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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

paulf
Mushroom

Re: Icahn can get stuffed

I'd love to see Larry Vs Carl too and see him get what he deserves. I suspect this wont happen for the same reason (IIRC) Carl didn't come sniffing around Apple until Jobs died. I think he realised Steve Jobs would have demonstrated his characteristic lack of patience and would have quickly and summarily told him to STFU and Fuck off.

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Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

paulf
Alert

Perhaps that is why Google doesn't seem (outwardly at least) too bothered about Malware on Android?

As soon as the problem gets too big, and the majority of Android users are sufficiently non-technical to understand the implications/consequences, Google decide to kill side-loading and alternative app stores on Android phones to stop the warez. All for your own good and to save you of course.

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paulf
FAIL

Re: Firefox all the way !

I'd love to say a wholehearted yes but its not as easy as it was. I still use FF as my main browser on all my machines - primarily due to ABP and Flashblock - but there seems to be a swing towards reducing stability of late which is worrying because it isn't being dealt with in preference to Awesome bars and such like..

At home my i7 machine (Win 7 x64 home build and well specc'd with memory and MB etc) about 9 months ago I noticed that FF gradually got slower and slower until it reduced to a crawl over the space of 1-3 days. The only way to solve it is to kill and restart FF. A more permanent fix I found was to regress to version 17.0.1 and stay there until the other night when it managed to update itself to the latest v26 without my permission (killing things like persistent website logins and download history).

Then separately about the time I upgraded my MacBook Pro (17" mid-2010 i7 Snow Leopard) to Firefox 24 I started getting Kernel Panics which increased when I moved to FF 25. In the 3 years to that point I'd never had a Kernel panic on that machine ever. Regressed to FF version 23 (last known version before Kernel Panics started) and I've not had a problem since (touch wood).

The first problem Mozilla do seem to know about (from what I've found) but it isn't a high priority other than a Dev saying "we ought to keep an eye on this". I've not investigated the second Mac issue - as much as I'd love to I just don't have the time to debug other people's code.

This isn't related to the number of tabs open before anyone asks - the older versions cope fine with the same number of open tabs/windows as the newer problematic versions.

And as always YMMV.

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And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

paulf
Facepalm

Re: WD10EADS in RAID?

I've got 8*WD20EARS drives* (WD Green 2 Tb) in 4*2 bay Netgear ReadyNAS Duo v1 boxes. Each box is set up with RAID 1 (simple mirror) configuration.

In three years I've had one mechanism fail (one of the oldest). The ReadyNAS alerted me the driver was failing before any serious consequences. Popped the drive out, dropped in a new one and the NAS sync'd up the new mechanism overnight with no data loss. WD support sent out a replacement mech before I returned the faulty one - and made sure the model number matched too because the NAS is a bit prissy about supported drives.

* I have about 18 WD mechs elsewhere in my home systems and this remains the only failure in 7 years, but these 8 seem most relevant to the OP.

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KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

paulf
Boffin

Re: Can be useful though

+1 Nick Ryan and SP

The admin page shown in the article is the user administration page (My Users) so the password shown would be for your Eclipse online account accessed through the Eclipse website. This would also be used to authenticate other services like email.

The DSL password (that is entered in your router's settings for PPPoA or PPPoE authentication) is shown in clear text on the Eclipse admin pages (Connection Manager) but as already stated this isn't as big a deal (debatable I know but there is a case for allowing this to be shown). Showing the password for the user account is definitely NOT acceptable (again as mentioned/discussed already) and it is that which is at issue in this article.

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paulf

Re: There are some reasons to displaying the password...

@SP

I logged into my Eclipse account this morning and the passwords were obscured by **** on the User admin screen shown in the article.

That doesn't mean they've rectified the more serious issue of storing passwords in Plain text or reversible hash, but the more visible problem of showing them in clear text on the user admin web pages has been apparently solved*.

*At least for me YMMV

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paulf
Pirate

Hmmm, not sure what plan your boss bought but I have a handful of domains with Eclipse - a mix of .com and .co.uk. Domain registration only no hosting or email etc*. I think I pay about £8+VAT per year per domain - renewed for two years at a time.

