* Posts by mark4155

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Virginia voter registration website falls over hours before deadline. The Russians? No, a broken fiber line

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Re: Britain solved this 'tech problem'

I'm afraid you may not realise that in fact you can vote in a UK election in person without flashing your polling card at the teller. Nice cushy job, I know from experience, but at £210 per day to sit and give out ballots its a piece of piss.

There is no requirement to show a polling card or any other form of ID to the teller.

Simply state your name and address at the polling station at which you have been allocated. The teller flicks through the register for that polling station, if there is not a line drawn through your name (a line indicates you have already voted that day and you will be refused a ballot paper) no line = ballot paper.

A person who attends a polling station and provides false details can be charged under electoral law for "Pesonation" - not impersonation as you would think is more apt.

The electoral commission, a paper tiger, presumably carefully crafted out of spoilt ballot papers with no teeth says the following

"In 2018, there was no evidence of large-scale electoral fraud.

Of the 266 cases that were investigated by the police, one led to a conviction, and two suspects accepted police cautions.

In 2017, there was one conviction and eight suspects accepted police cautions."

So there...... what could go wrong.... fill in the dots.

Toodle Pip!

PS We has an elderly guy who came to the polling station three times to vote, we never reported him as a colleague also saw him visiting the a newspaper shop for the same newspaper multiple times a day. Bless him.

PPS Not that I would ever condone this, but if you really dislike the other candidate(s) on the ballot why not send them a message where you would normally place a cross?

Make sure you put a cross on the one you want (a tick is also acceptable). In the wee small hours your ballot paper will be put with other "questionable" papers and presented to the candidate and agents to agree on the voting intention, always great to see the faces of candidates who have been left a "message". By the way your vote is not secret. On receiving your ballot paper, the friendly teller will write the ballot paper number (on the reverse) against your name. Giving a clear indication of your voting intention.

The ballots after counting including the polling registers are sealed in their ballot box and popped under the town hall for a period of time to enable any subsequent legal challenge ( normally up to 21 days after an election result is declared) as to the validity of the election to take place.

To my knowledge a challenge on the grounds of validity is a rare occurrence

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

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Dates Aside....

The Spanish Police, especially the Guardia Civil (Civil by name but usually not by nature) must have frightened the living daylights out of the innocent people. The suspicion and probably rumours or rumors if you prefer. Their life will have been made a complete misery. Money is little comfort when faced with such an injustice.

UK Home Office dishes out contracts to 999 control room vendors after wasting cash on network tech it abandoned

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Senior man robbed in Manchester street. July this year. I was witness and he was on the floor. (I looked after him). Diialled 999. Reply on phone "thank you for your call, we are extremely busy at he moment.. though you can email us at....blah blah) 15 minutes later got through to the control room. What the F*** is happening?

The reluctant log trawler: The buck stops with the back-end

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Re: 16bit

Fantastic story and so true of manual exchanges.

Very sad I guess they went automatic in the early 70's. I visited a manual exchange (Morecambe) in 1974 just weeks before it was "cut" to automatic.

I still correspond to a friend who was on the switchboard.

Her male counterparts "manned" the switchboard at nights, they were less tolerant.

A warning, never cross her....she will push your meter button all day long!

She had a posh voice because the GPO trained her to sound posh..(I reckon)

"Number Please"

Toodle Pip.

Mark.

Overload: A one-way ticket to a madman's situation

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Thanks for a giggle....

Thanks for the giggle, in times of COVID and race issues it's good to lighten up. For my part ALL life's matter. Toodle Pip.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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Re: WTF?

There were a lovely kind and generous couple who ran a sub post office in a suburb of Lancaster.

One day the Post Office investigators walked in to their business and their home to investigate shortfalls in their business.

The couple were innocent, honest as the day is long, I miss them both. They had to sell their home and business.

The post office and their cohorts should be totally ashamed.

Mark.

NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?

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Re: One would have throught...

Well reasoned. Good to see a cautious approach in a precarious situation.

Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch

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Re: Some facts

Well said! You are destined for better things. Keep safe and Toodle Pip old bean.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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Longwave with a valve radiogram.... just my cup of tea and pipe slippers...et al.

Day 4 of outage: UK's Manchester police deploy exciting new carbon-based method to record crime

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Capita or Crapita that's the question.

Dear Uncle Reg.

Surely you of all people know the company as "Crapita"

Please pay more attention in future.

Toodle Pip.

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened

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Red Spell Danger!

Dear EU commission,

I recently sent you some performance figures relating to Galileo related stuff.

Due to budgetary constraints (i.e. no money till next dole day) my printer ran out of Red ink so I had to use another primary colour, green.

Sorry about any confusion etc.

Yours insincerely.

Mr F Mercury.

PS. In 18 hours time I shall no longer be an EU citizen and will be applying for a shiny new blue passport, so to get to the point I don't really give a rats arse either way.

Toodle Pip Old Bean.

Totally Subcontracted Business: TSB to outsource entire IT estate to IBM for a cool $1bn after 2019 meltdown

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To GST or GTS that is the question?

