* Posts by Spanners

504 posts • joined 10 Sep 2009

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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WTF?

@boltar

"liberal" left

You seem to be misusing the word "liberal". Perhaps you are using the quotation marks to mock people in the USA who identify anything they are far to the political right of as "liberal left" - even though it is actually central (which is what liberal means).

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Brexit factor lacking in Industrial Strategy, say MPs

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Unhappy

What opportunities?

Will we get a "special" agreement to trade with the USA on Trumps terms - that is, worse than we currently have under the EU? It will be our very own agreement though.

We will have less diplomatic influence so that will not lead to opportunities.

Cutting back on science means that there is less innovation and the opportunities it brings.

If we are going to do more arms business with the Saudis, there may be some opportunities. We may be able to sell to various other tin-pot totalitarians around the world. Perhaps North Korea may want some help? Syria has few friends. We could sell to Ethiopia and Eritrea and profit from their troubles. There are plenty more opportunities like these. </cynicism>

There will be the be opportunities in building a new land border with the EU if Scotland leaves the UK and rejoins the EU.

Face it, we are likely stuffed until enough ageing UKIPpers pass on and our kids can get us back in.

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Internet Society tells G20 nations: The web must be fully encrypted

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Flame

Cure the ignorance?

We need politicians to pass some sort of test on something before they are allowed to regulate it. The same goes for civil "servants", quangos and council officers.

Recently, here and across the pond, ignorance has been seen as a positive feature. "We don't need experts" was not quite the words but this sentiment is all around us.. Of "£$%^&* course we need experts! They are the people who have something meaningful to say on the subject. They are the ones providing the advice we should listen to.

If a politician who last did maths or science at the age of 16 starts to tell us how to "do computers", their input needs the *heeded* advice of people who know about it. In the same way, if a politician is keen on homeopathy, why on earth would they bu put in charge of the NHS? We can not tell them how to deal with their magic water, imaginary hackers or rich banker chums.

Maybe we need politicians who are not just arts graduates.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

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Holmes

Long standing method

If Farage and the Daily Wail are against something, it bears further investigation. If something comes from a dodgy source, like Trump or Putin there is a good chance that it is not a fair reflection of facts.

In fact, this goes back to what newspapers used to do. They checked their sources.

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The beast is back: Reborn ekranoplan heads for the Arctic

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Happy

Re: Going round corners

They only have short stubby wings so banking would be fine until you overbalanced because of the very large tail fin.

Hovercraft aren't much good at tight cornering either. These may be the same.

I was in uniform (evenings and weekends anyway) when those things were part of the threat. I can imagine 20 year old me looking at one of those things heading towards me while I wondered WTF use this rifle was against it!

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Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

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Boffin

Re: Great article - shame about the copyediting

The Imperial units are useful for historical content and authenticity but modern units are useful for those of us under 80 so that we know how bit things are.

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Facepalm

@Chazmon

That only sounds right if you mispronounce "lochs" to sound the same as "locks".

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

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Boffin

Re: risk of lethal electrocution

In British English...

Presumably by that you meant "In English"? :)

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Pirate of the Caribbean to play Hacker of the Caribbean

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Pirate

No Actor Needed

They should use CGI.

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Thumb Down

Re: As I have said a million times

...they are generally very well specc'd...

Not particularly, As the contract for my Note4 does not run out for a couple of months, why am I frequently surprised just how poor the latest iShiny is?

The notebooks in particular are competitively priced

Not particularly although they are not as overpriced for their spec as iPhones and iPads.

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Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

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Pint

It must be my aura or something?

Sometimes, I just have to walk into the room and ask people to "try again" and the computer starts working properly. Sometimes, I can do it by phone. Sometimes it works when I remote to a PC. What I think gave it away was when someone said they just asked themselves "What would Spanners do?" and it all went right.

As a group, IT support is often seen as pretty laid back. Perhaps many of us are. The rest of us are probably just calm. That is the magic. Even when we are not clear on what is happening, most of us tend not to get too stressed about it. "Stress is for managers and developers." Just an air of confindence and people try again and, this time, omit the tiny error that messes it all up.

