* Posts by VBF

45 posts • joined 23 Sep 2013

Shocked I am. Shocked to find that underground bank-card-trading forums are full of liars, cheats, small-time grifters


Ronnie Barker, in "Porridge" "I don't quite know how to put this, gentlemen, but there is a thief among us."

Cabinet Office takes over control of UK government data: Mundane machinery or Machiavellian manoeuvrings?


Re: Breeding unicorns

Yes, Minister

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future


Not to try and outdo you, but I use analogue (FM) and DAB in the car, digital (via broadband) and FM at home (Quad FM4) and often listen to BBC radio off the TV iPlayer app.

DAB is great in the car for the sheer quantity of stations but other than that, the above works for me

Winter is coming, and with it the UK's COVID-19 contact-tracing app – though health minister says it's not a priority


Re: Well that aged well

If ever there was a time to remember the saying "Lies, Dammed Lies and Statistics" it has been this virus outbreak. Not helped by various media HAVING to get their views out first WITHOUT BL***Y CHECKING!!!!

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine


Re: Would this be a good 'phone to have ...

Add Thailand to your list - since about 2016, I think

Petition asking Microsoft to open-source Windows 7 sails past 7,777-signature goal


Re: This is about as deluded..

Well said.

IMO Vegans have the absolute right to avoid meat, milk etc.

I as an omnivore have the absolute right to carry on eating what I like.

I also benefit from the Vegans, as I can CHOOSE the occasional vegetarian / vegan meal.

Had a delicious lentil burger last week, yet today I fancy some chicken.

I call that a "win-win" situation.

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


Re: Why indeed...

Excuse my "one-downmanship" but my daily use speakers are a venerable pair of Spendor BC1 BBC monitors. 48 year old, infinite baffle design bought second-hand for £160 in 1971.

As @adrianww said (or implied) they leave modern speakers in the dust. When I went to audition a CD player, the Audio shop had to set up a pair of £5000 speakers to get to the quality required - and they offered to buy my Splendors from me!

Change is not always progress, especially considering that the design of the human ear is analogue and thousands of years old!

Up in the heir: Inheritors enduring huge delays after botched migration at UK probate service


And yet in 2013, when I was Executor to my late Mother's estate, the whole process took less than 6 weeks from application to Grant of Probate being issued.

Cali Right-to-Repair law dropped, cracks screen, has to be taken to authorized repair shop


I cannot believe......

I cannot believe that this is a legal issue.

Once an item is outside its warranty..if I own it and I can fix it I <expletive> well will!!!

It's when I cannot fix it and nobody else other than the manufacturer is (supposedly) allowed to that you have a problem.

But then...... that's what YouTube videos are for :-)

It's an Easter Jesus miracle: MS Paint back from the dead (ish) and in Windows 10 'for now'


Re: "34-year-old program"

Agree... also that "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" was long ago replaced by "We haven't tinkered with this for a while...let's "improve" it"

As a retired-software tester, an all too frequent scenario.

FYI: Get ready for face scans on leaving the US because 1.2% of visitors overstayed their visas


Sort of related......

In Thailand, when you enter, leave, or visit Immigration to extend a Visa, your photograph is taken and PRESUMABLY stored somewhere for future use.

They have been doing this for about 10 years so nothing new.....

UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system


I tried to use this awful verify system to get a Pension forecast. The amount of personal information shared with people i don't trust put me right off.

Then I realised that I could phone the DWP and after identifying myself, they would POST (remember that?) a forecast.

To me, the only other use for this verify was to log on to HMRC, and my accountant does that for me so I thought "stuff it!"

As the DVLC also used it, I will be OK until 2025 when my driving licence expires! :-)

UK chip and PIN readers fall ill: Don't switch off that terminal!


Re: Cash on the barrel head

THAT is the garage's problem! Offer them cash, legal currency, and if they don't take it, leave, telling them to note your number - if they ask for your name & address, let them have it, making clear that you're OFFERING to pay legally - not your fault if they don't wish to accept it!

The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?


Re: Lipstick on a pig

Make it 3 - seems like much fuss about very little.

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well


That's OK - they become IT Managers!

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere


Re: Terminology?

Yikes! I remember those and the drives they went into. Hateful damn things!

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?


Re: Start menu

I''m still using the XP Theme files on W10 original Creators Update. I used them on W7 and apart from minor tweaking, they are very satisfactory...IMO!

Emirates and Turkish Airlines lift laptop ban on US-bound flights


To be strictly accurate, the UK never banned devices on Emirates - just Turkish Airlines

America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'


As i told an American fairly recently - if I'm going to visit a 3rd world country, I think I'll stick to developing ones...

Microsoft puts Windows Updates on a diet with 'differential downloads'


Re: My approach to Windows updates

You can, as you say. But that doesn't help if the PC happens to be running W10 Home and is connected by Ethernet. The Group Policies aren't available in Home so you're forced to play with the Registry which is not something the average Home user would care to try!

Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers


Re: As of two weeks ago

And in fact the standard DD agreement in the UK https://gocardless.com/guides/posts/dd-guarantee-in-plain-english/ puts the consumer in complete control UNLIKE a continuing charge (or whatever it's called) on a Credit Card! Now that is a pain to cancel!! With a DD as Blotto says, you either call your bank or use the online service if you have one. Done it several times over the years.

