* Posts by Jason 24

184 posts • joined 6 Jul 2009

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Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

Jason 24

I did, by mistake, a little while ago, orange/ee/bt/whoeverthefuck charged me 50-sodding-P.

Next time it went via whatsapp and they got feck all for it.

As for the massive jump in calls outside the EU, well someone has to subsidise the loss of charges from the EU setting the roam at home stuff up. Great for those in the EU, not so great for those outside clearly.

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

Jason 24

Re: I've been trying to get this happening

Apparently I work for the UKs "leading provider of unified comms" (doesn't every company claim to be the leading?)

Yet we don't lead with IPv6..... All IPv4

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Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

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"I have created tiled bitmaps with the server's name on it"

We tried that at a customer on their RDP servers, so users can quickly look at the desktop to tell techs which server they are on.

Turns out roaming profiles will cache the background image, even if it's set by GPO at the computer level.

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Another day, another meeting, another £191bn down the pan

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Re: Meeting governance technology

An old boss of mine thought a million dollar idea was a clock that counted up the minutes of a meeting and everyones salary and told you how much the meeting had cost.

And would bang on about it for 10 minutes at the start of every meeting he arranged.

Never progressed it, should have arranged a meeting I guess..

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Hypersonic nukes! Nuclear-powered drone subs! Putin unwraps his new (propaganda) toys

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Re: Possible scenario

"He talked about how important it was to make sure your troops were properly supplied for whatever campaign they were to be sent on."

<caveat>According to wikipedia</caveat> we built 20,351 supermarine spitfires and 14,851 hawker hurricanes during the second world war.

How are you going to supply that many F35s during war time if we can't manage a dozen now? Or the Typhoon with the wonderful idea of building different parts all over the world. Can we even repair the typhoons here since the deal was Turkey would do it?

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He's cheesed it! French flick pirate on the lam to swerve €80m fine, two-year stretch in the clink

Jason 24

Re: Historical?

"This will only get worse since Disney is planning on pulling all its content (including Marvel/Lucasfilm) from Netflix in the future to host exclusively on its own forthcoming streaming service.

The future of legitimately streaming movies and TV shows is going to be *very* expensive."

Well then they will be shooting themselves in the foot again.

We've finally reached a point where it's almost possible to gain access to everything we want legitimately and at a reasonable price. If they start forcing us to pay for 15 different services they'll probably find pirating starts shooting back up again.

Even BT and Sky have started to realise that we don't like paying multiple times for the same thing and agreed to share.

I'd make a point about them sharing the content and then competing on service but it will just be wasted letters....

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

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@AC

If I declare 20K Personal + 5K business and no access to company cars it's £500 (e.g)

If I declare 20K Personal + 5K business and access to company cars as well it's £400.

My declaration on both is 25K miles, on the latter I could rack up an extra 20K in company cars, giving me 45K in total. The amount of time and miles on my personal are no different, yet one is a fifth cheaper.

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Jason 24

@ArrZarr,

Except the car I've insured is down for commuting and business miles, 20K declared personal, 5K declared business.

It's clear to them any miles in the company cars are above and beyond what I declare as my yearly milage on my personal car.

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Jason 24

"Which is primarily why women often pay less. They drive fewer miles on average which outweighs the higher risk of them having an accident per mile driven than a man."

So why did my insurance drop significantly when I put down that I had access to company vehicles?

More vehicles = more miles = more experience.

Plus

More vehicles = More experience

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Lenovo literally has a screw loose – so it's recalled flagship Carbon X1 ThinkPads

Jason 24

Re: Fault analysis undertaken and fix identified

@andys

Always wondered what that blue gunk was. Thanks!

Love these forums.

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Capita contract probed after thousands of clinical letters stuffed in a drawer somewhere

Jason 24

Re: Meanwhile in NHS Tayside...

£100,000 per year, and they are well under the 10% waste limit at 7.6%.

Given they are £5,600,000 in the hole I don't think this bit of waste (within limits) is much of an issue.

Neither of the articles I can find have said how much is spent in total, nor provide any comparison against other trusts.

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

Jason 24

Re: @jaduncan, @rmason

We've started using Just Eat as a reverse amazon, use just eat for the menu, then call up direct and order on the phone. The price on just eat is generally inflated a bit so you play less going direct.

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

Jason 24

Re: TL:DR. BS technology company continues to peddle BS technology which is

Can I fight the Advanced Persistent Threats with this head set?

That would make firewall configuration much more interesting.

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'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

Jason 24

I dunno, Bezos has that new 'ard man look about him...

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FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

Jason 24

Re: Black arm bands for everyone

"So Trump is doing what we want him to do: de-regulate"

"All gummint needs to do is keep the playing field level by preventing the situation that created the 'Robber Barons'"

Can you really not see the contradiction from one paragraph to the next? Do you want no regulation, or do you want the government to stop monopolies? AKA Regulation?

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YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

Jason 24

Re: Twat

Last nights Dave Gorman had a simiar vein, "would you a buy product which does not work if it was endorsed by a celebrity"

A shocking number of people will buy a product, which advertises that it does not work, if it's endorsed by a celebrity.

