* Posts by stu 4

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Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

stu 4

They're all the same

They seem to all manage to have the same amount of confusion on their websites, making it as difficult as possible to find basic information.

The actual bundle prices with a phone are almost always more than buying a phone outright + a phone plan by a considerable margin too which is insane - you'd expect a discounted rate.

I've never really understood why anyone does it - but I imagine it's to do with the effective ease of the credit, plus the fact that many people really really don't understand what things cost - my friend for example changes his car every 3 years 'for free'...

"I pay £500 a month for my car loan. when it's finished after 3 years, I change to a new car and it still just costs me £500 a month) so it's free - why wouldn't you change"

that's their logic.. the fact my car was paid for 5 years ago and costs me nothing a month (in loans) is irrelevant apparently..

"no no you are missing the point - this new car is costing me no more than the old one"

IT'S A LOAN YOU ARS$HOLE! YOU JUST SPEND ANOTHER 15K ON A NEW CAR FFS.

sigh.

and yeh - we're talking about a 'smart' guy - degree, good job...

now think of the young folk buying these 600 quid phones... it's them more than the oldies that the telcos are ripping off - but they seem too stupid to care.

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UK.gov: Who wants £25m... *cheers*... to trial 5G? *crickets chirping*

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3d videos

3d videos eh ? are we supposed to use the 5m to built a time machine to travel back 5 years to when anyone gave a shit about 3d videos ?

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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sheeple. in their unwashed hoards I would think.

The same ones that twatter every breath they take, post to people they've never talked to on facepuke, and see nothing wrong with store loyalty cards, google, and every other big brother poc out there.

it will no doubt be a roaring success...

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Concerns raised about privacy, GDPR as Lords peer over Data Protection Bill

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Re: Confusing and unworkable

The problems are in interpretation - what claim needs to be made that it is relevant for you not to delete it for example ?

As an example I used to use paypal - they have all my details, credit card, bank details, etc.

When I'd had enough of their complete disregard for any oversight process, and realised I did not want anything further to do with them as I did not trust them (as a US company AND as paypal) to look after that personal data, I asked for my account to be closed.

At this point they said 'sure - just give us a full copy of your driving licence and password so we can 'identify you'.

Now they were quite happy I was 'me' up to this point - debiting my CC when I make purchases, sending me shite spam, screwing me over as a seller, etc...

And as the whole point is that I don't trust them as far as I can spit, I was damned it I was going to give them copies of 2 important documents - probably the 2 most important ones I own, neither of which they have any right to view AT ALL.

So they refused to close my account. On talking to the Financial Ombudsman I was told 'tough - we can do nothing'.

That was 2 years ago - and still they won't close my account and remove my data.

So - will GDPR force them to do so ? I'd like to think so, but I don't see how it will. They can still claim either:

- prove who you are by giving us even more personal info that we have no legal right to whatsoever then trust we'll delete it after cause like we have a great track record for that....

- claim it's still 'relevant' for some shite reason or other they make up.

So frankly I won't be holding my breath on anything changing AT ALL with GDPR with big foreign (usually US) based companies/wankers like PayPal.

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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OSX updates

I used to enjoy new updates - they brought great new pro features - I remember putting snow leopard on and getting so much better performance on CPU tasks, GPU tasks, etc. It was what you EXPECT from mac os upgrades - making everything better by taking advantage of the tight HW integration and leveraging real time GPU encoding/decoding, etc, etc.

Since then it's been downhill - adding useless shite every year that I have to disable (launchpad, game centre, notifications, flat icon bollocks, daemon services for facebook, icloud and various other crap I have no intention of every using)

My approach is now to not upgrade the OS version AT ALL (security patches aside) , until one of my key program's updates has some killer features that I need - and is tied to a more recent OSX version. Even then it pains me to have to, as 9x out of 10 there's no technical reason for the restriction.

So I only moved to El Capitan late this year when FCPX and a few other apps wouldn't install updates on Yosemite, and I decided it was worth the hassle. Sierra was out, but I saw no point in moving more than I needed to.

Queue 1/2 a day of updating all the low level utils that then break once El Capitan on, and disabling various pieces of crap I have no interest in (social media shite up the wazoo for example), disabling SIP cause like... I'm a big boy... if I want to use XtraFinder because after 17 years your shite Finder still doesn't allow proper cut and paste,and right click to create a text file where I want to, I'll fecking well do it.

Sierra continued this approach by offering nothing new other than trying to make my mac look and work like an iphone. And having never had any issues at all with AFS, I've no desire for high sierra either frankly.