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It's that time of the year again: Texas school district blabs staff tax documents to phishers

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Facepalm

Re: Solution

The real solution ... Doubt any government will let it happen.

In the UK, we call it PAYE - Pay As You Earn. Across the civilised world, it has various names. This is found wherever accountancy bodies have not lobbied to prevent it. It is simpler faster and more accurate than forcing everyone to screw up their own returns. It is, however, much cheaper. This is not acceptable in the Land Of The Fee.

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Holmes

Re: Its Always The Weakest Link...

The weakest link is always in the last place you look!

Because as soon as you find it, you stop looking in any more places,,,

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GDS chap: UK.gov is better off on public cloud than its own purpose-built network

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Black Helicopters

Out of US control

Lets just make sure that whatever clouds we use are outside the USA and out of reach of criminal organisations there, like the FBI, NSA, CIA and so on...

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

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Holmes

Re: For Once

Inflation can be caused by several things including...

Price Rises

War

Pay Rises

Economic mismanagement

I think Brexit may be judged as the last item listed.

It's pretty much positive feedback anyway. Inflation causes price rises, causes inflation, causes price rises ad infinitum.

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Holmes

For Once

Apple has behaved in a rational manner. The Prime Minister is currently outlining the suicide of the British economy. Apple can do nothing other than raise prices before inflation and financial whiz-kids shut down all foreign trade.

I do not have any Apple devices due to their dodgy business practices but this is not one of those, Other business, technology related and otherwise, are either doing the same or should be planning it. If you are going to do business here for the next few years, the ride will be rough...

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Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

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Black Helicopters

Re: What devices connect to 'Smart' meters?

There are PLENTY of suppliers who don't use smart meters.

At present anyway. The government is in process of getting rid of "dumb" meters. Business first then the peasantry. It's running a bit late though...

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Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

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Pint

Re: How I miss CRT's

Growing UP, now that's something some of us never quite managed.

I have successfully avoided growing up anyway..

It's easy. Keep looking at interesting aircraft. Smile at fart jokes. Avoid wearing a tie unless its a funeral. Listen to Status Quo.

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Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought

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When I retire

One day, SNP/Brexit/.Global warming/etc permitting, I would like to go back to Orkney. Bizarrely, there are PV arrays on some houses but there are wind turbines everywhere and it is the only county in the UK to be "power neutral" and they are still building them.

I imagine that they use more than they generate at times and less at others. I never heard anyone whining about them - certainly none of my relatives or friends. I remember that, before I left, it was often outsiders who tried to persuade us that these things were nasty. Happily, they seem to have failed. Renewables are cheaper than fossil fuels - at least when your renewable is doing 25mph on a "calm" day and 90 on a stormy one!

I want my smart meter to show how much I am putting *into* the grid, not taking from it. It will still be very much isolated from the rest of the network...

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Coat

Your Mothers WiFi

Get it on its own SSID with nothing else in it or able to be as you've put a MAC address filter in too.

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Facepalm

Re: Brexit means brexit.

No. The British voter saw no such thing. Many British voters looked to Boris and his chums..

They saw that they were very definite in what they promised. They heard that they shouldn't listen to people who knew what they were talking about. They heard that all the experts knew less about the economy than the owners of the Daily Wail.

They looked at Nigel and saw he seemed like a nice used car salesman and over a third of them voted for national sepukku.

This was not a rational process. Every time they heard something worrying, they put their hands over their ears and said the mantra "Project Fear".

Only an idiot still believes in that 18th century idea "sovereignty". No countries are sovereign. A couple of failed states have come close, Somalia for example. Even North Korea does business with China. It may host a couple of embassies. I imagine that it does business with someone? It is not completely sovereign then. Some of the worlds biggest successes have their economies heavily affected by others, have lots of treaty obligations and are part of large trade groupings like the one that we are being undemocratically forced to leave.

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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Alert

Brexit means codgeup

Anyone who voted out needs to go into a corner and be miserable. The remaining 5/8 of the electorate needs to figure out how we are going to get out of this sorry hole.

