* Posts by JetSetJim

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Huawei P9 Plus: Leica-toting flagship gets a big brother

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Weighing stuff..

Interesting idea - can't help but wonder if it was inspired by the April fools iOS upgrade notice stating that iPads could now function as scales - trying to tempt people to stand on them

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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I don't care if Win7 support ends waaay before Win10 support does, I'm still not "upgrading" with this shit going on

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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Re: Snirk

Bleedin' autocorrect - "Stallone", not "Stallions"

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Re: Snirk

Has he had Stallions on and introduced him referencing his porn film?

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Re: Good job..

I'm not sure that HSE covers "trying to lift stuff crushing your mate in an urgent manner so as to minimise further injury", unless you're a member of the emergency services.

Yes, doing the manual lifting course would of course be required of anyone expected to lift heavy objects as a part of their job, but I suspect the heaviest thing JJ needs to lift is the shooting schedule or script (which are no doubt on an iPad nowadays)

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Re: Good job..

That video has him saying he fractured his L4 trying to lift the door off of Harrison, so I suspect not relevant to HSE regulations.

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Re: Eh? What?

> The door was remotely operated by another person, however

So, in effect, someone closed the door on him, believing he was not coming back out.

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

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Re: Beta

> For probably the best documented example to date (Toyota), look up (e.g.) "uncommanded acceleration".

Their marketing department did a good job of it, though - where else could the slogan "The car in front is a Toyota" have come from

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Salesforce bins all Android phones bar Nexii and Galaxies

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Re: This is probably about the OS

Surely the only conceivable reason can be availability of security updates, and even that's a bit tenuous. While not a direct user of Salesforce, my understanding is that it is basically a website that accesses a database and renders dashboard reports - hardly something that demands the most up to date phone with all the bells and whistles, when all it needs is an up to date browser renderer, and a decently coded website that will muck around with the layout for different screen sizes - something baked in to HTML5.

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Florida U boffins think they've defeated all ransomware

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Re: For what it's worth

> I sometime think it would be nice if every consumer PC sold came with external HDDs and an image back up system by default. :)

Cos of course they'd do it right

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/22/pc_world_knowhow_shortcomings/

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Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

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Re: Sarcasm

Perhaps they over-egged the tone of the article a bit, but all I took away was that there are rather stupid people who dial 999 for ridiculous reasons (as we all know), and our paramedics have to attend before going back to their "normal" duties of attending more serious callouts.

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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Re: Just out of curiosity

> yes their front gates probably are on streetview

Larry Page's front gates (source):

https://goo.gl/maps/36r1cDchVtP2

Sergey Brin's house (source):

https://goo.gl/maps/fimqGQqLCK62

Can't find Sundar's actual address, though. Might be the house featured in this vid

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Re: Just out of curiosity

> and presumably the streetview cameras captured the 'Private Road' signs too?

presumably that text is blurred out?

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Re: Just out of curiosity

I'd be very surprised if their houses fronted onto public highway, considering their wealth.

Now, a more pertinent question is "are their front gates on Streetview?"

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Got the Brexit fear? Keep calm and keep using AWS – Amazon UK boss

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Stop the press "cloud sales-person urges investment in cloud usage".

Next story: Ursine excretory habits in woodland areas - do they really? (A break from Betteridge's law)

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Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims

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Re: Career move

>> she's a bona-fide Doctor

>Then her awarding institution should consider rescinding it. She may have been a scientist once but no longer.

That doesn't invalidate her results, though. Sure, if it's found to be plagiarised, falsified, or some other breach of ethics is involved then revoke it, or possibly even if it was an honorary doctorate, but if the content is valid and meets the criteria for passing a doctoral viva, then it should stand.

