374 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
Re: What about Public Libraries?
Would these be the same public libraries that are facing cut backs and closures due to the current austerity regime?
That would be about right for UK politicians, a lack of joined up thinking - or a devious way to dis-enfranchise the lower orders even further.
The price of mans curiosity about what is "out there" can be high. Luckily for mankind there are some brave enough to risk having to pay it. They are the modern pioneers, and deserve much respect.
Wont buy another thing with the Samsung name on it. I have found them to be less than durable.looks like it will be a Nexus, Fire or 6+ next.
Re: Nothing new here
We have a tax on television too, however you frame the name, its a tax.
Re: Oh noes!
The fact that VAT is already levied on Internet access isn't a bar to further taxation... think of motor fuel... Which comprises Item cost + (specific duty ) Fuel Duty + (General Duty) VAT. A lot of people forget we pay tax based on a value that includes a tax already included.
When it comes to helping themselves to our incomes Governments will always find ways to grab more and ways to justify it - except where restraint would affect their standard of living of course. Dont think it couldn't happen here - especially where we have a government that has recently found a way to ensure any vehicle sold mid month attracts a double licence fee for that month as you can lo longer sell a car with a licence included, and the system will show a vehicle as untaxed once the DVLA have been notified of a sale unless licenced by its new owner immediately - from the beginning of the current month of course.
Ive often wondered why BT exchanges don't (cant) "verify" valid UK STD numbers before connecting the call.
BT lost me as a revenue generating customer when I called them after many overseas calls and asked how I could bar international calls due to the nuisance, as I don't get personal calls from outside of the UK. The Droid I spoke to claimed it would be illegal to do so, and had no words when I pointed to the illegality of the calls under Privacy in Comms regulations AND asked why spoofing CLI data wasn't held to be a breach of BT's T&C (and thus allowing for a block legally) he just couldn't answer those points. My view is BT like the termination revenue they get for this.
I moved all my personal stuff to mobile, dropped all the premium services on my landline (which now only exists because we are blackmailed into supporting a voice service to have broadband) and unplugged the handset BUT IT SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS.
We have weak and ineffectual regulation, both within telecoms and in business regulation where companies in the UK specifically use overseas centres to get around the privacy protections in place. AS ever it seems the rights of the individual take a very poor place to the scammers and schemers in big business, both here and abroad.
Finally reporting spam calls to OFCOM is no use. Report them to the ICO via webform, if we bury the ICO in reports maybe someone will realise that this is a real issue, because right now it seems that no one in power understands how widespread the problem is - or how ineffectual the current regime is.
The unpopular viewpoint...
I view this with the same suspicion I see "all female candidate list" political fudges, quite popular with some UK politicians.
The best person for a post is the one most skilled and experienced for the task surely? Gender shouldn't enter into it. This PC garbage really does society a disservice where it excludes the best/brightest in pursuit of some misguided diversity goal. To get the best you have to be the best, Gender doesn't enter into it. Ive worked for some female managers who were fantastic, very skilled and knowledgeable, they got where they are by being damn good, and that is the only thing that should count.
I'm sure it wont be a popular view... cue the downvotes... At least I'm not hiding behind A/C
Re: Setup costs
The thing is there is the problem by where we have no relationship with Openjoke and it falls to the ISP to chase problerms. Some are great at this (AAISP for example) others really "CBA"
If they are not pushing really hard and persistently for a resolution then they seserve to lose the business and should not be able to hold customers to a contract where thiey are failing in customer service top provide an acceptable level QOS - one technically possible for that line.
My local Trading Standards were very helpful to me. when Pipox were throttling my connection daily from 3.30 pm I had a long chat with TS after Pipex denied all knowledge, It was so bad I was even having trouble with large content pages (simple text was ok but anything else? - Forget it!).
TS gave me chapter and verse to quote to them about the relevant legislation and the nature of their failure. Suddenly Pipex were willing to admit what was happening (it is now a widely known fact but at the time it was something they flatly denied.)
Just had something similar with XLNTelecom trying to sting my boss for £299 to migrate the out of contract Phone service at work, I clued him up about the rights of Domestic & SME customers since about 3 years ago and suddenly they backed down and offered him a retention deal instead.
