* Posts by CountCadaver

514 posts • joined 28 Sep 2018


Remember the bloke who was told by Zen Internet to contact his MP about crap service? Yeah, it's still not fixed

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Watchdog slaps down Three's claims to be building the UK's 'fastest 5G network' – again


Re: If Three's 4G network is anything to go by....

Their masts seem to hit and miss, some in heavily populated areas have brilliant data rates and others are running at near ISDN 64kbps speeds despite full 4G signal...shame as the price was spot on.

Went to Vodafone on a 60GB for £12 deal via a reseller and its been flawless for the price, no less than 10mbps even in busy times and a high of 65mbps download in quiet times.


Re: The form

I had Three, brilliant reception next town over, fantastic data rates, home address full 4G signal but sub 1mbps speeds, ended up cancelling the contract as they refused to admit there was an issue with the local mast, then blamed congestion and said it had been resolved, data rate dropped further, so used cooling off period and went elsewhere...

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together


Re: Your headline reminds me...

I cycled past as they battered the door in, while going to work in the co-op for my sins (fill in job) We probably have crossed paths given we were living in the same arse end of nowhere.....

Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features


Re: Certainly, it can't be called "Audacity"

How about a squiggle with the unofficial name being "The app previously known as Audacity"

or "NotAudacity


I vote for any of the following: Agammenon, Apocalyse, Annihilation, Armageddon

or Expletive, Exclamation

Why won't you copper-ate? Openreach offers capped fibre line rental to wholesalers in bid to shift all that FTTP


Re: I really hate this

Fibre City are doing towns around me by 2025...so I'm hoping mine is shortly after that as it would make sense as they are building outwards from nearest city...

Vodafone are my mobile provider and have said they can do a deal on FTTP so waiting to see what happens....

(Yes vodafone's support is in India but if its as decent as their mobile support was (surprisingly good and when they couldn't solve the issue they arranged for someone in the UK to contact me - all in all I was very pleased indeed.....unlike 3 whose 4G network with 5 bars of signal gave me....0.26mbps (yet on other side of mast gave me 15mbps both up and down and next town over 35mbps symmetrical with 3 to 4 bars of signal - yet according to them there was nothing wrong with that side of the mast, then it was "oh actually we were making changes and things will be much better now, no they weren't....)


Re: I predict an almighty shambles

Zen have been shipping a Fritzbox 7530 for the last few years and it can be configured as both a VDSL router with an inbuilt modem but also has a WAN port for connection to a Fibre modem. Also gets regular updates from vendor. Just a shame Zen's ability to fault find is non existent.....plus they try their damndest to avoid involving openreach (even the openreach guys i've spoken to have noted it and said they over egg the potential for charging by openreach...generally only levy a charge if there is damage thats clearly been done by the occupier - broken nte, dog chewed wiring etc etc....


Re: "Openreach offers capped fibre line rental to wholesalers ..."

City Fibre seem to be moling cables in given they have been cabling up Dundee lately and driving through various streets with hardpaved gardens I noticed plenty of fresh trenches in the pavement to run a duct, but no disturbed garden paving or concrete, no wonder, the duct from street to house is of a smaller diamter than a mains gas pipe at most 25mm in diameter and possibly smaller.

https://youtu.be/glpsaCSvZsI - cable mole, basically just a hydraulic ram and only needs a small pit dug close to the house

Amazon: Our carbon footprint went up 19% last year but we grew even more than that, so 'carbon intensity' is down


Politically motivated "Investigation" by SEPA, to quiet the media....which of course will find that its been disposed off properly.

Don't see any complaints here about the skip per day many supermarker stores fills with food waste (and much much more over the Xmas period (and when I say period I mean from late August to New Year....who eats mincemeat pies in August/September? Result being we chucked out shelves and shelves out every night for weeks on end when they inevitably went off months before Xmas....)

Also "former" employee....no mention of why he is a former employee....

Also manufacturers often require unsold stock to be destroyed for retailer credit rather than returned, then there is the quantities of faulty products, counterfeit products, damaged in transit products that aren't fit for resale (would you want to buy headphones someone else had had on their head?....not me for sure...)

But hey why bother doing any investigation when we can just quote tabloid papers and "light news" channels like STV....

Shame as the register used to do serious investigations and actually look into what was going on, rather than just copy and pasting from other sources....seems standards are slipping...be as bad as the BBC at this rate....

I was fired for telling ICO of Serco track and trace data breach, claims sacked worker


Re: Jackpotcomics Ltd to work on Serco’s national NHS Test and Trace scheme

Whole thing has a funny smell to it tbh....the company has one director residing in the Phillipines and the only other former director was a "consultant" who set up numerous other businesses with one director also residing in the Phillipines.

