How fraudulent sellers operate on Amazon

September 27th, 2016

Mail order fraud is nothing new. There’s the apocryphal story from the 1950’s, and probably earlier, of the newspaper advert for Ever-lasting Slug Killer, “guaranteed to kill slugs indefinitely”. Respondents received two rocks, with instructions to place the slug on the first one and hit it with the second. Consumer protection laws in the 1970’s and European […]

FreeBSD 11 is here. Sort of.

September 25th, 2016

According to, 11.0-RELEASE is still in the build stage and awaiting a release announcement this Wednesday. However, release builds have appeared on the FTP site: This is obviously unofficial, and use them at your own risk. At time of writing, the ARM and i386 versions is also available but not yet the PPC, […]

Talkmobile and security

September 22nd, 2016

Talkmobile has a flaw in their on-line security policy. It’s not uncommon, but as they’ve just hiked my monthly payment by 500% without asking (the old plan is being discontinued; we thought you’d like this one instead), they’re in the frame as a good example.

Sophos UTM sets ambitions goals; and fails to score

September 22nd, 2016

Paranoid settings on web content filters used in education and local authorities are destroying the world wide web’s reason for existence. Vendors need to do a lot more work on ways of classifying web sites if lusers insist on using whitelists, given that there are 1M new sites a month.

Edward Snowdon is a traitor – The Washington Post(?!?)

September 19th, 2016

In spite of the Washington Post being chosen by Snowdon to publish his “revelations” (a circulation-grabbing but arguably cyclical move), and in spite of accepting a Pulitzer prize for this irresponsible journalism, the paper is now calling for him to be prosecuted. Unlike the liberal Guardian in the UK, the US paper, which profited by his betrayal are now seeing […]

ECJ Hotspot Ruling Makes Free WiFi a NoNo

September 15th, 2016

The ECJ has just passed a ruling that could kill free WiFi hotspots, but they don’t stand a snowflake in hell’s chance of anyone listening.

BT Internet mail is broken – Deferred: 421 Too many messages ( from

September 3rd, 2016

BT Internet mail is broken – Deferred: 421 Too many messages ( from Since Yahoo lost the contract to Openwave the crazy ideas for spam control have gone from bad to worse, making the service unusable – at least for business users with company domains. And BT really doesn’t seem bothered enough to do anything about it.

Barking – Is is going to the dogs?

August 22nd, 2016 is heading for a whole load of trouble with dirty data, and may be open to accusations of negligence when it comes to charging people for job leads.

Doogee launches T5 Android, with newer technology than T6. What happened to T4?

August 15th, 2016

I like Chinese mobile phone maker Doogee. Their kit is great. Their marketing sucks more than a Hoover. Today’s global launch was for the T5 “business” handset, which looks very like my trusty T2 (aka Titan 2, aka DG700). Except it’s supplied with two different backs so you can switch it for a silicone-looking one instead […]

Aussie Census takes a tumble

August 10th, 2016

Australia’s on-line census went tits-up as everyone logged on at ten minutes to midnight in order to complete it before they received a fine.