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steve

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bloor, to random
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steve,
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@ben @bloor suspect the current government would not defer EV VED, hopefully the next government will be saner. Don't understand why they don't apply the same banding to all diesels, regardless of their age though.

OTOH, I'm not a fan of "fixed cost" taxes like this - we drive an EV almost all the time, but also run a 20 year old diesel van, which only does about 1000 miles / year to the beach and back, but the VED is eyewatering. Replacing it wouldn't be environmentally sound.

monsieuricon, to random

I've been admining Linux systems for 25 years, and I still have to check which one it is every time.

steve,
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@monsieuricon it is exactly the same order as cp and mv

analog_cafe, to webdev
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So #UPS wants a payment + brokerage fees for import dues. Fair.

Unfortunately, their website won't take my payment unless I create an account. Sucks, but terrible web service is a corporate standard in 2024 so I proceed.

The website will not create my account. The UI does nothing (not even an error message). The browser console shows an endless stream of errors and messy log messages. The page is 17MB in size.

Had to resolve this via phone call (x4), like it's 1984.

#webdev 😱

steve,
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@jamesholden @analog_cafe the others usually hold your package hostage, so you have to pay even though they have no right to charge

steve,
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@revk @jamesholden @analog_cafe I would presume that even trying to charge you is fraud though, since you didn't accept the T&Cs...

amy, to random
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Regular reminder that if you don't run your site on HTTPS you're doing yourself and anyone who visits your site a disservice.

This is double extra true for anyone doing ANYTHING related to sex. Even if your hosting provider is cool with what you're hosting, you owe it to the people who use your site to protect their privacy by preventing their ISP and any intermediary from knowing what they're looking at.

steve,
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@amy @shalien I'm extremely unconvinced that DoH is good for the average person's privacy. It takes a situation where each ISP can snoop on their own users (but many probably won't) and instead concentrates everyone's data at a very small number of huge (and historically, abusive) companies.

Sure, you could change the defaults, but most people won't and this is a worse situation to normal DNS.

I certainly trust my ISP ( @aaisp ) not to snoop more than I trust !

bloor, to random
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I joined the LibDems immediately after brexit.

I have now quit the LibDems.

steve,
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@bloor if I wasn't already a Plaid member, my alternate choice would probably be the greens. Although with FPTP it makes not a jot of difference who I vote for.

ben, to Blog
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New #blog: Heating with Electricity instead of Gas

After we had #solar installed we also moved onto Agile by #octopusenergy

This winter, rather than using bottled gas for additional heating, we used electric heaters - this post talks a little about how we approached it, some issues we encountered and the result.

https://www.bentasker.co.uk/posts/blog/house-stuff/heating-with-electric-instead-of-gas.html

#homeautomation #homeassistant

steve,
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@ben I try to avoid IoT stuff that relies on someone running cloud services (not always successfully). Buying Zigbee instead of wifi stuff seems a good bet - a quick Google tells me whether Zigbee2MQTT supports the device, then I can guarantee it can all be handled locally with Home Assistant. Bought a DECT based baby monitor for the same reason - it's guaranteed to all be local. In many ways a wifi baby monitor would have been more useful, but so hard to know if it will be local or cloud based.

steve,
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@ben But, my car relies on VW's servers and a non-changable eSIM. EV charger relies on Ohme's servers and a non-changable eSIM - would love an entirely local EV charger, but I think Intelligent Octopus Go compatibility precludes that.

I have a wifi connected Bresser weather station and was disappointed to find no local API. It sends (limited) data to Weather Underground and you have to get Home Assistant to pull it from there instead of getting complete data directly from the unit.

steve,
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@ben on the heating front, my office room thermostat died so I decided to try using Home Assistant to run the heating (zigbee temperature sensor and a zigbee relay to turn the boiler on/off). Pretty happy with the result - just need to find a more reliable temperature sensor because the Tuya one I have is crap (updates less frequent than I would like, occasionally stops sending updates, and seems to have poor zigbee range)

steve,
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@RealGene @ben I'd prefer zigbee. However, my Tuya zigbee temperature sensors were bought on the recommendation of a blog article where a bunch of sensors had been tested and that one produced frequent updates and good range. So either the article was wrong, or the hardware/firmware has changed. So pretty difficult to figure out which sensors are good if the manufacturer is going to update them to be worse without notice :(

steve,
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@RealGene @ben FWIW, battery isn't a requirement. In fact I would be tempted to modify battery powered sensors to run off usb

steve,
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@ben @RealGene I have:
2x Tuya TS0001 relays - works ok but range seems poor.
Tuya TS0601 soil temperature sensor - works ok, but a shame it doesn't report fractions of a degree.
2x Tuya RSH-HS06_1 temperature sensors - seem ok.
2x Tuya TS0201 temperature sensors - no way to increase update frequency, range poor, occasionally stops sending updates, 1 of them barely works (difficult to pair, sends updates for a short time after pairing and then stops).
Tuya PJ-1203A power monitor - poor range.

