* Posts by Spanners

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True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more

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Flame

Americanisation

We do not need a US standard of behaviour from our telecoms companies. Reading about them is bad enough.

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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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Pirate

Re: Horsecrap - MyffyW

Bought from Google - 1st party

Bought direct from Phone manufacturer or Carphone Warehouse etc unlocked - 2nd party

Bought subsidised from phone company - 3rd party

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Who cares?

I know some (young) people who use both thumbs, but both hands?

What kind of phone do you have?

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Pirate

RE: You can never under estimate how stupid some people can be.

I prefer the phrase "never underestimate the power of human stupidity,"

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Off-brand tablets look done, but big players are growing

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Boffin

Re: Who's cheap?

...Apple are by far the biggest. Wait, that doesn't sound right at all.

IOS is showing as 21.9% of the martket. There are two alternatives, Windows and Android. If they are equal (unlikely) then they are 39% each. That's not far off twice IOS share..

I suspect that Androuid accounts for a lot more than half of the non Apple tablet sales so it will be a higher % than the rest of the market combined.

No, Apple is not the biggest. It is however likely to be the most profitable by a huge margin as it charges premium prices for barely above average kit.

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Holmes

@David Lawton

Alternatively, spend half the price to get something better - just not an iThing!

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Meh

Sounds like a downgrade then

I got a OnePlus 5 a few months ago. I had not been impressed with fingerprint unlocking od previous (samsung) phones and had reverted to PIN.

I tried the fingerprint sensor on my new phone and it is excellent. It requires a pin less than once a week or if it has been off. It works any way up and it any lighting or complete darkness. Anything less than that reliability is ridiculous on any new phone costing half the price of apples latest gullibilty tax.

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Why you can't boycott the Mail: Google makes a mint from 'fake news'

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Pint

Re: And the advertisers wonder...

Because stealing has always been popular.

It had never occurred to me to link adrttising and theft but you are right.

Trying to persuade me to give someone money in return for something I neither need or want certainly is a form of theft.

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Man: Just 18 Bitcoin babies and my home is yours

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Black Helicopters

Re: But wait!

I thought it was the constant gambling of currencies against other currencies that lead to the devaluation of currencies which in turn caused economic problems?

Most of those "problems" are not a problem for the seriously wealthy - individuals or organisations. They are opportunities...

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Big Brother

The most worrying?

By far, the most worrying thing to find in any IT area is an accountant!

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Big Brother

... they are just doing exactly that they promised they would when you voted...

No. They promised they would make the world, or their country at least, a better place. Ell three are doing the exact opposite.

Mrs May is overseeing things that are making us all less free, less secure, more likely to be unemployed (or zero hours contracted) and so on.

The Chito in Cheif is working hard to make everyone except his friends poorer etc.

Puting is doing his best to destroy free speech in his country and outside it. I don't think Russias economy is that well either.

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Holmes

Yet

...as it means they've haven't broken it...

It could also mean that's what they want us to think. For example, they were whining about https long after they found ways around it.

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Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling

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Boffin

Re: meaningless term

To some extent, the pejorative use of the phrase is virtue signalling to a different (less virtuous?) group.

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Russia to block access to cryptocurrency exchanges' websites – report

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Childcatcher

Is there a pattern here?

I see a couple of patterns here.

1. China wants to destroy cryptocurrencies, Russia does. The USA and UK banking systems announce that they are unsafe. So places where very rich people hold sway are the most against them.

2. Every new technology that come out is decried for - pornography, terrorists, criminals, child abusers, identity theft and so on.

If the rich and powerful don't want the peasants to have bitcoin, that sounds like a really good call to get it.

"They"have decried everything from trousers and printing to instant messaging and now cryptocash. If someone invented a working holodeck, they would trot out the same rubbish. Listen to experts not clones of Janathan Rees Mogg.

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Royal Bank of Scotland customers say digital services gone TITSUP

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FAIL

Re: Coincidentally....

I have a suspicion that they may not all be in Scotland either.

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

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Re: am i missing something here?

I think it is just a product differentiation from its cloud/vapour ware preferred item.

Also they would really rather we forget about all previous versions. You remember them. Announced as world shakingly wonderful when they come out but when the next one appears, the older version is vile, shoddy and unreliable.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Flame

Re: I propose something completely different..

How about good (ie non US or RP) English?

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Alien

Re: In the UK...

In central Scotland, a "bing" is a man-made pointy hill created out of mining waste. Is that common usage in the bottom third of the country - say from Sheffield down?

