* Posts by Maverick

230 posts • joined 3 May 2007

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

Maverick

this solution has NOTHING to benefit consumers, they can do one for me!

the WHOLE point is reduce the ability to swap suppliers easily

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BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

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oh yes

one of the best for a while Simon

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TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

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only my doctor, my employer. my Bank and HMRC has my correct date of birth (and I don't trust any of them not to lose it)

why does an ISP need the correct DOB?

there again my local council wanted my DOB in order that I could arrange collection of heavy electrical item (which they could recycle for profit) FFS

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BOFH: There are no wrong answers, just wrong questions. Mmm, really wrong ones

Maverick

Re: 2B) or not.

I have never accepted a job after being asked to do one of these as part of the selection process, clearly the step I missed was the head>desk interface

duly noted

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

Maverick

Re: Brilliant line.

Vint Cerf line made me spit coffee

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Lloyds personal banking hit with 'intermittent' outage

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also happening earlier in the week, are Loyds the new RBS for IT issues?

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

Maverick

I'll just leave this here:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/scotland/article1677814.ece

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

Maverick

Re: BOFH with patience?

IS Simon getting more patient with with users? nup

just easier than using the cattle prod, no evidence to cover up

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BOFH: In-depth IT training needs a single-malt distillery

Maverick

ooh a 2 parter, nice

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BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

Maverick

Pint maths - excellent idea, implementation starting 5-4-3-2-1

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BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

Maverick

bloody excellent that's all

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BOFH: We're miracle workers. But you want us to fix THAT in 10 minutes?

Maverick

or rather

"The board have all flown to Edinburgh with the Director so they can see our videoconferencing presentation in action!"

which translated means a golfing weekend at company expense - at least until the storm hits!

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

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fat

"NOT A FAT FIRE!" he counters.

"Well, if the Boss spontaneously combusts I'll keep that in mind," the PFY continues.

awesome and a new keyboard required

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SOHOpeless: Belkin router redirection zero-day

Maverick

Belkin? nup

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

Maverick

pefect

Friday afternoon, BOFH pre-beer o'clock

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Scotland to get National ID system 'by the backdoor', campaigners mull challenge

Maverick

Re: Your relationship with your Doctor is based on trust

"Remember, if your quack is an NHS quack, "

what an ill informed post, doctors in General Practice are either self employed or (2) employed by another doctor who is self employed already

they work in a private business, simple

I didn't read the rest of the post as I expected it to be full of the "don't vaccinate your kids / herd immunity" rubbish that infests the internet

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Top Euro court ends mega ebook VAT slash in France, Luxembourg

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Re: VAT Fraud!

> VAT is a luxury tax.

what complete and utter bollocks

In the UK there are currently three rates of VAT: standard, reduced and zero **

The luxury rate was abolished in 1979

It is also a regressive tax (try reading up on this eh?), then reconsider if it is a "luxury tax", most people don't consider heating and getting things repaired rather than throwing them and buying new "luxuries"

** Exempt is not a rate

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UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

Maverick
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Re: Ah, the traditional model

you have answered your own question sir

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

Maverick

Friday! back where it belongs, perfect

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Anonymous loose cannon admits DDoSing social services and housing websites

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Re: A few years ago, when Liverpool was the 'Capital of Culture'...

guess you've never been eh?

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

Maverick

shame about the Saturday, but heck Gina . . . . I am in love

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

Maverick
Pint

at last

back to Friday were it bloody well should be

the world is at peace again

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

Maverick

Re: +1 for Opal Fruits

did you know that old filling is made of turnips?

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

Maverick

Re: You owe me a new keyboard

sadly all too true

PA to an exec who's "lost" his laptop

tech support "we can give him a loan machine straight away"

PA "that's great"

tech support "does he have a back up?"

PA "erm no, where do we get one of those from?"

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Indian climate boffins: Himalayan glaciers are NOT MELTING

Maverick

Re: It may be science but is it stats?

small point, there is no such thing as a 'climate scientist', just scientists from other fields who see grant money in it

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

Maverick

" . . . green printers using vegetable-based inks."

"...like architect blood," the PFY murmurs."

classic & another KB dies on a Friday :)

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

Maverick

Re: http://www.opendns.com/

and Virgin are the same

for this reason none of them will ever get my business, *I* decide what is safe for my kids not those idiots

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

Maverick

idiot bosses

had one company owner who told me that he only paid mid market rates in his company. . . . me "so you only want below average people working here then?"

seriously I tried to explain the maths, it was beyond him (guess he failed his O level maths)

turned the job down flat (the director concerned was gutted)

they went bust a few years later when their market got tougher, wonder why?

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

Maverick
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Re: another wonderful day

perfect - nicely pre-beer o'clock Simon

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

Maverick

falling revenue nothing to do with letting the UK supermarkets do to physical medium price what Apple's iTunes did to the price of digital eh?

wonder why they never talk about the units sold only £sales?

