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

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Re: Also don't bother with the ASA

But you will have a lot of competition for her.

I get the ones saying there are 4000 men who are desperate to meet me (in a town with a population of 5000 that is not particularly near to me but I think Sky have some ISP related stuff there).

This gets advertised constantly on lesbian groups. It sounds like the perfect definition of hell, and definitely does not make me want to sign up with them.

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Re: Lewis was unequivocal about the fake ads: "I don't do adverts."

What he means is that he doesn't do paid product endorsements like some celebrities do.

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Does a cancer charity spread cancer or find ways to prevent / treat it?

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ITV - yes

Arqiva, who transmit the signal from the ITV studio to your rooftop, no.

Royal Mail are like Arqiva, or like BT Openreach in relation to a Facebook ad.

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Re: "... he should report any adverts ..."

Also, can you report an ad from a screenshot sent by someone else?

If he goes to the place where the ad was spotted, he would see something different.

These ads will be targeted at low-income, low intelligence, finances in a complete mess type people, and facebook's ad targetting algorithm might not identify Martin Lewis as such a person.

Of course, their ad targetting is completely useless. Despite the fact that I use facebook pretty much only for lesbian related stuff, they still think I might be interested in getting a boyfriend, buying clothes for the aforementioned boyfriend (are men not capable of buying their own clothes), pregnancy tests, nursery schools and so on.

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Re: "... he should report any adverts ..."

He finds out about them when people send him screenshots and ask him if he really is endorsing the product.

The vast majority of people who see ads don't do that, but he does get about 5 people per day who do ask.

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Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds

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Re: Simple fix - change your bank

They are all just as bad as each other.

The simple fix is to have lots of bank accounts, and split your money between them.

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Re: Tested how many times?

1. Testing is for wimps

2. Out-sourced

3. Off-shore

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Re: Bullshirt

I got the email at 10:42 on Tues 17th and a text at 11:13 on Friday.

It was my first current account about 25 years ago, but I don't really use it any more.

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Re: First of all, I don't accept bribes. Ever. Personal policy.

Or maybe raping someone doesn't appeal regardless of what she looks like?

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Re: Oh well

"Does that mean free line rental then as telephone users won't have the old system to pay for now?"

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

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Windows isn't a trademark. Word isn't a trademark. They are generic descriptions that describe the type of product.

Microsoft Windows is a trade mark. Microsoft Word is a trade mark. Excel is a trademark whether prefixed with Microsoft of not as it isn't a generic description of a spreadsheet program.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: shipping it around

"What was wrong with old fashioned paper bags anyway?"

Apparently methane emissions when they rot.

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It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive

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Re: COBOL hacking

When China got electricity / computers / etc for the first time, starting about 25-30 years ago, COBOL was already obsolete, so they probably don't have that many programmers in that situation.

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Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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Re: Excel

Well yes. Those free tools are the copy function in Acrobat, and the paste function in another program, eg Word, which isn't free, but most people have it anyway. Then change the background colour of the text to white, and the text colour to black.

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Re: I apologize for being ignorant in this...

You can find out the owner of the property from the Land Registry, at £3 per time. But that isn't necessarily the person responsible for paying Council Tax.

You can find out the valuation band from the Valuation Office, just put the post code into the website and it tells you the band. But the valuation band is only one factor in determining your tax liability.

Council Tax records, however, are not available to the public.

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Re: Excel

There is an export to pdf option. It isn't completely foolproof as you can get hidden text in pdf files, but it would be an improvement.

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Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security

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Re: No money in it

There’s basically three product lines, plus different size and colour options, and the possibility of buying an older model. That’s perfectly manageable.

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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Re: so who do you report abuse to, now?

“Then Natwest can request to have their info shown.“

That is exactly my point.

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Log in to your Nominet account and change it if you want to.

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Re: so who do you report abuse to, now?

If I see for example that natwestbacs[dot]com is registered to Domains By Proxy LLC, then I know it isn't an official Royal Bank of Scotland Group domain. Likewise, if I see that "The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their address omitted from the WHOIS service", like on my personal domains, then I know it isn't an RBS domain. So I don't see what the problem is.

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Backpage.com cops to human trafficking, money laundering

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Is there a Haggard's Law for SWERFs?

In my experience the people who are the most vocally anti-sexworker are the ones who hire the most sex workers themselves.

[SWERF = Sex Worker Exclusive Radical Feminist]

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Boring as she goes at Sage? Oh no, no, no! Shares slide as sales slip below forecasts

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Re: Perhaps...?

My experience is that they will go missing anyway, for at least three 5-day periods per month.

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Has your machine really learned something? Snap quiz time

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But how accurate is your test data?

If the customer is transgender, your algorithm will probably identify them as the gender they actually are rather than the one on their birth certificate, but they might, for various reasons, have told you that it is the one on their birth certificate. Then you will have marked the computer as wrong, when actually it wasn't.

