* Posts by wolfetone

3247 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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Have they donated any money to the charity yet?

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OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

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I have tried it a few times to make sure it works. And it does work.

I've never had to use it in anger though.

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Yet again the idea of having all your eggs in one basket comes to mind.

Sure, it's bad they've been down for 3 hours. But why haven't the site owners affected thought about contingencies for such an event? The company I work for have it's sites primarily on Linode, but I know what happened with them before, so the sites are mirrored on another provider separate to Linode. If they go down, we can switch our sites quickly. I haven't had to yet, but at least if something goes wrong I've protected my company's assets.

Question yourself as to how much you value your website, not how a company can remain powerless for 3 hours.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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I find this anti-human type of propaganda disturbing.

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Bitcoin drops SegWit2x hard fork after community objects

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Those who are saying Bitcoin isn't a currency or worthless must read up in to how their own country's currency operates. It's a "Fiat" currency, and no it's not backed by the car manufacturer.

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Indeed. The mother in law came round recently extolling the virtures of the Amazon Alexa, how her friend has one and it's "brilliant" because you can ask it to do stuff and it'll do it. "It's also listening in to everything you say, how is that brilliant?". "What do you mean?" she asks. I point out that it's voice controlled, and once it hears Alexa it'll listen to whatever command you give it. But for it to listen to it's name, it's going to listening to you all the time and all the conversations you have with people.

"Why would you want that in your house?" Insert generic comment that indicates their view on personal privacy.

A side note about the "burning water" quip. That near enough happened. The wife was hard boiling eggs, and I didn't know about it until I hear "popping" sounds from the kitchen. I investigate, as it sounded electrical and I thought something was on fire. There I see my copper pan, on the biggest ring on the cooker, which is set to full blast heat, with 3 eggs in the now red hot dry molting pan. "Oh sorry I forgot".

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While watching the TV last night I saw an advert for AO.com and them touting Hoover's WiFi enabled range of appliances. Ranging from a washing machine through to an oven with a built in camera to check on the food you're cooking.

The wife, who doesn't cook and quite literally can burn water, says "Oh wow that's brilliant, we should get one of them". I look at her and ask her "Why? Do you want to watch your food burn in real time now?".

She wasn't impressed, but then again neither was I. What problems do devices who utilise the cloud solve? Like the people who bought the Harmony who have discovered they've been shafted by a company who can't be arsed to provide support to keep it working, what happens to the rest of the clowns who buy these WiFi/cloud devices and after 2 years discover the device is toast because the company have bricked them?

I'm not a luddite, I may be a few pennies short of a tin foil hat wearer, but the less technology in my house the better. No smart meters. No internet connected printers. No WiFi enabled cookers. No. I want a computer to connect to the internet, maybe a phone and maybe a set top box for the TV, but the rest can go to hell.

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum

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I bet the Devops1 through to Devops198 wouldn't have done this.

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Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

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I think the fact Clinton campaign have started this Trump/Russia alliance matters most of all, especially when John Podesta's company are involved in colluding with Russia.

Look it up.

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0.7% of Facebook posts and about 0.9something% of Twitter posts were by these people.

That's hardly influencing anything is it? More people tweet about Harry Styles' Kiwi fruit than that.

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Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

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Re: iPlayer and the License

"Erm, hasn't that already happened with the BBC now requiring a login to iPlayer."

Only via the website. On the YouView box it asks for a login, but you can skip it. How long this carries on for I don't know.

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Re: iPlayer and the License

That's far too easy and far too cheap for the BBC to implement.

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Oh Brother: Hackers can crash your unpatched printers – researchers

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Re: 2 things

"First off, who the fuck puts a printer on the open internet?"

People who believe the internet can be contained within a black box with a red flashing light.

"And if you do why do you leave the web interface open?"

See above.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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There was me thinking BT were being nice when they offered me a free speed boost. I didn't have to opt in, they just gave it to me.

That was only a month ago, and now they want £2.50 a month more for the privelege.

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Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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I'm shocked that so many of you are having this problem.

