* Posts by Adelio

63 posts • joined 19 Jan 2015


Openreach to heap faster broadband on UK's media-heavy hubs


Re: It's not one size fits all

I Live in Huddersfield.

I have been using Virgin since it came down our street. (20 years ago ?)

Originally called Cableonline (Using Dual ISDN), Then it change its name to NTL, Now it is Virgin (although I think the real "Virgin" have nothing to do with this company now)

Started off with Dual ISDN, 64k * 2 a long time ago, Finallly changed to "Broadband" 500k - Wow. That was a sea change. Now I am on 200mb Broadband, Ithink Fibre to the cabinet and coax to the house.

All in all for all these years (probably nearly 20) it has been relatively trouble free and the speed I pay for is the speed i get. Not the cheapest but considering the speed I get I can live with it. Now I know there are people that have a much worse experience that I do with Virgin. But thems the breaks. We just seem to have been lucky here.

I am soooo glad I am not stuck with using bell wire for internet.

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos


Re: Other peoples money...

If we take your comment to its absurd conclusion we would stop ALL taxes. There easy. Now how do you pay for everything. Roads, police,, healthcare (opps you already have to pay forthat yourself, silly of me).

Not as easy as you think, unless of course you are advocating a anarchy?

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked


They need to be fit to be a parent, being smart does not mean you are fit to be a parent.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt


Re: Wow, it's almost...

The big "issue" with P.R. that is that you can end up with either No government because they cannot get a majority or no decisions being made because no-one can get anything passed in Parliment.

Note: I am not saying this is entiely a bad thing but when you see how many PR goverments stagger from one coalition to another with little real goverment being done it does not really give me a lot of hope.,

Jingle bells, disk drives sell not so well from today. Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open array...


Re: Always needed bigger and bigger drives.

And if you trust a clound service for your only or primary service then you deserve all you get!

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures


Re: Good for Charlemont!

The thing to remeber is it is not that easy to "move" to a better location.

Either you have deep ties to that area. kids are already at school etc or it is just very hard to move

Property prices in the new area (If you Own a house) may be more expensive)

If you are private renting then the same applies, if you are in a council house then it's ok as long as you do not mind the 10 year waiting list.

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe


Re: Why?

you forgot to add

"instead of arresting them!"

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot



Some are ok, some are appalling

The "new" ghostbusters was in the appalling category.

If you HAVE to do a reboot PLEASE

1. Do NOT repeat an existing film

2. Actually get a good script. Spend money, Take your time and get the script right. It is "easy" to make a good looking film with CGI BUT without a good story it is just a wast of money.

If you have a good story then this will shine through.

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


Saving me money

Well, having had a smart meter for a few years Now (eon) that no longer work since I switched away.

How EXACTLY am I supposed to "save" any money.

Never did look at the display even when it worked.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'


Re: Real world software engineering

do not forget

Using (or trying to use) the lastest (*rap) technology

Can you trust an AI data trust not to slurp your data?


Smart Meters?????

I still have no idea what use they are to the general public?

What difference does it make to me if i have a smart meter or not. (except for the fact that noone has to physically read the meter!)

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired



Nope, the problem is that for anyone buying anything from Apple, there is no hope of bering able to fix anything as Apple want you to stump up the money for a new device.

Note: I am not saying that other manufacturers are much better.

Personally I hate laptops. Hate the trackpad, hate the kayboard, do not like the small (relative to my PC) screens. Find it awkward to use.

I like a proper keyboard with a proper mouse and a big screen (dual 24" in my case) and if anything goes wrong with my PC I can just swap out the parts that fail.

I can increase the memory or replace or add hard drives V easilly, I do not have to resort to a soldering iron.

Whenever I upgragde I tend to keep a lot of the existing parts from the old pc, makes it cheaper to upgrade and i only change those bits I need to.

Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?


Re: I value my data, my phone, and my time

I know people who ONLY have an Ipad, no MAC no PC so backups are a bit harder, and if the Ithing is not working its a bot hard to restore the dammed thing

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here


Re: Why Linux on Apple Hardware?

