* Posts by Chloe Cresswell

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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

Chloe Cresswell

Don't you mean the LHC, the London Hydraulic Power Company?

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

Chloe Cresswell

Fair trials

I wish I could explain my view on this, but it's from experiance, but yes.

I'd take the Judge over jury on believing in fair trial.

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

Chloe Cresswell

Re: A little balance...

Business hub 5 - 8 machines, 8 phones (BT Cloud voice), if the BH5 does the wifi and routing/vdsl2 work, it needs to be rebooted ever 3 or so hours due to overheating.

Using it just for the routing/vdsl2 (everything else on the end of a bridge to a new office, new wap, etc), and it stayed up for 14 days with out even a resync.

They are built down to a price, and you get what you pay for.

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Your body reveals your password by interfering with Wi-Fi

Chloe Cresswell

Randomised keypads

That's a lovely idea for me. I'm dyslexic and only remember numbers by patterns.

Changing the layout would effectively lock me out completely.

I have enough problems when I have to use a number I have worked out on a PC keypad on a phone as it is :(

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Arsehole magnet

Drone?

OADS!

http://www.impsec.org/~jhardin/OADS/anvil_chorus.html

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Tesla to charge for road trip 'leccy, promises it will cost less than petrol

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Tesla "400 kWh of free 'leccy credits"

Depends where you are as well, EV's won't take off around my area because no one has off road parking, and you therefore can't charge them at your home..

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Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it

Chloe Cresswell

Re: To those who say it has been tried and failed

Also, for the bits that don't have fibre... One site I deal with has a great 8/1 line. And it's only costing the same as the 80/20 I have with Zen outside hull.

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Ofcom finds 'reasonable grounds' that KCOM failed to maintain 999 services

Chloe Cresswell

Re: I'm in Hull

Good service?

Most of my clients on KC call them kingston clowns

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

Chloe Cresswell

Windows server

The only reason I was quoting for a windows server today was Sage.

If we didn't need windows to run the sage data service for the data, we wouldn't have even bothered.

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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Good day to say this.

The first engineer canceled the job with "Unable to find site".

Site in question is roughly 3 acres in size.

As to muppets:

Muppets are entertaining, and do what they claim to.

Therefore there can be no comparison to most BTo engineers :)

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Chloe Cresswell

Good day to say this.

Nice to see BTO saying this.

Pitty it was on our 2nd appointment day for a pstn install.

Last thursday the engineer didn't show, and reported that we refused access to the site.

Security have no record of the engineer even showing up at the site.

Today I got an sms at 0709 saying an engineer will be allocated.

0906 I got an sms saying an engineer called Malcom was allocated, and his phone number was included and that he would ring me before work started.

At 0927, I got an SMS to say the engineer was enroute.

At 1011, I got an email from my provider to say the engineer had canceled the appointment.

Chasing it, "the engineer wasn't provided contact details to call".Job has my number in the notes, ISP could ring me on it, Openreach could SMS me on it, but the engineer apparently can't use a telephone.

And we've been charged £60 a call out for "missed appointments"

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Self-stocking internet fridge faces a delivery come down

Chloe Cresswell

Re: kick from a cow

Cool, we'll meet the meat.

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Rapport

I removed rapport from a client's PC due to the fact he didn't have permission to install it (and infact, we're not 100% how he did).

I filled the "why you are removing this" form it gave on uninstalling in with the words "non-authorised software installed", including my details.

I got a call from them accusing me of claiming Rapport is illegal software, and they have every right to get people to install it (whether they are allowed to or not).

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: metrics rather than opinions

Like Barclays know their own security.

Last month I was told I am unable to withdraw cash from my current account because my chip and sign account/card needs to be pin verified, and that Barclays don't issue chip and sign cards.

This is while holding a chip and sign barclays debit card in my hand, of course.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

Chloe Cresswell

Re: UPS

I think if you could lick both terminals on most car batteries, you'd be in another industry!

