* Posts by Captain Scarlet

1765 posts • joined 30 Dec 2010

Bargain-happy Brits snub big four mobile network operators

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Re: Hardly a surprise

I would also say if you want a phone with the contract, make sure its seperate so when the phone is paid off thats it (Its amazing the amount of people who havent wanted to change phones but are still paying their original contract as they assumed the phone was free, its an absolute piss take that those people then have to phone to downgrade to a sim only plan).

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ID theft in UK hits record high as crooks shift to more vulnerable targets

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Re: What makes a good security question?

A reminder of what my password if required by a website is normally "LOL its my password dummy"

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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Re: So exactly what they've been letting AtGames sell for years?

Its probably what AtGames has sold for years and years just rebranded, no idea why AtGames can't get the sound right (Although might be down to having to emulate two seperate sound chips) but if its just as bad there is no point.

Nintendo small consoles have been way better in emulation which as a Sega fan hacks me off (Especially when emaulators as old as the dos based Gens managed to get it spot on)

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Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security

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Re: Not just Google

Moto G3 user here, Motorola stated it would stop providing updates for the G3 (Damn I can't find the bleeding link but I havent had any updates since last year). My phone well over 2 years old and I got it on the cheap just before it stopped being sold (Also not locked to any provider as meh to that).

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Boring as she goes at Sage? Oh no, no, no! Shares slide as sales slip below forecasts

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Hmm no mention of Line 1000

So its the Line 1000 ("Replaced" Line 500) product line's fault.

I assume that'll be yet another audit request with accusations of mis-use.

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Correct me if I am wrong but didn't MS buy an AV company many many years ago, to me it looks like to much copy and pasting going on.

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Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley

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Re: What other Which

"I have heard of plenty of cases of unscrupulous / uncaring utilities companies continuing to bill ex-customers"

For me it was NPower who told me leave the DD so we can refund you, gits charged me at the same time as refunding. Much flaming at the droid on helldesk (Because I no longer lived at the address they billed me for) and realising the person on the end of the phone didn't give a shit, I cancelled the DD forcing them to send me a cheque.

So anyone leaving such a leech, cancel the DD and get them to send you a cheque.

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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

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Re: Mmmmmm, thanks, BT.

Oi, stop nicking your neighbours wifi!

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Vodafone is UK's mobile ping king

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Ah yes last place I lived at we had to put up with 3mb, yet a street away every street was FTTC and Virgin. Some neighbours didn't want ugly boxs on the street.

I am surprised such a small device would handle that many devices, so probably does warrant another look.

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I have always wanted to experiement with it but I simply can't get a decent 3G or 4G connection to try it. They are ok for voice calls and simple browsing but found useless when moving when using a simple vpn (For fareness this was a usb dongle and inside).

Do you have to place your router in a specific place (I.e place on a window sill)?

How much do you pay compared to a bog standard "fibre" to the cabinet package (As this is one thing that put me off as I freeview is fine for me)?

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Go park yourself: Brit firm flashes self-parking car tech

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or park out-of-town

hmm I imagine people who drive such cars would go in to town for lunch and become instantly outraged to find the car is stuck in traffic (Because I can't imagine it would ease traffic at all).

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Sysadmin held a rack of servers off the ground for 15 mins, crashed ISP when he put them down

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Re: Three finger salute

To be fair early ADSL routers often required a reboot, they would not bother to try and login again unless instructed and it was easier to reboot said devices.

I would be honest and say if I knew what the fault was (As many people who called knew more than I did in my early days on an ISP support desk) and state it should be back. It was better than 56k where the users would then have to put the phone down as I could then get them to check the lights and if they had the knowledge login and check their logs.

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Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Re: out of paper!

"So it turns out, you can have too much paper capacity."

Not sure why this was downvoted as it does happen if for instants like our office the heating and air con aren't on over the weekend. For us tends to be A3 paper as majority of prints are on A4, if the rollers are smoothing out as they wear, just slip and won't pickup paper.

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Re: out of paper!

"I went through 3 reams of paper before it settled down because everyone's solution to the problem was to hit <print> <print> <print> <print> <print> and see if the printer fairies would sort it..."

