* Posts by Gordon861

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Laughing UK health secretary launches COVID-19 Test and Trace programme with glitchy website and no phone app

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Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/28/nhs-will-keep-personal-data-of-people-with-coronavirus-for-20-years--uk-test-and-trace-programme

Telegraph (paywall so can't read it)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2020/05/28/nhs-fire-plans-store-track-trace-data-20-years/

New Statesman

https://tech.newstatesman.com/coronavirus/nhs-test-and-trace-privacy-doc-throws-doubt-on-apps-anonymity-claims

Expect to see The Register take on it soon.

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So you get a positive result on a test, quick WhatsApp to your friends "Who wants another two weeks off on full pay?"

End up reading off a long list of names and numbers to the friendly NHS Ttrack and Trace person. Yes this will go well.

I also heard a report on the radio earlier that the plan is to hold onto all contacts data for 20 years for 'research purposes'.

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin

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Re: I don't think this does as much as people think

That might have just been a reported incident. I often get a pop-up asking if the vehicle/mobil camera are still there.

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

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Re: Suggestions please...

How about an old mobile phone, running something like Plex, with a 3.5mm jack plugged into a pair of speakers?

Use a tablet and you can have video too.

Dixons Carphone to London Stock Exchange: Yay, we grew 2% in the festive quarter. Oh, hang on, no we didn't

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Re: Currys

Richer Sounds for TVs

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?

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Re: But How ?

PiHole is very simple to setup and can stop a lot.

LTT did a video and tutorial on it last year, link for convenience below:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1094810-pi-hole-setup-tutorial/

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Re: But How ?

Another Pi-Hole fan here, been running it since LTT did a setup tutorial last year.

Built a second one and added it to my parents home network and have been slowly moving devices over to it over the last few weeks, in case it turns out to block something they 'need'. Android phones are a pain to change the DNS lookup though as they all seem to require you to delete the wifi connection and then re-add it with a new DNS rather than allowing you to edit the settings.

The only addition I would like to see to the Pi-Hole is a simple way to VPN into it so that a mobile phone could be connected to it when using data and still have the same protections.

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

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This is what's holding up my next upgrade right now, looking for a new Android One phone to replace my Xioami MiA1, the A2 is 18 months old now and for the recent A3 they have switched to a lower res screen for some reason.

UK's Virgin Media celebrates the end of 2019 with a good, old fashioned TITSUP*

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I always make a point of talking to any engineers or digging teams that I see in my street just to get an idea of what they may be about to break or turn off.

Not normally a problem but if you do need to call customer services later it helps if you can let them know that their teams were in the area recently and what they said they were doing.

Amazon drops battery-powered Echo speaker so you can play Despacito on the go

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Why?

My first thought when I saw a battery powered echo was WHY?

Surely most places you are going to use this you will already have access to power or your mobile phone can do everything this can do already. If you do want to use your Echo outside, but why not just plug it into a 10k mA power pack? Or just use a regular bluetooth speaker and slave it to your phone.

So again, what is the point of this?

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want

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Caught Out

I got caught by this last year just before Christmas. In some ways it worked out well because I cancelled right away and got any Christmas orders delivered free last year, but it's starting to again offer more free trials.

Tempted to sign up for another free trial this year and buy lots of minimum spend items and see how many deliveries I can get done in one month. Might also work as a bonus for the drivers as I expect they get paid per item rather than per address.

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket

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Re: Would someone explain

I got the impression, maybe wrongly, that in the US the whole junction is covered by the lights. Meaning that if you are still in the junction when the lights have changed then you get a ticket. As opposed to in the UK where the only bit covered by the red light is the stop line so if you have passed the stop line and are still within the junction when they change you are still legal.

The argument is that if you have already slowed to make another manoeuvre then the time that the yellow light is lit is not sufficient to clear the junction.

Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store

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Re: Context is everything

I think I saw video of the incident on C4 News last week, it was how you described it. When I saw the footage I thought that the cop was within his rights to fire.

Not that this in any way condones the other punishment beatings that appear to being handed out by the police elsewhere.

Behold the perils of trying to turn the family and friends support line into a sideline

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My parents keep offering to pass on their old, really old, laptops to family members and I keep persuading them that they will not be doing them any favours and that I will not be responsible for providing any help if they do so.

I'm having a hard enough time just trying to get them to move on from an eight year old Win7 machine that is really starting to show its age. I expect a lot of panic and stress over christmas when they finally come around to the idea of upgrading.

