* Posts by Da Weezil

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Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

Da Weezil

My area is one of those unfortunate enough to be in the trial they are running involving withdrawing the availability of catalogues - they claim that people shop on line more.

I see that's working well then!

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Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

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Re: It's always busy on the roads I travel

If you are talking about the UK - it isnt "road fund licence" - now ha it been for many many years. It is vehicle excise duty (VED) - its a tax on "permission" to use the vehicle on a public highway - but unrelated to expenditure on roads, That link was abolished many years ago as it gave rise to drivers having expectations of decent expenditure on roads - rather than just being cash cows to be milked in any way possible.

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BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

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What annoys me is the BT refuse to add the *International* flag to the anonymous call blocking service. I had the anon call block on my elderly fathers line after I discovered that he was becoming very "suggestible" to the call centre scam scum.

The Anonymous flag block was very effective, however the overseas scum could still reach him. I looked at phones with spam blocking built in but to introduce him to a new phone with a new menu system was a step he wasn't able to take at that late point in his life, where illness had all but killed his ability to take in new information and retain it.

It is unacceptable for BT to hide behind excuses. They know whats going on, they *can* do something to reduce it, but seemingly refuse to. Its one of the reasons that I have nothing with any BT group retail arm.

My mobile has Truecaller installed - as my mobile is my primary phone for for work and I get all sorts of one off calls from people not in my contacts so I find Truecaller flashing the screen red for a spammer useful to flag up the parasitic scum that interrupt our days.

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Beeb flings millions more £s at Capita for telly tax collection

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Re: Article 8 test case?

"SORN has to be renewed every 12 months"

No longer the case, it changed a few years back - a SORN is now open ended... until the vehicle is re-licenced or passes to a new keeper/disposed of

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Vodafone UK blocks bulk nuisance calls. Hurrah!

Da Weezil

Re: Will this block 'Number Withheld' Calls?

Hwyel Dda in West Wales do the same and despite calling them and discussing this in February, they have not had the courtesy to make the promised return call to clarify the reasons to me - after I explained to them quite clearly that their assertion that it was not possible was completely wrong, and that this was in fact quite normal.

There is no excuse for the withheld CLI, from our local hospital The presentation number should be 01437 764545 - but then this shower have a long history of ignoring the views of local populace.

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Verizon fingered in Android bloatware-for-cash cram scandal

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Re: iOS Crapware

I recall the early days of cell hardware in the UK, where stolen units were cloned by backstreet shops - this was going on the the mid 90s. Cant help thinking the "hardware sim" will see this rise again, never underestimate the ability of the easy money geeks.

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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The thing is... every time I see that guy on TV it reminds me of the jew producer character from "Drawn Together" A very good parody IMHO

"ohhh its a big one... 2 towels"

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

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Re: Be brave - charge for the app

Before picking fault with the comments with other posters, at least do them the courtesy of reading and understanding their comments first!

Whatsapp used to be free initially, then charged a nominal fee per year if you continued to use it beyond the initial period, Personally I wish they had resisted the lure of the ars*burk* borg and not taken the tainted money. It became "free" when it changed hands, I guess you haven't used it / been using it long enough to know, but all the information was there in the post!

I use it less now, I just don't implicitly trust anything associated with facebook, no matter how "independent" it is claimed to be.

Given the user spread of Tw*nker even a similarly small annual fee would bring in a decent amount of scratch.

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US Telecom beats up FCC over investment

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I have to admit from a "market A" uk perspective, talking to friends in West Virginia and California, compoared to the situation there in many areas the much maligned BT Openreach (oft referred to by me as Openjoke) dont seem half so bad.

The UK situation isnt ideal but I think we have a better deal than many on the other side of the pond, especially when I hear how much they charge you guys for the seemingly underinvested services they run there

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

Da Weezil

Re: That's quite a pro-vaping article.

Yep.... pitch black rolling - could do that - one handed while driving or hanging off of scaffolding (back in my teen days as a scaffolders mate) could do that rolling in pouring rain while not under shelter... could do that.

