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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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Flashing my firmware

In my experience, it isn't normally possible to do anything other than tweak minor settings from the customer end of ISP supplied kit. Even changing DNS settings is prevented on some kit so I doubt that carriers give a damn about firmware upgrades by customers.

Rather than switching my VM Superhub into modem mode, I'd rather they gave me the option of a basic cable modem and let me sort the rest.

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May: UK data slurp law is fine, but I still need EMERGENCY powers

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They're all going on a summer holiday

If this legislation is so important, perhaps MPs could take time out from their long summer recess to scrutinise it properly?

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Re: What's the emergency?

I'd rather we just got attacked.

Giving succour to the enemy, eh? That's treason! Time for a visit this the reeducation gulag for you...

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New NSA boss plays down impact of Snowden leaks

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Black Helicopters

If Snowden were to set foot on his native soil

How quickly would the tune change back to "OMG HE HELPS ISLAMOCOMMIES INVADE THE WHITE HOUSE!!!"

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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

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Re: Brooks is FOUND innocent

Brooks has not been found innocent. She IS innocent. It sticks in my craw to say it, especially after the witch hunts against innocent people that occured under her watch. But the principle must stand that it is the job of the prosecution to prove guilt, rather than the defence to prove innocence. Hence innocent unless proven guilty.

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MIGHTY SOLAR FLARES fail to DESTROY CIVILISATION. Yes!

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Re: Stone Age?

I watched a documentary (sorry no sources) that claimed that the UK power grid was actually pretty resilient to CMEs because at any given time, a significant proportion of the network is not in use. In the event of a CME, the procedure is to connect all the dormant bits of the network rather than taking things offline, as it spreads the impact of the induced currents.

This article also suggests the UK Grid would not be badly affected.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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@big_D

My old Escort didn't have airbags, when the newer version was introduced with airbags, Ford didn't retrofit them in my Escort either.

Your car analogy is flawed. Ford do carry out recalls to fix issues, rather than telling their customers to just buy the latest model.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/safety/ford-recalls-695-000-vehicles-for-airbag-transmission-software-updates

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: Can I just check

I think I answered my own question. Or I've forgotten that I presciently asked this question last time...

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Can I just check

Is El Reg rerunning the same comments from the original article?

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Ballmer SLAM-DUNKS $2 BEEELLLION bid for LA Clippers

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Facepalm

There's going to be some changes

Each basket will take up 50% of the screen court and the familiar "ball" interface will be replaced by the players touching each other. No one understands how that will work in a non-contact sport.

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Robins' inbuilt navigators pecked to bits by AM radio

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Joke

Damn that pesky Mr Marconi and his modern wireless telegraphy device. Has anyone warned UKIP about this Irish-Italian plot to destroy that symbol of Britishness, the migratory European robin?

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Virgin Media sales are a bit flat under the Cable Cowboy's reign

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Re: @ James 51

Surely OFCOM should mandate that every newbuild housing estate should have a minimum of two comms suppliers? If VM won't take the opportunity to expand their network, then other suppliers should be allowed into their franchise areas.

As a satisfied VM customer of many years, continued access to their service is a major factor when moving house.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

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Where is the content?

I navigated to the mobile site on my SGS3 stock browser. Top half the screen taken up with an advert for Microsoft Cloud, bottom half filled with a picture attached to the main story.

Now I don't object to adverts on El Reg, its a fair price for the service, but its not much of a service when you have to scroll a whole screen before you can see the headlines.

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R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph

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WTF is PDT?

This is a technology and science focused news website, based in the UK, reporting on an event that occurred on the moon, which is not part of the USA. So why is the author of the article quoting times in some provincial, season dependant time zone? We're geeks and we expect values to be quoted in the appropriate format or El Reg equivalent. UTC or it didn't happen!

</rant>

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Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

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Self-serving organisation serves self.

If FAST is so concerned about cuts to this vital public service, perhaps it could ask its members to review their aggressive tax avoidance policies?

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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@billse10

"It is a ruthless inquisition, how can you question that?"

When it comes to keeping politicians accountable, I'll take ruthless inquisition over sweeping it under the carpet every time. She's not the first politician the press have gone for and she's done herself no favours by:

Obstructing the enquiry into her expenses

Threatening the press with regulations if they investigate her expenses

Showing absolutely no remorse for her actions

And most importantly, fiddling the tax payer in the first place!

