* Posts by Dave Lawton

192 posts • joined 29 Aug 2007

Page:

Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

Dave Lawton
Alien

Re: 1,097m (3,599ft)

Is this the mountain/cog railway described in Julian May's Intervention ?

If it is, how close are the descriptions please ?

Inquiring minds wish to know.

0
0

ICO fines Morrisons for emailing customers who didn't want to be emailed

Dave Lawton
Unhappy

A more appropriate response would be "We shouldn't have done this. The manglement responsible have decided to seek fresh opportunities elsewhere.".

A shame that it probably won't happen (I can hope can't I ?)

0
0

Majority of contractors distrust HMRC's IR35 calculator, survey finds

Dave Lawton

Yes, blame the tool

When it first was released (I haven't checked it since, but I doubt it has changed), the only question that was of significance was 'Are you allowed to substitute', it didn't matter what you answered to the rest.

If you answered 'Yes, I am', then you were outside IR35, if you answered 'No, I'm not' then you were inside IR35.

From what I can see, this is the usual heavy handed approach from HMRC, relying on the agencies, and some public organisations allowing themselves to be bullied, instead employing some capable lawyers, and forcing the issue, relying on the evidence, & results from the last time HMRC tried it on.

There are public organisations who have stuck two fingers up to HMRC, and told them quite plainly 'NONE of our contractors fall within IR35'.

I would like for someone who is close to Jeremy Corbyn, to ask him to publicly promise to repeal IR35 as soon as he takes office (Hey I can hope, can't I).

3
0

BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

Dave Lawton
Coat

How did everybody miss this ?

A 'gun range for the blind'

Definitely a LOL moment there.

1
0

All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

Dave Lawton

Re: Where are Offcom?

You could go to Plusnet. Yes, I know that they have had a slating recently for crap customer service but...

I've been with them for internet only since 2005 ( perhaps earlier), and have just moved my phone service as well. Business use, was paying 250 per quarter for two lines & internet. Went down to one line, now paying 76 per quarter all in, with unlimited calls (UK & Mobile).

Worth considering ,YMMV.

0
0

Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

Dave Lawton

Re: M$ Long History

The Windows 95 user interface was widely recognized as superior to anything else available.

But it is a poor copy of another UI, with most of its features either missing or implemented badly.

3
1

LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

Dave Lawton
Coat

Where do they get their ideas ?

No expandable memory, no removeable battery, & no headphone jack.

Three times the price of the Wileyfox Swift which has all the above.

Mine lasts 4 days on one charge.

0
0

ARM draws new Mali GPUs

Dave Lawton
Coat

Broadcasting from your cellphone to the internet.

Shirley not ?

Playing Live streams on your phone, maybe ?

0
0

Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

Dave Lawton

DTP for Windows - try Ovation Pro

http://http://www.davidpilling.info/cd/main.html

0
0

Second 'dimmer switch' star spotted

Dave Lawton

Ringworld 'Under Construction'

As title.

Yes, I know it's unstable :)

0
0

Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

Dave Lawton

Now that someone's mentioned Tennant

How about Christopher Eccleston

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001172/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

4
0

'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

Dave Lawton
Angel

Re: Most Surprised

Ah, no the original is

Acorn RISC Machine

0
0

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

Dave Lawton

Re: Blocking legitimate posts?

You need F.B. Purity http://www.fbpurity.com/

3
0

Hilton hotels' email so much like phishing it fooled its own techies

Dave Lawton

@ Nameless Faceless Computer User

1) Reject HTML emails as SPAM

2) Don't click on email links.

3) Don't open email attachments.

4) Trust no one.

FTFY

0
0

Virgin signs up record ultrafast broadband subs

Dave Lawton

Re: New homes pah!

Not here :-

Welcome to Cable My Street!

It doesn’t look like our cables reach your corner of the country just yet. But by registering your interest, you could help bring Virgin Media services to your area!

