* Posts by Rob Crawford

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4chan founder Moot threatens site for using his handle

Rob Crawford

When you say hive mind I take it you mean the hivesheepmind

Baaah

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

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Re: Should be interesting (@Destroy All Monsters)

If by referring to Bad Manners as being a brilliant band I would certainly agree with the concept of people talking bollocks ;)

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Re: Should be interesting

Errr how about NO!

Now if it was razor sharp edges and corners then that would be a bit against the grain (but not by much)

No doubt they will be suing the publishers of the kids books (with rounded edges) that my kids enjoyed all those years ago

/me mutters.......

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Judge denies move to ban ad-skipping DVR

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Re: Ads, the reality

I thought that part of the problem was (in the UK anyway) that advertisers where no longer paying a fortune for advertising due to the increased number of channels.

Certainly ITV did enough whining about it a few years ago and consequently decreased the quality of their programming even further

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Halo 4 game review

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Re: Halo was always overhyped

Considering I had been playing Doom from the day of release and progressed through so many FPS that I had gotten sick of them by the time Halo came out.

I ended up with Halo I won an Xbox and got Halo with it, it was simply different, and was worth completing (despite some padding)

2 weapons and reasonably decent enemy AI (the grunts running away to get somebody bigger to help them was different and still is) and lining up single shot multiple kills from a sniper rifle was a game in itself.

No I didn't like the joypad controls and still don't but like it or not Halo changed the FPS game.

As for padding I would point at the alien world in Half Life as being considerably worse than anything that Halo inflicted upon me (it annoyed me so much that I never finished HL1 and will have to play the Black Mesa mod for HL2 to make up for the disappointment I suffered)

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

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Re: "potential mammal extracts"

Yes agreed proper milk would come from a mammal.

However somehow people believe soya milk is a milk (never seen a soya bean with nipples, but then again the duck billed platypus doesn't have nipples either)

Then again the idiots who ask for a skinny latte and then consume cast quantity's of cake just deepen my contempt

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Re: I like this

So how does somebody order an espresso when they want one?

I also dislike the pretensions of self declared coffee drinkers when for the most part they're buying a bloody coffee flavored milkshake. But I do get your point that there are times when you just a coffee.

However enjoyable coffee for some of us starts at the stand the spoon in the cup French stuff and heads towards somewhere much more unsafe (like the stuff the Greek monks always seem to be drinking).

It's a bit like using the single word milk to describe all forms of milk

How happy would you be to order a glass of milk and end up that soya shite being handed to you, I mean even buttermilk would almost be better (and I wont veer into the potential mammal extracts)

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Debenhams the retail equivalent of the daily Mail

So what do thay call that coffee that tastes like utter crap of yes Starbucks isn't it

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US gov advised to SUE GOOGLE by FTC over patent trade wars

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Re: Its simple and could be sorted in a few hours.

From an admittedly poor memory Samsung (for example) wish to enter into some degree of cross licensing agreements for their FRAND items, something which is not unusual.

The problem with Apple is that Samsung put an offer to them and Apple said they didn't want to pay, there was no attempt at negotiation and they simply used the technology.

Also from memory you can NOT go straight to court regarding FRAND (I don't like the terms to I will sue) but you have to enter arbitration (but as I say my memory is poor)

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

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Re: Ha ha

Of course the showdown between David and Goliath is as real as Luke Vs the Death Star

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Waiting for 'The 'ittle Jedi Who Could'

Funny enough just talking to a friend of mine last night who had fought Lucasfilm for two years over the term Droid (Lucasfilm lost the case BTW)

Even he is in two minds about this sale, working on the principal that after a decent Clone Wars film, Lucas destroyed the success by producing the Clone Wars series.

Looking at the adverts for Red Tails I think it's probably best that he leaves films alone as even I know the laws of physics must be obeyed and no credible film maker would have allowed those action sequences to stay in the film

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APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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Unusual

I can't find any copyright assertions or corporate logos on that page.

So you think Samsung will copy it?

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Apple slips bomb into ITC filing: Samsung being PROBED by US gov

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Re: Double standards

Are you an iTroll ?

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Re: fer Fecks sake!

And how where Samsung uncooperative?

Apart from not giving Apple everything they wanted ?

Maybe you would allow somebody to rifle through your pockets and take whatever they wanted, but I'd tell them to piss off.

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So Samsung managed to come to agreements with every other phone manufacturer but not Apple, so Apple just used them anyway.

Even then Samsung didn't hassle them UNTIL Apple started suing Samsung for what is in reality a load of bells and whistles shit and styling (despite Samsung and other mfgrs having used similar styling before the iDevice ever existed)

It's also strange how only Apple thought that Samsungs terms where unfair (distant memory say something about cross licencing of technologies being a common thread)

Of course the US authorities believe that nothing has ever been created outside of the US so no doubt they will take Apples side in this argument.

