* Posts by paulf

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Avaya thinks it's found a new voice, by singing the same old song

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Wait, what?

"The second will see it soon productise a practice currently led by “client principles” who build bespoke applications around Avaya's contact centre and unified communications platforms."

Am I alone in wondering WTAF that meant?

And when was "To Product" a verb? Surely you mean "To provide" or "To produce"?

Edit: I've just noticed this further down in the article, "['Edictive' may not be an actual word. Chirico used it to mean a top-down decision-making style – Ed].". I understand you have to wind back the usual snarky to get these interviews but this guy is CEO (of a communications company!) and you've let him get away with apparently making up random meaningless words."

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It's 4PM on Friday, almost time to log off and, oh look, Disqus says it's been hacked

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@macjules "5) Realise that the 18m users were most likely Daily Telegraph commentards from that period and not worry too much."

I'm certain the Telegraph doesn't have 18m users/readers (At least I'm hopeful they don't!)

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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@ Cuddles "Getting rid of headphone sockets is done for precisely one reason - cost."

I don't believe for one second a headphone jack that costs, what, two bucks in parts and assembly costs (lets say 3 bucks if you add in design cost shared across millions of devices) is going to make any tangible difference on a handset costing £800-£1000. Even if they did put up the price by a tenner to compensate it wouldn't matter - people buying flagship phones aren't usually that price conscious, hence "Cupertino Idiot-tax operation".

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@ druck "There is always the option of using a 2.5mm jack,"

True, but it takes us straight back to the same problem - having to use an adaptor to get standard 3.5mm kit to work with it. Existing headphones should work with a USB-C/Lightning to 3.5mm jack adaptor too. The pain is having to use an adaptor at all.

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@AC "If you ever drop your non waterproof phone in a urinal"

Why are you using your phone while standing at a urinal? Perhaps if you were concentrating on the, ahem, task in hand you wouldn't have dropped the phone?

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@ jaywin "If they can waterproof the USB-C, I see no reason they can't do it to a headphone jack."

Exactly. Google and Apple (to name two) are massive companies worth billions and with billions in the bank. I can't believe for a second that they couldn't develop, or find someone who could develop, a 3.5mm jack with suitable water resistance if it can be done for the USB-C/Lightning ports. I accept omitting the 3.5mm jack means they have more flexibility on device thickness and have a little more space inside the unit, but, as said by another in this thread, people are more likely to use their 3.5mm ear buds than go swimming with their phone. Also there aren't many people complaining their phone ought to be another mm thinner. This is all about pulling people further into the walled gardens and ensuring they cannot use their existing accessories while in there.

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Snap, crackle ... patch! Apple kicks out iOS 11.0.2 to tackle crappy calls, fix email glitches

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That's Apple Innovation, just like the brave innovation of removing the 3.5mm jack.

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@ Jay 2 "Still on 10, maybe I should wait until 11.0.3?"

I'm still on 10.3.3 and will be waiting until 11.1.2-ish. I don't have to be at the bleedin' edge (security fixes notwithstanding) so I'm happy to let others do the field beta testing. I've seen it said (probably in this fine organ) that Apple get x.0 right for the new HW then concentrate on the older hardware problems with x.1

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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IFPI "research"

IFPI = "International Federation of the Phonographic Industry"

They did some research and found that, "music remains staggeringly important to people". Well, who knew? In other research:

The Ursine Association finds wooded areas to be very popular.

Survey finds Catholics are very keen on the Pope.

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UK lotto players quids in: Website knocked offline by DDoS attack

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Re: Oh well

@ Martin an gof "Premium Bonds...At least the capital is safe"

Only if you exclude inflation. While you can get back the investment capital you lose the stake which is the investment income that capital generates.

Mines the one with Martin Lewis's PB analysis in it.

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Re: Oh well

@ breakfast.

The odds of winning the lottery (I assume you mean the jackpot, rather than winning any prize) may be pretty long; but those odds are much longer if you don't buy a ticket.

