* Posts by Mage

3407 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

EU Commission looking for ways to DECLARE WAR on Google

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Big Brother

Privacy?

What about Google's anti-privacy snooping?

all their services and Google approved/supported/Playstore enabled Android is effectively spyware. They don't need illegal cookies any more.

More spyware:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/02/android_apps_to_run_on_linux_windows_and_macs/

They need to see the big picture of how Google operates.

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France will flog off 700MHz to boost mobe broadband while UK dithers. Thanks, Ofcom

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"Boost Mobile Broadband"

Oxymoron

1) No Mobile system delivers broadband, not economically viable, each street would need multiple base stations. Even fibre to home is cheaper than 90% coverage 4G.

2) Like 800MHz the cells are too big, they are even harder to control in size

3) Saves mobile operator some base stations, at best like 800MHz a very marginal increase in coverage, speed and capacity. The Operators want to maximise ROI, not performance (speed, capacity, coverage). The licence requirements are minimal on more recent licences. Almost laughable on Irish 800MHz.

4) Makes Government money (licence)

5) Cripples any future expansion or more advanced TV (real 3D, 4K etc)

6) Like 800Mhz the users' phone/modem transmitter interferes with TV and data on cable.

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: If you have an old DAB,

Also VHF-FM sets may have RDS (most DAB sets with FM don't do RDS) and many have LW & MW, I've only ever seen one model DAB with AM, and it's out of production and was buggy.

DRM idea seems to have died on AM, of course some broadcasters killing AM entirely simply to save money on theory that people that don't have FM can use Satellite or Internet! Hardly portable/Mobile.

The VHF-FM radio in my Sony Android phone is better than any DAB set I've tested. It's very good, intuitive tuning simulating analogue scale, auto station naming from RDS and saving favourites. Very sensitive too.

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FAIL

in theory, around three times as efficient as the DAB that we're used to.

No, about x2.

and only if you were using 128K on DAB.

DAB+ is PURELY to double number of stations, by using 64K instead of 128K for same poor quality.

FM / CD quality needs 192K to 256K on DAB. The savings are very much less. 128K AAC has much more artefacts and loss of quality than 256K MP2.

Add issues of radio power consumption, not enough relays, much more expensive for Local Radio (ironically too much coverage), poor design of sets (ergonomics and speaker size and cabinet).

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Meh

Perhaps wait for 37.0.1

They seem to make a lot of gratuitous stupid changes.

Why not simply concentrate on stability, security and performance? or is that not cool looking?

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Netflix teams with AWS to launch VHS-as-a-service

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Joke

Yes, Pre-warned

I woke up to crazy article on BBC R4 about football needing more goals.

Realised must be April 1 again.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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Hoist by own petard?

Maybe.

A victim of the success of the legacy products. Why buy MS products if it can't run your old programs?

This why Vista, Win7, Win8, etc are having difficultly wiping out XP and the risk for Win10.

They need to break completely with past, a new OS not called Windows for ARM, x86 and whatever.

AND

issue a new 100% XP compatible Windows Classic.

The RT ARM experience and Win 8.0 shows one foot in each of two camps is a failed strategy.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: _THAT_ was the plan?

Well, we have only the NSA's word for it?

Perhaps it was aliens trying to rescue a crew member.

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Google whacks CREEPY predictive search up to 11 in cheap Chrome OS beta

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Positive features

Not a mandatory brain implant.

There are still alternatives.

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: And....

Worstal isn't American.

They still are not properly paying performance royalties on radio.

1887: Dry battery in Europe.

1898: An English man registers patent in US for same design and sells it to founder of US Eveready.

US Patent office still just issues stuff, their system seems to be to contest it later in court.

Apple Inc: Copy logo and name from Beatles Apple Corp. Taken to court twice. iPad and iPhone names already in use by Fujitsu and Cisco.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Nobend ... EH?

I've a sheltered life. I have no idea what you are talking about.

Who is this Clarkson?

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

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All of it is about money

We don't need ANY of these new domains.

