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* Posts by Ol'Peculier

428 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

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Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

Ol'Peculier

I must be in the minority. I find unlocking my phone through the fingerprint sensor and waving it in front of the POS terminal is a lot less faff than digging a card out of my wallet. Plus I have a record of the transaction on the the phone, so I don't need to ask for a receipt.

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Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

Ol'Peculier

Re: Why? Just why?

www.llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk perhaps...

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

Ol'Peculier

The BA Concord that's moored on top of Intrepid in New York (and looking a little out of place TBH) has tours that allow you to sit down (in the front row, where the Queen sat!) and also into the cockpit. There is a charge for it, but the person that did it was very knowledgeable about it and was happy to ask questions, although my friend and I were outnumbered by non-English speaking tourists, so we kind of had him to ourselves!

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

Ol'Peculier

I never get these calls. Which annoys me as I even have a VM with Windows XP and a file on it's desktop called "bank details" ready for them.

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

Ol'Peculier

Frankly, if I saw an advert with his face on it, the last thing I'd do is click on it. I'd much prefer to punch the smug little git.

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Ol'Peculier
Mushroom

When our exchange burnt down (and before mobiles were mainstay, not that it mattered because teh backhaul went down with it) there were police cars at major junctions so you had to leg it down to them so they could radio in.

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

Ol'Peculier
Pint

It's a shame. The customer posts to their page (especially the complaints, which was usually most of them) were always a fun read. And the lack of empathy from their "social media" team was pretty dire.

Most people would also keep moaning about their lack of Sunday roasts, with no engagement from JDW either.

On another note, the one near me still has a FB page so it's not trickled down totally.

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What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

Ol'Peculier

I was staying in a hotel in Vietnam a couple of years ago and the WiFi had become a bit crappy. I only had a tablet with me, but I logged onto the gateway, guessed they hadn't changed the password, and wham, in I am to the config pages.

All I did was reset the thing which sorted out the problem, and I did deliberate if I should tell reception how bad their security was when checking out but decided not to. I didn't want to spend the next couple of weeks looking over my shoulder...

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ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

Ol'Peculier

Thank Bob the ASA don't have the power to censor radio shows - but by this it appears they don't have a "Clue" either.

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A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

Ol'Peculier

I guess you've never been through a US airport immigration

Unfortunately, far too many times. And will do again this year. Absolutely hate it. By time they process 1K of passports, it'll be time to head straight to departures and fly back home.

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Ol'Peculier

1,000 capacity maybe for hub and spoke, could you imagine 1,000 people all waiting for immigration, customs and reclaim?

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Ol'Peculier

Flying back to Manchester from Dubai last year somebody had decided to park a Ryanair jet on the gate we were supposed to take, meaning a good 45 minute wait before it toddled off.

I'm assuming Manchester doesn't have the ability to take more than one A380 at a time? With Emirates doing three flights MAN-DXB a day already, I can only assume they will have to modify things at the airport if another carrier wants to start using them?

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All aboard the Vomit Comet: Not the last train to Essex, but a modded 727 for weightless flight

Ol'Peculier
Go

Re: Rubber duck

You're never alone with a rubber duck...

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The Register Lecture: The Secret Spitfires

Ol'Peculier

Any ideas, for those of us who are lucky enough not to work in London, how we may be able to watch this film?

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Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

Ol'Peculier

Stump Hole Cavern

Am I the only one thinking of this sketch?

"We are of course part of a much wider network of caves that riddle the entire county, including the much larger Redscar Cavern located half a mile to the west. A trifle flashy for my taste I have to say, with their gift shop, granary style cafeteria, and one hundred percent safety record all over their promotional literature. But there you go. Now if we stay in single file we’ll make our way into the main cavern. I do think it’s worth noting that Redscar were served with a council notice, ordering them to replace 115 yards of faulty wiring. Put it this way – I wouldn’t like to get caught down there in a thunderstorm, and no amount of trilobites in Perspex or stegosaurus shaped pencil tops is going to change that.

"I myself am not fond of the darkness – I sleep with the lights on now. It’s in the darkness I see the boy’s face. Eyes protruding, tongue out…black.

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The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach

Ol'Peculier

Re: Oi!! (II)

Exactly. I read a post on Quora last week from somebody that had gone to a B&B "far in the North".

It was in Thirsk FFS...

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Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

Ol'Peculier

Not past the third paragraph, no.

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It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

Ol'Peculier

Re: Bing?

As many as that?

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

Ol'Peculier

Re: Initial comments from a guy with a Class A.

Only 4 wheels. Not a lot of traction when hauling 80,000 lbs at 60MPH+ ... or driving from Reno to Sacramento in the rain ... serious safety issue, probable show stopper.

The video shows it having six wheels, just hidden by the cushion.

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TalkTalk sees red after chucking £75m on restructuring bonfire

Ol'Peculier

The kind that TalkTalk customers have had, otherwise why would they choose them as an ISP?

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

Ol'Peculier

Re: 3D?

I'm another that thought the same thing. I don't know anybody that has ever owned one, or even contemplated buying one.

I do remember going into a pub that was showing a football game in 3D, there were about 4 people watching it looking like rescued Chilean miners...

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DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports

Ol'Peculier

or you can steal one and put someone else's plate on a car. People don't do that because it's illegal.

Except, well, people do. Because if you are going to do something nefarious having a false set of plates is the least of your problems.

The kind of person wanting to do stupid things with a drone near an airport will probably think the same way.

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

Ol'Peculier

Re: You cant have it both ways

Actually, Richer Sounds in York is right in the centre of town, and Maplin is on the Clifton Moor retail estate.

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Futuristic driverless car technology to be trialled on... oh, a Ford Mondeo

Ol'Peculier
WTF?

