* Posts by Da Weezil

410 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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Toothless Ofcom: C'mon consumers, show your teeth on broadband speeds

Da Weezil

...and where the problem is NOT the ISP?

Its laughable... OFCOM are so keen to bash the ISPs and yet all too often they have little control over problems of poor speed. While some issues may be in the ISP infrastructure, often speeds and stability are impacted by poor quality lines and network congestion.

It would be nice if OFCOM also leaned on BTw as they are all too often the ultimate cause of speed issues, BT seem to attend to this re-actively, instead of anticipating issues as capacity reaches full they wait till we are affected then drag their heels for a little while - all the time charging for a level of service they are mostly failing to deliver. For example... The "hot" Vlan that I am connected via was on a list for attention when my ISP checked last week, this week it is not, and BTw are saying any speed issues I have will require an SFI visit to investigate despite the fact that the pattern of TAP3 tests clearly shows a capacity issue.

I guess this means that its another couple of weeks while Openjoke and my ISP fight it out, meantime BTw get to bill my ISP for a service they KNOW they are not delivering, and the opportunity for me - the end consumer who pays for this - has no recourse against those responsible who are failing in a legal duty to use reasonable skill and care in delivery of my service. 2 set ups using the same equipment on 2 lines, - and yes I switched them several times, My sisters ADSL connection, (50db att line) same ISP same exchange but a longer line than mine... rock solid, my shorter line (39db) att... dropped far too often with odd clusters of drops at unpredictable frequency, Openjokes answer? there is nothing wrong that we can find and the quality test is only applicable to phone service anyway....

Must be nice to be legally untouchable while you abuse consumers... so how about it OFCOM, are you a real watchdog?..

Oh and heres another suggestion for you OFCOM. Manmy lines exist today ONLY to support broadband so it is high time this was reflected in the quality of lines and enshrined as a requirement that where a line should be technically capable of supporting a broadband service it should do so and at a reasonable level/stability

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BT: G.fast is fast and we want it FASTER

Da Weezil

Investing in better access is a moot point when the existing acess methods already have the network faltering. Its no use having a potential 300 meg service if the ACTUALITY of it is that for a lot of the say it will only do 10 meg.

Cart before the horse... as usual BT are doing it arse about face but then I guess their view is that they can fleece us by charging for premium speeds that they don't then deliver for much of the time, as in my case.

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Da Weezil

Meanwhile another part of the BT group cannot sort out the capacity issues that drop my circa 70 meg line down to single digit speeds during large parts of the day only 8 months after our exchange went fibre.

Id love to see them research how to ANTICIPATE rises in demand and then behave pro-actively instead of re-actively, that way when I am at home, I might see some of the service level I am paying for (my line does high 60smeg/low 70s on an upto 80 service I am happy with that level, if only BTw could provide it consistently), because for a large part of the day I am at sub 40 meg and that is a lower price plan.... any other industry would be in trouble for this sort of behaviour!

My ISP tell me the next engineering update on this is today, Im sure there will be no good news while this shower fleece us for shoddy service.

Faster speeds only mean more problems for customers on Wholesale as BT dont seem to want to invest in capacity until forced to, and usage is clearly rising with faster speeds.

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Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

Da Weezil

World of Warcraft?

Hmmm didnt South Park do this a couple of years back?

"Bring me........ The Sword of a Thousand Truths"

*awed gasps*

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Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

Da Weezil

Re: No representation without taxation

But as a single person my bin is not as full as the single parent family next door in an identical flat.... so there the argument about those who cause the costs have to pay falls flat.

"local government" has gotten above its station, I recall a friend in Sutton years ago berating the lib dems about a redesign of their tree logo and its cost. On being told that they needed to update the corporate image he told them that they were there to sweep the streets and empty the bins and that they didn't need an image for that. Add the sports car fiasco in wales and you can see that this has become just another trough for the political snouts (second division) financed for the parasites by us the people.

