* Posts by Da Weezil

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Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

Da Weezil

Re: I always remembered

An early rite of passage for me was demolishing a broken BMC A series gearbox to liberate the input shaft for use as a clutch aligning tool.

Had Haynes for most of my cars, from the MK3 Zephyr 6, The various Vauxhall Ventoras and rusted out Jags until the price of petrol moved me down to more modest 4 cylinder cars.

Currently I am haynesless, I should investaigate if there is a the Skoda Octavia VRS TD book. I have VCDS for diagnostic work.

I did a Govermnent TOPS course in the mid 70's in a VW/Audi dealership where the workshop foreman told me that in my lifetime his "instinct and experience" method of fault diagnosis would be forgotten and it would all be done by computer, and that more likely whole assemblies would be swapped out rather than a "proper strip down and repair" They already had (possibly for the new (watercooled !) Golf) some form of VW diagnostic kit bolted to the wall - it was huge compared to the wheeled Crypton unit many garages had, Simpler happy times.

Ever yearn for the Windows 95 shutdown sound? TADA! There's an Electron app for that

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Re: Always changed the sound to ...

Sonic the Hedgehog on mine - "level complete" as shutdown.wav and the "dropped coins" wav for error is about all I can remember now plus of course the short opening anthem for startup

I think somewhere out in the mancave/workshop I still have a box of floppys with several Themes, and possibly the zip file for desktopthemes.exe... who needs plus?

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: people were perfectly happy handing over their data to tech giants

Along with many others, I do what I can to frustrate the data fetishes of big tech - including avoiding posting my life on social media (I actually talk to my friends directly - or even hang out with them), I dont Tweet, I even mix it up on forums like this.

Its OUR country, the politicians need reminding THEY work for US, not the other way around. They demand privacy for thier families and private lives, we should be entitled to the same. One database to rule them all is a totaltiarian device, and not the way a real democracy does things - but having said that, theres a lot of things happening that DONT reflect "living in a democracy".

Oh and lets not forget that like the driving licence, this will become a taxation device, with issue fees and renewal/replacement fees (with a profit margin built in for whichever "services" company is allowed to fleece us) - We already pay far too much for governmental wet dreams.

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

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Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

I was once amazed to see a firm of (now defunct) West Wales Solicitors published email address as being @yahoo.com.

That really does look professional

Brit bomb hoax teen who fantasised about being a notorious hacker cops 3 years in jail

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Joe Public wants NHS to spend its cash on cancer, mental health, not digital services

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Re: NHS is an oldie's' service

Speaking as someone who probably qualifies in your cynical eyes as an oldie. I try to do stuff online, But I've only been connected at home since 1995, Logging into "My Health Online" (the online portal for Wales) I find that there are NO appointments available in my GP practice, A situation that has existed since LAST YEAR. The only way to score an appointment is to queue daily @8.am - 1970's style. A situation BBC Wales has covered a couple of times in the last year or so - hardly something the NHS big wigs or the muppets in Cardiff Bay can be unaware of.

The NHS Trust here is more interested in building a new Super hospital miles from any real civilisation in order to run down two more lopcal DGH services that are 40 miles apart, despite having no funding for it AND this being a very rural area with poor road links and almost zero public transport in thier preferred area.

The real issue with the NHS is the moronic manglement. clear out all that dead wood and listen to the CLINICIANS who are supposed to be at the heart of the NHS rather than being treated as an afterthought as is now the case.

You were nearly right... its actually an old boys service - providing ego stroking positions on boards and health authorities for nonentities and politicians friends who should be kept away from making real decisons that impact other peoples lives.

Do I hear two million dollars? Apple-1 fossil goes on the block, cassettes included

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Coat

"Who's your ISP these days? St Peters Gateway Inc.?"

Do they also offer cloud storage?

Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

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How about a reset switch controlled in part by the ignition key? in the same way as immobilising passenger seat airbags? Make it only operable with the "Master key" which many cars cars come with and put the switch inside the glovebox or next to the OBD port.

The key would be used to enable the "reset function" in conjunction with the display function control that pretty much every car has now. so for my VAG car with the switch in the on position the button on the end of the wiper stalk which controls the maxidot display in the instrument panel would have a special menu allowing the reset to take place - make the key barrel retain the key unless in the "off" position. Job done no waiting for a response from a registration authroty involved, nor eye watering dealer charges.

As for evil valet, My last couple of cars have come with an additional spare key with a spanner printed on it. its designed to be left with the car when being serviced or valeted and has limited function - drivers door/engine start and thats probably about it. I know Honda do them - as do Skoda, and for years both Ford and Fiat had "master" keys - often Red tabbed that were required for certain things.