Not likely to happen :( (the cabling, that is)

0
0

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

Dave Lawton

Re: My only Win 10 laptop is now borked too

@Andy Non

Can't help with your W10 issue, but as far as updating your TomTom goes,

install Virtualbox on your Mint machine, and run a minimalist guest of XP, or

W7, no need for W10 then. Works for me.

HTH

6
0

Australian spooks' email guide banishes MS Word macros, JavaScript

Dave Lawton
Holmes

No HTML emails

Most of the exploits require it to obfuscate what they are doing.

So remove the ability to send them, and set the email client to only read in Plain Text mode.

Hardly rocket science.

5
0

My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

Dave Lawton

Re: Email alternative

Might be worth looking at Claws Mail with the vCalendar plugin.

2
0

Next month's Firefox 48 is looking Rusty – and that's a very good thing

Dave Lawton
Coat

Re: Won't see it here

@ Charlie Clark

Not bloody likely.

I do have other options.

If enough people who matter abandon it ...

0
0
Dave Lawton
FAIL

Won't see it here

On esr, had to rollback to 38.8 after the 45.2 replacement disabled all my add-ons (possibly not CTR), without any chance to abort.

Looking for a good replacement, with devs who care about the user, not Chrome, Otter, or Qupzilla.

Realistic suggestions for 64-bit Linux please.

1
0

Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

Dave Lawton

Re: Do you have any tea? @Dave Lawton

@Triggerfish

Yes, 'twas aimed at you. Thanks for the info, much appreciated.

Further Q. What easily available brands on sale in the UK, might you recommend please ?

0
0
Dave Lawton

Re: Do you have any tea?

Would you enlighten us on the location please ?

What is the name of the brand on sale in the UK please ?

0
0

Dell sockets it to 'em with Xeon server upgrades

Dave Lawton

Prices

Some typical prices would have been useful.

0
0

Buggy vote-counting software borks Australian election

Dave Lawton
Boffin

Counting is HARD

Isn't that why we use computers to do it for us ?

8
0

Crappy sandwiches, cantankerous nerds: Put user back in user group

Dave Lawton

Access denied

Seriously WTF

0
0

Chrome 49 goes live as Google pays bug mercs $51k to patch 26 holes

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Ditched for Linux ?

My Chrome Version 48.0.2564.109 on Kubuntu 14.04 now announces on start-up that no more updates will be available.

0
0

Head transplant candidate sells souvenirs to fund operation

Dave Lawton
Coat

"I will fear no evil" 1970

3
0

Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Dave Lawton

Re: I'll probably hang on a while to see how it shakes out

Have you looked here :-

http://askubuntu.com/questions/565516/can-linux-play-blu-rays

0
0
Dave Lawton
FAIL

Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? You should

@LDS

It's worse than that, some of the pages refuse to load at all now, if you have Javascript turned off.

1
0

Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

Dave Lawton

Re: AlternitiveOS

There is also a version of Mint that uses KDE as a desktop.

This might be more familiar since this is closer (on the surface) to the W95 et al style desktop.

There are also quite a few other distributions that have KDE as default desktop.

0
0

MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

Dave Lawton

Re: Showoffs

No, I got an Samsung Galaxy S2 to replace my HTC Desire, and a second one a little later (long story), gave me nothing but pure love for the device, which I also had when I owned Nokia phones. Now I'm on my second S2 and I have nothing but good things to say about them.

In my circle of friends, family and work colleagues, getting highly annoyed with an iPhone seems to be a common occurrence, they all got Androids because of their bad experiences, not to show off.

FIFY

0
1

Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

Dave Lawton

Re: A multi-platform world?

We HAD a multi-platform world, until Gates came along and did his best to bury it.

So you could say that he set computing back by 40 years, and a bit, since we still don't have the diversity we had, although we are approaching it.

1
3

The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

Dave Lawton

Re: Planet Rock is not on FM

Yes, but that is a quite recent development.