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In a surprise to no one, BT and TalkTalk top Ofcom's whinge-list

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Re: Don't believe it until it's officially denied

Turns out this update was added to this story incorrectly - it makes more sense in this story.

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Don't believe it until it's officially denied

FTA: " Updated to add. A TalkTalk spokesperson got in touch and said: "We do not recognise these comments. Our biggest security priority has always been protecting our customers.""

"We do not recognise those [figures|comments|etc]." is Govt speak for yes, you're right but you're one digit away so we'll push out a flimsy complete denial so we can put our fingers in our ears and sing LALALA as YOU'RE WRONG!!1111!

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Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'

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Re: This is great.....

@ djstardust "I can now tell Scotrail, Ryanair, M&S & WH Smith why I dislike them so much in finer detail."

On the last one it's much better to tell @whs_carpet then we can all have a laugh at the atrocious retail shiteholes that are branches of WH Smith. Expect photos of tatty carpets, rusting baskets, plus aisles strewn with obstacles and detritus.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

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@Ledswinger "Now, if you just throw away junk mail from companies you dislike, they continue to periodically send it, and in the longer term that costs them more. I like to think I'm playing a long game, you see."

I think this works. The biggest offender of "To the occupier" junk with a return address is Vermin Media. I've always done RTS on their stuff and we no longer get any, but I'm not sure if this is just us or because they don't advertise in our area now. It was a long game - about two years until they got the message but every item was RTS until they stopped. It involved effort but will have cost them more than it did me and much easier than trying to call their Customer Disservice in India.

@Roj Blake "If a junk mailer sends you a pre-paid envelope to send your order in (which they have to pay for if used), then you can use that to send them a flyer from the pizza place, thereby killing two birds with one stone."

Homeserve are a particular problem in this area - not only do they bundle their tripe with my water bill but they also send "Important Water supply info" shite to me as well. I pack their return envelope as full as possible as if its over 100g they pay more for the return! Not only that as an application it goes to the main office, not a returns processor.

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London Mayor backs talks with Uber after head honcho's apology

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Re: All those signatures..

@AC "Who ever said that TFL was independent of the mayor's office?? I always believed that the two were closely linked."

Very closely linked as this page confirms from the TfL website detailing TfL Board members:

"Sadiq Khan, Chair. Sadiq Khan is the Mayor of London and has appointed himself as Chair of TfL."

I seem to recall the previous Mayor, Boris Johnson, was also Chair of TfL so the position seems to go with the office of "Mayor of London".

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Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

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Re: Wearables...

"...connected textile platform."

What a time it is to be alive!

Yes, that's mine. No electronics in the fabric - only the pocket.

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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@AC Re: Rolf Harris mug

I'm impatiently waiting for my Tobias Funke* mug (somewhat NSFW) for office use. I suspect (and hope!) it'll have the same result in deterring people from bugging me during the day.

*For those who haven't seen Arrested Development

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DXC Technologies mails another corp message (gulp)

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Re: The cynic in me already know the outcome...

And that's exactly how it will be - they'll worm out of it any way they can as I know from recent experience.

About 14 months ago, to try and stem the increasing flow of departures, a bonus scheme was hurriedly implemented for all Business Units. If a BU met its budget a bonus would be paid to all within that BU.

Guess what? My BU drastically improved its financial performance thanks to a lot of hard work but didn't pay out because it didn't meet its budget. The response from Manglement said it all: your performance was "phenomenal" but, hey, you didn't make the target so fuck you. Two things are instructive here:

1. They didn't properly explain how the scheme worked until after the end of the performance period.

2. Despite everyone working like mad we only made 2/3 of the target because we are so under staffed we couldn't complete any more work, so didn't stand a hope in hell of meeting the target in the first place.

Needless to say that caused a lot of bad feeling so it was staggering when, a month later, we were reminded of the importance of our current project to the BU. The heat was turned up a week later when the recent closure of a team in another BU was used as motivational material i.e. get this project completed or you'll all get the sack.

I heard, "If you're not already looking for another job, you should be." I'd be surprised if that wasn't the result in 12 months at DXC - perhaps that is their ultimate intention...

