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Comment: Re:BT? Sky? (Score 3, Informative) 70

by oobayly (#48473011) Attached to: BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

To add further to the description of BT - a company split into three parts - BT Retail (the phone provider / ISP), BT Wholesale (who run the infrastructure and exchanges), and BT Openreach (who run the last mile infrastructure). It's supposed to mean they can't abuse their monopoly. As far as the customer is concerned, it means that reporting a fault might have to go through 3 companies and most of the time spent is the 3 companies passing the buck. They also like to charge each other and pass the cost on to the customer.

Phone lines cut out randomly

I was present as he reported the findings to his Boss and I heard his Boss say "Can you make it look like their fault so we can still bill them?" He replied "No cos he is stood here listening and watched me fix it". This was followed up with an extremely apologetic conversation between me and his Boss where he claimed he was just Kidding!!! Yeah right...That sums BT up exactly

BT Retail is basically staffed by a bunch of MBAs, salemen and shit tech support (although their BTnet tech support is actually pretty good). BT Local business are a bunch of complete wankers and will [literally] cancel your ISDN30 and recreate it so they get more commission - this resulted in 36 hours of downtime.

BT Openreach - you're not allowed to speak to - but when an engineer does come out, they are generally professional and knowledgable. However, in the above case, they will fulfill BT Retails requests to cover their arses. In the above ISDN30 case, they pretended that the failure was due to a faulty NTE-2D (Fibre termination equipment) even though we had it confirmed that our contract had been "cancelled" the day before.

We have a 100Mb/s leased line with BT, which I have to admit has been pretty bulletproof - we've had about 30s of downtime in 4 years (but is also insanely expensive). Anyhow, when we renewed out contract I told them we wanted an IPv6 subnet, this was subject to a charge of £400 as they said they needed to upgrade our bearer. This was never done, so we complained, and they said they would have to charge us £3,000 - the normal installation fee. We pointed them to the contract we signed. Now, instead of sending out a bloke to update the router, or even send out a new router, they have:
* Spliced together 26km of fibre to the exchange.
* Installed a 3rd fibre into our office
* Provided a new NTU
* Provided a new Cisco 3xxx router
* Sent 3 engineers out to do all this

I spoke to one of the Openreach guys - he shrugged and said "that's the way they like to do it". I said "it's ok, we're not having to pay the standard installation fee, just sounds like a waste of time and money though". He also explained what the bearer was (confirming my assumption) and looked pretty confused when I told him BT Local Business insisted that it had to be upgraded to "carry" IPv6 packets.

Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 1) 273

by oobayly (#48466311) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

I was thinking along the lines of the AC, but I suppose it depends on context - business or personal. I also note that you said you "made" $2,000 - not charged him $2,000 - so I'm going to assume your friend worked out what your time was worth.

I've never asked for money for helping a friend out, but I've been given numerous bottles of wine (including a very nice looking Rioja under my desk), beer and some cash (as my dad once said - refuse twice, then accept). However, I also know to offer my time to people who will appreciate it, and may also be able to help me out in the future.

I have also flat out refused to fix a colleague's home laptop - I'd already fixed it twice (for no reward) and explained to him what to do to prevent his son fucking it up. The 2nd time, I had told him "I never want to see that laptop again in my life". The whole office thought it was hilarious when he tried saying "I'll just leave it on your desk in case you've got time" - my reply was "You bloody well won't, I told you I didn't want to see it again".

Comment: Re:China's internet will become a smaller intranet (Score 1) 128

I suppose I hadn't thought the CDN content already being cached. Granted, for high volume sites, 100KB will add up, and it's one less (possible more) file for the client to download, but I'm still not massively keen on the idea of the possibility that the library I'm using may have been altered.

I'm aware that I haven't audited the library I downloaded from jQuery, but we've often seen malware being served unwittingly by 3rd parties*. However, I'd also hope that jQuery regularly verify that files served from the CDN haven't been altered, so maybe I should start considering it.

* Basically, if my web server starts serving malware, I'd prefer it's due to my cock-up, not somebody elses, which when I think about it, maybe I should set myself up to blame someone else when the shit hits the fan.

Comment: Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (Score 1) 307

by oobayly (#48456323) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Ok, one qualification - dealers won't take drafts for trade transactions.

The problem is that bankers drafts can be faked and it does happen. Piston Heads - Fraudulent bankers draft update!!!. The problem is that you'll find out the draft is a fake after releasing a car, calling the bank is useless. As far I can see, fake cash is easier to check than a fake draft.

For example, when I was buying my flat, I had to move money from my Irish account to my UK account, by my bank Ulster Bank (part of RBS) were being a bunch of idiots and wouldn't tell me how long the fast transaction would take. My sister, who luckily works for another bank (I'm not going to mention who), told me to have get a draft, pay it into her account and she'd do the international transfer. However, because the draft would take a couple of days to clear, she however had to act as guarantor.

If a couple of days to clear is "cleared funds", then by that logic, so is a cheque. Go get a draft and try cashing it in a different bank and see how quickly it happens.

Comment: Re:I just don't understand (Score 1) 1087

by oobayly (#48455979) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Because the US is a bigger country, so 5 times 0 is - let me get my calculator -zero? That can't be right.

Anyhow there's a difference between the UK and Germany and the US. In the UK, police generally don't carry firearms*, we have specialised armed response units**. German police do carry firearms, but clearly aren't that trigger happy. American police, well...

* They do in airports and other heightened security areas.
** Which have had some spectacular fuck ups in the past.

Comment: Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (Score 1) 307

by oobayly (#48422381) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

You'll be lucky if you find a car dealer accepting a bank draft as cleared funds nowadays. I know of several companies that have been burned that way. Same goes for debit cards - we always assumed that they were cleared funds, however after one of our clients paid for a Bentley (trade transaction), some Muppet in the back cancelled the transaction, which meant that the seller was down £60k, the buyer wasn't even at fault.

As a result, we advise people to only release a car when the money is actually in their account, however that's not even guaranteed as we've encountered scams where people attempt to reverse bank transfers.

Short story, there no such thing as cleared funds.

Comment: Re:Worked for me. (Score 4, Interesting) 268

by oobayly (#48233679) Attached to: Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

Most Buddhists would strongly disagree with you.

But they won't kill you over it.

Or more accurately, like most other religious followers, the majority of Buddhists won't kill you for it. Like every religion, it has followers who are willing to kill for their beliefs - Special Report: Buddhist monks incite Muslim killings in Myanmar

Thufir's a Harkonnen now.