* Posts by saabpilot

36 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

Amazon confirms it locked Microsoft engineer out of his Echo gear over false claim


Smart or Not

I guess he now has realised, having a smart home is ok, but giving control to someone else isn't smart.


A bit unfair

He is probably a younger engineer who's grown up with the interweb, and just did everything easy as the supplier made it. It's us long in the tooth engineers, that have a different attitude from growing up in different times, and learning the lesions of life. Which I guess he now has: Having a smart home is ok, but giving control to someone else isn't smart. relying on the law to protect you, takes an eternity and only make lawyers rich and you poor.

Gen Z and Millennials don't know what their colleagues are talking about half the time


Zoomers what about Boomers

As a recently retired boomer, I am SOOOOO glad i don't have to hear all that BS any more!

As a boomer Ii don't understand half of that sh1t3 as well. One day everyone will start using normal English, and the David Brent types will be forced into self-isolation, along with their self-identification, so the rest of us can permanently avoid them.

Good news for UK tech contractors as govt repeals IR35 tax rules


Re: Contractors rejoice

Dream on!

This is only an announcement of intent.

If it's like the rest of their intents and diabolical execution, they wont DELIVER it. Don't forget contractor are reliant on the contract being offered by the company. They will be very reluctant to pay "high contractor rates" whilst all their costs are running out of control. The work will continued be off-shored, as they are no additional financial risks by doing so.

I will wait to see what Acts of Parliament are actually passed into law first. As this non-budget has not received the scrutiny (OBR et-al) that is required for "a Finance Act".

Phone jammers made my model plane smash into parked lorry, fumes hobbyist


Sort out your Jouno's

Mobile phones dont use the 2.4GHz spectrum.


Re: Once Upon A Time, A Long Time Ago........

And Take Over of model aircraft was also a problem after discovert of the freq they were using by looking at the colourd flag on the anttenna. so expensive model start to use encryption protocols.



This problem is really inevitable if you confine everything to one small spectrum that was originly designated "Free Radiation Band" under International Telecommunication Union, and UK's Wireless Telgraphy Acts, as it wasnt much use in telecom as it is also the resonant frequency of water so signals get absorb by the water vapor in the air. It was to be used by designers to dump their EM noise there, and became popular for other stuff. Because you didnt need a licence. something that was always difficault in the UK. We now have almost everything running in this band now. So it's totally jammed up.

The solution is to reallocate the RF spectum for MODERN unlicensed communications requirements as most of the spectrums allocation is historic going back to the 1940's and was controlled by the wireless comms indusrtry at that time.

Azure services fall over in Europe, Microsoft works on fix


Blue sky's No Clouds

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary


I feel sorry for the poor customer support person. Who no doubt went to check the details of the heatsink pad, couldmn't find it, so asked A Manager. And was then forced to tell the customer what he did.

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?


Nordpass Has anyone tested it as an alternative? does that track or do other naughty things?


Great article so Dashlane tracks as well -kind puts me off my planned migration to it from Last(timediuseit)pass. Guess I will investigate 1password.

Nominet shakes up system for expiring .uk domains, just happens to choose one that will make it £millions. Again


Sound like we need a new organisation that is not corrupted by greed for the benefit of all.

They have become what a lot of self-regulating body's become corrupt and self-serving. Not what Tim Berners-Lee initially envisaged. Time to rip it down and start again!

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told


Re: A plague on both your houses ...

The problem with the Orwellian state is the government of the day could not afford to implement it! Otherwise it would have done so before 1984. Now it doesn't have to. We the people, have done it for them, and spend £1000's every few years doing so! Don't think the Spy-Masters can't remotely turn on your camera, microphone, GPS, Bluetooth, or scan & extract your phones memory or even triangulate your location just using the 2/3G signal. Big bother has been watching you, and for a long time.


WTF They the government work for US we don't work for them. A public petition, simple to arrange on-line, to protest at the NON-NHS use of the data gathered, should be enough to stop that bit of money making scheme, by those scumbags who are in parliament to feather their own nests. Maybe the Data Commissioner should step in here, prove he's got some balls, as this data should be collected for Covid-19 track and trace purposes only. Or was the only person with honest intentions to enter Parliament, Guy Faulks.

Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!


Well well, the corruption does on and up

Fining the pittances it has, just isn't working. The business model is still profitable, else we would be having 60 call per person statistic. The ICO has got to grow some balls and step up to the plate.

Meanwhile the only solution I've found is to swear continuously at the callers in a non-stop barrage inc.insulting their parentage.

Curiously I've only had to do it about half a dozen times for a significant >80% drop in the nue-sence calls so I'm guessing there are only a small number of firms doing this, but pretending to be lots of different organisations.

Shame on the ICO that it doesn't seem capable of gumming them to death.

User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing




When will people learn: If anything can go wrong, IT WILL!

The person that didn't allow for that possibility in the first place is the CRETIN, not the user. They are users for a reason, otherwise they would be developers.

Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months


State Broadcasting

If GB want to have a State Broadcasting service, the state should pay for it. -simples

The whole idea of a license to watch TV is considered ludicrous by a lot of the world.

