334 posts • joined Friday 12th June 2009 16:04 GMT
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!)
Get a proper job!
Ah yet another worthless study into something that isnt going to change the world. In fact I find studies like this a little insulting, and given the nature of its subject matter I wonder why the "worthy scholars" couldn't find something that really matters to probe into. If I were a forum owner I'd be pretty pissed off about them "gaming" my forum in the pursuit of some worthless theory.
The thing about forum votes is that when I vote it is because I actually have an opinion on the topic - agree with the post of not it is still a valid one - and feel that I want to express it despite having nothing worthwhile to add to the existing comments, So rather than just generate "white noise" I vote in accordance with my views.
There is of course the bottom line to this sort of thing - the old chestnut about "lies, damned lies & statistics" - I think that applies quite well in this case.
"but according to records (PDF) from the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, he cannot currently practise law due to disability. "
After reading this I can only conclude that it is a mental disability he suffers. If the American legal system permits this kind of stupidity then it is truly broken
This cannot succeed surely?
Re: Have and have nots
You really are an arse. The water you mentioned in many cases comes from rural reservoirs that feed metropolitan areas. 5 bed house? I wish..... we are priced out of the local market by townies buying homes that get lived in a few weekends a year.
Apart from the farms inland of here that provide food for the country, we are the guys that provide you with power, (Soon to be 2 power stations) warmth (LPG terminals that feed the national grid) and fuel for you car - again like the locally grown food we pay more for fuel refined 8 miles from where I sit than people in Cardiff 120 miles away.
Of course if we all moved to the city you wouldn't have fuel to drive or boot your computer to post your drivel etc - unless you rely on solar power - a good 1/3 of the UK's needs come through this county. Clearly you are out of touch with reality as many of our politicians.
Re: Great, but will BT prioritise those areas that need this?
They said Enterprise zones were a priority for BDUK funds in Wales, except that the first tranche went to areas around Newport and Swansea (including the constituency of the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport that is so rural its a short bus ride from Swansea city centre).
The real rural areas are only now getting BT ADSL2 due to the spread of Talk Talk LLU having been previously "financially nonviable* for upgrade despite the predatory pricing arrangements in market 1 areas.
I have zero confidence in either BT or the government in regard to this area
Another idealized vision that lacks a grasp on the realities of living outside of a major metropolis or the uses that many real households put their cars to.
My usage includes weekends at race circuits in remote areas, travel at odd hours and "on demand" for a disabled family member, trips to the amenities site with garden rubbish, collecting a neighbours kids and their huge numbers of friends from club nights (when dad has had a few drinks and they missed the one evening bus), oh and I work odd hours too.
I don't need the delay and inconvenience of having to wait (in my semi rural area) for a vehicle to become free, alternatively nor do I want to be faffing about getting my "box" mounted on whatever chassis they system deems I may need. I have a car that covers all of my uses, including the twice monthly weekend shopping trips that these days involve at least a 70 mile round trip (nothing left in our local towns) - and often closer to 100 miles, This of course an the weekend where the demand for "long distance" travel chassis could be higher, and of course has to incur costs far higher over a period of time than actual ownership of a reasonable sized (if older) car.
Its OK for occasional drivers - but then we already have hire cars for that, for most this would be expensive, restrictive and less comfortable (in terms of the state that some people are likely to leave the vehicle in) For most decent public transport would be more practical than this, not to mention more affordable
Stupid idea dreamed up with those with too much time on their hands - maybe they should try getting a proper job - one that is busy enough to prevent stupid day dreams like this.
" such as the scheduled change to minimum wage, which will be cut by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds by October. "
One of the few things this gang of public school bullies has yet to cut is the national minimum wage
Its about time the Bitter and twisted IDS was sidelined. He seems to be heel bent on taking revenge on the country for being booted out of the leadership of this out of touch with reality bunch. Monthly payments wont work for those who are far below the breadline - ignore the Daily Wail spin, the rich Benefit claimants are a micro minority, most are ordinary honest working folk who have paid into the system for years only to be treated like parasites by a political cadre full of professional parasites.
Re: Ideal profit margin
The point of my statement about my current monthly costs was I was trying to illustrate I don't expect a gazillion megabits per second with unlimited bandwidth for £3.99 including once a week visit from a Swedish masseuse thrown in.
It annoys me to see BT selling FTTC services to luckier areas than mine for only a couple of pounds more than I am paying for 6 Megs (on a good day) of ADSL2, I have to wonder "What profit margin?"
