I can't say I've ever seen Southport being described as close to Blackpool before mind... Preston at a pinch, or Liverpool. Although I suppose they are both on the coast, so what do I know?
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That long-awaited, super-hyped Apple launch: Watches, iPads... and one more thing. Oh, actually that's it
Funny, that: Handy script for wiping directories is capable of wreaking havoc beyond a miscreant's wildest dreams
Re: Need a bit of Raspberry Pi action
I know of a few large installs in UK government agencies where RPis have been used - I used to work for the company doing the hardware support. They seem to have built/bought some kind of management portal for them, but I'm not sure what it is as I only ever spoke to people that used it, I never got to see it in action.
Incidentally, for a multi-national company with lots of employees at all levels of IT, the company I worked for knew F-all about RPi. I had to explain very carefully to my colleagues what to do/expect/change with them if they went out to one...
This is your last chance, HP. There's no turning back. You take blue poison pill, the story ends. You take the red Xerox pill, you stay in Wonderland
I had a similar situation with a user who complained I'd deleted his "Favorites" when I replaced his PC, despite copying the folder from one PC to the other. Turns out what he referred to as "Favourites" was the Internet Explorer Autosuggest list. Which I found could be copied from one machine to another - and then explained to him how to use the real "Favorites" folder. I'm not sure he ever changed though!
Re: Either he was a total n00b or there are known weaknesses in the iCloud
>For apple to have taken the demand seriously and spend 10s to 100s of K on this matter you cannot >help to think that there is something fishy in the iCloud
Yeah, but to play Devil's advocate, having had issues previously, isn't it better to have an investigation and get a third party (NCA) involved and say "we've found no issues on this occasion" rather than just cover up and go "nothing to see here guv"? What they spend on marketing would make this a drop in the ocean, and it would be better for them to be seen to doing something rather than ignoring a potential issue. Or maybe I'm just holding it wrong.
Re: Limited Range of kit
How about the fact that when you want to look at something, or need to send something in for repair, they are around 90 minutes closer to me than the nearest Apple shop? Unless you want to send me a couple of gallons of diesel and £100 to cover my extra travelling time? Just because something isn’t useful to you, doesn’t mean it serves no purpose...
Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much
That wouldn't surprise me. In a slightly Douglas Adams-esqu series of telephone calls, I tried to persuade BG that our house didn't have a gas supply, and that I'd like one to be fitted. They repeatedly assured me that it had, and that bills were being paid for it, which I found slightly difficult to believe as it had been empty for the past 30 years. Eventually, after much going around in circles, they agreed to send an engineer to show me where the gas supply was. Day of the engineer visit, I'd taken the day off work, and sat in the house with flask of coffee, gloves, hat, scarf, big jacket and mobile phone. Eventually, mobile phone rings from engineer saying he's at the house and has found the gas supply, would I care to come and see it? I asked where it was and I'd pop out and see him. He explains what he can see, and I explain he's not at *my* house, he's around two miles away and must have the address confused with someone else. He assures me that he hasn't, and I must have the wrong address. I assure him I haven't got the wrong address, but in vain. Eventually, his colleagues in the call centre tried to convince me that my house was the correct address but in the wrong place...
This summer's hottest sequels: BlueKeep II, III, IV and V – the latest wormable RDP holes in Microsoft Windows
Bombs Huawei... Smartphone exploded in my daughter's pocket, seriously burning her, claims dad in lawsuit
Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it
Re: Plus, some options are bosses only
Terry, I think all councils must be the same. The one I worked for wouldn't pay mileage if the journey was over 100 miles, so one day, I had to set off at 5AM to drive to the only place they could get a hire car from (and claim 45 miles to get there...), to travel two hours back to the school in question for 8AM, leave there at 4PM and drive two hours back to drop off the hire car, then drive 45 miles back home. If I'd been allowed to go in my own car, I would have covered a grand total of 102 miles, and saved two hours of my time that they had to give me TOIL for...
Same council used to send a bunch of us to BETT every January. One year, our excellent admin assistant found some 1st class tickets for £87 return. Council made us book 2nd Class, at a cost of £237 for the _same_ journey on the _same_ train. Best value be damned, we can't let the plebs get above themselves and save money! (and before anyone asks, I've no idea why a 1st class ticket on the same train, at the same time, on the same day, between the same two stations was that much cheaper than second class. You'll have to take it up with Beardy Branson, for it was his train.)
