* Posts by Fibbles

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

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Re: Interesting ToS

although probably not impossible with clever enough error-correction code

It doesn't really need to be clever. With infinite storage you can include as much redundancy in your data as you like. The only penalty is the amount of time it takes to upload to / download from Amazon's servers.

You could for example backup your entire pirated movie collection by uploading a series of 800*100 pixel jpegs where every 100 pixels on the x axis represents a new bit (black-ish being 0 and white-ish being 1). Amazon could compress the hell out the files and they'd still be readable.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Re: But will it...

O RLY?

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Re: But will it...

Given enough time, anything can run Crysis.

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$30 Landfill Android mobes are proof that capitalism ROCKS

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Re: "Higher prices mean cheaper electricity for everyone"

Moore's law is a product of free

market capitalism.

Moore's law is a product of technological advancement. Technological advancement is sometimes aided by capitalism but it is not reliant upon it.

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Re: "Higher prices mean cheaper electricity for everyone"

The logical fallacy is in assuming correlation is causation. Does 10% of the population owning a smartphone really increase GDP by 0.5% per year? Or is it simply that in growing economies some people can finally afford to own smartphones.

Likewise the 'miracle' of a $30 android phone owes as much to Moore's law as it does to free market capitalism.

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What a hang-up: AT&T dumped from Dow index, Apple installed

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WTF?

World's only time traveling stock index.

Apple will boot giant telco AT&T off the oldest and most famous stock market index later this month, the people running the Dow Jones Industrial Average announced this morning.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, known simply as "the Dow," is one of the key indicators of stock market health and was first calculated in 1896 by the company's co-founder Charles Dow, making it the second oldest stock index in the US.

Simultaneously first and second oldest...

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

Star Wars is not science fiction. The answer to any question involving the mechanics of the Force or lightsabers is always "a wizard did it".

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Re: Turtles all the way down?

It can't be Jake, there's no mention of doing it whilst horseback riding through his vineyards.

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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Re: If

There's nothing wrong with re-using properly encapsulated code. There are only so many ways to skin a cat etc.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Security??? @AC

I thought we had educated all the AC trolls that cannot distinguish between the OS and the applications running on the OS.

Education is pointless when they're paid to post the same FUD over and over again.

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ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

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Re: dot-inc

Surely there'll only ever be abount 8 .inc domains, with most companies using absurdly long sub domains, eg;

AuntJemima.Quaker.PepiCo.inc

The commentard that can come up with the longest address wins one full internet.

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Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

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Re: Really, El Reg...

I don't expect the Register to constantly exercise self censorship. However, the French massacre is major news, a large part of the readership are European and that picture really has fuck all to do with the article.

Is it too much to expect a little tact?

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Sony grovels, offers freebies after PlayStation network spent Xmas TITSUP

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Re: Re: They're still a bunch of dicks even when they act kind

From what I remember the raison d'etre of the SteamMachine was to move developers away from DirectX to something more OS agnotic as Valve didn't want to be beholden to MS's new Win8 app store. Luckily for Valve most of the major game engines have done this without anything but ur-SteamMachines materialising.

That's not to say we won't get SteamMachines Soon™, it's just that their arrival is now less urgent. I think the original plan from Valve was to compete directly with the PS4 and XBone but I assume they've realised the inherent problems with that; console uers don't know Valve and don't want to the spend $currency with an unknown, whilst PC users do know Valve but don't want to play PC games on a console. The best way for GabeN to capure market share now is to sit perfecting his product till the mid point of the console cycle at which point he can release something vastly superior (in terms of hardware performance,) to the current console offerings with no real competition from the encumbents expected for some time.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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WTF have you done?

Did you guys get the work experience kid to design the new layout? This is just awful.

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Linux software nasty slithers out of online watering holes

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Re: Fingerprinting/characterising?

35 processes seems rather low for Mint. You're likely only looking at processes you have adequate permissions to tamper with.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

If you want to use a gui to write a letter, watch a video or manage you media then get OSX and stop trying to pretend that Windows is as good. It isn't, just admit it and get on with life.

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Regardless of your opinion on blank media levies and the like, we should all be giving the IPO a damn good kicking. The EU directive is clear about artist remuneration; all the IPO have done by ignoring it is ensured that we, the taxpayers, are going to have to pay for a lengthy legal process which will inevitably side with the existing EU rules.

If the IPO wants to change the rules regarding compensation for private-use copying then they need to do it at a European level. Ignoring existing rules is just pissing our money up against the wall for no good reason.

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World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

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Re: I miss

For nostalgia they redid molten core! Ahhh memories.

Then they nerfed it because the majority of today's playerbase is incapable of basic crowd control.

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Re: What you talkin bout Lewis?

Subscriptions always peak around new expansions, this time was no different, and the fall off shortly afterwards will be no different either.

On average, subscriptions ARE flagging - no doubt about it.

In the 2 months before the release of Cataclysm subscriptions remained flat. In the 2 months before the release of Pandaria subscriptions rose by 900,000. In the 2 months before the release of WoD subscriptions rose by 2.6 million.