Its just as bad in Wales where the ASSembly in Cardiff seem to have used the money to reward areas that voted for the party in power - especially those around Urban areas and most notably the ministers own very "rural" constituency (a whole bus ride from Swansea City centre) while really rural areas are told to wait for the second phase. I couldn't work out why the patchwork approach till I looked up the MP party affiliation and compared it to the roll out list. despite being the sort of area that the Superfast Wales site says is a priority for the service (an enterprise zone) we have been left behind - we only got WBC last month because TalkTalk came to town - before that BT claimed the 10000 line exchange wasn't viable for it, what they really meant was we have a captive audience - we don't need to invest because you you have no alternative
So In Wales - you have to add Political patronage to the BT issues. Some BT person was spouting about how superfast services would bring easy access to many services for the really rural parts of Wales an d yet the really rural parts are being left to wait.Once again the rural areas get screwed over - maybe we should cut off the oil gas and power hat comes from this area just to remind Cardiff what being without stuff is like.
Im with Andrue, 4g/Wi.fi wont work here - for one thing this isn't a village with a tiny shed exchange on a green contention would be horrible, I'm paying over £20 a month for a decent service without a hard cap, for not much more I should be able to get a bit more than 6 megs, which across several users in a household is not enough.
I once asked BT why I couldn't block calls originating from overseas especially where they spoof a Uk 01 STD number (but with an incorrect number of digits.
The clown said that it would breach international agreements and would be illegal. Seems BT prefer to protect the scammers that are breaching EU law than thier customers.
BT is as guilty as the cowboys.
" A new task force led by the prime minister will consider extending that power to cover organisations "inciting hatred and division""
So the Tory party will be banning itself? Given the rhetoric against the sick, unemployed and those on Housing benefit who have all been the target of a sustained Government Vilification campaign.
Big Brother - because they have found a new excuse to impose stasi style monitoring of the populace. There is no depth to which out political masters will sink to get their way
Re: Apple is not unique...
I Still think the correct people to inquire about the authenticity is the CC issuer, they have a lot of information on file already, information that is "historic" and verified. Apple cannot have as much of a factual base for a check of submitted "documents" as your CC company / DC issuing bank would have if they called you for a verification check - which would use information already supplied and held on file.
Too many companies seem to think they have the right to chapter and verse about us. I wouldnt/havent had any issues over being called by the card issuer, I would be very disturbed to be asked to submit ID documents to a company selling me something, especially via an insecure submission method, thats without the data protection issues that may arise.
I wonder how his insurance company view his generosity? When you consider how reluctant Insurers can be to part with cash after a claim, would they feel that by refusing the offer of a return of the stolen item he has not taken all possible steps to mitigate their loss as insurers?
Its a technicality I know - but then insurance seems to thrive on technicalities.
The point is that after receiving a payout, surely any items later located are the property of the insurers - and no longer the property of the insured to make generous decisions about.
Just curious.... any insurers reading this?
Re: Good question
Of course this is especially useful in rural areas where the local library is probably mobile with a bricks and mortar branch being several miles away (and probably adjacent to the Job Centre), thats without the many areas that are closing branch libraries due to the austerity budgets.
In my county branch libraries are only open three and a half working days per week. having a half day midweek, being closed on Monday and always closing sharp at 5 pm on days when they are open.
A few facts often overlooked by the overpaid posers that ruin - I mean run - our country.
Re: I hope one of those companies is Microsoft
We have a play along script in this household... including the information that "we are in Scotland on a very slow connection so downloading that program is taking some time" . The record is almost 50 minutes before the penny dropped and call droid realised he was being gamed..... oh boy do they get angry!!!!
Re: Most nuisance calls nowadays come from abroad anyway
I take the view that it is more a case of BT not wanting to do anything.
A BT droid once told me that it would be illegal for BT to block calls from overseas - even the ones that spoof caller ID.
My view is that if I am not expecting calls from overseas I should be able to block out of UK calls to the line I pay rental for - further the b/s about not being able to legally block any calls - I would suggest that where a caller is sending false data identifying an overseas line as being a UK one that has to be a breach of BTs T&C somewhere.
Its time some real protection was given to citizens - the business world has had 10 years to get its head around the law. Now we need to see some big fines, penalties for UK companies that deliberately use overseas call centres to circumvent UK law including a law to make them liable for the acts of companies who are in effect acting as their agents - and establish a quadruple penalty in those cases as it would be in effect an aggravated offence.
Time to play some real hard ball with this pond dwelling scum.
PPI complaints to the MOJ please!
I recently discovered that PPI companies have to be licenced by the Ministry of Justice. One call to A helpful guy in London was enough to register a complaint. The MOJ have a unit dealing with this - but it seems to be suffering from a lack of publicity - I called out of sheer bloody minded anger.
it would be nice to see some companies lose their licence - and be unable to operate in that field.
