* Posts by Haviland

25 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing


I have had people using my gmail address to sign up to Chaturbate alerts, book a weekend away in Stirling (got part of his wife's CC data then), someone opened up an investment account with Capital One in the US and someone who used a hotel on booking.com. The hotel didn't seem that bothered until I pointed out that I could cancel the booking by hitting a link in the email, booking was non-refundable, and it wouldn't be me going getting shit when they tried to check in.

Prime Minister David Cameron in Twitter gaffe


I suspect the response from No. 10 is correct - they were my first follower about 10 minutes after I joined Twitter.

Of course, that was before GCHQ followed everybody without letting them know,

Elon Musk envisions small town of vegetarians on Mars


Re: Why?

Because I'd be on frickin' Mars!

Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Mealy pudding v migas


Re: Get it right!

My grandmother used to send us food packages of mealie puddings from Tayport when I was a lad.

Served on their own, just a bit of butter to add to the overall unhealthiness.


Dammit, now I'm peckish as well.

The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects


20 years for a pair of sneakers?

I think I'll just keep going to the shops.

Belkin Play Max dual-band wireless router


2nd try...

Well, there is a firmware upgrade which, when applied , calls itself the same version as the one it replaced. However, it does seem to be somewhat more stable (i.e. it doesn't reset itself to factory default settings every 40 minutes) and seems to have been ok for a week.

Still looking at it out of the corner of my eye, though.


Oh dear.

As a Gigabit switch, it works fine.

As for anything else, oh dearie me it's crap. Network would randomly vanish, its DNS seemed to query upstream by post.

Woman sues EA over 'secret' Spore DRM


Slight untruth from DRM maker

"This data and information does not affect your computer system in any way" should read

"Unless you use certain types of software we think are suspicious, in which case the program you've just shelled out 40 quid for will not run, unless you remove all traces it from your PC, or your DVD drive is a common one, but not supported by us, in which case we'lll ask you to delve in to the registry and device manager to fiddle about with your system, in which case we may, if we feel like it, let you run the program you bought.

We realise that you could download a cracked version that doesn't require all this arsing about in far less time, but that doesn't match our business model of treating the customer as scum."

Street View operatives object to being snapped


The cars will be clean, it's one of those foam washes during the day.

Wondered why I see so many of the buggers - I stay 500m from that garage.

HMV keeps Warhammer-ers from goblins


CE Box

Like Steven, I got the box with the codes months ago.

I'll get my +3 Shroud of Not Getting Wet

Hard 'core'? Birmingham City Council's net filtering



I'm sure you'd be happy to fund another wodge of cash for my (Government) employers connection to the 'net.

While misuse of facilties is a management issue, it's far easier to just limit access to innapropriate sites and save it ever having to be one.

We block most types of sites, all incoming attachments of any sort, all social networking sites, webmail sites and streaming media. Based on the growth patterns before we stuck the filtering software in, that's saved us (or, you, the taxpayer), a substantial sum of money in bandwidth costs and mail server hardware, as well as removing employee unproductivity opportunities. (Probably, the webcam rollout program isn't finished yet :-))

If that's wrong, well, I don't wanna be right...


The iPhone 2.0 update - don't do it, kids


Neener neener

Upgraded to version 2 firmware this morning, took 15 minutes, now my iPhone buzzes every couple of minutes as mail hits my Exchange account.

Take /that/, Blackberry users :-)

Street View spycar prowls Inverness



I've seen the car by my house, at work whilst exiled for a ciggie and this morning after dropping off the kids.

I wonder if I'll be in all three scenes?

Apple drags its heels on iPhone security patches



Just because you've got root access to an iPhone on a network doesn't mean you've got root access to the network.

MPs urge action as spooky caller ID-faking services hit UK



lots of taxi firms use cli to get the "for an immediate taxi to..."

Just saying...

Fire at The Planet takes down thousands of websites


Got to love status reports

Especially ones with "I would like to provide an update on where we stand following yesterday's explosion ..."

US spooks see Sadville as potential terrorist paradise


On the bright side...

You'll get to PvP against the CIA.

Senior officials now in frame for HMRC data fiasco


The joys of outsourcing

No doubt whoever runs the HMRC system charges £5k for a custom SQL query that any decent PFY could do in 20 minutes, given sufficient liquid incentivisation...

Scottish? You're drinking too much



The heaviest drinkers drank more than 4 units?

They must hae serveyd some sort o' namby-pamby tourists frae England.

Post Office loses Amazon contract


Sigh of relief

Bet the posties are glad they're not having to lug millions of copies of the last Harry Potter book.

Kilted Debian lovers to overrun Edinburgh


House to rent....

West Edinburgh, available 16-23 June...

Paris Hilton dereassigned back to jail


Oh dear.

How sad.

Never mind.

BBC flashes Kylie Minogue's minge at innocent kiddies



That was a bit of a let-down.

Don't let Paris Hilton do bird


Throw away the key

Rich semi-pro porn star gets done for drunk driving?

My heart is bleeding.

House-trash party girl blames 'hackers'


A hacker did it and ran away

Yeah, right.

They're probably the same hackers that raid our cupboards for chocolate when there's no-one there bar my son.