* Posts by The Dogs Meevonks

56 posts • joined 31 Aug 2017

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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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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 ♫

The Dogs Meevonks

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

The Dogs Meevonks

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

The Dogs Meevonks

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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The Dogs Meevonks

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

The Dogs Meevonks

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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Talk about a hot mic: Dodgy Pixel mobe audio lands Google in court

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Every 30 months?

No... the average brainwashed consumerist changes there phone (and other things) every time something new a shiny comes along that claims to be better, shinier and more expensive.

The average, normal consumer changes their phone every 2-3 yrs.. My current phone is 2yrs old and I won't be replacing it this year unless it breaks. But after that, given it's a wileyfox, so no more support or security updates... I'll have no choice but to replace it simply for peace of mind and security.

Keeping a phone for 8yrs doesn't make 'you' normal..it makes you one of a very tiny minority.

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Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

The Dogs Meevonks

I have the Wileyfox Storm, and have been very happy with it over the last 2yrs, and I see no reason to get rid of it anytime soon. I was a little concerned after COS was dissolved, but they released an update to a new OS to sort out that issue, and security updates every few months, with the last one being Jan 2018.

My only downside with the phone is that the camera isn't great and can struggle to focus... But that's why I have a digital bridge camera... to take proper shots rather than crappy snaps with a phone camera... and no matter what any manufacturer says... all phone cameras take inferior shots when compared to any reasonable camera. They're about on par with the low end digital compact market... and we're talking cameras that cost £40-60, but phones still can't compete with optical zooms.

But the one thing I loved about the Storm, in fact the whole brand... was the extra layer of security & privacy features built in. Things that stock android simply cannot or will not do. Because of that I was going to replace my Storm with another Wileyfox next year... I guess my search for a decent replacement has to start over again.

RIP Wileyfox, you showed us what can be achieved and I am sad that you didn't penetrate the market better... I keep telling people about your phones... But you can't compete with the dumb brand mentality of some people. I spent ages convincing a family friend that a swift 2 was her best value for money option as her old Note 3 was failing... She took it all on board and then went out and bought a shitty £99 samsung POS because it was cheap, and that means VFM to her stupid mind. You can't fix stupid.

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Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Get real

Having just deleted my entire p0rn collection from my media server... Why wold anyone be storing it on a mobile device anyway? Are some of you that desperate for a quick shufty at work that you need assistance from some video.. does no one have an imagination or memory to revisit your greatest hits?

As for 'why' I deleted everything I had... I got bored with it... ease of access to internet p0rn has ruined my enjoyment of all p0rn. :(

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I've said this before... what's the point of having mSD cards of this size when the devices they go into are still stuck in the 'relatively speaking' dark ages of storage.

Most low/mid range phones/tablets/dashcams and so forth don't take anything larger than a 32GB card, and those that can take larger cards seem to max out at either 64GB or 128GB.

My phone has a 64GB card in it but will take a 128, my tablet has a 128 in it already.

My nextbase dashcam... only supposed to support 32GB but has a 64GB installed without any issues so far.

On the other hand... it's become the trend for manufacturers to remove the ability for extra storage from devices altogether... rendering larger capacity cards (or any size really) pointless once more.

Perhaps in 5yrs when phones are coming with better equipped storage slots capable of using larger capacity cards... they'll find a market. But it's equally as likely that there will be very few devices that can make use of them outside of cameras... and any semi knowledgeable photographer/videographer will know to have a multiple storage devices and swap them out constantly when doing some work 'just' in case one corrupts and you won't lose anything. As happened to the wedding photographer of a couple I know... they got a friend to do it who had decent gear and could take decent shots... but had a single storage card for his camera, took hundreds of shots and then ended up with a corrupt card and lost everything... Even I know to keep a couple of 16GB SD cards handy for my 'bridge' camera for that very reason.

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'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: I learned a new word today

It's probably worth noting that the US and UK explanations of what 'Felching' is... are not always the same.

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Joke

At least it's better than Vuja-De... the feeling that you're about to experience something you have before.

But i think that these malware slingers were hoping that Scooby-Vu wasn't a factor either... Because that's the feeling that you'd get away with something if not for those pesky kids.

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

The Dogs Meevonks

Articles like this don't help the debate, they hinder it.. Discrimination occurs in ALL places and to ALL types of people of ALL races/cultures/genders and all the other differences that people use to differentiate or label others with.

The only real thing that is different is the number/frequency with which this happens.

To dismiss ANY of them in such a manner as this article does is in itself discriminatory.

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US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Republicans never *really* gave up on the whole slavery thing

I've been sat here with my popcorn reading all of the replies to my original comment and being highly amused.

So to pick a few replies to comments made... not going into the trolling side at all.