Or else ALL domains should be $5 a year each or $500 for 25 years.

It's a rip off generally.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Cook ... came out publicly as gay late last year And Cakes ...

Maybe as a sop to Apple Demographic?

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/27/gay-cake-order-taken-to-avoid-embarrassment-court-told

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/bakers-felt-as-christians-they-could-not-write-pro-gay-slogan-1.2155800

There is a problem when different "freedoms" conflict.

I don't know what the answer is. There was an earlier case of Guest House / B &B prosecuted in England for refusing a Gay Male couple. Plenty of Men have shared bedrooms to save on hotel bills without being Gay, so was the couple deliberately making an issue?

It's acceptable to highlight Paedophile priests and teachers and scout leaders. But not apparently to suggest Lesbian and Gay people can be predators too.

Some people seem to be becoming MORE equal than others.

P.S. I'm a differently abled, lesbian, black jewish, transvestite with transgender issues. So you mustn't criticise me at all. I only happen to look like a fit white male.

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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Re: I'm in,

No, that doesn't work to get privacy (duck anonymity):

Any site might have google hosted javascript or analytics or adverts

Chrome browser

Chromebook

Official Google supported Android

Any Google provided service

(They all may know the previous visited page too)

much more. They don't need cookies any more.

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700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

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Alien

L Ron Hubbard

Paid better than his Space Opera.

He just recycled his SF as Scientology

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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no Ethernet

A real deal breaker you need a dongle.

Lots of building are very difficult to "fill" with decent performance WiFi.

WiFi also is slow if many people on one Airpoint.

The once off running of Cat5e isn't a big deal to have 100Mbps to 800MBps real throughput vs 0.5Mbs to 200Mbps at unpredictable speed.

Or is this just for coffee shops and Mobile Internet?

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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

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By design in a way ...

It's essentially Google Spyware anyway.

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Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

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Ireland, said it would welcome guidance on the matter.

They certainly ONLY want to appear to reluctantly apply what someone bigger decides... With 29 of the top 30 International* "Internet scraping" companies having EU HQ in Ireland.

Hence it getting to ECJ. Ireland is never going to change status quo on anything without external binding resolutions.

(*How many are not American?)

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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Re: We are doomed

You miss the point.

Dawkin's book wasn't real science and "Evolution" has evolved a lot since Darwin wrote. It was a humours bon mot.

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We are doomed

So all our descendants are going to be from a few iThing/iShiny purchasers?

I don't think so. They are so captivated by bling that they have given up intercourse with humans of opposite gender.

Besides they can't afford Apple upgrades and rug rats as well.

Slow news day?

Mine is the one with the "selfish" gene in one pocket and Origin of the species in the other :-)

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Messed UP!

It's illegal to distribute (sell or give away) copies that infringe copyright.

However it OUGHT to be illegal to add mechanisms to prevent personal archival or use or media.

Also the DRM / Copyprotection is STILL there when copyright expires. DRM is fundamentally a lazy and immoral way of preventing crime, rather than purely pursuing the infringing users.

It's like banning all knives because some people use knives illegally. The USA Millenium act is plain wrong.

Any judgement against tools removing DRM/"Copy protection" is wrong. It's Government siding with lazy publishers against HONEST consumers.

Professional pirates are not inconvenienced at all.

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

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Tricked to visiting site...

xxxxx is wanting to connect with you <insert social site, i.e. linkedin>

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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"freedom of choice" that new domains

Nonsense.

Anyone is going to have the traditional domain too. Anyone relying on these new gTLD without the older name is mad.

So, providers, boycotting them on your DNS only hurts the ICANN cash grab. Of course they don't want to spend their OWN money publicising them. They'd (rightly) see it up to the renter of the nee gTLD to spend money on publicity.

Obviously too you are paying rent for exclusive use of a text string, you don't actually own anything!

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Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

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No!

It will sooner than later bork everything.

I don't know what the answer is for "ordinary people", but AV is nearly as bad as the illness.

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

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Next

Maplin.