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Re: But what's the third item?

Non-binary

Not everyone is male or female, and the idea that there are only two genders is an idea that is unique to white europeans.

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Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

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Re: I agree with Chase bank too

If Coinbase were to go the same way as eg MTGox, then regardless of whether buying bitcoin is a good idea, you would have people who had paid for bitcoin, and didn't receive the bitcoin they had paid for. In that situation, people would be looking for a refund from their cc company.

I have no insight into whether or not that might happen to Coinbase, but most bitcoin exchanges have ended up that way.

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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Re: Dear valued donor...

I address mine to the paper recycling bin at the local tip.

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In the Royal Mail National Returns Centre in Belfast.

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British government to ink deal for yet another immigration database

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Re: Too many chiefs?

5 x junior developers on Rs277.41 day rate [that's the minimum wage in Bangalore for unskilled staff]

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Get the FTP outta here, says Firefox

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Re: pardon, me ignorant

I use webdav, scp or rsync over ssh.

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Great Western Railway warns of great Western password reuse: Brits told to reset logins

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The other way to find out if a user name exists is to try to create an account with that username, and see if it tells you that someone else already has it.

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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Re: Glossing a commercial turd

Emirates would make more money if they sold their fuel to another airline and didn't fly any planes at all.

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Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

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Re: But!

They are bringing it to the attention of the people.

Tim Cook doesn't visit the Apple Store in Paris very often, if at all; but it is a busy shopping street that lots of people walk along.

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UK 'wife'-carrying champion named

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Re: ummmm

From my reading of it, the person being carried has to be a woman, but, anyone can have a wife or a girlfriend, it doesn't have to be a man.

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Cinema voucher-pusher tells customers: Cancel your credit cards, we've been 'attacked'

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"why are cheap cinema tickets such a popular "perk" for these flingers!?"

Does anyone ever pay full price for cinema tickets? How does the price at LifeWorks compare with the discounts available elsewhere?

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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Re: Bring back DOSEDIT

Nothing wrong with emacs. Vi obviously is garbage though.

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Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

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A soldier would consider everything to be portable.

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Nothing more stubborn than a MuleSoft shareholder: Biz sued for taking 'low ball' Salesforce buyout bid

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Re: "within three years"

Present value of future cashflows is how all investments are valued, except for cryptocurrencies.

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Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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Re: Alternative history drivel..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_computing

says otherwise

Computer programming was invented by a woman. While most of the languages in use today were invented by men, they are based on earlier languages invented by women.

Word processing, invented by a woman

Operating systems, first invented by women

Databases, invented by a woman

Spreadsheets, yes, they were invented by a man

WWW, that was invented by a man, but built upon earlier networking technologies invented by women. The first cross-platform browser, like the ones we use today, was invented by a woman.

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"My undergrad degree in the 90s had about 1-1.5% women on the course. I've only ever worked with two developers my age that were women."

Sure, but about 50-70 years ago, you would have found that virtually all programmers were women, and if you look through all the programs on your computer today, in almost every case, the first example of that program was invented by a woman. Spreadsheets and music playing software were invented by men, and that is about it for male initial contributions.

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£12k fine slapped on Postman Pat and his 300,000 spam emails

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So 3.5p per message, still a lot less than a 2nd class stamp.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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"BOFH excuse generator is handy in those cases"

The cause of the problem is:

Excess condensation in cloud network

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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

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Re: And the alternative?

"Instead, as I write this, I get to see an ad for the Barbie collection * from £10"

Is that the next stage? I've had the boyfriends, the pregnancy testing kits and I'm now on the nursery schools.

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O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

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Re: Cheap at the price

EE and Vodafone are both domiciled in the UK these days.

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Re: As always...

But they still expect Farmer Jo to file her tax returns and rural payments agency stuff online.

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Facebook can’t count, says Cambridge Analytica

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Re: Numbers

No, they probably didn't persuade that many Clinton supporters to vote Trump, however:

The election was pretty close, and they didn't need to persuade that many people

They might have persuaded Trump supporters to get out and vote rather than stay at home

They might have persuaded Clinton supporters to stay at home, on the basis that she was going to win by a landslide anyway; because who on earth would be mad enough to vote for that orange clown.

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'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

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Re: Well...

If we are talking about Tesco's ISP service, then I'm pretty sure they charged for it.

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Re: Damn

"Any recommendations as to where I should move to?"

gritpants.org.uk, ngritpants.co.uk and ngritpants.org.uk are available. Maybe register one of those and point it somewhere. If you don't like where it is pointing, then point it somewhere else.

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UK regulator bans slasher-flick parody ad for OnePlus 5 mobe

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Re: so which is it?

And given that the model in question is now discontinued, they are unlikely to be running the ad again anyway.

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Re: How did

Well the fact that the ASA has now banned an advert for a discontinued phone isn't much of a deterrent.

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