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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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Ten ancestors of the netbook

Chloe Cresswell

Re: oh yes

I've had an eeepc 701, then an aspire one 110, which I still use. I also have a 721, which also, I still use. It's the last of my netbooks though.

Why? Because it's replacement, the aspire one 722, dispite being only slightly larger, isn't offically a netbook.

They put a 1366x768 screen in it. The 721 runs windows 7 starter or linux, the 722 came with 7 home premium, as the screen is too high res!.

It still fits into my handbag with it's PSU with out noticing though.

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Canadian TV station wails: NFC bonking... it's not SAFE

Chloe Cresswell

Re: NFC

With my cards, I just added the type/card number/name/expriry date.

It never asked for the CVC, either adding the card, or when I completed an order.

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Chloe Cresswell

NFC

"Ordering anything online will need the Card Verification Code (CVC)"

Except for sites that don't need it?

Amazon, for example, doesn't require it..

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Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Always on - obviously, this isn't 1998

I was at a house the other day, where the connection is "stable" at 160/448. That's right the upstream is faster then the down.

If they had a console that was "always on", it'd also probably be always jamming up their connection too!

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Virgin Media revs up for Liberty Global merger

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Could be good

"upgrading everything to DOCSIS3"

If you are a residental user.

All my neighbours have docsis3, I'm on business cable, so I'm not.

20/1 is the max I can have, where as 30/3 appears to be the lowest my neighbours can get.

I get 10/.768 atm, that's £60 a month..

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Virgin on London Underground Wi-Fi: O2's company, Three's a crowd

Chloe Cresswell

Airwave says it's time line is that the first force to use the system was in 2001.

And it was the fire 26 years ago that started the deployment of it underground?

I'd say that was London Underground being very proactive! ;)

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BT boss barks at TalkTalk for being 'copper Luddites'

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Agreed

I find it's the other way around.

Places with no Virgin are a captive market.

My old home town (pop: 12Kish) has no virgin, but FTTC covering it and 3 villages around it.

My home town (80+K) has VM, and this month, we were updated to "FE"..

Before the end of 2014.

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Card skimmers targeting more than ATMs, says EU

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Playing devils advocate or just being bloody minded?

I love the reporting systems the banks have for classing the transaction as chip and pin.

I've had problems with fraud, I contact the bank, and I'm told the fraudulent transaction was verified by chip and pin.

Only problem - I don't have a chip and pin card!

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BT engineers - missed appointments

Chloe Cresswell

Had a new line install booked with BT, 1300-1800 slot. Engineer arrived at new building at 0900, phoned us to find out why no one was there.

When pointed out there would be someone there in the time slot he was booked in for "I don't know if I can return then".

Home line for employee with fttc install.

fttc engineer arrives at 0930, tries to force the install onto employee's room mate's line (which had voice + adsl).

Leaves, marked that customer refused entry.

1230 2nd engineer arrives to fit the physical line for the new service..

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BT argues Ofcom is 'mistaken' on Ethernet price capping plan

Chloe Cresswell

Even so..

Even when you can get them from someone else, BTopenreach are still involved and inject a level of uselessness that you know the actual supplier isn't causing :(

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BT copper-cable choppers cop 16 months in the cooler

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Silver Linings

The problem with replacing it with fibre is, iirc, the pstn service is still provided over the copper, the fibre is only providing the vdsl service. So you'd need to replace with fibre, plus adding all the equipment to handle the phones at the same time, which would take a lot longer then just replacing the cable.

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BT's 'six-month free broadband' offer is a big fat FIB - ads watchdog

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Try Talk Talk

Only problem with talktalk (and everyone else providing over trad. copper pair from the BT exchange) is they can do everything perfectly, but when the installer arrives in a BTopenreach (or Kelly Comms on bahalf of openreach), that's when it'll all go pear shaped.

Had a new install 2 days ago!

Sky phone and sky fibre.

BTo's VDSL installer arrived at 0900, and tried to force his view that he should install the service on someone else's physical line.