It always makes me laugh when they go on about the amount of benefits paid out (mostly to those who HAVE contributed all their lives) while forgetting that the worst class for the sense of entitlement to our money are MPs and their entourage, they insist we need pay restraint but for them its a matter of rewarding their immense (and usually well hidden) talent.

Banking , insurance and politics, three areas rife with fraud, corruption and greed.

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

Da Weezil

Re: Rent a door lock?

... and look how well thats worked for some high end car owners?

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

Da Weezil

Re: @Da Weezil, Representative sample?

Not so much worked up as wondering why there is so much focus on the "failings" of apple when Samsung products have disappointed me on such a wide basis that i wouldn't have another one as a gift due to abysmal battery life and buggy software.

You don't seem to see that for many the worth of something branded is not its Image... but its ability to fulfill the function or purpose that it serves, Aldi/Lidl have a decent range at good prices, My iPhone 6 performs well in all the things I use it for AND can last through my working day - which the previously owned unit didn't. My choice was driven by practicality, something that I could use and would remain useful through the day, the previous unit - allegedly offering more facilities did most things poorly and nothing outstandingly well (apart from running out of power)

Finally, your office isnt a representative sample - nor is any other workplace really,

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Da Weezil

Re: Representative sample?

2 more waiting in this house alone... and no we don't shop at Waitrose... nothing wrong with Lidl and Aldi..... Flashing the phones? no more than the Android users do.,.. my phone comes out if I need to use it, I wont shed any tears if that offends people like you.

I cant say I even missed the NFC functions that much when I first moved to the iPhone - With my S3LTE I used to use NFC to switch Blu tooth on and off and move between mobile data and wifi in car/home/work but as the 6+ I now have doesn't murder a battery in less than a working day I no longer need to worry. The car still has tags in it, but they are never used.

It must be strange in your world of stereotypes...

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BT thinks EE customers will FLEE from enlarged four-play mobe biz

Da Weezil

Re: Shitty Service

Oh bollox.. "we are going to use this to upsell to those who already quit our overpriced phone service and dont want our IPTV..." looks like a spam campaign in in the offing, Might be time to move my mobe again which is annoying as the identity crisis network is the only one that works properly in the are where I am employed.

Strange thing is that EE have been ok in rrespect of CS.. I call them... they do whatever I request... it just works for me - maybe I am lucky.

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UberPop granted temporary reprieve in France

Da Weezil

Re: Funny isn't it?

Where I live the car carries a licence plate from the local authority giving the car details (to prevent use on multiple vehicles, the car goes through a tougher than usual (private car annual) inspection every 6 months, carries a huge insurance policy and is subject to spot checks. Oh and the journey is metered so if you make it regularly you should be able to predict the cost.

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When will ROBOTS start chatting on WhatsApp? Don't hold your breath, says co-founder

Da Weezil

Re: Already too late

I too had one of those. After reporting it to the ICO, and as there was nothing on TV I spent a fun hour annoying the hell out of the (Only?) guy answering the phone - isnt it fun when you have unlimited minutes? He seemed particularly mad when in reply to his "why do you keep calling?" question I replied that" I was hoping that by blocking the line up I might prevent some fool from being scammed by you losers."

Pretty sure that number goes all the way back to an overseas call centre, the droid I spoke to didnt seem to have a clue about London. When he claimed to live only a short walk from his central London Office I told him that even selling his body wouldn't earn enough for a muppet like him to afford central London rents - Unless he was hanging out with the winos and vagrants.

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

Da Weezil

Im expecting the worst from the EE change and am already looking around for a new place to port my number. The annoying thing is that EE offer the better service to my work location, 02 and Voda are patchy to the point where calls are only possible in a few closely defined spots and im still dubious of 3, apart from the huge issues in this area a few years ago, a friend who crashed at mine for a while had problems with service.

