Re: Fraud is a big issue for etailer -- MEAT
Too long ago :-)
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There used to be a cables/connectors business somewhere near Liverpool (I think it was). They had a good sideline in specialist meats. I.e., Alligator, ostrich, lots more. Even Japanese sake. All really good stuff.
And they were probably the best ever company for cataloguing and sourcing specialist cables and connectors.
says : Britain needs to stop overseas asset stripping
That reads like the old colonial attitudes of invade and plunder. I didn't think "we" had really stopped doing that, and I was quite pleased that Parliament was being told to put an end to it.
Oh well, mine's the one with the ships full of plunder
I downvoted your post because you included the SNP in your group of "right-wing nationalism".
The SNP is a centre-left socially progressive party which leads a government mitigating the worst excesses of uber-Thatcherism. Often supported in parliament by the Greens.
Get your facts right.
It's not so many years ago since a council, not a dozen miles from me, had two different coloured job application forms.
If you went into the council office to fill in a job application, you got asked "what school did you go to?". You got one or the other colour form depending on your answer.
The reason ? Catholics attended certain schools, and Protestants (and others) attended specific other ones.
Late yesterday morning I was trying to phone to arrange onsites for enabling work from home. The calls kept dropping, some before ringing, some after 1 ring. Same for incoming. That lasted for maybe an hour. Missed calls did show up.
Later I figured it must have been network overload because of the volume of these texts that were flooding out.
Also have a 1pMobile phone - it got the text around 5pm last night.
After reading the message, saw the bit about "more info & exemptions at" so browsed to that, but couldn't find anything about exemptions.
I know France allows exemptions for techies organising work-from-home (for others), so was trying to find any guidance on that.
Many years ago I ran retail computer shops.
I always made a point of at least interviewing every female who applied for a job. The percentage of applications was very low.
Still, even when trying to 'positively discriminate' the proportion of female workers was tiny.
It's not a lack of ability. I have to assume the industry does not appeal to women. I don't know why.
There's a difference between "charging" the customer - aka invoicing, and then "charging" - aka taking payment by card or paypal.
I have long since transferred away all my .co.uk domains from this nefarious shower. There was one .uk domain I couldn't transfer. It was a .ltd.uk and somehow the transfer got messed up. I just let it expire and forgot about it. And recently let a .org.uk expire as well.
One important point - I made a point of cancelling all payment methods on record with them, card, paypal, maybe direct debit (can't remember if that one existed). That was not straightforward though either.
Of course they've been sending mountains of emails about "my" various .uk domains, which I just ignore. And then loads of reminders and warnings from Nominet for the same. All getting ignored.
Been on a sim only deal for maybe 3 or 4 years. My "contract" is so old it was a Tmobile deal. Have been getting 'data fair usage' warnings for a while now, so phoned them up last night. Had already researched online. Got them to change me to a £10 a month deal, data, calls, and texts way more than I need. I did have to agree to a 12 month contract but that's ok.
£10 a month covers most of my comms needs, except broadband. That's a heck of an improvement since I first started paying for mobile phones.
Client's online app reported it would stop working on anything less than Windows 8.1 . So client went out and bought a number of new PCs. Happily I got the job of setting them up ...
Of course he went to Curry PC World. Hells bells. New PCs - Dells - guaranteed to do the job. Come with 4 GB of RAM. Yes a full 4 GB of RAM in this day & age.
Two of the office people took the law into their own hands and took back the old PCs and replaced them on their desks. I bought in 8 GB RAM upgrades for each of these new machines, and now they're working adequately.
It's the same old story - vendors pushing crap. Anything to make the sale. The 3 year old desktop PCs on Windows 7 performed better than these brand new Windows 10 units.
UK government interested in tourism ? What a laugh. Tourist organisations know that's a lie for a start.
"In 2018, organisers of more than 20 festivals issued a joint letter raising their concerns about the impact of the UK’s visa system, saying the costs, delays and refusals for writers, musicians, dancers, technical crew members and more mean artists are now “much more reluctant to accept invitations to come to the UK”."
The Edinburgh Festival in particular has seen lots of acts cancelled this year because the artists are being refused entry to the UK. Particularly people from North Africa, it seems.