BTo's 2nd installer arrived 1200 to install the actual line.

New date for the vdsl install? 4th Feb.

Contracted date: 15th Jan.

Nothing screwes up even a perfect install by any telco faster then BTopenreach!

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

Chloe Cresswell

Re: actually browse

And could put up with the "music" on 11 blasting out.. I stopped going in when I couldn't think about what I was looking at.

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Satnav-murdering Google slips its Maps into car dashboards

Chloe Cresswell

And you think downloading the google maps app will magically enble the screen cloning that the Land Rover's dash has to work on the iPhone?

You seem to be mistaking "will echo one's smartphone (as long as it's not an iPhone)" with "apple's maps are terrible.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Privacy issues

Er.. if you don't have cell coverage, how do you think you'd be tracked by GPS? It's not a two link you know..

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Tiny Brit island stranded after £10m undersea fibre plea sunk

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Different option

A different sat to the one they are already using?

Did you read the "10Mb of sat shared between the populaton" part?

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

Chloe Cresswell

Size

I am also one of the people who finds a netbook the perfect size for trouble shooting.

When someone shows me an ultrabook or laptop that I can put in my handbag, I'll replace it.

I don't want to carry 2 bags, and my aspire1 and it's PSU both fit in with all my normal handbag stuff. If I need more power I'll carry my L and SL series thinkpads, but it's always a size/weight issue, the netbook travels with me all the time.

Tablets don't have any apeal for me. I haven't seen one that fills my requirements (ethernet, rs-232, keyboard, etc..)

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BOFH: Cannot terminate PFY instance... ACCESS DENIED

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Talking of contracts

I had a client in a not-spot when surftime ended.

He rang me, a BT rep had offered him a 512/512 leased line for £6K a year.

I told him to take it. It took a year before we paid due to the large (1.5K a month) bills arriving.

Finally we got a letter that basicly said "you're right, it was quoted at 6K, we'll therefore honour that. Please pay us the 6K. Also, the contract ends in 38 days. You can't renew it."

But it was nice while it lasted! :)

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

Chloe Cresswell

Hey, it might be a luxuary now..

My first modem was 9600, and my first "internet connection" involved dialing compuserv in london from lincolnshire, and ouching at the phone bill ;)

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Chloe Cresswell

"[no VM customer receives download speeds of less than 15Mbit/s]"

My virgin line is 10Mbit/768Kbit.

And it's is a cable line, not "National" (aka adsl)

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Google rewrites dot-doc death note

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Where is the change?

""Download Google Docs in Office 2003-07 format" means exporting files from Google Docs to your computer in the old formats. That's what they say will not be supported any more in the first statement, and the new statement says exactly the same thing."

Except 07 used the new formats, not the old?

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

Chloe Cresswell

I have one of the "Do not deliver next door" stickers from the post office.

Stuck it to the door the day it arrived.

It's already faded by around 40%...

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Amazon UK to offer collection service at corner shops

Chloe Cresswell

Re: My local CollectPlus

Let me see.

Post office for me (delivery office) is 2 miles away.

City Link is 27 miles

DPD is 89 miles

TNT is 68 miles, but it's almost 2 hours to drive there.

Yodel is either 27 miles or 58, depending which depot it went via..

DHL is 78 miles.

Not everyone has the depots close to them.

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World celebrates System Administrator Appreciation Day

Chloe Cresswell

Re: How about some nice ladies finally finding interest in all the work?

There are some of us here!

The innuendo doesn't tend to matter, we'll join in anyway. But people never belive you're doing IT when you tell them. This does help in the "can you just fix.." problem though! :)

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Barclaycard pay-by-bonk fraud risk exposes Amazon's security

Chloe Cresswell

Barcleys

DId that, works well to stop it.

I have a barcley card, debit (barcleys) and debit (barcleys business) and they all came as paywave. All have the antenna cut.

Now however, in a change of heart - maybe people complained, they will let me request a full non-paywave debit card on the personal account, but not the business. If I did use it, I'd still have to ask for a receipt all the time, because I need to prove what I used the card for!

