* Posts by DiViDeD

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Three UK: We're sending you this SMS to warn you not to pay attention to unsolicited texts

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Re: Help people get phished

My bank in Arsetrailer used to do that - for security, please confirm your address. Me: OK, what address do you have? Them, no, you tell me your address to confirm who you are. Me: but you just rang me. Don't you know who I am?

After a few weeks of being hung up on, accompanied by increasingly angry emails to the head office, they announced a new secure phone call management protocol. I like to imagine my continuing ire was at least partly responsible.

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Re: Typical

My bank just sends me SMS notifications that my statement is ready and suggests I log on to view it - never a link in sight. But at least they call me by my name.

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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Re: pupal stage of the shopping trolley.

Hold on - I thought the pupal stage of the shopping trolley was the snowglobe?

RIP Sir pTerry

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

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Re: What do you think it is about

show that lasted 25-35 minutes would take 45-60 minutes to watch in the USA

Not just the US. Coming from the UK, I'm used to the ad break in the middle of a 30 minute programme (2 if it's an hour), but here in Arsetrailer, they can squeeze FOUR (or more) ads into a 25 minute show.

Our commercial stations manage, with ad breaks, sports updates, news updates and "You should watch This!" breaks to stretch a 90 minute movie out to 3 hours or more.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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Re: clear evidence that ancient Britons were six-fingered.

Only the ancient ones? You've obviously not been up Merthyr Tydfil way in a while.

Facebook's cool with sharing the President's nonsense on its mega-platform – but don't you dare mention 'unionize' in its Workplace app

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Re: I say Onionize Now!

This is the technique Professor Stick used to avoid demonetisation of his Coronavirus videos by YouTube.

He simply called it Voldemort

Taiwan aims to trump China with new display tech industry development plan

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Re: China thinks it owns Taiwan anyway

I have heard from friends with connections to Taiwan that their highly prized tech factories are wired with explosives so that, at any hint of invasion they'll simply blow them up, thus removing the primary reason for invasion.

How much truth there is in that I shall leave as an exercise for the more skilled googlers to determine.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: Gullibility is no excuse.

Ever tried teach your parents or grandparents to use technology?

Ever discovered that your father and two of your uncles were deeply involved in the invention and development of the technology in the first place?

If I'd ever tried to teach my dad to use technology I'd have felt the back of his hand.

Ooo, a mystery bit of script! Seems legit. Let's see what happens when we run it

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Re: "fan-fold paper"

... the dreaded decollators ...

Ah yes. And trying to be the first to crank them up so hard that the carbon paper hit the ceiling!

Personally, I always preferred the burster & trimmer that used to trim the perforated strips off the paper and split it at the page perforations with a resounding and very satisfying thunk!

BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report

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Re: Hassle and cost

I'm not sure about the 'makes perfect sense' part of your argument. You have a car with, say, 185km range on a full charge. You want to listen to some music, but that knockes, generously, 180km off your range. You're driving across Nortwest NSW in temperatures of 48C, or central Canada in midwinter, or WA at night.

So you need a heating or cooling system, which will run directly off the battery, since your vehicle isn't generating any additional electricity from the motor. It's dark, you have your headlights on. In Australia, you have your rear foglights on to minimise the possibility of a 24 wheel B Double ramming you up the backside. What is the range of your car now, bearing in mind that in rural areas you can travel for hours without seeing a building, let alone a hotel with plentiful charging points?

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Re: Buy more cars - drive them less

There's a huge difference between an AWD road car and a 4WD for getting across fields and up logging tracks.

Just sayin

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Re: Buy more cars - drive them less

The number of vehicles on the roads today that exceed even 100 miles a day is pretty low.

Maybe in your corner of the world.

I live on the Central Coast of NSW and most of my neighbours work in Sydney or Newcastle. That means a round trip of >100km for Newcastle and >200km for Parramatta (my current commute)

Out in Country NSW, people very often will have a 50-100km journey to the nearest shop or to visit a neighbour.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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@Stuart Castle Re: vulnerabilities

This is a typical Luddite response to the glories on offer from this amazing technology!

Why, only a few months ago, my IoT doorbell alerted me to a man at my front door while I was away on Hamilton Island.

I was able to tell him that I wasn't at home and that the house would be empty for another two weeks, thus saving him the bother of waiting around for a minute or two to determine that there was nobody at home, or even pressing the doorbell repeatedly before deciding.

Because my wonderful IoT doorbell has a built in video camera, I was also able to see from his expression that I had saved him the trouble of having to come back to the house daily to check whether I was in, so all round a most successful application of this wondrous technology.

