* Posts by The Dogs Meevonks

216 posts • joined 31 Aug 2017


Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 debut derailed by website glitches, bots, lack of supply

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Several Problems Caused This

There were several reasons this happened

1: There wasn't enough supply, this was deliberate to create more demand and is a common tactic used by companies when releasing new products

2: There was no attempt made to stop the automated bot scraping of inventory, not just on nvidias site but pretty much everywhere.

3: Fanboi behaviour... those so desperate to have the latest piece of 'shiny' it has to be now because it's the best card ever made... at least until the 3090 comes along and who knows what AMD have... I just know that nvidia have concerns about it.

To see so many complaints from desperate people sulking and ranting because they couldn't get one... was rather amusing... I think these people have far more pressing problems in their lives if not getting a graphics card makes them so angry/upset.

I was also very amused to read about the guy who got a little salty at the bot scraping of inventory, that were then immediately posted on ebay at vastly inflated prices... So he wrote a bot himself that created ebay accounts and placed ridiculously high bids on all of the 3080 auctions... I gave every one watching this debacle with a nice degree of amusement, even more of a chuckle. Cards going for close to 100k because of the bot... and sellers who will have to relist and deal with ebay to get the bids cancelled for non payment and so forth.

Family wrongly accused of uploading pedo material to Facebook – after US-EU date confusion in IP address log

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Re: International Standards Organization

I keep saying that we need an extra language option for software, just for the US. English (simplified)

QR-code based contact-tracing app brings 'defining moment' for UK’s 'world beating' test and trace system

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Re: Hm.

Congratulations on being no better than an accessory to murder if you get infected and pass it on to some one who later dies.

You are a real POS... and yet, I still hope you don;t have to suffer from this, have to suffer as others have and I hope that you don't actually cause the death of anyone... let alone a person you actually care about... not that any one as stupid and selfish as you cares about anything or anyone other than themselves.

Microsoft to charge $200 for 32 GPU cores, sliver of CPU clockspeed, 6GB RAM, 512GB SSD... and a Blu-Ray player

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Re: why do you think it's not possible to do any of that with a PC?

I've had a dedicated mediaserver for about 10-11yrs now. It started off as a simple AM2+ based platform with a dual core Athlon and 2GB ram... with onboard graphics... and 3... yes 3TB of storage.

It's been rebuilt and upgraded several times over the decade... Moved into a dedicated Silverstone HTPC chassis that's about the size of a large home cinema amp and can easily hold 7 or 8 HDD's and a couple of SSD's... depending on the size of the GPU used.

It's now running on a B450 with a Ryzen 5 2600X and 32GB of 3200Mhz ram and a Sapphire RX550 4GB GPU... It's a solid little 1080p capable gaming machine... that just so happens to have around 42TB of storage in there. I could swap out the RX550 for an RX580, but that means removing two HDD's as the 580 is much larger... and that drops me down 8TB. I could replace the 6TB drives with larger ones... but I just picked up a couple of 6TB drives for £89 each (WD external drives on offer) and stripped out the HDD's (archive class).

Anyway... waffling on and digressing here... point is... this mediaserver is whisper quiet thanks to the noctua fans fitted and hooked up to a 55" 4K HDR TV in the lounge. Obviously with a RX550, I can't game a 4k... but I can do 1080p no problems... and there are far better ITX class GPU's available like some of the RTX 2060/70 cards... and I'll be betting that later this year or early next year, we'll see AIB ITX class cards based on the RTX30xx series.

But I'm old school... I grew up with the original consoles of the late 70's and 80's... stayed with them until mid 90's when I got a PC of my own... been building my own for over 20yrs now. I graduated from consoles to PC's... and I can't see myself going back at any time.

But consoles have their place... I much prefer racing games on a consoles to a PC, but 1st/3rd person games... it's gotta be the PC.

