* Posts by Chloe Cresswell

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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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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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