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Comment: Re:Not in use? (Score 1) 324

by Jumpin' Jon (#36582312) Attached to: DVRs, Cable Boxes Top List of Home Energy Hogs

While it's true that the devices need to be on to do the recording, I imagine there's also a lot of time when they're idle.

My DVR (Sky+ HD) will go into Standby at 01:00 if it's not in use, and that seems like a sensible option.. most of what I record is broadcast during the regular evening slots, between 19:00 and midnight. Of course, that may not be the case for everyone.

Would I prefer it to go into a Deep Sleep rather than Standby? No, because it's startup times are really frustratingly long.

I guess part of the problem in that case is that age-old problem: I am too impatient to wait to use it. My desire for utter convenience outweighs my desire to save a few quid on my leccy bill.

Comment: Re:Anyone else with horror stories with Demon? (Score 1) 259

by Jumpin' Jon (#29527789) Attached to: ISP Mistakenly Emails Customer Database To Thousands
I left Demon some years ago. I contacted them to inform them of a security problem I'd stumbled across - my FTP client had decided to head out and look ahead and cache some folders, however what I soon realised was, it'd stepped up a level from my own slice of hosting space and had walked down into a large number of other folder which were for other customers. When you FTPd to Demon at that time, you found yourself in a sub folder named something like ftp.demon.net/hosting/ftp/j/ju/jumpin_jon. I realised that the tree of folders was expanded from the /ftp/.. folder down into numerous others - and not just the top-level, where it should have been denied.. oh no, into people's webroots and beyond.

I called Demon and asked to be put through to the head tech guy at the time (Malcolm Muer or somesuch??) who basically told me to mind my own business. I explained further that I had accidentally strayed into other peoples webspace, which he understood, but insisted this was not their problem. His explanation was, if people has removed the security from their folders, that was not Demon's lookout.

I headed to another ISP and discovered that Demon' services had been piss-poor all those years - that leased lines actually didn't drop many times per day; that DNS changes didn't have to take days to get actioned - often they never got done until a second or third attempt.

Rubbish!

Goodbye Demon - you were once mighty, but no longer.

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