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I'll take decent gameplay over anything else... a good storyline, compelling game mechanics, no micro transaction, no in game 'currency', no pay to win elements... decent longevity and replayability... always online not required nor needed, single player campaigns that are actually more than 10-20hrs and tacked on as an after thought for the shitty battle royal modes.

Ya know... like games used to be.

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I see your Atari 2600, and raise you a Binatone Pong Machine

Apple to Epic: Sue me? No, sue you, pal!

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Re: Microsoft Has anyone else noticed...

They're already trying it to a certain degree.

When I built a new system in Jan 2019, I finally and reluctantly moved onto windows 10 Pro... but I locked it down as best I could with OOSU10 and that involved removing cortana and the windows store amongst other things to disable telemetry and so on and so on.

When I wanted to install my printer, I initially set it up wireless and didn't need to install much at all.. but when I needed to run some diagnostics and cleaning... I found I needed the epson software.

So off I go to the epson site to grab it... nope.. can't do that... it redirects you to the ms store as the only place you can get it... and I'm not signing up for an ms account EVER!!! so I can.

After some searching, I found what I needed elsewhere... and got it installed no problems.

But yeah... fuck the lot of em... although as much as I loathe apple... kinda on their side on this one. Epic broke the contract and did so deliberately so they could lob this sueball... this is no 'accidental' contract breach... this is malicious and with intent.

So on the contract side... if epic wins... it'll be bad news... on the anti trust side of things... I'm not a fan of walled gardens in general. But when it comes to keeping malware out of app stores... Apple are the only one doing a decent job of it... everyone else just waits for it to be discovered and then takes action after outside sources notify them... in this regard apple is proactive and I think that's a good thing.

So I'm kinda torn on this issue... apple bad... epic bad... walled gardens bad... but kinda leaning towards apple on this specific issue.

I'd be happy to see the % cut reduced... that would hopefully apply across the board to all app stores... But I'd rather not see a 'reasonably safe' app store get diluted and open to malware like others are.

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy

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Re: Bad guy vs bad guy

"But surely nobody serious about privacy is using Chrome...

Firefox + DoH + NoScript + HTTPS Everywhere + Privacy Badger + uBlock Origin + DuckDuckGo = a start."

On top of those, I throw in ghostery and disconnect too... and I hope you're also making good use of containers... I sandbox all google sites in one, amazon in another, ebay in another and ingur/reddit in another too.

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Re: I'm confused

I know right... I kinda loathe the apple mentality and the fanboi sheeple that follow them blindly... But this really, really makes me take notice.

Not that I actually use faecesbook anyway... deleted my account about 8-9yrs ago... and I use various plugins with firefox to block any tracking/cookies/ads and so forth as well as sandboxing anything from google, amazon, imgur/reddit in their own containers.

But still... apple doing something that benefits the user and blocks them from outside data harvesting... of course this just means that apple get all of that lovely data instead to sell to advertisers.

So no... it's just apple being apple... just another greedy, selfish, money grubbing POS megacorp.

IBM ordered to pay £22k to whistleblower and told by judges: Teach your managers what discrimination means

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Re: £22K? Is that all?

Or... and I know this may be a stretch for you... they could just.. ya know... follow the laws... and not discriminate to begin with... and then... shocker... not retaliate when their discrimination is brought to their attention.

I know right... how dare this silly woman think she has rights... how dare she take the company to task for their deceitful, illegal actions....Shame on here... shame indeed.

Oh if only there was a sarcasm icon I could use... D'oh it is.

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Re: £22K? Is that all?

The problem there is that IBM can simply refuse to give her a reference... they can't give her a bad one... as that would result in another lawsuit against them.

But refusing to give a reference sends a very bad message to the potential new employer... and this is now a matter of public record... and that could also affect future employment as there a lot of companies who don;t want to hire people who will stand their ground, do what's right and isn't afraid to go all the way and take a company to task for shitty behaviour.

