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* Posts by VinceH

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Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

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Re: To be honest

"I really don't care what the paint job looks like as long as it works."

^ This.

I looked at the blog post, at the image, and filled in the survey with comments to the effect that they're talking about "Improving its Interface" - but the image looks like the same interface with some icky paint job on it.

Also, the questions are so stupid. For example: Does it look "trustworthy" - WTF?

I can't "trust" something where form is given more import than function. So that comment got added as well.

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Users clutch refilled Box boxen after 'empty' folder panic

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And those who have lost irretrievable data, but it was a long time ago and therefore couldn't possibly happen again.

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'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app

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Re: santa

"I think you fail to realise that Google search results are "personalised" based on browsing history. (Same applies to the original complainant)."

So what does it do for someone who doesn't, by default (or directly), use Google for search? I use Startpage. If I happen to log-in to a Google service, I tend to log-out when I've finished, and cookies are wiped at the end of my browsing session - and I don't keep the browser open longer than I'm using it.

So let's go to Google now, and see what it suggests for me. These are the ten suggestions, in order:

is my car taxed

is santa real

is water wet

is my car insured

is my car mot

is it down

is 1 a prime number

is it going to snow

is the earth flat

is the iphone 7 waterproof

If there's no browsing or search history to draw on, it must be using some other algorithm to make suggestions - and popular search terms certainly seems a likely possibility.

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Re: Googe gif search nastiness

Meanwhile, if you throw the word into Google Translate and it tells you that in Spanish it means "chopped up" and in Portuguese it means "cut".

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UK taxman told to go easy on transformation with Brexit in headlights

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Re: Hard for them ?

There's been a lot of confusion and misinformation* over the whole Making Tax Digital farce - including some from HMRC themselves, where some people in the organisation have a different understanding of what it is or is not to others.

I did notice in the report this article is about, though, that where it makes reference to Making Tax DIgital for Businesses, it suggests it will be for those businesses that have a turnover over the VAT threshold.

* Although I think the worst misinformation came from cloudy crud companies, some of whom kept pushing the notion that MTD meant companies had to use cloudy accounts rubbish.

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Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

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"It is particularly concerning that a number of the inadequacies related to basic, commonplace measures needed for any such system."

26 (2) in the report (page 13).

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Don't just grab your CPU bug updates – there's a nasty hole in Office, too

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Re: Is this Movie

Amusingly, I received a Word doc by email a couple of weeks before Christmas, which I needed to forward to someone else. He printed it using Word and the result ended up back with me. It printed incorrectly, so I want back to the original email I'd received and printed it from there, using Libre Office.

It was wasn't quite right, but the result was much closer to how it should have looked than the version that spewed forth from Word.

(Most likely, the source used a different version of Word than the person I forwarded it to - but still!)

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Least realistic New Year’s resolution ever: Fix Facebook in 365 days

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Re: Facebook is a reflection of society...

No, they don't remove your data - at least, not everything. It might be that they delete all your posts/photos etc, and just retain your connections - I can't be sure.

I deleted my old account a few years ago, and a couple of years (ish) created a new one with a different email address (which has remained unused until the start of this year*). Some time after doing that, I tried doing the same with the original email address as an experiment, and it offered to restore my old account. This was a while back now, so I can't remember the exact wording - it might have just been the connections. I didn't proceed in order to find out - that was as far as I wanted to take the experiment.

"Of course, they could just be hoping you decide to cancel your deletion and remain connected to the collective"

Yes, ^ this.

* A few family members have commented about me not using Facebook (and have given the impression they think I'm weird, like the poster further up). At least one thinks I'm a liar when I've said I don't use Facebook because he's seen the name crop up and doesn't understand "not having" and "not using" are two different things. So over Christmas I said that I will start using it again from this year, albeit very lightly (log-in occasionally, post something unimportant). And now that I have, all I can say is that I think it's even more awful now than it was a few years ago.

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UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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Re: In related news...

"Somewhere for the birds and the bees to do educationalnaughty things."

When I was a child and was told about the birds and the bees, I didn't believe a word of it. After all, wouldn't the bees sting the birds?

Of course, some of the birds could be masochistic, but I didn't know about that possibility back then.

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Re: Bah!

"Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C Clarke. (There be sequels.)"

A thousand times yes!

Also: Lucifer's Hammer (Niven & Pournelle) - it's a big old book IIRC, so would probably work as a mini series.

