* Posts by Richard Jones 1

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Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals

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Re: Bald men fighting over a comb

I live about 25 miles from the centre of London and half a mile from a motorway running straight into London. The only sheep are those bused in to mow a water meadow at the correct time of the year.

Pretty Please EE can I have some in house service like I used to have in the days of One-2-One?

Voice and data would be nice. Since the stupid medical lot insist on calling the mobile and not the land line they were told to use, (as EE service here is crap), I guess I need some mobile service.

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VMworld schwag heist CCTV didn't work and casino wouldn't share it

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Did They Also Ban Private Videoing?

No doubt that the 'phacts' are all too convenient for the hotel's goons. I guess that will also ban the use of private video equipment they cannot abuse, control or disable at will.

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Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach

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How Will Contact Be made?

I have had to change all of my email addresses since early this year as the original service provider gave up. In the event that my details were on the Faultyfax database how would anyone contact me? At least I should not get too many scam emails, but I quite like the idea of knocking ICO's door with a complaint. Sometimes the weight of numbers can upset their apple cart by making the stats look bad.

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Portland posts full report on Uber's dirty dealings with Greyball

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Never Used Them

Mainly because I never use a taxi, private hire car or whatever of any form. However, the well of personal distrust grows ever deeper at every twist and turn and UBER are far ahead of the pack in this regard.

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

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Re: For Firefox Users...

Would that be 'said web site@? Or rather should it be 'sad web site'?

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Re: ****ing BBC are the worst ....

No, No, No unless you are paying this 71 a compliment as being young.

I want to read the news, not have it blare out from some tiny speaker on a mobile or flash across a screen silently on the PC because the speakers are turned off. It would be nice to have the choice of not listening to random voice of the population stuff., but getting the substance of an event.

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EU's tech giant tax plan moves forward

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@ J. Smith

In the unlikely event that you have paid employment do you claim personal allowance when considering your tax bill? Do you claim child allowances? Do you have an ISA or similar tax free savings vehicles? I trust not, since those are all tax loopholes that exercise those practising numpty-nomics

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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@AA

Let's not forget that terrorists do use surveillance data too. FTFY.

They call it intelligence gathering as they walk or drive the area looking for and often photographing weak points, perhaps pretending to be tourists.

Tracking them and tracing them is where the security can and does sometimes fail, (perhaps too often?).

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Re: Why?

For me it is the reliable phone line or effectively no communications. We live in a house which has very unreliable mobile service.

I am not now with BT as such any more and never had their broadband. Yesterday my wife fielded one call about 'our 'BT BB yesterday and I had one today. The idiot was so shocked to hear that my (non) BT was in fine health, I almost felt sorry for them.

Once around Christmas I was doing something with BT and also had a bank statement on my desk. A scammer claimed that a payment had been missed, when I had several proofs to rebut his claim I just wish the scum could get an 'honest' fraud.

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Yet another AWS config fumble: Time Warner Cable exposes 4 million subscriber records

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Re: S3 bucket default is *private* to that account

@ AC, it may or may not make routine stuff like security easier, that is not really the point you addressed in your post. The fact that something is made easier is of no use if you do not bother to get even the easy configuration done. I see you assume that the worst case applies until you have checked and double checked that all possible steps have been taken to secure the shop. So one brownie point for you and all of those who follow that example.

However, if Joe Thickastwoplanks Or Bertie Cheapscate does not bother to look let alone check they have not messed up; then the ease or difficulty of getting it right does not matter. The fact that AWS was said to send out reminders of misconfiguration suggests that the Joes and Berties might need to invest in some staff who can read and do some basic checking as well.

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UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

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Re: Trading security for convenience

Do not use a mobile to pay for drive through meals, or bridge or other tolls in the UK as use of a hand held, including a wrist device while driving is illegal.

So choices are:

1) Pull out card from wallet and pay in ten seconds or less.

2) Fumble about with an inside pocket, dig phone out of pocket (after 5 hand operations not so easy). Fumble about in front of growing queue to try to unlock the $%^&*()" phone, give up and either use cash or a card anyway.

Perhaps that is one reason I do not put any financial stuff on the phone (there are other reasons).

