* Posts by Ian Emery

1711 posts • joined 9 Aug 2007

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

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Latest theory

They were getting ready for Brexit by installed radio equipment that uses imperial wave-lengths instead of the current metric wave-lengths.

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Re: Ericsson software apparently to blame

Yeah, some idiot installed Win10 Autumn update.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Apart from Rubic Cubes not being 1970's, they are still on sale and still modestly popular today; we have only one left in stock after a run over Black Friday "week".

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Re: Nothing to worry about

DAMN, Earworm alert!!!

Got that running around in my head now; but even just thinking it, my brain is falling over whilst trying to get the whole GDPR bit into the tune.

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Re: catalogue shopping

They do a people delivery service already, a guy was found (naked) in a Amazon storage box in japan just this week.

Yeah, I got the spammy sounding email overnight; luckily this is an account I use for commercial sites I expect to spam me, so the spam filters on it are already set to "kill everything"

Flea market Xiaomi makes mad dash for growth

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Your chart of phone models seems to be missing the Redmi Note series, which has always been their biggest seller; in the budget end of the market.

Xiaomi Fanboi on his 4th Note series phone, starting with the original "Red Rice".

Windows 10 goes into the Light and Cortana MIA as Microsoft buys chatbot bods XOXCO

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Re: Wow, THREE different color schemes now?

I can remember when you could customise the BSOD.

Mine was mauve, with dark purple text.

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Damn you for getting my hopes up

"into the light" is a euphemism for death; I really thought they had finally called it quits.

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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I just jealous of his hardware

When I worked at a foundry (Cosworth), most of the foundry stations were running using BBC B micros in custom stainless steel cases.

Mi 8 Pro: Xiaomi early buyers wait for modern firmware

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Are you making out the phones are useless without the update??

Shame on you.

I've been using MIUI since version 4, and wouldnt swap for any Samsung or Apple bloatware, although the recent google bloatware and lockdown of the phones firmware is a PITA.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: @AnonCow

Fewer people die from guns in a war, than in "peaceful" USA and you say "must try harder" ??

You sir, are a moron, no wonder you are hiding your identity.

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Re: Throw the book at him

You omitted to add that the Police involved had genuine reasons to suspect he was wearing a suicide vest; that they were on high alert after several suicide bombings, and he RAN when approached.

I feel for both this relatives and the poor sod who shot him, despite not being a huge fan of the UK police.

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Re: @AnonCow

FIRST result in entering "CDC gun death 2016" into Google search bar (UK ,as I know Google block some of these results in the US).

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

Please note, no "research" just complied records.

Also - for the sake of context - more US people die (on average), of gun injuries in any one month, than have died in the ENTIRE Afghanistan debacle; and you are running at over 50% per year, of the US military WW2 mortality rate.

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Re: Hostage situations...

Same here, damage to my shoulder means it can be excruciatingly painful to raise my arm; anything that gets my hand above shoulder height is potentially going to have me in serious pain.

Back on Topic, the idiots involved should look forwards to an electrified gaming chair.

Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

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Re: I have the list of winners!

Good link; I did try to post a reply, but it vanished into the ether (seems to happen a lot these days).

In general in PinYin Chinese, the "X" makes a sound like a cross between "sh" and "zu".

Dont try writing it as "zh" though, as in PinYin that makes a "juh" sound.

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Re: I have the list of winners!

Has to be fake.

This early in Xiaomi's UK operation, all these would be Chinese citizens, and although many Chinese pick "Western "names, they very rarely pick anything sane.

I have a Chinese niece calling herself Sirius.

Xiaomi are a good brand, but I do miss my "Despot of Brigade" branded packpack

Xiaomi anarchy in the UK: Chinese tat-flinger wants to slip its cheapo flagships in Brit pockets

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Gimp

Woh hou Sha

But then, I already own 3 Xiaomi phones

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Re: Really the Home versions of Windows are evil and the price difference etc Home / Pro is evil

I doubt you could still find one, and M$ screwed the activate system for it just over a week ago.

All 3 of my Win7 PCs suddenly started claiming fake installs (all genuine and have been genuine for years).