The telecoms sector is full of scammers - its nearly as corrupt as Banking!
I seem to recall reading somewhere fairly recently about some SIMs being shown to have software included that deliberately downgrades service/reception quality for some customers on cheaper or PAYG contracts, I wonder if this is a case of borked "throttling" software being on SIMs issued to "lower tier" customers by a network?
Re: What are Apple buyers going to do.
OSX on Non Mac hardware is like popping a Zetec engine into a Morris Minor. Its possible, its been done a number of times, but takes a bit of skill and knowledge. In the average high street you cant buy a laptop without paying the windows tax.
As for inserting a disc and installing - My first home PC actually came with a disc containing windows. Now if your hard drive dies a couple of years into ownership you are screwed because they are too cheap to even give you a CD or DVD rom for the licence you are forced to buy.
I wont get into the ludicrous situation of trying to upgrade a current machine with a larger HDD, if I have paid for a licence then I SHOULD be able to use it even if I upgrade my machine. Redmond has long been an abusive monopoly in common with a few other businesses in the UK.
You got a reply? that's better than I managed. After some discussions about line length from exchange with a member on a broadband forum - who was taking Google maps as gospel, I informed the chocolate fireguard factory that they are showing my exchange some half a mile in the wrong direction. It figures correctly on street view on a major junction on the outskirts of my town, but the maps show it as being "in town". It isn't hard to find, it sits on the side of a huge roundabout!
No reply, and years later no resolution, so Google maps are considered inaccurate in my household and are never consulted.
The BBC is an arrogant white elephant that has become overblown with its own importance. How dare they presume to set themselves up as an authority on what people might be using a service for? The more pressing matter is the need to look at why they blew a shedload of money on an illogical move north and selling buildings that they then have to rent back.
I am forced to pay a fee to watch tv despite the fact that it produces NOTHING that I want to watch.
It is time it was subjected to the harsh realities of the commercial world and made to fend for itself rather than being able to leech off of many for whom it offers nothing.
(And I say this as a person who once believed it was a cornerstone of UK Broadcasting and quality production)
The output of TV in the UK is abysmal.
D*ckhead Designer requirements
I hate to see too much pandering to the requirements of designers when the subject is vehicle lighting. There are far too many atrocious lighting designs on modern cars, clearly its a case of form over function which should NEVER be the case with automotive light design. Admittedly this affects the indicator and brake lamps more, but it illustrates nicely where the muppet manufacturers priorities are.
Motor vehicle lights are safety features NOT styling statements.
You seem confused about how unions work. The leaders do not dictate policy, that comes through the membership and the reps, sadly the fallacy that unions are run by and policy directed by the leadership is likely to lead to new laws in the UK that will effectively remove the ultimate action from the working man allowing companies to once again ride roughshod over the ordinary working man.
Its the same sort of ignorance we see with the "nothing to hide nothing to fear" mob, Governement and big business do not always know best and frequently will screw the little man to further their own ends regardless of how that im;pacts those further down. The same is true of the music dinosaurs. I work today - I must work again tomorrow to live, not keep claiming payment for stuff I did 20 years ago - or things my late relatives did.The only thing the music mafiaa are protecting is themselves, thier bloated organisations and their over indulged lifestyles.
Adam Kramer of Facebook is reported by BBC.co.uk as saying
""At the same time, we were concerned that exposure to friends' negativity might lead people to avoid visiting Facebook."
The guy is Missing the point. Its Facebook with its arrogant attitude to people and the fact that not all of us feel the need to plaster minutiae of our lives on the internet that leads many to avoid visiting Facebook, a fact I am relived to see is dawning on some of those I know who are Facebook users, and are cutting down or ceasing their use of the data-mining service. Many of us can see NO value in joining, For my part I feel that joining would lead to a deficit in privacy and the quality of contact with friends, I prefer to relate to my friends individually - I feel they are worth that time and effort rather than employing the electronic scattergun approach of spraying dull details of everyday across t'interwebz
Simply put Mr Kramer, Facebook really isn't as compelling as you feel it should be, and - happily - people are starting to question their participation in it. I have never been and never will bne part of it, companies that increasingly demand a facebook or twitter account to interact with them should take not of the fact that I am p[art of a sizeable section of web user, one that may well grow in the future.
