Have you not heard of the V-Pud?
In olden days these were available direct from the maker at various Farmers' Markets
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Voice: Hello Mr Humbug, the is NHS Track and Trace. You have been in contact with a known COVID-19 case and must stay home for two weeks.
Me: Gosh how distressing, Can you verify that you're from NHS track and Trace?
Voice: You can check the number I'm calling from.
Me: But numbers can be spoofed. Anyway, who was I in contact with?
Voice: I can't tell you that.
Me: OK then, where and when was I in contact with them?
Voice: I can't tell you that either.
Me: So you want me to stay home for 14 days on the word of an unknown caller who can't verify any of the information they are telling me?
Voice: Yes, it's very important that you do.
It's all going to go so well, isn't it?
After checking all the neighboring properties with the tool on the Openreach web site it turns out that our office and the primary school next door are the only addresses that cannot get FTTP around here. It's even available at addresses that are served by the same pole that we are.
I wonder why Openreach thinks that houses need 1Gbps fibre, but a primary school should be satisfied with 30 Mbps (the 'minimum guaranteed' speed of an FTTC line at that address)
I see the exchanges that both home and work are connected to are on that list, but FTTP is not available at either address. Although Openreach was digging up the streets near work in January.
I just found the Ofcom availability map, which shows that almost everywhere around work, except for the road that we are on, can get FTTP.
I am annoyed.
Erm... I have ECDL.
Some years ago I worked at a training company that assessed them The qualification for marking the tests was to have passed it yourself - I think it took me two hours to do the 5 hours of tests.
There were good intentions behind it, but, as with all targets, it rapidly fell victim to Goodhart's Law (a label that I only learned about from this week's More or Less).
I also have ECDL Advanced, which was equally difficult to get.
Ross Anderson pointed that out some weeks ago:
"The performance art people will tie a phone to a dog and let it run around the park; the Russians will use the app to run service-denial attacks and spread panic; and little Johnny will self-report symptoms to get the whole school sent home."
> I also wonder what will happen when the first person who uses the app gets Covid-19 from a contact, without the app alerting them ?
Nothing. It's not NHSX's fault if the contact who gave you the virus didn't use the app, didn't activate the app properly or used the app but didn't report their symptoms. The app is perfect, it's the users (or lack of them) that are the problem.
I think the important bit is "Please do not call 101 to report breaches."
In other words, Cambridgeshire Police is fed up with people calling 101 to complain about the man down the road going to work, so it's getting all the whinges collated into a list that someone can skim-read once a week for anything that's actually important.
Funny you should mention that. The Office365 message centre has this:
New Feature: Multi-Window Chat for Microsoft Teams
MC207218, Stay Informed, Published date: 21 Mar 2020
Updated March 23, 2020: The initial roll-out will be for Windows clients only. We will provide support for Mac and Linux clients in the coming weeks.
Multi-Window Chat is a new Microsoft Teams feature which enables users to multitask more efficiently by popping out their chat conversations into separate windows.
We'll begin roll-out to all customers starting in early April and expect to complete the roll-out by the end of May.
My rather vague recollection of acquiring stuff from there (when it was called the Public Domain Software Archive - Janet's address for it was uk.ac.lancs.pdsoft I think) was that I used to browse the folder structure with a terminal emulator. Then a command on my account on my university's mainframe would transfer the file to 'local' storage so that I could download it to floppy (5.25 inch of course) using Kermit and take it home where I could finally PKUNPAK it (before Phil Katz invented Zip) and see if it did what it was supposed to.
All this means that I'm old and my recollection may be faulty.
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That's not really the point. These are sold as business wireless infrastructure kit, to be managed either in-house or by a paid third party. In that scenario the person responsible for the kit should easily be able to find out what it does and choose what telemetry is appropriate in their environment. Turning off telemetry should not require you to create firewall rules.
> It's impossible to stop because most hirers or their agents want (or pretend there is legislation that requires) proof of identity.
Your employer does have to have proof that you have the right to work in the UK. If it doesn't get that from you and it later turns out that are not allowed to work here then it is liable for up to £10,000 fine (per unlawfully working employee). If you are British the easisest way to establish that is either by seeing your passport or by seeing your birth certificate plus some other ID.
