* Posts by Jason 24

173 posts • joined 6 Jul 2009

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

Jason 24

Re: @jaduncan, @rmason

We've started using Just Eat as a reverse amazon, use just eat for the menu, then call up direct and order on the phone. The price on just eat is generally inflated a bit so you play less going direct.

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

Jason 24

Re: TL:DR. BS technology company continues to peddle BS technology which is

Can I fight the Advanced Persistent Threats with this head set?

That would make firewall configuration much more interesting.

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'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

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I dunno, Bezos has that new 'ard man look about him...

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FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

Jason 24

Re: Black arm bands for everyone

"So Trump is doing what we want him to do: de-regulate"

"All gummint needs to do is keep the playing field level by preventing the situation that created the 'Robber Barons'"

Can you really not see the contradiction from one paragraph to the next? Do you want no regulation, or do you want the government to stop monopolies? AKA Regulation?

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YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

Jason 24

Re: Twat

Last nights Dave Gorman had a simiar vein, "would you a buy product which does not work if it was endorsed by a celebrity"

A shocking number of people will buy a product, which advertises that it does not work, if it's endorsed by a celebrity.

Weird.

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Jason 24

Re: Send them the bill

A friend had an amount added to his council tax billl after mostly destroying his flat by putting tea lights on top of the TV (before flat screens!). The tin part melted through the plastic and dropped red hot wax all over those lovely electricals.

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Lauri Love's US extradition appeal judges reserve decision

Jason 24

"why within the court no evidence has been presented..."

Isn't one of the USAs arguments that they can't provide the necessary evidence to the UK courts to prosecute here?

I'm aware this isn't really a valid argument, just interesting to note. Swings and roundabouts!

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

Jason 24

Re: the basement deluge control…

And frikkin' lasers!!

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Dell makes $1bn bet that IoT at the edge can kill cloud computing takeover

Jason 24

Work for works sake is not how to advance society and improve living standards. Else we'd all still be living in mud huts working the land to feed ourselves.

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

Jason 24

Re: Erm

"If Uber offers such awful terms in comparison to the others then nobody will work for them "

I think you underestimate how desperate some people are for any sort of work.

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ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 million nuisance calls

Jason 24

Give them an inch...

Forget all that, this is much simpler to resolve, from the article;

"Companies can only make automated marketing calls to people that have previously consented to such communications from them."

I can give you the complete list of people who want to receive such automated calls.

...

Now if no one wants these, then surely they are illegal? The above line merely gives them an inch and they taking a fecking light years worth of the piss.

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

Jason 24

Re: BT + Virgin = Twats

@ Look at this gem of an installation..

Bet they still can't get FTTP

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Jason 24

Or a cement mixer, why do things by half?

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

Jason 24

"When I'm in the office I'll pop out at lunch time and buy myself a sandwich. When I'm on site at a clients for a few hours I pop out at lunch and buy a sandwich, but this now becomes the companies responsibility?"

I kind of feel the same way to a degree, I always bring a sandwich to work, so why should me going onsite for an install be any different?

1) If we're doing an install with an onsite IT team then going out together and eating together can improve the team/become friendlier and usually we end up stopping at a point things needs discussing, helps if we're all eating together. Better than slinking off to sit in the car by myself.

2) If I'm getting back home after 7pm then I don't see an issue stopping for something on the motorway home, you're already eating into my evening family time for the companies benefit, let me have a quick bite without half an hour of cooking.

As for breakfast, my place will cover it if you set off before 6am from home which I think is pretty reasonable. If it's a hotel stop over then we generally get the premier inn breakfast included as part of the booking.

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Er, Ofcom, please tell us more about Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky bid

Jason 24

Re: Not an alterntive

It's an alternative source of news. You can listen to BBC radio and read the news site without a license.

This discussion is not about what pay, it's about ensuring the news can pretend to be independent.

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

Jason 24

Re: End of an era

You bastard. No work is being done today!

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Jason 24

Re: Why wait?

I run many Watchguards, never noticed them needing flash. But then I rarely use the web interface, WSM is much better, prep all your changes in one go and upload.

Now if only Fortigate could come up with a half decent client, with some decent debugging tools as well please.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

Jason 24

Re: The end

Sometimes adding a little red circle of arrow to highlight a point helps. And if you have 3 screens you should ALWAYS crop what you are sending, don't want customers to see what you have in your browser tabs...., especially on those "home working" days....

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

Jason 24

Re: Or do what they did

Something we did fairly regularly when I worked at a hosting provider, you find someone has hot linked to an image off one of your servers and suddenly bandwidth goes up dramatically to a particular site.

Unfortunately that was a professional setting on family friendly web shops so no chance of putting anything rude up, just a new image with the words "image thief" on them usually.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

Jason 24

I have found that letting it hit the fan once in a while can be an excellent tool to finally getting the nod to get something else done.

But then I've never worked at anywhere this high level, maybe that doesn't extrapolate up.

