* Posts by Martin Summers

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UK.gov claims 'success' over SME broadband scheme

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They need not have advertised it at all, the leased line companies were pushing it without their help. Put simply it's not enough to cover upwards of 12k install costs where I got a quote for and for some reason the telcos think they can fleece you more for the photons to go a bit further than they normally do out into the rurals. Who is really going to sign up for 1k a month for a 10/100 for 3 years?

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The 100GB PHONE! Well, it has shades of Chrome, so not quite

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Re: "reliance on always being connected"

Yeah and what about the terrible mesh networks that never work at these places and you can barely get a signal from run by some local amateur bloke who set it up presumably as a hobby and to make a bit of cash and then forgot about it or stopped caring.

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

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Re: I wonder...

Oh I *really* want to know!

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I wonder...

Have we got any real life BOFH's amongst this sites esteemed readers? How far have or would you go to protect your own interests/empire?

(I ask this being somewhat worried about any potential AC 'accident' confessions!).

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What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

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Glew

A friend of mine (also happens to be my boss) thinks that his word 'glew' as in the light 'glew' in the dark should be acceptable. He's not winning the argument in the office so far so I thought I'd cast the net for opinion here :-)

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Re: There's a special place for people like that...

"I know what your wife is going through and I feel her"

Somehow I don't think he's going to be very happy about that!

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BACS Bank Holiday BALLS UP borks 275,000 payments

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Re: I feel sorry for

Legal duty? What's that got to do with something beyond their control? How else are they meant to pay them, it can't be cash, cheque would clear a week after they got it and they could be paid by BACS quicker on a second attempt anyway.

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Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

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That video you linked to at the end for those who have never seen it (coloured squares and test tones) was part of thousands on the same channel that could not be linked to anyone. The BBC ran a story on these 'mysterious' videos and finally YouTube/Google owned up to them being test videos they had placed. There were all kinds of theories as to what they were including being the modern equivalent of a numbers radio station.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27238332

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Cos he can probably see himself reflected in it :-)

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How else am I meant to hold it?

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One more thing: Swatch trademarks dead Steve Jobs' catchphrase

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Swatch are just bitter. They made a pager watch years ago and I really really wanted it, despite being a kid with no money and sadly no one to page me. As far as I know they were the only ones doing that kind of thing with watches, so if they'd carried on innovating like that then people might have paid more interest in them. I'm no Apple fanboi but this from Swatch is a bit pathetic.

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NASA dismisses asteroid apocalypse threat

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Re: Eating a peach

"To be fair, it's the best Bruce Willis eating a peach story I've seen in some time."

There are more? Why have you not reported on them! I feel betrayed by the Reg now,for shame.

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Re: Do vat grown brains dream?

I'd love down voters to explain themselves on this one. I wouldn't normally care but you could seriously do with explaining why I'm so wrong to think what I think.

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Re: Do vat grown brains dream?

I thought exactly what you said in your comment as I read the article. The whole thing whilst amazing gives me the creeps. I had the thought of a person with locked in syndrome being the similar experience of this brain if it were conscious, only this would be a child. Scary. Presumably they are going to monitor it for activity, but without external stimulus how much would there be?

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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"That particular practice is (as you chaps might say) bog standard on our side of the pond."

Well that explains the down votes, although those down voting ought to appreciate that 'associates' is a very impersonal word to use for your employees over here (employee feels right at least to me). They are after all talking about their UK based operation in the article. Asda calling people colleagues as mentioned above is nausea inducing and cringe worthy. But hey who cares what the people you hire to run your business think anyway, right?

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Calling your cherished workers "associates" says it all really.

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Don't fight the cistern: Voda takes the plunge with plumbers’ parking app

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"83% of statistics are made up on the spot."

Erm actually, I think you'll find that *I* think it's 86%.

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Still safe as houses: More CCTV for the masses

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Ha, now that thought crossed my mind too Nigel but better be safe than sorry. You could always present them with a consent form and see how it goes ;-)

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I'm thinking you should definitely be unplugging the one in the bedroom when you are 'entertaining' I can't imagine your guest being too pleased when he discovers that you've got a camera watching proceedings! I'd explain before, switch it off and cover it over.

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Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time

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Re: You cannot be serious...

Rootmetrics appears to be the app you are seeking.

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BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

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Effective leadership doesn't come from a course, the irony that the leaders they pick out as examples probably never went near a leadership course in their lifetime doesn't dawn on them. Leadership comes from natural ability not a course, you can't make someome something they're not. The best you'll get out of any managers attending these things when they return is implementation of a tidy desk policy (which I sodding hate with a passion).

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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It sounds like the documents seen were a risk assessment of the bars, which I presume anyone would have to complete. You have to put the worst case scenario in there but more importantly the mitigation for said scenario. If these are the risk assessment documents you've looked at then that's the bit I'd like to hear about. Exploding batteries with faulty cables has happened before with other companies. Not trying to defend EE but this whole thing is a bit 'sexed up'.

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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Utterly pointless. As per usual it would be the normal person who has to comply with no encryption. Since when have criminals given a damn and done what the government want of them. They'd find a way around it and ignore it, because they're criminals and that's what they do duh!

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Surprise! Evil-eyed cats MORE LIKELY to be SNEAKY PREDATORS – boffins

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Domestic cats are very clean animals. They also only howl if you haven't had them 'done' they can hardly help their instincts.

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To a dog you're family, to a cat you're staff. Or I guess minion after these revelations.

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Germans in ‘brains off, just follow orders' hospital data centre gaff

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I'm guessing they probably stood there with big fans and took turns wafting it.

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Re: Reminds me of the old invoice adage

Satan will be skating on ice before I pay to poo!

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"which is the essence of being good neighbours."