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Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

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Re: A new creators update?

Only my oldest and slowest portables have been offered 1703, which I find slightly strange. It appeared to benefit the circa 2008 laptop so I was OK with that. I wonder if the desktops will ever get anything.

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

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Re: Yeah, right

Moto promised an upgrade to Nougat for my g4 play when I bought i earlier this year, however the service preventer (EE) is failing to make it available. I did wonder about slipping a SIM from the one service provider with an upgrade availability to see if it would deliver the package. The phone was bought as SIM free and has previously worked with that service so it might be worth a punt.

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Bizzby balls-up: Handyman app spams customer's details to world+dog

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Help Wanted

Bizzby are urgently seeking a trained (or possibly untrained but still warm) person so sort out, maybe even create a system to keep their business IT system afloat.

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Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

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Re: When to record

While I agree with the idea of streaming to the cloud, my own experience of mobile access shows that mobile and access are two words on opposite sides. My own 'mobile' can certainly move about so it meets the mobile bit, however keeping the thing on line is not so easy so fails the 'access' test. In fact most of my house appears to be a not spot whenever an important call is likely to come in, funny thing damned PPI and the like calls and texts are immune to stoppage. Some local storage capacity is therefore essential otherwise gaps will happen and disputes about the gaps will result. That is before the other side resort to jamming equipment. However, any local storage must be hardened so that it can be uploaded without changes ASAP should service be restored.

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UK.gov cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

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Re: Legislation, Boycotts and Real Change

While I do not doubt your sincerity your errors should not go unmarked. Tax evasion is already a criminal matter and with few exceptions that do get prosecuted it is relatively rare. Tax avoidance is a totally different matter. A simple tax on turn over might appeal. Think about that for a moment, the retail food trade runs on margins of about 5% and has massive turn over. So lets tax them at say 22% and wonder why there are no food shops any more. It would simply not be worth opening the shop if you lost 17% on every deal. Where there is some leeway to make realistic changes is on such matters as transfer tax, which have already been started. OK so lets move in on to such as investment allowances, buy a new machine and improve production, great. You get an investment allowance to set some of the coasts against tax. So what should now happen is that the business makes more money and is thus in a position to pay more tax and quite likely pay more staff. I guess tax allowances for investment could be abolished and the business could then run on its cranky old devices with the odd breakdown here and there, lower turn over and thus lower taxes, what a great idea, with luck they will also go bust and put a few more out of work, Great is that what you want?

Perhaps we do need some changes taken after a considered approach and not a knee jerk.

I bet most people are only too pleased to claim their personal allowances against tax, perhaps we should stop that bit of what you call tax evasion, rather than rule following, perfectly legal tax avoidance. I have personally not bothered to chase interests rates as the time spent against the taxable return generated was just not worthwhile. Would you class this as tax evasion as well?

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: You might have also looked up "Social Darwinism"

John Smith 19, sadly doctors did not act alone in taking some of the reprehensible actions you condone. They were mandated by a society who's religious zeal transcended any actual religious consideration, i.e. the bit about forgiveness as a starting point. In short society conditions and allows conditioning and has to take action when it becomes clear that society's own failing are leading to bad outcomes. In my book that might have happened in this case.

But then I once worked in a different society where it was found that females, who had previously been excluded from the labour force by societal norms only a few years earlier were actually far better coders than their male brothers.

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Virgin Media only adds another 127,000 homes to Project Lightning

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Time To Re-Brand?

Perhaps as Virgin Mirage?

Maybe it explains or at least aligns with a little of the BT issue with growing its service capabilities?

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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@ Brenda McViking

How true your comments were. I have been retired for some years but an associated company had even worse rules than yours. One 'command centre' had a critical capacity issue with the power feed to the site. The manager needed more seats so took the wise route of buying LED displays on petty cash for just over £100 a time rather than £2,000 per throw from the 'supplier of choice' As a circa £100 item they were not capitalised and were classed as expendable so did not justify a supplier's maintenance agreement. He also saved the cost of a new power supply, (£50,000 plus) and its follow on higher bills. Mind you their procurement cycle time for new kits was up to 12 months. This did not sit well with a just in time style desire to buy kit to service new contracts.The different business in which I worked had a customer first service ethic, so we ended up servicing both ends of the deal with equipment. (The same brilliant unit had even managed to sign off on empty racks 'as ready for service', so their super systems really worked well. The customer suffered a two week's delay while we, not the sister bunch organised the missing equipment to arrive, oops.)