I shudder to invoke Godwin, but the only cases I've found of valid doctoral titles being revoked was under the Nazi regime

http://www.dw.com/en/cologne-university-grapples-with-its-nazi-past/a-1817081

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Re: Career move

>The discredited "Dr" Maryanne Demasi

Not giving weight to her position, but sticking her qualification in quotes implies it's from a quack university, rather than an accredited institution. Assuming she's not been wiki-fiddling, she's a bona-fide Doctor, and a cut above "Dr" Gillian McKeith, at least.

I'm not saying she can't still be wrong and/or stupid, though

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Re: And the house of lords?

>we've been signed up to the European Court of Human Rights with no control over the majority of the laws imposed upon us

Ahem - didn't we at least help shape it, if not provide the driving force behind the contents:

More eloquently put by Jean-Luc Picard in disguise

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

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Re: Curious minds want to know

Currently loads of planes flying in along the Thames to line up with Fairford runway this evening. Kids are moaning, and low cloud = can't see anything

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Re: Curious minds want to know

> This curious mind is wondering why our one had to be escorted by the other pair. Or are they the aforementioned spares?

They have craft-to-craft voting so that if one system fails the other two can reboot it while providing the service. They'll not all fail at the same time, surely

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Vodafone hints at relocation from UK

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Re: London based?

Think not - their global HQ is in Paddington, right here.

Vodafone have a large campus on the outskirts of Newbury, correct. It is the HQ of Vodafone UK, but it is not the global HQ anymore.

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Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

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Re: Ts&Cs

Why read them, watch the TV program.

Seriously, if it takes over 30 hours to read the T&Cs of 33 basic apps, how long would it take to actually analyse them?

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Florida man sues Apple for $10bn, claims iPod, iPhone was his idea

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everything has rounded corners, just with a different radius of curvature. Below a certain threshold, it will feel pointy, but still be rounded.

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Are you an Olympian of software, a titan of tech? Prove it in our coding competition

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Re: Time limit

While upgrading to Win10

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Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

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Re: Happy days

Streetmap.co.uk is good for that, for certain resolutions.

A chum of mine once wrote a screen scraper to grab the entire British Isles from it, and then hacked together a quick script to auto-generate an A4 (or whatever) compatible printout of any area he wanted to cycle/ramble in.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Re: Doing naughty things 101

Yeah, but you do it on your cow-orkers PC when they wander off for a coffee and leave their terminal unlocked.

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Swede who spent 28 years vacuuming in the nude to be evicted

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Re: Typical landlord

It could have been inadequately ventilated which leads to condensation and damp problems wherever the steam settles.

Perhaps it would be interesting to know how much property maintenance had been done during his 30 year tenancy before judging on that?

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: The day I'll delete my account...

Bobby Tables ftw

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Orlando shootings bring Facebook's safety check to US soil

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Re: Hi victim count was caused by coconspirators

>Do you believe everything you read in online posts?

Only when posted by friends of my cousins hairdresser. Very reliable source.

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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IMEI blocking

You can get round that by exporting the phones to a country that doesn't participate in the stolen equipment registry. So the phones aren't worth much as they need covert shipping, and an interested party willing to sell them on.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Re: Just use a normal CC.

Not sure what protection you get on a pre-paid card - it's not "credit" being offered by the bank. Added to which, I'm sure the T&Cs have a long list of exclusions that you cannot object to, including legal acts of government representatives.

By no means am I saying that this is anything but unethical/unconstitutional/immoral and downright fubar, but that's what the legal systems of democracies seem to be racing towards.

I don't see any harm in asset forfeiture for criminal proceeds under certain circumstances - ideally this would be after guilt is proven beyond reasonable doubt, though (subject to certain provisions to prevent disposal of these assets by folks of dubious moral values who know/think they're going to get found guilty, but equally subject to provisions allowing them to live their normal life in the process). Additionally, allowing the local forces to keep what they confiscate is a magnet for abuse. As the main use here is to seize assets related to drug crimes, why not funnel it to local drug rehab facilities?

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Infosec newbie looking for entry level training? So is SWIFT

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Re: Any evidence SWIFT was hacked?

