* Posts by wolfetone

3201 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Screwfix

"Backed by Kingfisher (aka B&Q) I find their prices higher than B&Q. I was in the market for a sack-barrow earlier in the year. B&Q was £3.99 cheaper."

The tools I find are cheaper at Screwfix than B&Q.

But either side of where I live we have a B&Q, a Screwfix and a Tradestation all next to each other. So I end up looking across the three of them for something and pick the cheapest. More often than not for what I've needed recently (sandpaper, screws, a hammer and some glue - it was a glorious weekend) Tradestation were cheaper.

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Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

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"Google said in a statement. "We put all of our products through extensive quality testing before launch"

Do you though?

Do you really? Honestly?

I don't think you do.

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National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain with '90s border tech post-Brexit

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Re: Brexit?

"We are leaving the European Union, what difference does that make to our borders?"

The sharing of information. If hard Brexit happens, then there's no ability to check the information on the passport. There by no one gets in or out of the country. Plus it wouldn't be a visa to an EU citizen. It's a visa to a French citizen, German, Polish etc.

That's the difference it makes.

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MH 370 search to resume as Malaysia makes deal with US oceanographic company

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@Martin Summers

"I don't know if you're aware of the Madeline McCann case (a young British girl who went missing/was kidnapped at a holiday hotel) they are continuing to fund that search years after she went missing and only the cold hearted would deny the money to do that for her or anyone else unless every possible avenue was exhausted"

What utter bullshit. They've thrown over £11,000,000+ at the investigation in to Madeline McCann, and not at any point have the parents been brought to book over their neglect.

But then you have the parents of Ben Needham who have had to fight tooth and nail for every bit of resource they could get to find their missing boy.

In both cases the efforts afforded to one haven't been afforded to the other. And in respect of the McCann's case, it's not in the same ball park as a plane full of passengers going missing after an abrupt sharp left hand turn.

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Re: Glad the search is continuing

"I do hope Boeing and other interested parties contribute to the costs if the plane is found."

Why would they? That'd be like Mercedes Benz contributing to the costs of the investigation in to Princess Diana's death.

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Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

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Re: Uranus's Moon

"Get the meme right - Bumholey McBumholeyface."

Don't you actually mean: Ben Afleck?

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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

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Re: Gun, meet foot.

Do you like your software downloads in .deb or .rpm?

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Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

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Will give them a look.

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It's been a few years since I last ordered one from Misco, but I'm sure T1 did it?

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Well where do I get my refurished ThinkPad's from now then?

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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I asked the question because it genuinely sounded daft to me. But I'm glad it's caused debate etc and I now know he wasn't talking shite.

Here, share this pint, all of you.

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"The problem here is the different parts of the aircraft become supersonic at different times..."

Can someone explain this to me? As I think he's talking shite.

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Oh, Lenovo! 1,000 staff strapped to redundancy cannon

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I did think it strange that they'd be strapped to Canon's new "redundancy" DSLR...

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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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Re: No ...

The most popular OS used on Microsoft's Azure platform is Linux. And Microsoft have not only released Visual Studio for Linux but also released Microsoft's SQL Server for Linux.

Tell me again how Linus thinks he's won?

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"If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won." - Linus Torvalds

Linux won.

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Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement

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Re: Someone has been bribed or blackmailed...

Her husband is John Penrose, who's an elected Conservative MP. So, considering how much of a fuck up Jeremy Hunt is in regards to the management of the NHS, you can sort of see how her appointment came about.

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Re: Computing acronyms

Dido In Dickhead Omnishambles.

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I think my calendar is broken. It's saying it's 18th October 2017 but it definately looks like April 1st.

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Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI

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Re: Why?

@druck & @Voland's Right Hand....

Lads, why start this when none of us has a popcorn icon?

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NHS: Remember those patient records we didn't deliver? Well, we found another 162,000

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Re: Support your NHS

"The hard stuff is coordinating it all - making sure appointments are correct and timely and well known, making sure resources are scheduled on time and use correctly, making sure patient X on dru X is not given drug Y, making sure a a a patient is tracked.