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Atlassian releases 'Stride', because HipChat isn't hip enough to whack Slack

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Re: Oooo Disruptive! Innovative! Amazeballs!

There's also something called “Focus Mode” that mutes all incoming messages and informs colleagues you're trying to get some work done without interruption encourages colleagues to come over to your desk to interrupt you in person with their tenuous problems instead.

FTFY

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IBM's global load balancer and reverse DNS degraded by domain transfer mess

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Re: Total Inability to Support Usual Performance

After all their IBM coverage in recent years perhaps they did and this mornings El Reg downtime was the revenge?. All my attempts to read El Reg over my cornflakes crapped out to a Cloudflare holding page. I had to rely on the other half for my morning dose of snarky commentary.

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TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz

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Re: Triple play/quad play bullshit aroma recognised at last?

This is the point. Quad play is pushed by the marketers, not by significant demand from the public, and they love it for this very reason - it gets people locked in with a trivial initial discount then makes it significantly harder to switch to other services when (if?) they start cranking up the price until the pips squeak. The ability to move each service separately to find the best deal is valuable but doesn't have that headline "Saving for taking multiple services" that quad play has.

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Tesla hit with official complaint over factory conditions

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Re: A bent Union Boss.

The Ferraris and swimming pools I can understand but, "two gold $35,000 Montblanc pens". Seriously? Who TF spends THIRTY FIVE GRAND on a bloody pen, never mind the same again on a second one?

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Uber sued by Uber for tarnishing the good name of Uber

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Re: Maybe just change your name?

Having to change the business name you've used for years just because you're getting grief from a massive tech monolith?

I seem to recall His Steveness (tm) once asked someone to do just that:

"Change your apps name. Not that big of a deal."

In related news, I can't help wondering how stories like that "Apple cult leader emails outside world, 11 words from the Messiah's Jesus phone" contributed to the Apple PR Dept's silence towards El Reg. Colour me baffled!

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Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

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Re: That's it, blame it on phone users

@ Karlis 1 "I tried to buy a phone from them one day. When I realised it is conditional to me giving up all my personal data ... I noped out of it."

Depends what they requested. If you were a new customer they would normally do a credit check and they would typically ask for proof of address (e.g. utility bill) and proof of identity (e.g. driving licence). That seems reasonable. Exactly how extensive was their request?

@pleb "Buy from CPW and you're tied into a 24 month contract - having to buy yourself out of airtime and handset if you want to leave early." Not my experience. I bought my phone sim free unlocked from CPW, it was a reasonable deal and I had the phone there and then.

This charging for the remainder of a fixed term contract was dealt with by OFCOM a year or two ago. Companies can charge for the remainder of a contract (I'm thinking of service provision rather than payment for equipment like a handset) but only the actual cost to them which is normally much less than the headline monthly price. Sorry - I don't have a link to hand with more details but if DixCar are charging the full monthly airtime rate for contracts cancelled mid-term they ought to be taken to task on it.

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Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

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Re: I think that's a good idea

@DougS "I'll bet most Windows 10 users have "willingly" agreed to let Microsoft slurp their data..."

Let's see; Windows 10 has at least two settings for data collection "ON" and "ON" and they're turned "ON" by default. Even if you turn it "OFF" it automagically turns itself "ON" again when it quietly installs an automatic update. So when you say "willingly" I doubt that's via informed consent of deliberately turning it on from its default OFF state having decided to do so based on full information on what will be collected and how it will be stored/used.

The bottom line is that very little (if any) of this continued data collection is about better software. It's all about profiling you to the max to push Adverts at you, because $$$/£££/€€€. Even the bloody robot vacuum cleaners are doing it!

