* Posts by Jon Smit

89 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

Page:

Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?

Jon Smit

Not this bloody chestnut again

Which is desperate for readers, they advertise 24/7 for their 'Jargon Buster' freebee. So, every few months they drag this crap out to remind us they exist.

As they say on QI - "Nobody Knows". It's all but impossible to know the connection speed for any house in the UK, until it has been installed. If you live a couple of miles from the exchange, your speed will be rubbish, if you live next door it should be good. If you need a good connection and you've not got one - call Pickfords.

It's time The Reg put a stop to repeating these complaints, they only give dicks the opportunity to whine.

2
5

FCC mulls two-speed internet, axing net neutrality ... unless you convince it otherwise

Jon Smit

Time to dust off that old V90 modem

As I don't pay to watch films and the like, I'll living in the slow lane. I'll also be putting the expensive fibre connection on a very long hold.

3
0

Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Jon Smit

Re: Anti-game crusaders in 5, 4, 3......

Children still attend school and that gives them plenty of opportunities for social interaction.

1
0

Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

Jon Smit

It won't be missed

Along with every other futility Symantec has turned out in the last decade.

43
0

Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

Jon Smit

Re: DVLA?

Can you suggest another method for the DVLA to put a current, certified photograph of a driver on the licence?

1
0
Jon Smit

National Insurance Number

To obtain a cheap insurance quote on one the comparison sites, it will be necessary to give them enough information to access your licence details. Who is their right mind is going to send so much personal and unchangeable info over the interweb?

Obtaining a persons National Insurance Number is the first and most important step in Identity Theft, throw in the driving licence number and postcode and the jobs a good 'un.

This is Identity Cards by the backdoor innit.

0
0

Biggest Freetard organisation

Jon Smit

Biggest Freetard organisation

Odd that I've not seen any reference to this here

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240210135/US-admits-pirating-military-software

The US government has agreed to pay a $50m copyright infringement settlement after a software firm found thousands of unlicensed copies of its logistics programs on US military servers and devices.

Knocks my couple of iffy MP3's into a cocked hat.

0
0

Seagate REJECTED buyout offer for Virident – analyst

Jon Smit

Good

Everything Seagate makes and buys turns to shit.

0
0

BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

Jon Smit

Please remember

Dr Who is a kids programme. My 8 year old granddaughter loves it and has never once complained about the plot.

And no - she doesn't watch it from behind the settee.

0
0

Transdimensional rift appears above Australian bolt supplier

Jon Smit

Wales has a time shift

Move from summer to winter and back again here ....

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.50500085,d.ZWU,pv.xjs.s.en_US.ciY8R2R6XC8.O&biw=1553&bih=897&noj=1&q=owens+lane+ystalyfera&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x486e5a4dccbe373f:0x74175ebd3f12c4af,Owen%27s+Ln,+Ystalyfera,+Swansea+SA9+2DQ&gl=uk&sa=X&ei=XM0EUsfLMNSYhQegroHYAg&ved=0CC8Q8gEwAA

It's never been the same since Dr Who was filmed just up the road.

0
0

Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

Jon Smit
WTF?

Looking at previous posts, it's obvious there are a lot of clowns making a lot of noise. What's all this about customer service? I've been on Sky for 6 years and have called them once. The problem was fixed and I moved on. I have a steady connection and true unlimited downloads.

Excluding Virgin, Talk Talk and other LLU providers, all of the other ISP's use the BT backbone, which struggles to cope and fails all the time. Best of luck to those running off to BT, but I fear most will regret it.

0
0

UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

Jon Smit

Who are the Freetards now ?

Mr Orlowski ?

1
1

Peeved bumpkins demand legally binding broadband promise from UK.gov

Jon Smit

This government is against anything that is paid for by the majority, but used by a minority - NHS, Royal Mail, Welfare, but when the tory heartlands start complaining about broadband, all their retoric goes out of the window.

Build a new house in the middle of a field and you'll have to pay for every metre of electricity cable, water supply and sewage pipe that runs up to the property. Why should broadband supply be any different?

The vast majority of the yokels use mobile phones in preference to a fixed line. So what profit is there in the long term for BT?

2
0

Firefox 15 offers fewer leaks, more frags

Jon Smit
Unhappy

Buggy?

Installed this morning and started to watch Ch4 Paralympics and I've had lockup after lockup. Either Channel 4's online video has problems or more likely, this version of Firefox is a bag of spanners.

As there's no way I'll go back to IE, they need to sort this out soon.