1: Don't hate western culture... I'm from the UK... we kinda invented it and then watched as the US perverted it for profit. :P

2: Brexit... I voted to remain... I think it's the dumbest thing to happen in this country for decades... and the same idiots who voted for it would probably have voted for Trump if they'd been born in the US.

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The Dogs Meevonks

The More I read About the US of A....

The more it appears to be devolving into a 3rd world country.

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TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Shall we block email too?

"And just to be safe, perhaps we should add DNS to the list..."

ISPs _could_ redirect all port 53 requests to their own servers to prevent people circumventing their blocks. Just be glad they don't (yet).

They already do, unless you encrypt traffic.

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The Dogs Meevonks

Up until I left in April, I was on a 40Mb fibre package and could get on average 38Mb of those rated speeds, and throttled my incoming speeds through my VPN to 30Mb to avoid swamping my network and allow me to still do other things.

They also gave me a 10Mb upload ratio, whilst Virgin give you a pathetic 5Mb... As soon as I can, I'm off... will be giving BT a try next if they offer me a decent price.

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The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Begs the question(s) ...

Begs the question(s) ...

- what other ISPs are interfering with their customers traffic

- how ?

- why ?"

I'm pretty certain that Virgin media are throttling any encrypted traffic that goes through a VPN, because I get 1/10th of the rated speeds when using it.

I've double and triple checked with my VPN provider and they have assured me that no traffic management was being applied to my traffic, they even informed me that at some of the times I've reported bad speeds I was on servers that showed less than 5% load. I also have proof (screenshots) that when I was using Sky Fibre, I was getting about 8/10th of my rated speed, and was in fact throttling my own speeds to avoid swamping my inbound connection.

VM as usual are of no help, refuse to admit that they are doing this and have so far refused to compensate me for the degradation.

Currently battling with them to severe my contract over it being a breach of contract so I can feck of somewhere decent instead.

My experiences with VM have been shocking, from the bodged install where the engineer caused damage to my property, failed to fix and only paid for the damages after months of complaining... to the time when they charged my elderly mum £99 for using 800mb f extra data when their own app told her she needed to turn wifi off to authenticate... and then refused to refund her... End result is the loss of two mobile phone contracts (hers and mine) and as soon as I can get out of my landline/fibre contract I'm leaving... and all because of their nasty immoral and downright insidious business practices.

VM can go f*ck themselves.

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Ghostery, uBlock lead the anti-track pack

The Dogs Meevonks

I'm currently using a combination of Adblocker ulitmate, Privacy badger, Disconnect and Noscript... In the past I did also use ghostery, but dropped it because it wasn't doing it's job very well, and then discovering it could be phoning back data to it's devs.

Noscript is an essential tool for everyone in my opinion, and whilst the new version has some flaws, it's improved a lot since it was updated to work with the new Firefox Quantum.

Any website that shows an adblock complaint, is normally ignored and immediately added to the noscript block lists... as are sites that try to load dozens of scripts. My mum asked me to send an xmas card to her niece in Canada... but when moonpig wanted to load more than 40 scripts... I refused.

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Germany says NEIN to purchase incentive for Tesla Model S

The Dogs Meevonks

As some one who bought into the govt push to encourage people to buy diesels in the previous decade to save money (and I did, going from a sporty V6 petrol car that got me 22-32 depending on roads/distance driven to 45-60mpg in a larger, heavier and yet more comfortable diesel saloon)... I'm wary of anything that is being pushed as the new thing to have for the environment...

Electric cars are not a solution, they don't cut emissions as they simply transfer the emissions from the exhaust pipe to the power stations. Range anxiety, slow charging and so forth are of no use to anyone who is required to travel any reasonable distance in an expected time... I'm sure employers would love to hear how your shiny new environmentally friendly vehicle took you an extra 2hrs to get to the site and begin work.. because you had to charge it up halfway there... Or for those who make multiple visits to multiple clients, often in places with no access to chargers at all.. meaning yet another stop to recharge your vehicle enough to make it to the next needed mini top up.

Fuel cells on the other hand ARE a decent and viable solution, and as a short term fix, hybrid cars should be what people are looking to purchase until such a time as govt/business gets of their arse and puts the infrastructure in place to refuel fuel cell vehicles.

All electric vehicles are a con and the intention is to convince people to BUY MORE CARS and prop up a floundering economy caused by Labours incompetence and the Tories greed and desire to punish any one who's not rich... and god help you if you are sick or disabled... because they really loathe those types and want to see them suffer more and more each day.

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Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Because you can't be arsed

I found that out yesterday, thought I'd got some kind of infection that all of my security/protection had missed.

Nope... just the fact that NoScript 10.1.3 was the culprit... I returned to 10.1.2 and everything was fine again... after double checking and comparing to another system that doesn't get firefox updated as often.

Today after retesting this afternoon after a fresh boot... all is good again and 10.1.3 works once more... But I am having to relearn some sites... once of which was an internal one to my mediaserver.

