* Posts by The Dogs Meevonks

190 posts • joined 31 Aug 2017


Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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Re: BMW minimalism

Honda did that on my old 2005 Accord Tourer EX... under the floor I had all this lovely extra space... a can of tyre foam and 12v pump.

Which is all well and good until some C8nt in a Cayenne hurtles around the corner of a narrow country lane in the middle of the road causing you to have to swerve to avoid them... hitting the cobblestone curb and ripping a 3" gash in the sidewall of your tire.

I could have popped the emergency spare on and drove the 5 miles from the middle of the country side to a garage to get a new tire... Instead I had to wait 80 mins before some poor guy turns up just as a massive thunderstorm hits... and put an emergency tire on the car and then follows me to said garage so he can get his tire back.

When I replaced that car with another Honda Accord EX... I made sure that I had an emergency spare in the boot.

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In my own personal experience driving or being a passenger... some 80% of all dickhead, arseholery on the roads is caused by 3 groups of people. BMW drivers, Audi drivers and people who should never be allowed behind the wheel.

When I see an audi/bmw driver show a sense of consideration towards other road users... I am honestly shocked to the core. It's not just their general refusal to understand how indicators work, it's overtaking several cars at one on minor A/B roads across double white lines, it's pulling out at junctions and blocking the oncoming lane or just pulling out there's too much traffic causing you to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the twat... and when you lay on the horn and give them the appropriate gesture... they then try to blame you for daring to be on the road and having the right of way.

The bigger the car... the bigger the twat behind the wheel... I've seen considerate driving from people in the little Audi A1... but the A2 upwards... utter arseholes. I uploaded a pic to youparklikeac*nt of one Audi SUV driving tosser who parked across a pedestrian crossing to go shopping in Morrisons... they returned to the vehicle as I was taking the pic and the little pathetic excuse for a man tried to start a fight over it... until he realised I was filiming him and his rants... that video was passed along to the police.

Then there's the twat who thought it was a good id ea to try and overtake on the inside of me on a roundabout and turn left as I was going straight on... or the drunk, uninsured audi driver who crashed into 3 cars writing of 2 of them and his own... one of them being mine, last year.

So yeah... that's why people consider them utter wankers who don't deserve to be allowed licences... and should be forced to retake their driving test every year if they ever show an interest in owning one of those brands... In fact let's cover ALL German brands and their subsidiaries... because it's spreading. merc drivers are getting worse, certain VW ones have started to adopt the same attitude... and that's filtering down to Seat too... At the moment Skod seems immune to it... but that's more because no elitist brand worshipping prick would be seen dead in one.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: Too much arguing = not enough eating

I prefer mine from Suffolk...Aspalls is yummy.

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Re: What was she (or even her tummy) taught?

As a hooker, I'm assuming she's not a fan of having her cream in 'pie' form due to the extra risks involved.

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At the risk of alienating 50% of you

This how I do mine

Cut a scone in half, on one half I put clotted cream and then jam, and on the other half I put jam and then clotted cream... Why you may ask... because I'm not a fan of putting the top half back on the scone... it just squirts out the sides when you bite into it. My way you get to honour both methods whilst getting twice as much jam and clotted cream.

I'm a frickin genius. :)

No surprise: Britain ditches central database model for virus contact-tracing apps in favour of Apple-Google API

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Re: This is all complete cack

Belgium have a population of around 13 million... when you do the % they're higher than you'd think.

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Re: This is all complete cack

I've been trying for 3 months to educate people on how pandemics spread... and for the most part... people have ignored me. They can't grasp it or don't want to listen because it's an inconvenience.

I've said all along that without longterm measures that are now being thrown aside... we will see a second wave... and it'll hit around August-Sept depending on the weather... if we get a long hot summer, it'll help slow it down.

But the goal of this govt isn't to stop it... it's to stop it over whelimng a healthcare system that has been underfunded for a decade... where emergency pandemic supplies for this exact situation where devoid of the very ppe that was required.

