* Posts by jasper pepper

41 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Feb 2016

Clingy Virgin Media won't let us leave, customers complain

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Re: They're probably all a bit like that... BT for example

Trail of evidence. No evidence, then it never happened.

CEO told to die in a car crash after firing engineers who had two full-time jobs

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Re: Judge on results, not appearances

Fine until you have to deal with a crisis, or even worse simultaneous crisis on different jobs. Of course, it should never happen because you are good at your job... but shit happens, does it not?

Malaysian Police crush crypto-mining kit to punish electricity thieves

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No need to waste all that kit. If they wanted a spectacle they could have put those responsible under the roller.

Mind your language: Microsoft set to swing the axe on 27 languages in iOS Outlook

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Re: [we] "have taken a lot of time to do things right"

What do you mean by 'shouting' to make oneself understood? Isn't that the standard method for language teaching in UK schools? From what I remember I spent most of my time in language classes being shouted at, we all did.

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit

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Re: Eminent domain

Armed guards? If a rich man can employ guns why don't the beach lovers also employ guns? Or am I not understanding gun laws?

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing

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Gary is safe

At least Gary is safe in the US. I mean the US doesn't take kindly to foreign jurisdictions harassing its citizens. Gary is at liberty to tell DART crossing and everything to do with DART crossing, their appeals process, their debt collectors, their kangaroo court and their bailiffs to go fuck themselves. I envy Gary, you may wonder why. Well one day your plates may be cloned by rogues who use that crossing - then you will understand.

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

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Re: [we] "have taken a lot of time to do things right"

I successfully removed all payment methods from my Amazon account. Although I should say I don't have Prime. I can see Amazon wanting to keep valid payment methods where you have signed up to be charged for ever and ever.

Would you open an email from one Dr Brian Fisher? GP app staff did – and they got phished

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Re: [we] "have taken a lot of time to do things right"

TalkTalk is run by people who think it costs too much to learn anything.

UK culture sec hints at replacing TV licence fee, defends encryption ban proposals and her boss in Hacker House inquiry

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Re: Yes please...

But why should you inform them of anything?

I don't need to inform the police I don't require a firearms license.

I don't need to inform the environment agency I don't require a fishing license.

I don't need to inform HMRC I don't require a distillery license.

I don't need to inform the NHS I don't require a license to treat patients.

I don't have to tell Sky, The Times, The Guardian, Netfix etc I don't require a subscription.

What is so special about the bbc?

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates

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Re: Wooden Spoon company

No, TalkTalk are not in the same league as Capita. With Capita it is greed, pure and simple; with TalkTalk it is incompetence, stupid, stickling script following idiocy managed by cretins.

Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

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Re: The Ends of the World@ jake

Rose tinted specs. For all other forms of life, rats and cockroaches excepted, the ever more rapacious human population has been a complete disaster.

Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

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Re: NoScript

I replaced NoScript with No-Script Suite Lite. Not as rich as NoScript but it is easy to understand.

BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

Who are you to tell me what is best for me? You (and I) may find people paying Sky a strange, even irrational choice but the thing is it is their choice.

jasper pepper

Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

You speak for yourself not me. My eyeballs, my choice.

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Comodo dragon. Chrome without the feed to Google.

Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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You do know tvlicensing fabricate evidence, don't you?

Capita tried to prosecute this guy using fabricated evidence, a doctored video that puported to show a still tv image from a "live" broadcast.


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The free-loader is the bbc, anyone watching (and by the way I don't) ITV or Sky or the many foreign channels by satellite is deemed liable to pay the bbc as well, now that is free-loading. No other organisation would get away with it. Imagine you buy your Guardian only to be told you have to pay for the Times as well. It is a nonsense, an aberration, a relic from the days before the internet and satellites, only surviving because it has been going on since 1926.

Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams

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It isn't just the councils, it is endemic in the public sector. For instance why is it necessary to record so many traffic movements at so many locations? Hell, they might be speeding or they might use the Dartford crossing without paying. But mustn't grumble, could be worse, the bbc could demand they film me at home, just to make sure I'm not watching live tv without a licence.

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Re: Monitoring

It doesn't help that different councils have different rules. For instance, Chelmsford are positively liberal, just no hard plastics, no foam; Havering on the other hand, well it needs a book of rules and a degree in chemistry.

IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

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Re: Cost Savings

What if they are good?

Because they are irrelevant to this year's management bonuses. Most likely the shit caused by getting rid of competent staff won't hit the fan until next year (or later) and by then this year's bonus will have been pocketed and new management imperatives unveiled.

Russia and China bombard Blighty with 188 cyberattacks in 3 months

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It is one thing to have the US hacking Angela Merkel's phone but quite beyond the pale for the Russians and Chines to hack us isn't it?

US tech giants take brave immigration stand that has nothing to do with profit whatsoever

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Re: That's a long article, let me condense it for you.

No, Trump is a twat, Blair is an example of a cunt.