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Pandora boss urges 85% pay cut for musicians

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'The producers have also contributed, usually by funding the recording'

In which alternate universe?

Or do you mean the so called urban artists (who are only the meat puppet public image for the song writing / production teams) ?

Or the fucking Wombles if you want an older example

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Galaxy Nexus cleared for sale by US court

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I'm wondering how unified search on a computer is different from a unified search on a mobile phone.

Considering that a mobile phone is a fecking computer that can make phone calls.I don't see the difference.

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Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

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Re: Copyright OK Patent No-Ok

Apart from roller bearings, needle bearings and a multitude of other friction reducing methods.

Also ball bearings have been around for a considerable period (though Conrad or caged bearings to which you may be alluding where 20th century creations)

I have no problems with patents, providing they are applied properly, I mean patenting a scrolling element which 'bounces' when the limit has been reached. That's a bit of fucking eye candy not an essential piece of technology.

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Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall

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Re: "unique star-shaped rubber fuel grain"

I thought Apple owned the right to that

.....waits for court case

....... Apple are slow today

/me runs away

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

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Re: no access to router

Errr the socumentation tells you to login and change the passwords.

The sticker on the router with the following is also a quite decent hint

username : admin

password : changeme

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Eric Schmidt: Ha ha, NO Google maps app for iPhone 5

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Re: Apple still have the lead on apps

Sorry but whats your point?

The maps app is shit, but that doesn't matter as developers of other apps are earning money from iOS.

I don't quite understand your train of thought.

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'Stuff must be FREE, except when it's MINE! Yarr!' - top German pirate

Rob Crawford

Oh look

a load of self obsessed old shite, from somebody who does anything useful

What a surprise

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

Rob Crawford

Re: As Luke (above)

For the first 10 days I had the horrible dropped connections and the inability to reconnect until the device was powered down.

The (so called) superhub was about to leave via a window.

Then after a couple of full factory resets and nothing improved, then when I was about to throw the thing into modem mode I realised the thing had reset itself once again.

After setting up my passwords, ssid et al the bloody thing has preformed without any issue whatsoever for about 2 months.

One curious thing was that the router log was empty and it still showed R36, I don't suppose there are a couple of hardware revisions and they originally flashed the incorrect firmware and later corrected the issue without mentioning anything?

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Password hints easily snaffled from Windows PCs

Rob Crawford

Bit of a non story

So when sitting at the login screen you can display the password hint.

The only time encrypting the hints would be any use is if the usernames on the machine where also encrypted.

Otherwise you can type the username and then click display hint.

It's as bas as the bloody pen testers who don't understand hardware encryptors on WAN links

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Virgin Media nukes downloads after SuperHub 'upgrade'

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R36 Update

Well my experience of the R36 update was to get a call from the wife saying that our wireless network didn't exist any more.

Turns up when the update was applied a factory reset also took place, since then the modem has required resetting 3 or 3 times a day as no device in the house could actually connect via wireless.

Wasn't a DHCP issue as devices with a static address had the same issue, almost like a failed authentication.

Unfortunately my trusty old Linksys is on loan ATM, so no doubt I will have to talk to the guy who will want me to provide an remote connection to my laptop (to change the channel and say everything is OK)

Apart from that I have lad nothing bot good service from VM for the last 4 years (apart from the constantly increasing bills)

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IT departments are BRATTY TEENAGERS

Rob Crawford

BMC Software

Snigger

That is all

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Nationwide DOUBLES card payments in fresh banking gaffe

Rob Crawford

Hmmm

Nationwide the most incompetent bank ever?

Obviously you have never heard of the Ulster Bank (or Natwest or the RBS )

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RBS customers still suffering tech issues at Virgin One Account

Rob Crawford

The story that I have been told

is the Ulster bank backups where faulty and they could not restore relevant data, therefore everything has had to be carried out manually.

Of course being typical banks they have resolved things enough to now start taking direct debit payments out of my account and put me well beyond my overdraught limit.

Maybe some day they will actually credit my account with my wages, which was transferred to them on the 22nd, as an aside I wonder who they have lent that money to in the meantime.

They also have an aptitude of making people feel like charity cases when they have just queued for over an hour to get cash.

If they had the decency to wear a mask it wouldn't be so bad

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Google to FCC: Protecting Street View coder didn't derail probe

Rob Crawford

Re: Kismet

From years of playing with Kismet it has always saved packets for me without any code additions.

