* Posts by lsces

70 posts • joined 13 Jan 2015


Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget


What was the point!

Had the visit to fit Electric and Gas ... already £30 up because of missed one ... but now we need one of the 'new' electric meters when they arrive as the one fitted can't access the gas meter, so they did not change that. I've still got to manually read the gas meter and the smart display is showing a blank usage quite often during the day. I'd had to wait for this meter as the previous ones did not support dual rate and one can see the joins where even this one has no concept of tracking day and night usage! SO as I say what was the point! Perhaps they should have built something that worked before they started pushing it out?

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME


Re: Oh boy, ME

Since it may well be connected to specialized hardware that only has to do a specific job, the problem of getting the same hardware working with a newer version of windows comes to mind. How many systems are still running 32 bit versions of windows so they can still access that hardware by a real parallel port. M$ has broken so much of the physical interface that modern versions of windows can't even connect to some very expensive and still fully operational hardware :(

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere


Who do I send the compensation bill to?

Anybody got an address to send the legal paperwork for the currently 148 counts of extortion currently sitting in the bitcoin extortion folder on my in box. Certainly while it's sole claim to fame is to fund illegal activity it should be made to pay?

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian


Re: How are they breaching his human rights?

Is he actually paying any rent?

Unexpected MySQL database meltdown fingered in GitHub's 24-hour website wobble


Re: Solution by Microsoft

Avoid problems altogether and switch to Firebird ...

UK comms watchdog Ofcom pokes probe into Vodafone and EE over network coverage numbers


Down the road a bit ...

Vodafone reception is just as hit and miss. At least with my analogue Vodafone phone I could usually make a phonecall, nowadays even THAT can be hit and miss around here!

US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials


Re: Money, Money, Money

Donations to election expenses are strictly controlled, as are donations to political parties. Anything is is simply illegal ;)

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?


Re: Not turn them in to apps.

Surely any good developer is already on Linux ... and has better tools already ;)

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit


When do we get compensation in the UK?

Just had to return £20 worth of cartridges to Viking Direct as the one I replaced rendered the printer unusable. The replacements cost over £60 ... what was that about printer ink being more valuable than gold? What is even more amusing of cause is the bags to return the empty cartridges which you can't use when they are refilled. Anybody do an A3 printer that takes bottles of ink?

Sextortion scum armed with leaked credentials are persistent pests


Re: Why me?

I'm up to 40 and demands are getting up to $5000 dollars now. My joke is I've never been able to get a camera working with the kit here so I'd happily pay to fix THAT problem, but while bitcoin is being used in this way I can't see ANY legitimate reason for the idea that it is a main stream financial service ... it's simply an illegal money laundering system in my book and should be shut down!

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...


Not even available ...

Just received a modem from Vodafone for a second fibre broadband only to find it does not even understand IPv6 ... I did not even think to ask about it as the BT circuit already has it set up. I just assumed since the mobile phone has an IPv6 address that the broadband would as well ...

It would perhaps be useful if we had an actual list of providers who do support an IPv6 connection?

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way


Still too much grey space ...

I know that wide screen monitors are a thing of the past, but responsive design SHOULD be able to make use of all the blank space that cropped sites like The Register have always had. Far too long and thin is what is needed for limited vertical display devices, but horizontal display devices should be supported as well ... even if many sites can't actually cope with using tablets and the like in horizontal mode ...

East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line


Ditch the BT hubs ...

Since being upgraded to fibre I was getting outages every day. The BT hub was then taking 5 to 10 minutes to reconnect. Was on a HUB5 and then supplied with 3 HUB6's over some months. All to no avail. I'd even dropped the analogue phone and just pluged the hub in direct. Currently there is a Netgear hub on the line, the analogue side is connected back up, and I've not seen a dropout I can't explain. 30 days clean before re-plugging the analogue gear, and another 24 days clean since. The annoying thing here is that BT paid for the Netgear unit early on because their original installation engineer did not know the hub I was using then would not work with fibre! SO I had to go out late on a Friday to buy something to get the line working again! Should have just ditched the BT hub when it arrived ...

Vodafone drank Facebook's network Kool-Aid … and LIVED!


Multiple routes?

Sod's law says the backhoe will hit the cable duct at the point where all of the fibres are in the same one? Perhaps at the top level sites will have two or more independent ducts allowing re-routing around the break, but how much of the infrastructure that feeds us poor end users goes through a single point of failure at several points on the route?

A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?


Progress backwards ...

Pity when using all recent Samsung phones in landscape mode they forget and give you some pages portrait. Something of a safety issue when using the phones in a car hands free and you can't get back to sat nav ... can't actually DIAL from the phones without taking it out and turning around!

Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?


Vanila OS base

Battling currently with Google Play trying to update applications I've in theory disabled on my S9+ so I'm looking forward to a clean open source OS that I don't have to have EITHER Google or Samsung versions of the applications which compete with the Linux compatible ones I run on my desktop. Looks like LineageOS 15.1 is reaching a stable point and it will be nice to get that loaded.

Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions


Re: "Judge us by our actions"

And that is why I have no interest in being screwed yet again by Microsoft! Their actions destroyed my main source of income by their actions over forcing my clients to pay them for a new version of windows and at the same time throwing in 'free' software to help justify the millions of pounds they required because XP was 'no longer supported'. I'm just not interested in dealing with a company that thinks they own everything and this is just another action to take further control of what should be an independent area of business!

German court snubs ICANN's bid to compel registrar to slurp up data


Privacy Brick Walls

Given the number of .com and .net domains that are hidden behind 'privacy services' is it any suprise that the courts don't buy that the data is 'essential'. At least Nominet complies with GDPR and ensures that REAL contact information is logged against a domain!

Brit healthcare system inks Windows 10 install pact with Microsoft


Re: M$ should be paying us!

But why should I have to? The laptop has been working fine doing the job it was doing. UPDATE AND WIRELESS PORT WERE SWITCHED OFF ... and yet still M$ managed to force an unwanted update through. Given the time wasted on his it would have been cheaper to buy a new laptop ... but why should I need to pay for a ne M$ license when I already have one on the existing machine!

Hence M$ should be paying us!


Re: M$ should be paying us!

MSI CR630 is the one on the desk here currently ... ONLY W10 clean install from the W1608 disk ... nothing else installed again as yet. First thing it does is try to apply W1709 build ... and we are stuck in a loop of try - fail - restore old version.

YES I use classic shell ... it's the only way to make W10 productive again, but it's not that which is the problem! Number of AMD powered machines have been a problem ...


M$ should be paying us!

So who fixes all the machines bricked because W10 updates don't recognise the increasing number of machines that are simply unable to run the 'latest and greatest' junk? I've lost days trying to get laptops stable again because anything after V1608 simply bricks them. And I do mean bricks them as they are unusable until one plugs in a suitable disk to get BACK to the last stable version. You can't do it any other way !!!

Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?


Re: "...a [Lidar] blind spot low to the ground all around the car."

"Kitten running into the road is low down."

Or a child?

We need to go deeper: Meltdown and Spectre flaws will force security further down the stack


Which Hardware?

"at some point you need to upgrade your hardware"

Do we know just what hardware is affected as yet? I run AMD processors and it's not particularly clear if these need the 'slow down in processing' that some Intel powered machines are now encumbered with.

Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return


But google insist!

When we can configure an android device with the same preferred applications we use elsewhere and NOT be forced down googles choice because you can't remove them ... but then it would be nice if say Firefox ran on android device without crashing when one ends up on a google search page. Lets have a clean 'no-google' option out of the box.

But then I still have my N900 on the desk here even if I can't use it on the move.

Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes


Re: Headline

It's not El Reg making that conclusion - it's the reports authors based on scaling countrywide? May be a little far fetched, but not unreasonable. It would be useful to know though if the fatalities WERE the drivers or innocent third parties!

Yahoo! Groups! Go! TITSUP! for! Days!


Alternative to egroups?

Many people keep pushing on-line forums as a replacement for the service that egroups used to supply before they were bought out. The bottom line is that there is STILL a place for a well managed email based listing system so that one does not spend hours each morning going around numerous on-line sites just to see if anything has been posted. I come down stairs, put the kettle on and look at my in box and ALL of the stuff is there. 95% can be ignored or shelved for later and the important stuff picked up and cleared. NONE of the on-line replacements play well with this simple and productive method of working ... that is while the add laden yahoogroups is at least sending out the emails ...

BOFH: The trouble with, er, windows installs


How many other laptops trashed with this weeks updates?

Just spent the morning around a neighbours trying to restore this laptop so it works with the second monitor. It was working perfectly Thursday and has been for a number of years even after M$ forced an update from W7 t W10 DESPITE!!! update being switched off. It seems now that the latest update does not like the hardware ... in which case Don't Frigging UPDATE a machine that you can't keep working !!!!!

BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months


BT have been using a 10 month price increase cycle for years! So next year there will be two increases ...

Frustrated Britons struggle to locate their packages: Royal Mail tracker smacked


Two changes spotted so far ... having typed in an international tracking number it gets displayed with credit card spaces! It's 2 letters 9 numbers 2 letters and that is how it's read...