The latter stuff is where the NHS falls down massively, mainly as those skills and people are not 'clinical' so are paid like a typist.

NHS could have the best sugeical care in the world but it is pointless if the patient has not been told."

It falls down because of chronic under investment, which has accelerated in real terms over the last 7 years. It falls down because gobshites in Government think they know best and decide to add layers and layers of management to the organisation to make it "efficient". Except, it doesn't run efficiently due to the management as nothing can happen until all those layers of management agree to it.

And then we have the "services" the NHS must put to tender to 3rd parties. Tell me again about the times a private healthcare company did something for the good of it's customers and not its shareholders?

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Aviation industry hits turbulence as Airbus buys into Bombardier’s new jetplanes

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Heard on the radio that it's going to be securing the jobs of those in the north of Ireland. However, I can't see that happening long term. This is just about a bailout so Airbus can get the IP Bombardier has and other patents for use on their other Airbus craft.

More often than not, when a bigger company takes over a smaller one and they promise job security, they're lying through their teeth and eventually the jobs will be cut for "efficiency" savings or whatever the buzzword is on that day.

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Brit intel fingers Iran for brute-force attacks on UK.gov email accounts

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"The revelation comes as the US president has refused to continue signing off the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, to which the UK is a party."

Well slap my bottom and call me Daisy. Isn't that convenient?

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Customers cheesed off after card details nicked in Pizza Hut data breach

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Re: PCI ????

Well, to be honest, any old jackass can tick a few boxes for that PCI-DSS check that you have to do yearly. The odds that the guys who didn't design or work on the system never saw the PCI-DSS certification and didn't do the check, so the jackass who got the bit of paper who's never seen the system goes "Ah yeah we've done all of this. Tick tick tick".

I've known it done in a previous employment until I put my foot down and took command of the PCI-DSS disclosure. We had broken it before then, but once I knew what was involved in it the system I looked after was compliant.

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Grant Shapps of coup shame fame stands by 'broadbad' research

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Holmes

"Grant Shapps of coup shame fame..."

Hmm, I thought he was more famous for his Wikipedia editing?

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Beardy Branson chucks cash at His Muskiness' Hyperloop idea

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"“Ever since our creation, Virgin has been known for disruption and investing in innovative companies,” burbled Beardy’s PR flunkies. "

"Ever since our creation, Virgin has been known for talking shite."

Fixed it for you.

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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Epilogue

Alan went on to marry said scientist.

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UK Treasury Committee chairman calls on Equifax to answer for breach omnishambles

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"Because the ICO is toothless and therefore Equifax didn't give a shit."

Didn't? Or doesn't?

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Why are the details of 700,000 non-US "customers" included in along with test data?

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Give us cash and think about the kids, UK tells Facebook and Twitter

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I don’t have kids, but towards the end of secondary school I found Boxing and it changed my life. They tried to intimidate me, but I punched them in the jaw. They didn’t bother after that. But like you both point out there is nothing wrong with being handy with your fists.

There are times for talking, but there are times when you need to hit back. And I’m glad both of you are instilling that in your kids.

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I was bullied before Facebook and Google were a thing. The school was useless because they couldn't do anything. Nothing has changed since then, except the technology. So why don't the Government sort out bullying period instead of finger pointing at tech companies and blaming them for the problem. Fine the parents of the bullies instead.

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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Re: Can we sue em?

"Is the only real question here, can I get some wonga out of em?"

I think we could.

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"It's already public information anyway.

You shouldn't be putting the real answer in"

I thought for years I was putting the real answer in, then it turned out my mother wasn't my real mother.

So, really, I was ahead of the game on that.

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"“We are aware that Equifax was the victim of a criminal cyber attack in May 2017," the NCSC said in a statement today."

