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* Posts by Phil Kingston

24 posts • joined 10 Jan 2008

Mine's 0.2 inches bigger than yours (says future fanboi of his iWatch)

Phil Kingston

Is there a version of the reg site I can visit that doesn't have bi-hourly unresearched Apple cack?

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National Broadband Network (NBN)

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Yep, my street was (I think) one of the first around Perth to get it. I jumped straight on it while they were still doing free installation for FTTH. My ADSL was v poor.

Having moved here from a FTTH area of the UK, I'd been really missing it. I don't do anything particularly special with it, but it is nice to have streamed/downloaded telly arrive at a decent lick.

Even the missus comments on how nice that is. Job done.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2012: Why Bother?

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Re: Just one thing missing

I think they're edging you towards not actually keeping the desktop on the server - it can now be added and removed with a reboot. Management then done with the various remote tools.

I get your point, if they should have removed anything, IE ESC and UAC would have been my choice.

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Apple slip-up slows iOS 6 upgrades

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Apple beta testing in "live" again?

Perfect example of why I always avoid updates for a few days before hitting the "go" button.

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Taiwan's civil servants caught by sexy email trap

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Not a harsh lesson at all.

User education is the biggest threat. Good to see one organisation tackling it.

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Do Telstra’s call centre cuts add up?

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I've tried three times to become a customer of Telstra. For different services. For instance, I would have thought a mobile operator would have been able to activate one of their own SIMs and take money from people. Telstra can't even do that reliably.

Poor customer service procedures followed by badly-trained operatives using non-working underlying technology will be the same onshore or offshore.

Either way, there's a lot of people that only deal with Telstra because they have to. And they all expect it to be an enraging experience.

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Amazon UK to offer collection service at corner shops

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No gripe at all with when you attempt delivery during the day - I'll be out at work. At a place where I can't (and don't want) stuff delivered to (it tends to go "missing").

The problem I as a customer have is that a lot of retailers use Royal Mail. Who are beyond useless. If I make a special effort to stay in, I get a "sorry you were out card" anyway. And if it's not a timed delivery, it's anyone's guess as to when the item will show up (central city location yet still 1st class regularly takes anywhere up to 10 working days from the same city).

Which means at some point a few days later I have to go and put up with the obnoxious sorting office staff. But not on a Saturday. Only between something 07:00-12:00. Which is inconvenient for much the same reason as why they couldn't deliver in the first place.

However, my corner shop, which was on the corner, and open till late at night would have been ideal.

Well done Amazon, you'll put final nail in Royal Mail's coffin.

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Apple, Amazon, close password door after horse bolts

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With such companies usually requesting far more information about their customers than is necessary for the purpose of providing their service, it is astounding that they haven't then been using that information to ensure they avoid such enormous cock-ups. Like you say, if a bank insists on holding a mobile number for its customers so they can ring them at stupid o'clock and offer them mortgage, they should also be able to use it to ensure they don't allow someone else unauthorised account access.

A timely wake up call for them I think.

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Vodafone drops 178k customers in 6 months

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They've a long way to go until they're even close to the worst of the UK operators.

Coverage isn't their main issue (although that's leagues below even the worst UK operator) it's just that their network simply doesn't do data very well. I've just sat for nearly an hour in a state capital, handset indicating full signal strength but just couldn't establish a data connection. And that's not unusual.

They'd have been hauled over the coals long ago if they operated that way in the UK. In Australia, it just seems to be accepted that it they will be a disappointment.

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RBS IT cockup: This sort of thing can destroy a bank, normally

Phil Kingston

Re: Single sourced

That would require the utilities to be able to disclose personal data which was gathered and is held for a totally different purpose.

Possible, yes. Going to happen, no.

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Smoke-belching flash drive self-destructs on command

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I think I'll just carry on with a pair of good ol' defrib paddles on the outside of the case.

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Apple orders 10in iPad, moles claim implausibly

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I do wish el reg would stop it already with wasting their time "reporting" unsubstantiated, unresearched regurgitations of rumours for anything Apple.

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Oz regulator to Apple: Don’t call it 4G if you can’t connect

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Mushroom

Apple lost all sense of product naming when they named their second-generation iPhone 3G.

OK, it indicated an available connection type, but the obviously didn't try having to explain that to anyone non-technical.

The same trick again of mixing up generations of models and radios does suck. And the ACC are right to hit them for it.

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Sky 3D to launch in April

Phil Kingston
Grenade

Trumping O2?

This rather takes the sails out of O2's much-heralded "UK's first ever live 3D sports broadcasts" the following weekend doesn't it? http://www.o2blueroom.co.uk/3drugbylive

Bet they're peeved.

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ZuneHD en-route to Blighty?

Phil Kingston
Unhappy

I wouldn't bother

Apple, Sony, Nintendo etc might get away with slight delays in bringing new tech over here and assuming the $ sign can be straight converted to £, but I can't help thinking that MS have taken the mickey a bit with neglecting the UK from Zune for years rather than months.

Sorry MS, but I know a lot of people who got bored waiting for your product and are now iPhone converts.

Boat. Missed. Well and truly.

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BT still struggling to fix Olympic problems

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Boffin

compo

....contractors who are probably looking very hard at their contracts this morning.... especially the compensation sections. As BT are likely doing too. Wonder how much that'll cost them?

Safety glasses - as should be worn when in control boring machines, especially large thrusting ones.

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BT does Italian Job on London traffic lights

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huh?

"... or alternatively maybe its down to the fact that in Poland they don't have fibre 32 metres below the surface, so using a boring machine (intentional mis-spelling) is just that... pay monkeys etc." Mis-spelling? What?

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Apple wrongfoots iPhoneys

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High-spec knock-off

Wow, worth having one of the Canadian ebay ones for the "Camera: 130 milion pixels high-definition digital" alone I would have thought ;-)

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TfL hands out contracts for congestion charge tags

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Go

hooky tags...

will be available 3 months later?

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Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat

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V poor

Next they'll stop people for wearing a menacing frown.

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Doctors back more tax on booze

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CHUMP OF THE WEEK

No contest - outright winner.

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DVLA's 5m driver details giveaway

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Choice of submission?

Of course you have a "choice of submission" - if you don't want your vehicle to be traced, don't own a vehicle.

There's two problems here - 1) that DVLA will sell you to anyone without actually checking that the request for info is in any way proper 2) that some scumbags are cloning numberplates and racking up fines in other peoples names

Another government cock-up. How many more will they get away with before we vote them out?

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Microsoft set to milk mobile Messenger mavens?

Phil Kingston

You can install Live on your T-Mobile device

A quick search will find you the genuine Windows Live cab file to install Live on your T-Mob device that didn't have it...

Although due to this licensing error, I've now removed it from mine and will be using Yahoo! as my primary IM.

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