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Post-Brexit economy SAVED: Posh-nosh truffle thrives in Wales

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Re: "there are always unknowns"

I didn't know that was unknown to you?

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Re: does anybody know why people don't grow them in greenhouses?

Truffles, AFAIK, grow on the roots of specific trees. On the continent they used to use pigs to find them as they'd be a little bit burried in the ground. However the pig would quite often eat them, hence the move to using dogs instead.

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Re: "there are always unknowns"

"Surely that should be Donald Rumsfeld...?"

I apologise for providing the organ grinder when you wanted the monkey.

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Re: "there are always unknowns"

Because there are known knowns, and there are unknown unknowns too. But there are also known unknowns, and unknown knowns.

Or they asked George W. Bush.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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With all the coverage that's being given to Queen Liz's financial affairs (or should that be the UK tax payer's affairs?), it's upsetting to know that the real juicy story of the whole thing has been ignored.

It turns out that Bono's money moves in mysterious ways.

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Cash will always be king. Just ask anyone who's lost a card and has had to wait a week for a new one to turn up.

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Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Build a bonfire,

Build a bonfire,

Put BT at the top,

Put OpenReach in the middle,

And blow the f**kers up.

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US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

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Remember when those nutters were saying the Government were spying on it's people?

Are they still nutters?

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What about Seth Rich's murder?

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Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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This should've been a story line on The Thick Of It. Imagine Malcolm Tucker ripping in to Terri after taking her laptop down Tottenham Court Road to fix the broken WiFi.

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KFC turns Japanese bath tubs into party buckets

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The KFC Bath Bomb

That special present for Valentines Day, to ensure a finger lickin' good time.

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Flagging outsourcing biz and sports rights weigh down BT profits by 4%

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Re: Love it...

"That's the 1% in red raw reality - greedy FIFA and over paid footballers extracting their blood money from ordinary workers loosing their jobs."

Er, no. Not quite.

It's the Premier League working outside of FIFA that dictate how much the rights are to show live Premier League matches. Not FIFA. And you need to consider that Sky upped the ante with the last TV deal. A deal so good that it would mean every team in the Premier League could charge £20 a ticket for every game in the year and still have enough money left over to give the players a good wage.

Except, the player's agents saw this then decided to up the wage demands of the players (and in the process increase their own cut), which then means the clubs have to pay the wages of the players while simultaneously increasing the prices of the tickets.

There is a lot wrong in football, but most of it starts with the agents. Not FIFA, for once.

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Re: Love it...

"What, ditch the sports? Why would we do that?"

Sports coverage is quite good outside of the Football. They show Baseball, Basketball, Rugby Union and Rugby League along with the Aussie Rules stuff as well.

The thing is Football is a big deal when trying to get people to part with their cash. You might not watch it, so you don't have to pay for it. But others want to watch football and due to the way the Premier League divvy up the fixtures you won't get all of the games you want to see on the one subscription. Especially if your team plays in Europe (although that's UEFA's fault not the PL). Football also draws people in to buying the other services from BT.

I'm a BT customer, but only because they had the best internet to my home and I didn't want to give Rupert any money. I watched the sport up until you had to pay for it, and because I had no spare time I didn't bother buying it. But once I get time again I'm going to pay the £3.50 a month to get it as it offers great value for money if you like sport.

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Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

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The DSA seems to forget there's no magic money tree though?

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If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade to 4.8.3. Thank us later

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Re: Alternatives to WordPress?

OctoberCMS is a good alternative.

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"Compare with Drupal, which has a similar lineage, but has had several major overhauls to its code-base, and today has a reasonably well-written core."

I would sooner shit out a hedgehog backwards than work with Drupal. It's awful. Always has been, continues to be so. Even the inclusion of Symfony components don't improve it. And I say this as a guy who, too, would take the hedgehog than use WordPress.

WordPress is the darling of the web agency world, just because it's so easy to set up and expand with 3rd party plugins. Plus you have the benefit of outsourcing WordPress builds to those in India while you stay in the UK and drum up more business. Business from those businesses who don't give a shiney shite about how the website works, they just want a website "To get to the top of Google".