Its not hard to figure out, having to go through a registration authority or even a dealership is overkill. Make the physical Key part of the system.

Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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"I can't see the need for most of the information in WHOIS records. Just knowing who the registrar is should be enough for most purposes. No?"

*Nail - Head*.

Registrant information should not be openly published - rather it should be that you need to go to the registrar and request the details - with a justifying reason for the request.

If ICANN cant work in the real world and abide by laws in that world it needs to be abolished.

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: From experience...

"Does VirtualBox do the trick? It runs Suzuki Diagnostics System for me, which is a very nasty piece of kit, and even talks to the dongles properly over USB."

Hmmm I wonder if it would run VCDS which according to Ross-Tech wont run under anything but a pukka Windows install... (No virtual machines they claim)?

I have that for the Skoda VRS and Seat FR in the household and is the sole reason for still having win7 on a lone laptop, everything else here is OSX or Linux Mint.

East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

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Ive had issues with this line all the way back to dial up. They can see it has periods where it disconnects repeatedly but are not bothered, according to an engineer one problem here is that they have no spare good pairs in the trunk that feeds my place and dont plan to replace anything. despite the new build down the road whewre I hear they have huge issues.

Should I be charged for reminding them that the line keeps dropping for no apparent reason? I wont bore you by pointing out that I've changed everything several times over in my 20 years here, and in that time every other property has changed hands (as mine is about to). But each time we have a period of repeated drops I feel they should be pestered as they are in effect charging my isp for a crap service.

I wont even mention the fight I had to get refunded for a visit where they actually found an issue that required exchange work - for which they still billed me. for far too long they have been able to pal us off with low quality lines that have defects which they refuse to fix properly, and outside of cable areas you are pretty much stuffed if you dont go with openjokes wet string nOtwork.

Openjoke are protected by the stupid rules that prevent us from direct access to them.

Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

Da Weezil

Re: Smartphone pouches

Turn of location services while not on company business? hold on... its MY phone.

If they want to track this wage slave they can provide the hardware themselves. location services are only shared with a small group of people that I feel need to be able to locate me. NONE of them relate to employment.

With some employers, we are moving further away from a mere contract of emplyment into becoming "owned assets".

Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Re: Legitimate business interests

Google.. let me make this absolutely clear. you have NO legitimnate interest in my personal data, it is MINE not yours and I am the only arbitor of "legitimate" use of that data. I have spent too many moment in my life trying to shield my life from your pervasive and unwanted voyeurism.

You... and your "partners" can go and perfect the art of self penetration - preferable with large impliments lacking any form of lubrication.

Its MY data not yous, you have no legitimacy in respect of such data.

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Re: just receive an IP stream, buffer as necessary.

Tune-in is too frustrating to use in my work location. I get so tired of hearing stuff repeated every few seconds, an occasional buffering is ok but repeated and often? forget it. Mobile data is NOT a substitute for broadcast signal. There are areas here that have no no mobile signal and even FM is sketchy

DAB may have its fans, but for many of us its a white elephant. Too many people have inadequate or zero DAB coverage for it to be a substitute for FM

NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

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I was taught a long time ago that the difference between a fitter and an engineer is that the fitter thinks a hammer will probably fix it... an engineer knows exactly what and where to hit, how hard to hit and the correct weight of hammer to hit it with.

EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

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I gave up on google a long time ago, due to its inability to produce an accurate link for my search term..... without me having to dig through the higher ranked (by google) but less accurate crud first. The problem is that governments only pay lip service to the idea of holding big business to account, as institutions, they are after all as corrupt as each other

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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"Safety Marshals"? Oh dear the Americanisation of F! has started.

We are "Marshals"... period.. while the designation may include specifying the job undertaken by the individual (Incident Marshal) we have not yet reached the banality of Americanised terminology... next they will be expecting us to run round to incidents in pick up trucks like a bunch of good ol rednecks.

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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How is the processing of my data legal? Im not a member of arseplace and have never consented to my data being processed by them, the fact that my details exist in other peoples contacts cannot be taken as consent for the social network parasites to process it in any way

In the UK the ICO seems very mute on this most basic of points.

UK's data watchdog seizes suspected Scottish nuisance caller's kit

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There are a number of crossings in West Wales that require slow loads etc to be cleared with the signalman first, a number of collisions have occurred in recent years by idiots who felt the regs didnt apply to them.

Although an old news report this news item illustrates the subject and is as true now as when it was written .

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/4072835.stm

Jamming this call centre with spam is really criminal.

Surely it is time for some proper penalties for these parasites? The current approach is no deterrant, and achieves very little apart from adding to the list of closed companies. Make the directors personally (criminally) liable, and impose prison time for serious offences.