Plus one where I was reinstalling after the SSD failed (3rd in our house this year!!), installed some weird licence number by itself and not only declared itself fake, but also the genuine licence that goes with that particular disk to be fake when I entered it.

It has also gone from 7 days to activate - to 0 days to activate in the course of 48 hours, THEN decided I had 27 days to activate!!.

Completely screwed

UK computer dealer Aria PC loses £750k VAT fraud appeal attempt in THAT case

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Holmes

It couldnt happen to a nicer company.

Boom! Just like that the eSIM market emerges – and jolly useful it is too

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Re: So how is an eSIM better

Of course; but if I say the same thing about China and give you the price in RMB, do you know the exchange rate??

So smarter people than you convert into local currency - in this case Pounds Sterling.

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

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Xiaomi Fanboi

I have been a LONG time fan of the brand; I am currently on my 4th phone from the Note range.

You want impressive? My original Note, which is 3G only, STILL gets updates and security fixes.

I have switched a lot of people over to the brand, they ask if that is the new [insert famous brand here], and when I say no, it is a similar spec, but less than a 1/4 of the price they all want to hold it and give it a try.

Ré warranty on grey imports, for the last few years, if you bought a phone via a well known Chinese online market, for a whole extra £1 you got a UK warranty and repair service.

So far though, the only issues have been caused by the user(s); one got crushed, one got drowned and revived, and my young daughter has twice damaged the usb socket (replacement boards = £3 for 2, inc P&P).

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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MESSEEEEEEEGE!!!

I remember the panicked looks on the faces of the security staff at Frankfurt airport when my phone went off as it was passing through the scanner.

Everyone started walking backwards, away from the machine; and you could see the knuckles whitening as they tightly gripped their machine pistols!!

Happy Days!!

Crucial P1 minicard flash drive? Not if you grabbed Intel's 660p

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It's good to see someone else agree with me about Seagate drives. With one exception, every other brand I had, had still been SMART = 100% when I threw it away for being too small (I still have a working 80GB HDD).

So that is ONE HDD failure since Win95 ruled (Fujitsu 3TB @ 8 years old)

As for Crucial, not had any experience with them, but I HAVE had two other SSD brands dies on me; both during normal low load instances, checking email, reading web etc; both 100% total loss.

One was 2 years old and one was 2 weeks old.

I dont trust any valuable data to them now; OS and Program files go on SSD, all data and documents go on spinning rust.

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: Not a good look here.

Back in the days of Win95/98, one of the recovery options was to reinstall Windows over the top of the existing Windows install; a great way to replace damaged or missing files and get the system up and running quickly.

However, without warning, it deleted the entire contents of every OS created "My" folder; so My Documents, My Music, My Videos etc.

So, like others, I have NEVER trusted my data to those folders since; they go in user created folders, preferable on an entirely different disk.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: nicotin story

I had to refurbish* an "Imperial Tobacco" tobacco tin filling machine many years ago. it had been in continuous service for about 30 years so layers of tobacco covering it, from fresh, down through layers of variously decomposing, to a thick dark oil.

Not even the smokers would sit near me in the canteen whilst I was working on it; and I got through a months worth of overalls in 2 days.

* Replace all the old human control electrics with a computer controlled system

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

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We run our shop through a GG mobile sim connection, and didnt notice anything unusual; maybe it was only affecting 02 and not reseller ID'ed phones??

On the other hand, I didnt get around to finishing the new stock upload to the website, and this now gives me an excuse!!

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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The difference between a real bank and TSB

A REAL bank (in this case HSBC) fixed the issue within 2 hours of being notified.

TSB might get around to fixing it before NEXT pay day (or might not).

My personal experience of TSB suggests they couldnt find their own arse, using both hands, a mirror, and a map app.

Braking bad: Mitsubishi recalls 68k SUVs over buggy software

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Re: ...and these are the bugs they know about....

If you get the Traveller version, remember to check for woodworm and dry rot.

ABS doesnt always work on snow, ice or mud properly, whereas locking the wheel has a chance of building up a ruck of snow/ice/mud in front of the wheel which will help slow the vehicle down.