0
0

Gov mulls ban on wallet-draining charges for card payments

Jon Smit
Headmaster

It costs to process a credit card

The DVLA have answered that chestnut

https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=dvla+credit+card+charge&btnG=&gbv=1&sei=2zLgT-nsAuTH0QWQl-mzDQ

0
1

Forums front page flipped to http://forums.theregister.co.uk/

Jon Smit
FAIL

Not only are we missing any links to the forums from the various sections of El Reg, but there's not one link to the front page from them either.

Does the Register know any capable web site designers ? There must be a skoolkid or two out there who can do the job.

0
0
Jon Smit
FAIL

Front page ! WTF uses the front page, when all the new articles are showing on my RSS listing.

0
0
Jon Smit
Thumb Down

Who Hid the forums?

Find the fucking forums is it ?

0
0

Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts IN A YEAR

Jon Smit
Mushroom

Like we're the only country that has a tv licence

Practically ever other European country has a TV Licence. Some of them cost a lot more than we pay in the UK.

Don't expect this or any other government to dump any revenue raising scheme, unless it's to put the money into the pockets of their, already rich, mates.

1
0

iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

Jon Smit
FAIL

iPlayer PITA

I don't know why the Beeb wanted the iPlayer. It's only there for idiots who find recording a tv programme beyond their capabilities.

Some ISP's have been overloading by the extensive use of iPlayer and it's cost them a lot of money to upgrade their hardware. I'd not be surprised if they don't ask for a share in the revenue - which will raise the question of net neutrality.

0
2

Third of Blighty stuck on snail-speed broadband

Jon Smit
Joke

Croxteth Park in Liverpool never gets above 512k!

Isn't that the exchange that's held up on 4 bricks ?

1
0
Jon Smit
WTF?

Re: Re: Yawn

"...I find it very unfair that I pay the same..."

Are you suggesting they should pay more? Do you also believe those who live in the Scottish Highlands should pay more for their post because of where they live ?

1
0
Jon Smit
FAIL

Re: Re: Yawn

I don't live in a town. I live out in the sticks and I'm not whinging about my connection.

0
0
Jon Smit
Headmaster

Yawn

Is it time to give this subject a rest? It used to come up about twice a year, now it's twice a month. Everyone knows signal strength reduces the further the receiver is from the transmitter. That was true for the first radio signals and it's exactly the bloody same for broadband.

If people choose to live out in the sticks, they can expect to have problems, be it with broadband or mobile phones. Fixing the problem takes time and money. Only 10 years ago, most homes were stuck with dialup speeds - even in the cities. In that time we've seen numerous new technologies appear, currently it's this 21Mb BT offering - in another couple of years it'll be something faster. Most of us don't really need a 21Mb connection - those that do should move.

4
14

Labour targets Tories' Google problem

Jon Smit
WTF?

FFS

There are much greater problems than music piracy that politicians should be addressing. If the youth of today were getting better paid and had greater prospects, they might not need to chase free music.

Who'd want to work all day at Tesco and still not have enough money to buy a CD ?

4
0

5,000 Virgin Media workers unchained to slog away remotely

Jon Smit
FAIL

I reckon an extra 14,000

heavy users will turn Virgin's broadband into jelly. If you thought it was bad now...

1
0

IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

Jon Smit
Holmes

I can't help but wonder why

this bully boy father had left home at 15. I think we'll be hearing a lot more about him shortly.

2
3

Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

Jon Smit
FAIL

How good is OpenStreetMap

Just had a gander at my town on OpenStreetMap. There are many unnamed roads, one whole estate that was finished a year ago is shown, without road names.

What use is part of a map ?

0
1
Jon Smit

According to OS ...

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/public-sector/mapping-agreement/index.html

"The PSMA datasets are free at the point of use for all eligible public sector bodies."

I believe OS is going to be up for grabs shortly. It may have started out as a military operation, it'll probably end up as part of yet another multi-nationals assets.

0
0
Jon Smit

The councils are concerned about heavy vehicles

not cars.

It's heavy goods who damage the roads and knock down trees who need to be educated. Barely a day goes by without something like this happening -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-16438789

Oh - council workers have never been civil servants. And you should know that government civil servants have always run the country.

2
0
Jon Smit

New bypasses

When a town in bypassed, the road numbers change, so the Hindhead Tunnel is (or should be) the A3 and those with a brain would know this.

As has been said, anyone who has an accident and blames their SatNav should be banned from driving, as they are proven to be too stupid to be allowed to sit behind a wheel.

4
0

Sky follows BT in blocking Newzbin2

Jon Smit
Thumb Down

Stitched up musicians

We don't have to look far to find musicians who've been done over by the music industry, The Beatles and Rolling Stones were fortunate to have long careers, Marc Bolan didn't. More recently practically every winner of these telly talent contests have been seriously short changed, whilst the men behind them have got richer and richer.

If the record companies can stick DRM and trojans on my computer, I will stick 2 fingers up at them.