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Java security plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice

stu 4

Java plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice

there - ftfy.

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So. Should I upgrade to macOS High Sierra?

stu 4

time machine

using a mac as time machine server for other macs has always worked fine - you just need osx server for 20 quid. I use my macmini as my media server, entertainment system and backup server for the 5 macs in the household.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Selfie hell

So now

1. everytime someone uses this they need to selfie themselves. wtf

2. want access to your partners phone ? fine, just point it at there sleeping face.

3. lets see how it's gonna work with burkas.

what a load of emperors new clothes mince. My S7 has higher res, a finger print scanner that works, and an SDcard slot. Oh.. and cost be 350 quid.

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DJI strips out code badness, reveals some GPL odds 'n sods

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Re: Wondering ...do you

modern drones or any other RC havn't used 25-35Mhz since the 90s....

DJI uses 2.4 and 5.8Mhz.

Most RC these days use 2.4Mhz.

the days of 27Mhz and 1/2 meter long aerials with flags on the top ended nearly 2 decades ago.

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Drone complaints to cops are up twelvefold in three years

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Sheep

The unwashed will believe whatever the press tell them to.

Drones bad. So they see drone now and it's bad.

If the daily fail told them it was good luck to be in their wash, they'd be jumping about under them claiming there ain't enough of them around.

Areholes.

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In the land of Google, Holocaust denial, death threats – all fine. LGBT? Oh, no, that's sensitive

stu 4

hardly surprising

google, like all american companies, enforces it's Judaea Christian fucked up morality wherever it can:

slaughter, violence, hate speech ? sure - have all you can eat (it's in the bible after all)

female breast or heaven forbit, a man's meat and 2 veg - hide it away !! think of the children.. perverts perverts !

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Amazon S3-izure cause: Half the web vanished because an AWS bod fat-fingered a command

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Re: Funny, this should have finished while I was at lunch

I did similar thing about 2 months ago on my mac while trying to tidy stuff up in the root drive.

UserTemp

Usertemp

...

sudo rm -rf User*

hmm.that's taking an awful long time to delete some temporary crap....

..argh!@!!@#!@^#^

CntlC CntlC CnltC

Luckily good old timemachine got me back to an hour before and I had a 'Users' directory again.

I have to say, in 10 years of mac ownership... one of the many many many times timemachine has got me out of a deep deep hole.

I also remember one time, about 20 years ago - working for a large UK telecom company...needed to reboot one of the live boxes that handled 30% of the load of UK non geographic phone calls (0845, 0800, etc)...

sudo shutdown now -r

....

...

hmm can't seem to connect to that... doesn't seem to be coming back up..

It was in an unmanned exchanged 30 miles from the nearest engineer.... had to get one of em to go out there, and press the ON button again.

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Pence v Clinton: Both used private email for work, one hacked, one accused of hypocrisy

stu 4

What's more important -

1. this arse-piece used a personal email account for business email (and AOL..wow..u couldn't make it up)

2. said arse-piece believes world is 6000 year old and was created literally in 7 days by a magical invisible fairy, gays can be electric-shocked straight and women should be jailed for having abortions.

It's like picking on hitler for having shit hair cut.

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Gov wants to make the UK the 'safest place in the world to go online'

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Re: It ain't that easy

lowwall - amazon fire has kids accounts. I got a few of em for my nieces at xmas. I dunno how useful they are - but you basically 'admin' the tablet, and they get an account that gives them access to only the apps and stuff you want them to have access to. I think it would be pretty limiting to >12s maybe, but for younger kids it might be worth a look ?

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Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

stu 4

Utterly dumb simile

First, I agree Uber are scum.

However, that simile is utter bollocks - they have 2 mechanisms that service customers - cars with people, and robots... why on earth would they both need to be treated the same way ?? it makes no sense at all. should the robots get bathroom breaks ? should the robots get paid ? how will they spend there ill-gotten money ? oil like bender ?

If here's something worse than uber, it's lawyers.

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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Re: Fascinating

It's a fascinating insight into the way american corporations think - they THINK the world should fit them, and is there only to help them make money.

They think this for good reason, as it's the way america works - basically a corporate oligarchy where laws exist only to allow corporations to succeed. A democracy of sorts, but only if you agree that at the bottom of a democracy - lies corporations, not individuals.

So they are shocked and astounded when they try these same tactics on 'not america' (the officially recognised name for the rest of the world by americans I think)... WHAT ? I am EvilCorp! I have do what I want. Kill that man! Kill his family! Your laws do not apply to me puny non american moral - it's legal in america, and we dont give a shit about your so called 'country' laws.

