* Posts by The Dogs Meevonks

79 posts • joined 31 Aug 2017

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Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband

The Dogs Meevonks

You will regret it sooner or later. Dare to use more bandwidth than they think is right on an unlimited service and they throttle you... or they put too many people on the same pipe and throttle you so it can cope with being oversubscribed.

One of the worst companies I ever dealt with and my 100mbps service was barely hitting 13Mb, kept complaining, taking daily screen shots of speed tests done on multiple sites until they finally admitted it and allowed to leave my contract early.

Them and Vodafone are worse than talktalk for bullshit and lies.

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The Dogs Meevonks

I no longer live in MK, but even if I did... nothing would make me trust Vodafone with anything.

They're a bunch of lying, deceitful arsehats who will say and do anything to try and get you to sign up to them... without ever intending to carry out a simple task like transferring your number. I know this, because it's what they did to me and repeatedly lied about it.

In the end, I had to put in multiple complaints and threaten legal action before they terminated my service and I could sign up with Zen. But I did get every single penny I paid back. But thanks to their bullshit I was without a service for 2 weeks.

So... gigabit speeds = good... Vodafone = lying c*nts

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Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’

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Re: It's about time

It's making it safer for those that don't already do these things, or perhaps don't know how to.

Those of us who do them can simply carry on the same as before.. those that were unprotected, now have a little extra.

It's a good thing.

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The Dogs Meevonks

I already block everything by default and only enable specific items that allow me to view whatever content I want to see. Sure it means training a new website for a few extra moments, but it's worth it as those sites load much faster when not being slowed down by the bloat.

This is a positive step in my book, any site that wants me to disable an ad blocker or any other kind of script/cookie thwarting plugins can quite simply go frack themselves.

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Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

The Dogs Meevonks

"if you have to ask the price"

It's usually because the marketing wankers refuse to divulge any kind of pricing because they know people will laugh them out of the room.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

The Dogs Meevonks

Speaking as a person who uses a variety of 6-8 TB drives in my media server... and as I've said many times before.

Until consumers can buy a 4TB drive for the same price as a regular mechanical one... spinning rust will live on.

HDD prices have been kept artificially high for years, and the EU is supposed to be investigating this... but I've heard nothing for sometime on the matter.

I've been able to pick up my drives in sales for a lot less than they normall go for. An 8TB purple drive for £150 instead of well over £200 and 6TB drives for an average of £128 instead of around the £180 mark.

My media server currently has a 3TB & a 4TB drive and those I'll be replacing next... So I'll be needing more 6-8TB models and there's no way SSD will be at that capacity and price range for many, many years to come... If ever.

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Security world to hit Las Vegas for a week of hacking, cracking, fun

The Dogs Meevonks

Go to America and play Russian roulette on being arrested on 'Trump'd up charges.

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: My wishlist

My current Moto G5S+ has all of those, a decent camera and upto 2 or 3 days battery life depending on use.

I got mine for £189 some £70 below retail.

The only reason I bought it a couple of months ago was because my Wileyfox Storm developed a battery bulge and I needed a quick replacement before going on my hols.

I've since repaired the Wilefox Storm at a cost of £13 and given it to my mum to replace her Moto G2.

I've not checked out the new Moto G6S yet, but I hear good things... they make decent phones for people who can't or refuse to waste money on so called flagship shiny trinkets... I'm one who refuses to waste money when I can get what I want for a fraction and save money at the same time.

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

The Dogs Meevonks

Good luck in your new adventures... It's been fun reading some of these over the last year.

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Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

The Dogs Meevonks

I just want a phone with a decent battery life, that's not filled with bloatware. Over that last 4yrs I've had a Mot G2 (4G) and Wileyfox Storm and now a Moto G5S+. The only reason I bought the G5S+ was because the battery started to bulge on the Storm and I was due to go away 4-5 days later and needed a replacement immediately. I paid 30% under retail for the G5S+ and it's a decent enough phone that can last 2 days easily.

Then I decided to strip down the Storm to see how it was built, and actually use that little speciality tool kit I bought last xmas... I discovered that the battery wouldn't be that hard to replace, so I found one and ordered it... Currently waiting for it to arrive. So my Storm will be repaired and I'll probably give it to my mum to replace her G2 (my old G2).

