* Posts by Yet Another Hierachial Anonynmous Coward

140 posts • joined 17 Oct 2011


If it were possible to evade facial-recognition systems using just subtle makeup, it might look something like this

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Re: How much make up needed to

"you would have to walk backwards without any trousers on"

I think that is Standard Operating Procedure for political crawlers and wannabees in the corridors of power.

DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats sue NYC for trying to permanently cap delivery fees

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Re: Those folks will then be less likely to order from restaurants

Internet middlemen.....

A few years ago I wanted some bathroom furniture. Actually wanted to look at and feel it before buying. Gave up using online searches for bathroom salesrooms and found an old copy of a local business directory printed on dead trees. Went through the listing of local companies, then searched directly for their websites. Even searching directly for local businesses the results were often hijacked by middlemen and hangers on.

The internet really has become a lurid toxic swamp of lowlifes.

WEB@30: The Register pokes around historical hardware of the WWW

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Wot, no FX-80 ?

A Star LC-10, but no FX-80 ? Goodness me.

Hopefully it doesn't have an acoustic hood so visitors can bask in the full glory of all those pins hitting the paper. Maybe it might even shake itself off the table.

A place I worked in 1991 had a lovely old daisywheel printer. great for doing text only system documents, though we tended to fill it with paper and set it on its way when we went for lunch.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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The guy collects military hardware. So what? Lot's of people collect strange things. He's been made to hand it over to a collector or museum? How come another collector can own it but he cannot?

Surely there has to be something deeper in this? The article says he was not a Nazi sympathiser, nor does it say he was mentally unstable, a nuisance to his neighbours or anything, so why, after 44 years of owning and spending his life restoring this has it now been confiscated?

Seems totally unfair and a horribly cruel thing to do to an elderly gentleman - not just confiscate his lifes work, but the fine too.

Something just does not add up about this.

Kudos to lifes oddballs who don't conform to boring society norms.

Tech support scams subside somewhat, but Millennials and Gen Z think they're bulletproof and suffer

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Re: I only lasted 6 mins

I told them i had a raspberry pi, and it did not have windows. He kept saying "i do not understand raspberry pi". Eventually I said, it's a bit like an apple pie, but with raspberry not apples and no custard. At which point he lit up " ah, you have an apple computer!"

Wish I had recorded the conversation - it was hysterical!

Our Friends Electric: A pair of alternative options for getting around town

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Cycle infrastructure

As far as I can tell, a lot of cycle infrastructure is designed by planners who never travel by any means except driving."

I think you give them rather too much credit for being able to drive.

Near me, there is a steep hill which used to be a main road with a crawler lane. 20 odd years ago, the bypass opened and the road got down graded. The crawler lane got cordoned off and became a cycle lane. Except it only went half way up the hill, then cross sides over a new traffic island/bollard thing in the middle of the road. The "three" lanes of the road, were routed around the island to act as a slalom to slow traffic down, and the new uphill cycle lane thus got split across the two sides of the road.

Don't think I've ever seen a cyclist using it.

Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier

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Re: "as frequency goes up antenna size goes down"

"f the size of the wave is smaller, you'd need a larger antenna"

No, opposite is true. Size of antenna is related to wavelength. So as frequency goes up, size of antenna goes down for same performance. What does happen, is that more efficient antennas, with more gain and directional properties can be made more easily for high frequencies.

Have a look at a TV antenna (c. 600mhz) compared to fm radio antenna (c. 100mhz). The Tv antenna can be much smaller, and then, for an aesthetically acceptable size, can be built with more gain and directivity. The extra gain being useful in overcoming the higher frequency losses, as explained by the article.

I don't buy the bit in the article about using carefully designed antennas or indoor use to mitigate the satellite issue though. As soon as you put these into the hands of unskilled persons (ie, the public, unlicensed bands) you have lost all control. Someone will stick one in a waterproof box and use it outside, or the antenna will point in any random direction. Look how little ordinary folks understand about placing wi-fi routers - where they are buried under cables, behind TV's, metal cabinets and whatever else.

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’

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United inflight entertainment

Just make sure you don't let them handle your guitar.....


