* Posts by AndGregor

34 posts • joined 25 Sep 2011

Three challenges UK watchdog to a duel over mobile spectrum rules

AndGregor

The One Plan

Am a three customer and upgraded last year to a new phone. Happily accepted the blurb that my package wouldn't change and unlimited means unlimited.

Unless that is I want to tether for the two weeks I take the family on holiday. Is surprising how much data the kids can use on YouTube.

Not overly bothered about being lied to as I got a new shiny and there are ways around the tethering cap, if you feel so inclined.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

AndGregor

No moving job would be complete without the obligatory "To Me - To you".

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How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

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Coat

On-line Government

Let's do away with Government and turn over all decision making to on-line polls. What could possibly go wrong ? We managed to name a boat, without too much fuss..

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

AndGregor
Pint

Blooort

I got lost then spat my beer on the monitor at the punch line, brilliant.

My Friday is complete.

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We're not quitting the UK: Microsoft quashes Brexit fake news

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FAIL

If Windows 10 is a sign of the M$ times..

Off you got to Europe. Good riddance !

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

AndGregor
Coat

Based on your recent bombing activity..

We have compiled a list of suggested products: 4 x Air to Surface Missiles, 2 x Air to Air Missiles. Click Here for 1-click ordering.

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Dotdot. Who's there? Yet another IoT app layer

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More Please

I got lost with the marketing speak but hey, if I can get my front door talking to my wall safe, smoke alarm and oven at the same time, put them all on t'interweb then happy days.

What could possibly go wrong..? (Shame they didn't mention Bluetooth, always a sure fire winner).

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

AndGregor
Paris Hilton

Customer Service Call Recording

'Let me check the status of your TV, hmm it would appear that you have switched it on, tsk tsk. Sir / Madam, if you check your small print that action alleviates us of any support responsibilities. Now let's go through a two hour script to make us both feel better.'

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Hate 'contact us' forms? This PHPmailer zero day will drop shell in sender

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Small Business

Contact forms are still a very good and valid facility for local businesses, they actually want you to contact them. Something bigger companies could learn from. Mine's the one with SmtpClient in the pocket.

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Coat

Stopped reading at 'We know we want people to be running Windows 10 from a security perspective'. Was a big fan and advocate of MS, until WIndows 10..

I am not sure how losing control of my privacy and, more importantly, my young family members' privacy is helping me secure anything..

My next OS is WIndows 7 again again..

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

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a Dave taught me this one.

PBKC - Problem Between Keyboard and Chair.

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

AndGregor
Go

Re: And when a kid

No respectable shark would leave the cabin without a tornado nearby..

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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World Domination First

An old laptop, an Arduino and some scrap parts.. Let's teach our kids to take over the world with robots. No Windows 10 required.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Pint

Bring back the Monarchy and we can all get on with our lives.

We voted out, end of, now deal with it and politicians can get us a good deal, as that's what they are being paid for after all.. Just like all of the middle managers in this country that serve us all so well.

Beer because it's pre-Friday today.

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15 million tech-fried Brits have tried giving themselves a 'digital detox'

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Coat

Gave up Fakebook

Over six months ago now, don't miss it one bit.

Have a large family so camping holidays are the norm now, we switch off.. mostly.

Camping site with a power hookup is a must, cold beer n'all. We also allow the kids to tether their tablets for their YouTube fix in the morning. How else are the missus and I to get a lie in.

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

AndGregor
Coffee/keyboard

Project Manglement

The equation is also applicable to how many overseers there are on a single email chain where you are forced to provide a technical explanation to a simple issue and proposed fix.

The overall number of CC'ed participants in a 'project line', don't ask me, is directly proportional to the chances of something going awry in the first place and inversely proportional to the time it will take to fix any issue.

I pine for the good old days when project managers were promoted from a solid technical background and their face didn't blue screen when presented with understanding the difference between client and server.

I would happily jockey a Maker through the agile workspace screaming Muad'Dib most every day of the week, if nothing but to end the suffering sooner.

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Three's mobile data goes titsup in mysterious spreading outage

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Been Off for Weeks

Am near Northampton, we have had practically no voice, text or data service for over 4 weeks now. Signal pings up, a couple of emails may drop in and then it goes again. Calls won't go through, texts usually take a couple of hours to go. I have no signal now.

Has been intermittent since Jan or Feb.. Many Saturdays, for some reason, we would have no signal and data has been up and down fairly regularly.

Three have given a token credit on our bill. Support rang and I couldn't hear them (another symptom) so they text me to say they tried to call but I couldn't be contacted., please ring them back..

Please fix my signal Three.. And prepare for another round of crediting my bill :)

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Amazon outage whacked Netflix US customers on Christmas Eve

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bandwidth

On the busiest day of the year, a technical outage, blame the magical technobox for lack of resource at peak times. So paying for a service is better because...?

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Mother of All Whistlers: Virgin Media superhub. Listen to recordings

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Getting Better

I have moaned about VM since I moved into my house, they were over subscribed in this area. The service does seem to have 'gotten betterer' of late. Still not Branson's best buddy yet though.