Uni IT man stole £22k of Macs to pay for smack

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Re: Cash Converters

"100% agree. It doesn't seem unreasonable to ask pawn shops, scrapyards, etc to have at least SOME responsibility to use diligence to ensure that they're not part of a chain that involves victims or crime."

Cant speak for second hand dealers but in the case of scrap yards you might want to check out The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, which means you can't even sell your old car to a scrap yard or breakers for cash, despite the fact that it has/should have Official documentation to identify it. This is allegedly to help cut down on metal theft, I feel it is more about revenue and creating an audit trail to check business turnover.

Of course there are still rogue scrappers - just as there are rogue second hand dealers, but most of the industry works under the act.

ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

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Re: Fondly referencing 'Carry On',...

Watch "Love Thy Neighbour" without your own racial preconceptions and you may see it for what it really is, a comedy about some equally bigoted guys being made to look pathetic childish and small by their wives. Eddie was an ignorant fool with too big a mouth and Bill was a hothead ready to rise to any perceived insult.

I am so sick of being criticized for my sense of humour by those with none at all.

Roll on the summer... hopefully the snowflakes will melt away.

Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises

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Re: FTTP

Doubtful they could have built more - the issue here is the land available here falls into 2 categories, the stuff with no view not considered to be suitable for premium housing or developers dream - suitable for executive housing with stunning views.

The shafting of people on ordinary incomes by developers building less than affordible housing isnt just an urban problem. Its part of the modern cancer. This town is becoming a rich incomers /retirement ghetto while the local development plan doesnt allow enough land for local people to get affordible housing

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Re: FTTP

"Solar PV on every new build would add thousands to the build cost of every property. This really is pie in the sky."

....and yet our local housing association has been doing that exactly that with all new builds it commissions for around 10 years now, it may not be a huge number of places in the overall scheme of things, but its certainly appreciated by the tenants of the new H.A properties.

Da Weezil

Re: Rural Vs Urban

The problem is that many "really" rural hamlets are not connected to any sewage system bar a septic tank in thier own garden. These same areas are usually fed by overhead power lines, some of which still have street lamps bolted to the same poles. I knwo from dealing with Openjoke engineers at my workplace that there are issues with Fibre lines and power poles so I"d guess that any proximity to power is likely to have issues for fibre trunk lines.

Of course sooner or later some troll will pop up claiming that slow connections is a price worth paying for living in a rural Idyll, Our "rural paradise" contains 2 LNG terminals supplying roughly one third of the whole UK gas consumprion, The same "hamlets" enjoyed months of noise and upheaval while huge pipes were laid to the national grid, both of the villages that sit in the shadow of these former oil refinery sites have never enjoyed mains gas along with many more along the pipeline route. and despite fibre running to the neighbouring gas sites, they had to wait till very recently for Superfarce Cymru to reach them.

Heres a thought, maybe its time we had tiered charging reductions to reflect the disadavantage of what is in effect obsolete technology (ie copper). for many years, my line has had issues causing drops and is at the mid range of "impacted" estimates. Openjoke engineers say they cant move me to another pair as there are "none spare suitable for broadband" and that the Local cable really needs replacing - which wont be done unless there is a major failure. So rather than fleecing customers (via the retail chain) for what is afer all a very neccessary and overdue update to the supply network, shouldnt Openjoke be billing lines which dont perform as well as they should at a lower rate - to reflect the lower level of service?

Rural we may be, but we punch well above our weight in economic (Contributions to GDP) terms.

UK data watchdog whacks £300k fine on biz that made 9 million nuisance calls

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Another one bites the dust....

Company entering liquidation in 5....4....3...2....

Its a farce, just like much of the alleged protections in place.

Make the directors criminally liable with high penalties and forfeiture of both business and personal assets. Its the only way to deal with this scum.

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

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Re: News

"All news is biased personally i like the Metro when i can get a copy."

Get the app on smartphone - I'm out in the sticks and its the only way I can get their output

Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

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Without first hand knowledge I would take a guess at Wheel bearing failure being the underlying issue, the bearings get noisy but are left as "OK for now" and remain in service past the time they really should be replaced until finally they are not "OK for now", so the vehicle looses the wheel complete with hub and brake assembly. Not unknown with poor maintainable or extended maintenance periods

Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

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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!

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.

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.

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

Vodafone UK blocks bulk nuisance calls. Hurrah!

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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.

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.

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"

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.

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

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

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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?

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!

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.

'Feature-complete' Windows Server 2016 preview 5 lands

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"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.

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

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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.

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.

'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.

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.

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

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Facepalm

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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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.

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

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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.

Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out

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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.

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

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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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