Weird.

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Jason 24

Re: Send them the bill

A friend had an amount added to his council tax billl after mostly destroying his flat by putting tea lights on top of the TV (before flat screens!). The tin part melted through the plastic and dropped red hot wax all over those lovely electricals.

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Lauri Love's US extradition appeal judges reserve decision

Jason 24

"why within the court no evidence has been presented..."

Isn't one of the USAs arguments that they can't provide the necessary evidence to the UK courts to prosecute here?

I'm aware this isn't really a valid argument, just interesting to note. Swings and roundabouts!

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

Jason 24

Re: the basement deluge control…

And frikkin' lasers!!

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Dell makes $1bn bet that IoT at the edge can kill cloud computing takeover

Jason 24

Work for works sake is not how to advance society and improve living standards. Else we'd all still be living in mud huts working the land to feed ourselves.

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

Jason 24

Re: Erm

"If Uber offers such awful terms in comparison to the others then nobody will work for them "

I think you underestimate how desperate some people are for any sort of work.

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ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 million nuisance calls

Jason 24

Give them an inch...

Forget all that, this is much simpler to resolve, from the article;

"Companies can only make automated marketing calls to people that have previously consented to such communications from them."

I can give you the complete list of people who want to receive such automated calls.

...

Now if no one wants these, then surely they are illegal? The above line merely gives them an inch and they taking a fecking light years worth of the piss.

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

Jason 24

Re: BT + Virgin = Twats

@ Look at this gem of an installation..

Bet they still can't get FTTP

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Jason 24

Or a cement mixer, why do things by half?

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

Jason 24

"When I'm in the office I'll pop out at lunch time and buy myself a sandwich. When I'm on site at a clients for a few hours I pop out at lunch and buy a sandwich, but this now becomes the companies responsibility?"

I kind of feel the same way to a degree, I always bring a sandwich to work, so why should me going onsite for an install be any different?

1) If we're doing an install with an onsite IT team then going out together and eating together can improve the team/become friendlier and usually we end up stopping at a point things needs discussing, helps if we're all eating together. Better than slinking off to sit in the car by myself.

2) If I'm getting back home after 7pm then I don't see an issue stopping for something on the motorway home, you're already eating into my evening family time for the companies benefit, let me have a quick bite without half an hour of cooking.

As for breakfast, my place will cover it if you set off before 6am from home which I think is pretty reasonable. If it's a hotel stop over then we generally get the premier inn breakfast included as part of the booking.

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Er, Ofcom, please tell us more about Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky bid

Jason 24

Re: Not an alterntive

It's an alternative source of news. You can listen to BBC radio and read the news site without a license.

This discussion is not about what pay, it's about ensuring the news can pretend to be independent.

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

Jason 24

Re: End of an era

You bastard. No work is being done today!

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Jason 24

Re: Why wait?

I run many Watchguards, never noticed them needing flash. But then I rarely use the web interface, WSM is much better, prep all your changes in one go and upload.

Now if only Fortigate could come up with a half decent client, with some decent debugging tools as well please.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

Jason 24

Re: The end

Sometimes adding a little red circle of arrow to highlight a point helps. And if you have 3 screens you should ALWAYS crop what you are sending, don't want customers to see what you have in your browser tabs...., especially on those "home working" days....

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

Jason 24

Re: Or do what they did

Something we did fairly regularly when I worked at a hosting provider, you find someone has hot linked to an image off one of your servers and suddenly bandwidth goes up dramatically to a particular site.

Unfortunately that was a professional setting on family friendly web shops so no chance of putting anything rude up, just a new image with the words "image thief" on them usually.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

Jason 24

I have found that letting it hit the fan once in a while can be an excellent tool to finally getting the nod to get something else done.

But then I've never worked at anywhere this high level, maybe that doesn't extrapolate up.

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Broadband providers almost double prices after deals end

Jason 24

Normally I'd agree that Broadband advertising is a shambles and a load of bollocks (upto..Xmbps???)

But in this case customer signed up for a introductory rate with clearly stated costs after the rate runs out and they act like it's all a surprise?

It's an introductory rate, of course it will go up.

Smacks of idiots who are incapable of taking some personal responsibility.

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

Jason 24

Re: Public wifi?

"And paying in cash is just as bad in this day and age."

Certain "goods" aren't payable via card, and I'd ideally like to keep a little bit of mystery between my bank and me, I'll keep my cash thanks.

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

Jason 24

Re: VPN?

You really can't just "go to the game" particularly for the bigger clubs they are very strict about who can get in. Want see Liverpool vs Man Utd? Then you had better have been to 5/10/15/20+ other games the previous season to even get a look in at the tickets for that.

I think most peoples biggest bug bear is having to pay both BT and sport full whack for half of your teams games.

How about you both air all games and compete based on punditry/coverage. I know I don't want to hear Michael Owen so would count BT out.

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Thousands of NHS staff details nicked amid IT contractor server hack

Jason 24

Re: @AC: Welcome...

"They still insist that all PCs in the trust are kept on 24/7 as there could be a an update that needs dropping on them urgently,"

That's run slightly contrary to their change control management which takes weeks to approve even a simple change.