My latest Super-hub also came with a warning not to use any other power supply and support were quick to ask if I used the supplied power supply.

There is a very good reason why the Super-hub will not allow you to forward a single port to more than one IP.

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Facebook's stock rally may be shortlived: Small advertisers enraged

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Coat

how very unsocial

So, a social network that doesn't show your posts to your friends, what could possibly go wrong..

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ITC was wrong: Apple, RIM owe us $1bn for that patent – Kodak

AndGregor
Coat

rebuild as a printer company ?

Bye then Kodak..

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O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters

AndGregor

Looks like they are having 'trouble' with their status page too: http://status.o2.co.uk.

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Brit telco flagship BT joins blockade of Pirate Bay

AndGregor
Joke

legitimate usage

And for the rest of us using p2p for things such as, erm and I aah... will get back to you on that.

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Scottish council muzzles 9-year-old school dinner photo blogger

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Megaphone

fire them all !

Just the fact that an official acting on 'our behalf' deems it ok to attempt to, in their eyes, silence a 9 year old really pisses me off. Jobs and contracts, I.e. the person weak enough to be pressured into this action (the job) by the contractor forcing the 'food' onto an unsuspecting child or children, our children ! All should be fired immediately with no chance of providing a pathetic excuse. I want to see heads rolling into a deep fat fryer, mars bar in ear optional.

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Does Britain really need a space port?

AndGregor
Mushroom

Location Location Location.

We still own the Falklands, right ? is that close enough to the equator for a serious launch platform ?

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Facebook jumps then slumps in first few minutes day's trade

AndGregor
Meh

So what's next

Good luck to Zuckerberg, if he gets a few bill and a desert island out of it then why not, he wins. I suspect it's on it's way down the drain along with the w2k bug, dot com bubble and numerous other hyped up marketing ploys.. Seems to me is only marketing and people on the dole that like FB, not exactly known for their willingness to click and buy on a new shiny now are they.. Too early ?

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Quantum computing IN OUR LIFETIME - IBM breakthrough

AndGregor
Coat

skynet++

A puter powered by the underlying force that controls the whole universe.. what could possibly go wrong ? Assuming we aren't in a singularity.. inside another singularity.

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Brit pair deported from US for 'destroy America' tweet

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How strange, a bit of cross referencing would have flagged up the 'quote from Family Guy' and a bit of consulting from a UK resident would have made clear the destroying phrase, can offer my services for a fat wage packet and my own taser..

Border patrol must be doing a good job as no bad guys are tweeting their intentions to commit terrorists atrocities before boarding a plane into welcoming arms.. Job Done !

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Modeling-clay iPads foisted on unwary Canucks

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Go

awesome

Claymobil, models please or its not true..

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Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

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Good Job..

I cancelled my VM contract in the day before the phones went into meltdown. Cancellation fee.. dream on my friend, dream on.

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First ever private rocket to space station in launch delay

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Obviously

Cheese in space, it has to be Wallace and Gromit.

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Virgin Media takes itself in hand after punter-package tickle whoopsie

AndGregor
FAIL

SuperSnub..

I have had the immense pleasure of hours on the phone to VMs script bot 'help' desk. The only time I got through to an actual technician was last week when I rang to cancel my contract. The reason being, as mentioned, I can't use my broadband for gaming or IP telephony. Router resets required almost daily.

For gaming, I get maybe one or two nights a week when I have enough time to thing about base jumping into helicopters, only to give up trying to play on-line. The IP phone, I need a lot to service one of my clients, ironically for support.

Line quality is actually better when tethered through my mobile.. Is enough to make me blub like a scolded child and am the butt of many jokes from colleagues, mostly asking if I am in a wind tunnel today..

After being talked into getting my problems fixed, support conceded that there was an 'issue' with the cable in a local cabinet, my broadband did improve later that day. A week later it was down for an hour or two, Work being carried out in my area, ok.. When it came back up I had much less latency and packet loss, woohoo, they actually fixed it...

I held my breath.. After two days, this is now fairly typical of my connection quality (Different day=same old story):

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/ping/share/5028aeaab50b20e3b0a3fe7390446760-16-01-2012.html

Fail. From a loyal, since the good 'ol days of NTL, thoroughly fed up, fobbed off customer.. Find somebody in your area and run a broadband quality test before even thinking about signing up, it could be 1000MB, is still useless if you don't get any packets returned..

Hmm, I wonder if they will give me a free 56k modem redundancy option if I ask nicely..

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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

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poor printers

Haven't had the chance for the printer to physically break, every new software update breaks any chance of printing. Forget about scanning wirelessly..

Have lost hours, good riddance..

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Facebook suggests sharing everything all the time

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Pint

pointless tat

So there is incredible value in knowing that your neighbours dog has just had it's fifth birthday, yet no-one can find a way to make any monies from knowing all this useless tat..?

Good luck in convincing me I should buy something because a needy fb buddy has an advert next to their name, bloated marketing dept. soon to be looking for work.

In a side note, is impossible to un-install fb from my wildfire-s, come on Google give me a delete button please..

beer because... Just because.

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