I thought the same based on reading only some of the early articles on the heists. However the Reg article linked to in this one does go some way towards implying that SWIFT were a bit backwards in improving their security - e.g. a lack of 2FA and monitoring s/w. Plus the CEO now coming out with an "action plan" to deploy additional countermeasures. Doesn't speak volumes about SWIFT being proactive in their approach to security, tbh.

But financial centres don't like change - firstly, it costs money, and secondly it probably adds risk, so they only change when it is demonstrably needed.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Re: Meanwhile....

> Turn up at airport, check bags in, get put to sleep, wake up in receivers lounge, customs, bag collection (which've been unloaded before you wake).

Would you trust TSA (and other counterparts) while you're asleep?

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Black Helicopters

Spitfire FTW, IMHO

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

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Divorce

Is it a more subtle way of getting a divorce? "Til death us do part" and all that. Come back to life and be unfettered forever more.

Assuming Jon Snow is brought back to life in GoT, it gets him out of the Night's Watch oath, too:

"Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come."

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Re: Parody?

Section 30A of the 1988 Copyright act states that a "parody" is something that imitates a work for humorous or satirical effect, a "pastiche" is a composition that is made up of selections from various sources or one that imitates the style of another artist or period, and that a "caricature" is something that portrays its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way, whether insulting or complimentary and whether for a political purpose or solely for entertainment.

So, it's a pastiche of The Wicker Man and Trumpton/Camberwick Green. Case closed.

Personally, I thought it was brilliant, and if anything could foster a mild revival of the old series if they cared to capitalise on it.

Given that it's "the family of Gordon Murray", and not Gordon Murray himself, methinks the 95 year old is prossibly non-compos mentis enough to bitch about it, or safely tucked away in a home where he won't be bothered by such trivialities as the real world.

Either that, or their legal dept said "you'll lose the case overall, but best rattle our sabres to show we're defending our IPR so we mitigate risk later on", which I know applies to trademarks and not copyright, but who knows what they've registered.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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> And you censored yourself from saying Damn???

D**n that's fucked up

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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> I do not use my smartphone for conducting illicit affairs. Unlike politicians, I do not use my smartphone for sending constituents photographs of my nob.

So you use something else then?

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That went well – NOT - Nokia's first post-Alcatel numbers dip

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Causes

It would be interesting to see the breakdown as to which company & market had veered away from the merged business (if there is a single contributor, that is). It wouldn't surprise me if the drop was in N. America - NOK has been attempting to buy their way into that market for some time unsuccessfully.

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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Re: Ahh the French

From a brief RTFA, the duck is already dead (and roasted) before it goes into the press, so I don't really see what all the fuss is about wrt this recipe. The finished article looks deeply uninspiring, though, so don't think I'll be bothering. For me, a better use of duck is crispy cooked, with a coating of hoisin and wrapped in a thin pancake with cucumber & spring onion. YMMV, though. If someone wants to pay €70 for half a duck prepared in this way, that's their prerogative.

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Removed How?

> Wow along with Ted Cruz dropping out could this week get any better?

Trump could drop out, too?

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29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

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Re: The El Reg article quotes from an article in 'The Conversation' ...

> Unless anyone on the Reg is a cancer specialist of some kind it's debatable whether reading the original research article would have helped.

I suspect it was harder to do the statistics rather than the cancer bit. All they needed were demographics of each incidence of cancer, and then develop a time varying statistical model over the study time window for "what are the chances of an X year old getting cancer of type Y in year Z". Then show that the Z variable makes bugger all(*) difference to the model

(*) "Bugger all" - a quantified statistical value near-enough equal to zero

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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My home DNS is stubbornly responding to a query for one particular server to an address that is not the originator of the request (and doesn't have a device attached to it either). No idea why, as it seems to work for everything else. If not "Out To Get Me", at least "Out To Vex Me"

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Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane

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Re: The kind of idiot who does that on a plane...