This is as sinister and underhanded as subliminal advertising, and it is time that this "service" was more strictly controlled - those running it clearly have no morals when it comes to messing with other peoples heads.
Re: Seeing as I don't use Facebook
Oh thats ok, its tame... now if it was "Backdoor Sluts 9".......
When all the sanction talk kicked off I thought of the old movie 2010, That had a rift between governments affecting those already far from home on a deep space mission.
I guess it was inevitable
Re: Yet another...
We had a similar problem with ADSL2 here. BT maintained that the exchange wasnt financially viable for an upgrade - until talktalk gave notice that they were going to unbundle here, suddenly we had ADSL2.
Now we are just starting to see a fibre roll out in town, publicly funded, the 10k line exchange is allegedly not commercially viable.
Bt really do still act like an abusive monopolist.
Re: I hope they use thicker plastic...
Had the 5p charge in Wales for years now, Have never yet paid it - I just keep some of the "bag for life" in the car - Ok I paid 6p for the Asda ones (cheaper than Tesco) but they have long since been swapped out when they split or wore through. Ive not seen anyone giving staff hassle over it, we are just annoyed that the 'tards in Cardiff bay are as grabby as the 'tards on the Thames - and just as divorced from reality as any other politician.
I dont do all my shopping at Tesco plus I often shop for family and neighbours using my Clubcard so Tesco have a very confused idea of "who I am". As for the mobile - the Tesco SIM only plan suited me both in terms of cost and being a 30 day contract, if a better deal comes along then I'll be off. Maybe I'm strange but I shop at places that fit the need and "target price", not because it is xxxxxxx (insert name of chain here)
Re: Wrong. @ThomH @Da Weezil
This passage from the post I was replying to is fairly clear I think
"Note I said "potentially illegal". I do not know enough about the American legal system to make a judgement on whether Apple is allowed to restrict access to iAds because the other product is competing with iTunes"
It has naff all to do with the American legal system, AFAIK the article referred to a UK based complaint which I assume means that its business they sought to place through whichever office Apple uses for UK leads. (while avoiding as much tax as possible natch)
My point stands, if it is an issue with an order placed with an EU office US law has diddly squat to do with it.
Re: Wrong. @ThomH
We are however talking about a problem in the UK affecting business done in the UK and as such US law is probably irrelevant - a fact which may shock some across the pond.
Re: A bit like UK TV
Sky have recently been running an ITV channel promo too so its not one sided. Sounds to me like Apple need a regulatory slap for this, and I speak from an open platform houshold where our phones are 'droids and the computing hardware is a mix of imac/macbook pro and linux/wondow dual boots - so theres no fanboi-ism here, we just buy what works for us.
Re: Now how many more years...
Absolutely - having just reached the *10 years to go* mark The DWP wrote to tell me that I am also caught in the "work till you drop" ideal that seems to be in vogue amongst the non working decision makers that ruin.... (oops Freudian slip there) ....I meant... run this country. All the tinkering with pensions that goes on in the UK highlights the con that this whole system is just a giant ponzi scheme designed to fleece the working man for the benefit of the city con men. Its sad to see a company like this treating its staff with such contempt.
Shareholders will see no value if the best and brightest get so pissed of that they walk.
UK Consumer Gouge Levy + The lack of DTS support is the deal breaker here, maybe Sonos should quit with the weak offers Stop jacking up the price in the UK .... oh..... and do some development work to make this kit more *usable*
Love my Play 5, but without DTS I wont be considering hooking up a Sonos system to my new Blu ray
Surely material changes to a contract (such as the introduction of a fee for services previously headlined as "free") would need to be properly notified in order to form part of a valid contract? I have had no such notification and such a material change to the basis of my relationship with 123reg can surely only be made with my knowledge and consent (aka an email saying "we are doing this - if you dont like it leave now").