Ideally, we say "Oops!" and announce that not enough people voted for it(*) and we are looking to send Nigel, Boris and Gove to Washington as new cleaners for the embassy.

(*) No, it wasn't 52% of the electorate. It was little over a third of electors who voted for the economic seppuku of Brexit.

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

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Childcatcher

Re: Goldsmith lost in Richmond because of it. Apparently.

Referundum question :- IN\OUT of EU; OUT won by 13:12 in a legally advisory only vote.

No. The "Out" vote got 37.5% of the electorate. They seem to have won 3 to 5 - where they got the 3...

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Can you hold down the power button

The following phrases and their synonyms are regarded as interchangeable

Log off

Shut down

Restart

Unplug

Dismantle

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Facepalm

Arithmetic needed

72.2% voted in the opinion poll

51.9% of them voted to leave

0.722 * 0.519 = 0.374718 so we can round that up to 37.5% or three out of 8 of the electorate.

That meant the other 5 did not.

And that is before you consider that a sizeable proportion of the Brexiters were elderly white people and that demographic is a shrinking percentage.

If we leave now, this country is going to want back in and the terms will not be so favourable...

None of Maggies discounts

Join the Euro

and so on

So leaving now will cost our children dearly and will not only be undone but we will be more deeply part of it once the historical blunder of Brexit is recognised as such,,,

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FAIL

They wouldn't be so stupid as to over-rule a referendum, would they?

There is nothing to overrule. The OPCKATR was not legally binding and had less than half the electorate choosing Brexit.. Parliament regularly ignores advice - much of it good advice. It is no stretch to ignore this too.

OPCKATR - Opinion Poll Commonly Known As The Referendum

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Boffin

Re: Handy....

By "project fear", I presume you mean the inconvenient facts and experts the politicians found unacceptable?

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Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

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Facepalm

Re: Those who like facts will pay attention. Otherwise not.

I would trust a review of a medical breakthrough more from the BMJ than, say, the Daily Mail.

I think many people would trust a review more from the Beano than the Daily Mail.

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A sorry Brexcuse! Systemax blames Brexit for car crash Q3 results

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Meh

@jess

We might end up remaining in the EEA (which is really all that the referendum question gives a mandate for).

The referendum did not give a mandate for anything. It was not legally binding either. The only mandates we have around here are ones supplied by parliament or possibly the Queen.

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Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike

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Facepalm

20% ???

They obviously think the pound has further to fall.

In the meantime, just think of it as advance Gullibility Tax.

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Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

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Flame

@I ain't Spartacus

This is not the fault of your Estates Department, It's the law!

Some professional suit wearer somewhere decided that it was confusing having 3 different colours - black red and cream for most office and domestic extinguishers. Just think of it as if they wanted to replace the 3 different foot pedals in our cars with just the one!

Should you even have water extinguishers in your area?

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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Happy

Re: On Loitering Aircraft.

Isn't the Apache a better loiterer?

Loitering is not the only thing. The Feet want something overhead that is slow enough to be accurate, tough enough to take punishment, dangerous enough to take out everything from a piece of concrete to a main battle tank and bowel looseningly scary. That's an A10 then...

Those things sound weird!

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Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos

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Boffin

Natural Unit

Why no Smoots?

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NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

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Black Helicopters

@Tom Paine

Perhaps everyone who knows that they "have nothing to hide" should start using encryption?

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Big Brother

Re: No hiding place

long been a vital part of life in remote areas

Although I come from Orkney, I live in what I regard as "the south", not far from Coventry in fact. I regularly come across people around here who say that they are too remote to get email! My old family home there has access to some seriously fast fibre.

No the North Isles are not suitable for wannabe Robinson Crusoes.

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Euro Patent Office staff demand new rights to deal with terrifying boss

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Black Helicopters

Reforms?

As with those done in the UK, you need to indicate the possible reality by calling them "reforms".

This quotation marks would indicate that someone had used the word but that they were not necessarily truly an advancement or improvement.

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Pint

Re: Shoosht!

Stop subsidising the reclaimed swamp.

Fit 5G, cycle lanes,serious public transportation systems and provide relocation subsidies to the true middle of the UK - Morecambe!