I suspect in a year or two she'll be offered some kind of redundancy with a very healthy package to quietly slip out the back door.

Trump backs Oracle as potential TikTok buyer

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Re: Couldn't...

'I hear Trumps good at organising getting pissed on'

There fixed it for ya.

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

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So if they want to win....

All they have to do, is prove in court that their claims of vaccines causing autism, 5g cauising whatever wackadoodle conspiracy theory it is they think they cause... is true and do that they're gonna need a whole lot of peer reviewed, widely accepted, and proven scientific evidence from within the actual scientific community.

Great... can they also prove that the earth is flat, the we never went to the moon, that Trump is actually a nice human being and that good old BoJo the clown has a sense of morals, ethics and decency.

Trump administration reportedly offers Oracle cheap end to $400m wage discrimination case

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Re: Run the Kanye scenarios

Godwin's law only applies when you attempt to make a comparison to Hitler/Nazi that has no similarity of any kind.

But we have seen a wave of populism wash across the world in the last decade that has not been seen on this scale since the 1930's... from openly using the same tactics and symbols, to the portrayal of certain groups as the enemy... from the media to anyone who doesn't explicitly agree with the 'supreme leader'.. and any person or group that isn't one of the rich, white, male elite.

NHS tests COVID-19 contact-tracing app that may actually work properly – EU neighbors lent a helping hand

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Re: Talk of a second wave is nonsense?

Some people are incapable of understand how it spreads.... they look at a chart and go. 'See... it's been flat for 2 weeks, and deaths have fallen' as proof that it's been dealt with.

But here's the thing... after a surge in infection... it takes 2-3 weeks for that spike to show up properly, and it takes a further 3-4 weeks before the spike in deaths starts to show up.

You can't know if the containment has worked until you've waited at least 5-6 weeks.. and then after you start lifting restrictions... you have to wait 5-6 weeks to see if there's a spike.

Guess what... 5-6 weeks after restrictions were lifted.... we SAW SPIKES.

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine

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Re: Wrong lightbulbs...

I've still got a load of CFL lights in the house... I've lived here 11yrs and I fitted all CFL lights when I bought the house. I've had 2 of them fail in 11yrs... but as I replace them I'm switching to LED ones.

As for the LED ones I do have... some of them have lasted 6-7yrs so far... so quality is not an issue.

I have no idea what old Grumpy Trumpy is doing to make them fail so often.

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Re: Oh has diddums thrown his toys out of the pram (again)?

It's ok, he has a never ending supply of new toys to throw out of his pram... and they're the best toys, the most expensive toys, the greatest toys and they're made for Americans (in China).... sorry and they're paid for by American taxpayers.

America's largest radio telescope blind after falling cable slashes 100-foot gash in reflector dish

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Re: Oooo

It's time to play... Battlefield or Real Life where people post images and you have to guess which is which.


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Re: That incident

Now that poses a dilemma.... one click to upvote and you explode... 2 clicks and remove the upvote... but at least you live.

Elite name on Brit scene sponsors retro video games preservation project at the Centre for Computing History

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The first proper computer I ever laid my hands on was some version of the BBC micro... and yes, I even played Elite... Well... I 'tried' to play it. I was still a kid, so it was a little too complicated for me back then. I tried Elite 2 on PC in the mid 90's as I was now a teenager... and still struggled to grasp the full scope of it.

So it wasn't until around 2015 when I picked up Elite Dangerous and it's expansion... that as a mid 30yr old... Finally understood and could play it, to it's potential.

But the grind man... the damn grind. It's all well and good having such a huge scale... but you can't play online with others without getting creamed every single time... unless you grind away for months to get the best upgrades... Even the bots are flying heavily modded and upgraded ships if you choose to play via a private of offline server.

It kinda makes the game annoying... You need to earn ridiculous amounts of money to buy the biggest and best ships... before you can even attempt to earn a decent amount via mining and so forth. if you want to be a merc/pirate... same thing.

