* Posts by Timmy B

662 posts • joined 30 Mar 2011


Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace

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It the real world where we have actual life people are dying of disease and starvation whilst we waste money on this. It seems to me that one day this will all look like spontaneous generation to future scientists.

Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

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Re: So, Rap music is pretty much dead then, huh?

This is the worry, Richard.

Who decides the precedence of offense?

Punks take offence at country music.

Rappers take offence at Punks.

Country music fans take offence at Rappers.

Everyone is puzzled by goths.

It's a bit tongue in cheek but you get the idea - we all take offence at something. In a free society we are all free to say things others find offensive. This is freedom and the gist of JP in the C4 interview.

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Re: Spotify isn't censoring

That's why I called it commercial censorship. If they don't promote then there will be less money going to the artists - effectively halting their careers and removing their music.

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Grunty - I wonder how long it'll be until they pull this like Amazon did. I was happily doing exactly that with Amazon. I have been trying with OneDrive and Groove and that seems to be doing great so far. Except I can't find a really good android player that will play off of OneDrive. I also wonder if there is an alternative that will work with Alexa too. The other half really like alexa (we did some comparisons to google) and it's all over the place here.

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I raise my glass to you, Sir.

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If we don't want to see this kind of commercial censorship then we should refuse to use services that do it. They are fully within their rights to host whatever songs they like. We should vote with our feet.

Very seriously considering leaving all these streaming services, buying CDs and creating my own personal one.

GoDaddy exiles altright.com after civil rights group complaint

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Re: A never-ending argument


In many ways I agree with you. But the issue is where the lines are drawn. How far right do you go to find the "alt.right". It's not even an easily defined definition. What if it eventually becomes anything right of Communism?

It should be that you can either not serve anyone you don't want to for any reason you feel like (preferred) or the law says you're not allowed to refuse service unless you would, by offering that service, break a law.

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Re: Human rights


"If it's that warped or perverted then it ain't Christianity.. ". Don't you no true Scotsman me!

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Re: MiniTrue says

"So when did the AntiFa or BLM last burn down a Christian church? Or murder someone simply due to their color?"

When did Richard Spencer?

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Re: Human rights

What Jediben says, below.

What if you belong to a religion (a protected designation) that has white supremacy as a faith element. You could argue that some of the white supremacists do indeed follow some warped, perverse form of Christianity. Thus making GoDaddy refusing on the grounds of religion. It's possible. GoDaddy just didn't want the label of "Site that promotes Nazis" so they found a reason - any reason to drop them.

It's sad that people have removed the part of their brain that allows them to differentiate between allowing a group that you don't agree with to express their beliefs and supporting those beliefs yourself.

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Re: Human rights

It's just a handy corresponding example. One commercial enterprise refuses service for reasons and so does another. It's just fairly well known. I think all people should be able to refuse to service anyone for any reason even including "I just didn't fell like it"

There is no difference in your Islamic example. People should either be forced to service all people without exception or be allowed to refuse for any reason.

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Re: Human rights

@Tim 11

"go-daddy can't be forced to give white-supremacists a voice unless that breaks the law by violating their free-speech rights"

Should Christian bakers be forced to make cakes for those they don't agree with?

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Re: The holes are glaring and obvious

"Go on, elucidate rather than straw manning."

I'll bite... "It doesn't mean that anyone has to listen to your bs" - Who decides what is bs? I suspect that they Christian baker thinks that gay weddings are bs (I don't - it's totally fine to me). Who is the final arbitrator of bull and s*?

"If you're yelled at..." etc could include have your "cake order refused". Why doesn't it?

ta - da!

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"GoDaddy aren't in a position to prosecute, they're not the state."

No - but they can report what they think is a crime to local law enforcement, temporarily take the page down and wait a set period of time, say 30 days for the law enforcement to reply.

Free speech DOES mean we have the ability to offend others. It means we should be allowed to promote views others may find hateful. If this is not true it's not free. I find the views of many people hateful and offensive - some that are lauded by other people. Do I say they should not be able to speak. NO! Let them speak - but as a dialog where I can debate and tear down their views.

That is free speech.

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Re: I'll just leave this here :


That's one of the stupidest things xkcd posted. The holes are glaring and obvious. Does he hold up that standard to bakers and their choice of customers and cake decoration? I very much doubt it.

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If they say or do something illegal then prosecute them. If they don't then leave them alone. The feelings of people should not be the determining factor on who you do business with. This counts for both sides of the argument, left and right. You are free to talk about, discuss and promote communism as much as you are fascism. At the point you resort to violence or break the law you forgo that right.

