* Posts by YetAnotherLocksmith

560 posts • joined 11 Oct 2012


0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'


Re: People joke about using paper tickets

Currently they'd probably beg for people to do that, to boost the footfall!

Teen charged after allegedly taking food delivery biz for a ride: $10k of 'fraudulent refunds for stuff not delivered'


Re: May we suggest it order some business intelligence software

Ah yes, the old "That comes out a different budget" problem.

The person getting the bonus for sales isn't affected by the rate of returns and refunds. What could go wrong? /s

MI6 tried to intervene in independent court by stopping judge seeing legal papers – but they said sorry, so it's OK


Re: This is getting stupider and stupider

Don't worry, the Russians are our friends now...

I recall when we spent 60+ years fighting against them and their KGB. Turns out all they had to do was change the name to FSB, and they could do what they want. And both Republicans and Tories would cheer and go along with it if they called it fascism instead of communism.

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless


I sincerely wish you could have what you wanted, but you're going to get the same as the rest of us.

That spun pile of lies above? You'll get none of that. Try reading an actual mainstream news paper. Even the Mail knows you've been stitched up, and the Russia Report today tells you it was by the Tory Leavers who won't look at Russian treason. In the end, you'll be as stuffed as the rest of us, only to you, it'll be a huge shock. The rest of us have already seen through the lies.


Just because you won't read the answers, like "human rights the government can't simply remove", "food standards", "exchange students being able to study freely in the rEU", "no residency tests for millions of Brit immigrants in Spain", "a massive medicines agency that ensures our drugs are safe without massive duplication across 28 countries", "huge negotiation power cast China and the USA", "access rights for good, services and physical lorries", doesn't mean they aren't real benefits.


Re: The Biggest Lie

Oh god, I hate to tell you this, but The USA? Its actually made up of 50 federal states and parts, under one president.


I think, then, you'll be very happy when you find they want nothing to do with supplying us in another 6 months. Make sure to buy in plenty of, well, *everything you need*, because there won't be any more for some time.


Re: advantages all backwards

"5 or 10 patents a year is enough"? Are you competing with the patent clerk who claimed "everything has already been invented", way back before the invention of the telephone, computer, dishwasher, laser, etc?

I know Brexit is taking us 80 years back, but patents are older than that!


Re: If you look carefully at the edits.....

And the NHS, and the fishing, and, as seen today, the ability to have free and fair elections without our biggest sworn enemy having carte blanche to do whatever they want, safe in the knowledge the tories won't interfere...

Brexit: the sacrifice of everything, including the country itself, and any control over it, to get control of the country back.

No Wiggle room: Two weeks after angry bike shop customers report mystery orders on their accounts, firm confirms payment cards delinked


I guess that's why they are having the goods posted to the USA then - faster delivery!


Re: Not Wiggle's fault?

What is even more worrying is that the dozens of customers moving to the USA and placing big orders at the same time didn't trigger any sort of fraud response! Surely someone in packing should've also noticed that the complex US shipping addresses were all in the same town, too?


Re: At Chris G, re: Lycranthropist.

I suspect he wore shorts over the cling wrap. After all, to not do so would've left everyone clearly seeing he's nuts.

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma


Re: "over localised regions of the bridge below"

If you put it on a big metal sheet, it'll just reorient the compass when calibrating, I expect, unless it is bright enough to realise the field strength is wrong.


Re: "over localised regions of the bridge below"

It is in law too: the captain and appropriate crew have pilot's licenses.

Poured your info out on a call to 118 118 Money? Bad luck. Credit provider 'fesses up that hacker nabbed customer service phone recordings


Re: Complacent

Why even wait for humans? You can throw the files at an AI voice recognition system as a first pass, that'll save you half your money. Stick it in a database with the audio file attached, and then it isn't even dodgy looking when you ask workers to "verify the database" before calling to scam.

Uncle Sam turns the screws on VoIP providers allegedly used by coronavirus, tax, bogus tech support scammers


Fairly minor stuff for most, but they've acted far faster than normal. Usually it is years before they send out even a letter, this time it's been a month or so. Maybe, stuck at home, the FCC people realise how many people get these calls, because now they are sat there all day getting them too!