Given that I replace my phones every 3yrs on average (unless they fail in some way (storm after a little more than 2yrs)... I couldn't give a rats arse about all the new must have 'shiny' features... I just want a phone that can make calls, send txts and messaging, browse the net without slowing down to a crawl and take reasonable opportunist pics when I don't have my proper camera with me... if it can do all that and make a charge last a couple of days... I'm good... I'm good... and most phones these days across the high budget to mid mid range can do just that perfectly well.

Not to mention the money it saves me... I have friends who think nothing of being on a £30 a month contract just so they can upgrade their phone every 2yrs.. some are on 3yr contracts. so that's a minimum of £720 up to £1080 they spend... Meanwhile I spend on average less than £200 every 2.5 to 3yrs and £10 a month for unlimted txts, minutes and 3GB of data (more than enough as I'm on wifi 90% of the time)... Over 2yrs that's less than £440 and 3yrs, under £560... a saving of some 40% or more over friends with less common sense.

That's enough savings to be able to upgrade my gaming computer every two years with a new CPU and video card... or a weeks holiday some where nice... It covers the insurance and car tax for a whole year.

Meanwhile they're still complaining about money being tight and ignoring every bit of sensible, logical and down right brilliant advice I give them.

But then again... phone snobbery and perceived elitism is more important to some than others.

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They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

The Dogs Meevonks

I've still got one that's used a lot

I kinda like the ability to set up a load of alias addresses that feed back into the same account. I use my hotmail for spam, if I need to sign up for any web based account... a new alias is created just for that site.

So if I start getting spam to a specific email address... I can trace it back to the precise company that's sold on my info without my consent (I NEVER give my consent to anything).

Very handy now that GDPR is in effect. I'm actually kinda looking forward to reporting the breaches at the moment. :)

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While you were basking in the sun, the relentless march of the Windows-maker continued

The Dogs Meevonks

I'm still using an intellimouse from 16yrs ago, one of the 5 button ones that's attached to my mediaserver along with one of the MS multimedia keyboards (1.0A) that's even older.

Both work flawlessly still, because MS used to make good gear back then... Not sure I'd trust them anymore... especially as they'll probably bundle some way of harvesting your data with it now... Cynical... me... Experience proves I need to be.

I especially like the fact I can remove the top of the keyboard casing and literally wash it to get rid of all the gunk, dust, hair and so forth that gets down between the keys... Far better than having to pull all of the keycaps of of my current corsair (RGB) gaming keyboard on my gaming machine to clean that properly... and then the seemingly endless task of double checking you've got each key in the right position when putting it back together... Because there's always a few you position incorrectly.

So whilst brining back the mouse may be a good thing for us oldies for some nostalgia. I won't be getting one because my old one still works fine, and if it ever breaks I still have the wireless version of it in a drawer.

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Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email

The Dogs Meevonks

There needs to be a minimum rate set per email for these kinds of things... and it needs to be excessive to the point that 'risking' it becomes prohibitive and financially critical.

5 million emails at say 50p each... that'd make them think twice.

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WD's Purple reign continues: 12TB helium disks for vid spy tech

The Dogs Meevonks

I'm running an 8TB one of these in my mediaserver, to serve up video to devices around the house and it can easily hit transfer rates of 200mb/s across SATAIII... Which is handy when streaming to more than once device at a time.

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Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update

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Re: RE: BC

"As the unhappy owner of 3 Nexus 5s, 2 Nexus 9s, and 2 Nexus 6Ps i agree completely. Google doesn't have any quality control...Zero...None at all."

The fact that you have purchased just 3 devices multiple times and all of them badly flawed... only highlights that you really, really, really... need to do some proper research before buying any kind of technology in the future. :)

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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I haven't purchased a phone from a shop of any kind in almost 15years... I purchase everything online after doing a shit load of research into the best value for money vs performance.

I also have a rule that I won't pay more than £200 for a handset, it can't be at the lowest end of the market and it has to be as free from bloatware as possible... and it absolutely must be unlocked.