They have lost the plot. Selling rubbish tools, boyz toys, poor security gear and disco stuff won't save them.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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I'm not worried

I can't afford an Apple box.

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Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

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Re: Not really that different

I thought MOST phone stolen from people (rather than smashing a car window) ARE snatched while in use.

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Re: Feh...

A decent laptop with a sensible matte screen will cost over £1,000

£300 gets you something with a super shiny screen and only suitable for basic consumption, not serious content creation 12 hours a day.

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Re: Rubbish

I was waiting for the better Osborne and they went bust.

It's a Dell.

It has been cleaned (mild soapy water), otherwise by now you'd not be able to see through the grime.

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Rubbish

No excuse given Apple profit margin.

My laptop anti-reflective screen is MUCH older and perfect. So old I won't divulge the model.

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Well, it's a hobby

I started with a Zenit in 1970s after years of "toy" cameras and occasionally using my dads.

I have about 4 or 5 film cameras including a big Olympus OM10 kit and a half frame range finder.

In the later years (1990s) I got the films processed to "gold" archival Photo CD, (not the later rubbish over compressed poor quality consumer jpeg format Picture CD). This allowed the content for media projects and internet.

Keeping the negatives and slides safe is a problem.

I borrowed a prof. slide scanner to scan all my Dad's old slides, but most had deteriorated badly. Scanning old photo albums on the SCSI based scanner and repairing fade was more successful

I'd not go back to film. I can backup my photos easily now. Colour balance is less of an issue too.

Film is a hobby for people with lots of spare time and money.

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Ancient SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION contains enough dust for 7,000 EARTHS, say boffins

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Wonderful

We are actually in a bubble of low density space, probably caused by a supernova long ago.

I love this sort of boffinry

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Google and Obama: You’re too close for comfort

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Absolutely

Google is a bigger threat than Halliburton, NSA, Microsoft, IBM, USSR, Red China etc ever were.

What's more rather than just big business, they threaten small business more and massively exploit the consumer.

Perhaps all their evil people tracking sites need to divested if they want to remain an advertiser. Including but not limited to:

Search

Earth

Maps

Google+

Gmail

YouTube

Google Groups.

Google APIs and other resources used by 3rd party sites

Their Cloud services.

Android

Google Play Store

One sign on for all is plain evil too.

Aldous Huxley, H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Harry Harrison, Philip K Dick, John Brunner , Robert Sheckley and others could not have dreamed of such a privacy stealing exploitive monster.

They are having their cake and eating it.

They are not a kind Tech Company. Tech is only a means to the end of making more money via adverts.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Oh ... Oh ...

Active X in a Browser was the single most stupid thing ever that MS did.

Wonderful Dabsy.

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Lighty and flighty: Six sizzling portable projectors

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The LCD panel ... literally fit in the palm of your hand.

It's cheaper to do a miniature reflective LCD, actual pocket TV LCDs are only used in home brew projectors.

Most of the cost of LCD is area of glass. secondarily the driving electronics. Having 1200 x any number of columns is driven as 2 off 600 x any number columns on on panel. Or even as four panels on one substrate/glass.

DLP for 1080p is tiny, but these won't use DLP, too expensive and needs either 3 + prism or a colour wheel.

Typical full HD LCD on Silicon (LCoS) cells are about 1-3 centimeters square and about 2 mm thick. They are reflective. Larger projectors use three chips/cells and optical combiner.

Whilst initially developed for large-screen projectors, LCoS displays have found a consumer niche in the area of pico-projectors, where their small size and low power consumption are well-matched to the constraints of such devices.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_crystal_on_silicon

NO-ONE commercially produces projectors based on transmissive pocket TV style LCD panels any more, most of those were only 640 x 240 or less though! Even at 6" Look at the resolution of most cheap "photo-frame" displays, they don't even do 480 lines!

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480p = VGA

A 1987 standard.

The projector chip isn't large, so 720, 800, 1080 or 1200 lines would make little difference to size of package. Obviously since that's the expensive bit, they have cost reduced to level where these are pointless, except for the 800 line model.

