* Posts by koswix

24 posts • joined 27 Jun 2012

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


Sounds more like PR spin to me. Can't do any planned maintenance as the network is down, so suspend those jobs and you indeed now have 'hundreds' of technical staff available to focus on the outage... Even if they're doing nothing, they're *focused* on doing nothing.

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties



There's a comment in the announcement that existing earnings will be paid out in line with adsense policies. Fees this mean that if you haven't met the payment threshold as of 20th Feb, they'll keep your money?

I want my 26 quid please!

Voda customers given green light by Ofcom to ditch contracts


Re: First?

Greece is in Europe, but wasn't part of feel at home until the EU ruling came into force.

I'll say one thing though, I always had the cheapest bills with Three. Mainly on account of how I could never get a signal to use the damn thing.

Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships


Clearly a naughty boy, but what part of US law covers the sale and distribution of substances in Europe?

BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'



I dunno, it would certainly explain why Ryanair's website is so awful!

Did you buy anything from Microsoft's glum Apple Store knockoff? You may be owed $100


Re: 8000 purchases?

Ah, guess that makes more sense than the app store. I did find it hard to believe that 200 people had loaded the app store each month, never mind actually made a purchase.


8000 purchases?

November 2013 to February 2017 is 40 months, I think.

1.2m settlement, minus lawyers fees (400k) and 10k for the first guy, leaves 790k for paying out the rest. Call it 800k.

At 100 dollars a payout, that's 8,000 purchases from the store. In 40 months. 200 purchases from their app store a month.

I had no idea it was doing so well.

Ex-soldier pleads guilty to terror crime after not revealing iPhone PIN


Re: Something fishy about this story

So you're saying there's no whey he was joining the Kurds?

Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber


I imagine that, like most twins, his brother is more or less the same age.

Still, I bet it was the dad wot dun it. He's giving the kids the credit in order to exploit the chatshow network.

UK research network Janet under ongoing and persistent DDoS attack


Re: Are you suggesting

As an engineering student revising for exams, no, I can't really claim El Reg to be essential to work. Maybe I could spin some of the articles and editorial into being relevant for my project management course, but that's mostly bullshit anyway.


Didn't notice this at all yesterday, but today the network is almost unusable (in Edinburgh). It's a very cunning attack, I can access the Reg, reddit, facebook, etc., but anything I need for actual work is completely unreachable. Oh well.

Volkswagen: 800,000 of our cars may have cheated in CO2 tests


Tax bands

Could this lead to tax band regrading, and potential increased VED for owners? If so, odont put that chequebook away just yet, VW.

Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista


Apart from the Orwellian level of surveillance, and the lack of basic features*, and the general instability of certain drivers**, I quite like 10. In a "oh god is this really the final push I need to switch to Linux full time" kind of way.

*auto switching between headphones and speakers when I plug/unplug headphones. How on earth did they fuck that up?!

**I'm looking at you, WHQL certified nvidia driver!

We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens



That Dyson's got a nerve to complain about claims on the label. I ended up in hospital after trying out one of his ball cleaners.

GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds


I have had a number of mid-conversation messages end up in spam this last two weeks or so. Do I win a prize?

Fridge-size probot headed for comet touchdown


Re: Official unit?

And yet for some reason it never seems to actually be Wales.

Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'


Re: I can confirm...

>>So I phoned up and had a massive go at them. As you do.

No, as /you/ do. When I need someone in customer service/Tech support to sort something out I tend to find that not being a complete arse hole to them is far more effective.

And as someone who (sadly) works in customer service I can confirm that the people who "have a massive go" are the ones that get bumped down the to do list and receive the bare minimum of help.


Re: @sorry, what? - Sieze the opportunity

That's how I ended up with Sky - BT wanted 120 quid to reconnect my phone line, Sky did it for 20.

My sky broadband has pretty much worked from day one, at close to the maximum speed (19.8 mbit last time I checked). But then I live in a city, and the exchange is about 3 streets away. YMMV.

A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it


Personally I can't wait for the EA addition that requires an always-on connection. If your internet goes down you have 20 minutes to finish what you were doing before the lights go off.

Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son


Did you here about the Chinese-German war game?

20 minutes after playing you're still hungry for power.

Flash memory made immortal by fiery heat


I'm pretty sure my laptop already gets to ~400C when doing anything in 3D, so my SSD must be invincible. Shame my legs aren't.

Burglar steals $60,000 of computers from Steve Jobs' home


[Insert joke about jail breaking here]

O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters


Been flakey since yesterday afternoon

Up here in rainy Edinburgh I've been having issues since about 3pm yesterday - keep getting told my sim card (giffgaff) isn't allowed on the network.

Had service this morning up until about 2pm and then nothing since.

Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

Black Helicopters

Swap the N for an n and that sentence becomes far more worrying.

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