Up until the end of April I was using a wileyfox storm, which was (and still is)_ a great phone that cost me £180 new a few years ago... However the battery started to bulge and poped open the back cover in one spot, so I replaced with a Moto G5S Plus, which is a great little phone too... and cost me £196 (retail was around the £250-60 mark). It's not the first Moto G I've owned, but the G2 4G model was a little underpowered and lacking in ram for my use... That's not the case any more and it's easily as good as phones costing twice as much. The only thing it lacks (which I've never had a need for) is wireless charging. the fingerprint sensor is fast and easy to use, and positioned in a very easy to use place. The camera is decent enough (there's 2 on the back) and takes some great shots. The screen is crisp and clear, although it does wash out a little in bright sunlight (especially if you have a screen protector on it).

I may actually look into repairing the Storm as all it needs is a new battery... but it happened a week before I went away for 10 days and |I had to have a replacement quickly.

Long gone are the days when a premium price should be paid for a device... the upper end of the low range and the mid range market has matured to the point where it's every bit as good as the 'premium' end.... and paying 2 or 3 times as much for essentially the same thing is a fools choice.

Unless you want that fruity symbol.. in which case you have no choice but to pay a premium for something that's no better than a mid range android phone (discounting OS as they're a personal preference in my opinion).

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Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: I hope ICANN loses completely.

@The Nazz

I think you'll find it's roughly

"harte Scheiße, du verlierst, geh dich ficken"

Sadly it's not a single long word as you were hoping. :(

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Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

The Dogs Meevonks

I'm betting it couldn't handle a decent British banger and is more suited to those disgusting processed 'frankfurter' type things you get.

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Map app chaps Waze add shout-at-sat-nav support for Ford cars

The Dogs Meevonks

As others have pointed out, satnav has some big drawbacks.... I don't need it to navigate my way out of my home town, nor do I need it to get home again. I've owned cars with satnav since about 2005 but never use the incar ones anymore... Mainly due to out of date maps and excessive costs from manufacturers for replacements, or the complete discontinuation of support. using my phone is easier and far more accurate nowadays. My next car won't 'require' it as a list of preferred options unless it's part of a package that's included with my preferred ones (such as leather heated seats)

So like others, I use my brain and drive in the direction I need to until a point where I can no longer be certain of which direction to go. This can be anywhere from 50-90% of the journey already completed. It all depends on whether I've been to that part of the country before.

A group of friends once took our cars to the Nurburgring for a fun weekend, 4 cars and 3 different satnavs... each one trying to take us on different routes that could vary by up to 80 miles. Mine was the most accurate and direct at around 406 miles whilst a friends Garmin was trying to take us past, back and around adding nearly 80 miles to the journey. On the way back he blindly followed it instead of the rest of us and ended up missing the ferry we all caught... and we arrived 90 mins early for it.

I always take a look at the map before leaving, download a copy of the route onto my phone as well as surrounding areas in case of redirections, and I always check out the alternative routes offered to see if one is more direct and fuel efficient.

Luckily I grew up in an era where maps were used and I can actually read one.

But my biggest gripe with satnavs is currently with google maps, which now only marks your position with a big round dot, and doesn't change back into the directional arrow until you have started driving a few hundred yards... Which often leads to you starting out in the wrong direction when starting from being parked up.

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Vittorio Colao to say ciao to Vodafone as firm goes back to black

The Dogs Meevonks

Hardly surprising that they're a failing telco in the UK... given the appalling way they behave. Selling people broadband packages they have no intention of fulfilling, lying through their teeth about porting numbers (they don't even bother trying) and hoping that you'll accept whatever number they give you and lose your old one that you've had for years.

Do I sound bitter... damn right... Experienced all of that and more in the few weeks I had to suffer with them. Eventually got every single penny refunded after I had to threaten them with the regulator... But couldn't sign up for a new provider until the actually disconnected my service... phone line took 3 days longer than my broadband because I wanted the number they supplied terminated not accidentally ported by the new provider... who couldn't take on an active line and then port another number from a 3rd provider.

Customer service is a joke, would give TalkTalk a run for worst provider ever.

In the end, swallowed the hit and went with Zen, who have so far been hassle free, ported my number and actually provide a decent router.

Could have gotten it cheaper... but I value better service over cost for something as important as my access to porn... I mean, wholesome and family friendly browsing.

