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* Posts by circusmole

38 posts • joined 13 Jan 2012

Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

circusmole

Re: Not surprising

C was designed by software engineers for software engineers who know what they are doing. C was deliberately designed NOT to do things the the programmer does not specifically ask it to do - i.e. buffer overflow checks etc. The biggest mistake is by programmers who choose to use C without understanding its design goals - not the language itself.

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

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All that effort...

...for content that is 99% junk :-)

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

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It's all smoke and mirrors

I have been in intermiitent contact with BT over the past 2 years about getting an FTTC connection. There is an FTTC box about 60 metres from my house. They said that because my broadband speed is over 2mb/s they don't need to do anything (so sod off). But, I point out, I only get 1.5mb/s second - no you don't they reply (and so again sod off).

Strangley enough over the past year my speed has gone from 1.5mb/s to around 2.2mb/s. Hmmm...

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Home automation while it's hot: Winter warmth for lazy technophiles

circusmole

Have a look at Vera?

<<<Are there any systems where you can get: wireless, battery operated radiator valves without thermostats; wireless battery operated thermometer (for each room); wireless on/off control for the boiler; one smart controller (with webapp and/or mobile app) and; maybe a handful of basic room controls for simple overrides ?>>>

Check out Miacasaverde, the Vera Z-Wave controllers can do about all you described. I use a Vera 3 to control the hot water and override (when necessary) my smart thermostat.It can control radiator valves as well. My installation also controls various lights via PIR sensors that communicate with the Vera. I have a home in Florida as well (I live in the UK) with a Vera 3 installed, where it also controls the pool pump, pool heating, outside lights... and the air conditioning along with the lock on the entrance door.

The downside of the Vera is that it is a little rough around the edges and it really requires plugins (free) to enable it to do more complex tasks - but it is worth a look.

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Brit named HP chief of staff to CEO Whitman

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Sounds like...

...a (very expensive) PA/Secretary.

"The chief of staff position involves organising meetings and customer events, working closely with the channel and making sure daily duties performed by Whitman run smoothly, sources told us."

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

circusmole

Followed the link...

...and I couldn't figure out what the fcuk it was about. So, it must be wonderful and a bargain for us tax payers.

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DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms

circusmole

Re: Radio Silence in Cars ?

"Many manufacturers (even including BMW) still sell cars with only FM."

My BMW has a DAB/FM receiver!!!

However, because of the crappy reception in and around my area, and the consequent frequent drop-outs, I have the thing switched to FM most of the time. The sound quality on FM sounds better to my ears than that delivered by DAB.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

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Will I be able...

...to watch all this footy down the 1Mb/s broadband connection that BT gives me?

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

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Wow

"Simon Sugar, Alan's son and Amscreen CEO, said: "Yes, it’s like something out of Minority Report but this could change the face of British retail."

Keep taking the pills Simon.

Change the face of British retail - what a muppet.

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

circusmole

Re: Dear Dyson

>Henry's are shit<

I would just like to take the time to thank you for your insightful, well considered, thought-provoking and valuable contribution to this discussion.

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OpenSUSE uncorks a fine Ruby-red Bottle: Beta 13.1 didn't give me a hangover

circusmole

Re: Wonder what they've broken this time

It's odd that naysayers pop out of the woodwork whenever a new distribution of an operating system is released. Maybe they feel they need the attention?

As a naysayer counter, I can state that I have been using SUSE/OpenSUSE since version 7 and I cannot remember that last time I had an upgrade/installation problem - it just works. That's despite using the oft slagged off Yast and RPMs. Even Windows Update works pretty flawlessly for me, even I do not really like Windows or Microsoft products at all.

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Gambling addict IT boss gets 7 years' porridge for £19m swindle

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Coat

Tell me about it...

Several years ago I was asked to compile an asset register (of networked IT equipment) for a medium sized multinational company. The only feasable way of doing it was to run a discovery application. Said application was loaded into an idle server in UK head office computer room and left to run for 2 weeks.

On examining the output it revealed almost twice as much IT equipment that even the most optimistic (pessimistic?) guess from within the company. Even more interesting was the revealed existance of two small server rooms on the far side of the globe which contained several servers and network switches and nobody seemed to know why they were there and exactly what they were doing.

I exited stage left and let them get on with it.