Maybe it is because they think they can charge more, not because it costs more

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait


Re: QA Prestige

I would suggerst it is probably more like 60% to 90% have poor documentation

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works


Re: Not Surprised

Hang on, all this blowing off about "why are people using smart locks"

If you have a relativly new car it probably has a button on the key fobto lock/unlock it.

Yea! i would not want ahome lock but i do use the one for my car!

Eat my shorts, watchdog tells every city mayor in the US – FCC approves $2bn 5G telco windfall


Re: Just an attempt...

If he is lying then could you not sue him?

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases


Re: Commitment

What I want to know is what EXACTLY in office 2019 requires that is ONLY be run in Windows 10.

Word, no need

Excel no need

Outlook, no


Oh I know, another way to force people to use windows 10....

And going forward forced to pay a subscription to use the dammed thing.

I am using office 2007 (On windows 8) and it does everything i need it to do at home and at work.

In fact, why bother keep producing new versions of office, if there is more that 1 in 10,000 people who might think of using something in a newer version of office than office 97 I would be suprised.

Brexit campaigner AggregateIQ challenges UK's first GDPR notice



But there is nothing to stop them banning company trading with the EU

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker


Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

Cherry picking countries to compare.

Point taken, all Americans are mad and should be locked up (or their guns taken away and locked up)

Makes as much sense as your statement!


Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

Total tosh....

you need guns to protect yourself from "other" people with Guns.

Self fullfilling prophecy.

if no one had a gun then no one could be killed by a gun.. Simples.....


UK population 70 million, gun deaths about 60 PER YEAR

How does the US compare with other countries?

About 40% of Americans say they own a gun or live in a household with one, according to a 2017 survey, and the rate of murder or manslaughter by firearm is the highest in the developed world.

There were more than 11,000 deaths as a result of murder or manslaughter involving a firearm in 2016.

So tell me again how guns save lives?

Microsoft tries a thinking cap on its cloud – voila, Dynamics 365 gets AI!




So if Microsoft is using their own AI software that means that as well as getting rid of all the testers (who needs that costly resource) they can get rid of all the costly developers (what a waste of space!)

everyone will be happy.

Management will reduce costs

users will stop complaining about bugs in new software

Microsoft will go downhill quickly (everybody Cheer!)

What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM


Re: What an irony !

If they are executived then they need more pay to stay, anyone else can go Swivel!

It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge


DVLA - why not them

It would be simple for the DVLA to send details back to the manufactures (electronically) of any of their cars that have new owners.

The simplest thing would then be for the Manufacturer to contact the original owner and say, unless you tell us otherwise in 3 months we will clear all your data for this car.

I would guess that for each car they would have as a min the email address linked to the car.

UK-based Veritas appliance support is being killed off



I am sick and tired of companies treating their customers as an annoyance. Moving perfectly good call centres out of the country to a "!new and Improved" call centre in "cheaper" mumbai or thailand etc.

Thait IS the way to loose my custom. I can put up with Scottish call centres, most of the time the Accent is not tooooo bad, but having to speak the a Mumbai "Hi I'm Fred". No, no. no..

Trying to talk to anyone where English is not their primary language is always going to be harder, especially on a poor phone line.

Some words they just do not understand and others have a different meaning.. try talking about BACS to an indian Developer. They just look blankly at you.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't


Re: Baud rate

Don't forget politians (who are always whiter that white and should NEVER be investigated)!

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force


Re: Which is worse ...

Really, as far as the home consumer is concerned I cannot see ANY cost benefit to smart meters.

The benefits that there are are for the companies because they do not have to pay for the meters to get read and they can get a more detailed breakdown of consumption.

The only possible benefic for people at home is that they do not have the hassle of a meter reader.

I think i only looked at my "smart meter" display a couple of times when it was installed. Never looked at it since then.

My fridge, washing machine, boiler will use exactly the same amout of power wither i have a smar meter or not!

I have NO idea how the Goverment works out that people will use LESS power when they have a smark meter installed?