Perhaps you intended to make a slightly different statement

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Rob Crawford

Re: Deserving

Hmmm Straw man or Slippery slope logical fallacy (I have yet to decide)

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PhD pimp's mobe lock screen outwits Feds - Google told to help

Rob Crawford

Excuse me

but when my wife forgot her lock code and seemingly locked the phone all I had to do was to enter the details of her google account to gain access again.

I can't image that a HTC desire is so different to any other Android phone

Therefore at worst all the feds have to go is get access his google account

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MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

Rob Crawford

Cant be cos viruses tend to do something

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'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

Rob Crawford

I have a certain amount of sympathy with Linus

Considering all the whinging that certain groups do about how Linux should replace <insert OS name here> on the desktop.

Well in that case stop treating every installation of Linux like it's

a: A corporate server

b: a home box for the hairy toothed, girlfriendless basement dwelling Linux geek to masturbate about

If you want to make Linux useable everywhere how about asking during the install process the role of the machine.

General home/student laptop (ie easy to connect to WiFi etc)

Mobile corporate machine (locked down a bit more than the previous item, ie no USB or CD use)

Office machine (only authorised networks, USB devices)

....

And so on

Make it easy on the users (and corporate IT depts) os it it really that many of the Linux for the masses proponents actually elitist and don't want others playing with their toy?

BTW yes I have spent years working (for a living) with many UNIX variants and actively dislike windows but horses for courses

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SanDisk daddy: Flash to 'checkmate' hard drives by 2020

Rob Crawford

Oh Sandisk

I don't think I will bother listening to anybody from Sandisk due to the fact that every sandisk badged product I have owned has either been faulty or almost unusably slow.

There are other companies that I would listen to but Sandisk isn't one of them

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Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

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perhaps

if you are worried about the hearing of your children you shouldn't buy a house next door to a bomb range.

It's not as if the bomb range just came down with a shower of raine one day.

As for explosions I was near hit by a railway tie when the local signal cabin was blowen up and that was well over half a mile away.

If you are going to blame anybody blame the safety experts employed by both the show and the police dept who own the bomb range

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OWC 6G Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD

Rob Crawford

I don't wish to be pedantic but

calling Torx screws non standard is a bit mistaken.

Back in the 80s Compaq used them on almost, everything the Amiga RF shield used them

Since then the car industry has fallen in love with them.

Ok so they're not common in a domestic setting, but then neither are SSD drives

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Microsoft researchers build spam filter for HIV

Rob Crawford

I am aware that it's not permit to give MS credit for anything, but it does warm my cold little heart to hear of of companies doing something useful with their assets & staff

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Punters even more dissatisfied by Virgin Media's package

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@jimmypage

I was getting irritated at the charges in general, in the end I went to the disconnections dept and said asked them to give me a reason to stay with VM.

They where helpful and I ended up with a tivo, keeping the original VM box (in a different room), larger tv package, faster internet, and a bill reduction.

Don't bother with any of the other customer service people.

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Rob Crawford

Dear burnard,

My tolerance level is low today.

You obviously don't know what you are talking about so, follow the old advice of :

It's better to sit quietly and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

VM's service is dependant on which region you live in, in a previous job you couldn't use VPN connections within some regions.

The constant sources of crap with VM seems to be their Indian call centre for the following reasons:

1: The VOIP system that is either incorrectly configured, or bandwidth starved

2: The inability of said staff to understand that when you say you want to reduce costs, they try & sell you a more expensive package

3: The call centre's inability to understand any form of regional accent

4: If it's more complicated than turn it off & back on again it's a 3 day wait for their 2nd line staff to contact you (who then say have you turned it off & on again)

Once you get a hold of the UK staff things do improve though.

I dare say that if the Indian staff got some proper training it would probably help matters a lot.

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Basement-dwelling BOFH to be sent into Spaaaace

Rob Crawford

Equating a DBA with the BOFH

I'm sorry but we are talking about DBA's who are only one step above the crayon wielding Customer Solution Architects?

Yeah send them on the trip, just make sure that it's one way

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Music biz presses BT to block The Pirate Bay

Rob Crawford

How about

Mailing BT to have record company's taken off line for attacking the livelihoods of musicians doe to not paying the royalties due to them?

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Pete Townshend condemns Apple as 'digital vampire'

Rob Crawford

Somehow I think

that Mr Peel quite liked the artists being paid for the work that they did.

Not every artist has an abundance of money, there are many so called successful artists who have had their income reduced from very little to 20% of very little.

Check out Roger McGuinn or Andy Partridge amongst others on the matter

I'm happy to see the majority of the record execs lose money, but I do like to see the artists paid.

It may not be why they start of producing music (for example) but recording artists and their families deserve to be rewarded with more than a pat on the back.

