* Posts by Triggerfish

1999 posts • joined 12 Feb 2010

We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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Re: Bah!

How did everyone think this service got paid for?

I know what you mean but there is free software out there on the web, maybe some people think apps / services can be similar.

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Re: If something is free...

Haven't you noticed your sidebar content? Or tried to use the El Reg app with it's eyeblinding banners that contravene everything El Reg says good advertisers should do when formatting such banner ads?

I rather thought that went a long way to paying for El Reg.

I wonder if it does? After all they known what pisses us techies off, they have had plenty of artcles on it and then they do it themselves, and considering the audience I am guessing a lot have just blocked everything. We are one of the worst audiences to foist adds on anyway, before we are actively forced to kill them with fire.

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Re: Just don't do it

I know what you mean about Whatsapp, problem is, like may of these things it's so bloody handy at times.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: @Symon

Really? Describe to me the similarity beatween a man beating a woman and the invasion of Europe and holocaust? I'll worry about moronic language when you come out with something worthwhile answering.

I bet you can't because frankly every reply you have given has actually zero worthwile content to support your arguement, you are just flinging shit and hooting like a gibbon.

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Re: @Symon

Define crime. Perhaps you'd have been happy if we'd all laid down arms in WW2 and let the germans overrun europe? Wouldn't want to hurt anyone, right?

Seriously are you invoking Godwins law? Come on dude try harder than chucking up strawmen.

""Whoever fights monsters "....

Oooo, straight from the Big Bumper Book of Nietzsche Quotes, get you! Do you think it gives your point gravitas? Think again.

Bit more gravitas than that reply, and no I was inferring back to a philosophical idea that has been around for a while, the fact that you best argument against it is Ooooo is well I think you need to try harder, also irony.

"However ad hominem attacks when someone disagrees with you, well now thats pretty immature, acting like you are special."

I'd say something about holding a mirror up to oneself and the point I was trying to make but maybe that's a bit arty farty for you...

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Re: Jail time should be 5 years

Because when a justice system fails or looks so corrupt as to be usless,then one of the few things you can hope for is some "social justice" ..

Social Justice aka Mob Rule.

Tell me are you allowed pitchforks and torches?

Are we allowed to attack pediatricians?

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Re: @9Rune5

You're making the mistake of assuming some = all.

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Re: arranged marriage

I'm still surprised clever, educated women with a good job still feel compelled to abide to such practices, because of their family and friends social pressure

You can apply the same sort of pressures to all sorts of things though, a lot of religions with practices such as shunning and such, you have things like the 'troubled teen' rehabilitation camps in America, Homosexuality being a choice you can pray away, liking a different foottball team....

We are sort of programmed to some degree to feel these pressures, it's what makes us a social animal.

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Re: @Symon

It's not being a snowflake to realise one crime does not condone another as a punishment.

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster."

However ad hominem attacks when someone disagrees with you, well now thats pretty immature, acting like you are special. Is there a term people came up with for that?

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Poor is poor is poor.

So I grew up in a family that would have under that definition counted as poor I think, and there's a big difference between poor the definition and real poverty. Decent access to a pretty good local school, free education with an opportunity to go to uni and never hungry or with no electric etc.

Now at uni i have met people who had well off parents and yes they have a certain level of privilege, better schools, nicer holidays to foreign countries rather than say Canvey island, or maybe Cornwall but generally speaking on the starting out in life baseline we were reasonably on the level.

I have friends who are teachers in some schools in this country were the kids root through the bins for food and the parents have literally sold everything including the kitchen sink, shelves and oven. Those kids are so below the starting from out on in life baseline compared with us it's unreal. That's poverty,

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US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Re: Stupid bastards

Yeah have read similar, it ended up being a war of some attrition, not for material in the US though on how many bodies it could tolerate coming back in caskets.

Thing is though that's pretty much total war too bad if the civvies get carpet bombed etc estimates are between 30% & 50% civilians killed of the total losses.

You can't do that, half the reason we have problems is because there are people there who have no idea what's going on (there were some studies that suggested the first a lot of Afghans new about 9/11 was when we all turned up pissed off about it) just someone started invading their country. You have things like the Sons Of Iraq who were nicely being employed by the Americans (I think for about $60 a day per soldier.(but would have to go back and check refs), but were then left unemployed after the Shiite gov moved in (they were mostly Sunnis), guess who employs them now?