They are just about to lose a handful of domains here - and I'm going to look into the legality of any charges they might try to impose when I leave.
Anybody looking at me in a locker room while wearing this crud is likely to end up having them surgically removed. Go perv somewhere else. Seriously, wearing them in a locker room? That's just way too creepy.
Also.. I don't tweet... sober or drunk. I guess it shows that the chocolate factory expects this to appeal to the inadequate types who feel that every aspect of their mundane existence needs posting for posterity.
They should be banned while driving, otherwise we might see costly cases where courts have their time wasted while glasshole posers argue that they were off - or that they were a wearable sat nav. The fact that some idiots will use them for purposes unrelated to driving when behind the wheel is the reason that they should be banned from drivers faces. The roads are hazardous enough already.
This guy reminds me of a holding company here in the UK. Some years ago they took control of a much loved High St retailer - a national chain. A few months later I saw a news item in the financials about how they had sold off the freeholds *to gain money for investment* - the retailer was sold (or floated I forget which) shortly afterwards.
Fast forward to the recent crash and this retailer went to the wall taking the jobs of many people with it because with the decline in sales they could no longer meet the rents on the premises they once owned freehold.
Icahn is just this sort of asset stripper, caring only for his own enrichment. People like him should be barred from holding shares where they can directly affect the lives of (potentially) thousands of employees to feed their greed.
Carl.. you worthless parasite..... get a proper job! Stop scavenging off of the backs of proper hard working people.
HSBC upgraded the cashpoint in my local branch last year. The new generation machine also seems to run on XP according to its display after a crash one day quite recently, but this "better than ever before"super whizzy machine lacks one basic banking function that the old one had. The ability to pay in some cash out of hours. When I mentioned this to the branch they seemed unable to grasp the fact that this was a problem.
The biggest laugh was when the hapless teen behind the counter told me that registering with telephone or internet banking should see me able to carry out all the normal banking functions - she was however stuck for an answer when I asked how the hell one paid in cash over the interwebs - and commented that even the smallest denomination note wouldn't fit through the mic aperture in my smartphone.
What a bunch of bankers!
Watching this situation from the UK.....
I had to look twice... at a glance I misread it as Ichan being on CBBC.... pretty appropriate really.
.....And ridiculously you require ID etc to sell a car to a breakers yard, despite the vehicle having its own ID and a V5 document they included businesses that only process end of life vehicles.
BT's "business case" for upgrades are flexible, My local exchange was deemed not worth ADSL2... until talktalk unbundled it, suddenly BT published an RFS date for the service previously stated to not have a business case here. I have a very cynical view about the BDUK fibre roll out.
Time for the outdated requirement for a voice line to be binned too, Like many others I have no need for a BT voice service, so why am I forced to take it? I have no need to support the maintenance of voice equipment that I never use on my line.
There is zero chance of my being blackmailed into taking BT broadband services in order to continue watching moto GP.
BT have managed to turn me from a solid customer to one who wants as little to do with them as possible
.. and of course the purple poser is so musically relevant, I mean look at the long long long list of his success at the top of the charts.
Another case of some reasonable talent totally eclipsed by egomania and a failure to grasp reality, After encouraging a lot of negativity over the "symbol" stupidity, he seems ready to demonstrate his lack of engagement with this.
For me Doves Cry and purple rain marked the high-water of his career - after that - the tide went out - along with my ability to take him seriously.
Filters are folly.
This is what happens when you allow a bunch of technophobic Mrs Lovejoys to dictate policy instead of telling them in clear terms that they need to take responsibility for the action of their little cherubs when they venture onto the interwebs.
I dont need or want filtering, The under16's who use my connection (all 5 of them over the last 10 years) have been involved in frank discussions about the dangers that can lurk on line - and in the real world - if you subscribe to the immature belief that the world is a nice place free of dangers and nastiness the rude awakenings await both your offspring and you a little further down the road when you finally encounter real life. Forewarned is forearmed - and a dose of reality about the world is GOOD for any kid growing up - as is parental oversight of the activities, rather than expecting network filtering to babysit the kids that they are too lazy - or stupid - to supervise.
