129 posts • joined 6 Nov 2012
Anyone who has ever had a broadband fault and is not with BT know the response they get when it isn't fixed "It's with BT Openreach Engineers" and they favour BT and leave the other competitors to rot. A good tactic to get people back on BT's network and that is what I did. Any fault I have since is fixed almost instantly (presumably by the same people).
So, it is WAY past time Openreach was separated.
I'll pay to watch that film! hehe
Small my arse!
Why do companies use this phrase when they know it is almost everyone who is affected? Get's right up my chuff it does.
The author cites the availability of cheap labour from the EU whilst ignoring the fact that the minimum wage here is £7.20 and a huge amount of the workforce is on just that.
Do you really think they will pay more now? There is a pool a people ready to jump at £7.20 and long will it continue.
And to hell with the fish and other wildlife?
They will probably have a built in keyloggers and recording apps.
I am totally against the extradition for computer misuse. For minor offences the should be a trial in absentia with any slap on the wrist to be served in the UK. I do not trust the US Jury system one iota after watching lots of documentaries on it. And they have a police state and jails almost exclusively for black people - slavery continues.
This is the one guy who runs everything and he is emotionally fragile given recent events. As someone else said, an employee would never answer emails like this. My guess is all the emails, including from "accounts" will be signed "Monster Cloud" as there are not really separate departments.
This seems like a misstep by LG. All those "add-ons" sound like fluff to me. And who now hasn't got a portable power pack that they take in their rucksack for recharging phones? I go away for a weekend with one of these and I don't need to fanny around changing batteries.
Which itself was based on a version of the beta engine!
*in the voice of Chicken man from X-Factor*
Surely even more epic than the search for Spock!
What I HATE about these confessions is that they always pretend that "some of our customers" were affected.
If there was a breach then safe to say the infiltrators did a bang up job of getting the whole DB, as per usual.
But we have to have this minimisation poppycock as usual. Makes me sick.
That's the thing with tablets - once you have one there is not much of a reason to upgrade. I am still using my iPad 2 (even though I hate Apple!). It is slow but I cannot justify the £400 to get a new Android one, given the amount that I use it. I actually use my phone more then the tablet.
I see the big problem here being the delay between Google making a patch and Manufacturers/Operators incorporating that into their patch. If the Google could just patch straight away and al devices were updated at the same speed as Nexus devices then this would go a long way to helping mitigate the problem. As it is, manufacturer patches are MONTHS behind urgent Google patches.
Now, I don't know how hard this is to do (even though I am currently learning Android and have written a couple of basic apps - doh!) but it simply has to be done. The firmware has to be compartmentalised such that a pure Google path can be done on every phone (and is done in cases like this).
This kind of security flaw really erodes faith and trust in the platform and we cannot go on like this.
Well worth a read. I got it on audiobook from audible and it was a really good listen.
So I can download anything I want in WAV format and use it how I want.
You can currently get this from Beatport/HTFRD etc, but they have a very limited catalogue. I want ALL music available from ONE place that I can download in lossless format and keep. I will pay for it.
But we all know that MS encryption will have back doors for the NSA, government departments to snoop on you - I would have no faith in any Windows encryption product whatsoever.
Actually 3 have a new app, "3 InTouch" which runs on your mobile directly and places calls and SMS over your home wi-fi. Even on a bad wifi signal I get excellent call quality.
Then why was it attached to TWO IP addresses and streaming all contents of the first to the second address. I have no doubts about it even after reading your "debunk".
Just in case anyone is as stupid as me and had BT's connection health/helper program installed - it is eating 25% in spikes of CPU whilst this problem is going on. I don't know why I had it installed, but I noticed it's process eating huge spikes while this has been happening. It was making Inquisition unplayable with stuttering.
Myself and next door neighbour have had intermittent access for 4 days now. Also, when you go to their service status and type your number in they say everything is fine.
I can't stream video and have regular interruptions to online games. What annoys me most is BT trying to minimize it and pretend your line is fine.
In the past BT's DNS has been notoriously uppy/downy and I had another router, but you can't get their TV service through another router so I am stuck.
It could also be a GCHQ problem as all BT modems stream your data through GCHQ (you can search for that one if you want - some guy proved it with some very low level work on the modem for those with a BT home hmub 3 and an openreach VDSL modem. The modem was connected to two IP addresses and streaming all requests to the second.)
And they ditched Formula One, which can now only be fully seen on sky, just so they could get some Northern gits in to read the sports news - that cost about £300m and saved nothing.