(true story)

Ofcom gets new CTO as UK regulator welcomes Amazon Alexa Smart Home exec

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Re: This experience – as well as his senior technology roles at AOL and advertising.com

My thoughts entirely. A regulator needs to be someone who can see both side of the picture and is able to protect the consumer from exploitation when required.

Someone who has spent 9 years putting creepy spy microphones into folks homes and slurping their personal data is not that person.

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

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Re: You've got to deal with the fundamental argument that

"the Emperor walked on in his underwear."

The thought of Bozo the clown in his underwear is enough to put me off my food. For life.

Tencent research team scores free powerups for electric cars with Raspberry Pi-powered X-in-the-middle attack

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Re: 1970s

When the sun never stopped shining, it never rained, we had proper snow in winter, electricity and petrol were so cheap they were not worth the hassle of billing, 3 TV channels was excessive, computers were the size of tennis courts. And you could make jokes without people being offended. Oh, and there was decent music on the radio to listen to, too

Yes, much happier times.

The Audacity of it all: Version 3.0 of open-source audio fave boasts new file format, 160+ bug fixes

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Have tried it, on and off....

I've tried Audacity on and off over the years, but have always found it a bit more fiddly and less intuitive that the "rival" Goldwave. Yes, I accept that Audacity is open source, cross platform and free, whereas Goldwave is not. But you can get the fully functional trial/demo version for free, and the lifetime purchase fee is minimal for what it does. I've edited 1000's of hours of audio with it over the years. Just the X/Y and visual spectrum displays are worth it on their own.

It is quite easy to set a heterodyne filter for those "208" recordings - just introduce a sharp notch at 9khz, or a roll off over 8khz - extremely easy to see on the spectrum graphic. I assume Audacity can do the same. Also useful for correcting those old tape/cassette recordings where the tape deck never ran at the exact speed.....

Burgers, birds, and Blue Screens of Death: Remember the joys of commuting?

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No.... !

"Perhaps now might therefore be a good time to pull down the shutters on this inexplicably long-running feature."

No - keep it running. Windows and any OS. I enjoy seeing the weird and wonderful places that computers have been installed for the public to gawp at and how they fail so spectacularly.

Copper broadband phaseout will leave UK customers with higher bills and less choice, says comparison site

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Re: Emergeny calls

What about non-broadband and non-voice services? For most of my working life (35+ years) I have been involved with many forms of copper delivered BT leased line circuits. From analogue presented 2-wires, through kilostreams, megastreams, ISDN etc. All those years ago (and before) 2-wire circuits were often used in the process industry for remote monitoring/control, by using a variety of audible tones, variable, fixed, intermittant, etc. Then PLC's came along, with modems chirping back and forth at 300 or 1200 baud, etc. Then IP appeared, and leased lines were used to connect WAN ports between routers before telco could offer native IP circuits, Lots of stuff, weird and wonderful, operated with leased lines. You could even get DC connected leased lines at one time - ie. a direct physical pair of cables from one side of town to another.

Has every single telecomms application moved to IP? Is there an IP interface for every conceivable real world application - or were all the systems I worked on adopted to suit the telco availability of the day? All these reports and marketing people seem to think telecomms is all about voice and broadband - is there anything else out there still?

Voyager 2 receives and executes first command in 11 months as sole antenna that reaches it returns to work

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Re: It's a different world

And in 1978 Debbie Harry sang about having a pocket computer. Now that was futuristic and amazing.

To a geeky 11 year old, at least.......

Cisco reveals critical bug in small biz VPN routers when half the world is stuck working at home

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"They can be exploited by an authenticated admin user to crash the device or execute commands on the host OS as root."

An authenticated admin user is surely one who can totally brick, or destroy the device config, or run OS level commands anyway?

I have a number of RV32x's in my flock, and for a moment I panic'ed about this, then realised it isn't really a problem. The web admin page is blocked from public view anyway. Mind you, the RV32x's are being replaced when convenient with Drayteks anyway - just a shame Drayteks only have 4 wan ports.

Five years after US promised crackdown on ticket-snaffling bots, the first prosecutions are in... and are a slap on the wrist

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Re: Why is this illegal? It's just capitalism!

