* Posts by peter_dtm

381 posts • joined 16 Dec 2009

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Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

peter_dtm
Black Helicopters

Re: % APR?

I don’t understand why this is not fraud.

They entered into a time limited agreement with you. And failed to stop it; knowingly.

Shirley that is fraud ?

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Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11's war on 32-bit

peter_dtm

Re: Twats.

Pure are the Rayners of the audio world ?

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

peter_dtm

North North Americans surely

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

peter_dtm

Re: Now you see

He also failed to read the IMTERNAL memo as well; as if he had done he would have noticed the table about right wing behaviour as well. Unbalanced reporting by the reg does not help anyone. The man went out of his way to balance the memo sp as to be politically neutral and referenced Avery single paper he used to determine his stance. Not liking the conclusion of a peer reviewed paper does not make it extreme or stupid - ask any climate scientist

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

peter_dtm

Re: I discern a few more things from this.

Round the start of paid subscription TV in South Africa MNet sold sports packages - Soccer, Rugby, Cricket - that is you paid to watch a sport not a naff channel pumping feetsball (thanks !) or cretinball regardless of the fact that I ONLY want cricket and rugby (and sailing but who the hell shows that). MNet did rather well with that outrageous concept !

I refuse to pay for cretinactorball - it is over priced cheating and you'd have to go to Hollywood to see worse acting.

I want a box that allows me to pay for services from companies NETT of their sponsorship tax fiddles. Why the hell does my car insurance premium; or bank charges; or broadband costs provide money to crap I have no interest in ?

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Thought your data was safe outside America after the Microsoft ruling? Think again

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@Mephistro

don't forget the converse

US also considers its citizens to be under USA jurisdiction regardless where they are in the world; and based on apparently being a US citizen because one of your parents were; even if you never took up the right to claim US nationality - at least theat is waht the US taxman appears to be able to enforce

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

peter_dtm
Alert

Re: Still climbing

http://petitionmap.unboxedconsulting.com/?petition=171928

http://petitionmap.unboxedconsulting.com/?petition=178844

one of these has a smoother distribution than the other.

One is for the visit ; the other is against

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peter_dtm

@ Dr Mouse

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It was calling for all Muslim countries to change, while ignoring the vast swathes of America where being openly gay will get you "cast out" of the community and potentially attacked. A great many fundamental religious types think being gay is a sin, and sins should be illegal.

/quote

Seriously ? you are comparing a community breach of the federal law/state law with the ACTUAL Sharia Law in those states ? It is not an offence of any sort to throw a gay off a building; stone a woman to death; kill all converts from Islam - it is the LAW that these things be done.

In one instance a community chooses to not observe the law of the land and express its dislike of behaviour it disagrees with by non lethal (yes yes there is the odd nutcase - but it is still against the law) methods

In the other instance the community is obeying the law by killing people - and those who object frequently die as well. No nutcases required.

The Koran is very clear on the following

Law comes from the Koran

Government comes from the Koran (and democracy is not an acceptable form of government)

The punishment for apostasy

The punishment for homosexuality (not just the practice of homosexual sex either)

The punishment for women guilty of adultery (which can include being raped being seen as an act of adultery)

I suspect you need to revisit the relative differences in these cultures; they are non-trivial.

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peter_dtm

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/178844/

counter petition here

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/178844/

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peter_dtm
Pirate

@ac

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I really don't see what this has to do with Trump -who is basically torturing innocent travellers based on their birthplace and/or religion.

/quote

TORTURING - you must be out of your mind - their entry to the USA is DELAYED by up to 60 days while the US Immigration system is reviewed. That is torture - my god you must be the most pathetic snowflake out there if you think that is torture (a dictionary (book full of the meanings of words) may come in handy; there are plenty on line too)

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Pirate

@adair

but it was predicated on a non elected 2nd chamber to bring some thing a bit more - um make that considerably less unpleasant than the vote catching swamp that is democracy in action

(though that is the least worst option compared to everything else - especially perhaps those having elected heads of state)

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peter_dtm
Pirate

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/178844

yup

sure does

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/178844

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

peter_dtm

and all the people in fear of Trump can go to Venezuela ?

