* Posts by ad47uk

139 posts • joined 19 May 2007

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Beeb hands £560m IT deal to Atos. Again

ad47uk

Glad I do not pay

I am so glad I do not have a Tv licence, one of the better things I have done is scrap it.

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Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

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I can see his point

As much as I do not like Dyson products, I do see his point of view.

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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i have a Nexus 4 Phone and a Nexus 7 tablet, none of them get updates now. It is not a problem they still work fine, never had a problem with security either.

I do think the security updates should be longer, but they are not, i am not going to cry about it.

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WD pulls cash-strapped Toshiba to one side, whispers: 'All right, pal, how much you want?'

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Re: Nuclear Energy -- The Fuel of The Future

We need nuclear power because at the moment there is no other way to keep the lights on, coal is running out and so is gas, while tree huggers may say use more renewable energy, that will not keep the lights on, it would be great if it did.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Tap and pay is an insecure system, which is why I told my bank to give me a normal debit card, which they did, just a shame they thought I changed my mind when they renewed it in march and I had to go through the process of getting a non-contactless card again

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ad47uk

confused?

So we went from the old magnetic strip and signature to chip and pin to make it more secure, then we go to contactless that is insecure and now they are sticking finger print scanners on cards to make them more secure.

why not just stick to chip and pin?

thankfully this is a Mastercard thing and hopefully Visa will not follow suit, it is bad enough trying to tell my bank I do not want contactless.

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Broadband providers almost double prices after deals end

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I am with plusnet and have been out of minimum contract now for over 12 months, I did look at other providers, but the amount saved it minimal once you add the connection fees in and the price they charge for posting a router to you.

Also some of the providers I do not want to use like Talk Talk, had someone from Talk Talk come to me in town yet again and told him i would not touch Talk Talk with a barge pole and then walked on. one day they will get the message.

I will keep looking, but as of yet, I have not seen anything that is better that Plusnet without being a lot more expensive.

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Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

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Re: Wouldn't surprise me a bit

One of the reason I would never use then even if they did come to this city.

Use my local taxi companies.

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

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The only thing I use out of that lot is Skype and it have been ok here as far as i know, maybe it is because i do not use a MSaccount to sign into it, but I can not see how.

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Lloyds to outsource 2,000 staff in IBM deal

ad47uk

Makes no difference who you bank with, they are all the same, so are most other companies to be honest, the worker is just a number and when they are not required they are told to get lost.

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Dyson backs Britain plc with $2.5bn AI and robotics investment

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Bringing manufacturing back to the UK may help

Oh yes, Dyson, loves the UK so much he now manufacture his over priced products in another country, so much for supporting the UK.

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Please come back! TalkTalk woos customers with broadband offers

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Re: Cant stand that Dildo woman

while i am not a fan of Talk Talk, there are people who use it that are happy with the service and they get a good service, things have improved since FTTC have started up. TT ADSL was awlful.

would i go for Talk Talk? i doubt it, but i am now out of minimum, contract with plusnet, but at the moment plusnet is fine for me.

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Plusnet? More like Plus-naught: Mobile data on the fritz for days for some unlucky punters

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I thought i would change from Vodafone to plusnet to save money, my first sim had no data, I just got the second sim and I have no signal at all.

Stick it i will get a refund of my first payment and stay with Vodafone, try and get a deal from them or try Giff gaff.

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5G? Pff, don't bother, says one-time Ofcom man's new book

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William Webb is correct, sort out what we have at the moment before going to new technology. My phone is not 4G, io do nto see the point in it at the moment, since they can nto even get 3G working correctly, so no point in buying a new phone for 4G, because in some places that is worse than 3G.

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

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Re: Does this mean

i am not planning to replace to my Nexus 4 for a while unless it goes wrong, it does what I need from it to be honest.

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Re: @ad47uk Darwin Award Pending?

We used to manage before, if i had an accident i can tell them where i am.

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So they had the Chinese to help them, what could possibly go wrong? GPS is turned off on my mobile phone, so even if i did get a phone that could use this European spy network, i would not.

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So you can all be tracked, what ever reason would it be for?

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Ok here, i am with plusnet and all fine here, but then i have windows 10 installed at the moment and have not updated it for a few weeks, so maybe that is why

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ESA lofts one astronaut and four Galileo satellites into orbit

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We should stop spending money on that as well, they have already lost million sending stuff to Mars that fail, spend the money on something more useful.

