* Posts by Andy Livingstone

317 posts • joined 6 Dec 2007

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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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Andy Livingstone

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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Andy Livingstone

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

Andy Livingstone

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'

Andy Livingstone

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

Andy Livingstone

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

Andy Livingstone

Please..... NO.

Anything but that damned music.

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

Andy Livingstone

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

Andy Livingstone

Dear El Mod

Brit. Telco. Blighty.

Is it really necessary to workaround the English language?

El Reader.

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Ten... celeb headphones

Andy Livingstone

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!

Andy Livingstone

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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