Could be wrong but the whole thing stinks of a rather underhanded scheme of potentially dubious legality.......

Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate


Re: Meltdown...

Well then the power supply / laptop is extremely poorly designed as the laptop should only take the energy it needs to charge.......its generally only the cheapest crap that objects thermally or explosively to higher output chargers. due to the failure to integrate charge control circuity....


Someone on a fabrication course managed to plug a 230v blue IEC 60309 plug into a 110v IEC 60309 socket, which then became permanently jammed, this despite the plug and socket being differently keyed to stop people doing this AND different colours - 230v is blue, 110v is yellow....

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown


Re: Provocation

Thing is...the Russians would lose, most of their military is falling apart, doesn't mean though that they couldn't cause vast damage with the parts that still function though....

Stop. Look... Install Linux? The Reg solves Microsoft's latest Windows teaser


Re: Will WSL become LSW?

I reckon its got to be coming, MS certified compatibility layer - way to easily get corporate customers on the new version - enhanced stability, lightning fast response, rock solid security and certified compatibility with leading business applications - get every PHB boss in the land reaching for the company credit card....

Tech contractor loses IR35 tribunal appeal: 'Right' to substitute didn't mean he could, say judges


Re: Yet another push for us to all go work at Tesco

Tesco really?

Given he's due to pay an additional £75K in Income Tax and NI (article doesn't say if thats backdated or per year) It doesn't sound like he's exactly on the breadline, in fact this calculator https://listentotaxman.com/185000? gives a figure of £185K to pay £75K in income tax and NI, far about the average UK salary by miles, yet bleating about having to pay tax like the rest of us, here have the world's smallest violin....

Also shows how feeble an excuse nationwide's claim to being a mutual is, particularly given the pay of the board of directors (several million each) and looking more and more like nominet.

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder


Re: My first gig

Ditto...male AND female (and the computers of the latter are often worse for having oddball smut and sexual harassment no matter what the meeja say.....)

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'


I was thinking more akin to leasing Camp X-Ray from the Americans and turning it up a few notches - no mail, no visitors, no lawyers.....in a few years no one will have a clue who these idiots are.....

That or chuck them down a disused mineshaft and backfill with c50 concrete


Then you have people like this apologising for anti vaxxer idiots and blaming everyone else for their fuckwittery...


My BP rose about 40 points reading this drivel, guy sounds like he has stockholm syndrome, that or no self esteem.....his wife sounds like an immature narcissist ready to throw a temper tantrum


something that would have made the castle bravo test look like a sparkler in comparison?


More people need to stop mollycoddling these halfwits, the charlatans that push this crap online need a meeting with a judge and a labour camp and parents who go down this rabbit hole should lose their kids until they smarten up (if they are capable.....)

Long overdue we stop tolerating these idiots as they are dragging down our collective intelligence and progress....

Just lost a long term friend to this claptrap so I'm more than a might *touchy* about this right now (initially was going to take the vaccine, then her anti vaxxer friend went to work, she was then unsure and 2 days ago was the convo that killed the friendship where she sent a link to a "personal wellness guru" pushing various anti vaxxer tropes (a rebuttal from a virologist was sent to no avail) with her then going on a rant about it being "poison", "you won't be saying that when people are dropping in droves from this experiment", "I know doctors and nurses who've told me to avoid this" "I've been suspicious of this vaccine for years" (funny its only been out for months), so I ended the friendship and cut off contact....particularly as she's well aware my wife is immunosuppressed and covid can and might kill her if she contracts it....instead she chooses to listen to kooks online and kooky "natural living" fanatic friends....

EE and Three mobe mast surveyors might 'upload some virus' to London Tube control centre, TfL told judge


Re: Open door policy?

I wouldn't bet on that given that they can't sort out a mast with worse data rates on 4G than 3G on one particular beam (walk to other side of mast things work as expected, back to side a and speeds < 0.05mbps) They claimed congestion, said they had fixed it, lasted about an hour and went back to the way it was, asked them to get someone in the UK to speak to me so I could explain the issue and instead got random gibberish from Indian alledgedly second line support, so asked for PAC, tried a few different sims, Vodafone and O2 best signal, went with O2, online deal £12 a month for 12 months and 60GB data a month. works at around 10mbps up and down (better still next town over oddly)

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America


Re: What's in a phrase?

