* Posts by Splurg The Barbarian

18 posts • joined 2 Nov 2009

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?

Splurg The Barbarian

Lemonade would have been bliss compared to my childhood next door neighbour. They hadn't long got two cats when one of them pee'd all over his Spectrum +128.

He didn't notice until he went to use it noticed the smell and they keys being "sticky"!

Tesla has made a profit. Repeat, Tesla has made a profit – $143m in fact

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Re: Smart Summon used "more than one million times"

Often wondered why people seem to be OK with this. Tesla know where every car they've sold is at any point and what speed, when its used etc. Speaking to an owner, you can disable it but your GPS won't work. How true that is I don't know.

Its also funny peoples reactions to this. I saw someone on a forum, when having Tesla's data tracking pointed out to them, respond with

"when people say that I tell them its not a car, its a computer on wheels, so of course they will. What's the problem?"

The fact that folk think it's normal for computers & computer related companies is very worrying.

I see your blue passport and raise you a green number plate: UK mulls rewards scheme for zero-emission vehicles

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Re: Taxis

That's because the mark 1 Leaf has a truly horrendous range of about 90-130 miles tops, real world 70-105 or so, new one does 168-239 depending on model. Real world probably a bit less.

Most new model EVs do 250 + real world probably from 215/220 upwards.

One of my colleagues at work as a taxi driving friend. They shifted to a Leaf 3 years ago and can not believe how little the running costs are now compared to his diesel.

One question about this will this apply to hybrids (plug in or otherwise)? If so can see a lot of those bought for lower company car tax burning fossil fuel while gaining the benefits. I had an Outlander PHEV as a personal car and binned it early for a diesel as the petrol mpg was poor and I could only get 17-23 miles of EV range (seemed to be an issue where some were really poor on EV while others were much better even with the same driver & driven in same way).

Class-action sueball over refurbed iThings will ask Apple what 'as good as new' means

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Re: That's ridiculous

No one is going to replace devices that are a couple years old with brand new ones. When you have insurance on your car that's been in an accident they promise to use new or like new parts, but no one expects them to supply you with a whole new car!

And then your car, with its 8 year body work warranty that you have 6 years left on, has no warranty at all anymore.

I bought a brand new car & I've told the insurance company when I took it out that I wanted to put it to manufacturer approved bodyshop so that it didn't get refurb parts and its bodywork warranty wiped out should the worst happen. If they said no, I went elsewhere.

Wouldn't expect a brand new car, but would expect new parts, due to its age and value.

HOWEVER a better example is my car BREAKS DOWN under warranty, I take it in and the dealership/manufacturer decide to repair it with 2nd user parts, then I am going to be very cheesed off.

Maybe if Apple made the devices more serviceable the complainant, could have simply received a brand new battery allowing him to keep his ,only used by him & bought brand new, device.

Side-splitting bulging batts, borked Wi-Fi... So, how's that Surface slab working out for you?

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1 year warranty? I don't think so...

Always amazes me when companies trot out the old favourite "1 year limited warranty", especially as under EU law every device sold in EU must carry a 2 year warranty. Plus if you are prepared to dig your heels in,some are a pain but some are very good with this, there is the sales of goods act That covers you for 5 years in Scotland and 6 years rest of UK.

While it can be difficult to prove the fault is a manufacturing defect, the number of folk affected says it might be, goods must be of reasonable quality. If things don't last as long as reasonably expected, a repair or replacement at manufacturers/retailers expense is the fair option.

I would argue.that any fondleslab costing roughly £1000 should reasonably last a good number of years.

Management at work saw fit a couple of years ago to buy a number of Surface Pro 4s. The amount of them that are now dead is incredible. Thankfully they have listened to us "monkeys" and will.no longer be purchasing any more of them.

Usenet file-swapping was acceptable in the '80s – but not so much now: Pirate pair sent down for 66 months

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Usenet, that brings back memories. Used to use it when I started at Uni. Great source of mod and midi files,none of that new fangled MP3 nonsence!