If the NHS and the pandemic emergency supplies had been funded properly... thousands of lives would have been saved... and the elderly wouldn't have been sacrificed in care homes up and down the country to ease the burden... and that's before you get intot he thousands of deaths that haven't been recorded as covid because they wouldn't test anyone who died outside of healthcare facilities. The average deaths over the last 5 years is 20,000 higher for this period... with a 2-3% average deviation.

Over 40,000 'official' reported deaths... but we're really looking at closer to 60,000... perhaps more. And it's not going away. Just look at the US for how to handle it badly... they're not experiencing a second wave... they never got out of the first one.

Long rant... it makes my blood boil... these C***S in charge are no better than murderers.

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Re: Re:putting oneself forward as an MP

and this is why we need to change the first past the post voting system we have... where you can win without even getting 20% of the votes.

It's just a bunch of corrupt, arsewipes doling out taxpayer cash to their chums at every opportunity whilst people die from their negligence and incompetence.

and if you though brexit was going to be bad before this pandemic... it's going to be a lot worse as the xenophic fuckwits in charge have refused to be involved with the EU on dealing with it as a whole...

How about we paint Bojo the clown sky penis with that slogan involving 350 million being spent on the NHS... or should we change that to let's give 108 million to a few of our mates companies and fuck the NHS again like we always do.

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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They actually have a plan...

I firmly believe that this is a deliberate ploy by aspects of the Republican party to lose the next election... they see the tide turning against them and the global recession coming... and they don;t want to be in charge whilst it's happening. That way we'll just see another wave of hate and bile blaming those 'socialist/libtards' for everything that's gone wrong in the country.

I don't think they've bothered to actually inform Trump of this though.

Me... cynical... who saw the exact same thing happen in 2010 in the UK where Labour seemingly threw away their chances to win by portraying their leader as a bigot... Coincidence... maybe not. :)

Customers of Brit ISP Virgin Media have downloaded an extra 325GB since March, though we can't think why

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There already is new content... and it's 'ALL' labelled something along the lines of 'Stuck in lockdown with my horny step mom/sister/brother/father/cousin/aunt/uncle' and in some parts of the USA... all of those at once.

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I've had nothing but problems with my landline and broadband service for the last 4 months.. and that's just since I discovered the issue... the ISP confirmed the problem had existed for 11 months before that and ignored it.

It took 5 weeks for them to actually fix the problem with the broadband speeds... which had deteriorated from the 70+Mb I was getting to under 30Mb with real world speeds dipping into the mid teens.

but they failed to do anything about the noise on the landline... which then had to be reported again and again... and it took a further 2 months to resolve that. With openreach coming out 3 or 4 times and replacing the wires from the exchange to the cabinet, recrimping all of the connections to the home and the block up the pole... and then replacing something called a 'conk' (no idea on spelling) at the exchange itself.

On the bright side... I've not actually had to pay anything for my service for the last 4 months.... which is nice.

HTC breaks with tradition to push out 2 phones someone might actually want to buy

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I had a HTC Desire HD way back around 2010-2011... had it for a few years.

But the promised updates never came, they backtracked on android OS updates whilst shittier lower spec phones got them. Then there was the bloat... oh my god... the fucking bloat. You had the forced installed apps for twitter, facebook and half a dozen other things... and on top of that you had the forced installed HTC versions of the exact same apps... None of which could be uninstalled and which left the tiny amount of storage left quickly filled with just a handful of apps... and this was supposed to the flagship phone of the time.

I've never touched a HTC product again... and never will.

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

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Re: It's an unknown

Yes... but you just have to choose which ones you use very carefully... for messaging... use telegram or signal.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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If it requires an app or any kind of login outside of my own network to be used... it's not being purchased.

Fuck all of this IoT shit.

Brit competition regulator will soon be able to seize rogue traders' domains – and even Amazon accounts

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Won't make much difference until...

When you start holding companies like ebay and Amazon liable for enabling the sale of fake/fraudulent goods... they have no incentive to do anything that will harm their profit margins.

The ONLY thing these companies ever understand is their bottom line... so the ONLY way to get things done is to hurt it... and hurt it in such a way that it simply become too unprofitable to continue to operate in that manner.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Can it really be called 'satire'

Can it really be called 'satire' if it's entirely believable that this happened?