2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage


Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

1. I do not trust Microsoft

2. I do not want to store all my information in the clound (and have to pay for it)

3. I do not want to be tied to a regular subscription for office/cloud storage

4. I do not trust Microsoft

As far as cloud storage is concerned I do not want to be beholden to any company for storing my data. After all they could decide to Stop providing it, increase the price or reduce what you get for the price or change the terms and conditions at a moments notice.

Personally once i installed office i have no intention of upgrading it unless I am forced to as it is no longer supported on the current Microsoft platform. (thanks Microsoft)

Asside from Outlook, which seems to be the only decent e-mail app. (I hate Web e-mail interfaces)

Word/Excel I rarely use the rest of office at home.

I think i would prefer to switch to open office rather than spend a load of money on a new (usless) version of office. After all I probably currently only use about 5% of the word or Excel features!

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs


Re: Stop breaking stuff

Wifes lapton the WIFI stopped working. as I do not use it i thought the WIFI card stopped working, got a replacement that also did not work.

I later found out microsft had rolled out another ***CKUP update that broke Hp lapton WIFI....

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project


Re: Well

When you have one (smallish) country negoiating against 27 who did you think were going to win?

Adobe, 'hyper personalisation' and your privacy


Re: Choices

As far as i remeber under GDPR a company cannot say "like it or lump it"

Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age


Data protection.

I would have thought that information collected by (say councils) can only be used for the original purposes they were collected for. they would have to get permission from the invidivial users to re-use that data for other purposes. Unless government (local and national) can just ignore these rules!

Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans


Driverless cars.

Unless you scrap ALL existing cars you are going to see most cars on the road requiring a driver for at least 30 years. (not sure what the average age of a car in the UK is but i would guess around 15/20 years).

As for public transport. Try living somewhere other than a City (read "London"). Using public transport, if you are lucky would probably require a doubling of journey times for most people. I can remember taking 2 buses and a train to get to and from work and EVERY day the train was standing room only day and night!

I do NOT want to go there again!

Hyperoptic's overkill 10Gbps fibre trial 'more than a clever PR stunt'


VM and speed

If I did not have to use a VPN i would get a lot more speed.

Without the VPN i get 200mb but using a VPN (express VPN) i get at most 3-4mb.

Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!


Re: 60 calls a person

I have been TPS registered for MANY years and I still get lots of nusance calles.

We used to get an international call every day about the same time (withno one on the line)

US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC


Cable in the UK

Living in the UK (Huddersfield) I am lucky, I have access to Cable via Virgin (200mb) I have been using them since they first laid the cables in out road. (15 years at least)

Started with Dual ISDN, then eventually to 500k broadband.

I can ONLY speak for myself, and I know other Virgin customers have issues but the service has always been good, Maybe not the cheapest but I have always got the speed i paid for.

If I ever moved house I would not even consider anything that could not get at least 100Mb.


Re: Money Really Talks

I thought the red button was to order another can of Coke?

Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?


Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

The question is not "is there a higher being", maybe one that created the universe.

BUT whether that "being" really cares about people (or any being from any plant) praying to it?

Why would it care?

surely it has better things to do.

I can readily believe that there might be other beings of a higher intelligence that the humans on earth. How many and how much more intelligent that us. Who knows. As i say, I find it hard to believe that they require people to "pray" to them and that they would respond to then "prayers". (Unless of course you believe in the Ori from Stargate Atlantis)

Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads


Re: I wonder if they will be using the data from all the Sam Knows white boxes?

I have been with Virgin since they first laid cables down our street a Long time ago. (at least 15 years)

I started with Dual ISDN (2 X 64k lines), When Broadband first arrived i took it straight away (500k) and have been continually upgraded over the years and am now on 200mb.

Probably had about half a dozen times when it has stopped working over that time. I think i have had at least 4 different boxes (I am currently on the latest box, HUB 3).

Whenever i test it it always gives me (at least) the stated speed.

Yes, the price keeps going up but the service (for me) has always been good and the speed also good.

If I had to move house then one of the major considerations would be whether i could get Virgin broadband at the new house.

Go on IBMers, tell us what you really think



My brother used to work for IBM UK (in a round about way) IBM won a support contract for PC's, for a large company, they then sub-contracted the actual work to manpower.