"Ticketmaster are squeezing punters for every penny,"

And then adding all kinds of imaginary handling, processing, shipping and purchase fees on top....

I used to attend dozens of events a year - big and small. Call venue box office, buy ticket, pay nominal amount for shipping (or collect from office on performance night), All funds going to support venue and/or artists.

Then Ticketmaster started to muscle their way in, first on big venues, then into smaller venues. And quite frankly, as far as I am concerned, they have pretty much destroyed the whole gig/ticket industry. I have never met one real fan who has anything but utter contempt for Tickermaster and their practices. They are slime.

Watchdog urges Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S, X cars to fix knackered NAND flash that borks safety features

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Biggest problem is not CAN bus which is well understood, but that fact that all the modules need to be registered to each other and effectively read the "serial number" of the car. Each manufacturer does this in a different way - ostensibly to prevent stolen cars being broken up for scrap. New/replacement modules have to be obtained and configured onto the car by the main dealer - 2nd hand ones (ie. scrapyard) will not normally work. Without a recognised and working original engine ECU you may find the dashboard ECU will not allow the car to be powered up. A good hacker will be able to find work-rounds and fudges, but whether there is enough interest to make it worthwhile in 30 or 40 years time is debatable.

Dropbox basically decimates workforce, COO logs off: Cloud biz promises to be 'more efficient and nimble'

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Is it just me.....

Or does anyone else think Dropbox is the most anal, complicated and pointless way of sharing anything? I have several clients who insist on using it, and I have not, in like 3 years or more, figured out how it works, or how to organise things. Each time I start it I seem to end up in a different view, the lack of "buttons" on the inconsistent interface to actually do anything is appalling. I have no idea which clients can upload or download to where. If I download more than a couple of files I cannot download anymore without logging out and back in again.

The people I have discussed it with all seem to have the same opinion that it is a pile of steaming dog turd, and that running an FTP server 25 years ago was better organised and more logical.

I can only imagine the whole concept was dreamed up by 6 year olds with no clue about computing to share cat videos with other 6 year olds.

I will not miss them one little bit when they go under.

Microsoft warns against SMS, voice calls for multi-factor authentication: Try something that can't be SIM swapped

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Something sensible from Microsoft... Whatever next. Then i read the last couple of paragraphs. Sales pitch for a Microsoft app, that runs on a mobile phone of all things.

I am fed up with the number of arguments I have had with the likes of banks, councils, governments departments, etc., who insist on using things like SMS texts to provide 2FA/MFA. I've even had written correspondence with their "security" teams pointing out this is not secure and only gives rise to new scams like phone theft, sim hi-jacking, etc. But they don't care and can't be arsed to think. As far as they are concerned it is the sloppiest, easiest option for them to take in order to claim they have secure systems. They can then turn round and say it must be the customers fault when something goes wrong.

Also, I utterly object to providing organisations like the above with any more than the most basic of information - my mobile phone number is mine. It is private, for my use. Not for their slurping and use.


UK's 'minimum viable product' for Brexit transit software will not be ready until December, leaving no time for testing

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Excel is a not a database.... !

"A minimum viable product will be released in December 2020"

And don't forget the 16000 columns or it may come back to bite you on the ar$e.

Please, tell us more about how just 60 hydrogen-powered 5G drones could make 400,000 UK base stations redundant

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Led Zeppelin

Not quite sure I would call it a Stairway to Heaven though.

Brit accused of spying on 772 people via webcam CCTV software tells court he'd end his life if extradited to US

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Laptop shields

It really is about time that every laptop had a little slide shield over the webcam. Not only to physically block the lens, but also disconnect the +v supply to the camera to double check that it is out of operation. Whilst at it, the same shield could disconnect the microphone.

'Facebook simply would not exist today if not for Bletchley Park,' says social network – but don't hold that against it

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Re: Facebook simply would not exist today if not for Bletchley Park

Absolutely true.

We would likely be under some Nazi dictatorship that kept files and records on all it's citizens. Tracked everything they did, everyone they contacted, everything they bought, even tried to analyse what their thoughts were. And held all those records forever.