But then what happens when WordPress needs updating? A vanishingly small amount of agencies will update them when needed, but how long do you do that for a website that paid £5,000 8 years ago and only pays you the minimum for hosting? More often than not (like I've said many times before) the agencies either don't bother, care, or charge the customer for the updates. If the customer says no, the site doesn't get updated. Putting their site at risk, which is a horrific thought when you consider what @Spudley mentioned, as these sites have shopping carts etc added.

It's horrific software that exists because it gets the job done for the most minimal of outlays both in terms of time and developer resources.

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Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound

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All well and good

But where are the JFK files?

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Judge: You're getting an Apple data centre and you're going to like it

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Old Irish proverb:

"If someone is benefitting from a brown envelope or two, no one gives a shit about a badger."

Hows that tax bill coming along by the way?

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'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

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Geneva have never tried to get on a bus on the Stratford Road in Birmingham.

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Do you know what works better than Face ID and Touch ID?

A PIN number.

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

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"What we found was pretty scary,"

What else were you actually expecting? For them to stay awake and pay attention like they were driving the car? Idiot.

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Caption this: Capita staff picket a bunch o'er pickled pensions

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Crapita staff to outsource strikes to India in a bid to make efficiency savings.

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

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Re: nice to see...

I find anything Ubuntu touches turns to crap after a few months. I've never reliably ran an Ubuntu-based system for longer than 6 months.

My laptop however, the daily driver, has ran Debian happily for 2 years without issue or complaint. And you tend to find (excluding Ubuntu) Debian-based distros tend to run and work a hell of a lot better.

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Man: Just 18 Bitcoin babies and my home is yours

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Re: But wait!

"since the Gold Standard was the cause of repeated economic disaster"

Was it? Because I thought it was the constant gambling of currencies against other currencies that lead to the devaluation of currencies which in turn caused economic problems?

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Re: "Today, that single bitcoin is valued upwards of $2,200, Fortune noted in March."

"It also means that if you wait a few months for a buyer to appear, you might find that a Bitcoin is no longer worth what you calculated initially, meaning you'll be out of pocket."

That could happen, but over the last 12 months Bitcoin has soared in value. So you could make more money.

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Hop on, Average Rabbit: Latest extortionware menace flopped

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NEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrr.... what's up Coward?

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Silly wabbit.

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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I bet my 19 year old Toyota Corolla could match it.

Going down a hill.

Or off a cliff.

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UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms

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After 7 years of living under this government, it's getting harder and harder to find the appropriate words to describe how utterly greedy and bat shit insane they are without sounding like a broken record.

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UK.gov not quite done with e-cigs, announces launch of new inquiry

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"Government sees massive source of duty slipping away and doesn't tally against the potential reduction in healthcare costs. Seeks to demonise new tech in order to justify duty beyond VAT."

The Government, well several of it's MP's, received a lovely sum from the e-cig lobbyists a few years ago which resulted in the Government allowing e-cigarettes to be advertised as they were an aid to stopping smoking. Fair enough, but point out one advert that shows the benefits of e-cigs stopping smoking and I can show you 10 that promote it as a new way to smoke etc. Basically, anything but stopping smoking more like being a substitute for smoking.

"No one is claiming E-Cigs are good for you, but they are less bad than ciggies"

At the normal (I think it's normal?) 3.7v power that the original tests were conducted with, you're right. However more powerful vapes are on the market and their effects are less well documented. There are studies to suggest they're far more toxic than the 3.7v variants, which can impact health.

When you consider the above unknowns with the advertising as it is, it's only right that the Government look in to this as a duty to the public's health. Those of adults such as yourself and impressionable children who will start using these products based on them being "less bad than ciggies" end up on the more powerful vapes which could lead to health issues.

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Sky mobe ad featuring beefcake Tom Hardy banned for being 'misleading'

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When did Bane ever tell the truth though?

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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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