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Watch: Armed Ukrainian cyber-cops raid MeDoc in NotPetya probe

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Re: Hmm

@ Ole Juul, who has been cited, the company or the tax authorities? It is not an issue which affects me or greatly concerns me, but having a better understanding of what went on is always attractive to me. On the other hand everyone thinks their security exceeds all requirement for them, until things go really soure.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

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Re: Must watch tv ?

@ I ain't Spartacus, some useful ideas, noted.

Thank you.

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Re: Must watch tv ?

@Dave 126 I have struggled to decide, were you being sarcastic or snide?

I am aware that some sort of 'tube' has a range of crap 'videos', though happily they achieve the same lack of interest as most of the main stream offerings, but if they float your boat, happy sailing!

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Re: Must watch tv ?

With increasing pain in my arms and neck from spinal problems, reading for any length of time is a hard work and painful experience. I really would love a better collection of viewable and enjoyable programmes. Sadly I find the chore of wading through huge volumes of listing to be daunting. While I have had access to one subscription service for a year or two I have yet to find anything to draw me into watch. Yet another 'not quite a me too' is less than something I desire. Something to generate and hold my interest would be nice but to date Apple, (and pretty much everyone else to a lesser extent) have served a different demographic. Their 100% output never overlaps with my 3%. viewing want Maybe one day something good will happen, but I am not going to hold my breath for something to lighten the entertainment darkness. Perhaps the issue is that too many offerings mine the same mother load so their output falls consistently into my no thanks 97%.

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British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

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What Does BA Mean?

I used to like them / use them 30 or 40 years ago before they were called BA. Now-a-days I thought that BA stood for Bloody Awful.

Their current efforts to justify my understanding of what BA represents are outstanding.

Its about the only thing about them that crawls above 'grim'. Happily I will never expect to travel anyway and foreign travel would never involve them, (and a few other skip divers from the travel world).

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Germany puts halt on European unitary patent

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@AC, Do you mind, Junker will be having a bottle or two of wine break rather than a tea break. Of course after they have decided which wine to try...

No wonder it all workings so well.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

Claptrap, austerity as you call it is a consequence of overspending until you have no money left and borrowing has been seen for the folly it is. My grandchildren will still be paying off Blair's PFI contracts for most of their lifetime. The problem is no one can be bothered to learn from history so endlessly repeat its mistakes. I went abroad to work many years ago because the socialist government of the time were hell bent on wreaking the joint by funding failure while taxing anything still working until it was starved of funds to carry on.

Even in this modern world young can get jobs if they discard the web fed clap trap they were fed. I have coached several to forget the false hoods they were told by antisocial media, they obtained jobs within weeks after months of web folklore inspired failure.

Many things can be a force for good or evil. Some of the internet is good, some OK and some is frankly rubbish. Antisocial networking, is a great way to make money for a few and perhaps they should pay back something the harm they permit by encouraging bullying and other 'dark arts'.

When they filter out a celebrated anti war image from > 40 years ago, yet allow torture videos from terror groups even you should be able to understand that their balance is doubtful.

While YouTube has some helpful, interesting stuff, educational, or entertaining stuff, quite what is the value of something instructing the feeble minded to go and kill <insert your personal object of hate here> or commit suicide? Please explain their value?

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Re: Humor vs. Stupid

What is this stupid use of the one time underworld term snitch? I guess you would be saying the same about someone known to be planning any sort of criminal enterprise? I can just imagine you sitting somewhere hearing that a bomb has gone off or a person has been stabbed and robbed when you could have reported what you know and prevented the crime. Ah well at least you would not have been a snitch.

Sorry grow up, criminals need no protection from the consequences of their actions. With people questioning why radicalisation is not being stopped - (and I mean in all of its vile forms, left, right, religious and plain stupid) the 'dumb arse' oh you must not be a snitch response, is nothing more than dumb arse writ large.

