That was my thinking - not sure how it's going to go - getting a new supplier before the old one has even set the account up properly. In theory they shouldn't block the switch but we'll see.. Ovo should hopefully be a bit better. Not the very cheapest, but good reviews on service.
417 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Speaking as a Scottish Power customer who, despite several frustrating phone calls and the involvement of the Ombudsman, has not had a bill for a year, I'd be happy simply with a bit of paper that told me my usage.
May I draw your attention to the plight of the half-sized-feeted. Getting a decent pair of size 11 and a half walking boots is nigh-on impossible due to the discriminatory practices of the major boot manufacturers.
Almost as bad as the racism shown to Linux users by Amazon's on demand TV services.
Hence, going out is almost as painful as staying in..
Yours, disgruntled etc...
Oh bore off, you're the selfish one. Do without your internet, your wall-to-wall carpets, foreign holidays, regular meals so your kids can eat, cars that you don't have to fix yourself, gym membership, mobile phones, central heating, five day working week and food that's not scraped off a road, skinned and cooked yourself then come back here with your whiny self-centered attitude.
Voip and softphone at work, which is fine until someone issues a short notice forced reboot.
Re: MTP support ?
I have a 1020 and an old XP laptop. They don't get on.
Just got a contactless debit card from Halifax. Fortunately, they offer an opt-out. Not interested in them from a security, privacy or convenience point of view. (A little bit of inconvenience is no bad thing when it comes to spending money).
Election coming soon...
Blatant rubbish designed to bribe potential voters.
Re: Well, since the 930 isn't affected...
Guilty! (Self-inflicted misery, hooked by the camera. But Panasonic have just brought out a better camera phone on Android so I'll be jumping ship as soon as they come down in price a bit...)
The thing that really amazes me is that cold callers haven't got the hang of VOIP yet - as it's free to call a SIP phone from another SIP phone.
I've done this for the last 6 years. We bought a set of VOIP phones (Siemens Gigaset somethingororther) and used DrayTel to get a geographic PAYG number. I seem to remember my last BT phone bill was about £56 for the quarter, with next to no calls. Oh, and with DrayTel we get caller ID thrown in and cheaper call charges. The whole thing paid for itself in under a year.
Re: need to fix basic issues
Being able to turn the phone sideways is the least of its problems. It doesn't even support proper mail attachments or certain authentication mechanisms for SMTP.
Re: EU "law"
"Wuh you mean a parliament elected via proportional representation and a commission assigned by the heads of state of the member nations? That's more Democratic then the UK system."
Actually I was thinking of the unelectable Peter Mandelson and the Kinnock clan who have, incidentally been made millionaires, riding the EU gravy train. Maybe I was also thinking of the fact that the role of the Parliament is simply to rubber-stamp the ideas of the Commission, and the duty of the Commission is to further the EU project, not to represent their home nation. Or the fact that most people in the UK have never had a vote on the whole thing. Or the dodgy accounting and massive wastefulness. Or the rerun referendums when people voted the "wrong" way. Or the technocrats parachuted in, to run nations like Greece and Ireland in place of national elected representatives.
Take your pick really.
When I were a lad, you needed some kind of democratic legitimacy to create law.
Ye! Who needs a trial, just put him in the stocks and lets throw the cabbages already.
How does a website install software without the user's consent? Almost always it's down to the user clicking OK on some downloaded freeware. Not sure how these rules will change that.
Tried it on the media PC but no support for Linux meant that I went to YouTube movies.
I'm considering a similar complaint against RockStar games after I noticed a bit of misbehaviour going on in Grand Theft Auto.
The French have no word for entrepreneur...
The French have an odd situation whereby many trades, from plumbers to chemists to lawyers, have their own State protected trade bodies, keeping wages artificially high for their members. I can't see them liking this too much.
Don't mess with DNS
Intercepting ones browsing session in order to insert adverts is the height of bad manners. Especially when you're paying for the experience.
OpenDNS do the same thing, but to be fair to them, it's in lieu of providing a free DNS/content filtering service (if you're that way inclined you can block their ad page at the router, giving you the original "failed" ad-free experience).
They've got form, remember the "rootkit on the CD" debacle.
Re: The Danish legal system must be retarded to have 75 year copyright
I think that's basically to protect Paul McCartney.
Does a Danish court have any authority over a British website?
Re: My Lord, I have a cunning plan
Apparently Baldrick was right - Bronzy is quite similar to Irony.
Well, to give them credit, they've managed to make donating to the Donkey Sanctuary look like a pretty reasonable thing to do.
Re: And they wonder why we pirate?
Fascinating insight into the mind of a serial copyright abuser, thanks.
Re: Hope they win.
The lawyers will win.
Re: Android for business?
"I, for one, cannot understand why any business would invest in an Android phone."
mm. Dunno. What's the support like for sending mail attachments in WP8.1?
I tried to prevent my Lumia 1020 from synching to their cloud. Changed all the settings to "do not sync". Set the server location to 127.0.0.1. Then one day was poking around on MS Live on my PC after posting a question about the fact that the speech to text facility appears to have selective deafness.
"My Contacts - None". Check.
"My Calendar Items - None". Check.
But there in the OneNote section - smugly staring back at me was a note I had entered into my phone, as if to say, "So who's the smartass now?"
Password Safe for me.
The Post Office? Not known primarily for its late night opening hours. I think I'll pass.