Quitting an equivalent to a 50 a day habit... did that because I knew it was going to kill me.

What really gets my attention is seeing schoolkids walking to school in the morning in a huge cloud of fug from the stupid looking contraption they are dragging on looking like a pre shoot run thru for "stars in their eyes ("tonight Matthew Im going to be.......")

All the smoking cessation arguments overlook that some sad idiots - in a quest to "look cool" are using these rather than real cigarettes.... which they probably lack the bottle to smoke... *now*.... but how long before they start on the "real thing" out of curiosity/peer pressure?

For some they could be a Gateway INTO smoking - and lets not forget the problems in some territories with "imitation cigarettes" filled with toxic crap, far easier to import cases of potentially lethal vaping products in small bottles than pallets of cartons of cigarettes.

Most stuff we buy is "quality regulated" in some way - why would this be any different?

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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Re: Just do what they did in the UK

Do try to keep up - some Officers of the plod tried that one on a few years ago and were swiftly corrected. It is NOT illegal to film UK Police in a public place.

source :- http://content.met.police.uk/Site/photographyadvice

Its not hard to find this stuff!

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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

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Mushroom

Re: It's just the how and when that's missing.

I expect them to invest the inflated voice line rental - that I have had to pay for years just to have a broadband service, as its clear they have spent nothing on the copper round here, more than one engineer has told me they cannot move my unstable line to another pair as there are no spare good pairs for broadband available - good luck to those buying the 25 new builds in the former orchard next to where I live now (almost the last patch of green in this town).

Any other industry would see trading standards prosecuting for failure to use reasonable skill and care in provision of a service" Instead BT are allowed to fudge the issue while refusing to reinvest the payments they get for poor quality and sub standard infrastructure. It is unacceptable to see line speed estimates downgraded simply because of bad copper or even ally sections of wiring. Too often we pay first rate prices for second rate infrastructure, backed up with The "SFI" scam that beggars belief! BT Openreach is a de facto monopoly in many areas of the UK and dont they use that to their advantage!

The copper needs to go and fibre laying to the premises in the same way that BT engineers have a new van every few years - the existing stuff is worn out and out of date. Replacing Infrastructure is a necessary cost of being in business, not an optional extra - this is a lesson BT need to be forced to take onboard. There is no point in replacing shagged out copper with other copper, and much of the copper is beyond help, its time to bite the bullet - weigh in the copper and remove the temptation for people to rip it out of the ground - and sort out a network fit for use in the long term.

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'Feature-complete' Windows Server 2016 preview 5 lands

Da Weezil

"The latter emphasises security by isolation – Microsoft wants you to have fine control over which VMs get to talk to which hosts and guests."

Something wrong here.. Microsoft wants US to control over something? Sorry guys anything left on Redmond software is moving, I dislike the current *untrustworthy computing platform*, after the data slurping - including back porting it to older software - they have shown they are not to be trusted with anything.

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

Da Weezil

Just - No

Given my past experience of Samsung products its the LAST thing in the world I would allow to be connected to my car - in fact I DONT want my car "connected".

My phone works fine - via a very reliable Nokia "cark" bluetooth unit that I have had for many years, it just works... I can make calls or even dictate a text. I don't need a wi fi hotspot, an insurance company spy or even a government friendly Tracker.

As others have said - a "solution" in search of a problem.

No Thanks - I'll pass.

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Magnitude malvertisers spew 400 attacks from abused Scot ad firm

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Mushroom

Its time the advertisers were held responsible for the issue. My message to the ad "industry is thus -

"You serve tainted code to my machine - then I expect you to compensate me for the time and trouble involved in cleaning up the mess caused by YOUR negligence - until such times I WILL run ad blockers etc and if your client sites block me then thats fine - maybe they are as careless about my security as you are - and companies like that I want nothing to do with."