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peter_dtm

@ P.Lee

that's the way the EU does business (see for instance the Ukraine; reaction to any Referendum that goes against them; Brexit)

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peter_dtm
Flame

Re: Move along, no science here

and not forgetting 6

the EU fomented a minority faction to protest against the democratically (for some value of one man one vote approaching UK standards) elected government; because the democraticaly (by a majority) elected government did not want to play footsie with the EU and piss of the Russian bear. Well the EU succeeded in destabilising the country; driving out the democratically elected president in the process; and replacing him with an pro EU anti Russian clique. The rest is history and was predicted about 2 years before it all happened.

Having woken the Russian bear; if the EU had attempted to uphold its guarantees regarding an independent Ukraine; well; then the clock would be at 10 PAST frigging midnight. Thank you our lords & masters in Brussels for cocking up big time you selfish unelected tits (can't be arsed to do a proper rant about those unspeakable things in Brussels). When the hell are we doing article 50 ?

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peter_dtm
Mushroom

Re: @Version 1.0

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At that time Iraq was a relatively socially moderate Arabic state

/quote

lets remember here what a social moderate Arabic state seems to mean

Genocide (Marsh Arabs amongst others)

Chemical Warfare (Iran/Iraq wars)

Bathism (currently being practised by Asad in Syria in all its 'civilised' glory)

Secret Police

State sponsored murder and torture

If you think that's moderate what what on earth would you find immoderate ?

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

peter_dtm
Mushroom

stupid postcodes

that is because of the stupidity of insisting on using postcodes for all location - it's not like the legal location system is illegal or something - National Grid Referances (NGR) are vastly superior; easy to use; and as acurate as you need. Postcode locations always assume that adjoing postcodes are actually mutually acccesable not across a river; the wrong side of the mountain or even in one of the other home nations.

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

peter_dtm
Stop

Re: Let's go to www.blackstone.com

as against voting for Christmas AND supplying their very own non-humane killer ?

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peter_dtm
WTF?

Re: A strategy or gathering a comfort zone?

umm - Jack Walsh - wasn't he that supposed idiot who used to hire engineers in the down turn; train them & then made a bundle of money renting them back to the companies that short sightedly fired them because of the down turn ? The guy who actually demonstrated that planning ahead (more than the 5 minutes the average bean counter/CEO seems to be able to manage) works out very nicely; just ride through the down turn and make hay when it (always) ends ?

Isn't that EXACTLY the type of person you should have advising any Politician ? Some one who would seem to understand that the business CYCLE is actually - er - cyclic ? And has demonstrated that he has an attention span of YEARS not seconds ?

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Guessing valid credit card numbers in six seconds? Priceless

peter_dtm
Meh

Re: What we need ...

... is an entirely different system of payment for online transactions.

Isn't that what ApplePay does ? As I undersatnd the system

Merchant asks Apple if the Apple pseudo random id presented is valid and good for the dosh

Apple checks card (assume answer is yes)

Apple says Yes & issues a transaction number to merchant to invoice Apple with in due course

Apple sends debit request for amount of dosh with Apple transaction code to Card company; from whom Apple then gets the dosh (in due course).

Merchant does not get to see any detail of purchaser - and especially not any card details; nor email address; nor street address etc etc ; nor amazon browsing history

Card Company does not get to see any detail of merchant.

Each transaction from the same purchaser gets a different pseudo random transaction code

Card holder gets their goodies & only Apple knows the whole transaction chain. Do you trust Apple more or less than ?website?/amazon/ebay etc ?

I assume AndroidPay will/does work much the same. Do you trust Amazon ?

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

peter_dtm
Flame

Re: @I ain't Spartacus

Sensible chap

my training in the merch(ant navy) was to recognise extinguisher type with out needing to look (you automatically registered what was in the space you were in). I HATE red (water) fire extinguishers. the EU directive is beyond stupid.

