* Posts by Mark 78

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All the king's horses and all the king's men could probably put Huawei's P20 Pro together again

Mark 78

Re: but who is going to spend £800 on a Huawei phone?

I doubt anyone is actually spending £800 on the phone. Yesterday EE were offering it as a PAYG for £499 plus a £10 topup. Today O2 have it as a 2 year, £20/month contract with £99 up front (therefore a total of £580 over 2 years).

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Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

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Re: It's not just Apple

"I wonder how a smoker on a 5ish a day habit feels about burning a £1000 a year for nothing compared to someone buying an X, using it for a year and getting £500 selling it used."

More relaxed?

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How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

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Re: I have been to a Sisters of Mercy gig...

They've gone even further downhill now. I saw them this summer, luckily Therapy? saved it from being the worst gig I've been to. I left half way through the SoM set.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Which O/S is better doesn't matter

If they are unable to run the Apps on Linux but can run them on Windows, then the only choice is whether they run Windows or a mixture of O/S's depending on user requirements. the article quotes that approximately 400 of the 800 Apps don't run on Linux, and if after 10 to 15 years they have failed to find suitable replacements or convince the manufacturers to develop a Linux version then it is not going to happen now is it?

Local Authorities always have numerous "special" applications that are not used widely, so are sometimes limited in their choices.

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Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Re: Lewes is the most fun

I love Lewes Bonfire night, although this years tableau's were more predictable than usual, it was still an amazing evening of fire and anarchy.

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USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

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Re: Heads should roll at the library as well.

Why should heads roll at the library? The PCs are there for the public to use. The public have to have a way to save files. USB is the most convenient, so you can't disable it.

Instead most Libraries have systems in place using things like Deep Freeze to ensure that each machine is returned to it's default state after every user, which along which A/V software, tends to make Malware an extremely small risk on library PCs.

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Sarahah anonymous feedback app told: 'You're riddled with web app flaws'

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Re: While I'm here - Sarahah?

I believe they use the word sarahah as it is Arabic for Honesty.

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Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer

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Re: When Will People Learn? Halifax Banking...52% APR / 68.4% APY

You don't even have to bank with Lloyds for them to continually hassle you. I get regular text messages from them confirming they've set up a direct debit for me, when I haven't got an account. Someone has given them the wrong phone number to use for their account and despite several phone calls they seem unable to remove it from their system as they say they "have no way of finding the user from the phone number".

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Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

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Adma52 wrote "Much as I dislike Uber, surely driver licensing is the responsibility of local government not an app developer?"

That is one of the big things about Uber - They refuse to work with the local government, insisting that the drivers are not taxi drivers who need licensing but are self employed people and that they look after the vetting of them.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Sounds like a prank news story

Something doesn't seem right with this story. Are we sure it is genuine? I can only find one other place that has run it (a US website), the names don't seem genuine, and it has general feel of a spoof story trying to see who will run it.

Although I'm prepared to be proved wrong, as I usually am whenever I think that the world can't really be that stupid.

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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

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Re: Not only missing 2FA

As someone who works in Local Government we are forced by Central Government to limit the amount of attempts before disabling an account (something we already did before there rules were brought in). But does this mean it's one rule for us, and a different one for them?

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

Mark 78

Re: Absolutely uncalled for...

<quote>It's better to have people *think* you're a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt....</quote>

Homer's Brain: What does that mean? Better say something or they'll think you're stupid.

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GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

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Re: Super! Great

"You're lucky to have the budget to do it. Many times, people only have ONE live system (all they can afford) which MUST remain up 24/7, so no way to do a test."

Maybe you should rethink that..... Are you lucky enough to have the budget to NOT run a restore and risk the loss of everything? The cost of a properly tested restore system should be a vital part of any project budget. Your lack of a test/restore system is basically saying to your customers that if things go wrong we are bankrupt and possibly they are as well (if they are external customers).

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Re: So want to see this at some point

And Leslie Knope is Murdoch?

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

Mark 78

As someone who like small cars, I loved my Smart Roadster. Drove like a go-cart, did over 55mpg, but could still pull away reasonable well for a 700cc car.