However, they do not need this until they have made the decision to employ you.
> I pretend to be a slow old man who's not familiar with computers.
I did that one, with the added difficulty that the desktop computer and the corded phone were in different rooms.
'Can you click the four-flag button'
'OK, wait a minute'
Phone down, long pause
'I've done that'
eventually (after about 45 minutes) we got to do you have a mobile, which I said I did but I didn't know the number because my son did all that for me so they said they would call me back when I'd found out what it was.
Call back and I still hadn't found out my mobile number so there was 30 minutes of different ways I could do that, all of which I claimed I'd been told would be expensive. they left me with another strategy to try.
They did call back again but I'd had to go out so that was the end of it.
I was impressed that they were polite and extremely patient throughout the whole charade
I don't know. I haven't tried for the full 12 months because there are only some times that I want to use Prime. I think I have four accounts with different e-mail addresses* but same name, delivery address, credit card and phone number. When I really need something quickly I just find out which one hasn't had a Prime trial in the last 12 months and sign up, order, then cancel Prime. The trial then lasts for 30 days.
It can also be useful for the occasional "Prime-only-one-per-customer" items too, if you need more than one of them
* For "reasons" I have a few domains so they are all me@somedomain
My most recent 30-day Prime trial started accidentally too - I think because of the same advert. I definitely didn't click 'yes get Prime', I clicked the other option and only then realised it was also 'yes give me Prime'.
Fortunately I've used the 30-day trial often enough that I know where to click 'Cancel Prime', 'Yes really cancel', 'I want to lose my benefits', 'End the Prime trial'.
By the way, if you are prepared to go through a bit of hoop-jumping and have twelve email addresses (and who doesn't) then you can have Prime on a continuaous series of 30-day free trials
In the first list the Oxford comma is needed to show that 'salt and vinegar' and 'cheese and onion' are individual list items - it shows you which 'and' is before the last list item. In the second list there is no confusion because the items do not contain 'and'.
In other words, use an Oxford comma when the list items include 'and'. Crisps are sold at Sainsbury's, Waitrose, and Marks and Spencer. Cheaper brands are availble from Morrison's, Aldi and Lidl.
PS 'pre' is not a preposition
The Oxford comma is a device to be used when needed, and not otherwise. For example, we know that traditionally crisps have been available in ready salted, cheese and onion, and salt and vinegar flavours. More recently the selection can include roast chicken, barbecue sauce and prawn cocktail.
Using the Oxford comma correctly requires thought, rather than blindly following a rule. I know this because my job title includes SLASH Proof Reader (although I also have the benefit of full time wage slavery).
The government can't create legislation that bypasses parliament unless parliament itself passes it as primary legislation (an Act of Parliament). Government can introduce secondary legislation but the courts can rule that as incompatible with existing primary legislation and therefore unlawful. The courts cannot rule primary legislation to be unlawful (although they can point out that it's incompatible with other primary legislation and tell parliament to work out what it wants)
As an aside, the European Communities Act is an example of parliament passing some of its soveregn power to another body (the EU)
> Sure, Three are still getting some of my money,
Actually Three is getting all of your money (well all of the bit you spend on the mobile plan). If you read the Ts and Cs you'll see the company is 'Hutchison 3G UK Limited, trading as SMARTY'.
I use SMARTY too - three SIMs for three family members (including me). I was going to use iD mobile but they said I could only have two SIMs and couldn't explain why.
NDAs that I've seen all say something along the lines of: you can talk about the stuff covered by this agreement if it becomes publicly known otherwise than through your breach of this NDA. Since we know all this stuff because Snowden breached the NDA I guess he's now the only person in the world who is not allowed to talk about it.
> A recycle bin doesn't really give you any more of a chance to change your mind than an "are you sure" type message.
Of course it does. 'Are you sure?' and any other annoying boxes that appear on screen (such as error messages) only appear to interrupt users and must be dismissed as quickly as possible without reading them, let alone thinking about what it is asking.
If you're referring to Arthur's use of teh scrabble tiles to divine the question (what do you get if you multiply six by nine) then I think you mean 54.
But the programme that ended with Arthur's result was corrupted by the Golgafrincham B Ark, which is why he produced the wrong question.
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