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Maverick

Re: Not quite ubiquitous any more

> the discs did not even play in some standalone CD players

in that case they don't conform to the Red Book standard - hence they can't use the CD logo most likely I suspect

if bought online you could get your money back if in the UK/EU as wrongly described - I am guessing that the ad didn't say something like "THIS IS NOT AN AUDIO CD"

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MEDIC! Google, Oracle, Red Hat docs race to save crippled Healthcare.gov

Maverick

"this is not the cock up you are looking for" </SW ref>

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

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re: but the initials?...

you are right of course in the UK we would never do anything like that right?

like a number?

that would be stupid eh?

oh, wait . . http://www.icaew.com/en/members/practice-resources/news/olympics-be-careful-what-you-say

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Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

Maverick
Pint

perfect

all before the 2nd coffee as well

could be a good Friday I feel

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

Maverick

we can all help here, a little at a time . . . refuse to accept . . .

our friends from Virgin Media came calling a couple of weeks ago, decent offer I guess at ~5x speed for 50p more than I am paying (mind you took these idiots 18 years to stuff fibre down the trunking they laid!!)

my answer "when it goes wrong (usually BT in India making a mistake in remote management of the frame in the exchange**) I call an ENGINEER in UK available 24x7, he doesn't have a script, he listens to me, checks it out, agrees with me, and opens a ticket with BT - can you match that?"

erm nup

bye then

** happened 3 times so far over last 7 years

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Facebook foolishness foils (un)civil servant's squirm up greasy pole

Maverick
Headmaster

<----- Geraint, you chose the wrong icon :)

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Re: I've been making money from my knowledge of the PDP11 family since 1979.

@asdf

< Yes and I am sure the guy that loved vacuum tubes and core memory said the same thing the generation before >

have a look on ebay at 2nd hand valve hifi amps, however if you want a quality one I hope you expect a large bonus this year !

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

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Re: One part of this article doesn't make sense

other than being completely wrong you might have a point

Ireland is stuffed full of companies enjoying stupidly low corporation tax rates, HOWEVER they are totally reliant upon EU countries propping up their screwed up economy despite being a tax haven

I TOTALLY resent being a UK resident (i.e. non Euro) that my tax £ is being spent to prop up such scummy companies, the sooner the UK is out of the EU and better off without the tax overhead the better

Mav

and P.S. PLEASE do not lecture me about UK exports as the UK is NET EURO IMPORTER so FRO and check your facts eh? think I'm wrong? come the vote watch the French / German leaders come over here to 'explain' to us!!!!!!!!!

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The BOFH is BACK: And it's cloudy with a 90% chance of beatings

Maverick
Pint

I really am . .

. . . typing this through tears, whether it is tears of laughter or tears due to bitter memories I leave you to guess

<---------- I need one of these now

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So long, Hotmail: Remaining users migrated to Outlook.com

Maverick
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Re: Hotmail - for El reg ID's

hate the right hand pane?

Greasemonkey script FTW

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Hotel marketplace Airbnb: Show us your privates if you want to book a bed

Maverick
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Re: Haven't they visited 419eater.com ?

well you clearly haven't, muppet

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New poll says Assange could win Australian Senate seat

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FAIL

yeah?

yes he maybe a bit of an arse, but anyone who can't see that good ol'USA is after him is a little naive . . . IMHO democracy needs a few thorns in its side like him :) <anyone heard of Private Eye?>

and in a short, recent period of time when the DoHS has been shown to be the pathetic paper tiger it is, well some daylight shone can't hurt can it?

SO guys, a short infomercial: hassling tourists does NOT keep your country safe! get it?

no?

thought not . . . . <sigh>

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UK biz ISP Entanet goes titsup, 'broke' a bit of Blighty's internet

Maverick
FAIL

still happening @ 11:30

up & down like a whore's knickers this morning

mainly authentication errors

couldn't talk to my ISP as they are clearly using ip telephony :(

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First sale doctrine survives US Supreme Court

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Re: Do my eyes deceive me?

probably they do

I predict years of expensive court room battles over this, after all that's the American dream in the 21c isn't it?

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

Maverick
FAIL

and the reality is that

NW online banking is down again this morning

got in then it told me I'd pressed the back page key and kicked me out

let's see what today's excuse will be . . . let's get going with that break up HMG eh?

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No M&S vouchers for CSC staff as awards scrapped to save costs

Maverick

Re: A shame really

as an accountant originally I(sorry, I grew up) can confirm 10,000% that no company EVER succeeds in the medium term by cost cutting, it is a one year smoke & mirrors trick

I confidently expect that in 5 - 10 years that the old giffers like me will tell young PFYs about the 'old' companies like SC and HP and how they once were a force in our industry ;)

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

Maverick
FAIL

fixed my arse!

as of 8:45am their on line banking is completely down

been with NatWest since 1973, dropped their credit cards 2 years ago for a much better product

guess it's time to move current account - you maybe shocked to learn that they don't have 1p of our savings / investments / pensions etc = best decision we ever made

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BOFH: Climb the corp ladder - and use your boss as a bullet shield

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and breathe

. . . the world is at one again

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Dish boss on ad-skipping service: 'I don’t want to kill ads'

Maverick
Unhappy

BBC?

I see so many adverts on here I like to skip those as well - I mean if I have to watch another damned Miranda ad I WILL scream and boot the TV

now all I need is a solution for radio ads!!

</rant>

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Shocked jocks' O2 calls crossed with Brummies, now everyone's cross

Maverick

wish I could create a crossed line at will, yes "contact centres" I'm looking at you

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