Living in an area with a bad shortage of parking spaces, I now have a Toyota IQ, which seems to be like a normal Smart car, but with the option to either have a (very) small backseat or a small boot, but the ability to park in spaces no-one else would dream of fitting into.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

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Virgin Media

Virgin Media have offered broadband without a line rental for ages now. But the problem is that it costs so much more than buying it all as part of a package. It's almost as if they just incorporate the line rental into the cost of the broadband, but I couldn't believe they would do that :-)

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

Mark 78

We can all think we are unbiased

I was looking through the comments so far, and was surprised by the amount of people who think they are not biased in a situation like this. Just because we think we are unbiased does not mean we actually are.

Why do you think drug trials have to be done as blind trials with people getting a placebo - I bet every single person in those trials believes they will give honest replies to whether the drug worked for them.

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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Re: They are a media company

<quote.watta loada bullshit. Costs may have risen due to incompetance , but no tarrifs have been imposed . we are still in the EU</quote>

But the pound has fallen by approx. 10% against most currencies, so anything imported costs 10% more approx.

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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Re: Drivers

But main reason for shortage of staff is that Southern don't employ enough people. They only employ 80% of the required numbers, relying on the goodwill of staff to cover the rest via overtime etc. After one of the previous strikes they banned anyone who had been on strike from doing overtime (along with several other things), which meant they couldn't run the trains. This caused more bad will and even though I believe they have now lifted the ban there isn't the inclination to "help out" by covering any more.

The actual sickness levels which have been reported are only minimally different now to just before this all kicked off.

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Radicalisation? UK.gov gets itself in cluster-muddle over 'terrorism'

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"We also recommend that they do not identify terrorists as Muslims.."

Oh, for crying out loud! Don't start *that* nonsense again. That's what they bloody well idenfify *themselves* as, you morons.

<unquote>

Shall we try changing a couple of words and see if you still agree?

"We also recommend that they do not identify the KKK as Christians.."

Oh, for crying out loud! Don't start *that* nonsense again. That's what they bloody well idenfify *themselves* as, you morons.

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Robo-buses join the traffic in Helsinki

Mark 78

Re: 10 km/hr

Are you suggesting that they should start by designing a vehicle which goes at 80 km/hr rather than start with one at 10 km/hr, get that fully proven, and then start increasing the speeds that they can do?

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Sat TV biz Dish: I'm not an authorized iPhone repairer ... but $20 is $20

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Re: Not uncommon

I think you are confusing PC with Management Bullshit.

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Three to chop off £3bn of its network in bid to woo EU over O2 merger

Mark 78

Re: That pledge on prices...

You can get that deal for about £12 if you go through some websites (using money back stuff)

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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

Mark 78

Brilliant Campaign Strategy

<quote>

In a few weeks, when something that wasn't going to happen is formally ruled out, campaigners will congratulate themselves on "a successful campaign".

<unquote>

Also known as "The Euro Sausage" for those who remember Yes Minister

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brilliant campaign strategy

<quote>

In a few weeks, when something that wasn't going to happen is formally ruled out, campaigners will congratulate themselves on "a successful campaign".

</unquote>

Also known as "The Euro Sausage" for those who remember Yes Minister.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

Mark 78

I expect that Windows 8 and 8.1 are split, but XP SP2 and SP3 are not split, because the MS patches are different for 8 and 8.1 but would be the same (if they still existed) for XP SP2 and SP3.

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Life, the interview and everything: A chat with Douglas Adams

Mark 78

Re: Happy Birthday

Only being able to upvote this comment once doesn't seem enough

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Swedish National Font marches to the sound of whalesong

Mark 78

Am I the only one......

who read this as the Swedish National Front were marching to Whalesong?

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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

Mark 78
Unhappy

Why don't people patch Java?

Could it possibly be that some software which requires Java state that it doesn't work on the newest versions? We've got several packages that require different versions (e.g. Must be Java 7 but prior to u35). It causes a real pain especially when a user needs 2 separate versions installed.

Also I find JRE to be one of the worst updates to package up for rolling out via SCCM, as it does not remove old versions automatically, so can cause days of pain trying to ensure that an old version is removed before the new one goes on. You end up just saying, "sod it, they can keep whichever version was installed with their software as at least that works."

At least Adobe make it easy to roll out updates silently via SCCM. (despite all their other problems......)

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

Mark 78

Apple to Build worlds biggest iStore

Of course they are. If anyone else was building it they would be suing them for copyright violation or something over the name.

It's like saying Disney have the worlds biggest Disneyland.

