* Posts by MrMerrymaker

232 posts • joined 8 Aug 2018


As anti-brutality protests fill streets of American cities, netizens cram police app with K-Pop, airwaves with NWA


Re: some things to consider, commenting from your nice safe keyboard

You're horrible and have this all wrong.

No beer for you.

Nice wallpaper you've got there. It would be a shame if it bricked your phone


Re: Almost...

Android is better than anything else. Maybe you haven't used it in ten years.

Caveat: rooted Xiaomi, can't stand bloat. Samsung are iffy and likely to blame here.

You're biased.

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane


Re: Hm

I don't think the area matters a whole lot - hence his bike to travel - and aye, Mossley Hill is a nice, unassuming posh place. I think you have a good point that it might not be a conspiracy believer, it might be a simple arsehole or vandal.

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes


User education

So basically the user was befuddled by a colour picture.

Good grief. One wonders if black and white would have startled him less?

Vodafone woes far from over for Xiaomi Mi 9 owners amid complaints of leaky batteries and voicemails in Romanian


Re: Why is any of this Vodafones issue

Did you even read the article?

I have a Mi9 and it's perfect.

This is a Vodafone package issue.

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl


"If There's cameras in the bedroom then you can be pretty sure the dad is watching his daughter masturbate."

You've spent too long on Pornhub during its lockdown freebie period.

Microsoft promises big things for Edge... and they'll be ready for folks some time before universe's heat death


Microsoft promising big things

At least they're not promising good things, as that'd be untrue.

Equifax finally coughs up the money for its 2017 monster hack… to the banks for having to cancel your cards


The sheer obviousness of what would happen shouldn't lesson the disgust, IMO.

But yeah, this was always on the cards.

With millions upon millions out of work in the US, here come the scammers claiming victims' unemployment money using stolen info


Scammers are an infamia

That goes double for whoever sets up robocalls - at least with humans I can waste their time.

All scammers must be set alight.

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer


Re: Love in a multi-member team



Re: Love in a multi-member team

Ah quite, the blame game in all its glory.

IT *CAUSE* issues, they don't solve them.


"He had made up the stories of his friends"

I see why.

Perhaps the radio spots were imaginary also, the CD containing just an audio clip of this fellow talking to all his mates, on his own interviewing himself in the dark.

Go on, hit Reply All. We dare you. We double dare you. Because Office 365 will defeat your server-slamming ways


User education

Could be useful once fleshed out with custom thresholds etc though I have a mental image of a user seeing the restriction message, not reading a single word of it, and immediately ringing IT about an "email error" and how they absolutely need to send this picture of their cat but the email is broke.

Surprise surprise! Hostile states are hacking coronavirus vaccine research, warn UK and USA intelligence


Re: I would like to think we are doing the same

Yes, the real story is this being hidden information at all.

Not sure hacking hackers solves much, or fosters the attitude we want.. But it's shocking that this article misses the trick that it's information that should definitely be out there.

That's the real tale.

You like to Moovit? Intel snaps up Israeli mobility startup for rumoured $1bn as part of expensive mobility push


Moovit sketchy

Being in the middle of nowhere in the UK, I've found Moovit unreliable.

One of our bus lines was cancelled, and it was showing it as a valid route for six months. During which time I contacted them and showed them the route cancellation notice on my local (now useless) stop, and a link to Stagecoach's article on the route closing.

More recently, Moovit told me I could get off a bus on a stop that doesn't, physically, exist (the stop is on a main road surrounded by fields - there's no pavement, no room to stand, and no stopping!)

I hope this takeover improves their data integrity. Which, to be fair, is brilliant 95% of the time.

But obviously works off the same data as Google Maps et al, and needs to be more receptive to feedback.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told


Re: Dreaming up barriers to adoption...

Nah, that would be too competent.

Never ascribe competence when stupidity will do

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra


Re: Marketing


Something a bit phishy in your inbox? You can now email suspected frauds straight to Blighty's web takedown cops


A dentistry question

So what teeth do they have, in terms of following up, identifying and shutting down?

Most of my spam seems American in target, essentially shilling health care, an Orwellian nightmare. Let me guess, the jurisdiction is limited to our shores...

(and then there is the question of efficacy)

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style


He didn't resign out of shame?

I guess he kneaded the dough...

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'


Too much platforming

I've had it since release, but they separate many battles with jumping puzzles over bottomless pits.


Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK


The boss at worked asked me

If I thought this was right, with his voice all sombre and timid.

I did the only decent thing one could do in reply, which was laugh into his face, the idea so warped & dumb it tickles

US prez Trump's administration reportedly nears new rules banning 'dual-use' tech sales to China


Mr Bombastic

How long til some moron defends Trump Le Monde here?

Vietnam bans posting fake news online


Re: Why

I'm not sure we should be taking advice on safety, news or anything else, from somebody with such terrible grammar and spelling.

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...


Re: Echo chamber aside

What are you, some kind of idiot?

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home


Re: Why is the 'full guidance' so wrong?

You are manufacturing outrage

Here is the full text of the message, no usage of House at all:

GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT New rules in force now: you must stay at home. More info & exemptions at gov.uk/coronavirus Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

French watchdog to take €1.1bn bite out of Apple over 'anticompetitive' practices


A percentage

A billion sounds a lot but with their profits?

Fine them ten percent of turnover.

RIP Freeman Dyson: The super-boffin who applied his mathematical brain to nuclear magic, quantum physics, space travel, and more


Dirty nuke myth

"If the United States gets attacked with a nuclear weapon, it won’t be from a government at all, but it will be a bunch of bad guys carrying a weapon in a suitcase or in a car or in a truck or something of that kind. You won’t even know where it comes from. "

While I agree with the sentiment, it's a shame such a vaunted genius is perpetuating the myth of the suitcase nuke or dirty bomb.