Users of Will.i.am's Wink IoT hub ask 'Where is the love?' as they're asked to pay for a new subscription service

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Am I the only one left in this world....

When I need to turn a light on off... I do... what may be surprising to many people... I use this wonderful invention that every home comes with... it's called a light switch.

Same goes for other items that need to be turned on or off... they have these incredible inventions called buttons/switches on them too... I know... amazing right... how did we ever get by without them before now.

On those occasions that I will be away from home... I have several timers that randomise the on/off time to turn lights on/off and you can even get LED light boxes that mimic the light from a TV screen making it look like a TV has been turned on... or the TV itself has timers you can use to turn on/off.

For about £70, I easily setup my house to look lived in... Timers are set to turn on tv's, lights go on off around the house, with one main light being on all evening until, then other lights will go on in succession... so the downstairs will go out just after the landing/stairs lights go on... bedroom comes on and then the others go out one by one. Then in the middle of the night at randoms times... lights go on again to mimic some one getting up and going to the bathroom and the kitchen.

Each day is setup differently thanks to the fully programmable nature of the timers and the built in randomize settings means that it could be left for weeks and would never repeat the exact same pattern twice.

No subscription, no paperweight tech items, just safe and secure in the knowledge that I've done my best to deter casual criminals... because that's all you can do really... if some one is determined to break in... they will.

Google is a 'publisher' says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer

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and the counter side of that is if those indexed results are placed higher or lower that the inaccurate information.

Links to false information shouldn't be indexed in the first place.

But that's not the issues... it's if google is a publisher or not... and they are in my eyes. they have long tried to argue that they're not to avoid responsibility; both ethically and morally; for the information they provide to people.

It's about time they got reigned in and dealt with... if this opens the floodgates to more lawsuits... so be it. Companies like this only understand one thing... greed and the pursuit of money and power... anything that clips their wings is a good thing these days.

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So by your argument... anyone charged with any kind of crime deserves to have that follow them around for the rest of their life... with no regard what so ever to the facts/truth regarding those 'allegations'.

If nothing has been proven and charges were dropped... then there is no reason to continue to 'publish' links to said 'incorrect' article from 16yrs ago.

Innocent until proven guilty obviously doesn't apply in your mind... and having false allegations made against people can ruin lives regardless of any conviction not being applied.

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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I bought a cheap Mechanical KB once

I bought a Tecknet mechanical keyboard a couple of years ago after my corsair LED (non mechanical) one developed a dodgy space bar... It worked but it was so loud that it was annoying... and the LED's were single colour and different for each row... which was equally annoying... and that allowed them to 'deceive' buyers by claiming it to be an RGB KB... because it has different colours... the fact that they can't be changed was strangely omitted from the blurb.

But it was cheap... and it did make me realise that I do prefer mechanical ones to membrane... So last year I replaced it with a Corsair Straife... simply because I already had a Corsair H115i AIO and a Corsair Glaive mouse and didn't want any product that would require any other kind of software for lighting... It's also the reason that the new gaming rig I'm currently building is also mostly corsair products (case, ram, fans) because I am finally falling into the RGB trap after years of resisting it. I've always said it's a waste of time and money should be spent on performance... unless you have spare money left over... and this time... I have some spare money left over. So upgraded to the corsair Crystal 680X case, RGB Vengeance 3600mhz memory and a few extra RGB fans for the case.

But back on topic... you get what you pay for... and cheap keyboards are cheap for a reason.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Re: Another thing...

I've tried everything I can over the last year... I've written to media outlets, I've contact his local MP (tory) and everyone has simply ignored it... No one is interested in helping people any more... and because he's been driven to this point. He's become a complete recluse, doesn't use social media at all and withdrawn from any all social interactions. I literally have to force myself into his life because every other person has abandoned him.

People don't want to help people who suffer from depression, the state of mental health services in this country is appalling. He's had appointments, his doctors, the mental health team are all 100% aware of his situation... and have done nothing in nearly 12 months. No referrals, no support and the so called funding team repeatedly refuse to fund the minor surgery he requires to give him a normal life... and refuse to tell him why.