If you're being charged £100/domain/year I suspect you're getting more than just a domain registration. It sounds more like a SOHO or SME web/email hosting package.

[*I use their redirect function to redirect web visitors to those domains to the actual website hosted elsewhere]

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Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

paulf
Coffee/keyboard

"A fistulous communication..."

Nice to see they finally got to grips with the Perma-Wood.

Thank you Lester, this story should get me through Wednesday.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

paulf
Pirate

Sir Alan

From page 1:

"Alun (sic) Sugar, in his autobiography, calls Potter and co. “an arrogant bunch of tossers”."

With respect, Sir Alan, Lord of Sugar, you are also an arrogant bunch of tossers.*

*Opinion. Partly based on the unreliability of the 3" disk drive in my Spectrum +3.

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Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

paulf
Holmes

Re: One of life's little ironies

@Yet Another Commentard

> That as a law abiding citizen I can't get a mobile signal in my own home, but they seem to be able to

> get one in Dartmoor prison.

Perhaps the cause of this is the 200m North Hessary Tor transmitter that is within spitting distance of HMP Dartmoor at Princetown?

http://www.thebigtower.com/live/NHT/Index.htm

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When the lights went out: My 'leccy-induced, bog floor crawling HORROR

paulf
Pint

Re: While still a young nipper @Nifty

@Nifty "which is about how long your DAB radio will run for as you listen for new about when the power returns"

@monkeyfish "Then get a different DAB radio"

I have a Pure Move 400D. Portable with built in Li-Ion battery which needs charging about once every three months (yes it does get used a lot - always on DAB - as a bedside radio/alarm). Charger is std mini-USB so can charge from a USB socket or the myriad USB phone/gadget chargers out there.

I suppose the only problem is that the battery isn't really user replaceable (it probably is, but not in the way AAs are replacable). I hope there is no one on the Register forums that objects to gadgets with batteries that aren't user replaceable?

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Insight warns of $20 MILLION kick in the teeth from Microsoft

paulf
Megaphone

BS Bingo

""He has an established history of driving operational excellence in delivering growth in the mid market and enterprise space across a multi-country footprint," said Lamneck."

HOUSE!

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Netgear router admin hole is WIDE OPEN, but DON'T you dare go in, warns infosec bod

paulf
FAIL

Netgear

I finally admitted defeat with Netgear when I bought a DGND3700v1 in Dec 2011. The v1 model was 10 months old at that time and it was EOL'd about 1 month after I bought when v2 came out.

The v1 has lots of ADSL bugs in it which can either not cause problems or cause lots of dropped connections with the dreaded red light lock up (where the firmware just can't be bothered to re-establish the connection, the connection status LED shows constant red, and a power cycle is required). I've been lucky in that it hardly happens to me, but plenty of others have had problems.

I did get some firmware updates from Netgear support, but they were beta versions (which were never generally released) and they sent them using various dodgy file sharing site that in one case pinged up on my anti-virus software!

I've had lots of Netgear stuff - my 10 year old DG834Gv2 is still going! Their home 8-port 1Gbs switches work well, and I have four SPARC driven Ready NAS Duo v1 boxes (all rock solid and still getting updates 3-years after I bought). But not any more. Netgear you've caught the HTC disease - punt new stuff out as often as you can and EOL the previous one with no more support because its 6-months since release.

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Call me maybe: Orange loses a segment as competition bites

paulf
Headmaster

Re: Ummm

@ Joe Harrison - Yes I have my old Orange number on OVP Virgin Tariff. Despite removing the free Voicemail calls earlier this year its still a great way to keep a second number going for very little - no daily line rental charge just pay for calls but with the convenience of contract rather than topping up a PAYG and keeping it alive once every 90 days. All I need to do is one chargeable event every 12 months to keep the Direct Debit alive so I don't have to call their Customer Disservice to set it up again.

@Roland6

>Orange were the first pure play digital mobile network operator, they had no analogue legacy unlike

> Vodafone and Cellnet.