Shut the barn door: UK data watchdog tells MPs mass slurping by firms is a huge risk to privacy

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Re: Tell people *why* the slurp is bad for them

Same here. Its that or "I have nothing to hide". Unfortunately I already have a FB account created back in 2007, I hardly use it but its too late they already have details. I've told folk that the Cambridge Analytica scandal is not a one off, its the norm. Every thing they did FB were told to stop doing years before. You tell them how does FB afford to give them that service for free? Don't care.

Spend half my time telling folk to check privacy settings, app permissions, data farming etc. Speak to folk about Alexa and youget the stock, "it only listens when I say Alexa". Youask then if thays the case how does it know you've said "Alexa"? Youcan almost see the struggle to work that one out! The average punter simply doesn't care,the corporates know that. If the public looks like starting to care, just watch the new trinkets come out.

We are basically at the stage of wondering how to stop a big boulder coming down the hill with a few pointy sticks, sadly.

It's all in the wrist: Your fitness tracker could be as much about data warfare as your welfare

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Re: No, no, no, no, no!

The bloody annoying thing is the model I've got is the only one that does FLAD at the price point. Currently called them out about it on their Twatter feed & actually getting somewhere, slowly with them. They want the discussion out of the public though, funny that eh? I did ask if they would refund me the purchase cost as it is them I feel should be out of pocket rather than the retailer, but they did not take me up on it yet.

With, for example, a Fire Stick I can understand why Amazon would know what I watch as it is linked to my account and they are supplying me a service and need to know what to send to my account etc. It's also my choice to use that, and I can limit what data they can take from the stick without losing service. That's not to say they are saints by any stretch. But this TV situation I think is extracting the urine.

These type of things require more noise and people to realise exactly what these companies are up to and the consequences. Give them an inch and they take a yard!

Splurg The Barbarian

No, no, no, no, no!

Not sure if that title is obvious enough! This data collection has to stop. It has to be looked into. When did it become acceptable that because something is a "computer" (smartphones, tablets, watches, TVs cars etc.) that the manufacturer can monitor its use, see what you are doing when using it etc? When did seemingly intelligent people decide yes I don't mind being tracked by a corporate identity yet in the same breath criticise governments for doing the same?

For instance, not long bought a new Sony TV. It had reviewed well had features I wanted and advertised that it would have Dolby Vision added via an update. Tried to update in last few days and I can't because I rejected the "privacy" policy which told me they wanted to access every program/file watched, details of every device connected, how long it was used for, when it was switched off etc. As a sensible person I said no. I don't want a "smart" TV. Because of this I cannot use the TV as advertised. No mention of this in reviews, advertising etc, only after it is unboxed and used.

How many others are like this? Why are they doing this? Simple, in this day and age companies no longer R&D properly, no longer test products no check they work properly. They sell half assed attempts and then strip all usage out of the device as we are their testers. They also make a fortune selling our data. We are commodities to them, no oversight, nothing.

How has this happened, to many people giving it "nothing to hide nothing to fear" or distracted by the shiny-shiny. Hear about an idea, think it's good without every thinking of the consequences and the monster that has been released. Amazon and Google have convinced alledgedly intelligent people to place a listening device into their homes and hand over cash to them for the (dis)pleasure.

So again, no,no,no,no,no. Needs to be far more fightback against this creeping, nay marching corporate surveillance society.

Rant over.

Want a good Android smartphone without the $1,000+ price tag? Then buy Google's Pixel 3a

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Re: Google to host videos ...

Could add the A2 6gb 128gb especially if bought from China. Rather have that and it's Android One too.

The Pocophone is a cracking piece of kit for the money, far better value than this Google device.

BBC engineers see PLT knocking out DAB

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Works OK for me too

Moved into a new build home last year, no way the missus would let me drill holes and run cable, so for my HTPC and XBox360 I have a homeplug upstairs to connect to the router downstairs. So far I've had no issues and a DAB radio is used every day in the kitchen without any interference.

Had missed the stories of interference with these devices, knew about leakage etc but will maybe run a few tests, but as said so far everything works a treat and no issues at all for me or the neighbours(I did ask them though when I fitted it).

Police expert caught with abuse images

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Sex offender register

He was added to the sex offender register for 10 years

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Couldn't happen where I work

Under normal circumstances the images must show a sexualised content. Most of those images that you kindly suggested I "Googled" could be classed as concerning but concerning images don't make a case. It would have to be taken in context of the investigation.

