Re: Bank of England going to trade show
I thought this was a feature of the old £50 note but the BoE website doesn't mention it.
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All the 200x Nvidia powered MacBook Pros were affected and Nvidia paid the bill.
I replaced hundreds of logic boards on up to 6 year old machines when I worked at the fruit store.
One of the Apple-centric YouTube channels featured an early prototype iPhone. It had a plastic screen similar to the iPod Classic - that would have scratched so easily.
When I worked for the fruit shop I worked out several “short cuts”. One particular model of the all-in-one desktop machine shipped with defective hard drives and we had to replace a significant number of these.
The official process involved completely removing the LCD panel to access the drive. I worked out it was possible to simply unscrew the display, unplug one cable and then tip the display onto my chest while I swapped the drive. It saved so much time and reduced the chance of damage to the screen as well.
Parking companies have no shame.
I recently helped a lady who had overstayed at a car park when heavily pregnant and unable to move around quickly. She had to endure discussing her personal medical history during a court hearing before the case was dismissed. This was despite telling the parking company from the outset that she had a medical need for more time.
I won't name the company but they are one of the largest and most litigious.
Recent statistics show that around 89% of County Court claims are not defended. Based on the number of hearings in 2020, that's around 90,000 claims or around £18 million in default court judgments for an outlay of around 300k in court fees. Not a bad return.
Don't pay the parking scammers, especially those who believe compliance with the Equality Act is providing some blue badge bays.
There is probably a reason why cameras and signs disappeared abruptly in the article - no planning permission.
Several greedy parking companies have altered the "free stay" limit only for it to be discovered that free parking was a condition of planning department.
pepipoo is great, also MoneySavingExpert forum and several Facebook groups (but beware the ones that provide poor advice).
In short, if you get a private parking charge:
Complain to landowner. Escalate to CEO if needed
Ignore the "discount".
Appeal as Keeper/Hirer of the vehicle
Do not reveal who the driver was.
Expect any appeal to be rejected by the parking company
Use POPLA secondary appeal service if offered, but don't just repeat the original appeal.
Do not use the "IAS" appeal service, it finds against the motorist about 85% of the time
Ignore debt collectors - they are unregulated and cannot buy up the "debt" because it's not really a debt.
Respond to Letter Before Claim if received, demanding all information including authority to issue charges and pursue them through the courts
Defend court claim if issued.
Wait for parking company to discontinue or have your day in court where there is usually a good chance of winning.
Parking companies rely on people not knowing the law to extract payment. Sadly it works.
The correct format is, of course, 020 xxxx xxxx
Down on the south coast, the traditional rivalry between Portsmouth and Southampton means that although they share an area code (Solent, 023), all Portsmouth numbers begin 023 9 and all Southampton ones 023 8.
A certain Southampton based telephony provider named after a Greek letter still lists the two locations separately in their number allocation tool.
It's a well known fact that the original iPhone demo had to follow a carefully arranged sequence otherwise the phone would crash. They also hard coded the signal strength bars to show good signal.
This also reminds me of the time I was the person in charge of the dumb waiter for the play "The Dumb Waiter". During one performance the actors managed to skip 3 pages of dialogue, go through another couple, skip back to the pages they'd missed, did those and then skipped forward past the pages already done. Meanwhile I'm going frantic behind the set trying to work out if I'd missed a cue. Luckily I hadn't.
Component level repairs are available from many independent companies. I know of several who offer a flat fee service at reasonable prices.
Why pay £600+ for a logic board when you can have the faulty part(s) replaced for a quarter of that?
When I worked on VOIP systems, I often had to deal with support queries like "why is my exchange getting hammered by SIP registration requests?" The reason was always because the relevant ports hadn't been closed properly and the box was under attack from persons unknown trying to get free calls.
There's no need to set up as a private parking firm, you only need to do that, and sign up to a recognised trade body to be eligible for access to the electronic "Keeper On Date Of Event" (KADOE) system.
Unfortunately the current situation is that any company with the right membership of a trade body is trusted to always have a good reason or "reasonable cause" to get that data. Many of these companies have a poor reputation and are part of what was described as an "outrageous scam" by MPs. Thankfully there is upcoming statutory provision on the way to curb some of their bad behaviour.
Outside of the murky world of parking companies, anyone with "reasonable cause" can request keeper details from the DVLA via a form V888 and the payment of the requisite fee (currently £2.50 or £5 depending on the reason for the request).
I help people who have received unfair parking charge notices from unscrupulous parking companies and have had some success in making DPA breach claims against them when they have obtained and processed keeper details without "reasonable cause". £250 per breach is the going rate, more if the data is passed to a third party.
My dad's workplace had an air conditioning unit fitted to the 24 hour control room which contained many displays with information about all the water treatment facilities in the area plus someone to watch over them, call out engineers to fix issues and answer the phone to the public. These were the days when calling the water company out of hours got you through to someone who could actually tell you what was broken.
