back to article Would you like to know why I get a lot of action at night?

I've been up all night, doing the business like hammer and tongs, going at it again and again. I can be relentless when I'm on the job – a man of action and drama. Of course, there are things I'd rather be doing than trying to get all my work prepared the night before I set off on a business trip. For example, going to bed …

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  1. Dan 55 Silver badge
    Pint

    Spaced!

    Has there ever been a better series?

    For completeness, Tyres at a pedestrian crossing.

    1. Warm Braw Silver badge

      Re: Spaced!

      Entirely congruent to the article, if I follow that link I get:

      This video contains content from Channel 4, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds

      1. Dan 55 Silver badge
        Unhappy

        Re: Spaced!

        That's silly. If it's available of All 4 why block it on UK YouTube?

        1. AndrueC Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: Spaced!

          It's licensing. It doesn't have to make sense. It only has to make money. Or at least look like it might make money. Someday. According to the marketing department anyway.

        2. d3vy Silver badge

          Re: Spaced!

          "That's silly. If it's available of All 4 why block it on UK YouTube?"

          4od shows adverts which gives c4 revenue.

          YouTube shows adverts which gives alphabet revenue.

          Quite simple really.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Spaced!

        This video contains content from Channel 4, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds

        Weirdly, it works OK in Belgium. I presume that'll change post Brexit :)

        1. creepy gecko

          Re: Spaced!

          Just watched the Spaced clip via a VPN server in the Netherlands without any problem. Odd.

      3. Antron Argaiv Silver badge
        Thumb Up

        Re: Spaced!

        Played fine in the USA this morning.

        Thanks, Trump!

        /s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s

    2. Triggerfish

      Re: Spaced!

      That whole scence with the rave was a scarily accurate depiction of the average raving students night out in Manc in the 90's.

    3. MrT

      Re: Spaced!

      Great series. I got the collector's edition DVD box set about a decade ago, and had a giggle at the Homage-o-meter subtitle track - the second set of subtitles pop up with all the film references, as they play out, that are made in the episodes...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        UDP VPN

        try a few VPNs. Most support UDP. VPNs are cheap as chips these days, and in the new Riech, it's a finger up to Herr May anyway which is a good enough reason to always use one imho.

        I can personally recommend nordVPN - comes with apps for mobile and mac, etc and allows you to easily pick server based on speed or geo, and also does fancy shit that lets you access netflix USA if that's your thang.

        I've found most restricted internet have no problem with it - probably because most of the arseholes setting up the rules don't even know what UDP is...not tried with virgin, but worked on recent national express bus, and I've used in various witherspoons and airports all with complete success.

        Frankly if it's open wifi (and all these hotspots are) you'd be mental to not use a VPN anyhoo as all your shit is being broadcast out to all and sundry unless you have total confidence it's all being sent over HTTPS.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: UDP VPN

          Please don't use the word 'anyhoo'.

        2. jjcoolaus

          Re: UDP VPN

          I've found several open wifi hotspots in airports but also in corporate environments that block UDP VPNs

          TCP VPNs on the other hand, usually do work fine. I've never come across a network block I couldn't get around, however, note that the lack of speed can be a real issue in some situations. For downloading small files though, it's fine.

          The "client VPN" referred to in the article is probably using dead technology like IPSEC or L2TP or PPTP

          That's easily blocked. Microsoft's SSTP and OpenVPN are designed to work over ports that usually open like 443 and 80. It's very difficult, even for China, Syria, and the UAE, to block these.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: the tissue distribution

    I have always wanted to do this with proper in-ear earphones, to hand out to morons that insist on using the older-style Apple freebies that just sit outside the ear canal, allowing everyone else to hear the tss tss tss tss of their music at insane volumes. I hate those people.

    1. Franco Silver badge

      Re: the tissue distribution

      Better that than listening to the same "music" blasting from a clapped out Ford Fiesta with a pimped out stereo system worth 5 times more than the car, although this may be a purely local problem.

      Returning to the topic at hand, I have more than once been mocked for doing exactly what Dabbsy did in advance of meetings only to be proved right at the meeting: either no access to SkyDrive/OneDrive on free WiFi or being told that there's no Guest WiFi at the client or that we can't connect our devices to their network.