I could be mistaken, but I think that was one of the things Bauer Media changed shortly after they took over Planet Rock.

0
0

Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

Dave Lawton

@Midnight

Upvote for the excellent B5 Z reference.

1
0

Document Foundation pledges Office 365 and Google Docs challenger

Dave Lawton

@wolfetone

Have you logged the problems in the bug tracker ?

https://bugs.documentfoundation.org//

2
0

BT set to undercut rivals with return to mobile biz

Dave Lawton
FAIL

OMG

I thought things couldn't get worse when T-Mobile was subsumed by Orange, but they did :(

I have major history with BT, every single thing they've ever done for me, they've managed to screw up, so you can imagine my despair when I heard that they were taking over EE.

I just wish we had proper alternatives, and a regulator with teeth, sigh.

4
1

Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

Dave Lawton

Re: Since I have no desire to do the job...

I have an alternative to your No.1

Select the MPs by something similar to the way jury service is done.

We surely couldn't end up with anything worse than the current shower.

Oh, and anyone who says they'd love the job is automatically disqualified.

0
0

Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

Dave Lawton
Angel

A real alternative

Built from scratch by a number of dedicated devs, owes nothing to any browser mentioned here.

NetSurf - http://www.netsurf-browser.org/

1
0

HP's great – I prefer it on bacon rather than my printer, though

Dave Lawton
IT Angle

Re: Other Broon Sausces are available

@ Anonymous Coward

Unfortunately for you, Daddies is now one of HP's brands :(

So if you want to be HP free, then Branston, Hammonds, or Heinz should be your choice.

0
0

ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

Dave Lawton
Boffin

Re: More than a coincidence?

@VinceH

What is the computer please ?

I can think of a few candidates, but none of them particularly likely.

0
0

Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

Dave Lawton
Happy

Re: The difference

A few things you may not know about :-

http://www.armini.co.uk/iMX6doc.pdf

http://www.riscository.com/2015/armx6-formally-announced/#more-3548

http://www.riscository.com/2014/show-report-london-2014/ Richard Keefe - Impression-X

http://www.mw-software.com/ ArtWorks 2.X2

http://www.davidpilling.net/ovationpro/opr.html

0
0

Excitement in boffinry circles as GIGANTIC ALIEN RING BLOTS OUT SUN

Dave Lawton
Coat

Rings, not a single ring ?

Come back Louis Wu, all is forgiven.

0
0

Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

Dave Lawton

Another Browser

Have you tried Netsurf ?

http://www.netsurf-browser.org/

0
0

Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

Dave Lawton
Linux

Re: Support is impossible

Just before anyone gets confused, no, the above isn't me, I recommend Mint, Kubuntu(LTS), OpenSUSE, and if you must, Win 7 Pro 64.

1
0

BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

Dave Lawton

Re: Well that's just great news!

That doesn't actually stop them from actually taking the amount up to a week before it is due (or before the date they have just notified you of).

Happened to me several times.

0
0

The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Re: Well I never

Well that's crossed it off my Christmas list :(

Why oh why did they have to use a POS intel proc.

0
0
Dave Lawton
Holmes

Well I never

It's an Android tablet !

0
0

Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Re: Start with the basics

HSBC retired the RSA tokens, and replaced them by a device the size of a small calculator which you have to use the keys to enter a PIN, before it will generate the 'random' number to enter into the form on the website.

I have to have 2 because they couldn't make two different accounts work with the same device.

1
0

VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

Dave Lawton
FAIL

Re: Technics SL-1210's

Only fit for home use.

Unless you had some rather large concrete blocks to stand them on.

Don't think I ever came across something with such poor acoustic decoupling.

Utterly useless for live use with a decent size PA.

0
0
Dave Lawton

Re: Wot - No LP12?

Slightly off track, has anyone heard of a source for the drive belt for the Connoisseur (SP?) BD1 ?

0
0

Page:

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017