* Posts by Nick L

149 posts • joined 16 Aug 2006

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Re: Developer Tools

Interested in this - could you expand a little, please? (Not trolling, genuinely interested)

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NSA snooped on German chancellors for DECADES: Wikileaks

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Could have been worse...

He could have tried "Ich bin ein Pariser..."

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

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Coat

Amiga coders lecacy, perhaps?

The one single address you could be guaranteed of finding something useful in the Amiga memory map was at 0x00000004, and in it would be the address of exec.library. Offsets then provided the various function calls...

Maybe old habits die hard ;-) . Don't bother - I'm already reaching for my coat...

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German watchdog rips off Facebook's thumbs after online fracas

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Google analytics...?

Thinking out loud, what about Google analytics? Must admit I block that at the router, but...

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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and the new twingo

New Renault engine is rear engined, rear wheel drive, too...

Hang on, wasn't this once about the raspberry pi? Oh well!

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Coat

Re: Transitional period

Happens now: people slam on the brakes unexpectedly because they see a cat/dog/claim for whiplash... What does concern me about automated systems is that we are basically abdicating responsibility to those automated systems and expecting them to get on with it. Parking a car without reversing sensors when you're used to 'em might lead to a small dent... Not checking your blind spot because you have a blind spot warning system might miss a bike, or the system might have failed completely... Forgetting to brake because you thought adaptive cruise control was on and should have slowed the car down, or the emergency brake system should have kicked in, is possibly fatal.

My wife's new car has adaptive cruise control and emergency braking. The disclaimers are quite clear, assuming you ever look at the manual... It still feels eerie to use adaptive cruise control and have the car slow down then speed up for you without you taking any action. It works, but I'll be damned if I'm trusting my and my family's life to something that might malfunction due to dirt on the sensor.

(From the manual: The efficacy of the radar sensor can be impaired by contamination such as slush or snow, or by environmental conditions such as heavy rain or spray. And "The system is not a substitute for the full concentration of the driver. ")

How long before the most dangerous component of a car - the nut behind the wheel - has zero control? Maybe not this decade, but definitely in my lifetime.

Coat, please, I'm leaving. Mine's the one with the 15 year old Elise's keys in the pocket. The one with no traction control, ABS, or power steering... The one that it feels like you're actually driving.

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Jamie Oliver's ministry of malware served slops AGAIN

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Liability...

How long before we see claims for damages due to this sort of thing? (Or has it already happened)

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

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Re: the illusion of choice

The Skoda Octavia's not the same car though: that's based on the Golf platform. For the same platform as the A4/Passat, you'd need to be looking at the Superb. At least Seat have given up trying to compete in this sector.

IT angle? None. Who cares.

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"Very sensible"

Those two words sum up the Passat. "Very sensible". It's a pleasant enough car, but it's blander than a bland thing being incredibly bland. The motoring equivalent of magnolia paint. Does absolutely nothing wrong, but does absolutely nothing to allow you to enjoy driving.

And of course "very sensible" doesn't equate to buying a new car at list price.

I think El Reg is a little confused at the competition, too. The BMW competition would be the 3 series, or 4 series grand coupe with 4 doors (no, I have no clue, either...) but not the 5, which is gargantuan. A4? Indeed, as it's the same platform.

But the biggest issue: 35 grand for something that's merely competent? 1 year old Mondeo and a 10 year old Elise would still be way under that, get you and the family from A to B cheaply, and you + 1 other from X to Y - preferably a track - with as much thrills as you want, and still cost less in depreciation.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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Steorn? Is that you?

Anyone remember Steorn? Free limitless energy, demonstration soon! *

*-cancelled. Then again. Then showed something that wasn't free limitless energy.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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GCU...

GCU puts me in mind of Iain M Banks' incredible craft the size of small cities... Bit of a way to go to get there! (Yes, I realise GCU is generator control unit )

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"just hanging in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't"

Turning an aircraft into a brick? Reminds me of Douglas Adams, whose description of the Vogon Space Fleet was memorable. "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."

Still smirk thinking of that.

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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Try signing up to Boots...

