* Posts by Chloe Cresswell

237 posts • joined 24 Aug 2007

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

Chloe Cresswell

Re: We shut down central Edinburgh with a fridge

It's still used in fridges.

There are 2 main kinds of fridge: Compressor and Heat Exchanger.

Domestic fridges are compressor based, but heat exchanger ones are still made. Mostly for camping. All you need is heat to make them work due to the way the refrigerant works. Ammonia works well at this.

You add heat on one side from a gas flame, or a 240V heater, or a 12V heater, and bingo, fridge works.

No real moving parts, so ideal for a small fridge.

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It's true – it really is grim up north, thanks to Virgin Media. ISP fined for Carlisle cable chaos

Chloe Cresswell

So let me get this right:

They don't care about their existing network/maintenance.

But now they don't care about new networks/installs either.

Makes perfect sense.

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

Chloe Cresswell

Re: 80186

My 80186 based machine was the 512 copro in my BBC master...

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Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

Chloe Cresswell

I don't have contactless cards, I do use it via my phone though.

You have to unlock the phone to use the payment, where as just having a contactless card is enough to use it..

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My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: I recall even my mum (a bit like Dilmom) telling me a fire story

We had a client which printed balloons. High carbon content ink dust and AT format PCs.

Got a call one day that there were flames coming out of the PC under the desk, and what to do.

"Can you reach the power socket on the wall above your desk?" "yes" "turn it off and get the hell out of there!"

(my back up plan was "get out of there and turn the isolator on the outside of the portacabin office")

When we got the machine to look at, the PSU was toast, but everything else worked with a new PSU, so we assumed it was the carbon ink dust that ignited for some reason, but it still ranks as the weirdest call I've had.

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Paper tape anyone?

What the hell are you worried about? This is 1874. You'll be able to sue *her*.

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

Chloe Cresswell

Ahh, advances. I have a 5 year old HP i7 that does the same sort of thing. It's running mint atm too.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: phone lines cables are made of copper

Used to be around one area I work where we had the lot. Copper to start, aluminium for middle buildings, and TPON to copper on the furthest.

They took the TPON link out 2 years ago. So we can now get adsl there...

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

Chloe Cresswell

How does the system know the number is being spoofed?

I once had a call from 1234567890. Becuase the internataional info had not been setup properly in .ve. So it was 100% conviced it was sending the valid phone number.

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McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...

Chloe Cresswell

16th for me.. https://twitter.com/ChloeRaccoon/status/985976537148256257

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

Chloe Cresswell

Re: "... he should report any adverts ..."

Not to mention he can only report them when he knows about them, and due to FB's algorithms, I doubt they show these scam adverts to Martin himself very often...

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

Chloe Cresswell

Re: did you notify your Home Insurance Provider?

I had a client move into a shared office building for a couple of months, I advised the building owners to clean the pad.

4 numbers clearly dirty, 1 and 9 were part of them.

So by most people's normal choice of a date there were 2 combinations that would open the doors.

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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Opt-out vs. opt-in

Instantly thought of...

Sir Humphrey Appleby:

East Yemen, isn't that a democracy?

Sir Richard Wharton:

Its full name is the Peoples' Democratic Republic of East Yemen.

Sir Humphrey Appleby:

Ah I see, so it's a communist dictatorship.

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*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

Chloe Cresswell

Re: My one win over beancounters

We had some servers on the landlord's UPSen in the cabinets. We slowly got our management to mirgate to our own UPS.

That was 2 years ago. The big landlord owned UPSen are still to this day showing failed battery, and the only work carried out has been to turn off the failed battery alarm...

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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

Chloe Cresswell

Re: What does line rental actually cover?

It's meant to cover the cost of the fixed costs and maintaining the line: EG, power useage at the exchange, upkeep of poles/ducts/etc, plus the call outs to fix it if there's a fault that isn't end user/isp related.

Therefore it probably just goes into the overall budget of the company and disappears into the mix...

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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

Chloe Cresswell

They built a bypass in my town to skip around the market place. The last section was ready, it was due to be opened.. and Anglian Water dug it up and patched it back down.

The council told them in no uncertian terms they could replace the entire top surface now, as they weren't going to open a brand new road with a patch across the middle...

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PwC: More redundos at HQ of UK 'leccy stuff shop Maplin

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Bummer....

First they need delivery in a couple of hours? It's minimum 24 hours where I am, and even that often turns into "order for tuesday" "delivery confirmed for wednesday" :(

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Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Shouldn't lidar work *better* in the dark?

This is an issue I have with dashcam footage from my cars. I'll see something and think "I'll look at that later", but the camera footage is so different (in range/contrast/etc) to what I can see directly, it's often useless.

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British military spends more on computers than weapons and ammo

Chloe Cresswell

They looked into it, but couldn't afford the graphics cards? ;)

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Up to 25% of new builds still can't get superfast broadband – study

Chloe Cresswell

Re: I don't care about running water, where are my internets?

A set of new houses have just been built across the road from me, and the PV+EV charging point would be "interesting" for them, as although each house has a parking space, it's not actually part of the property.

So I guess each house would need a feed out to where the parking space is for the charging point?

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BOFH: Honourable misconduct

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Script for Leave

I'm worried about how you are transporting and containing beer.. :)

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UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

Chloe Cresswell

Re: But there is no legal imperative for these companies to comply with the code

The information on the current checker is amazingly out of date for some areas too, taking it past a joke.

I have one site with an estimated speed of 2.5mbps, it's .7.

Another has an estimated speed of 4.5, it's currently running at 10.8!

