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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

hpHosts: Updated 27th January 2016

The hpHOSTS Hosts file has been updated. There is now a total of 350,932 listed hostsnames.

If you are NOT using the installer, please read the included Readme.txt file for installation instructions. Enjoy! :)
  1. Latest Updated: 27/01/2016
  2. Last Verified: 27/01/2016
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Saturday, 14 November 2015

hpHosts: Updated 14th November 2015

The hpHOSTS Hosts file has been updated. There is now a total of 336,509 listed hostsnames.

If you are NOT using the installer, please read the included Readme.txt file for installation instructions. Enjoy! :)
  1. Latest Updated: 14/11/2015
  2. Last Verified: 14/11/2015
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Thursday, 12 November 2015

McDonalds: Visit their restaurants, use their car park do you? Be prepared for a FINE

And yes, it is a fine, regardless of the weasel words they use.

Little hint:

1. A parking CHARGE comes and is paid for, either before you park or before you leave
2. A fine is levied after the fact

Why am I writing this here? Well short story shorter, I went there on the way to the social club to play pool (I love pool and snooker, playing and watching) to grab a Late, on October 20th. Around 2 weeks or so later, the fuckwits at Civil Enforcement Ltd (aka Creative Car Parks Ltd), sent me a PCN (Parking Charge Notice) for £60 if paid within 14 days, or £100 if paid within 28 days.

Needless to say, I did two things. First and foremost, asked for evidentiary photographs from Civil Enforcement Ltd (yep, still no response), and second, put a complaint in to McDonalds themselves (I visit fairly frequently). I know for a fact I was not there for the 3 odd hours they claim (I was at the social club, with witnesses). The first reply I got from McDonalds simply asked for details, but gave me hope.

The PCN I received (personal details redacted of course):

The letter I received from McDonalds made me instantly decide I am never going to visit another of their restaurants again (will mean one hell of a headache from my son (he loves McDonalds), but after this, I do not care). It simply advised I contact the company that issued the fine (sorry, "Charge" (IT IS A FINE DAMMIT!)).

To put simply, why am I writing about this here? Let me count the ways;

1. I did my work experience with McDonalds (different restaurant, same company) from the age of 14, and took a full time job when I left (it involved cleaning - I LOVE CLEANING!)
2. I was parked for at most, 20 minutes
3. McDonalds are simply asking for details, then claiming they are not responsible and pointing me to the company that issued the fine (OI McDonalds, YOU CONTRACTED THEM)
4. I visited one of 3 of their restaurants 3-4 times+ per week, and this is how they treat their customers?

Allow me to put it this way.

You are allowed 90 minutes free parking (yep, I'd happily pay if it were required instead), and visit (drive-through or otherwise), then popping back later, whether your kids decide they needs the toilet, you've forgotten something, they've screwed up (none of which was the case here) etc etc etc - you're risking a fine.

Further, the wankhole of a company that issued the fine you'll note, specified a road and postcode YOU CAN NEVER PARK ON, leading to the assumption it is the hotel to blame, when it clearly isn't (I went to the hotel, they made it clear it was McDonalds to blame (not the first time it has happened apparently)).

FYI, a PCN should ALWAYS include;

1. Details of where you were parked
2. Photographic evidence

Needless to say, I am boycotting McDonalds, and shall be fighting this.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Including the hpHosts ad/tracking servers list in your programs?

I've seen quite a bit of chatter recently regarding which URL it should be when including the ad and tracking servers list in things such as AdAway, uBlock etc. Thought I'd pop a note here. The correct URL is;

There was an issue previously where ad_servers.asp would redirect to a rather strangely formatted URL when redirecting to this file, which is why I'd not recommend it (aside from anything else, it's likely the sites entire codebase is to be re-written in the near future, which will also see the end of the use of ASP (various reasons for this, most notably, lack of native DNS support etc), where the .txt files will not be changing.

If you're using the individual classification files, you'll also notice you no longer need to include the hphosts-partial file, as the individual classification files are updated every single time a site is added/updated/removed.

If you've got any questions, feel free to email me, or drop by the forums.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

USA: I'm confused

Okay, I'm officially confused. Watching a documentary on BBC Three at present about the KKK, and something has confused the hell out of me. Namely

1. The KKK and Nazi party claim they're interested in "white power", yet last time I looked, the Jewish etc were white too, and the KKK are apparently (according to the "Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan") are against the Jewish too - why specifically, the Jewish?
2. The "Black Power" group (assuming I got the name right) claim they're against racism, are themselves, racist.

Did I miss something?

Whatever happened to tolerance of others, regardless of race, faith et al? (I can't be old fashioned - apparently I'm not old enough).

Black power apparently means unity between black people, and I can understand that, however, that then questions why they're apparently protesting against EVERYONE ELSE - why not just the idiotic racists?

As for the KKK - their getting a rock thrown at one of their vehicles - are they really surprised by this?

Hint - faith has bugger all to do with it, nor has race/color/sexuality/etc - you're either tolerant, or you're not (and first amendment doesn't mean you can be an arse, it just means you're a legally protected arse (hint: a tolerant person wouldn't care - an arse protests/fights based on color, sexuality, race etc)).

What's that you say, as a tolerant person I shouldn't question these idiocies? To that I say - do a bit of research ;o)
As I said, I'm confused, but as far as I am concerned, as long as you take and judge a person based on the person themselves, the rest is not important, never has been - never will be.

Sorry for the off-topic rant - I needed to rant and question (I had more to say (racism/prejudism should be shot to the floor immediately in my opinion (yep, that's the polite version)), but most would get nuked by legal in seconds).