This kind of things is utterly disgusting... and you can ultimately blame the govt for their underfunding... but you can also lay the blame squarely at the jobsworths who simply value peoples lives based on a spreadsheet... and they've judged that his life is worth £0.00

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Re: Another thing...

The NHS on the whole... when you look at the front line staff... IS a wonderful thing.

But... the govt has stripped it bare, underfunded it for a decade, forced it to cut services... thrown any one with any mental health issues on the scrap heap... and refused to help people with serious issues that stop them from leading a normal life... This last one I can confirm is true as I personally know some one who they simply refuse to help at all... who has been pushed to the brink of suicide and has been left behind, forgotten and ignored. To put it bluntly... they don't give a fuck and seem to want him to kill himself.

And this isn't something that's just happened... he's been driven to this over the last 3-4years. He wakes up every morning wishing he was dead and goes to sleep every night wondering why he never had the nerve to go through with it.

And I can't do a damn thing to help... because this fucking lockdown prevents me from socialising with him and making sure he's ok. All I can do is call and cross my fingers he's still alive.

But if he dies... it'll be the NHS who killed him... and they won't accept any responsibility for their failures and negligence... and it'll be the govt who are ultimately responsible for his murder.

But no one cares... and no one will ever be held accountable for what they've done.

But sure... let's give some wannabe failed model a 10 grand nose job on the NHS because she's got a little bump on her nose she doesn't like... and feels a little down... this person then goes on national TV boasting about how she basically conned the NHS into paying for it... But that money could have been better spent curing 3-4 people like my friend who is far more deserving and has been though far more soul destroying trauma than anyone I know... and still fights to survive every day, still tries to find the humour in the darkest of things.

So support those frontline staff who do the hard work... but fuck those in charge who treat the NHS like shit, who have stripped it bare and cost thousands of people their lives through their incompetence, greed and lust for power.

'Non-commercial use only'? Oopsie. You can't get much more commercial than a huge digital billboard over Piccadilly

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Can I just take a moment to say F*CK TeamViewer

I was a TV user for many years... but these last few have seen a insidious demand to try and force non commercial users to pay hundreds of pounds for a license they don't need.

I use it to manage the few computers on my home network, to support my mum's PC as well as help with a couple of people occasionally who are part of the local parkinsons support group.

But like clockwork... every few months... one of them will get flagged as 'commercial use' and it's impossible to know which one, TV refuse to respond and trying to get them to remove the block is pointless. It's supposed to restrict you to 5-10 mins connection.. the reality is perhaps a few seconds... 20-30 at most... then it kicks you off.

You try helping the vulnerable, the disabled and the elderly when being treated like some kind of scumbag criminal defrauding them.

the reddit group is overflowing with exactly the same stories... and it's nothing more than an attempt at extortion from a company that has turned into a shitty, greedy, insidious bunch of wankers.

So f*ck em... every response on reddit is the same... switch to anydesk... because that's been smooth sailing for everyone so far.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

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Re: Google, Microsoft & Facebook etc is ok but the Govmt isn't?

I would imagine that most people on these forums are more knowledgeable than your average citizen. There are ways to reduce the slurping of personal data, and render it next to worthless.

Programs like OOSU10 can limit what windows 10 can do, stop using google and switch to duckduckgo on both desktop/laptop and mobile... Stop using Chrome and switch to Firefox... make use of your hosts file.

Don't allow facebook anywhere near your phone.. in fact.. if you have one... delete your entire account.

And most importantly... use a VPN, and use plugins to block ads, scripts, cookies and trackers.. and make use of firefox's 'containers' to sandbox sites so they can't track what you are doing elsewhere.

Whilst these won't stop 100% of it... they'll reduce it to the point that whatever they do manage to collect is next to worthless.

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Re: VPN Always Essential - Now Compulsory

That's a very interesting idea... I'd actually be interested in plugging something like that into my home network... Especially whilst I'm away.