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Enterprise Yammer goes on end-of-life list for January 2017

ad47uk

It is a social network thing for companies. I can see how it can be useful in some places, but I am not interested. I been told that we could have a section for our department to send notices and messages. we have about 10 people in our department, leave a note on the whiteboard if they want to leave a message.

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ad47uk

The company I work for is pushing to get everyone on it, from what I can see it is just a business version of Facebook. I decided I did not want anything to do with it, so I decided to cancel my account or what ever it is.

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

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Maybe they will give up now and stop wasting money on this, there is enough on Mars now, they can do the work and if America wants to send anything else to it let them.

Europe have proved that they can not land anything on Mars, so stop wasting money.

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World+dog to get retro classic Commodore 64 for Christmas

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different times, the speccy was the first affordable colour computer with sound, the Amiga was a different class. I have both,

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Microsoft takes shot at Amazon as it wraps up UK cloud data centres

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But Office 365 is so slow,

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Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

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Re: Never heard of them

Apparently they have started to deliver around here, I saw one van of theirs and that is it, I have not seen them advertise, so how they get business I do not know, not that I would use them

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: Does this mean...

I still have a Blue-ray writer on my computer, so I could just burn the Iso of windows 8 onto a disk and then install from that, or i could use Universal usb installer to make a bootable copy of windows 8.1 onto a usb stick, would that not sort the problem?

Saying all of that the drivers still need to be produced for the new chipsets once the Os is up and running.

This news have got me thinking now, I will looking at updating, I have a an AMd 8350 machine at the moment and been waiting for the new zen and also looking at Intel, but if MS is going to dictate what OS I can use, then I will stay with what I have got. My motherboard is dying, so what ever I do I need to do it in the near future.

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Azure wobbles

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LOL, this ios why it is not a good idea to rely on the cloud.

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Vodafone bins line rental charges as it moves onto TalkTalk's turf

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Re: So not really binned then

I meant Plusnet was more expensive now, I can only get up to 38 anyway.

Binned the line rental? not really, they may have reduced it a bit and stuck it under a all in one price, but it is still there and that will not change until Bloated Toad closed reach (BTOR) reduce their line rental prices for broadband only.

The £49 payment would reduce the savings a fair bit, what they do not make clear is if that £49 is also for consumers who are already on fibre.

Their router is a big problem for me, I prefer to use my own, but Vodafone will not give any usename and password details to do that.

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ad47uk

Re: BBC Quote

"Maybe the BBC will bugger off to their favourite country after Brexit ......."

Hope so, then get rid of the out dated TV licence.

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Re: And the race continues

How do you mean Talk Talk is in the lead? If you mean by the number of users then yes, but then they have been around a long time, still useless but been around a long time. vodafone have not that long started doing home broadband.

Talk Talk is not cheap, £35 a month, that is for fibre up to 38Mb/s or to the proper term, fibre to the cabinet, and line rental, Vodafone was cheaper even before they changed the prices.

I have no idea what Vodafone broadband is like, but if it was a choice between Talk Talk and vodafone then I would take vodafone.

The problem these days are the stupid 18 months contract, far too long and also the connection fees, while Talk Talk do not do that for existing fibre users, other providers do.

With Plusnet at the moment, and i am now out of contract as from yesterday so I can move when ever I want, but staying put until I see something that suits me, so far nothing does, even the service i am on now is really what I want.

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ad47uk

So not really binned then

If the price is all in one then the line rental which is total rip off as it keeps going up in price and we get less, then it it is not really getting binned, anyone who gets fooled with that deserves all they get.

I have looked at Vodafone but they offer nothing more than what I am getting Plusnet and they are more expensive. As for not having TV content or the lack of it, it is not that important, plusnet offers TV, i do not want it or need it, all I want is an internet connection at a decent price and get rid of the rip off line rental.

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Lloyds personal banking hit with 'intermittent' outage

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halifax as well

Had the problem for a few days, with my Halifax account, part of the same company, so no doubt uses the same system. Furiously hitting refresh? nope, just one of those things that happen, app is fine.

When I asked Halifax last night they said all was fine, but changed that today to all is not fine :)

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Vodafone hints at relocation from UK

ad47uk

Not that vodafone will care, but one of of the few reason I stay with Vodafone because it is the most British network provider, it just keeps me with them, if they move out I would not have that reason and I would drop them like a stone. Moving their shop from the centre of town to our new shopping centre almost lost them my custom, moving out of the UK would certainly do it.

but as I said, they would not care.