Coming back from my holiday to find the house ransacked was a little disappointing though. Maybe I should invest in one of those IoT burglar alarm jobbies.

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Re: No, don't check how long it will be supported!

B.T.W the sony TV is not that good.

Just this. The company that produced the Trinitron, the first verically flat CRT TV with square corners, now doesn't even build its own panels, preferring to shove in a generic panel and rely of the 'cachet' of the Sony Bravia brand to justify the higher price.

But I suppose, since people are happy to pay a premium for generic Chinese hatchbacks with an MG badge, or 'modern' Wharfedale speakers cobbled together by a far eastern box shifter, perhaps they have a point.

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Re: Never understood this

"I want a fridge with a monitor"

Easy peasy. Grab a hopelessly outmeded (and Cheap!) 180-1818 inch android tablet (I tend to use those Samsung TabA jobbies - they also have the advantage of a stylus for shopping lists, sweet nothing notes and such), slap it on the door or side of your common or garden dumb fridge - the magnetic back holds it quite firmly - and throw your recipe up on the browser.

Ours is usually employed for watching Thunderf00t and Logicked videos while making coffee, but different strokes and all that.

OK Windows 10, we get it: You really do not want us to install this unsigned application. But 7 steps borders on ridiculous

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Re: To be fair

Seconded, partly because, if you want to apply or change a screen saver, for example, that function isn't anywhere in the Windows Settings because it is still the old Win95 dialog box. The only viable way I've found to call up the dialog is to search for screen saver and hit the link - which makes creating a desktop shortcut impossible!

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

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Re: Digital literacy

If you haven't grown up with the internet, it's often difficult to distinguish fact from fiction online

No, sorry, you lost me there.

Growing up? Wossat then?

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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At least we can all keep dreaming about the Empire

Wouldn't be worth it. Hasn't been the same since it went over to Bingo.

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Re: Is it wrong to be in favour of this?

USA is a democracy , China aint.

That hasn't seemed to matter much, if at all, to merkins over the past 30 years or so as they've fallen over each other to set up cheap manufacturing facilities in China to screw over their home market consumers.

It may be my memory failing me, but I don't seem to remember that nice Mr Jobs, or any other of our great, democracy loving Captains of Industry deciding that they would not open factories in China because of that country's authoritarian regime and appalling attitude to human rights, even if that factory would enable them to make even more obscene profits.

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Re: So...

The sun is not "generally recognised as dangerous"

Absolutely. If it were, the Orange One would not have his medical experts looking for a way we can stuff sunlight up our arses to cure COVID-19.

Honestly, some people with their scaremongering!

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: A.R.S.E Copyright Infringement Notice

Sir, I demand that you immediately cease and desist any further action over your proposed copyright infringing activity. The A.R.S.E. nomenclature is already in use by SpaceAustralia in its tireless Space Research programme.

We've already put it on posters, t shirts and (of course - this is Arsetrailer after all) stubby holders. as you can see here.

Your idea makes a mockery of our high principles, sirrah!

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: Anything less than three buttons is just plain wrong!

Hah! 3 button mice are for wimps!

My new Logitech MX Master 3 has left, right and centre (by pressing the scroll wheel) buttons plus a thumb wheel for scrolling sideways, 2 buttons below that and another on the thumb rest, On top of that, it has a button behind the scroll wheel (where you'd normally find the DPI button on a less whizz bangy mouse) which you can press to turn the scroll lock from a relatively sedate soft click control device into a maniacally spinning flywheel able to scan pages up and down in the manner of a slightly nauseous speed reader.

And the buttons are all individually programmable - for what purpose I shudder to imagine.

Mine's the one with the Do It Yourself RSI kit in the pocket.

Wakey-wakey! A quarter of IT pros only get 3-4 hours' kip – and you won't believe what's being touted as the 'solution'

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Re: Bollocks to cloud....

Best out of hours incident report I ever saw was due to a Motorola pager:

ISSUE: Noise coming from pager

DETERMINED CAUSE: Batteries found in pager

RESOLUTION: Removed batteries from pager

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Re: Time Clocks

In my current contract, I'm paid a daily rate (I know, but it's a pretty generous one), but also required to fill in attendance timesheets.

After my first week, I carefully entered all my hours, including breaks, and hit "Submit", only to see warnings flash up on every number stating I needed "special permission from your manager" to work additional time.

The result is that now, whatever time I spend working, the time recording system requires me to enter exactly eight hours per day, regardless of whether I've pulled twelve hours one day and compensated with a four hour day elsewhere.