Nominet

What on earth justifies Nominet been involved in this project?

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

Ol'Peculier
FAIL

One of the hotels I stayed in whilst travelling around Vietnam had the default username and password on the router, I kept logging in as admin and rebooting it when things got clogged up.

I was going to tell them when I checked out, but had second thoughts due to a surprisingly well built Vietnamese gentleman working reception that morning...

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EE!? The sound customers make when the interwebz don't work

Ol'Peculier

To be fair, it's not nationwide, although I don't use EE's DNS.

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

Ol'Peculier

Steering

So if the lorries are squeezed up nose-to-tail, how on earth does anyone other than the leader know which direction to steer in?

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Ol'Peculier

Re: Theory, meet reality

And as they attempt to get back in convoy, in between each lorry is Nissan Micra being driven by a 70 year old petrified pensioner that's terrified of moving into the middle lane...

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Probing the online phish market reveals thriving, profitable underworld

Ol'Peculier
Unhappy

Other sources are also available...

What we're finding is a large number of fake ecommerce sites that are scraping content from websites, including ours, and passing them off as real.

Some of these sites "sell" our own brand products. We had a case this morning where we are out of stock in one size but a customer got in touch with us and said "Well, www.whatever-site-that-is-only-registered-for-a-year-and-has-an-odd-domain-name. has it for sale, how come you don't when you make it?"

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Google paying Apple BEEELLIONS to stay search top dog on iDevices, say analysts

Ol'Peculier

Makes it clear what, or who, is the product here...

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Plink: Lego swaps CEO for newer piece

Ol'Peculier

With that churn rate, I the new guy must be bricking it...

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The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip

Ol'Peculier
Mushroom

Before the Interwebs, an English cleaner was working in a TV station in Australia where they were rehearsing an obit on the Queen's death. On hearing this, she rang her mother who still lived in the UK with the news.

Mother then rings local radio station to ask if they can confirm the Queen had died. Who duly broadcast such news...

(might have been about '93 as I was working in the media sector then)

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Everything you never knew about mail: The Postal Museum opens

Ol'Peculier

Don't they know how London prices work?

It's the kind of thing I'd visit regardless of price, but a very reasonable £16 including a donation is remarkable:

That and another trip round the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A next time I'm in the smog...

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

Ol'Peculier

Does anyone care? Does anyone really pay attention to the domain that is shown from search engine results? (I'm talking the general public here though.) The only one I thought had legs was .bank to be run by a registrar that would only register them to known financial institutions (though the Nationwide's on both sides of the Atlantic might have had to scrap it out in the car park). The rest, just a money grab for ICANN.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

Ol'Peculier

Re: Two comments

Troughton threatened to walk if the season count wasn't reduced, the effort to remember lines for episodes that were guest star light (in other words, just TARDIS crew) was incredible. It was Pertwee that got the benefit though...

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Birthplace

"Unless you've watched ITV's Broadchurch, or are a dedicated Whittaker career-watcher, you'll probably not be familiar with the New Zealand-born actor."

Erm, no, She's a reet proper Yorkshire lass.

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Forgotten your Myspace password? Just a name, username, DoB will get you in – and into anyone else's, too

Ol'Peculier

Saw Docs...

And on that note, I'm never going to go on Bebo again....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxV9Q5998uc

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

Ol'Peculier

Re: Reminds me of an energy management company I used to work for

"Above the knob was a meter."

Yes, sounds like it...

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

Ol'Peculier

Re: SMTP

He was 25% right, a better score than some people would get...

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

Ol'Peculier

I've never had a Microsoft call, but like others have stated, it's our job to keep them trying to scam us rather than those more vulnerable.

I do have fun with others, with ambulance chasers: I say I can't talk due to the CAA being involved. When they ask who they are, I say "It's the Civil Aviation Authority, it's because of the plane crash"

People trying to flog phones: "Do you have any family that would be interested in this offer" Me, after a short pause and a sniff, "Both my parents were on the plane that got shot down over the Ukraine"

...amongst others...

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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

Ol'Peculier

The clock's just struck 13. I haven't read 1984 for several years and am about to change that...

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

Ol'Peculier

Re: Copywriter as IT Support

An upgrade to Sneakernet then?

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

Ol'Peculier

The link...

FOllowing the link to ITV's website and starting the video kindly informs me that "The video you are trying to watch is using the HTTP Live Streaming protocol which is only supported in iOS devices."

Bloody useless...

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Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

Ol'Peculier
Mushroom

News 24

I saw them covering this on News 24 breakfast. The presenter in the studio asked what would happen if the car came across something like a dust-bin in it's path, would the car navigate around it?

And watch the demonstrator squirm visibly...

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

Ol'Peculier

Cameras

Does anybody know if this applies to DSLR's, because there is no way on earth my camera bag is going in the hold, I'd rather walk!

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Alexa: How do I get free AWS? Simples: Build more of ME!

Ol'Peculier

Ideas...

I almost hate to admit this, but this has given me an idea for a site I am working on. Being able to bellow "hey Alexa, who's playing at my local pub tonight?" does sort of seem like a fun thing to be able to do.

But that would mean me having to buy one of the things, so maybe not...

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers

Ol'Peculier
Stop

"reconfiguring tides"

Good luck with that one...

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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

Ol'Peculier

Re: Don't call it "re-used"

Sloppy seconds?

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Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer

Ol'Peculier

Re: switching ISP

I came over here to post pretty much the same thing. It's bad enough using Talk Talk yourself, but to recommend the service to people who are paying for your advice and knowledge is staggering.

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Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

Ol'Peculier

Re: Shaming

And presumably created 15,000 redundancies once the film was completed?

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