Is that when good neighbours become good friends?

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Re: Piddling In The Sink

Now that would just be a waste of the cleaning power of pee!

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/from-gunpowder-to-teeth-whitener-the-science-behind-historic-uses-of-urine-442390/

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Reminds me of the old invoice adage

60p for the seal, £25 perhaps for the labour, £200 for knowing how to fix the problem in the first place.

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Well I'm glad he told you a price and saved you the awkwardness. I often fixed people's home and even home/work IT problems out of the goodness of my heart as I didn't have the balls to ask for anything or any idea of what my time was worth. I did get money forced into my hand though sometimes at least by nice people such as Corrine above.

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Re: To return to IT.

Maybe so but he made the mistake of buying a PC from Comet in the first place. His second mistake of not breaking the warranty seal and diagnosing it himself was a follow on of being in the mindset to buy it from there.

In all seriousness though if you've bought something new from a retailer and it had ended up being something expensive go wrong with the machine then your advice would have cost him if he had opened it up. It should be them who fixes it whilst under warranty frustrating or not.

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So how much did you pay him Mr Dabbs? Because I find how much is the hard thing to determine when one of these guys gets the job done where no one else could. Quite often they undervalue themselves too because they are thoroughly decent people who actually set out to help you rather than fleece you. Your mind says you should pay them for actually fixing it when no one else could but then the other part of it tells you that he isn't an 'expert' so shouldn't get or expect expert pay. Quite clearly they should though but it's often a dilemma in itself.

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Safe as houses: CCTV for the masses

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Anything that requires you to have a subscription to record or watch back video gets my down vote. I would like a decent camera and decent software with no cloud tie in whatsoever. Everyone's after a piece of your monthly income these days.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: blaming slack admins for this one

Right now I've got a WSUS server running in a small business just to save on the crap bandwidth coming in. I haven't got the time to actually sit there running it and checking every update right now as it's not my primary job. WSUS is set to pretty much approve every security update and just get on with it as a result. So I totally agree with the comment made about small businesses not being able to afford the sysadmin to sit there and run it because for most of the real world that's what it's like.

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HAM IN SPAAAAAACE! ISS astronaut contacted by Gloucestershire bloke in garden shed

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Re: If it had been me...

Genius. It would be the ultimate literal cold call.

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Re: All very well, but...

"there's nothing quite like receiving a picture directly from space!"

I don't quite get the same feeling when I'm watching anything on Freesat, but if that's what does it for you then who am I to question?

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EE recalls Power Bar phone chargers after explosion burns woman

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No it shouldn't have caught fire in the beginning, that's for granted and also completely nothing to do with my comment. So you can have your bollocks back.

The charger caught fire and went under her bed. Does her bed have no sheets or quilt to smother the fire in, was there really nothing else to hand to do that with other than injuring herself?

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No the advice is don't try to put out a fire with your bare hands. All sympathy to the injured party but c'mon really?

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STOP! You – away from the keyboard. There's no free speech in our China

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Re: This raises questions

"Where do the power and data connectors go?"

I would imagine in places that they're not supposed to and would make you wince.

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Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

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"OpenDNS is pretty crap. Just do a Google Image search and you're away."

That's the active parenting bit. ;-)

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Easy fix, OpenDns and being an active parent. Hardly bloody rocket science. Microsoft are not and never will be your kids free babysitter.

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Cop shops mock cop for cop stop flop: He'll cop it for copping it up - top cop

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""I don't understand why he had red and blue lights (on his vehicle)," said Flanigan."

Trying to trick you into pulling over might just have something to do with it?

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Hacklands introducing geeks to something called 'outdoors'

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Hmm, could prove to be too 'in tents' for some geeks.

Sorry.

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Re: "Unlike crispy bacon, Soylent 2.0 is available on a subscription basis"

They could make bacon flavour Soylent? Might give it a punt then.

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OnePlus phone fanbois flock for a shiny phondle

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You'd think after the success of the first phone they'd drop this crap and be in a position to supply on a larger scale by now. It's going to get to the ludicrous point where people are going to start saying "Why won't you take my money" follower by "if you won't take my money then I'll go elsewhere."

It's never hurt the iPhone to have 'scarce' supply so why can't they just open the gates, let people buy what they have and get on with it. I certainly don't think this will work for the OnePlus 3.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: Over a dinner time???

Yup, I set it upgrading before I went to lunch. By the time I came back it was pretty much finished. That was an i3 with 8GB RAM (you have 2? Ouch!) and yes I really was using it pretty much straight away. I didn't include download time in that as I was presented with the you're ready to upgrade message straight away as my machine is always on. Weirdly it took ages on my home machine (i5 8GB) tonight and that was using the media creation kit method after getting sick of waiting for the invite.

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In reality the only turgid thing about Windows 8 was its bolted on touch crap and lack of cohesion between that and WIMP. Underneath it is not so bad. I refused to use Windows 8 and got used to the compromise of 8.1. Windows 10 is what 8 should have been as is the pattern with Microsoft OS releases. It looks shiny and new,seems stable and it seems just after a couple of days serious use everything is where it should be again.

I really can't understand all the Windows hate these days as there's just no need. I use Linux too occasionally, I appreciate what it is and where it is going and have installed it for none techy people who I suspect will get infected easily that just need Web browsing.

I cut my teeth on Windows, I use and administer it at work as well as Linux Web servers, I can't imagine a world without Windows and don't see why there should be. I haven't used every Linux distro going but to me in my opinion from what I have used, the intricacies of using it and getting stuff working everyday are a bit too esoteric still. Maybe the day of Linux will come,but it hasn't yet. This really isn't a fight, it's just another Windows/Mac scenario playing out. At least there's choice now and that's the real winner for everyone.

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