Mozilla seems to have decided continued existence is just too much hassle. There's been the continued frustrating UI buggering about in the years since Australis was introduced. Then the recent news that they're going ahead with the kill on extensions and plugins. Old school plugins like Flash I can understand but it seems they'll kill the more recent extensions stuff like Classic Theme Restorer (and I presume stuff like AdBlock +). The latest missive is full on death of privacy. As another poster said above: they may make lots of virtuous promises now when the collection is turned on but that could change once they have the data as the Ts&Cs slowly creep into more and detailed data collection. Based on how they're going at the moment would you trust them 5 years from now with the data they collect from you today?

I really like Firefox and have used it (Thunderbird, too) since something like the 0.8 beta but I just don't get what they're up to at the moment.

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Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer

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Re: When Will People Learn? Halifax Banking...52% APR / 68.4% APY

Another thing worth remembering is that complaint dept operatives tend to be able to solve things up to £50 without significant authorisation as the authorisation process tends to cost more than would be saved from just paying out the amount claimed. So if you have a complaint, and you can reasonably justify it to the 1st/2nd line complaints droid, stiff them for the full £50 (apply an extended remix of time, trouble and inconvenience if this helps).

My experience of LBG is if the payout is relatively low they tend to nix complaints before they become complaints - I've had CS droids offering small payments of around £20 to avoid it entering their internal complaint system where the cost inevitably rises exponentially with a risk of further costs going to Ombudsman. Some may say this is bribing the customer to keep their complaint stats down but such is capitalism ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Re: Suggestions for replacement?

"SumatraPDF" Thanks for all the suggestions on this. I've been looking for a decent replacement for the PoS that is Adobe reader. Since installing SumatraPDF yesterday it's been working well.

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Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

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Re: When will this bosses realise it works both ways?

@VinceH "Amongst other things I was told that I "shouldn't be counting hours""

It's interesting how we get berated because we shouldn't be counting hours while it's in their favour; until it's in our favour then those hours are suddenly counted to the minute.

I recall accidentally admitting I kept a note of my hours during my first appraisal at the current gig (some years ago now) - the boss had complained I didn't work enough unpaid overtime (in his workaholic opinion) and I wanted to make clear that wasn't the case. He went absolutely loopy at the idea I was noting my hours which I took as a sign I absolutely must keep doing so for the very reasons you and many others in this thread have also found.

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Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

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Re: Brexit

@AC "There's no sign of EU citizens leaving, "

I have two friends - both are from EU nations, both work well paid professional jobs (IT/technology) and pay lots of tax, both do charity/voluntary work in their local community, and both are leaving soon as a direct result of Brexit and the sudden rise of xenophobia they've experienced because they're Forrinurs.

It may be only two data points but by itself it blows the absolute claim you make out of the water - and they're not the only ones.

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Re: I predict chaos

It'll be worse than chaos. That picture in the article shows a chicken with only one leg that seems to be responsible for a basket full of eggs. What kind of agricultural marvel is this fowl future? A sudden halving in the supply of chicken drumsticks will have the Colonel crying into his special mix of herbs and spices until they realise it's easier to catch them.

I, for one, welcome our new Mono-pod Avian overlords.

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Ads regulator raps PC repair biz for massaging malware infection rates

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Re: Google is your friend here ...

I'm surprised* a significant number of people didn't see that claim for the BS it is.

If it completely excludes reinfections then every computer considered by the survey (all in normal use?) would be infected within 3 days. Even if we look at the other end of the scale (every infection is on an already infected computer) the computers in question would acquire 2-3 new malware infections per week and surely become unusable within a few weeks. I'm not saying malware isn't prevalent, but those kind of claims are nuts!

The ASA is a bunch of useless crap - but that shouldn't forgive people who seem to suffer from widespread gullibility. Unfortunately the very people we should accord the highest scepticism (adverts, politicians) are the very ones people seem to lap up with more credulity than they deserve.

*Not surprised

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SoundCloud: You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music

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Re: It's one of the examples of one of the dumbest competitors...

I've found this site to be helpful in downloading the occasional track from Soundcloud (that doesn't offer an official ability to download)

http://keepvid.com/

As always YMMV

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Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

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Re: Duckduckgo for Google?

