* Posts by IsJustabloke

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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Re: The Prime Directive

to date I've had 5 "prime trials" I see no reason not to make use of the benefits if they're willing to give them to me for free, I stat the trial and immediately cancel it.

In exactly the same way that I see no reason not to make use of "interest free periods" , I have the money right now but "they're" willing to wait 6 months for it *shrug* I decide it's better off in my account than theirs. I set up a calendar reminder and always pay before the due date

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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@ cornz

I've no doubt it *may* happen sometime but so far (touch wood) I have avoided it. My cousin had some kind of reaction to a wasp sting... his forearm and hand swelled up most alarmingly :o

I, of course, made off with his pint.

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Re: How High?

I believe drunken Deer are a real problem in the highlands and the west country. They eat apples which ferment in their bellies thus getting them pissed :D

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I have *never* been stung by a wasp or a bee.

I put it down to my calm nature when they approach... I simply put a had over my beverage and use gentle wafting motions to move them away.

I do so enjoy the comedy moments when people run around, screaming while waving their arms about.

I have also observed that if you kill a wasp in a very few minutes another of the stripey bastards will turn up and unerringly approach it's fallen comrades body before checking out the group to see who it thinks is to blame!

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: "NEVER assume the architect knows best!"

"My building inspector told me I had to get an "Architect" to do lots of complicated maths to work out if my garage roof trusses were strong enough."

That is not an Architects job... that is the job of an engineer. I would not step foot in a building that had it's engineering specs drawn up by an architect.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: Which is worse ...

@imanidiot

I agree, I would add that the US marines in particular are a traditional "expeditionary force" rather than say, the UK marines who are more commando / special forces.

Traditionally, marines were stationed aboard ships to protect against boarders and then more recently to "project force" as part of an amphibious assault

A US marine and a Royal Marine are very different beasts.

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Re: What about the manufacturers' rights to the data?

"If I buy a secondhand car, how does the manufacturer know the owner of the car has changed"

I've driven a lot of FIAT group cars over the years, only two of which were bought from main dealers, yet somehow, the FIAT security register has always been aware of my ownership so somebody somewhere is connecting the dots as far as car ownership changing is concerned. I've never told them directly.

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Android ain't done until Samsung won't run? 9.0 Pie borks Gear watch app

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WearOS

I was until recently using an Huawei watch that required "WearOS" there were 3 updates in the 9 weeks I used the device and each and every update broke something fundamental. no amount of fiddling / unpairing / re-pairing would make those things work again. Thinking my watch was faulty I had it replaced, twice. nothing, the bog standard, least I expect I expect functionality of a smart watch could not be regained.

a lot of google stuff is excellent at what it does... WearOS is not one of them.

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Re: At disgustedoftunbridgewells, re: fingerprints.

"At least here on this side of the pond the courts have ruled that a merely biometric means of unlocking a device"

As it happens my Huawei requires the pin every so often regardless of whether it's the correct fingerprint or not. It always requires a pin upon restart, both to unlock the sim and another to unlock the actual phone. I'm one of those strange people that never starts his mobey until he's out of the terminal building.... I'm willing to take my chances with uncle Sam's operatives, they do seem to enjoy searching my luggage But then so do the Kiwi's and the Diggers. Weirdly the only place I've never been searched is Hong Kong

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Why so traumatic?

TBH I've never really experienced any of the problems that many on here complain about. I think the only real problem I've had was the "Black Screen of Death" that was associated with an Intel video driver update delivered via windows update.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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Re: Donated

"Corbyn and his deranged followers"

There have been charges of antisemitism against the labour party for far longer than Comrade Corbyn and co have been in charge.

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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yes...

except that if your supermarket of choice is anything like mine , they swap things around on a regular basis for that very reason.

I don't use a shopping list always found them more hassle that they're worth.

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Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

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Re: ffs why so little RAM?

"What do you run that needs more RAM?"

Well, I'm often running lightroom, photoshop and various other tools running and I'll be working on image files that are several gigs in size each... my PC has 32 gig of ram and uses it all sometimes.

I do wish people would consider that *their* use case is not *everyone's* uses case. It's the same with people who scream that people should switch to *nix. That's a no brainer for me the software I use on a daily basis simply isn't available on *nix

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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I'm not sure why...

The reg has taken a snarky attitude to the Cityfiber bods.

What ISP's get away with in terms of advertising is scandalous in the UK and they mostly amount to "we can say what we damn well please, providing we use a bit of weasle verbiage"

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: I purchased a New PC this year...

"after an update it has several times reset his document and picture folder shortcuts to the default C:/users location when these had specifically been moved to D:/xxxx"

can't say that I've experienced that but as I say I accept that others may have had a different experience to me.

I'm sure you've considered this BUT on my PC the "users" folder presents as "C:\blah" but is physically located on "D:\blah"

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Re: I purchased a New PC this year...

