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Comment: Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (Score 1) 465

by sjwest (#46640551) Attached to: Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

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.

Comment: Fun even trying to open an account at mtgox (Score 1) 191

by sjwest (#46436047) Attached to: The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

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

Comment: Re:This is why company's block Amazon EC2. (Score 1) 76

by sjwest (#45969329) Attached to: Amazon and GoDaddy Are the Biggest Malware Hosters

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.

Comment: wga will lose ms 'customers' (Score 3, Insightful) 829

by sjwest (#45759565) Attached to: Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

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.

Comment: Huhne not respected by the oxbridge fraterniy (Score 1) 85

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.

Comment: Re:fattening the cow (Score 1) 220

by sjwest (#44829699) Attached to: UK Gov't Outlines Plans To Privatize Royal Mail

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

Comment: Re:Who the F*** Voted for #4? (Score 1) 290

by sjwest (#44659763) Attached to: My ISP...

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.

Comment: People do take an interest (Score 2) 393

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

Comment: I want a universal e-reader not a brand e-reader (Score 1) 330

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.

Comment: Aging infrastructure issues? (Score 1) 398

by sjwest (#43783629) Attached to: I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...

Depends on the age of the infrastructure, and where it is. Certain telecoms providers [british telecom] often feel rural broadband and phones is not important and so leave places with iffy phone services. You know its crap as the whole village says there phones and broadband are unreliable. I know this as we have printed airline e-tickets for people flying.

The electricity distribution underground network cables in our street are beginning to expire and it takes a good day for a replacement to be dug out and replaced. The contents of the freezer become a concern in the summer months.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell