* Posts by Allan 1

103 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009


Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

Allan 1

Re: F/A 18 Interceptor

I have a distant memory, that as a child my father took me to a block of offices just behind Central Library, Manchester, that were full of computers of all kinds. I learned later that this had been the first headquarters of Ocean Software (now defunct). Oh how I wish I could remember that visit more clearly.

Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

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Samsung bait and switch

I had a S7 Edge that I was really happy with. Then recently they changed their contracts, and my phone started popping up a notification that I had to sign in to my Samsung account and digitally accept the new contract, to continue using my phone. I did NOT agree to some of the terms in the new contract. So I declined to "accept" it. Queue my phone popping that notification over the top of everything, every 60 minutes. Prompting me that I had not yet accepted the new contract.

Contacted Samsung, only to be told that there was no way past it, I had to accept the new contract. For a phone I owned and paid for outright. So would they buy the phone back at the same price I purchased it for? No.

Im with a Huawei P20 Pro now. Samsung has turned into a fetid steaming mess.

TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear

Allan 1

Re: Imprisonment would be fair, I think

I have a TV, linked to an old PC running Linux and Kodi. As it was a gift, its "tuned" to digital TV, but its not connected to any external aerial of any kind. TV Inspector told me that because its "tuned" and there is an aerial available for it even though its not connected, I need a licence. The only way I wouldn't need a licence is if I was to "de-tune" it, and pull the aerial and all cabling for it down and that he was going to refer me to court.

Still waiting to hear my court date, 3 years on.

Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

Allan 1

Re: Streisand effect in 3..2...1...

Their retail desk is closed except for saturdays, for essential renovations. Or was a week or two ago when I needed a new SDD. Their mail order business is open as normal.

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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As an amature photographer, I would rather deal with Jessops, or LCE, who have bricks and mortar outlets, than take a risk buying a £2000 camera from Amazon, and having the delivery scally steal it. Plus if you keep an eye on Jessops sales, you can quite often get good kit, very cheaply.

Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day

Allan 1

Re: Opt Out?

I believe that European law specifically states quite clearly, that a contract cannot and will not revoke your legal protections, and that if a contract tries, the entire contract is void.

Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

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We already know about it, and have for a while. They beefed up security a fair bit.

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Or maybe the user was just tired of being passed from desk to desk.

Outage at EE wrecks voice calls across the UK

Allan 1

Doesn't appear limited to EE. Been unable to make or recieve voice calls all day, and I'm with TescoMobile who is an O2 based VMNO

Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

Allan 1

Stay away from the DailyMail/MailonSunday sites then. Every story has a video player, that not only autoplays, but slides out, and slides off to the side, and won't let you kill it until its played 30 seconds of commercials.

Thanfully I found a very simple uBlock Origins filter sniplet, that kills the flyout mechanism for it.

Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

Allan 1

Re: Still not happening

Can be done even cheaper, with a Chinese copy known as an Orange Pi. I made mine for under £20.

Virgin Media to close flagship Oxford St store in August

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They want everyone on Shub3 to reduce support scope, and hence, reduce support costs. They will try and charge you for the upgrade, but if you keep refusing, they will offer it for free.

Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

Allan 1

Sorry, but I've bought a couple of high end laptops from PC World, and are quite satisified with the spec and the price. Not happy with the way they really push hard to get you to buy McAffee, Microsoft Office, Knowhow Cloud, and Knowhow Setup though. A polite "No thank you" is not enough. You need multiple "No thank you. I said no. I am sorry but what use is mcrosoft office to me when I use libre office? NO!"

UK privacy watchdog sends poison pen letter to Zuckerberg et al

Allan 1

Re: Delete your account

Most people THINK they have deleted their accounts, when all they have actually done is deactivated it.

You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

Allan 1

The ONLY people who will benefit from these meters in the long run, are the power companies. Time based pricing organized to cost the most when you use the most, no need for meter readers, etc.

League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

Allan 1

Re: Devops

"Even my Logitech keyboard supports macros. Is that a cheat too ?" - Using the logic Blizzard apply to world of warcraft, yes. If a keyboard can execute more than one commend per keypress, then yes, its a bot , and its a hack, and its bannable.

Beleaguered 123-reg customers spot price hike

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Got to be fair

Ive used 123 for a long time now, and while their fees are creeping up, there does seem to be fewer "hidden" costs than there were with the old management. They used to charge to transfer your domain out, the new management abolished that.

Their customer service, while a little on the slow side, is remarkably knwledgeable too.

Apps that 'listen in' to your mobile get slapped by US watchdog

Allan 1

Re: I don't get it

Maybe by knowing the sequence the adverts are playing, and the time, they can figure out what show you were watching, and hence, your interests?

Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Allan 1

Re: Training required and Twitter suspensions

It is important to realize that not all pavements are public property. Some can actually be the property of nearby businesses. As a bunch of photographers found out when they were arrested for photographing the Shard in London. Turns out that The Shard also owns the "public" pavement outside.

Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

Allan 1

I actually let Windows 10 install, then found 90% of my games (admittedly old ones) simply refused to work. So I wiped and reinstalled Windows 7, did the whole windows update thing, then went to bed. Woke up the following morning to find Windows Update about to reinstall Windows 10. So glad I woke up when I did.

Installed GWXControlPanel almost immediately after that. Just checked, and it appears GWXControlPanel makes all the necessary adjustments to registry for me.

Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

Allan 1

Re: Security Updates

Sony phones are great, but their screens seem unusually fragile. I have a friend with a Z3, who dropped it less than 2 inches onto a carpeted floor, and the screen literally exploded into fragments. Other than that minor inconvenience, they are great phones.

TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

Allan 1

It's my understanding that they are legally required to retain ex-customer details for a number of years after that customer leaves, in case the authorities need to investigate fraud / crime.

Botched Google Stagefright fix won't be resolved until September

Allan 1

Unfortunately, installing cyanogenmod will completely invalidate my Samsung warranty on my S6

Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

Allan 1

How do I swap out a spare battery in my Galaxy S6 Edge? It's a completely sealed unit.

Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

Allan 1

There will be many sad panda's today.

Crap employers banned from enforcing backdoor crim records checks

Allan 1

Re: Checks for people running activities in community hall

Essentially, yes. The onus is now on you to make an official CRB check request directly with the police yourself, and pay for it, yourself. You can no longer place the onus on the other person.

'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

Allan 1

Re: Shock news!

Apple and defenestration... I don't think Apple uses windows.

Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

Allan 1

Capita, as in the same people who are TV Licensing Thugs^H^H^H^H^HEnforcers?

Oh dear gods no.

Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

Allan 1

I, for one, welcome our robot vacuum overlords.

Outage STILL hitting Virgin Media Business broadband customers

Allan 1

Re: Time to fix.

VirginMedia sadly don't give you a choice. They forcefully push out the firmware updates, and you cannot opt out of them.

Facebook: Over half a BEELLION loyalists have SPURNED our Messenger app

Allan 1

I have Facebook Messenger and Facebook on my cellphone only because they were pre-installed, and I am too lazy to dig out the instructions on how to remove them from a rooted phone (mine is rooted), I just don't use them.

I did use whatsapp, until facebook bought it, at which point I deleted both my account and the app.

"You don't trust facebook then?" "Nope, not one little bit."

Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

Allan 1

Re: Just under the clickey button...

Also excludes self employed, disabled and unemployed people from entering:

Required* Your Organization.

I'll get my chocolate from Tesco.

FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

Allan 1

Re: Look and say AAAHHH!

'Burner passwords' would probably leave you open to a charge of wilful destruction of evidence, sadly.

Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Allan 1

Re: In other words, Auntie doesn't like Aussies

" iPlayer downloads can only be played in the place they were downloaded to, and are time limited."


get_iplayer FTW

Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

Allan 1

Re: I call shenanigans

Indeed. I had multiple Logitech gaming mice over the years and one gaming keyboard.

All the mice failed in exactly the same way, an internal break in the USB cable, probably because they are shipped with the cable folded up so tightly in the packaging that the cable's already damaged before you get to even use it. Assumably to make the packaging smaller.

The keyboard, just stopped responding one day. I swapped to Roccat products and not had any issues since.

Brits' borked Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

Allan 1

Re: Retrieval

Not 100% sure here, but isn't it the case that when a company goes bankrupt, any equipment in their possession becomes the property of the administrators, even if the bankrupt company wasn't the owner of the property to begin with. Possession being 9/10ths of the law and all that.

I remember when a large photographic chain went kaput, people who had placed orders and paid for equipment, lost out heavily. The administrators took both the money and auctioned the equipment to pay the creditors.

If the case is similar here, I fear for people trying to recover their equipment that was in for repair.

Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

Allan 1

Re: Opt Out more likely

Thanks for the heads-up. I logged in to my vm account on a hunch after reading your post, to find they had kindly activated this rubbish for me too, without even having the manners to tell me. I went to settings and got greeted by:

"Because its your first time here, we have activated all settings for you, to protect..."

There was a radio button control to turn it off but no save settings button. When clicked on to change it to "Turn Off", I got greeted by a nice red dialog warning of death, doom and destruction, obviously designed to frighten those whom are less technologically literate.

It had better stay turned off. I'll be checking it periodically. While I don't do porn, I want it off because it should be my choice, not theirs.

Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

Allan 1

Re: Cheltenham again?