Even within american laws you can see this weird 'american's first' bigotry.. there are one of the few countries where your human rights differ depending on whether you are 'emurican' or a filthy foreigner (e.g. right to privacy, rights to search. etc)

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How to secure MongoDB – because it isn't by default and thousands of DBs are being hacked

stu 4

Re: Insecure defaults are not capabilities in other modern databases

They just don't get it to they...that's the problem.

In 2017 there is absolutely no excuse for a software package (or OS for that matter) not being secure OTB. Christ even, microshaft realised that.

And yet they still patter out the same mince - 'its the users job'.

No it bloody isn't fuckwits - it's YOUR job.

I had a similar argument with a company who make an API creation product - and by default it exposes them over HTTP with 'basic authentication'... i.e. no security at all... even in the original HTTP RFCs it was mentioned that you should never use basic auth without HTTPS.. and that was frecking 20 years ago... and yet we have a major company doing it by default and hoping the user is smart enough to know that them ticking the user basic auth tickbox over HTTP and thinking there APIs are secure is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard.

And yet said company stand fast and say 'its not our job to stop the user doing stupid things'.

sigh... there's no winning that argument - it's like arguing with a christian/muslim/<insert faery believer here> - it's a waste of time if they don't get basic logical thought.

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Apple nabs smartphone top spot from Samsung, but for how long?

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WTF 1 in 17 folk on earth bought a phone in 3 months of last year ??

Does that just sound mental to anyone else ?

On the PLANET - 1 in 17 people bought a phone in only 3 months of one year.

That's a pretty crazy stat imho...

true no doubt, but pretty crazy none the less.

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Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it

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Re: Sounds familiar

I too, do a few training course a year... any more and I think I'd go postal.

Some highlights from the last one - student is a 'sys admin' for a company. very 'windoze' focused. This product was on Linux.

Firstly again and again issues with him typing commands in the wrong case, and then after it being explained to him that linux is case sensitive moaning and complaining.. only to do exactly the same thing about 20 minutes later...

Vi... oh christ.... it took 30 minutes to walk him through editing one line into a file... no.. press I.. now type the line... no you didn't press I... no you need to start again.. press ESC ! x... ESC - it's the top left... no don't hold it down.. just press it once, press ! then x.. ok now lets start again....aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh

but the best were these 2 gems:

ok, you are on the command line. type ls -al

ok what do you see ?

nothing

you did ls -al.

yes.

in lower case.

yes

....did you press return ?

no.. you didn't tell me to...

aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

But the best one... was setting up a linux VM:

I was on a mac, he was on a windoze box. I took everyone through all the setting the static IPs up, etc - I told them DO NOT COPY MY IP on the projector, use the one your own PC has given the VM (and walked them through ifconfig).

2 painful hours of setup later, this bod isn't working... turns out he DID copy my IP ranges (172.* instead of 192.* on windows)... then of course, being the 'one eyed man' and this being a windows things... tried to changed vmware player to support the new ranges, and fucked everything right up - nothing worked.

We were in a classroom with clean PCs, so I figured the best thing rather than spending hours trying to work out how he'd broke this one, was just to do it again properly.

"OK, it's all screwed up, just go to the PC on the next desk and do that task over again"

I got on with the rest of the class.

An hour later, I checked on him - how you getting on ? is it working now ?

no... same problem.

same.. how ? I mean.. oh ASFASFASS#@$%%@#^%@#^%%%!!!

yup.. he has indeed did the task over again... again using my IP address, again hacking the fuck out of vmware to try and get it to work.

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Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

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Re: work remote

"I suppose if your a hippy and like the SF scene go for it."

you probably mean Hipster ?

Hippies arguably had some good ideas and helped shape some of the great liberal ideals some of us hold today.

Hipsters, on the other hand, are just cunts.

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stu 4

"Would you rather make slightly less and have Google on your CV"

Why the hell would you want google on your CV ? Perhaps it's adds the final touch to the Microsoft israeli child killlers you worked for or that work you did in the 1980s in JoBurg ?

fuck me, I'd rather have Ratners on my CV that Google.

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Macs don't get viruses? Hahaha, ha... seriously though, that Word doc could be malware

stu 4

Re: mac AV

"This isn't right. This isn't even wrong." - Wolfgang Pauli"

citation required here ?

I will say, I said this as a mac (exclusive other than VM) user. I was informed of this by my work security expert who was looking into whether there was a need to mandate AV software for macs - on finding this out they decided the benefit of mandating mac AV was small.

