* Posts by IsJustabloke

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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Re: How would Storm know?

"We have a secret ballot"

Do we?

In my polling office they always write the number of the ballot paper I've just been given against my name and address on the roll they have in front of them, a sufficiently motivated person could in fact find out exactly how I voted.

They do this despite my patiently explaining to them the problem I have with them doing it.

NB I do not consider myself important enough to sufficiently motivate someone to find out my vote besides they could always try asking me :D

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Re: How would Storm know?

"...it's just yet another example of the arrogance of some of *some* voters,"

Unlike the A/c above I have actually FTFY

Neither the Tories or labour (or any other party for that matter) have a monopoly on dickheads in their ranks and the sooner the wider electorate grasp this simple fact, the sooner we'll be able to start doing something about it.

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

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Re: "We can't avoid the IoT revolution by refusing to play part."

"The only hope is not paying the monthly payments or somehow deaktivating the chip - and hoping that a lack of signal doesn't brick the device..."

Yes... that's the way it'll work...

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Re: '34 years of development - Windows 10 is the result'

"Screw them. They need to damn well grow up."

says the "linux rulz! wondoze sux!" fanboy....

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Re: Only 1080 high?

"Alternatively with a decent Linux GUI you just rotate the screen 90 degrees."

*sigh* because the drivers for my card would *never* allow me to do something like that on my non-*nix desktop....

Seriously, why do people feel the need to to turn *every* fucking subject into "linux rulz! windoze sux!" competition? Just try growing up FFS!

It's not like there isn't enough actual shit in the world to get arsy about

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Ofcom fines Three £1.9m over vulnerability in emergency call handling

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Re: Feel at home

"even more so for streaming services and Google maps which are totally unusable abroad."

can't say that was my experience in New Zealand, Hong Kong or The US, without easy access to google maps I would have been "lost" on more than one occasion

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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....in Cumbria

I disagree!

The in Cumbria qualification is needed. I moderated how much sympathy I have for Len as a result; there are definitely much worse "middle of nowhere's" than Cumbria!

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Most of its good stuff isn't made in-house anyway.

ummm.... they do still have to pay for it though and of course, those shows are made not speculatively but because someone [at the BBC] has commissioned it.

I know it's unfashionable but I think the beeb is pretty good value for money particularly when you compare it to say, Sky, that charges you twice as much money and still throws a large amount of adverts at you while showing a lot of programming that has been commissioned and paid for by the BBC.

Beeb plus Netflix / Prime is all you need for a full spectrum of stuff. It can be yours for less than the price of a Sky sub and is mostly advert free.

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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Freedom of Speech, RIP.

@ac

"And that is set by MPs voting on our behalf."

It's cute you believe that

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Re: the best we could have hoped for.

"It certainly cheered me up this morning."

I'm not the results are worth celebrating as such

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Re: Well look on the bright side

"Couldn't have happened to a nice person."

while I don't necessarily disagree with your sentiment, whatever happens is going to happen to all of us.

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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Re: What about Free Will?

@Potemkine

And you can attest to the state of mind of those people can you?

religion? honor? LOL...

You don't think someone in constant pain hasn't had their mental health affected?

You don't think that someone with a mental health problem can be manipulated?

You're an idiot.

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Re: What about Free Will?

"So unless this guy had some proved weaknesses as mental illness"

Do you know of anyone that killed themselves or tried to kill themselves that couldn't be described as "having a mental illness" ?

There is an awful lot of bollocks being written in this forum.

people with depression / anxiety / low self-esteem can be manipulated into pretty much any state of mind.

This girl made a determined effort to push this guy in a direction she wanted him to go in, for whatever reason (and only she'll ever really know the answer to that question) The content of the texts are clear and damning . There can be very little doubt she did what she's accused of, this trial is about how much of the responsibility she bares.

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Master of Dredd: Judge inker John Higgins speaks to The Reg

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Re: TV Series Announced

A Dredd TV series? :D

Yes please!

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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Re: @wolfetone

"Yet it's your fault that guide is wrong?"

Actually, the story quite clearly says he *didn't* follow the document. he should have used the credentials generated by the script, instead he copied the credentials from the document.