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

The Dogs Meevonks

My dad had parkinsons for 25yrs before he passed in 2016... I started taking him and my mum to the group each month, and even after he became to ill to attend himself... We both went along. Now I'm their go to tech guy (I'm not saying expert, because I'm far from it and still using W7 on all the systems I help out with) when anyone has issues. My mum is now on the management committee and I attend when I can (it's a 50m round trip on the last Weds of each month). Some times all I do is help set things up and do the teas/coffees and raffle draws. But they often have interesting talks and guest speakers and it's not always about parkinsons... It's a way for suffers and their families to meet others in the same boat and get help/advice/support from people who fully understand how hard it can be on whole families. They help us so much, it's the least we can do.

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The Dogs Meevonks

I've just helped a couple of people with W10 machines... my first ever experience with it... End result, both problems fixed in a few minutes, the majority of that time spent looking for where they moved the f'kin settings.

As for one problem... the old issue of windows re-installing the same printer every time it's plugged into a different USB port. FFS.

The other... a c*ntish PC shop installing software that nags people into thinking they need updates that cost money.

As both of these people are in their 50's & 60's and part of a Parkinsons group I volunteer at... I of course refused any payment and advised one to avoid that particular shop in future and come to me for advice/help.

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Open Internet lovin' Comcast: Buy our TV service – or no faster broadband for you!

The Dogs Meevonks

I ditched Sky last year due to the non stop price hikes that saw a 40Mb fibre (+phone) being priced at £46.99... and went to Virgin who offered 100Mb + Phone for £32... what a mistake that was. My average since Nov was less than 20Mb and I actually got one of their staff to admit that their network couldn't handle the traffic.

I got out of that contract with some refunds and so forth and went over to Vodafone... f'kin halfwits lied through their teeth about not being able to transfer my BT originated number from Virgin (they never even tried) and I cancelled that within a few weeks and have been refunded everything paid... so almost 4 weeks of internet for free and a phone line that was never used as Virgin kept my line/number open waiting for the number port... which costs me line rental.

I got so fed up with crapp companies that I bit the bullet and went with Zen... it's pricey at £50 a month for phone/full fibre and free calls 24/7... But it's been a hassle free journey so far. Line active within 2 days or ordering, internet within 7 days and so far getting 62Mb on a 77Mb line with more tweaking to be done (I know it can support 69Mb as I had that via Vodafone).

I also have to say that I'm impressed with the supplied router too... Far better than anything supplied by Sky/Virgin/Vodafone.

The moral of this story.... pay peanuts, get shat on by monkeys.

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Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Fill in the blanks; Average people do not care about _______, they care about _________

"Finally, has anyone outright been told by friends or family to download an app, just so that they can send you something?

The psas were correct, peer pressure IS dangerous, but I am not sure in the way they intended to convey."

I was on facebook until around 2011-2012 but deleted it and have never used it since... I was also on what's app but deleted that the day after it was bought by facebook.

I have virtually zero contact with a bunch of people because as they put it 'you're not on facebook' this in spite of the fact they have my email and mobile number... as well as knowing other ways to contact me.

The fact that they're become to lazy to do anything outside of facebook, is the perfect example of why i left and the perfect reminder to never ever relent and consider using it (or anything else owned by them) again.

Friendships take work... It's a two way street. I made the effort, I'd txt everytime I was coming to town, tried to arrange meetups and so forth... They couldn't be bothered to do anything that wasn't 'on facebook'. It's like they lost the ability to function as human beings without a phone and a FB app in front of their face. Those people are no longer considered friends... to quote Arnold J Rimmer... I've come to regard them as 'people I've met'

One of them did actually keep in touch via phone/txt but lives at the other end of the country from me... Trying to arrange to actually visit as none of the others have made the effort in the last 6 yrs, in spite of the fact he's come up several times to see them. It's tricky finding a time when both of us have free weekends as it's a 600m or so round trip for me. Can't be done in a single day.

I treat people as they treat me... so it's always funny when some one complains about the way they get treated... It's exactly what you do to others... Deal with it fuckwit.

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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Talk rhymes with Bork?

I love giving my 'Merkin' friends some lessons in English pronunciation.

Worcestershire is pronounced Wo-sest-eer-shy-ree

Leciester or Leiscetershire is Lay-Sest-eer & Lay-sest-eer-shy-ree

Sadly some of them caught on... so I started slipping in more innocuous ones instead. Can't wait for one of them to visit this summer... Gonna be fun. :)

Oh and I've convinced at least some of them that we call their version of 'football' kiddie rugby or hand egg. :)

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The Dogs Meevonks

I have never used TalkTalk and I never will, simply because of the stories I read about them on here and because of the leak they had a couple of years ago that they tried to cover up.

