* Posts by Andy Livingstone

355 posts • joined 6 Dec 2007

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Co-op Bank's users moan over online wobbles

Andy Livingstone

Handelsbanken is great but the fees made me leave .

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

Andy Livingstone

Lord Reith

He knew how to sort out the BBC and about quality -- unlike the current lot.

For now I'm happy to be over 75 and tell BBC and Capita where to stick their license fee demands.

Money grabbing is now their National Sport.

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44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

Andy Livingstone

Chocolate Fireguard?

"Notification in such cases is not mandatory under current UK data protection laws.

A spokeswoman at the ICO was not able to provide any guidance on the extent to which UK consumers were affected by the breach when we called."

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

Andy Livingstone

Local Knowledge?

Am I the only person who finds it strange for someone in San Fransisco to be writing detailed and potentially useful notes about the London Tube?

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US watchdog alert: Don't fall victim to crapto crypto-coin cons, people

Andy Livingstone

Re: Main use of cryptocurrencies...

Did they happen to mention the new Burger King WhopperCoin?

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

Andy Livingstone

Last I heard it was supposedly to be tested on the Northern M6 in 2016.

Where's it been?

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Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

Andy Livingstone

Easy Peasy.

Don't like them. Don't use them. Don't use .uk registrations.

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TalkTalk fined £100k for exposing personal sensitive info

Andy Livingstone

Re: Out of India?

From personal experience the Philppines staff were unusual for Virgin Media in that they alone knew what they were doing and actually did it.

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The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

Andy Livingstone

20,000 updates a day.

Bought two copies of an Ordnance Survey map last year, one standard version, the other waterproof.

According to notes in the Customer Information Section printed in both maps it had not been revised for 10 years, but was copyright dated the previous year.

Not a happy bunny. Not rushing to buy again.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Andy Livingstone

Easy enough Solution

Get a Granny or Grandad of 75 or over. Sit back. Watch BBC (if you really like crap) and laugh at the stupid law.

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

Andy Livingstone

says it all

"A letter from executive sales director Neil Bartholomew, seen by The Register, said: "Customers trust Virgin Media "

Yup...............................................

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ICO fines Morrisons for emailing customers who didn't want to be emailed

Andy Livingstone

ICO

Common abbreviation for I Care Zero.

Examples to the contrary, anyone?

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Ofcom fines Three £1.9m over vulnerability in emergency call handling

Andy Livingstone

Not breach of OFCOM rules?

If Three did not breach OFCOM rules then what right in law does OFCOM have to impose a penalty?

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ESA astronaut decelerates from 28,800kph to zero in first bumpy landing

Andy Livingstone

Too complex...............KISS?

Decelerate | Define Decelerate at Dictionary.com

www.dictionary.com/browse/decelerate

Forget US English please.

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

Andy Livingstone

Re: small city

Seen the signs at the entries to Milton Keynes? Been there since it was a new town.

The pint that thinks its a quart. The New Town that insists it is a City.

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Probably no more than a hangover from the British Rail philosophy of charging what the traffic will bear.

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BT agrees to legal separation of Openreach

Andy Livingstone

One question to decide whether it i has any merit at all. Will end users have the ability, at last, to contact OpenReach to get answers?

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Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams

Andy Livingstone

Who's in charge?

Because they consider themselves to be "Authorities", rather than Councils to be voted in (and out) by citizens, Councils seem to believe they can do whatever they wish.

Note that the article switches cheerfully between those same descriptions.

Do we vote for Authorities? Since when?

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Brit lords slip 30Mbps Universal Service Obligation into UK Digital Economy Bill

Andy Livingstone

Re: Stupid dick.

Purely for the record, this article concerns Jonathan Neil Mendelsohn, Lord Mendelsohn and not some of the other Lords people are thinking of.

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UK credit broker fined £120k for spamming folk with five million texts

Andy Livingstone

Snide Comment from Spokesman

For those words alone the fine should at the very least be doubled.

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Why does Skype only show me from the chin down?

Andy Livingstone

SPED???

Really??

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Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

Andy Livingstone

Re: Trust us

and KB2976978

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Crusty Cat 5e/6 cables just magically sped up to 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps

Andy Livingstone

Dictionary

SPED UP? Really?

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Nuisance caller fined a quarter of a million pounds by the ICO

Andy Livingstone

re Auto report

So long as our phone companies make money from delivering nuisance calls what incentive is there for them to take action against them? Surely a decent Regulator would have the ability to stop that?

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EE most 'reliable' mobile provider for cities – Ofcom

Andy Livingstone

Page does absolutely nothing.

Very realistic. Very like OFCOM. Text but zero for information.l

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Glasgow boiler firm in hot water for cold calls, cops £180K fine

Andy Livingstone

A puzzle

Does the Information Commissioner have a phone at home or a mobile in his pocket. If he does why does he sit waiting for reports? Then take the length of time equal to having a baby before acting. Or is he the only person in the UK who NEVER gets nuisance calls? While the rest of us are TPS registered AND use call-blockers and still get the calls.