No. They're not the victim. They dropped the ball, and they've obviously been dicking about for years with the way they have handled data that, in all fairness, doesn't belong to them.

The 15.2 million people who have had their details stolen, they're the victims.

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Q: How do you test future driverless car tech? A: Slurp a ton of real-world driving data

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"A group of council delivery drivers in East London are riding new £28,000 Land Rover Discovery Sport vehicles. "

Notice how they haven't used BMW's or Audi's.

The reason? They needed to be able to simulate the use of indicators.

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Only in England eh?

Thank God.

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Outage at EE wrecks voice calls across the UK

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Everything Everywhere?

Nothing Anywhere today.

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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Re: spoilerific

"Just watched the trailer and (on first viewing) it looks as though every scene has appeared in a previous film - just different actors doing the acting. Is that what you meant by spoilers?"

It's not much of a spoiler if that's exactly what you expect to happen in a Star Wars film.

It would be a spoiler if C3PO got caught in a cupboard with Henry the Hoover. I would NOT be expecting that!

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Three words: Synthetic gene circuit. Self-assembling bacteria build pressure sensor

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"I mean, why shouldn't they?"

Humanity has an uncanny knack of inventing cool things, and letting it run away from itself because it can't control it.

We split the atom, which is an amazing thing. But when it goes wrong, our best solution to the problem of something we created is to stick it in a barrel and bury it for 30 years, then dig it back up, recontain it, and dig it somewhere else for another 30 years.

Thats just one example.

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The phrase "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should" is obviously lost on these scientists.

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BAE confirms it is slashing 2,000 jobs

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"The redundancies will take effect from 1 January 2018."

Happy Christmas folks.

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1,000 jobs on the line at BAE Systems' Lancashire plants – reports

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Re: How to solve Brexit.

"Whatever anyone thinks about selling military aircraft to some regimes this loss of jobs is deeply regrettable."

How is it regrettable? For it to be regrettable it means there's a choice to not partake in it. But we have, we are, and we're gladly turning a blind eye to whats going on.

You're upset about 1,000 jobs in this country but you couldn't give a toss to the hundreds of thousands of people affected by those planes dropping bombs illegally.

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"...upcoming potential deal with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis already fly a relatively large number of Typhoons, as can be seen by looking up serial numbers ZK060 onwards on an unofficial UK military aircraft serial number database."

You can also see them in the skies above Yemen dropping bombs.

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

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Re: Just FYI

"Still, the Reg has removed all references to Ulster, so I guess everyone can put away their pitchforks until something else offends us all."

El Reg says No.

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Re: Warning : the below may contain irony....

I tried to make a deal with a policeman once, offered him £50 to not give me a speeding ticket.

Turns out it's bribery.

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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Re: Anyone going to talk about the issue being reported?

"(Going for the most down votes ever with this one - ears covered, peeking through fingers)"

Have an upvote from me.

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Frustrated Britons struggle to locate their packages: Royal Mail tracker smacked

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Has the Royal Mail strike started early with the tracking system then?

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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"So how have they come up with 1992% and those other ridiculous figures?"

The same way they came up with £350 million per day for the NHS.

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Re: V for Vendetta, 1984 etc.

Currently in a discussion with someone on the internet about these black boxes that are used by insurance companies. The idea being they make your insurance cheaper.

I point out that if someone follows your every move, then they're a stalker and they get put in to prison. But if it saves you a few quid, they give money to insurance companies willingly to do the same.

Someone then says "I'm not paranoid enough to care". And that's a shocking reflection on society. Take all of your freedom and your privacy for the sake of a few quid. Then again, it's Facebook, so you're giving some of it away for free anyway.

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Cherry 2000 - the need for all sex robots to be waterproof.

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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Fair play Apple, making sure it "just works" for everyone. Including those who want your encrypted data when you're not around.

Here, have a pint. Yes it's warm. Yes there's no head. Yes there is faint wiff of piss from it. Yes we're aware of the issue, but we'll sort it out after you drink this pint first.

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