Ronnie Barker, in "Porridge" "I don't quite know how to put this, gentlemen, but there is a thief among us."
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
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Re: This is about as deluded..
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!
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 :-)
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! :-)
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Re: This "Get Windows 10" widget...
If you have the following updates installed:
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!
Re: Out of cheese error
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!
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!