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German govt DUMPS 170 NEW PCs riddled with Conficker

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Happy

Why didn't they call me...

...I would have "cleaned" them all for half their estimated cost and thrown in a celebratory "We've beaten the virus" BBQ and beerfest.

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Ofcom fines TalkTalk AGAIN - a whopping £750k over 'abandoned calls' gaffe

circusmole
FAIL

Fining companies...

...is the wrong solution to these type of problems. The company simply raises its tariffs/charges/rates to the enduser/victim and Bob's your uncle - back to the Champagne and the huge pension. The banks' fines are a good eaxmple of this - guess how they will "recover" the costs of these fines (Libor etc...)?

No, what should happen is that the directors of the company should be held personally responsible and accountable for the mis-deeds of the companies they run. These fines should be directly extracted from these directors pockets. This will make them think twice before engaging in dodgy practices or simply being lazy.

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Londoners in mass test of telly tech savvy as 4G filters mailed out

circusmole

Re: What about flats

No, it was a Sqariel.

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circusmole

Re: So London will be saved!!

@xyz: I live not 16 miles from the nearest transmitter but because of the wooded hills between it and my aerial I needed to install a big f**k off aerial to get decent Freeview reception. So, being near a transmitter is no guarantee that you will get a good signal.

Off topic: because of the spacing of the original analogue channels I had to install a wideband aerial and this may leave me at risk to overload of the 4-way distribution amplifier I use to distibute the signal around the house. The current muxes are all well away from the 800MHz band but I'm not going up on the roof to change the aerial - I just hope I am not affected.

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Administrator: 2e2 owed £412m to creditors when it went titsup

circusmole
Unhappy

And the 2e2 management...

...walk away with suitcases full of money having a right old laugh at the poor employees and the suppliers they conned.

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Orange is the new TalkTalk of the broadband complaints league

circusmole
Meh

Re: Is there a GOOD broadband provider?

Just out of curiosity - what is wrong with the Sky modem/router, apart from the fact that you cannot (easily) get at all the settings?

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

circusmole

Re: Yes, very impressive BT.

@Phil O'Sophical - I don't think so; the County Council has handed out over £13M to BT to deliver a "broadband plan" (whatever that is - I've never been able to find out).

The last time I looked the Council got most of it's money from me, and other tax payers. So paying again would be sort of stupid - just like your comment.

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Yes, very impressive BT.

It's a pity that they will not be improving my sub-1Mb/sec broadband connection, on the outskirts of a biggish town for, and I quote, "the forseeable future and maybe never" because I live in a "lane" and getting a fibre anywhere near me, and the other 20 houses in the "lane", would be "difficult". Apparently it was not "difficult" to get it to the numerous houses 30-50 metres from me.

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Freeview suddenly UNWATCHABLE dross? It may just be a 4G test

circusmole
FAIL

Hmmm...

I notice that if you have a masthead amplifier AT800 will only cover the first £50 of fitting a filter between it and the aerial! Most aerial techs will want more than £50 just for driving to your house.

Why should anyone pay anything for a solution they are forced to have that is caused entirely by an problem not of their own making?

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OpenSUSE 12.3: Proof not all Linux PCs are Um Bongo-grade bonkers

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ARM as well!

I have used openSUSE since release 8. Dabbled with Debian, Ubuntu and Mint but always found them not to my taste after a short while.

As a bonus there is now a pretty good ARM release of 12.2. I run it on a Pandaboard ES as a gateway system with a firewall, Masquerading, DHCP Server, DNSmasq, SQUID3... and the Xfce desktop - it works a treat.

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Silicon Roundabout worthies in £2m UK.gov cash battle royale

circusmole
Unhappy

So now we (the taxpayers)...

...are giving money to Telefonica, and we all know how hard up they are for a bob or two. And I guess they will hand out (a proportion of) the money to a crowd of get-rich-quick-jack-the-lads who will (maybe) produce some worthless smoke-and-mirrors "app" or whatever, and have a good old laugh at our expense.

Fscking insane.

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Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

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Unhappy

Re: Broadband Speeds

I'd be happy with half of Aberdeen's 9AM figure here in Hampshire (1Mb/s and flakey as well).

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Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

circusmole
FAIL

Just threw out a Belkin WAP...

