* Posts by Martin-73

644 posts • joined 28 Oct 2013


BT 'UK's most powerful Wi-Fi'? Why, fie, for shame! – ads watchdog

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Re: sky

Indeed, and the nefarious gits only provide TWO RJ45s on the back of the useless things... so when you add an access point in a vain attempt to get wifi to work more than 6feet from the router, you're left with only ONE port!

U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead

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Re: Con Man's Delight

Indeed, mum's phone got stung by this, some pratt company sent out advertising spam, but with the reverse charge bit set (not sure if the analogy's correct but the result was that she got charged 1.00 a text for spam). Sadly she was on pay as you go, so there was no recourse in 'not paying the damn bill'. Eventually complaints to ofcom from thousands of users, forced the company to admit their "mistake" and refund. By POSTAL ORDER!?

Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken

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Or they'll hack the wifi AP's and trump will spit his [dummy|binky|pacifier] again

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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Re: Is this how far we have sunk?

Indeed, I was thinking the exact same thing. And if a single screw is missing, the home sec itself should be on a theft charge. Bastards, hanging's too good for 'em

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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if Iain doesn't point you in the right direction, maybe you could play less dumb and point HIM in the right direction so he can help other customers :)

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@the vogon. Not sure why you got all the downvotes. it was a simple question. Albeit one you should know because it's logical for them not to be... but yeesh, the downvoters are vicious

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Re: Yay landfill!

<ref AC's long and detailed post about keeping backups around>

Yes. I have a mid 90s motorola mobile phone in my glovebox. Why? Because it can run on AA's. yes I also have a pack of such batteries in the same glovebox :)

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re: telephone numbers. I still have the same ones I had years ago, plus my own landline and my own mobile number (for when i lose the blasted thing)

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> I've since heard that it's a pretty common thing. Or was, before sat-navs became widely used.

yep, did the same somewhere in kent (I forget where) before the days of ubiquitous sat navs. The ex and I were lost for about an hour, then found the exit we wanted. 2 miles from where we'd started

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

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I'm actually half on the officer's side here

The mistake (probably intentional, therefore only half on the officer's side) was not informing the chap at the start. Recording interactions with people who are known to make complaints about your particular organization or group is only self defence.

One segment beggars belief however: "it's for the court to decide whether it's being used for surveillance, not the officer"

What the actual feck? Are the court claiming they know the officer's mind better then the officer himself or.... am I misreading it?

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder

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Re: Security? Really.

333 isn't a valid number. I don't trust anyone i find on the end of non compliant numbers.

Compliant here means a valid uk LOCAL number (currently between 5 and 8 digits). Preferably with an area code.

OR a service level code beginning 1. 100 for operator 112 for emergency, 150 for engineering, etc.

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This outfit called me back in the early days of their existence. They claimed to offer better service than my existing provider (BT Cellnet back then, O2 now).

Me: did i answer your call?

them: yes

me: there's your answer, bye

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Re: Annoying pedantry

My mother gets prescription Paracetamol, it's the same dose as regular (500mg/caplet) but is over the 32 allowable in otc or off the shelf paracetamol, typically boxes of 100 caplets. She often forgets to take them, or deliberately doesn't take them so if she gets a headache she's got something to use.

The end result is there's enough paracetamol in the house to stock a couple of pharmacies for a month.

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Re: Header pic

Just take a UK shaver adaptor. They're not classified as lethal weapons, cheap, and also have an actual fuse in them. Altho they're rated for 1amp max, the fuseholder will handle a 2.5 amp 20mm HRC fuse no problem , and in common with most BS1363 kit, will handle several times its rated capacity continuously.

2.5amp being the rated capacity of a europlug.

Unless you mean Shucko or French/Czech standard plugs, which are usually earthed. Adaptors are available for them too :)

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: Mouse balls

So Maplin then (RIP :( )

I'm lucky in that there's an RS trade counter closeby, they can get most anything, at a cost

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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Re: Political correctness running amok?

Chevrolet branded some of their cars 'SS'? What the hell?

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Re: Ah, but ...