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FAIL

Additional comma

My (Oxford trained) english teach was quite clear that you do not put a comma after the penultimate item in a list.

People from the USA seem to often call this delibarate error an Oxford comma but clever people tell me it is better called a "Serial comma".

It is supposed to remove ambiguity but I find that I am distracted from the actual list to consider the error of this extra punctuation mark

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Go

Re: What about "leverage" as a verb?

I suggest we Dog Ear that for now.

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Boffin

Lets remove a few more. I suggest we get rid of such misuses as...

Share - try "discuss" instead

and

Student - when they mean pre university school pupils

Then, all you kids can get off my lawn!

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Kaspersky shrugs off government sales ban proposal

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Black Helicopters

Treat it as a reccomendation

If the US Government, spooks and big business does like Kaspersky and wants us not to use it, this is a very good reason to get it and use it.

Kaspersky is not controllable by Mr Trump or any of his rich friends. Neither is it so likely to install back doors and weaknesses for the NSA, CIA or any other such criminal organisation.

So the new KGB knows my name, address and browsing habits? I really don't care. It has no affect on my personal security or sense of well being. I can not say the same for DT and his orange friends.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Holmes

Re: Ah, Mr O, the go to guy for an article

Nonbody needs paid to slag off Apple. They do it because the company and its followers are so annoying.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Happy

Re: Apple has redrawn the poo emoji

Going by the Bristol Stool Chart...

A nurser here once asked me what it was about Scottish people like me that made us examples for the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). I asked her what was it about people like her from the "West Country" that made them subjects for the BSS...

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Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

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Go

1995 called , They want their politicians back

1995 here. No we don't. And while I'm here, you can have several of ours if you like.

1895 here. I think they belong to my grandpa.

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Pint

Re: I can't say that dinner with Lord Sugar would capture all my attention...

I am sure that I would sit straight, not put my elbows on the table and eat in a manner of which my mother would have approved!

I have seen on TV that he does have a nice sense of humour but I would let him start with the frivolity..

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

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Meh

Re: Competing with their own customers

Maybe they are no longer worried about Samsung forking Android...

Samsung just lost a sale to me because I don't like that possibility. This would have been my 4th or fifth Samsung but the thought that the next one would have even more undesirable Sammy duplicates of perfectly good existing apps helped steer me away.

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WTF?

Re: Nokia

Nokia is alive and kicking...

I have still not heard what that was really about. I can't even think of a good conspiracy theory!

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Facepalm

Re: there are a few tweets

Just because it is stupid does not mean nobody here uses it.

What is even more stupid is that people genuinely call it Social Media. It really isn't!

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Pint

How about...

When you get a call, turn off every computer in your house except a Raspberry Pi and don't tell them. If they try and hack into that, they will not get a lot!

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Meh

Re: A serious question.

Icons, and widgets were actually made to look like real things. The drawing style used shading , shadows and different colours to make things look like the genuine object.

The "save" button, for example looked like an actual 3.5 inch floppy disc. A "new email" button looked like an actual envelope. It actually bulged.

Now, they tend to be simple line drawings. If we are lucky, they may be coloured in in the style of what a 5 year old can do. A trend has been to remove all colour from the oversized toolbar.

If you are able, please think on the toolbar from Microsoft Word or Excel. The current one has much fewer items in it because they are much larger. Beside some of them are tiny triangles that lead to more.

You may remember that buttons used to have dark lines on two adjacent sides. This was showing the shadows that would have occurred if there had been light coming from the opposite corner over a genuinely raised object. Now they are either gray/coloured rectangles or a line drawing without the coloured.

I said a long time ago that these things are not only harder to use but they look ugly and amateurish but, apparently because I was born in 1960, I have old fashioned visual preferences and habits so my opinions were not needed!

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UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

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Alert

Re: Oh no!

Hugely subsidised area doesn't get into first tranche of additional subsidies!

FTFY

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Well, whad'ya know? 'No evidence' that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

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Black Helicopters

Re: So, uhm, dare I ask? ;)

How about

Is there any possibility that Trump isn't spying on people that he shouldn't be?

If there is, it's very small...

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Tech giants warp eco standards to greenwash electronics, rake in cash

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Flame

So what's stopping them using the road?

The most common thing is self entitled sociopaths seeing how close they can get while passing at 50 MPH.

