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General Discussion Area / Re: Pre-authorisation
« on: 10 May 2018, 09:03:46 »
It's the main reason I refuse to use Airbnb.  You request a booking, card gets pre-auth'd for the amount. No worries.  Booking is rejected (too few days, owner doesn't like the sound of your name, forgot to update availability, etc) Pre-auth remains on card for about 3 days regardless.  In the meantime you request bookings with other owners and repeat ad nauseum until you have zero balance or get someone who will actually accept the booking, which I have found to be rare.

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General Car Chat / Re: Electric cars and hybrids
« on: 09 May 2018, 11:56:04 »
Having driven a Leaf for 3 years

Totally OT, but how have you found it? I keep toying with the idea of an ev solely for my commute (50miles each way, free charging at work) once we move and having something more fun for all the other times I want a car.

I had a leaf for 3 years as well and I never got over the range anxiety.  50miles each way is fine as long as you can charge at both ends and is the sort of range I think the cars were designed for.  Despite the claimed range of my leaf I never got ANY where near it and on occasion could empty the "tank" in as little as 45 - 50 miles (70-80 is more normal depending on the driving style and terrain)

We were sold on the range being in excess of 100 miles and that's what the dealer told us so we always thought we would drive over to Newcastle from Penrith and charge it at my parents before coming home again  - we never once attempted that because of the lack of charge points on the A69 (other than Hexham which never seems to work when checking).

Would I have one again - yes but only when the range get MUCH better because for knocking round the doors and local commutes etc its brilliant and there is nothing like sneaking up behind a workmate and blasting the horn.

Cheers

I had a different experience.  I got over the range anxiety by planning ahead for trips.  I ended up taking it on journeys from Farnborough to Sheffield or Tenby.  You had to plan your stops which often coincided with breaks to eat or water the roses/drop the kids off.

The range keeps getting better and once I move to the US a Tesla Model 3 or S is on the cards.

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General Car Chat / Re: Electric cars and hybrids
« on: 09 May 2018, 09:24:45 »
Having driven a Leaf for 3 years I can tell you that it does change your driving style.  2 near-misses with pedestrians in the first fortnight made me change how I perceived the road ahead and altered my thought process and decisions.  It was no skin off my back to do either.  There were no issues with cyclists, with or without headphones, because if you give them enough room (as the highway code directs) then you wont have an issue :y

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Looks like a tampon holder. :)
Bloody hell, your maids must have bucket flanges :o

I believe the phrase is 'wizards sleeve'

I guess Opti must enjoy throwing his sausage into a bucket.

Or throwing it down an alleyway

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General Discussion Area / Re: What is your Project? Thread
« on: 02 May 2018, 08:32:20 »
I have two on the go.  One is the move to 'Amurika' which involves DIY, selling house, getting rid of crap, visas, financial planning, work planning (contractor), etc, etc.  The other is almost finished (which started last year) converting a SIB (a small RIB with a solid floor and an inflatable keel) for spearfishing with a custom made console to store the guns along with a 15hp hydrofoiled outboard, boarding ladder, radio and nav light.  To say it goes like stink is an understatement.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Network printer question
« on: 01 May 2018, 13:06:21 »
...

I have no problem with enabling such features on cookers and cameras so long as they are done correctly. i.e. changing password defaults, firewalling it off to restrict to the internal network or NATing and defining the whitelist whom/whatever requires access, keepnig firmware up to date, etc, etc, etc......

...

Things which no average punter will even consider, hence the issue.

If it's not secured by taking it out of its box and plugging it in, we're doomed.

It's funny you say that and after following recent discussions in various forums I feel that future litigation, or the prospect of, could shape IOT security posture going forward.  Imagine Mr X buys a wireless camera and, due to poor security, it is used by hackers in a DDoS attack against victim Y along with thousands of other devices from the same manufacturer.  Victim Y pays for an investigation and discovers all the devices used, then sues the owner of each one.  They in turn investigate and argue the manufacturers were negligent in shipping them with dodgy firmware, backdoors, etc and in turn sue the makers through class action.  We could end up in a scenario whereby iot products will have an official shelf-life after which your insurance company will no longer cover you in the event a litigation lawyer turns up asking for some wonga in damages.

Such a scenario has the potential for some interesting developments in the near future.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Hope prices don't go up
« on: 01 May 2018, 12:58:15 »
Excuse me, they are called Jaaaaaags!  Get it right, peasant :D

I read that in the voice of Clarkson, as intended, no doubt..  Who said TV has no influence? ;D

I rarely say Jag these days.  It's either kitty or Jaaaaag ala Clarkson :D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Hope prices don't go up
« on: 01 May 2018, 11:50:45 »
who keeps their car for years these days?

You do remember which forum you're on, right?  :)
I do, Aaron, but quite a few (most) don't own omegas any more.

Good point.. they've moved on to middle aged Jags instead :)

Excuse me, they are called Jaaaaaags!  Get it right, peasant :D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Network printer question
« on: 01 May 2018, 11:45:50 »
From what I found, printers were especially vulnerable due to the functionality they offer to the user, moreso when they were connected to AD.

I have no problem with enabling such features on cookers and cameras so long as they are done correctly. i.e. changing password defaults, firewalling it off to restrict to the internal network or NATing and defining the whitelist whom/whatever requires access, keepnig firmware up to date, etc, etc, etc......

But yes if they are asking if they should do it then I suspect they dont know what they are doing and should put whatever tech they own in a box and send it back to the manufacturer.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Network printer question
« on: 01 May 2018, 10:52:04 »
Just be careful how you configure those networked printers.  I have done some work on this in the past and found that most makes are highly vulnerable to attack and many, once pwned, can be used to pivot on to other devices on the network.  This article talks about Brother printers but in reality they aren't the worst....

https://hackernoon.com/riding-the-printer-pwnie-fa9f4ce822ed

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General Discussion Area / Re: Network printer question
« on: 27 April 2018, 08:47:17 »
User error.  Or as we normally say, Loser Error.

;D

I prefer layer 8 issue or  chair-keyboard interface error ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Win10 Keeps Signing Me out.
« on: 26 April 2018, 22:10:08 »
Maybe it's trying to send you a message?  ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Noisy neighbours
« on: 26 April 2018, 14:09:02 »
You can't beat a bit of pipe and drum to stir the soul.  It still makes the hair on the back of the neck stand up.

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General Discussion Area / Re: The Midas touch. Again.
« on: 23 April 2018, 21:27:04 »
And to end the day, she curbed the car driving me back from the pub.  A pub where I fancied a shandy with my grub, but they had no lemonade.

HTF can a pub not have lemonade?

Serves you right for trying to ruin a perfectly good pint. :P

Please tell me it wasn't a half? ::)
I would normally agree, but it was so hot, and I was so thirsty, I wanted to glug a couple straight down, and my mission was not to get legless.


Today, managed a nasty burn after getting my fingers entangled in the extruder of the printer, at the point it claimed it was 200C.  Fortunately, due to Mrs TB's clumsiness, the house is full of Aloe Vera.  Still smarts, mind.

There are 2 types of people in this world.  Those that burn their fingers on extruders and those that lie about it :D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Sky Q hub
« on: 21 April 2018, 09:54:10 »
Until we're all streaming 4k to multiple devices and then people will be retro-fitting ethernet to their homes ::)

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