* Posts by Anguilla

40 posts • joined 9 Nov 2010

UK's beloved RNGesus machine ERNIE goes quantum in 5th iteration


NS&I is a persistent PITA

I'm pissed off with NS&I as they NEVER advise changes of their "rules" anywhere subscribers can INSTANTLY see them.

Like today, in Hong Kong, I was in receipt of my returned cheque for Atlantic Pesos (£) 720 which has infringed somehow on their CHANGED form for subscribing my miserable UK pensions (for several months) into the hands of my Granddaughter.

It was several years ago - when I had collected all the info that THEY could provide - that I decided that my pittance would be better served in passing on to my granddaughter - that they - and especially Jane.Platt decided to "evict" my own £50,000 holding a few days from the next draw on the specious argument that I had complained too much at being buggered around by them in my attempts to get my initial deposit secured for my granddaughter.

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail


Re: "if you ever had to move [...] airport to a new location "..

Re: "if you ever had to move [...] airport to a new location "..

One of my nephews* moved Hong Kong airport overnight.

*not on his own - took about 2000 peeps IIRC. Lovely bit of overtime.

Well, as a looooong time resident, I recall that it didn't go entirely smoothly - and was renamed [for a while] as Chek Lap Kok-up airport by the frustrated passengers & staff.

Nowadays - it is MUCH BETTER.

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal


""Monday 13th August 2018 10:34 GMT


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I can't wait for the "Who? Me" article in a few weeks to explain why On Call wasn't published last Friday...""

You are SO LUCKY - I, in Hong Kong, never get this edition until TUESDAY and then mostly just before "High Noon" here [GMT + 8 Hours]

Tech Shutdown Blows: IT chaos cost Brit bank TSB almost £200m


Re: Are there any good banks out there? Not Nationwide !!!

Since January 2018 I have had my daughter TRYING to close her account in Reading, Berks, but can NOT get any action from them!

For myself, I have been trying to put a "stop order" on a cheque issued SIX week ago - to buy some "Ernie Bonds" - but can't get any response out'a them even though the cheque seems to have gone astray & has not been presented!

Bloody hopeless shower of shit !

Feds charge Man after FCC boss Ajit Pai's kids get death threat over net neutrality axe vote


Beats me !!

...Why he just threatened - surely the most effective outcome - for him - is to deposit a bullet into a deadly portion of Pai's body - for which many Merkans' would be eternally grateful.

Not being a citizen of Trump's crap overweight country - I'm not going to do anything against Pai's regime, but I must admit that in such a gun-crazy country, nobody hasn't stepped up to dispose of him.

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB


Radio Paradise ??

Hi, Are you "Hull Exile" ?? Can't find "Radio Paradise" in the Pangasinan Philippines via my "RadioSure" player!

But I'd agree with you that seeking more preferable music than the crap churned out in Hong Kong - is an essential feature of my listening pleasure almost every waking hour here on the North shore of the Commie riddled North shore of HK Island.

My nowadays favorites : (Pirate) Radio London 266 & Radio Caroline flashback & many others via"RadioSure" !!

I was sorry when British Forces Radio marched out in 1997! They were my ONLY option for Pop-Music - RTHK was, and still is crap !

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners


HK - the sensible ID Cards.


I always thought it was bizarre that the government cancelled the ID card system, seems we now know why. Who needs a card when you have someones fingers? I also don't for one minute believe that this is not going to be used to record fingerprints.

I do not like the direction this country is going.""

Here in Hong Kong, we are legally required to carry I.D. at all times outside of one's home.

It's no great sweat when used to arrest Commie Chinese malefactors, and others wanted by the law.

Me? I have held a series of HKID cards for more than 40 years - shortly after I happily dumped UK residence to get away from the trash that had invaded UK.

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators


Lenovo Dual Sim + MINI SD card & removable battery

I have a really nice K10e70 with 8GB & 4G - If you come to Hong Kong you can have it off me for a mere HK$700 (about 65 Quid).

SWMBO gave me her iPhone and I really didn't need access to 2 SIMs any more!


One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics


"Home Radio" and Mitcham brings back memories!

Loooong ago - I lived up on Pollards Hill, Norbury S.W.16 - and weekly went to the Mitcham Ham Radio Club & also constructed items - mostly from bits acquired in Lisle Street & Tottenham Ct Road,

By 1967 I had "woken up" to the way UK was heading - so I headed out on a round the world hitch-hike, and finally, years later I ended up in Hong Kong with a HK Chinese wife!!

Been here more than 40 years and am as happy as a "Pig in shit" - with places like Aplui Street in Sham Shui Po filled with components - and then there's "SEG Plaza" in Futian District of Shumchun which is a veritable cornucopia (12 floors of components & electronic devices & has several other competing component buildings close by).

Seen flee -years ago - Aussie outlet Dick Smith in Tsim Sha Tsui "Lost face" when his sign was blown away in a typhoon - and that outlet was gone soon afterwards!

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires


Weighty subject ---> AR88 !!

Looong, Loong ago I went up to Lisle Street in Soho & bought this wonderful radio - an "upgrade" from the R1155 radio I'd been using for years.

Now came the problem of getting it home from Soho back to my then home in Norbury, SW16.

Luckily, in those days, it was possible to phone up for a mini-cab at a Shilling a mile & get it into the back of the vehicle for the ~20 mile home.

I completely forget just how I got it upstairs to a very sturdy wooden table in my bedroom - or even when, years later, I sold it sometime prior to hitch-hiking around the world. Well at 77 years old - it was back in the mists of antiquity, so I can't recall those time now.

Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done


Re: Pixel was impressive - Pixel 2 is an abortion

""I venture off-grid regularly in the NW of Scotland, and being stuck in a tent for 48hrs without entertainment other than the same map to read is hell on earth! :)""

From loooong distant memories - It was the Midges that created "hell on earth"

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers


I do use Windows 10, and hate it more every day.

Phil O'Sophical wrote:

"I don't use Windows 10 but I hate it

I do use Windows 10, and hate it more every day."


I *could* live with it - but the recent forced "upgrades" have caused ALL my Win 10 Laptops & Desktop to fail to connect to the Internet !!!

On examination - I get "Windows couldn't automatically bind this IP protocol stack to the network" !!

Sod Microsquelch !!

Seems like I'll be forced to re-install Win 10 yet again & ensure that it does NOT "upgrade" again.

How can I do that??

GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?


Latest Win 10 update screws ALL Internet connections

It does deserve repeating - at least in my case: Latest Win 10 update screws ALL Internet connections !!

I had to reinstall Win 10 Pro twice yesterday - first an earlier update totally screwed up ALL Internet connections be it Wi-FI OR LAN.

Now, having reinstalled from DVD ROM, I'm most loath to allow ANY updates on an otherwise excellent Lenovo E440 - "4" in Cantonese sounds like "Death".

Now, I hope that someone will buy this laptop, and I can dump this "curse" on someone else!

Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat


Hong Kong Rules OKAY!!!!

It IS interesting to read the comments here - makes me VERY happy to be in Hong Kong where the mobiles I have had cost me between £60 & £70 with a dual SIM, and talking about SIMs, I only use voice & NO data, and the original HK$50 "starter" for something like 180 days actually cost me HK$30 (£3) with a "recharge" co$ting me HK$48.

The ONLY reason I "recharge" is because at the end of the recharge period I always have an astonishing HK$150 or so still in credit. I just CAN'T drive down the balance !!

Previously - I'd run the credit balance down to microscopic value - letting it expire - since a new SIM with new number would only cost me £3 for another multi-month validity.

As for the mobiles - a Doogee costing about HK$700 (£70) which I sold for $750 a couple of years later, and a Lenovo [also dual SIM] for ~£80 ----> Both from Groupon.HK.

Am I glad to have tossed UK out more than 40 years ago? You bet your life I'm glad!!

Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans


Regicide action please !

Seems such a shame that "Regicide" was not initiated many months ago on this wanker !!!

Men charged with theft of free newspapers


HK$10 South China Morning Post for free for many years!

Many years ago, I found that I was receiving an apparently "free" copy of the local "South China Morning Post".

I lapped it up, reading it before the usually one day late "The Register" arrived in my e'mail box.

Then I got qualms that, one day, I'd be lumbered with a massive newspaper bill.

The SCMP has gone from what I now reckon was a paltry HK$1 in the late '70s, to its grossly inflated HK$10 nowadays..... But I digress.....

I finally tackled the newspaper delivery office who also delivered SWMBO's "Ming Pao" Chinese squiggle-talk newspaper at the same time - and they calmed my fears by saying that my "free" SCMP was one of many freely handed out to bloat the SCMP's "Circulation figures".

How they also justified the free handing out the weekend edition of the "Financial Times" - I didn't bother to try to find out !!

Having spent ~20 years owning an up-market flat, I'm rather loath to sell up & move elsewhere, I'm afraid that the "free" SCMP will never re-appear!

Dell drops optical drive price-fixing lawsuit against Hitachi


Optical media not obsolete - Yet.

Well, I don't know about "the rest of the world" but I - in "the Pearl of the Orient" - still make use of the occasional CDROM {I used one to create a WinPE rescue disk just yesterday}..... and I've collected a load of Win 10 set-ups on DVD over the years.

I've even got a few - seldom used - 3.5" floppy disks which are VERY occasionally called in for "rescue" purposes too.

Of course YMMV.

Lenovo's 2017 X1 Carbon is a mixed bag


Damned Ethernet dongles

I have, on occasion, had to use a USB2 to LAN dongle on a Pipo Win 10 Tablet and a Pipo "Airweight" Laptop, but it seems that such data transfers are little better than 5Mbps.

I had hoped to try the dongle (at about HK$50 each = GB Pounds ~5) on a USB3, but don't have a device with USB3 available.

I looked at the Lenovo dongle - in the futile hope that at least one of their various varieties was a real USB plug on the end - but the ones I saw were "customised" to NOT use any USB port at all.

My tests of my locally purchased [Aplui Street, ShamShuiPo, Kowloon] showed that my Wi-Fi connection to one of my several Wi-Fi Routers was considerably FASTER than this HK$50 dongle to my LAN !

OK... Red wire or black... *Clickety* You've emailed the schematic? Yes, got it! It's opening. And... WHAT? NO!


Can't find "a" mode on modern Laptops

The LAST time I had access to "a" [5GHz] Wi-Fi connected computer was way back in the days of IBM T60 model.

I - long ago - bought a "Groupon" offer of a Belkin a/b/g router - but almost as loooong ago I sold my last IBM T60P - and since that time - I have had many Lenovo's offerings, but NOT ONE of them had the option of hopping on board of 5GHz.

I have yet to find any of the models that offered 2.4 *&* 5 GHz connections.

Come to that, none of the other manufacturers have had 5GHz on then - or even as an optional "extra".

For a few months I blasted my apartment blocks with signals on almost all of the 1-13 channels, I finally desisted when I reckoned I was just wasting my electricity & my family didn't really need such a plethora of channels to select between.

Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall


Huh??? My FRIDAY copy of "The Reg" always arrives around 05:00 GMT - on MONDAY arvo in Hong Kong.

Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it


Shit VW !!

I've got a shitty VW Golf - about 5 years old - that eats batteries!!

Fault at the moment is that, despite the battery is good enough to light the headlamps, just turn the ignition key and bugger all happens, just a "click noise from somewhere around the dashboard.

If one sit there for a bit (an extendable time) & tries again [several times] the fucking VW will decide that I've waited looong enough, and then starts the engine - till the next time.

The useless official VW service station in HK fails to find the problem!

What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Gormless National Savings & investments

@ Mr ChriZ

""NS&I asked me to give a new password over the phone the other day. (I politely declined)

This is in spite of the fact that their own website states they would never ask for one.

I currently have a complaint open on the matter - not that they seem to care.

I will be soon removing what little money I do have with them!""


Me, I **HAVE** to stick with those gormless bastards - it's the only place to put my UK Pension each month - who wants devalued Quids in a former B.C.C.

At least I might become a Millionaire before I "Snuff it".

Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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We’re not holding biz to ransom, says pay to play ad-blocking outfit


Not forgetting "Ad-Muncher" free version v4.94

I've been using "Ad-Muncher" free version v4.94.xxx for ages since the original pay-for version was offered for free on Giveawayoftheday.com website.

Watching the Bull icon at the bottom of the screen swallowing crappy adverts is most satisfying! Burp !!

I include AdBock Plus to my armoury too. Both running all the time.

Putin's Russia outlaws ECHR judgments after mass surveillance case


RasPutin still lives

Let me correct the following: Putin undoing Perestroika one step at a time.

Of course, it ought to have read : The evil RasPutin undoing Perestroika one step at a time.