Try signing up to Boots.com. The password requirements are quite frankly ridiculous, and ended up with me typing in garbage - which is probably what they want.

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse taunted with sausage sarnie snap

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Gwyneth?

> "Gwyneth Paltrow... recently failed to to survive for seven days on $29"

Has she passed away? Shouldn't someone tell the papers?

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Quite surprised...

Given how much attention Google is putting on selling map presence to companies, I'm surprised they're not rigorously vetting submissions, as I can see a future where map graffiti ("Company X suxx" with a big arrow) is something they have to deal with...

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: " it is harder to spot in a car most of the time."

Don't blame the implementation on the technology! My car (2014 bmw) holds dab perfectly from Leeds to Reading and back, and my wife's Golf is similarly perfect. On that experience I bought a 20 quid portable thing from PC world, which is fine until you move, and this rather negates the word "portable"...

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Qnza vg!

Qnza vg! Fbzrbar unf qbar gur ebg-13 wbxr

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Home Office awards Raytheon £150m over e-borders cancellation

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Joke

RSL - how's that pronounced?

Just wondering how one should pronounce RSL, that's all...

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Surface Pro 3 update has so much new stuff for sysadmins, we can't fit it all in one headline

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Plus an install progress bar...

Must admit I've been a little nervous updating firmware on my SP3, but this time around the boot time installer now shows a progress bar under the Surface logo. This is good for my nerves.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Not just shock... Grief.

I don't really do emotional, but I've been fighting back tears here too. His writing really did affect me: it made me laugh out loud, it made me sweaty about the eyes, it made me ecstatic, it made me rage... You can't go through that emotional wringer and not feel a connection and utter admiration for the genius that put the words together.

RIP Terry. The thing that's making me smile is, as others have pointed out, you took on Alzheimer's and arguably won.

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Re: ONE IS SAD

I recently made it my mission to try and find a replacement for my utterly knackered AFP t-shirt. I failed.

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

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Time for Chording keyboards to make a resurgence?

Is it about time someone "invented" chording keyboards, like the Microwriter, again?

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: Multiuniverse theory

I take it you've read "The Trouble with Physics" by Lee Smolin? A very good read, and whilst not quite comparing "string / brane / x theory" to a religion, it's on much the same lines.

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Re: Those Bell inequalities...

Agreed. Every time I try to understand the reasoning behind the Bell theorems and inequalities, I can't help but think "yes, but surely" and then struggle. I realise that's the default reaction and that much better brains than mine have been trying to find the detail of the "yes but" since they were first proposed. To me there's a big non-sequitur in the logic.

Really interesting article, more like this please. And my vote is that we are in a virtual universe... but so what.

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Pebble Time Steel ready in May. Plus: Now you can strap on sensors, GPS ... Geiger counter

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"We apologize, but it looks like something's gone wrong"

"Gateway Timeout" on Kickstarter.com when trying to authorise a payment. Bit crappy, really: had the same problem when I tried to back the first batch... Oh well, looks like it's not meant to be.

We apologize, but it looks like something's gone wrong. We've been notified about this issue, and we're currently looking into it.

Thanks for your patience, and sorry for the inconvenience. Please try again later.

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Hey biz – cut fraud with digital ID verification. Yes, like Verify – Maude

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go with some one you trust...

Bankid, popular in the Nordics, is bank issued and can be used on some government services. It exists, and is proven. Why not take that route?

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Surprisingly good

I bought the 7" version from Staples when it was on offer for 59.99, and I'm surprised how well it works. I thought the 1GB would mean it was hamstrung, but it really does do a huge amount for the money and, at the end of the day, it's a full PC. Plug in a USB hub, put a monitor on the HDMI out, add a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you've got a full pc that works well. Unplug it and you've got a tablet which works pretty well, too. Genuinely surprised.

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Nice... but how about a summary?

Would have been nice to have some sort of chart showing capabilities, etc, and perhaps a score for sound, or value, or something? As it is, it's interesting but I forget after 10 pages which was which...

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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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Re: Cycling

ANT+ was needed when BT4 wasn't around. Now BT4 is there, well... I'm not convinced on the need for ANT+. (I have a Garmin 800 paired to garmin HRM, garmin cadence/speed and also a PowerTap powermeter - all using Ant+)

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Have they got it working?