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Re: "there was an error message and I clicked on it, what was it?"?

I've managed to get my parents to take a picture of the screen whenever they get an error message that they don't recognise before clearing it.

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Re: you've never tried to connect wifi/bluetooth to devices

Last night I spent hours trying to get a wireless Xbox controller to pair with a PC.

Just needs a Bluetooth dongle, bollocks, the computer can see the controller it just won't pair, keeps asking for a PIN number, tried the standard 0000 or 1111 etc no luck. Further searching on the web suggests updating the firmware, nope all up to date. The last thing I found before giving up was, it needs Bluetooth 4 to work, oh great buy another dongle in the hope it might work, or just give up and run it from a cable.

Went for option 3, took it back to Currys for a refund.

Fitbit fitness fans furious following flummoxing flawed firmware float, fleeting feedback, failed fixes

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I've had a lot of problems syncing with my phone for a while (Xiaomi M1A1), now just sync with my tablet and the phone gets the info from there.

But not at all impressed with the new layout of the software.

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

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Re: In-House Displays

I have an in-house display from my old OWL meter reader amongst all the other junk near my computer, very good for telling when the oven is up to temp as the power draw will drop suddenly. They can be useful once you establish a baseline, just don't get too obsessive about trying to get too low.

UK Home Office primes Brexit spam cannon for a million texts reminding folk to check passports

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Passport Renewal

My passport ran out last week, normally I'd be right on it and would have renewed it already, but I have no plans to go anywhere right now

The problem is that I feel my passport has been turned into a political symbol of Brexit, it has been hijacked in a similar way that the flag in the past was hijacked by thugs and racists.

Bus pass or bus ass? Hackers peeved about public transport claim to have reverse engineered ticket app for free rides

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Obvious Mistake?

So if I understand this right, they have done what game devs have realised years ago, if you let the user control their inventory on the client side there is a very good chance that they will change some settings and give themselves a gun with super damage or make them run faster.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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Re: Divide and rule

I work at a local authority and needed some form of image tool, Photoshop was out of the question due to cost and they suggested Paint. It took a while for them to eventually allow GIMP to be installed, the IT Team were fine, it was the middle management that needed to authorise the installation of a program called GIMP.

Also, the idea of improving the interface "yes please", coming from using Photoshop for years I often feel like I am fighting the interface on GIMP.

Chrome add-on warns netizens when they use a leaked password. Sometimes, they even bother to change it

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Re: *Shrug*

I think the 2FA has been a great improvement, only worry is if eventually that'll be 'broken' but if it does we're all screwed anyways.

RIP Dyn Dynamic DNS :'( Oracle to end Dyn-asty by axing freshly gobbled services, shoving customers into its cloud

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Re: Time to find another solution

Just signed up to a NOIP free service for my CCTV a couple of months ago, so far so good.

UK police want to Airwave hello to some more mobile devices – survey

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Re: "shifts where officers could choose when, and when not, to switch on the cameras"

The default position should be that the camera is turned on when interacting with the public, if it is to be turned off there should be a clear discussion/agreement with the member of the public that the camera is being turned off.

Also, storage should not be a problem, a 32/64GB memory card should cover a whole shift in HD quality. The bigger problem will be battery life, perhaps a charging station in the car would solve that problem when they are mobile?

We knew it was coming: Bureaucratic cockup triggers '6-month' delay of age verification block on porno in the UK

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Time

Even if this wasn't going to be 'delayed', how the hell did they hope to have this up and running by mid-July?

Zavvi tells customers: You've won VIP tickets to Champions League final! And you've won tickets, and you've won tickets, and you, and...

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So tomorrow we will have the person responsible relating the story in the 'On Call' or 'Bootnotes'?

Let 15 July forever be known as P-Day: When UK's smut fans started being asked for their age

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So in that case we will have a return of the old username/password list sites offering 'working' details to various sites, half of which never worked.

Easter is approaching – and British pr0n watchers still don't know how long before age-gates come into force

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Re: Tor-ing their hair out

The problem is as more people start using TOR the traffic the gov really want to monitor will get lost amongst the general porn traffic. It'll be a bigger crowd to hide in.

Artificial Intelligence: You know it isn't real, yeah?

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FAIL

[…takes a slug of Relentless…]

Does anyone still drink this stuff since they changed the recipe a while back ... it's now syrup.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks

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Government Pass

How long before the, currently non-existent, Government Porn Pass code is just shared amongst groups of friends or over the web?