Probably like most companies the copier company which supports our copiers loves when that happens (I've given up with going back to my desk, emptying the queue and sending a strongly worded email after one of my strongly worded emails was almost a career limiting manoeuvre)

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Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket

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Ah so thats why people jump up and photocopy their arse, they are actually trying to swipe their access card which obviously worked as it copied what was placed on the glass!

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One in three Android Wear owners also uses ... an iPhone

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Re: "...users aren’t buying into the whole Android ecosystem"

Apple is losing out in other areas as well, when the Amazon Alexa was out an avid Apple fan basically gave me two fingers when I said why not wait for the Apple Pod thingie as it can then use your iTunes library. I was ignored and said person now pays for Prime (Which I thought would have made it in the long run way more expensive, especially as I thought the thing is never turned on anyway).

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Patch LOSE-day: Microsoft secures servers of the world. By disconnecting them

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Go

For me I am lazy, I find it quicker to use the ip address on the right hand of the keyboard and because I don't like uPNP I used to map my open ports manually (Which now I think of it is less lazy and more hassle).

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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agreed

The Q10 was the last time mobile tech grabbed my attention, my current phone cost 1/4 of the Q10 and tbh it does everything I want and has only just gone out of support.

None of the features have wowed me, I just want something which is reliable and not overpriced.

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A bit of intel on AMD's embedded Epyc and Ryzen processors

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Ssh, lets recommend them getting a Pentium MMX

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BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot

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Re: Stair Oil

From experience just use a carpet cleaner will make carpets wet for about a day (Absolute Chaos at this office when the carpets were cleaned Monday morning), so its not that.

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Mars is red, Earth is blue. Here's a space laser story for you

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Big Brother

Of course, puppets are better than CGI and don't shoot lasers at things at Mysteron homes.

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Roses are red, Windows error screens are blue. It's 2018, and an email can still pwn you

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Re: Preview pane?

I am lazy, anything obviously spam is deleted (StrongBadEmail style, except without the Lappie 486), anything with something work related look in the preview, hit the archive button to make it disappear into a random folder.

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From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

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Re: Well behaved ads on the Reg

To many times I have opened all the storeis I want for Firefox or IE (Corporate machine I have no say in web browser preference before you whine use Chrome or Edge) to go into meltdown using up all the CPU. Hasn't been a while but Reg I hate your fill all whitespace adverts which don't work well when I open 20 tabs

Edit: Time to dig out the 15 inch 4:3 TFT

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NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

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Re: Ooooops, sorry!

Its a Mysteron Satelitte, they like to blow things up and recreate them.

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You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell

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Re: ..Osborne, you were spoilt!

Primitive as they were you could focus on one thing and do it well.

Green Screen operators could touch type with 99% accuracy, the amount of error checking for data input that is now required is just insane.

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While we like to think it natural for people to take care of a mobile phone

I expect users to spill tea, get gravy on the screen and run over the company supplied mobile phone before they take the plastic off the front of the screen

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

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Murder She Wrote

This to me sounds like it could be made into an episode of Murder She Wrote

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UK data watchdog whacks £300k fine on biz that made 9 million nuisance calls

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Re: Public Records

I stand corrected, I do believe the Unix command pre-dates any EULA by ICANN.

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Re: Public Records

Its a shame you had to breach whois EULA for that though, although I admit I am now very tempted to do the same.

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

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Re: PC world

@Antron Argaiv

Yeah there was, was used on our school's RM computers for Encarta 95 and other such software.

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When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa

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Echo, open the front door.

What people install "smart" locks now as well, I assume all you need to do is yell loud enough so said device can hear?

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You had one job, Outlook! Security bug fix stops mail app from forwarding attachments

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Re: "file attachments were getting cut out of messages when forwarded to others"

Not sure where list came from in my response (I meant send to contacts as a blind carbon copy), but as far as I am aware Bcc is an acronym in Lotus Notes and Outlook for blind carbon copy (MS Help certainly states this for Outlook).

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Re: "file attachments were getting cut out of messages when forwarded to others"

Just send to a blind carbon copy list, the reply all function is rendered useless then.

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Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

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Re: Office 2016?