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Dear volunteer testers...

The GWX debacle should have been enough to demonstrate beyond reasonable that doubt that setting automatic updates on was not in your interests. How many more times does microsoft need to c o ck things up before everyone gets the message?

Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Are you sure?

Are you sure you have captured all the steps needed to complete this task?

You need time to discover all the consequences of this management meddling, er initiative. Then once you have listed them all you need to test. Days become weeks and could be months. Well, does the manager want it done properly or not? And don't forget to consider how backups taken under the old regime may be restored using the new regime.

Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

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Try the smaller sites. Lots of stuff sold on Amazon is actually sold by third-parties but at a higher price than the third-parties own site (well, they have to cover the cost Amazons fees somehow).

So, if you see something you like on Amazon check the sellers name on google, look for a similarly named site and check the item there. You may well save yourself 10% or more.

'Hacker' accused of idiotic plan to defraud bank out of $1.5 million

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Just asking

How many of those on here calling Dwayne dim could do as Dwayne did? ie "He then illegally accessed two accounts at JP Morgan that were owned by the unnamed bank and transferred $134,000 into the account."

Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

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Please explain

Why do people use vodafone (and the others) when competitively priced alternatives exist (eg giff-gaff)?

I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

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He wants to eliminate crime. Why not call for criminals to be eliminated, rather than wanting to fiddle about with cars?

Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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Well, that's just fine now isn't it.

Except it isn't is it?

If microsoft think this will restore their reputation they are going to be disappointed.

The whole win 10 fiasco destroyed what trust remained in the microsoft brand.

It really isn't good for business if your customers :

a) Don't trust your brand.

b) Think your brand ignores their needs.

c) Use your products under sufferance.

It leads to :

d) Your products are only chosen as a last resort in the absence of a viable alternative.

Of course, it will take a while but as with the once mighty IBM I think microsoft is destined to dwindle from industry giant to industry also-ran.

End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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Make them prove it.

Maybe if the onus was put on the providers to demonstrate at least one user in the quoted post-code regularly achieves the "up to speed" then this "up to speed" nonsense would cease.

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

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What to do

Yes, of course the police should move away from ancient and unsupported XP, perhaps to the more secure win 10 where any data and all data can and will be sent direct to microsoft.

HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

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Apple and Amazon et al comply

Indeed they do. The difference is Apple and Amazon et al can employ the best tax lawyers in the business, HMRC then say "thank you very much" and scuttle away with their tail between their legs.

Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Re: Well...

Well, of course, whereas in the democratic West the banks have the governments by the balls.

EU mulls €3bn fine for Google

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Amazon next... please.

UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

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See wot I mean

quickly if bloody difficult.

Quite, attention to detail.

Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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Why not hit the clowns where it hurts, take the money from their pension pot then enable those wronged to sue them for Misfeasance in Public Office.

GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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Usual bollox spouted by management, it was ever so....

Lack of people with the skills they seek? No.

Inadequate salaries offered to those they seek? Yes.

Is Microsoft's chatty bot platform just Clippy Mark 2?

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"Microsoft was in the right place at the right time when command lines were superseded by GUIs,"


The GUIs were put together by Xerox before the hardware was cheap/powerful to support them.

Some years later Apple "appropriated" Xerox's ideas in the Lisa then and only then did Microsoft think they would have GUI too. Have you never heard of the court case, Apple sued Microsoft for copying their idea - they lost but for reasons other than it being an original idea by Microsoft.


Has Microsoft ever devised anything truly original?

By original I mean something Microsoft didn't buy in from an outside innovator. Neither do I mean something they developed after a smaller innovator got it first only for Microsoft to bludgeon them into insignificance.

French publishers join Swedish 'Block Party' to pester ad refuseniks

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It's their own fault

Surely the publishers have only themselves to blame.

In the case of the paper press the ads are embedded in the page, you see the page, you see the ads, it is one.

Now, for whatever reasons, publishers have chosen to implement online ads such in a way they can be easily removed. It is a analogous to those "inserts" the paper press put in their publications; the ones I drop into the nearest bin, the ones I don't hear them whining about me or anyone else discarding.

So, why do publishers expect the consumer to behave any differently just because the content is online?

BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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If in doubt go to the act-

Communications Act 2003

Part 4 Licensing of TV reception

363Licence required for use of TV receiver

(1)A television receiver must not be installed or used unless the installation and use of the receiver is authorised by a licence under this Part.

(2)A person who installs or uses a television receiver in contravention of subsection (1) is guilty of an offence.

(3)A person with a television receiver in his possession or under his control who—

(a)intends to install or use it in contravention of subsection (1), or

(b)knows, or has reasonable grounds for believing, that another person intends to install or use it in contravention of that subsection, is guilty of an offence.

In other words the crime is USING the tv to receive signals, not owning the tv.

AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

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Ad-blockers illegal?

I guess the ad-clowns would say editing your own hosts file to block their crap was illegal too.