Is it Friday already?
188 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010
Re: "Every compatible mobile phone or tablet in range of a mast ..."
You're right, they only want to alert people in good mobile coverage areas. You don't have to be in range of 'a mast', but rather 'a 4G or 5G mast'
> Mobile phone networks
> Emergency alerts work on all 4G and 5G phone networks in the UK.
> Phones and tablets connected to a 2G or 3G network will not receive emergency alerts.
'Vast majority of people' are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary
We had a poll done
As Sir Humphrey explains:
Do you want to improve the state of medical research in this country?
Do you think actual healthcare data from GP records could contribute to medical research?
Do you think large data sets can improve the validity of research?
Would you support the use of GP patient records in improving medical research?
EE and Three mobe mast surveyors might 'upload some virus' to London Tube control centre, TfL told judge
Oops, says Manchester City Council after thousands of number plates exposed in parking ticket spreadsheet
Manchester has a lot of fixed bus lane cameras (Mrs Humbug was caught by one when she moved over about ten yards too early in order to turn left at a junction). My guess would be that they are all recorded as MC1192.
I would also guess that some parking areas have automated camera enforcement and 'no ticket displayed' really means 'didn't pay by phone app'.
But this is all just a guess
Words to strike fear into admins' hearts: One in five workers consider themselves 'digital experts' these days
Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children
Clothes retailer Fatface: Someone's broken in and accessed your personal data, including partial card payment details... Don't tell anyone
Brit IBM veteran wins unfair dismissal case after 2018's Global Technology Services redundancy bloodbath
> moving their jobs to another country in order to lower costs is not redundancy.
Actually, it is.
The legal definition of redundancy is that it happens when a business stops doing work of a particular kind or in a particular place. So if there are tech support employees in London and the business moves its office to Manchester (or to another country) then the London tech support employees are redundant.
They should be offered suitable alternative work, if available (which might be in the new location). The employer doesn't have to pay for them to move, but better employers might offer to.
Of course, if not all jobs are moving then the selection criteria must be objective and fair, which is what seems to have got IBM into trouble over this one. The 70% reduction says that the judge agreed that even if IBM had been fair and objective teh result would have been the same.
Presumably, 3 has decided that it needs a bigger "average revenue per user", which is what the "more for more" strategy seems to be aimed at. Someone who makes 10 minutes of calls, send 20 texts and uses 50MB of data per month won't suddenly start using 500 minutes, 1,000 texts and 2GB of data just because they are paying for a £5 bundle that includes all that. But 3 either gets more money from them (through increased PAYG charges or a bundle that they don't use) or gets them off its books. Either way, ARPU increases.
ARPU seems to be the way that mobile networks measure their value.
'Best tech employer of the year' threatened trainee with £15k penalty fee for quitting to look after his sick mum
There are a couple of reasons for packaging it as a loan, not graduate tax:
Graduates who move to highly paid jobs abroad stop paying UK income tax but still have to pay the loan repayments
For the next 30 years the borrowing is an individual's personal debt, not part of governemnt debt. A graduate tax would have the government paying the money up front against gaining potential future tax revenue, so natioanal debt increases
Let's check in now with the new California monolith... And it's gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets
'Massive game-changer for UK altnet industry': BT-owned UK comms backbone Openreach hikes prices on FTTP-linked leased line circuits
Last year we had a line cut at work (gardeners, hedge trimmer, very tall hedge). We were paying the extra £3 or whatever it is per month for high priority response to faults so two OpenReach vans arrived within a couple of hours of reporting it to our service provider and three cut lines plus an additional fault on another line were fixed on the same working day as the report. We did get charged (not OpenReach's fault after all), but it was only £117 plus VAT for two engineers for a couple of hours
I've always had excellent experiences when dealing with the OpenReach engineers. It helps if you use the right words (the thing from the pole to your building is a 'drop wire' or 'drop', not a cable and you're connected to a 'pair', not to a line). Although you can never be quite sure what will happen if OpenReach subcontracts the job to Quinn or Kelly.
Re: All that counselling, wasted
Thanks a bunch! I'd managed to put that 'tool' completely out of my mind.
I did use it once, to discover that its description was far in advance of its capability. As I recall, all it did was copy the table field structure and data. All queries were still executed in Access, so performance actually decreased, and you lost all the foreign key constraints
From the Department of WCGW: An app-controlled polycarbonate lock with no manual override/physical key
It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?
Laughing UK health secretary launches COVID-19 Test and Trace programme with glitchy website and no phone app
So how will it go?
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?
UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19 apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm
Now I'm really quite irritated
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)
Not sure how they measure availability of FTTP
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.
UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal
Re: Covid jail "prank"
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.
Something a bit phishy in your inbox? You can now email suspected frauds straight to Blighty's web takedown cops
Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much
I read that Tweet differently
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.
Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all
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.
Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network
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.
BT Openreach prepares to declare UK MBORCed* as all new phone line installations halted over coronavirus
After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain
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You spoke, we didn't listen: Ubiquiti says UniFi routers will beam performance data back to mothership automatically
Re: Use a firewall
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.