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

ad47uk

My energy supplier do not seem to be in a hurry to replace my meter, not that I will allow a smart meter anyway. Not sure what will happen if I change companies as I am thinking of doing before the winter.

A mate of mine had a smart meter put in, but the thing will not work now, the mast that it used to send a signal have been moved and is further away and now there is not signal.

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Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

ad47uk

Not interested in all this smart stuff, My phone and tablet is the only smart thing I have really, My TV is not a smart Tv, it is a 8 year old plasma, my heating is controlled by a thermostat, why would I need it connected to the net? My hi-fi got a record deck on it, see music from black plastic things that you put a stylus on, great idea that was.

I think some of these ideas to connect stuff to the net is just because it can be done.

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Galileo satnav fleet grows an extra pair

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Re: All a bit orthogonal

It would take years for it to happen if it ever did. All the cars that are on the road would need to have some sort of GPS system put in, while some have a GPS, they don't normally have anyway of collecting that data. Also smaller cheaper cars do not have GPS at all, it would cost millions.

You only have to look at the mess that is made of trying to have smart meters put properties.

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Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

ad47uk

Re: ok, i'm a stick the mud

A mate of mine and myself did some tests with data slurping, you need to be pretty close to the person and you need something that puts out a fair bit of power to get anything from cards unless they have them in their back pocket with no wallet., Most wallets are pretty thick and the power of a normal mobile that could be used to slurp the data would not really do it. unless you are really unlucky.

We tried and most times it failed, and only worked when the phone is right up against the pocket of the victim and they only have to move a bit and it fails.

We did modernise a phone which put out more power on the NFC chip, that worked, but the battery died pretty quickly.

If you are really worried then get a wallet with is lined. the data slurping is not my problem with contactless, my problem is if I lose it,l anyone can pick it up and use it for a certain amount of time.

As for using a Android device as contacless, nope, security is not good enough.

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ad47uk

Re: ok, i'm a stick the mud

i would still have to carry my wallet anyway, i have a coffee loyalty card that is a card and they put a stamp on it. There are other things I carry in my wallet that will never be put onto a phone, so no point for me. anyway I do not like contactless, it think they are a risk

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Android Pay debuts in UK

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Re: I really don't get it...

Not all cards would be usable on it, what about loyalty cards? i don't use any apart from a coffee one and that is a bit of card that get stamped, so a wallet is needed for that, still places around that do not have contactless including a large supermarket in the UK, but they are working on it, also there are some places that still have no card machine at all.

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Re: No NO NO NO NO

Then don't use it, just like i won't, i do not have a contactless card I sent it back to my bank. According tot he info I found elsewhere, my bank and phone will support it, i just hope my bank don't bug me.

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TalkTalk customers decide to StayStay after £3m in free upgrades

ad47uk

I like to know how Did would save me money as she said on the radio this morning that people who go to TalkTalk can save money.

If I went to Talk Talk having the same service I have now I would be paying £4 more a month.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

ad47uk

Re: Huh?

this new coin was known about since at least last year.,

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ad47uk

Re: don't like the new coin

Yes, so what?

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Re: don't like the new coin

i know why the pound note was withdrawn, I am surprised that the 5 pound note is still here for the very same reason, but then it will soon by made from plastic not paper.

Be a few years before cash is replaced, by that time I doubt I will be worrying about it, for the last 40 years or more we have been told that cash will vanish and yet it is still here.

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Galileos 11 and 12 live for your (imminent) navigating pleasure

ad47uk

Re: Tracking...

Not paranoid, but why make it easy for them?

i don't live in the U.S, we do have some privacy at the moment anyway.

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ad47uk

Re: Tracking?

GPS makes it easier, I know they use Wifi acess points and GSM towers.

location is switched off on my phone, not sure if it makes a difference to be honest.

Next phone will be a normal phone with no smart functions.

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ad47uk

Bad enough with the U.S GPS being able to track us, worse with Europe system.

GPS is switch off on my phone and tablet and will stay off. When I buy a new phone in the nxt five years, and it go the European system on it that will be disabled as well.

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$elfies for MasterCard

ad47uk

Cash is much easier, it really is

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Lexmark in sales chats

ad47uk

I had a Lexmark Z42 years back, a great printer, tough and fantastic quality print wise. the lack of third party cartridges was a small problem, in the end I just filled them up with ink I got online.

I stopped using it due to the paper feed failing.

I use Canons now.

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