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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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OK, so you get rid of Flash

from the browser. I won't mourn its passing. But what do you do about all the sites that contain flash and don't get updated but do continue to be hosted?

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: Broadband

and Bandwidth - this used to refer to the width of a signal within the frequency spectrum. Now it seems to mean capacity or throughput, or just the amount of time you have available for something.

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Re: AKA iPhone?

Ah, Spam fritters! They served them at the canteen when I worked on the BSC Redcar complex in the dim and distant past. We reckoned they were made from dumper truck tyres.

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Re: Testiculate

Wasn't it Adam Hart-Davis who coined that one?

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Ultrasonic Sound

Surely it's an oxymoron, not a tautology?

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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"Presumably only a UK phone can generate a CLI number itself? BT should not allow a CLI to be different from its allocated number unless pre-registered."

A phone (handset etc) doesn't know its own directory number. It's connected to a line card at the exchange or local concentrator which has an equipment number. The software on the switch translates between equipment number and directory number. So presumably to spoof a CLI you'd need to access the switch e.g. by using a particular command sequence, but I'm not a BT technician.

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Re: A Typical Scam Call I Get

Call from withheld, unavailable or international number comes in.

10s.

Answering machine pickes it up.

"Hello, thank you for calling. So that we can deal with your call efficiently please select from the following menu:

If you're a claims management company press 1;

If you're a boiler room press 2;

If you're a bogus Microsoft engineer press 3;

etc."

For some reason they don't seem to want to play ball. Can't think why.

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School cyber safety spiel shows smut to 'Strayan students

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Logging in

Ignore this post. Other login forms don't work on this browser.

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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Re: Maybe they should've thought the whole video ad thing over

"Preferably big expensive adverts that they can persuade their punters are getting them value for money."

If I see a big, expensive advert I think "Why should I pay for that?" Same with a big, flashy shop.

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Re: Maybe they should've thought the whole video ad thing over

"pissed off people are not going to be good customers."

You can say that again!

"pissed off people are not going to be good customers."

Thanks.

'Didn't you read? "Love me or hate me, as long as you KNOW me."'

No I don't buy that. There's no way I'm going to uSwitch or Go-compare because of their irritating tv ads. If I KNOW a brand then I'll remember to avoid it. If you stick a pop-up window in front of what I'm trying to read what makes you think I'm going to buy your stupid product anyway?

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Re: More Magic Technology

<<"Meanwhile the UK's own DaFT is proposing "new technology" that blocks mobile phones in cars."

So what if there's a crash and someone has to call the emergency number?>>

It's legal to call the emergency numbers so any device would have to permit it.

Anyway they can't even block mobile phones in prisons which ought to be possible using microcells or by erecting a faraday cage around the whole caboodle. Actually it might be more productive to snoop on prisoners' calls which of course they can't be making because mobile phones aren't allowed.

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Re: More Magic Technology

<<"Meanwhile the UK's own DaFT is proposing "new technology" that blocks mobile phones in cars."

So what if there's a crash and someone has to call the emergency number?>>

It's legal to call the emergency numbers so any device would have to permit it.

Anyway they can't even block mobile phones in prisons which ought to be possible using microcells or by erecting a faraday cage around the whole caboodle. Actually it might be more productive to snoop in prisoners' calls which of course they can't be making because mobile phones aren't allowed.

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Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

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WTF?

Complete and utter bilge!

Consumer Engagement Strategy "has been informed by a range of UK and international evidence and seeks to drive uptake and support behaviour change to deliver maximum benefits for consumers from smart meters.”

Which tells me exactly nothing. Typical post-truth politician-speak.

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

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Save drivers?

"That might mean requiring cars to save drivers, as Mercedes has already decided to do."

Um, I thought we were talking about driverless cars? I think you meant "occupants".

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Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

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Uxbridge?

Obviously it was near West Drayton on the Great Western Main Line and not at Uxbridge. This isn't the first time this has happened. Usually it's the signalling that gets disrupted. The problem is that they don't know exactly where the cables are even if they think they do. The cable ducts are buried under the balast to make it harder for thieves to get at them (most are copper) and every time the track gets tamped and new ballast is tipped on top the cables get pushed a little further into the cess or down the embankment. Even if they are shown on plans they may not be where they were when the plans were drawn.

Btw what's the new measurement train got to do with it?

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Twitter suspends 235,000 'violent extremism' accounts

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I wonder how many of those 235k accounts were Whack-a-Mole accounts?

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Double taxation

The DVLA is clinging on to calendar month taxation so that it can charge double VED when a vehicle changes hands during the month. You pay for the new vehicle from the beginning of the month but you only get a refund from the start of the next month. That still applies if a car changes hands between family members at one address.