I'll grant you that overall subscriptions have been on a downward trend for the last 2 expansions but that's in a large part because Cataclysm was regarded as an awful expansion and the Kung-Fu Panda / Disney feel of Pandaria drove away a lot of the original players. WoD meanwhile is all about old-school Warcraft nostalgia and it seems to be very popular. Disastrous server stability issues aside I'd yet to see anything but praise for the new expansion until I read this reg article.

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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Taking a backseat

The group claims that business needs have taken a backseat to good consumer broadband and that will continue “as long as BT has control of the basic infrastructure”.

Currently this reads like the UKCTA are publicly complaining that BT providing a good service to the end user is bad for business.

Did the group actually say that or has the author of the article gotten things a little mixed up? If the latter, someone might want to correct that sentence quickly as it seems a tad libellous...

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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Re: Should have included some buttered toast on the feet

If a cat is super-glued to the underside of a space probe and there is no one there to observer it then it is in both a state of aliveness and deadness. As such, cats can survive in space without any viable form of life support making them far better suited to exploration of the cosmos than man.

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It's space WAR: Comet launches fireballs at space-invading EARTH

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Re: Information please

I would say lucky bastards but a lot of people topped themselves thinking it was the end of the world!

The end of days finally arrives; the good are to be whisked off by angels whilst everyone else burns. So what do the most fervent religious types do? Commit a mortal sin.

/slowclap

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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I think even amanfromMars would struggle to make sense of it.

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Re: Sad, y'know?

El Reg didn't start a #shirtstorm. Feminists did.

I wouldn't call them Feminists, I'd call them SJWs. This was about attacking something they found personally offensive, not equality.

As a side note; the shirt was given to him as a present from a female friend.

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

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Re: EddieD It's catching

I guess you haven't been following the WoD release fiasco Matt?

Two days after release and the servers are still so unstable you'll be lucky to get 20 minutes of gameplay before finding some progression breaking bug, getting stuck on a loading screen or plain old booted from the server. Blizzard's only solution so far is to reduce the server population caps so that on busy realms it now takes up to 5 hours of queuing just to get into the game. Lowering the caps has done bugger all to help stability or latency but it has made the random disconnects all the more infuriating.

Apparently the instability is "totally unexpected" as if they couldn't have foreseen that their entire subscriber base playing in the same zone all at once might stress the servers. It's not like they've had 5 previous MMO launches and 10 years of experience...

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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Re: pics

The photo will likely be greyscale as it'll be generated from images taken in the non-visible spectrum.

The comet is about twice the distance from the Sun as Mars (so 'daylight' is quite dim,) and the surface has an albedo similar to coal. Such conditions don't really lend themselves to colour photography.

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Re: Staggering Pictures

*cough*

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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So CERN found a particle and it behaves as they expected a Higgs Boson should. Now a bunch of Danes are saying it's not the Higgs Boson, it's some mystery particle... that also happens to behave exactly like you'd expect the Higgs Boson to.

I realise scientists should always be trying to disprove current theory but surely if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck...

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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So why was it seized? Simply because it hosted information deemed inconvenient?

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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The Doctor, poised to kill the Master.

I was on the edge of my seat. Finally, some decent character development for the Doctor instead of everything resetting back to normal at the end of the episode as per usual. Before you go scrambling for the reply button; no, losing feisty female sidekick 4792 doesn't count as character development since feisty female sidekick 4793 will be along presently resulting in no meaningful change.

I could have forgiven the episode for being rather rambling and cheesy at times if the writers had let him do it and then cut to the punching console scene. It would have been a bit of a downer but probably the punch to the gut this series desperately needs. Instead we got the inevitable deus ex machina to keep the Doctor clean and kiddie friendly.

I think I'm done with this series.

NO MORE.

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EU cyber-cop: Dark-net crooks think they're beyond reach (until now)

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Re: Not even a Blip

Once you realise that it took significant effort from the top intelligence agencies of numerous Western countries to arrest 17 cannabis dealers this announcement loses a lot of its fanfare.

You could arrest more by stopping strange smelling cars with tinted windows on a Saturday night.

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Re: Sorry.....

Hit the nail on the head but not the way you thought you had.

The market will bear full retail price for her albums; this is evidenced by the millions of albums she sells. This being the case, selling her music for less (i.e. streaming through Spotify) is actually undervaluing her music.

I'm not a fan of her autotuned Disneyfied faux-country music but I think she'd be a fool to sell it for less than the market is willing to pay.

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Re: Seems Reasonable

Ah, the old "work for free and I'll pay you in publicity" chestnut. No matter the field of work in question there's always some moron that will try it.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: Still available

You can actually just do the following. The program is smart enough to extract the PID itself.

get_iplayer --get url_to_appropriate_iplayer_page

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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*cough* Skateboarding... *cough*

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Re: Undedicated follower of fashion

They make skate shoes. Some of you here are trying way too hard to be cool by showing just how much you don't care...

