* Posts by IsJustabloke

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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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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

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Re: Health Hazard?

"This means that almost everyone who uses an e-cig is getting a massive reduction in harm to themselves and those around them."

but a massive uplift in looking stupid ... the big old boxes like the one in this article really do look utterly stupid when you see someone taking a tonk on them. A couple of my friends use e-cigs that look exactly like cigarettes, they don't look so bad.

As an aside, does anyone think there are many more people vaping than you ever saw smoking? Perhaps it's because using one of those is considered more socially acceptable when walking down the street?

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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Ha!

if only facebook ahd recently introduced a technology that allows them to scan for faces and use it for good rather than simply adding to a cache of information.

As an aside, I admit that Martin Lewis has done lots of good as a consumer campaigner but on that TV show he does he just comes across as a huge, shouty, patronizing, knob jockey

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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

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@hairydog

It's almost like you didn't actually read the article.

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Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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Re: Idea Instructions

"I understood them perfectly .....

Does that mean there is something wrong with me?"

Yes, you weirdo!

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Re: Not the real world

"And real men can't spell, either."

And real men (tm) don't care!

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Re: If he was a really good reporter

"....random out of the crowd and assumed she spoke his British English."

Actually old chap, we tend to just call it "English"... you know it being our language and all that.

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

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Steady on! That's still leaps ahead a pifling booster landing!

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Boffins find new ways to slurp private info from Facebook addicts using precision-targeted ads

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Oh well...

As with all these things it's only as good as the data it slurps... I have a facebook page for a photography business so that means I also have a facebook profile except it thinks I'm a 23 year old female with a birthday in October, I even used a throwaway mobile phone number when it nagged me for one.

In reality, I'm a 54 year old man with a birthday in feb :D

Of course, my feed is full of adverts for tampax and panty pads :D

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It's April 2018 – and Patch Tuesday shows Windows security is still foiled by fiendish fonts

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FFS...

"Those of us who lived through Duqu always shudder a bit when we see font-related bugs, and these have me downright shivering,"

Yeah man... I lost 7 good friends, 2 of them sacrificed themselves for the rest of them. I still have nightmares man!

What a knob jockey.

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Still Waiting...

"Amazed the Stainless Steel Rat books have never made it any further than the pages of the books and 2000AD comic."

Yeah, I think the rat books would make great film, there have been a couple stories from 2000AD that have moved beyond the pages....

hardware -> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099740/ It wasn't acknowledged at the time but is now an accepted as a lift of a Tharg's Futureshock

And of course "Universal Soldier" was based on a story of the same name but beyond a reanimated dead man , reprogrammed at will via a chip in his head it doesn't really follow the strip story line

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Re: meanwhile, back at the film

"So never bothered with the threequel"

It's much more in keeping with original, well worth a look if you enjoyed the original because both were bonkers!

Would you like to know more?

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Re: Silent Running...

"Rendezvous with Rama"

The only issue with that is that were it to be a success, they'd make use of the sequels as penned by Gentry Lee and he should never have been allowed to publish any kind of book

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Are you Falcon sure, Elon? Musk vows Big Rocket will go up 2019

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Re: Musk really does see himself as the Saviour of Mankind

re ":I don't get this."

If you were my enemy and you live in a valley and I live atop the hill, I don't need fancy guns and bombs.. I'll simply roll rocks down the hill at you.

Think of the earth as you and the moon as me.

If any country had established a moon base and based on today, there'd be a Chinese one, a Russian one, an American one and a European one at least, probably an Indian one as well because once the technology is such that it's a viable place to build a base everyone will. So you can be sure it would become a target some how.

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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

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Agreed...

"Now the ones I buy for my nephew give you a handful of bricks to make a specific thing."

Meccano went down the same route from a box of generic plates with a very few specialized bits and bobs to a box with few generalized plates plus a large quantity of specialized plates.

The only childhood toy that is remotely like the stuff I played with as a yoof is Scalextric.. that said the digital stuff is eyewateringly expensive and even a basic car costs between 50 and 60 quid a throw and it's also remarkably fragile for something that's marketed as a "toy". I won't even let my adult friends have a go once the beer has been opened... drink driving, just don't do it!

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Good luck saying 'Sorry I'm late, I had to update my car's firmware'

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@boltar

I have a car without power steering and stationary you're absolutely correct they are a bugger to turn but any kind of motion and they become manageable.

