On a personal level...
... Thank $DEITY I left Englandshire 15 years ago.
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Yep - VP approval to acquire anything from a biro upwards.
I supported a customer in Ireland from the UK, regularly needed to speak to them face-to-face - total cost per trip was of the order of £200 (which the customer was happy to pay) - still needed VP approval... And by the time it was granted the airfare had gone from £50 Inc taxes to £500... And the hotel from available to unavailable.
Ended up the customer simply paying my airfare & booking the hotel himself (side effect he didn't pay the 40% uplift that (then) HPE added either.
>>There's a way to avoid court appearances, and that is to pay what's owed.
That's not foolproof either. I spent a morning in the magistrates after a summons for non-payment.
Evidence in my defence: the current & previous 15 years of valid fully paid up TV licensed for the address.
Magistrate asked why I hadn't offered the evidence to TVL... "Because the first communication from them was a summons to this place and I felt the bench should be aware of the abuse of process"
Costs & an ex gratia payment awarded and an excoriation of TVL recorded.
"And lest we forget, UK channel customers of Cisco pay for the kit in US dollars."
I paid for a Zambian beer in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe with US dollars, entirely free of any tariff based interference of US Customs... Presumably Cisco don't ship all of their gear via the US so it shouldn't attract the punitive Orangeman tax.
Lucky you. I get 28M now on a "fibre" line with 1.35km of copper & 75m (yep seventy five whole metres) of actual fibre. When it was installed, I got 45 and that was ok. Now more people have gone "fibre" (same 75m of fibre + up up 1.5km of copper) crosstalk has killed it.
Proper fibre to the premises needed 10 years ago, not now.
USwitch don't have any skin in this game then?
Oh, their entire business model relies on affiliate type fees when you switch phone/broadband/leccy/gas.
I'll stick to my SIM only contract with AYCE everything, I'll arrange my own energy switches and I'll continue with my small friendly ISP who also does my line rental at a sensible fee.
He doesn't seem to grasp that trade with the EU not possible on a bilateral basis with each member...
So a perfect candidate for Brexit Minister.
So - OFCOM fines $MOBE_OP (stop laughing at the risible idea that OFCOM will actually do anything of the sort, they're a regulator so they don't actually do anything that they're supposed to) for poor performance that is probably more or less impossible to definitively establish.
Subsequently $MOBE_OP's profits are depressed so they put up my contract price to recover the "lost profit" presumably?
Remind me who is being served here.
... working in the stores of a company that was then part of the Ministry of Defence....
The head of stores was told to order 144 boxes of Bic biros (medium, black). He duly ordered 144 *cartons* of Bic biros (medium, black) not knowing that a carton of Bic biros contained 144 boxes...
A couple of weeks later - 4 articulated trucks showed up, direct from Bic in France with his biros...
144 cartons of 144 boxes of 100 biros. All black medium. A lot of biros.
They were still using them 10 years later.
... when I was a budding hobbyist electronics enthusiast in the late 1970s when it was run from MD Doug Simmons' kitchen table... I had my 4 digit customer number and was proud of it - sadly the shops have become like Tandy at the end of days and the prices have gone the same way (there was a time when they'd be the first place I'd look for $emergency_widget - now they're amongst the last - even when I'm ready to pay a premium to get it now)
The sudden loss of a large supply means the rest of the grid gets a "shock wave" which means that other lines can become overloaded and protection kicks in. Cascading failure...
Common when there's little supply overcapacity compared to demand... and why the UK imports electricity from France on such a regular basis.
Nobody seems to have defined it yet... they like to tell you it's like an itemised phone bill, but it is so much more than that.
I just did a bit of light Wiresharking on my DSL line and there's an awful lot going on there, even if they "just" harvest DNS lookups and HTTP requests they're going to be snowed under and there's a lot of stuff on there as various devices, OS and apps phone home looking for updates etc...
Quote from the report PDF (page 4, section D.2) linked to:
The mean age, body weight, and height of the subject pool was 23.23 ± 3.46 years, 168.43 ± 9.76 kg, and 70.05 ± 14.33 cm, respectively
So the average participant is 168kg (that's 26½ stone!) and is 70cm tall (that's about 2'4") and thus has a BMI of 343...
I fear more for their longevity than the accuracy of their FitBit
Once you know how the URL is constructed you can use Google (or another search engine) to search for the part of the URL that is unchanging between hosts - so if they were all at /etc/VidYo/VidYo.html - then you search for that and Google obediently tells you all of them that it can find... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_hacking
These premises passed by fibre - does that include me where I am 250m from the cabinet (straight line along a straight road, with houses on it and ducting under it) yet my line is 1375m long (as measured by BTOpenreach's reflectometer) to the exchange... 1300m to the cabinet.... It would be almost excusable if the circuitous route it took to the cabinet was the direct circuitous route - but it takes a circuitous diversion even from that.
The joy of "Superfast" "fibre" broadband at 22-24M (yes, that's the line speed range) - with 75m of fibre in 1.375km of actual line length - chances of actual fibre before hell freezes over, near enough nil as to make no difference... chances of G.Fast making a blind bit of difference, similar. Wish I'd had a tenner on Leicester...