"Thanks for the input Bill and all the best with your foundation work."

what a bizarre response....

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I purchased a New PC this year...

... my first purchase PC since 2012! Having spent the last 6 years upgrading various bits and bobs.

I know I'm in for an avalanche of down votes but I *really* haven't found win 10 to be all that bad.

I've found it to be solid and reliable (exactly how I found win 7 to be before that). I do make use of "Shut up 10" but other than that it's been fine.

I've had no crashes following updates and as someone that keeps their PC up to date anyway, I have no real problem with win 10 updating itself.

Of course, I only really use it for running Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and it does both those with admirable reliability.

While I accept everyone's experience will be different, for me there really isn't a problem with win 10.

BTW.. I don't actually give a fuck about votes up or down so fill yer boots.

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Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime

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Re: How's that Cashless-Society looking now Sir?

@CrazyOldCatMan

how very dare you have an opposing POV !

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Re: The Microsoft Slurpage has to STOP!

Lovely shiny hat you've got there....

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: Note to my fellow Yanks ...

"pass it off as Yet Another British Language Eccentricity, and move on"

There's no such language as "British"...The language is called English.

You may wish to add a signifier indicating which dialect you're speaking but otherwise it's English.

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Arresting times past

"There is no offence for taking photo or filming in a publicly accessible place."

Not so... that can be changed by local bylaws.

In theory , you can take a picture of anything you can see from a public space but try standing on a public highway taking pictures of military installations, as an example.

It's also a fact that a lot of what *looks* like public space is in fact private space and private space can also have a prohibition on taking pictures. The courts in MK are just such an example.

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Now NHS Digital is going after data on private healthcare too

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Re: My consultants will be happy

For which said NHS resources are paid.

I have a heart problem that's being monitored privately. The various tests are administered by NHS staff in an NHS hospital, using NHS equipment. .

The tests are done out of normal working hours ie evening or saturday mornings.

The Dr is paid for his time, the nurses are paid for their time, the hospital is paid for the use of the equipment, equipment that would otherwise be sitting around unused.

When I was admitted for an overnight stay, I stayed in a private wing that had it's own staff and equipment

This was explained to me by said NHS Dr and NHS nurse and a hospital administrator when I asked the question.

Literally everyone wins; I win , they win, the NHS wins from me having private medical. Actually my GP doesn't win because he needs to see me to refer me but he's the only one

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Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'

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Re: Hmmmmm

"You are not alone! Rational debate on Brexit is thin on the ground."

On all sides of the "debate"

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: You Just Need to Have Faith

"The daily sacrifice of a virgin also helps (getting harder to find these days)"

Is wales running out of sheep then?

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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@lars

I'm not so sure that anyone who's given it any thought objects to the idea of an ID card per se. The objections have all been to the sheer quantity of data that would be stored on said card, that the user of said card had to keep it up to date with all kinds of stuff (and at their own cost as originally proposed) and under penalty if you fail to do so. This data included things such as your current place of employment.

As you rightly point out, most of us already carry multiple forms of ID, many of which are issued by Her majesty's gov and we do so happily.

So let's not get too carried away with comparing it to other European countries because they're are not the same thing at all.

There is also the prospect of feature creep, once a biometric card is mandated you can be sure that in a short amount of time (for our protection of course) it will become impossible to enter government buildings without producing it, not long after that it'll be banks and building societies... "Of course you can come in. simply swipe your card! For your own protection of course!" and from there it's a short step to logging everywhere you go in/out

I'm not saying it would happen but you can be sure someone will have thought about it.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Re: The government position:

@Primus Secundus Tertius

There is, of course merit to what you say because in general it seems that an MP who has had experience of actual life are pretty good and trying their hardest to get the right things done but they're rarely permitted to inner sanctum of party politics, you'll never find a free thinker on the front benches, they're considered far too dangerous. They also seem to be in short supply

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Re: The government position:

"Then again, we voted for them."

It doesn't matter who we vote for, they're all mendacious clueless fuckwits being led around by the nose by some faceless / unaccountable Whitehall mandarin that never changes except when they accept their knighthood and fat final salary gold plated pension and pass the baton onto the next faceless / unaccountable mandarin.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Controversial opinion alert!

If you're of a sensitive nature may I suggest you don't read this comment...

I do find all the people who claim to have stopped using "windoze" years ago commenting on how shit it is very amusing. ( not just the article BTW but on any article relating to "windoze" )

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UK mobile operator Three launches Superdrug Mobile MVNO

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Re: Rubbish Coverage

Gonna disagree.

I travel extensively in the UK, Europe and further afield (Hong Kong, USA, New Zealand) and have found their coverage to be excellent.

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Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Re: Indeed on the pork ...

It's not a wedding band unless it's causing you pain.