So the OUI most likely tells you it's Samsung (21.4%), or Apple (13.9%) or Huawei (8.9%). Others less likely.

WiFi tool may help you isolate the direction to look in, but as others have pointed out, it may well have not been on the plane - just because some user spotted it, doesn't mean it had a decent signal, so may well have been coming from the terminal/departure gate area.

Even if it was in the plane, a nice metallic Pringles can shape like that quite possibly makes for decent coverage in a large area from such a device.

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Intel told Irish council all was well just before 12k job cuts announced

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Re: Wonder how much

According to Wiki:

To base its European operations in Ireland, Intel received over IRE£87m in grants from IDA Ireland

From the context, it would appear that this was around 25 years ago, but no date is actually given.

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Re: Why does this always come as a surprise to politicians?

Two things - firstly, they may not have thought it all through yet. They may have just said "we need to cut $X from our headcount budget, which is probably Y staff". The senior management will currently be engaged in bunfighting to see whose empire is cut by how much. It doesn't seem like they have even got to this stage.

After that, there's a stage of allocating the cuts to sub-divisions, seeing which factory can do what and working out how best to fill desired capacity with available resource. At that point there will be a rough plan, and this is when the councils/govmts/workers will find out their probable fates.

Following that, in the UK at least, Intel may have to enter into consultancy with the workforce if the cuts are above a certain size. This consultancy may well adjust the plan (although I've not known it to make any significant changes ever), and could potentially get influenced by more govmt cash incentives (if this is legal!). If is no surprise that the party line is "We are not providing site-specific information at this time, and we are still evaluating our plans for Europe."

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?

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Perhaps he owns the Vote Leave website?

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

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Re: Tricky!

> SPACE sharks. . . .

Surely it's the "logical" next iteration of Sharknado.

Or the Muppets ("Shaaaarks Iiiiin Spaaaaace")

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Telstra hauls in Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper to explain TITSUPs

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Re: 15% increase causes overload?

No that is not a correct reading as I see things. Most handsets are registered on the system as they are switched on. They remain on line until switched off, they go flat or move out of range. The system will be dimensioned on the basis of expected traffic demands and expected new service request demands plus any other relevant factors such as normal surges. Suddenly removing 15% of connections and then all of them automatically trying to reconnect is a very different thing. That is not 'normal' traffic it is a very specific type of traffic all focussed on very specific resources, those associated with control of the network not the traffic on the network.

Indeed, the registration process for a mobile involves it talking to the HLR and exchanging some handshakes, potentially with the HLR generating and delivering new authentication keys back to the user. If this is what was rebooted, it's entirely possible that it fell over trying to generate authentication keys for too many people at once. It's not designed to cope with everyone attempting it at the same time, and there's no mechanism around for telling the mobiles to back off and wait a bit before attempting to register with the system because (drum roll) there's no way of talking to the mobile if it's not registered. As mentioned, you dimension for normal peak behaviour (everyone switching phones on over time in the morning) plus a fudge factor. This won't help if the thing falls over in the middle of the day - you normally do upgrades on such a box in the depths of the night on your idlest day where the impact is minimised.

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Your broadband speeds are up by 6Mbps, boasts UK watchdog Ofcom

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Re: BT aren't rubbish if you are lucky

I think you mean "BT aren't rubbish if you make a bloody nuisance of yourself and you are bloody lucky".

FTFY.

BT & Openreach are a shambles, for the most part. There are some good people working in the field, but they are crippled by BT processes. I built a house next to a BT pole that the local engineer said had an empty port or two on and gave up trying to get BT to connect up to it after 3 months when Gigaclear strolled through and installed the day after I requested it. Never looked back, and have 100mbps up and down, and a land line with a decent set of features (auto-transcripted voicemail emailed to me, along with a WAV of the message, using the landline from my mobile, and all the other VoIP calling features IMS gets you) - all for less than what BT would have charged me.

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