Re: Know who your rivals actually are
Exactly, you agree that the CityFibre CEO doesn't know the correct name of a rival company.
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[CityFibre}CEO Greg Mesch saying in a statement that "BT Openreach is exhibiting a series of behaviours"
If the CEO of a company doesn't even know the correct name for the rival company he is talking about, why should his comments, or indeed his company, be taken seriously?
For a team claiming a feat in the mathematical world, you would think that they would check what numbers they are claiming. 1 Trillion is 10 to the 18th power, or a million, million, million. Google seem to have calculated to 100 million, million, or in real mathematical terms, 100 billion.
I know that the world seems to have tried to dumb down counting, and popular media counts a 1000 million as a billion these days, but in true maths it is not, and to try and claim 100 Trillion in this context is disingenuous at least, if not downright fraudulent.
So much wrong with this obvious bovine excrement.
End customers never report to OR, you report to your own provider, so will never get a bill from OR
OR will charge the provider if the problem is beyond the socket, nothing about going on premises or not.
The provider can choose to absorb any OR charges if they wish, eg if it is a supplier provided modem issue.
If you do wish to troll, maybe try something at least remotely plausible.
I remember my father's trick to be to put the bare wires over the relevant hole and plugging something else in on top to release the earth and hold the wires in place. Mainly done when he was repairing/testing some electronical type device and couldn't be bothered to wire a plug.This was back in the days when new stuff often didn't come with a plug attached.
The scary bit, though not to me at the time as it was just 'normal', was that he was fully qualified in electrical/electronic engineering, and worked at the local nuclear power station. Mind you he did have a reputation locally as being able to fix anything electrical or electronic. You never asked how, or looked to see what he had done, just be safe in the knowledge it now did what was expected of it.
If you use Vivaldi, from the guy who did the original Opera, then its latest snapshot has tracker and ad blocking built in. Being chromium based all the other extensions work as well.
Possibly also related to the slight increase in Chrome figures is that Vivaldi now identifies as vanilla Chrome in the User Agent. Loses its own share in the stats but, as they said at the time, it stops sites serving a different page unnecessarily.
CYBG say, "Service is available in branches and across our ATM network.". Afraid not, after having my card declined at a store, I went to a branch, lucky I was in the town that hadn't had their branch closed, and they could do nothing either as they couldn't get balances so couldn't do anything else. ATMs were giving a message that I had reached the transaction limit on a larger withdrawal, when I hadn't taken anything out at all, though I was able to take out multiple small amounts OK. Seemed to be sorted for me about 13:30.
So your great plan is to in effect give a tenner to someone, tell them to use it to fill their car with fuel, drive people on a 1000 mile round trip, allowing them to charge the passenger a fiver to cover their costs, and then pay back 11 quid for the privilege. Yeah that will work.
And who are BTOpenreach anyway? Haven't heard of them in the large scale comms business.
And how do you know I've created a problem? Is that the only possible explanation?
I don't, but that is irrelevant. If the issue is with the provider/Openreach kit there is no charge. if you have created the problem you will be charged. Not rocket science.
I want to know what constitutes a "fault" before I know whether to accept the risk of getting them out to 'look' at it - what will they look at and consider as faulty - but nobody can tell me that. So for all I know they might just run the same automated test, perform a quite line test on a nice dry still day with no noise, tell me there's no fault, piss off and send me a bill. Next day it rains or the wind blows the wrong way and nothing has changed except I've got a big bill.
I still have enormous fat twin core cable running down the front of my house too which I think is long obsoleted. I think it's joined somehow to the overhead run of newer stuff. Maybe that's where a fault is, maybe it's miles away, but I don't know if it'd get changed regardless just by virtue of its age or possible fault condition. Nobody can tell me, so nothing has ever happened. I don't really use the phone anyway but that's beside the point.
If you ask them what is covered and not then you will be told, try it. Simply put though, if the issue is on the exchange side of the main BT socket then it is provider/Openreach, if it on the premises side it is your issue. The cable you mention will be exchange side, so anything there could only be charged if they could show you had done something like cut it when gardening for example. If you haven't touched it then it is their responsibility
Some people are obsessed that they will be charged for any call out at all, that simply does not happen. If they do charge when you can see that it is on their side then dispute the charge
I don't see how this fits with your analogy.
Because is both cases you pay for someone to provide and maintain equipment, and in both cases they repair anything that goes wrong with their kit without further charge, but will charge you if you call them out to fix something else.
My line also has ongoing intermittent audible noise issues but I can't escalate it without threat of a fine from BT so long as their line tests reveal no problems.