Not quite correct. They were purely digital but Mercury launched One 2 One before Orange launched (by about 9-12 months). One2One had low awareness as they had wanted to build up the service slowly and profitably hence starting with M25 area plus Brum and motorways between. Orange launched in 1994 (the result of a pre-launch merger of two of the three operators licensed in the DCS 1800 band, returning one 25MHz pair to the Gubbermint as a result) and were ridiculed in the early days as being the straggler but suddenly went into overdrive with their network roll out quickly leaving 121 behind. 121 then had to pull their finger out to catch up on network coverage which remained a millstone around their neck for some years after.

As an aside some very early 121 SIMs offered free calls within M25 for life. They went on to change hands for £thousands in some cases.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

paulf
Mushroom

Re: Waitrose FTW @rurwin "Sainsburys"

I had this problem. I signed up to the JS self scan gun system about 7 years ago. It is pretty funky and nice to shop and pack all in one go without the conveyor belt at the checkout.

I was rescanned the first time (fair enoug) and not the second time, but then three times on the trot. Each rescan means unpacking everything so it takes twice as long as just shopping normally. I gave up and went back to normal shopping. The only reason I didn't walk out and leave it all in the trolley was because it was in my bags.

When ever I'm told to use the self service checkouts in some chirpy manner I always ask for a 20% discount because I'm doing the work myself and it always takes about twice as long as normal because of the "bagging area" shenanigans. They skulk away again when I say that.

That's why I hate B&Q they only ever have one normal till open (sometimes none) and insist on you using their self service checkouts. We hardly shop in B&Q as a result.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

paulf
Mushroom

Re: Same old same old.....

"Supported. What about supported with updates? Anyone? Bueller?"

Precisely - the HTC One may be hallowed and made from Unicorn Farts but HTC are reaping what they sowed over the last three years in terms of dropping support for handsets soon after release (because the next batch were ready), not fixing bugs, not to mention shoddy support. If you want updates and bug fixes then you had to buy a new handset with the latest Android on it (old bugs still there with fresh new bugs added).

Yes I know about Cyanogen Mod, but I shouldn't have to do that for it to work as advertised!

I had two HTC handsets and they would have acquired a dedicated customer since I really like Android but they crapped on me from a great height with both. I'll never touch another HTC handset ever.

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The bank that likes to say... crash: TSB's online banking goes titsup on launch day

paulf

Re: Side question

@JimmyPage

"Nationwide. At least you're not paying shareholder dividends."

So how do Nationwide pay the coupon (dividend) on those PIBS (Permanent Interest Bearing Shares) they still have outstanding? Pixie dust or Unicorn farts?

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HTC trio suspected of pilfering design IP

paulf
Holmes

Re: Was this valuable IP?

"If that proves to be true, it would seem that HTC’s design team haven’t grasped the concept of data loss prevention technology."

That is confirmed by their Android widgets that demand every permission available in Android (including making phone calls, sending texts and authenticating accounts among others) just to show share prices or the flippin' weather! As they're already installed you don't get to check the permissions before use as you would with a download from something like Google Play store.

When I ditched my HTC mobes I made sure I changed any account passwords I entered into them. Goodness knows how much of my data HTC has spaffed about purely because I wanted a clock on my home page.

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paulf
Trollface

Re: Was this valuable IP?

"detained by Taiwanese investigators on suspicion of [...] stealing valuable IP."

You beat me to the same comment. Can we be at all confident that any of HTC's "IP" could be considered "Valuable" in any way?

The two HTC Android phones I had didn't seem to have anything of value in them [from HTC at least].

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Mind-reading MRI reads letters in the brain

paulf
Trollface

Image Compression?

Lets hope they don't give any contracts to Xerox in relation to this technology.

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Beware the ad-punting crapware-laden Firefox, warn infosec bods

paulf
Devil

Standard Malware comment

Tell me more about the Malware things this rogue Firefox Distro has been stuffed with. Are we talking about Yahoo! toolbars!, McAfee scanners, Adobe Flash and the like?

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'Abel, you're fired!' Hear AOL supremo axe exec during conference call

paulf
Devil

Hmmm

Would it be malevolent to suggest that if he was fired on the spot for taking a picture* he ought to have switched his camera into Paparazzi mode and taken lots more pictures of his increasingly angry former boss until the security droids showed up?**

*I seem to recall the "AOL Supremo" saying he didn't really care if any of the information was leaked so why the tantrum at a photo?

