When did radio antennas become "masts"? A "mast" stuck to a lamp post?
31 posts • joined 20 Feb 2008
5G masts will be strapped to lampposts and traffic lights – once £4m project figures out who owns them
Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks
Re: A lot of 'hot air'
> Then they'll expand it back into Kensington and Chelsea
The current bloke has bigger plans: out to the North & South Circs. Call the whole thing "ultra" low emission even though the current cars that'll be allowed in emit more than the oldest ones. And the black cabs, pollutants all, get a free pass.
Booking.com charges 15% (a hotelier complained it jumped frrom 10%). The hotel could offer the room for less and come out ahead except for the same-price rule. That suits booking com as they know you won't do better elsewhere. Stifles other booking services who might decide to reduce their cut to 5% for example.
I'm in an org where our territory hangs on to old BBs but the competence to administrate the BES is long lost. Regular mail failures, "desktop can't send" errors. The eye foners are smug since their mail doesn't have the extra BES failure layer.
What kills is boarding passes on ye olde BBs. Gate staff keep fondling the mini non-touch screen but it aien't gonna scroll. Luddites have non-touch stamp-sized screen.
"The companies said that from March this year their 2G and 3G mobile services will be available to customers who travel frequently on the trains" - not available to everyone but only "frequent" travellers?
The French signals are strong in their tunnel, stop ~1km before the exit. You then get UK networks but it's a pish-poor service from there to St. Panc. It would be ironic for Vody+EE to provide a good tunnel service and then the frequent drops out of the tunnel.
Re: On more than expected
Guilty as charged, by accident once or twice (meeting reminders wake the phone up during take-off). If this was a real risk, the aircrew would have radio wands to find the offending items, and there'd be no trolly service for them unless they were Platinum Aluminium Plus. But staff are blasé about them. BA relaxed the landing to gate trip months ago, announcing you may now turn on.. The regular offenders were already on, others misheard "you may now" as "you may not" and glared.
The old greenie box gains a twin for the FTTC gear, now Sky want to possibly bung more? Where will pedestrians walk (cyclists speed)?
There seems to be plenty of air in the tinny Virgin boxes near me. The local kids helpfully leave the doors open. How come Sky don't go for VM too? They have the infrastructure but badly need a kick up the ****
Can't we arrange for automatic execution bythe most painful ways possible for anyone who babbles about "amazing journeys"? They weaken the genetic pool and are often a red alert for poison in any layer of an organisation. You know it's true.
Be sad to see Michael Palin go down but no exceptions allowed.
Re: Beating browsing proper bookshop
The paper/printing side of publishing is a tiny part of the costs. Pulping trees, printing have been ground down to a fraction of the total. Authors, staff, glitzy PR and big cheeses make up the bulk. An author did a breakdown of total costs on his web site if I could find the URL. Hector takes his unworked-for 1/5th for ebooks too.
Missing a trick
The usage is similar to before, what is missing is any way to report or rectify faults such as the one I suffered where a transfer at LVic was treated as a brand new journey. Slog it to the call centre to fix. Some peeps have said they can email these in but it's never worked for me - /dev/null
Hard heavy objects? No, otherwise that Gideons bible you nicked from the hotel would be banned during take off/landing, in favour of $pulp.
I don't mind the no-lekky objects except when they force a too long off time. Many airlines have a release crew from seats beep when we're supposed to stay belted, said crew are busy firing up the sales carts full of dangerous liquids (bad for livers too!). Some like KLM release us quickly. some like that no longer lowcost lowcost lot keep us pinned in tiny seats for far too long.
It's been dying for a while
With a new passport it took me ages to (unnecessarily) re-register my eyes. The LHR and LGW offices were regularly closed during their posted hours. Why bother now when they have newer machines that use the pp's chip.. except that this is a 2 stage process whereas the eyeballs were ready for a 1 phase check.
You could often tell who was going to be trouble in the Iris booth - if they wiggled their arses and bobbed around, it was going to go Sorry.. and throw the perp back. Back into where? In LHR the rejects faced the non-EU "come when _we_ say so" queue.
Notice how they intend to keep some premium rate numbers (ones where you are overcharged, rates above the comms cost) but describe them as "business rates". The name predetermines the policy. The disadvantage to the punter is that these codes allow queueing, pay to hear some plinkety plink because your call is imporant to us, so why don't you answer it then? Shove those onto 09 for the same price and queueing would be banned.
saynoto0870 will live on.
Stop.. or else
The problem is that they are a mess. I dropped Pipex in 2007, along in 2010 comes Talktalk with an "overdue" bill and a threat to disconnect. They duely "disconnected" nothing, sent a letter, followed by a Welcome To pack. Such incompetence beggars belief (worse than Virgin with their Dear Occupier letters offering a non-existant digital service).
Don't waste your time with call centres, local numbers or not. Use letters, build up a stack of evidence, be ready to take legal action. The official busybodies will take their sweet time and "threaten" but rarely deliver.
It's not free!
Even if you assume you can get the tokens from a mate, they want £21 for postage, or £46 for that and a charger or case. And peeps eager for "priority" delivery can call a premium rate number (75pee from a BT line per min, poss 2 mins) to get a code to jump the queue or you might have to wait up to 57 days from the end of this token run.
It has s-c-a-m written all over it, apart from having to buy a paper you would not want to park your budgie on top of (I sneaked a read, no real money was spent on this research). I'd clout them on the head for this Ryanair-like non-free deal, after which you end up with boiling mud for audio.
He has form
Those Direct Line ads. He purrs that you have to go to their site because DL quotes are not available on the consolidators, as if this is a *good* thing! That lost it for me. Plugging old valve radios, sorry, DAB with its wide lapel and bell-bottom codecs and complimentary boiling mud is more dosh to his account, and the last desperate attempt by a gov-subsidised sinking industry.
Handing in good radios as an "amnesty", what next? How failed can Marketing be?
Some of the London airports now want the laptop left in its bag. Their x-ray machines can see through the laptop to what they consider to be more important items to check. That means - from personal experience, in particular anything that shows up as a long thin metallic line: mini printers, mini scanners get extra attention. This move is smarter, even though the space left by a removed laptop can hold a lot of other items and allow me to bring the equivalent of 2 bags through.
Some airports = Heathrow & Gatwick, not Luton (hell) or Stansted. The random acts of senseless belt/shoe removal, or not, continue.
Can't wait for T5
I was at T4 yesterday but luckily using KLM. The BA announements were like an anti-advertisement for the airline: sod off if you're not biz class and rebook online at home, ta muchly. Now if T5 kicks off with a few glitches, there's your clue on how well it'll be handled.
Screwing transfer passengers should see all that business finallly clear off to CDG and AMS. No need for a third runway.