The BBC should be free to pursue commercial route to market, e.g TopGear-Tomtom, that was a good idea but demolished by stupid BBC contact rules. Its DG and board should be sacked, as its wasted every commercial opportunity to exploit its best content e.g. Top Gear, Dr Who (10 yrs in no mans land due to D.G. stupidity), Horizon, and others, in addition to its documentaries.

Why should the population pay a tax for simply having a TV.

The BBC is a last century enigma that should be put in a museum.


Re: instead I just watched TV

You total bastard! :¬)

How dare you jepodise the future of archived streaming

HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms


Re: It's not just about indvidual contractors

Unfortunately the average contractor cant afford the international tax lawyers required to setup a chain of parent shell companies in off shore locations and pay tax experts to use dodgy mechanisms like "loyalty fees" to extricate money tax-free to those off-shore tax havens. like Amazon Starbucks Google IBM et al do.

They are lucky if they can by into a second-hard car reselling business that runs with negative profits.


Re: @Rono666


They pay: road-tax, NI, PAYE (just like you) and Corporation Tax as well (something you don't have to pay).

So get YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT, before posting garbage here and acting like a twat!

LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW


Re: Well well, the corruption does on and up

Now how did that get into the title of my post ? cos I never typed that into it. it should have said something else "WTF@lastpass"

(It came from another response ages ago). guess its a cookie a buffer or something. or have I been hacked :)


Re: Security limbo

Now that a very scary thought


Re: OMG anrnt KeePass quick to get in on the postings

No I dont


OMG anrnt KeePass quick to get in on the postings

Just how many posters mentioning (selling) KeyPass in this thread work for them ?

I had it its not SSO its %$£P (imuho)


email finally

just got my email from Lastpass

We wanted to alert you that, recently, our team discovered and immediately blocked suspicious activity on our network. No encrypted user vault data was taken, however other data, including email addresses and password reminders, was compromised.

We are confident that the encryption algorithms we use will sufficiently protect our users. To further ensure your security, we are requiring verification by email when logging in from a new device or IP address, and will be prompting users to update their master passwords.

interesting use of other data by them.

Lastpass get your act together.


Well well, the corruption does on and up

Why am I only finding out about this from the PRESS.

We all should have had notification under Disclosure rules, morally if not in law.

Let hear your justification for paying customers to continue their subscription.

Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor


Does nobody use Engish anymore

Has everyone forgotten the CORRECT TITLE is "Physician" since M.D. would screw with the domains :)

Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Re: Plan Ten from Outer Space

How many episodes in this series? :)


Moffet MUS GO

Agreed both plot hole the size or planets and timeline errors.

Underdeveloped storylines (im being polite here) characterisation that would befit a failed script writer.

then the usual moffet trick of a random rabbit out of the hat to get him out of the deadend he's written himself into.

I (avid fan- except for the McCoy yrs) ) normally would make an effort to see DrWho but this series has just left me cold I really couldnt care if I watch it or not.

Next plot line for the Dr -- KILL MOFFET painfully as possible.

Facebook T&Cs vote falls 299.5 million short of quorum



I didn't even know about this. Been on face book at least dozen times over the the last month.

HOW MANY OTHERS DIDNT KNOW ABOUT THIS - it might account for the low vote count.

Stalkbook pulls another FAST one

Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech


Why is it any thread that gets over about 40 comments always desends into stupidity ?

Yes sexism exists from BOTH sides - get over it.


Apple fined $1.2m for flouting Italian warranty law


Pass the petty cash tin !

Hunt: Online file-sharing is a 'direct assault on freedoms'


Oi Muppet

Learn the LAW of the land !

Penis pill spam shrinks


OMG Help

How will my willy ever big as big again.

It means I will fail to be the "solution to every womans dream".

I will have an inferior willy. I cant be a real man. Should I end it all now ??

UK ICT classes killing kids' interest in tech

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cloud-9 not os-9

How many Technology teacher is schools would even know how to wire up a scope to do vector graphics let alone how to make the anaogue board, in the first place. Given the budget - total lack of for what used to be called ITD information Technology and design. which was the intergartion of 4 separate subjects when i was in skool.

ie MetalWork+WoodWork+TechnicalDrawing+Electonics into one subject hence 3/4 of the timetable recovered for "better subjects" you then remove the lathes drills etc cos the schhol cant afford the cost of speacial equipment and qualified teachers and insurance.

Then remove the soldering irons so the poor little darnings dont burn themselves and the parent sue the school - gotta be loadsa more money than the dole.

So then make the whole thing a very booooorrrrring paper exercise based around a well known project planning tool from billy boy - and hey youve turn a teenager into a " non technical Project Manager" omg have we got toomany of them in this world already.

But given everything is now made in china, does this matter ? State Skools only produce dole forder and middle managment types anyhow.

Mobile directory made legal threats to get personal details

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Opting out by going Ex directory - now i wonder what ...

Ive checked myself out and they dont appear to have me. Thankyou Orange !


Given their greedy attitiude to personal information - i wonder what happends to the data they accumalate for all those X-directory entrie requests they'll have on their webserver ? Will they sell that ? do i think i can trust their answers? em let me think .... yes/no ... yes/no .... yes/no....

.............................................NO I DONT not a word of it.

I must now bing and learn that Derick and Clive sketch, I need to be word perfect and ready for the 1st unsolicited sales call :)