* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

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It's paydaygeddon! NatWest account transfers 'disappearing' (not really)

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I've checked it a few times today. It's varied from not responding at all after login to going slowly. Also some "extra's" weren't working before - I tried to turn on some cashback offers and got an error.

Perhaps it's isolated, but I've just heard Halifax in a list of banks having problems in a report on the radio.

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Halifax online banking seems to have fallen over this morning as well.

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FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

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Re: I spoke to Virgin

By "idiots" do you mean "people who like different things than you do"?

Apparently watching sport is quite popular. Who knew?

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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

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Re: Same as with cars

I had a P990i. What a bloody awful device that was.

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Re: Same as with cars

With cars, that may be true but I think it's because modern old cars are so much better than the used to be. My first car in 2005 was 10 years old - a '95 car, it was awful. Now a 10 year old car is a 2007 plate - they're practically new. When I bought my first car the bloke selling it told me about how great it was because it had an automatic choke!

With phones, I personally have started buying £200 phones outright - you don't need top end phones anymore in my opinion. Back when the iphone 4 was new, you did if you wanted anything decent.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: Honest inquiry

Oh yes, I completely forgot about /etc/inittab.

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Re: Honest inquiry

Anything which doesn't require a custom script for each service during the boot process gets my vote.

Upstart, systemd or anything. I can't remember if Upstart can monitor processes or not, but that's something the init system should be able to do that sysvinit can't ( without a bodge like Monit ).

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

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Re: AWS infrastructure Boss is Ex-Car mechanic.. says it all.

"Oracle has over 50% marketshare of the Database market when you combine Oracle DB, MySQL and the other Databases in the Oracle portfolio."

Yes, and Bill Gates and I have a combined fortune measured in tens of billions.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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The first thing I thought of when I read about these sachets of pre-juiced fruit - isn't that basically the same format as sachet cat food ? The sort you squeeze out with your hand?

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Ah yes, you're right. Back of a fag packet calculation. Near enough though.

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If MP's pay was cut from 76k/year to 26k/year, that wouldn't touch the sides of the cost of setting up the commission to look into the prospect of giving free school meals to every child.

It would save 50k/year * 650mps - £3,250,000 - ie: bugger all.

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The Daily Fail and the Graun are two sides of the same coin.

How about a respectable newspaper like the Times? But they don't report that rubbish!

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Oh well, if you're citing the Graun, we have to believe you!

They're referring to relative poverty, that figure is stupid because:

If everybody's wages doubled overnight, that figure would increase (!)

If there's a recession and everybody gets poorer, that figure would decrease (!)

The only reason that figure exists is because it can be used until the end of time to garner support for a particular cause.

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Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am

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Re: Escrow?

But what's the point, even if you provide the server code - if the client doesn't have the ability to change the server address then the code is useless.

Also do you expect your nan to fire up a VM to host the server for her now bricked internet enable colander?

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TCP/IP headers leak info about what you're watching on Netflix

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Re: 3 minutes 55 seconds

My complaint is that a programme will show in my 'continue watching' list if I accidentally play an episode of it, usually when one series ends so it tries to play something completely different without me noticing.

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Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

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Re: One factor is missing...

There's a nice one in my town. What used to be a horrible grey cheaply rendered side of a building that really stood out as awful has ben painted top to bottom in an enormous picture. It looks great.

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Highly available? Of course you are. But did you download DRBD?

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My experience was the same as yours, I didn't like the feel of it so abandoned it. Sensitive is a better description than flakey, you're right.

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I've not looked at it for a number of years now, but back when I did it seemed very flakey. I assume it has improved?

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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Well that's a shame, something I'm sure most of us have always wanted to do is now unavailable to us.

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

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haha ha. Grow up. Stop reading the Graun's newspaper arm and watching its broadcasting arm if you want actual information.

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The extra 0's on the price tag will give it away

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'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'

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"No deal is better than bad deal" logic disagreed with by a committee led by Hilary Benn, a man who desperately wants us to stay in Europe at any price.

Hardly an unbiased viewpoint, is it?

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Ofcom pressuring BT to slash wholesale prices for superfast broadband

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Re: When can I pay less for a data only line?