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Crypto-jackers enlist Google Tag Manager to smuggle alt-coin miners

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Google Tag Manager allows marketers to create code to dynamically inject JavaScript snippets

Been saying this all along, NoScript is one of the most essential tools people require... and I'm so glad that it's been updated for Firefox Quantum as there was about 4-5 days I had no protection this week.

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Sky mobe ad featuring beefcake Tom Hardy banned for being 'misleading'

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Re: No Less Misleading Than

Except that BOGOF aren't really get two at half price... because they normally raise the price first... So originally it would have been £2.50 for a single one, but now you can get 2 for £3.50 instead.

I saw an offer in one supermarket last week... Buy a multipack (4 items) and save money at just £6.... or buy 4 individual items for £1.40 each (£5.60).

Until they are fined heavily for such deceptive practices... they will continue to lie, cheat and mislead consumers in what ever way they think they can get away with... because there's no ACTUAL punishment for doing it.

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Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

The Dogs Meevonks

What could have been a good idea... was immediately pounced upon, abused and misused by anyone who thought they could earn a few extra $£.

As such it's now considered nothing more than malware by almost everyone who understands it... and if you're not blocking scripts already... perhaps this is the wake up call you need to start doing so.

It's not 'dodgy' sites that are using this kind of malware, 3rd party vendors are injecting it into more popular sites that are deemed 'more respectable'... I say 3rd party... because that's who always gets blamed when these things are discovered.,, But who knows for certain... 'we got hacked' is heard all to often to cover up any blunder or fuck up... it's the IT equivalent of crying wolf.

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Real Mad-quid: Murky cryptojacking menace that smacked Ronaldo site grows

The Dogs Meevonks

This is why the NoScript plugin has become one of the most essential things any user needs... Been using it for years and have already been able to block attempts to run this kind of code... domains like coinhive are also now blocked at the source.

If you don't run anything to block scripts, you only have yourself to lame when/if something dodgy happens to your system.

I'd also recommend privacybadger and a good adblocker as the minimum steps every user should take.

Lastly... ditch chrome/edge and use firefox... I can't comment on browsers like safari or others as I've never used them.

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Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

The Dogs Meevonks

Great another drive that's going to cost extreme amounts of money whilst the smaller capacities remain at the same high prices the cartel has been fixing them at for the last 6yrs.

Meanwhile those of us who would welcome a drop in prices like they used to for the previous 15yrs as larger capacities were introduced are stubbornly refusing to purchase any more drives until prices fall to sensible levels once more.

A 4TB drive has hovered around the £115 mark for the last 5yrs whilst larger capacities have been brought in at an average of £35 per TB increase... and those prices have remained there ever since. with barely more than a couple of % change.

If they want sales to pick up... try selling them at reasonable prices... You'd get a few sales from me in the 6TB range... or if the price was right 5x5TB

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UK lotto players quids in: Website knocked offline by DDoS attack

The Dogs Meevonks

I only play the lottery when it's a guaranteed jackpot win of more than 24 million... Once it passes that mark, it has to be won the following draw.. so even if no one gets all 6, it gets shared between 5+ Bonus and so forth.

You might get a smaller amount, but the chances drop from 45 million to 1, down to around 15 million to 1... or roughly what it was before they added an extra 10 numbers to make it harder.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: This does miss a question out....

The true measure of any company is what they do when things go wrong. So providing the service you pay for isn't a measurable factor really.

So I guess that means 0% :)

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Re: Skie

I've had problems with Sky, like the constant drop outs every night around 12-2am, the utter POS router that can't do 5ghz wifi or gigabit lan and can barely do 2.4ghz wifi at all... Can't get a reliable or stable signal if you move further than 5-6m away from the router.

Contract was up so I called for a better deal... spoke with a drone who was rude and uninterested... didn't give a crap that I'd been a customer at this address for almost 8yrs and a previous address for 7yrs. Told them what I could get elsewhere and didn't care... So I switched to VM and am saving £15 a month whilst getting a 100mbps connection instead of less than 40mbps... their router may not be perfect but it's a 100 times better than the Sky POS.

But the worst parts was Sky trying to charge me after I had already left... Cue complaints and disputes to them regarding their actions... they failed to deal with the complaint, failed to send me an accurate bill and passed details to a debt collection agency which they cannot do when an account is in dispute. Ignore all contact from DCA and made complaint to both offcom and ICO.

VM on the other hand have resolved all of the issues... They failed to give me the same package as I had with Sky, resolved at their expense, engineer damaged some skirting whilst fitting the new box... resolved and compensated.

When current contract with VM is up next April, I'll look around for better deals again... I think switching each year is the way to go, I don't use any TV services as I have netflix & prime and FVHD and can pretty much watch anything I want at any time... So why pay for a bunch of channels I neither need or watch.

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