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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

Nick Pettefar

Re: Amazon aren't bad

I have been impressed with Apple many times. The first thing they do is take your number and an alternate one so that they can call you back if the call is interrupted. It carries on from there in the same vein.

Amazon have never let me down, not once. They may not pay honest taxes but they get my vote. I also am impressed with PayPal and eBay who have always sorted out my problems with either them or customers. If I want something nowadays, I rarely buy it if I can't get it via Amazon or eBay because they can be relied upon.

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Nick Pettefar

Re: Do I have to talk to someone

Frakkin' BT Mobile had two call centres, one in NI and one in Newcastle. Gawd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

Nick Pettefar

Re: Lightning

The trouble with the Lightning socket on my iPhone 5 is that it is a little narrow deep hole that filled up with the detritus of my pockets and then stopped working after a year.

For pocket use it needs either a flap, a cover or, to be really funky, designed like a vagina that is closed until something is inserted (and self-cleans).

Still, I got a free replacement iPhone 5 from Apple because of this so I shouldn't complain too loudly.

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

Nick Pettefar

Re: I wonder

I set mine to vibrate during sex.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

Nick Pettefar

We called our new daughter Ivy Frances, for medical reasons.

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

Nick Pettefar

In Limerick at the police station

Theres a "shortage of pens" situation

When cons turn up to sign on

They're told the pens are all gone

(It's a sign of the state of the nation.)

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

Nick Pettefar

Re: iPhone 4S

Most of his "reasons" are just bunk.

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SMELT YOU LATER: Apple announces conflict-free status

Nick Pettefar

4bn?

I can't imagine how asking people to fill in a form can add up to 4bn of any currency!

Care to enlighten us?

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

Nick Pettefar

Re: The picture ..

Don't you mean Hoover over it?

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Plan 9 moves out from Lucent licence space

Nick Pettefar

Where's the Raspberry Pi download image?

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

Nick Pettefar

Same Same

It's not the hardware, it's the users. Had an identical experience here with our own hardware (large Jap company that makes their own laptops and projectors). Amusing.

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

Nick Pettefar

ER

Enhanced Reality! Think of it - you're shagging the mister/missus and yet it appears you are shagging a star/starlet(/sheep/robot/pumpkin/whatever). Of course you'd both be needing to wear them - fair's fair. Sign me (and my partner) up at once!

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

Nick Pettefar

Re: Non-Anglii sed Hispanici

South America was already a place for Germans, long before WW2, hence it was an easy place to run to for those able - they had large communities to blend into.

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Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

Nick Pettefar

Gone

My Shine came out of the wrist strap and has not been seen again.

I am using a Withings Pulse now but the clip bent open so it no longer clips - I keep it in my pocket.

Must go for a walk....

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

Nick Pettefar

QNAP User

I have a couple of QNAP TS212 boxes and they are OK.

One box I use as an iSCSI JBOD for my Sun T2000, I created a ZFS mirror.

The other one is in standard use but one of the 2TB (Green) drives has failed. There is a USB socket on the back and I have connected a USB mirror device (Icy Box, 2x3TB disks) as I wanted to do a full backup in order to convert the QNAP to 2x3TB disks. Unfortunately there is no facility in the fancy software for that! I ssh'd in remotely and uses rsync instead. I think that the NAS software should support an easy way of upgrading the disks. There is a backup application but it is limited to specified folders, a certain number of folders (five I think) and they must already exist on the target. Ridiculous! I think QNAP technical support were embarassed when they told me this.

Does anyone know if Synology are any better?

Also, can you connect the Synology as a USB drive directly to one computer as well as a network drive to others?

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Confirmed: Apple gives nod to gobblement of Kinect-maker PrimeSense

Nick Pettefar

Re: Apple TV set or gaming?

I think that every Apple presentation/Keynote/developer thingy involves gaming with guest speakers/demos from the gaming industry. I guess you've never seen them.

iPad/od/hone is probably the largest games platform.

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

Nick Pettefar

Re: so as to be able to run apps without need for change software.