Really? That wasnt my experience...... My low powered spare Driod - an orange badged ZTE blade - has been upgraded a couple of times.. Of course being rooted helped... now all it needs is cyanogen to release a stable build for my S3lte.
There are a number of posts on various broadband forums that suggest that FTTC installs are routinely marked by no-shows.
What really bites is that BT will charge YOU if you break an appointment, maybe we need a level playing field whereby BT are required to pay us the same level of "fine" is they break the appointment without due notice, then we could expand that into fining BT for wrongful SFI bills. That might make them treat their customers with respect and consideration...
Of course fixing my unstable 3km (or 2.6km depending on which database you look at)line so broadband doesn't drop out at random and delivers what all the stats say it s should would be too much to ask... even after 10 years. Hmm maybe one of the pair takes a longer route! that would explain the disparity.
Fail (as my line does too often)
two words... one of them "off".
I'm more likely to avoid ads that are spammed at me while browsing. Ad blockers installed wherever possible. I am NOT a marketing opportunity.
If ever an "industry" was a perfect example of a waste of energy and resources it is the Ad "industry"
Their real crime was not being a big enough business to be untouchable, and not to be making decent donations to the right political parties... that and probably not attending the "right" school/university screwed them.
Yes I am very cynical about the way this country is, its about as corrupt and amoral as it gets and the closer to the top you get, the worse the stench gets.
"That strength in Wi-Fi is, in part at least, achieved by putting a publicly accessible network hotspot into every T Broadband router issued by the telco. "
Something which I disable in every BT router set up I touch as BT have dragged their heels over even ADSL2 on our exchange I don't see why they should inflict the double whammy of higher IPSC pricing for lower speeds and allowances and add to that Stealing some of the line capacity on people connected to a service that they have really dragged their heels about dragging up-to date on an exchange which has 10,000 lines (so not a shed in the middle of a village green - many of those HAVE ADSL2!). That really rubs salt into the wounds!
BT - the suckiest bunch of sucks the ever sucked.
Tesco here killed the high street record store. They opened... put in a full aisle of cds and dvds... then when the local businesses folded because all of the kids were buying the latest NOW xx crud there they slashed the range to a small selection of cheap oldie compilations and the sad old record company rigged top 40 albums. After Woolies and the other chain whose name escapes me folded we are left with our "local" HMV (65 miles away) hanging on precariously and nothing but a supermarket wasteland between.
I'm afraid MR White is talking out of a different orifice to the one musicians usually use to accompany the strumming... there are NO real record stores left in many places now, The market place is one dimensional!
He who pays the politican calls the tune
Like most "citizen protection" in the UK, its only Lip Service, there is no real desire by Government - who are in effect a bunch of company owned puppets - to effectively prevent the exploitation of us to the fullest degree possible.
They need a sharp reminder of Whom the are SUPPOSED to work for - and it isn't those with those writing the donation cheques.
There is nothing more corrupt than politics and politicians - they make even bankers look like paragons of virtue
i said a while ago they needed to combine swype with this to have a great app... seems that they heard me :) the predictive side of this is just great... I hope the flow-type works as well. time to upgrade my app and swap over the default from swype and give it a try
another ones gone....
Im trying out Tango as it will run in my Desktop and my smartphone, it seems far less prone to those annoying stranger requests I get on Skype.Most of my MSN list are also on yahoo so we will just move there, I still have ICQ and AIM in Adium too (or Trillian on my remaining windows laptop screen) I'll run it while it works but when they switch it off I will move off of Microsoft services for most of my chat, I may even drop Skype as that is becoming a buggy annoyance, I don't do facebook so it isn't that which has driven me out.
It all helps me to move further and further away from Microsoft - even my dyslexic sister is now running a Linux based machine and wont be seeing a windows phone anytime soon. Own goal by Redmond - again. Maybe they have caught the Nokia deathwish virus.
Re: Apps store
"Nokia was very big in many languages most Americans cannot even spell, and which constitute substantial markets."
Works just as well this way...
Nokia was very big in many languages, and which constitute substantial markets. Most Americans cannot even spell
Re: Why not....
how about Renault Dauphines.. driven by Clouseau look-alikes.
"Zat car is going like a berm...."
My sister has a 54 plate Megane DCi that has Keycard ignition... I'm not familiar with the electrickery that they have harnessed to this Gallic witchcraft. I know someone who has a 2003 Laguna that was one of the most unreliable cars I have ever seen, covering almost as much mileage on the back of beaver-tail trucks as it did on its own wheels.
another pipe dream
Given the number of dire warnings about an ageing UK generation infrastructure - and thew potential for "gray outs" due to a lack of capacity in the UK at peak times.. where is all the power for this going to come from? And how is this *green* power going to be produced in enough quantity to power the additional requirement?