The fact that the document contained the production credentials is an error but the implication is that he would have been ok with those.

Of course, he should have been supervised so that's also an error. should he have been sacked? Probably not. and certainly not in the way he was.

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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Re: If you can't stand the heat

"In real life I am a total dick head"

I've heard that about you... ;-)

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Re: If you can't stand the heat

@Gordon Pryra

While I don't generally disagree with what you've written, my personal experience is that people who are dickheads online tend also to be dickheads in real life.

This experience was garnered while running the online community for a club, 75%l of the contributors were personally known to me.

For example, the old saw about all BMW/Mercedes/Audi drivers (delete /insert as you like) are all dicks, I suspect you'll find that said drivers will be dicks regardless of the model of their car.

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Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

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Re: Recycled cartidges

@LDS but I don't suppose you use a "cheap" inkjet?

I use a Pro100s and the full set of inks (8 cartss) for that is 70 quid which isn't actually that bad and I can often find a deal that will bring the price down to 50 quid.

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Re: Or just MAYBE some company will get a bit smarter

"Or are consumers too stupid to notice when they're being fleeced, and would go with the "$25 printer that costs you $100 to put ink in" model?"

In fairness this is really only the case at the very cheap end of the market; when you pay more for your printer the ink costs less as a proportion of the printers price

Consumers could make this problem go away by being more prepared to pay the true cost of the actual printer. As long as companies sell their stuff as loss leaders then this practice will continue.

Or do people really believe that the shiny all singing, all dancing MFP they've just bought really does cost 35 quid to make/market/distribute? Truth is I think if Lexmark have all but given you a printer you probably should buy your ink from them after all they need to make a profit in order to make the printer they've just given you!

NB nothing I've said indicates approval of the way the printer companies behave

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How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

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I'm a bit surprised that...

no one has pointed out the fact that no matter what flavour of government we get after next week the same shit politicians will still occupy both sides of the house.

Seriously, May and co are horrible but anyone who believes Corbyn would be any better is a deluded idiot.

we need to purge our entire political "class" (as in class of children) and find some adults.

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I'll take the sandtrooper in white: Meet the rebel scum making Star Wars armour sets for a living

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Re: probs swimming against the tide but...

"Is the 'A' really that important??!

<ducks>"

grr!

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probs swimming against the tide but...

I'd rather have an x-wing. so if they could just get on that ta!

I'm sorry but I still get a case of the grumps whenever the film I knew as "Star Wars" is referred to as "New Hope" :/

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: What Ads... What Shops?

"wait for a sales drone to 'eventually' saunter up and try to sell me something... and blah blah blah "

yeah because the poor schmuck trying to make a living needs to have his/her day improved by twunts like you. That sort of behaviour doesn't make you big or clever or admirable... it makes you a twunt.

I manage to do all that you've described without involving some minimum wage flunky just trying to make their way in the world.

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Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

"This is preparation for allowing iPlayer access only if you have a TV licence"

Do you have a problem with that?

Whenever I'm asked for an email address that I don't want to give I use [not.today@nothanks.com] weirdly, no one has said anything about it as they write it down but then I doubt the poor till flunky gives a toss one way or the other.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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Re: er - call holding in *2017*

"Oh, I don't know about that..."

I'll give you that but I think that's more of an exception than the rule :)

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Re: er - call holding in *2017*

"What the fuck was the point of getting excited about the future in the 1970s"

because the 1970's were so very very very very shit

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Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ

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Re: It's not just diesels

I dunno.. doesn't it depend on how they drive it?

My Mito has a 1.4 turbo @170 BHP and claims >50mpg I often drive it like I stole it and I still average 48/49 MPG

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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Yes... it does vanish...

"For the most part use the wifi and 4G data connections and watch the battery vanish."

Cunningly both my sony and my Honor make it vanish very slowly over the course of a couple of days.

Damn that vanishing battery power!!!!

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Re: Mmmm a piece of crap is a bit harsh

And yet my honor 8 . never fails to sync up with my car, always plays the music I want it to for as long I want it to. The apps I use are all pretty good premium apps that I actually paid money for. I don't have to charge it every single night if I don't want to. I've found the bluetooth LE to be considerably more reliable than my old sony, so horse for course and all that.