Had she cooperated with the enquiry, paid all the money back and said sorry, it would have all blown over. But she tried to brazen it out, even after her fellow MPs gave her an easy way out, paying back just a fraction of what she claimed (because they're all in it together)

if this was a housing benefit claim, you can bet that she and her colleagues would be baying for an inquisition. She's lucky not to be facing prosecution for fraud!

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Re: Rename Windows

I assume Azure refers to the (colour of the) sky or sea;

It's the colour of the screen (of death)

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ICO decides against probe of Santander email spam scammers

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"We have received some complaints relating to this matter"

"But they can afford better lawyers than us so we're hoping it will go away if we ignore it!"

FTFY

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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WTF?

Leave economics to sensible bods

Who are these "Sensible Bods" we should leave in charge of the economy? Are they by any chance related to the bods who's mantra of "Deregulate! Deregulate! The market knows best!" led us into the current economic collapse? Where were they when banks were lending money they didn't have, to people who couldn't afford to repay, to buy property that was overpriced?

As for the idea that Oxfam should stick to their core mission of feeding the hungry; Starvation and poverty go hand in hand with conflict, economic and environmental change. It is well within Oxfam's remit to address the cause of the problem, rather than just focusing on the symptoms.

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

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Re: What they need is...

There was a mean copper in Limerick

Who's treatment of crims was sadistic

The suspects on bail

would land back in gaol

When he wouldn't let them use his bic

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Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

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Stop

what kind of moron leaves the wifi enabled on a superhub anyway?

Not every one is as tech-savvy as the average El Reg commentard. When a well known company offers a product or service with useful features, you can hardly blame people for expecting it not to be riddled with vulnerabilities and needing all the useful features to be disabled.

VM and Netgear are the ones who should be castigated for this. Not their customers.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Re: Alternate History

You're wasted on here...

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Ask not how much Dell charge to install Firefox

Ask how much Microsoft penalises Dell for installing a competitor to IE

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Jobless mum claims Spanish councillor told her to 'go on the game'

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She should change her name...

to Bob.

Mine's the one with the cunning plan in the pocket.

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

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Paris Hilton

No more traffic management?

when quizzed by El Reg, confirmed that it was ditching its downstream traffic management policy

Without the pr0n, there will be hardly any traffic to manage! No wonder they're offering a speed boost.

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Unproductive January

I think you've uncovered the causal link between a reduction in productivity and an increase in dieting and detoxing that occurs after the new year!

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Linux

Re: OSX Mavericks

Hardware from 2007 is supported

My 1st Gen MacBook Air (core 2 duo, 2GB ram) is not supported by Mavericks, or Mountain Lion for that matter. The limitation is hard-coded in the OS, it's not that my hardware can't run it. Tim is so concerned I might have a poor user experience, he wont let me have any user experience at all!

There are tools available to get ML to install on unsupported hardware but I'll probably just migrate to linux instead.

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Standard Business Practice

Keep up the appearance of normal trading, right up to the moment the administrators come hammering on the door. For example

Travel Click

Comet

Farepak

To be fair, to do anything else would probably precipitate the kind of collapse a genuine business would be trying to avoid. But how is the punter supposed to tell the difference between a company trying to stay in business or a scam trying to fleece all it can?

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No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

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Stop eating pasta!!!

Based on the assumptions that:

1. The Flying Spaghetti Monster exists

2. S/He has the power to destroy us all

3. S/He doesn't want us eating his brethren

we must immediately stop eating pasta or face the consequences! Unless (3) is incorrect in which case we must eat nothing but pasta!

Someone call a lawyer...

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'Wind power causes climate change' shown to be so much hot air

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Re: To the next issue

How much is climate change affected by the concentration of gay people.

Are you saying that if the gays stop concentrating, global warming will increase? Someone better tell Peter Tatchell to stop tweeting!

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It's a scientific FACT: Online comment trolls are SADISTS

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Re: stuck in my head

Doo doooo d-doo-doo

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Re: Why are we paying for this?

Where are the vendors supporting 13 year old Linux distros?

If you have the budget to support one million machines at $200/year each, you might be surprised how quickly a vendor will show up with a crack team of coders and the source code on disk...