Why is it so hard to find a network that functions in both places? I do know I want to avoid BT wherever possible.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

Da Weezil

Gloden hour... diminishing for some areas

Given the usual Golden Hour comments about accidents - maybe the EU should be focusing on keeping A&E units open around the UK rather than allowing the private healthcare using Politicians who spend most of their time in well served cities to remove vital facilities to remote "central hubs" as is happening across Wales now. The golden hour is being squandered on longer ambulance trips to the next county becuase A&E (and many other services) have been removed for "efficiency"

Given the state of many UK roads Im wondering how long before they finally deteriorate to the same state that l;ed to Jezzas BMW firing off airbags in the Top Gear Africa Special?

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

Da Weezil

Re: Thriving?

.......and yet a friend of mine in the U.S pays almost double for a capped 1Mbps service with the only provider available to him as I pay for my upto 80Mbps uncapped/unmetered fibre service with one of a range of providers available to me in the UK and over double what I was paying up till last year for my old upto 24Mbps ADSL2+ service.

Sure is a modern pricing arrangement, and to think back in the late 90's we were jealous of the cheap access that the U.S. had compared to the UK.

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

Da Weezil

The morality of this disturbs me, When I type in a url, I expect my browser to connect to the site I have requested, not a facsimile, or anything that has been tainted by the hand of an adware firm, only the site as published by the owner.

So in my book this sort of malware *IS WRONG* , and the assertion by the jerks behind this worthless garbage they have done nothing wrong shows how morally bankrupt they are, they need to realise that their desire for a free lunch off of my web use is WRONG.

For a manufacturer to be installing this is worse, and Im sorry but I could never trust a lenovo machine now, unless it came with separate genuine windows installation media, which is how it SHOULD be anyway. I have never liked or trusted the crapware loaded installation partition stupidity - which also means you lose your installation media if the drive dies.

Thank god for pcdecrapifier!

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Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy: Hands-on gizmo-packed motoring

Da Weezil

"The track-day denizens at whom this is aimed will love the telemetry. You’ll note that all the in-car pictures here are taken from the passenger seat and, really, you do need a passenger to operate the computer as there are so many menus under the “RS Monitor” option."

Except of course that track days normally don't allow passengers to be carried on a live circuit.... At least the ones I have Marshaled at don't - so that demonstrates that like most of the electronics on modern cars it is over complicated to the point of uselessness - or worse - to the point of distracting. It is time to reduce the distractions and allow the driver to focus on the core task... driving the thing.

The breakers yards are full of relatively young french cars that have major electrical issues rendering them useless - however this is a trend in cars generally with thinner wiring often composed of ally and some finger crossing that it wont fracture during the warranty. I know of several Megane Scenics that went to the scrapper at well below 10 years of age due to major electrical faults

I wouldn't buy anything with a french badge - Too many technical issues, and dodgy styling... has anyone seen the abortion they have for tail lights on some of the Renaults now? I followed a 14 plate Megane hatchback yesterday and noticed the tail lights on that were really hard to make out in bright sunlight from even slightly off square from behind the car. Lights are NOT styling statements!

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Google's email-for-iOS app Sparrow is pining for the fjords

Da Weezil

I only ever had a gmail account because my Driod phone demanded it, I never used it for anything that wasnt generated by Google - never will - My personal mail goes to my own domain and a trusted server (as far as one can trust anything that isnt self run) .

I am NOT a Marketing Opportunity for Google or anyone else to corral easily into their data silo

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

Da Weezil

A number of people here seem to be unaware that many cars have a chipped key that "talks" to a reader that often surrounds the steering lock / ignition barrel, Overcoming that to the point where a car can be driven can be a "tech task", Without the ECU getting the correct code from the chip in the key the engine usually wont start. Clearly that issue is one of the major concerns of the police and is very much a technical matter

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

Da Weezil

Re: Too right

Tescos clubcard knows less than it thinks it knows about me, I often shop for others on my way home, I pass our local tesco on my commute - it is in the next town, locally here we only have a rather expensive (and small) co op... so the data Tesco hold on me is not exactly accurate for my household, especially as much of my own shopping is done at the weekend, a mix of veg and eggs from the farm stall at the Sunday market, Meat from the farm shop (If I finish early enough to catch them), Asda, Lidl, Poundstretcher and a few bits from Tesco to top up in the week. My fuel save discount at Tesco is mainly from other peoples shopping

When I am away from the area there are specific items I pick up from Sainsburys or Morrisons as we don't have branches locally.