Let them figure that one out. :)

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VPN Always Essential - Now Compulsory

I've been using a VPN for around 8yrs now... used occasionally prior to that... But it's been permanently on for those last 8. and for the last couple since my provider added it... Kill switch enabled too.

I keep advising people to do the same... very few do... but these are the same people who dismiss my advice about privacy and security too.

Now a VPN should be compulsory for everyone... not just something 'people who pirate' use... EVERYONE should have one.

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule

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Good luck with the anonymity... I mean.. how do you make 5 users truly anonymous. :)

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Re: We know what you did ...

You must also believe that the world is flat, the we never went to the moon, the vaccines cause autism and that any vaccine developed for covid will be used to implant microchips in people to mid control them... and that Trump and his little lapdog BoJo are the greatest thing ever.

Could you please, lay of the fruit loop juice for a few days... I think this self isolation is sending you a little silly... unless of course you are already completely bonkers... a few sandwiches short of a picnic, a few beers short of a six pack.. so to speak... if you are... then please accept my heartfelt apologies and my wishes that you get better soon.

Apollo 13 set off into space 50 years ago today. An ignored change order ensured it did not make it to the Moon...

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Re: Lucky 13

Close, Challenger was down to a failed O ring on the fuel system for the boosters, Columbia was down to falling debris on launch that damaged the insulation on the wing.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Re: Wear face protection?

a lot of Osmans is an Ozymandias.

You get fibre, you get fibre, you all get fibre: UK Ministry of Fun promises new rules to make all new homes gigabit capable

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Not coming here for years yet

I live in a fairly large town, I'm sandwiched between 5 very large towns all within 5-10 miles away and on major routes between 4 of them and a slightly less major route (but still A-Road) with the other.

I had an openreach engineer out yesterday because my FTTC service had degraded more than 50% to the point it was causing trouble when streaming/gaming/downloading at the same time... and 30-40% below the minimum my ISP guarantee.

According to him, they are concentrating on either new builds and rural areas with towns like mine and any other that already have FTTC... are unimportant and will be amongst the last to get FTTH.

Over in Milton Keynes... they've been laying FTTH in areas... or at least vodafone have... but if you want it... you have to go with them, and they point blank refuse to transfer your phone number. I know people who have had to discard the number they've had for 30yrs or more and can ONLY go with vodafone (who are one of the worst companies to deal with in my experience, think talktalk on steroids for the bullshit and lies they spew).

So yeah... upgrade an area is great... but not if it locks in a monopoly for the service... that's a downgrade and a surefire way to end up making people pay more not less.

Your data was 'taken without permission', customers told, after personal info accessed in O2 UK partner's database

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Re: "able to access customer data on 26 February through an external backup database"

Typically the fine is far, far lower than the cost of adequately securing the data and ensuring it's continued security to begin with. So they always go with the cheaper option.

Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web

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Re: I can junk Facebook, but I can't junk switches and other devices just because TLS 1.2

That narrow view of the world is that they are entitled to know everything about you, every scrap of data you produce regardless of if you even have a feacesbook account.

Anything that fucks with that is a good thing in my book.

Go on, eat your fibre, new build contractors. It's free! OpenReach lowers limit for free FTTP connections

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No FTTP here

I live in a town that's close to many larger towns/cities and we still don't have fibre to the home yet... and there is no road map showing if it's ever coming... I have no idea if all of the houses they built just round the corner or are continuing to build around me have it either. We are literally in the middle of 5 major towns within 10-15 miles in all directions and on a major route between 2 of them... It's an up and coming area with masses of regeneration and building going on.

I'm around 500m from my nearest cabinet (about 100m direct, but cables go up one street and down the other) and whilst I can get around 60-65Mb my actual speeds hover in the 44-49Mb range... just enough to give me a real world speed above the minimum 38Mb the ISP guarantees to provide.

I keep complaining and suddenly I'm getting better speeds again... and slowly it drops over the next few months once more. The openreach engineer tells me that it's a good line with no noise and more than capable of supporting near to 70Mb (Best I used to get was 67Mb)... So I can only assume that my ISP 'Zen' is slowing things down... Wouldn't be the first time I've encountered it, I'm a heavy user 99% of everything I watch is streamed in HD/4K and as I work from home it's always in use aside from when I'm sleeping.