Though I did know an RAF type who used to demo how to put out avgas fires with standard 2 gallon water extinguishers.....(they re-ignite after about 20 seconds - gives you *just* enough time to get the hell out...)

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peter_dtm
Mushroom

Re: Tossing water at electric fire @I ain't Spartacus

stupid EU directive

can we go back to proper colour coded fire extinguishers now ?

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peter_dtm

@herman

cling wrap (cling film) is meant to go under the seat and over the toilet bowl.....

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Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

peter_dtm
Mushroom

Re: Facts are irrelevant in this campaign

If you don't get this - you are part of the problem

If you do - then remember vote early - voting often is reserved for those who are part of the problem

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

peter_dtm
Meh

Re: Surely ...

except

there are now more accidents at home than in the work place. So you won't see as many car smash victims; but you will see a lot more domestic accidents. There may be mental health risks as well caused by the apparent isolation if you always work from home- apparently it turns out we haven't adapted yet to phone/video as a substitute for face to face in the body interactions.

Swings & roundabouts on this

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

peter_dtm
Pirate

Re: Nomenclature... @bombastic bob

ship - 3 masted sailing vessel

Steam Ship (ss Great Britain; ss British Patience) Steam ship - vessel using steam propulsion (so maybe nuclear as well ? )

RMS (eg the 'Queens' ) Royal Mail Ship

Motor Vessel - uses infernal combustion (diesel for instance)

Motor Tanker - Tank(er) vessel using motor...

other nationalities use different nomenclature to the Brits - like the Russians using 'he' instead of 'she' when talking about ships (and the PC use of 'it' [shudder] )

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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@Graham Dawson

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TVL's own page clarifies it quite nicely.

/quote

TVL are not the courts (nor are they Parliament) and have no legal standing to make this statement - OfCom told them off about this years ago; but they persist in miss-representing the situation.

The law is specific - if some apparatus is capable of receiving broadcast tv signals then you require a TV licence. However TVL and their attack dogs Capita MAY DECIDE NOT TO TAKE ACTION.

The licensing laws remain on the books AND ARE STILL ENFORCEABLE.

TVL should say something like this :

If you own or possess a television set without installing or using it as a TV receiver (e.g. you only use it to watch videos or DVDs, or as a monitor for a games console) then ....... WE WILL TAKE NO ACTION if you do not have a tv licence

sorry.

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@Grahma Dawson

The TV licence is a licence to posses apparatus capable of receiving broadcast tv signals.

The USE of such apparatus creates the ACT of live broadcast reception.

In order to record a (TV) broadcast receiving apparatus has to receive broadcast TV signals. The mere hapanstance of being recorded instead of playing to an empty room or being watched is totally irrelevant; the information you recorded was RECIEVED from a BROADCAST tv signal using receiving apparatus. Said apparatus requires a licence.

If you take an off air capable video recorder (or satellite box) - you need a licence unless you cripple the off air receiving section; in which case no one cares & you can play your betamax; vhs or hitatchi system videos or mpg3/mpg4/html5 streams all day long.

Because I hold various radio licences & various certificates of competency; I MAY get away with shorting the aerial input on a video recorder/satellite box and not need a licence for any (TV) receiving apparatus in my possession; but I would need a damned good reason (fixing it for a mate may pass muster).

Tell Capita to go away - and as advised elsewhere tell them they have no right of entry to your property and to stop harassing you. As long as you have no apparatus capable of receiving broadcast TV signals you are legal - as long as you don't stream off the interwebs in real time either

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Re: @Cynic_999

Nope

a piece of wire is not an apparatus. Nor is your brain - although there is evidence that indicates it may interact with certain frequencies of radio waves.

Apparatus - (in this case) equipment designed and/or built to recover information from radio waves.