You can use the Kryton-2 zoom mode....

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AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

Nick Pettefar

Wow!

I also went from iPad 3 to iPad Air and what a difference! When I unpacked it I thought they'd sent me an iPad Mini instead! It is light enough to use in bed, doesn't get hot and is super-responsive. I bought the 128GB version so have plenty of room for all my videos and music, photographs and apps. It looks really nice (I have the white version) and feels great to use. I have not had a network problem with either WiFi or 3G whereas I would sometimes lose connectivity with my iPad 3.

Definitely a recommended upgrade.

I can't remember what I paid for it but it was affordable.

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Personal web and mail server for Raspberry Pi seeks cash

Nick Pettefar

Re: Better storage

Linux check 3.6.11+ #371 PREEMPT Thu Feb 7 16:31:35 GMT 2013 armv6l

Welcome to check Unix

Last login: Mon Nov 4 16:01:55 2013 from 192.231.21.245

nick@check ~ $ uptime

15:44:00 up 212 days, 20:58, 1 user, load average: 0.12, 0.38, 0.29

nick@check ~ $ top

top - 15:44:08 up 212 days, 20:58, 1 user, load average: 0.10, 0.37, 0.29

Tasks: 86 total, 1 running, 85 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie

%Cpu(s): 0.7 us, 1.3 sy, 0.0 ni, 98.0 id, 0.0 wa, 0.0 hi, 0.0 si, 0.0 st

KiB Mem: 481288 total, 449468 used, 31820 free, 72548 buffers

KiB Swap: 102396 total, 0 used, 102396 free, 282804 cached

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND

16825 nick 20 0 4664 1364 1024 R 1.0 0.3 0:00.10 top

37 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.3 0.0 1096:12 mmcqd/0

1 root 20 0 2140 608 516 S 0.0 0.1 10:27.76 init

2 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:06.17 kthreadd

3 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 10:07.40 ksoftirqd/0

5 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kworker/0:0H

7 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kworker/u:0H

8 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.01 khelper

9 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kdevtmpfs

10 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 netns

12 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:03.48 bdi-default

13 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kblockd

14 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.22 khubd

15 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 rpciod

16 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:19.07 khungtaskd

17 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:11.12 kswapd0

18 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.01 fsnotify_mark

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Like iPads? Like stuff called AIR? Here's our REVIEW ROUNDUP-squared

Nick Pettefar

Re: Quote.... It's just an iPad, FFS

There is ONLY Miele.

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

Nick Pettefar

Grauniad?

"The boy then admitted to sharing the sex video during at Skaraborg District Court, where he was ordered to pay damages."

"In light of the reigning ethical and social values should serve as the starting point for the assessment of the size of of infringement damages, these circumstances should not have an insignificant impact on the appeals court's review."

"Oisín Cantwell, a columnist in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet columnist Oisín Cantwell, accused the court of "trivializing" the girl's pain."

What about this article's readers' pain? Will no-one think of the readers?

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

Nick Pettefar

Re: In 5 years time ...

I believe that history and the truth shows that he invented neither. He did want us all to use DC though and murdered an elephant...

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

Nick Pettefar

Re: why not try

IOS7 has a whole Do Not Disturb settings page, fairly comprehensive and quite welcome. The new alarm sounds are pretty good.

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WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP

Nick Pettefar

Recipe For Disaster!

A SINGLE FOUR Terabyte disk, balanced on its end - they must be laughing all the way to, well, somewhere!

"Hello?" "Yes, what?" "Your drive fell over and now you've lost four terabytes of data? Oh dear. You did have a backup, didn't you? Oh, I see, this WAS your backup - your PC's disk died and you tried to restore and - oh dear oh dear oh dear. Never mind."

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

Nick Pettefar

Re: I've ordered a 5C

Having had to use an Android (HTC Desire X) for a week because my iPhone was off for repairs (our baby slobbered into the charging socket and her drool is corrosive like Alien(tm) slime) I can understand these figures - it was HORRIBLE! I was SO happy to get my iPhone back.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

Nick Pettefar

1986

In 1986 I had a Philips PSR80 mobile telephone, Philips CD player, XJ6, pocket colour TV, Apple computer, Yamaha FJ1200, programmable calculator and many other wonders. Things have gone decidedly downhill since then...