They could easily modify the software to charge VED by the day. A day's overlap would be acceptable.

The way to avoid double taxation is to sell the old vehicle at the end of the month, and SORN it to be on the safe side, then become the registered keeper of the new vehicle on the first of the next month. If you have to acquire the new vehicle at the end of the month then SORN it and don't use it until the new month.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Wouldn't it be much simpler...

to pay the licence fee out of general taxation, on the basis of the existing fee times number of households? That would eliminate all the costs associated with administering, collecting and enforcing the licence fee as well as the complications with free over-75s licences. Tax threshholds would be reduced slightly to compensate.

That would automatically cover all UK citizens watching any BBC content on any device at any time in any place. It would only leave out overseas visitors, and special arrangements could be made for large hotels e.g. through a tourist tax. Small B&Bs could be disregarded.

Of course people will cry "why should I pay the licence fee if I don't watch the BBC?". They always do. But commercial tv costs us far more than the BBC licence fee and we don't have any say. And with commercial tv we have to pay for not just the programmes (mostly trash) but also the cost of making the ads (mostly annoying trash). I can't ask Sainsbury's for a discount because I don't watch their adverts or those of any brands they sell. Ditto any other shop.

Btw there is no longer any such thing as "live tv". It's all at lease two seconds old by the time we see it - more for HD.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Flame

When will ad pushers realise that if they interrupt me while I'm reading a post/article/whatever with pop-up windows, or interrupt the tv programme I'm watching and scream at me for 30 seconds, I'M NOT GOING TO BUY THEIR SILLY LITTLE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES,

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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It's good advice

When I was working we had to change passwords every 45 days so of course I had to write them down. Also you weren't allowed to have any dictionary words or permutations of dictionary words or numeric or alphabetic sequences or repetitions of the same character etc. It strikes me that the more rules you make the easier it becomes to crack the password by brute force, because so many combinations can be ruled out. You can discover the rules by trying to create or change a password because the system will tell you why your password can't be used!.

On the other hand I have a feww critical passwords which aren't recorded anywhere. I can remember them but it's very difficult if you're asked to enter the 7th, 12th and 15th characters for example. And they are completely meaningless character strings so there is no easy way to remember them. On the other hand knowing my interests isn't going help you.

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

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Headmaster

Get it right!

Please learn the difference between "Sporadically" (here and there) and "Spasmodically" (now and then).

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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One more thing

Why can't the Govt just pay the licence fee out of general taxation and reduce the income tax thresholds to compensate. That would abolish the costs of administering, collecting and enforcing the licence fee at a stroke.

And is the licence fee enforceable anyway? We used to have detector vans which could pick up what you were watching on CRT TVs. With LCD screens, tablets and smartphnes it's not quite so easy.

Also there's no such thing as live tv anymore. With digital encoding, compresing, multiplexing and buffering it's several seconds old by the time you see it.

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Youtube etc aren't free

They push ads at you all the time, and ad blockers don't stop them.

Why should advertisers object to ad blockers? The people who use them are likely to be so annoyed by ads that they wouldn't buy the stupid products and services anyway. A panel at one side is fine, but if you stick a pop-up window in my face a) I'll kill it straight away, and b) if I happen to notice what it's for I'll go out of my way to avoid buying the stuff at any cost. By all means make product information available - when I need it I'll look for it.

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Re: Jim'll fix it and you

Not allowed to advertise? The BBC is advertising all the time - totally irrelevant trails in the middle of specialist music programmes, other trails with gratuitous background music in between programmes, ads for "digital radio" (the initials DAB are too toxic to use), ads for the licence fees ... the list goes on.

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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

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Don't use the tv speakers ...

Feed the sound output to your stereo system via a low pass filter to cut out anything over 16kHz.

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Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?

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Re: Idiots

Yes, but not just the excchange server. I remember somebody sending me a snottygram at work and then sending three or four recall messages, all of which I received. I was using Netscape Communicator on my PC and not the approved Outlook. I had a good chuckle.

My usual reaction to a recall message was to reply saying "Yes of course you can have it back. Here it is." with the offending message attached.

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Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

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Re: People who use adblockers...

"Some of [advertising], a great deal of it in fact, really is information about what's available out there."

True, but the essential difference is that if I need information I'll go and look for it. Unwanted ads are those that are stuck in my face when I'm trying read something else, or distract me. Those ad-slingers aren't doing themselves any favours. At best I'll just close the pop-up window; at worst I'll make sure that I never consider buying the offending product or service.

