* Posts by Mad Jack

32 posts • joined 9 Apr 2008

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

Mad Jack

Re: return your bonuses in a token gesture..

The culprit will of course have already moved on to another role/company having got the job on the basis of achievements listed on their CV like "* reduced costs 2000% by moving storage to Microsoft Cloud (it cures cancer you know)"


Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

Mad Jack

Eire Nationals?

Interested to know how this would play if the registrant is an Eire National domiciled in the UK?

Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

Mad Jack

So the VM Spokespersons Email must have been HACKED by ROPEMAKER?

No outage, huh. I would say in common with several others that the service is mostly OK, but they seem to have taken to regularly describing planned work as "faults", presumably so they don't have to post any warning about outages!

Also if you call a CS agent or (quicker) get someone on chat it's pure pot luck what mileage you get. Some of them make stuff up to tell you IME.

As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

Mad Jack

All publicity is good...

They're doing it on purpose because they're jealous of all the publicity United Airlines are getting! I expect there will be a line of guards in Hugo Boss uniforms with cuffs and coshes at the door of every BA aircraft shortly!

UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

Mad Jack

Re: What if. ..

One can only assume that Ruddled would then demand all Carrier Pigeons be fitted with portable rectal probes...

Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7

Mad Jack

and will it have python > 2.4 FINALLY?

I'll believe it when I see it.

Microsoft's next device could be a Surface Watch

Mad Jack

Re: "they've been about being in the market"

sure it will have a mouse, but will it have a START button?

Nick Clegg: Snooper's Charter 'isn't going to happen'

Mad Jack
Big Brother

Err, I thought a coalition was in government, now Clegg says his lot are in charge

Lib Dems in government? I thought they justdemanded useless policy changes no-one gives a shit about and threw toys out of the pram with tit for tat playground politics when they didn't get them. No wonder UKIP are increasingly strong.

Shame he spoilt it really though, one of the few times a politician has actually come anything like close to realising the volumes of data they are talking about trying to monitor, and the (im)practicalities of monitoring it.

"I think it isn't workable or proportionate," well yes, it's certainly not, nor is it economically or practically feasible, let alone desirable.

Anyway, his "not while we're in charge" comment implies he thinks they're going to be around for a while yet. Bless him!

LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

Mad Jack

Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?

"Real" work? I've used OOO since 2005, then LibreOffice since the fork by choice on my own machines. As a consultant working on customers sites using customers kit, I have found myself so massively impeded by the wretched ribbon thing that I have installed LibreOffice instead of wasting time hunting for basic things in Excel or Word. I have never had a problem reading or writing documents exchanged with colleagues. Before any fanboys start, yes I do use advanced features and create large documents too.

Keep on drinking that kool aid!

Deputy PM: Rip up Snoop Charter, 'go back to the drawing board'

Mad Jack
Big Brother

There's a first, I agree with Cleggers

This bill does nothing to counter terrorism - if the security services want to monitor individuals, does *anyone* except the morons who drafted this bill think they cannot already? Does anyone with half a brain think bad guys exchange emails in plain text, from known email addresses, with traceable IP addresses, or make and receive calls from phones with traceable names and addresses, etc?

All this does is put the foolish and naive in harms way, and in the meantime the cost will be enormous to the public in more ways than one; firstly - the ISPs who will pass on the costs to their customers, secondly - the government who will spend unthinkable amounts on "policing" it. The data storage costs alone are potentially phenomenal. Then there is the risk of the government "losing" the data, as has happened in a number of previous scandals.

The bad guys are already using technology which won't be subverted by these measures, multiplied manifold by the time anything approaching these proposals gets implemented.

Will it stop spam? No.

Will it stop phishing? No.

Will it stop the propagation of Malware and Viruses? No.

Will it inconvenience millions of innocents? Yes.

Will it do anything to stop bad guys? Well, probably the opposite as it will divert key resources who could be tracking real bad guys away from real threats while instead they chase down BARRISTER PRINCE ABDUL H MSINA and his mates from Nigeria who wants to share his fortune.

