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* Posts by Andy Livingstone

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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'

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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?

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Misleading Headline?

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

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O2 network staggers across UK

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News?

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

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

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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

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

What Ofcom consultation? How well publicized was that?

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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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Royal Mail philosophy

OK, it might take a bit of understanding, but they did circulate a shiny leaflet explaining that this would present a great opportunity to employ more unproductive staff to maintain a huge database of names and addresses of people who like / dislike their neighbours. After all, it is not as if the don't have enough databases already. You do understand that if you have ever redirected mail or dared to go on holiday at any time you are stuck on one of their somewhat permanent lists, don't you?

The idea that anyone interested in their latest caper could pick up a sticker at a local Post Office......... too complex, mate.

Even Gareth Malone won't sort this lot.

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Out of Date?

Didn't he stop that crappy behaviour when his DNA could identify him from the calling card?

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Everything Everywhere bags 4G monopoly in UK - for now

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Good News

You will be OK with your Orange mast now, 'cos the person who told you that has now been grabbed to run Three "Customer Services".

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UK watchdog snaps on glove to probe Tesco's 'security fails'

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Small story?

I think Tesco have rather more to worry about.

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Axe hovers over John Lewis IT jobs

Andy Livingstone

Yummy Cookies

JL reducing cookies by something like the same might be a step in the right direction. Like the shop, but those cookies...............

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Brit holidaymakers forced to surf in the sea, not online

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Re: Not just outside UK

About 50 miles from any beach, but this is the norm around here. Three simply call it "Maintenance" once they realize that several phones and several dongles cannot all become defective and then also repair themselves at exactly the same time.

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50 years in SPAAAAACE: Telstar celebrates half-century since launch

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Please..... NO.

Anything but that damned music.

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BT broadband packs up again - second big outage in a fortnight

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What's in a name?

When it is BT it is an "outage" and a headline story. Three simply call it "Maintenance".

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Brit telco flagship BT joins blockade of Pirate Bay

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Dear El Mod

Brit. Telco. Blighty.

Is it really necessary to workaround the English language?

El Reader.

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Ten... celeb headphones

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Terminological Inexactitude

There are Headphones. There are Earphones. There is a difference. Surely a technical reviewer knows about that? Reviews irrelevant till subject knowledge evident.

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Council chief overrules blackout on Scots 9-yr-old's school lunch blog!

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Re: I guess...

Don't forget that Argyll & Bute see themselves as a "Local Authority" No customers there, just grovelling subjects.

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Re: Mmmm

Not for holiday booking. Certainly not the ones who were showing it as "Argyll & Bude".

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Elected Officials

Sorry, the crass decision was made by jumped-up clerks in kilts, employees of a "Local Authority". Too much sense of authority coupled with negligible common sense combined to avoid a battle with the "Daily Record" by bullying a 9 year old child instead.

Scottish children seek to avoid blame with the cry "It wisnae me; a big boy did it and ran away" Employees of Argyll & Bute Council howling that in the night? Sackings? Fat chance.

A Council that brings Scotland into disrepute.

FOI request to determine exactly how many emails, faxes, phone calls were received at Lochgilphead?

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New smart meter tells Brits exactly what they already know

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Sub- Editor

Could you please shackle the one who does not like the English language. Thank you.

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ICO: Managed to comply with Cookies Law? Go help the other kids

Andy Livingstone

Good News?

Letter in today from an ICO Case Officer says "there is presently a period of grace which expires on 26th May 2012. At that time we will be placing a reporting mechanism on our website to advise us about any breaches of the cookie regulations". Ministry of Justice first report? Hmm, need to think about that. I have a little list as KoKo says.

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Cheques not checking out just yet

Andy Livingstone

Processing Costs

In this country there is a far greater likelihood that Royal Mail charges will bring about the death of cheques faster than anything else.

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One in two punters don't mind cookie-spewing stalking ads

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Monkey see, monkey do.

The Ministry of Justice seems to think it is OK to drop LSO cookies on visitors to their web site.

If the ICO could get Government Departments to lead they way in obeying legislation, just maybe he might be in a position to begin work on others.

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

Andy Livingstone

Secondary Importance only

Much more important that we should switch to driving on the right like the rest of Europe. As some work would need to be done in regard to road signs perhaps it could be done at the same time. For now, I quite like paying in guineas. Still preferable to Thatchers..