I think they're 5 generations away from a working prototype that'll run for a few seconds. They're aimng for a prototype every year... So that's "no".

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Didn't Mr Gates do just that and start giving his billions away?

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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>"there's more to come. In the past SanDisk has said that the firm isn't even close to the limits of the form factor and it plans SD cards which will hold up to two terabytes"

It's close to the limits of SDXC, which is 2 terabytes - so two doublings of where they are now... If Moore's law* still holds true, and assuming 512GB is the highest density they can cram in now, they'll be at SDXC capacity in 3 years.

* - for pedants, the refinement from David House as 18 months seems to hold truer.

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Will Microsoft devices sit happily on a single platform?

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Rumours planning a... what?

"There are rumours that Microsoft, along with the whole world and its dog, is planning a smartphone"

Typo - I think you mean smart watch :) . Those Nokia things are quite popular.

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Massive news in the micro-world: a hexaquark particle

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I just knew the comments would be HHGTTG related, and you haven't let me down. Top job!

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

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Re: They will have to switch to 3/4G manually

http://www.ex-parrot.com/~pete/upside-down-ternet.html

The possibilities are quite endless...

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

Aaah, Worms. I still can hear the falsetto "I'll get you" and "you'll regret that" across the decades... Brilliant game, and I'm going to have to introduce my kids to it.

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ESA rejoices as comet-chasing Rosetta probe wakes from 3-year nap

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Update required...

"Your rosetta has been successfully updated, however a firmware update is needed. Please do not remove power. Press any key to reboot."

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Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

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Google own itasoftware.com...

Google bought ITA Software, a flight search company, in April 2011. They have no need to develop anything in partnership in Ryanair, it's just that obnoxious windbag laying claim to someone else's work. Putting ITA's stuff in front of punters direct, under a google brand, would be new though I believe?

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ALERT! Fling that FIERY HP Chromebook 11 charger back at Google

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I have an HP Chromebook 11. I tried to fill out the form, and got the interesting error message "Yikes, we don't recognise that address. Please try a different shipping address". I suppose I could try a different one, but I'd quite like the replacement to be sent to me, not someone else... (Cue 20 minutes on phone spelling out UK place names to someone in the US who doesn't know the phonetic alphabet...)

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

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Re: But... batteries are packed into the whole of the floor!

Ok, so the article has been updated quite a lot. Better explanation on the isolation; wonder why showroom staff didn't know that? If this didn't end up in a smoking crater and didn't end up releasing lots of toxic stuff then, perversely, i think it could be classed as a successful containment.

what caused the fire, and details on how spread it really was will still be interesting.

and i completely agree with the point that leccy cars will need a different approach to generation and distribution: micro reactors at recharge stations? (but if that's possible just give me my Mr Fusion!)

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FAIL

But... batteries are packed into the whole of the floor!

I recently looked at a Tesla in a showroom that was in a mall in the US. They had a car in there, and a bare rolling chassis, along with samples of the batteries used. The whole of the floorpan is packed with small, almost 16550-size, batteries. Literally thousands of 'em.

Beautiful car. Brilliantly practical packaging, and if the supercharger network takes off the range becomes a non-issue if you can charge in 20 minutes. (Full charge on standard plug would take 3 days IIRC...). The interior is fantastic, and the centre console is a really good rethink. I would be seriously tempted by one, despite being a fully paid up petrolhead.

I asked what would happen with batteries in a fire, and was told that they're practically inert. I did think that was a little odd. I asked what happened if they needed to change a faulty battery unit, and was told they don't fail. As I've got an expoded Macbook pro battery on my desk next to me, I have doubts.

If Tesla is trying to say this happened at the front where the battery is located, something doesn't add up. The batteries are packed into the floor, front to back, on the Tesla S. The batteries are *everywhere*.

I suppose the fact the fire was somewhat contained means they have managed to isolate things, but this is icky nasty stuff that's burning. Mind you, so are fossil fuels, but we're better at managing fires involving those after years of experience...