No interest in customer or employee satisfaction. treated their employees like dirt, always passing the buck. Took the contact at below cost and then spent the next few years trying to figure out how to make a profit.

I get the general impression that a lot of outsourcing deals are taken by undercutting an existing supplier (who could not make a profit) and then they spend the rest of the contract cutting costs (staff) in an attempt to make some money.

Oracle to shutter most Euro hardware support teams


Offshore support

I dread having to ring ANY support anf get people NOT fron my country.

Virgin, I am talking to you.

There is nothing worst than trying to speak to someone where English is NOT their primary language and you are struggling to understand them and for them to understand you!

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report


Re: Really, that Much?

Well i had a smart meter installed about 2-3 years agoe (EON) never looked at it and then switched to Sainsburys (British Gas) and the "smart" meter never worked again, they have to come and do a "manual" meter reading.

Apparently they did not think through the issue of people switching suppliers!

Never understood the reason for installing smart meters.

How CAN it save the consumer ANY money?

Now for the Supplier, not having to pay someone to come and read the meter might save them a few bob!

We're not the 'world leader' in electric cars, Nissan insists


Re: Grammatical pedantry aside...

An interesting point. How are the Government going to claw back the BILLIONS that they will lose on fuel duty?

Unlikley to be on the meter as there would be too many ways of "charging" your car to avoid it. Millage? Unlikely, a revised car tax. probably. change from ZERO for electric cars to £5,000 per year!!!

Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical


Re: Sharp cutlery knives

As a child of italian parents I would never think of using anything but a fork to eat my Spagetti. Use different pasta shapes if you find spagetti difficult.

It's all in using the fork and past bowl together,

Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders


Why use onedrive, or any cloud backup

Why are you using onedrive at all. Why are you trusting Micro$oft with your data. One day you will get a message saying that you have not clicked on enough advents and they are deleting all your one drive data!.

I have hundreds of gig of photos and the same with music. I back up to a local NAS drive. Much safer. Less likley that Microsoft will shaft it!

For me a cloud backup would be the LAST thing i would use.i.e. the least trustworthy.


Re: Silly Question

Why are you using onedrive at all. Why are you trusting Micro$oft with your data. One day you will get a message saying that you have not clicked on enough advents and they are deleting all your one drive data!.

I have hundreds of gig of photos and the same with music. I back up to a local NAS drive. Much safer. Less likley that Microsoft will shaft it!

For me a cloud backup would be the LAST thing i would use.i.e. the least trustworthy.

Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE


Re: Most of the people on my team are in different countries

The only issue I have is Lync.

I have been using that P.O.S for the past three months to liase with the U.S.A.. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Sometimes it works to start with and then stops and I have to switch to a Phone.

Not really an enterprise solution.

Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue


Talking to my sister over the weekend, she complained that she kept saying no to updating to windows 10 (some time ago) and then one day it started updating her Laptop. She definately did not want it updating and was fed up of having to constantly say NO. She also says that the same thing happened to a friend.

This was many months ago si it is too late to go back.

I told her there was a ploy be Microsoft that tricked a lot of people into updating even though they did not want to.

US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories


Re: It's all about money

As A Brit all i can say is

You reap what you sow, you voted in Donald Trump, now you are having to pay the price.

It looks like he wants to run America like as private company with him as the Ceo and Owner, just do as i say. Senate, Congress, whay do i need them for I will just issue executive orders.

I am president, The law is for other people!

Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers


Call centre Locations

I thought companies had realised that offshoring call centre staff is the worst thing they can do.

Trying to speaks to someone where english is not their first language and you may be using words not familiar to that person (epsecially for Hardware) Is bad, bad, bad.

It annoys the customers trying to use the call centre and i would guess generally gives a negative impression of the company.

I do not CARE that these people are cheap. Throw a thousand monkeys at a problem at 1p each and you still do not get the problem solved. It is a shorted sighted (accountants) way of seeing things. it NEVER produces a better service.

I have seen companies send work offshore to cheap IT shopts, what happens, you generally have to send it back multiple times to get it re-written (not just fixed) and then finally it gets re-written again by the "home" developers. NOT cosy OR Time effective.


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