Try r/sino on reddit....as someone described it CCP circlejerk, most distorted world view outside Q

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful


Re: Nowt wrong with a bit of Laibach

I just use firefox lockwise, not perfect but works well enough, just wish it had the option to securely transfer a password to another lockwise account - i.e. create a list of contacts by mutual "click here to confirm" type prompts, then "Send username and password to xxxxx"


Re: Got rid of the TV several years ago

ditto my 1440p iiyama, lovely screen, but has a stupid joystick control on the back with a ludricrously short time out, which can't be altered. Just give me 4 ot 5 buttons on the back and allow me to change the timeout

Big red buttons and very bad language: A primer for life in the IT world


Re: Flashing leds on PDP-11

I hate people like that, everyone and their dog calls them bulbs.

Worse are people who refer to plugs as "plug tops" no its a plug not just the top...they are usually the smug know it all kind as well, who are parroting some other know it all....

Ditto fuseboxes, yes technically they are a consumer unit / distribution board, but most customers call them fuseboxes....


Re: "Mike learned an important lesson..."

Bane of electricians - users just "resetting" the breaker without considering that it popped for a reason.

AMD promises to spend $1.6bn on 12nm, 14nm chips from GlobalFoundries


Crossfire and SLI are dead. Games developers no longer support either technology

Might be useful in theory for compute apps, but then you could just split the workload across the 2 cards

So what if I pay peanuts for my home broadband? I demand you fix it NOW!


Re: Is someone in the room? Are they OK!?

I laughed out loud multiple times partly due to the description as "orgasmic", though if the Mrs did that I'd probably fall off the bed suffocating due to not being able to stop laughing

Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss


Re: Time was...

Seemingly certain tenement flats in Glasgow for years had suprisingly expensive carpet and furniture due to being "borrowed" from shipyards...

BOFH: Postman BOFH's Special Delivery Service


Re: Yep

Certain gentlemen were known to use crisco to insert certain appendages into other's orifices I'm told...


Re: 'Remote Onboarding'

Depends which 771 Xeon....they can be made to work in 775 mobos...

Nominet ignores advice, rejects serious change despite losing CEO, chair, half its board in membership vote


Re: a captive market

Ballot Box?

Thats a laugh for sure, no what the civil service ALWAYS wins. Look at the sheer number of policies that continue across (allegedly) diametrically opposed administrations...

From Maidenhead to Morocco: In a change to the scheduled programming, we bring you The On Call of Dreams


Re: Gatwick -> Edinburgh ?

Edinburgh airport is only 2 levels, the car park is 4 or 5....

Then again the thickest fog I've seen was driving through Dundee and you couldn't see the Tesco depot (right beside the road no less) as the fog was like peasoup....


Re: Foreign travel

I worked with a guy once from Crewe, "Same as the railway station?" I enquired, "Yes and there's more to Crewe than just the bloody railway station" (seemingly the only thing most people knew about Crewe was its railway station was a common interchange point for trains....


Re: Not quite a straightforward bribe

I was on a training course with a Saudi, he told he'd been pulled over for speeding on a highway in the desert, asked the cops how much it would cost him "no no no we are going to take you to court" His reply "wtf no one ever gets taken to court" seemingly as bribery is endemic

Then again he was married and due to the course being quite long, decided to get himself a girlfriend as "I have needs and I do not want to go to the dirty places", when I asked him if that was a bright idea given his country's reputation and him being married already, his reply "if my wife finds out she WILL kill me, if she doesn't kill me, then her family will kill me and if they don't MY family WILL kill me, I am not kidding, they will literally kill me"

When I told that tale to my wife, she dryly quipped "was his hand broken?"

Move aside, Technoking: All hail the Sweat Master and his many inspirational job titles


Re: Uptitling

Paint Sprayer - Refinishing Technician (or as I put on one relatives CV "Onshore oil related senior refinishing technician" - which got at least one company to ring and enquire as to exactly what that meant....)

Someone defeated the anti-crypto-coin-mining protection for Nvidia's 'gamers only' RTX 3060 ... It was Nvidia


Re: Gamers also have to contend with bots and scalpers looking to make a profit

I've just bought a 1440p 144hz iiyama VA over a 4K 60Hz, whether that was a good decision or not remains to be seen...I'm lold by many that the difference between 60 and 144 is very noticeable, though I'm not wholly sold


Re: Gamers also have to contend with bots and scalpers looking to make a profit

Problem is with esports, its not just skill, its hardware too that comes into the blend, hence 360hz monitors for one....anything for a competitive edge...

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?


