* Posts by DasWezel

62 posts • joined 31 Oct 2013

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Did you unwittingly support the destruction of net neutrality rules?

DasWezel

Is that you, Bombtastic Bob?

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Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

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Happy

Re: Good!

Personal goodliness is not correlative with software development ability. Jus' sayin'.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Happy

Suddenly

I feel reassured about our recent decision to move to Kaspersky.

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

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Re: Screw 16:10

Never had two documents open side-by-side? I'll admit I wouldn't want to go any lower than 1920x1080 for that sort of thing, but in the spirit of fairness it should probably be mentioned.

(Daily is a x61 1024x768 Thinkpad with a 2048x1152 23" monitor from 2008 before "Full HD" ruined everything)

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What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

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Devil

"...too accessible to ne'er-do-wells"

You mean banks?

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Trollface

Re: We are in IT

0.328 fathoms?

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

DasWezel
Facepalm

"Would he really make himself known with regards to wannacry?"

Let's be honest, he didn't. He got doxed by the Daily Torygraph. (https://esist.tech/2017/05/15/doxing-the-hero-who-stopped-wannacry-was-irresponsible-and-dumb/)

Who incidentally released this gem today with no sense of irony whatosever (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/14/revealed-22-year-old-expert-saved-world-ransomware-virus-lives/)

Bastards.

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Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

DasWezel

You're looking at that comment completely the wrong way - it's not written from the perspective of "Lower classes are too stupid to know the law"; it's written from the perspective of "Upper classes are too well off/ and/or connected for the law to apply to them."

That is and always will be the way to some extent. For a kick-off, and Ignoring all the claims about connections and hands in pockets etc.,the wealthy would be utterly stupid not to use their wealth to employ much a better legal defense than somebody on the dole. The wealthy are also less likely to fold under the financial strain of defending a case through the courts.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Trollface

Which is better?

Surely they're all the same?

(Braced and ready for the tirade of downvotes!)

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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WTF?

Re: The problem, is Android

"it's the fact that Apple are the most moral corporate company on the planet"

u wot m8?

I presume that is ignoring their labour practices, tax practices, and their overworked army of lawyers?

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Happy 20th birthday to the RADIUS RFC

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WTF?

Re: Stock photography

On that note...

What the /hell/ is the guy on the left wearing on his face?

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

DasWezel

Re: Sigh

Sorry, just remind me who May works for again? Last I checked the job of PM was not that of an absolute ruler.

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Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way

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Happy

Re: Huh?

Well, for starters the TV production industry quite like to be able to record what they're shooting...

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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That time of year again

Larry Ellison wants to buy a new yacht.

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US voting machine certification agency probes potential hack

DasWezel

"...el Reg publishes so much liberal anti-people propaganda"

Priceless.

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Canada asks citizens: How would you like us to spy on you?

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Thumb Down

Re: Mockery

AC: Please cancel your DM subscription.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

DasWezel

Have you completely lost your mind?

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

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Facepalm

PETA

Please just FOAD already.

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

DasWezel

An ad-blocker that permits adverts

... is not an ad-blocker.

Installed uBlock a while ago and ditched ABP because, well, it's not really an ad-blocker now, is it?

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Mars to get Chinese delivery. Estimated time of arrival: 2020

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Re: Please consider changing the title

A rover, built in China (by the Chinese) is being delivered to Mars. Nope, I'd say that's about an appropriate a headline as El Reg does. Quite how it's culturally insensitive is beyond me. If it is genuinely offensive to Chinese readers, then sure, by all means reword it.

Out of curiousity, what title would not cause you to become culturally sensitised?

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Facepalm

Re: Americans...

@WatAWorld

"The Brexit thing is actually a good idea, nothing to be embarrassed about."

I am forced to completely and totally disagree with you. Ignoring the actual result itself (which is still frankly a wildcard at best) the month or so of squabbling, infighting, outright lies, scapegoating and straight-up bullshit being spaffed about by both sides was a national f'ing disgrace. That's without taking into consideration the violence and publicly-broadcast hate that were fuelled by the issue.