To be fair, most of my American friends believe it means 'exceptionally silly, exceptionally fucked over by the government' and above all 'exceptionally tarred with the same brush as trump voters lol

Plug in your iPhone, iPad, iPod, fire up the App Store: You have new Apple patches to install

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Re: Speaking of patches...

Foxit has become bloatware? TG i always save the offline installers (been bitten by the 'newer != better' bug toooo many times)

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Brexit just gets better?

17.4 million voted for Leave. Now take the population of the UK, and do basic arithmetic, not hard dear chap (or chapess, but i suspect chap)

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Re: Brexit just gets better?

I would say use your brain. But your use of the term "Remoaners" for the vast majority who wish to remain in the EU shows that you're unable to.

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So the government want us to sue them?

Given this disaster is the British government's fault

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

One of the worst issues with the D***n uprights of yore was the use of an unshielded bearing on the beater bar. In the dust path. After a few months, the d***n would run as rough as a badger's ar*e. Replacing with shielded bearings (skateboard ones fit, more recently fidget spinners are a good source) has recovered this for 2 yrs now

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?

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Re: Look out

I read (past tense) "MAY be safer...." as being "currently it is classified as safer but it's a new phenomenon, so call us again in 50+ years"

Which is a valid point.

Vaping annoys me a little, but the ones who annoy me aren't the people using it to quit smoking. It's the arseholes you follow on the road who's car makes cheech and chong's look positively 360 degree vision.

NO WAY is that safe

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)

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Oddly I've had the opposite experience.

Inasmuch that I cocked up, but admitted my mistake when it became clear I'd caused it. (AFTER fixing the issue).

I managed to cock up a 7 way lightswitch arrangement such that one switch acted as a 2 seperate circuits when one of the intermediate (en_US '4 way') switches was thrown one particular way. Very confusing till I spotted the mistake in wiring, and recognized my connection style on the switch.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: machine gun?

I'm upvoting you because your view tallies with my own. We are (obviously) both incorrect, but since when did a question require a downvote?

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To be fair anyone who's experienced Gatwick has a grudge against it. But to the degree of expending energy....

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Re: "terrorists"

Oddly enough, that dictionary definition , the government fit it like a glove

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Re: Shoot it down?

Yes but gatwick... well, yknow, it's even north of basingstoke. So hardly the south old chap

Newsflash: Twitter still toxic place for women, particular those of color, Amnesty study finds

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Re: in other news

Sarcasm aside,. i doubt it, nor would i expect her to be

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Re: in other news

Absolutely not Mr Luxury Yacht. I simply blocked her because she couldn't seem to understand that she was ranting at a reasonably innocent man. (for me, blocking can be self preservation). I was absolutely NOT mean to her. Indeed I'd have liked to have a reasonable discussion with her, but she was too far into ranting against me for being a white male at that point...

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Re: in other news

I will also agree with this along with my own post. I have been abused (during shirtgate, when the man who helped land on a bloody comet became evil because of a shirt he wore for luck). Apparently i 'shaded'. I still don't know what that means, but the lady of colour who is an STEM outreach worker needs to rethink her job, and is still blocked.

All I asked was for them to have a sense of proportion. Apparently they've all been through the total perspective vortex. And weren't in zarniwoop's office

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twitter is well named

Not because of the 'twit' connotation, but because it's fast... I think that's what the originators intended by the name (at least partly). So yes, most of the responses to a tweet are going to be off the cuff, gut feeling things. The demise of the 140 character limit, to be honest, hasn't changed this much, it just lets people vent more loquaciously.

The responses here in this october forum are much more considered.

But yes, basically all this is reflecting is that 'most people who use twitter are racist and misogynist to a degree. So yes. But ... don't do news stories about it. Oh wait

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

Not sure why you got the downvotes there. The reluctance of the police to do anything because of resources is slowly changing my mind on the firearms for protection thing. After all its allowed in NI!

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

Liberal biased news? you're kidding right? Have you seen the bbc?

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Re: At my fisrt job...

I've seen this with some Openreach supplied xDSL filters here in the UK. The connector for the 'broadband' side is an RJ45 (bizarrely) . People see a port labelled broadband, with an RJ45 jack on it... and ... I get calls where the Hub (broadband modem router)* is still in the box because 'we didn't need it'. Which designer thought that connector choice was sensible.

