suburban Inmate

Re: Private comms? There's an app for that.

"But if your concerns are more about commercial secrecy than being sure to have stopped the NSA or GCHQ, then it is way more user friendly than PGP."

To be honest, considering that "the line between government and corporations isn't blurred; it simply isn't there any more" (quote from "The Corporation" iirc) I wouldn't say there's much of a distinction if you're a big company or nipping at the heels of US corporations.

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Suburban Inmate

Private comms? There's an app for that.

Quite a few apps for that, as it happens.

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

Suburban Inmate
Pint

Re: Or lets go back 15 years in time...

AC Have an upvote and a pint for the "genius idea" mental images that I've just been enjoying for the last few minutes!

(yeah, I know, inferno awaits me)

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Suburban Inmate
Big Brother

Re: Facebook does capture everything you type...

Yup, been going on for effing years too. Years back I was temporarily reduced to using a Celeron box with, iirc, 1.5GB RAM that alerted me to the hidden surveillance by being barely able to keep up with my (slowish) typing, even in the dinky little FB chat popup.

The sheer page swapping effort it had to make any time I switched tab made the LOHAN permit approval paperwork look positively swift in comparison.

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Suburban Inmate
Mushroom

Re: So what did I buy...

Use AdBlock Plus. You can bet your arse the stats for that are a number they pay attention to. ;)

I'm tempted to disable it to let a few play, see what tat it tries to flog me. I won't be buying as I'm lucky to have a pot to piss in at the moment. That and the fact that, being 33 years old and not 3, I can distinguish my needs, wants, and 'just browsings', so advertising has little effect beyond depressing and/or irritating me.

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Subjects! Speek your branes to Parliament on the Snoopers' Charter

Suburban Inmate
Big Brother

Same shit, different decade, moar technology

Ceiling Cameron is watching you planning dissent domestic extremism.

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Reprogrammble routers axed by TP-Link as FCC bans custom firmware

Suburban Inmate

Re: Stupid

I imagine the user will get no choice about flashing the firmware, once it has auto-downloaded, presumably signed. But if a router were offline for a few weeks or whatever, and an exploit showed up, maybe that could help someone shoehorn their own code in there?

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

Suburban Inmate

Re: Bandwidth caps

Their caps are about fracking the vict... er, customer for every last dollar. Nothing really to do with managing network congestion. They got caught with their pants down a few months ago, a bad case of memo leakage:

The documents warn employees not to use the term "data cap," but to instead refer to it as a "data usage plan." One memo states: "Don't say: The program is about congestion management (it is not)."

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Suburban Inmate

4oD (UK TV channel's web streaming service)

They have an ad blocker nag that means I have to disable AdBlock Plus. That means I would actually boycott the firms that force me to waste my time and CPU cycles having my intelligence insulted, if there were ever anything of any relevance to me being flogged.

As it is I simply mute that shite and switch back to whatever for a few minutes. Upon my return I can jump back to the start of the program and re-enable ABP to watch the program in peace, as the nag is only applied to the pre-show ads.

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Suburban Inmate

Re: Complexity is fraud

A better economy and thus a far better society than this (uk) puppet regime headed, post industrial, inequality riddled piss pit.

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

Suburban Inmate

Re: Uurrgghhh...

La petite mort?

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Zuck's bucks are now the world's 6th-largest cash pile

Suburban Inmate

We can all do our bit

For many, myself included, FB is a communication tool and not using it would be like asking someone to not drive. Doable, but an utter pain in the hole even in London. Do you think you could get that sofa home from IKEA sticking out the arse end of an Uber?

My way of using it akin to grudgingly getting a well made no-frills fuel efficient car, thereby keeping as much money as possible out of the hands of the car maker, Government, insurance firms, etc.

I run AdBlock Plus, and FB Purity to make FB useable. It's like dual screens in that once you've tried to it, you never look back.

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Facebook brings European cats' snaps closer to home with £151m Irish data centre

Suburban Inmate

Right to be forgotten

Facebook makes any photos uploaded to it available indefinitely, and they were notified of this bug/'feature' years ago. Will this make any difference?

All that is needed is the URL of the image. Even if the person has their profile locked down in every way. Even if the user has 'deleted' the image from their facetard. Even if the nonce/spook/terrorist/employer doesn't have an account.

So much for setting permissions to "Friends only".

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

Suburban Inmate

Re: The vessel needs a people friendly nickname

USS Cartman? As in Eric.

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Cat fight: Watch out YouTube, here comes Facebook

Suburban Inmate
Big Brother

Re: Autoplay and other facetard irritants

http://www.fbpurity.com/ Sorted.

Chuck NoScript, Adblock Plus and Privacy Badger in while you're at it. :)

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

Suburban Inmate
Windows

Meh. My outrage fuse blew out long ago.

*sigh* "God I hate being right all the time", except some Raptors and the odd T-Rex would be preferable to the slimy reptiles currently infesting Westminster. My shiny hat looks rather smart now.

I'd post more but it's nearly midnight and I'm on the Kestrels so let's all have a little singsong to cheer us up for the stagger home:

And a one, and a two, and a one two three four...

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

Suburban Inmate
Mushroom

Never be afraid to walk out of a job, best move I ever made!

I am also reminded of this.

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Storm in a teacup: Wileyfox does Android cheapie, British style

Suburban Inmate
FAIL

Forget the Elephone P8000 (I am awaiting my Storm)

Forget the Elephone P8000, it comes loaded with malware straight out of the box and the hardware is solid-feeling but ultimately flakey, my screen failed after a fortnight, returning is an absolute nightmare and you will incur costs.

Just don't.

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Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams

Suburban Inmate
Mushroom

Re: Just like the Elephone P8000

Aaaand the screen just died to a few grey/white dancing horizontal lines. Thankfully GearWorst have a UK warehouse so I'll get a refund or revenge, their call.

Yes, Wilefox Storm on order from Clove, stock expected this week.

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Suburban Inmate

Re: Just like the Elephone P8000

Well it wasn't me on the elephone forums but following the post I installed an update, still got Nova launcher on there after (quick fix, was rated good on a search, no time to play with a selection) and it seems its still there and stable after the update. Except I'm not sure the update actually applied, looking at the version number now its rebooted. Too tired and want to get drunk so I'm leaving that for now.

tl;dr Get a wileyfox Storm, save the hassles!

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Suburban Inmate

Infected development gear?

Just takes one developer to grab one shady warez or 3rd party hosted copy of the dev suite and...

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Suburban Inmate
Boffin

Just like the Elephone P8000

I foresee quite a wave of this sort of thing as budget chinese makers encroach on the big brands.

My Elephone P8000 came with a custom launcher that b0rked it within 24 hours, but 48 hours later I'd managed to coax a reboot out of it and did a factory restore, replacing the launcher immediately. Fingers crossed the update I'm about to install won't restore the nasty.

More info here.

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