Microsoft Edges bets on browser-only Skype


Avoid M$oft's Win 10's Build 10547.

I have twice tried to install build 10547 in place of [fully working] build 10525.... Each time I TOTALLY lost access to Internet.

This despite inSSDer Wi-Fi channel identifier showing that my Lenovo E440 was receiving my two Wi-Fi signals, and "seeing" many others around me.

AND despite my drivers showing that both the LAN drivers & Wi-Fi drivers were correctly loading.

The Windows checking program said that there were problems with the driver installations, but offered no solution!

Caveat Emptor !!

Thankfully, I was able to "Wind back" the installation to build 10525 & able to access Internet via Wi-Fi *&* LAN again.

Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass


Till Hell freezes over?

I suppose that there will be some sort of religious personages there - "Till Hell Freezes Over". <Snigger>

Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers


W10 (per)version 10030 Sucks

Having let (per)version 10030 install itself automatically, not only did it totally screw up my 500 GB Samsung SSD, but also a 120GB Intel one as well, & to crown it all, it somehow managed to screw up my 1TB "Viagra" Disk when I swapped over - to get a what was a previously working W8.1 & connected up the Samsung SSD.

I've only recently come back home from a trip across to Lenovo Service Centre the North shore of Hong Kong Island to dump my Lenovo 440E in for fixing.

Even my previously burned "restore" disks were not recognised - though it is possible that this was because I was trying to restore 8.1 with 8.0 disks - I just don't know!

Needless to say - I'm totally pissed off with the latest W10 evaluation (per)version - it co$t me hours of frustration & an upcoming large hole in my wallet payable to Lenovo.

I *KNOW* that MicroSquelch warned against relying on newer evaluations - & the possibility of such chronic failures, but every previous "upgrade" ran smoothly - and I fell for it!!!

Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders


Give me "Cockies" any day!

Several - make it about 13 years ago -I had an over inquisitive Hong Kong pigeon forever landing on my balcony's floor, so I decided to get it 'pissed out of its tiny mind' by soaking some bread in some "high octane" liquor - what the Chinese call "Bamboo Wine" which is great for indigestion at 45% alcohol by volume.

Well, the pigeon partook of the alcoholic bread & managed to fly off to a lower level in my building and created such a cooing racket that it drew its friends & relations from the locality to see what the fuss was all about!

As I recall, the pigeon never came back for "The hair of the dog" again!

Where I live now, on the West side of HK Island, I can frequently see Sulfur-crested Cockatoos flying by in a gang, all squawking their heads off. They are not a "native breed" here but allegedly escaped captivity multi-many years ago and attempts by the then local council to stop 'em breeding, but filling up holes in trees with concrete was - luckily - a failure.

I like having Cockies around - much better than the drab Sparrows.

Germany's BND muscles in on metadata mass surveillance


From TWTWTW - Never trust a "Krauthead"

Privacy bods Detekt Hacking Team code nasty dressed as bookmark manager


Re: ran it, didn't find anything

I too ran it - but after about 40 mins - It didn't seen to come to any conclusion - so I stopped it..

Well after all, it said words to the effect; "It may take several minutes" and at least thrice times thrice minutes passed to no avail.<Grrrh>

Telstra announces another national WiFi rollout


FON ownership a waste of time - for me anyway.

Hmmm, I have THREE of the basic FON Access Points around my home in HK, one is troublesome in that it requires power-up and then pull the DC power cable & re-insert if the unit is ever to connect back to one of my many routers & on to Internet.

In my travels - I have never found ANY FON access points to connect to - and I have THREE good working reasons as to why I should - if I can ever find an access point outside of my flat.

Also, I've never had any "traveller" access via my FON Wi-Fi points - the only access has been the occasional very local - read, in my building complex - using the "Open Channels that my FON's offer for free from their additional high gain antennas.

The only reason I keep them active is to provide my 'pina maid with Wi-Fi signals in her room.....

Luckily, when I travel, I usually get "free" Wi-Fi from the hotels I stay at; the FON units - which cost me HK$48 or so (years ago) at a promotional time - are rather a waste of time!

What's that crunching noise? Lenovo running over rivals' bones


Lenova's failure to upgrade drivers

My grouse with Lenovo is that they did not make the Windows 7 touchpad drivers available for their N500 model, so I'm lumbered with HAVING to carry around a USB Mouse *&* a spare battery for it!