So take your bit of wire; wind some of it into a coil with a capacitor in parallel; connect that to a 'crystal' (diode)and connect that to a pair of high impedance high sensitive earphone - you have just built a crystal set - apparatus for the reception of radio waves. It all needs to be put together to make it 'apparatus'. They don't get all pedantic over what words they use for nothing.

You may by now wonder what the difference between a household & a house is (or even premises ) - a household has been found by the courts to include a rented room in a house where the person renting did not live with the rest of the people in the house as a common community - and was thus illegally in possession of a television set contrary to the licensing laws.....

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peter_dtm

Re: @Martin-73

yes

the whoie computer based thing is a massive thorn in their side.

The dividing line is HOW you get the 'last mile' of tv viewing into your household. If it involves radio broadcast; or point to point radio link (does NOT include networking technologies.... at the moment (cynic) ) then it all falls under the Receiving apparatus clauses. If it comes in over the interwebs then you are in the live streaming clauses - live stream - need licence; delayed streaming - licence free.

Yes capita is evil.

Yes the RA will rouse out plod and confiscate illegal radio apparatus if you make a nuisance of yourself; and take you to court; fine you & bang you up if you are really naughty.

Capita does not have any search & seizure rights; under certain circumstances the RA does (being the duly authorized body all the licences go on about)

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peter_dtm
Coat

Re: @ peter_dtm

it is all governed by various treaties actually. The government currently hold you Radio Receiving Apparatus licence for you (with no charge).

All 'radio' apparatus is required to be licensed. OfCom/the Radio Agency used to have a sample copy of the tv licence lying around somewhere on their web site. You may also note that I pedantically use the term apparatus as the definition is in the capability of the equipment. Note that radio apparatus for receiving Broadcast Television signals has an added section regarding the use of computer equipment to receive real time streaming of broadcast material that is in addition to and different from the (original) clauses referring to the use of apparatus for receiving television broadcast signals. Needless to say I can not put my hands on the latest iteration of the TV licence; but I did throw out an old 70s era licence a few months ago....

Your present of a COMPONENT of receiving apparatus (the sim card/TV card you refer to) does not require a licence because it is not Apparatus for the receiving of broadcast television signals; it is also NOT apparatus used for streaming video. It is merely an decrypt key that is not specific to radio apparatus at all

Even so called licence free PMR radios (or radio equipment of very low power) are technically exempt from requiring the issuing of a licence (note again not exempt from a licence...).

All radio equipment (radios; TVs; PMR walkie talkies; mobile telephones; wireless routers etc) are made to (international) standards and work in either specific bands or on spot frequencies. Where exempt from licensing you can go buy & use to your hearts content. Use some of the non licence exempt frequencies (the vast majority of the radio spectrum) and you need a licence to HAVE the equipment in your possession. People who are allowed to 'play' with radio equipment always have to have a licence OR are legally limited in what they are allowed to do. So I am licensed to operate; repair and experiment with radio apparatus for the Amateur Radio Bands (see relevant Radio treaties and regulations eg BR68 which is the Amateur Radio Licence issued by the Radio Agency). Someone doing business repairing PMR radios either has their own licence to work on certified equipment - or works under (cough cough) supervision of a duly licensed person.

I guess I didn't end up pointing you to a copy of your TV licence - but troll through the assorted different types of licence on the Radio Agency/OfCom web sites & you will soon get the feeling about how it all works. That is; if you can stand the turgid, pedantic and recondite language used.

As an illustration; the Radio Agency does not normally prosecute people who end up with Amateur Radio apparatus because their licensed partner/parent/guardian/child died - but they don't expect them to hang on to the kit (or use it !) indefinitely either.

In summary :

By international treaty (IIRC started with the Convention of London around 1911) ALL radio apparatus must be licensed.

