* Posts by Rob Daglish

178 posts • joined 19 Dec 2007


Bombs Huawei... Smartphone exploded in my daughter's pocket, seriously burning her, claims dad in lawsuit

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They want sued...

...for releasing a phone with such a stupid name anyways.

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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Re: Plus, some options are bosses only

Terry, I think all councils must be the same. The one I worked for wouldn't pay mileage if the journey was over 100 miles, so one day, I had to set off at 5AM to drive to the only place they could get a hire car from (and claim 45 miles to get there...), to travel two hours back to the school in question for 8AM, leave there at 4PM and drive two hours back to drop off the hire car, then drive 45 miles back home. If I'd been allowed to go in my own car, I would have covered a grand total of 102 miles, and saved two hours of my time that they had to give me TOIL for...

Same council used to send a bunch of us to BETT every January. One year, our excellent admin assistant found some 1st class tickets for £87 return. Council made us book 2nd Class, at a cost of £237 for the _same_ journey on the _same_ train. Best value be damned, we can't let the plebs get above themselves and save money! (and before anyone asks, I've no idea why a 1st class ticket on the same train, at the same time, on the same day, between the same two stations was that much cheaper than second class. You'll have to take it up with Beardy Branson, for it was his train.)

We're not throttling you, says Vodafone, claiming slow vid streaming is down to the 'cards'

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I rang up, as I was getting 25-50% packet loss on all of my WIRED connections. I got told I had to change channel on my WiFi. As soon as the 12 months of ridiculously cheap BB is up, I'm moving away from VF...

Hey, UK.gov: If you truly spunked £45k on 1,300 Brexit deal print-outs, you're absolute mugs

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Re: Paper...

*will of the majority of people who turned up to vote. Neither side can claim the ones who, for whatever reason, didn't vote - although Remainers and Brexiters have both tried to.

Remember Woolworths? Well there's a different* one that still exists in Oz. Telstra wants NBN Co to help shove fibre in it

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So - Safeways is Morrisons now. Where do the trucks running around with "Safeway" on them that have recently started showing up fit into the picture?

Britain's rail ticket-booking systems go TITSUP*

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Re: As bad as the trains themselves

Errr- the train could be broken down? I've had that one before. Instead of going rev,rev,rev,rev,grrr and setting off like a scalded cat it went rev,rev,rev,rev BANG! and stopped just before a green signal.

Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

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what's an ID card? </joke> We don't have them in the UK, so we couldn't send one. I've never been asked for any ID for any domain that I've purchased, as long as I can pay the bill...

UK.gov expected to quit controversial harvesting of schoolchildren's nationality data

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@AC - halving the number of pupils...

... would not give double the money per pupil, although it's tempting to think so, but schools aren't funded in that way. It's based on how many pupils there are in the school, the types of pupils, EAL, deprivation, all sorts. Have a look at https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula/supporting_documents/Current_funding_system.pdf for more details. So fewer pupils = less cash in the budget. It makes it very difficult to turn around a failing school, as parents withdraw their child, and every time a child goes, so does a chunk of funding that could have paid for teachers or resources to turn the school around; it effectively becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant

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Re: buttons

I don't believe a BT engineer would put a cable in trunking. I have, however, seen them use a tacker to staple _to_ trunking...

Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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Any number of us who have worked for the NHS have suffered from EMIS - nearly as bad as Crapita SIMS...

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Well that was a lucky escape then - I know which one I’d rather get caught with!

Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

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probably because women are too sensible to work the stupid hours required by the catering industry - a friend of mine (male) has just packed in his own restaurant as his kids couldn't remember who he was...

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People having sex whilst driving are usually too distracted to be good drivers...

MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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It is. Without BMWs and Audis, how will we know which twits to look out for on the roads?

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Lee, I couldn't agree more. Our nearest airports are 2-3 hours away if we want to be able to get anywhere, so by the time we drive there as there's no public transport here, park, get to the airport, get checked in and go through security theatre, we'd be most of the way to a ferry... It's much easier and more pleasant for all concerned for us to take that ferry (we've done Southampton - San Malo lately), get a good nights sleep, a decent meal, nice breakfast, and an hour or so drive to somewhere nice on the other side, and we arrive not stressed out and ready to enjoy ourselves.

I'm planning to take the kids on a plane so they can say they've done it, but I really can't see us doing it on a regular basis again.

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: Bah!

I feel your pain Stevie. My father had a Scania-engined Plaxton coach. He ordered an exhaust pipe from the local Scania dealer, which arrived before lunchtime the next day, having been flown overnight from Sweden (at Scania's expense) as Scania UK didn't have one available when they should have a couple of spares in the country. At the same time, he ordered a replacement lamp glass from Plaxton's in Scarborough... despite being in stock, it eventually arrived from their Glasgow parts department around six weeks later...

