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Sun, 2007-12-23

Dodgy phone call from 07061 790526 permalink
Yesterday I received at least one (the second didn't show in the call register) phone calls from 07061 790526. The phone hardly rang at all - the call must have lasted less than a second. UK Phone Information says is is an "find me anywhere" number which is registered to Hotchilli Communications Ltd. Could this be a "missed call" scam as reported by The Register?

Sun, 2007-12-16

geteltorito permalink
Useful Perl script of the day: geteltorito - extracts the bootable image from an El Torito CD-ROM.

Sat, 2007-12-15

If your eeePC is stuck in an endless loop booting permalink
check to see how much disc space is left - if you have filled up the user part of the unionfs mount, the window manager won't start. In particular, check .xsession-errors in /home/user. If necessary, delete it and replace it with a read-only file owned by root.

Wed, 2007-12-05

Google Goofs permalink
Since NTK is becoming more irregular, here are a few puerile google goofs: (Updated 2007-11-05)

Tue, 2007-07-03

Satcover and Satellite Direct told off by the Information Commissioner permalink

eGov monitor

Mick Gorrill, Head of Regulatory Action at the ICO, says: "It is unacceptable for organisations to make unsolicited marketing calls to individuals who have said that they do not wish to be contacted in this way. If these organisations fail to comply with the terms set out in the formal undertakings, we will not hesitate to take further action."

If either organisation breaches the terms of the undertaking the ICO has powers to take the organisation to court immediately. If an organisation breaches a subsequent court order it may be held in contempt of court, an offence which can result in a jail sentence.

ICO Enforcement

3 July 2007
Following an investigation by the ICO, Satellite Direct UK Ltd and Satcover Ltd, both of Hove, East Sussex, were found in breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations after making unsolicited marketing calls to individuals using an automated calling system. As a result the Information Commissioner has required the two organisations to sign formal undertakings to stop making unsolicited marketing calls to individuals.

The Enterprise Act 2002
Formal Undertaking

I_____________ of ______________________
in my capacity as Director of Satcover Ltd, whose registered office is 168 Church
Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2DL, have read and understood the contents of the
letter dated 23 March 2007 reference ELE 0126179.

I hereby give to the Information Commissioner a written undertaking pursuant to
Section 219 of the Enterprise Act 2002, that Satcover Ltd, in the course of any
business, in any way, by itself, its servants, or agents will refrain from the conduct
outlined below and any similar conduct namely:

Contravening Regulation 19 of the Privacy & Electronic Communications (EC
Directive) Regulations 2003 by transmitting or instigating the transmission of
unsolicited communications for the purposes of direct marketing by means of
automated calling system without the recipients prior consent

Contravening Regulation 21 of the Privacy & Electronic Communications (EC
Directive) Regulations 2003 by using or instigating the use of a public electronic
communications service for the purposes of making unsolicited calls for direct
marketing to subscribers who have previously notified you that such calls
should not be made on that line, or to numbers allocated to a subscriber who
has registered with the Telephone Preference Service


Name (print) _____________________________

Signature ________________________________

Witness _________________________________

Date _________________________________

Tue, 2007-01-23

Cycle Parking Farcility of the Month permalink
Is it a sheep?

Is it a bird?

It's shiny, and useless - it must either be a work of art or a cycle parking farcility.

It "supports" this bike on the brake fixing on one side, and the spokes on the other.

In a bike with narrower tyres, and standard brakes, the wheel would just flop around.

There is no way to lock the frame of the cycle to the structure.

This is what happens when artists choose things on their "shinyness" factor, rather than asking the local cyclists what they want (good old Sheffield stands). It's been imported all the way from Italy, BTW.

Sun, 2007-01-14

Satellite direct in court permalink

The Guardian reports that Satellite Direct have been found guilty of deceptive trading practices.

The judge used phrases such as blatant lie and A more obvious case of deliberate passing off would be hard to imagine.

Also, The Lawyer reports that the companies were found guilty of the unauthorised selling of service plans and warranties for satellite reception equipment using the "sky name"

more on Sky's Lawyer's web site

Another blog on the subject:

Sun, 2007-01-07

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