Remember Woolworths? Well there's a different* one that still exists in Oz. Telstra wants NBN Co to help shove fibre in it
@AC - halving the number of pupils...
... would not give double the money per pupil, although it's tempting to think so, but schools aren't funded in that way. It's based on how many pupils there are in the school, the types of pupils, EAL, deprivation, all sorts. Have a look at https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula/supporting_documents/Current_funding_system.pdf for more details. So fewer pupils = less cash in the budget. It makes it very difficult to turn around a failing school, as parents withdraw their child, and every time a child goes, so does a chunk of funding that could have paid for teachers or resources to turn the school around; it effectively becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Lee, I couldn't agree more. Our nearest airports are 2-3 hours away if we want to be able to get anywhere, so by the time we drive there as there's no public transport here, park, get to the airport, get checked in and go through security theatre, we'd be most of the way to a ferry... It's much easier and more pleasant for all concerned for us to take that ferry (we've done Southampton - San Malo lately), get a good nights sleep, a decent meal, nice breakfast, and an hour or so drive to somewhere nice on the other side, and we arrive not stressed out and ready to enjoy ourselves.
I'm planning to take the kids on a plane so they can say they've done it, but I really can't see us doing it on a regular basis again.
I feel your pain Stevie. My father had a Scania-engined Plaxton coach. He ordered an exhaust pipe from the local Scania dealer, which arrived before lunchtime the next day, having been flown overnight from Sweden (at Scania's expense) as Scania UK didn't have one available when they should have a couple of spares in the country. At the same time, he ordered a replacement lamp glass from Plaxton's in Scarborough... despite being in stock, it eventually arrived from their Glasgow parts department around six weeks later...
He also had trouble getting a part for the wipers from Plaxton, as they insisted the part he wanted had never been used on that type of vehicle. That involved taking the part off, driving two and a half hours to Glasgow, handing them the part and saying "one of those, please" before they'd believe him and supply the part. Is it any wonder we don't have heavy industries anymore?
Re: Is nothing sacred? @John Gamble
May I introduce you to the Soda-Pop then John? Take a half pint glass, add a measure of Tia Maria, a measure of Cointreau and a measure of Vodka. Top up with Dent Special Lemonade* and it tastes just like a cream soda. It gets you drunk from the feet up, because you feel fine until you try to stand up after the third one, but I've never yet had a hangover with it.
*It's toxic waste yellow and fizzy. Other brands of Lemonade do not work. Picture of said lemonade: https://goo.gl/images/gHcYC4
Re: Hoover Free Flight Fiasco
Ah yes, my best mate at school became infamous thanks to this - his Dad had bought a Hoover Washing Machine, and when it broke, he was complaining to the service engineer that he hadn't got his flights - service engineer called him an idiot for expecting to get them, so my mate's Dad blocked the guys van in the drive with his wagon and kept the van hostage "until I get my flights"... Lasted a few weeks I think, before Hoover's lawyers got a court order to move the wagon... Would have been cheaper and less bad publicity for them to just buy the tickets, but by that point it was plainly obvious no one at Hoover had much common sense!
Re: Also, in an increasing surveilance society
A friend of mine once did something very similar: He was a bus driver, and had a passenger who would get on every day with a £20 note for something like a 10P ride, so it used up most of the driver's change on one passenger (who would arrive the next morning with another £20, and no sign of the previous day's change...) Eventually my mate got totally hacked off, and got £20 worth of 1P coins from the bank - passenger gets on, he goes through the whole "do you not have anything smaller" routine for the umpteenth time, and was handed a couple of bags of 1P coins... And the next morning, he turned up with the correct change!
Re: It's the way things are going @Bob Rocket
Sorry Bob, the problem _is_ that things aren't designed to be fixed. I attended a course to be certified in repairing a certain brand of printer so I could undertake warranty repairs for the manufacturer. Their rep told us when stripping down a high volume laser printer "don't worry if you snap some of those plastic clips, I rarely manage not to". Now, if their own staff are snapping bits, it suggests someone hasn't thought how these machines are going to get repaired...