Big Data doesn't know as much about me as it would like simply because most of my shopping is done with cash in stores without loyalty cards, and some of that is down to a dislike of the current thirst for data about every aspect of our lives. In the UK we suffer way too much intrusion and surveillance of our every day lives. Its time to take back some turf for ourselves, especially as those making these decisions are the same ones that expect privacy & confidentiality themselves.

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Calling a friend? Listen to an advert. You lucky, lucky thing

Da Weezil

After the lawyers have been dealt with... execute the ad men.

And what is to stop them delaying call connection until *all* the ad has played through to its conclusion?

Just fuck off, This has no place on any phone I use. If this became widespread I would revert to a payg connection and communicate as much as I could by IM and email.

We really need a way to exterminate the marketing fucktards. We neither want nor need selling to at every step.

I am NOT a marketing opportunity. I DONT buy on a whim or just because some ad tells me I need this.... so it would just be wasted on me, and would most likely create a NEGATIVE view of the product/service for me and Id guess many others.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

Da Weezil

I dumped Samsung...

2 Former S3 users here, both now on 6+.... why? well I cant speak for the other one, but for me with an i9305 (thats the LTE one) it was lousy battery life, software issues that led to the phone frequently dropping its user ring tones and other customizations and its weird propensity to self dial people that I had just texted if the screen rotated while the text window was still showing. It also used to drop network easily and then refuse to work without a reboot believing that it was still off of coverage even though it was showing several bars of signal. There were other issues surrounding attempting to dial in a certain way from contacts which showed some software running (USSD code running) then an unable to dial message

Oh and the final straw - the micro USB socket failing after 15 months and Samsung supports assertion that such failure would be seen by them as chargeable damage not a defect despite the fact that the phone needed charging more than once in 24 hours which was the reason for heavy usage and yes the other S3 phone (I9300) here was showing the same sort of issue when it was replaced.. For a premium product it was just terrible the software was lousy and after the USB failure I knew I no longer trusted Samsung to provide me with the quality I expect from a mainstream brand.

My current 6+ runs for 3 days on a single charge with the same sort of usage and software in use. It just works which is what I expect from a premium price unit. In fact I probably use mobile data more now than I did with the Samsung mainly because I have a battery that will last me a day or more... rather than needing a recharge by 6 or 7 pm

Samsung products have disappointed several times and are now no longer considered by this household.

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Listen up, AT&T, this could be YOU NEXT: $40m sting for throttling 'unlimited' mobile data

Da Weezil

Re: and in the UK ?

ADSL speeds are also dictated by line length expressed bt your router as attenuation, a line with 20db att is always going to be much better than one with 50db, 65db is the maximum that most routers can report and at that length a user will be seeing very low speeds.

This stuff isnt always as black and white as it seems - my 40db line only does 8(ish) megs on ADSL 2+ (around 5.5 megs on ADSL) but does 67 megs on FTTC.

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Crap broadband holds back HALF of rural small biz types

Da Weezil

Re: Pity the poor rural business

Rural Tiddlers... Does that include the SME's round here that maintain the LNG processing plants and terminals and the oil refineries and the local power station (soon to be 2) that keep your lights on, your office warm and your car fuelled? Rural doesn't mean a village green with an exchange on it, nor are all SME's kitchen table start ups, in the same way as I'm sure not ALL urban dwellers have their heads up their arse... only some.

We have several SME heavy engineering firms locally in the petro-chem sector than need to be here (its where the customers are) that are pushed out of town by planning restrictions for industrial units, that only makes things more difficult, I know a couple of businesses that barely have broadband and are at the limit of the cabinets reach it is where the industrial zone was sited so they have little choice about location. Sometimes its a lot more complex than the average office droid can figure. Something in the region of 25% of the UK gas supply enters the network not 10 miles from where I am sitting. That network and plant needs upkeep, and its SME's that do the bulk of it.

