* Posts by Martin-73

626 posts • joined 28 Oct 2013


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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Re: a bit thin?

@Alan Brown

I'm guessing the downvote was from someone who hates Python?

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Meh, so armed drones for civilians

Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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Amber Rudd, is that you?

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: And then billed 3 extra hours?

indeed, and the same is true of base model GM cars (Vauxhall/Opel/Holden)... or was up until the early naughties. Most of the kit for the higher spec was there, but either not connected, or a link removed, but ONLY on SOME cars (it seemed random)

Turns out it was a manufacturing thing, they'd estimate demand for each trim level, and if they had any uncertainty, equip more vehicles at the higher spec, and then disable stuff to downgrade if needed.

I got UNlucky with my Corsa, 2 wire harness to the doors instead of the full 14 wire one, so electric mirrors/windows would've been hard to retrofit :(

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Hahaha...

"the barrel of a gun"

ALL rise for the Australian National Anthem

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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It's a legitimate description of their business.

TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear

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Crapita are a private company, not law enforcement. As such they have no right to get anyone to comply with jack schitt

Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

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Re: Umm

A&A offer me the fact they'll smack openreach with a big stick if my line doesn't reach the speed that the availability checker says?

It does, and always does?

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Re: Umm

Fair point. I think they should be allowed to use sync speed. Provided they STATE that's what they're using.

Post in haste, repent at leisure

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As a user who is well acquainted with sync speed and what it means... I feel insulted by the usually toothless ASA.

yes there's scope for abuse of sync speed vs throughput. But claiming that users don't know what it means is shullbit

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Isn't the whole point of 'responsive' design

that it adapts (responds) to the device and viewport you're using? So the whitespace tends to say it's not been done thoroughly.

But to be honest, till it was pointed out in the thread, I didn't notice. However I access the stories via the RSS feed so rarely see the homepage.

But I ... quite like it, ghod rest my sole... (the left one).

Facebook flogs dead horse. By flog, we mean sues. And by horse, we mean BlackBerry

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Software patents aren't a thing surely? (except in merica)

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: @ Douchus McBagg

re: regional redirect ... google.com/ncr ?

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Re: Ahhh, memories...

To be fair, even working in telecomms for a living for a while, I've done that. Absent mindedly. I blame the prevalence of cellular phones for rendering my subconscious incapable of realizing that 'examining the inner workings of the NTE' (which in the UK involves removing the faceplate with the actual socket on it) is going to kill the phone.

I'm usually too embarrassed to call back

Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web

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I see the result as less 'farcical' than 'NY thumbing its nose at trump' Which is always a good thing

As for guns... yeesh, 3D printing isn't the only way. They're gonna ban machine tools next? (or if you don't mind the risk of it exploding... any tools)

Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

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Re: Why does Apple want eSIMs?

Have an upvote DisruptiveDean

I hate apple like the best of em, but it's going to be the design considerations that drive them. They're definitely going to want a free choice of providers (now they've established themselves, in the iphone's early days, exclusivity and tie ins made sense, to get the brand out there). Now they're well known as ..well, a phone brand... so the more customers who can use their device the better.

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Yes, the rejection of the SIM concept struck me when I moved to leftpondia in 2000. They were selling 'digital' cellphones with no sim slot... I was ...perplexed. Turns out it was some cdma halfbreed

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Re: "number portability"

indeed Mage. I've only ever owned two 'tied to a network' phones (circa 1997 and 1998). Yes, I had to get a new phone after a year, because the deal was only available from Orange (now half of EE) on a boxed kit with new phone, sim, leather pouch (remember them?) and 12 months prepaid (over 30 mins per month billable).

So I ended up with two identical phones. It was fortunate the market moved slower in them days... the phones were identical so i ended up with four batteries, 2 chargers, etc. (necessary with early motorola handhelds).

But it did strike me as an amazing waste of resources that simply paying for an extra year cost MORE than entire new set of kit. So when I finally ditched the orange phones in 2001ish, I bought unlocked nokias which I continued to use till 2010, when I bought my first smartphone. A Galaxy A3. Outright. for cash.

Provider keeps trying to tempt me with free phones. But if i question them, it turns out the phone is NOT free, it's 'subsidized provided i sign up for xx months'. They've quit calling me recently after being told to stop lying to me


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