Yeah, I'm not buying the "failure" excuse either. Happened too soon after BT had an identical "failure".

Still watching DVDs? You're a planet-killing carbon hog!

Allan 1

All well and fine, but...

Every streaming service I've tried do NOT provide subtitling for the feature, and some have no intetion to ever provide subtitling, hiding behind clauses such as "the licence holder prevents.."

I am deaf. I need subtitling on my movies. DVD's provide that. Streaming doesn't.

I'll stick with DVD's.

ICO raps UK Student Loans Co for leaking MEDICAL files and more

Allan 1

Re: The article keeps changing

Once published, the article should be static except for spelling corrections ofc. Error correction should be via a strikethrough, so any comments made don't suddenly look weird as the part they were commenting about is suddenly missing.

Its not print, but it is press.

Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

Allan 1

Oh god No!

I'm with Tesco Mobile at the moment, only because they gave me a good deal on a Galaxy S3. I thought at the time, "OK, so they use the O2 network, it can't be that bad."

I was right, its not that bad. Its worse. I can barely get a signal at home, in fact anywhere thats not "city centre" has an atrocious signal, and I have just over a year of a two year contract left.

If they want to make a success of their own phone, they need to use a better carrier network imo.

Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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I nearly fell for one of the EHIC scam sites, and paid the £25 for an EHIC last year.

If it wasn't for a Dutch friend telling me that the NHS EHIC's are actually free. Knowing they were free, I eventually found the proper EHIC application site via NHS Direct of all places.

So yeah, Google need to deindex the fake EHIC sites also.

To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

Allan 1

"Hey guv, its scary. We need to close down WoW urgently. Its a hotbed of therroristht activthy. EVERYONE talks abbout 'nuking the boss' continually!!!"

Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe

Allan 1

Friend of mine has a Lumia something or other, he was always raging on about how it had a "proper camera with carl zeiss lens!", so I showed him just how grainy his pictures actually were at full size on a proper PC monitor.

Given the size of the lens and the size of the sensor, I can't imagine this would be any less grainy. Especially when compared to a similar shot taken with a proper camera.

NYC attorney seeks mobe-makers' help to curb muggings

Allan 1

Re: Block by IMEI

The technology exists in the UK too. Plus theres a central registry of blocked IMEI's that any carrier in the UK can check (I believe). However, don't ask Vodafone UK to do an IMEI block.

I had a nice Samsung on Vodafone, that got stolen. I reported it, they blocked te SIM, I asked them to block the IMEI too, they point blank refused. I pressed them, and was told they have the ability to block it yes, but internal policy prohibits them. This was about 4 years ago. Might have changed since.

Hey, Acer: Is that a rounding error, or did you actually make a profit?

Allan 1

Actually Acer's customer support seems to have improved. They replaced a defective keyboard on my laptop, by replacing the entire laptop with a more up-2-date model, out of warranty, free of charge.

Virgin Media: SO SORRY we fined your dead dad £10 for unpaid bill

Allan 1

Re: Debt after death

Actually in the UK, the only debt NOT written off in the event of a death, is HMRC (tax).

If a debt cannot be recovered from the deceased persons estate, its written off. Its not tradition, its not "being nice", its the law.

New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

Allan 1

Re: Virgin Media

Actually, if you read the legalese, they pass it off not as a £5 fee on credit card payments, but a £5 discount on direct debit payments, effectively evading this legislation.

Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

Allan 1

Not suprised

They were nice to browse, but seriously, they had issues.

I was looking for a DVD recently, it was stocked by my local HMV for £13.99, according to the HMV website. I could order online, for collect at store, and pay only £13.99, or have it delivered for an additional... I forget how much.

It was also stocked by an online company, sent2u, for £10 with free delivery.

I wanted the dvd there and then, I was bored, and needed some AV entertainment, so I chose HMV, and selected collect at store. Placed my order, and went down to the store. "No sir, sorry, you can't have one of those copies, those are our store copies. You will need to wait for it to be dispatched from our warehouse. It will be about 2 to 3 days."

I cancelled the order, and placed an order with sent2u instead. It arrived the next day.

In my opinion, in part, HMV failed, because it failed to adapt to a changing market place. I am sad though, the local HMV was a nice place to browse during lazy saturday afternoons.

Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

Allan 1

I can't say

I can't say that I have faith in Dyson products. The only Dyson product I ever owned (a vacuum cleaner) failed a few months after its warranty expired.

Yet my BOSCH corded hammer drill must be at least 10 years old, and still going like a trooper. As is my BOSCH IXO, and my BOSCH fridge.

Also, I suppose its totally inconcievable that BOSCH, with their multi-million £ R&D departments have the expertese to come up with similar design concepts independantly.


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