* Posts by silks

91 posts • joined 7 Jul 2017


Plusnet vows to shove a sword in members area 'White Screen Of Death'


Re: Hateful website

Did they outsource it to TalkTalk?

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


Recent report suggests the drones are large, "industrial" type.

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


Re: Hang on

Yep, I imagine EE and the Government are holding a committee meeting right now :)


Re: Sorry

Moving away from TalkTalk = smart move. Moving away from TalkTalk to o2 right now - not so much :(


Re: BBC are naming names

Yep, software upgrade maybe?!


Re: Not just O2

Same, I'm on EE and have had no problems either. o2 PR bull I suspect.

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit


Mac Pro "Dustbin"

My Mac Pro is appropriately/unofficially named "trashcan style", maybe for UK they should name it "dustbin".

I vacuumed it out and used compressed air on the innards last week for the first time after 4 years of near 24/7 operation. There are no filters, as such the electronics, vents and surfaces have been performing a decent air filter role for 4 years so the satisfying amount of cr*p that I cleaned out of it was impressive.

Unlike the all-in-one Macs, the current Mac Pro is really easy to get the case off and maintain :) The fan runs slower since the maintenance and I can see average component temperatures are lower using a monitoring utility.

Must do this more regularly...

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die


Skip DAB - FM & Internet Streaming Rock!

FM - good (enough) sound quality, power efficient, cheap ubiquitous hardware.

Internet radio streaming - PC, mobile, 4G etc.

DAB - not so sure why we need it. The technology has been leapfrogged by internet streaming leaving it stranded in an unwanted middle ground. It's FM (or even AM/MW) or internet streaming for me - DAB like the Lib Dems just got lost in the middle ground somewhere...


FM All The Way

DAB - power hungry, inconsistent sound quality, expensive hardware.

FM - good signal all over UK, one AA battery/cell powers a small radio for weeks/months with great sound quality and no processing delay. Simple, cheap and effective!

Vision Direct 'fesses up to hack that exposed customer names, payment cards


Damn, I'm 9 minutes too late to get that comment in!

Upvote applied :)

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location


Continuous Upgrades

Can't wait to have a bi-annual chip upgrade inserted into the company Doctor's preferred location...


I worked in a data centre providing Critical National Infrastructure services. First door to the data centre had a palm reader, then an airlock, the final door had retina scanner. Turns out that thousands of pounds-worth of technology could be overcome by yanking the door handle hard enough that it overcame the power of a simple electromagnetic catch. Doing that did set off an alarm to Operations but still, not exactly secure!

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP


Security by obscurity there! #OS/2


The cash safe is much more hardened and separate than the PC gubbins that controls the ATM.

Amateur radio fans drop the ham-mer on HRD's license key 'blacklist'



It's definitely not the Ham Radio ethos to behave in this way, and not exactly the way for a software company to behave in any field if they value their reputation!



Nothing you've said here using your carefully selected and positive words changes the facts, it's just a rant based on some other frustrations you might have with Ham operators.

The bottom line is that no software company should remotely deactivate a customer's software because of a negative review. With your logic maybe if I leave a negative review on Tripadvisor for a hotel I don't like they could chuck me out in the middle of the night!

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



Had a trial recently with Truphone on my iPad, worked just great. Easy signup, no physical SIM.

5.1 update sends Apple's Watch 4 bling spinning into an Infinite Loop of reboot cycles


Depends what you're looking for a "watch" / wrist computer to do these days. Albeit you probably don't want a brick either way...

Finally, someone takes a stand against Apple, Samsung for slowing people's phones. Just a few million dollars, tho


Re: Wrong Metric

I agree, IMHO the only thing Apple did wrong was just not publish the information.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing


Leave 123-Reg

I hope customers vote with their feet - 123-Reg have history here (remember automatic .UK domain registration) and although they might grab some short term revenue long term trust has been broken here (again). Plenty of more reputable registrars out there to select from :)

Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs


Re: Senior European Politician

Ex senior UK/European politician...



Should be fun to see how this plays out...

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court


Indeed, Morrisons are responsible for the actions of their employees.

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama


Lost Packets

My monitoring shows lost packets at almost exactly 4pm here in North Yorkshire across two Virgin Media installations but no extended outage.

