* Posts by Oliver Mayes

457 posts • joined 19 Nov 2008

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

Oliver Mayes

Didn't Theme Park open with a video advertising a bank? (It's been a long time, my memory is hazy)

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Physicists win Nobel Prize for spotting ripples in fabric of space-time

Oliver Mayes

Re: Eddies in the time-space continuum

And this is his sofa, is it?

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Trump accuses Facebook of bias, collusion with his least favourite newspapers

Oliver Mayes

He was born into a life of extreme wealth and privilege. He has always had things handed to him, never had to work for anything he has. He's not used to anyone telling him "No", so is stuck in the mindset of a spoiled toddler.

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Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

Oliver Mayes

Our old spam filter didn't like the word specialist, as it has Cialis in it.

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BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

Oliver Mayes

So an advert that hasn't been show in months isn't allowed to be shown any more? Nice work there ASA, useful as ever.

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Virtual reality headsets even less popular than wearable devices

Oliver Mayes

VR seems like it has a huge amount of potential, I'd love to try it out... but unfortunately I don't have a spare £700 I can spend on the hardware.

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UK council fined £150k for publishing traveller family's personal data

Oliver Mayes

Re: Grrrr

We don't vote for the minions in council offices across the country. Changing the colour of the tie at the top doesn't have any effect on these sorts of people.

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Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

Oliver Mayes

Re: My takeaway from this..

I assume that it's unlawful if they're doing anything that jeopardises the patients safety. You wouldn't want your dentist working while on stilts, or doing it blindfolded.

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Please don't call them Facebook chatbots, says Facebook's bot boss

Oliver Mayes

Re: Hmm...

I look forward to trying "Give wax lips to tremendous moose"

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

Oliver Mayes

> Big fines for any Force found to be in breach

Except that those fines are then paid by the taxpayer, not the people responsible.

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

Oliver Mayes

"98% convicted rapists are men"

Because most courts refuse to accept that it's possible for a woman to rape a man. It normally gets reduced to assault instead.

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NHS patient letters meant for GPs went undelivered for years

Oliver Mayes

"Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date."

They fail that principle by archiving 200000 change of address forms, ignoring the information in them leads to their customer records being out of date.

"Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary."

5 years is far longer than is necessary.

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Failed cancer data integration project means labs can't see patient histories

Oliver Mayes

Yet something tells me they will still be collecting their full payment, despite not actually delivering.

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You want WHO?! Reg readers vote Tom Baker for Doctor 13. Of course

Oliver Mayes

Re: I'll bet those tentacles have never been torn off

Ahhhh, You have a WOMANS TARDIS!

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Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers

Oliver Mayes

Re: Another Cloud con

Skype used to be P2P, your client connected directly to the person you were talking to.

Now it goes through the MS servers, allowing them to easily record everything that happens and hand it over to whatever government agency wants your data today.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Oliver Mayes

Re: Thirteen?

The Timelords gave The Doctor a new set of regenerations in Matt Smiths final episode.

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My vote would go to Dylan Moran.

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Brexit White Paper published: Broad strokes, light on detail

Oliver Mayes

Re: Page 33, Chart 7.1

It also claims that everyone is entitled to a minimum of 14 weeks paid leave each year.

https://twitter.com/i/moments/827149090614079489

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Waymo robo autos way mo' primo at avoiding-o wreck-os (yeah, yeah, we ran out of rhymes)

Oliver Mayes

How is that any different than normal carjacking? Just having a piece of meat in the drivers seat isn't going to make a lot of difference to the kind of criminal you're describing there.

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

Oliver Mayes

Re: Language

I'm anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused such pericombobulation.

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

Oliver Mayes

Re: Easiest way to check this...

One is being sent up on a cube-sat in the near future. It'll be told to try and maintain orbit for as long as possible, if it stays up for longer than the fuel will allow, the EM drive aboard must be working.

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Citizens don't trust UK.GOV with their data

Oliver Mayes

Re: I dont trust the government...

> The outsourcer bid for that job, but on commencement discovered that the old bulb was still in place. As this work was out of scope the costs tripled....

Then when they get to the end of the contract they discover that they were unable to change the lightbulb at all due to; lack of specifications, unanticipated consultancy fees, and increased cost of stepladders. The new lightbulb has been placed on a shelf in an MOD depot somewhere near Droitwich and tendering has begun to find a new contractor to complete the work by 2025.

Of course, since the original contract didn't actually specify that payment was contingent on completing the work, the full £15,000,000 (up from the £3,000,000 originally quoted) has to be paid regardless of the outcome.

But hey, it's all just taxpayers money, right?

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

Oliver Mayes

Re: Now lets hope...

The Windows 10 telemetry feature was forced into Windows 7 & 8 months ago.

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

Oliver Mayes

Re: Here's an idea, PETA, write your own damn game

Candlelight Supper Simulator 2016

Pre-order bonuses include the Royal Doulton plates with Hand-Painted Periwinkles.

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NASA to begin first asteroid sample mission: Seeks 'pristine' specimen

Oliver Mayes

Re: Pristine

Asteroids have negligible gravity, no rockets needed for a soft landing. Just some soft thrusters.

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

Oliver Mayes

Re: Journalism?

"Drop lure-thingy in a nice secluded spot"

The lures can only be deployed at an existing Pokestop. You can't just drop one anywhere.

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Pretty poor research here

"Well, you get what you pay for – which here in the UK so far has meant paying nothing at all, since impatient players are sideloading dodgy Android installers for free."