As far as I can tell, even before the first vote was cast, we made ourselves look like squabbling, childish fuckwits on the global stage. If that's not something to be embarrassed about, then we've certainly lost any right to tell another country to be ashamed of itself.

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Use Brexit to save smokers' lives and plug vaping, say peers

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Facepalm

Re: Ban the vape!

And I'll bet you spend more time in the fug than you would otherwise by taking a few moments to berate the user. Lawks.

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Who'll guard your personal data post-Brexit?

DasWezel

If you can't provide a credible citation to a wild claim ("surrender the right to govern ourselves" is right up there with that thing about "child's birthright" crap I saw on Faceache the other day), then to you, I say fsck off and die.

Same goes for both sides.

In this particular case, it's not that our politicians are incapable of passing an equivalent law, and more to do with the fact I wouldn't trust them with a bucket of water if my genitals were on fire, let alone to make the right decision about my personal data.

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Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

DasWezel

"You don't even need to listen to EU-sceptics to find solid arguments to leave that anti-democratic monstrosity behind."

I've been listening, but haven't yet heard an argument that stands up to scrutiny. Or cites a reliable (and neutral) reference. At all.

Seriously, I'd be more than happy to vote to leave *if* someone can present a good case for it. That stands up to scrutiny, and doesn't rely on facts that fall apart when context is applied.

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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Facepalm

App Permissions

... Are why I spent some appreciable time on my replacement phone last night looking for a simple flashlight widget.

No stupid fully-blown app, no ads, no stupid strobe effects, just a simple widget to toggle the camera flash LED. Preferably without claiming to be the "brightest" app too.

Considering the LED toggle seems to be the Android equivalent of Hello World, trying to find one that wasn't full of crap was decidedly trying.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

DasWezel

The beautifully ironic of the pseudo-patriotic far-right nutjob's tendency to drop subtle links to the crusades all over the shop (lions bleedin' everywhere for a kickoff) is that when you actually go to research the crusades, the term 'pillage' is generally only just used sparingly enough to not qualify as punctuation, and by all accounts Richard I was a bloody awful husband, son and king. Contrary to whatever prescription-strength rose-tinted glasses Disney were rocking when they churned out Robin Hood to the young masses of the 1970s.

pterry was bang on the money with the line "The pamphlet was very patriotic. That is, it talked about killing foreigners."

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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Angel

Re: Brilliant...

I'd argue otherwise, as most Indians I've dealt with have a much better grasp of English.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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Re: ISLAMISTS killing the animals ?

Bellendery against mainland Chinese

Bellendery against wildlife in Africa

Bellendery against Hindus

Bellendery against Christians

Bellendery terror bombing Europeans

Bellendery against Thailand

Bellendery against Jews

Bellendery against the Philippines

Bellends burning thousands of cars in France

Bellendery genociding Kurds

Bellendery against India

Bellendery against Mali

Bellendery against Russia

Bellendery against the U.S.

Bellends raping Swedish women

Bellends stabbing and shooting Canadians

Bellendery against Sudanese

Bellendery against Bellendery

Bellendery against Democracy

Bellendery against ancient archaeology

and on and on .. the list keeps going.

TIFTFY. The world gets a little bit better when people stop accepting religion as a scapegoat to be pretty shitty towards other people, and realise that these acts aren't performed by a religion, but by bellends.

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'Feature-complete' Windows Server 2016 preview 5 lands

DasWezel
Linux

"Look,s its shell FFS. Get the first version right and dont change the bastard."

Linux user who regrettably has to deal with Windows sometimes. Personally, found the later versions of powershell genuinely surprising in terms of the sheer power available. Actually in /some/ ways quite like the idea of return data being either formatted to screen or passed as an object to another function.

No bloody clue to how use most of it without extensive googling though.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

DasWezel

Re: memory requirements?

ZFS' memory requirements are nothing particularly out of the ordinary unless you enable deduplication.

I tried this out on a copy of an rsync backup host with 16G of RAM and ~3T of backups to crunch. Carnage ensued.

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Headmaster

Re: FFS someone just write an ACTUAL open one already.

