430 posts • joined 23 Mar 2007
Daft passwords policies no longer relevant
"passwords must contain 2 of [lower-case, upper-case, punctuation-symbols]"
This might have been relevant last century when it was humans were trying to guess passwords, but do they honestly think it makes a blind bit of difference to a botnet what format the bloody password is?
Plus you are more lightly to store these passwords somewhere insecure because you can't remember all the bloody things.
Better approach, but unfortunately stupid above type policies don't allow it:
First Utility haven't been able to provide me with a bill since October. Similar back end migration issue. They also stopped taking the direct debits, which I didn't notice for the first couple of months. So now I'm facing a big catch up bill.
Emails are not answered for weeks (if at all) and their call centre queue is usually at least 70 callers deep. When you do finally get through to a poor harassed operator you just get given the same empty excuses and promises they simply don't fulfil. They have been "working hard to resolve this" for nearly 6 months now.
Ofgem seem powerless to do anything about it. Plus they give the energy companies 8 weeks per communication to respond before they will get involved at all.
Re: Crime before...
"Two hundred years ago two significant politicians might fight a duel in London which was illegal but socially acceptable, but you can't imagine it today"
Oh I can :D I wonder how we can make it socially acceptable again.
Is this what your ears have been waiting for?
No. I've been waiting for a cure for tinnitus.
I'm sure this will eventually just be an apt-get away :)
Re: I have to agree
@Lionel. Thanks for the tip. I thought only Vodafone offered them.
Re: I have to agree
This has been made worse by the Orange/T-Mobile merge into EE. They have been shutting down what they term "duplicate coverage" towers to save money.
At home I used to connect to a mast 1.6 miles away. Now its one 5.5 miles away and the tower I used to connect to has disappeared off the map. Result is I now get no signal. My phone is an expensive paperweight at home now. I've tried getting out of my contract based on them not actually providing me with a service, but no dice of course. Mobile companies are the worst and they just don't seem to care that they have a piss poor public image.
The patch was released 2 days ago. With MW's close ties with Wikipedia, you can be sure that was the first place the patch was applied :)
So $43bn in just 3 months selling gadgetry is obviously not enough these days. The world has indeed gone mad.
Is it just me...
Or does Apple's famous 1984 promo video seem hugely ironic now.
In the UK
They would have called in the Peelers.
Matte screens seem to be returning. That's another bit of "must have feature 'cos Apple have it" pure marketing madness coming to an end.
So he's prepared to lose £6.1million then. He should re-brand it Implodesys whilst he's at it.
For once, I really really hope...
Apple have patented this idea so no one else can copy it.
Re: Regret buying one
"Nor power stability. Lose power at just the right (wrong) moment, and no amount of RAID is going to save you."
LOL, so very true. The very next thing I bought after my DS212+ was an APC 650CS UPS. It has saved me at least 3 times now. It also communicates with the 412 via USB, so the NAS shuts down automatically if the power is off long enough for the UPS battery to get low.
If you are going to do home NAS, you might as well do it properly. The APC cost just £70. Worth every penny.
It's not called cloud cuckoo land for nothing.
Looks like a Z88. Just needs a 640x64 LCD screen.
Re: The triumph of commerce over democracy
"I thought governments were supposed to listen to us?"
Like DAB, they can't hear you due to numerous walls in the way.
It will make a great (if rather expensive) desktop catapult.
So each kid has to be the owner of an iPhone or Touch? So minimum entry requirement here is around £170 per participant. That's one expensive and fragile controller!
Can't see that many 10 year olds getting one of these from Santa then. Older "kids" will be the ones hogging these ;)
Re: Region locking
I stopped reading at "Rest assured that your concerns are recognised by Samsung and we will do our best to answer your questions." This false and patronising "we really love you customers, honestly" crap you get on every single email/press release/Facebook post these days really gets my goat.
I hope comment has made you chew your own arm off and has placed your blood at boiling point . Please comment again if you require any more spin and bullshit to other questions you may have.
I've always used to think...
That there can be no way Bill Gates ever used Word or he would have got it sorted out.
Re: Been there, done that.
The Nokia banana phone did not have a flexible display forming the entire front surface of the device. The case was curved, but it had a flat LCD display.
Re: Ah come on!
They should seek sponsorship from T-Cut.
Stuck down a hole, in the fog, at night, WITH AN OWL!
I'm told it's going to be around 1.7 Kohouteks.
Ah, the old "my friends and friends of friends" vagueness.
People only bother to complain, rarely to praise. So of course forums and the media are full or the negative experiences.
So to balance your argument, I can say that both my daughter and father-in-law received excellent treatment recently.
Re: Hard Drive Price Drop?
The cheapest I can find WD internal drives is still more than they are charging for the equivalent size MyBooks. How does that work?
Anyone else think the IBM Selectric typewriter's companion tape recorder looks like a jug eared robot with missing teeth?
Upvomited surely :)
Re: A tad over-engineered?
"Why not just use motion sensors for proximity and a side arm for bum washing controls?"
Erm, it does. The photo gives it away. Note the panel above the loo roll. What use would a toilet be that only worked if you have your phone on you? The phone app is just auxiliary marketing bum wipe.
Is for saps.
Apple Geniuses and Advisors should capture MacBook Air
Are they going to use a net?
Re: @system11 - cogs and springs?
"Or are you still wearing a watch that you wind up once a day?"
No, I wear a mechanical watch that winds itself up :)
It's killer app is it ticks at a rate of 8 beats per second and has sapphire exhibition window on the back so you can see it working. Okay, it loses a few seconds a week, but so what.