The ad industry needs an enema to get its head out of its arse and see the damage that they are allowing to be done on a far too regular basis.

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

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Re: Detail?

Ever read news sites? I have read about the issue on several sites including some music news outlets where they carried the Springsteen story - along with "I.T." sites regarding the Paypal "hold" and other companies saying they are reviewing their position, and mainstream news sites that carried the story about a film shoot being moved to Canada over this issue.

Its hardly been a secret, I'm pretty sure news 24 carried a few segments about this over the last couple of weeks.

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Adobe preps emergency Flash patch for bug hackers are exploiting

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"PDFs are useful"

Got rid of anything adobe in that area years ago.. Its just buggy bloatware.

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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

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Bunch of Bankers!

Banking Tech sucks anyhow. My local HSBC removed the old green screen ATM after years of sterling work and replaced with with an all singing all dancing colour monitored model, except.. the new one doesnt have a pay in facility which the old allegedly obsolete model did.

Being told internet banking is available 24 hours isnt helpful, I have yet to find the app in ANY bank that allows me to pay in actual cash money out of hours. They compounded the lie by saying the facility is not included in modern machines. Strangely others of a very similar vintage and style do - but thats other banks. Its almost like the banks don't want our money! The people behind this stuff are the same ones who fail repeatedly to see a modern stable and secure platform underpins UK consumer banking.

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Da Weezil

cheques - need a balance here

The Scrap Metal Dealers act 2013 mandates payment by Bank transfer or Cheque to create an audit trail for ALL transactions, paying by cash is actually a criminal offence. Even if you scrap your own car with a v5 document in your name you cannot be paid for it in cash. This allegedly stops theft of cables road metals etc, in reality it does nothing to stop that as the thieves know who the bet dealers are that will work around the legislation.

For casual purchases, the average scrap dealer will use a cheque for cost & time efficiency - it isn't worth setting up transfer routines for occasional or one off customers, that is just one more reason for cheques to be retained, the banks are just not small transaction friendly.

Electronic payments are not the be all and end all some make them out to be.

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Mobe and Wi-Fi firms flog your location data to commercial firms, claim reports

Da Weezil

It was amusing to hear the confusion from 2 ee reps I talked with this morning after reading the ORG email I had last night. My request to be opted out from both location and traffic analytics really had them stumped, the "overseas" call centre connected me with some Irish Dude who had been given the impression I had problems with web browsing, but in all fairness he listened to the points, and seemed to understand what I was asking - but clearly ee have no system in place for dealing with this request and I am awaiting a call.

It is time we took back control of our privacy. this is just one small step.

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Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out

Da Weezil

As a mechanic friend of mine says - "buy cheap - buy twice". To illustrate he showed me an "ebay sourced" new clutch someone had fitted where the centre of the driven plate had torn out within 5 days under normal driving, the customer didn't get him to do the job originally because he quoted for a decent quality clutch, an expensive lesson for the Owner.

I've found Anker kit is usually good, I have the chargers and lightning cables at home and the cables in the car too. Im not precious about having manufacturers kit, as long as the "pattern" part is of decent quality.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Da Weezil

You want it... you pay for it.

I don't see why I should be forced to pay an "excise duty" on my TV when I am not using it to view the output that results from that taxation. If Sky didn't have output that attracted me then I would cancel my Sub - WHY cant I do the same with the BBC?

Make the BBC subscription and let people like you pay for it, while those (like me) that it doesn't provide any attractive output to don't have to bankroll a service that isn't interested in providing us with some entertainment, It wants my money but fails to entertain me in return, it should have no right to coerce me into financing it.

I have thought about it. I keep coming back to Why am I paying for NOTHING? It offers zero value to me. It is time this "Holy Cow" was slaughtered, or at least turned out into the field with the rest of the herd to find its own way.

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Da Weezil

"Great American Railway Journies

Eric Brown documentry

Death in Paradise

Plenty more for everyone

Question time

Newsnight

Coast"

NOTHING there for me...