Ditto traction control; had to push several Audi's off of an icy car park where other cars got out, because the TC had a sulk due to all 4 wheels slipping.

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

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Not sure what happened

So here is my suggestion again.

DONT BREAK THEM!!!

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Pithy, but to the point.

Dont break them.

Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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Re: “were quoted a ridiculous price and told it would take four months”.

Still not sure if "screwed by the manglement" is a typo.

Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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I once bought some s/h computers from a famous college in London via a "refurbishing" company; the HDDs were chock full of student data.

(The drives were 95% full - the performance slow down is probably why the idiots sold them off).

As far as I could tell, "refurbishing" meant using a damp cloth to wipe the dust off of the cases; as they hadnt even done a basic reformat of the HDDs.

If I had been Dr Evil, I could have re-cooped my £40 per box many times over.

Sealed with an XSS: IT pros urge Lloyds Group to avoid web cross talk

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Re: Banks - Can't live with them / Can't live without them

First Direct dont recognise the difference between capitals and small letters in user names; greatly increasing the chances someone will be able to brute force the first security layer; and the same password "x" letter combos seem to be used for hours at a time, giving hackers plenty of time to try and gain access. I once had "1st, 2nd and last" as the prompt for several days.

Kind of reminds me of the near ATM apocalypse of the 1980's/90's; where only 3 pin numbers were being issued to all customers, and you had 3 chances to enter the PIN number............

Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room

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OH NO!!

They have just RUINED hide and seek!!

Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

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Re: Deja Vu

I was going to post exactly the same thing; reports the US voting machines had more holes than a colander have been reported for a decade at least; but nothing ever changes.

It is almost as if the Powers That Be want the old, insecure machines, because they know how to use them to cheat.

I mean, how many of those Trump supporters actually voted? Most of them struggle to sign "X" on the dotted line.

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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I never liked it.

Done a few hauls across Mongolia in a 777; they bounced up and down like a pogo stick; and the innards were twisting completely out of shape on the run in and run out of Beijing.

I did the same trip on a 747, A330 and a A380, and it was buttery smooth each time.

Just booked a flight out there for December; KLM are flying 787's, but there isnt a good word anywhere for the seats; so I booked China Southern A330 flights instead.

BTW, discount time for Long Haul flights over Christmas has started; got mine for £334 each; BHX to NNG via CDG/AMS and PEK.

TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear

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Just had these wankers try it on with our shop; threatening us with enforcement officers for failing to reply to a previous letter - except we have never HAD a previous letter; and neither are we a house - as they seemed to believe we were.

Then they tried to make out we needed a license if a CUSTOMER watched anything BBC related that the customer had DOWNLOADED ONTO THEIR OWN DEVICE; regardless of where, when, or what that customers license status was.

Heated words were exchanged over the phone.

We havent actually watched any TV at home for over a year - and may now just ditch the license in protest- fuck-em.

Brit airport pulls flight info system offline after attack by 'online crims'

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Just because economy class passengers are required to help shoo the cows off the runway before take-off does NOT make them amateurs.

It IS scary to watch a plane coming in and VANISH, due to the curvature of the runway over the brow of the hill.

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Re: RE. Re. aliens

Wallace and Gromits Grand Day Out??

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Went in to a new job at an old council run engineering building and noticed pretty quickly that there was a lot of elderly, power hungry kit around that broke down and was being replaced with equally power hungry, unreliable kit far too often.

My workload was rather light,. so I drew up a proposal to replace all of it with modern kit that was much more reliable and used so little power, the savings in electricity alone would cover the capital and installation costs in less than a year.

I spoke to several suppliers, got all the costs and replacement parts lists, average failure rate info, and more importantly, the differences in power usage; got it all typed up and presented it to my line manager.

He called me a smart arse, ripped the paperwork up and threw it in the bin.

Seems he had got conned sometime around 1975, signed a spares contract, and had a large store room full of replacements; enough for about another 200 years of this power hungry crap.

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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The French - in one answer

Whilst skiing in the Alps, I noticed ALL of the French instructors were wearing Atomic skis; so I went to my French ski instructor and asked the question.