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds


Power Issue Despite Redundancy

Maybe the opposite problem for me, the boss HAD paid for triple PSU redundancy on a legacy comms switch many years ago which supported a Critical National Infrastructure service. Power loading meant that the two shelf rack of cards could run on just one PSU so having three should have meant near 100% uptime.

Enter stage left engineer (err, me) who when moving some cables (the old heavy shielded RS-232 type) let one fall from height miraculously tripping all three power switches which were located in a row at the bottom of the rack. It took 10-15 mins to get the rack back online but for most customers the legacy serial connections were spread across two racks which even I didn't manage to break.

I 'fessed up to the mistake and thankfully management supported me, albeit change control processes were tightened.

It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less


Re: Local Optician

Software blocks?


Morrisons self-checkouts do seem to be set at FULL VOLUME at my local store, can hear them aisles away!

Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'


ATM Fraud

Worked a colleague from the company that runs the UK's ATM network. We'd invoked DR and close to the DR data centre was an ATM we could use for live testing. Police turned up due to the suspicious activity of my colleague repeatedly inserting bank cards in the early hours of the morning which took some explaining. No dramatic road blocks though :(

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB



Surely the future is streaming over fixed line and mobile internet rather than digital broadcast radio? Maybe keep FM for "legacy" users (simple tech, fab coverage & great battery life) and ditch the DAB.

Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password



Enable 2FA on Twitter and elsewhere if you haven't already.

Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down


Virgin Media to Close Swansea Call Centre


Apple grounds AirPort once and for all. It has departed. Not gonna fly any more. The baggage is dropped off...


Re: One of their best products.

I was lucky to buy my Time Capsule after the reliability problem was resolved. It's been sat in my under stairs cupboard quietly backing up my Mac for years.

Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data



You can trust Google's Android, they defo won't suck up all your data like Facebook...

Openreach and BT better watch out for... CityFibre after surprise £537m takeover deal


OpenBreach Competition

Such a shame if BT OpenBreach actually had some decent competition...

Newsworthy Brit bank TSB is looking for a head of infrastructure


Re: From BBC's Business Live feed:

What could possibly go wrong there...

We wanted a camera, they gave us the eye of Gemini – and an eSIM


Re: Hinge ok.

Can't we take a working hinge as a given these days in modern mobile computing?



This product will fail. It will fail to achieve volume sales and will go bust in months leaving buyers with no support. PDA is so 1990's.

UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues



Wonder if TSB are unable to backout their change in order to revert to the old Lloyds platform, or maybe the latest maintenance outage is to do just that?

Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds


Tuesday "Maintenance"

It's Tuesday morning and although there was some intermittent service earlier, TSB online banking is down again for "maintenance"...

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft


Hold Music

Some cordless phones have hold music, great to tell "Windows Support" that I'm just putting you on hold then carry on with my day leaving them listening to Greensleeves...

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...


I'm alright Jack!

Working fine on my late 2013 Mac Pro :)

UK's Dyson to vacuum up 300 staffers for its electric car division


Re: Dyson ain't quite wot it used-er to be

Wife loves her Dyson hairdryer. Blokes don't have to understand, just agree...

Bit price drop + compute-storage closeness = enterprise flash use boom



Ah, saw the headline and thought Bitcoin as that's just had a dramatic drop in value in the last new hours!

First Allied submarine lost in World War One, found near New Guinea



103 years, that doesn't bode well for locating flight MH370 then I guess :(

Meet R2-DILDO: 'Star Wars' sex toys? This is where the fun begins


Extended usage...

The most dedicated fans will of course purchase the mains adaptor for extended use :)

Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station


Unholy Smoke!

Good to know how in the search for new power sources we're using weed to power Europe!

Where did all that water go? Mars was holding it wrong, say boffins


Mars water managed by Thames Water perhaps? #Leakage

BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die


Re: AMBxx

2021 (or probably earlier): Blackberry flushed down the toilet.

They're on a (toilet) roll :)

BlackBerry grabs trolley for spot of tech shopping



Who / what are Blackberry these days?

Huge shame - loved Blackberry in the early days when instant email over GPRS was a new exciting thing, but times have very much moved on.

It's like IBM on the desktop many years ago where the dominant player loses their way - these things come in cycles and one day maybe even Apple will succumb to these past trends one day of once mighty giants losing the ability to innovate and rely on past glories.


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