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RE: Clarkson's farm

I thought it was really good too.

RE: [VIDEO] Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Well we did miss a penalty earlier in the game (then they went up the other end and scored).

RE: Post Trump fallout

The important headline from that is that Russia wanted to put a "mentally unstable" Donald Trump into the Whitehouse - their words.

The Russian documents also intimate that they do have kompromat on Trump presumably obtained on his trips to Russia.

RE: [VIDEO] The Witcher (Netflix)

It is a bit of an oddity, but still enjoyed it. As I said before, it really changes gear from ep. 4. Looking forward to new season.

RE: [VIDEO] Tokyo 2020 Olympics

If Japan cancel the Olympics, they won't host it again unless they go back to the normal bidding process and compete with everyone else. It won't just be postponed again. It would be a major, major loss hence the reluctance to give up on it.

RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

Robee J Shepherd says...
"Good news everyone!

HGV drivers are going to be temporarily allowed to drive for longer than 4.5 hours without a 45 minute break from 12th July!"

We'll just add it to some of the other terrible decisions of this dangerous, right-wing government that have happened this week:

The criminalising of anyone helping asylum seekers into this country through 'not conventional routes', even if not for personal gain. i.e. if you're a fisherman and you help a troubled boat of migrants, you could theoretically get life in prison (see the s*** the RNLI got for helping drowning migrants).

The mass covid experiment that they are perpetrating on the UK population i.e. let a virus run rampant and see if a partial vaccine programme and herd immunity in children can contain it.

Belittle the national team for having progressive values whilst also trying to mooch off their huge success (Bozo standing on that massive England flag in front of No. 10, ministers wearing ill-fitting England shirts photographed 'whilst watching the game').

The criminalising of protests that might cause disruption or be too noisy, which is every protest that has ever happened in the history of protests. i.e. any protest that is uncomfortable for government will be conveniently deemed unlawful (I think this could end up being a damaging own-goal for this govt)

The pushing through of the photo ID needed to vote plan to 'get rid of the idea that there might be voter fraud' even though there is very little evidence of voter personation. i.e. groups who are more likely to not vote tory also happen to be the groups that are most likely to not have any form of photo ID.

RE: RIP Richard Donner

I got to see Goonies at a pre-release screener when I was a young scrote. God that was a long time ago...

Dodgy Audacity?

Not actually used or updated it in a while, but this is a bit concerning:

Audio-edit software Audacity has denied accusations its new privacy policy has transformed it into "possible spyware".

And technology website Fosspost described the most recent version as "possible spyware".

"One would not expect an offline desktop application to be collecting such data, phoning home and then handing that data to governments around the world whenever they see fit," it wrote.

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

Robee J Shepherd says...
"Things might be totally fine, but we are up to the number of cases that forced a lockdown in November already."

Sums up my feelings. 

We now have more covid cases than the whole of the EU.

50% of population is still not vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective (see Andrew Marr's experience). Unvaccinated young can still get long covid even if they only have mild symptoms.

We'll see in a few months time whether the skyrocketing cases will start translating into hospitalisations/deaths/long covid.

Surely it would have been smarter to keep masks/some social distancing/ventilation requirements?

Govt are going back to gambling again - far too influenced by libertarian right and Ayn Rand idiot fanboy Javid.

[VIDEO] RE:Asimov's Foundation

Si Wooldridge says...
"Isn't there a new version of Dune due as well?"


EE re-introduce roaming charges in Europe

This was them in January:

"Our customers enjoy inclusive roaming in Europe and beyond, and we don't have any plans to change this based on the Brexit outcome. So our customers going on holiday and travelling in the EU will continue to enjoy inclusive roaming."

And now:

Those joining or upgrading from 7 July 2021 will be charged £2 a day to use their allowances in 47 European destinations from January 2022.

O2 have also said they would be introducing new costs for roaming in Europe.

This is basically the thin end of the wedge. All operators will charge soon and I'm betting they'll return to higher basic charges too, not just one-off costs in the years to come (it was so lucrative for them before it was banned in an EU agreement).

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

The irony here is that most EU countries barely use the AZ vaccine because they consider it too risky.

RE: Dogtanian reboot

I'd put this in the same category as some of those other slightly off kilter (probably because they were foreign made and re-scripted or re-dubbed into English) kids programmes of the time, Sport Billy and the live action Heidi.

This item was edited on Sunday, 13th June 2021, 12:05

RE: [VIDEO] Sweet Tooth

Started watching this last night and have enjoyed the 2 eps I've seen.

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

They're touting the vaccines as a big success against the 'indian variant' but AZ looks to me as just about usefully effective.

I'm grateful that I've had my 2 jabs but my confidence is not where it should be, especially as everyone is going to start abandoning their masks and acting like this has all disappeared soon. Just look at Chile for a cautionary tale in vaccine triumphalism.

Just to add. A single dose of Pfizer or AZ only confers around 30% effective protection and only 30% of population have received 2 doses. We aren't quite out of the woods.

This item was edited on Monday, 24th May 2021, 10:44

RE: [VIDEO] I thought we were on a break? Friends reunion

It's weird how much I know about Friends considering I've never seen an episode from start to finish.

RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

Looking forward to that sweet 0.02% boost to our GDP to come flooding in

This item was edited on Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 16:41

RE: So, what devices are we using for streaming these days :)

I'd be quite interested if anybody uses any sort of dedicated music streaming setup. Obviously there is the ubiquitous Sonos but does anybody use anything else? ATM I'm just using a bunch of echo dots around the gaff connected to amps and speakers as 'end points' which work well with Spotify Connect.

Ultimately I'd quite fancy a Roon setup (quite expensive) with a dedicated streamer - possibly Raspberry Pi/Nuc based (sj mentioning Nuc reminded me of this), or maybe just buy an off the shelf streamer. The idea would be to stream lossless CD quality music (Amazon have just upgraded their service to lossless at no extra cost).

RE: So, what devices are we using for streaming these days :)

I'm similar. An ageing Fire TV box that I can connect to 5.1 amp (that is so old it doesn't have HDMI) for the usual suspects Prime, netflix, Disney, etc. and I've got a couple of chromecast for occasional use, mainly YouTube.

This item was edited on Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 08:35

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

Jitendar Canth says...
"I'm just waiting for the racist attacks on brown people to increase, now that the Indian variant is on the loose."

This is literally going to happen.

RE: Inside No 9 (Psychoville writers' new show)

I suspect that they expect some sort of 'backlash', but just wanted to do something different. They even self-reference Commedia dell arte which was the style they were going for and I think that actually mentioning it was meant to make people roll their eyes a bit.

RE: Social media boycott

admars says...
"Sadly I think this media blackout is pointless, but I have no idea what they should/can do, short of turn up outside these people's houses late at night, but that's not a real long term solution."

The action is meant to target the social media companies who should and could do far more to block and ban abusive users/content. They're quick and efficient enough to block 'copyright' infringement when that can cost them money.

The blackout is a huge loss of traffic for the sites which drives their ad revenue and sport related social media is particularly huge, not surprisingly.

It's well known that they make even more revenue when traffic is high - even if it's a torrent of abuse. The likes of twitter and facebook made huge amounts of money when the orange man was in the whitehouse because of all the extra traffic and they were happy for it to happen. They literally don't want to do anything so have to be strong-armed.

RE: What We Do In the Shadows

I really did pick the wrong time to get rid of Sky...