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Pictures?

Why has no one come up with any pictures yet?

We have an airport with loads of CCTV and lots of people looking for them but no one has decided to try and take a picture of it.

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Re: I can beat that upside down mouse story.

Evesham Micros - wow that's a name from the past, I think I remember buying a 512k expansion for my Amiga from them.

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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Re: Wind

From what I've heard the very high winds shown in movies is just fantasy.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Reduction in Customer Bills or Cost to Suppliers Collecting Data

If this is really supposed to reduce the money that the public are paying in their bills by encouraging people to turn things off, just buy every household something like the basic OWL meter and job done. You might need someone to install them in the houses of little old ladies but this could be done during a yearly visit.

But I suspect that the real reason this is being supported is that the suppliers will be able to get readings a lot cheaper and if they do need to disconnect you they can probably do it remotely.

Appx 27mil homes in UK, basic OWL meter £35 (probably cheaper if you need a few million of them)

So total cost £945,000,000 or less than 10% of the budget for the Smart Meters

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Non stop Ben Dover etc

Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

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Re: £549

Bought the Xiaomi M1 A1 from an EU supplier, great phone, and fully protected as it's EU import (at least protected for now).

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Re: Samsung/Huawei

'four' not 'for'

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Samsung/Huawei

Not tried a Huawei phone yet but bought one of their 10 inch android tablets for just over £200 and very impressed.

And the Samsung response to the competition is going to be seven different phones, oh great you'll spend ages just trying to work out which one is the one you actually want. I remember HTC when they announced the ONE phone to have less models and then released about 6 models on the ONE phone.

New Nvidia cards, MSI just announced for 2070 models and ASUS will have seven. That's just the 2070 what the hell will they do with the higher end cards.

All these companies are doing is fracturing the market further, customers don't want to have to spend ages pouring over datasheets to find the device is missing some feature you want, that you sort of assume they will all have.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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I had similar at an old job, boss was setting up projector system for the directors on an away day. Following 30 minutes of them trying to fix the system I get the call to bring the spare laptop and projector to the event.

30 second look at the setup with senior management crowded around, spotted that the VGA from the laptop was plugged into the VGA OUT of the projector, plugged into the correct port and TA-DA all working fine. Boss didn't look too happy.

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Determining South (in the Northern hemisphere) from a clock

24hr watch, used to have one, great for confusing people that ask what the time is in the street. You just flash them the watch and they look and walk off happy, they get about 50m and then stop and look very puzzled when they realise that the time they read doesn't make any sense.

Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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So he smoked a joint ... so what.

It's legal, would there have been all this shit if he'd been sitting there with a beer or spirits?

Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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Re: Wolfetone

I thought the general agreement here was that Wikipedia is only marginally more accurate than the Sun or Daily Mail?

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: Old joke!

I've worked on nearly every election in my area for the last 20 years and every year we get some nut coming in claiming that the whole thing is a fix or that we can change the votes if we want. It got even worse during the Brexit vote when we had a visit from the police to warn us that some groups were planning to follow staff when they left the station to make sure we didn't stop somewhere.

Even if you could fix the vote in one polling station, which would involve a lot of work and chances to be caught, you would have to hit a lot of stations at once to make any real difference. On top of paying off the staff you'd also need a printer willing to spend some serious time inside if caught to print the papers, which would have to match the real ones accurately. All it would take is a candidate or agent to come in an apply their own seal to the box and you'd be screwed.

The UK elections are about as secure as you can make them, except for the postal votes.

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: CARS!

When I last bought a new car I was very direct during the early paperwork signings.

1. If the car has any own brand stickers or badges on it the deal is off, you can put your name on the number plates, that's it.

2. If I find the number plate holes have been drilled pissed then the deal is off. There is very little as annoying as a new car with a number plate that is just slightly pissed, you can never not see it.

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: "My keychain has 2 sizes each ..."

As the law is written, any non-locking blade under 3 inches does not need a 'good reason'. However the moment you say it's for defence you are now breaking the law no matter the size of the blade.

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Dishwasher

Or you want one of the little bags you used to put washing tablets in and add them to your next washing machine load.

Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: Nice idealistic treaty.

Iron Sky ... damn I wish they'd hurry and release part two.

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Re: So... uhm...

Not muddy at all.

They went there with an aim to collect materials as part of the mission. As with most companies, if you produce something whilst doing your job the stuff you produce/collect belongs to them.

Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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Network Shares

Is this why a bunch of my Network Shares have stopped working?

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