Live Moto GP coverage.... (Full season/live ) F1 Coverage...... Proper Top Gear.. all gone. The ONLY things I watched on BBC. WHY am I coerced into supporting this shower by having to buy a tv licence just so I can watch the stuff I already paid for on Sky, like the stuff up above CH 520 on my sky box or (terrestrially) re runs of Father Ted on More 4 or Family Guy on ITV2.

I used to believe the TV licence was a good thing but as BBC has failed to entertain me for some time now

Having reached the point of there being zero value in it for me, I now feel that the BBC should go subscription and sink or swim on its commercial merits.

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FCC clicks off the safety, fires at America's great cable TV box rip-off

Da Weezil

Re: Cable TV

"we still have to pay $65 a month to TWC, and that breaks my heart, but there is no alternative hereabouts except dialup."

XE tells me that that equates to £45 per month I'm assuming that is for the2/20 you mention in you post Here in the UK, for £37 I get 80/20 Fibre to the Cabinet service (The copper link from my place to the street cab loses me 7 Mbps so it works out at 73 Mbps) Unmetered of course and that isn't with one of the budget providers - I could do it a LOT cheaper if I wanted to endure dire Support. admittedly I have to add line rental to that - but again as its only the wires I need I have a basic connection only deal that costs me £10 per month. No wonder my Buddy in WV keeps saying he hates my internet and how lucky I am here. I have a legacy package on Sky (satellite) that costs me just shy of $42 per month and the HD box they provided at the start of the contract a few years back is now "mine" - as soon as it passed out of contract the box was upgraded by me to a bigger hard drive

You guys sure do get shafted.

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Locky ransomware is spreading like the clap

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Re: BitCoin... seriously?

.... and yet if you know the "right" scrappy...... Considering this affects all scrap - including cars which have Govt. issued Id documents, it seems pretty clear this is less about stolen metal and more about micro managing the money flow in and out of small businesses in a way that will never happen with the big tax avoiders.

Its a known fact the HMRC hates - with a passion - any business that deals mainly in cash.

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Research: By 2017, a third of home Wi-Fi routers will power passers-by

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Leeches

Given that many rural/coastal areas of the UK suffer with low speeds anyway, I have helped several people on BT internet disable the "leeching service", data - additional to the account holders - traveling across a long & slow ADSL line has to hamper the account holders own use of the service.

It really is an abuse of ISP's to do this without express permission - it should be "opt in".

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

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"When a person drives a car on a highway, he or she agrees to display a license plate. The license plate's identifiers are ignored most of the time by law enforcement [unless] the car is involved in a legal infraction or otherwise becomes a matter of public interest."

Not in the UK... Registration plates are routinely scanned by roadside ANPR equipped cameras and the details stored on a database.... Hardly "ignored" are they?

There are too many plastic policemen wanting total oversight of our lives.

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Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

Da Weezil

I once worked for a UK wholesale Company. In one staff meeting they were berating the staff about the need to grow market share faster which was already in the high 80% in a field where apart from us there were only a couple of small players. They had this long term projection for year on year percentage increases that a quick mental calculation would take us to 100% market share in very short order, but when I asked how growth could be sustained over the term they laid out - once they attained 100% - I was met with blank stares, we were not set up to export - nor was it likely to be feasible in the business as it stood then.

Ive never understood these business wonks that expect continual growth. Out of a total market there is finite number of the population that will want a product (obvious exclusions apply for water/power etc) for whatever reason - Lack of a "personal need/use for a product, personal preference for another brand or a similar unit with different capabilities, ability to afford, or even plain old prejudice against a brand.

Once you reach that level then the best you can hope for - without increasing the range - is to maintain market share. Why is it that modern business cant see this simple logic?

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Watchdog says yes to BT's EE takeover deal. Shrugs. No 'significant' harm in it

Da Weezil

Thats me gone then, I ditched BT a few years back due to the continuing failure of BT group to actually maintain my landine hiding behind the pathetic assertion that Broadband service quality is not guaranteed on a reasonably short line that hasn't carried a voice call in years - which is the ONLY reason for this line existing.

