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13 hours ago, iainrcz said:

they're losing to the team at the bottom of the league.

SHRIMPAAAAAAHHHHHHHHZZZZZZ

To be fair SUFC are utterly shit, no money, no decent players and a manager who'd struggle in non league.

Last night was the first back to back win since late 2018 IIRC.

National League next season. #martinout

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SHRIMPAAAAAAHHHHHHHHZZZZZZ
To be fair SUFC are utterly shit, no money, no decent players and a manager who'd struggle in non league.
Last night was the first back to back win since late 2018 IIRC.
National League next season. #martinout
Gtfc are basically the pound shop equivalent of a football team.
The team that got us promoted would muller this current bunch.
In fact I'd probably get in the current team, and I'm 40 and fat.
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As you have said the warning signs are there.
No contact address. No VAT number, No company details in the T&Cs either. I done a who is that that did not give any clues as to the ownership of the website either.
What was the BBC article? have you a link to that?
A Companies House search turns up a very recently incorporated company with just one director, who's name seems not to be linked to Bristol (the registered office address) nor anything to do with retailing homewares...

https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/12896794

Get Roger Cook on her ass...
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3 hours ago, chodweaver said:

A Companies House search turns up a very recently incorporated company with just one director, who's name seems not to be linked to Bristol (the registered office address) nor anything to do with retailing homewares...

https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/12896794

Get Roger Cook on her ass...

A good plan, had Rog not been deceased for several years!

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Pictures , I do my yearly back up soon ...

Copies to dvd ,dvd,HDD,HDD, . And some other drives ,all spread around the property ,some 20 years of pictures .

But first the batch reduction to 1k max height or width to reduce storage footprint .   12 months of piccys to do ! 

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Currently in the middle of self-isolation so can't go out anywhere, the house is fucking freezing. Mum brought round some nets of firewood from the garden centre so we can have a fire, I think they must have been keeping it in a pond because it's wetter than fresh cut wood! I'm trying to find a proper firewood supplier that I can go and pick up a few nets of kiln dried logs from but they all only offer delivery of quite large quantities that I have nowhere dry to store. Hopefully the water hasn't penetrated all the way through and they dry in a few days, we've had some luck drying the less damp ones on the fire at least but some are too far gone for that.

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My daughter works part time in Spoons while doing an MA and told us that people are ordering the cheapest "substantial meal" they can as well as three pints or whatever and then just leaving it. Obviously can't be donated to anyone who could use it so just gets thrown away. How awful...

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On 12/16/2020 at 3:29 PM, chodweaver said:

A Companies House search turns up a very recently incorporated company with just one director, who's name seems not to be linked to Bristol (the registered office address) nor anything to do with retailing homewares...

https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/12896794

Get Roger Cook on her ass...

The same person is also a person who is connected this this company.

https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/12851424

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On 9/26/2020 at 12:38 PM, MikeR said:

after getting another run of scam calls last week I engaged the bt call blocker , it has been quiet since .... !

She's still getting 3-4 a week , I'm blocking them but it's like playing whack a mole , they seem to have a never ending supply of alternate numbers , they've cottoned on to withheld numbers getting blocked 

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10 minutes ago, New POD said:

does not inspirer much confidence in either company.

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23 hours ago, chaseracer said:

A good plan, had Rog not been deceased for several years!

Using all my powers of investigating journalism that the man himself would be proud of. I've only gone and managed to track him down.  Not only that he's fairly cheap, for between 2.5k and 5k he is available for "security and law".

Maybe we can get justice after all. Hurrah.

Also available Littlewood and MacIntyre as back up dancers should Rog not be up to it anymore.

"Book Roger Cook | Host & Presenter | NMP Live Agency" https://www.nmplive.co.uk/roger-cook

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16.24.  I finish work at 16.30, then I'm on site tomorrow and then we have Christmas off.  I can sign off the phones at 16.25.  I sit there with my finger over the 'sign out' button.  My brow narrows.  Sweat from my forehead drips onto the keyboard. 16.24.50, 16.54.51... Ring!  Ring!  Ring! 'Hello, IT...' ffs.

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Kinky girl is on warfarin. Last test 3 weeks ago shows INR dropping like a rock, but thanks to covid / crapmass they sent her an appointment for late January. Er, no. She phoned her vet, and last Friday went in for a blood test to see what's going on. Phoned for results today, to find somebody cocked up slightly* and they've done every blood test possible apart from INR.

For bonus fun one of the wrong tests was complete blood count, and she got abnormal results. Er, what do you mean by abnormal? You'll have to discuss it with a doc, I can do you a phone call on the 29th??

So something to worry about for yonks, and a bonus visit again to vets tomorrow in the hope they will do the correct test this time.

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As has become usual, I'm typing this on the wife's tablet.  Why?  Well my 2008 laptop barely runs these days, it fires up awfully slowly and after a while just seizes, refusing to accept any instruction from me.  So ok, go upstairs and use the 2009  newly-refurbed -in -Cyprus desktop pc, which has been my main computer since I bought it.  Except... now if I can get it to connect to the web it just drops the connection almost immediately.  I suspect the dongle, as I know it's at least 9years old and they do break down eventually.  So today I went to PC World and asked a relatively sensible -looking middle -aged bloke, who showed me what passes for a dongle these days.  I duly bought it, got it home and set about installing it.  Or trying to!  After several abortive attempts I read the small print on the box: it works with Windows as far back as W7, but both my puters are running on XP.  Which of course is no longer supported in any way.  Back to PCW then, where at least I was able to get a refund.  Then I had to prowl round town looking for a supplier who could help me.  There's a one -man stall in the indoor market, and after a chat about the issues he lent me a pair of gadgets that are supposed to establish an Ethernet version of the Wi-Fi I'm already paying Plusnet for.  And guess what, I'm not managing to install that either!  Fuck it, I'll have another go tomorrow.  In between walking the dog, getting the shopping and going to a writer's meeting............