If I had money to burn I'd have one of their fab Harrison C900s. As accurate as you need. If you want "digital" you can have a C9 Jumping Hour MKII ;)
They don't last long.
"Magnum" may get them the job, but they usually wind up dead in some freak gasoline-fight accident.
This explains why I got an email a couple of weeks back saying customers who do not login to their BT Yahoo mail at least once before 15th of June would lose their email account. I guess they're trying to cut down the migration numbers.
Re: Whilst I can see the value.....@Peter Gathercole
"My base load is still around 500W, and I'm struggling to identify where that is going. Probably not something that a smart meter would help with unless they also supplied per-plug metering devices."
Unfortunately domestic power monitors generally only measure apparent power, rather than true active power consumed.
I found this out when I was initially mortified by our new Induction hob. The monitor suggested it was burning 200W in standby, which luckily was clearly not the case or something would have been getting pretty hot. This lead me onto true power vs apparent power. Check out http://paulaowenconsulting.co.uk/2012/12/02/induction-hobs-the-question-of-standby-and-the-power-factor/
Ironically, the greener you go, the worse the apparent power seems on your monitor as your base load drops. I switched all our halogen kitchen lights to LED and the monitor reading went up. The LEDs are consuming so little true power, it gets masked by the apparent power.
Luckily the power companies bill for active power.
Re: Blocking access to Remote SMTP servers?
This is a joke. I bought a MiFi dongle from 3 and discovered that I couldn't send emails to my SMTP server. I had even specifically asked in the shop whether it was possible and was told that it was.
After a very protracted process of actually getting to speak to someone, they informed me that SMTP was blocked to stop spammers sending thousands of emails via the dongle. I can't think of a more expensive method of sending spam. Utter bollocks. The only way to send email was via their SMTP relay service, which is completely unreliable and also often triggers the recipients spam filtering. It also means they expect you to change the SMTP settings on your phone each time you switch from using their MiFi device to WiFi etc.
When they realised they were clearly on the losing side of the discussion, they then pointed out that on the box that it said you can "read emails", but sending them is not listed. Based on this they initially refused a return. Honestly, can you believe such bollocks even being suggested? Christ what a crappy world of spin we live in.
Upshot is I eventually managed to ditch the 3 dongle and bought an unlocked version of the same one and lived happily ever after with Orange. Well, so far...
It doesn't matter what you fill in for location
They'll bombard you with emails about jobs in Aberdeen, Basingstoke, Cardiff, Dundee, Eindhoven, Zurich. Everybody talk about pop music.
Jobs for everyone?
I think that was the business strategy of the previous CEO of Apple :)
Well, they could try a competitive pricing policy
Seems to work for Amazon. Oh and perhaps stop offering devices weeks before they are actually shipping without offering any sort of firm delivery date would also help. These things tend to hack off your customers.
More reliable microdrives
The microdrive to have for the Speccy are the ones with a little raised strip running front to back on the left in front of the pinch wheel. It aligns the cartridge better to the rollers and these drives are more reliable than the older ones without it.
When I went through a short nostalgia phase of buying microdrives a few years back, I'd always peer down the slot or ask the ebay seller to check the drive was one with the bump. Speccy nerd eh ;)
The last QL's also had more reliable drives made by a 3rd party. These often still run without problems today and so are the more sought after QL's. The drive manufacturer? An unheard of company at the time called Samsung :)
Re: Bet you wish
The Sun would have gone with "Scorn poured on Groupon coupon"
Drill bits made in the UK
By a company in Dorset.
@AC 6th Feb 20:53
"Try to walk out of any broadband contract early and you will get nailed for a fee for the unused contract. Minimum contracts are 12-24 months to recoup the cost of the supplied equipment and infrastructure. Do you work for nothing?"
People just don't read things through do they. As stated, I had no new kit. I'd been a customer for over 4 years. I'd paid my dues. Secondly, Virgin recovered the box and modem the day before I moved. I didn't keep it like your client.
"Especially if you childishly went to Facebook and Twitter to whine about it.".
So what do I do, nothing? Sit there and be scalped in silence with a wry little smile? It was a form of protest. Pity more people aren't more active. Perhaps companies would improve their behaviour.
"If the people who bought your house changed their mind would you give them their money back or would you point at the contract signed?"
What a ridiculous analogy. LOL. A subscription service contract versus a multi hundred thousand pound property exchange. Plus, one last time, I did not change my mind! I moved to an area without coverage.
This is all about what is reasonable and what is not. Like I said, I had did not know when renewing my contract that I was going to move. What am I supposed to do? Not renew and have no service until I decide if I'm going to stay put for the length of the new contract? Ridiculous. Overlap is inevitable. When I did decide to move, was I expected to choose a house based on Virgin availability? Again, ridiculous.
Moving house is an common scenario that other companies seem to handle without this kind of hassle.
LOL. That made my day :) Hope you guys don't get messed around.
"If you'd remained a Virgin customer, or you'd not signed up to that long a contract, or you were past your initial "non-profitable part"
This is exactly my point. How could I remain a customer if they had no service in my new area? It's not that I "didn't want it any more". They could not supply what I was paying for. I didn't "scarper" to avoid fees. I moved house. A common enough occurrence that is expensive and stressful enough without such shenanigans.
I was way beyond the profitable point. I had been a loyal customer for over 4 years up until that point.
"It might be "sneaky" but it was in the contract, and clearly stated". The use of the word "may" is ambiguous at best.
"It's no different to clauses on phone companies". In fact Vodafone were very good. I had no data signal where I had moved and they agreed to terminate without penalty as I could not receive the service I was paying for. Everyone except Virgin were very helpful.
Now is all this worth the £180 Virgin squeezed out of me?