This is (yet) another classic example of an attempt at legislation by people whose understanding of technologies involved, practical limitations, and implementation considerations are so far removed from reality as to be laughable - were it not so serious a matter. In fact their sclerotic and pathetic excuse for what passes for thinking demonstrates clearly that they don't even begin to comprehend the problem, let alone being in a position to propose, and legislate for a solution.

We stand on the brink of wasting sums of money which would dwarf the previous NHS NpfIT fiascos many times over, and will achieve nothing. Ministers supporting this should be held personally accountable for professional negligence, criminal waste and misspending taxpayer funds.

Grrr. What a bag'o'shite.

Mr Angry from Pyr-ford.

Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

Mad Jack
Black Helicopters

I'm an evader

I have an ISA, ergo I am (albeit legally) avoiding tax, so I must be immoral.

While on the subject of morality, what''s moral about taxing someone for dying?

Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

Mad Jack
Black Helicopters

Perhaps Hodgy should take a good look at herself in the mirror?


I vote for her - as hippocrite of the year!

HSBC brands EVERY Apple iPhone 'an insecure PC'

Mad Jack

Re: Not only iPhones

Any Linux in fact, but they've now made it worse as you have to get reminded every 8 days. I contacted them previously asking why they insisted on prompting me to download and install a product which doesn't run on my machine and they replied with some garbage about it being in the public interest. Are they telling me they can't set an opt-out cookie or detect my OS is one of those they provide the software for (assuming I don't refuse cookies and obscure my OS)?

Mobile net filters block legit content too – campaign group

Mad Jack

Re: Vodafone also blocks daft sites

Same here, they blocked "Wine by the Case" on me - and just when I needed a quick gallon before going to the pub!

Keep out of the Olympics' way, earn a haircut from TfL app

Mad Jack

Re:Route sucks?

Quote: "Re:Route sucks"

OK fine, I won't download it

Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

Mad Jack

How would we know the difference? It goes titsup all the time!

Doomsday 2012 mega volcano 'unlikely' - NASA

Mad Jack

Oh no, the Daily Mail has taken over NASA

... now we really ARE all going to die!

EU to lift flight ban on carry-on liquids

Mad Jack

Can someone please explain?

... how putting liquids into a resealable plastic bag renders them safe?

Also I have had the following items confiscated from hand luggage:

* A miniature jewellers screwdriver in a watch repair kit

* Nail clippers (not pliers)

I suppose the logic is that I could take cabin crew hostage and threaten to dismantle their wristwatches or ruin their manicures unless they comply with my evil demands?

What's more, I got marched off into an interview room and strip searched because a tiny metal manufacturer name tag on a belt loop of my trousers (1/4 the size of a zip tag) made a handheld scanner beep.

If we have to implement rules like these, the bad guys have already won.

Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones

Mad Jack

Oh, so removing the SIM card is gonna be a crime now?

"....specifically describes the identification of “hacking, jailbreaking, unlocking, or removal of a SIM card”


Heaven help us all. I think I need some 'roid rage - heading out to buy an android phone now.

iOS jailbreak howdunnit partially solved

Mad Jack
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Easiest JB ever

Absolute breeze - don't even need a reboot. kudos to the sploit writers.

Cameron asks Obama for McKinnon compromise

Mad Jack

Invoice the DoD

...for services including performing penetration testing and analysing critical system weaknesses which permitted unauthorised personnel to gain access.

$800K sounds about right by their own reckoning.

Labour manifesto changes a byte bit

Mad Jack

So what's new?

When Gordon StalinBroon campaigns on his mastery of economics and presents himself as the "safe" option for preserving what's left of the economy he had a major hand in wrecking?

Rogue McAfee update strikes police, hospitals and Intel

Mad Jack
Black Helicopters

So Windows is a virus, what's new?

I've thought that for a long time now!

Reverse-engineering artist busts face detection tech

Mad Jack

Finally we know

.. what Alistair Darling's eyebrows are for ;^)

Volcanic Eyjafjallajökull dirt-splurt space snap

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I have to say the standard of headlines is getting pretty high - I mean just yesterday we had "Herd of sheep, off tits on drugs, savagely Tased" - how fantastic is that FFS?