Will we be able to watch it with the service they piled cash into, Youview? I don't have a computer in the living room or bedroom. Having to watch online is a huge hassle.
Several companies trying to duplicate the same infrastructure is the cause of having poor reception in many areas for most users. It is terribly inefficient.
If all companies pooled resources and paid pro-rata for their part in the investment in masts it would be a far better system, with further reach, less notspots, better data rates and jam for everyone.
Can you imagine the internet if all ISP's stuck to only their own backbones? Well the mobile network is in a conversion to be in IP network like teh interwebs and they need to come to similar peering agreements and stop duplicating masts. It is just not realistic (given the profit margins) to continue as they do.
They will milk the life out of this technology on release, selling to enterprise only. I doubt we will see it at a good price point for consumers anytime soon. Think about the start of SSD's and price accordingly, because this is a replacement technology again now for HD's.
And hardly any gaming performance over my 2500k clocked at 4.3GHz. I am still sitting on Sandybridge and just cannot see any value in upgrading.
The vast majority of annoying calls I got where from India or similar.
I bought one of those BT handsets that blocks calls and won't accept calls from unknown or overseas numbers. That was the only thing that helped.
I suppose I still do get the odd one from the UK, so this is helpful, but there has to be a solution mandated for FREE that will allow callers to block overseas and unknown numbers. Currently it is charged for (not cheaply) by telcos. This solution should be available free for privacy.
BT's privacy at home and the preference register are both totally useless and made no difference even to UK calls I received. Some chump who had the number before me (Mr Neally grrrrr) had given his number to everyone out there.
The two sound very different. FLAC is much netter. Anyone that doesn't hear this must be deaf.
I have to ask why a human being would want to see another beheaded. I would not click on the link simply because I never want to see such a disgusting inhuman act. As for the police, well I expect they were desperate for this not to become a sick tribute to the killers. Maybe they fumbled it, but I still can't understand why anyone would link to it - it is just too sick.
I import green beans and roast them myself. After many years of brewing too I think I have found the best way. Firstly, remember that coffee scalds at temperatures over 90 degrees C.
1. Buy an Aeropress - it makes the best single cup you can get
2. I use my beans within a week of roasting them, so if you buy them, use in a week
3. Don't grind too fine - a medium courseness gives best flavour
4. Use any ground within a day. If you buy ground then do yourself a favour and switch to beans
5. Use 80 degrees C hot water in an Aeropress, next add the milk, then top up, then microwave for 30 secs.
6. A burr grinder is better than the bladed ones as you can get consistent size ground
The thing about coffee is that it hits it's peak about 4 days after you roast the beans and fades after about a week. If you are keeping ground coffee in your fridge you will really notice the difference in taste after a few days.
Traditionally people seem to go for almost black coffee beans or "rich" roasts, but in my opinion the best roasts are the lighter ones with good beans, where you get more of the taste of the bean and less of the roast.
If you are thinking of roasting your own, do some reading and definitely have a go - it is a great hobby and I can think of nothing better than drinking my own coffee each morning - fresher than anything you can get in the shops - it tastes so much better fresh :)
P.S. Pennine tea and coffee sell decent beans at a reasonable price. Try the Monsoon Malibar!
I speak as someone who was on Fentanyl patches, along with many other pain killing drugs. I read a book called "The hidden psycholgy of pain" by James Alexander, and I researched article on pain really being caused by faulty muscle memory.
After 6 months of working through it I ended taking any painkillers and rely now on exercise and occasional physio to get my muscles out of their chronic pain state,
I am in a hell of a lot less pain than I was whilst on painkillers, some days even pain free, and I am convinced that the only way to fix the problem is by accepting, even if told different by doctors, that *chronic* (not acute!) pain is caused by a combination of psychology, painkiller feedback and faulty muscle memory.
Exercise, however hard at first, is the only answer. It took me 6 months to work up my exercise regime to that of a semi-normal person, but I am now in a much, much better place both physically and mentally. At one point I wanted to die the pain was so bad and I had lost all hope.
I would implore anyone who's life is blighted by pain to think the unthinkable and try something different like I did. At one point that view would have made me extremely angry thought.
To anyone in bad chronic pain, you have my sympathy - I know what it is like.
Crappy speakers with MP3 quality sound may do it for some people, but I like my banging bass and full definition floorstanders with my Marantz amp and proper quality audio.
I could never go back to MP3 after buying my stuff on WAV this last while.