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: standard operating procedures

Depends where you are. My area has milk floats (electric) for the town, and flat bed transit diesels for the out lying areas.

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

Chloe Cresswell

Press a button to have amazon logistics screw up another delivery to your house?

"I'm almost out of loo roll, well, I did want to sit in tomorrow from 0800 to 2100 in case amazon turn up"?

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Chloe Cresswell

No issue there, I bet it'll be amazon logistics, so turning up at all would be a bonus.

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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Change management 101

Managers.

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Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

Chloe Cresswell

Demon's servers were canned by vodafone a couple of years ago.

Punts and mail delivery (smdps iirc) were canned in favour of exchange.

I doubt the exchange system was actually part of demon.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Saw this coming and recently decamped to Zen

I have 2 demon customers left.

One was full business, and so the only reason we haven't moved to another ISP after their domain was outsourced to namesco was because the cab is due to be upgraded in a few months, and so we'll leave as soon as FTTC is an option.

The other was using a demon.co.uk subdomain, and the only reason they stayed with Demon was due to the email. Now that's moved to another provider, the line will follow asap.

Both will probably go to Zen too.

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Internet of Car...rikey what the hell just happened to my car?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: operate the ignition

That's why I said an older diesel - most don't even have that.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: operate the ignition

As a diesel is compression ignition by timing, I'd say in an old diesel, the starter motor is very much the ignition system: As it's providing the rotation to a) provide compression and b) to turn the injector pump to actually inject the fuel and therefore be ignited?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Fast Start

My older lenovo netbook (s20 series) actually came with 2 power buttons for this: one on the keyboard for turning it on, and one on the side you press with a finger nail, that powers on to a boot menu!

Having to fix software in hardware?

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Wow

Or a battery powered delorean?

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

Chloe Cresswell

I don't have a TV licence, and I've never had a problem.

But then, unlike your example ("cable TV from Virgin") I don't have a system that receives broadcast TV, the only access I would have to BBC is via iplayer, and I haven't used that since canceling my tv licence either.

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Loose wrists shake chips: Your wrist-job could be a PIN-snitch

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Pretty neat

Which for someone like me, who only remembers numbers by a pattern (yay dyslexia) would basicily be reduced to counter service only for money withdrawals. And I'm already been told by one branch of barclays that I can't do that with out a PIN either :(

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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

Chloe Cresswell

Re: WTF kind of idea is this anyway?

Worse, they survived and became us!

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Yay, Yet Another Vehicle Hijacking By Maker Lazyness

21?

What car, I want to look at the list/photo, as that's insane.

I though my Mk4 mondeo was bad with 16.

(2 4way pads, centre select on each, then cruise control on/off/res/can/up and down)

The jag is nicer (phone, source, volume up/down, select up/down, cruise up/down, res and can) 10 total options only

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Don't use Microsoft products ....

We have xray machines (drugs scanners) on XP, we can't upgrade them because we can't be sure the software (dosing) will be safe.

The newer models we have use W7 Pro.

Thankfully they aren't networked, but I don't want to be the one writing the assement on the softwares safety if the host OS upgrades before testing has been completed..

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Chip & PIN or Contactless

Banks are good at conflicting information too.

I had fraud on my chip and sign card.

Bank told me the transaction was pin verified.

I pointed out that surely if a C&S transaction has been pin verified, there's a very obvious bad transaction?

They said no, it's perfectly valid to do pin verification on an account with no pin.

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UK digital minister denies legal right to 10Mbps is 'damp squib'

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Bandwidth has diminishing returns

Want to swap with my Virgin Business cable? A blazing 10/0.768, all for only £70 a month ;)

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Bandwidth has diminishing returns

It's worse for virgin business clients. There's no modem mode in the firmware that's accessable by the end users, and they have withdrawn the multiple IP option that allowed you to use your own router behind the business superhub.

So you're stuck with that they provide, or you double nat. :(

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

Chloe Cresswell

Re: "exempt the top 10 domains"??

If it wasn't for YT, I wouldn't have flash on my machines.