Added to that, I got this model secondhand in Hong Kong from a non-techie user who couldn't get it to switch on.... I just removed one of the two RAM strips & it has booted up ever since.

Fitting a second RAM strip again caused it to fail to boot up until removed!

I now run with a single 2 GB RAM strip 'cos the Lenovo Service Dept in HK couldn't offer any solution that was co$t effective - or supply a Win 7 driver for the touchpad. <Grrrrrh!!!>

Reg man says '拜拜' to Honkers, ponders Asia's future role in tech world


Hordes of street crapping "Locusts" from the North!

So '拜拜' is "simplified Chinese characters"??

Actually - Hong Kong uses "traditional" Chinese characters!

Neither of which are understood by most of the rest of the world - even the so called "Yellow Bananas"!

And as for Chinese place names "converted" into "English" - Pah!

A city in Canton Province's Pearl River Delta is spelt out as "Shiqi" - which you'd *think* ought to be pronounced as "She-kwi" but actually comes out as "Sek-Kay" from the mouth of a local.

And due to "re-education" - the Commie Locust hordes who pour into Hong Kong to strip the shops to resell everything from Baby Milk Powder to luxury goods expect the shop staff to speak Mandarin *&* provide "simplified" Chinese character signs too.

These used to call us "westerners" 'Barbarians' - But frequent altercations between the civilised Hong Kongers & the barbarian hordes from the North over their kids shitting and pissing on the streets of Hong Kong really show that it is THEY who are today's Barbarians!

Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?


""Allan George Dyer"" makes mention of Kowloon's Ap Liu Street - but if one just crosses the "Bamboo Curtain" beyond Hong Kong's ancient "New Territories" - to Lowu, and rides 6 stations down their MTR - exiting at Hua Qiang underground railway station in very close proximity to SEG Electronic Market (just across the road) one can immediately enter an "Aladdin's Cave" - well about 10 stories full of electronic goodies, the lowest floors given over to hundreds of small counters selling almost any electronic component you would ever need. And it close proximity to OTHER multi-storey emporiums selling similar components.

It is my "Mecca" and I go there fairly frequently to pay homage & to buy the things that CAN'T be found in ShamShuiPo's Apliu Street or the Golden Computer Centre across the road!

That it co$t$ me HK$900 [ ~GBP70] (I think it was, or maybe it's upped to HK$1200) for a 3 year unrestricted Commie China Visa is annoying, especially as my HK Chinese wife & our daughter get in and out for free, but I don't have the wallet battering experience too often.

Apart from Ap Liu Street, a place I discovered about 37 years ago, there's little else in HK for the few electronic experimenters to gather components.

Lenovo ThinkPad pad emerges


First to the post?

Well, I saw a Lenovo Tablet - with Android 2.2 in one of Shumchun's massive 10 floor of computer & electronics plazas (Segoo) [a 6 MTR station ride from Lowu crossing in/out of Hong Kong] on Wednesday of last week... Didn't see any keyboard with it then... and failed to note down the price!

Jaybird Freedom wireless Bluetooth buds


Jaybird Freedom wireless Bluetooth buds

Too expensive !

I'm perfectly happy with my Hong Kong $ 25 wired buds - I don't feel broken hearted when such devices get intermittent / broken connecting wires.

Alleged Renault spies fight back

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Chink in their armour?

Seems that Renault claims that there was a "Chink in their Amour" - or should that read "Armour" ?

Having driven a few of their cars, I certainly was never amoured with them !

Indian piracy arrests bother Bollywood BitTorrenters


Bolt hole? No - a Rope!

Hinder the Fuzz at the door - climb up the "Indian Rope Trick" & disappear!

Harrods blings up Android tablet, quintuples price


Tablets? - they don't cut it for me!

For a little more than about 60 Quid I got a 64GB Eken-m003-android across the semi-permeable "Bamboo Curtain" separating Freedom Loving Hong Kong from Shumchum.

Of course, I'll never buy an Apple iPad - there's been far too much Foxcom - Shumchun District - blood spilt by their suicidal staff pushed beyond their endurance!

In all honesty, I can NOT say that it was a "knock out" buy, I still prefer the easier to operate Lenovo Netbook I reserve for travelling around the world.

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