* Posts by Jim 40

15 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs

Jim 40
Megaphone

Orange are the shitiest of the shit

I moved from Orange PAYG to GiffGaff about six years ago, mostly because of the Orange spam.

I actually made a fomal complaint to the then regulator about it but the reply was that the Orange "magic numbers" spam wasn't spam because it was an informational txt from my mobile provider! I'm sorry but if anyone believes that something calling itself "magic numbers" isn't spam then they deserve all the scorn that they get.

It wasn't till I'd been with GiffGaff for a month or two that I became aware the txt's never went missing nor were they delayed for up to several days at a time either. The GiffGaff service knocks seven colours of shit out of Orange's.

My day job means I deal with clients who may have issues with creditors. Orange do not top the polls for worst mobile provider for nothing. The best thing anyone unfortunate enough to have business with them can do is leave for another provider as fast as they can.

http://www.lovemoney.com/news/12583/the-uks-worst-mobile-phone-provider

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

Jim 40
Happy

Re: Does anyone know

It might be thanks to Mark Thomas from way back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71-h9A2XvWo

An amusing video where Mark trys to buy stuff from McDonalds via a variety of transport modes.

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Pair face £250k fines for spamming mobes with millions of texts

Jim 40

- Truecall alternative - application for raspberry pi?

>I've read about Truecall, seen it (and the cost to build it) on Dragons Den, and heard about the ongoing >post-sales costs to the unlucky punter.

You don't have to pay ongoing costs if you choose not to. You still have all of the functionailty but without the browser front end. I won't, and don't, pay ongoing charges.

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Jim 40
Boffin

all they need to do is go bankrupt

> - no fine to pay, and they get to keep their hard-won pile of dosh too. Simples :(

Fines are excluded from bankruptcy and any assets you have are taken. I work in debt advice in the charity sector and know that our local official receiver would never let someone retain known assets in bankruptcy.

On another note, since buying a Truecall device several years ago - http://www.truecall.co.uk/ - I've never received nuisance calls on my landline.

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Megaupload case near collapse: report

Jim 40

Re: The New Justice[tm]

@ Tapeador

The problem is that the the MPAA/RIAA will not be happy until they have killed the internet as we know it. That's not my theory it's the basis for political parties http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_Party_%28Sweden%29 and is supported not only by many internet observers http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/20/twenty-fighters-open-internet but also by actions such as the crushing of Megaupload and Wikileaks beforehand.

It can also be seen in the extension of copyright to 70 years after the death of the creator! How is that reasonable, fair or just? I've no objection to content creators being reasonably remunerated but the current system has no sensible rationale that I can detect.

It's like watching the Luddite movement in reverse. In the face of a new technology an old system seeks to retain its power and control. If so called capitalist systems really believed in the tosh they spout they'd leave the market to decide the matter but no, they want to use force just like any other totalitarian regime.

It's really not too dramatic to say that this is a war for who controls the Internet, us or them.

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Jim 40
Mushroom

Re: The New Justice[tm]

The way to subvert the MPAA/RIAA thuggery is to encourage and support file sharing as much as possible. Take away the financial lifeblood from the parasites. That's what their nightmares are made of and we have the power to bring that about.

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John Lewis Broadband - genius or foolhardy?

Jim 40
Gimp

It's more expensive than Zen.

It's more expensive than Zen. http://www.zen.co.uk/home-office/

Zen give you 100GB of completely unthrottled, non-trafic shaped usage for £25.50 per month with their proven customer support. There's no long term lock in contract, and I get 18Mbps down and 0.9Mbps up all day every day with rock solid reliability. They provide a free widget which lets me check consumption and email when I've passed the 50% 75% and 90% usage points.

I'm always suprised when I hear customers from other ISP's complain about their ISP's. The reason they are so crap is because they are so cheap. if you want a decent ISP you have to pay for it.

I've been with Zen for four years having suffered with AOL and BT previously. Prestel were initially very good untill they were taken over by some other bunch of wankers. The rot set in with Prestel when Gary Hough left, he currently works for Zen.

Zen win more awards for best ISP than any other broadband supplier, and it shows.

On the specs provided John Lewis are way behind the current market leader.

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'Do Not Track' standard edges towards daylight

Jim 40

@ Steven Roper

Typically overweening sense of entitlement from someone who labours under the misapprehension they own everything.

In the vanishngly unlikely event I'd be on your site how are you going to stop me? You need the internet infinitely more than it needs you.

You have no choice but to suck it up, now get over yourself.

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Jim 40

Double wrongo

You come on to my internet, which I am paying for, then you abide by my rules. Which means if I choose to use flashblock and adblock then you can either like it or lump it. If you don't like it you can go set up your own internet.

By way of analogy, how would you feel if I came to your house and statrted telling you how your funiture should be arranged and how your home entertainment system should be set up? You'd rightly tell me to fuck off in short order.

I refuse on principle to let the internet be stolen off those of us who have been paying for it since before commercial parasites tried to claim it as their own. The internet was a much better place before the spivs and whores gatecrashed it.

Just to be crystal clear, I do not care if you threaten to leave the internet, go now please, and shut the door behind you. We know of course that you won't, in which case you'll just have to abide by what the internets users and owners, who pay for it, want.

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'Hippy' energy kingpin's electric Noddy-car in epic FAIL

Jim 40

Le agree

...and by that impressively qualified energy expert Lewis Page as well!

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Barclays online banking takes a dive

Jim 40

@Jonathon White - Re: Smile

Jonathan I think you will find the Britannia/Smile situation is the opposite of what you said. It is the Coop which has taken over Britannia.

The bottom of Britannia's web site contains the following.

http://www.britannia.co.uk/home/

Britannia is a trading name used by The Co-operative Bank p.l.c., part of The Co-operative Financial Services.

The Co-operative Bank p.l.c. Registered office: P.O. Box 101, 1 Balloon Street, Manchester, M60 4EP. Registered in England and Wales No. 990937.

The Co-operative Bank is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (No. 121885), subscribes to the Banking Code, is a member of the Financial Ombudsman Service and is licensed by the Office of Fair Trading (No. 006110).

THIS SITE IS ONLY INTENDED FOR RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

© 2009 The Co-operative Bank p.l.c. trading as Britannia

Hth.

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Jim 40

Smile

All banks are dreadful but some are less bad than others.

I use Smile and have had no problems with them in ten years.

The one phantom withdrawal on my account was dealt with without a problem.

Having to deal with banks as a part of my job I find Smile more responsive than any of the others.

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People just not that into Blu-ray

Jim 40

Content rules

I posted here months back that consumers were disinterested in Blu Ray.

Content rules and no amount of heavily applied make-up can overcome the dull turgid content HD formats are mostly associated with. Production costs become skewed away from the creative skills to the technical skills. These costs are then foisted on to the punters and so everyone is a loser.

Dump HD. Bring back creativity.

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