**That assumes he's in a position where this blemish on his CV wouldn't hamper his finding onward employment.

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Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom

paulf
Megaphone

re: "Fire up a 100W FM rig with a nice antenna, say somewhere"

Would Radio 1 listeners really notice?

If you want to guarantee a response you want to aim your 100W FM rig around 92-95 MHz.

suggest, just as the Plutocrat classes are settling down to tonight's episode of "The Archers".

Loud hailer icon - well 100W FM rig.

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HTC warns of likely loss next quarter

paulf

@Shagbag

Exactly. It looks like HTC have upset far too many of their customers but still can't figure out why.

The casual "I'll buy one that looks nice in the shop" buyer will probably avoid HTC through "Last HTC=Bad" association, but that's the nature of the beast for most mobile buyers who can be fickle and at the mercy of marketing and what the shops have on their shelves.

More importantly, it looks to me like HTC have pissed off far too many of the "I absolutely love HTC and will look at them first for my next upgrade" crowd. Lose too many of them and you're at the mercy of the former Fickle brigade - and they're currently deciding between Samsung or Apple only from the look of it.

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paulf
Mushroom

Re: Doesn't surprise me @Larry Crapbeans

You hit the nail on the head. I'm one of those people who vowed never to have another HTC handset. I had two HTC handsets (Hero and Sensation) and they were both total crap. The Hero was under powered and it took them 9 months to sort out the Android 2.1 update after announcing it. By then 2.1 was old news and the Hero was EOLd.

The Sensation spent all but the first two months turning itself off regularly and at random. It was EOLd about a year after launch.

HTC were utterly unsympathetic in both cases and couldn't have cared less. Right now only Apple get away with (allegedly) treating the customer like that.

Maybe the HTC One is a cracking piece of kit (I wouldn't know but I seriously doubt it), but you muck up once and the market may forgive you if you sort it out next time and don't do it again. Muck up repeatedly and treat the customer like crap when they complain about your muck up and words gets about eventually.

I know I would NEVER have another HTC handset even if they gave them away for free with a unicorn that pisses rainbows.

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Virgin Media hangs from traffic lights, hands out free Wi-Fi to Brummies

paulf
Terminator

Re: Massive conflict of interest

"and the city council gets a cut of the revenue from the network operators too"

I'd say they have definitely considered this massive conflict of interest and ensured their wallets are on the right side of it!

Ka-Ching!

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

paulf
Mushroom

Re: In fairness it's Samsung rather than Jay Z

I'd also wonder if its not just Samsung here.

HTC's built in widgets and apps all seem to demand all the permissions possible in Android. Things like the clock and share price widgets (which at most need internet access and perhaps the ability to make a noise for an alarm) have EVERYTHING enabled in that even the stocks widget wants to know your location, your call history and the ability to do chargeable things like calls and texts. Unfortunately these things are already installed on the phone at purchase so you don't know until you go digging around in the apps part of the settings and find the widgets.

I don't see this as a fault of Android per se, more the fault of the data leaking manufacturer added bloat. That said the ability to permit/deny individual permissions to an Android app would be nice rather than the current "all or nothing" approach.

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Fines 4 U: Mobe insurer cops £3m penalty for grumble dumping

paulf
Facepalm

Never bothered

I don't think I've had mobile insurance since Orange offered it free for 12 months with new handsets (remember that? 1997?).

I've never knackered a mobile to date - if I'm honest I have a big box of museum pieces^H^H^H spares in case I do knacker one mid-contract, but I've been buying unlocked handsets for years now anyway. At £5/month or what ever I think I've saved enough to cover a replacement or two and still be up on the deal.

Never bother with extended warranties either. When I was offered a £150 extended warranty on a £600 appliance recently a simple calculation showed they were expecting a 1 in 4 chance of a total failure in the covered five years. My request to the sales droid to instead show me some more reliable appliances just got a blank look. Perhaps that question isn't covered in the script?