If you want to be a trader... prepare to get blown up every few missions... the easiest thing to do is do passenger runs... and there's a few runs out there where you can earn a few million an hr to try and reduce that grind... just do the Robigo, Sothis route... if it's still viable today as it's been a few months... some youtubers claim they can earn 100mil an hour... but my average was just 10-15 mil.... maybe they had more luxurious and better equipped ships and could take more passengers... I was trying to earn enough money to buy a dedicated cruise liner.

In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not

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This is why budget/mid range phones are normally better

I try to take my security seriously. So that means checking out any vendors products before buying.

My current phone is a Motorola One, it's got 3yrs of security updates and at least 2 OS upgrades... that should be good enough as I tend to keep my phones between 2-3yrs on average these days. I buy them new, or slightly used via Amazon warehouse... when I pay on average 25% under normal price. The maximum I've ever paid for a phone is £206... no contracts... no deals... I buy a phone and pay giffgaff £10 a month for unlimited calls/texts and 6gb data.

There's no need nor reason to really have much more... the phone is quick enough, has loads of ram and storage and has an mSD cared slot so I've added an extra 128gb card to the 128gb onboard. It's more than enough room for the 150+GB of mp3's I have (average 192-320 bitrate).

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code

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Time to change the law

It's about time that the laws were changed to 'force' companies to address critical flaws that can compromise peoples hardware... regardless of the so called 'support window'. Security is not something that can be tossed aside because it's 'inconvenient to profit margins'...

Or how about fines for each device that is found to have a critical security flaw.... and by each device... I mean every single one they sell. 20% of the retail cost per device if it's not patched within 30-60 days of them being notified of it.

Of course it will never happen... if you can't get the companies that make these devices to take security seriously... how the fuck can you ever expect your average muppet on the street too.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Re: Nope

I held out on Windows 7 on my main gaming/work PC until Jan 2019... when a new build saw me forced to update under protest.

But I'd done my research... I was able to install and cripple as much of the malware as possible... and so I don't have to worry about forced updates and reboots in the middle of doing stuff. Telemetry is dead, the MS store is dead, Cortana is dead.

I then installed classic shell to give me back a W7 looking start menu, installed the W7 classic games... my usual software, vpn, firefox (with plugins/containers)... and I was good to go.

Some of it is stupid still... finding settings can be a huge pain... and how to do things no longer makes any sense given they've adopted the old 'Let's change how things are organised just so it looks like we're useful in our jobs' mentality of software developers....

But I've kinda got it to a place where it's not a huge cluster fuck of a mess... and I have to remember to go through and double/triple check all of those tweaks/changes every time MS does update anything... because they think they own my fucking machine.

But... I didn't pay full price for the license... both W10 pro machines I now have cost £20 each.... the downside is that because I will never have an MS account... the license is tied to the hardware rather than the software... But I have upgraded that hardware without any penalty... changed CPU, GPU and doubled the ram... So I guess as long as the MB stays the same... I'm good.

Get ready to try virtual-reality goggles, er, virtually: Another in-person event bites the dust as CES 2021 hauled online

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This is the new 'Normal' and will be for a year or two now... I'm just hoping that the tickets I bought for Evanescence and Within Temptation... that was back in April... then postponed until Sept... and now in Oct 2021... Still goes ahead.

We'll have a vaccine by then... I hope... I've been isolating Since the 1st of march... I may be going a little strange.... ok... stranger.

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Re: Dumb move

You're 'assuming' there was /s intended.... I'm a long way from being convinced.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

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Re: And so it ever was.

I was under the impression that this was a common tactic used in the US by companies... claim they need XX amount of experience... get no applications and thus have an excuse to offer the job up to applicants outside of the US... that way they can apply for the visa waiver and hire much cheaper people, whilst conforming to the US rules on importing skills/employees and so forth..

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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