      1. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

        Re: the tissue distribution

        Better that than listening to the same "music" blasting from a clapped out Ford Fiesta with a pimped out stereo system worth 5 times more than the car, although this may be a purely local problem.

        It isn't. There are times when I wonder how easy it would be to build a powerful focussed-EMP device. Just for experimentation honest. And definately *not* so that I can enjoy the look of suprise on the pimpled face of da yoof when the torrent of drivel cunningly masquerading as music that they are inflicting on the ears of everyone nearby suddenly stops[1]..

        Honest.

        [1] Although my real preference would be to replace it with *actual* music. Preferrably in a set of time-signatures that would cause their brains to melt.

        1. Kiwi Silver badge

          Re: the tissue distribution

          Although my real preference would be to replace it with *actual* music.

          Friend of mine used to supply equipment for some seriously large gigs. Suffice to say his neighbours each only once tried to play stuff at piss-the-locals-off volumes. Only once.

        2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

          Re: the tissue distribution

          " There are times when I wonder how easy it would be to build a powerful focussed-EMP device. Just for experimentation honest."

          I've often thought a piece of burning paper tossed in through the open window would be enough.

          1. Kiwi Silver badge
            Boffin

            Re: the tissue distribution

            " There are times when I wonder how easy it would be to build a powerful focussed-EMP device. Just for experimentation honest."

            I've often thought a piece of burning paper tossed in through the open window would be enough.

            The EMP gives larger deniability though. Just don't use it too often.. Although Dr Who fans would know to beam microwaves at a small spot in the roadway so it heats up a little, and pop out and dig into it a little each night so the pothole oddly grows larger as each day passes...

            I think EMP would have issues with the metal shell surrounding most cars, but it could be fun to try, just for the educational purposes of building such a device and triggering it.. I have a, er, very close friend shall we say, who, well.. He wants to donate his car to the cause, so we can see what effects such a device would have. He even wants to do it in a manner where he will be completely surprised when it happens. Just so you know it's him and it's OK to fire an EMP device at his car, he drives around with horrible noises blaring from his stereo. Just bear in mind that the EMP may have some temporary ill effects on his cognitive skills and he may actually forget how willing he is for this to be done, and that he knows me at all... ;)

      2. Alan Brown Silver badge

        Re: the tissue distribution

        "either no access to SkyDrive/OneDrive on free WiFi or being told that there's no Guest WiFi"

        I kind of assumed that conslutants would ask the obvious question about this kind of thing.

        At current $orkplace this kind of thing gets asked about a couple of times per week by people about to visit.

        1. spiny norman

          Re: the tissue distribution

          How many questions do you need to ask, though? Having once arrived for a demo to find the power was supplied through round-pinned 3-pin sockets. And, having played with a band, you'd be amazed at the number of pub landlords who look shocked when you ask for access to electricity.

      3. W4YBO

        Re: the tissue distribution

        "...Fiesta with a pimped out stereo system worth 5 times more than the car..."

        Karma is best friends with Tinnitus...

      4. Kiwi Silver badge

        Re: the tissue distribution

        Better that than listening to the same "music" blasting from a clapped out Ford Fiesta with a pimped out stereo system worth 5 times more than the car, although this may be a purely local problem.

        Where I live/visit, I've noticed this is a reducing problem, perhaps in part because it has been pointed out to some of these people just how embarrasing it must be to know someone with a vehicle that rattles so much when their system is at high volume that it just sounds so crappy for those outside, and rather idiotic.

        Maybe the coppers as also issuing more fines for disturbing the peace, or RIAA et al lobbing sueballs for "unauthorized public performance".

        And just maybe, around my area, some more sinister doings afoot... Oblig XKCD.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thanks...

    ... thanks for letting the cat out the bag, now youtubes blocked on the phone and google drives also been blacklisted to hell... hey use our free wifi where you can get 10% of the internet... thanks virgin.

    SSH proxy proxy anyone?

    1. disgustedoftunbridgewells Silver badge

      Re: Thanks...

      I'd be surprised if SSH is available. I believe there are systems to proxy network traffic tunnelled over HTTPS though.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Thanks...

        I believe there are systems to proxy network traffic tunnelled over HTTPS though.