Just as an aside why did you feel the need to *exactly* detail the model of your iPhone?

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Re: EMUI

"while EMUI is a thing I will steer well clear of Huawei phones"

It was updated to v5 shortly after I got my phone and I have to say that I like it a lot. It's quick, clean and intuitive. It was the one thing I was worried about when selecting a new phone but I'm very happy with it.

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Honor 8

I'd been casting around for a replacement phone form my aging (but still chugging along nicely thank you!) xperia Z1 that didn't cost an arm and a leg. I chose an Honor 8 I'm very pleased with it. It gives excellent performance and battery life. On a recent trip to the states it got a proper hammering (i was doing the full tourist) but I found it easily lasting the full day. It's a good looking phone, I even like the UI which was updated to v5 shortly after I got the phone and I've found it lightweight and intuitive.

wouldn't hesitate to buy another or recommend them.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Train?

"Bloody annoying as the songs on the Train CD are quite good"

Is that the bloke that doesn't know / understand the meaning of deja vu?

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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Re: There's 2 sides to stories

""white middle aged man""

I travel on my own a lot. I can be certain that at least once on my (usually) four trips through airport security I will be stopped and searched thoroughly. generally I'm asked to unpack all my camera gear and demonstrate it all working as well.

That said I've never had the rubber glove treatment and I've never been asked for passwords etc.

My last trip I was searched as I was leaving my holiday destination so forgive me if I take all the "profiling" stuff with a pinch of salt although presumably I'm the subject of a different kind of profiling.

Single man, frequent flyer, nearly always alone, carrying large amount of "gear" plus big suitcase in the hold.(which had also been searched this time)

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Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?

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Re: Always use the disabled toilets

"In the US they aren't disabled, but they are Accessible, which I always find to be a useful feature in a toilet."

Hmmm.... whereas the American embassy in Hong Kong has a big sign on the door that says "Handicapped Toilet" not to mention a big sign on a gate that says "Handicapped Access"

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

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Re: Top Tip

if only it wasn't compulsory to read it....

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TalkTalk HackHack DuoDuo PleadPlead GuiltyGuiltyGuiltyGuilty

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Re: admitted stealing

"Is God a corporeal being? Does He have weight and heft? Dimensions?"

Hollywood would have us believe he looks a lot like Morgan Freeman

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Fitbit hit on Pebble kit cost just 20 million quid? Oh s**t!

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Re: Sad though

"I look forward to the start of the inaugural Rollerball league"

As long as we get teh original version and not the shitty remake version.

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Re: If they are losing money...

How do you make it through a single day?

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(You can't) buy one now! The flying car makes its perennial return

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TOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNSSSSSSS!!!!!!

That is all.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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@wolfetone

How do you make it through a single day?

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Re: There's a reason some of us call this stuff IoS.

"Who has a garage with space in it for a car?"

I do... and not only that I actually keep a car in it.

I've never understood why people fill their garages with junk and then leave their next most expensive purchase sitting on the drive.

Try as I might I simply cannot see why so many people have bought into this connected to a distant server model of IoT. I *really* don't understand

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: re: re: I'm confused now,

"Thanks for clarifying it for me."

you're welcome.

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re: I'm confused now,

Yes.

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Re: That was not unexpected...

good luck explaining that to the security monkey.

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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: Solution

it might be a solution for *you* but your use case <> to my use case

I *really* wish people would stop simply screaming "UNIXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!" as the solution to every problem because it isn't and it probably never will be.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

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Re: The first reusable?

They didn't turn it around in 4 months though and as I understand it they pretty much replaced every component on the shuttle before each "reuse".

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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Re: Idiots!

@alferdpacker

cool story bro' but I'm not sure how that relates to this...

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

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Re: need

"He posted about a technical forum in a technical forum without mentioning the name of the technical forum."

El Reg commentards are the noobs he wants to keep out

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Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

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Re: It's good but not great

"I'm really enjoying The Expanse right now"

I enjoyed that too although it only seems to cover the first half of the first book and I'm not sure they're making anymore :(

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