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Windows

As a UK taxpayer...

As I'm helping to pay for this, I'd like a copy of the patches for my XP box.

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Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL

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Define extinction

If neanderthal genes make up a sustainable 20% of human DNA, why are they described as extinct? There may not be any genetically "pure" neanderthals around but are there any genetically "pure" humans either? Even the most rabid white supremacist will have some surprises in their generic make-up.

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Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

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ASA - still a waste of space

A slap on the wrist and don't do it again, while the perpetrator has long since moved on to the next scam. How about some proper enforcement like making companies provide what they advertise? In this case, half price line rental. But the ASA is a toothless, industry lapdog that allows broadband to be sold as "unlimited" when the opposite is true, with speeds of "up to" X mb that most punters get half way to achieving.

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Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES

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That special £50 feeling

Is that the feeling you get when the shop refuses to accept your £50 note?

I prefer that special £5 feeling I get when the cashier/bus driver thanks me for not using up their entire float to make change for a £20, as that's all that cash machines dish out these days.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Re: About time.....but

"A Matt Bryant post I agree with."

It's a Christmas miracle! God help us, every one…

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Re: All hail Turing, but pass the sick bag for royal connection

"Hey get a room you guys"

Get a room, not a conviction followed by a pardon half a century later...

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

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@chrisp1141

"There's an argument to be made that those companies are much worse than the NSA."

I can choose to use the services of Google et al, or their competitors, or none at all if I want. It's a free market and I decide if I want to exchange personal data in return for their services. There is no equivalent free market in espionage. I don't get to choose which government agencies snoop on me, what personal data they gather or who they share it with, and I certainly don't get anything in return.

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Re: Definition required

"Well, what happened back in the old days when there was basically no expectation of privacy because everyone in the community kept up with you?"

You kept up with everyone else, so there was a balance. You also knew who could be trusted with sensitive information and who could be relied on to gossip to anyone who would listen. You had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Now the balance has been upset. Governments routinely snoop on their own and other nations' citizens, with no oversight - they "keep up with you" while ensuring you cannot do the same with them, all justified using the opaque and unassailable argument of "National Security"

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

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Empyrical?

"The percentage of toddlers being able to read/write and operate a keyboard is, at least by my rather empyrical experience, extremely low."

Are you a toddler then?

I'm sorry. I tried really hard to resist the pedantry...

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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Re: An unsolvable decision problem

When is the single best point of time to eat bacon?

Now!

That was too easy...

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Two Brits face criminal trial for sending 'menacing' tweets

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Paris Hilton

@Psyx - Doing what with pineapple rings?

The man from Del Monte says "Yes! Yes!! Ohhh God YES!!!"

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"it would not be in the public interest to prosecute...having particular regard to the young age and personal circumstances of the suspect"

Don't we have youth courts to deal with young offenders? Why do "personal circumstances" allow you to avoid prosecution? Surely they only come into consideration during sentencing? Or were the accused youth's parents rich and/or well connected?

I would be more accepting of the decision if the CPS said there was no point prosecuting because the threat wasn't credible. But it might be little comfort to the victim.

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Apple CEO Cook breaks YEARS OF SILENCE, finally speaks to El Reg hack

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he just looks a bit like Richard Whitley

They look even more alike today. What? Too soon?

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Big Brother

The US *is still* at war.

With whom exactly? For what objective? By what measures will we be able to judge that the war has been won, or lost? Or will we always be at war with Eastasia?

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

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Re: Good!

"DAB radios emit a squawk so hideously painful to my ears"

I agree, those southern accents do grate on the nerves...

P.S. Am I on the naughty step or is Mr O personally moderating all the comments on this article?

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Munich signs off on Open Source project

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Re: @Turtle @@ Stuart Longland: Wow.

A decade's worth?

It took a previous employer 5+ years to migrate from one version of windows (NT) to another (XP) on the desktop.

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Snowden latest: NSA stalks the human race using Google, ad cookies

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Big Brother

New spin on an old cliche

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. So we're going to find out absolutely everything about you so you can watch X-factor in peace.

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Kevin the work experience boy

Will GCHQ be giving him the standard "redundancy" package, i.e. a holdall just large enough for him to lock himself inside?

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