"When I was looking for my new skis, every review for Atomic skis was poor, with people regularly reporting they snapped in two, after a couple of runs down the piste; so why are all of you using them??"

"They are made in France."

Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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Thing is; they give those orders verbally, not in writing (they arent quite THAT dumb).

When asked to do something insanely dangerous many years ago; I informed them it wasnt safe; when they insisted - I asked for the instruction in writing.

I was sent home and docked a days pay; but when it came to the disciplinary hearing; it was "for reading trash science fiction novels during my lunch break".

Since then, I dont bother asking for it in writing; I just quit on the spot.

EXAMPLE (I swear to God this is word for word real)

Asked to work in a dry well all day, rewiring a control panel.

Q/ Can I have a working gas meter please (Every meter in the shop was NFU)

A/ Just hold your breath.

BYE!!!

Dont ask the name of the company, I have been calling them "Bodgeit & Scarper" for so long, I cannot remember - they went bust a year later anyway.

British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages

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Only 7 external scripts?

I have been yelling at various companies (and posting warnings on public forums), about this for a few years; some of them take notice, others I dont do business with any longer.

The ones that REALLY wind me up are external scripts for FUCKING FANCY FONTS!!!! on a secure payment page, that make the payment fail if you dont allow them.

Please excuse the alliteration; but this practise is inexcusable.

PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you

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National? I dont know

But my local NHS Trust DOES have the capability to switch on CLI when making a call; remembering to do it is another matter entirely.

IMHO, there is no excuse for not using CLI.

Other the other hand, West Mercia Constabulary (hereafter referred to as "The Rozzers"), dont have a choice; all calls are stripped of CLI data.

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The tweetbot has no sense of humour.

Twitter recently blocked my account for making a PPI claims joke.

I got it unlocked again, but now they have my mobile number, which is always bad news.

No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'

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Re: 'misinformation' and 'divisive content'

Yes, they appear to have been doctored!!

On the 2nd photo, you can quite clearly see part of the original time stamp!!!

Do I hear two million dollars? Apple-1 fossil goes on the block, cassettes included

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Re: Sad Days

Ah, the 380Z, our computer club raised £3,500 to buy ours for the school, with the local Education department stumping up the other £3,500.

32KB and twin floppy drives WOW. I can still remember coding my first database on it.

Mind you, I also remember "Carrier Landing" on the ZX81, and working with the ZX80 (computer, not the chip) when I started work.

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Re: On the bright side...

Are you sure? I was just about to ask that question.

Everybody dance now: Watch this AI code fool friends into thinking you can cut a rug like a pro

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Alert

OLD NEWS

This "tech" has been used to create fake porn videos, starring "whoever the hell you like", for at least several months.

I read the news on another tech forum nearly 2 months ago.

Facebook brings banhammer down on over 650 pro-Iranian 'fake news' accounts

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I dont beleive it.

From my own experiences of trying to open my first FarceBook account last week, how many of those closed accounts are genuine people??

TimeLine

Tuesday 14th August: 10:30AM BST.

Under pressure from family and friends I bite the bullet, hold my nose and create a FarceBook account

Tuesday 14 August 10:35AM BST.

Before even having a chance to upload a profile photo, my account is "locked for suspicious activity". I am prompted to upload a photo showing who I am, which I do................................................

How are they going to know its me when I never even had a chance to add a profile photo??

Thursday 16 August, 2PM BST

After checking every few hours, I find my account is now unlocked, so proceed to upload 3 photos, add a like to my daughters dance studio, and send friend requests to family members.

Thursday 16 August 2:30PM BST

My account is locked "for suspicious activity", and I am prompted to give my mobile phone number, so a verification code can be sent; I due so, enter the code and ...............................................

Tuesday 21st August 10AM BST

My account is now apparently permanently locked, but I AM getting targeted spam adverts on the mobile I gave them.

Rinse and repeat another FIVE TIMES, using real names, made up names, genuine email accounts, freshly created accounts. None last more than 1 hour, and one was blocked the SECOND I entered the email verification code.

Go figure.

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