Daily Archives: Thursday, 13th Dec 2007

Weight Report – 13 December 2007

Looks like my weight has decided to be as boring as the subject lines for these reports. Today’s weight is the same as yesterday’s, and indeed the day before’s. It’s still the lowest it’s been since I started again in October, so that’s actually not a bad thing. In previous bouts of weight loss, there have been “plateaus[1]” like this, so it all seems to be going to plan. Or something.

I didn’t walk to work today because I got a bit distracted, and left the house a bit late, and I had some shopping to bring home, so I didn’t walk back either. Naughty.

[1] I keep thinking that should be “plateaux”[2]. Maybe it is.
[2] Like “gateaux”

How much?

I heard about this yesterday, and seeing this BBC report reminded me that a rant was in order.

The summary is that a Canadian man managed to run up a bill of $85,000 by using his mobile phone as a modem. He assumed, foolishly perhaps, that this kind of use would be included in the “unlimited web use” package he was paying for. Easy mistake to make, after all data is data, and the average user isn’t going to appreciate that a full-sized computer is going to suck down a lot more bytes than a phone’s little browser. The alarming thing is that the phone operator didn’t either disconnect his service or at least call him to tell him that if he carried on he’d owe them a scary amount of money. As they have, he says, previously cut off his service when he was as little as $100 over limit, it does seem utterly bizarre that they would allow this to happen.

The “no leg to stand on” view is strengthened by a quote in this Canadian report. A spokesman for the company said

Bell cannot monitor the activities of every one of its customers

Say what?!?! :crazy: :duh: :rant:

Of course they can! How the photon else to they manage to send out bills for $85,000 if they are not monitoring use? And surely they should have systems in place that would set off alerts when extreme changes in use happen?

Terry Pratchett – “Not dead yet”

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to my random mutterings, you’ll probably be aware that I’m a fan of Terry Pratchett. His Discworld books have been a major part of my life for over twenty years, and each new one is something of a special event for me.

So I was more than a little concerned, and indeed alarmed to learn a while ago that Terry had apparently suffered a minor stroke. At the time, things didn’t sound too bad, but it turns out that things are rather worse than that. Terry’s using the PJSM Prints website as a news page, and it was there that he announced that he’s been diagnosed with “a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s”.

Terry describes this as “an embuggerance”, and is cautiously optimistic. There’s a report at The Guardian, and a summary with a lot of reaction at The Register. The “not dead yet” line comes from the author description at the back of most of his books, and may or may not relate to the words of one of his best known characters, Granny Weatherwax, which he uses himself in an update to the announcement.

Can I remind everybody that I still aten’t dead, even today.

Let’s hope he stays that way.