To be honest, EL Reg isn't a problem. I use a platform and browser that doesn't support much of the functionality they require (including Flash). I have ads, pop-up windows, animated gifs and javascript normally disabled. Static ads at the side of the page don't bother me.

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Devil

Why would anyone want to take their car in for the recall? They'd only get it detuned. And how many buyers actually give a damn how much NOx it chucks out the back? Unless there's a whiff of compensation of course!

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ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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FAIL

Ts & Cs

So Terms and Conditions are meant to protect our privacy? Yes, well that just about sums up Facebooks attitude to privacy and security.

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At last, switching between rubbish broadband providers now easier

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Not so easy to switch ...

If you have a web site in the ISP's domain. I don't see any provision for the old ISP to forward web requests or email for that matter to the new ISP.

To avoid this problem register your own domain and point it to your web site. You may also get mail forwarding from your personal domain, or use hotmail, gmail etc.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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The way to do it is pay the BBC out of general taxation on the basis of the agreed licence fee per household. That gets rid of all the overheads for administration, enforcement and annoyung ads. We need more money for the health service so National Insurance should be increased to cover that.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Smut-phobic? The Government?

Noooooooo. They just want to keep it for themselves. Can't have the plebs seeing this sort of stuff can we?

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: It makes you despair

Yes, it's a shame he had to bring god into it.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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A Dyson doesn't Hoover...

It Dysons!

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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'Last year PM David Cameron called for “more emphasis on modern methods of computing like coding”.'

What planet is Cameron on? Since when has coding not been an essential part of operating digital computers?

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Modern methods?

'Last year PM David Cameron called for “more emphasis on modern methods of computing like coding”.'

What planet is Cameron on? Since when has coding not been an essential part of operating digital computers? Btw Mr, Cameron, writing html is not coding (and it's not new either).

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Joke

Intellectual property?

Football?

Guffaw, guffaw.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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264 x 323 volts = ~85kV (unlikely)

"All this is powered by 264 lithium-ion cells rated at 323 volts and 24.2 kWh. "

I suspect you mean the cells are rated at 1.2 volts and the battery as a whole provides 323 volts. Usually the capacity of a battery is rated in amp-hours at a specified rate (e.g. the one hour rate).

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Stereoscopic?

No, so-called "3D" TVs are merely binoccular. Move your head and the image doesn't change. You'd need holographic tv for real 3D.

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That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon

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Wide area juggling act

"We coordinate with local air traffic control authorities and have a team dedicated to recovering the balloons when they land."

I just have this vision of lots of blokes charging around on quadbikes trying to catch the next baloon as it comes down and belt it back into the air.

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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

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Re: going forward...

Or they could design user interfaces that are non-intuitive and don't do what you want them to do, so that customers never come back again.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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It's about time

that intercept evidence was allowed in court, since how it's obtained is hardly a secret any more.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Right clickimg disabled - LOL

This assumes that you are using a computer and browser that

a) has a right hand mouse button, not just one button

b) has the menu on the right button, not the middle button

c) doesn't have any alternative keyboard shortcuts

d) has javascript enabled

e) has a built-in function to disable right clicking

f) doesn't have a "full save" option that saves all components.

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

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Re: Good Thing (TM)

Also

4) Reintroduce early morning off-peak fares for trains arriving before 7am like the old workmen's tickets but without the other restrictions. That way the working day could be staggered in either direction.

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Re: Non-Passenger information?

realtimetrains, in detailed mode, shows you freight trains, ecs workings, charters, trains passing through a station, etc. You can't query level crossings so you'd have to use a nearby station on the same line. I don't think you can check freight only lines because you have to enter a station name or CRS code.

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Re: Ruh Roh

Realtimetrains is an excellent source of train running (TRUST) data, agregated with WTT, public TT and other stuff. It can tell you the right platform before it gets announced at the station. What we need is a web site that gives you an IECC overview screen for a particular area.

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Help. Mailing blacklists...

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I've had problems with hotmail and various blacklists used by ISPs. I use forwarders and mailing lists on a shared server so I don't have the option to change the IP address. Also I don't have control over other users of the server. Blocking an IP address or range of addresses is a scattergun approach which causes more problems than it solves. I have three levels of spam filtering in addition to my own eyes, so I don't need these blacklists. If you handle email in plain text it's much easier to spot spams, scams and trojans.

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Facebook pulls plug on Poke, cancels Camera

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Pedantic grammar alert

A phenomemon.

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

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Heaven help us

if we disasterously sleep-walk out of the EU.

"People from outside the EU were worst affected by the glitch "

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