Nuke in 10 minutes,
I hate the USA (NSA spy machine),
I'm a red commie bastard! (Not really but let's see).
They are handy - you can lift your phone on or off them with one hand. Think lying in bed listening to an audiobook and wanting to lift your phone to do something, or, having one on your desk and being able to lift off with one hand and not having to fanny about with it. Once you have one you will wonder why you didn't get it earlier ;)
People take time to change their infrastructure. I am damn sure the next router/switch/box I buy will NOT be US or UK based. I am going for german stuff and I will research it properly.
My buying decisions, and those of any sane others, have been altered for a tech lifetime. I will never believe again that I am not being spied on by a piece of US kit.
I don't think they can restore trust any time soon. I mean, why would you believe them if they said "Oh, it's ok, we don't have any NSA back doors in it this time!". You would be a fool to believe it.
My very own destructoid robot giraffe - how cool is that?!
The most you could hope for is a very limited set of data. What happens to net neutrality if everyone starts multicasting 500 channels? It's so, so wasteful compared to DB. If we keep heading this direction it saturates the wrong type of area with the wrong type of data.
We need to keep broadcast and unicast totally separate.
So, the CIA set a honey trap in Sweden, with the only intention to get him to the USA to put him behind bars for 100+ years, and that's his fault?
The man did the world a service, showing the USA for just what they are. Warmongering cowboys who think they can do as they like all over the world with impunity,
Just look at how they tortured Bradley Manning, before throwing him in the clink for a stupid amount of time,
History will look back at theses years and see an imploding America that liked to kill innocent civilians either for sport or as revenge for terrorism in it's own country. They are nearly as bad as Isreal. People like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden will shine through as heroes, prepared to make a sick country face it's conscience.
I really hope we can forge a new world with those animals not in it. And no, I am not a Muslim, I hate religion. "Answer for his crimes" ffs - totally made up honey trap from the CIA.
But, wouldn't this have disturbed the dinosaur fossils that God put there on the 7th day? I'm getting really worried now and I think this article might need to be brought to the attention of my congressman!
I hear it's not as messy as the Queens anus horriblus...
I have fumed silently for years every time I hear 3D mentioned, steaming in anger because people like me with a wonkey eye (lazy eye) can't see in 3D - we just get a mess that leads us to regurgitate our cornflakes.
But in this case I am wondering, if it tracks my other eye (with a slight squint) will it maybe work this time? Or am I looking at another clean up and £100 down the shitter?
Could it not be possible that before buying any big piece of network kit many people are looking elsewhere than the usual suspects (that get reported on for these results) so they can get a router/switch that has not been modified by the NSA?
I know if I was buying a big fuvk off switch I would be seeing who else could provide it. Personally I would go for the chinese, as they are less likely to swoop in with guns and lift the people I sold the switch to.
On a smaller scale, I certainly refuse to buy anything that has "made in Murica (fuck yea!)" on it.
Much as I loath Milton Friedman, the main reasons for falling wages is the constant devaluation of the dollar versus other currencies which hides the falling wages. This has been a fed policy since nearly Nixons time. Increased productivity was not replaced with better wages, just more unemployment and jobs that used to be done by humans now automated. Oh, and the capital leeches at the top syphoning off more and more of the wealth for doing nothing - rent capitalists.
I recommend "Currency Wars" and "The second machine age" - the two books together spell out why we are in this wage spiral of decline.
I think the whole nature of this article is likely to cause offence to women who read The Register. It just increases the view that women are there for the entertainment of men. I say this as a man.
Colin was a superb human being with an infectious child like curiosity and wonder about space. This is such a sad loss and I wish he had another 20 years to see the fruits of his labour.
His team's Mars robot was a true quality moment of UK success and in no small part due to Colin and his dreams.
They realised quickly what total shite Sky 'Broadband' is. Other consumers take note.
I made the mistake of picking them about 4 years ago. Like the many others that complained bitterly on the forums I was inflicted with a year of woe. I would pick up the phone sometimes and there would just be a dead tone. Other times we would go weeks with intermitent phone and no broadband. When you got through to educationally sub normal apology drones on the phone it was obvious they couldn't work a toaster, never mind understand what this new broadband thing was.
And the standard excuse was "Oh, BT Openreach are sending an engineer round to look at it - it's out of our control". So basically BT has a sly way of making sure other services are uncompetitive.
So, I gave up and went back to BT. Since then all has worked, which beats it breaking down at least once a week.