Another I'd like to throw into the list of possibilities is a trilogy, of which I've only read books 1 and 3: The Trigon Disunity (Michael P Kube McDowell).

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Re: Dark Matter cancelled

Yes - on a usenet group I inhabit*, we made that observation a long time ago - and whenever something good appeared, we'd therefore anticipate early cancellation.

There are, of course, exceptions that somehow last the distance, but science fiction TV history is littered with good stuff (or stuff that showed a lot of potential) that didn't last.

I hereby raise a glass to some of that stuff.

* I nearly said "used to inhabit" - but I am still subscribed. It's just there are almost never any posts these days.

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Re: Sounds interesting

One recent gem from SyFy was Dark Matter - which I've only just watched - but the feckers have cancelled it.

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We've heard of data gravity – we're just not sure how to defy it yet

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Although the article was heading in a distinctly different direction, one sentence in particular jumped out at me and I felt needed fixing:

"And the more data there is, the greater the attractive force pulling applications and services marketeers to associate with find ways to monetise that data."

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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Re: Pedantic

"There is generally nothing between a touch screen and the fingers, that's kinda the point of a touch screen, yo."

My thoughts also when I read that bit.

I'd go with "Problem Extends from Fingers and Beyond" - PEFFAB.

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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"Will we all start to covet this new security system?

Well, having tested the system now for two months, we can answer authoritatively: yes and no. And which side you will end up on will depend on two things: the size and shape of your home; and how much money you have and are willing to spend on a security system."

You appear to have missed a reason for someone falling into the 'no' category - which is because they aren't stupid enough to buy things with teh 'smarts'.

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Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe

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Re: Typical...

And now that he has been sacked, has David Davis quit like he promised he would? If not, does he have a suitable excuse?

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Meet R2-DILDO: 'Star Wars' sex toys? This is where the fun begins

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Re: Calls in to question all sorts of quotes from the films, doesn't it?

Don't forget "It's a small exhaust port, right below the main port" and (right after it) "The shaft leads directly to the reactor system."

And didn't Obi Wan tell Luke that he'd have to "learn to use the force if you want to come"?*

* There may have been a reference to Alderaan at the end of that sentence, which I'm ignoring.

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Facebook folds fake news flag: We're not disputing that

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Am I the only one disappointed that the headline didn't end after the second word?

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Ghostery, uBlock lead the anti-track pack

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Re: NoScript no work

Firefox 57 - and the NoScript UI on it - is what finally kicked me into installing Palemoon on my Linux box. (I've been using it on this Windows laptop since buying it, but I left Firefox on the Linux desktop at home.)

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Re: Ghost redirects.

"I've not heard of them before, so found there's an opt out thing if you visit https://www.viglink.com/opt-out/"

I would imagine that works using a cookie. If so it's not much use if cookies are wiped automatically when you quit the browsing session.

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Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious

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Nah, eroding workers rights should be easier, so they're going to do that first. Then they can loosen up rules on electrical stuff, because as well as stopping it interfering with other things, they can also take away any safety regulations at the same time.

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Re: My keyboard stupidity.

"It's a bios setting, usually."

But not the worst one I've encountered, on a laptop from a couple of years ago.

It's common on laptops for the F1-F12 keys double up as system functions; press 'fn' and one of them to turn up/down the volume, brightness, whatever. But on this laptop, they defaulted to those system functions, and 'fn' had to be pressed to use them as F1-F12.

I use a piece of software A LOT that uses certain of those keys, so it was bloody annoying until I found the relevant BIOS setting.

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Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

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Re: Goodbye, and thank you

"I absolutely loved the Great Egg Race as a boy, and Professor Wolff's infectious energy was a large part of that."

Ditto - though I only ever saw the odd episode once in a while. (The problem was my step dad thought it was stupid, so if he was in it wasn't on.)

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Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'

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Re: Have you guys read the 10 commandments

"Although Jesus himself replaced The Ten Commandments with The Two Commandments."

Are you sure that wasn't George Carlin? See the link posted by Aladdin Sane above.

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Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

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"You're always known, because you're always logged in."

No, I'm not.

On a computer, I log in for specific purposes, and when I am done I log out again. Oh my phone, I sometimes remain logged in for longer, but I do log back out again eventually.

Although when I tried to do so the other day I discovered I couldn't. There is no 'log-out' option that I've found on a phone other than to "remove" the Google account, but it now won't let me do that. (My "administrator" says no, apparently). So I promptly logged in on the PC and kicked the phone off the account from there.