That's a frustrating aspect of DDG that pushes me back to Google UK all too often. Even with the UK localisation set on DDG it still throws up a load of US results when I search for things in the UK: I may find what I want in result 10+ with DDG whereas G! UK returns what I'm after as result 1 or 2. I guess they are dependent on the results from Y! and Bing and these are letting them down?

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Revealed: The secret CEO texts that tell the tale of Uber-Waymo's self-driving tech spat

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Re: Ottomotto Zero to Self Driving in 6 Months

I know this whole affair stinks of something awful, and anything Uber gets involved with is more likely to be dodgy than not (El Reg passim), and I'm concerned I'm tacitly supporting the case for the other side (i.e. The very big data collection and advertising extravaganza Corp), but:

"Levandowski left Waymo in January 2016 and set up his own self-driving truck company, Ottomotto, that was bought by Uber for $680m in August 2016." How on earth could you set up a company (presumably from scratch) then get bought out for more than HALF A BILLION BUCKS about 6 months later and expect people to think that wasn't dodgy?

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Re: HR Fail

@TonyJ: "Whereas HR departments seem to solely exist to ensure that a company can get away with the absolute bare minimum and treat their staff like cattle."

Better summarised as: "The HR department exists only to protect the company from its employees."

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Uber bros kill car leasing program after losing nine grand per vehicle

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Re: Overestimating resale values

This has been in the media recently as these PCP and PCH deals have been flagged up by financial regulators as an area of growing concern: Car finance deals: Do they spell trouble?

From that article: "Here is a fascinating conundrum: The price of new cars has gone up significantly in the last five years, yet they have become cheaper to drive.

The answer lies in the creative genius not of the car designers, but the financial engineers who invented a new way to borrow money."

Sub-prime mortgages offered a new way to borrow money and look how that worked out when the house of cards came tumbling down so those opening sentences should strike fear into anyone who remembers the crash of 2007!

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Big Switch, HPE, in 'You complete me. No, you complete me' tryst

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Big Switch

Well, I've just learned something. I thought Big Switch was a typically snarky El Reg reference to someone like Cisco, a la Big Phone (AT&T) and Big Cable (Comcast). I guess I've been loitering around here too long.

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Another day, another British Airways systems screwup causes chaos

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Re: Not just an IT problem

@commswonk "The Daily [NameThatMustNotBeMentioned] about other shortcomings of which BA is accused. It cannot make happy reading for anyone."

I'll take that as the Daily Heil so I've FIFY

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Re: I feel sorry

@Lee D Aaaaand breathe! :)

Also upvote for that rant as I completely agree. People mess up all the time, no one is perfect. What really counts is how you deal with the mess up. I will go back to a company that sorts things out well but not one that couldn't care less or deliberately antagonises me (as per the script monkeys you dealt with at B4Beds).

We bought a new AEG/Electrolux cooker hood from John Lewis and it was missing the mounting screws from inside the several layers of completely sealed packaging. An oopsie in the packing dept but needed sorting quickly as the installer was coming in a couple of days. Called JL who just routed the call to Electrolux as they already have my money thanks. Electrolux then spend about half an hour of my phone bill figuring out in detail which bits are missing then promising to send them out.

The installer came and went - he managed to get a tidy job done without the missing bits in question as he used some spares he had.

About 8 days later a large box arrived from Electrolux. It contained a complete new set of the manuals and bags of screws etc (the box was 20% full or 80% empty depending on your outlook). It was also missing the three required mounting screws I needed. Icon ->

The only thing Electrolux got right was quietly adding me to their Spam list so the email I created for them got deleted rather promptly after. A complete cluster fuck of arse spanners of an organisation.

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You know what’s not so throttled at O2? UK sales. They're up 2.6%

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Re: You know what else is going up at O2?

@Haku

One thing stood out in that price list:

"Using Circuit Switched WAP via 915000 or +447712927927 in the UK and the rest of our Europe Zone"

People are still using circuit switched WAP (i.e. mobile dialup) in large enough numbers to keep providing the service on PAYG? Huge if true! Where is the shocked icon?