Some apparatus using defined frequency bands may be made licence exempt

Some governments (UK US etc) hold licences on your behalf (eg broadcast radio receivers which are still licensed as they do not operate in an exempt band)

BR68 is an example of a radio licence - other examples are available on either OfCom or Radio Agency web sites

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@ A Ghost

NO

you need a fishing licence to go fishing. You do not need to have a fishing licence to have apparatus for fishing in your possession - but I wouldn't give you much chance in the courts if you took your fishing apparatus for a walk near a canal/river/lake

You do however need a licence for Television Receiving Apparatus if your household has a piece of equipment capable of receiving broadcast television signals OR if you use apparatus to view live broadcast content in real time. (just look closely at that OR statement; watching on PCs is NOT the same as watching a goggle box)

You need to Tax your car whether you use it or not (unless you have a SORN notice) - there is NO equivalent of SORN for TV receiving apparatus. You have it in your household you are supposed to licence it.

Why do so many people get this wrong every few months

A TV licence is a licence to have in your possession apparatus capable of receiving broadcast TV signals.

No; it does not have to be turned on. It does not need an aerial attached. The fuse in the plug can be removed. It just has to be capable of being energised.

However; you MAY NOT need a TV licence if you have an Amateur Radio licence and you can demonstrate you do not use your TV receiver to receive broadcast signals; and have it purely for experimental reasons for the furtherance of your technical investigations. And; of course; you can demonstrate the same for any other TV set in your household. For the man in the street that is about the only legal way of not needing a licence when there is a TV set in the household (OK so most 'Man in the Street' types do not have Amateur Radio Licences).

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@Cynic_999

NO and NO again

It is the APPARATUS that is licensed. Whether it is plugged in; has an aerial attached does not matter. It does not matter whether you 'operate' it or not. (now go and think about Vehicle Excise duty; I am sure you wouldn't try to make the same claim?)

They only have to prove you have on your premises (actually worse than that in your household) an apparatus for receiving TV signals (and note the apparatus does not have to be able to decode said TV signals).

What they do not have is ANY right of entry or inspection. To get access to your household requires a warrant.

The requirement to have a license to watch live streaming over the internet (or any other method of distribution) has been ADDED to the Television license; as your PC is not (in terms of the Radio Regulations) receiving apparatus.

OfCom used to have a copy of the Television Receiving Apparatus licence on their website

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FAIL

@Martin-73

NO

you are licensed to posses RECEIVING equipment. Nothing in the licence actually presumes you actually use the equipment.

In order to posses (television) receiving equipment you are required to have a suitable licence.

A TV can be sat locked away in the basement; but if it is capable of being powered on then you need a licence (aerials are optional).

Pedant note - you require a licence per HOUSEHOLD. Be careful here; the definition of a Household may surprise you (Student digs; 2nd house etc etc).

So you will be whistling all the way to court if you think they have to prove you had the thing turned on. The old detector vans were used to detect the TV set; not if you were watching.

Have ANY receiver section capable of receiving TV signals off air/satellite or in real time from the internet/other real time technology - then you need a TV licence; the receiver doesn't even have to be capable of displaying moving images; just the ability to recieve the audio sub carrier STILL REQUIRES A TV Licence.

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

peter_dtm

UV light anymore to erase them

uncover eprom window

place on windowsill in direct (UK) sunshine for about 30 minutes

Cool

Repeat 3 or 4 times

Note : using windows correctly saves cost of UV eraser.

About the only decent use I have ever found for windows & electronics ....

Note - in Tropics or high altitude places (Jo'burg) 10 minutes is about all it needs...

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

peter_dtm

@Robert Baker

opens LO spreadsheet

picks random range

ctrl + arrow down -> goes to end of contiguous block (some 50 rows down to a blank cell - step over & repeat)

ctrl + arrow right -> goes to end of contiguous columns (in this case the end of the table NOT the end of the spread sheet)

LibreOffice 4.2.8.2 & as far as I remember LO has ALWAYS done this - since before it forked; so $deity only knows what antiquated version of what Office you are using - perhaps a pre- steal everything from Lotus 123 MS spreadsheet ?

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'iOS 9 ate my mobile broadband plan'

peter_dtm
Mushroom

Are you listening MS ?