We need people prepared to stand up and be honest and far fewer stupid fools who think extremism of any form is fine by them . The 'Oh and let us have a cheap laugh at the though of assaulting someone because of their colour, religion, race, poorness richness (or add in your own pet hate) to the hate brew mix' is not OK by some who can still think.

Perhaps I am the only one who thinks Jessica the honest should instantly qualify for a humanities qualification, perhaps with a side order of philosophy as garnish.

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Do cops need a warrant to stalk you using your cellphone records? US Supremes to mull it over

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What a Mess

What is next, objecting to the use of number plate location data to prove a vehicle was at a location? Or an image of someone's face captured during a break in or a witness statement that they saw AAA do YYY?

I am not an American but I find it hard to believe that the founding fathers envisaged a constitution designed to protect criminals at the expense of the innocent, though come to think of it the Criminal Protection Service, (CPS) in the UK often appears to do just that.

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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MS Mobiles or Smoke Signals

“Today was a great exercise in our whole team coming together to solve a singular problem,” Sarkar tweeted yesterday.

I guess they were not eating their own dog food (using the company devices) if they managed to communicate. Though on second thoughts perhaps they came to the same room to communicate because they ate at the company dog bowls?

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Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grabbing regime

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Given the USA's bent staff's record of selling anything and everything to the highest bidding TV channel, who would respect them let alone trust them*. Sorry you can and they can stuff their clouds where the sun would never look at a bleached set of bones. Trust everyone except the damned corrupt and ill vetted useless Yanks to get anything right, sod the bent lot of them.

Phew, that is the toned down version, the first one melted the screen.

*See the result of the Manchester data auction.

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EU security think tank ENISA looks for IoT security, can't find any

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Re: Oh no

Well at the moment, there is no front door, no back door, no walls and no windows, oh and no roof either; are you so sure you like that situation?

Oh ah is that a government spook I see looking through your missing everything or just some local tramp?

At least he can see you have nothing to hide.so no real need to even bother looking.

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Correction Required? Plus Rules 1~5

The article refers to 'cites connected cars and factors' , should that be factories?

I agree that rules 1~5 provide a good mandatory starting point though they must be subject to continuous ongoing revue.

Providing that rules 1~5 are implemented, adding or modifying the rules would be straight forward as needs arose.

Add

Rule 6 any device not adopting the current, as amended rules for IOT devices to be bared from all access to or from the internet. This is also required to ensure continuous compliance.

Rule 2 should carry a rider that forces the user to update the even the default unique credentials within three months of installation and meet agreed standards for uniqueness and complexity or be barred from the internet.

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

I went to mine as well, except that their system is less than 12 months old and was fine. The local NHS trust is saying the same about their systems.

The old system that the GP used, (mandated by the relevant authority) was a real bag of nails, it had longer outages than working periods and the support package appears to have been provided by a corpse on Prozac. The Lead GP threatened to wall up the next support person who failed to fix it after a two day and counting outage . So far so good with the new one.

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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Re: The lull before the next storm rolls in

The last thing I read about Munich and Linux was a statement that it was a disaster and that they had to change course bad to something with main stream support. I guess the IT managers and the beer halls have a few missed appointments after all. Or has it all changed again?

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: From North of the Border

Update, software does not run on the ground or in the air, it requires hardware, thus upping the cost considerably. Then it needs installing or profiling. Then it needs testing and deploying. You might even need to train staff to use it correctly. Then there are all of those lovely custom crafted funnies that all the staff know and love like CTI scanners and MRI machines, etc. Etc.

So as a reasonable estimate the costs of deployment are probably out by a factor of 10 at a minimum.

None of this is a reason to not act, but knee jerks are for jerks.

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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Re: Pass

Originally I could see no reason for the tat, ow I can see only reasons not to buy the tat.

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Australian Taxation Office named as party preventing IT contractors being paid

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Joke

I wonder what will happen with the Aus Tax Office IT?

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Should Have Gone to Specsavers

Perhaps they should try a cactus picture next time, the prickly pear should do nicely and suggest that apple's terminally stupid lawyers and the various courts of injustice see an optician, e.g Specsavers.

