* Posts by AW-S

107 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Jul 2020


Ooh, an update. Let's install it. What could possibly go wro-


Re: Windows NT 4 SP2

Until you actually reach an age where you cannot remember CP/M.

T-Mobile US figuring out international roaming on 5G


So the challenge is?

The article isn't clear to me what the challenge is. Technical or marketing/pricing?

2033 is doomsday for 2G and 3G in the UK


Re: "We told you so"?

"Aren't meters replaced every 10 years anyway"

Bought house in 1986.

The electricity and gas meters were changed for the first time this year with the "smart" versions. 35 years service each and they didn't look new when we moved in.

How do you call support when the telephones go TITSUP*?


Re: Divert

Nice try.

I warn my clients against allowing 118nnn call-though charges - and we therefore block the entire range. That means that everyone pays the same for DQ.

With respect to your attempt at humour, I'm always happy to split the bill equally (rather than going dutch), even though I don't drink alcohol or have a third course. Being vegetarian also means I cost a lot less than most meat/fish eaters too.

I'll give you a thumbs up because you reminded my of the "Who Dares Wins" sketch about splitting the bill. It's here @ 41:40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6S9MLkAHLw - and that was funny.



Re: Divert

This was a popular scam by some employees - divert their landline DDI to a family/friend number in a high cost overseas location. On a BT Monarch based PBX *21* had to be entered on the handset itself - so one diverted number per weekend.

On some Mitel SX2000s you could call your voicemail from outside and change the forwarding on the fly. So calls to all your family and friends overseas.

There were really only a couple of countries that showed up on the call logger and this was almost expected behaviour by some groups of employees, I'm sorry to say.

Not such a problem now, as every site I manage now has UK premium rate/DQ blocked and overseas calls with a certain > per minute charge blocked too.

UK watchdog's punishment for Blackbaud, Easyjet, other big privacy lawbreakers was slap on the wrist in private


Re: an implausible £18bn in damages

Ah, but you don't deal with the Home Office every 10 years - your data is used constantly and every time you travel into and out of the UK etc.

The data at the passport office is also increasingly used to help confirm you identity, for example by providing your photo image to other "agencies", such a for renewing photo driving licences.


Re: an implausible £18bn in damages

I totally agree.

easyJet require accurate details to then allow you to fly. Perhaps we need a system whereby the airlines use something akin to car rental (for checking driving licence details) so that they enquire directly to the passport office?

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey rebrands himself a 'single point of failure' and quits


Re: Get while the getting's good?

"Square, by contrast, has privacy and regulatory problems"

It has, but the direction of travel is much clearer for Square.

Regulations around Twitter and similar platforms are only just about to get serious.

Server errors plague app used by Tesla drivers to unlock their MuskMobiles


Re: Well they did one thing right...

"Seriously, that is a problem?"

Actually it is, on my wife's very expensive Volvo.

You cannot move the drivers seat without starting the power (central knob) and you cannot do that without depressing the brake pedal at the same time.

It requires a certain flexibility an overweight like me struggles with.


Re: Physical key

"These [key cards] don't use the Internet to work"

Do they require the vehicle to have power to read the card?

Physical keys open locks - even when powered central locking fails. I know this when returning to long stay at the airport and finding the car "dead".


Re: Well they did one thing right...

I have one of those "hidden" keys. Trouble is when I needed to use it the car was still loaded with my wife's profile. I had to adjust the seat back 300mm just to get in.

The next time she used the car, her profile now had all the changes I had made; you know seat distance, mirrors, Jazz FM rather than Heart, dashboard in metric rather than imperial.

Bloody nightmare, as the car doesn't create profile backups to my iCloud account!

There's something to be said for delayed gratification when Windows 11 is this full of bugs


Re: Windows Update makes me happy

I am rather worried tonight.

One of our systems has advised it can be upgraded to W11.

I am going to wake up tomorrow and find it's too late to prevent this from happening.

Cisco requires COVID-19 shots for all US staff – even remote workers


Re: now even the latest can understand

It's hardly a meaningless post.

How does forcing a Cisco employee, who works remotely, take a leaky vaccine make sense to the risk assessment?

If it does, EVERY Cisco employee on planet Earth will need to be vaccinated, because they are all "remote".


Re: now even the latest can understand

I upvoted you - making it 3 - 3.

I am not sure why 3 people would disagree with you on this point.

Facebook fined £50m in UK for 'conscious' refusal to report info and 'deliberate failure to comply' during Giphy acquisition probe


Re: Facebook reeks despite the name change

I'll refer to them as WindscaleBook from now on.