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Now you can use your phone instead of your wallet at the ATM, too

paulf
FAIL

Re: Touchscreen mania

Another issue with touch screens is leaving a more visible indication of where you've been "tapping" the on-screen buttons.

If I've just entered my PIN using the touch screen I'm going to leave four greasy fingerprints on the screen. I think this came up as an issue with unlock codes/gestures for unlocking smartphones, but I can't find the story.

If you have no repeated digits in your PIN, a mugger that knows those four digits shortens the odds on nailing your PIN from about 1 in 10000 to about 1 in 24*. That improves the success rate for someone shoulder surfing who is confident of the order but may not see every number.

One solution would be numbers that appear on the screen in different configurations each time, but that brings a whole usability firestorm with it as people are used to a keypad in the same arrangement every time (normal busy/not paying attention people, not just the visually impaired etc). Thus card swallowings on a massive scale!

* Note to Maths pedants - figures may vary - they're BoE Monday Morning maths reliable only :)

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HTC woes prompts 'leave now' tweet from former staffer

paulf
FAIL

Locations

I raised the auto starting Locations on insertion to car dock with HTC shortly after I got my HTC Sensation at launch (July 2011). I bought the official HTC car dock and I agree it was pretty well designed.

After going around the usual scripted houses with support of ways to stop it happening I was told they were looking into adding a new feature that would make "action on car dock insertion" configurable. Its a feature I'm still waiting for (shocker!) and in the end I found the best way to solve the problem was to disable the app completely since I only ever used G! Maps anyway.

Built in apps can be disabled but not removed - its the next best thing if you overlook the dead storage they take up. I did it to the built in book face and twatter apps (which HTC said were not removable because Android is a "social" OS!!) among others like the weather/stocks/clock apps that slurp ALL android permissions without any need to do so. Why the hell should a clock widget require permissions to make premium rate calls or authenticate my Google account?!

HTC's death is long overdue.

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Verizon sniffing around Vodafone's US stake again

paulf
Thumb Up

Re: The way to avoid the tax is to spend the money in the US

Buying T-Mobile USA may be a good idea as it would allow Vodafone GSM customers elsewhere in the world to roam onto a Vodafone owned network in the US which isn't currently possible with Verizon wireless being CDMA based. However note the change of control clause in the MetroPCS story earlier this week:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/24/metropcs_aprrove_improved_tmobile_merger/

The Germans can't sell out for 18 months, although where there is a boardroom will there is a sneaky way around it, providing we have better lawyers than you do.

"The German firm has also promised not to sell its stake for at least another 18 months."

There was talk several years ago of Vodafone selling its 45% stake in Verizon wireless and buying what was AT&T Wireless (probably with that same roaming rationale) but the markets voted a big NO on Voda's share price at that idea.

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EE: Of course we're going to get 1m 4G users by the end of the year!

paulf
FAIL

Re: Good luck with that!

You do know that Hutchinson Telecom sold up their interest in what was Orange back in 2000*?

Ultimately your complaint is now with the French and Germans!

*It was a convoluted take over with Mannesman of Germany bidding for Orange, then Vodafone Airtouch (as it was) bidding for Mannesman; Mannesman acquired Orange, Vodafone acquired Mannesman (thus owning Orange for a short time); then Voda sold Orange Hook line and sinker to France Telecom. It was around then that the headaches started, and the rot at Orange set in (some might argue it had already started with the departure of Hans Snook).

FT still own Orange, but the UK operation is part owned with Deutsche Telecom as a result of the merger with T-Mobile UK.

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Inside Adastral: BT's Belgium-sized broadband boffinry base

paulf
Thumb Up

Re: BT Dialup gaming service

It was called Wireplay, but it isn't too easy to find details on its existence since its changed hands several times. This page has some history on it:

http://forums.wireplay.co.uk/archive/index.php/t-321191.html

The original BT service logo was this:

http://www.byteenchanters.net/partners/wireplay_logo.gif

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Orange is the new TalkTalk of the broadband complaints league

paulf
Flame

Re: Just about to leave Orange...

They've just done that to me also. I still have a contract with the old Virgin Tariff that I got using the old Orange Value Promise (remember that from c.2003?). First 5 minutes a day (orange/landlines) 15p/min then 5p/min for the rest of the day. No daily line rental charge and no voice mail charge either - just like the original Virgin mobile tariff.