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

Mark 78
Coat

Re: Here's a REAL opportunity for Apple...

Rather than being an Apple product should it be made by Adoobie.

OK, I'm getting my coat, don't rush me.......

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

Mark 78

When do they become available?

When do the .uk domains become available for people with the .org.uk currently? It looks like you can only get .uk if you currently have the .co.uk domain, but the one I want hasn't been reserved yet (as far as I can tell) by the person who owns the .co.uk and I'd like to grab it to use alongside my .org.uk

As I can find an answer on a couple of domain reg sites, I wondered if you wonderful people would know (sucking up usually works!)

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

Mark 78

Re: This

"Also, from reading the brief description of ovo lacto vegetarian. Isn't that just like... regular vegetarian?"

Yes, Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian is just the full description of what most people would understand as a regular vegetarian.

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

Mark 78

Re: How about ....

More likely to be...

Would you like a nice tax deal like Google or Amazon?

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

Mark 78

Win95

But have you seen Bill Gates jumping over a chair?

http://amirunning95.com

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NHS care.data leaflet shovage: Like a 'notice for Earth's demolition' posted to Alpha Centauri

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Douglas Adams

A day is always improved with a DNA quote, and it seems very fitting for care.data

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Fees shakeup: Freephone numbers will actually BE free – Ofcom

Mark 78

Re: About time

GiffGaff is too expensive for me. I'll stick with my OvivoMobile SIM.

;-)

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

Mark 78

Re: @MS deep web social media shill -@Trevor_Pott

"...5 more working days to go till I retire and can start to forget everything I know about Windows. I can feel my blood pressure dropping in anticipation."

You want to be careful this week. The laws of "Film Cop Movies" mean your chances of being killed are going up exponetially at the moment.

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All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

Mark 78

"whole idea that bunch of non-paid programmers of unknown skill level can do better job than paid developers with access to internal documentation is retarded."

If that's the case, why are investors paying so much money to get their hands on the code? Wouldn't they just set up a rival company, build their own code from scratch and wipe the original company out by being so wonderful?

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The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament

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Re: CND twitbook liberals masquerading as loyal commentards

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The debt in the UK is something like +900% of the GDP.

</quote>

You're only out by a factor of 10:

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-kingdom/government-debt-to-gdp

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That enough, folks? Starbucks tosses £5m into UK taxman's coffers

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That's a simpler desciption than I managed when trying to summorise what they were doing. Thanks, I'll try remembering that one.

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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

Mark 78

Re: Why don't they just get on with announcing their white-list plan...

I think you'll find the way onto the whitelist will be via Party Donations.

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Boffins develop 'practically free' sulphur-powered batteries

Mark 78
Joke

Just wondering....

....If these batteries are made of sulphur, will the e-car have exhaust fumes smelling of rotten eggs?

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It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store

Mark 78

Re: I wonder how many of the protesters had an iPhone in their pocket?

And how many of them had bought it before they found out about Apples policys on tax, and will change who they buy from next time?

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Re: Please stop...

"Mark Steel would have been better, and possibly bitterer"

Both are appearing on the same bill next week for charity in Hastings:

http://www.dlwp.com/event/mark-thomas-mark-steel-and-friends

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World+Dog don't care about climate change, never have done

Mark 78

I didn't realise that was how it worked......

I didn't realise people were only allowed to be concerned about a single issue. I credited some of them with the ability to be concerned about several issues, of which the environment may be one, but not always the most important one to them.

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Integrator 2e2 axes 319 UK staff, halts pay cheques - insiders

Mark 78

who will give them credit

who will give them credit when they are refusing to pay staff for work already done.

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Kindle Touch bites the dust

Mark 78

Re: Shame on Amazon managers!

@Dr Mouse I agree with everything apart from your last line: "It is actually the first device I haven't even wanted to jailbreak/upgrade/modify."

I found it essential to modify the screensaver so it had a nice Hitchikers "Don't Panic" on it.

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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

Mark 78

Re: something is amiss here....

How about using the railways as an example, or maybe the gas/electricity. All wonderful examples of how the private sector bring around better competition and keep the prices low, making it better for the public while giving a *small* cut to the private investors.

On the other hand maybe you were being sarcastic yourself, seeing as you mentioned the NHS, which is better than anything the private sector could manage.

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