However... there are others just as bad. I've just got out of my Virgin media contract a little early because of 'utilisation' issues... Which basically means their network isn't capable of supporting the number of customers they have. This was proven over the course of several months by taking daily screenshots of various speed tests, that showed an average of 20Mbps on a 100Mbps line. Speeds would drop as low as 68Kbps but never higher than 30Mbps.

So I switched to Vodafone in March... and have already terminated my service because they couldn't even transfer my number. Confirmed with Virgin that they've never even requested it.

Virgins customer dept are pretty useless dealing with things, and you have to escalate a complaint and threaten to take it to the regulator before they respond.

Vodafone simply ignore ALL complaints, and you have to email the ceo nick.jeffery@ before they pay attention.

I am currently in limbo... there's a phone line with a temp number blocking the line... I'm still paying Virgin for a phone line and I can't get a new broadband provider installed until Vodaphone terminate the line... Because any new provider will try to take over the temp number and not my actual number.

The moral of this story... all 3 of these providers (TalkTalk, Virgin & Vodafone) are a bunch of lying, deceptive, unfit for purpose feckwits... and No one should ever use them at all.

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

The Dogs Meevonks

Firefox + the following plugins

Noscript

Ublock origin

Privacy Badger

Disconnect

Might not block everything, but it's great place to start. I also block googleanalytics as well as other things from google.

I also use duckduckgo exclusively for search results... the only time I search for anything with google is when I actually need something immediately whilst out and about and have no choice but to use my phone... But these searches are usually trivial such as a location or number of a business or the most common one... settling an argument by asking if a certain actor/actress was in a certain movie and so forth.

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Re: Ever-shrinking menu options

'Gazpaco'

I wanted to complain on twitter about the Gazpacho soup my local Weatherspoons served me... it was completely cold and I had to ask 3 times for it to be sorted out.

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The Dogs Meevonks

Re: I guess he's taking back control ....

We're a Smeeeg xxxxxxit

Yes, and a total one at that.

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Super Cali's frickin' whiz kids no longer oppose us: Even though Facebook thought info law was quite atrocious

The Dogs Meevonks

If anyone thinks for a second that as soon as the whole FB/CA privacy thing is blown over with whatever is the latest piece of scandal.. that FB won't be back supporting this as quietly and from as much distance as they can muster... then you're all fools. :)

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Facebook admits: Apps were given users' permission to go into their inboxes

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Re: RE: Are there really so many people so stupid...

I wouldn't call any of those people who ignored anything to do with their privacy 'stupid' as others have done. But when those same people who have been warned and made fully aware about the dangers... ignore it all and carry on blindly... they're not stupid... they are simply wilfully ignorant.

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Facebook back in court fighting claims it nicked British data centre IP

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Reputation

Except they'd change it slightly to avoid being called on their theft... so it would read more like

'Don't get caught being Evil'

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One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

The Dogs Meevonks

'Nuke from orbit'

It's the only way to be sure

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: Sorry, I still don't get it...

On some tracks the pit lane is shorter and quicker when under a safety car scenario... But I couldn't tell you which ones exactly. I think Silverstone may be one of them though.

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Re: Sorry, I still don't get it...

Only the middle part of the pit lane is limited. the entrance and exits before/after the speed limit markers aren't covered by a limit. This means that cars can enter the pit lane at near race speeds and rejoin the track at near race speeds.

So whilst LH was going around at the VSC speed of let's say 130kmh (arbitrary and guesswork figure), SV was able to enter the pit lane faster and leave faster... and providing his sector times were within acceptable limits he was fine... and because he was in the pit lane... he never crossed the start/finish line to end that 3rd sector or start the 1st one on the next lap in the same manner a car on the track would have.

We've seen this time and time again, a lucky pit stop when a safety car has been deployed (virtual or actual) can make or break a race for a driver.

What I'd actually like to see is cars going back to mechanical grip rather than aerodynamic which disturbs the air so much that cars cannot follow close enough to be able to overtake... which makes the races dull and predictable and relies on overtaking gimmicks like KERS and DRS that don't really add anything useful.