*probably the same one who thought calling a combined modem router the same name as another piece of networking equipment was a good idea

An AI system has just created the most realistic looking photos ever

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Well that's not creepy at all.

Move along, carbon unit. Nothing to see here

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Inches are not legally defined anyway

Nobody except apple and the USA, burma, and liberia uses inches anyway. And it's a crapple product. so who really cares?

I admit that first sentence was trolling, but... yeesh. You don't buy a phone sight unseen. So you saw it in the shop, went 'ooo', and bought it. So what if the measurements were off. you decided it was good. and purchased it

So this time, for the first time in recorded history, i side with Apple computer, inc.

(brief jab by using their real name there)

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

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The subscription model is full of fail

Other than security updates (an important but usually fairly minor part of office software), who the hell needs to update.. OTHER than because 'everybody else did and they send me stuff i can't open'

I am still using office 97. And it's quite functional, tyvm. I need a helper program to open .docx files, but that is free. And NOT A SUBSCRIPTION.

Continually demanding monthly dues from people for software they should be able to buy outright is a dick move. Making it cheap enough they think 'that's reasonable'... is more of a dick move.

Office 97 is now 21 years old. If I'd paid even 3.99 a month for it, that would now be just over a grand. Which is plain silly for a word processor with some other programs I rarely use bolted on. MS's proposed price is double that.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: Outages get blamed for everything.

Satnav function on my phone worked fine, the only bit that didn't was the traffic status which COULD explain the 'being late for a meeting'.

As it was, my luck ran the other way. I took the route less travelled, because it looked lighter on traffic from the roundabout... and got to work 15m early

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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In the attic I have... 7 computer carcasses, 3 boxes of cd rom drives, a box of at and atx power supplies, about 8 DSL modem/routers, mainly netgear DG834s, and a SACK of dialup modems.... All brand new. Got them at a clearance auction for a pound,. The modems themselves are useless but the pieces can be handy for projects

GitHub lost a network link for 43 seconds, went TITSUP for a day

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One of the biggest fails here...

Seems to be the simple "don't rely on an item, to report news about said item.

That being said, they're learning from it.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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"Iron Mike Pence"

Iron , as in 'iron hoof'?

Yes I know, politically incorrect, but...yeesh

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: Kyden-Titty, Fay

It's because like so many people, you couldn't help staring at the Titty

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: She has an idevice (not sure why, she's otherwise clever)

But idevices also slow down over time, oddly enough, when new models come out

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Re: "Pixel also isn't a dumb terminal, is it?"

Running into this issue with a friend right now. She has an idevice (not sure why, she's otherwise clever) and she cannot find out how to download a file, then open it. It constantly wants to stream things?

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Parallel universe yes. For my colleague and myself it's invaluable for sharing images and data about jobs. With due regard to GDPR of course, nothing identifiable.

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Re: Calls and Email

@charles 9

Most email CLIENTS send plain text as well as the embroidered crap. Most of the actual content is in the plain text anyway.

The exception to this is automated responders by big companies (ebay/amazon/paypal etc) who often send empty 'text/plain' sections. Which is user hostile.

But personal emails even from a high up mangler, will usually have usable content in the text/plain area

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Sprouts

This might be north south rather than england scotland.... here in the deep sarf, the large yellow fleshed things are swedes, and the small whitish things that baldrick ate are turnips.

North of t'border it's reversed, maybe in other regions also?

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: Information on "shunt trips".

It's happened to me that you CANNOT disconnect the other end of the circuit. (circuit that has more than one load, and a JB hidden (against current regulations but fine up till the 90s) under a floor that has the bane of my existence: Laminate flooring.

In that case, isolating the ends of the wires and maybe labelling them with what they used to do and what circuit they're on would be the only option.

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Re: stairs and hallways lights...

The favourite of lighting circuits in the UK is for someone to remove the ceiling rose to fit a 'designer light fitting', not make notes of where the wires come from, and have the thing work thusly:

Switch off, light is on

Switch on, BANG

Causes me as a domestic sparks more calls than anything else DIY related


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