I'll definitely be watching to see how TEsla handle this. Honesty is paramount, and the 'where the batteries are' line doesn't sit at all well with what Tesla say, and what I saw.

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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Re: Safety; what safety?

Someone tried that (getting up, sorting out luggage) on a flight to copenhagen I was on, after the pilot announced "crew, seats for landing" and the whole crew was seated.. Stewards informed the chap to sit down. He didn't. Pilot came on the intercom telling them to sit down otherwise there would be serious consequences. He still didn't sit down.

The pilot aborted the landing as a result, and armed police were waiting to escort the person off the flight upon landing. He did get off the plane first, so perhaps a small victory, however he was also automatically banned from flying with that airline for life and the staff believed he would be prosecuted too. The pilot was rather keen to explain exactly how much an aborted landing costs, and I daresay the airline would be pushing to recover those.

So not a good idea. Relevance to mobile discussion? Not a lot, other than to say there's some things pilots care about, and it would seem from the cacophony of SMS alerts and mail alerts upon landing that turning phones off is not one of them.

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Microsoft talks up devices, Windows 8.1 at developer shindig

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Go

Re: Rapid release

http://preview.windows.com

There - not too difficult, was it?

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Ultra-hackable Google Glass could be a security nightmare

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FAIL

No battery development on horizon? Try Aluminium Air batteries...

Battery life will improve: there's huge R&D funds being thrown at it, and it seems a breakthrough is just about ready. Aluminium air batteries have recently been demonstrated, and if the small issue of them being highly dangerous can be solved then all is good.

Storage? Well, it seems that for glass to be useful it needs to be connected, so...

And whilst this is a developer device, it gives a clear indication on what the consumer device will be - if it comes at all.

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Apple to end support for original iPhone: report

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obsoleted: no parts available from apple...

It's been unsupported for years. Apple has advised that they will no longer supply parts at any price... As for are some working? Yes, mine is my 'personal' phone. For the past few years it has been effectively banned from the app store but it works, does everything that it did when i used it daily and has fair battery life.

the only thing that made me change was the Nokia lumia 800.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

Nick L

same way as all other GPS devices without compass work... i guess they plot the delta from now and the last GPS coordinate and work out direction of travel from there. Of course this won't give you a direction when you're stationary, but that's not exactly an issue.

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If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

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According to Secunia...?

I don't like Chrome. I don't like the idea that Google - an advertising company - should also be in the browser business. They also don't seem to be very good at developing secure software: Secunia's vulnerability list had Chrome at the top of the table for number of vulnerabilities last year...

I don't understand why Adobe feel the need to install Chrome by default when installing flash player, either, but I am not party to any agreement that's happened between the two companies.

Firefox? Sure. Chrome? Too many ulterior motives for Google I'm afraid.

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BT engineers - missed appointments

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FAIL

Creative uses for streetview...

Our broadband was failing badly when it rained. Engineer booked after persuading BT I did know what a cable looked like and, really, honestly, there's nothing else connected to the master socket apart from the router, and the damn thing keeps dropping when the front of the house gets wet.

I work from home, and have developed a finely tuned ear for a transit van. I can open the house door before they get out of the van, normally. No show at all on the day of the visit. I was in all day, and watching for them. I even recently changed the doorbell and there's 3 sounders in the house now. Even toilet stops were conducted with extreme expedience. They simply never called.

upon phoning at 5pm, BT had the temerity to tell me that they put a card through the letter box of a "brown wooden door". Yes, we have a brown wooden door. no, we have no card. Neither does my neighbour who also has a brown wooden door. The engineer simply never turned up.

Callout booked for saturday. Never turns up. This time the excuse was that the agent hadn't booked it correctly.

Two weeks later, an engineer turns up, does a professional job and leaves. Two weeks later...

I shall be happy to see the back of them, and as soon as my contract is up then I'm off.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Writer was intent on high risk of failure

I guess this might have somewhat of an impact on the interstellar equivalent MPG figures, too...

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Apple engineers 'pay no attention to anyone's patents', court told

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Re: Apple needs new legal talent

I think that's sort of the point... Picasso/Banksy...

http://beinglorious.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/artists-jpg.gif?w=500&h=449

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