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

Da Weezil

Its a spooks wet dream... another step closer to a population under surveillance from the day it is born, we already have a generation of kids unconcerned by cctv monitoring, this just ups things another notch.

Seriously Creepy.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

Da Weezil

"Have you changed your filter please sir? ok...... now I need you to log off please.... and change the details to startup_domain @bt,com... the password is password"

Please to note that if we send an engineer to check your system there may be a charge of £149.

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iPhone addiction will RUIN YOUR LIFE – if only that were true

Da Weezil

My Iphone ringing while I am completing a task during my working day causes the same emotional response as my old S3, and the Blade before it, and the 6230i before that etc...

"People know my hours why the **** are they ringing me now when taking a call is not possible...?"

Which coincidentally is a similar emotional response to those who ring me late at night/when I am in bed...

This study sounds more like a prior assumption looking for validation.

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

Da Weezil

.......And in an ideal world these would be valid point, HOWEVER... the weirdos and crazies are actively seeking to stop free discourse and expression of ideas by use of deadly force, which means the "tolerance and understanding" school of thought is on a loser as it is taken by these nut jobs as being a display of weakness and "decadence" .

Turning the other cheek is all very well in the playground, but when the citizenry is being blown away by hate filled religious zealots (many of whom will be acting out of a view corrupted and bastardized by radicals who seek power for themselves and would wish to cast society back to some past feudal point), then that is time to up the game in defence of those for whom religion is something "other people do". As civilised people we don't arm and take to the streets, so if a group wants to make a protest in this way and possibly disrupt the use of radicalisation/jihadist sites then good luck to 'em!

Does anyone else see the Streisand effect in this? On Monday I have never heard of Charlie Hebdo. So any irony about Anonymous Defending free speech by deying free speech is more than outweighed by the global publicity given to a relatively obscure (outside of France) publication by those seeking to destroy it.

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Right, who feels like going to an Ofcom meeting? Anyone? Bueller?

Da Weezil

Re: I have a few simple suggestions

"You want a global real-time number database? "

No we want a stop to overseas callers spoofing UK STD numbers usually with ranges that do not exist.

Add t the the inalienable right for ME as the rental payer for the line to refuse to accept termination of calls from overseas. I don't deal with companies that have off shore centres but I get s many spam calls from outside of the UK where unscrupulous UK companies deliberately farm (Illegal) cold call work to avoid regulations in the UK

OH and introduce a requirement that a line should perform at n% or its likely technical capability for broadband, so where a line should be "technically capable" of 10 megs it should do at least 7.5 or something and stop Openjoke hiding behind excuses for knackered copper dodgy joins and ally crud in circuits- we pay line rental we have a right to a reasonable quality of service surely? Given that many lines (like mine) now only exist to support Broadband its time the rules recognized this,

Finally Stop the SFI con, if you are being charged for an SFI then the guy should be better qualified than a plain old engineer, and if the issue ISN'T down to you then there should be NO charge, Unlike what is happening up and down the country today.

It is time to stop BT acting like the abusive virtual monopoly it is in many places. and if that hurts the shareholders TOUGH, we are paying through the nose for a second rate service much of the time. Itr needs to stop and OFCOM need to grow a pair, man up and finally bring BT group to heel - not that they will... its too comfy getting along like old chums.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

Da Weezil

In common with a lot of things on modern cars its about form over function.

It doesn't matter how stupid or impractical as long as it looks /is seen to be *cool*.

Many modern car light clusters illustrate this perfectly.

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Samsung forks 4K with Tizen tellies

Da Weezil

Samsung would do better sorting out the durability across thier range, after a lightly used 42" had a motherboard failure at 13 months, and my galaxy s3 lost its usb port at 17 months I am sure there is NOTHING I want Samsung to sell me

Thier loss means a gain for Panasonic and Apple.