Bombing the living fuck out of a culture we don't really have a handle on because of tribalism and religion is not really going to work we do not have enough understanding of the ramifications. Plus Nietzsche may have had a point about hunting monsters and the abyss.

This was part of my point on buying up opium, you would buy it at a decent price, tell the farmers sell it to the dealers and you have no business (and you would probably be beating the price anyway since per kilo it's about $130 USD; prices 2015). Remove a significant chunk of the opium trade, Afghans start making money, build up the infrastructure, buy their hemp, get them to start a clothing line call it Kush clothing or something, open up the trade in Afghan melons and at some point when they start buying things from us.

Next time someone from the Taliban turns up and talks about the evil westerners your farmer might be thinking "Well yeah, but if I join you I am going to have to explain to my wife why I can't buy her that channel number five she saw on our Sony flatscreen, i had my eye on a new Hilux, and my kids quite enjoying playing in a team online with a bunch of these Westerners, apparently they are the SAS and erm shooting you lot".

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Re: Gather Dust?

I wonder why they didn't use one or two GBU-28s on the tunnel complex. Earthquakes and wrecked tunnels not spectacular enough for Proper Shock & Awe?.

I would think in a large complex structure like a cave system, where there are not hardened weapons installation but just occupied by people the MOAB might be better, basically with a thermobaric weapon you are recereating a BLEVI, so something like that dispersing it's material down the tunnels first would probably be more effect than hoping the blastwave can propogate around corners say, and then it igniting would probably be more effect in a kill everyone way due to expanded blastwave only needing to hit soft bodies after all, and removal of oxgen/ overpressure lung damge.

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So if you buy it for medical use, you get a double bonus really effectively hit the drug trade, and also open up trade routes with Afghans.

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Re: Gather Dust?

I suspect an ignorant conflation between this bunker buster and the Daisy Cutter fuel-air bomb.

Or perhaps a squeamish writer decided a less than factual "suck all the air from your lungs" was an improvement over "lungs exploded inside your chest".

Another possibility with the overpressure effects is it apparently uses aluminium powder explosives, puff them out with a smaller initial explosion for air dispersal and you have an explosion in a custard factory effect, scaled up because of the materials. I could imagine that combustion would remove a lot of oxygen.

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Always wondered if we had started buying Afghan opium for medical use rather than buying it from some farm in the richer west whether it would have made a difference.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Re: Question

Because we have things that run on win7 that do not run so well on win10, VPN is being a pain for instance, can't get it working on our existing VPN yet and it's taken a bit of faffing around already.

Because it has so so much spyware.

Because it even installs all the candy crush, xbox, bing news ads type crap on the professional version which is supposed to be office use and has to be cleared off. (and probably again after another "here have an update whether you like it or not" session).

Because with this OS MS have moved ownership of the system away from the users to themselves with the amount of reach into it, and the overrides they have given themselves.

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Re: Well after that...

I still don't really.

But since using Win 10 it's getting a little easier.

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Re: And yet another MS stuff up

Just a heads up if you are having to upgrade from win 10 home to pro, for some reason it won't let you join a domain because of well bugs, it won't even give you the option, even through powershell. You'll have to do a clean install.

Also if needing to deal with MS support on issues like this, it's far easier to go and call the sales team and lie about evaluating a lot of copies for a SME and get them to scare up support, than it is to actually get someone who is of use on their support line or even the right dept (I got re-routed 4 times then cut off, twice). Mention things like "I guess from this evaluation, you guys really want to sell Win7" & "thinking we might be better of porting our existing 7 licences into Linux VMs".

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I'll agree that there is a large percentage of windows users who won't care, but MS is also pissing off people who would normally be in that group from the complaints I see. MS probably has figured out this is an acceptable loss.

This last bit though

It's MS's business decision to make, and I for one think it's reasonably likely that they do know what they're doing.

Yeah but doing what for whom? I don't think it's the user.

