* Posts by Chloe Cresswell

116 posts • joined 24 Aug 2007

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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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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Work-around

To access the ODBII socket on my car, you have to remove a panel by the driver's knee. It just unclips, but it would be very ugly to have anything connected to it when using the car.

Also the panel can't close with the socket in use, due to the position, so every movement of your right leg would risk moving/unplugging anything in the socket.

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Chloe Cresswell

oooh, plug it into a 2001ish diesel focus! It has an ODBII socket. It doesn't talk ODBII however.. :)

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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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123-reg still hasn't restored customers' websites after mass deletion VPS snafu

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Gah!

Bingo

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Chloe Cresswell

We lost a client's legacy site on a VPS we inherited from previous IT company.

It came back up today.

Unfortunately for 123, we had a replacement tempoary site spun for the client by the end of Sunday, online after talking to them on Monday, and the client is finally going into meetings for a replacement solution next thursday after 2 years of "we'll do this soon". So the VPS's site will never be online again even with 123's restore.

For us, it's been the kick the client needed to retire the pile of asp that no one understood that ran the old site.

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Vaizey: Legal right to internet access, sure. But I'm NOT gonna die on the 10Mbps hill

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Phsyical line: 780/200, with a throughput of .3mbps

The VDSL? BTB. Line is 1,820metres (6,200 to the exchange, 1.8K to the VDSL cab), and is part copper, then aluminium, then copper.

Today was a good example. Ping to (say) www.google.co.uk. 42ms. 42ms, 850ms, 700ms, 800ms..

Engineer ("Dave", one of our local Dave engineers, who I'm used to working with) has now sent the line back with "service unacceptable, CRS line" basicly "allow client to cancel with no penalties, we can't supply service on this contract"

The Adsl? Demon, but wouldn't matter. Line was 7,100 metres to the exchange. Doesn't matter who you get at that range, unless the line is close to perfect, it's going to be pretty crap.

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Chloe Cresswell

I have a client with a 10-11mbps vdsl connection (.5 up).

The throughput varies from 1mbps to 9.5. But as it's 10mbps (well, 10041 this morning, the sync on down varies from 10040 to 11731) I bet that'll be classed as over 10mbps anyway.

Another client was told they can't have help because they can have over 2mbps according to a postcode check. Phsyical line: 780/200, with a throughput of .3mbps.

10mbps in this case is a question of "by which measure?"

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

Chloe Cresswell

Re: PINs?!

I can't. But I don't have chip and pin cards for exactly that reason.

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UK competition watchdog gripes to Brussels about Three-O2 merger

Chloe Cresswell

vodafone.

And that's why the extra licences were issues in a higher band afterwards, because the orginal 2 networks basically built their networks around the most profitable areas at the time.. and stopped.

So the idea was "issue more licences, make them compete".

We ended up with 5 networks, that was reduced to 4. Now they are trying to stop it going to 3 to prevent a repeat of the original problem: the networks going "that's good enough" and stopping.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: BT+EE

Because BT wasn't a MNO, so the BT and EE merge didn't change the number of mobile networks?

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Neighbour sick of you parking in his driveway? You'd better hack-proof your car

Chloe Cresswell

Re: how long before the car makers ...

To be fair, the term "electrics" seemed to be a little vague as well to him.. ;)

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Parking and Vending Machines

I don't mind electronic payment for parking.

I use multiple systems. But I don't have a contactless card...

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Great looking but...

What parking space? I live in a terrace house.. cars park where there is a space on the road..

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Helpful comment

I've meantioned it too...

...and I found out via another poster here.

GWX control panel, the circular helper

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Only 12% of UK thinks Snoopers' Charter is 'adequately explained'

Chloe Cresswell

To quote Sir Humphry "It's a _British_ Democracy..."

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Horsefeathers -- was it a DDOS or a failed upgrade?

Same here. which is normally an indecation that the local control node can't talk to the ISP auth systems.