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Carriers, prepare to bleed: EU pops a cap on data roaming

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Re: 3G auction crap

Till BT gets rid of its Nationalised mentality and its dream of restoring us all to large black phones with party lines, they will continue to bleed customers and share price.

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Re: Still stupidly pricey...

Stick one in your basket at a supermarket.

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Keep out of the Olympics' way, earn a haircut from TfL app

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London Olympics

I hear the Americans are searching their Rand McNally maps for the best way to drive to the Games.

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John Lewis Broadband - genius or foolhardy?

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I like John Lewis

What I do not like is their putting an LSO cookie onto my PC. How long before ICO is ready to start receiving complaints on those?

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Google's top female cheese nominated to serve on Walmart board

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Time to Ponder

"2000pm" has to be 8 in the morning of the following day..

"Teatottle" - is that meant to be tottie for the young lady, or total?

"inbreed land" simply defies.

Is the Man from Mars back with us?

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Whisky IN SPAAAAACE: Zero-G Scotch is matured aboard the ISS

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Plod awaits first DIC

For our renegade transatlantic cousins "Smokey waits for first DUI."

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Google answers less than half of watchdog's privacy tweak questions

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Gmail and LSOs

Be interesting to see how the Information Commissioner deals with "his" policy versus "their" policy. Each visit to Gmail through the website picks up an LSO. No specific permission requested.

Mind you, it seems to be the same with the Daily Mail, Three, Incahoot and, I'm sure, many others.

With the sheer number of cookies still being sprinkled around without end user permission does the Information Commissioner have the resources to deal adequately with the issue. As a Bank told me last week "Who cares? Everybody does it"

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TfL tosses another $33m at CSC

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Another little Rant

When did London switch from Pounds to Dollars, please?

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Ofcom calls for end to 0800 charges on mobiles

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A very short rant.

It is one thing to have foreigners use the word "Brits", but in a UK site? Careless, sloppy, offensive.

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A month to go on Cookie Law: Will Google Analytics get a free pass?

Andy Livingstone

No doubt will be censored.

What about DoubleClick and Facebook from "The Register"?

What about SOs? Are they classed as cookies. The insidious little sods are everywhere now.

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Secunia bets on open information for security growth

Andy Livingstone

Re: Please get busy

"post not even listed"? All rebellious colonialists are subject to delay. Seems fair. Calm down.

How come "Brit" is OK, but "Yank" is frequently considered derogatory?

Is Texas large because everything is double spaced?

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Wireless breakthrough: one frequency, multiple signals

Andy Livingstone

Nothing new

I get that on Talk Sport frequencies every night.

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Citrix drops Rush Limbaugh over 'slutgate' slurs

Andy Livingstone

Sod it

Only program worth listening to anywhere on US highways. Excellence in broadcasting.

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Brits trapped in confusing council website labyrinths - survey

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Council sites are a breeze

Compared with any BT site. Like trying to get out of Milton Keynes. Third left at the twenty-third roundabout and back where you started.

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Watchdog hits out at malware racking up premium-rate charges

Andy Livingstone

"Spot the Most Weasel Words Competition", Number 127832

May I please submit this entry:

'When proposing the draft guidance in September last year, PhonepayPlus chief executive Paul Whiteing said that the regulator would "not hesitate to use [its] robust sanctioning powers to drive out rogue providers who could damage a vital part of the UK’s growing and innovative digital and creative economies".'

Bonus words are: Guidance, Might Disregard, Code of Practice, Should Not be Necessary, Easy to Understand for the Reader, Strongly Recommended,

How about a responsible person capable of using simple words like "DO" and "DO NOT" instead of waffle, please.

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Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

Andy Livingstone

Am I the only one now really scared by.......

"allowing local authorities" to determine "where they want traffic to run and" "places they want traffic to avoid" ??

I am not a number, I am a free man. In a supposedly free country too.

In the good old days they were called Councils, staffed by Civil Servants who knew that they were "Your Humble and Obedient Servant" and signed letters accordingly. When and how did the Servants become the Masters and "Authorities"?

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Amazon says soz for foisting mag sub onto Kindle-touchers

Andy Livingstone

You just have to love Amazon

At least as much as they love to use only those "cannot accept incoming email" words. Customer communication in the digital age?

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Skype founder to offer FREE mobile broadband for all

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"for all" ???

Right, then, that'll just be some of the colonies?

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