Tories may scrap IR35 tax rules for contractors

Mad Jack

What about S660

... which is potentially more harmful, can be used retrospectively and in essence does the same thing, i.e. screws the small guys.

UK.gov biz department wonders if Twitter is worth the effort

Mad Jack

So can we get rid of the £160k Twitter Czar

...as an immediate cost cutting measure, or will cutting the twitter czar too soon damage the recovery?

MS home server users hit by Windows Live Custom Domains snafu

Mad Jack

@Anonymous Coward

"Better things to do with my time" - like writing trivial comments defending defective Microsoft products whilst implying that other (possibly free) solutions to achieve the same thing have little merit eh?

HSBC online banking goes off the wall

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Borked now

Working partially yesterday, very erratic. Worked fine before 9am this morning, now seems completely broken. You get as far as the password screen then get either booted back to name input or a server unavailable error.

'Lunatic' Smith doubles ID card costs for Mancunians

Mad Jack


I have a (paid for) photo driving license and machine readable passport also with photo. Why on earth do I now need another (paid for) form of ID?

Apart from which, it took the government long enough to sort out the passports fiasco - I have zero confidence that they:

a) won't screw up planning, rollout and ongoing support like they do with most Gov. IT projects

b) won't accidentally release everyones confidential data to the world like they did with the CDs

c) won't run massively over budget by making unrealistic assumptions like they do with most Gov. IT projects

d) won't subsequently claim it as an achievement when it's quite clear (and everyone knows) it was a dismal failure like most Gov. IT projects.

Has anyone run the numbers - i.e. is £60 per person for everyone in the UK enough to settle the Brownian debt mountain? There has to be a real reason for this madness.

Please bring on the general election.

Cambridge woman in £90m 'leccy bill shocker

Mad Jack
Dead Vulture

This is Business as Usual for NPower

I was with them once, and I would never use them again nor wish them on anyone else. They are truly a showcase for incompetence which makes even the current government look good.

First, over a 2 year period they managed to bill me twice for the same supply, based on their "estimates" and they ended up owing me over £2000. It took 18 months to get them to admit their error and refund me.

A year later (why oh why did I not dump them then?) they send me a bill for £1,400 despite the fact I paid them by direct debit. This took 8 months to sort out, as I insisted on seeing a detailed breakdown of charges. It took a plethora of phone calls and 3 letters, (2 recorded delivery) before they saw fit to respond at all. However, their response was to instruct a firm of debt collectors. I contacted them again, meanwhile raising an official complaint to Energywatch, saying I had no objection to paying any sum owed as long as they could prove it was not yet another error, given the past history on the account. Their response was a letter stating flatly "the account is correct" and a letter from the debt collector saying they would sue me if I didn't pay. Again I wrote to them saying that them claiming that the account was correct didn't prove anything, and repeated for the umpteenth time my request for a detailed breakdown of charges. By now Energywatch had contacted them, and I received a letter from NP offering to knock £500 off the total bill. This seemed to me a pretty hefty amount for an account that "was correct".

Things however still dragged on, so eventually I said I'd see them in court, and they again upped their offer to wipe out most of the alleged debt, but still no breakdown. I didn't have time to mess about with these fools, so accepted the offer of settlement on the proviso that they close the account and never contact me again. They've already failed the latter, needless to say. I've had their telesales people on several times despite being ex-directory and registered with TPS.

AVOID NPower at all costs - life is too short. Atlantic energy get my vote however, they actually seem to understand something about customer service!

Transcript disappears minister's 'hack-proof' ID register claim

Mad Jack

So weak

So "Zanu" Labour have nobbled Hansard (again)? This is becoming a habit.

So what? It's hardly a first, Ed B*ll*s did it only the other week.

I suppose they'll soon introduce a bill to ensure Hansard records are stored on a "secure, hack proof database, not connected to the Internet" - but then again it's only a matter of time before they go and lose some unencrypted CD's in transit to the NAO ;^)


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