User locked out of Microsoft account by MFA bug, complains of customer-hostile support


Re: I 2FAiled recently...

MS 2FA issues I have experienced are:

1-they do not seem to allow SMS to landline numbers - which works well in the UK for other 2FA

2-prohibit the use of certain ranges of "VoIP" numbers e.g. 020 3 - but do allow a ported to VoIP, 020 7 number

3-emailing to addresses that have a single character before the @ sign

Got caught out with each of these limitations during the last twelve months.

Danish artist pockets museum's cash and calls it art... and other stories


Re: Radio4: Absolute Power

""It wasn't what we had agreed on in the contract, but we got new and interesting art," Kunsten CEO Lasse Andersson told NPR"

Since the CEO of the gallery made the above comment and hasn't mentioned theft or fraud, I suspect you are correct.

UK altnet CityFibre's boss on its hopes to capitalise on market churn as fibre broadband rolls out


Re: Cityfibre ... arghhhh

The quality of these installations is going to be a major problem moving forwards.

I've had FTTP installed in Hampshire by a new kid on the block and their installation engineers made 5 visits to get the link between the pole and distribution box inside the property to work. Bend radius mistakes, poor quality connectors, poor plastic housings on the outside, etc.

None of this is going to last 15 years, unlike our existing copper circuit which we have had no issues with for over 35 years.

UK Ministry of Defence apologises after Afghan interpreters' personal data exposed in email blunder


How much can the ICO fine those responsible?

Would the calculation be based upon the MoD annual budget?

3% of £44.6 billion will keep the ICO afloat for some time to come. They might recruit some extra staff and deal with a couple of my complaints then.

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status


Re: I am offended

Ginger Nuts are generally suitable for vegans too - placing them at the top of my list.

p.s. did I mention I'm vegan.

G7 countries outgun UK in worldwide broadband speed test


Re: Gigabit Broadband?

"for most users having something at the 50Mb to 70Mb that FTTC delivers is surely enough"

That's download. For many upload is the issue with FTTC/ADSL/VDSL.

I've just had 1Gbps FTTP installed recently and so far so fast (£25.00 per month). Upload and download measured at around 950Mbps is really useful for all those Nest cams (all 9 of them) in HD.

On this most auspicious of days, we ask: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?


Anything with a power lead, except the kettle

In my early support days I used to say I was pretty handy fixing anything with a power lead, except the kettle.

This led to rapid promotion and the Peter Principle kicking in at the age of about 29.

Northern Train's ticketing system out to lunch as ransomware attack shuts down servers


Re: A quick fix

"You're wasting your time"*

*Will Hay fans will get this.

BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers


Re: Rural coverage is still very poor

Maybe they will just fly some drones over the national parks during visiting hours?

It had to happen: Microsoft's cloudy Windows 365 desktops are due to land next month


Re: So now

"will compromise EVERY new Windows system"

I'm sure this is mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

IT for service providers biz Kaseya defers decision about SaaS restoration following supply chain attack


Re: Surely they are finished as a company?

SolarWinds is now n-able as of last Friday - for most products/services.

Openreach to UK businesses: Switch is about to hit the fan. Prepare for withdrawal of the copper-based phone network now or risk disruption


Re: The future is coming

I'm guessing you have an EOL connection and as such have like us a maximum of ADSL+?

We are assured that FTTP will become available before 2025.

There's plenty of time and we get a very good 5G connection too - so that backup might become our primary.

Bug at payments processor WorldPay swipes £2k+ per ride ticket from Brighton Pier revellers


Re: The return of the Y2K bug

I was about to write the same.

£202,104.18 would have left me a little short in May.

SEC still digging into SolarWinds fallout, nudges undeclared victims


Team of 1000

"and said his firm's analysis suggested the code behind the crack was the work of 1,000 or more developers"

I'm still not buying this. 1,000 is far too many people to pull this off.

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long Enterprise playset


Re: Shuttle?

"those who bought Shatner's ill-advised "music" records"

I listened to "The Transformed Man" recently and decided it was actually on a par with the somewhat disturbing album from Peter Wyngarde called "When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head".

ALPACA gnaws through TLS protection to snarf cookies and steal data


Re: Spitting at security standards

Down here in the New Forest the countryside lacks hills (of any type), buffalo - but alpaca farms are surprisingly common.


Spitting at security standards

My wife loves alpacas - and I'll mention this new acronym tonight at dinner.

Gnaw? No, they are famous for spitting.

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer


Simple things in a message, that most understand. Line drawn under the issue. Next.

(like you, I can't think of a better way to put it).

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


Barbara's law

BBC World have just added a story about this "accidental human error" by MS. Thereby guaranteeing that Tank Man lives on for another few decades in our minds.