Well the "no line rental charge" aspect remains, but the calls are now 25p/min all times as is voice mail.

I can't complain too much as I'm long out of my minimum term, but its just another reason to hate Orange even more than I did for their ever increasing greed (1p for SMS delivery reports anyone?)

Tell me again - was there any doubt who "Operator A" really is??

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/26/vodafone_ofcom/

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Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

paulf
Facepalm

Re: Filth

You forgot "The Depress" which refers to the Diana fan club rag now owned by that Richard Desmond who also owns lots of grumble mags (and Channel 5).

+1 for Ian Hislop's esteemed organ PE

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Groupon deal spam slapped by Australian regulator

paulf
Coat

ACMA

"Australia's Communications and Media Authority (which likes to be called 'the ACMA')"

If only they opted for "Australia's Communications and Media Establishment" they could be ACME

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Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price

paulf
Mushroom

Re: Caller ID @Dan 55

I did that - it was free so I signed up for BT Privacy. Unfortunately in one quarter I only made three chargeable calls*, and the "free" threshold is something like four calls per quarter (IIRC). So the "free" feature *cost* me an £8 penalty charge for the quarter for the sake of an extra 10p call.

It was cancelled pretty promptly after and I moved my BT service elsewhere as a direct result; but even when I was cancelling the BT Privacy and explained it was due to the charge the CS service-droid still insisted it was "free" even though that was clearly bollocks!

*I have a mobile with more minutes than I can ever use on a stupidly cheap contract so I only use the landline when I need to call an 08xx that I don't have an 01/02/03 number equivalent for.

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Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

paulf
Pirate

Re: A match made in Heaven - Crap + Crap = More Crap

+1 on D-Link=crap

Not touched D-Link since I bought a USB ADSL modem about 10 years ago. Not only were the drivers somewhat flaky, but it took about 5-10 minutes to train onto the ADSL signal after booting the computer. My Netgear DG-834Gv2 (still going strong 8 years later) was able to train on to the same line in about 60-90 seconds.

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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

paulf
Mushroom

Re: talktalk 'accidentally' charged us for two accounts over 3 years...

The linked tweet shows they owed £3259.61.

You should have petitioned to have them put into "Compulsory Liquidation" as the debt was more than £750.

http://www.bis.gov.uk/insolvency/companies/company-liquidation#5

Tweet was dated 13 Nov, and promise to pay was 3rd Oct; so they have exceeded standard 30 day payment terms.

(IANAL as always!)

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Google buys parcel storage service for Christmas

paulf
FAIL

@ Benny Why does everyone hate on Yodel? Re: If Amazon offered customers a NAMED delivery service

Ok, I'll bite.

I'm very lucky - my employer allows us to have personal deliveries at work and this generates a lot of extra work for the guys in the warehouse (especially after a week of Amazon Black Friday deals when the increase in deliveries was palpable). A consequence is that they get to deal with the whole spectrum of carriers (RM, UPS, DHL, etc etc etc) and they tell me that Yodel are one of if not *the* worst they have to deal with.

In my experience Yodel were TAPS. I ordered a box of plonk from Branson-Wines and company policy is that by default they leave it on the doorstep if you're not in (and they take the risk if it gets pinched before you get home).

I had three "while you were out" cards from Yodel about that delivery (with no box left) and I only got my plonk when he showed up on the fourth occasion and I just happened to be home for lunch.

YMMV but from reading these forums (fora?) over the years Yodel have a crappy reputation as the worst carrier which is richly deserved.

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Comet crashes to Earth: 125 stores wiped out

paulf
Mushroom

Re: Merry Christmas

PS - Happy New Year

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Power to the people - if you can find a spare socket

paulf
Pint

Desk outlet

I have just moved from an old building to a new one, custom built by my employer. The rats nest is nicely tidied away under the desk in cable racking. Above the desk is a panel that has 2*3A sockets, four USB sockets (powered hub with computer connection) and two RJ45 network sockets.

Beer for the good thinking!