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Broadband providers almost double prices after deals end

Jason 24

Normally I'd agree that Broadband advertising is a shambles and a load of bollocks (upto..Xmbps???)

But in this case customer signed up for a introductory rate with clearly stated costs after the rate runs out and they act like it's all a surprise?

It's an introductory rate, of course it will go up.

Smacks of idiots who are incapable of taking some personal responsibility.

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

Jason 24

Re: Public wifi?

"And paying in cash is just as bad in this day and age."

Certain "goods" aren't payable via card, and I'd ideally like to keep a little bit of mystery between my bank and me, I'll keep my cash thanks.

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

Jason 24

Re: VPN?

You really can't just "go to the game" particularly for the bigger clubs they are very strict about who can get in. Want see Liverpool vs Man Utd? Then you had better have been to 5/10/15/20+ other games the previous season to even get a look in at the tickets for that.

I think most peoples biggest bug bear is having to pay both BT and sport full whack for half of your teams games.

How about you both air all games and compete based on punditry/coverage. I know I don't want to hear Michael Owen so would count BT out.

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Thousands of NHS staff details nicked amid IT contractor server hack

Jason 24

Re: @AC: Welcome...

"They still insist that all PCs in the trust are kept on 24/7 as there could be a an update that needs dropping on them urgently,"

That's run slightly contrary to their change control management which takes weeks to approve even a simple change.

There's a very good chance the left and right hand aren't aware of each others existence of course.

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Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost

Jason 24

Re: Does it take into account

I also doubt it takes into account those of us who can be bothered to do the retentions dance, I've never had a problem calling EE, telling them about a deal through Carphone warehouse on their, or even another, network and them matching it via a line rental discount, takes 20 minutes maximum if you're polite about it.

They're usually happy to carry over a previous discount as well, meaning my line rental actually ends up cheaper than the offer I'm giving them as an example.

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

Jason 24

Re: Still debating the same points, again

Because the bad guys are absolutely going to wait for a judge to say that they can access the data.

It's not about having the correct procedures for law abiding citizens to adhere to, it's about collecting vast quantities of personal information with no reason to beyond "it could help".

If this amount of data is accessible to anyone, then it is potentially accessible to the bad guys as well.

On the other hand if the plod are only collecting data relevant to people who are under suspicion then the less huge vault of data becomes much less attractive.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

Jason 24

Re: Yup...

I seem to recall that most of our glorious leaders were all for staying in the EU...? Not sure what you mean by that comment.

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

Jason 24

Re: Mixed feelings

I'm not sure the bottles of water analogy works, to simple.

We've one bunch of people screaming that they took our jobs.

And then another screaming that if EU labour dries up there won't be enough workers.

Always puzzled me as those 2 statements cannot both be correct at the same time.

Not sure I can make the water bottle analogy work.

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

Jason 24
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Brilliant

Beat me to to it ---> see icon, what's the PO address for a new one again?

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

Jason 24

Re: How generous

"For the record, if I'm spending US$2K-3K for a laptop I'd expect a few dongles"

If I'm spending that much I'd expect the damn connectors to be built onto the hardware, not needing a flimsy dongle that will inevitably be trodden on and need replacing umpteen times.

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Hey, you know what Samsung is also burning after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? $2.3bn

Jason 24

Re: Maybe

If it's to much hassle to remove the battery now, then odds on that it's to much hassle in the future too, meaning the phones life is only as long as the battery, so they can't be re-used at all. 2.5 million phones is a lot of landfill.

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Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe

Jason 24

500 seats...

Is not a small operation, I'm wondering if these people knew full well they were making fraudulent phone calls, or if the bosses have hoodwinked them all into believing they have been contracted by the IRS to make these calls?

Also, how scared are US citizens of the tax man to pay up like this?

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

Jason 24

Re: Wonderful news @Khaptain

Doesn't make it less of a good idea to not let a complete stranger be alone with your card.

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Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

Jason 24

Re: The watershed [..] still has wide support among those surveyed

There was a good confession on Simon Mayo earlier this week where a lady took her 13 old kid to a comedy show with Sara Pascoe. The lady had told herself that she lets her kids stay up until after 9 anyway to watch TV, so what harm could a comedy show have?

I think she ended up with quite a shock when she realised just how much the TV is filtered, even after 9pm.

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Brit loan firm gets comeuppance for 7.7 million spam texts

Jason 24

Re: Sad Aside

Complaining about a text is easy, forward it to 7726 (SPAM).

You'll get a text back asking for the sender number if it wasn't forwarded on.

Used to do this quite a lot, not had to in at least 6 months though, wonder if that's because my number made it to the "don't send it here, he'll bother to forward it on as a complaint" list.

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Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

Jason 24

Re: "Exploding"?

"I recall that one washing machine I owned did exactly that: it would stop the spinning, rotate back and forth a few times, then try anew."