Posted in reply to Are You Listening Microsoft - somewhere up page from here ..

I hope so - because their stupid Win7 wireless behaviour burnt through my 2G allowance on one device in 2 days (1 GB each day) because the stupid %^&*(^ thing slected my Wireless Hotpot over the local WiFi signal.

And; it takes a ^&*$"£$$ reboot to make the 'preferance' control take effect. Not that it tells you this of course - it just looks as though it worked. But by then at least I knew I had to monitor my Wireless connection in Windows AND double check on the iThings. Who know how much of my company data plan I chewed - fortunately I don't see that bill...

2GB on one device (100% of months data in 2 days ); I found out what was happening when it had chewed another 2GB of my phone's hotspot - that was 4GB in 5 days

Gee thanks MS for making it so obvious that the default wifi connection is totally bloody random; unless you happen to chance on the wireless preferance page - which then doesn't work until after a reboot - at least the ithnings (at least mine do) change the wifi indicator when wifi assist kicks in

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Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

peter_dtm

Re: Hum, - not Western Countries

he is talking about THIRD WORLD countries - hence the referances to work or starve (and that means that the whole family potentialy starve).

This is typical of a spoilt western born 'check your privilege' mis understanding; and indicitive of an inability to frame the problem realisiticaly; and hold some understanding of what absolute poverty realy is and means.

Let's try again to frame the issue :

The economy is underdeveloped; corrupt and still dependant on menial/manual labour. The economy is incapable of maintaining a level of income for the majority of the citizens that allows them to buy enough food to feed their families.

There exist a large number of jobs for children which bring in sufficient income to the families to allow subsitance feeding of the whole family. The failure of a single child's income means the family starves (or one or more members - normally the youngest - get kicked out to starve on their own).

UNDER THESE CONDITIONS banning child labour does not work.

Banning child labour is a luxury that can only be afforded by high GDP economies. Failure to understand the issue generates the formation of the (virtue signaling) action of the banning of child labour

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Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER

peter_dtm

Re: @Alan1kiwi - Disruption

Pay As You Go

cheap phone. cheap SIM. pay as you go - sometimes in advance by payments of cash; sometimes monthly for those with some form of simple bank account.

The whole point is that being able to communicate (and text) allows local entrepaneurs to make money; and keep it in the local economy rather than having some outside skim all the profits off to the nearest bank/corrupt government official/town.

SInce the money stays in the community (buying services - cleaning/school/taxi) it lifts the local 'GDP'. Which in turn allows for more entrepeneurs (teach a man how to make money and the whole comunity benefits)

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Re: "mobiles" != "mobile money"

But not in a semi corrupt society - where the nearest bank may be several 10s of miles away; where getting a bank account is dependant on having a job in the legal economy and knowing the right people (and belonging to the right tribe). There's also a literacy (and to a lesser extent a numeracy) issue. If you can't write so can't sign your name ......

The mobile phone revolution also means people get a phone today - not wait for many months to get a dubious quality landline; and that only after paying considerable backshesh. And landline phones don't normally make it into the squatter camps (other wise coyly known as informal settlements to avoid upsetting westerners' sensibilities).

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America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

peter_dtm

Re: phones...radio frequency...include 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC

um - in the radio world the default meaning of the term Bandwidth is the frequencies contained between the -3dB (power) points. Using an un-weighted power meter referenced to peak signal power (Yes, yes; we know an un-weighted power meter is a theoretical machine; just like an isotropic radiator).

It's in the ITU definition of what bandwidth means. So even your definition is not good enough if you are not using the standard ITU one - which weighting curve do you mean when specifying dBc ? One of the many audio weighting curves ? Or something more esoteric ? Does it specify whether it is voltage or power dB ? These all need noting else it's meaningless. Which is why the ITU specifies what bandwidth means.

