* Posts by Corp-Rat

40 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Feb 2011

Burger King just sent spam receipts to customers


me too

I too received one of these dodgy missives. icon for a flame grilled whopper of a cook up

We have redundancy, we have batteries, what could possibly go wrong?


Re: Dipstick

All of the Generators at the sites I look after (except the smallest sheds) are specced with a day tank (enough fuel for one day) and a bulk tank (enough fuel for 5 days at full load). part of the routine checks is "how much fuel in the tank" and "how much water in the fuel". Most of our diesel is much older than 12 months and is perfectly fine.

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted


Re: Not Unexpected

Don't be cruel, there is the documented case of the republican who voted trump on behalf of his dead mother... So that's one of the six cases

Exonerated: First subpostmasters cleared of criminal convictions in Post Office Horizon scandal


Re: brownouts

A brownout is when the voltage drops causing lights to dim and motors to slow down or stall.

If the mains fails completely, it's a blackout or power cut.

A decades-old lesson on not inserting Excel where it doesn't belong


Re: Screwtape

Did you dig that reference out of the back of an old wardrobe?

Data surge as more Brits work from home? Not as hard on the network as their nightly Netflix binges, claims BT



A few people I know have just finished installing a new 100Gb/s fibre ring around Kent and there's more planned. There may be lots of grumbles about BT Retail or Openreach but the core capacity is constantly being increased.

When the satellite network has literally gone glacial, it's vital you snow your enemy


Re: Lightning on phone lines

Got sent to a report of a customers phone not working. As I approached the address I noticed the main overhead cable hanging low and stopped for a look.

Lightning had hit the cable and blown all the wires out the side of the sheathing.

They were so neatly spaced, it looked like the lightning had got halfway through prepping for a splice joint then gone for a tea break.

As I stood admiring the mess, other repair vans started turning up in response to the 100 customer fault reports.

I passed my job back for attention of the cable gangs and cleared off.

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS


Re: Re. Apple

Watch Louis Rossmann's video on the subject. Even a new genuine battery will trigger the warning unless it's installed by an apple shop with access to the nagware.

BT to axe 90% of its UK real estate, retain circa 30 sites


Re: Exchanges?

Open reach look after the cables from the exchange to the house. BT and the other licenced operators run the exchanges and the links between them.

Supreme Court says secret UK spy court's judgments can be overruled after all


Re: some errors in the article

5 strong... and 2 weak

Idiot admits destroying scores of college PCs using USB Killer gizmo, filming himself doing it


Re: Don't Blame the Victim, But

Maxim 37: 37. There is no overkill. There is only "open fire" and " I need to reload"

BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all


Re: BT Plus

Nothing to do with brexit, none of BTs offshore consumer call centres are in Europe.

UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'


Re: The OFCOM...

Addition to the Reg standards? after all Ofcom is british and hardly an international standard.

A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom


Second Pair?

Are you referring to the spare pair in the drop wire that goes all the way from the house to the pole and then gets tucked neatly (for a given level of neat) out the way and doesn't connect to anything?

Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page


E/O lines

Openreach are gradually working on that, They're plonking cabinets down just outside the exchange and diverting the direct lines through the new cabinet.

User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'


Re: Unplugged cable

The new DC colours are Brown for positive, Blue for 0V or middle and Grey for negative

True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more


You Fiend! Undermining capitalism like that!

I like your style, make it so!

How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?


Re: Pah.

What have the Russians got to do with brex.... Oh wait..

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre


Re: Pigeon nests.

I'm still looking after some running Airedale (and Growclose) units

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'


Just say no

I just reported the petition to change org for hate speech :D

BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers


Re: A Typical Scam Call I Get

Most of the spam callers just seem to be using autodiallers just stepping through the number ranges as they even try to call test lines that aren't published.

Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount


Re: The ICO is toothless

A lot of them do just run the number range for that exchange. Unpublished test lines get spam calls as well.

Telecity fix nixed: Borked UK internet hub 'had no UPS protection'


Re: A really poor place to have such infrastructure anyway

All the BT Exchanges still have the generators (with automatic start these days) and the battery backup.

Against Captain’s Orders – a half-term swashbuckling, squash-clutching adventure


Ah! but you have heard of me...

The Captain Sparrows were there with Scarlett and Giselle to record a happy brithday video for Johnny Depp...


Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury


Where's my earth shattering Kaboom?

"We will gain our revenge for the Tunguska event!" (insert crazed president of your choice here)

RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON


Re: But shirley the landings were faked?

Of course the moon landings were faked, they were shot in a sound stage on Mars.

Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science


Oh Dear!

It would seem they didn't put enough science into their server design, looks like the site has gone down.

Ex-despot Noriega sues: How dare Call of Duty make me look like, like...


Deliberate Streisand effect?

Is he maybe releasing his memoirs soon

Magnetic slurry could deliver heatsink-as-a-service


Re: Neat.

That would be the Cadillac Northstar V8 (also used in several other GM motors)

Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan


Reading the example 451 explanation, all I can say is:


Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate


Re: Wrong move

Maybe it's all part of a cunning plan by canonical to lure M$ to their doom.. keep adding stupid to Ubuntu to pull M$ further down while the community Lubuntu, Xubuntu and others like Mint provide useful workable versions.

Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

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Never mind Lego

What about all the lego sets with assorted crooks?


LEGO City Forest Police Station 4440

Socket to 'em: It's the HomeGrid vs HomePlug powerline prizefight

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Can't see this MIMO system working too well on TN-C and TN-C-S systems in use in the uk.

how well does data travel on a shorted pair of wires?

So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

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on a more serious note

+1 for the Pratchett references

How politicians could end droughts forever But they don't want to


Re: What about dam building?

Never mind the natural and farmed marine life that are in that area eh?

The Whitstable oysters are the first that spring to mind.

(not that I'm personally bothered, can't stand shellfish)

OCZ refunds punter for dud drive shortly after El Reg steps in


On the Other hand

Shameless plug...

I had a Seagate drive die last week, Seagate were quite happy to RMA a replacement under warranty

Negroponte plans tablet airdrops to teach kids to read


Operating system

Sugar / linux all the way despite the rumours to the contrary...

see the latest linux journal

Ubuntu daddy bets on desktop polish, ARM clouds

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Jumping the shark?

I dislike unity so much I've jumped ship to mint.

Fukushima fearmongers are stealing our Jetsons future


@ Penguin Slapper

Dictionary definition of Half Life: The time required for half the nuclei in a sample of a specific isotopic species to undergo radioactive decay.

basically, within that time period half of the radioactive isotope has decayed into the next element in that particular chain, leaving half behind.

so after those "hours " are up, there will still be some left to be found, Thats why the iodine with a half life of 8 days will take weeks to decay, not just 1 week and a day.

Mozilla plans four Firefoxes in 2011


Playing Catch-up

Wonder if it's more that Mozilla are feeling left behind in the version number game and want to catch up, Even windows is "7" now