There's a very good chance the left and right hand aren't aware of each others existence of course.

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Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost

Jason 24

Re: Does it take into account

I also doubt it takes into account those of us who can be bothered to do the retentions dance, I've never had a problem calling EE, telling them about a deal through Carphone warehouse on their, or even another, network and them matching it via a line rental discount, takes 20 minutes maximum if you're polite about it.

They're usually happy to carry over a previous discount as well, meaning my line rental actually ends up cheaper than the offer I'm giving them as an example.

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

Jason 24

Re: Still debating the same points, again

Because the bad guys are absolutely going to wait for a judge to say that they can access the data.

It's not about having the correct procedures for law abiding citizens to adhere to, it's about collecting vast quantities of personal information with no reason to beyond "it could help".

If this amount of data is accessible to anyone, then it is potentially accessible to the bad guys as well.

On the other hand if the plod are only collecting data relevant to people who are under suspicion then the less huge vault of data becomes much less attractive.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

Jason 24

Re: Yup...

I seem to recall that most of our glorious leaders were all for staying in the EU...? Not sure what you mean by that comment.

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

Jason 24

Re: Mixed feelings

I'm not sure the bottles of water analogy works, to simple.

We've one bunch of people screaming that they took our jobs.

And then another screaming that if EU labour dries up there won't be enough workers.

Always puzzled me as those 2 statements cannot both be correct at the same time.

Not sure I can make the water bottle analogy work.

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

Jason 24
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Brilliant

Beat me to to it ---> see icon, what's the PO address for a new one again?

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

Jason 24

Re: How generous

"For the record, if I'm spending US$2K-3K for a laptop I'd expect a few dongles"

If I'm spending that much I'd expect the damn connectors to be built onto the hardware, not needing a flimsy dongle that will inevitably be trodden on and need replacing umpteen times.

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Hey, you know what Samsung is also burning after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? $2.3bn

Jason 24

Re: Maybe

If it's to much hassle to remove the battery now, then odds on that it's to much hassle in the future too, meaning the phones life is only as long as the battery, so they can't be re-used at all. 2.5 million phones is a lot of landfill.

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Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe

Jason 24

500 seats...

Is not a small operation, I'm wondering if these people knew full well they were making fraudulent phone calls, or if the bosses have hoodwinked them all into believing they have been contracted by the IRS to make these calls?

Also, how scared are US citizens of the tax man to pay up like this?

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

Jason 24

Re: Wonderful news @Khaptain

Doesn't make it less of a good idea to not let a complete stranger be alone with your card.

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Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

Jason 24

Re: The watershed [..] still has wide support among those surveyed

There was a good confession on Simon Mayo earlier this week where a lady took her 13 old kid to a comedy show with Sara Pascoe. The lady had told herself that she lets her kids stay up until after 9 anyway to watch TV, so what harm could a comedy show have?

I think she ended up with quite a shock when she realised just how much the TV is filtered, even after 9pm.

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Brit loan firm gets comeuppance for 7.7 million spam texts

Jason 24

Re: Sad Aside

Complaining about a text is easy, forward it to 7726 (SPAM).

You'll get a text back asking for the sender number if it wasn't forwarded on.

Used to do this quite a lot, not had to in at least 6 months though, wonder if that's because my number made it to the "don't send it here, he'll bother to forward it on as a complaint" list.

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Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

Jason 24

Re: "Exploding"?

"I recall that one washing machine I owned did exactly that: it would stop the spinning, rotate back and forth a few times, then try anew."

My current samsung (front loader!) eco bubble does that if it finds the load is unbalanced, swishes round a couple of times to try and level it before going hammer and tongs on the spin cycle. A couple of times with a big heavy sheet it's refused to spin.

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Jason 24

Re: Eeek!

My grandma still runs a top loading washing machine, so I've always assumed these were the old way, and front loaders are newer and better. I can always remember having a front loader since being a kid.

A quick Google shows that front loaders will clean better, spin faster, use less water, and use less energy. but cost a few quid more.

A case of the US lagging behind?

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

Jason 24

Re: Colour me surprised

I've an Alfa 159 2.4 Turbo Diesel engine, with a DPF and EGR. It's 200BHP and returns around 38MPG up and down the A65 every day, so I think your Auris is probably on point, the golfs are clearly doing something they shouldn't to get those results.

Again similar reports on the forums that removing the EGR and DPF can give you much more power and MPG, presumably at the cost of more NOX emissions.

I think the DPF removal is more to do with back pressure, it's basically a huge blockage that has to be overcome to get the exhaust fumes out the back. A lot of people have everything removed, I bought mine second hand with both DPF and EGR removed, but had them both put back on by the garage as DPF is now an MOT requirement and they are cracking down on it.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

Jason 24

If you notice the other article they have running where it appears that Apple will only allow people to their press events who get a major hard on for anything fruity based then I'd have to say it's all the more important that El Reg continues their coverage, so we get some alternate views on the propaganda.

Hopefully a fanboi or two may stumble upon the articles and find themselves enlightened.

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