On the one I use the most (S20-30 netbook), the html5 version keeps the CPU at a "happy" 40-50% load, compared to 15-20% for the flash version.

Currently that is the only thing I use it for.

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Burger-slinger Wendy’s admits: Cash-till data breach hit 1 in 20 outlets

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Not surprising

What happens if you can't handle PINs?

In the UK, you can't use a signature for a chip and pin card, for those few of us with number issues, we get issued chip and sign cards.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Not surprising

Hah, you think it's fun with US cards?

Try a UK Chip and Sign card. You end up spending hours every month explaining to people what it is, and that no, you didn't just "hack" their system to make it ask for a signiture..

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Lenovo's file-sharing app uses hardwired password '12345678' ... or no password at all

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Or just uninstall it...

Does anyone actually leave this shovelware one?

Shareit is one of the first things we uninstall on any lenovo machines.

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EU vetoes O2 and Three merger: Hutchison mulls legal challenge

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Dam

I work in the north lincolnshire area, I used to carry an O2 and a 3 phone.

3 for data, O2 for calls because 3 had coverage till you walked into a client's building.

O2 would just drop to 2G, but atleast it worked.

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Chloe Cresswell

making EE from orange and t-mobile went from 5 networks to 4.

BT taking EE went from 4 networks to.. 4.

if EE hadn't been formed and we still had T-mobile and Orange networks, I expect the 3/O2 would have gone though.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: It's a cartel anyway ......

What unlimited downloads?

I had that on 3, for £18. then I got a letter..

Unlimited data (on the handset) with 12Gb tethered, for £33.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Message to 3

I was a 3 and O2 customer (backup and primary phones).

Now I'm an EE and O2 customer (backup..)

I loved the idea of going from a £18 to £33 contract, while losing facilities, where as the £19 offering would have been a much better match to my usage.. but no, 3 said the £33 had been recommended because of my usage patterns (very few calls, 4 or so SMS a year, all data and tethering usage of around 7GB a month).

So I left.

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IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Really?

My local post office is 5 mins away.

My local delivery office is 10 mins away (walking).

My nearest TNT depot is 1.2 hours, DPD is 1.2 hours...

Yes, I go to the post office often to get parcels because I can't afford to employ someone to sit in my house all day to accept parcels.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Not anymore!

Give me the post office... or DPD.

Friend has amazon logistics.

Parcel out for delivery on Sat. Amazon "please wait till 2200"

at 2200 "we have no idea where you parcel is, can you contact the courier?"

my response: You are the courier?

Parcels left at neighbors addresses, with the "location of parcel" cards posted though another neighbors letterbox. So addressee gets nothing, 1st neighbor get the parcel, 2nd neighbor gets told that someone else's parcel is at a different address.

Amazon logistics: Making hermes look good :(

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Nah

My central heating system doesn't even have a thermostat. I turn it on when I need it.

Last year it turned out that was 5 days out of the year.

My gas bill is about £60 a year, I think it would take one of these smart thermostats a long time to save someone like me any money.

(the tech angle? my home office.. most of the heat in my house comes from the computer room, not the heating system!)

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Conflicted

Don't forget the traditional one.

"Whoops"

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

Chloe Cresswell

Re: @Chloe Cresswell - DriveWiz

I'll rewrite what I put.

"How good is the GPS signal going to be under the dash?"

If I had meant a navigation device, I would have put "satnav", not "GPS".

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: it might enable you to get smaller insurance quotes

Parkway in Grimsby (A16). Was 30, now 40 after a detailed traffic study by NELincs council.

Came as a shock to those living here, as as you said speed limits going up are rare.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: DriveWiz

How good is the gps going to be hidden under the dash anyway?

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

Chloe Cresswell

Re: FFS - it is NOT fibre.

The cab on my wall has a copper feed from the "big street cab", no fibre to the little cabs around here.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Why get Fibre?

VM Fibre things?

Last I checked all the main VM packages are DOCSIS3 or 3.1, which is very much copper delivered..

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