Beware the Friday afternoon 'Could you just..?' from the muppet who wants to come between you and your beer


Re: @ KittenHuffer I learnt a rule the hard way

I think he's right. And coming back with a Your Mum insult - oh dear. Bereft of imagination, are we, fuck face?

US hands UK 'dossier' on Huawei: Really! Still using their kit? That's just... one... step... beyond


Re: Won't make a difference

If he's joking, then the humour element - which some argue is a crucial element - is AWOL

Just seems like kneejerk paranoia to me?

Tea tipplers are more likely to live longer, healthier lives than you triple venti pumpkin-syrup soy-milk latte-swilling fiends

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Firefox 72: Floating videos, blocking fingerprints, and defeating notification pop-ups


Brave is also good

Brave renders better IMO, chrome base for ya, but Firefox is my go to.

Wish brave had better mobile addons options...


Re: I hate that Firefox is the least terrible option

Darkreader plug in renders pages in wonderful custom schemes. I have it on for all sites. Works on mobile too! Shop around...

Hold my Bose, we can do premium: Sennheiser chucks pricey wireless cans at travellers


Audio Technica or bust.

Yes, still. The wireless Ath-m50x cans are great. As you can still use them wired!

Five years in the clink for super-crook who scammed Google, Facebook out of $120m with fake tech invoices


He robbed Google and Facebook?

Seems a hero to me!

Uber forks out $4.4m to settle claims of rampant sexual harassment and retaliation in the Travis Kalanick era


Harassement all round

Passengers get harassed AND the "employees"?

What a toxic company. Hope it gets shut down SOON.

A few local firms have borrowed the general idea of Uber - book via app, anywhere! - and they're licensed and stick to their geographic area. But without the moral baggage of giving to an evil company.

Support local businesses - Uber can get fscked

Sir John Redwood backs IR35 campaign, notes review would have to start 'immediately' before new off-payroll working rules kick in


Re: none of these things

Offensive indeed!

The = oh so he's definitive?

Right = Wrong more like.

Honourable = lol

Sir = that's just wrong morally.

John = ruining it for Johns everywhere.

Redwood = a tree I usually like!


Ah yes, punish the poor.


Re: let the shafting begin

Good man for the Private Eye shout out! The Tory treasurer is dodgy, having been in a business with a man described as "Putin's wallet", by... Their third business partner!

Ask if you're happy that the Treasurer of the government's party is.

1) not a British national (doesn't bother me personally, but some might take umbrage)

2) Not in any sense elected (this one is not good)

3) hired to drum up funds when he has proven in court links to Russia

Naturally, he's already been knighted.

My eyes thank you, Google: Android to get dark mode scheduling in future update


Swift Installer

You're welcome.

Xbox Series X: Gee thanks, Microsoft! Just what we wanted for Xmas 2020 – a Gateway tower PC


Re: Groovy, man

Watts liked a drink but his lectures were sober and he only tried LSD once under lab settings.

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

Thumb Down

Unbelievable... Almost

What a miscarriage, you almost couldn't see this coming.


That jury couldn't judge their way out of a paper bag.

Buy Amazon's tiny $99 keyboard so you can make terrible AI music for all your friends


"Generate Melodies"

Yuck.... I suspect it's a massive part of modern music production, but some things are better left in-box *taps head*

We strained our eyes with Lenovo's monster monitor: 43.4 inches for price of five 24" screens


Re: Vertical space rules

That would involve supporting the evil Walmart

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC: Howdy buck do you get a solid 60FPS in Rockstar's masterpiece?


Re: 60FPS here.. albeit not always and not in St Denis

Please do! It made all the difference for me.

Annoyingly, every time the game updates (so far for me, anyway) it resets it back to Vulkan, which in turn resets your graphics options. Sigh...


60FPS here.. albeit not always and not in St Denis

The trick is to use DirectX and not their rotten Vulkan API. Also be careful with what anti-aliasing options you choose... everything else is on high or ultra

Also there's a bug with, specifically, Nvidia graphics cards causing pauses. Yikes.

I've got a brand new Ryzen CPU and AMD graphics card to match, so suspect that's why I'm getting smooth-as-butter performance.

Even started to mod it - put in a basic trainer, and spawned a load of dogs in the camp. I went to bed - woke up - and the dogs were still roaming the camp! Now that's GOTY material.

Why can't passport biometrics see through my cunning disguise?


I renewed my passport 2 months ago and the guidelines explicitly stated no glasses (and I am a habitual glasses wearer)

UK political parties fall over themselves to win tech contractor vote by pledging to review IR35


Re: There are an estimated 4.6 million contractors in the UK.

Hi there. I don't use IR35 as I work through an umbrella company.

As do a fair few of my colleagues.

So you don't need a limited company to be a contractor. Hence the term "umbrella" company.

So your maths is therefore faulty.

Christmas in tatters for Nottinghamshire tots after mayor tells them Santa's too busy


Re: Geez I wonder what's up Squire?

Could be that Atheist is a definite belief: "No"

No religion could be "don't know (agnosticism), "don't care"...

Granted, it would make more sense to lump it ALL under No Religion, but yes, atheism is distinct simply because it is a definite "belief" in an answer vs not knowing / caring / identifying as something.

Three distinct groups then:

Is there a God:



Arsed, mate.

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


This idea aside you're voting for further deaths, be it Grenfell again or homelessness or Universal Credit or the NHS being sold off.

Vote for who you want, but do weigh up everything.

But you're not being straight with us, as you think the Tories aren't getting us in massive debt! You're too partisan to trust, even if calling New Labour "socialist" wasn't enough of a clue.



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