I have no intention of sticking around while "the synergies of both companies are brought together", and result in a bigger steaming pile than BT is already. I'm sure it wont be long before the Customer service experience is given an overhaul and given that I am currently immersed in the BT one for a colleague who has had dead BT internet since early December - and now also has a dead landline - I'm porting my number, I have no intention of adding to my grey hairs trying to deal with another "BT" company.

The BT group needs splitting up not building up - Openjoke needs to be a separate stand alone company, without the ridiculous insulation from end user accountability as they have now - I pay for the line - when Openjoke cant fix it, or bill me for an exchange fault (as they have done in the past) I should be able to bend their ears about it - not be dealing with my ISP who are purely a messenger boy in event of a fault. Given BTs love of crap like Call connection fees (why? the equipment does it - we are past the days of Mabel plugging in jack cords), and the likelihood of being a second class customer with higher fees if you don't take the full multiple play bundle, I'm going now!

Looks like we will soon be as screwed over in the mobile market as our Cousins across the pond, Bigger isnt better, But in true British fashion once again a regulator/watchdog has failed to look out for the customer interests.

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We're all really excited about new smartphones, laptops, tablets – said no one ever

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Re: Small poll but interesting

I clearly dont fit into your demographic of an average Apple user. my 2013 i-Mac is fine for the foreseeable.... I will revisit this when I hit the upgrade wall which has just happened on my partners Macbook pro which is about 8 years old now, my iPhone 6+ is fine, I will look at the next release to see if there is anything compelling introduced, and then decide if I really need it... chances are I wont.

I drive an old Estate car, it isnt cool, it has an old and trusted Nokia CARK kit for bluetooth rather than something built in @ assembly, it does all I need, I dont get precious about throwing stuff in it and the depreciation is negligible..

I get so weary of people making assumptions about me based on the kit I own or the clothes I wear... or the car I drive, I replace gear as it suits me. Central heating can a timer and the rooms can have thermostatic valves, set correctly then there is no need to open an attack vector to your home through "cool" IOT connectivity - which in truth only offers another level of potential failure to a system.

As a wise man once told me... "Just because you can... It doesnt always mean that you should!" and thats how I view a lot of the tech garbage that companies produce.

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Four sentenced for theft of three million data records

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Re: Lucky they were only stealing personal records, and not something innocuous like say movies...

Of course... The crime only affected ordinary people... now if they had done something perceived/claimed to hurt a multinational or a pigopolist it would be hang draw and quarter time... protection in the law seems more and more tied to the amount of political clout available to the "victim"

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Still running IE10? Not for long, says Microsoft

Da Weezil

Re: we have all these addicts and are going to stop selling them drugs...

Ditto the DVLA ELV site that refuses to play nice with any browser except IE 10. Pathetic

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

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Re: The last one?

I hope this isn't a shift to a more lightweight site, For me, The Reg is one of the few *must read* sites that provides some substance to the weeks news, both in tech matters and in the other more general newsy items on which it touches occasionally, Worstall's column being one of the things that provided me with some interesting and thought provoking reading over Sunday Breakfast. I know I wont be alone when I say that some among the readership here will miss the depth and intelligence of such articles

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Solar panel spammer hit by UK’s biggest ever nuisance calls fine

Da Weezil

I read somewhere that the company also claimed that the calls were made by a third party they engaged for the purpose and as such they will appeal as they didnt make the actual calls.

What I want to see is that UK companies that use these services to cold call on their behalf are held totally responsible for the activity undertaken on their behalf. Huge fines and severe sanctions for breaches of the regs for both the contractor and the company employing them.

Ignorance of the act s of your agents is as bad as ignorance of the legislation covering your activities.

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

Da Weezil

Back in the late 90's I had a set of cordless units from BT which had a battery box in the power lead that rook several AA cells, I wonder why this isnt the case with modern units?

