* Posts by Bonce

104 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Mar 2010


BT broadband in broad-based brownout and TITSUP incidents



Thank god it's not just me. I'm in Cambridge and I've been suffering from things just not loading properly on some addresses but others being perfect - all yesterday and still today.

It just goes to show how you don't really appreciate things "just working" until they stop. It's making my cloud-based work very frustrating!

Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG


If it's anything like the satnav on the Mk7 Golf (it looks the same) then the postcode entry is hard to find, but most definitely there. Look at the bottom left of the address entry screen.

Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected


I'm having trouble visualising the scale of this thing

How many football fields is it?

IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres


Deploying a build

It's not a sexual euphemism, but I always equate "deploying a build" to "having a poo"

Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?


Re: Parental controls

He's got a bloody iPad. :(


Parental controls

Do any of these do content filtering or otherwise have strong parental controls? I'm looking for a way to protect young-un's delicate sensibilities. Do I need OpenWRT?

Android banking apps vulnerable to cash theft by CAS hole hackers


I assume that ALL data on my smartphone is compromised

And simply ignore all the suggestions from my bank that I install their "easy to use" app.

Slightly more peace of mind that way.

Ransomware attack hits Synology's NAS boxen


Re: Advice please

Thank you! I completely forgot I'd done that. Rule removed :)


Advice please

The admin interface runs on port 5000/5001, so if I edit the firewall rules to remove access the software warns me that doing so would block my own access and reverts the settings. How do I go about blocking external access while maintaining access via LAN?


Teensy card skimmers found in gullets of ATMs


Santander offer text and/or email alerts for transactions that meet whatever criteria you specify. I get alerted while I'm still standing at the cashpoint but sometimes it takes a few minutes for the message to come through.

Crooks use Synology NAS boxen to mine Dogecoin, yells Dell


Re: Surprise!

This hack involved nothing even remotely related to Microsoft.

Read the article again.

-10 internet points for you, must try harder.

Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)


Re: If only i could get a Three signal at home!

GiffGaff DO allow tethering, but only on their limited data packages. So £10 a month with 1GB data, tethering is permitted. £12 a month with unlimited data, tethering is not permitted.


Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site


I can't be bothered to visit the site to post this, but...

"I wish public money hadn't been used to fund impossible.com"

Squidge-droids maker updates iRobot for SUCK, SCRUB action


Are you thinking of Breaking Bad? Jessie had a Roomba which "appeared to have" swept up the cigarette containing ricin.

Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps


Apple Core Crush Saga

The new fruit waste disposal challenge

Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK


Re: I can see it now

At least you'll have a photographic record of what you purchased

Microsoft 'cautiously optimistic' about Christmas sales

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Re: A casual Observation

Hehe, true, true. We've all got a "my removable storage was smaller than yours" anecdote!


Re: A casual Observation

-10 geek points for you then! I used to buy PC magazines just to lust after different models of PC with the latest x86 processor or mind bogglingly capacious (120MB) hard disk drives.

I'm feeling like maybe I've said too much.


Re: Windows 8.1 - you shouldn't have

Oh. I once asked for -- and received -- DR DOS from my parents for either Christmas or a birthday, I forget which.

I was dead chuffed with my new-found levels of conventional memory.

Our Sun menaces comet 'of the century' ISON with FIERY DESTRUCTION


Re: Fingers crossed

"Significant Solar Event", eg. Summer

BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal


"giving sport back to the fans"

How is it giving sport back to the fans when they're taking it off free to air channels and putting it on subscription?

Microsoft buys all electricity from Texas wind farm


Re: Inevitable question

That was going to be the case no matter who consumed the output of the wind farm.

Facebook reveals 700TB of tiered RAM and flash power Graph Search


Whatever you might think of Facebook

It is technically very impressive.

Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived


Re: @ Steve Todd

Al, to recreate, install YAMTT from from the Play Store and drag two fingertips around the screen. It will only trace their path sporadically, false touches will appear elsewhere on screen. Touch the screen with three fingers and it goes completely haywire.

Note, this was only a problem on my first device (which also updated to the same software version as yours). I took it back to the shop and got a replacement which passed the above test with flying colours and has no problems at all. Thus I feel I can safely say it was a hardware fault.


Re: @ Steve Todd

I can attest that the software update JSS15Q does NOT fix all of the multi-touch problems for everybody.


Multitouch: Mine was DOA

I unpacked mine and immediately found it to be deeply unsatisfying to use. The touch interface was horrendous, mysteriously detecting touches where there were none made typing and scrolling a very hit and miss (mostly miss) affair. A quick search online revealed that I was not alone with these problems and that a software update was meant to have fixed them. My tablet did have the update already so I took it back to John Lewis for a replacement which they gave me with no argument.

