Senior man robbed in Manchester street. July this year. I was witness and he was on the floor. (I looked after him). Diialled 999. Reply on phone "thank you for your call, we are extremely busy at he moment.. though you can email us at....blah blah) 15 minutes later got through to the control room. What the F*** is happening?
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UK Home Office dishes out contracts to 999 control room vendors after wasting cash on network tech it abandoned
Fantastic story and so true of manual exchanges.
Very sad I guess they went automatic in the early 70's. I visited a manual exchange (Morecambe) in 1974 just weeks before it was "cut" to automatic.
I still correspond to a friend who was on the switchboard.
Her male counterparts "manned" the switchboard at nights, they were less tolerant.
A warning, never cross her....she will push your meter button all day long!
She had a posh voice because the GPO trained her to sound posh..(I reckon)
Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors
There were a lovely kind and generous couple who ran a sub post office in a suburb of Lancaster.
One day the Post Office investigators walked in to their business and their home to investigate shortfalls in their business.
The couple were innocent, honest as the day is long, I miss them both. They had to sell their home and business.
The post office and their cohorts should be totally ashamed.
NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?
Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch
Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again
Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened
Red Spell Danger!
Dear EU commission,
I recently sent you some performance figures relating to Galileo related stuff.
Due to budgetary constraints (i.e. no money till next dole day) my printer ran out of Red ink so I had to use another primary colour, green.
Sorry about any confusion etc.
Mr F Mercury.
PS. In 18 hours time I shall no longer be an EU citizen and will be applying for a shiny new blue passport, so to get to the point I don't really give a rats arse either way.
Toodle Pip Old Bean.
Totally Subcontracted Business: TSB to outsource entire IT estate to IBM for a cool $1bn after 2019 meltdown
The Climax Of Fibre
A helpful guide to how fibre was conceived .....
You should find the climax of the subject (Lesley Judd - for it is she) at 25 Minutes into the documentary, the first 25 minutes is just simple foreplay.
And being the BBC they have "dug an enormous hole" - no change there then.
My money is on an amusement arcade with the room full of slots and shiny machines.... I should know I worked in one for a season in Morecambe. When we got to work the thrill of pulling down (or swinging) on this big f""k off size handle and lighting the whole arcade up was much better than the pay of £22 for 80 hours work. So amusement arcade it is. Toodle Pip.
I'm a self-employed Telecom engineer (Ex-BT) most of my customers are generally pissed off with going round the houses to talk to some human.
My strapline on my advert is "Talk to a real engineer - Not a robot"
Works for me and keeps me in a comfortable life balance, oh and if they call me with attitude I tell them to piss off and call their service provider.
Valorous Vikram lunar lander – or Star Wreck: Enterprise? India's Moon craft goes all silent running during descent
Steptoe & Son
The BBC are relaunching the classic 60's comedy Steptoe & Son. Albert and Harold Steptoe have been evicted from their scrap yard in Oil Drum Lane and now roam the lunar surface in search of scrap metal, complete with horse and cart, (forget the name of the horse) for scrap is plentiful....cue sound of typical B rated film flashback music..
Stalking cheap Chinese GPS child trackers is as easy as 123... 456 – because that's the default password on 600k+ of these gizmos
Big bang theory: Was mystery explosion over New York caused by a meteor? Dunno. By a military jet? Maybe...
Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words
Political correctness et al
I served as a local authority Councillor about 25 years ago. I climbed the greasy pole to the heady heights of Chairman... Sorry "Chair" of the Cemeteries And Crematorium sub-committee.
However I digress, my first committee meeting was Highways & Traffic. Debate focused on a stretch of country road where motorbike riders where regularly being involved in accidents. I stood up and said this was an accident "blackspot"...... oh dear.
Was then accused of being a racist in the local rag (paper) by members of the Green Party ..... who used to put in expense claims for driving an internal combustion engine for even half a mile.
I wish I could say they were gay old days.....
Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS
I agree with your sentiment. Your TV rental? Radio Rental, Granada TV rental... However Your phone line and instrument. GPO and nothing else, god forbid! I speak as an ex GPO/ Post Office Telecommunications/ BT/ Openreach guy. And there's still shitty alluminum cable under the street of Manchester UK as I trundle my shopping trolley around. lol.
OK. I'm no lawyer but let's put this in a true perspective.
A) I buy an iphone. Not on contract. It's my property. I should surely be within my rights to seek repair from any source.
B) I buy a tin of paint. Not on a contract. I't my property. I can paint my living room walls bright pink with it.
It's MY phone and my paint.
Time that we had a big discussion about this.
Off somewhere nice on holibobs? Not if you're flying British Airways: IT 'systems issue' smacks UK airports once again
Re: Private supersonic aircraft are allowed in the US.
In the UK there are certain scenarios that allow the breaking of a the sound barrier by military aircraft. This happened recently when a passenger jet lost comms. ATC scrambled the RAF, a number of claims have been made, including costs to replace glass panels in a greenhouse a patio window and a broken chandelier. I lived in the Lake District where RAF pilots carried out their training... Farmers where entitled to compensation for sheep who keeled over and died because of the shock, apparently sheep don't do well with surprises.
Giffgaff goody-baddy-bag billing faff: Ofcom fines operator £1.4m for overcharging folks by almost £3m
As a Lancastrian who left high school with no qualifications or any real direction I'm deeply indebted to Lancaster University for their outreach classes that made me who I am.
The university gave me the confidence to reply to you and suggest you are blindingly wrong.
For your record, the bars are open every day. Seek and you shall find.
Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why
Totally correct. In my youth I experimented with this over a distance of a mile or so. Wooden fence posts and wire (not barbed in this case) you just need to follow the fence wire and ensure continuity of the circuit, it was in a field, beware of farmer and bull if you want to try this out. We then ditched this plan and strung a single wire between a number of lamposts using an earth return method. A bit of a hum on the line bt as 14 year olds I could chat free of charge to my mate under the bedsheets.
Re: The most expensive dick swinging contest in history
I assume the only one upvote is your own. Though please could you explain who put reflective panels on the lunar surface that are still used today for accurate earth to moon distance calc? I'm terribly sorry but I have to tell you that the it wasn't the man in the moon...