* Posts by wolfetone

3268 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

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It's actually the laminated book of dreams. To catch the tears of joy.

But they get a chocolate coin for trying.

Defrosted starter for 10: Iceland home delivery site spills customer details

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I heard it was Kerry Katona's idea.

123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Re: Little to do with automatic renewal

"You will have to pay for them and keep them if they are used in any way."

Can you point out where it says that? Because for as much as I've seen in the control panel there is no such wording to that effect. You will pay for them if they renew, obviously, but you can turn that off. Meaning, you won't pay for it.

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It strikes me that a lot of people moaning about "having to pay for these domain names in 2 years time" aren't aware of turning the automatic renewal off on these domain names.

"Rah rah rah I want to be annoyed about something and dammnit I'm gonna be annoyed about THIS!"

Missed patch caused Equifax data breach

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Well, I suppose it's more than likely now that Equifax's UK customers will also be affected.


UK's new Data Protection Bill will be 'liberal' not 'libertarian', says digi minister

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What does that even mean though? Sony got £250,000 fine. What would Equifux get with these new powers? A £250,001 fine?

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"Speaking at the UK Internet Governance Forum, Hancock said the forthcoming data protection regime will bring the internet into “the twenty-first century, giving citizens more sovereignty over their data, and greater penalties for those who break the rules.”"

Bullshit will it.

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I want my Hot Coffee, like she offered in the game!!!!

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Reminds me of the "Hot Coffee" glitch in GTA San Andreas.

Except you didn't pay her in the game.

And she did a lot more to you.

And you never got the coffee.

Act fast to get post-Brexit data deal, Brit biz urges UK.gov

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Wrong again >>>>

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"Really, VRH, how many times do I have to tell you not to undermine our beloved Prime Minister at such a critical time as that now facing our country. It's Josefina Vissarionovna."

That's a very convoluted way of referring to her by her proper title: Twat.

'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: September 13, 2017

Damn straight. Everyone should adopt the UNIX timestamp and be done with it.

North Korea attacks Bitcoin bods to swell its war chest says FireEye

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What's that? A South Korean agency is saying a long time enemy of theirs is doing something naughty to side step sanctions?

I do truly believe that to be a very unbiased report.

ICO slaps cab app chaps for 10-day spam crap

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Bosch wants crowdsourced data for future connected cars

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Bosch have been making automotive electronic systems for donkeys years.

Capita still hasn't found what its looking for: A CEO

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"4) I can cost-margin a webpage: "Under construction" page mate? A snip at £23.8m with £200k off*

* Yes really - data.gov Acquia Marina Drupal theme holding page, 1 logo plus some text for £23.8m billable cost."

Well, shit me. You win.

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I'll do it.

I can manage a fuck up in a nunery, which is more than what Crapita can do at the moment.

44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

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"I seem to recall an also-ran in the Grand National in about 1996?"

Either you're a time traveller with poor memory or you're just a little confused. Equinox fell at the 1849 Grand National.

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Re: Lucky bastards.

I will, just as soon as I work out what "lucky bastards" is in German.

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Re: Wow

Considering the Sony hack a few years ago generated a fine of £250,000, I would not hold your breath.

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Re: EU data protection?

"except for people who aren't on the electoral register and have never had a financial product in their life."

Lucky bastards.

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Re: Proof reading?

Plot twist: "Iron" is actually an El Reg author

Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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Project Lightening? Ha. More like Project Drizzle.

Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

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Re: Yeah, right


I've seen as much, but I'm suffering from a few performance issues with Cyanogenmod at the moment so was hoping the upgrade would help it. Interesting you mention Truecaller, that thing has stopped working for me. Every time I go to open it it closes. So I can't block any callers now.

I'm going away tomorrow and I was hoping to have it all done by then, but I might just muddle through it until I get back and buy a no-name cheap thing from AliExpress and be done with it.

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Re: Yeah, right

Wileyfox have just pushed the Android 7.0 update to my Spark X (to replace Cyanogenmod). Do you think it's working? No. My phone is telling "Oh you want Android 7.0? Ain't gonna happen pal".

Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship

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It'd actually mean something if it was to be done on a proper F1 simulation, like rFactor or the Geoff Crammond Grand Prix series. But the Codemasters F1 game? Might as well give them all a Mega Drive with a copy of Micro Machines and test them on that.

Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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Re: You're confusing Kim with Bob.

"Somewhere out there there's a grieving family and friends. Just saying..."

Well, you're actually typing.

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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"Queeg, I can see we've already cultivated a special understanding: I scratch your back and you stick a knife in mine."

I'm not one to second guess people, but I'm sure GCHQ will get a Christmas card with that above quotation in it from Mr.Hutchins.

UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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Re: TLA?

"I must be old - I read the headline about IRL hate crime as something to do with Irish-registered cars. OMD I must try and catch up, LOL hun x."


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That's Katie Hopkins and Tommy Robinson fucked then.

And about time too!

Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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I'd sooner sue them for it being a shit advert.

British Airways waves Bing dong: At least it's not a tech cockup

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Well, I don't know about you, but I quite like the idea of an airline proudly displaying an undercarrige.

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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To be fair to her the "charity" gets up to a lot worse. It's a charity for tax reasons. Not because it's charitable.

