* Posts by Andy Livingstone

328 posts • joined 6 Dec 2007

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

Andy Livingstone

Really?

You expect EPOS Users to know where else to contact?

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RBS and Natwest online banking goes titsup

Andy Livingstone

I understood most of it.

Then I saw the magic words "RBS England".

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BT puts new head on 10-year-old network arm Openreach

Andy Livingstone

Do we care really care

who is in charge at Openretch as they are not available to customer communication at any level?

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It's amazing the UK Parliament agreed to track 22bn Brits' car trips. Oh right – it didn't

Andy Livingstone

A small overlooked point

There is no British law, is there? There is Scots law. There is English law. Each different in definitions of admissibility. Should we start this debate again from the beginning?

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

Andy Livingstone

Re: Update speed

Both those WileyFox handsets use Cyanogen OS

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Ex-BT boffin Cochrane blasts telco's 'wholly inadequate' broadband vision

Andy Livingstone

Look, It's all very simple

Ensure that all BT Executives, Directors and the like are limited to the minimum quality of service provided by their Company, including of all their noms de plumes such as Openreach, Plus.net, etc.

Ensure that all BT offices are provided only with that same limited service.

Once they all enjoy those reductio as absurdum levels, watch them run.

I've only just noticed that EE is a subsidiary of BT Group. Might as well throw their quality of service into the mix too.

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BT boss: If Ofcom backs us, we promise to speed up UK broadband

Andy Livingstone

Hown many homes?

26,473,000 in 2011 according to Wikipedia. How much further forward does that take us?

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Andy Livingstone

I'm still celebrating

The arrival of ADSL2+ twelve days ago. And you are concerned about a reduction from 44 to 33 whatsits?

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NHS to go paperless by 2020. No, really, it will, says gros fromage

Andy Livingstone

Clarification or Correction, please

NHS England speaking for ALL NHS, or just his little bit of the UK? How quickly they forget begging us to stay!

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BT hands £129m back to UK.gov after beating rural broadband targets

Andy Livingstone

What happened to the hopeful story?

Are the Germans not planning to buy BT anymore? Shame.

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Andy Livingstone

Re: It's a numbers racket

" I am not in a position to confirm when infrastructure may be rolled out as not all infrastructure can be deployed at the same time." is the best BT can say about any future activity. It really is an OutRage

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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Andy Livingstone

Re: I started to hate Windows 10...

It is Microsoft's blatant dishonesty I do not like. Despite marking the unwanted "updates" as HIDE, they still try, and try again.

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Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half

Andy Livingstone

Oh No They're not

Transfer the responsibility to the TV Licence chaps and see how the job could/should be done. Just how many "warnings", with a straight face and no shame, do they issue before actually taking action?

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

Andy Livingstone

Kellogs

That's about as close to Fibre as BT show any sign of introducing round here.

I would suggest that OFCOM require the upgrading of all Market 1 exchanges prior to granting any further enhancement plans concocted by BT or OutRage.

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Openreach to trial G.fast in Swansea

Andy Livingstone

Re: Come the revolution...

What was wrong with Outrage? That's normally what their staff call it round here. Of course, we only have Group 1 exchanges, you know, the ones with white mice running round wheels, costing so much to feed that we get slow speed and big prices.

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BT boss in shock 'bigger is better' claim as £12.5bn EE bid heats up

Andy Livingstone

The BT Guarantee

That all customers will have First Class Service. Market 1 Exchange Class Service.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

Andy Livingstone

Re: Why bother upgrading from Windows 7?

That verbiage is so similar to the drivel of politicians in the forthcoming election.

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UK.gov can't get farmers onto its Verify service – even to claim subsidies

Andy Livingstone

Cannot be that important

No mention in The Archers.

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

Andy Livingstone

Has sub-ed been fired?

The new one is much better. The other one would not have missed any opportunity to see Uranus within that headline.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

Andy Livingstone

I typed my Post Code into the Digital Scotland Instant Checker to see how things stood. To no surprise at all, the reply was "No results found for that postcode". 'Twas ever thus.

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

Andy Livingstone

White mice running round a wheel

The BT monopoly called Market 1 is still the sole choice of many.

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

Andy Livingstone

"Upgrades only available on newer phone"

Lollipop? It must be an iced lolly as it has melted away completely. That's despite my "newer" phone being second on the scheduled listing for update. First and last Motorola I will ever buy. I do not like giving money (sorry, my hard earned money as politicians insist on calling it) to Companies that promise something but do nothing.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Andy Livingstone

Sticking with the incumbent.

Those who are stuck on Market 1 Exchanges have no choice. No competition allowed.

Ofcom smiles. Competition Authorities and Government bury heads in sand.

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Andy Livingstone

Re: Truecall

Some Scottish Councils have closed down all aspects of their Trading Standards Service.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

Andy Livingstone

Re: Options...