Re: I still have some pairs of trousers that are that old

I have some early 90s vintage swimming trunks (albeit bought as NOS about 10 years back)

Oldest machine in daily use is about 10 years old (HPZ600) then the Z620 I'm using now in the lounge, soon to be going up to the office (well once the decorating is finally done...only taken me 6 weeks thus far....yeah I hate it)

Media duties will then be handled by a 965 chipset motherboard with an X5460 771 Xeon with a conversion sticker on linux as windows 10 won't play nicely with the 771 conversion, literally won't boot at all....would if I put the Q6600 back in....

Copper broadband phaseout will leave UK customers with higher bills and less choice, says comparison site


Funnily enough ISPs ship out routers every day that are pre-configured and just need plugged in, often with colour coded cables that only fit into one hole on the back and even supply a printed quick start guide with village idiot level hand holding on how to plug it all together, seemingly written by donny don't.....

Adapter will likely end up looking similar to an NTE6, plug phone to one side and router to the other, that or router will have a phone jack on the rear (my Fritzbox 7530 has a VOIP port with an adapter supplied to connect to a BT phone plug (seriously can we just swap to RJ11 already.....)...

My grandparents are tech phobic (both in their 80s), my parents however are tech savvy enough to connect a router and buy stuff online etc and they are in their early 60s (and thats fairly typical given how many of my parents work colleagues, friends etc are online and using social media etc etc), by 2030 my grandparents (if they are still with us) will be 90 and 95 respectively and one of a small number of their generation left, my parents will be in their early 70s so the number of people completely tech phobic is going to be quite a small number of people if any......heck even your average farmer has to be au fait with technology due to various online forms, setting up machinery (much of the new stuff with display screens and computer controls for stuff like spread rates etc)


Your not mentioning the £400+ equipment fee Starlink charge....

We know it's hard to get your kicks at work – just do it away from a wall switch powering anything important


Re: Why have the switch ?

We do similar here, instead of buying dual brown (brown being line and blue being neutral (at least post 2006) we instead sleeve the blue with brown or in a pinch tape the blue end with brown electrical tape,

We don't mark the switched live in a different colour (well not yet, the IET might see this and think its a great idea...)

Something similar can be done here, using the old BS546 5Amp round pin plugs to power lamps that are wall switched (so people don't try and use them for other purposes)


Re: Why have the switch ?

Avoids arcing when you pull a plug thats "on load" i.e. when something is drawing current and goes "on the fritz" (and yes I've seen some decent blue flashes when yanking plugs in Canada)

You also get sockets that either switch only the line or both line and neutral at the same time.

When South Africa introduced their new socket design, their papers were talking about the way it was leap forward because there were "no dangerous switches".....

War on Section 230 begins in earnest as Dem senators look to limit legal immunity for social networks, websites etc


Re: What, exactly, is 'free speech'

Removed due to racist comments AND a history of prejudiced statements about migrants...charming fellow


But lets instead publish an article from the modern version of Pravda eh Comrade?

Nespresso smart cards hacked to provide infinite coffee after someone wasn't too perky about security


I just go for Pepsi, caffeine is enough to combat sleepiness and slow bowels (coffee being a stimulant for more than just your mind) Also tastes better than coffee (well to me anyway)

How do you save an ailing sales pitch? Just burn down the client's office with their own whiteboard


Re: RE: IEC 13 cable OR it's a kettle cable

You'd think wouldn't you?

In reality I've bought kettles rated at north of 1800W supplied with 0.75mm2 flex with a 13A fuse in the plug, type approved no less from a major retailer - the argument being "it doesn't run long enough for the flex to exceed its temperature rating" - (yet the regs say size flex according to the load, NOT "if it runs for a short enough time its ok to use heavily undersized flex that will get hot at the terminations to save a few pence per appliance")

What happens when a Chrome extension with 2m+ users changes hands, raises red flags, doesn't document updates? Let's find out


Re: They go after the older weaker members of the herd

Qbittorrent is my current go to, small, no cruft (that I've noticed that is)

Julian Assange will NOT be extradited to the US over WikiLeaks hacking and spy charges, rules British judge


Re: This confused me

Attempting to blackmail the US govt is NOT a bright idea, makes it more likely they find a hole to bury you in than less....

I can see him being declared "persona non grata" in the UK and deported back to Australia, who will likely happily stick on a plane to the USA (thats if he's not put on the flight that goes via the USA)


Re: pft

Actually since 1983 one of your parents have to be British Citizens (and possibly Indefinite leave to remain but I'm not 100% on that) for you to acquire British nationality by birth, UK doesn't have birthright citizenship

I built a shed once. How hard can a data centre be?


Re: And contrawise


Little bit of history there


Also known as the Commer "Knocker" down under it seems.



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