0
0

Somerset buses bin paper tickets, sniff journey-logging chips

Jon Smit
Unhappy

Tracking usage

Can't use a single ticket nationwide as we'd soon realise how much less they pay for public transport on London.

I've heard they're going to limit concessionary passes to X number of journeys or X days per week. How long until there's a black market in passes, now they're cracking down on disability parking tickets ?

0
0
Jon Smit

So quick, the bus runs early ...

... has to wait at a bus stop to 'lose time' and get back onto the time table achedule.

If there's anything worse than a last bus, it's one that runs early. It happens all the time during the school holidays, when the passenger numbers drop by 30%.

1
0

Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

Jon Smit
Trollface

I've a dreadful feeling

One of the homeowners was British.

1
0

Ranting Iranian TV fined £100k for shoddy interview

Jon Smit
Coat

Please please

Set them on the Daily Fail next !

3
1

Cops should help us slay trolls, says Facebook wonk

Jon Smit

"...hassle in the office..." WTF are you doing in your office? If the staff are spending worktime arsing around on Failbook - sack 'em.

As for them morons & idiots - its the rest of the population that need protecting from them.

0
0
Jon Smit
Trollface

Wimps

Who gets upset by trolls? Morons and idiots, that's who. If we could ban them from access to the Interweb, we'd not have so many complaints like this.

What kind of nob sets up a Failbook page to remember a dead cat or get their MP removed? They deserve to have the piss taken out of them.

0
1

Tesla pre-sells all 2012 Model S output

Jon Smit
Paris Hilton

How many ?

600 - 1,800 - 6,500. Whatever, that's a lot of poseurs paying a lot for a runaround (the block) toy.

0
2

DVLA tosses Virgin Media £6.7m in 3-year phone deal

Jon Smit
Holmes

There's funny

Many of the newer DVLA excutives came from Matrix Court, when it was an equally useless telecoms company.

1
0

Virgin Media broadband in two-day wobble

Jon Smit
FAIL

Hosted sites down too

Pitpass a site hosted by Virgin has been down over the weekend too.

"...An intermittent fault throughout the Korean Grand Prix weekend finally developed into a full blown disaster early this morning, when our umbilical chord to the ether was finally severed. Thanks to sterling work by Business Media we are now back online and slowly catching up..."

0
0

Where am I going tomorrow? My 'leccy car charger wants to know

Jon Smit
Thumb Down

Then we have the cold snap ...

That batteries are affected by cold weather is bad enough, but how will a low charged car survive being stuck in freezing conditions for 3 hours on the Sidcup bypass, like my brother was last year?

0
0

Scottish rats scoff optic fibre, take down broadband

Jon Smit
Joke

New breed of rodent

Pikey Rattus ?

0
1

Royal Navy halts Highlands GPS jamming

Jon Smit
FAIL

Clueless RN - again

If they are turning off everyones GPS to train RN navigators, WTF don't they just turn off the receivers on the navy vessels and confescate their TomToms ? Are they afraid our Jack Tars will cheat ?

0
0

Mozilla forces Firefox 7 on memory diet

Jon Smit
FAIL

It deleted No Script

Firefox v7 removed No Script when it installed. There are no compatibility issues, it decided to removed this important Add On and keep bloody quiet about it.

I contacted the developer of No Script, Giorgio Maone, and discovered I'm not the only user to have the same problem.

Obviously, No Script is doing too good a job.

1
0

Seagate pulls out the biggest hard one in the industry

Jon Smit
FAIL

Only 2 hd manufacturers remaining...

...and they are both crap.

Did Seagate catch the Maxtor virus when they bought them? Seagate have gone from reliability second to none, to reliability measured in seconds. The larger Seagate makes their drives, the worse they've become, best of luck to anyone who buys them.

3
2

Mystery railway buys 80 terabytes of Flash

Jon Smit
FAIL

Repair or bin ?

Why pay for 3 boxes, each with their own power supplies, leads etc, when one combination can be bought for far less than the separate items.

Do you know what it costs repair a small electrical item? £50 minimum at PC World, just to look at it. If the repair requires a part that's over 3 years old - forget it.

0
0

Telecom NZ invokes wrath of frisky rugby fans

Jon Smit
Coat

Wot?

No mention of sheep welfare ?

0
0

Poor IT could leave Brit troops hanging in Afghanistan

Jon Smit
Thumb Down

Cost is everything

No mention of Cost Plus? Biggest fiddle going for arms manufacturers.

0
0

Man reveals secret recipe behind undeletable cookies

Jon Smit
Stop

Hosts blocking

There are 3 sites to block - at the moment

i.kissmetrics.com

trk.kissmetrics.com

kissmetrics.com

0
0

Page:

Forums