I assume the calls part of your line rental costs effectively nothing - it's the physical infrastructure you're paying for.

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Robo-AI jobs doomsday may, er... not actually happen, say boffins

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Largely created by the s/media/left as a justification for increased interference/

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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I doubt anybody is reading this now, but that solution requires a controller which will cost more than the convenience is worth. Probably more than hiring a spark to hardwire the switch too.

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Actually, further investigation found this:

http://www.vesternet.com/z-wave-tkb-dual-paddle-wall-switch-gen5

Which may be exactly what I'm after. One local load button, one zwave button on the same switch.

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Cheers, but i'm looking for something that looks like a standard while two-switch light switch. One to operate the remote, one to operate the big light.

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I'm after a light switch I can buy for my living room with two switches on it. One normal one for the main light and one with a remote control attached that will turn on a plug socket on the other side of the room ( so it looks like a two-switch light switch ).

Anybody have any suggestions? I'm too lazy to run wire all the way around the room and use a normal two switch light switch.

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How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

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Re: rm -rf

Wouldn't you want a -- after nohup?

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Re: My plan...

I believe you mean:

rm -r -no-preserve-root /

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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FFS. Give it a rest.

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UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

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Does anybody know why they decided to downgrade them from mk3 to mk2?

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ICO fines Flybe, Honda for breaking data rules. They were, um, trying to comply with GDPR

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It's becoming common for companies to use random geographic numbers ( possibly from a SIP supplier ). Blacklisting doesn't work. Blocking non-geographic numbers doesn't work and is mightily inconvenient.

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Any "spam" spam ends up filtered by gmail.

Anything else such as mailing lists you didn't sign up for can just be blocked.

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Emails aren't such a problem, you can just block companies like this.

When's the crackdown on phone calls coming? You used to be safe if you didn't have a land line, but now telemarketers call mobiles too.

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Boffins name 12 new types of cloud in first Cloud Atlas since 1986

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Cheers

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Is there any actual point naming different types of cloud?

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Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

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Yes. I'm not arguing that they should pay £100/day to the customer - just that it should cost them £100/day. Perhaps give it to the government or a charity.

It's not that they charged £10/month or whatever, it's that they disconnected me from my previous supplier without giving me a replacement service.

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When I switched to BT just over a year ago, the call centre staff repeatedly lied that my installation had been booked. They scheduled switching over my broadband but didn't bother to arrange to connect me.

Eventually I got an English bloke who took over my account, told me to ignore everything i'd been told. I was without internet for 2 frigging weeks.

£6/day is nowhere near enough for that sort of thing. If it's their fault you lose connectivity during a switchover it should cost them £100/day. That should focus minds.

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: Edd China

James May is another one. Threatens to be interesting but doesn't quite manage it due to dumbing down.

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Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

Oh, him. He was good on FTLOC. Another programme plagued by the same problem of not wanting to be too informative.

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Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

That programme was always a let down.

If it was longer, pretty much all about Ed's mechanicking and in considerably more detail, it would have been really good. Unfortunately it was all about Mike's ability to speak fluent cockney and haggle, which isn't something you need to see every week.

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eBay dumps users into insecure authentication mechanism

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Re: One laugh of a security measure

They allow asterisks on birth certificates?

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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We can't get climate modelling right on this planet - every model seems to end in firey death.

I'll take these results with an ocean of salt.

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New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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I did a double take at 128GB of memory in an iPad until I realised the mistake.

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

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Re: The interesting part is the matching algo

If they read the Graun, they're probably big fans of Al Jazera [sp], I guess

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Does Google Adwords not have a "Advertise on jihadi websites" checkbox?

Seriously though, I do wonder how Google categorises those sites ( eg: no point advertising handbags on a football website, or bacon on a jihadi website, is there? )

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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If corporations aren't legal people, they also cannot be taken to court.

Corporations aren't natural people, which is a distinction lost on the "companies aren't people" ranters.

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Van Allen surprise: fewer nasty particles than NASA expected

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Re: "Houston...we have a problem"

Fair enough, I feel bad for taking the piss now.

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