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

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My job used to be going round the country sorting out unhappy customers. I learned that the best thing you can do is figure the problem, let them know the solution, give them realistic deadlines, warn them if those deadlines will slip. Basically be communicative, honest and dependable.

I didn't really get rewards like in the original story, but I got a handshake and a literal pat on the back from one elderly curmudgeonly MD with a dinner wherever I wanted at the end of my last day on site.

Sometimes it's the small things...

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Doing ok so far...

A mix of 7 tablets, laptops, desktops and one mini intel PC stick done so far and not one hitch. One laptop for some reason took twice as long as everything else - even more odd when you consider that it's got the newest specs.

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@The Dogs Meevonks…

"50's & 60's and part of a Parkinsons group I volunteer at". As someone that does stuff for the elderly too I also often forgo payment - well done. Have one on me...

NetHack to drop support for floppy disks, Amiga, 16-bit DOS and OS/2

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Re: Lamentable but understandable.

We do actually use chipped stone axes of a sort in advanced surgery such as eye surgery where obsidian blades beat anything made of metal.

We also still build with knapped flint .

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Re: Lamentable but understandable.

"or chipped stone axes"

Oi! I still make stone axes!

Microsoft Lean's in: Slimmed-down Windows 10 OS option spotted

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Re: I'm sorry Dave I can't do that

"In the meantime, I am finding that my Raspberry PI running Raspbian does everything I need apart from Photo Editing."

What do you do your photo editing on then?

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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Having rescued an elderly friend from a bill for nearly £2K from "Microsoft" I can heartily recommend call guardian if you live in the UK and hate this kind of stuff. I've seen it virtually remove all cold calls from the people I've installed it for. But then the support for friends and family I do is often for the elderly and it seems best suited for them.

The only downside is I have it at home and I never get cold calls from "Microsoft Support" or any kind of religious body - both of whom I love to wind up.

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

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If a dodgy advert appears on ITV, or dodgy junk mail arrives in the post who is to blame? Is it the advertiser or is it ITV / Royal Mail?

It's the advertisers here that really disserve the vitriol and not FB. There should be clear and obvious methods of chasing down the advertiser. Perhaps making it a condition of placing online ads is that you need a Person / Phone number / Company registration / Physical address all available to anyone who views the ad.

Motorola Z2 Force: This one's for the butterfingered Android lovers

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I don't get it....

The article says in several places that the Pixel 2 is expensive and you should get this as a cheaper similar alternative. Then at the end puts up a price that actually makes it more expensive than a Pixel 2.... I'm puzzled..

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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We use BT for our internet. We lose our internet connection perhaps once every couple of months for anything from a few minutes to a couple of hours. We lose our phone line perhaps once every couple of years. We have two elderly people at home with careline and I have a separate hard wired phone in case of emergencies (ignores the DECT system). If we get a loss of internet after the move to IP and the perfect storm happens and we require emergency cover and worse still we aren't at home and the careline is needed, what happens?

I understand the whole "separate power" idea but BT don't have an internet capability that is as good as their telephone one. I would hate to trust emergency calls to who many people regard as not great at internet / IP.

Sadly as they are 92 and 94, I don't think they will be around when the switch happens but others will be in the same boat.

We put Huawei's P20 triple-lens snapper through its paces

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Re: What are Huawei like at updating their camera software down the line?

"Two things are always true for Chinese phones:"

Except OnePlus. Since the 3 came out they seem to have their updates sussed and their android is very very close to stock.

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Huawei are terrible with firmware updates. A phone with one update in nearly 2 years and a tablet with none over the same time period. Compare that to OnePlus that pretty much do an update every month. Online / phone support for Huawei is terrible too.

What was said before is true - they ignore older devices once the new one is out.

UK regulator bans slasher-flick parody ad for OnePlus 5 mobe

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What's even more puzzling is that I am a horror fan, frequent YouTube viewer and OnePlus owner and I've never seen it. Got to wonder how good the advertising model is on YouTube if I never see this but get loads and loads of adverts for online betting - something I'd never do and have no interest in. YouTube is one of the few sites where I allow adverts to pester me.

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

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Yes - You'll be able to turn it off just like you can now. Windows central had a couple of good videos showing it.

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Re: Groove is dead.

Groove isn't actually dead - if you store your music on OneDrive then it makes for a pretty good streaming player. In fact I've decided I may swap from Amazon to it after they removed the facility to add your own songs. Just got to figure an acceptable way to make it work with Echo.

Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath

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grrrr. Pests....

I use this to add stuff that's missing from the Amazon catalogue to my play lists. And I pay for music unlimited. I wonder if the monthly cost is going to go down now? I bet I can guess.

Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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Re: Current Huawei owner

"I have a P10 plus and don't see any problems with some of the features complained about. "

What version of Android are you on and when did you last get updates? Just curious to see if other people have had a better experience.

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Re: RE: EOS 300D

"And what's the call quality like on your camera Timmy?"

As good as I need it to be.

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RE: EOS 300D

Agreed totally. When I bought my camera I was told that only a small part is the sensor/body and it's the glass that really matters. Spent far more on lenses than body and still get great pictures from my 5 year old EOS 1000D.

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Nope. Been stung once and not again by Huawei. Too few rom updates (I have a media pad tablet that has had none - not one since purchase) and terrible after sales support. Compare this to OnePlus who are still putting out updates for the OP3 on a very regular basis months after they stopped selling them.

Huawei consumer biz pres: Are we in talks with Trump? Nope

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Re: The only loser is the US consumer..

"When you compare the likes of Honor 7X for £200-£300, to something like a Galaxy S9 or Pixel 2 which cost £700-£800, there really is not enough difference or innovation to justify the cost difference. "

Honor phones never getting updates and Pixels getting very frequent updates is a good enough difference IMO. It's surprising that people on here are always seemingly security conscious and then don't care about this.

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Well, not a surprise. We'll all be limited by morality statutes in pretty much all we do eventually. After all thought crime is actual crime nowadays.

Mac fans' eyes mist over: Someone's re-created HyperCard

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Re: That reminds me...

Wrote a whole education / tutorial system in CanDo2. Could have used something different but it meant I could hand over the maintenance to the person I wrote it for. Quite handy.

YouTube banned many gun vids, so some moved to smut site

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Re: But

RE: VetRanch

You mean Demolition Ranch, surely. I'm posting in the hopes people will go and watch... great stuff.

(it does seem like you watch a lot of the same stuff I do)

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Re: Youtube's anti-freespeech stance is sad

@TRT - "Tell me more about this leftist agenda... "

You really want to go there? Really?

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Well said thames. What I was going to say and put down well.

Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

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"Yeah, it's an El Reg listicle. What of it?"

Yeah, it's been done in 10 minutes as I'm too lazy to write a proper article. What of it?


Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Re: Fine

"There are also other browsers that are also better than edge like Firefox."

I find Firefox to be so slow. The UI mainly. It just seems like it's spending too much time thinking while I'm using it. It used to be my preferred choice but no longer.

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Re: Fine

"UBlock Origin and AdBlock Plus work in Edge. Edge is also faster and less resource hungry than Chrome so it's worth a go."

Yep - exactly what I have found. I only use other browsers for testing now and have totally switched to Edge. I have found it faster and more stable than both Chrome and Firefox. Brave (I use it on my phone and tablet) kept crashing - no idea why...

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I call fake news....

"And of course the change also applies to a Preview, meaning there’s a decent chance this “feature” won’t ever make it into a proper version of Windows 10."

At the end of an article that says

"Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn’t default browser"

If there is a decent chance it won't ever make it then the title is wrong. It the title is right then the paragraph at the end is pointless. Poor writing or just clickbaity rubbish - you decide.

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Re: That will be an improvement

"My work PC runs Windows 10. Every time I reboot it, it switches the default browser back to IE"

I'm detecting a group policy there.

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

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Re: Bought laptop from Dell online - pre-configured with Linux

"But even with the compensation, was it worth the hassle that you allude to a few posts above?"

The price excludes the compensation and if none of the mess up had happened it'd be fine. the last PC I got from them was a Lenovo Yoga Pro - again on a special offer so cheaper than online and that went faultlessly. Good laptop actually - still going strong.

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Re: Bought laptop from Dell online - pre-configured with Linux

"Who the fuck shops at PC World?!"

I did as the Dell I got was cheaper as it was on sale and they were giving extra off if you spent over a certain amount. Even after I bypassed PCW and bought the extended warranty direct from Dell it was over £120 cheaper and as my warranty is now with Dell I don't have to deal with PCW.

It's not always more expensive.

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Re: Set-up...

What does this "service" consist of exactly?

I asked that and got the following answer... They complete most of the windows setup process including creating the recovery media and installing updates.

So press a button, enter wifi settings and wait... Not bad for nearly £50.


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