I'm looking for a gentle undemanding night-watchman type of job. So when does he retire?

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

Andy Livingstone

Re: This will be widely ignored ....

Of course that is so true. Exactly as the UK Authorities act so efficiently to stop or prevent Nuisance calls being made through apparently UK phone numbers from which considerable money is made by UK people leasing them out. Aye! Right!

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

Andy Livingstone

Really?

You expect EPOS Users to know where else to contact?

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RBS and Natwest online banking goes titsup

Andy Livingstone

I understood most of it.

Then I saw the magic words "RBS England".

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BT puts new head on 10-year-old network arm Openreach

Andy Livingstone

Do we care really care

who is in charge at Openretch as they are not available to customer communication at any level?

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It's amazing the UK Parliament agreed to track 22bn Brits' car trips. Oh right – it didn't

Andy Livingstone

A small overlooked point

There is no British law, is there? There is Scots law. There is English law. Each different in definitions of admissibility. Should we start this debate again from the beginning?

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

Andy Livingstone

Re: Update speed

Both those WileyFox handsets use Cyanogen OS

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Ex-BT boffin Cochrane blasts telco's 'wholly inadequate' broadband vision

Andy Livingstone

Look, It's all very simple

Ensure that all BT Executives, Directors and the like are limited to the minimum quality of service provided by their Company, including of all their noms de plumes such as Openreach, Plus.net, etc.

Ensure that all BT offices are provided only with that same limited service.

Once they all enjoy those reductio as absurdum levels, watch them run.

I've only just noticed that EE is a subsidiary of BT Group. Might as well throw their quality of service into the mix too.

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BT boss: If Ofcom backs us, we promise to speed up UK broadband

Andy Livingstone

Hown many homes?

26,473,000 in 2011 according to Wikipedia. How much further forward does that take us?

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Andy Livingstone

I'm still celebrating

The arrival of ADSL2+ twelve days ago. And you are concerned about a reduction from 44 to 33 whatsits?

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NHS to go paperless by 2020. No, really, it will, says gros fromage

Andy Livingstone

Clarification or Correction, please

NHS England speaking for ALL NHS, or just his little bit of the UK? How quickly they forget begging us to stay!

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BT hands £129m back to UK.gov after beating rural broadband targets

Andy Livingstone

What happened to the hopeful story?

Are the Germans not planning to buy BT anymore? Shame.

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Re: It's a numbers racket

" I am not in a position to confirm when infrastructure may be rolled out as not all infrastructure can be deployed at the same time." is the best BT can say about any future activity. It really is an OutRage

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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Andy Livingstone

Re: I started to hate Windows 10...

It is Microsoft's blatant dishonesty I do not like. Despite marking the unwanted "updates" as HIDE, they still try, and try again.

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Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half

Andy Livingstone

Oh No They're not

Transfer the responsibility to the TV Licence chaps and see how the job could/should be done. Just how many "warnings", with a straight face and no shame, do they issue before actually taking action?

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

Andy Livingstone

Kellogs

That's about as close to Fibre as BT show any sign of introducing round here.

I would suggest that OFCOM require the upgrading of all Market 1 exchanges prior to granting any further enhancement plans concocted by BT or OutRage.

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Openreach to trial G.fast in Swansea

Andy Livingstone

Re: Come the revolution...

What was wrong with Outrage? That's normally what their staff call it round here. Of course, we only have Group 1 exchanges, you know, the ones with white mice running round wheels, costing so much to feed that we get slow speed and big prices.

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BT boss in shock 'bigger is better' claim as £12.5bn EE bid heats up

Andy Livingstone

The BT Guarantee

That all customers will have First Class Service. Market 1 Exchange Class Service.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

Andy Livingstone

Re: Why bother upgrading from Windows 7?

That verbiage is so similar to the drivel of politicians in the forthcoming election.

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UK.gov can't get farmers onto its Verify service – even to claim subsidies

Andy Livingstone

Cannot be that important

No mention in The Archers.

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

Andy Livingstone

Has sub-ed been fired?

The new one is much better. The other one would not have missed any opportunity to see Uranus within that headline.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

Andy Livingstone

I typed my Post Code into the Digital Scotland Instant Checker to see how things stood. To no surprise at all, the reply was "No results found for that postcode". 'Twas ever thus.

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

Andy Livingstone

White mice running round a wheel

The BT monopoly called Market 1 is still the sole choice of many.

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

Andy Livingstone

"Upgrades only available on newer phone"

Lollipop? It must be an iced lolly as it has melted away completely. That's despite my "newer" phone being second on the scheduled listing for update. First and last Motorola I will ever buy. I do not like giving money (sorry, my hard earned money as politicians insist on calling it) to Companies that promise something but do nothing.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Andy Livingstone

Sticking with the incumbent.

Those who are stuck on Market 1 Exchanges have no choice. No competition allowed.

Ofcom smiles. Competition Authorities and Government bury heads in sand.

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