Why would you need Office 2016 on Linux, is it for some Accountants Hellsheet?

Removed as was unaware of "Crossover" and therefore my comment is invalid

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Hospital injects $60,000 into crims' coffers to cure malware infection

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Or they had tested their backups and like many companies are finding realised it could takes weeks to restore essential services

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Lenovo inherited a switch authentication bypass – from Nortel

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Re: "readers with long memories..recall that HP was a reseller of the switches, back in the day"

We have a decommissioned IBM Blade Centre with Nortel Switch modules slapped in the back (To make it look like the comms room is more populated than it is so we can't be forced to move to a smaller room again).

It doesnt count as it hasn't been powered on in years.

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Re: Well the smoking gang...

Ok so smoking under an umbrella is illegal as well?

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Wait! Before you fire up that HP lappy, check the battery

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Re: Another quality delivery from HP!

We have to buy what we are told, recent HP models which had replacable batteries held by a plastic clip are now under a cover which have crappy screws compared to spring loaded type screws (Turns a 10 second job into a ARGH WHERE HAS THE BLEEDING SCREWS GONE WHY WHY WHY!).

Having the lovely job of going through now to find I have a 650 G2 thankfully not with one of the batteries. Oh well the PFY can take over this from Monday.

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Cisco to release patches for Meltdown, Spectre CPU vulns, just in case

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Re: LInk?

"Cisco was also in the virtualization game"

Yeah, items such as Cisco Unity Communications are virtual these days, I assume so is the rest of Cisco appliances they used to sell many years ago.

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If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers

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Being stuck in traffic and trying not to have the thought of trying to ram everyone out of the way.

I think I would prefer not to have my brainwaves read, it'll end in more road rage incidents.

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And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

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@AC Why not blow the whistle and give you evidence over to them?

"I have seen Microsoft "persuasion" in real-life in a Munich (non government) office, and it's sickening how Microsoft money can make anything happen...."

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'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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Re: Brings back bad memories

Could be worse, some users actually decide its a good idea to setup mail rules to be deleted from internal addresses.

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Re: Brings back bad memories

"idiot proof instructions"

How do you make your instructions idiot proof, I've resorted to videos showing exactly how something can be done and still users look in a daze and simply respond its not working. Best method is printed colour documents with lots of screenshots arrows and bullet points.

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Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

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snub the platform by withholding big-name apps like YouTube and Google Maps

Whats wrong with using favourites in youir browser of choice?

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Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

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Re: another 'Google is Evil' example

hmm I completly forgot they made everything able to recognise search queries in their form for the various IOT home devices, I'll have to give it another go.

Ask Jeeves for me used to be brilliant, however this was about 14 years ago when Lycos was my second go to search engine.

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Re: another 'Google is Evil' example

To be honest I am lazy and I can't find anything like Ask Jeeves anymore (I used to like that way of searching where you search by asking a question).

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Container-flinger pushes Win 10 transformer for legacy apps

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Re: It would have been nice...

"Windows 10 could run Windows 7 applications natively"

There have been very few program I havent been able to get to run on Windows 7/10, mainly programs which relied on something 16 bit related or had a 16 bit installer. Programs relying on VB6 runtime still worked the last time I checked on 7 however I do admit havent tried them on 10.

These programs were designed for Windows 9x, sorry but I still rate backwards compatibility of Windows NT and Linux based OS's such as CentOS (Dependencies can be sorted easily) as workable.

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BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates

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"BB10 app store will continue to remain open for another two years"

I'm surprised any BB10 users would use it considering there was literally nothing on there (2 years ago before I jumped ship).

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Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

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Re: Re:slow Talk Talk

Hmm that should be able to have an i-plate fitted.

If the lower bit comes off revealing a phone socket it should be compatible, these are supposed to reduce interference which lower the speed (Our line at home went from 2mb to 2.5mb on adsl2). Obviously be aware for anyone saying it made their connection 10x faster, because its only going to help a bit.

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

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Re: Somehow most of us kept our fingers

"But your name suggests there was blood all over the place..."

hmm I do keep cutting my fingers on cardboard (My god the paperwork and the moans of thats a first aid injury from the H&S checkbox committee) so i suppose its true

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