For instance if someone was a naturist they would not be done for having naturist photographs and nothing further would be taken, however if the person had, and it could be shown to have, an interest in sexualised images of children then these could be used as concerning images but would not form the basis of a charge. You can't be charged with concerning images all they are are images of concern do to the behaviour shown.

It is very hard to get into specifics in a public forum but images that I referred to, certainly in the geographical area I work in have to be of a certain "standard" that would allow me to stand by the comment I made earlier.

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

There is no crime of "looking at images" it is one of "possession" and a crime of "creating"(which includes when an image is saved onto PC/media etc it is "created")

You can not prove who has looked at images downloaded unless there is a camera recording the act but you can tell the difference between a file that has been downloaded and one that has been downloaded and accessed at a later date.

In these cases the press never has the full evidence reported, there is usually far more than "these were on the computer"

A possession offence does mean something, you don't get 14 months and the sex offenders register for 10 years for nothing!

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A bit of reality

Who watches the watchers? This man was not involved in investigating any thing in relation to the Police, he was purely working for them in connection with the HR department. Comments 1 and 3 are to be frank a little bit strange but hay ho!

What is a level 5? Well it is publicly available information level 1 is erotic posing, level 2 is solo masturbation or sexual activity between children, level 3 sexual activity between an adult and a child, level 4 penetrative sexual activity, level 5 is bestiality,masochism/sadism in relation to a child.

so "Apparently you can be caught with the most serious type of image, a "Level 5", without anyone having a clue what a Level anything one is" is complete nonsense. You may not know what the levels are but there is NO WAY you could be done without knowing what you had was not legal!

"Don't the police have in-house 'expertise'?" They do as do all large organisations but sometimes a new system or what ever requires some more staff on a temp basis and consultants or similar are employed. If your referring to E-Crime units which this man did not work for then yes they do.

If that sounds a bit defensive, I work for a Police Force doing computer examinations and rather sadly 90% of the work I do involves looking at indecent images and videos of child abuse (NOT porn, as porn can be "exciting") and let me tell you some of these are pretty horrific, and not once have I wanted to download and watch these for fun! Some of the comments do come from a level of understandable ignorance but it is a bit wrong to slate us in the job we do when most people could not do 6 months of this type of work never mind the years I have done.

Dixons Advent Vega

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Spotted that as well

Just read the review of the Vega and went and checked the Archos review also. Has the author deliberately slated the Vega due to the fact in almost every tablet story there are comments recommending the Vega and critiscising El Reg for not reviewing it?

There is no consistency between the two reviews at all, the Archos scores 85% without Android Marketplace and is even praised for a workaround to get access. the Vega is slated for having a workaround. The Vega is also slated for having a widescreen display, doesn't the Archos 101 have a widescreen display yet where was the mark down for it? I couls have sworn that most tablets are widescreen so will they ALL get a mark down for this?

Out the box both of these tablets can NOT have the marketplace as they are tablets not phones, so therefor do not have 3G or GPS.

If you want a capacitive screen 10" tablet, I'm sorry Reg, but the Vega seems to be far and away the best value for money device out there.

2009's Top Win Mo Smartphones

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Utter loblox!

As an owner of an HD2 I can say its brilliant and I've NEVER needed a stylus in two and a half weeks of using it.

As for the camera it is a phone/PDA first of all you want a camera buy a camera, having said that I've certainly used a hell of a lot worse camera on a phone and find it strange that the Touch Diamond 2 is said to have a good camera and the HD2 a bad one?? Plus none of my photos taken on my HD2 have a pink ring.

SE X10? After the last few years anyone with any sense would be avoiding SE like the plague.

Thumbs up? The HD2 is quite frankly the best phone I've had over the past 14 years

Scots slam Germans for 'tight-arsed' slur

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A completely untrue stereotype

As a Scot it does get a bit grating to be constantly accused of being tight, especially as I recall per head of population we give more to children in need etc than any other part of the country.

On the other hand I wish the SNP would stop doing anything to get their picture in the paper or on the tv!

Penguin? Well it is free is it not, just because its grating to be accused of being tight , doesn't mean I'm not!! ;)

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