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

Nick Pettefar

Re: It's perfect

Use the latest plugin and return it to normal. http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/ModerationPlugin/

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Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs

Nick Pettefar

Re: Interesting

They had a huge factory in Swindon - it was used in at least one film, James Bond I think.

s'Funny, an Asian company (Honda) can make cars in Swindon and make them well and profitably, but Motorola can't make mobile telephones there any more.

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Chocolate Factory hits the Translate button on Google+

Nick Pettefar

Mi kredas ke estas utila aldono. Ĝi estas bona por paroli!

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

Nick Pettefar

Clipper Organic

I tried and enjoy this brand. It has all the right words on the packet and tastes good too.

Milk always has to go in first. Also always use a teapot, obviously. Dunkers should be hung or exiled or both.

Semi-skimmed milk of course. No sugar unless you're an idiot, foreign or both.

I'm currently contracting in Dublin and have to say that the Irish do on the whole know how to make a reasonable brew.

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Pttow! Ofcom kicks hams out of MoD bands

Nick Pettefar

Re: There are two kinds of radio amateurs.

In the same category as a lot of Amateurs, a bit of both. I have a Yaesu 480 to a homemade 80m dipole but also make my own valve radios and collect and use Eddystone stuff. I have a Raspberry Pi driving a valve for my QRSS beacon. I use an iBook in my shack. We're a diverse lot, just like most techy people I think.

73 EI/m0NjP

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Longer, stronger love starts online, finds 19,000-marriage study

Nick Pettefar

13 Years and a Baby Later...

We met online in September 2000 and are still tolerating each other. The new baby is a bit annoying though.

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It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store

Nick Pettefar

No Apple Shops In Ireland!!

What pisses me off is that there are NO Apple shops here in Ireland at all! Not in Dublin or Cork or anywhere! Have to risk the crazies in Belfast to visit the nearest one. That's just a farce.

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Transporter upstart Connected Data could will merge with Drobo

Nick Pettefar

Why?

Drobo: slow, expensive, proprietry. What is the attraction?

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

Nick Pettefar

Re: Who'd have thought the robin reliant...

You mean the Reliant Robin!

Have you ever heard of an Escort Ford or a Shadow Rolls Royce?

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Nick Pettefar

New Mac

My mother bought a Mac Book Pro to play Facebook Scrabble on while her partner watches the football.

Then she persuaded the PC World tech guy to come to her house to find out why e she couldn't access Facebook. Of course she didn't have WiFi...

Doh!

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Nick Pettefar

Re: This is all too familiar.

Exactly! There are fewer people with Macs and almost none of them need any assistance. Bloody whining whinging meddling Windows users! Never admit to knowing ANYTHING about Windows! Unless you like pain.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

Nick Pettefar

Lessons From History

Nothing in history stopped the Americans from trying to conquer Afghanistan (or the British either). The military doesn't read history books and they never learn.

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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

Nick Pettefar

Pascal

I have both Pascal and Python on my iPad.

Sorry to disprove your rubbish with actual facts.

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Reg readers reveal MIGHTY DOMESTIC DATA CENTRES

Nick Pettefar

Re: Wot no Raspberry Pi?

I have a Sun T2000, 32 CPUs and 32GB RAM (Solaris 10) with a 2TB iSCSI NAS sitting on top, in the loft above the dining room. I have 3 wireless routers and four hubs including a 64-port 1GB/s one. A RPi sits under my main desk, powered with a home-made UPS, running Xymon, monitoring everything.

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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

Nick Pettefar

Re: I hope you didn't just leave them slumped at their desks?

Do you mean: "it died" by any chance?

"Went dead" is incorrect in many ways.