If they removed 50% of the aero packages currently in use and allowed things like active suspension again... You see closer racing, higher speeds and hopefully more over taking and exciting races.

I had hoped that the new owners were going to bring some of that to the sport... But it may take so long to make the sport good again... that my interest in it may be something that cannot be reignited.

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: if you search for my real name online

That may have some validity to it, however I also try to fudge that data by some of the following methods.

1: Use a browser that I rarely ever use

2: Never run the browser full screen

3: Use privacy mode

4: Use as many plugins as possible to block scripts/ads/trackers/cookies

So I'll use Chrome if I ever want to log into a google service, but not for anything else. I use firefox with a vpn, privacy mode and all of the plugins mentioned for general browsing. I'll use tor from time to time just for the hell of it... and I am 'forced' to use IE when I want to watch the F1 via sky go... because it's the only browser those fuckwits now support because of their insistence on using outdated and obsolete silverlight... But that browser is 'never' used for anything else.

I refuse to use Windows 10, and since they tried to force it upon people without consent... have turned of auto updates and triple check every update before allowing it to be installed. So for example.. I have to keep hiding the KB2952664 for example (amongst others) which they keep trying to slip in first as 'recommended', and now as 'important'... I NEVER install anything 'recommended' and only allow 'important' after checking out what it does exactly.

I have never 'googled' myself or anyone else via a mobile device... and I currently own a wileyfox which has extra privacy measures built in... and one of the first things I do with any phone is disable chrome (and a load of other baked in apps) and install firefox. I keep location data turned off unless I actually need to use it.

I can't stop it all... But I can make it as useless as possible... and I'm always looking for other ways to thwart this data harvesting.

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The Dogs Meevonks

I do my utmost...

to make any data collected about me next to worthless. A combination of plugins which include ad blockers, script blockers, social media widget blockers and of course cookie blockers.

I also use more than one browser, having specific browsers for specific tasks, so that they cannot collate any data about any other site I visit. I use a VPN so that my ISP cannot collect data on what I'm doing... Just the quantity of bandwidth I'm consuming.

I have no facebook account, I don't use twitter although I do have an account and I don't allow 99% of social apps anywhere near my phone. I use fake names for most sites and I use a variety of usernames/handles across forums and so forth to further make it hard to link me to anything I do online.

I take my privacy very seriously... and if you search for my real name online, even if you search for me via the town/city I live in... You find nothing directly linked to me... Trust me, I've tried.. or rather... I've tested the effectiveness of my attempts to thwart data collection. So far... it's worked rather well.

So remember... it's not paranoia if they really are trying to insidiously find out everything they can about you.

It's my privacy and my data... NO ONE is entitled to it at all.

But there's one thing that bugs the shit out of me... I do not consent to my private info being shared by anyone else. So when anyone gives their consent for an app to access their contacts... They are directly infringing on my privacy without consent. This is an area that has been ignored for far too ling and needs to be legislated against. It needs to be made illegal to harvest anyone elses data without their explicit consent... not via some other useless, ignorant, lazy, feckless, wanker who happily divulges my privacy at the drop of a hat.

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What a hang up: US big box biz Best Buy kicks Huawei to the curb

The Dogs Meevonks

10,000 Spoons = Not Irony

If you are quoting the Alanis Morissette song 'Ironic'. specifically the line '10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife'

That's not ironic... that's just fucking stupid.

It would be ironic if afterwards you discovered that a 'spoon' would have sufficed.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Dear Microsoft

Please go fuck yourself

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Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Paying for porn?

The ease of access to free internet porn... has ruined my enjoyment of porn... So much that I deleted everything I'd download over the years. With a few clicks I can get anything I want legit and without any snooping... and anyone who judges me for it can 'feck orf and shove a didlo up either front or rear bottom depending on gender and personal preference of course... because I'm more than happy to insult everyone equally.' :)

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The Dogs Meevonks

this is why...

And this is why I use a VPN, along with as many other privacy enhancing, anti tracking and snooping methods that I know of.

It's not a case of doing anything wrong... it's simply a case of 'It's MY PRIVACY and anyone and everyone else can FUCK OFF'

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Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

The Dogs Meevonks

The One Retailer you want to hear go out of business

If there's one retailer out there that you want to go bust... it's this bunch of arseholes.