I just want decent speeds, trying to stream 4 content to 2 devices at the same time whilst somebody is gaming/downloading and browsing... still causes issues when you've maxing out at around 38-39Mb especially with frequent drops below that.

Post Office coughs £57.75m to settle wonky Horizon IT system case

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This is 'only' compensation for the fiasco, it is NOT and SHOULD not be allowed to cover the money that was ILLEGALLY stolen from these people, and it MUST not be allowed as an excuse to stop those people WRONGFULLY prosecuted from taking further action to recover the STOLEN money and ALL of their expenses in righting this egregious abuse of power.

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

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Re: Surprised

When it comes to Musk... I find he's pretty much 50% cunt and 50% wacko with ideas that he cannot implement and so throws as many far fetched things out into the world as possible and let some one else work out how to do it. he then claims the moral high ground for his 'idea' that he's taken from other people and simply got wider attention because of his billionaire celebrity status.

It's no different from Jobs trying to claim that he/apple invented everything they made... when the reality/facts say otherwise... He's just got a better Marketing/PR dept.

Mozilla locks nosy Avast, AVG extensions out of Firefox store amid row over web privacy

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If you have to use force on the dildo... you need a little more for(c)eplay.

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Judging from the downvotes... you're quite right.. not an unpopular opinion.

I'd like to tell you why.

That kind of wilful ignorance is exactly the reason we have this shitshow of an internet we currently have... where every single company thinks it has the right to harvest every single bit of private data bout every one without consequence. You complete and utter failure to give any care in the world, allows them to continue to push the boundaries of what is moral, ethical and in any way acceptable.

You are part of the problem, and whilst people continue to think like you.. nothing will change and people like me will continue to do everything in our power to block and render any data collected as worthless as is possible.

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

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This is the exact point I was going to make.. competition with the services is needed... but everyone has to use the same infrastructure. When one company has controlled the infrastructure it's been to the detriment of competition. Look how hard/expensive it was for companies to lease lines from BT and how they were forced into letting competitors install equipment in the exchanges... and those areas were companies have built their own separate infrastructure and everyone is locked into a monopoly.

So bring back public ownership of the infrastructure and every single company has a level playing field and can instead compete on price/performance... exactly how it should be.

I'd go as far as suggesting the same thing for all essential utilities. Public ownership and control of the infrastructure and competition is on a level footing for everyone else.

Is this paragraph from Trump or an AI bot? You decide, plus buy your own AI for $399

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Re: Bad troll. No cookie.

and the 'dad joke' award of the day goes to... yet another anonymous coward. :p

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?

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Re: Mains gangs or wall sockets

I was thinking the same thing, a lot of those wall boxes don't look like plug sockets... so I suspect they're audio/video plugs for what look like ceiling speakers dotted about the room.

Republican senators shoot down a triple whammy of proposed election security laws

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But in the UK, party political broadcasts are allowed and equal time must be given to all political parties by all broadcasters. Whilst it's direct advertising it is a propaganda advert all the same.

US customers kick up class-action stink over Epson's kyboshing of third-party ink

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Sadly that's been perfectly viable and cost effective way to do it for a very long time.

However, I switched my mum onto a cheap £30 HP printer and their instant ink subscription. It costs her £1.99 a month and they supply you with ink and replace as needed. It gives you up to 50 pages of anything you like each month... So you could print 50 A4 pictures on glossy photo paper if you liked.

Not bad for less than 4p per page.

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Swings and roundabouts

I've had both good and bad experiences with 3rd party inks... so it goes both ways. Had an old Epson £300+ printer that got fudged up with blocked heads after a series of power outages (8 outages inside an hour, that fried some other equipment) that meant the heads never parked/cleaned properly and basically got gummed up.. cleaning them didn't work.

Insurance replaced that one thankfully as it was so expensive back in the mid 2000's along with a new surround amp and alarm clock (all plugged into the non surged protected socket (PC was thankfully).

