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* Posts by Ol'Peculier

411 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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

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The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

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Java

I've just had to disable updates on the PC's in our warehouse that use the Royal Mail DMO system for sending parcels as the RM insist on using Java, and an old version at that, JRE7 Update 51. Which is about as secure as Hillary Clinton's email server.

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

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Happy

Series 3a

I had a Series 3a back in the days, fantastic device even if the speaker did manage to mangle a couple of my credit cards...

Remember going to the States with it and the people that saw it were amazed by it!

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

Ol'Peculier

I flew from Toronto to Manchester last year. Via Chicago. Which meant I still needed to go through the ESTA shenanigans even though I was only in the airport long enough to have a couple of beers and something to eat.

Gah.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

Ol'Peculier

Re: Home streaming is killing..

That's if ITV ever show something worth watching, which for me is never. BTCC on ITV4 and that's about it.

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To Hull with the crap town naysayers: UK Culture City's got some amazing... telecoms

Ol'Peculier

When I was working in 'Ull on a regeneration project about 15 years ago, trying to get connectivity out of KCOM was atrocious Sound like it's got better, but that won't have been difficult...

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Re: Hull Daily Mail...

Ah... the 'Ull 'Delly 'Mell.

To be honest, every regional newspaper's website needs an ad-blocker. Johnson Press is unusable on a mobile for example.

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Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction

Ol'Peculier

Depends where the train was going,

As long as they didn't put him on the train that pulled into Barking last week...

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2014: El Reg booze lab proves Bluetooth breathalyzers are crap. 2017: US govt agrees

Ol'Peculier

Best line in the article:

"If you’re concerned that you’ve had too much to drink, it’s probably a sign that you have, and a taxi is in order."

Amen to that.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

Ol'Peculier

VM are owned by Liberty Media, who are just about to finish the purchase of Formula 1. Be interesting to see where that goes...

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Ol'Peculier

BBC:

All the channels, including several for the little ones & News 24

Radio, national, and regional

World Service & international rolling news TV channel

One of the best UK websites available

iPlayer

Netflix:

Erm... TV & films.

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Ol'Peculier

Re: End of the TV Licence

Equally, I'd like to see the UK version of the BBC website when travelling.

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Ol'Peculier

Interesting to see exactly what they put on. I can't see Doctor Who being dumped on it in one go, but series such as The Night Manager will be. That suits me, I like watching a couple of episodes a night of a series with a single storyline, as I suspect do many.

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Oh Britain. Worried your routers will be hacked, but won't touch the admin settings

Ol'Peculier

Sounds about right. If I do a Wi-Fi scan in my flat mine is the only router that isn't Sky-XSDSD or TalkTalk-blah etc.

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

Ol'Peculier

Re: My phone's hotspot is named "Free Pr0n Server"

Mine is GCHQ_DetectorVN1...

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

Ol'Peculier

Re: Not Snopes

I've also had a photocopy of a 5 1/2" disk sent to me, as well as (from the same office) another disk with the note stapled to it, so you aren't the only one thinking it deserves to be on Snopes.

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Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

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Iagine, you are on the ISS dreaming about home comforts, and a pie goes drifting past your window...

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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5, 6, 7, 8G...

Surely we are getting to the point where cables are unnecessary. I already get a faster download speed at home on my mobile compared to my home broadband. (and I live in a mid-sized town, FWIW) Must be better to put the money into getting everybody tooled up with 4G and move from there?

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