What is it with such ignorant people who don't believe they should pay where they have created a problem?
Get an Openreach engineer called out, and the problem is provider or Openreach kit that isn't picked up in remote testing, no charge. If it is because you have bought a cheap set of fairy lights that are spewing out interference then you pay.
It is exactly the same as having a maintenance contract for your central heating. Thermostat in the boiler fails through age, engineer comes and fixes it under contract. You try bleeding a radiator and break the thread on the bleed valve and there will be at least a call out charge. You don't hear people bleating about British Gas threatening to fine you for their problem.
Or would you prefer that you aren't advised that they will only fix their own kit and then send you a surprise bill you when it is your fault?
Why should a service of one company be provided free of charge to another ? No problem with it being provided to any other company who wants to share in the costs of providing it, of course those other companies could always build and pay for their own service to do this if they wanted to,
It is from BT Retail, well Consumer actually as it is residential only. Don't know whether the Wholesale side is offering it to the parasit<<<<< LLU and WLR companies, so you'd have to check with them. That said OFCOM will probably insist that it is offered out at about 1% of the actual cost to supply and there will still be complaints that there is any cost at all.
So Kamina Vincent deleted the images to blur the dancer's face, which would appear to be so as not to cause the dancer embarrassment, however did not extend the same courtesy to the males who were at the event, who for all she knew could have been as disgusted as she claims to be. To me, that is as sexist an attitude as she is claiming Microsoft had, but of course that won't be picked up on as everyone knows you can't be sexist against males.
"If you want the NXDOMAIN response then just disable Web Address Help from http://preferences.webaddresshelp.bt.com/selfcare/. Takes just a few seconds and no config changing".
That's useful to know but misses the point a bit. Services like OpenDNS pull the same manoeuvre, but you make a conscious choice to use those.
The response is the same for each of your points there: Why should I have to do any of those things because BT are greedy and unethical and want to monetise a service I already paid for and hide the fact in the small print?
And you make a concious decision as to which ISP you use. If you blindly agree to a legal contract without being fully aware of all the terms of service, then more fool you. I suggest you watch Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Goodish (http://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/dave-gormans-modern-life-goodish/watch-online/#2652189551001), especially the bit about being in the audience.
Why do you assume that because you are paying directly towards part of the service that this covers the entire cost to the provider ? Do you expect newspapers to have no adverts in them and that the cover price covers the entire cost to the publisher ?
Remember there is plenty of choice of ISP who don't use adverts to subsidise their customer price, although BT may be being forced to subsidise them but that's another discussion, however that may mean paying more up front. You pays your money, you takes your choice.
"Simple rule to follow, if you use basic internet services only, ie web and email, ISP kit is serviceable. If you use anything that causes the ISP support desk to go, "let me check into that,", their kit is probably worth changing out."
Or, just a thought (and I realise this is hilarious optimism on my part) a simpler rule still to follow would be for the ISP to supply a router fit for purpose given that that's a part of the service agreement, rather than shelling out for kit you shouldn't have to buy.
Fit for what purpose ? As I said they are usually perfectly serviceable for general internet use and that is what low cost standard broadband is designed for. Do you complain to the car dealer that the Ford Fiesta you bought when you went in looking for a town runabout is absolutely useless at off roading ?
If you want something specialist, you need specialist kit, do your research before entering a legal contract, don't just go on price. FWIW I do reckon that there should be either some sort of discount if you don't want the supplied router, or a nominal charge if you do, so you can do the right research.
If you want the NXDOMAIN response then just disable Web Address Help from http://preferences.webaddresshelp.bt.com/selfcare/. Takes just a few seconds and no config changing.
Many of the 3rd party DNS providers also direct invalid domains to their own servers, so you need to do the same thing if they let you, I use OpenDNS and have it set to return NXDOMAIN for invalid domains.
Of course I can change the DNS at the router as I don't use the BT Hub, and that is precisely because I understand the limitations of ISP provided kit.
Simple rule to follow, if you use basic internet services only, ie web and email, ISP kit is serviceable. If you use anything that causes the ISP support desk to go, "let me check into that,", their kit is probably worth changing out.
We must be from the same decade. I also remember when people were able to type obviousurl.com in the address bar instead of googling absolutely everything. Things are not what they used to be anymore, and it saddens me a bit.
I get the ones when I am doing internet/router support who don't even know what the address bar is, I say to type the router URL in the address bar in the browser and get asked if I mean type it into Google. Am I just getting old ?