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Re: Optional

I believe I am having similar problems at the moment, new laptop with a skylake processor but just can't get windows 7 to install which is annoying. Been trying for ages and it just hangs mid install (it could also be some of the laptops newer hardware though) - weirdly win7 works in VMbox perfectly well (does it co-opt the win110 drivers somehow?) so tearing hair out at moment.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Outsourcers do not care for what they do - in fact, most Indian workers are told by their management to do the bare minimum within their contracts.

I always get the impression from a lot outsourcing disasters that after the questions have been asked about SLAs for answering in two rings, and calls taking no longer than three minutes, no one thinks to ask "But is it fixed after that three minute call?"

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Re: But the real issue is

"Out of interest what would american chocolate be classified as?"

Fucking awful

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Re: “From that moment on Roger treated me like I could fix anything”

Funnily I was talking to someone yesterday about managers who hover, thankfully ours don't here. He said one place they worked they eventually asked him if he wanted a bell so he wouldn't catch them at anything he didn't want to see.

To the PHBs credit, he got himself a bell and used to ring it.

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Or possibly "Help once, forever deal with someone else's problems" ?

Keeps me employed.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: It's not all bad news

TBF to microsoft (and I say this as someone who is having to use Win 10 - so you can guess it grates a bit), I feel they did help bring the PC to the mass market to some degree. It felt like at uni one year everything was green screen Vax and Dos (and email was a pain thanks for the help there Sir Tim) and the computer faicilities were quite empty, after the summer hols, everyone was on outlook express sending emails and using desktops.

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Re: Hats off to them...

If they put that much effort in a legit job to keep a network up, they would be bloody good sys admins.

..............possiby till the payroll dissapeared, but still.

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Subpostmasters prepare to fight Post Office over wrongful theft and false accounting accusations

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Re: @Bllodbeatsterror

And you spelled my name wrong too... :-)

Well.... bollocks.

No worries. If a single downvote bothered me I'd be too afraid to post anything. Even though I know I'm right... :-)

Indeed and a correct attitude, especially the second sentence :) But honour demanded. :)

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@Bllodbeatsterror

Sorry I downvoted you, because I read the bottom sentence and though hold on your correction missed the apostrophe if it is a contraction of that sentence. Then I realised I made a mistake in comprehension. I am a tit.

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Re: About bleedin' time

The numbers make no sense, OK you may get one or two people who try and defraud a system, but near 10% of offices, really? A common sense check should have indicated that was a rather high rate.

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Payday lender Wonga admits to data breach

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Re: APR! = interest

Compared to the bank.

It's a fair point but you can phone up your bank and make a polite pain in the arse of yourself on the phone enough that they will usually drop it. I am currentl 5-4 with my bank over the course of me banking with them, thats £20 quid up in my favour on the scoreboard.

Also if my bank tried to get away with fee's like that they would soon find my account moving elsewhere.

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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Re: Dangerous

I remeber when I was doing more arty things being warned about the pressure used for spraying from airbrushes (the fine pen sized ones not industrial), above a certain PSI it basically became a hypospray (jet injector for the pedants, and no I didnt know thats it's proper tem either), like in hospitals but with paint.

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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Re: BongoJoe

I can't see why anyone would actually want this snooping POS running on their Hardware?

Well if you buy a new laptop it's pretty much forced upon you, and before you ask win 7 doesn't play nicely with some new hardware. I have really struggled to get it to even install on my new laptop because of this, I am at the point of thining it may not install.

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@ ShaolinTurbo

Policies written by companies do not trump national laws, see Apple and Apple care in Europe.

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Lenovo's 2017 X1 Carbon is a mixed bag

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Heavy Sleeper

Isn't it running from an SSD, I thought you weren't suppose to let them sleep?

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: Oh wonderful

Not the . A closer one would be someone goes to a casino and bets 5% of what they own on red or black. There is a risk but if you loose, it's not the end of the world...

The permanent economic stability of a country is not a 5% no harm no foul bet ffs.

Everyone said the economy would crash as soon as we voted for Brexit - it hasn't - record highs in the FTSE, outstanding economic growth

I'm moving to a country thats pegged with the dollar and I have seen a goodly amount of my savings and wages wiped because of this, now thats individual, but it reflects on the worth of our pound when we want to purchase. Also it may not help export which is what I am always told, because we need to buy raw materials in etc and guess what? They now effectively cost more.