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Re: Presumably with superuser access

"without reading the Ts&Cs,"

Whereas you read every last line of every single T&Cs you are presented with

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Re: Oh Sorreee! Sorree!

"...that I never wondered more why the hell he would be called Rouge"

Yes very strange given that he's blue!

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Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

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Re: Zooooom.....

sounds like they cleaned your pipes; you wait until another fatberg appears!

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Honor bound: Can Huawei's self-cannibalisation save the phone biz?

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Re: Lemmings stuck in the copycat rut (of ruthlessly mixed metaphors)

hmmmm....

"It's stupid and unnecessary to have the display glass exposed to every accident;"

never owned an Apple device, never suffered a broken screen. coincidence? I think not.

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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Re: Landfill radio

"It won't be any good for traveling"

I've used my Honor 8 in the UK, France,Germany , Italy, New Zealand, USA and Hong Kong

Yeah, I see what you mean, totally shit for travelling.

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Oculus Go: Capable kit, if the warnings don't put you off

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Inquiring minds want to know....

what your significant other finds skeptical about musicians?

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How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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Re: Don’t worry!

@ac

"ego-stroking and virtue signalling."

of course, you'd never do any kind of virtue signalling yourself would you? oh wait.....

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German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way

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Ikea trip rules...

1) Always know what you want to buy and check it's in stock.

2) Always locate the item before entering the shop

3) go late in the day.... I find if I arrive at mine about 7.30/8.00 pm it's alright

4) Never go all the way round the shop, learn the shortcuts

5) never go at the weekend

6) never take anyone with you

I've got Ikea shopping down to a fine art; my PB is 65 minutes door to door

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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ummmm.....

he bought some thing that developed a fault in the 1st month and yet it wasn't fixed/replaced under warranty?

how does that work then? if I buy something and month later it develops a fault it *will* be fixed and / or replaced

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

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Oh dear...

"Blackmail."

How do you make it through a single day? :(

El-reg can we have a rolling eyes icon please?

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Danish submariner sent down for life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

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Re: Never mind that animal

The article says the victims family want it scrapped, seems fair to me.

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Re: sexual assault?

Yes because that's the most important aspect of this crime...

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UK gov grilled over massive exposure to struggling outsourcer Capita

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Re: babes

"Though sometimes I wonder if the MPs have been imitating the toddlers"

Seems unlikely because there's no signs of maturity in the MPs

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X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

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Re: In defence ..

" 'forced' by O2 to take on a £43 per month iPhone X"

Forced?

Did they hold a gun to your head?

Did they say take this contract or the teddy bear gets it?

Or did they say, we don't have the gear/contract you want, how about this instead?

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UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

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"what comes out of a cow's arse"

You really can't.... nothing good comes out of a cow's arse.

You need horses for organic growth.

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Re: Top down or bottom up?

"implementing the changes had been asked whether that was feasible in the timescale"

Of course they were asked and then ignored .. SOP.

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Yay, you've won your Fitbit lawsuit, folks. But, lawyers, about those filet mignon expenses...

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Re: Fitbit Quality.

Fitbit couldn't pay me to own one of their devices now.

I had a Blaze and as a device for measuring activity it worked quite well but the required bluetooth connection was flakey as hell; the required fitbit app was useless if it couldn't connect to the servers (which in turn meant you couldn't use the device for GPS tracking) and it forgot all your settings after every single update, updates that could only be applied via flakey bluetooth. If you wanted to map your exercise routes it needs the phone but most of the time would complain it couldn't find the phone to connect to it's GPS, I discovered that it's step counter was variable to say the least and in the 20 months I owned one it was replaced 3 times because of battery related issues.

for a bit of kit that cost 150 quid it was remarkably poor.

I've replaced it with a Huawei watch 2 which is more smart watch than activity tracker and while it has it's issues is considerably better than the Blaze.

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Look! Fitbit's made a watch that doesn't suck!

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Fitbit couldn't pay me to have another of their devices...

I had a Blaze and as a device for measuring activity it worked really well but the required bluetooth connection was flakey as hell.. the required fitbit app was useless if it couldn't connect to the servers and forgot all your settings after every single update, updates that could only be applied via flakey bluetooth. If you wanted to map your exercise routes it needs the phone but most of the time would complain it couldn't find the phone to connect to it's GPS, I discovered that it's step counter was variable to say the least and in the 20 months I owned one it was replaced 3 times because of battery related issues.

for a bit of kit that cost 150 quid it was remarkably poor.

I've replaced it with a Huawei watch 2 which is more smart watch than activity tracker and while it has it's issues is considerably better than the Blaze.

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US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s

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Re: There really...

"ust a small point, the square (quartic) steering wheel and the pop-out rear screen belonged to the Austin Allegro"

And only then in Vanden Plas trim

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