You remind me of someone who in all seriousness posted the question, "Why do drivers bother putting their sidelights on? Do they only want to see a little bit?"
What has not knowing the need for sidelights got to do with knowing the correct tool for a job ?
Try looking beyond your own nose once in a while. Are you telling me, with your huge intellect and all those years of schooling, that you can't conceive of a single instance where people may only have the option of accessing Yahoo Mail through a web browser?
Yes there may be times that having an ALTERNATIVE way to access email may be useful, just as a hammer can be used as an alternative way to drive in a screw, but if you cannot get a screwdriver for your home toolbox, then would you buy screws ?
You sir, are an idiot. Yahoo Mail is not a traditional e-mail provider, it's WEB BASED e-mail. therefore it is meant to be read / used / accessed within a web browser.
Think of me as an idiot if you will, but if so then I am an idiot who understands what an oxymoron is.
IIRC - accessing Yahoo Mail with a traditional POP based e-mail client isn't free, when I last looked, this required payment of a $50 per year for Yahoo MailPlus.
Try checking rather than recalling if you don't want to be shown up then.
Of course the biggest problem here is not any changes made to the interface, it is that there is an interface at all. It is an email service, the clue is in the name, Yahoo! Mail, so why are people trying to use a web browser ? It is like complaining that the hammer you used to use for driving in screws is no longer available. Well use a screwdriver then.
Use a mail client for mail, there are plenty available, and as long as the standards are supported by the mail service, then you can choose the client/layout/features that suit you.
If Yahoo! had start changing the mail protocols to their own ends that would be different, until then.....
In the meantime, given that BT is in a unique position to use this kind of alerting mechanism,
What makes the article author think that only BT can put in an interstitial page when there is an issue with an account ? Given the lack of knowledge on this simple point, why should we believe any other part of the article ?
Another lengthy phone call with threats about the problem being at my house and I would be charged for the call out.
What threats are these ? There are no threats, you are being helped to avoid any charges by making sure the parts you don't pay maintenance for have been ruled out. Would you rather they said nothing at all, and then charged you a call out fee that you had no warning about ?
Hard to say, but OpenDNS works for me and they offer *you* the choice of categories if you want to block stuff home-wide.
Having said that, their system is stupid in needing a client on your home machine so it knows your IP address to match any preferences to, without that it cant be controlled. Should be a router setting like dynamic DNS support.
There are some routers/firewalls that have an OpenDNS updater built in like those for DynamicDNS hostnames, IPCop which I use for example. IIUI it is a similar system used for the clients for both types of service updater clients, so shouldn't be a diificult job to build it in, it just needs the router manufacturers' support, of course whether they would be willing or not to do this is the big question. There does seem to be a bit of discussion on the OpenDNS fora about this, and ways around it though.
Do we have cable here?: no. Are we likely to get it anytime soon? Are we fuck
What has cable got to do with BT ?
Let me reiterate, this is a city, and the outskirts are all extremely prosperous, yet BT don't have any plans to put fibre-optic in. They don't deserve anything but blame.
And yet you also say earlier that there are no plans for cable either, so I take it you are also posting on any Virgin Media stories that they don't deserve anything but blame either.
Oh you are not, didn't think so.
Under Pressure, well the original anyway, is dum dum dum duh duh doo doo, dum dum dum duh duh doo doo.
Ice Ice Baby is dum dum dum duh duh doo doo, da dum dum dum duh duh doo doo.
There's a whole extra da in the middle there and that is why he tried to claim it was original.
I still remember the first time I heard it, while building a radio from bits whilst doing electronics at college, and in amongst the crackles, hisses and whistles I heard something I thought I recognised, then the (c)rap came along and I thought noooooooooooooooooo.
Of course the Keane version of Under Pressure on the Radio 1 40th anniversary album has the extra da in there, and the least said about Jedward the better really.
I feel your pain on the delivery surcharge, I tend to check delivery charges before I order, especially the ones claiming free UK mainland delivery, any surcharge and they don't get my business. The best recently was a shop I was in during a work trip to Birmingham, checked their site when I got home. It had the UK mainland claim, but then hidden away once you ordered was to choose Highlands, and the charge was GBP 27, by comparison they would ship the same item to Australia for GBP 32.
Of course from next month when the ASA can investigate web based adverts.......
I tend to agree that only picking from a list of questions is likely to lead to answers that are findable.
Knowing this myself I am more likely to give an answer that is deliberately wrong, knowing that it as long as I give the same wrong response if asked the question by this site later I get in.