Normally it's ESR(number).sheffield returning IPs instead of BT broadband's systems.

I used to get it with demon as well, when sheffield lost contact with demon/anchorage house, and again, I'd get a PPP login with a 172.16 address.

Had 5 clients down and 2 not down but slow. Which looks again like a reauth happened on the 5, and nothing was reponding, hence they went down.

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Lincolnshire council IT ransomware flingers asked for ... £350

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Zero Day Exploit

Client in lincolnshire got hit with cryptowall 4 on tuesday. £360 was the ransom (1.306 btc)

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Nest thermostat owners out in the cold after software update cockup

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Nest already outdated

Well, you could use servo controlled valves on each radiator. Not everywhere uses air heating.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Toys

My guess is they didn't know people used water based heating systems and were used to only hot air based ones..

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: IofT

I have a 3 bedroom end terrace. If a nest could save me a couple of hundred quid a year, I'd be impressed.

My gas bill last year was £43..

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TalkTalk outage: Dial M for Major cockup

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Bad TalkTalk

I have a client with talktalk, was working, then one day no ppp on the adsl, but the sync was there, and the phone worked.

When I checked it, phone came out on someone else's number, lines had been swapped by a BTo engineer (although I suspect MJQ or kellys).

Talktalk couldn't understand why we thought having someone else's line connected to the building and no internet was an issue, as "the phone works".

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One Ring to pwn them all: IoT doorbell can reveal your Wi-Fi key

Chloe Cresswell

One of my suppliers makes a door entry phone that uses ipv6, "no setup needed", but even the "antivandal" model screwed on from the outside. And inside it is the network connection that has to come through from inside to it.

I said it's a bit of a flaw, was told no one would expose their main network this time. I thought of my clients and have seen it done before I fixed it, and my responce was "yes, people are that dumb"

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VW floats catalytic converter as fix for fibbing diesels

Chloe Cresswell

Re: So close...

Xtype diesel here, 235,000 miles and still going strong (and frugality, at upto 75mpg! :)

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EE, O2, Giffgaff, BT Mobile customers cut off as mobile networks fail

Chloe Cresswell

On O2 (main phone) and this evening I couldn't call someone on 3, but could call his landline. Explains a lot.

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Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: "Windows 7 diehards"???

Customer bourght a brand new toshiba, which came with windows 10.

Weird faults appeared. They restored to factory image, faults reoccured, wouldn't see any wireless networks although it claimed the card was working. Only way to fix was a full shutdown, but the shutdown in 10 didn't do it, needed to do it with shutdown -i.

Finally I did a complete 10 install from scratch, no extras, and it's finally not failing. This is release ready?

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Broadband minister: Our voucher scheme for SMEs is a tremendous success

Chloe Cresswell

Re: I looked at using this

We looked into it. Only one of our clients actually could get anything, because the minimum of 20/20 meant that most were only offered 15/15 by BTo to the ISPs.. and therefore ineligible for the voucher.

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Virgin Media hikes broadband, phone prices by five per cent

Chloe Cresswell

Junk

Oh that... I'm a virgin business customer.. and get virgin cable "to the householder" junk once a week, extoling the virtues of canning my static IP and business service for the home service... :(

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: How about a 20Mb for £20, or even 10Mb for £10

I have Virgin Business cable.. £79 for 10/0.768 with a static IP.

And res customers thing _they_ are the ones getting the raw deal?

I can upgrade mine.. to 50/5 for £69.. plus £10 for a /29 to get the useable static IP again.. :(

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Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Morons

Weirdly the masses do "know" about it.. it's how they try to get on facebook when it's been banned at work..

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If Amazon can have delivery drones, we want them too, says Walmart

Chloe Cresswell

Image...

No credit to jeph jacques for the image? ;)

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Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

Chloe Cresswell

Not 3 million..

It's not 3 million years, that's when we meet the toaster.. but it was on the ship before the accident..