For some reason that neither I nor Belkin "support" could fathom out, it would just not work with a new laptop at home. This particular laptop worked fine with any other wireless router/WAP that I could find. It caused me a couple of weeks of extreme frustration and I'm glad to see the back of it. So, as well "never again" to Belkin kit I suppose the same will now go for Linksys gear.

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The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

circusmole
FAIL

...and they last for XXX years...

What a lot of baloney. I decided to replace eight downlighters in my kitchen with eight 4W LEDs. I did this about 14 months ago and I went for the quality end of the LED market - not eBay rip-offs. I guess, on average, these lights are on 10 hours per day.

In the last 14 months 3 of these LED lamps have failed :-)

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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

circusmole
Unhappy

What a deal

They paid £2 for the company and now get back £50M now it's gone bust! That must be the deal of the century.

There is something fundamentally wrong when this sort of thing is allowed to happen. The fat cats/pigs at the trough walk away with a $h!tload of cash, just for running the company into the ground, while it is left to the rest of us (as taxpayers) to pick up the bill. I just hope they have a really $h!tty Christmas and a diabolical New Year.

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Behold ATLAS, the fastest computer of 50 years ago

circusmole
Meh

Re: Altas 2

What nobody mentions is the size of the support utility room. It was as big as the computer room and crammed with motor-alternators, vacuum pumps, pressure pumps and a water chiller. What a nightmare.

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circusmole
Happy

Re: Altas 2

I was working on Atlas II at the Cambridge CAD Centre until I left in 1974. I may have even bumped into you :-)

Pre-pulses - those were the days!

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Sharp's slim screen factory 'flogged to death' by Apple

circusmole
Happy

Re: Integrated Costs

...Have you repaired the ECU on your car engine recently?...

Well yes, actually. Cost me £60 + Postage to get it repaired, instead of £650+VAT for a replacement :-)

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Hunt vows: 'UK will have fastest broadband in Europe by 2015'

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Can I just have...

...something better that the crap 1.5Mb/s that I currently have? I live on the outskirts of a fairly large town in southern England - not on some remote island. I would happy with an 8Mb/s *reliable* connection.

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Ten... Satnavs to suit all budgets

circusmole

Mio-NAVMAN-Mio???

I'm confused about Mio/Navman. I intended to buy a Navman a couple or years ago and I got steered to a Mio web site that purported to have taken over Navman. I ended up buying a Mio but I've never been particularly happy with it and it seem sub-standard compared to my old Navman. Now I see that Navman are still available - what gives?

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BT fibre-to-the-cabinet rollout penetrates 73 more exchanges

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It all means bugger all...

...to a lot of people. "My" exchange was "upgraded" two years ago and nobody near me has an FTTC connection, and we are told by BT that they do not know when they can be bothered to connect us.

Just more headline-grabbing bullshit from BT.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Re: the entire catalogs of Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise or Oliver Stone

Spot on, except I must have Ben Afflick and Piano Reeves included :-)

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BT reveals ultra-fast cable blowing plan for homes, biz

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More BT bull$&!*. I currently have a 768KB/s broadband "service" from BT - it will not go any faster without endless dropouts. There are a couple of FTTC's within 200 yards of my house but BT tell me they have no intention, within the foreseeable future, of connecting me to one because "you are on the wrong side of the road"!!!

BTW - I live in a well well populated area of a large town (around 170,000 population) in southern England - not in the sticks by any stretch of the imagination.

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Nikon stretches Coolpix focal-range beyond belief

circusmole

It's amazing how some people know exactly how a camera will perform without ever even touching it, let alone trying it or seeing an authorative review.

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Flash drive meltdown fingered in Swedish IT blackout

circusmole
Unhappy

I am sick and tired...

...of telling my customers exactly this "If you haven't tested your disaster recovery plan, you don't have a disaster recovery plan." or "If you have not realistically and regularly fully tested your DR plan, I promise you IT WILL NOT WORK.".

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Barclays axes 422 UK IT staff

circusmole
FAIL

Thunder is all they are capable of.

I used to be a Unite member but became disillusioned with the so-called leaders. I met a couple of them and talking to them was like communicating with North Korean thought-police. The last straw was the election of the current leader who, from a brief conversation I had with him, appears to have the intellectual capacity of a rather backward slug. Why did he have to get elected when there were other much more worthy candidates :-(

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