Re: An idea springs to mind
And this addresses the poor range and slow recharge how? Lets not get into the question of who would fund this, and where all this electricity is going to come from - especially on a nice still summers day...
Re: Yes but - @Thorn
....And most weekends I need a car capable of doing far more than this toy can manage, I'm sure the hire companies would love a steady income stream like that, but in REAL LIFE this isn't sustainable so the nasty pollution causing not at all green electric car is no more than a novelty item for airheads to chatter about at dinner parties, in the real world it doesn't work, is over priced and causes far more pollution than it fans like to admit.
This is not a real world solution
Just another example of how politicians exist to funnel OUR money to their business owning friends. Its all about the Govt: business pork barrel redistributing wealth upwards, while stripping away rights and security from those at the lower end.
This should be in house as should all Government functions, we don't have the right to stop our data being farmed out to these asshats, so if it is obtained by compulsion it should be kept away from the private sector and that includes stuff like the DVLA database.
The ore intrusive the ads - the less TV I will watch. Its their choice!
I am not a marketing opportunity.
Self defeating advertisers.
Whatever they do is self defeating as ad breaks during live viewing in this house are always muted as a matter of course so the ads get ignored - but generally we "miss" the start of the show so we are time shifted by a few minutes and can skip thru the breaks.
The more intrusive the ads, the more I resist... Its just the way I am wired - and I'm sure I'm not alone in that.
Shame they didn't rip out the crap copper that has been flapping my line for the 11 years I have been on broadband. That way I might get a decent pair that will allow my "always on" service to be *always on* instead of having a sync that resembles a bouncing ball..... and no it isn't an issue in the flat - every elecrical gizmo and gadget in the premises has changed in that time... most of my neighbours have changed due to short-hold tenancies (this development is popular amongst the buy to let boys) so no issues with something that her next door has - and now one else around here has this issue.. IT IS THE <&@£ LINE!!!!!!!!!!!
As for masquerading as BT engineers, the same charge could be levelled against the muppets that keep closing jobs on my unstable 3 km line as no fault when the ISPs radius and my router logs clearly show the line dropping far more often than it should, Including the guy who improved the below FTL fault raised by my last ISP then authorized an SFI charge on a fault that wast in my premises or equipment.
There is one - the regs were recently tightened up - and all it has really achieved is creating more administration for the metal business and an inconvenience of having to faff around with cheques as cash payments are no longer permitted.
The bent dealers will still operate the black market as none of this stuff ever went through the books anyhow. Just another example of legislation from a bunch of muppets who have no grasp on real life for ordinary people.
The van was most likely running under faked registration details either a non existent owner or cloned with another vehicle or on stolen number plates. Do people really not know about this stuff despite the exposure in the media of the different ways thieves operate?
Euro Curruption begins at home.
Ah.. I bet there will be the end of any hope of faster broadband for the REAL west of Wales (thats the bit past Swansea for those who rarely look west of Cardiff), where we have been left behind in the political fudge that has seen Labour represented areas prioritized - despite the claim that areas with enterprise zones would be prioritized It seems that where such areas didn't vote labour (like the 3 southwestern counties) they are relegated to the second tranche for this money supposedly to bring broadband to rural areas - behind areas that are bordering urban centres like Newport and Swansea and behind areas that already have access to ADSL2 - which is quite scarce across the "real" west.
From the Enterprise Zone Wales website
"With around 30% of the UK's energy supplies now coming via Pembrokeshire and contributing over £2 billion a year to the Treasury, we are rapidly increasing our reputation as the 'New Energy Capital' of the UK.
Based on existing and potential new energy sites the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone is a unique location with access to deep water port facilities coupled with sea conditions that are ideal for the development of both Wave and Tidal Stream Marine Energy."
So we meet the priority criteria... but don't get the money - how does that work? Id ask the minister responsible, but given her political allegiance I doubt I would get an honest answer. We give plenty to the economy of the UK... but we get a scant return.
I'm sure that once the money has been blown in the Welsh Labour heartlands we will be told sorry but the money has run out - not helped by the way they have procrastinated over this whole issue. The Welsh Assembly whatever it is calling itself this year whilst trying to apply a title that it has no claim to by stealth is a waste of money and a vanity project that serves NO One expect those with their snouts in the Cardiff bay trough.
The whole BDUK set up in Wales smacks of patronage and corruption - quite fitting for something run with Ei
Re: Data cap anyone?
3? They have problems with 3g connectivity in my area.... a lot of people here will never trust them again.
So how do they view the use of a browser with a torrent client built in - Opera (for Windows) springs to mind?
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