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


Re: Meanwhile in IR35 land...

Maybe get a job with the company then? Or put your rates up?

Or, work for more than 2 people each month.

The issue is, you're effectively an employee, that's why the law catches you.


Re: Hang on ... *who* paid the VAT ?

It has been paid. Its just that BT paid it to HMRC, having asked the customer for it, but then the costumer never paid it to BT.

Such are the perils of invoice accounting.

Want to see through walls? Electroboffins build tiny chip in the lab that vibrates at just the right frequency to do it


Where you sat in the lab would've affected focus, then?


Re: Oooh the hype!

The ¼ pounder won versus the ⅓ pounder, because apparently Americans thought that 4 was, here, bigger than 3.

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc


Re: And none of this is important


Think of it like figuring it how to break into your car without a trace or key, and drive it away. Those exact same steps will get you into every other (2011 Vauxhall Astra|2001 VW Golf|1974 Ford Cortina)


Re: And none of this is important

Of course, quite how this hasn't already been figured out via chip decapping, I'm unsure?


Re: "maintain physical possession of their platform"

Nah, it's in the office, and no-one but the boss, your Cow-orkers, all previous employees until they change the code, HR subbies, security, oh, and the below minimum wage cleaners have keys or access. Impregnable!

Verity Stob is 'Disgusted of HG Wells': Time, gentlemen, please


Re: "Consequently I had to halt the vehicle and obtain some mercury to effect a repair."

I believe there are some well-worn words prepared for those securely standing on battlements to hurl down from above.

Whether Daleks have mothers or fathers, though, I don't know, nor if they would know what a hamster was. Or even if they can smell an elderberry...

This might require more thought...

How a Kaggle Grandmaster cheated in $25,000 AI contest with hidden code – and was fired from dream SV job


Of course, if the AI program was actually intelligent, this is exactly what it would do! It would look at the answer!

Antarctic researchers send an SOS to the world: Who wrote this message in a bottle?


Re: oh come on

X-ray what? The bottle? It's already transparent. And a regular x-ray machine wouldn't do anything to reveal the writing.

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero


Re: Not for me

You were there too? Awesome!


Re: Think of the trees...

"Step 1: Open the case. Step 2: remove the solder. Step 3: insert and resolder new battery."

The steps aren't difficult to say!

A stranger's TV went on spending spree with my Amazon account – and web giant did nothing about it for months


Re: Magic tool

If you think a 2nd line tech gets "raw SQL access" to the whole of Amazon's payments system, think again!

But if you're correct, then Amazon have much bigger issues than a few rogue smart devices.


Re: All those precautions and 'they' left out the most obvious one

Cancelling your cards (and effectively closing your bank account for every single payment mechanism you use) is fairly extreme for a strange purchase on Amazon, I think - all that extra work and hassle, for a start.

Have you stopped a bank card recently? There's dozens of places that have the details, that you have to chase down.

So no, killing the card certainly shouldn't be your first step. It hasn't been compromised!


Re: Devices generally have an api type login


Someone gets it.

It's a different door with different keys, is a good analogy, and it's one of those hidden doors that looks like a bookshelf, in this case.



Did you accidentally not buy it from Amazon? There could be trouble ahead!

(That bit is a joke. Obviously Amazon don't make LG TVs, or indeed any TVs. Yet. Indeed, no TV will ever show up in that list on your account - that's the point of the article.)

Haunted by Europe's GDPR, ICANN sharpens wooden stake to finally slay the Whois vampire


Re: It's all mixed up

To be fair, telephone directories are pretty rare now, off-line, anyway.

TalkTalk says WalkWalk if you've got a mouldy Tiscali email address, or pay £50 a year to keep it



Literally yesterday I was asked by someone on TalkTalk about how they could migrate their Toucansurf email if they leave TalkTalk. Sadly, this article contains the answer - they can't, really, any more, they'll have to start paying for it!

The old chap asking has, as you can guess, had that email since the dawn of Internet time, and it's known around the world.


Re: Another ex-Nildrammer here

Yes, it is exactly that - a trap. It makes you stay put, because of the hassle.

Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me



I've had to sit and wait on commercial jobs where they've had to do a 2 hour signal test for the system before installing a pre-payment meter in a pub basement, etc.

In fact, I don't know of any that talk through the wires in the UK, they all use data over GSM. But, that could be a supplier I've not worked with, or a recent change (I've scaled it back as the money is terrible, and the "customers" frequently worse.)


Re: the ability to remotely disconnect

I hope you had them fit a stop tap alongside the meter!


Re: the ability to remotely disconnect

Might I suggest adding an inline water valve with every repair in future, so you can isolate that thing the next time, with a screwdriver.


"And while you're here to arrest me for the 'mmicro sooft tax evasion' officer, could you take away this burglar?"


Re: I don't know why you think that

Is this where I am legally bound to point out that you don't own your electric meter anyway, the supplier does?

If EDF has to change 17 million electric meters, that is their problem, not yours.

This has already been demonstrated in the UK market when "we" installed hundreds of thousands of smart meters, and then... took them all out again and put in old refurbished spinning dial ones!

No cost to the customer, except possibly a little extra wear on the locks of those who, weirdly, were never home, never replied, and turned out to be using huge amounts of electric to warm the attic with lights...


Re: Le Diable

Eh? These meters don't "cut" unless you don't pay your bill, or, if you previously haven't paid your bill long enough, you haven't fed it enough electronic money in advance.

The only other thing could be if you frequently pull over the rated main fuse capacity. But that's 60A minimum, up to 100A, on a single phase, and the alternative is a burning meter, wiring and house, so probably better to get that checked out!

Careful now, UK court ruling says email signature blocks can sign binding contracts


Re: So folks will be adding

I'm amazed that you're the only other person who seems to have spotted that!

The lawyer sent a badly worded email, and it bit him.

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!


Re: Not just business

Yes, and without it, those 1000% markups won't feed your kids for a week, not when the total value is still under £50.

Don't fall into the stupid percentage markup trap. 100% markup on a penny sweet only makes you 1p richer.



Shocking! CPC are ripping you right off, with their next day delivery for free, and a whopping 45p "profit". Why, how dare they pay their staff! Only *you* should get paid, right? That 45p is half a Mars bar off your £400 bill!

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards


A heck of a lot of these commentards miss this vital paragraph:

"According to the DAIB, WK050 "failed to register ground contact during the ground touch window and auto-aborted", meaning it throttled up and took off."

The drone never landed, and the "pilot" cut the power thinking it had, and was crashing.


No? It never touched the ground. If it had, the thing would've landed. The inertia of spinning up the wheels would've slowed it dramatically, as designed, and the aircraft, suddenly on grass, likely couldn't have powered away without serious effort, instead completing the landing.

It got *really close* to landing. Close enough to fool the "pilots".


Re: Thales Kill Whales

You should've gone with 2 rape alarms instead of dozens then? You could've taken it inside the building to release it up to the ceiling, with a trio of strings to activate the audio and leave the whale untethered and way out of reach.


Re: Right response

Not really.

The drone came close to landing, but decided it was too far off the centre of the runaway to land, due to the crosswind. It therefore powered up again to go around and try again.

Alas, the "crew" saw the runway turn to grass on the camera display, panicked, and cut the power. They thought it was on the ground, because they were looking at the grass on the video stream, instead of the altitude. Without power, the drone flew a short distance more and hit a tree.


Re: From a different article, same subject, similar failure:

WHAT!? They're Army, not some sort of fly boy!!1!!eleven!


It's the worst of both worlds, and will be the cause of many a death with the soon to arrive "nearly self driving cars".

Imagine travelling for 7 hours from Edinburgh to Birmingham, maintaining awareness of everyone on the road, but without actually changing speed (you're locked at 70, or, mostly, 50 or even 30!), changing lanes, keeping a safe distance - all that's done by the car now. But you've got to be ready, in a heartbeat, to "take over" and save the day off the computer cocks it up, and, say, swerves into contraflow traffic at 50mph. No chance!

Same with this aircraft. It's boring, and you're a "passenger".



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