He also had trouble getting a part for the wipers from Plaxton, as they insisted the part he wanted had never been used on that type of vehicle. That involved taking the part off, driving two and a half hours to Glasgow, handing them the part and saying "one of those, please" before they'd believe him and supply the part. Is it any wonder we don't have heavy industries anymore?

Epic spacewalk, epic FAIL: Cosmonauts point new antenna in the wrong direction

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Re: Raise their orbit

I was under the impression the bag of excrement made it to Washington, and was made President as a reward?

Crim-checker IT system update fail has cost UK taxpayer 'MEEELLIONS'

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"The National Audit Office report shows that government took the unbelievable decision to launch it without testing it on customers first."

Surely anyone who has read this site can believe the above statement with ease? I mean, testing costs money, right?

Fujifilm, Xerox throw each other a US$6.1 billion lifeline

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Re: Lifeline

Oh I don't know, it's always more fun going down with company than on your own...

Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

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Re: Copy and paste...

<sighs> it's been so long since anyone has grabbed me by the fuzz...

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Aye, 'cos I've got a teaspoon and some water handy in the van when I'm fancying a bottle of Bru...

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Re: Is nothing sacred? @John Gamble

May I introduce you to the Soda-Pop then John? Take a half pint glass, add a measure of Tia Maria, a measure of Cointreau and a measure of Vodka. Top up with Dent Special Lemonade* and it tastes just like a cream soda. It gets you drunk from the feet up, because you feel fine until you try to stand up after the third one, but I've never yet had a hangover with it.

*It's toxic waste yellow and fizzy. Other brands of Lemonade do not work. Picture of said lemonade: https://goo.gl/images/gHcYC4

Shopped in Forever 21? There was bank-card-slurping malware in it for, like, forever

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Re: What data are we talking about?

I think it's because they agree to take the hit if the transaction is later declared fraudulent. I'm sure I remember reading about it somewhere...

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: A pretty good writeup I think

Some of the horses I've ridden, definitely the horse...

Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

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Re: Hoover Free Flight Fiasco

Ah yes, my best mate at school became infamous thanks to this - his Dad had bought a Hoover Washing Machine, and when it broke, he was complaining to the service engineer that he hadn't got his flights - service engineer called him an idiot for expecting to get them, so my mate's Dad blocked the guys van in the drive with his wagon and kept the van hostage "until I get my flights"... Lasted a few weeks I think, before Hoover's lawyers got a court order to move the wagon... Would have been cheaper and less bad publicity for them to just buy the tickets, but by that point it was plainly obvious no one at Hoover had much common sense!

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Could have the whole recharging of batteries going on at specialized power plants

Yeah, but all those flags you have to carry to slow down...

ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Re: Also, in an increasing surveilance society

A friend of mine once did something very similar: He was a bus driver, and had a passenger who would get on every day with a £20 note for something like a 10P ride, so it used up most of the driver's change on one passenger (who would arrive the next morning with another £20, and no sign of the previous day's change...) Eventually my mate got totally hacked off, and got £20 worth of 1P coins from the bank - passenger gets on, he goes through the whole "do you not have anything smaller" routine for the umpteenth time, and was handed a couple of bags of 1P coins... And the next morning, he turned up with the correct change!

Fitbit health alert: You appear to be bleeding

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Re: Poor build quality to blame ?

I may be the exception that proves the rule, but my Alta HR has been pretty much bombproof. It's even survived a dunk or two in the fish tank to try and kill it in my attempt to persuade SWMBO that I need an Apple Watch 3...

Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Re: It's the way things are going @Bob Rocket

Sorry Bob, the problem _is_ that things aren't designed to be fixed. I attended a course to be certified in repairing a certain brand of printer so I could undertake warranty repairs for the manufacturer. Their rep told us when stripping down a high volume laser printer "don't worry if you snap some of those plastic clips, I rarely manage not to". Now, if their own staff are snapping bits, it suggests someone hasn't thought how these machines are going to get repaired...

One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

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Re: Whoa - bullshit detect

Always buy the counterfeit "Beats" headphones if you can - the sound reproduction is more natural than the bass heavy originals...

Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

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Brilliant, that would be incredible. Especially if it had a physical switch on the side of the phone to toggle the bridge on and off, I'd be first in line for it.

Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

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We used to get this issue frequently...

When I worked for Cumbria LA,every school bar 6 went off to the net via our 4 proxy servers, so it looked like they were generating large volumes of traffic, and we'd get the CAPTCHA form quite regularly. Usually took a day or two to get sorted.

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Re: re: Unless it's the patients using google translate to understand the foreign staff?

Try West Cumbria, AC. We've a great mix of nationalities, skin tones, accents and languages, all with varying levels of English speaking skills. We had a situation last week where my wife took the little one for a checkup as she has a cough, and due to a language mix up, thought the (German) Doctor was giving her antibiotics to placate her, so never bothered filling the prescription. This week, the little one is still unwell, so she went back and saw a different (also foreign, but from Oz) Doctor explained that my 3 month old daughter has a chest infection and needs antibiotics ASAP...

