* Posts by MisterD

21 posts • joined 10 Sep 2014

Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate


Re: Good going cobber

See crashmap.co.uk

Many of these stretches have no accidents, some are carefully positioned so that they are technically within a few metres of a school whilst being a long way away by road, just so the prosecution can say "speeding near a school"


Re: Good going cobber

A man in his eighties gets his license for free, no money, only needs to fill in a form, why would he bother pressing send at all?

A scrounger who wants other people to pay for his entertainment, whingeing, spreading disinformation. If you want to watch it, you pay for it, stop trying to force the rest of us to pay for what we don't need.

Road accident nuisance callers fined £270,000 for being absolute sh*tbags


Indeed, but still small enough to be treated as a business expense rather than a deterrent.

There should be a £50 per victim compensation element, that would cause the necessary changes.

Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable


Why should it be folded into taxes? Why should I have to pay for your entertainment? Are you offering to pay for my camping trips and track days, should my motorcycle racing also be folded into taxes?

Charge the people who actually use it, stop trying to force me to pay for other people's hobbies. Encrypt the lot and decriminalise evasion so that Capita and TVL staffers can no longer hide behind "detection of crime" defence and can be prosecuted under harassment legislation.

Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off


Any site blocks me for using an ad blocker gets its own line in my hosts file, far better to block the whole site outright than to keep accidentally wasting bandwidth on "bait and switch".

UK credit broker fined £120k for spamming folk with five million texts


Not enough.

Nowhere near enough, 2p each is cheaper than buying legit contact data. There needs to be a compensation element to these judgements, even if it's only 20GBP per victim.

Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones


Re: A perfect opportunity to get creative

It worries me that some birds of prey are going to end up injured or worse due to idiots using them to bring down drones. Before you ask a raptor to stick its legs in the drone's rotors you should do a pain level test first, I suggest stick your tongue in the rotors and only sending a bird after the drone if you can still speak ok afterwards.


Big John you are very wrong. I've no idea who you've been listening to but they've seriously misled you.

"A person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances in the prevention of crime, or in effecting or assisting in the lawful arrest of offenders or suspected offenders or of persons unlawfully at large." (Palmer v R, [1971] AC 814), S3 Criminal Law Act 1967

S76(5(a)) Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 allows householders to use disproportionate force when defending themselves against intruders into the home.

ICO: You call that a sentence? Courts need power to hit data thieves harder


Data abuse needs to take in a compensatory layer. A minimum compensation of £20 per victim should suffice, with the ability to double it in aggravated circumstances. a £1000 fine would be adequate if accompanied by a £560,000 compensation order.

Glasgow boiler firm in hot water for cold calls, cops £180K fine


14p a call. No wonder there's so much of this teleharassment going on, it's cheap advertising! Needs to be £20 per call if we're ever going to take back control of our phones (or if I'm ever going to turn the ringer back on).

Ofcom issues stern warning over fake caller number ID scam


It's not clear if spoofing is illegal? It seems as clear as crystal to me.

My telephone is a computer, as are most phones these days. One of its jobs is to make a record of the number of all callers so that I can return calls. Spoofing deliberately causes a false number to be recorded. I have never authorised anyone to record false data in my computer's record of callers.

S3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Unauthorised acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, operation of computer, etc.

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if—

(a)he does any unauthorised act in relation to a computer;

(b)at the time when he does the act he knows that it is unauthorised; and

(c)either subsection (2) or subsection (3) below applies.

(2)This subsection applies if the person intends by doing the act—

(c)to impair the operation of any such program or the reliability of any such data

It could not be any clearer, spoofing is an offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again


Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

The gas company recently decided that our gas meter was no longer allowed to live in a brick-and-metal box sunk in the wall of our house but instead must be moved to a fibreglass carbuncle mounted to the outside wall. The only reason I can think of for this is to prepare for the meter emitting RF signals.

UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines


Re: The problem with blocking international and number-withheld calls

BT already seem to know that some numbers are bad. Do a 1471, ask yourself why sometimes you get a legit sounding number with "please hang up" instead of "to return the call press 3".


Re: Taking text/Email/cold callers to court

ICO's web forms for reporting nuisance calls are unnecessarily cumbersome, placing an unwelcome burden on the abuse victim by requiring them to re-enter all their personal details for each instance of abuse. It is orders of magnitude easier to commit abuse than to report it. I can recall an occasion where the same telespammer repeatedly abused my phone 3 or 4 times before I had managed to fill in the form to report the first abuse instance.


Re: It's not calls from the UK that are the problem

Wait until you get that annoying solar guy, when he gets an answering machine he hangs up and dials again 3 or 4 times in a row.

We chat to CloudFlare about its 'EVERYBODY GETS SSL' venture


It would be nice if Cloudflare would do something about their ongoing abuse problems. Matthew Prince claims to come from an anti-spam background but his company provides bulletproof hosting to spammers and ignores months of complaints.

Three UK fined £250,000 for customer complaints cockup


Re: More fool you

Nothing is worse than vodafone, they don't even respect customers wishes. I have tried to opt out of their marketing SMS 27 times since last December, the messages keep coming despite escalation to store staff and to CEO's office. Finally escalated my complaint to the ombudsman service yesterday when Vodafone's customer service rep refused to deal with me unless I could tell him the amount I last topped up (I never keep a record of how much i top up, it's always the amount of small notes in my wallet when the last top-up runs out. somewhere between £5 and £30, the rep kept insisting I could somehow "look it up").

Your chance to win the world's only handheld ZX Spectrum


Re: As a former VZ200 owner (yes, a refugee from the antipodes)

I had an Acorn Atom with 2K RAM, I remember paying a little over £120 for an extra 6K. Memory sure has dropped in price.

Ten years on, TEN PER CENT of retailers aren't obeying CAN-SPAM


Re: Links

It will never be safe to click on unsubscribe links. Never.

spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick


Re: And of course...

Spammers might as well just label their spam as spam. Bayesian classifiers will very quickly learn that a hapax like :ltr> has a 100% correlation with spam.

BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS


Re: Compromise

If you have a b&w license, I hope you only have a b&w set. With no license the Capita/TVL thugs have no automatic right of entry to your home and must apply for a warrant to force entry, but one of the T&C in the license is that you agree to allow them access to inspect your equipment. Don't use B&W license to dodge full fee, it's a trap!


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