steve,
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@ben @RealGene
2x Tuya BSD29_1 smart plug - excellent range, seems to work well. Slightly concerned that a UK 13A plug/socket form factor is rated at 16A though (and there is version claiming to be 20A!). The plug overlaps the power switch on some sockets.
Ikea Tradfri LED2035G10 light bulb - excellent range, seems to work well, if a little fiddly to pair.

The variation of zigbee range of the Tuya devices is weird - most of them seem to be poor, but then the smart plugs are absolutely excellent

steve,
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@ben @RealGene The smart plugs are physically much bigger than the other devices, so maybe there's more room for a better antenna? But then Ikea seem to have managed to cram a perfectly good antenna into the smart bulb.

bloor, to random
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This is a picture of the actual horn button on a new vehicle by Grenadier.

Not even joking!

steve,
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@bloor An extra loud one intended to scare them shitless as you drive past?

steve, to random
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Gah, judges are so obtuse sometimes. A (quite large) small claim filed through moneyclaim.gov.uk. I got a letter saying it had been transferred to the county , but they say this never happened and it appears to be "stuck" in the online processing centre. They advised me to file duplicate paperwork directly with the court, which I did and got a blunt "the claim will be struck out unless the claimant sends compliant paperwork" order - no explanation as to WTF judge thought was not compliant!

steve, to privacy
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Spent some time in court today arguing that the #ICO is wrong... and the judge agreed!

Although it wasn't a complete success, it wasn't an unmitigated disaster and I'm actually quite pleased that a court agreed that the ICO's interpretation of the UK #GDPR is bonkers.

https://blog.nexusuk.org/2024/03/another-day-in-court-arguing-against-ico.html

#Privacy #Spam

steve,
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@JetlagJen there's one specific bank I will never use (Nationwide)... Multiple catestrophic screwups and the only "good will gesture" they offered was to not charge for the things they had failed to do!

revk, (edited ) to octopus
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#octopus looks screwed right now! Can’t opt in for saver session. And do I believe this points total or is “404” an omen?

steve,
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@ben @revk This is another one that Octopus bid for but was rejected. So they are (for some reason) funding it out of their own pocket again.

Bit of a surprise TBH - I thought that all the test sessions had already been done and wasn't expecting to see another saving session this winter.

steve, to privacy
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Another day, another email from the #ICO to tell me that they have closed my complaint about an organisation not responding to my Subject Access Request because they too couldn't contact anyone there... I mean, what's the point of the ICO?

#GDPR #Privacy

steve,
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@NAB This is pretty standard for the ICO. If they get no response to their emails you can prompt them to try again, but ultimately they hide behind "we don't pursue complaints for individuals, we'll keep this on file but this complaint is now closed." If you make a complaint about the ICO's handling of the case they just say that it was handled correctly. So, unless you've done something really bad, if the ICO contact you the best course of action seems to be ignore them and they will go away

steve,
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@NAB They also make a habit of making nonsensical rulings which appear to have no basis in law and then saying "if you disagree with us, you can take the other party to court". The problem with this, of course, is the ICO's opinion carries a lot of weight and its pretty hard to argue in court that they are wrong. (I'm actually in court this week arguing exactly that point - the ICO are claiming my email address is not personal data, which seems to be totally at odds with GDPR!)

steve,
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@NAB The problem with going to (small claims) court over data protection things is that if the defendant argues that you can't show a financial loss, that's often where it ends. In this case the defendant has spammed me (breach of PECR) and refused to answer an SAR on grounds that they don't hold any personal data. ICO has supported this because my email address doesn't contain my name and they therefore say not personal data. But GDPR says it is personal data if a natural person can be
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steve,
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@NAB identified from the "online identifier". If you Google for my email address you get exactly 1 hit, which clearly identifies me by name. So I argue that my email is clearly personal data since I can be identified by it. ICO argue that it would only be personal data if the defendant is actually identifying me with it.
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steve,
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@NAB The argument that data only needs protection if you are using it to identify individuals seems nonsense to me - were you not to protect that data and leak it to another party, you have no control over how they use it. So failing to protect it is surely a threat to the data subject.
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