These are the same idiots who believe that children should go through childhood wrapped in cotton wool so they cant hurt themselves with such dangers as Conker matches or climbing trees, only to find that once they hit their teens that drink/drugs/driving fast does actually get you hurt and hurting is not a great feeling.
I never did get this ridiculous attitude towards matters of a sexual nature - we all do it, iots healthy and natural, the more we try to make it furtive and shameful the more we risk people developing unhealthy attitudes and practices.
The 'tard at Google - and the glassholes who refuse to be separated from their stupid toys need to understand that on today's crowded roads the only thing you need to be more connected with is the act of DRIVING.
The rest of the world can wait until you can give it your attention - when behind the wheel your FULL attention needs to be on your driving, not stuff placed in your field of vision no matter how peripherally. We really have bred a generation of spoiled brats who want toys when it suits them rather than when it is appropriate.
Id love to see the wearing of these behind the wheel outlawed everywhere - but I am sure Google own enough politicians to ensure that it never happens
Once again a slap on the wrist from a tame administration. I wonder how many politicians Google actually owns worldwide? That can be the only explanation for the ability of Google to ignore laws which it sees as interfering with its business model of exploiting our data for the benefit of its third party parasite advertisers.
Given that after 12 years of complaints BT Openjoke have yet to cure the periodic instability in my line , I wouldnt think anything or my router crashing/resetting even if repeatedly, so the fcat that this exploit resets the connection would go unnoticed and I suspect many other victims.... sorry I mean users connected to via (often antique) BT copper would be in the same position
The requirement already exists for sellers of scrap metal to produce ID - along with the law restricting the methods of payment for scrap sold. The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 prohibits the buying scrap metal for cash etc - specifically
A scrap metal dealer must not pay for scrap metal except—
(a)by a cheque which under section 81A of the Bills of Exchange Act 1882 is not transferable, or
(b)by an electronic transfer of funds (authorised by credit or debit card or otherwise).
Incidentally this stupidly even applies to scrap cars now - which lets face it have an "identity" and shouldn't be included in these regulations. Typical of badly thought out regulations. The bad boys really wont find a way around this... will they?
No alteration to the often hideously expensive *specialized numbers" that start 07xx and are often used by scammers to dupe people into calling them (at a rediculous ppm) in the mistaken belief that the number belongs to a courier firm or similar.
I guess shutting down that particular scam was too obvious for OFCOM to bother with.
Yes GPs are contractors - and they have been told repeatedly that use of these numbers is actually a breach of the GP contract that they hold. Recognizing that the 08xx charging situation is not one they can easily defend, some providers have put in place a migration procedure to corresponding line numbers on an 03xx code, such numbers have been reserved for this use only by OFCOM request. New contracts for non geographic rate numbers are forbidden in the terms of the GP contracts, in theory surgeries should be just running out the contract term before moving to a geographic rate number - although sometimes it takes a little agitation by patients to remind the surgery of their responsibility
The use of these lines has recently been the focus of attention in some areas, Hopefully we will eventually see an end to the cash cow view some surgeries have of their patients, especially as waiting to actually talk to someone can be a lengthy experience - and getting an appointment can require several calls over many days.
New Revenue for the exchequer?
Its simple. Make the ASA a government body with powers to levy big fines and put that into reducing the deficit.
Ah of course the snag there is that the big business mates of the politicians might respond with a huge cut in the bribe - sorry I meant political donations - they make.
Party politics.... is there anything more corrupt?
The current system is laughable and shows just how empty worthless it is.
Re: Reliable IT.
Actually the ATO on the front of the Victoria line trains were there to Open and Close the doors and start the train, observe the platform for people who may have fallen/jumped as the train approaches, to drive the thing in/out of service to depots and sidings, and to deal with breakdowns, Tube drivers have a responsibility to "get it going" if it breaks - regardless of line or rolling stock.