Bell removed? Replaced by a neigh?

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Andy Livingstone

Re: I'm free! No, you're an idiot

"upgrades". Capital Expenditure?

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Future imperfect: A UK broadband retrospective

Andy Livingstone

Back to the Futire?

So long as BT are permitted a monopoly called "Market 1" exchanges, let us not even talk about progress. Is OFCOM even still awake?

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GCHQ releases teen-friendly code-busting app

Andy Livingstone

A big THANK YOU

Most grateful for your change in policy that now provides Meaningful Headers instead of the previous ones that were fit only for users of the app from GCHQ.

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Three UK fined £250,000 for customer complaints COCKUP

Andy Livingstone

Quis custodiet

How goes the search for the organisation that can fine OFCOM for the quality of its service? Trading Standards sorted out my problems with 3, but they are ceasing to exist in more and more areas as costs are cut. Alternatives?

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Ofcom chief exec Ed Richards to step down in December

Andy Livingstone

Hope?

Is there any hope that changing the man at the helm will produce a burst of activity and perhaps even common sense such as has recently hit Microsoft? Or will we still be stuck with a "regulator" of DOS standard?

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

Andy Livingstone

Microsoft Prediction

From the people who brought you WIN 8 and gambled the farm on it?

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Andy Livingstone

Re: Typical Microsoft ignoring the real issue

Absolutely Rock-all I should guess.

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Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

Andy Livingstone

Encoding, encrypting.

Don't bother. Just get the Register's sub-editors to write messages like the headlines. That'll keep everything secure and obscure.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

Andy Livingstone

Concert party?

All those phone Companies acting in concert. What was that definition of a Cartel again?

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

Andy Livingstone

Re: Primarily [linked to the] geographical catchment area [of] the United States and England,

Not really affected by the looks of it. I'm in the UK, but not in England.

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

Andy Livingstone

The Real World.

Meanwhile there is Market 1. Without any sign of improvement. Higher charges, worse service. Is that why BT shares were high enough to give the share-save employees a large payout - at customers' expense?

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BT and Neul ink gov-funded deal: Milton Keynes to be test bed for Internet of Stuff

Andy Livingstone

Cut from earlier post to say more than enough........"One day BT might start to think"

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BT-owned ISP Plusnet fails to plug security hole on its customer signup page

Andy Livingstone

Plusnet again!

Not even worth complaining to them. That stuff simply whizzes around the Sheffield Hadron Collider... and round.......... and round.

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

Andy Livingstone

Not worth once

I cannot stop laughing. You managed to get the phrase "Plusnet is working" into the report twice. Plusnet.......... the ISP that thinks underground cables go overhead.

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BT Openreach boss QUITS to quench ambitious thirst

Andy Livingstone

What chance?

She will help them keep water out of those damned street cabinets and let Outrage use them instead?

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Knock, knock. Hello, delivery person: I am this building's SKYPE OVERLORD

Andy Livingstone

Please*1bn

Sink the drunken sub-editor. He is way past it.

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

Andy Livingstone

United Kingdom

That came into existence under the Act of Union 1707. Independence will result in being "disunited". England can call itself anything it likes. Will also need to apply for membership of EU, NATO, and all the rest because the entity under which it took its place will cease to exist.

As so many people worldwide believe that "England" is the name for this entire country they will probably be able to get away without taking any action till someone notices.

There is no rUK whatever wishful thinkers might imagine. No UK at all at that stage. r or otherwise.

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Pyongyang to unleash NUKULAR horsemen of the Norkocalypse?

Andy Livingstone

Homer Simpson still employed to write Headlines?

Good example of how to take a reasonable article and dumb it down.

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BT boss barks at TalkTalk for being 'copper Luddites'

Andy Livingstone

Do BT still have customers?

Last I saw there was a steady spiral of fewer customers providing larger profits. Can't last much longer, can it? "The Power behind the Button" is fading.

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Tax man to take a bite of tech employees' free meals?

Andy Livingstone

Misleading Headline?

Only applies to one of the old colonies. Should say so.

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O2 network staggers across UK

Andy Livingstone

News?

If that is news, keep a spare page for Three.

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Nominet mulls killing off the .co from .co.uk

Andy Livingstone

Re: I'd rather have

Hardly necessary. There are no en who don't believe that they are uk anyway.

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

Andy Livingstone

Hyacinth Bucket says

Well that was such fun, boys and girls.

I'm having no vulgar stickers at my home.

My postman gives true quality service. Would he dare do other?

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Andy Livingstone

Re: blimey... the responses on the ofcom site..

What Ofcom consultation? How well publicized was that?

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Andy Livingstone

Re: And the other sticker

........ usually just in time for the registration to expire. Worst part of Royal Mail service, by far.

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