I can't believe this 8 hour a day fiction isn't being encountered across business. It's like the old days in merchant banking where all us contractors got an extra long holiday over Christmas so that management could report zero contractors in their end of year figures.

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: How far away is home?

To be fair, most people working in Sydney leave within an hour or so of their office, many much closer. I live on the Central Coast, and can drive to my office in Parramatta in about an hour and a half - most Aussies would travel further than that for a Sunday lunch!

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

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Re: Huh?

Petrol pump symbol on the fuel gauge which tells you the side the filler cap is on?

I have never owned a car with an arrow or other symbol telling you which side the filler pipe is on. Until recently, I'd never even seen such a thing, but discovered a little petrol gauge arrow on a 2019 Qashqai intended for the US market. Maybe it's a cultural thing?

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Re: Huh?

This is the bane of my life at filling stations. My Spider has some sort of high tech design that somehow recovers vapour from the tank and feeds it into the engine (no. I have no idea how or indeed why it does that). As a result the filler cap is around 17cm long and perfectly round, so wherever you put it it will roll onto the ground and under the car.

The only method to avoid this is to hold the filler cap in your hand until you've finished filling and put the cap back in before paying.

But then it is Italian, so the filler cap, like anything not directly related to performance, was designed on a napkin over a particularly boozey lunch

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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plastic inserts moulded int the keys

Only one of the reasons I use the Razer BlackWidow. I've had so many keyboards have the letters wear off in no time at all (Yes, Dell, I'm looking at you)!

My old Cynosa Chroma has the same arrangement, and it means I can always see the keys clearly.

Of course, the Chroma used to flash every time the PC made a sound and then blank out the lights for a second or two, thus making the letters completely invisible until the lights came on, but lets not quibble, eh?

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Re: Not all have printed characters

Who in their right mind wants flashing or strobing keyboards?

Well, I do. But I do have to concede that I'm not in my right mind.

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Re: PS2 interface

My Spanky new (built last week, manufactured Feb 2020) Strix B250H gaming motherboard has 2x USB and 1x PS/2 sockets for keyboard and mouse. Some things never change!

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Re: Massive invasion of privacy

That would make it quite easy to contest a speeding charge when the prosecution fails to produce any evidence.

and yet you say that as though it would be a bad thing.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Re: About Time

I was congratulated on the sound from my system some years ago. Denon amp, hand finished EMI 300s from the EMI audio research lab up the road (each loaded with a couple of inches of concrete in the base for "stability") and a Garrard 601 deck. When I showed them my speaker cable, 1/8" single core copper that I'd bought from a farmer who'd used the rest of it to run 3 phase to his milking parlour (half a kilometre, 50 quid), they suddenly started finding all sorts of holes in my "soundstage"

Remember Tapplock, the 'unbreakable' smart lock that was allergic to screwdrivers? The FTC just slapped it down for 'deceiving' folks

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Re: thinking "tech savvy" means working a phone

Maybe our dependence on "hands off" technology leads us to so overcomplicate our solution that we for get how uncomplicated the problem can be, as illustrated in this fine vintage example of an obligatory xkcd

US prez Trump's administration reportedly nears new rules banning 'dual-use' tech sales to China

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Re: @Doctor Syntax

"If someone criticises Trump, they must love Obama"?

That's pretty much the way they think. Just as there is a particular demographic who hears the phrase "perhaps hardcore pornography isn't the best way to teach 3 year olds about sex" as "I think we should go back to putting dresses on piano legs in case men get inflamed from seeing them"

We've moved on from "my enemy's enemy is my friend", via "if you're not with us you're against us" and now find ourselves in the world of "If you don't agree with me 100% on absolutely everything, you are obviously a perverted, murdering paedophile"

And reason and discourse become weaponised.

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Re: @Coward.

They just steal their designs from the Western Nations

Not for many years now. China trains more scientists and engineers every year than any other nation on earth. Or do you think Huawei stole the technology for 5G from Cisco?

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Re: @Doctor Syntax

... you wouldn't be as harsh if this were Obama ...

95% of the world has no partisan interest in either major US political party. But we can still recognise a self destructive clown when we see one.

And we see one.

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Re: exports TO China from the US

Yes, but if those Chinese made ventilators (or medical imagers, or whatever) need dual use components from the US, then those ventilators (etc) are simply not going to be made and therefore unavailable to the US. What price "That'll fix the commie bastards" then?

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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Re: "Sounds like a number of designers are needed ..."