Plus if you have ever paid for recording studio time et al then you would know why they need an income (and no a laptop, some line 6 kit & a £200 microphone doesn't really cut it)

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RIM: 'Faulty switch took out faulty-switch-proof network'

Rob Crawford

Firstly I was responding to the very simplistic comment by the poster.

That is of course assuming that the information released is the entire story (I doubt it)

The point is no matter what you plan for something totally unexpected will happen at some point and it's the speed that your staff react that matters

For example : Wait until your electricity supplier and your rotoblock system (firmware issue) decide to fuckup at the same time. Causing the generators to constantly cycle through starting up & shutting down, the result was much worse than a simple fail over to a DR site.

By the time our DC staff got the power under control we had a lovely range of kit needing replaced.

A Datacentre being wiped out tends to be a nice clean fault if you have designed things even half way sensibly

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Rob Crawford

I think it's just possible they may probably have heard those words.

Odds are that their most junior network staff know more about the subject than you ever will.

Like it or not shit happens, sometimes you are fortunate and it's the shit that you have planned for.

Just wait till you discover an obscure IOS or Junos bug, which would never have been noticed except for the failure of a major piece of your infrastructure.

From there is all down hill.

Of course when your experience is a couple of hubs you can be a little snide shouting from the edges

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Valve chief says Apple will own your living room

Rob Crawford

Bugger

I read that wrong

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OSX

Hate to say this but Steam is on OSX.

Pity there's bugger all games for the mac side of things though, though I'm playing HL2 yet again & I thought it was nice of them to let the PC & Mac versions be interchangable.

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Chaos feared after Unix time-zone database is nuked

Rob Crawford

<sigh>

You are correct on the em, 17 years away from the text mark up systems we used both mis-defined the em as a half space (the suppliers appeared to have a somewhat incestious relationship) It wasn't till your post that the term 'Oh Bugger' floated to the front of my mind

En would have been bit more appropriate (the term mutton I have only encountered on Wikipedia) sadly his surname wasn't En though

Referring to "Is the rest of your twaddle" gives me a bad feeling that there is a logical fallacy is in the offing (wrong about em therefore wrong about ....) which will it be?

So

Is it the bit about correcting ones incorrect statements (I really do admit my mistakes)

Folk shouting THEFT! where no evidence currently exists

My low opinion of psychic surgeons, astrologers and their ilk?

The need to protect the foolish, ignorant & those grasping at straws

Go on have a look at the article and see if there's enough real info to form a valid opinion or reason to shout THEFT!

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Rob Crawford
Angel

Indeed it's a half space (one of my favourite characters)

When I have some shift of viewpoint, I usually point out that shift myself, partially for clarity, partially to help others who had the same opinion as I previously had and to let folks know that I haven't forgotten to take my medication.

A Dawkinesque triumphalism and a religionists, fraid not, more James Randi I'm afraid (though Steve Jones is more my cup of tea than Dawkins) and more feet of clay than progressive (I need evidence to change my mind)

So what wrong with being a rationalist, look at the evidence and decide accordingly (many if us try to do that)

Why labour the point?

Well you where shouting theft and getting more shouty, pointing to lack of evidence wasn't changing your intended course.

If it wasn't for the Dawkinesque types you seem to have contempt for even more people would opt for thieves like psychic surgeons and liars like mediums rather than valid treatments.

Fine so you think its fine for parents to subject their children to chelation as an autism cure because their parents are 'fools' is OK.

If that's the case then I'm afraid you either have issues or you are showing off, if its the latter then you really are being very silly. Either way you should think before typing.

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@Mr Aaron Halfspace (sorry my publishing employment got the better of me)

You are the one who has been shouting about theft and how bad the timezone guy was for stealing this data.

Then you finally decide to concede that there is NOT enough information to form a judgement as to what may or may not have happened.

Please make up your mind.

For all we know he may have used that database to cross check the values which he collated separately, we simply DO NOT KNOW

As for stupidity, well a belief in astrology covers that base pretty fucking well (well I could be charitable and use the term delusional)

Should Astrolabe not believe in astrology then my opinion would swing towards my belief that are at best charlatans if not worse and would trust any statement they make

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Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

Rob Crawford
FAIL

So

how are they going carry out this censorship?

I have to say I have an almost complete disinterest in porn, not due to any prudishness, it's just it's such a pail reflection of the real thing, that in reality it wouldn't make much difference to me (but I reserve the right to look without having to be on some sort of register)

When they decide to block porn sites they will inevitably get it wrong and block other sites.

When they are blocked, will be be notified as such or will they simply fail to load?

If that happens is there a method of resolving this or do I have to phone my ISP and state that I would like to be on the wankers list?

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