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No hiding now, fandroids: Smartmobe chip STALKS YOU INDOORS

paulf
WTF?

Re: Not just for Joe Public...

Why post AC, then give a link to your blog?

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Cashless Comet to close 41 stores, axe 500 jobs

paulf
Pint

Re: Face to face when I have problems

I thought the same when I bought a dSLR - buy in a high street shop then I have somewhere to go back to if/when it goes wrong. I forget the name of the major high street photographic retailer I bought it from but it was something like "Messups".

The body and lens kit cost me about £1300 with accessories. Needless to say when the kit lens failed after three years and 2 months (shortly after the extended warranty expired - I got it for the accidental damage having seen the effect totalling two digital cameras in 12 months does to your household premiums!) I went back to the shop hoping they would be sympathetic. Were they fuck! Was basically told to Fuck off and submit it to their repair agent for a quote as that is the only way they would deal with it. The shop staff while courteous wouldn't/couldn't do anything else about it.

It was only after the camera manufacturer got involved (and looked after me very very well with regard to sorting it out), that "Messups", while still refusing to refund my £150 repair charge, provided me with a £200 gift card as a goodwill gesture.

As far as I'm concerned that camera manufacturer (think ancient artillery launcher) rocks big time and I've bought lots more kit from them since, but next time I buy camera kit I'm buying online or a trusted small specialist retailer and stuff the bricks and mortar stores!

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Windows Phone 8 reboot woe causes outpouring of forum misery

paulf
Alert

"Support staff from the three companies have reportedly been suggesting rebooting"

WP8 User: Hello? My Windows Phone 8 handset randomly reboots. It has just rebooted again. Do you have a solution?

Handset Manf: Yes. The best solution is to please reboot your phone.

WP8 User: Really?

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

paulf
Boffin

Re: RDS

> IIRC, Radio 5 was given Radio 1's AM slot when Radio 1 went FM-only.

Not quite. Radio 1's frequencies (1053 kHz and 1089 kHz or 275/285m) were given to what is now Talk Sport (was Talk Radio).

693 kHz and 909 kHz were previously used by BBC Radio 2

Radio 1 was much later to the FM only party than the other national BBC radio station. That is why it is up at 97-99 MHz (was an old police radio band?), rather than in the much lower chunk that is Radios 2 (88-91 MHz) , 3 (90-93 MHz), and 4 (92-95 MHz).

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Somebody give BT a brolly: National telco blames RAIN for its pain

paulf
Mushroom

Re: Must of learned

I assume this is "leaves on the line"?

I'd add (rather geekily) that in the days the lineside had to be kept clear of trees because of the risk of combustible trees going up in flames caused by sparks coming out of the loco chimney. Bit of a problem if that kind of fire closes your line, and flambés the telegraph wires. As steam vanished from the network, and maintenance budgets were cut back, tree clearance was reduced - which is another reason why leaves on the line is a modern problem.

While I don't disagree with you AC (I upvoted) as I understand it the trees weren't allowed to get that close to the line in the first place when steam was king.

Flames - trees burn!

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HTC profits lobbed off a cliff by rivals Samsung and Apple

paulf
Flame

Re: Phone manufacturers have one chance to impress @truetalk

"I owned a Samsung, it was the updates (or lack thereof) that put me off Samsung and onto HTC"

Out of the frying pan and into the fire I think...

Flames - natch

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paulf
Mushroom

Re: Phone manufacturers have one chance to impress

+1

I had a Hero and Sensation. The Hero was under powered and lacked updates - anyone remember the 9 months it took them to sort out the 2.1 update?

My Sensation suffered from turning itself off repeatedly and at random. It did get very occasional updates but the latest about 2 months ago managed to turn an otherwise slick smooth phone into a stuttering flickery mess. I can't see it getting Jelly Bean - and why should it, it was launched in July 2011 (barely a year and a bit) so HTC have already EOLd it.

You say manufacturers have one chance to impress. I am an idiot and gave HTC two chances. £900 later (both bought SIM free) and about three years of serious grief (plus crappy customer services that don't even remotely give a sh1t) I wont ever be giving them a third. My Sensation is a crock of wotsit.

Good riddance HTC.

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