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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Go

The lady saying good morning has a strong chance of addressing an affable Kiwi or a friendly Swede and should get a response.

What other fruit, vegetables and other foodstuffs might one hold a conversation with?

Scotch?

Chillies?

Mandarins?

...

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Alien

@Martin

Standing on the left makes sense.

The majority of people are right handed and civilised countries drive on the left so that divers passing can shake hands. For the slightly less friendly, you can engage in high speed commerce.

Why does London do something so counter intuitive as to get people to stand on the right?

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Pint

Re: Urbanity

other nicer and cheaper parts of the country

Do you mean, almost all of it then?

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Facepalm

@David Lawton

The iPhone was killed a while ago. They make up less than 10% of new sales. The rest are Android with the rest hidden in the rounding error somewhere.

iPhones are generally a couple of years behind technically. The interface screen looks pretty much the same as it did when it was on the iPod Touch. It has been happily copying what it sees as good ideas from other peoiple but not a decent UI.

Nobody is copying Apple but if they want to copy others, this may help.

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Flame

Re: For Google, Europe, as usual...

And two better than Google tends to think of.

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Pint

Copying Apple would loose them money

Whilst there are certainly a lot of reasons to buy Android phones - price, functionality, battery etc - there is some reasons to not buy Apple including Apple business practices, being treated like a moron, restrictions and so on. One of the biggest is that their phones look #shiny and distinctly dated. Many Android users might keep away from something that aped what they are happily not using.

I have not seem many pictures but, fortunately, it does not look like an iThing. It looks like a phone. Glass on one side, metal or whatever on the other, rounded corners(!) and so on.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Yep - this is the phone to convert iOS users

. like not spying on users, and making them agree to let you keep that data into perpetuity (you may want to actually read the conditions for a change). Not going to happen, not just because I value the privacy of my family but also I actually have a professional duty to protect my clients.

Like having a UI that isn't basically unchanged since the iPod Touch?

Like not being the "must have" for wannabe Beautiful People and the terminally uninformed?

Like being a smartphone rather than a fashion accessory?

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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Pint

Bohemia

If they had called it Bohemia, they could have behaved in a Bohemian manner...

Lots of parties, sleep through the morning, clothing styles, slightly dodgy morals and so on.

Great for some types of tourism,

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Devil

Re: "Morally deficient director"

That phrase, whilst far from a universal description, does seem to contain a redundancy. What one will we hear next? "Sociopathic director" or "dodgy politician"?

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Holmes

@Pompous Git

And if your bank's online banking software only works with IE you don't deserve to have an opinion.

No. If your bank's software only works with IE, they do not deserve your business - or even the privilege of looking after your overdraft.

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Boffin

What does "Bing" mean?

As a child, I lived in central Scotland - Fife is about 2/3 of the way up the the UK.

There were a lot of Bings but they are less common when I go back now.

A bing is one of those funny shaped hills that use to be so common where there were coal mines. They are all the rubbish that was dug up but do not contain much that is useful.

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Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

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Coat

Re: Cant be her,

It's not so much the nostrils as the septum (the fleshy bit between them).

Mine's a deviant...

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EU 'net neutrality' may stop ISPs from blocking child abuse material

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Linux

Let me set DNS on my Router then

Once upon a time, I used Open DNS and set up my router to use 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 for all devices in my home. I was able to block things that *I* did not like from my children. I did not need a "filter" from the Government, who would block anything a lawyer or friendly dictator wanted or a dodgy US corporate that would block a nipple before an assault rifle.

My children grew up using computers largely unsupervised. I only recall one question as to why I blocked a particular item. If either of them figured how to get around this, they did it very discreetly which is good enough for me.

For a long time now ISPs seem to have liked to supply routers where users have no control over anything. Defaults are good but we need to be able to override. My children are young adults and in their own homes. I don't need to set a DNS range any more. If I do, it will have to be on individual devices. One day, I might have grandchildren and they will probably have their own devices. Will I have to manually enter it onto their machines when they come round?

Let me choose my own DNS for my own devices from the router which I have paid for too.

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