In fact, in my own GP practice, we've got 1 x Australian, 1 x German, 1 x South African, a lovely locum from the Ukraine (who most people will quite happily wait for!) and a blooming Scot!

Personally, I think if they want to come here and look after us, so much the better for us, but given some strong regional accents, it can get confusing at times - I have known people who've had to translate between Glaswegian and Cockney before now!

BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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Re: BT need to sort out CLI

There are some legitimate 5 digit numbers - certainly here in West Cumbria anyways (01946 and 01900 both have some). Causes all kinds of fun when PABX installers come along and don't configure call routing for 5 digit numbers to the local area code!

Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

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Re: Typical government thinking!

Well there's a wrong headed thought. In the public sector, if you have money left over for any reason, you should spend it on something (anything - Scott Adams recommends loo paper, as it's flushable if you need the storage space later on) as if you don't spend your full allocation, you obviously won't need as much in future budgets...

Yorkshire council hit with prolonged web outage

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Re: Local Gov Bin Schedules

Yeah, we've got Copeland (Borough Council), which was made up from nowhere, and their neighbour, Allerdale (Borough Council), also a made up name, and the made up Cumbria (County Council)...

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Re: Tha's not in't cloud lad...

Thou's frae?

Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

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Re: It's the sun

We had something similar with a pair of Canon BubbleJet A3 (called "Billy" and "Benny") printers from the local teacher training college - kept getting sent in as they printed, but nothing appeared on the paper, despite multiple new cartridges. We'd fire them up in the workshop, they'd test fine, but back on site, no good. Turns out that the ink used to separate if it got too warm, and they were baking them gently underneath a window...

2016 just got a tiny bit longer. Gee, thanks, time lords

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Re: Manipulating time

Have you been at that Terry Pratchett again? (I'm re-reading Hogfather,and I seem to remember +++Divide By Cucumber Error. Please Reinstall Universe And Reboot +++ is from that isn't it, although I haven't got that far in the book this time round? (ducks under table to avoid incoming flames for getting the book wrong))

Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas

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When isn't Linus angry and ranty?

Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

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Re: Is this a UK only problem?

Did you miss the bit in the article that says:

" Proximus in Belgium also says a Windows 10 update is breaking network access" ?

Admittedly, it was only one line...

Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

Rob Daglish

Re: In the dark ages

Well, if we're talking 4x4, the whole point of JLR kit wasn't how fast it was, it was that it could go basically anywhere, and pull anything while it was doing it (pulling the Land Cruiser round the Camel Trophy late 90s?). Until it became a vanity project and they killed the Defender because of.... something, I forget what ;)

Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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... we'll never see them up here then. We've seen pretty much every other aircraft the RAF (or their partner services) have flown on low flying practice, but if these dont' like rain, they won't be here in winter as it rains too much. Nor SUmmer, as in summer we get warm(er) rain...

Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Re: Other OSes exist

In an ideal world, you're totally correct. However, whilst I'm sure that everyone of us sets our own systems up properly, if you've inherited any system, or had a system installed that syncs to your users by anyone other than yourself, I'm prepared to bet that there will be something undocumented waiting to trip you up later on... It might even be something you've done yourself, which, for whatever reason, hasn't been documented and you've forgotten about. I know it shouldn't happen, but the man who makes no mistakes makes nothing...

2.1Gbps speeds over LTE? That's not a typo, EE's already done it

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On a different topic...

What the hell is that face supposed to convey? The photographer stood there and said "OK, show me ...." what? Suprise? Incredulity? Lobotomy?

On topic, EE have always been OK coverage wise for me, and I've never had a problem with their customer service. My wife has had terrible experiences with them, on the same contract. YMMV

Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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Second hand Fire 7 for$20-$30? I bought my Mam one for her birthday brand new from Amazon for a shade over £30, so given the exchange rate, why bother with eBay?

Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer

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Re: hmmm...

Christ, that's a bit strong - by all means behead someone, but taking them to Halifax first counts as a cruel and unusual punishment, surely?

DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Re: In reality...

I've said for years it would make sense to do this. Scrap VED as a standalone, charge it on fuel and you can't avoid paying for it (unless you're stealing fuel, and if you do that, would you be paying VED anyways?) Everyone pays a share based on how much fuel they use, which will be determined by driving style, engine size, mileage covered, so it's as fair as you can make it.

In an ideal world, I'd scrap car insurance as well and have a blanket scheme paid for by a fuel levy as well, because it would mean you couldn't be uninsured as long as you paid for fuel...

Lester Haines: RIP

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Bon Voyage Lester...

...I always enjoyed Lester's articles, he always seemed to be enjoying himself, and I suspect he'll be sorely missed at El Reg. My deepest sympathies to his family at this awful time.

US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

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Re: "We'll see how well that goes"

Fax - May 27, 1843 (sorry, electric printing telegraph). Alexander Bain, Scotland,

Scanning phototelegraph, Bidwell, 1881.


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