Now I seem to have an alert that I can't get rid of - "Google Play services - Account Action Required - <my registered email>"

The account action that is required? AFAICS, it just wants me to sign in.

Go to hell, you bastards.

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Windows 10 bundles a briefly vulnerable password manager

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And if you do forget it, you could just ask us commentards for a reminder. Genius!

Genius, I tell you!

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No hack needed: Anonymisation beaten with a dash of SQL

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Re: It's one thing to make a law...

Well my step-father isn't, and he's a caveman.

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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Re: I'd happily own a phone

"I've had at least one Samsung which had a feature whereby it would suppress the screen lock timeout if it thought you were still looking at the phone, and I'm assuming it used to front-facing camera for that."

Also (on my old Galaxy S3), while on a call the 'keypad' would be suppressed if it thought the phone was next to your cheek - which I imagine must have used the front-facing camera.

Obviously its purpose was so that you don't hit buttons with your cheek - but when trying to get through a menu on some automated call system, I'd forget and get caught out when I put my other hand over the top to reduce reflections and help me see the buttons... which promptly disappeared.

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Sigh. It's not quite Star Trek's Data, but it'll do: AI helps boffins clock second Solar System

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Hey, if Uranus can be different with its axial tilt, why can't I be different with my inclination to the ecliptic?

IT'S NOT FAIR!

--Pluto

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Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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Note that their accounts are due to be submitted to Companies House by 30th December.

Last year, they changed their accounting date forward by one day from 31st March to 30th March. I commented about this hereabouts earlier this year. At the time I wondered if it was to engage in some creativity and have a chunk of the crowd funding cash show up in the following financial year, but someone else pointed out that filing the relevant form pushes back the date the accounts are due by three months.

So I wonder if the accounting date will change again before the end of this month?

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

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Re: Yorkshire puds with Xmas dinner. Yes or no?

"No"

I agree totally.

Because I don't think I'd have much appetite for what I anticipate yorkshire puddings would be like when I pull them out of my lunch box somewhere in the Brecon Beacons, the Marlborough Downs, or wherever else I decide to go on Christmas Day.

Plus I'm not sure if they'd go with my actual meal that day - typically ham sandwiches and other things you might find in a packed lunch.

Bah!

Humbug!

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Hey, we've toned down the 'destroying society' shtick, Facebook insists

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Re: facebook eventually imploding.

"PS : I have no social media accounts unless El Reg is considered as Social Media ??"

Ever since I first heard the term, probably around the time of Web 2.0 (though the term was probably around before that) I've considered usenet and mailing lists to be social media.

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Netflix silent about ridicule as it discusses punters' viewing habits

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'At the same time, Netflix says it cannot guarantee the security of the data it collects: "We use reasonable administrative, logical, physical and managerial measures to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft and unauthorized access, use and modification. Unfortunately, no measures can be guaranteed to provide 100% security. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee the security of your information."'

I think they're being honest there - any website or company that says otherwise and claims they can guarantee that security is lying; they don't know what flaws will be discovered in future, nor whether that flaw will be exploited before they can do anything about it.

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Re: "To the 53 people who've watched.... Who hurt you?"

"No only didn't they identify anyone the chances are it's not even real data and is part of the 73.6% of statistics made up on the spot."

If not that, then it's equally possible that it's simply usage statistics/logs from the film itself, rather than based on an analysis of logs of subscriber accounts. (And that would be far easier that trawling individual account data in order to compile the information.)

In much the same way anyone with a web server might observe (and is free to comment) that 53 people had looked at or downloaded the same web page every day over the last 18 days, without going further into the logs and attempting to trace it back to individuals.

If so, storm in a teacup.

Of course, the other extreme - that they have based the data on subscriber account logs - is also a possibility. But personally, I think it's a lot less likely. I think either the above or what AC suggested is more likely.

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Barclaycard website goes TITSUP*

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Re: Sign of things to come?

"Moral - more than one card (Visa and Mastercard) and more than one banking group."

I have quite a few cards from various different banks, and they WERE a broad mix of Visa and Mastercard - but almost all* of the issuers have shifted over to Visa.

Even Barclaycard, the subject of this story - I originally had two with them, one Visa, one Mastercard. This became three when they acquired Egg (which I think was Visa at the time). And now all three are Visa.

* It might even be all; I'm not sure.

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Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

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Re: Google Wak

I think it's an attempt at being clever with "who watches the watchmen" in Latin. It might have been better to have tried translating an English phrase derived on it, instead of just mangling the Latin.