I can try and give that same advice to others but am aware that as the question is usually to reset a forgotten password, then if you have forgotten that then chances are you have forgotten the wrong answer you set up for that site, which defeats the purpose.
I see this every time faster internet access is available.
Faster != more data automatically transferred.
There are those who just want to be able to do what they do faster, they don't want to do any more, just waste less time waiting when they are doing it, restricted bandwidth packages may well be suitable for them.
There will certainly be those whose usage would increase the faster the speed they have available, and that is why there are other packages available, you have to realise that just because it wouldn't suit you doesn't mean that it won't suit anybody.
BT Infinity Unlimited doesn't have over usage charges, no matter what you download, if you download over 300GB, which is averaging about 2 full DVDs a day, then they do cap your speed for a time though.
Also remember that BT Infinity is just BT Retail's FTTC service, as FTTC is wholesaled, any ISP can offer their own services, pricing and features which may suit you better.
This result could give a problem.
The Race to Infintity is run by BT Retail, who are running it under the Openreach scheme that allows ISPs to nominate up to 6 exchanges for fibre upgrade. Openreach will then take these nominations and upgrade under certain conditions, http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/i/4367.html has more info. BT Retail are not upgrading exchanges themselves, they can't as they have no direct control over exchanges.
Of course this may be why BT Retail said it would be the top 5, to cover for this sort of situation, so they can nominate the 6 at 100%, but the others at over 75% would need additional negotiations with Openreach which is what BT Retail possibly intended anyway.
In the social history type classes I had to take as part of my electronics course in college, I was taught that the reason VHS overcame Betamax, at least in the UK, was due to the hardware rental market.
The theory was explained to me as, in the late 70s and early 80s, when home VCRs were coming onto the market, a significant proportion of UK households were already renting TVs rather than buying them. The rental market went with VHS, I was either not told or don't remember why this was, whether Sony didn't want to go rental or Matushita gave the better deal I am not sure. Anyway, those renting TVs who also wanted a VCR would rent it as well, the fact that they cost near a grand to buy at the time also meant some who had bought a TV would also just rent a VCR. Those who did buy a VCR would then get the same type as those who rented so that they could exchange tapes, as the initially larger rental market was VHS, so the purchase market followed.
Now this could all be a load of BS, there was marketing stuff in the class as well so not impossible, however the theory is at least as probable as the pr0n theory.
There are probably hundreds of brands of football, of which soccer is but one.
I take it you are from the more recently independent side of the Atlantic. Yes there are many sports called football, generally originating in different regions, that each have different rules, but no sport called soccer exists.
The term is nothing more than a familiar abbreviation of the sport, namely Association Football, in the same way that rugger, is a familiar abbreviation of Rugby Football, which itself has two distinct codes.
Calling this the Football World Cup is no more wrong or right than saying that the Denver Broncos play in the National Football League, or that Collingwood won the 2010 Australian Football League. Three different sports, all correctly called football.
 I use the term loosely, 3 and 8 for the season so far isn't exactly playing.
Enabling Turbo in desktop, or mobile, Opera tells it to use the same proxy system as Mini uses. On testing through my fixed connection, an IP Address check shows the Opera Proxy address rather than my connection's IP address, as would be expected for a proxied connection.
I haven't been able to test using a dongle just now as there is not enough signal where I am to get a connection, though I do remember it working before.
That said I run my own VPN server to my home connection so would usually use this to get to anything that is blocked by any third party service, dongle wifi etc., I am using.
Why would a browser show tool-tips for the ALT tag ? That tag is for ALTernative text that displays when the image is not shown, If the image is displayed, why would you need the information from the ALT tag ?
Of course if the page author wants to provide information about an image even when it is displayed, then they would use the TITLE tag for that. Opera displays TITLE tag information correctly. If you are not getting tool-tips on images, then the page is written not to show further information when the image is displayed.
If the page is written not to show specific information, the correct behaviour is for the browser not to show it, any browser that does show it is therefore broken.
Wrong way round, the clocks went _back_, meaning an extra hour in bed, so the alarm would have gone off an hour too soon, which would mean a "rude awakening"... surely an alarm going off an hour _late_ would be a 'happy, relaxed, refreshed awakening"!?
No, the alarm goes off an hour late, which is a rude awakening if you needed to be up and gone already. This was all discussed in the comments on that article last week, the recurring alarm is set for say 08:00 during summer time. Now summer time is GMT +1 so the alarm is actually set for 07:00 GMT +1 hour. The bug means that when the internal time is set back to GMT, it still adds the hour to the time of the alarm even though it now doesn't need to, hence the alarm goes off an hour after it was meant to.