I'll pass on this toy just like I did with 3d.. its only TV... HD is more than adequate for most peoples needs.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

Da Weezil

So how is this any different to PC makers selling you a machine with a drive that is partitioned down from its stated size to accommodate the cab files to reinstall the OS?

Oh of course its bad because its Apple, cue much gnashing of teeth....

This is getting so old.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

Da Weezil

Re: Have to agree with you

That might be the norm in CS HR depts, however... for those "at the coalface"

Days 1-5 require a daily "sick call" to be made to the office, after day 5 a Doctors certification is required, and calls then become weekly from line manager to employee - regardless of the certification, this even happens when surgery is involved with a "known" recovery time.

After 4 weeks a face to face interview takes place, at which point the Dept has the option to refer employee to their internal contractors for examination.

After 8 days continuous sickness or 2 instances of any length (even 2 single days) within 12 months it becomes disciplinary matter, which kicks in a 12 month "attendance monitoring" which will lead to further processes if health continues to be an issue - like when the office hero comes in with a nasty virus and spreads it to all their colleagues - who in turn spread it to their families. As the partner of a civil servant working under this regime I get so sick and tired of hearing people droning on about things that they clearly have ZERO knowledge about or generalising about the good deals that a tiny minority may enjoy.

Employers do NOT own you and surveillance of this nature should be a last result for most extreme cases. This over-reaction seems to be a complete waste of the public funding that people have been wittering on about here. The sad thing is that when councilors and local authority executives are caught making whoopee with public funds there are few consequences beyond a golden handshake - see Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire - 2 neighbouring Welsh councils with similar issues.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

Da Weezil

I guess this means a commons committee to look into the situation - Experts in the field can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J8JA7LNUL0.

Where would this leave the trusty old tinned Frey Bentos steak pie?

Some people really do have too much time on their hands.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

Da Weezil

Re: Analogy

There is a huge difference between a tree falling across tracks and a train company saying "we cant be arsed to provide the premium facility we have sold". Prime is a premium service sold on the basis of a 12 month availability, for them to suddenly say sorry that's only going to be 11 months now isn't acceptable

If you cant see that you really need a reality check.

Analogy Fail!

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

Da Weezil

I think before the Test is altered the standard of instruction needs a serious looking at. I have seen instructors stop their pupils in the most ridiculous places to "chat". No wonder they behave like muppets when they actually pass the test - they have been given bad habits by their tutors!

I note that now it seems reversing around a corner is allowed downhill (coasting), whereas I had to perform that maneuver on level ground/uphill to demonstrate appropriate throttle and clutch use.

Who are the idiots who think that Slavishly following a Sat Nav is more important than being able to make basic maneuvers safely and competently. I am reminded of a woman who turned into a side street on her right - across the path of a friend who was proceeding along a road from the opposite direction. Despite hard braking and a swerve they collided, when he got out of the car she asked him "didn't you see me indicating?". There are far too many on the road like her already, without this "improvement" lowering the standard still further. The fact that it is supported by the Instructors body suggests they are looking to improve their pass rates by dumbing the test down, what next? demonstrating an ability to change a CD while driving at speed on a trunk road?

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UK digi exclusion: Poor families without internet access could 'miss out' on child tax credit

Da Weezil

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.

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Virgin Galactic vows to continue space program after 'serious anomaly'

Da Weezil

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.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Da Weezil

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.

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

Da Weezil

Re: Nothing new here

We have a tax on television too, however you frame the name, its a tax.

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Da Weezil

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.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

Da Weezil

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.

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Damage control (noun): When Microsoft's CEO kickstarts diversity plan after women pay gaffe

Da Weezil

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

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

Da Weezil

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.

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Re: Please

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!

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Misery for Virgin Media mobe customers over mysterious 'EE data centre gaffe'

Da Weezil

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?

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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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.

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

Da Weezil

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.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Da Weezil

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.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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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.

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