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Blackout at Samsung NAND factory destroys chunk of global supply

The Dogs Meevonks

In my younger days, when we were drinking in our local... if we ever heard a glass smash... I always said 'well, looks like the price of beer is going up again'.

As soon as I read the title of the article and the first few lines... my immediate reaction was 'well, looks like the price of storage is going up again'.

Some things never change...

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Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics

The Dogs Meevonks

7 years... is that including time served or time off for good behaviour... So could the time spent behind bars be as low as 2 or 3yrs in reality?

Either way... not long enough.

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Virgin Media's Brit biz broadband goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Upset People

The Dogs Meevonks

affecting residential too

Outage is still ongoing as of this evening, and I've been told it will continue to be erratic until the 7th. Logs show it started on my residential line on the 28th and has been up and own more than a prozzies g string. Current outage has been on going for 11hrs so far.

So I cancelled my service based on the fact that they have been unable to provide the service I pay for over the last three months... 100mb service that has averaged less than 20mb since November.. Actually since before, but kept records since the 28th.

Signed up with new ISP thats been getting better reviews, new service active by the 12th and guaranteed to be 3 times faster than the miserable VM average or contract is void... And it.s cheaper too.

Only issue is that VM can be utter arsehats about transferring numbers back... But I'm gonna fight them all the way on this.. 12 months of shitty service has made me very angry and anything to hit them in the wallet is fine with me.

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UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: ISP's knows how to "game" speed checks.

Virgin Media are one of the worst for this... they host a speedtest server... so I refuse to use the server they suggest and opt for others closest to me... And I do comparative tests using the netflix based fast.com.

VM speetest is always at least 50% higher... whilst when I sel;ect non VM based servers or use fast.com, I get speeds ranging from next to nothing up to 20Mbps... with the worst one being 68kbps. Yup you read that right... as bad as a 90's dial up modem.

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Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online

The Dogs Meevonks

It's quite simple... ban the sale of any IoT device that does not meet minimum security standards*.

As for me... the number of IoT devices I have at the moment is '0' the number of IoT devices I plan on purchasing at any point in the future... also '0'

*Get actual security experts to determine what those minimum safe & secure standards should be.

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US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

The Dogs Meevonks

Please Screw Virgin Media Too

They're no better than 'Charter' in my opinion, over selling services that they know their network can't meet, over subscribing users in the same areas causing massive contention ratios and ridiculously low speeds. Blocking and throttling encrypted traffic such as VPN's and so forth, prioritising traffic to sites like speedtest, but not the Netflix fast.com so you get wildly different results done just seconds apart... and then trying to upsell you to a faster package.

I signed up to the last April.. I've been arguing with them since Nov about the speed issue that went to utter shit... and in some cases the 100mb service was registering just 68kbps... But rarely ever gets above 20Mbps and it crawls to a halt if you attempt to use a VPN at all (required for a lot of work from home types like me).

Contract is up in April, and I'm trying to get out of it early due to the shite service.

They need taking to task and fining heavily to such a degree that it makes it far to costly to do ever again... Because that's the only thing these 'screw the customer' companies understand... Bring them to their knees financially, revoke their licences. Force them to be honest or force them out of business.

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And lo! Crypto-coins came unto the holy land. And the wise decreed they must all be taxed

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: So how's this gonna work ?

"I don't know how the tax on assets works in Israel, but I'm presuming it's a capital gains system(rather than wealth tax) based on the article. Therefore it's probably 20-25% of the difference between the price you paid and the price you sold for."

That throws up an interesting conundrum then... because of you 'mine' them, you've not actually paid for them in anything other than time/energy/hardware. So when you sell them.. can you offset the original/susequent time/energy/hardware costs against the sale price and then only pay on the profit.

As it's increasingly hard for anyone to mine new bitcoins, and they are close to reaching the maximum number of bitcoins (so no more can be produced)... It's almost impossible for any average person to get in on the act... and I wish I hadn't sold my few several years ago before the bubble grew so large at the end of last year... Instead of paying of my car... it would have paid of my mortgage... But at least it was untaxable at the time and I made a decent enough profit as I'd not bothered mining them for a couple of years anyway.

Makes me wish I'd mined more when I had the chance almost 8yrs ago instead of it being an experiment that cost me too much in extra energy use than I felt wasn't worth the returns (at that time).

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