And next in line comes the UK, no doubt. Watching how it turns out in Russia. And as they have done so spectacularly with EU rules, the UK will take the Russian 'experience' and apply it with bells on. Of course, there will be optional opt-outs for the City of London money laundering industry, just so long as the plebs are kept in their place.
Many years ago, I ran a retail business - selling and servicing computers.
The employees were overwhelmingly male.
I had a policy of at least interviewing every applicant who was female. A very high percentage of them got offered a job.
Even at that, females were at best 10 percent of the total.
The office was different - polar opposite.
Make of that what you will.
The story names "Greater Glasgow" as one of the benefiiting areas. Hahaha.
I live in "Greater Glasgow" - have had an EO line since moving in to a nearly-new house. No plans at all in the pipeline for that to be rectified, it seems.
I've got a Virgin cabinet outside the house, but I actually want real broadband with options for fixed IPs and all that.
Left this Win 7 PC on overnight. Had noticed yesterday it wanted to be shut down for installing Win updates.
But this morning I find I was logged out of Windows, had to log back in. That's not usual.
Time for another coffee, and then see whether anything else has gone wonky.
I've got a Brother MFC-J5330DW new, sitting boxed beside me, ready to take out and install on Thursday afternoon.
Client wants this one because it includes fax. Seemingly they still get "a few" faxed drawings from time to time.
And no, it's not the NHS, not even a government office of any sort, it's a real live small business operating in the real world of small business to small business.
Anyway, no real price difference between that and a non-fax printer/scanner.
First off - I hate the cold callers as much as everyone else does, and wish the fires of hell upon them, but ...
Justice is very different from revenge.
Once you open a circumstance where directors of some bad practice businesses get hammered, you leave open a precedent. What about, if in 10 years time, some quango decided to go after the directors of corporations who show these annoying christmas jingle ads on TV ?
Or why is this different to companies who cause serious harm ? Whether intentional or not ? Without making light of a horrendous disaster - where are the moves to take the assets of the directors or local councillors of organisations that were involved in the terrible Grenfell fire ?
Rule by quango bureaucracy is no substitute for rule by law. If cold calling is bad, let there be a law against that - (is that actually against a law right now ?). Then let the forces of law & order follow the procedures honed over centuries to go after those responsible - and if there is a proven case against named individuals let them be hammered by the courts.
Once you start moulding reactions to suit your own morals, it's the thin end of the wedge that cracks civilisation.
As others have pointed out, the only problem is with postal voting.
There are many checks around the system, and the parties are generally very relaxed about it the way it is.
BUT - postal voting is entirely different. There is really no scrutiny from the political party system around postal votes. There are so many loopholes.
Apocryphal stories abound about nursing homes etc, where bundles of postal votes are filled out wholesale by the manager with no oversight.
There are recorded examples of areas with large military bases where the voting register swelled by thousands in the runup to an election or referendum.
One serious problem from my POV concerns the counting of postal votes. In polling booth scenario, there is a register of voters which gives numbers of actual voters at any station, which is compared to the numbers of ballot papers in the box. This count is overseen by reps from all the parties. Pretty transparent and a lot of work for anyone to corrupt.
However the postal votes are dealt with by council workers away from the count. With the percentage of postal votes now being very high, that is a huge problem area for satisfying democratic concerns.
My first experience with an IBM PC was where I worked, my department got the company PC one day a week. I made sure I became the department's expert on that.
Its first upgrade was a full size 5.25" floppy drive. Woo hoo. I think that drive was equivalent to about a month of my wages.
I've still got (somewhere hopefully) PC DOS 1 (or maybe 1.1 ? ) on floppy.
Since GDPR I've found a big increase in spam. Mainly to my business email accounts.
Looking at these, it appears there are "single use" domains being setup for spamming, probably used only for a day or two. Many have the word mail, or email, or e , in the domain name. I can block them but the same rubbish comes through the next day "from" another domain name.
Typically applies to first aid courses, news sites, water coolers, staffing, business finance.
There's no doubt in my mind that this increase is a direct result of GDPR opt-ins. Somebody somewhere got my email address verified as a real live one.
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