"22nd March 2077" in a clock.. and:

LISTER: March the twenty-second. That’s what - three weeks before the crew got wiped out. (Stasis Leak)

So this isn't 3 million years in the future.. it's around 60!

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UK drivers left idling as Tesla rolls out Autopilot in US

Chloe Cresswell

Re: On Planet Italia

I've only seen one. It was on the M42. On the back of a flatbed.. with most of the front missing.

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Testing CarPlay with Apple’s most expensive ever accessory

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Holes

THBury system 8/9 hands free had a dock that you got the right cradle for the phone. I used it with a 6310i, then a 9300i, HTC tyan, then got the bluetooth screen unit for it for my E7 and Z1. I miss that system.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: in the search of a problem to solve

I had a bluetooth THB handsfree in my 2001 focus, it did voice control/dialing, read out texts if you said yes when they arrived.. none of my later cars with built in handsfree kits are anywhere near as good as that system was.

It also sounded a bit like alan dedicoat.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Buttons

I don't have the voice module for the car, but all this is on a 10 year old Xtype, so it's not like it's a new car...

Most of the controls I use on the steering wheel I don't have to look to see what they are doing.

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Chloe Cresswell

Buttons

I have a touch screen in one of my cars, and I hate it for most things, thankfully I have buttons around it for the most used functions as well.

Am I that weird in the idea I don't want to actually look at a screen to see where my finger is when I want to change something?

I prefer a physical button and the feedback of it moving, thereby not having to take my eyes off the road..

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Controversial: The future is data integrity, not confidentiality

Chloe Cresswell

My objection was being told I'd need 2 cards.. and surely a system that can issue 2 different IDs to the same person defeats the whole purpose?

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

Chloe Cresswell

Re: One surprise...

I keep looking at new cars, and the petrols still don't seem to get close to the deisels, so the comparable efficiency hasn't apprently made to market yet..

(I'll stick with my 2005 70mpg xtype estate for the moment)

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: EC mpg tests just as bad

I've never had a car where I couldn't beat the maker's "claimed" mpg figures.

One of my current cars has a claimed 45mpg combined/56ish extra urban.

At 218,000 miles, she did a run from from birmingham to grimsby averaging 70mpg, and peaking at 76mpg..

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UK.gov mobile not-spot coverage project set to be completed in the year 2155AD

Chloe Cresswell

Masts

Near one site I work at is an O2 mast.

On 3G, phones display a full signal, but you can't make/receive calls or SMS.

On 2G you can, but phones won't drop to it due to the 3G signal.

O2 say it's not an issue because the maps say there's coverage there.

Filling in dead spots is nice, but it'd be even nicer if the networks would look after their systems as well. :(

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Thousands cut off from email after EE bungles domain renewal

Chloe Cresswell

Those who don't learn from history..

Years ago, when it was still freeserve, they let fsbusiness.co.uk and another business aimed domain expire, with exactly the same results.

Trying to report it just got the normal "your email isn't working" scripted response.

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

Chloe Cresswell

Re: grrr

Guess you have a garage/drive then?

I don't have enough roof for a decent PV array.. and would have to snake a cable over the pavement to charge a car.. :(

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More UK broadband for bumpkins, but have-nots still ain’t happy

Chloe Cresswell

One of my clients has "superfast business infinity" from BT. At a blazing 6/.5mbps.

Latency is 40-200ms, with occasional peaks at 2000ms.

But as it's vdsl, it's ticked a box...

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Sophos? Curious choice for a "Reg reader"

I'm a sophos reseller. I needed a copy of their software for a standalone machine. UK company, UK client, UK reseller, UK broadband connection.

I had to go though the page dealing with US export regs to download it.

Makes you realise it's very much back covering.

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Probably these work the same as bank scams

Definatly untargeted. Had just over a thousand of them to multiple accounts on my server today.

My test account has defiantly never been into ham radio for a start!

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