As other posters have said share prices have dropped, and companies are getting bought up and the profits not coming back into the UK either, a weak pound isn't that great.

All we know right now is we will not be paying the EU billions net each year anymore. We might stand to gain massively from trade deals. We might stand to loose from the EU depending on what is agreed. But we don't know.

We might, we might, we might, dunno maybe it's just me but somehow I think maybe knowing what would happen or at least having a pretty damn good idea is the way to make a major descision. Basing it on some jingoistic ideas and hope is not.

What we do know is we are out for sure - once the article is invoked it's not reversible. We also know other countries are queuing up to do trade deals. Hello for instance the 52 nations / 2.3 billion people . 15 trillion GDP of the Commonwealth. Ditto, Canada, the US, India, Australia. Who mostly have forgiven us for forcing "civilisation" on them.

You mean we were not trading with Canada, the US etc before? Gosh we missed a trick there.

Or do you mean now we are out of the EU suddenly the need for British goods is going to rise for some reason, if so can you tell me what? There's only so much jam you can sell.

Do you think for example we would have more clout than the EU, for example if TTIP was happening do you think the Eu could have refused it, do you think Britain on it's own would have been able to?

We can look at our status as a global financial centre - and the regulatory advantages that not being in the EU might bring. And the ability to adjust our tax rates for corporates...

Yeah tax cuts for large corporations work so well for the common man. Suppose we can cut some things though, NHS, roads, education etc. Banking especially unregulated banking has done us all so fine in the past few years.

We can also look at similar countries that are not in the EU like say Norway and Switzerland.

The sheer ignorance of that statement and lack of understanding about the single market membership....

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Re: So let me get this right....

Although inclined to agree I also think to be fair, planes were much simpler then, and if you read accounts of people trying to fly these planes now they are supposed to be a bitch to fly, not just mossies but the single engine fighters, torque steer and such could apparently flip you trying to take off.

There was a written account of someone trying to fly a ME109 someone offered a go on at a meet, experienced pilot years of experience as a crop duster and in various aircraft, whole family history of flying commercially, didn't even get it down the runway to take off before he realised it was better to power down, live and not trash someone's million dollar plane.

Mosquito was still a shit hot plane though.

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Re: Oh wonderful

We need a 'Farages Law' no matter what the subject is being spoken about someone will always drag it to Brexit.

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: so much wrong here...

Well, it gets kinda worse because you also managed to force that system on Thailand where they use 240V for which this system is REALLY not suited (not to mention the usual challenges for insulation in the tropics, heat deterioration and moisture).

There's nothing quite like a cheap plug socket in a cheap guesthouse in Asia to really make you worried about electricity. They fall out, you turn round and they have half exposed their pins seemingly at random for no reason (well I assume no reason, they may actually be out to get you), the wiring looks like they have decided to use doorbell wire, the incoming power lines were installed by Heath Robinson, shonky would be a complimentary standard.

I've felt less wary facing venomous snakes than the electrics in some places I have stayed.

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Re: so much wrong here...

Is it a rule that folks in Britain and Europe MUST find fault in everything American?

More of a hobby really.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Sustainable palm oil

Is not that much more cost wise than the bad stuff, why not just buy that?

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Microsoft wants screaming Windows fans, not just users

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Re: I rather like Windows 10.

1. It tries to steal my data and sell it on.

2. It adds in adds disguised as handy apps for things like X box live and win phone.

3. It greys out the fucken option to remove these so you have to do it through powershell.

4. It forces down updates whether I want them or not or whether they are stable or not, currently my win 10 occasionally just discoonects itself from the network and needs a reboot, the only reason i can surmise for it doing this is; shits and giggles.

5. The forced updates deliberately remove all these changes I made to stop the bullshit above.

6. MS seems to think my laptop is now their laptop.

7. People who know nowt about computers keep phoning me post unwitting upgrade and saying things like this has fucked up my laptop (including trashing an SSD) and I have to deal with it.

They enough reasons?

As for innovation. Innovation does not equal good, total shite can be brand new to us as well.