Of course some people have this strange notion that bandwidth (and so many other standard descriptors; like Power) needs to be re-defined to some non-standard and arbitary definition peculiar to their own weird and wonderful concepts. Normally to look good to politicians and/or in sales brouchures.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Pirate

Re: Nah - carpentry is where its at

um - the 1st word was the same as the colour for 0

the rest by comparison is totally innocuous

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

peter_dtm

Re: Personal responsibility?

it is so damn difficult to make airdrop 'safe'

you don't even have to 'log in'

Just slide up the bottom menu

select airdrop

Turn OFF (or set to contacts only; or if you are a sensitive type on the tube set it to everyone)

LIFE IS NOT BUBBLE WRAPPED

It is YOUR responsibility to understand something so mind numbingly simple to use. You DELIBERATELY open it to everyone then you are responsible for DELIBERATELY leaving it that way. It is not rocket science; it's even easier than 10 + 10 = 100

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

peter_dtm

indeed

I knew a bloke in Southern Africa who turned up at the HQ of a global IT company wearing shorts; open neck shirt with assorted 'bling'; and sandals.

Promptly escorted out; with bin bag full of his personal belonings

Then managemnet had to appologise and re-instate him; when they were shown to allow women to wear such clothing all the time and only had a dress code of blue suits (and ties of course) for the men.

( He actually planned this; arriving and going through security between two very 'undressed' young ladies; all caught on the security cams of course....). Visits to HQ were a lot less interesting after the dress code was tightened up to incude ALL staff; not just the males.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

peter_dtm

Re: Logical management?

Thesis :

Long termism is inversly proportional to the influance of bean counters !

Collory :

Long termism is directly proportional to the influance of Engineer (type people)

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

peter_dtm

Re: The Challenge to MS is to keep the hype going for the next 3-6 months

Pascal Monnett

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Personal Computing started with Microsoft,

/quote

UTTER TOSH sir.

MS were very late to the PC world. Before MS came along riding its 'No one's been fired for buying IBM' misunderstanding - there were LOTS of PCs around before MS joined the party.

It would be more correct to say MS wrecked personal computing until it was set free again by smartphones & tablets. I still remember being taken aback by just how crap IBM clones were compared to all the other PCs I'd used (Sinclair; VICs; the mighty Beeb ; Amstrads etc not to mention Dragons (speaking FORTH ...)). And the plaeasue of having SCO Xenix V instead of the microsoft thing.

Do you also think MS started the interwebs ?

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

peter_dtm

Re: Bombing Japan

Dresden

Fire bombing of Tokyo a couple of weeks before the Bombs; the Bombs prevented multiple city fire bombing (and therefore reduced the casulaties). And of course the after effects (radiation sickness) was not anticipated; unlike the after effects of fire storms

and bonus downvotes for trying to conflate the holcaust with acts of war; you really need to understand what the Nazis were up to in their genocides; it is not hard to do.

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Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

peter_dtm

Re: " ... customers will start to receive on 7/29," Gabe Aul wrote

and there is a perfectly good ISO way of doing unambiguous dats to :

yyyy-mm-dd - and amazingly it will sort properly too

Then there was the rather clever idea WHO (the Doctors - not THE Doctor)came up with in the 70s -

days - 1 or 2 numbers

months - Roman Numerals

year - 4 numbers

so 9/11 always comes out as 11/IX or IX/11 (or in full IX-11-2001) such a simply concept

(of course in English we'd say the eleventh anyway - none of this funny inability to use ordinals and cardinals properly)

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

peter_dtm
Happy

Re: How do you un-subscribe? - ta Paw Bokenfohr for the How To !

how refreshing - you can turn off the auto sucbscribe and still leave the free demo period running ! - I could almost accept that as a valid way to offer a free trial.

Now change calander entry made for 1st Oct which says turn OFF Apple Music and review to just 'review Apple Music' and turn on if wanted ...

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

peter_dtm

Re: @ Flocke Kroes

don't blame me !

Blame Flocke Kroes for the gratuitous hand wringing after claiming to be a scientist !

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