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Da Weezil
Mushroom

Re: Fuckwit

What He said!!

Strikes me that Clockwork Orange had the right idea for "re-Neducation" for these advertising fuckwits, hook up thier eyelids and subject them to scrolling comment pages like this until they get the message.

Google and I parted ways years ago, search results tainted by top placed results being less relevant than my "exact" search". You Tube advertising - again its become intrusive and annoying and the content just isn't compelling enough, if I cant skip the ad Mr Adtard, I will avoid the site altogether which means you have lower traffic levels on which to base your ad sales pitch.

My Sister has low speed ADSL, its an infrastructural problem that Openjoke refuse to invest in to fix (knackered copper). As a result she has issues with sites where the advertising is a bigger payload than the content she is seeking, It consumes the meagre monthly bandwidth allowance she has and slows the page load to a ridiculous level, pages hang "waiting for xxxxxxxxx".

I agree advertising is a good way to fund some content, BUT there are limits and for far too long the Ad wanks have been indulging themselves in our bandwidth, spaffing our machines with nasty loud resource hogging crap, in some cases the content seems secondary to the site/page content.

We only have ourselves to blame I guess, this should have been a major issue long ago, and as a society we should have dragged these arrogant shysters to heel well before this, however the incredible arrogance displayed by Bezos and his ilk, coupled with the (almost) criminal negligence of advertisers who serve us malware infected data should now be a catalyst for action, ironically the day after reading the "theft" rant we see that even eBay.co.uk (amongst others who should know better) has been serving malware to some of its unfortunate visitors. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

"Interfering with business", that's an interesting phrase. Business has a responsibility to behave in a responsible manner and to have responsibility for its actions AND those of its agents and partners, so where an ad network serves Malware there should be DRACONIAN legal penalties, huge fines and jail time for directors who fail in their duty of care. Data protection should be expanded into the area of policing the distribution of tainted advertising.

For far too long the advertising fucktards have had a sense of entitlement, we have to suffer intrusive volume increases during ad breaks, product placement, and now they demand the right to take as much bandwidth as THEY choose often detracting from or even completely hiding the content on a site, all of this while being almost criminally negligent about checking content they serve to our machines.

Its time for a change - and some humility from these arrogant jackasses who contribute NOTHING useful to society.

You want people to watch your output? make it interesting or amusing, like the Cadburys' Smash aliens or the tea Chimps, or that clever Honda car ad from years ago where they played "music" on parts of the car. DON'T try taking over my machine with "screaming shouty flashing jumping up and down like a hyperactive puppy on caffeine" shit, and - if I try to click close - DON'T remap the page because I can guarantee you, That alone will give me a very poor opinion of the product and persuade me NOT to buy it.

Oh and a final thing, DNT means just that. Its MY data NOT yours, you have NO right to follow me around and use my browsing to try to second guess what I want/need, I don't need phony ads about things in "my town". keep it unobtrusive. small and quiet and I might.... might look at it, put it smack in the way of what I am doing, or assault my ears and eyes with crud, or slow my browsing with huge payloads and I can guarantee you that you will have the opposite effect to the one you are seeking.

I remain convinced that the cookie law sold us out, we should have a basic right to refuse to be tracked without being denied the content, you have maybe a right to look at my actions in YOUR site BUT NOT EVERYWHERE ELSE I GO! That is what the laws should have reflected.

You may think your latest and greatest ad creation is the mutts nuts but in truth you are in a very small percentage holding that view.

Now Mr adtard... please FOAD!

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

Da Weezil

For many like me, the fact that they have endowed themselves with this data slurping capability has flagged Microsoft as an abusive "partner* that is no longer to be implicitly trusted. I'm sure once they have seeded this surveillance regime across the world they will figure out how to fully monetise it and then open the data floodgates.