The town where I live has a lot of double width pavements with a white line down the middle and a picture of a bicycle on one side and a pedestrian on the other, The last time I was on my bike on one, I got shouted at, even though I was on the correct side. Perhaps I was too far from the road for the idiot car driver to crowd me?

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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Alert

Is this "embrace" or "extend"?

The stage after this is "extinguish".

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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Boffin

Not "devoted" followers

They are generally gullible and uninformed.

"But my iThing just works!"

So does a Nokia 3310

"It does GPS"

So did my work Blackberry Bold.

"It's really easy to use"

Not as easy as a Nexus 5

and so on...

Originality has never been Apples thing. That's not a bad thing. Good ideas should be used. Just stop lying about it.

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UAV maker swipes at sponsor of opaque Qinetiq drone study

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Black Helicopters

Re: Does this include

But terrrrrrists could stand at the end of the runway with rolls of bib bags and release them one at a time!

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Black Helicopters

Re: As usual .....

Both the UK government and M$ seem to operate the same way. Utterly clueless and totally out of touch with the people.

I am pretty sure that Microsith is not the only software company that is guilty.

I am also pretty sure that it is not just the British Government that is out of touch with "the people" - whoever they are.

Any large company that follows, or is influenced by, US business practices and attitudes is primarily interested in the bottom line and screw the customers and actual people who do the work.

I think governmental failings come from that side of the pond too.

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Linux

Re: Paint has its uses

Wait until they try to replace Notepad!

In the last article, a number of people mentioned they already use Notepad++ instead.

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Happy

Full North British

Sausage(s) - cheap but non gristly

Bacon - well cooked but not shatter when cut

(fried) Egg(s) - runny yolks a must

Black pudding - this is the very base of a FBB

Haggis slices - comfort food for us exiles!

Mushrooms - fried in the bacon grease is nice

Beans OR Tomatoes - not both as they interfere with each other

500Mg Statins

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Go

Re: Fibre

Or that their entire PC is a "hard drive"....

A senior managerial person came to our office and announced she needed a new hard drive. Having a few on my desk I held one out. There was a long blank moment before a "we are not amused" expression.

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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Facepalm

Techno Klutz.

Knew that by his choice of phone anyway.

And what world is he living in where a 2,600 mah power bank will charge all phones?

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Linux

Re: One week at Bigger Blue.

There are some shops that require support staff to be in trousers/shirt/tie/nice shoes because it is what looks professional.

A professional what? A professional sales Droid certainly will always wear a suit. An IT professional may not wear jeans but dressing professionally means dressing practically for the activity.

Still, it's better than undressing professionally.

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Alien

Dodgy Picture

Arrakis (where the spice worms come from) does not have open water like that.

Or was it a troll picture waiting for some geek to say that?

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Pint

Re: Social disease

MS is not a disease.

It is a medical condition.

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Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance

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Pint

Re: IPA

I'll drink to that!

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Flame

Re: Pipe Dream

but after Chuka Umunna's stunt yesterday

Would that be where Corbyn won an approving tweet from Farage for firing front benchers who voted against the Conservatives?

Labour was the recipient of a large quantity of tactical votes. They were not given for any other reason than people want the conservatives opposed. If Labour stays like Blairs neo-Tories, they will not get those votes next election and more of their supporters will desert them again.

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Facepalm

Paperless Office?

I can still remember (a fragment of) my induction lecture.

"Ladies and gentlemen, by the time you graduate, the paperless office will have become the norm."

I have but it hasn't. That lecture was in September 1979!

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Holmes

Re: Cost is the smaller concern

If you deploy a modified distro, you will be just in the hands of the "consultants"

Only if all "consultants" are in the same cartel. This whole thing is open source and so *you get the source code*. You can take that to someone else. They will probably have a copy already. You can even, perhaps in conjunction with other trusts, set up your own developers.

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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

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Correct clothing required

The reason 30C is hot is that people in the UK do not dress and behave appropriately.

Are any of the people complaining about the weather wearing ties? How many of them are wearing suits? I have seen people in expensive business suits sweating madly and having the stupidity to tell me I was dressing unprofessionally!

Wear lighter clothing, short sleeved shirts without a tie and don't wear your nice shiniest leather shoes because they will make your feet sweat. Drink a couple of litres extra throughout the working day and wear sunglasses if you are in really bright sun. I would suggest suitable headgear but in England, that seems to be a hanky with a knot at each corner!

If you have an employer who hearkens back to the dress code of the 1930s I hope they are not expecting you to work for 1930s wages!

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