We could never live our lives under a regime like that could we?

'You've got the old cheeky Corona': Ireland's pandemic advice SMS service can be spoofed, warns researcher

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How to Tell ?

Quite honestly, if I got a text message or even a phone call telling me to isolate how would I know it was genuine?

My tendency is to regard all unsolicited messages in the same way I treat calls from Microsoft Technical support, or Amazon Prime account, or BT broadband virus team, or.....

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets

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Why they didn't move it from Excel is beyond me.....

"In the case of track and trace they needed something quick that could work with all the various companies and individuals doing the track and trace and enable work flows from said data. Why they didn't move it from Excel is beyond me especially the amount of money thrown at it."

Remind me again, who is head of track and trace? And her computer orientated qualifications are?

News next week - USB stick with spreadsheet of 16000 Corona patients found in back of taxi/bus/pub......

Ring glitch results in global ding dong ditch: Doorbell bling flings out random pings but they're not the real thing

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Ding notifications?

Delayed Chimes ?

What has mankind unleashed......

Burning down the house! Consumer champ Which? probes smart plugs to find a bunch of insecure fire-risk tat

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Re: What for anyway?

Home automation always makes me think of the classic Frank Spencer - Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em episode I first saw as 10 y/o back in 1978. Still makes me laugh whenever it is repeated 40+ years later.

It was supposed to be a slapstick comedy, not a prophecy.

Key-cutting machine borked sideways after visit from the BSOD fairy locks things down

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Re: I wonder...

Maybe there are magic fairies and a big mouse wheel inside the kiosk, and none of this technology stuff.....

When i see borked things like this in a public place, I always wonder why none of the many sales droids and other employees, or god forbid, the store manager hasn't tried switching it off and back on again. It's on a 3 pin plug for goodness sakes, and makes the whole store look so amateurish.

Maybe this is the result of switching off and on, in which case a nice bit of paper stuck to the front saying o-o-o would be better than just a borked machine.

DuckDuckGo cries fowl after being expunged from Google's Android search preferences menu for most of Europe

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Re: "The winners get the privilege of paying Google each time a user selects them from the menu."

"Choice" is a fraud when you get handed a limited set of alternatives by someone else who is making money from providing those alternatives.


Former BT CEO to lead task force that will advise UK.gov on diversifying the nation's telecoms supply chain

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30 years too late

If the government are suddenly worried about this, perhaps they shouldn't have been so willing to standby and watch the likes of Plessey, GEC, Racal, Ferranti, Marconi, etc., go down the tubes. We used to develop and make our own telecomms kit in the UK AND export the stuff around the world! Almost unbelievable, I know.

The perils of short-termism of previous governments comes back to bite on the arse.

Reseller gives Brits Insight into value webcam shipments of the future-ture-ture-ture

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We may laugh, but I am pretty sure, that somewhere in the world there will be at least one machine running Xp in 2051. There are still plenty of bits of 1989 technology running today. Though of course, an Xp box in 2051 could well be 50 years old.

Highways England waves around £62m contract for National Traffic Information Service after brief chat with vendors

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It's 260 miles, with a optional 30 miles extension the following day.

Prank warning: You do know your smart speaker's paired with Spotify over the internet, don't you?

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Re: IoV

You really want GOOGLE and FACEBOOK determining your privacy and security?

Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

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Presumably this will download and operate on all flavours of smartphone, upto, say 10 years old, not just those of a recent apple or google variety?

Famously flawed, it is 30 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched

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Well done to all !

Top Marks - have a beer on mankind and our fascination with what's out there.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

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Re: British soln

An update - just took another look at the box, and I do have a handset. But it's a Zonephone, rather than the better known Rabbit phone...

Oh the memories....

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Re: British soln

Rabbit Phones? Blimey......

During the good tidy out of house, garage and loft this past few weeks I have uncovered parts of a Rabbit base station I picked up many years back, hoping to install it at home with a couple of handsets in place of the expensive at the time cordless or early mobile phones.

It has just sat gathering dust since around 1991 though..... And I haven't found the handsets for it yet.

