What could possibly go wrong?
100 posts • joined 29 Aug 2011
I have a Cityfibre cab 20 feet from my front door. I had an installation appointment with Vodafone for Thursday 19th March 2020. I still have the router they sent. This appointment was postponed on Mon 16th March 2020 citing "cabling problems". After first lockdown, in September 2020, I went back to Vodafone to find out the score, and they'd cancelled my installation, closed my account, and apparently weren't able to offer me _any_ broadband service. I've since asked everyone I can think of about the issue (Vodafone, Cityfibre, local authority promoting "Gigabit City") and I get nothing. If I use Cityfibre's service-checker, it tells me "your landlord hasn't agreed to the installation yet". I don't have a landlord; I have a mortgage. Utterly useless, and getting on for two years since we were first told it was happening. I don't know why they bother, and I certainly don't know why anyone would invest.
Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike
If manufacturers haven't learned lessons from the last time this happened, then... I guess I wouldn't be the least bit surprised. The way modern Tomtom kit handles UK postcodes, for example, compared with how the equivalent Tomtom kit from a dozen or more years ago did it, suggests that remembering lessons of history is not something these people do.
If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey
Mostly troublefree, yes, but when Zen does screw up it can do it impressively. A week without any service after a service change they said I'd ordered, but I hadn't, and then being told "ooh, well, we have to wait 48 hours until we can raise a call" and "ooh, well, we have to wait 48 hours for a response", etc., and then towards the end of the week cancelling my service "as you requested", except I didn't. Zen definitely used to be much better, and they may well still be the best there is, but I get a "lackadaisical" impression when I have to make contact, these days.
Still a Zen customer, but wary.
Successfully updated a MyCloud EX4 just now. This was made more awkward by the fact that the device expects to be able to download the firmware update into user-data space - so if you've deliberately created an ISCSI target that uses _all_ of that space, it has nowhere to put the update. Take your service disks out, put a scratch disk in, let it set that up, update the firmware, take the scratch out, put your service disks back, and click 'OK' when it asks you if you want to 'integrate the roaming RAID partition'.... And relax.
So, there's a programmer who works at D-Link somewhere named Briony, is there? Her surname starts with G? Good grief...
It's entirely possible that the database concerned was one of countless that are left installed "open to the skies" as discovered in the MongoDB trouble in January. Database systems often tend to be unsecured by default, on installation, and if no-one gets around to adding it, that's what's going to happen. Presumably that introductory document dates back to when there were only five people working there in the same room?
"By putting consumers at the heart of what they do, businesses can prevent customers from taking their custom elsewhere, which is good for consumers and good for business". Wrong. If the awkward customers - the ones who bother to complain - go elsewhere, and the straightforward customers stay, _that's_ good for business. Churn is OK; there's always another customer coming.
This is a terrible review of a perfectly reasonable film. I'm going to guess that the writer is a born-again TNG fan. I shall be paying attention to what he writes for The Register in future, because that's highly likely to be total bullshit as well, if this is anything to go by. There isn't a single hint of anything that relates to the film I watched yesterday that makes any sense. Get him to actually think about stuff before he writes, rather than just vomiting on his touch screen and leaving it to the subs.
It's poor firmware that's letting these beasts down. I've seen and tried a fair few, and they're all typically a firmware update away from being useful. It's almost as if the producers just assumed that packaged Samba would be a fire-and-forget solution, and no-one would ever want to use NFS provided as a Cinderella service.
When they catch you with one of their lasers, they basically threaten to throw the book at you unless you plead guilty. It's "pay up, or your driving life will turn to shit in hours and you'll wish you'd never been born". There's no hint whatsoever that the box does anything like what they claim it does. I'm pleased that this man challenged them, but I'm surprised they didn't a) take his car apart looking for faults and b) do him for DCA as well when he did. That was what was going to happen to me, I was told.