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Well at least

And if you're in one of the (iirc) 9 areas they offer prime now?

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Well at least

No, you're much more likely to have a maplins "near", then prime now for most of the country.

There's only what, 9 prime now areas?

Closest to me are 100 miles away.

Maplins?

1.2 miles, 28 miles, 35 miles and 45 miles.

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Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Hmmm

The other day, my mum's 12 panel (2.5kw) system broke 2kWh over the entire day for the first time since October, and I thought winter was coming to an end.. ;)

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Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

Chloe Cresswell

Weirdly, the cards I have on my android/google pay account are my Amex and MBNA mastercard. Barclays isn't supported, so that's my debit cards out of the window..

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

Chloe Cresswell

Re: It was never going anywhere NEAR Mars

"His pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking." :)

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.

Less then the miles Eccles put on his wall driving Neddy to London?

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

Chloe Cresswell

Also, line spec or actual?

Just been upgrading a client to a radio link.

Openreach specs say the line they have can do 4.5/.6

Actual line speed is 510kbps/254kbps..

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Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password

Chloe Cresswell

Re: The apocalypse...

Where as I have a thinkpad running windows 10, and apparently I have to make a change to the registry to be allowed to even use the fingerprint scanner.

I guess that makes it sort of secure..

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What do voters want? An IRL Maybot? Sure, give that a whirl

Chloe Cresswell

Surely a simple one will suffice?

All it needs to say is "brexit means brexit" and "strong and stable", who'd notice the difference?

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Unrelated to data breach stuff

Reasons:

a) full menu, you don't need to know what you feel like ordering, you can therefore avoid the "we don't do that" "er.. I'll have.. er.." on the phone.

b) ability to take cards. I rarely have cash with me, so the rules out ordering direct form most of the takeaways around me.

c) being away from home. You can find what is in the area, what people think of the food/service, instead of taking complete pot luck (and this also then follows with a above..)

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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: when in tandem...

Or if you need a new device: vigor 130.

The only isp I know of with issues on getting usernames and passwords is sky.

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Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Coaching

I'd have the same issue as with charging EVs.. I'd need somewhere for the body to sit waiting for it's drive train. Or is it going to stand on legs in the road?

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Your connection is not Brexit... we mean private: UK Tory party lets security cert expire

Chloe Cresswell

Question is: which would be a bigger risk to your data?

That the site connection is hijacked and some random person has your details?

Or that your details are with the owners of said site in the first place?

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

Chloe Cresswell

My honor 5x and 7 had the sensor on the back, below the camera.

It was great, you picked up the phone, a finger would land on the sensor and you'd be off.

My 9 has it on the front, so it's now a two stage step, which I think is a bit of a step backwards

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

Chloe Cresswell

I switched from firefox to seamonkey when it went chrome like in the UI.

If I want a chrome style engine, I use Vivaldi. I'm more likely to switch totally to vivaldi then to return to firefox if Seamonkey goes the same way.

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Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

Chloe Cresswell

FTTP...

Will that be more FTTP on demand? I'm in an area marked "FTTP on demand" active.

Can I find a decent ISP who will provide? Nope. "We don't office on demard" ("there's no demand")

Have to go to BT Broadband for it, and have it from them.

Once it's installed and the contract expires, then I can switch to someone else.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

Chloe Cresswell

Re: From the department of stupid ideas

I'd also like to point out in high density areas (like mine, terrace housing), the street lights are on the house side of the pavement a lot of the time. So you'd still have lovely trailing cables running from the house side to the road over the pavement.

No one will have an issue with that, right?

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Much a do

The new installer is a right pain to listen to when doing this though.

It talks the entire install options at you, with only a volume control. No option to just get the options like before on a couple of pages and get though them quickly.

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

Chloe Cresswell

Re: I assume Thinkbroadband are using the "can pay extra for fibre" definition of ("has access to"?

So far, I've only had prices from BTB for FTTP on demand. No decent ISP appears to offer it.

(any news on decent ISPs that do will be happily accepted!)

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

Chloe Cresswell

First calls

First call about os11 update this morning "I can't access my CCTV anymore" - maker hasn't updated the app, and has no plans too (their way to handle the switch to 64bit only apps was to pull all their old apps from the apple store completely...)

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

Chloe Cresswell

Re: I remember them

Hah, found the other person who collected those? :)

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

Chloe Cresswell

Re: How much

I've been offered all the .uk's for the domains I have.

Including the .co.uk's that have expired 3 months ago and are no longer in use/paid for.

Interesting "You let this domain expire! But we want to register the .uk version of it for you for free"

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Little to do with automatic renewal

I got 2 emails about it.

Both had links to "find out which domains".

Both links failed to work, and ended up timing out.

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Convoy

That's because my lyrics are from Convoy GB https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-FZZ7ye7h8

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: what's wrong with the Australian road train setup?

Denby

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-lincolnshire-20318649/denby-transport-bids-to-cut-costs-with-super-lorry

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Convoy

Don't forget:

It was a foggy day,

on the 6th of may,

In a scammell hauling bricks...

;)

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Atomic bonds: Gigabyte, Supermicro fire out boosted Atom CPU range

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Give it a break guys!

Yeap, I use them for low end firewalls and some nas4free units, they work happily with out giving you a massive power bill.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Super Fast Broadband != "fibre"

Had a client "upgrade" a 2.8Km line to FTTC. New line lenght: 48 metres shorter. Cab was at the end of the (short) road the exchange was on. Went from 8/.448 to a blinding 7/.190...

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