Ah yes. Agile!

Thanks to Agile Development, half our internal websites are "experimental" or "beta".

Basically, that means "broken until the sprint after next. Or maybe the one after that, who knows?"

Sunday: Australia is shocked UK would consider tracking mobile data to beat pandemic. Monday: Australia to deploy drone intimidation squads

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I expect George Orwell to rise from his grave soon and shout out 'Told you so'

I think he'd be more likely to say "If I'd expressed ideas this outrageous, I never would have been published"

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If these police drones get within 30 metres of anyone, can we report them to the ... police?

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Re: fitted with lights, speakers and sirens

first they came for the terrorists

At the moment, they're coming for the people sitting in the sun in Centennial Park, at least 10 metres from anyone else, on the grounds that they're not shopping for essentials or exercising.

And the Fun Police Division is stopping traffic on the M1 in case they're secretly intending to undermine democracy by driving up to the Central Coast. I can see my drive home on Friday is going to be filled with excitement! Although I don't think even NSW Police can mistake a 2 seater Italian sports car for a caravan full of ne'er do wells. We shall see.

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Looney theory? that's noy a looney theory ...

I thought I would share one of the outlandish conspiracy theories I have read recently

You missed out the fact that, as of today (in Arsetrailer it's already tomorrow), all electricity has been turned off all around the world because of ... illuminati ... NWO ... vaccine or whatever.

In fact, I don't even know if this comment will get through - or how my Black Widow keyboard is still lighting up, for that matter. Must be infected with 5G! Oh noes! And me without any tinfoil!

Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there

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Re: Then after...?

The explosive might have been PLX

Yes, or it might have been anything from nitroglycerine to exploding unicorn farts. The fact it needed triggering by a separate time bomb, concealed in a transistor radio, suggests it was simply a liquid explosive, relatively easy to obtain and handle, rather than a binary liquid explosive, which requires careful handling and pretty precise mixing to cause an explosion.

It's not just "O Noes! The blue is mixing with the red" <<BOOM>>

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Re: Then after...?

Who decides when the emergency is over and tracking ends?

But of course, the emergency is never over!

Case in point: Americans are still taking their shoes off at airports, despite it being over 10 years since the last shoe bomb attempt.

And we are still giving up our water bottles, even though the liquid bombs were only ever a plot device in a Hollywood action film.

Internet Archive justifies its vast 'copyright infringing' National Emergency Library of 1.4 million books by pointing out that libraries are closed

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Re: the poor authors! they'll starve!

no currently living Disney Animator [or Disney Anything Else] is loosing one penny from those original B&W cartoons

Whooooooosh! (excuse the extra 'o's, but you started it)

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the poor authors! they'll starve!

I'd be interested to know how many of the original Mickey Mouse and Snow White animators, writers and musicians would be starving right now if Disney hadn't lobbied repeatedly for extensions to US copyright.

What's the difference between Windows 7 and a bin lorry? One is full of garbage, and the other… oh dear

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Re: a futuristic Blade Runner style tech metropolis

wasn't quite a lot of Blade Runner in somewhat grotty environs?

You wouldn't believe how much Ridley Scott saved in set dressing just by filming in Camden. The opening scenes of Terminator were, of course, filmed in Stoke Newington.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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Re: 'cheques and balances'

or indeed, 'chequemate'

Pandemic impact: Two-thirds of polled Reg readers say it's business as usual in the IT dept, one in ten panicking

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All good in the Antipodes

All my colleagues (well, more like people I've met) are now working from home, but in the best traditions of Public Service, all 3,000 or so of them have their staff meetings via Skype or Teams Chat, with full video, at 10am every bloody morning, then spend the rest of the day bitching that their meetings broke up, dropped out or froze on them. I think my department is doing more to singlehandedly destroy Arsetrailer's broadband network than any nefarious gang of hackers.

Some of them are even complaining that the standard rule that every attendee must be on video means they have to change out of their jim jams just for a 1 hour meeting!

When my time comes, I intend attending every meeting from a hammock in the garden, wearing a Spiderman outfit and brandishing a bottle of Shiraz.

Hailing frequencies open, sir... America's Space Force hurls its first military comms satellite into Earth's orbit

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Re: Jet Ace Logan

I always preferred Charles Chiltern's Jet Morgan. Oddly enough, Chiltern never wanted him to have such a goofy name, but the BBC producer insisted. So much later, Chiltern parodied the choice of name in his later reboot of the series for the BBC, The Host:

- I'm Captain Jet Morgan.

- Jet? Really? Were your parents drunk?

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