And note: I'm taking about viruses, not malware - malware is a different kettle of fish... though some software is reasonably unarguably malware, some is controversial - for example MacKeeper is a piece of malware crap, but no current AV product would pick it up as such afaik.

So I'm not sure what you are disagreeing with here ? AFAIK mac AV products effectively check for windows virus signatures in files. That is what they do.

In windows files (exes, etc) they do not present a threat to macs.

In mac files they do not present a threat (since the code is windows code).

So what are you arguing about ? please help me (and others in this thread by the looks of things) understand why you think my statement is wrong ?

Note, I am not aware of any mac viruses in the wild HOWEVER they certainly could exist, and if they did, I'd expect mac AV to detect them. And I'm sure they'd add them if they do exist, but for now at least, as far as I can see mac AV offers ZERO benefit to mac users.

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stu 4

Re: mac AV

"Again FFS, what is this COW shit? CO worker, yes?"

yes mate- it's El Reg lingo - get with the programme. unsurprisingly I am aware that coworkers is a word.

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stu 4

mac AV

But you know mac AV progs just detect WINDOWS viruses right ?

I didn't till recently. So it does seem kinda dumb. I mean I suppose it stops you passing them into a windoze cow worker, but meh....

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Teleconferencing

This is class.. I mean.. it's been 15 years since I watched a TV advert,

but around 2000, IBM were the ones flogging remote working, with IBM technology making it all work!

Are they still doing that ?

some message.. look - we make technology that allows folk to work at home (I mean it's shit like.. we don't even use it... but you know.. if you want to buy it we'll sell you it for a small fortune).

(p.s. I happily work 50%+ of my time at home - not for IBM! - and get a shit load more work done than in an office... but then I work for a company where my boss has a real job as well as looking after me..)

DIE IBM DIE.

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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Re: Low level loss of concentration

I was referring to paragliders/paramotors not GA.

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stu 4

Re: Low level loss of concentration

"So you phone up the RAF to tell them you're in an LFA, but when the Army ask you to that, they're fuckwits?"

No please read again. The army wanted me to call for ANY flight in my county (where no Low level flights happen at all not that that's relevant here).

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stu 4

Re: Low level loss of concentration

yeh I fly a lot in the highlands in my paramotor, and of course some of the nicest places to fly are places the raf like to do there LLF.

You can phone em up and tell em you might be in the area, but frankly they don't seem to much care or take note.

So you juist have to hope the bloke's looking around.

One flight I had around Pitlochry, I'd literally just landed in a field when 2 typhoons came through around 400 feet. I dunno if they'd have seen me if I was flying.. .and frankly even if they did - so what ? I'm going 25mph, they are going 400 miles an hour.. time to see, time to avoid is probably non existent.

I'm surprised we've never had any fatalities tbh.

Now.. the apache pilots... they are a different breed of fuckwit... a friend had them follow him, and then land in the same field just after he landed (i.e. he as still attached to motor and wing) - he was lucky he wasn't blown up into the air and killed. Don't seem to have a fecking clue...they moaned about me flying in my home county once - told me ever time I flew I should tell them... this is in class G open air space... they think they own the sky.

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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Re: @AC Just say no to Google

not really - ghostery removes all tracking scripts for me.

adblock removes all ads.

startpage provides a great search.

bing or streetmap when I need maps.

So really not hard at all imho.

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Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

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Re: BREXIT...

I think it's most of his cabinet that believe in the invisible people - the supernatural faeries that made the world 6000 years ago and hid dinosaur bones to 'test our faith'... and my favourite (from Ben 'The fuckwit' Carson), that Joseph made the pyramids to store grain (possibly made a big cloakroom for his coats too?)...

astounding as it is that these guys now hold some of the most powerful positions on earth, what I find most astounding is that they managed to evade natural selection and grow to adult size...

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Microsoft's DRM can expose Windows-on-Tor users' IP address

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Re: WMV DRM

yup - exactly the point here. VLC will pwn u just as easily with this. It 'plays' DRM WMV files - hence it will check the DRM.

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stu 4

I think you ARE misunderstanding it then...

though if it's a wmv - they have the ability to open browsers and load webpages anyway - which would be a damn site easier way to establish a connection and grab the source IP address. This has the benefit however of working without needed to open a browser, etc

I believe the gist is something like:

- you download your torrent or download from tor the latest blockbuster zip...

-unzipped you find a large mp4 or mkv thats about the right size... but lo - when you try and play it it won't play - saying codec is missing or some mince.