I'm not saying where they should be looking to deliver parcels, but there's a hint in the icon.
Biting the hand that feeds you...
I think if I were Google I'd be tempted to put a few strategically placed "deny from" statements in my Apache config files. The corresponding 403 error page would say something suitably acerbic, maybe:
"Here at Google we have started employing the same fine discernment in choosing our users as in selecting our results. Sadly you did not make the cut. Please download a copy of webferret circa 1998 which we're sure will suit your requirements just fine."
Will it run on Linux?
Will it be as good as GeekTV?
Speaking as a former forklift driver who worked both daytimes and evenings in the snow and rain, to be frequently told at the end of my shift to jump in a 7.5 tonne lorry and do a York to Tamworth run, I have a lot of sympathy with these guys. I'm reading a lot of comments on here such as "so educate yourself", "move house", or "get a better job". Having done all of the above, I'm probably more qualified than many to make such comments. But out of respect for former colleagues and because I try not to be an arrogant smug git I think I'll refrain.
Sure, you might get the odd driver who, in true Will Smith "Persuit of Happyness" style, lands a job with Facebook. But this only fixes the issue for him. There's a lot of very cash poor and time poor workers in the US (UK too), and a few very rich executives who have no idea how the other half live.
To my mind, that's not a happy situation, but not one that is going to be rectified by Unionisation or Socialism (I don't want an all-powerful State enforcing "equality of poverty").
Maybe the answer is just to treat people better. Take a small hit on the bottom line and also treat your staff with dignity and respect.
I waited at the door for a few minutes and left when nobody came to show me to a table.
Yep, that happened to my mum with BT. We asked them to take my dad's name off the joint bill and they cut her off just as she was trying to arrange the funeral. Took them best part of 10 days to get it fixed, with nothing but arrogant staff on the other end of the line. When the line came back she locked into a new 12 month contract. Long since dropped them.
We came, we saw, we wandered around for a bit in the cold...
I understand the Beeb's reluctance to sanction tools like get_iplayer, but I think it's misplaced. It's really not hurting anyone. I've found it very handy in the past, not as a pirate or filesharer, but just as someone who forgot to record something, and would like to simply watch and delete it on my own time.
That whole episode was one dodgy day for democracy, wasn't it?
Not saying the noble Lord took a bung or anything, but...
A few years from now, when the energy shortages are really kicking in, these little things are going to be the ideal way of meeting some artificial carbon emissions target. Some rich politician in a mansion house full of old fashioned lightbulbs and servants is going to instruct his minions to switch off Halifax for an hour tonight in order to deal with a drop in wind power.
You'll probably be forced to pay for your shiny new smart meter too.
Brave new world, huh?
@ac - political system
In this analogy is Windows Phone the Liberal Democrats?
I can't wait for the movie to come out.
Every now and again seemingly ordinary events conspire to create the "perfect storm" of a true to life movie script. You've got Belgium. The European Commission. Telecommunications Regulation. Postal Services.
This is going to make one kick-ass political thriller.
I really hope they cast Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in the starring roles.
I think it was Sir John Harvey Jones who said that if a job can be done cheaper and better by a robot than a person it's probably not going to be a very fulfilling job.
Only 20 years ago. Feels like yesterday.
I've used Linux as home / remote servers for years. Recently built a new home server in a nice DVD player style case as a media PC attached to the living room TV. Works well now, but problems with drivers for third party hardware and hassles with screen tearing and audio dogged the box for a while. Fortunately the webcam I attached has a decent inbuilt microphone, because I could route sound via HDMI, or onboard sound card, but not both - which kinda scuppered using it as a standalone CD player.
Setting up the remote control and wireless air keyboard thingy also required a lot of patience. Ditched CUPS as a print server when I got a new colour laser printer with built in network and tbh was glad to see the back of it. Still a little dissapointed about the lack of official support by movie streaming sites for Linux, but YouTube and most of the iPlayer type services are OK.
All in all, it enables me to do most things I want (including running the security cameras and acting as a web dev and music server). Frustrating at times, but configurable, free, and fun to learn. I've always found the forums to be helpful places, but a lot of that is down to not weighing in with your own frustrations, arrogance and sense of entitlement.
Re: 11 years to investigate...
... that would assume that the object of the exercise is something other than keeping the Bureaucratic Classes in useless but lucrative employment at our expense for years to come. Actually getting the work done - not a priority.
My suggestion would be that Amazon set up a counter investigation into why the EU can never get its own accounts signed off by auditors. Having worked briefly in a technical role on a completely pointless and entirely wasteful EU project in the past I'd be happy to testify.
"In the current context of tight public budgets..."
These people need a reality check. Despite all the austerity measures, public spending in Ireland is three times what it was in 1997.
Re: Missing the obvious test
We did a test with some fairly basic kit: A Squeezebox and a Sony amp and TDL floor standing speakers (and good quality speaker cables). 320kbps mp3 and the same track encoded to FLAC. The difference was perceptible, but not huge.
If I'm going to synchronise all four Squeezeboxes and get the house shaking to Slash's new album at high volume I might as well do it properly. I get the argument for MP3s, but it's only really relevant on the move, where storage is an issue. Hence the a nightly script to keep an MP3 mirror of the FLAC files. Best of both worlds.
One to miss...
I took a girl on a date to see JFK in 1991 and things never worked out. I blame Oliver Stone. Awful movie.