        Oh yes :). Thanks for reminding me, I need to set one op on a server abroad to bypass my local ISP's filter and logging.

        1. disgustedoftunbridgewells Silver badge

          Re: Thanks...

          I was thinking more like: http://www.nocrew.org/software/httptunnel.html

          ( although probably something with less of a 90's vibe )

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Thanks...

            I almost always prefer Three mobile data to WiFi, it's often faster and I get 12GB/mo for 20 quid, PAYG. But if I do have to use WiFi, I use a VPN on TCP 443. If that is blocked then I consider myself to have no WiFi and I read a book.

            1. Mage Silver badge

              Re: Thanks...

              Or setup a VPN that uses port 80?

            2. Morrisinc

              Re: Thanks...

              Find that the Three signal does not get into the virgin train carriages that well - EE is ok for a signal. that my experience from the midland to euston.

            3. elec-dan

              Re: Thanks...

              I've done this - found tethering on Three or EE on the East Coast trains is actually quite alright for working. That is until they replace these old trains with new ones which tend to be much more effective of blocking mobile signals (and digital radio).

        2. Alan Brown Silver badge

          Re: Thanks...

          There are a couple of proxies which will be https webservers or VPN terminals, depending how you poke at them.

          This is "useful" for some sites.

  4. TRT Silver badge

    Oddly enough...

    one good way to test if the crap internet on a Virgin train is due to a signal blackspot or an over-enthusiastic BOFH is to log on to the Virgin merchandise e-store.

  5. TheProf
    Unhappy

    Sorry

    Sorry.

    During the summer months I'm the chap sniffing at the back of the carriage. I'd much rather not be him but for some reason my sinuses fill up with a clear fluid that just cannot be shifted by blowing my nose. Yes I mop up the overspill as best I can but where to dispose of the multitude of soggy tissues?

    I also apologise for the incessant sneezing. You'd think I was doing it just to spoil the peace and quiet of public transport.

    All in all I'm a pretty sorry state during the summer. Banging headache, runny nose, itchy throat, sneezing. But as long as I can share this in some small way with my fellow travellers then I suppose things aren't that bad.

    I do agree with you about those tizzy headphone wearers. Bastards!

    1. Bad Beaver
      Pint

      Re: Sorry

      Antihistamines do exist ;)

      1. Alastair Dodd 1

        Re: Sorry

        and I'd love to give you my histamine system so you can find one that works reliably and doesn't make you feel fecking horrible.

        I now take a cocktail of 3 different Antihistamines usually on bad days which manages to stop my eyes going bright red and making me partially blind, prevents the feeling of wanting to rip my own throat out as it ITCHES SO MUCH and has the bonus of reducing my nose to a minor drip not a gush.

        I have tried loads of branded, unbranded and prescribed antihistamines - I now have to take a prescribed ones for about 8 months of the year to keep my hayfever at bay at least a little. This in the height of the season is supplemented by 2 more types to layer the defences. So I can function, mostly.

        Yeah they exist but like our current political opposition they can be damn ineffectual at actually doing their job.

        1. H in The Hague Silver badge

          Re: Sorry

          "and I'd love to give you my histamine system so you can find one that works reliably and doesn't make you feel fecking horrible."

          Have you tried a netti pot or sinus rinse bottle?

          http://www.boots.com/neilmed-sinus-rinse-kit-10077009 (no need to buy their refills, ordinary salt does a fine job)

          When I was first introduced to these options they sounded a bit gross, but they really helped me when my hayfever was more serious.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Sorry

            What helped me was acupuncture. I had been through trying various tablets with no success - the best thing I could say about homeopathic remedies was that they had a nicer taste to conventional tablets.

            Anyhoo, I went to one of these hippy health places for an allergy test as I never could say what I was allergic too, and they recommended a couple of sessions of acupuncture. One of the first sessions, I had a needle put in my lower back (no pain) but felt so light headed that I was going to pass out. ("Yeah, I just unblocked an energy channel your water was putting out your fire element" or words to that effect). While I am bit sceptical, my "allergies" has improved a great deal since

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Sorry

              my "allergies" has improved a great deal since

              Just for clarity, I assume you meant to say they have lessened rather than improved, right? :)

              I've tried acupuncture but it didn't work for me. Must be my thick hide..