Second change is the TOTALLY alloying capture that is often impossible to answer where it appears on other sites ... at least that seems to be skipped if one logs in before checking, but why should one have to? I there must be a capture, then a simple text string is a lot easier to live with.

Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it


It would be nice if ...

Nokia got back to producing the N900 phones again with Linux on board so we have a REAL alternative to Android. There was nothing wrong with that phone and the crap I've had to put up with since are just getting worse and worse even ignoring windows ...

British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey


Add the problem that they don't bother to check how many people can be supplied from the cabinets they do finally upgrade. How many are filled up before half the target houses are actually able to upgrade?

Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build


How many people use 'Classic Shell'?

First thing I install on any windows machine post W7 and then I can talk clients through problems over the phone. Makes W10 at last usable again :)

Vodafone loses €6bn mainly due to Indian biz writeoff


How much longer ...

Having had a mobile number with Vodafone since the days of the grey brick I've reached the point where I'm down to sim only and am trying to decide who to switch to and coming up with a blank! Competition in the UK is non-existent as nobody can actually provide a reliable service to large areas of the UK like the Cotswolds. I got more reliable coverage from the analogue phones we used to have access to!

Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain


What I find even worse is having NOT had the laptop on for a few days can result in a long wait to actually be able to do anything ... as MrBlack says ... usually after you have had an emergency call to a client site and need to fix something quickly :(

I'm glad the desktop machine here are all Linux, updates are never a problem.

Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook


Re: What the hell.

More than past the first hurdle in just a couple of days so there is certainly demand!

All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills


The last few 'annual increases' have been 10 months apart. I glad we have finally actually got fibre and I've been able to kill the second line that we needed to make snailband work altogether, but YES hiking the price so soon after they have hiked the price for a new contract is just fraud?

Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project'



Where does maemo fit into all this nowadays. That was an OS that worked well on my N900 and these Samsung android phones have just lost the plot!

12 years of US Air Force complaints lost in database crash


So what software was being used?

The other question that comes to mind is when using a 'distributed system' who is responsible for backing up?

Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning


Glad I did not give in and set up an account?

But where do we setup the alternate M$ free version ...

UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records


About bloody time!

How are most of the fraudsters being identified these days ... by finally getting around to cross checking names between all the isolated public computers we pay for. Someone has finally realied that a single cross referenced system will stop the hundreds of millions being wasted on catching fraudsters!

Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery


And it's a useful 'backup' for a wet day on a holiday in that corner of Wales. did it a few years back on an early season break ... which was somewhat damp :)

BT to splash £550m integrating EE. Firm shrugs: Cheap!


Sod the pensioners

This seems to be the underlying plan everywhere. How many teachers have lost out where they have been moved to 'academies' which have then folded to re-appear without the pension liability. Since working place pensions are now automatically being created should there not be a more concerted effort to make sure the pots ARE independent and fully funded NOW.

One in five PCs will be a tablet with detachable keyboard by 2020


Re: "One in five PCs will be a tablet with detachable keyboard by 2020"

You missed the real point ... the majority of them will not actually be running windows ;)

Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux


Highly flexible SQL for free

Firebird ... works on most os's without a problem and had a comprehensive SQL capability from before others existed ...

BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide


Finally have a connection back. Some lines down in the road here, and some apparently OK. I've two lines going different roots to the exchange, but both out, some neighbours also out, but some still OK. ALL on BT contracts.

UK.gov pooh-poohs Virgin Media's whinge to Brussels over beefy broadband pot


Having now to live with a POORER sevice because all the other local cabinets have been converted and now overload the exchange, I'm now stuck that even subsidised our cabinet is 'not economocally viable' so how would VM cover the cost?

BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper


Re: No keyboard, no sale.

I am sure there is still a market for a bigger version of the n900 with a HORIZONTAL display and keyboard?

Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'


"The mouse is dead; it's time for a change,"

It's taking a long time to die ... but does ANYBODY find the much more restrictive touch interface a better alternative to the clean control a mouse provides? Reworking websites which had nice mouse-over menus to run on tablets and mobile phones is most certainly not an 'improvement' :(

Google, didn't you get the memo? Stop trying to make Google+ happen


Re: Not facebook

Anything is better than Facebook :)

NONE of the current social media options are without problems and all keep changing key elements, so Google+ is no different to anything else.

If we had a REAL cloud system, we would not be reliant on third party systems managing our material? We should be able to publish and maintain our own content rather than giving it away as a gift to advertisers?

Brits rattle tin for custom LCD Raspberry Pi funbox


7" Touch screen

Is under £40 and available off the shelf ... just needs a tidier cable set ...


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