Bail out now and get a head start on regaining a measure of privacy

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Drum roll, please .... Results are in for the collective noun for security vulns

Da Weezil

I cant believe that there wasnt a "Flash" option.

That really seems to fit

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Red-stained Opera wants someone to hug it and whisper: 'No more pain, no more tears'

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Long time Opera user... from before Firefox was released.. back in the days when you could pay to remove the ad banner.

Opera became irrelevant to me after 12.17, the newer versions are not installed here - and never will be.

Its a shame that short sighted management sold this useful browser down the river, but hey - ho move on... there are others... Whatever they do now is unlikely to get this long time user to return to the fold, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that.

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Toothless Ofcom: C'mon consumers, show your teeth on broadband speeds

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...and where the problem is NOT the ISP?

Its laughable... OFCOM are so keen to bash the ISPs and yet all too often they have little control over problems of poor speed. While some issues may be in the ISP infrastructure, often speeds and stability are impacted by poor quality lines and network congestion.

It would be nice if OFCOM also leaned on BTw as they are all too often the ultimate cause of speed issues, BT seem to attend to this re-actively, instead of anticipating issues as capacity reaches full they wait till we are affected then drag their heels for a little while - all the time charging for a level of service they are mostly failing to deliver. For example... The "hot" Vlan that I am connected via was on a list for attention when my ISP checked last week, this week it is not, and BTw are saying any speed issues I have will require an SFI visit to investigate despite the fact that the pattern of TAP3 tests clearly shows a capacity issue.

I guess this means that its another couple of weeks while Openjoke and my ISP fight it out, meantime BTw get to bill my ISP for a service they KNOW they are not delivering, and the opportunity for me - the end consumer who pays for this - has no recourse against those responsible who are failing in a legal duty to use reasonable skill and care in delivery of my service. 2 set ups using the same equipment on 2 lines, - and yes I switched them several times, My sisters ADSL connection, (50db att line) same ISP same exchange but a longer line than mine... rock solid, my shorter line (39db) att... dropped far too often with odd clusters of drops at unpredictable frequency, Openjokes answer? there is nothing wrong that we can find and the quality test is only applicable to phone service anyway....

Must be nice to be legally untouchable while you abuse consumers... so how about it OFCOM, are you a real watchdog?..

Oh and heres another suggestion for you OFCOM. Manmy lines exist today ONLY to support broadband so it is high time this was reflected in the quality of lines and enshrined as a requirement that where a line should be technically capable of supporting a broadband service it should do so and at a reasonable level/stability

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BT: G.fast is fast and we want it FASTER

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Investing in better access is a moot point when the existing acess methods already have the network faltering. Its no use having a potential 300 meg service if the ACTUALITY of it is that for a lot of the say it will only do 10 meg.

Cart before the horse... as usual BT are doing it arse about face but then I guess their view is that they can fleece us by charging for premium speeds that they don't then deliver for much of the time, as in my case.

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Da Weezil

Meanwhile another part of the BT group cannot sort out the capacity issues that drop my circa 70 meg line down to single digit speeds during large parts of the day only 8 months after our exchange went fibre.

Id love to see them research how to ANTICIPATE rises in demand and then behave pro-actively instead of re-actively, that way when I am at home, I might see some of the service level I am paying for (my line does high 60smeg/low 70s on an upto 80 service I am happy with that level, if only BTw could provide it consistently), because for a large part of the day I am at sub 40 meg and that is a lower price plan.... any other industry would be in trouble for this sort of behaviour!

My ISP tell me the next engineering update on this is today, Im sure there will be no good news while this shower fleece us for shoddy service.

Faster speeds only mean more problems for customers on Wholesale as BT dont seem to want to invest in capacity until forced to, and usage is clearly rising with faster speeds.

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Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

Da Weezil

World of Warcraft?

Hmmm didnt South Park do this a couple of years back?

"Bring me........ The Sword of a Thousand Truths"

*awed gasps*

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Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

Da Weezil

Re: No representation without taxation

But as a single person my bin is not as full as the single parent family next door in an identical flat.... so there the argument about those who cause the costs have to pay falls flat.