Come on Reg shurely shum mistake?

"Big Blue's hard pressed Global Technology Services (GST)"

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

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The Climax Of Fibre

A helpful guide to how fibre was conceived .....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Oz9D4Q_c0&t=2533s

You should find the climax of the subject (Lesley Judd - for it is she) at 25 Minutes into the documentary, the first 25 minutes is just simple foreplay.

And being the BBC they have "dug an enormous hole" - no change there then.

Toodle Pip.

Morrisons tells top court it's not liable for staffer who nicked payroll data of 100,000 employees

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Re: Depends if decent efforts at data security made by Morrisons

Sitting on the fence is akin to being middle of the road. You risk being run over in either direction. Toodle Pip.

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

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All wrong!

My money is on an amusement arcade with the room full of slots and shiny machines.... I should know I worked in one for a season in Morecambe. When we got to work the thrill of pulling down (or swinging) on this big f""k off size handle and lighting the whole arcade up was much better than the pay of £22 for 80 hours work. So amusement arcade it is. Toodle Pip.

£99,999, what's your emergency? Paramedics rush to OAP's aid after shock meter reading

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Quite clearly an error – unless ....

"Quite clearly an error – unless old Ted has been running an illicit data centre under his house."

Or possibly a farm requiring high wattage lighting and extraction facilities in his loft? Maybe both..... Toodle Pip.

That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away

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Re: Sticky backed plastic

AKA "If wit were shit you'd be constipated" Toodle Pip.

Service call centres to become wasteland and tumbleweed by 2024

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I'm a self-employed Telecom engineer (Ex-BT) most of my customers are generally pissed off with going round the houses to talk to some human.

My strapline on my advert is "Talk to a real engineer - Not a robot"

Works for me and keeps me in a comfortable life balance, oh and if they call me with attitude I tell them to piss off and call their service provider.

Toodle Pip!

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein

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You've made my Saturday morning. Drinks all round! Toodle Pip!

Valorous Vikram lunar lander – or Star Wreck: Enterprise? India's Moon craft goes all silent running during descent

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Joke

Steptoe & Son

The BBC are relaunching the classic 60's comedy Steptoe & Son. Albert and Harold Steptoe have been evicted from their scrap yard in Oil Drum Lane and now roam the lunar surface in search of scrap metal, complete with horse and cart, (forget the name of the horse) for scrap is plentiful....cue sound of typical B rated film flashback music..

Toodle Pip.

Stalking cheap Chinese GPS child trackers is as easy as 123... 456 – because that's the default password on 600k+ of these gizmos

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If I was a child now...i'm not...wearing a tracking device. I would return home some hours later and tell my parents it had been nicked or lost. Sorry f**k that. Let kids be kids. Technology is great, wrapping children in cotton wool is not.

Full of beans? Sadly not as fellow cracks open tin at dinner to find just one

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Re: density

I've told you a million times...stop spilling the beans!

Toodle Pip! Old Bean (Groans to self, and deserves barring from site)

OK, let's try that again: Vulture rakes a talon on Samsung's fresh attempt at the Galaxy Fold 5G

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Re: Why?

Sometimes a pair of reading glasses are of no use to visually impaired people. Maybe this is a way forward? A friendly comment, based on my own life. Toodle Pip.

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Thick Long And Hard(cased)

Worth every penny in the pocket trouser department.

Let's recap reCAPTCHA gotcha: Our cunning AI can defeat Google's anti-bot tech, say uni boffins

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Re: Catcha is the most annoying piece of crap ever

Your so correct Captcha is so tiresome and annoying. I suffer from sight impairment and find it difficult to make out the letters, despite trying to refresh. The photos are just a blur to me. The audio, even worse. There must be a better way.

Big bang theory: Was mystery explosion over New York caused by a meteor? Dunno. By a military jet? Maybe...

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Re: NY Fees

Or avoiding the Trolls?

Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words

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Political correctness et al

I served as a local authority Councillor about 25 years ago. I climbed the greasy pole to the heady heights of Chairman... Sorry "Chair" of the Cemeteries And Crematorium sub-committee.

However I digress, my first committee meeting was Highways & Traffic. Debate focused on a stretch of country road where motorbike riders where regularly being involved in accidents. I stood up and said this was an accident "blackspot"...... oh dear.

Was then accused of being a racist in the local rag (paper) by members of the Green Party ..... who used to put in expense claims for driving an internal combustion engine for even half a mile.

I wish I could say they were gay old days.....

Toodle Pip!

Wait a minute, we're supposed to haggle! ISPs want folk to bargain over broadband

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Re: PlusNet Billing

Hey. Whatever you think about overseas call centres. The guys and girls have mouths to feed.

Lenovo ThinkPad X390: A trusty workhorse that means business but it's not without a few flaws

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Re: Chiclet keyboard == No Sale

"A 6-year old battery" well the solution is available at all good online stockists of laptop batteries. Toodle Pip.

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS

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Re: You were lucky.....