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BlackBerry CEO: iPhone past its prime

Nick Pettefar

Re: " Most of its one-time advantages are now commodity features"

I was given a Nokia Lumia for a works' mobile but gave it back because it was too heavy and had sharp corners - not a good combination in your trouser pocket! I bought an iPhone 5 instead and it is light enough to carry around comfortably in said pocket. Funnily enough the rest of the department's Nokia Lumias were changed for HTC mobiles because they couldn't get Outlook e-Mail to work on them - unlike the iPhone. Sadly the HTC doesn't work with it either so I remain the only person in our department with works' e-mail on their mobile telephone. I expect they will all get iPhones too at some point. My only other smartphone was a Nokia e71 which was annoying and fiddly - the iPhone 5 is a massive improvement on that.

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Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

Nick Pettefar

Xymon Server, etc.

I use a battery-backed up RasPi for an Xymon server. It monitors all my routers, SANs, servers, cams, etc. I find it quite useful.

Another RasPi is being used as an executive alarm clock. Another one is used as the heart of an old-time radio that plays random MP3 recordings of pre-war radio show recordings through a small valve amplifier.

Another RasPi is a QRSS TX controller.

Some Model A's work as environmental monitors around the house, sending back temperature, light, humidity and other values back to a master Pi server. These might be extended to control radiators/lights/curtains in a future project.

I am thinking about replacing my Apple TV with a RasPi media centre.

I am experimenting with FreeBSD on another Pi.

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Philips pushes out SDK for multicolour Zigbee LED lights

Nick Pettefar

Re: Or a cheaper Raspberry Pi + LedBorg alternative

Too dim for a room. I have this and operate it via a bash script quite well enough without having to learn Yet Another Language.

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Spies in the sky: The leaps and bounds from balloons to spook sats

Nick Pettefar

Fairford

Get down to the annual Air Tattoo in Fairford if you want to see amazing things. Seen SR-71s flying, the stealth fighter, etc.

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Architect pitches builder-bothering 'Print your own house' plan

Nick Pettefar

Ummmm

Crap houses built of shit materials might be all well and good in America but we want proper brick houses or at least concrete ones over here. Can't we get a 3d-brick printer?

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

Nick Pettefar

Raspberry Pi

I'm just waiting for a decent version of Unix to come out for the Pi so I can ditch the awful Linux crap (***BSD probably but I'd prefer a System V - a shame Open Solaris still isn't around, I'm sure they would have made a Pi port!) . It's not an OS, it's a hobby. The people on the forums are a nightmare and stuff changes overnight with no documentation. ALL their ideas and tech is stolen from Unix. Pah!

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Any storm in a port

Nick Pettefar

It's because

They were designed by an IDIOT!!!!

I even managed to force one in upside down once, destroying the peripheral.

The amount of mobile items with a mechanically unprotected mini or micro USB socket to connect to are mind-boggling. I've seen no end of devices where the USB socket has come loose. A house guest last week had a brand-new tablet which would no longer charge - it used a micro USB socket which came loose. At work they handed out mini portable hard drives (a disaster in the making anyway) which encrypted the data via a fingerprint reader. Most of them soon suffered from ripped-off mini-USB sockets and the data was lost because they could not decrypt the data.

(The new Apple connector and indeed the old too seem to be much stronger and fit for purpose.)

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Love in the time of the internet: A personal memoir

Nick Pettefar

Satisfied Customer

When I started contracting in Germany in 2000 I used German dating sites and went on lots of dates, finding a short-term girlfriend, several girl friends and finally the woman I've been with ever since. My advice is to exchange the bare minimum of messages beforehand, just enough to agree and arrange to meet up. No amount of e-mails or messages will make up for physical unattraction or incompatibility. I also recommend meeting for just a coffee or tea so that you can limit your time together in case you are stuck with someone you find intolerable; if it goes well you can always order food! I've been stuck with some women where that one drink seemed to last forever and in one case I met up and we didn't even bother ordering, just left.

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Google Drives into web hosting

Nick Pettefar

Thanks

Had to restart Firefox after that page locked it up. Was that the intention?

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