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Re: Aaah Win 10

As I have commented before it's a case of boiling the frog, making things super useful is the way you get people to sign up to these things and as each new tech generation comes along more are doing so, until it swings back the other way (if it ever does), this is the way it goes. As people get more and more used to the fact that their private life to some degree is out there, and if you can combine it with things that are useful. Then it becomes more and more easy to go from an inch to a mile.

There's probably not many of us who are so locked down nothing is available.

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Re: Aaah Win 10

Well I was being a bit tongue in cheek, but as a serious answer.

No I think this is driven by people who have realised that now many people will let their data be borged and know they can get away with it, thats not neccesarrily young people.

In fact I'd say it's a calculation, yeah you can turn techs off and off we all fuck to Linux, but you should expect techs to be more data wary anyway so they are bit of a lost cause to monetise.

However the people who several months ago it just updated and don't know what to do with it, the people who go I'm being tracked who cares, stuff like that totally outweigh the few who leave; so in the long run (if say you are doing the calculations) no loss there.

A wise person might know how to listen to his customers and not piss them off, a cynical bastard with experience knows how much you can get away with first.

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Aaah Win 10

You could have been so good, if you hadn't let those bastards from the marketing division* try to turn your computer into a platic pal whose fun to be with, and your customers into a revenue stream.

*mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

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Re: Oh no!

Plus check out the rugged phone, you could take out a charging hippo with that.

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Re: Oh no!

Technology Happy Life and Shenzen Banana Technology Co, are just great names.

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Re: Whoa - bullshit detect

Those are the sort of watches I was talking about, at cost price they aren't near that the mark up is huge. Was also remarkable at how quick they kept up and changed, some of the makers change the internals slightly every now again, colour of the internal mechanism wheels stuff like that, and you would see that reflected with a change around and updating of the fakes that well impressed me as a someone who has worked in manufacturing and knows what it is like trying to get a change happen in a production environment sometimes.

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Re: Whoa - bullshit detect

Sorry might be a bit long.

You could go to factories of brands out in Asia and wait outside the buidlings at shift change an pick yourself up a nice bargain, have done that.

But also I have seen T-shirts that are of better construction, hoop stitch v the normal way they put t-shirts together by panel (can't remeber what that was called) so totaly different machine set up and factory I would have thought. Hoop stitchs means they actually wear better, lose their shape less etc. I actually still have some, they have lasted for years and are really well made.

Apparently LV bags age at a rate and the leather takes a patina on. The guy I knew selling them pointed out the bags they sold aged in the same way. The quality on the stitching and also on the zips (decent zips is definetly something you should always look for on bags anyway - read about the YKK company if you want to read some engineering geekery)

Whether these sort of things come from the same factories, and a lot of them I suspect they do, there are also dedciated factories out there churning out the goods.

The high quality stuff though seems like it's not as common to find, you would not have been able to pick these up in the usual tourist places in Bangkok for example. The shop I visited was with an expat who did that sort of thing (and who I was frineds with, otherwise I wouldn't have been taken there, he was picking up stock), it was round the back streets near the airport well away from places westerners usually went, massive steel doors and shutters like a crackhouse and when you walked in just like stepping suddenly into a designer handbag shop. The expat also said it took two years before they would accept his Thai girlfriend coming along just in case she was police.

Watches, similar really a lot bought in BKK were from the Chinese, although I also got the impression that was because the Chinese were more business orientated with price negotiations, they would allow themselves to be negotiated down more from a price because to them it was units to shift. But quality wise I know people who have taken watches to jewellers only to be directed to service centres, and even with the backs opened and now knowing they are looking at fakes have found them to be very good and take a proper sharp look.

I'd say from what I have been told a lot are reversed engineered as well, and same with textiles there's probably a fair few rejects that aren't really in a production run, but also places that will assemble the pieces after buying them or just plain make them.

The weird thing is if you took one of these good fakes, you could end up buying a watch that had sapphire glass, and self winding movement depending on who it was faking for about £15 (cost price), the straps alone would be worth more than that if you brought them back (beautiful leather, well made steel bands etc) and sold them in the UK. At least one fake Omega Seamaster I know of has gone through various navy training excercise and ended up more than a little damp and survived.

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