- there's another file there - a little file "watch me if movie does not play.wmv"

- user plays that. all players that understand wmv/drm then connect to licence provider.

- congrats, you have been pwned.

WMV, like ASF before it were/are terrible containers that should never ever ever be used for anything EVER. Add AVI to that as well while you're at it.

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Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?

stu 4

Re: Choose your enemies

to be fair some of us just think Facebook is for cunts.

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'Ancient' Mac backdoor discovered that targets medical research firms

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Re: Bah!

"Sun entered the picture after the names had started to migrate from a mix of NX and no prefix to an NS prefix - it just so happened that it worked out well, naming wise with NeXTSTEP and SUN"

you sure about that - I was full time nextstep at that time - I think we moved to NS with openstep.

openstep ran on next, sun, windows, etc

I think we used NS* for all openstep stuff.

And since that IS osx basically it makes sense its still there.

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

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"African American"

Christ El Reg - do we have to use the same racist bullshit nonsense language of americans here.

the man is BLACK - the pretty much international recognised term.

African American. Italian American, Irish American - its utter jingoistic bullshit and imho only adds to the racist issues this country seems to continually struggle with.

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Drone biz Lily Robotics takes $34m in pre-orders, ships nothing, shuts down, gets sued by San Francisco DA

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Re: It was obviously faked

He wasn't the only one. In the multicopter forums we all saw this for what it was - utter shite - clearly not shot on their 'drone'.

Some of us even tried to get the word out.

But the fuckwit media didn't want to know and lily drone got headlines all over the world - leading to 60K people (who inexplicably still trust the media) placing orders.

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

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Re: "it also sends each jet’s history back to the US"...

"windows for warplanes" - you jest - but I can see it now....

2017 and windows is still baffled when you plug in a USB peripheral into a different USB port from the one it was in before "what on earth could this be - an F-35 you say.. never seen one of those before in port2 , let me just check windows for driver, cause like though I've got some installed for port1 thats clearly irrelevant right...ah - NO DRIVERS found.. failed to install F-35"...

And anyway, I mean how fecking bad can the programmers be to not manage to get a basic sync working - maybe they should have based it all in Arducopter - that syncs just fine every time.

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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Re: What are customers moaning about?

jesus - 60 quid a month - that's mental.

I hardly use the phone - I use virgin media (230mbs) for 35 quid a month - no phone.

2 years ago I took the plunge, disconnected from BT saving me 150+ quid a year line rental - no more landline.

I play buzznetworks 6 quid a month to route my regular geographic old land number (i.e. for me regular ipswich number) to my mobile. I get 100 minutes or so incoming a month free - vastly more than I need.

A saving of about 100 quid a year over BT, plus the convenience of always 'being in' if you like.

So 41 quid total for vastly higher service levels.

line rental of a crappy old bit of copper is frankly legalised robbery.

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How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

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what the hell's it got to do with Europe ?

exactly the same protect-ist racket was in force in the USA - hell even more so - they were lucky if they got SMS in there crappy flip phones.

So though I agree with the general gist, it does seem to be a chance for Andrew 'Brexit' Orlowski to try to blame the EU for something which is FA to do with it.

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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mobiles and cars

two great examples where capitalism failed (and maybe still fails) the consumer.

For most products - built it and they shall come we are told...

got a better idea ? think customers will want it ? built it, if they do want it, they buy it - you are a happy bunny.

For 60 years we saw this circumvented in national car markets - where manufacturers didn't have to give a shit what customers wanted - they gave them what they felt like giving them - cheap rusty shit.. it just needed to be as good as the cheap rusty shit your competitor was also selling.

So in the UK up to the early 80s we still have pieces of crap that rusty as soon as a drop of rain fell on them, and had all the mod cons of a 1920s car in the states.

Then barriers break down, yaya yada and finally we see cars coming out with 2-3 year old technology like apps, etc rather than 50 year old technology. They now need to compete globally.

Mobiles were the same way - controlled by the networks for the benefit of the networks... Frankly they still do that as much as they can - it's unbelievable the amount they still charge for calls/MMS/etc - but of course it's a cosy little club.

But they have at least lost control of tying the handset down to only doing what THEY want. I'd say about 50% of the stuff I use my phone for is not phone related at all (dji GO for the quad, Capture for my GoPro, PPGps for flying), and then there are all the apps I mostly use on wifi and the network gains nothing from (email, browsing, skype, etc, etc). Basically it's 90% PDA, 10% phone. It's fair to say that only apple was big enough to fuck the networks over and get us that device freedom. I believe there's a good chance without that happening we'd still be using tied down handsets that do a fraction of what they could do.