Exhibit A) OSI-Approved Open-Source licences: https://opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical

Exhibit B) Why the above list exists: https://xkcd.com/927/

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Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

DasWezel
Pint

Re: But the program is error free!

"My favorite was standing behind one of my programmers one day and watching him...."

I can only imagine just how calm, comfortable, unpressured and in no way likely to make any stupid mistakes that guy was with you leering over his shoulder, ready to sack him at the slightest sign of not being the bestest best programmer ever.

The beer is for that guy.

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NSA boss reveals top 3 security nightmares that keep him awake at night

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IT Angle

Eh?

"What happens when they use cyber for destruction?" he asked

... What? That sentence reads like it was an excerpt frrom the Daily Mail.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

DasWezel

Safety?

Anyone who bought a Defender for school-run safety reasons is a bit of a fool. It was never designed to absorb impacts - the crumple zone is your face. It was designed in a time where "occupant protection" meant "not driving it like a spoon", and if you ask it to keep you comfy in a crash, it'll respond by doing it's very best to kill you. It doesn't ask that you respect the fact you're driving 2T of metal - it demands it.

And I think for those who own them for the adventure of it, that's part of the appeal. It's back-to-basics motoring where you're so much more involved with what's going on. Nothing is really hidden from you behind a wall of plastic and "sight-of-tools-will-void-warranty" stickers.

Disclaimer: My daily-driver is a 1972 leaf-sprung Series III with a diseasil engine transplant from a 1994 Discovery. I'm warm, dry, surprisingly comfortable and can hold a conversation at 70MPH. (And I do about 15k a year in her!)

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Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time

DasWezel

Re: FOSS?

"... products with more resources / investment are usually better- Just like Open Office versus MS Office, etc, etc."

IIS/Apache, Internet Explorer/Firefox etc. etc... Er, wait a minute.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

DasWezel
Pint

Re: Overpriced

This weekend, I shall be building a turntable controller for a model railway. Stepper motors and switches, and a need for a non-tech to pull the SD card and fiddle with the settings to suit his layout. (So Arduino is out for a super-fast development lash-up) - I'd say this is absolutely not useless. In fact I'd say it's just cut costs by £25 over a standard PiB2, and will do the job /perfectly/.

I believe you may have inadvertently confused your opinion for fact. It happens, have a beer.

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

DasWezel

Re: Linux to the rescue! Again!

"Just install Linux Mint. Simples!"

TIFTFY.

Your second sentence is utter tripe. Not least an OS shouldn't ever 'support cloud storage' - it's the OS, not the desktop environment. See here: https://www.google.co.uk/?q=define:+operating+system

The moment you start bundling 'cloud storage support' and other rubbish into the OS, you've got crapware.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

DasWezel

Re: I've not been paying that much attention but I hear...

In fairness, really nice but bonkers has got to be an improvement on slimy shitstain on their way up the greasy pole and to hell with the consequences...

Even if he turns out to be the next Screaming Lord Sutch, at least politics might be a little bit more interesting than 650 identical and highly suits jeering at each other like schoolchildren in the playground. Honestly, it's pathetic.

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T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

DasWezel
Facepalm

Data != Data

Who cares what's using it? It's data. What is using it is entirely the customer's business, as long as it's within contract. And if the term "unlimited" will be bandied about like an excited 7-year old with glitter, what do you expect?

It is rather like someone a few years ago saying: "Unlimited data! (As long as you use the shitty USB Thompson modem. First sign of a router and we're branding you a thief.)"

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Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

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Go

Re: ...despite its fluffy image, the centre eschews cloud computing....

I'm amazed the aforementioned fibre hasn't been taken out permanently by a tree. Lost count of the number of times the railway mess landline at Maespoeth got taken out by the buggers a few years back!

Sods law says you'll get connected for less than a week before the road's blocked again by splintered remains of tree and fibre...

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DasWezel

Re: Shameless plug

You forgot the Corris Railway, a couple of miles up the road. No IT angle, tech, or renewable energy as such, just a lovely small preserved narrow-gauge steam railway. :-)

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

DasWezel

unzip, strip, top, less, touch, finger, grep, mount, fsck, more, yes, fsck, fsck, fsck, umount, sleep.