Why the fuck can't stuff just WORK like it's supposed to?  Literally nothing ever does!

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20 minutes ago, eddyramrod said:

As has become usual, I'm typing this on the wife's tablet.  Why?  Well my 2008 laptop barely runs these days, it fires up awfully slowly and after a while just seizes, refusing to accept any instruction from me.  So ok, go upstairs and use the 2009  newly-refurbed -in -Cyprus desktop pc, which has been my main computer since I bought it.  Except... now if I can get it to connect to the web it just drops the connection almost immediately.  I suspect the dongle, as I know it's at least 9years old and they do break down eventually.  So today I went to PC World and asked a relatively sensible -looking middle -aged bloke, who showed me what passes for a dongle these days.  I duly bought it, got it home and set about installing it.  Or trying to!  After several abortive attempts I read the small print on the box: it works with Windows as far back as W7, but both my puters are running on XP.  Which of course is no longer supported in any way.  Back to PCW then, where at least I was able to get a refund.  Then I had to prowl round town looking for a supplier who could help me.  There's a one -man stall in the indoor market, and after a chat about the issues he lent me a pair of gadgets that are supposed to establish an Ethernet version of the Wi-Fi I'm already paying Plusnet for.  And guess what, I'm not managing to install that either!  Fuck it, I'll have another go tomorrow.  In between walking the dog, getting the shopping and going to a writer's meeting............

Why the fuck can't stuff just WORK like it's supposed to?  Literally nothing ever does!

I'm going to be honest here Eddy.  I really hope you don't do anything like online banking on Windows XP.  Connecting it to the Internet is bad enough.  It's been out for 19 years and could currently be doing the second year of a degree by now.  It hasn't received any regular security updates since 2014.  Windows 7 had its support ended last year and that was released in 2009.

The reason nothing bloody works with it is because it is horrendously outdated and a huge, huge liability.  Nobody should be using it in 2020.

Sorry if that sounds harsh.  It's not meant to be - it's just that it's a bad, bad idea.

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Just now, GrumpiusMaximus said:

I'm going to be honest here Eddy.  I really hope you don't do anything like online banking on Windows XP.  It's been out for 19 years and could currently be doing the second year of a degree by now.  It hasn't received any security updates since 2014 (save for one critical update in 2017).  Windows 7 stopped support last year and that was released in 2009.

The reason nothing bloody works with it is because it is horrendously outdated and a huge, huge liability.  Nobody should be using it in 2020.

No, I don't bank online, don't worry!

However I have to take issue with your principle as stated.  I drive a 25year old car and a 47year old car.  Today fighting my way round town I was wearing a coat I've had 12years.  By your principle I should have binned all the above and replaced them with brand new.  I don't and won't, for two very good reasons.  One, why throw stuff away just because some distant corporation says so?  And two, I don't have the money to keep changing everything!  

The PC works, the dongle is the problem.  (As far as I can tell anyway).

This failure to support earlier versions of tech is nothing more than a blatant conspiracy to make me (or indeed anyone) spend money we haven't got on a regular basis on stuff we don't actually need and certainly don't want.  NB, here I should mention that when I had my Scarlet Skateboard in... was it 2014 or 2015? ...I bought a lovely brand new laptop to replace the old one mentioned above.  It was running W10 and was virtually unusable.  I couldn't find stuff I needed to use, and if I did, the display would randomly resize itself with no warning whatsoever, making it impossible to use.  It also fell apart physically so I retired it and eventually took it to the tip.

So you see what I meant about nothing working!  The so-called improved stuff is at least as bad as what I already have.

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I'm sorry Eddy, I've got to disagree.

I like fixing things and I've got laptops running that go back over a decade and are still usable - but they're running different operating systems to what they originally had installed. 

It's not analagous to a car at all.  A car does one job.  It goes from one place to another.  A computer does thousands of different jobs and what it does changes with time, as do the security threats.  Windows XP is inherently insecure. It is badly designed and by default gives a user administrator privileges.  So if a malicious actor were to gain access to your computer (which is absolutely trivial in XP compared to more modern systems) they can install whatever they like.  Those spam emails that get sent?  They're all from compromised machines organised into 'botnets' and have fun when your personal information is on sale to criminals because it's not an 'if', it's a 'when' when you're running XP.

With technology, time marches on and so do the security threats.  Cars are very slow to change but technology is not.  Fortunately, it's not actually that quick and my full-time personal machine is seven years old.  I just keep it updated and make sure that I use it sensibly.  I have two laptops at home that I picked up for free that are around five years old and more than capable for most peoples' daily use too and these are both up-to-date and secure.

You had one bad W10 experience.  Ok.  It takes a while to get used to for some people and you had a bad time.  That doesn't mean W10 is in and of itself bad.  At work I'm part of a team that supports over 2,000 staff and several thousand machines all running Windows 10.  It has its foibles but it is a stable, mature and secure operating system that gets regular updates and doesn't cost the Earth.  In fact, it's quite cheap.  If you really are worried about corporate obsolescence, go and run a free, open-source package like Ubuntu or Mint, which is also regularly updated and free.

XP is a fundamentally broken operating system.  It was when it launched and it is even more so now.

 

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