They're still doing it of course - for example - if I was an hiker in scotland and I wanted to maximise my chances of having a signal the only way I can do it is buying a non UK sim - then my phone will roam to whatever network is available.. buy a UK sim/UK network and you get 1/4 of the networks available - that benefits the consumer not one jot and the networks ain't gonna change that even though it's clearly easy to do (as my non UK sim does it).

And of course, other than Three, they all still rape you blind for call costs abroad too...

and there's the give us some money, but if you don't use it in a month it 'expires'... I mean how the flying F*ck do they get away with that crap ?

networks.. bloody hate em.

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That's the way the Cook, he stumbles: Apple CEO pay cut as sales tank

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FAIL

5 years down and running on fumes

It's taken longer this time, but Cook is still the new Scully imho - we've seen FA new since the big man popped his clogs - just a load of mince like macbook bar, and bigger iphones. utterly pathetic.

He's had 5 years now to prove himself as a successor rather than a bean counter.

apple flying car ? brain implant ? hell, what about an electric bike ? electric car ?

what we've got is a scully-esk 'lets keeps making the same shit, but if the competition does summit different copy them':

jobs: there will never be a small ipad:

cook: android have one, we've made one

jobs: this is the ideal size for a phone

cook: android has big ones, we'll have big ones

jobs: the pros kept apple afloat - we keep supporting em

cook: cost cut pro shit like aperture, ports on macbooks and commmunity driven development - in with dumbed down 'osx for fuckwits/macos', FCPX*, and a macbook PRO with no ports.

*good - I use it.. but 6 years on still lacks basic stuff taht FCP7 did like motion integration and not having to tag the shit out of stuff to use it

And they say gays are more creative.....

{last bit is a joke - don't downvote me for that FFS}...

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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Boffin

LG p1sh and while we're at it - fecking 'trumotion'

yup - mine is connected to my mac mini in the living room - that's all it's used for - mac.

However, thanks to no netflix app on osx and no DD5.1 on browsers I was occasionally driven to using the 'smart' LG bit to use netflix and get 5.1

However I soon found that every month or so when it decided to update its software and/or randomly whenever it felt like it would forget my login again... so after already waiting the eternity it takes the fecker to load up, to then be presented with having to enter my username and password again using the fecking remote I disconnected it from my network and it can truly get itself to feck.

This also has the added advantage of not getting pop ups every couple of weeks asking to let it upgrade it's sofware... POS.

If anyone has a solution to getting netflix 5.1 on a mac (does wine work with netflix app and digital audio ?) then please tell (I've even tried windoze on vmware but digital out doesn't work on vmware.. plus even using windoze for 5 mins is 5 mins too much frankly).

And while we are ranting about modern tvs - I was up with the family over xmas and watching a great film with my sister on her new Samsung (Captain Fantastic) - having watched it already on my own TV I wondered why it looked terrible on her's... sort of like a cheap mexican soap opera.

Having learned my lesson in past visits, I decided not to suggest there's TV was setup wrong (having had my head bitten off on previous occasions when I mentioned that people were not actually 4 feet tall with big wide bodies - and that they had it set up in 4:3 expanded mode.... and was told 'they liked it that way' - leave it alone)...

But when I got home I looked around and sure enough, enabling 'trumotion' on my LG (this is playing movies on my mac of course not that it matters) and sure enough , I too could enjoy a wonderful film made to look like it was shot on a 500 quid video camera...

And note - this wonderful 'feature' is ON by default on most TVs (I explicitly remember turning all this sh1t off when I got mine).

https://www.cnet.com/uk/news/what-is-the-soap-opera-effect/

So the TV manufacturing FWs have done it again - having screwed up the early 2000s with years of selling 16/9 TVs to the unwashed public who at that time only had access to 4/3 content and squashing the world (with a significant percentage of said unwashed thinking that was what widescreen did....), they have done it again, and created a default ON feature which reduces all multi million dollar films and dramas to look like they were shot in the 1980s on video cameras.... utter utter a$holes.

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

stu 4

Re: Knocking on our doors?

And that's why I (and I imagine 1000s of others) keep paying it - to avoid the hassle. I've heard the stories too of 'heavies' coming to your door demanding entrance, etc. I just can't be bothered with the hassle.

I have no 'tv' - haven't had for 10 years. I have a big 'screen' and it's plugged into my mac mini. I pay for Netflix and amazon prime (and the bloody bbc licence that I never use at all since I don't have a FECKING TV and don't use iplayer either - is it still FLASH based ? that would be another good reason why I wouldn't go near it with a sh1tty stick).