1080p may be HDTV, but it's NOT HD for computers, 1200p is over 14 years old.

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Re: resolution

480 vertical is rubbish outside north America (Their SD is only 480). In UK/Europe, Mid East, Russia, Africa, Australia the SD is 576 lines.

only the 800 line model is worth considering

The old analogue bias of NTSC / 480 favouring North America and Japan and ignoring the higher quality in the rest of the world is alive in the digital age.

576 rescaled to 480 looks dreadful

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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Life?

They use phosphors. They are not LEDs in the sense that regular LEDs are, but are more like the Electroluminescent technology. The phosphors suffer more than CRT types with ageing and burn in and the blues age worse.

OLED is fine in a phone as those don't have a huge life. But a 4K display ought to last 10+ years. Will these be much good after 4?

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Intel's cheap and Android's free: Not any more, says TAG Heuer

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Intel?

So they will use an 80C51 or dust off the ARM licence?

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UK.gov crackpots: Let's build vapourware-based sharing economy CITIES

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Re: Subversive

Rats. need to log in with alternate identities via my RBS enabled iPhone to multiply upvote this.

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Banks defend integrity of passcode-less TouchID login

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I'd change

if the hassle was less and the others much better.

The devil you know ...

What's to stop someone figuring out how to use these probably badly written apps on a phone the real user has never even seen?

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Noobs can pwn world's most popular BIOSes in two minutes

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Pirate

require only access to a PC

If you have physical access, then no security will save the owner / user.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Clacks

They actually existed and used by Napoleon.

Wikipedia article on Semaphore

"A semaphore telegraph, optical telegraph, shutter telegraph chain, Chappe telegraph, or Napoleonic semaphore is a system of conveying information by means of visual signals, using towers with pivoting shutters, also known as blades or paddles. Information is encoded by the position of the mechanical elements; it is read when the shutter is in a fixed position.

The system was invented in 1792 in France by Claude Chappe, and was popular in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century.[1][2][3]

They were much faster than post riders for bringing a message over long distances, and also cheaper in their long-term operating costs, once constructed. Semaphore lines were a precursor of the electrical telegraph which would replace them half a century later. The electrical telegraph would in turn be cheaper, faster, and more private. The distance that an optical telegraph can bridge is limited by geography and weather; thus, in practical use, most optical telegraphs used lines of relay stations to bridge longer distances. This also prevented the optical telegraph from crossing long expanses of water, unless a convenient island could be used for a relay station."

The privacy thing is NUTS. People tapped Telegraph wires.

People wanting privacy (on Semaphore or Telegraph) used code systems, cyphers, encryption. Just like some people today. Semaphore in reality wasn't really any less private than email or telegraph.

UK started having copies of all International telegrams (via UK, which was a major hub) before WWI.

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo good to go after six-week recovery effort

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Re: "reached its desired orbit."

So the world and Europe in particular should be relying on the whim of Putin, Obama and successors for GPS and timing (Mobile Phone masts, DAB and DTT multiplexes use the USA GPS for timing data)?

We need Galileo.

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Boffinry listicle MADNESS: ONE THING you need to know about CHAMELEONS

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Re: What would be nice: mirasol

I looked at it for a project years ago.

Mirasol seems to have a problem (though it might be Qualcom Royalties is the issue). Where are the products apart from a proof of concept watch and an early prototype tablet display?

If only it was Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp etc and not Qualcomm

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BBC websites GO TITSUP – Auntie blames 'internal system failure'

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Re: Finally

I'm curious ... what sort of organism?

Like algae or wood lice?

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also

http://www.bbc.com/news/ was down too.

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Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

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Classic

So you in good form this weekend Dabsey.

Pay rise?

Weekend holiday?

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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If you run a DNS box, boycott the new TLDs. They are an evil money grab.

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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Stupid

The new money grabbing TLDs should be boycotted by all ISPs and other DNS operators.

Unlike IPs, there is NO Reason to add extra TLDs. Even ,biz and .info etc were dubious ideas.

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