Don't be bitchy. No need for it. Many people feel insecure...why poke fun?

mark4155

I agree with your sentiment. Your TV rental? Radio Rental, Granada TV rental... However Your phone line and instrument. GPO and nothing else, god forbid! I speak as an ex GPO/ Post Office Telecommunications/ BT/ Openreach guy. And there's still shitty alluminum cable under the street of Manchester UK as I trundle my shopping trolley around. lol.

Toodle Pip.

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OK. I'm no lawyer but let's put this in a true perspective.

A) I buy an iphone. Not on contract. It's my property. I should surely be within my rights to seek repair from any source.

B) I buy a tin of paint. Not on a contract. I't my property. I can paint my living room walls bright pink with it.

It's MY phone and my paint.

Time that we had a big discussion about this.

Toodle Pip.

Off somewhere nice on holibobs? Not if you're flying British Airways: IT 'systems issue' smacks UK airports once again

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Re: Hub and spoke...

BA = Bloody awful. Used to be the "Worlds favourite airline" How the mighty are fallen....

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Re: Not again!

A parachute of any material colour, including gold, is as effective as a chocolate teapot if the IT system has grounded the plane in which you were to deploy the parachute. Pedantic, yes but I thought it funny.

Toodle Pip.

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's personal MiG-29 fighter jet goes under the hammer

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Re: Private supersonic aircraft are allowed in the US.

In the UK there are certain scenarios that allow the breaking of a the sound barrier by military aircraft. This happened recently when a passenger jet lost comms. ATC scrambled the RAF, a number of claims have been made, including costs to replace glass panels in a greenhouse a patio window and a broken chandelier. I lived in the Lake District where RAF pilots carried out their training... Farmers where entitled to compensation for sheep who keeled over and died because of the shock, apparently sheep don't do well with surprises.

Toodle Pip.

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report

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Re: The Max would be better described as an all-new aircraft

Try *All New Aircraft Launched" as an acronym.

Toodle Pip.

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Re: So...

Well done Sproggit,

Carry on like that and both Boeing and the FAA will be head hunting you. Spot on.

Toodle Pip.

Fed-up graphic design outfit dangles cash to anyone who can free infosec of hoodie pics

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A number 1?

The most important number you need in life is a Number 1 or a number 2 as I read this article on my shiny white porcelain toilet. Toodle Pip.

New UK Home Sec invokes infosec nerd rage by calling for an end to end-to-end encryption

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Re: Priti Useless at it again

Quite right old bean. Though Shyte is spelled Shite at Eaton. Toodle Pip.

mark4155

End to End Encryption?

Sorry I can't comment, El Reg for their sins haven't provided encryption :)

Giffgaff goody-baddy-bag billing faff: Ofcom fines operator £1.4m for overcharging folks by almost £3m

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Giff Gaff.

'The mobile network run by you'

I don't think so, time for a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority.

GitHub builds wall round private repos, makes devs in US-sanctioned countries pay for it

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I use github for my small business website with a tld .io I'm a newbie, in the UK. Will this affect me? Thanks for any help.

UK PM Johnson spins revolving doors, new digital minister falls through

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Re: Starting a sweep-

Neither funny or appropriate.

Man arrested over UK's Lancaster University data breach hack allegations

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As a Lancastrian who left high school with no qualifications or any real direction I'm deeply indebted to Lancaster University for their outreach classes that made me who I am.

The university gave me the confidence to reply to you and suggest you are blindingly wrong.

For your record, the bars are open every day. Seek and you shall find.

Toodle pip.

Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why

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Totally correct. In my youth I experimented with this over a distance of a mile or so. Wooden fence posts and wire (not barbed in this case) you just need to follow the fence wire and ensure continuity of the circuit, it was in a field, beware of farmer and bull if you want to try this out. We then ditched this plan and strung a single wire between a number of lamposts using an earth return method. A bit of a hum on the line bt as 14 year olds I could chat free of charge to my mate under the bedsheets.

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Re: 6MBps? Luxury!

"And it's all Comcast's fault for charging me $39.99 a month"

No it's all YOUR fault for being a mug and paying it.

Apollo 11 @ 50: The long shadow of the flag

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Re: The most expensive dick swinging contest in history

Hey a bit naughty implying mental health issues. Do the decent thing and remove the post.

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Re: The most expensive dick swinging contest in history

Imagine being able to string two words together and being this stupid!

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Re: The most expensive dick swinging contest in history

I assume the only one upvote is your own. Though please could you explain who put reflective panels on the lunar surface that are still used today for accurate earth to moon distance calc? I'm terribly sorry but I have to tell you that the it wasn't the man in the moon...

We don't mean to poo-poo this, but... The Internet of S**t has literally arrived thanks to Pampers smart diapers

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Re: Push Notifications?

Is that what the "Report Abuse" is for...really Vodka!?! My babies drink of choice is 12 year old malt whisky, knocks him out for days. Seriously anybody investing in this App needs to have a good look in the mirror, got to go I hear my baby crying,,,,

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