The last time the BBC produced anything I wanted to watch was 10 years ago (planet earth ii excepted -- so my 150 quid a year... 1500 quid for the last 10 years has got me 6 episodes of planet earth...woopee do)

They absolutely have no legs to stand on now for collecting licences by default (either though 'you have internet' or 'you have a tv'). ultra bullshit.

Freeview and Freesat have the capability to restrict a channel to fee/subscription payers - BBC should be no different. But no - they know if they do that, tons of people will realise they can get by without BBC tv mince like strictly and baking cakes or whatever other crap is on there, and that 150 quid gets you a lot of far better quality streamed content from the upstarts....

iplayer is no different from any other streaming content - should be protected by user credentials (in BBCs case you licence ID/password say). Why isn't it ?? Because it undermines their case for collecting licences by DEFAULT - PROVE you don't watch rather than we need to prove you do (and provided access). what the hell sort of sense does that make in 2016 ???

The only reason they don't do this is because they can - and they count on people like me continuing to throw 150 quid a year at them for FA.

It annoys the hell out of me, but not enough that I want to waste my time being dragged through the courts... it's just astounding that in 2016 they still get away with the same enforcement requirements they did 50 years ago when restricting a clear UHF transmission was impossible.

10 years ago the BBC was worth paying for to me - since then:

- BBC news has become a low brow factoid joke

- any content that required you to think has been dumbed down to 'numpty' level (Horizon anyone ?)

- I have no interest in period dramas, programs about baking cakes or celebrities dancing.

It (I assume) IS still something others would pay 150 quid for - fine - let them 'subscribe' and pay for it.

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Disney sued in race row: Axed IT workers claim jobs went to H-1B hires

stu 4

No middle man

The problem was, Disney didn't do it the 'right' way.

That is, the way the rest of our IT industry does it up and down the country every day...

you don't sack them and replace them with indians at 1/2 the price - that's too obvious.

Nope, if you want to replace folk with cheaper labour - do it more sneakily

- 'outsource' the work to a COMPANY.. now if the bid process happens to be won by a company who is indian and has 1000s of semi trained IT bods willing to work for buttons.. well that not the companies fault surely ? nothing to see here.

that seems to be the thinking anyway.

So the end result is the same, your companies IT department shrinks from 200 to 20, and the outsourcing company that won (lets call them UDT to borrow from 2001 and HAL...) soon find they can't do it offshore, and ship 180 indians in to sit at the empty desks.. all working for a fraction of what the original workforce worked for...so still got 200 folk (hell sometime more that before in my experience as they tend to have terrible skills)

But - the company will say, it's not racist - hell no - these guys don't work for us - we just pay UDT X million a year and they save us money in the wages we used to pay (well we think they do at the moment because we've not worked out what they build isn't worth sh1t...).

By any remote moral standpoint the above is racism cloaked in business bullshit. And unfortunately there's no lawyers taking those cases.....

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Remember that amazing video of the whale leaping out the gym floor and splashing down? Yeah, it was BS

stu 4

Re: Magic Leap (of faith)

@AC: "you seem like such a horrible character full of hubris that I'm reacting against you"

and right there is why America has Trump as a president.

In your world what someone says is only listened to and agreed with if you like the person...So maybe you 'agree' that most of the stuff Hilary says makes sense but <repeat your line above> and voted trump.

Dawkins is another character which some people see to struggle to listen to and instead react to the hubris.

If you have a look at the comments to one of one of our greatest every scientists and you see the same thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMFPe-DwULM

People calling him out for being an opinionated a$$hole, or 'talking down to people'.

It's utterly depressing.

I listen to what someone says. I don't really give a shit what they look like, how full of 'hubris' they are, or how much I hate their hair style... I LISTEN. Do I agree with what they are saying ? that's the important but FFS.

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Samsung, the Angel of Death: Exploding Note 7 phones will be bricked

stu 4

Re: Is this even legal in the EU?

@Sloppy -really ?

who cares why it was - maybe I'm a terrible thief. Maybe I had a newer card I'd used once. WTF has that got to do with my argument. jesus christ.

5 downvotes - I expected more from commentards.

let me try to be more specific.

BLINDINGLY obviously in this case, samsung is doing what makes sense within the current law (or lack of them)

1. they blow up

2. it's the first time so no precedent.

What about next time ?

Where is the laws to stop this happening when say they decide to brick it to make you buy the new one, or because they don't like you (hell - since for Sloopy - you don't pay your bill on your unrelated but by same company 'evilcorp' credit card).