LinkedIn sues 100 information scrapers after technical safeguard fail


Re: If I wanted a job at any company

I agree with that one. I've got a headline on my LI profile saying in UPPER CASE "NO AGENCIES PLEASE" and the emails continue to trickle in. I now reply with a standard polite request to remove me from their database and a not-so polite threat to invoke the DP act if they don't. Having said that, I do still allow some of the Group updates from LI and I have, over the years made some useful contacts - about 10% of all the actual contacts!

London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Re: Government investment in the Police

At last - someone who tells it like it is!

"Some kids are just little shits. End of."

You forgot to add that some parents ought to take their responsibilities seriously too!

Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones


EXACTLY my thought!

Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?


It does and if you happen to need an MS account, just create a "junk" one for the sole purpose of accessing MS (if you wish to use the Store for example). That account needn't have any personal information in it - just don't lose the password 'cos you won't be able to recover it - if that happens, create another one!

Password reuse bot steals creds from weak sites, logs in to banks


Re: What good could they do with it

Trouble with that is, your account number and sort code are sort of "out there" anyway. Any organisation with whom you've ever signed a Direct Debit, or anyone whom you've ever sent a cheque has those details.

The thing with DDs is the Direct Debit Guarantee https://www.directdebit.co.uk/DirectDebitExplained/pages/directdebitguarantee.aspx should, in theory opffer some protection. That assumes that you check your account details regularly!

Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub


I agree 100% - it should be the "Life-Work Balance", NOT the other way around! Far too many people seem to have lost site of that.

Having said that, as a single fellow, I'd love to be given a week in SE Asia at company expense - what jolly fun!

Ashley Madison blackmailers try again with snail mail


You too, eh?


No....they've always been this low...think "Darwin Awards" !

IT contractors raise alarm over HMRC mulling 'one-month' nudge onto payrolls


Re: This does not compute

IF that turns out to be the case, the Umbrella Companies will be happy.

Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands


Re: And the world....

I'm glad someone said this! Just wondering what all the fuss is about - it's only a logo FFS!!!!!!

BYOD? More like CYOD as companies still set the parameters


Re: Why?

Or better.... when you leave the office, WORK CEASES TO EXIST until you return. It's YOUR life - you just work there for an agreed number of hours per day!

Or to put it another way..... It's the LIFE-WORK balance, not the other way around!

BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs


Re: This "Get Windows 10" widget...

If you have the following updates installed:

KB 3035583

KB 2952664

KB 3065987

Uninstall them and "Get Windows 10" goes away. If you want it later - reinstall those updates. I've followed that exact procedure on 2 test PCs.

Unfortunately the updates will try and reinstall as they themselves get updated - best you can do is hide them and be wary. That's assuming that you don't allow Windows to automatically download / install updates - I never have!

Swedish government wins legal case to seize Pirate Bay domains


Re: Legal reasoning.

Well in the UK they can under something called "the Proceeds of Crime Act" so whilst I know nothing of Swedish law, I rather suspect that they can too!

FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane


Re: Either

Which has always been the case!

Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi


Well, if I'm going to visit a 3rd world country, I would rather it was a DEVELOPING one......... Just saying!

Brits conned out of nearly £24m in phone scams in one year


Re: Hand my credit card to a courier, really ?

As soon as I started reading this article, I thought the title should be "More stupid people give their money away to con-men - stuff them!"

Amazon comes over all eBay with new ‘make an offer’ facility


Does ANYBODY pay RRP for ANYTHING any more?

Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m


Re: Ads worse than begging banner?

Seeing as how Wikipedia's main interest is Wikipedia, a few ads aren't going to matter much in the "conflict of interest" stakes. And, anyone who believes ANYTHING on the 'net without checking multiple sources.....well!

Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?


Re: Slightly amazed

They've all got short memories!

What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report


Re: Out of cheese error

Helpful John

Just a word of (hopefully) assistance. Your late wife's official Executor MUST be allowed to close the account, once Probate is obtained. I had similar issues when my mother died also 3 years ago although in this case it might the NotWorthit Bank (!) who messed me about!

Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at


Re: It makes sense if you use a bluetooth earpeice

"Unfortunately no one has yet found a way to keep you from looking like you are crazy as a loon when you talk to yourself."

More to the point,no one has yet found a way to make me give a s**t what other people think I look like! :-)

ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told


Re: Americans

Maybe.......but they're YOUR shit. Perhaps you should invest in some "Pooper Scoopers"?

IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...


Re: "won't be able to hang onto the past much longer"

Luddites Rule - OK?

Axe falls: Virgin Media plans to kill 600 management jobs


Re: Wil things change?

I was also with Virgin for about 20 years until this year but I was getting increasingly annoyed at their poor service, slow broadband and unreliable connections (I'm on ADSL) which they denied were their fault. I only really stayed to keep an email address which had become essential to me. So, I bit the bullet, updated my email address to a portable one and changed ISP. Result - 40% increase in speed using the same router, a connection that stays up for weeks as opposed to days, a helpdesk in the UK staffed by technical people instead of script-reading idiots. So as far as I'm concerned - good riddance!


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