The official game is free. No-one pays anything unless they choose to make in-app purchases.

"The cynic in me suspects the supposed negative publicity generated by such stories will simply heighten the demand for the legal version of the game when it reaches these shores"

It was released officially yesterday.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

Oliver Mayes

So every website worldwide will be required to submit themselves to an independent British organisation, likely charging extortionate fees al la the film board for each rating. Those people will be required to review all content on the website before reaching a conclusion.

How will they handle dynamic content? Will all news organisations be required to submit their articles to the board for approval before being allowed to publish? There's obviously no risk of censorship there.

What about forums, where anyone is allowed to comment, will this board be reviewing individual comments before they're allowed to be displayed?

Sounds like yet another politician trying to regulate something they have zero understanding of. Perhaps they should just encourage the parents to actually do some parenting instead of requiring the government to act as an online nanny service for their spawn.

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

Oliver Mayes

Police screw up, taxpayers get fined. Business as usual.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

Oliver Mayes

Re: Another reason...

Maybe that people shouldn't be using work computers to browse and store that stuff? Keep it on your own machine so I don't have to deal with the inevitable viruses you've brought in. Not to mention having to replace your suspiciously stained keyboard that suddenly stopped working.

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Brits still not happy about commercial companies using their healthcare data

Oliver Mayes

To date, I still have heard nothing about this from the authorities involved. I only know it's being done because of the news articles I've read online criticising it.

If they're not making an effort to actually inform the population then their motives are seriously questionable.

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Hillary Clinton private email server probe winding up – reports

Oliver Mayes

It was her job to understand what she was doing, ignorance is no defense.

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UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock

Oliver Mayes

Re: Block three

I'd assume illegal in the sense of interfering with network traffic between the user and their destination. Even if it's something benign like stripping ads out of a webpage there's probably some law somewhere that classifies this as intercepting potentially confidential information.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

Oliver Mayes

Re: Keep on with the autoplaying auto-expanding video, sound, and light-show free-for-all

I find the most annoying ones are the normal looking adverts that have embedded code to redirect me to some malware filled website that tries to tell me that I have a virus and need to download their removal tool.

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Assange™ to SQUAT in Ecuadorian broom closet for ANOTHER FIVE YEARS (maybe)

Oliver Mayes

Re: If you were Assange

If the woman regrets sex the morning after, it's not rape.

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

Oliver Mayes

Re: Is this a preview of a new series of Brass Eye?

I thought he was one of the only ones to question the bullshit they tried to have him recite?

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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

Oliver Mayes

Or perhaps like a lot of 'live' TV there was a delay of a minute or two between filming and broadcast, and the person adding the graphics got out of sync by a few seconds.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

Oliver Mayes

Next up, putting locks on your doors to be banned as it may hinder the police when they urgently need to search your house without a warrant. After all, only a terrorist would have something to hide behind a locked door.

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UK data cops warn Optical Express to stop spamming 1000s of customers

Oliver Mayes

So all those messages I received were actually from Optical Express?

I got dozens of texts offering free eye surgery with OPTICAL EXPRESS, I assumed they were just generic spam using the name of a real company to try and look legitimate.

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You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

Oliver Mayes

Re: Another Laurel & Hardy moment

"Since Avast became mainstream, users of the free product (which used to be a true gem) are subject to popups like "Your PC can run faster", "Upgrade now", etc"

Not just the free product, I use the paid for version and they've started throwing adverts up at me all the time. I get about 10 popups a day from the client offering to sell me additional functionality. It's not possible to disable these popups without disabling the software.

Then there's the browser plugin, which includes a mandatory 'price comparison' component which inserts adverts for other websites whenever I buy something from Amazon. I had to disable the browser integration completely to get rid of that.

My license expires in about 6 months, I will definitely not be renewing it and will look for another AV. But I just can't find one these days that isn't a resource hog or hopelessly ineffective.

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

Oliver Mayes

I made the switch a few months ago, replaced my primary HDD with a Kingston HyperX 3k.

It was fantastic, really fast and simple to install. It lasted 4 months before completely failing and taking my data with it.

Now restored from backups I'm back to using a HDD. Think I'll wait another few years before risking it again.

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

Oliver Mayes

So, is this why my machine bricked itself after last weeks update?

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Apple wins patent on charging iThings THROUGH THIN AIR

Oliver Mayes

@DougS

RE: Keyboard power:

http://what-if.xkcd.com/102/

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

Oliver Mayes

Re: unsurprised, but ...really?

What exactly am I supposed to do about this? I did not vote for these politicians, I have no say in what they do.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

Oliver Mayes

Re: Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong

It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.

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Ads bandog berates Virgin Media in BSkyB broadband bumf bust-up

Oliver Mayes

Re: Endless Junk Mail

I'm already a Virgin customer, get phone, internet and TV through them but I still get flyers every other week telling me how much money I would save if I switched to them.

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Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

Oliver Mayes

Sounds like both parties are at fault here, one doing the overcharging and one blindly paying the bills without reading them.

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

Oliver Mayes

Re: I have to say

The last episode had its moments, I thought it felt like a normal 30 minute episode stretched out so the laughs were spread out more than usual.

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

Oliver Mayes

Tense relations between the US and Russia, a mixed-nationality crew in space trying to get their job done despite the politics. Isn't this just the plot from 2010?

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

Oliver Mayes

Re: Suit port concept

You can always send someone outside to fix it, or just bring it inside. They're not incapable of coming inside.

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