Very glad I didn't buy online this time! My replacement is behaving perfectly and I'm very happy with it.

Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

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Dell XPS One 27

I bought the Dell XPS One 27 Touch at launch and having used it as a living room family PC for more than six months I can say that it's a quality bit of kit and goes like stink. The resolution and screen size makes it a joy to use Windows programs in windows - the first time I've even not had a compulsion to maximise my window all the time (let's not talk about TIFKAM apps on a 27" screen though - I never use them)

The touch is handy for stabbing at the screen when someone else is holding the mouse but otherwise I don't use it much, I'm a traditional keyboard and mouse type of chap. It's probably not as beautiful as an Apple but it always gets admiring comments when people visit.

BT engineers - missed appointments


Maybe they're measuring the wrong metrics?

I had a no-show for an appointment to install my BT Infinity in January this year. When I phoned to complain I was told that it was "a problem in their workflow system" which meant that although my appointment showed on BT systems and I'd received regular emails and texts counting down the days until my installation and urging me to make sure I was at home and ready for it, no appointment had been booked on the OpenReach system. So I then had to wait another 15 days for a new appointment.

Not off to a good start. Managed to get a measly £10 compensation for my wasted day, and had to fight hard for that.

SimCity 3000


Re: Don's cynical hat

If you don't like it, don't read it.

Can Don have his hat back now please?

NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game


Safety tip

"Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction" isn't all that clear a message as safety tips go.

As long as it's pointing away from ME, that's OK, right?

Undead galaxy cluster spews 700 zombie baby stars A YEAR



I'm having trouble getting my head round the numbers though. How many olympic sized swimming pools worth of matter is 740 suns?

Three punters' data use doubles


Re: pr0n on Three

Alan Partridge voice: "Can you make porn come on my mobile?"

Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months


Re: Which joyless wankers


Sony deploys 11in Vaio to battle Apple Air


Battle Apple Air?

Not a hope. I'm no fan of Apple, but this thing looks like a Tonka toy in comparison to an Air.

Reloaded Doom 3 shoots onto shelves this autumn

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Good nostalgia, thanks

For some reason, the name "486DX" still makes my pulse quicken. :-\

T-Mobile slip exposes 1,100 punters' email addresses


Re: bcc?

[Citation needed]

Study reveals high price of porn addiction


Both my hands are currently occupied, but yes.

Cisco hits the roof in Olympics marketing dash


Amount of data in the world doubling every 15 minutes

Really? ... REALLY? Come on Stephen, do the sums and think about how utterly implausible that is. The globe would be overrun by power stations and hard disk drives by the end of the first day of that.

Six of the best ways to mess up IT change management


IT Shambles

Some interesting views on what can go wrong here: http://itshambles.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/some-history-half-a-century-of-failure/ - admittedly related to software projects but still relevant.

A very funny blog (not my own), check it out.

So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

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"Mayor! : Boris Johnson and Chums"

I'm thinking a sort of riches to riches rom-com biopic detailing the trials of a young Boris at Eton and his rise to power

Analyst eyes Q3 2013 for Xbox 720 release



What the hell differentiates an analyst from a bloke down the pub talking to his mates on the same subject? Serious question! Do people get paid for their "analysis"? By whom?

Microsoft: No next-gen Xbox in 2012

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Re: Good

^ This! Not once have I played on my Xbox and thought "I wish the graphics could be higher res/faster/whatever". On a 50" plasma at sofa distance, it's all fine.

I'm happy for my investment to run for another year or two. The only thing I don't like currently is the abominable Metro UI that they foisted onto us recently but I got 4OD as compensation so I'll live.

TV market stalls as LCD sales slow


Hardly surprising...

...given the economic climate and the fact the demand to replace bulky CRT sets and those without digital tuners has tailed off. Now I've got my 50" plasma I don't intend to replace it until it breaks and I'm sure I'm not alone.

The manufacturers have been kidding themselves that 3D is the magic bullet to keep sales going but I'm sorry, it's just not for me!

Top Gun 2: It's happening - and the choice of star is stirring controversy

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I'd watch this version!

Tick-like banking Trojan drills into Firefox, sucks out info


Re: Missing info

And how is it cured?

Cineworld flaunts '4D' movies



Anybody else have the old Jim'll Fix It footage of the boy scouts on the rollercoaster brought to mind?

Apple lands slide-to-unlock patent blow on Motorola


Class Action Lawsuit

Against all these companies for being such arses with their bloody patents.

Who's with me?

Archos 35 Home Connect


Re: I would call it butt-ugly

Tandy called, they want their "clock radio of the future" designs back.

Second 'Blue Marble' NASA sat pic apes Apollo 17's stunner



The earth isn't a perfect sphere. It bulges around the equator.

Woz praises Android, blasts iPhone limitations


Light blue touch-paper

Stand well back.