I would just love to make an insecticide against the apple worms, some may remember that the apple was originally a fruit. I do remember and enjoy them every day, I find them much more tasty than the crock of shit electronics lot.

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

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Re: I realise it's simplistic but....

Perhaps they were all stuck in their seats needing to go to the loo and, well nature took its course? Then the lights went off due to the 'damp problem'?

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Banking group denied access to iPhones' NFC chips for alt.Apple.Pay

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@ Natalie Gritpants

No it is not and on all levels, it is just another spoilt brat.

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

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The NSA Front Door Feature

Perhaps it is simply the NSA's/CSA's front door feature to allow 'permitted access' as required to confirm how daft users of these device really are?

This now pointless rubbish is not even IDIOTIC (Internet Direct Integration of Threats Including Chaos/Criminals) since Bluetooth is not an internet protocol.

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Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit

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Re: Trivial fix

I agree with everything you said and upvoted your thoughtful post. However, I also feel that sending out what appear to be death threats and a notification of an intent to take what he desired to be deadly action, is really not the brightest action. Following through with something clearly designed to activate a potentially harmful condition was dumber than being purely stupid. Stabbing someone or even shooting them is also not always fatal, but has anyone seen that being used as a defence?

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Smut-scamming copyright chaser 'fesses up, will do hard time

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Re: God I love America:

Is he the sort of entrepreneur the new 'so called president' Trump, (honoured with 'so called after objecting to so called judges questioning his errors) would like to see making money off of Americans?

Or would he not like the competition?

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

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What the F*** Zuck

What a bunch of really, truly stupid bozo's. Perhaps they want to be called kiddie choice book? I have never had any interest in the dummybook and preferred to refer to it as bumbook, but this latest stupid move does so much take the biscuit but the entire biscuit factory.

Did you hear the really crass statement that the FB's UK dumb-nuts communications twit gave to the BBC when he or anyone else was too afraid to appear in person.

I agree that it would be best to sent wallybook a link in future, perhaps a mass mailing of links relating to crap would be the way forward, but then the dodgy character in charge would probably blame people for finding FB were hoarding illegal material.

Should FB be added to the UK black list of 'unsuitable sites' and give some of our population a reason to get a life once more?

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Perhaps They Need a Name Change

Call them 'lottery meters' they generate random numbers that you can use to lose on the lottery. A double success, overpay and lose your stake - time for a stake, straight through the heart of this pile of agricultural effluent.

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Google, what the hell? Search giant wrongly said shop closed down, refused to list the truth

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Re: And people trust goo ...

And Google trusts 'users', (or should that be 'losers') why exactly?

Sounds a bit like protection rackets and the laundrette wars of a few years back.

It is also known as poisoning the well in some circles.

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Ditching your call centre for an app? Be careful not to get SAP-slapped

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SAP

Sodding Awful Software licenses?

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

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Re: Cashless society

@Lost all faith, only if you are a relation of that woman north of the border.

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Am I the only one demanding a paper receipt?

Whatever transaction I conduct I want a paper receipt to keep track of what I spend or to prove that I have paid for the item. I track every item at home and check every statement as it comes in, all unexpected items are immediately queried. Perhaps this is because I draw no line between cash or money in a column of figures on a sheet or on computer screen. Perhaps it is also why I carry no debts and do not borrow, why pay interest and double the cost of an item?

Wave and pay has yet to have any advantage for me and as for huge modern mobiles, I do not want anything that large and I certainly don't want to keep handling or touching the damned thing. Shirt pocket size is big enough for me and until I can get the functions I use in anything to replace the ten your old phone I now use the pressures is to not downgrade.

@Marketing Hack is right people feel the pain when they physically pay out, once you have learned the connection, changing the payment method still involves the realisation of money changing hands, mine to theirs, the method drops out of the equation.

Perhaps I should get into usury business now to benefit from this brave new world, but if it involves using a 'phone the size of a paperback book, perhaps I will not bother.

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

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Clealry it is Now

Pay-ME-Pal,

I can say this as I have never used them and see even less reason to start using them now.

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