Who doesn't love a bit of *nix?

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Brassiere belays boob-bound bullet, begetting bruised breastbone

DasWezel
Boffin

Re: Life-saving, really?

"How much impact can a bra-wire really stop? To my best knowledge*), they are similar in gauge to coat hangers"

I hope you're not impugning one of the best bodging supplies (the coat hangers, not the bra) known to man here.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

DasWezel
Holmes

Lane merging

On the topic of fast merging to slow, or slow merging to fast, there seems to be a lot of support for slow merging to fast, either to encourage slow traffic to speed up, or what have you. Which I can kind of understand, given that more or less every normal car now sold will crack 90MPH or more.

I'd like to bring to the floor lorries, heavily-laden vans and tippers, 1 litre student shoeboxes with more than two people, and my 40+ year-old Land Rover. Which will happily sit at 70MPH all day long, right until the moment I hit a hill, especially since I have to be about 70 miles from home to hit a motorway, and on those occasions, I'm usually fully-laden.

In these cases, the option of going faster just isn't there - we're running at full chat, with the throttle pedal usually making a cracking impression on the footwell, and the engine screaming for mercy.

If I were to be forced to join a faster lane (rather than have the faster lane merge) then I'm relying on either being let out by some kind soul (who in turn will be cursed by all and sundry behind him), forcing my way into lane (and causing a stampede on assorted brake pedals), or losing speed (and potentially being forced to stop) until a gap appears. At which point the next vehicle that comes will likely be even harder on the anchors than it would be otherwise.

Just my tuppence-worth from the slower side of life. We're doing what we can, even if we're doing it slowly!

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JavaScript creator Eich's latest project: KILL JAVASCRIPT

DasWezel

Re: Does that include Welsh?

Nah, you'll know it supports Welsh when true/false functions return "Da iawn bach".

Then you're tidy.

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Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

DasWezel
Paris Hilton

Nipples

They're not all bad. Okay, that Acer keyboard looks as though ergonomic design is something that happens to other people, but I for one started using nipple-nav on Thinkpads a few years ago, and haven't looked back.

The downside is I now find touchpads utterly intolerable, but that's just one man's opinion.

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Freeparking hit by DDoS, vexed customers scream into abyss

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Coat

Cor.

"El Reg has contacted Freeparking for further comment."

That's damn good going, I had enough trouble trying to contact them before the recent shambles!

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Facepalm

The potential is there....

And has been since day one. Scanning things isn't hard, but whoever designed those automatic checkouts needs a reality check. I'm pretty sure it'd be possible to design it without it being a completely unusable PITA.

Design by committee in action. One that's been doing their shopping online for a good couple of years.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

DasWezel

Re: Nice Specs. Are They Rose-Tinted?

"I went through four of them back in the day —from a Series IIA to a couple of Defenders and they all needed constant fettling."

My daily driver (60-mile commute) is a 1972 88" Series III. Just got back in from a 400-mile round trip to see family this weekend, with many of those cracking 70-odd on the motorway. Had to raid the toolbox only once, and that was to disassemble a table.

I'll grant the BL-build quality was awful, because as a general rule they barely built them at all. But the reputation about reliability is - I'd say - mainly down to shonky maintenance (or naff parts, thanks Sh*tpart) and/or abuse. (So most farm-hacks or anything set up for "off-roading") As evidenced by the state of this one when I got it.

Maintain them correctly, use quality parts and fluids, and they'll get to the ends of the earth. (Eventually!)

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Hi! You've reached TeslaCrypt ransomware customer support. How may we fleece you?

DasWezel
Stop

Re: How

"If my plumbing or my car starts playing up I might have an idea but I don't have the skills or the tools to fix complicated problems, it's not my job so I hire a plumber or a mechanic to look at it."

While this is mostly true, you'll in all probability try to hire a plumber or mechanic recommended to you or that generally has a good reputation. You probably won't hire Honest Jeff because he was first to rock up outside your house, pushing his rickety wooden cart, and promising to do the job for a really good price and of course he can keep an eye on things while you nip down to the shops to get some cash.

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