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Three: No fixed date yet for 4G services abroad

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Re: Losing it soon anyway

It all depends on what nature "leave" takes when (if?) it happens. If we want to maintain access to the Single Market I imagine keeping regulations like this will be part of the new agreement struck with the EC/EU27.

There is a chance leave does happen and with us having no deal to keep access to the Single Market. In that case operators probably would be free to do away with these new roaming regulations unless HMG decide they want to keep them in some form. It could happen as we've been told that no deal is better than a bad deal, unless we're talking about Trumpistan where any deal is a good deal.

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Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

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Re: You can't afford a fickel company for long-lived products

@EveryTime, "When your company culture is such that a manager thinks "screw the rest of the company, this will hurt my profit numbers next quarter" and gets away with it, the decline has begun."

If you're starting development of new silicon (i.e. not a simple derivative of an existing product) it could take 3-5 years for that to move from initial idea to volume production and [hopefully] profit once it's paid off the R&D investment. If some PHB is worried what his numbers will be in 13 WEEKS time, rather than a few years out, then the decline is so deeply rooted the company is beyond help as those bean counting bonus weasels have infested the whole hierarchy. Exits are here and here - please remove and leave behind any well heeled shoes before jumping down the emergency slides.

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Re: Group that came up with it is history

FTA: "[The New Technology Group] was formed in 2015 through the restructuring of Intel's New Devices Group."

I bet the PHB MBA who came up with that incredible group rebranding name change got a massive bonus for his/her efforts.

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TalkTalk posts 3% sales drop, says Openreach should walk the WalkWalk

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Re: TT's TV Adverts

Slightly OT. My nearby shopping centre is full of these sales droids now. Vermin Media and Murdoch telly are permanent fixtures (VM also have a store - closing soon) with BT and TalkTalk having a recurring guest appearances.

It all helps to make shopping that little bit more joyless but not as much as when the supermarket had people in the aisles pushing energy deals at commuters hurriedly grabbing a "Cry-wank meal for one".

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Re: Perhaps

We need to put this in El Reg parlance:

If TalkTalk stop being ShitShit and getting HackedHacked their customer numbers may GrowGrow !

I've added a carefully slanted Yahoo! just for shits and giggles.

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Western Digital wins California court skirmish against Toshiba

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Re: A lesson to be learned here:

@ecarlseen "Don't sign contracts based on the people you're dealing with at the moment."

Quite right. I would suggest a modified form is also true: "Don't accept shitty legislation from the Gubbermint just because you like the current lot that are in, or they've offered huggy snuggly reasons for implementing laws that go further and wider than they need to achieve what they have proposed."

An example would be laws permitting blanket surveillance; an oft discussed topic here at El Reg. Just because the current lot claim they want to go after Terrorists and the like now, doesn't mean they won't be used in other self serving ways in the future by a different lot.

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Bloke takes over every .io domain by snapping up crucial name servers

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Re: Matthew Bryant

"The .io registry lists seven such name servers – and Bryant managed to take control of four of them for $95.99 apiece."

This enquiring mind would be interested to know if he got a refund on his $383.96, in addition to any bug bounty he may have qualified for.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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Last time I moved jobs (over 10 years ago) it was within the UK and I was offered £900 as 3 monthly instalments. No conditions on what it could be used for, or requirements to put receipts through expenses. They gave me the money and let me figure out how best to use it towards finding somewhere to live and moving my various gubbins to my new location. In the end it covered all the expenses of moving and part of the deposit on my flat. If I was to do it today it'd cost more, partly because I have a lot more stuff to shift!

Moves are expensive so if you're offering people money to do it, give them the money and let them get on with it. Having to expense everything with receipts and conditions on what it can be put towards just makes them less likely to claim it. Oh, I get it now :)

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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"Not to mention the major university I worked for which did a failover test of the datacenter"

"Suffice to say there were a lot of people on site that weekend..."

It's a big enough risk to do "It's a small change - a five minute job" type things on a Friday. Are you saying they did a full on major disaster test on a Friday? Why is there no "Horrified" icon?

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