I'm currently using a WF2660 with 3rd party inks and haven't noticed any issues so far... I paid around £50 for that on sale and Epson inks (4 carts) would cost close to that price each time, whilst alternatives are £10.

My mum's old printer died after failing to maintain it properly... So we got her a cheap £30 HP printer and signed her up to their instant ink... it costs her £1.99 a month for 50 pages of anything she likes... which is more than enough and allows her to print pics if she wants... £24 a year for ink is fine with her and me.

If Epson did something similar for the same price... I'd probably use it myself. Until then... 3rd party inks every time. Ink is not worth more than the most expensive champagnes, it's nothing more than a scam and why they sell printers so cheaply.

We read the Brexit copyright notices so you don't have to… No more IP freely, ta very much

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Re: Supplies of blue tape may be rationed

I was of the (possibly misguided) understanding that France only made white tape.

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back

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Re: There are no humans at Paypal

The only time I've ever had any kind of email response from them is when I've had to raise an issue over a payment... which is far too often when you get caught out by scamming chinese sellers masquerading as UK ones who sell items with 2-3 day delivery only for the date to suddenly change to 1 month as soon as you've paid.

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I've found that in recent months, the only way to get a response from a company and get them to actually take action on something is to simply tweet them a snotty post including hashtags like #scammers #fraudsters #incompetent.... and don't do it once... but repeatedly every hour or so until they respond.

Doing this I've been able to get amazon to resolve an issue where they basically stole over £500 from my bank account, an insurance company who were failing to respond to my claim after an uninsured drunk driver wrote of my car... and that was costing the Motor Insurance Bureau money every day for the hire car (it probably cost almost as much as the payout due to their delays for nearly 2 months).

Then when I wanted to transfer my breakdown cover to my new car... they failed to respond until I again made a snotty tweet... and actually made things far worse by being obnoxious and condescending because I dared to complain publicly about crappy services. In the end I got a full refund and went back to the previous company I was with who ended up being cheaper as a new customer rather than the 'renewal' price that caused me to switch in the first place.

If you can't get the press behind your story to force a response... then the only other choice you have is to make a complete nuisance of yourself and make sure that any searches for hashtags for that company include your irate, condemning results.

Tinfoil-hat search engine DuckDuckGo gifts more options, dark theme and other toys for the 0.43%

The Dogs Meevonks

Re: Go

"I really dislike Google, but their tech results are far better. Sorry DDG."

I don't really care if the results are not quite as good (I've not really noticed an issue myself) because the privacy concerns far outweigh the extra few seconds/minutes it may take to find what I want.

It's been my default on firefox for several years now, and I added it to my phone last year too.

In a touching show of solidarity with the NBA and Blizzard, Apple completely caves to China on HK protest app

The Dogs Meevonks

China has been heavily investing in games/movies/sports/media for years... to achieve this exact result. They've got companies all over the world too afraid to say anything critical of the atrocities being committed in China.

Everyone has a different trigger that makes then sit up and take notice... so whilst many people will disagree that it's just hot air over a silly game. At least it's highlighting the plight of those being oppressed, murdered having their culture/religion eradicated through brainwashing and their organs harvested for sale by the state.

This is a tech site and we're all guilty of standing by and doing nothing... we're all posting comments on devices made there and helping to fund these atrocities.

I wish I had an answer, I wish I could sit here and say I'm not supporting that regime... But all I can really do is say I stand with HK in spirit and wish them well in their endeavour for freedoms and human rights... and I'll try to do better.

Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked

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I've been using an 8 character password for almost 20yrs and so it's never been hacked... However, for the last few years I've retired the variations of that one and switched to a new formula. 2 words and a minimum of 4 digits that is linked in some random way to the site I am using it for.

That means on average my passwords are now 15-20 characters, both upper/lower case and numerical.

So for example... say you've got an account on a food site where you get recipe's and nutritional advice.... a password could be GrandmothersCupcakes1975.

I've found that to be far more effective and efficient that creating random passwords It also doesn't hurt to write them down at home because the chances of anyone breaking into my home and searching for tiny little notebook the size of a credit card just to access my account on some random website is pretty non existent.



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