ISTR it wasn't all that long ago that El Reg was posting climate change denial nonsense. Happy to see it's turned a corner.
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I have a little sympathy for BT: in the early/middle twentieth century when the infrastructure was being built and the lines being laid they weren't exactly weighing up the pros and cons of G.Fast vs. FTTP, were they?
That said, they do need to improve on things for those with truly poor speeds. I don't know if a government subsidy is the answer, but a good connection does at least need to available to those who want/need it. Otherwise rural communities will suffer, and we should be reversing the influx of people into cities in order to take the heat out of the housing market and ensure food supplies (says he, a city dweller).
Re: You have to hand it to TT
VM regularly send me what I can only describe as A4 brochures in the post. If you call them they say they cannot take you off their mailing list (BT, to their credit, are happy to oblige and actually do it). I have zero intention of ever getting VM and every bit of marketing they send me makes me despise them even more.
Hold on a minute..... assuming it is this kid (and your guess is as good as mine whether it is or not), for any real damage to be done he would either have to have sold the data already, which would require a buyer, which he would probably have had to source beforehand, or he has used the data already.
Neither of those scenarios seems likely to me, especially if he is, as expected, a script kiddie doing it for the lulz.
If he has still got the data and the only copy wasn't on the equipment seized by the cops then he will have to do something with it very shortly, which would take a great deal of nerve, as I would imagine he has been shaken up enough by the whole experience.
Of course it could be nothing to do with him (maybe he was just running a Tor exit node or something).
Either way we haven't heard the last of this yet, that's for sure.
I'd rather trust my e-mail to an ISP over a budget web host.
Typical problems include the SMTP server keeps on getting blacklisted, e-mails do not get delivered and with no bounce/error message (only running an e-mail trace in cPanel shows a delivery failure), hosting providers not backing up servers properly and then their hardware failing, and so on and so forth.
I still use the e-mail account associated with an ISP I left many years ago. There are no ads on the web interface and I have IMAP access on my phone. I am using 700% of my disk usage but thankfully they don't seem to have noticed and/or care. Only problem is finding a reliable SMTP server (see above) but on my phone I use my network's SMTP server which is pretty reliable.
To piss the El Reg forum purists off even further, I also use TalkTalk as my home ADSL provider and they have been reliable and more than fast enough for my admittedly modest needs, whilst caving in to threats to leave which ensures that I get as cheap a price as the cheapest competitor. They also were the only people willing to install a new phone line for free.
Asking the public their views on climate change is fairly pointless. A better way to gauge the importance of an issue would be to ask actually scientists (you know, the people who have an in depth knowledge on these matters) who are screaming from the rooftops.
Unfortunately (and ironically), their voices are being deliberately ignored, thanks in part to the efforts of the fossil fuel and associated industries, who really do use underhand tactics in order to influence policymakers and the media, who are far more important than the public.
Orange are terrible
Phones laden with crapware, customer service agents that just lie through their teeth, a network that gives you a decent number of bars reception then texts you to tell you someone tried to call you an hour ago when the phone hasn't moved from the "full bar" location (infuriating!), calls taking three attempts to connect. They give me a good deal since I verbally tore them a new one which is about the only reason I still use them.
But who to move to? Vodafone? No thanks, I actually want a signal sometimes, believe it or not. T-Mobile and EE will just offer the same incompetence as Orange. O2? Never been convinced by them for some reason, though they are looking like the best bet. And I don't like Three's requirement to use a 3G phone.
So Orange stay, for now. Reluctantly.