Maybe somebody at MS does know about Barbara's law and how to now use it.

Give me a (tax) break: UK broadband plumber Openreach to almost double the number of rural premises to receive FTTP



In a statement, Openreach CEO Clive Selley described the FTTP upgrade project as “second only to HS2 in terms of investment.”

FTTP is 10 times better than HS2, for society as a whole.

Uber drivers can now unionise after ride biz recognises GMB, one of the UK's largest trade unions


The IT connection?

Saw reference to the Uber app, but that's all.

The Home Office will need to overturn a long legacy of failure to achieve ambition of all-digital border by 2025


Re: Just politics .... again!

It will be the same government, just with Patel as PM.

Boris will outlast his usefulness soon - and depart for the other place.

Indonesia’s national health insurance scheme leaks at least a million citizens' records


Re: Every time I see a report like this

Sometimes paramedics want near-instant access to medical data in emergencies.

Few people carry an SOS Talisman or add their emergency medical data to their phone - and even then it may not have all the required information to preserve a life.

Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly


Re: WOT??

Dr Who?

No a rebooted Crime Traveller. I liked that series.

UK data regulator fines American Express up to 0.021p per email after opted-out folk spammed 4.1 million times


Re: Pathetic waste of time

I have and I have won. Even a mad women can get the Prime Minister into trouble for a few quid.

Charging Amex £12.00 per spam email - the same charge for an electronic late payment notification - is worth it. When thousands of their customers do it they will simply not be able to defend the claims and will pay up.

Make no mistake, financial services companies always pay to save their own internal legal costs - and it' cheaper than a referral to their regulatory authority too.


Re: Pathetic waste of time

In my opinion Amex isn't going to suffer reputational damage. After all it took the incident on the chin and hasn't contested the fine. It may even have identified the customers and made a token credit to their account.

It's the ICO that once again leaves all of us wanting. It continues to disappoint. Disband it, encourage individuals to take out civil action each time and then see what happens to UK originated spam,

Parliament demands to know the score with Fujitsu as Post Office Horizon scandal gets inquiry with legal teeth


Re: There needs to be established...

The "babes in the wood" perjury trial yesterday handed down a 6-year prison sentence on someone - 33 years after the event. So there is hope that those who lied will eventually get some porridge.

Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on Windows 10X: OS designed for dual-screen PCs axed


Re: So you might say ...

My future XYL was never happy when I spent time on-air.

Apple announces lossless HD audio at no extra cost, then Amazon Music does too. The ball is now in Spotify's court


Re: Yay!

The selling point of the CD is not only the quality but the fact you have a perpetual licence to play the music where and when you like.

Charity shops are full of 1980-2000's CDs at around 20p per album. For something that doesn't degrade, that's where to spend.

I picked up another 30 albums last Saturday..

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now


Re: PDF ?

"change a choice on your behalf - I used this"

I used this method also - despite the hold message stating they no longer would allow this by telephone. Recorded the call for good measure.

10.8 million UK homes now have access to gigabit-capable broadband, with much of the legwork done by Virgin Media


Toob to our rescue

They are starting to dig outside next week to provide FTTP 900/900 this summer for £25.00 a month.

This groundwork comes exactly 33 years since Virgin (then Videotron) laid cable TV and connected to us. But we can't connect to Virgin due to an unpaid invoice from 1989 - which neither I nor they have any actual record of. We just have a marker on our address to not provide service.

That's why I am still on FTTC 40/10, with Plusnet.

Does the boss want those 2 hours of your free time back? A study says fighting through crowds to office each day hurts productivity


Re: Who got the extra time?


If only your employer benefitted and you hate them, start commuting again and get revenge.

Brit authorities could legally do an FBI and scrub malware from compromised boxen without your knowledge


Works both ways

If we let them scrub things from our systems, then we must also assume they can add things too. Lawyers will be using that defence in future for sure.

Scottish National Party members found among list of names signed up to rival Alba Party after website whoopsie


Purdah should not apply here

"A spokesperson for Information Commissioner's Office told us: "As a public body the ICO has to consider its responsibilities during the pre-election period. Our regulatory work continues as usual but we will not be commenting publicly on every issue raised during the Parliament Election""

During the pre-election period?

Of course, political parties culd literally break the law for the Purdah period and the ICO will sit back and say nothing.

Semi-autonomous cars sales move up a gear with 3.5 million units leaving forecourts


The DLR - it's somewhat complicated

Ground level, but not like a tram.

An interesting discussion here: https://citymonitor.ai/transport/london-s-dlr-subway-or-it-tram-3134