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I remember once some arsehole gave me grief for a week because a document on the web portal I built wouldn't print for her at home. She escalated it to the CEO, to the Chairman, who then both gave me grief about the problem.

Turned out her printer wouldn't print anything. It was her printer that was the problem, absolutely nothing to do with what I built. Repeatedly told her this twice a day for the week she'd ring up ranting and raving. Even though I'd never met the woman, never seen her computer, didn't even know what type of printer she had, and the computer wasn't the property or anything to do with the charity I worked for, it was all my fault and I should fix it.

Do you think I got an apology from any of the people mentioned? Did I fuck.

Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Re: No wireless charging? No sale.

"Of course all of that that does mean paying Sky for a service, but it's a possible solution to your dilemma ;)"

But if I buy two VHS recorders I could just remember to record the programs, then watch them upstairs or downstairs without having to give Rupert Murdoch and Rebeka Brooks any money. That seems to be the only solution :)

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Re: No wireless charging? No sale.

A HDD recorder is alright, but it's a pain in the arse when you're upstairs and you want to watch something recorded on the downstairs HDD recorder. But you can't watch it downstairs, because the partner is watching Eastenders or A.N. Other Shit Show starring a nobody.

It's times like that where I miss the convience of a VHS tape.

Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

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Re: Standing over a thistle in just a kilt

"Only the Catholics. The prods will use 'Gers', if only 'cause they're too bloody ignorant to spell 'Rangers'."

Rangers died long, long ago. The team you're referring to is Sevco.

Although, I'm not sure they've paid HMRC yet. Or their face painters.

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Re: Holyrood

"Which is the one where they keep churning out the same ridiculous cartoon fantasies, they take in $billions but somehow seem to lose money on every project?"


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Well it's a good job the MP's are on holiday isn't it? This sort of carry on would prevent them from doing their normal duties.

No, wait, sorry. It wouldn't stop, it'd help them more.

New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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If we take Air France 447, that being the longest period (before MH370) for a modern day jet to go missing, it took about 2, 2 1/2 years to recover the black box and data recorders and download the data from them. I don't recall there being an issue in the data corrupting.

However, like you point out, this is only if the box is still sealed. No one knows how fast the jet went down, or in to what terrain, and how far down it went or how much crap landed on top of it either. So to me I would assume the box's seal has been comprimised, so surely it would help the eventual recovery efforts to know what to expect from data chips that have been swimming in sea water for 5 years.

It'd be interesting to know if there's been any studies done on that anyway.

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I'm assuming that the flight data recorder and voice recorders are both solid state, but has any analysis been done to see how long this equipment can store/hold data for submerged in sea water?

Vaping ads flout EU rules, even if to promote healthier lifestyles

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The UK Government passed a rule to allow the advertising of e-cigarettes because they were "an aid to stopping smoking" about 2/3 years ago. So they're seen as the same things as Nicorette.

HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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Re: I might watch it sometime

The only thing that I ever heard about Game of Thrones is that it's got tits in it and everyone dies. If that's the best bit about it then I'm better off watching Lesbian Vampire Killers.

Vodafone customers moan about sluggish data abroad

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Re: Not my experience

Do you own shares in Vodafone?

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"We don't throttle data and we are not aware of any overseas providers, who we partner with, intentionally reducing speeds."

Ah, that sweet moment when you see the disconnect between the tech team, the marketing team, and the PR team.

The arse doesn't know what hand the brain has decided to wipe with.

Internet addict sent to an anti-addiction boot camp is no longer an addict. Because he's dead

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Re: Tragic, but what are parents thinking?

"Sample size too small, not possible to draw any reliable conclusions."

50% of the 100% tested had crap linguistics.


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Re: Tragic, but what are parents thinking?

"I no longer gasp in horror when I see a tiny tot in a pushchair gazing at a tablet screen 3 inches from his nose. "

I would've agreed with you on this line, but I saw something once and it's changed my whole outlook on the subject of giving children (especially little toddlers etc) devices such as phones or tablets.

In the UK, Channel 4 ran a show called "The Secret Life of 4/5/6 Year Olds". It was fascinating. Camera's were allowed in to a playgroup and two experts watched them and gave commentary about what's going on socially in the group as well as their development.

On the 4 year old version, there were two children. A boy and a girl. The girl spoke very well. If I didn't see her but heard her speak I'd have thought she was 6 or 7, she was very eloquent. The boy, however, didn't speak much. When he did, he didn't make much sense. The expert eluded to this as that the child doesn't seem to have had much in the way of conversation, and you could see with the kid's background that he had older brothers and he was fascinated by computer games. The expert said that by the time he goes to school and is aged 6 he'll have caught up with the rest of his peers.

Since then I've taken an interest in how parents interact with their children in public. I remember the one kid crying etc for attention. The mother just took her phone out and said "Here play with Angry Birds". Kid shut up and started playing. I'm not judging anyone, but you can't substitute human contact with an inanimate object*.

*Polly Your Polythene Pal also counts as an inanimate object, I'm sorry.

Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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Think of how much quicker (and cheaper) the works could be done if those wankers vacated Parliament and went elsewhere for a time.

But no. That's too much hassle for them isn't it?

Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

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So, is Antarctica signed up to the Paris Climate Accord now then?

World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident

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Re: Vs British Subs?

Buyer beware, it's your own silly fault for buying second hand.

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