Driverless trains? hmm that will play well when one breaks down in the peak when loaded to bursting point on a hot summers day, of course then many will be crying about the criminal disregard for the public when the system stripped of staff struggles to respond to an issue. As ever the travelling public know too little about the job to be able to form a reasoned opinbion, but feel qualified none the less to spout absolute rubbish
Re: Ah Cyanogen... (I wish)
Yeah I have the cyanogen software downloaded but when rooting the handset via busybox/odin (following the instructions to the letter) it wouldn't play nice. It just wouldn't - even someone who had a pain-free root session with his 9300 couldn't see why mine was being a total bitch. I have other things that have a huge call on my time right now so the project has stalled till the xmas break.
My advice to Android owners that I know is still the same... wherever possible... cyanogenmod is THE route to go.
Samsung Tvs are banned from this house, a low use 40" fried its motherboard @ 13 months and was replaced with the set I should have chosen first time round a Panny Plasma
Ah Cyanogen... (I wish)
I'd be on cyanogenmod too for my 9305 but the cyanogen app says my phone isnt supported :(
So My buggy s3 lte carrys on self dialling after sending a text, and being generally screwed up while my old cynaogenmod loaded San Francisco is still happily running.
Samsung software has certainly made me question if my next handset will be one of theirs!
Only in gaming it seems, a *new* machine that is more restricted in function than the old... amazing. Streaming is not much use on many UK exchanges with ISP's imposing caps due to the punishing nature of the way BTw charge ISP's for data and lets not get into the many lines on Ally cable or that are 4miles or more the relatively large number of exchanges that are still running on ADSLMax upto 8 meg (but in actuality, usually a lot less) services, Even in London there are exchanges that have serious issues both with contention and line length. But hey that's not as important as it allows Mega corp to sell you a crippled box that forces you to allow them to screw you down with stupidity like cloud storage and streaming.
The sad thing is the Sheeple will still rush to buy it... mindless in their quest for the latest shiny they will in effect say to the likes of Sony... "here I am ream me..... here's a pot of lube for you to use"
The ASA are a mahoosive joke. Virgin, BT etc are all serial offenders who routinely have rulings against their adverts AFTER they have finished running.
There is no real regime of protection against the lies and half truths that come from these companies whose advertising people operate with the comfort of knowing that that the ASA has the same ability to hurt them as a teddy bear. Sometimes it seems that the companies have become so immersed in their deceptions that they have lost sight of the real world.
There is a real need for a PROPER regulator with real powers to hurt these companies badly for their routine lies, massive fines, compensation for duped customers along with the ability to rescind the contract where it can be reasonably shown that the customer was drawn to sign up by an advert running at or just prior to the contract commencement
My radio listening is mostly in car.. and here in south west west wales (thats the real one - west of swansea) FM is patchy, the thought of DAB being forced on us is a nightmare - and will result in my dumping radio for my trusty Ipod... that's less audience for the advertisers that fund stations like Real Radio.
DAB is unwanted and unnecessary. Bad news for consumers as we are expected to buy all new equipment.. while the Government get the double income from both the VAT we pay to replace perfectly good equipment and having a little more spectrum to flog off to their city buddies.
FTTC cabinets can be fed from exchanges in nearby towns - so the lack of a planned upgrade for your local exchange isn't always the end of the story. Your speed issues could be many things - from hot VPs at your exchange down to intermittent noise or other line issues causing your modem to "train down" to maintain stability, and as other pointed out - that wont be cured by moving provider. My suspicion is that you were on talk talk LLU and that the speed that you initially found was during the initial training period that would have happened when the line was connected back to the BTw DSLAM - which means that the BTw network would see it as a "new" line.
First place to start is sorting out any extension wiring you have in your premises - If you have them and really need to leave them in place use a good quality screened cable such as twisted pair cat 5, remove the ring wire as it can act as an antenna and pull in outside noise which will affect your line speed. I ripped out all of the extensions here and double filtered the Sky Box - presto I gained just over 1Mbps. ADSL is a fussy beast. soetimes you have to work hard to set things up just right.
Oh FFS leave it alone, it belongs as it was done - a low buck turn of a decade Sci Fi romp that was suitable for early evening viewing. Avon has been done already a perfect study in a cold devious anti-hero. No one could top that interpretation of the role.
(I always thought Blake was a bit of a wimp - Avon was much cooler!)
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