May evilcorp pull out of supporting ireland/canada/fecking whitley bay and decide to geo brick all devices there ?

Surely my point was clear enough to see that what I was getting at.

Restore my faith that the educated commentard masses have not been replaced by SloopyFWs

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stu 4

Re: Is this even legal in the EU?

I was thinking the same thing.

I pay 600 quid for a thing.

The manufacturer says some blow up and send them back..

well I own it. It's mine. It's up to me whether I take that risk or not now I own it - not samsung.

Maybe I love it. Maybe I got it as a present.

Maybe the situation (not this one) is one avoided by doing or not doing certain things.

Whatever, it's mine to do what I want with. I bought it as a phone/android device - I am pretty sure I would not have agreed to a 'we, samsung can fry the fecker whenever we feel like and you will be 600 quid out of pocket and get didlly squat'.

ok - I know they say 'we have told folk to return for refund bla bla bla - so what ? It's MINE.

I don't really see what legal ground they can possibly have for effectively killing it and I assume, not refunding me after the fact.

In fact is this the first time in history something like this has been done ?

1. company sells A

2. company then effectively kills A remotely with no user choice in the matter.

Only with IoT has this sort of thing been possible.

The nearest I can think of is the CC getting cut up thing - you present card, shop gets alert, calls for check and is told to not give CC back to customer and cut it up - though that felt very wrong to be on receiving end of (no fault of mine at time), there argument was physical CC does not beling to customer but to bank - so we can choose to have someone destroy it.

Really not the same here - you bought the hardware and the licence to run the software on it. You did not have to agree to run the samsung sh1t for example (hell I have an S6 and it was the first thing I gutted off their when I rooted it).

It's no surprise Samsung think this is acceptable - this is the company up there with google as far as privacy and data rights is concerned - every mobile sucks your data through samsung account crap, backups, etc unless you disable it, their tvs even record your voice and upload it.. it probably seems entirely reasonable the them to destroy 600 pounds worth of hardware they don't own...

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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

stu 4

Garmin Fenix 3

No one is mentioning the Garmins.

imho they are some of the only REAL smart watches.

My fenix doesn't need a phone to do lots of stuff (built in GPS, barometer, etc, lots of apps), etc.

I wrote my own app for paragliding and paramotoring - does everything i used to do on my phone:

- records my take off automatically.

- shows and record speed, direction, alti

- tells me direction and distance to home, etc, etc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KM6FksCQNw

Oh, and the battery lasts for about 10 days of normal use (as a watch/general fitness/'smart' thing for text/call answering/etc), but when I'm recording 1 second GPS data it needs a charge after a 2 hour flight. seems ok to me.

a 'smart' watch that is effectively just a remote screen for a phone, as the iphone, android and frankly pebble mince are seems to me to be anything but smart.

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Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

stu 4

Just leaves the cameras and microphones then we've done Herr May

* Deals with tesco/sainsbury/etc to access every citizens purchases and infer most of their life (number of kids, whether working (times of supermarket), whether really ill, etc, etc, etc) CHECK

* RIPA to monitor all internet usage 24/7 of every citizen ? CHECK

* Smart meter to monitor all citizen's power usage 24/7 ? CHECK

Now we are about the start on our smart lighting/security law esteemed leader:

Our device is a light, camera and microphone rolled into one that fits in the bayonet fitting found in every home of our loyal workers. Every room in the home must have one for your own security against er.. burglers.. and terrorists and stuff.. and oh yeh.. to protect the children.

Of course in reality esteemed leader, it will enable us to extend our already world leading unaudited or controlled CCTV network into every home or place of work giving us almost complete coverage of every citizen.

Heil May!!

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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

stu 4

Re: Smart Watch needs a reboot.

No one is mentioning the Garmins.

imho they are some of the only REAL smart watches.

My fenix doesn't need a phone to do lots of stuff (built in GPS, barometer, etc, lots of apps), etc.

I wrote my own app for paragliding and paramotoring - does everything i used to do on my phone:

- records my take off automatically.

- shows and record speed, direction, alti

- tells me direction and distance to home, etc, etc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KM6FksCQNw

Oh, and the battery lasts for about 10 days of normal use (as a watch/general fitness/'smart' thing for text/call answering/etc), but when I'm recording 1 second GPS data it needs a charge after a 2 hour flight. seems ok to me.

a 'smart' watch that is effectively just a remote screen for a phone, as the iphone and android mince are seems to me to be anything but smart.

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