My current samsung (front loader!) eco bubble does that if it finds the load is unbalanced, swishes round a couple of times to try and level it before going hammer and tongs on the spin cycle. A couple of times with a big heavy sheet it's refused to spin.

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Jason 24

Re: Eeek!

My grandma still runs a top loading washing machine, so I've always assumed these were the old way, and front loaders are newer and better. I can always remember having a front loader since being a kid.

A quick Google shows that front loaders will clean better, spin faster, use less water, and use less energy. but cost a few quid more.

A case of the US lagging behind?

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

Jason 24

Re: Colour me surprised

I've an Alfa 159 2.4 Turbo Diesel engine, with a DPF and EGR. It's 200BHP and returns around 38MPG up and down the A65 every day, so I think your Auris is probably on point, the golfs are clearly doing something they shouldn't to get those results.

Again similar reports on the forums that removing the EGR and DPF can give you much more power and MPG, presumably at the cost of more NOX emissions.

I think the DPF removal is more to do with back pressure, it's basically a huge blockage that has to be overcome to get the exhaust fumes out the back. A lot of people have everything removed, I bought mine second hand with both DPF and EGR removed, but had them both put back on by the garage as DPF is now an MOT requirement and they are cracking down on it.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

Jason 24

If you notice the other article they have running where it appears that Apple will only allow people to their press events who get a major hard on for anything fruity based then I'd have to say it's all the more important that El Reg continues their coverage, so we get some alternate views on the propaganda.

Hopefully a fanboi or two may stumble upon the articles and find themselves enlightened.

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

Jason 24

Re: Can someone just fill in the blanks for me?

Apple pays naff all tax on the profits because it's taxable income is not the typical "sales - costs" calculation.

It's based on a percentage of their operating cost.

Weird, huh?

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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

Jason 24

@AC, thanks for themiddleclasseconomist link, that pretty much hits the nail on the head;

"In 1991, a basis for determining Apple Computer Ltd.’s (subsequently AOE’s)

Irish branch net profit was proposed by Apple and agreed by Irish Revenue.

According to that ruling, the net profit attributable to the AOE branch would be

calculated as 65% of operating expenses up to an annual amount of USD [60-

70] million and 20% of operating expenses in excess of USD [60-70] million. "

From page 9

So if you're a fictitious headquarters with minimal overheads then everything becomes profit, and your profit as calculated by the government is in no way related to your sales.

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AdBlock Plus blocked in China: 159m forbidden from stripping adverts

Jason 24
Pint

Re: At least they can't block a hosts file

Cheers, not seen that before, just updated mine now

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

Jason 24

Re: Passport, driving licence validity

Our old friend Mr Worstall has already covered the French and the language issue. Not likely to happen, how do Germans and Spaniards currently converse at the EU? Not in French....

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Lester Haines: RIP

Jason 24
Pint

RIP old chap

Raising a beer >

Your articles will be sorely missed.

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Learn a scripting language and play nicely: How to get a DevOps job

Jason 24

Re: There's a skills shortage

"If you want to get ahead in DevOps, realise that you'll do the same thing, people paid more than you ...."

How do I upvote this more? You've just described my last role perfectly.

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BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles

Jason 24

Re: The three-week trial

Each BT engineer seems to follow their own rules. For example I've recently had 2 PSTN lines installed at an office.

The first bloke (in his 40s?) was more than happy to run the cable up from the demarc on the ground floor, up to the 3rd, then across the ceiling tiles on the 3rd to the comms cabinet and fitted the NTE there.

The 2nd bloke (in his 20s) point blank refused to go above head height under any circumstances, he was willing to attach a long cable to the demarc on the ground floor and leave it up to us to run it up the 2nd floor.

Not sure if that's a generational thing?

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Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit: A timeline

Jason 24

Anecdotal I know...

But there's not a cat in hells chance that giving the housing benefit payments to the other halfs brother would be a good idea, he really could not be trusted to actually give it to the landlord, it would be frittered away on full price dominoes take aways for the family or any other tat he fancied.

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

Jason 24

Re: I was beginning to wonder if this whole article is just an advert for Bleeping Computer?

I can't say I've heard either of them to be honest, good to know though.

It has however been a long time since I had to clean malware of a desktop, I think last time I did that Spybot and Adaware were top of the bill for removing malware.

But then I work infrastructure, so very little need to see a desktop bar my own. No need to be arrogant about it like no-one in particular however.

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Bacs corporate website still runs obsolete crypto

Jason 24

Re: It's not just them making it bad

Different experience to me, though we have Barclays, Bottom Line have been pursuing us relentlessly to upgrade ePay to the newest version. As far as I can it's exactly the same software with the old cipher suites removed and new ones added, yet they want £2k+ to do the upgrade.

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Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants

Jason 24

Reverse lookups?

Windows boy here, but my email proxy is a red hat based system which does an awful lot of reverse look ups, is this something to be concerned about?

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