* Posts by Chloe Cresswell

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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Re: Nest already outdated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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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Still not for me.

Or if it's some banks.. you can just ask for a card with out the contactless.

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Quite agree.

I used to use them a lot.

Then I was issued a new debit card, and can only pay by card now if I'm having it sent to my home.

As 90% of the orders were when I was out on the road, that meant I had to pay cash (if I had any), and if I'm paying cash, I might as well skip the middle man and ring somewhere direct!

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

Chloe Cresswell

I guess that's ofcom's definition of broadband?

Because I have a lot of clients who have DSL (so to me it's broadband) but at a sync of 800/400, and a throughput of 350/100 due to retries, I wouldn't want to make a phone call on it...

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

Chloe Cresswell

Re: I hope this is programmed right ...

Friend of mine has a volvo with emergancy stopping action.

It does it on clear roads with no traffic if the sun is "in the wrong place", and emergancy braking with no reason is not a fault or a cause for worry, according to volvo.

They did offer him 60% of the price of his 3 months old car if he wanted to get rid of it..

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Anyone else wonder...

Also, it makes drivers who aren't thinking worse..

Having been overtaken at 2100 on the M6 by a car only on DRL's..

Points I noted: I was blinded by them, traffic on the other side probably were too, and the driver was probably thinking "I can see, everything is fine"

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

Chloe Cresswell

Re: There's a reason that levers, metal rods and trackside indicators work so well

To be fair, if you have an interlocked mechanical system, throwing cans of beer into a signal box would probably cause as much chaos with no damage to the box.. but maybe to the signaller's liver!

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

Chloe Cresswell

We had one like that, cab installed, no service for 18 months, 3 other cabs in the town had been live.

Found out in the end the ducting had collapsed and they couldn't blow the fibre to it. Till some pikeys stole the truck cable and they had to dig the duct out to fix that, Suddenly, cab had fibre and was live..

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

Chloe Cresswell

Re: CO2?

Depends.. the "lab" figures for my car are 65mpg.

I routinely get 70. That's on a car that's done 218,000 miles already.

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If Europe is against US's Irish email grab, it must pipe up now

Chloe Cresswell

> Now, forgive me for being somewhat dense here, but are they saying that their business relies on

> hiding information from a legitimately granted and served search warrant?

No, they are saying their business relies on complying with the laws where the servers are based.

If the court had gone though the "normal" channels as outlined in the article, they would have basicly asked the Irish legal system to obtain this data, and therefore would have complied with the local and normal international law.

The judge is basicily saying "the server is in Ireland, you are US based, you own the servers via a subsidiary, therefore laws in Ireland don't apply to this data in Ireland".

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Thought your household broadband was pants? Small biz has it worse

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Regulatory requirements for a phone line need to be updated

Client's wife ordered "superfast" upgrade on their long line. 3200 metres to the exchange, 3000 to the cab.

faulty adsl line (1, not 2/2+) was 5.5/400.

VDSL2 (self install.. 2 adsl filters no faceplate...) 6.8/375

After regrade down to adsl1,7.9/448.

Why couldn't they have fixed the orginal line, I have no idea...

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Chloe Cresswell

""Superfast" broadband is generally defined as delivering speeds of at least 30bps, while "ultrafast" connections could potentially deliver up to 1Gbps."

Someone forgot their multiples again? 30bps? ;)

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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

Chloe Cresswell

Re: There is no patch for Human stupidity.

Dave Gorman did.. and found they didn't know how many days were in a leap year in the T&Cs ;)

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Same old

Also, you need somewhere to charge an EV.

I live in a terrace, have on road parking. Nearest place I can charge would be on my Mum's drive, that's 20 miles away. That's a hell of a walk to get the car in the morning. ;)

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Same old

Done "pick up van in brimingham, drive to london, load up and work, drive to Hull, unload, drive to birmingham" before..

I don't belive I'd spend 3 mins filling up and then only beable to do 400 miles though, the range on my cars is 600-1000 on a tank (60 and 70 litres)...

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: No spare wheel?

Had 4 in the past 3 weeks, 2 on each car.

2 from pothole on one.

Screw in the other 2 when turning around. Lost pressure though the 3mm hole on the drive axle, at 1900. No chance of a replacement till the morning, Limped to garage next morning on space saver.. when replacing the front they found a screw in the rear too.

Driving on the space saver for almost 70 miles (home and to the garage) was nerve wracking. Can of gunk would have been RAC and a wheels off the ground tow :(

I have the parts to convert my mondeo to a full sized spare, and I really need to get that installed.

And the worse I've had? Abandoned masonry bit in main road, went though the tyre and a steel rim, wrote the lot off, can of gunk wouldn't have helped there, not with a 7mm hole in the rim.. luckerly that car had a spare...

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

Chloe Cresswell

Grimsby Branch

Every time I go into most barcleys now, I get asked "paying in? You can use the machine!" I hold up my business account paying in book "Oh no, you can't, you need to go to the counter".

Guess it'll just mean I get longer queues.

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

Chloe Cresswell

Re: I can't go DAB in the car

To get an aux input on my ford headunit in the car you have to:

Remove the cd autochanger from under the passenger seat.

Install a 3rd party unit onto the autochanger connector, to pretend to the headunit the changer is connected.

Connect your dab/aux source to the 3rd party unit.

It's not neat.. ;)

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Fed up with poor Brit telly and radio output? Ofcom wants a word with YOU

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Cars

I rented a Mk4 FL mondeo (I drive a mk3FL normally) and it had DAB.

It was probably the most dangerous thing I've ever had in a car. To change channel, you needed to navigate the menus on the dash display with the steering wheel controls. You can't do that with out looking.

I'll stick with scan up/down or click to presets with a flick of my left finger over that! I don't have to look down and read to do it.

Or should we only ever change station/volume by pulling over and stopping?

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Think about the cars!

I'd love to see you do that on my drive today, 30% of the time, my newest phone was "emergency calls only" and my primary phone was wandering between 3.5 and 2G. Not everyone lives in a place with constant high bandwidth data on the mobiles.

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

Chloe Cresswell

Re: No loss

You need an app to access them?

Weird. :)

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