"local government" has gotten above its station, I recall a friend in Sutton years ago berating the lib dems about a redesign of their tree logo and its cost. On being told that they needed to update the corporate image he told them that they were there to sweep the streets and empty the bins and that they didn't need an image for that. Add the sports car fiasco in wales and you can see that this has become just another trough for the political snouts (second division) financed for the parasites by us the people.

It always makes me laugh when they go on about the amount of benefits paid out (mostly to those who HAVE contributed all their lives) while forgetting that the worst class for the sense of entitlement to our money are MPs and their entourage, they insist we need pay restraint but for them its a matter of rewarding their immense (and usually well hidden) talent.

Banking , insurance and politics, three areas rife with fraud, corruption and greed.

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

Da Weezil

Re: Rent a door lock?

... and look how well thats worked for some high end car owners?

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

Da Weezil

Re: @Da Weezil, Representative sample?

Not so much worked up as wondering why there is so much focus on the "failings" of apple when Samsung products have disappointed me on such a wide basis that i wouldn't have another one as a gift due to abysmal battery life and buggy software.

You don't seem to see that for many the worth of something branded is not its Image... but its ability to fulfill the function or purpose that it serves, Aldi/Lidl have a decent range at good prices, My iPhone 6 performs well in all the things I use it for AND can last through my working day - which the previously owned unit didn't. My choice was driven by practicality, something that I could use and would remain useful through the day, the previous unit - allegedly offering more facilities did most things poorly and nothing outstandingly well (apart from running out of power)

Finally, your office isnt a representative sample - nor is any other workplace really,

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Re: Representative sample?

2 more waiting in this house alone... and no we don't shop at Waitrose... nothing wrong with Lidl and Aldi..... Flashing the phones? no more than the Android users do.,.. my phone comes out if I need to use it, I wont shed any tears if that offends people like you.

I cant say I even missed the NFC functions that much when I first moved to the iPhone - With my S3LTE I used to use NFC to switch Blu tooth on and off and move between mobile data and wifi in car/home/work but as the 6+ I now have doesn't murder a battery in less than a working day I no longer need to worry. The car still has tags in it, but they are never used.

It must be strange in your world of stereotypes...

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BT thinks EE customers will FLEE from enlarged four-play mobe biz

Da Weezil

Re: Shitty Service

Oh bollox.. "we are going to use this to upsell to those who already quit our overpriced phone service and dont want our IPTV..." looks like a spam campaign in in the offing, Might be time to move my mobe again which is annoying as the identity crisis network is the only one that works properly in the are where I am employed.

Strange thing is that EE have been ok in rrespect of CS.. I call them... they do whatever I request... it just works for me - maybe I am lucky.

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UberPop granted temporary reprieve in France

Da Weezil

Re: Funny isn't it?

Where I live the car carries a licence plate from the local authority giving the car details (to prevent use on multiple vehicles, the car goes through a tougher than usual (private car annual) inspection every 6 months, carries a huge insurance policy and is subject to spot checks. Oh and the journey is metered so if you make it regularly you should be able to predict the cost.

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When will ROBOTS start chatting on WhatsApp? Don't hold your breath, says co-founder

Da Weezil

Re: Already too late

I too had one of those. After reporting it to the ICO, and as there was nothing on TV I spent a fun hour annoying the hell out of the (Only?) guy answering the phone - isnt it fun when you have unlimited minutes? He seemed particularly mad when in reply to his "why do you keep calling?" question I replied that" I was hoping that by blocking the line up I might prevent some fool from being scammed by you losers."

Pretty sure that number goes all the way back to an overseas call centre, the droid I spoke to didnt seem to have a clue about London. When he claimed to live only a short walk from his central London Office I told him that even selling his body wouldn't earn enough for a muppet like him to afford central London rents - Unless he was hanging out with the winos and vagrants.

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