My more modern car suffered a power steering failure and guess what happened? That's right I successfully steered the car all the way home and then all the way to a garage. while we're on the subject I've also suffered an ABS failure do you think that ...

A) my brakes stopped working

or

B) my brakes continued to work but with more effort

There's only a single "clueless pillock" in this thread and I wasn't even one of the 8 that down voted you!

Blimey, what a Friday afternoon car that was :D

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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Re: Food and booze

"You wants ants? Because that's how you get ants."

I dunno ... are they magic ants?

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That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it

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US Border Controls...

They seem to have no idea what they're doing full stop.

I had to fly to New Zealand last month, my transfers were via San Francisco... because like most of us these days I have a valid ESTA, I was told to use the automated machines... the machine read my passport, asked me a load of questions, took my finger prints and issued me a "transfer voucher" instead of a normal landing card. It wasn't obvious where I should go next so I asked a handy agent who directed me to a queue... I asked him if he was sure because I'd just used the machine and he replied "The only way out is past one of those guys" so even though I had used a machine a still had to queue up and go through the whole rigmarole again.

They're clueless.

TBH everything about their border controls is low rent and 3rd world.

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Samsung left off Google's new official Androids-for-biz list

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lack of a Sammie....

That's a plus point IMO, I'd take a Sony or Huawei over a Samsung all day long....

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Re: MRI for frozen shoulder

That was the treatment for you....

For me it was keyhole surgery; after a course of anti-inflammatories, a course of physio, a general steroid injection and a guided steroid injection, all of which was preceded by an MRI scan.

So while I happen to think* Assange is a bit of prick it's not for the reason of needing an MRI scan.

*when I think of him at all which is usually when I'm reminded of him by an el-reg article

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

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Re: Imagine every surveillance camera as a manned Sentry and a watchtower.

How do you make it through a single day.....

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It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

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phew...

"unsettling sight of Helena Bonham Carter costumed as unsettlingly attractive chimp"

I found her strangely sexy as well and I thought it was just me....

point of order though - Apes are not monkeys

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South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media

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Ah.. Wales, the comedy gold continues.

The same country that has just called for 16 year olds to be given the vote because "they can handle it" while at the same time banning 16 year olds from getting "interesting piercings" because they're not mature enough to understand the ramifications.

I can't see this AFR stuff backfiring at all....

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Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

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Re: Less dumb fanboys

@werdsmith

"It's just a phone and really people should not care what phones other people buy but for some reason they do."

While I don't disagree in general, it is fair to say that a lot of iPhone users do care whether other people care about what phone they buy.

I really don't encounter evangelism of a brand quite like that from those that favour Apple.

Start a thread on any discussion board you like titled something like "I'm after a new Android phone, what should I buy?" there will be within the first few replies a "buy an iphone!" type response.

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No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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@Ben1892

I made a similar point a while back in a similar thread on a similar subject.

I'm a techie but the truth is when I get home of an evening I don't want to learn new ways to do the things I already do. I just want to do them and then go do something more interesting to me.

The issue you describe will always trump anything else.

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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I call bullshit...

No staff member in PC world would have know to plug the speakers in to make them work!

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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re: Dabbs'y - please tell me you realised that was a joke!

well, very nearly anyway.

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Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide

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It's not quite the same thing...

In one instance the gov are saying... "hey You! Block that website it's nasty!" in this case it's company saying "hey you! block that website they're ripping us off!"

although it makes me feel dirty, I'm kinda with BT on this, why should they bear the cost of shutting down the rip off?

That said I don't disagree with the general point you make re censorship and worms

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It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK's driverless cars go?

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Re: Maps are useful, but things change

"It should be, but I wouldn't bet on the OS knowing more than Google"

There is so much more to OS mapping than "roads"

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Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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TBH I don't park in places that look like they're run by dodgy twats and the only parking swindle I *really* want dealt with is the pay and display machines that fail to give change or extra time when people don't have the correct change and I don't care if it is only 5p a pop they all add up and we all know they have the technology to grant the exact number of minutes you've paid for.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Re: Minor problem

"compared with the lack of [FIXED WING] aircraft"

She has choppers aboard so saying she has no aircraft is clearly wrong.

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