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Re: 1980's Technology

"Jesus wept."

Oh, no tears, please - it's a waste of good suffering!

- Pinhead, 1987.

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Re: 1980's Technology

"Hellraiser puzzle box"

The Lament Configuration.

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YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

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Re: Confused

"Even though this was a prank stunt, the need for calling the services, and consequently saving the guys life remain the same..."

Yes, the need to save his life remained the same - but it was not accidental. At best, the word "unintentional" is a better fit, because as you say this wasn't the intended outcome, but accidental is being far too kind to stupid.

It was a quite deliberate act of incredible stupidity, by an idiot who didn't think through what he was doing.

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Behold, ye unworthy, the brave new NB-IoT logo

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It's missing an O.

Just move the N and B so that they're either side of the globe.

There are other improvements that can be made as well: Make the primary colour red, and instead of the globe containing some kind of representation of a network, make it a single red diagonal line extending from the top left of the circle all the way to the bottom right.

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Sucks to be a... chief data officer, when they're being told: Boost revenues

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'Logan said that many of the original demands of data officers had been accomplished, and the role was “moving from classically defence - risk mitigation and regulation - to one of offence”.'

And when the inevitable breaches occur as a result of all of this, offences are what will have been committed.

Ah well.

Greed marches on.

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Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview

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Close enough. Microsoft are simply trying to see just how much crap they can get away with. At some point there will be a Win10 update that does nothing but add bugs.

(Or has that already happened? I can't be sure.)

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Netflix mulls using AI to craft personalized movie trailers for viewers

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Re: Recipe for disaster

Blockbuster 2: Even More Explosions - Definitely the Ultimate Version

We're recommending this to you because you bought Blockbuster 2: Even More Explosions - The Final, Final, Final Cut

See? It all makes perfect sense. If you liked that movie, you'll like it again.

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

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Re: So...

"Exactly, it went so well with RT, they want to do it again."

I suspect they're going to keep doing it again, and again, and again, in the hope that the idea will eventually take hold. Because: The idea of recurring £££ (or $$$ depending which side of the puddle you're on) for software and services on the SaaS model is a little too attractive to them.

Sod that.

Also sod: the crappy keyboard these things will come with.

Not to mention Windows 10.

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Foil snack food bags make a decent Faraday cage, judge finds

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Re: Has anybody actually tested this?

"I'll let you mix your phone with the gease, salt and food particles...."

Not a problem. Put the phone in something else before it goes in the crisp packets. A (clean) sandwich bag will do the trick.

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Re: Has anybody actually tested this?

Or just use two foil crisp packets overlapped - one over the top, one over the bottom.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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As others have said, to my reading it is the dodgy ex copper at fault. However, an important thing to consider is this paragraph:

"Green's fellow minister, David Davis, the Brexit secretary, has threatened to resign if Green is forced out of his ministerial post as a result of the copper's leaks."

For me, that changes everything. Throw the whole sodding book at Green - and the sooner, the better!

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Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

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Re: Not just a memory...

"@VinceH - I've got the evidence of drawers full of the extra cables that came with everything, because there was 'one of each' in the box, I used the one I needed, and stored the rest for all those occasions when I would need the alternative."

Ditto. :)

YMMV, but I do occasionally end up searching those drawers (actually now plastic containers in the shed) for odd cables for people. (And sometimes I even find them!)

However, that should be less of a problem now with everything pretty much standardised on a comparatively small set of cables/connectors. Back in the day a VCR might have come with a host of leads for the different types of connections that could be made from it (the one you'd use would depend on which connection is available from the multitude on your TV), these days there should be much less of that.

Instead, there is this problem you mentioned instead:

"because there are two cables that appear interchangeable but have different capabilities,"

This is again easily solved. Instead of the details of the cable being printed in a dark colour on the dark cable itself, they could put a decent label around the cables to state - in more easily readable colours, such as black on white - what the cable is and what it is for.

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Re: Desire...

"While Harrison Ford played both Deckard and Han Solo, I think that you will find that Han Solo is the one who shot Greedo"

Oh dear. You'll be telling us next that James Bond wasn't Jack Ryan's father.

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User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'

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Re: So let's thanks technology...

"... for removing knobs from monitors!"

...and instead replacing them with just about flush buttons on the side, with nothing to indicate where they are or which one does what. At least clear, visible knobs give you something obvious to try - instead of leaving you with something you obviously need to hunt for.

Swings. Roundabouts.

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