            2. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Sorry

              If you used the word 'anyhoo' anywhere in my clinic, you'd get the bluntest, dirtiest needle and it wouldn't be in your lower back. Well, it sort of would, but both lower and deeper than you were expecting.

      2. Mage Silver badge

        Re: Sorry

        Antihistimes are not a generally good solution. Nor are decongestants (which actually make it worse). Specialist prescription cortisoids are effective. Like the steroid nasal sprays. Interesting that some are now over the counter. I didn't know that.

    2. Squeensnex
      Go

      Re: Sorry

      I have two words for you: nasal steroids. It may be a few days before they take effect, but they are awesome with no cognitive side effects.

      http://patient.info/health/steroid-nasal-sprays

      They should be available over the counter.

      1. Steve Kerr

        Re: Sorry

        Yup, tablet based ones never worked for me, ever.

        I use Beconase, when it used to be prescription only and the over the counter version now - been using for 28 years now every summer.

        On topic - I hate going into the office on the trains where I always seem to be surrounded by people that seem to be going down wiith the plague. Stay home, you're not a martyr to the cause, all you're doing is spreading misery and decreasing productivity across more people

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Sorry

          I use Beconase, when it used to be prescription only and the over the counter version now - been using for 28 years now every summer.

          MMMM... Baconaise.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Sorry

        Also may be safer over the long term than the common antihistamine tablets.

    3. Alistair Dabbs

      Re: Sorry

      I'll be the one sitting next to you, farting repeatedly for three hours with rancid odours. It's a medical thing, though, so that's OK, right? Just like your sniffing.

    4. JulieM Silver badge

      Re: Sorry

      At this point, readers, there usually comes a big long stream of suggestions, well-meaning or otherwise, from people who have the relative luxury of being in a position not actually to have to take so personally the matter which afflicts the original poster; and to whom every bad idea that the original poster has already thought of and rejected for good reason will be blindingly obvious.

      This phenomenon deserves a name.

      1. Kiwi Silver badge
        Flame

        Re: Sorry

        At this point, readers, there usually comes a big long stream of suggestions, well-meaning or otherwise, from people who have the relative luxury of being in a position not actually to have to take so personally the matter which afflicts the original poster; and to whom every bad idea that the original poster has already thought of and rejected for good reason will be blindingly obvious.

        IME it's the knowitall frequenter of WebMD et al, who has every condition known to man, who knows more from their 5 minutes of study than any specialist with decades of research and actually working with patients behind them. And IME this person moans bitterly all day long about how bad their version of said affliction is, and goes off at other people for not being sensitive to her suffering, despite that the other person is an actual sufferer of the condition and quietly suffers in agony without seeing the need to let co-workers know that today is another bad day. They get an insultingly trivial dose of the condition (if they have it at all) and bitch constantly, while those who really do have it can't get a word in edgewise past all the "I demand that you pity me" crap.

        If this is not you then I apologize profusely!

        [More relevant to your post - many people who post such suggestions actually have or know someone who has said condition or something similar, and what is suggested has brought them relief - I know this from having my own life-long painful illness and having advice from people about what they've found does and doesn't work. Not all such comments are bad and your speil may actually mean someone is discouraged from suggesting something that could help someone else out, so you've potentially actually contributed to someone's suffering]

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Sorry

        This phenomenon deserves a name.

        It already has one: caring. You're in the middle of people who solve problems for a living. Granted, they're not very good at taking into account that the subject in question probably already has gone through all of the suggestions, but at least they try to help which I consider as very positive.

        Oh, and by the way, I used to have the same problem in my youth but it wasn't confined to "just" hay fever (in quotes because hay fever is nothing to be .. no, wait, let me rephrase that, it's seriously not fun to suffer from) - I had allergies to pets, dust (mites), tax collectors - it was quite a list.. I had the benefit of a long subcutaneous desensitisation programme (this takes a few years) but I've been given to understand that this is rarely done nowadays due to cost concerns. And the tax collector allergy remains.

        Personally I hope people find solutions for it because I've been there and it sucks.

      3. Seajay#

        Re: Sorry

        This phenomenon deserves a name

        Eric Berne in Games people play calls this "Why Don't You - Yes But"

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