The control room staff all complained that the shiny new air conditioning unit must be broken. Turned out that they thought the symbols (frost and sun) were meant to match the prevailing weather conditions and not the temperature of the air being emitted, as a result they had the system set to "hot" on a summer day.
Luckily it was a simple fix to turn the control to the opposite setting.
Back in the dim and distant past when I was supporting CD-ROM networking, we found 13 month hardware timers for sale. For a brief moment we were tempted to fit them into our hardware to ensure future revenue, but quickly realised how suspicious it would look if all our hardware failed after almost exactly 13 months.
I believe these timers were designed for use in industrial equipment to automatically power off if no one had been inside to reset them.
Well, according to MPs anyway. They described the parking industry as an "outrageous scam perpetrated on the motorist".
What to do if you get a charge notice (NB IT"S NOT A FINE):
Do not ignore it. The law changed in 2012 and keepers can be held liable.
Speak to the landowner/store manager first. Escalate to CEO if appropriate.
Wait for a Notice to Keeper through the post (unless car is hired or leased and you receive a charge notice on the windscreen)
Send a generic "appeal" to the parking company without identifying the driver. They can only chase the keeper in certain circumstances and often fail to comply with the law that allows them to transfer liability from keeper to driver. This applies even if keeper = driver because unless the keeper tells the operator who the driver was, they don't know and cannot assume.
The keeper is under no obligation to tell anyone who the driver was.
Use the POPLA appeal service if available to you (used by British Parking Association)
Do not use the "Independent Appeals Service" offered by members of the International Parking Community trade body as it's not Independent.
Ignore powerless debt collectors
Defend in court if necessary - not all companies do court, and those that do often lose a properly defended claim.
Eagerly await the new statutory parking code of practice that is on the way.
There's lots of help and assistance to be found online, but beware the idiots who tell you to ignore/bin.
In this case the site wasn't for the public, only affiliated organisations. It was the fact that they were neither "internal" or "Internet" that meant the licence was "required". Personally I would have told them where to go on that.
Add that to the fact that a Wiki server running on LAMP would have been a perfect alternative to the proprietary CMS, the whole thing cost a lot more than it could have.
The real problem is their entire licencing model:
Want to serve DHCP from a MS server? Every client needs an MS licence even if it's not running Windows.
Microsoft once charged an organisation I worked for a £12,000 licence fee because the clients connecting to IIS were neither company employees or members of the public. £12k for literally nothing.
Back when I was supporting software that searched bibliographic databases on CD (e.g. Medline), we often had tickets about specific searches. Researchers would write complicated queries to run against each database update and then complain when they didn't provide the expected results. Our standard response was to ask for the exact query and database edition so we could attempt to recreate the issue to see if it was a problem with the database or the query itself.
One customer refused to provide his search query because it was "secret", so we refused to help him wifh his issue.
I once accidentally left a personally owned video card in my work PC when I left the job. This would have been 1995.
The following Monday, I did my first day with the new company, then drove home via the old one. Walked straight past security, opened the IT room door with the PIN (unchanged), extracted my card and walked out again.
In "Relics" (Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 4) Captain Montgomery Scott passes on some words of wisdom:
SCOTT: Do you mind a little advice? Starfleet captains are like children. They want everything right now and they want it their way, but the secret is to give them only what they need, not what they want.
LAFORGE: Yeah, well I told the Captain I'd have this analysis done in an hour.
SCOTT: How long will it really take?
LAFORGE: An hour.
SCOTT: You didn't tell him how long it would really take, did you?
LAFORGE: Of course I did.
SCOTT: Oh, laddie, you've got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker. Now listen
LAFORGE: Captain Scott. I've tried to be patient, I've tried to be polite. But I've got a job to do here, and quite frankly, you're in the way.
SCOTT: I was driving starships while your great-grandfather was still in diapers. I'd think you'd be a little grateful for a some help. I'll leave ye to work, Mister La Forge.
I recently left O2 after almost 10 years, in that time I always referred to them as the "least worst" provider.
Having switched to the Three budget brand SMARTY, I'm almost missing O2, but my monthly bill is more than halved (from a SIM only 12 month deal) and that's before the rebate for unused data.
The SMARTY model is simple - pay £5 per month for line/calls/texts and then £1.25 per GB for data. For non-inclusive numbers, you have to add call credit before calling, so it's impossible for me to call numbers that will incur a charge unless I choose to pay in advance. The only downside seems to be coverage isn't quite as good as O2.
Why was O2 the "least worst"? One reason is that Vodafone and EE both fail to offer a 14 day return policy on contracts (unless purchasing in the Apple Store), they will even refuse to replace a faulty handset that is DOA, instead referring you to the Genius Bar or return for "repair".
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