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Pair of double-As give you cheap, quick charge

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Progress :-(

My nokia E7 is also a sealed battery, it's not just apple..

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GM puts the brake on Volt e-car output

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Viability

There's another reason to put off take up as well - where you live.

Around me, hardly anyone has off road parking.

Cars in this area are on the road, parked (hopefully!) outside your house.

Running a cable to that over the pavement isn't really an option.

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New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

Chloe Cresswell

I'll have one then! My car has an ODBII shaped port, but it doesn't talk ODBII/EuroODB.

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MasterCard joins Visa in pushing PINs into America

Chloe Cresswell

@AC

This is also how non-pin cards are handled at the chip and pin pumps.

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EU asks why credit cards are so expensive

Chloe Cresswell

Or try using a UK issued Chip and Sign card, and see how many places don't know how to take them, even with the terminal/ePoS putting the instructions on the screen.

Often it comes back as the till taking it, but the person telling me they can't take it because it doesn't have a PIN...

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Lenovo Thinkpad X220T 12.5in tablet PC

Chloe Cresswell

Screen Ratio

When was 1280 x 800 4:3?

Surely the shift is 16:10 to 16:9 for the resolutions quoted.

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Post Office going tap-cash in 2012

Chloe Cresswell

Contactless-less

I got sent 2 of them, one personal debit and one for my business account.

Having checked the antenna position (via putting on into a microwave and burning the antenna through the card...) both my contactless cards have had an accident with a dremel that just happened to slice through the antenna a couple of times.

Barclays say if I want a non-contactless one, I have to have visa electron instead of a full visa debit.

Weirdly neither of them work for contactless now :)

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CTIA cites First Amendment protection of radiation levels

Chloe Cresswell

Precedent...

What would be next, medical firms arguing that it's not fair to impose on them the requirement to list the side effects of their latest pill?

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Virgin Media to issue firmware update after Superhub slows to crawl

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French judiciary makes transgender boob

Chloe Cresswell

Confusion..

Because of course, it's much less confusing to be taken for female all the time, but have to present a passport marked male..

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Virgin to offer 100Mb/s broadband by year's end

Chloe Cresswell

ref 50Mb

VM do a business package, it's from their NTL:Business side.. 10Mb is £49 + VAT, plus extra for a static IP.. Plus £100 install..

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Dirty, dirty PCs: The X-rated picture guide

Chloe Cresswell

Seen some

Like that before.

Dust, check, ground coffee an inch thick? check.

Never had a mouse, although we had a machine in once that was listed as "mouse problem", and we found the mouse in question had used the main board as a loo..

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UK taxpayers hit by wave of tax refund scam mail

Chloe Cresswell

New version..

I've had a set arrive on my servers claiming to be talking about a tax underpayment and that you need to pay them more.. Much more "believable"

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Data watchdog clears mobile phone directory

Chloe Cresswell

Number?

Well, I have 4 mobile numbers atm, so I wonder which they would give out?

My laptop's 3g card has a number, but it's not going to have a call. My backup phone I check rarely.

My main phone and my employee's phone might appear..

Is that £1 a go? Nice money maker for them I guess.. I wonder if they'll give refunds for wrong numbers?

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Satellite to offer 10Mbit broadband to entire UK

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Hammeroid

Oh hell, I thought I had wiped all my memories of Aramiska . 1500ms+ ping times.. mind you, I can't blame them for everything that went wrong. I still have the photos from when a crow tried to eat our feedhorn...

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Bacon sarnies cure hangovers: Official

Chloe Cresswell

Bacon sardnie breaker..

Most of my friends who are ex-vegetarians were the victim of the smell of a cooking bacon sandwich too.

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BT withdraws Wi-Fi access to The Cloud

Chloe Cresswell

BTO...

I'm glad I canceled my BTo subscription now. I've gone over to a 3g connection, as almost all the hotspots I used were the cloud or t-mobile. Most of them _used_ to be BTo hotspots though.

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