Wanted: An exit strategy from the overt surveillance of smartphone contact tracing

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Scary and Scarier

Whilst Covid-19 is undoubtedly scary, the prospect of users willingly signing up to contact tracing in order to get their life back on track and the abuse consequences of it are even scarier.

It also needs to factor in.....

Not everybody has a mobile phone.

Not everybody with a mobile phone runs google or iphone OS.

Not everybody with a phone has it with them 24/7 - I frequently leave my phone at home when going out, just to get away from it. This particularly the case when going into some public events, like concerts, or maybe restaurants.

Whilst these ideas could do some good, there is a lot of potential for a lot of harm that we will never recover from.

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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Re: Unqalified 'Z' list Celeb talks rubbish

Maybe her "employers" would consider terminating whatever contracts they have with her? Seems fashionable these days to make previously employable people into toxic waste when they say/do something that is no longer deemed politically correct. As she obviously relies upon technology (TV, Twitter, facebook) or whatever to reach her air-headed vacuuous adorees, then not only should the TV companies terminate her contract, perhaps her mobile company and social media providers should consider likewise. Then she might understand that propagating stupidity and ignorance has its consequences.

Watch: Rare Second World War footage of Bletchley Park-linked MI6 intelligence heroes emerges, shared online

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Geoffrey Pidgeon

Really good book by Geoffrey Pidgeon "The Secret Wireless War", detailing a lot of what went on at Whaddon Hall - the intercepts, black/grey propaganda, dirty tricks, counter espionage, building clandestine wireless sets for use in occupied territories, etc.

Fascinating reading for those interested in such things.

ISBN 1-84375-252-2

BT reopens £90m UK High Court case over 1970s VAT 'overpayments'

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Re: Keep it simple, keep it quick

Then, do NOT give BT a further penny over the full length of this coronavirus crisis NOR ANOTHER JUICY PUBLIC SECTOR CONTRACT OR BROADBAND SUBSIDY AGAIN.


Astroboffin gets magnets stuck up his schnozz trying and failing to invent anti-face-touching coronavirus gizmo

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The flux is strong with this one.....

Maybe he should have used a flux capacitor.

Borky shark: A deserted airport and a Raspberry Pi feeling poorly at baggage claim. Welcome to 2020

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Re: Well _this_ is news

At least the Pi gives us a screen of useful diagnostics, and not just a bluescreen or "an error has occurred" type message. And we know it spent 3.88 seconds trying to get started, before it chilled and relaxed and ended its panic.

Long Live the Pi !

(I suspect a wobbly PSU - give it a cold hard restart and it may be happy once more)

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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Key workers

Interesting that gov.uk has issued its list of key workers, and it doesn't seem to include telco/data/internet services.

Wonder how long before they amend that next time O2's certificate server goes down, or similar?

UK.gov sits down with mobile big four to formalise plans for rural shared 4G network

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15 years too late

Nick Jeffrey saying: "A rural postcode should not be a barrier to receiving a decent mobile signal.

So why have you sat on your arse for the past 15 years (start of 3G) and not done anything about it? Imagine all those extra customers you could have signed up if you (or anyone else) had a network that worked in all kinds of places. Word would soon get out that your network had coverage and the others didn't.

Disk stuck in the drive? Don't dilly-Dali – get IT on the case!

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Droopy Anglepoise

I've seen a few results of those over the years too - a printer, a laptop and others. A 60 watt bulb produced a lot of heat close up - no doubt helped by the metal reflector.

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal

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Teletext rocks! Years ahead of its time.......

Online information retrieval 15 years before the www and 20 years before digital TV metadata.

First microprocessor/computer system in most peoples homes.

Thought 5G marketing was bad? Cable industry sticks with ridiculous 10G branding as another year rolls around

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Stop this nonsense.....

FFS, stop it now.....

I've already had to explain to my not-so-techie-but-think-they-are friends and relatives, the difference between 5G mobile networks and 5G wi-fi (as in 5Ghz)

Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit

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RS 232 interface lead

"only geeks loved their "RS232 Interface Lead" :-) "

Ah, another classic that has withstood the test of time, still not quite superceded by USB.



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