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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

sjwest Re:Is this news? (145 comments)

It probably depends on how you use it, if you have a issued renewal reference number then its easy.

Never done the hm gov prove your a 'human' registration route and if all the non car taxed cars applying for it on one day that might be the reason the system is overloaded as all the not taxed cars are being taxed all of a sudden.

I lost my photo id/paper license from the dvla an that took a couple of weeks with a paper from a post office to fix, although the online version of it looked hard work so i opted for the paper form. That's when scheduled complexity bites governments

about three weeks ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

sjwest Re:For those that don't know: (113 comments)

We got one once, the paper envelope was then returned with lots of junk paper [reply paid by droa] and we never got another.

Wow Icann did something.

about 3 months ago
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GoDaddy Files For $100 Million IPO

sjwest Shooting Elephants (110 comments)

If the only place i could get 'x' was from godaddy, i would not use 'x'.

Any investor who think television advertising = a business without competition clearly is stupid,

about 4 months ago
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Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

sjwest Re:Do not buy smart TVs. Period. (221 comments)

Our fta set top box had one firmware update and that was it. So a three year update history sounds amazing from our point of view.

about 5 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

sjwest Re:Contracting? (477 comments)

I agree. I however do find physical dvd's adverts amusing and interesting when i rent the odd one usually for subtitles.

An example - after extending copyright term yet again on one disk i rented was a advert for the public to save old copyright films by donating money to the mpaa. Another dvd rained on netflix's and others parade with a 'free' hollywood streaming service no doubt with horrid drm and non workable on linux as well. The double standards are interesting.

Blueray might be rubbish with all those 4k resolution televisions, most people might have 1080 spec tv's but not use it so i doubt they can see any difference.

about 6 months ago
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

sjwest You can get a Cisco 860VAE for the $ (113 comments)

Which is an interesting discussion in itself, Ubiquity sme stuff is also a lot cheaper

about 6 months ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

sjwest Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (465 comments)

The brits on /. have a different take on Gordon Ramsay

Our joke goes along the lines of - on any day he is making tv adverts, while making his branded biscuits in a factory in Northampton, and doing something for british airways, before working at one of those celeb resturants at lunchtime, the afternoon is tv time with a series to make, then he jets off to America to save a restaurant. I guess the cook books get written overnight.

Ramsay is a brand and not what you think he is.

about 7 months ago
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AWS Urges Devs To Scrub Secret Keys From GitHub

sjwest Failtoban confirms (109 comments)

Run it, log it and you too will see a lot of aws

54.193.36.150
54.193.50.3
54.193.73.95
54.193.95.230
54.194.121.137
54.194.145.249
54.194.178.152
54.194.198.11
54.194.198.139

Wont bore you further, not sure informing abuse at amazon does anything though

about 7 months ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

sjwest Fun even trying to open an account at mtgox (191 comments)

I do not do bitcoin, i have neither the bandwidth to waste or the gpu hardware to mine and also not run microsoft windows that seems to scream btc fan.

I do need bitcoin not much per year (under 100 dolars) , and so tried to open an account with mtgox.

I got the governental forms [months pass], that got me a updated drivers license and passport and submitted them to magic the gathering exchange to verify my id. but I kept getting rejected. I had no value in the account.

So three months after i start this and still getting nowhere with the identity verification i email them and say please cancel the account.

Oddly that means approve in magic speak.

Somehow that concerns me and this was last year so i do not anything with this thing, and spend some time getting an independent wallet which takes a couple of months to download. Then mtgox go bankrupt.

I have a btc wallet, it has no money in it, and i have not spent money to do anything with bitcoin so far.

Maybe i got lost in translation but i am glad i never had any further dealings with mtgox

about 8 months ago
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Amazon and GoDaddy Are the Biggest Malware Hosters

sjwest Re:This is why company's block Amazon EC2. (76 comments)

We have been 'probed' by amazon, there abuse report standards would seem to indicate i have to run wireshark or a equivalent tool from the whois.

Comment: All abuse reports MUST include:
Comment: * src IP
Comment: * dest IP (your IP)
Comment: * dest port
Comment: * Accurate date/timestamp and timezone of activity
Comment: * Intensity/frequency (short log extracts)
Comment: * Your contact details (phone and email) Without these we will be unable to identify the correct owner of the IP address at that point in time

So they do not have to do anything Shady.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

sjwest Re:easy fix (829 comments)

Good to know, - but not the outcome wanted.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

sjwest Re:wga will lose ms 'customers' (829 comments)

Its been ten plus years since i personally last used a microsoft os.

It will happen to you one day

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

sjwest Re:wga will lose ms 'customers' (829 comments)

Yes i guess it got duplicate keygen'ed by something. Since nobody wants to 'help' loading linux will be my solution

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

sjwest wga will lose ms 'customers' (829 comments)

More of linux shop here but the one remaining ms os pc which had updates until november has just been deemed illegal by somebody last month.

I briefly tried to deal with the issue - the supplier hp told me to get lost, and once through to the right region (hp's website royally sucks) the human blamed ms and gave me a wrong phone number for buck passing.

I have put the machine on a list for debian upgrades for next year.

about 10 months ago
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UK Minister: British Cabinet Was Told Nothing About GCHQ/NSA Spying Programs

sjwest Huhne not respected by the oxbridge fraterniy (85 comments)

Huhne is a businessman, and a 'johny come lately; to the iffy and corrupt politics route that is the ppe, or the fast track to m15 and m16. The French have a similar setup

Oxbridge talks to Oxbridge only on matters of its choosing and distrusts people such as the non member as he is.

1 year,17 days
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UK Gov't Outlines Plans To Privatize Royal Mail

sjwest Re:fattening the cow (220 comments)

I wont defend that some sell off's have issues as to value for money for the state. But British Telecom is a lot better than it used to be, there used to be waiting lists for telephones, when answer phones where bleeding edge. I do not rate BT as a good firm but at least with competitive framework the industry seems to be ok and a lot better now.

Governments can suck too

about a year ago
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My ISP...

sjwest Re:Who the F*** Voted for #4? (290 comments)

I was on unlimited but for a free speed upgrade we got a cap as part of the 'deal'. It was cheaper than the slow 512k thing and i kept our ip config. I have usage records and very rarely do we go over what the cap was adjusted down to.

Saved money, i can increase the limit but paying for wasted stuff appears pointless.

I would recommend my isp, they are local, i don't have issues with them, and i have a choice of other isp's.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will the NSA Controversy Drive People To Use Privacy Software?

sjwest People do take an interest (393 comments)

On twitter recently #drm was trending over the ms new console. People might not think it issue 1 but somehow the eff have pushed in to people brains.

End to end encryption does not exist, a design flaw.

Ssl is tied to domain names, I had the recent experience of purchasing ssl on a site with no ssl. The irony of that statement i will let sink in

about a year ago
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

sjwest I want a universal e-reader not a brand e-reader (330 comments)

My last book i bought came from a charity shop as nobody sold it in my region in europe not even the independent book shops. The amazon version on e-reader would have cost me $100 dollars with device, it was cheaper to import the book from a foriegn location. Also as i like to use my lending library that all those elected people love closing down and so i am not buying into e-books. I do have some pdfs with my name and address in as well compliments of the publisher and are horrid to navigate.

I read a lot. On buying a ereader i am not buying a ereader thing that only works in one shop. As i use linux daily another issue is that drm or reading clients [adobe] are missing but not a problem in apple and windows land.

An e-reader sounds a great idea until i start shooting holes into the arguments. When i can load books via linux into an ereader, use my library with it and purchase books with it then consider me a customer.

about a year ago

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