On topic: I'd recognise their usual logo which is their name capitalized with a line extending from the 'V' over the other letters. I've never seen the 'squiggly line' logo that the article refers to.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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Re: Many a 10p

Comes to British news site; complains everyone is British.

Troll / 10

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Re: Way to miss the point

You really don't think this is about Apple? Remove Fruit Corp from the story and the headline becomes "Rich white man living in California tells world: 'I'm proud to be gay'". It's not exactly man bites dog is it?

Whilst I'm glad Tim Cook is happy with his self identity, I don't think his coming out is going to contribute much to 'the cause'. Now, the governor of Texas (or someone in a similar position,) coming out; that would be worthy of the attention this story is getting.

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Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories

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WTF?

Re: Fox?

skeletally clad girls

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Microsoft shows off spanking Win 10 PCs, compute-tastic Azure

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Agreed. Windows finally gaining an integrated command line package manager with the ability to use custom repositories is surely much more interesting to the corporate world than whatever app store UI Microsoft have slapped over the top of it.

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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I was taught French for two years by a number of substitute teachers who could not speak French. Needless to say, I did not do well in my GCSE.

I had this experience as well. One the the exams involved listening to a recorded tape of questions all in French whilst filling in a multiple choice answer booklet. My understanding of the language was so bad that I couldn't tell where one question ended and the next began. To my embarrassment I closed the answer booklet a good 10 minutes before the tape finished playing.

Surprisingly, I got a D grade for my French GCSE. I'm still at a loss as to what would be required to achieve one of the four grades below D.

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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

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Re: Overrated

As I said, he is a brilliant crafter of worlds. The peoples he describes are richly detailed each with their own customs and history. This is mostly what kept me reading, though there was also the nagging thought that "I've come this far, I may as well finish" each time he released a new book.

I just think his ability to create a cohesive narrative is severely lacking. He has good ideas and then he writes and writes and writes, ad infinitum. There's no consideration for pacing or whether he's repeating himself or even if what he's writing makes an interesting story arc. He puts words on a page and, presumably, when his manuscript is so large that his word processor keeps crashing, he publishes it as a book. That doesn't mean the book is a well rounded story.

Don't get me wrong, Erikson has written some stories I enjoyed thoroughly. The book that introduced Karsa Orlong (I forget its title,) was particularly good. I've never read a book before or since that has conveyed the idiosyncrasies of tribal life in a warrior culture quite so vividly.

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Overrated

Am I the only only one who thinks Steven Erikson is massively overrated? After struggling through the 10 main books of the Malazan series it's obvious that he's a brilliant crafter of worlds but by god is he in desperate need of an editor. He makes some interesting points in his books but then he insists on retreading that same point from the perspective of four or five more characters all in succession until I just want to scream at the book "OK, I fucking get it!".

Also, would it kill him to throw in some more proper nouns? I realise that in real life when people converse that we're not constantly using each others names but in a book it becomes increasingly difficult to figure out who is saying what.

The Malazan books seem to suffer from what I can only term 'philosopher syndrome'. Essentially every character, regardless of age or education seems to be able to soliloquise eloquently on the deepest meanings of life, the universe and everything as if they were some wizened sage. Obviously every character should be capable of some level of insight but when they become so blatantly a mouthpiece for the author then I just lose any suspension of disbelief I once had.

And finally, 'dissembling' and 'precipitously' are nice words but that doesn't mean you have to use them every other sentence. Buy a thesaurus.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Oh Leonard...

Perhaps people would be more polite to you if you weren't such a twat...

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Gotham gets the Smallville treatment with Jim Gordon in lead role

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I quite liked The Flash pilot. Having never watched Arrow I found the crossover to be confusing and, well, pretty cheesy. It was definitely the low point of an otherwise decent pilot.

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Three episodes in...

And I still can't decide if I like this show or not.

The Jim Gordon focus is interesting but the writers really need to flesh out the rest of the Gotham PD ASAP if they want to continue down the police procedural route. Harvey Bullock (Gordon's partner,) especially is in desperate need of rounding out so that he's not just a one dimensional jobsworth.

Fish Mooney's sole purpose in the show seems to be to provide everyone with convenient answers. I'd much rather see less of her and more actual detective work.

The whole Barbara Gordon thread just seems to be descending into 90210. I realise that comic book wives/girlfriends are usually just there to look pretty and listen to the protagonist's monologues when they get home and I appreciate that the writers have tried to make her more than that. Still, her storyline so far just feels so out of place in comparison to the rest of the show.

The main reasons I'm still watching are Falcone, the gloriously old school mob boss, and Penguin who's storyline is going from strength to strength.

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Re: Only if

But....he only launches through windows.

That's not strictly true. He also launches chairs across conference rooms.

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It's not you, it's Three. Mobe network goes titsup across UK

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Re: remember for a lot of people

I've just looked at that Down Detector site. Their map of outage reports shows a big red mass over London and sod all anywhere else.

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Can't say I'd noticed. Three's network has been working fine all day in the West Midlands.

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