* Posts by david bates

277 posts • joined 7 Feb 2008

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

david bates

Re: Phew...sort of

O2s crappy network, with GiffGaffs crappy systems glued on too so double the chance of outages as far as I could see.

Plus crowdsourced technical support. Cheap but not very cheerful.

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david bates

Re: Phew...sort of

I went from O2 to 3 via (shudder) GiffGaff.

3 have been cheaper and much, much better.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

david bates

Agreed - that pretty much told us nothing. A complete waste of time.

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Plusnet customers SWAMPED by spam but BT-owned ISP dismisses data breach claims

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Plusnet store your Login details in plaintext, and will email your password out to you happily.

If you question this they will tell you that the password database has no connection to the internet so is perfectly safe - nothing can possibly go wrong. How they send your password out to you if this is true is a mystery....

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

david bates

Re: So should we have good design or not?

You can get light switches where the switch covers virtually the whole plate. The UK light switch is as big as it is so it uses the same box as the UK power socket, which is as big as it is to take a UK 13 amp plug.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Its actually NOT unusable on Android. Its my browser of choice on Android....

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Steelie Neelie orders Germany to sort out its mobe charges – or EU will go FULL LEGAL

david bates

Re: 5th time warning or else

"Consider this: Who buys a British car for its engineering?"

Well JLR sold 425,006 in 2013 - up 19%...

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

david bates

Re: Brought to you

If thats a KV6 lets hope it wasn't the first gen one - more Kettle than Kool.

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French prez mulls mobe, fondleslab tax for telly

david bates

Re: It's not really a new tax

They understand perfectly - as long as they use it as 'catchup' and not to watch 'live' broadcast then TVL can do one, as they 'do not have a TV'.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

david bates

Re: never forget though

Seeing as the '80s Rover' takes in the R8 at one end - probably the best car in its class at the time, and still handsome compared to the blobby, over styled messes we get these days, and the sleek SD1 at the other (the examples that are still on the road are sorted and often have V8s), and can be fixed by any backstreet garage then I have no problem with that.

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Apple inhales DRUGSTORE deals on iPhone payment system, says report

david bates

Re: No wonder Apple isn't rushing to update AppleTV...

But Apple, IIRC, now have their own ad network, and take a cut of anything third parties sell you...so you're already a customer AND the product.

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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

david bates

Re: Pay-by-bonk? Seriously?

New here, are you?

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

david bates

Plus.net store passwords in the clear... And will email them out to you on request. Apparently this is fine as the database is not internet facing and would require a member of staff to durable your password. Or something equally unconvincing.

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

david bates

Re: yeah but what about the jobs...?

Build them out of what?

Someone is going to own the raw materials that end up in the robot. How do you get those for free and unowned?

Cows make other cows, but cows still cost money.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

david bates

Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning

No it isn't.

Neither do you need a license to own a TV.

You need a licesence to watch broadcast TV or to stream media 'as live' (ie as its being broadcast). Catch-up TV in its various forms is fine.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

david bates

Re: Old OS == Faster on newer hardware

We forget.

I have a 486 DX33 still alive and running 3.11.

I booted it last year. It was fast. Faster than a P4 booting XP, or a 4 core Athlon black with SSD booting 7 (or Mint come to that).

I was STUNNED but just how speedy the boot was TBH. Amazing.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

david bates

Re: Of Google software and battery drain

It also impacted my 2012 Nexus 7 on KitKat and on Cyanogenmod 11.... Even with wireless and such disabled it would drain the battery in a couple of days on standby. It would routinely use at much as the screen in normal use. I have no idea what it was doing as it has no connection to the outside world.

Disabling it has fixed the problem, so yes, its play services, no, its not a Sony problem...

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Rural mobile coverage: Tweeting twits to join chirping tits in UK's national parks

david bates

Re: Hooray

BackCountry Naivgator gives you access (For £7.00 ish one off) to the whole of the OS catalog via Multimap. Tracks you via GPS, and you can download huge swathes of map in multiple magnifications for off-line use. Plus it does all the usual distance, speed, elevation stuff.

Its one downside is (when connected) it uses Google Maps to find places, so it wont necessarily be able to find something that is marked on the map.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

david bates

Re: Why build on resevoirs?

As I understand it these are brick built reservoir tanks, not lakes. To keep them drained you just plug up the fill pipe...

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600 school sysadmins sacked in New South Wales

david bates

Re: That sounds like American politics...

That always strikes me as bizzare..that in a school full of TEACHERS, who, one would hope, all have at least average intelligence and a love of learning they cannot organise themselves to the point where they can take over the day-to-day maintenance of a handful of PCs.

Swapping out hardware is NOT rocket science. Re-imaging a HD is easy (assuming the Computer Guy ceated the image etc).

In this day and age even primary school teachers should be capable of doing the routine stuff.

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Square-kilometre radio telescope wins millions in UK funding

david bates

Joderall Bank, which is WHERE?

The people of Wilmslow and Knutsford - both MUCH closer to Manchester might have something to say about that.

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Barclays Bank probes 'client data sold to rogue City traders' breach

david bates

Re: I am considering moving away from Barclays

If he's wasting your time invoice him!

I invoiced NatWest when they continued chasing the man who owned my house seven years ago despite being told.

Amazingly, they paid....

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

david bates

Re: Not one thing or another

Renault/Dacia?

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

david bates

Yes it does...

I want to comment on a website quite often these days it'll want me to log into Facebook first...sometimes G+ is another option, but its often just Facebook.

Not gonna happen

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

david bates

Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

> The simple solution is for you to watch less television. Try reading.

If only that worked - I watch NO television on my own account, but one doesn't have to be exposed to much at someone elses house for example to catch him, or find him oozing on about something you need to buy.

I also habitually listen to Radio 4, which just makes matters worse.

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Drilling into 3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks' nightmare?

david bates

A part that was carefully designed enough to melt in presumably normal use? I'd take my chances with a 'probaby good enough' replacement, as the official part is demonstrably NOT good enough.

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

david bates

Re: For 41p a day, I say, keep the tax.

No, Ive not watched ITV recently. Or the BBC, come to that...

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david bates

Re: A tenner a month for...

And all I want is about 30% of ONE national radio station and probably less that 1 of the TV output, based on what I bother to track down.

And there is a LOT of advertising - just for BBC products and services.

Its a bargain Im not prepared to fall for.

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En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

david bates

Re: 35 Kms

I just had a look at the nearest road sign. Miles.

I suggest you have a look Gav...

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Re: small cells?

I got a roaming warning in Wales when my phone wanted to connect to Ireland. If I had been charged the carrier would have been told in no uncertain terms to do one, as I hadn't set foot off the mainland.

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Microsoft parts clouds over Bing Maps with massive sat pic upgrade

david bates

Re: Bing Maps?

Bing ALSO has the entire suite of Ordinance Survey maps...very useful.

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O2 pops out vital new feature: Making phone calls from phones

david bates

Re: Not bad...

Its O2 software - its GOING to be horrible. Their couponny thing is something ridiculous like 3meg for something that only seems to check your location and then dial home to get local offers.

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BBC's new bosses - the lawyers - strike out Savile probe testimony

david bates

Would these be the SAME "sharp-elbow'd middle classes" we often hear derided on the BBC for "taking all the best schools"? despite the fact that without them these schools would probably get much less in the way of parental support and fund raising?

The hypocrisy in the BBC stuns me sometimes...

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

david bates

Re: The big question is of course;

THAT is a good point...and thinking about it why would they bother to run anything else on it?

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

david bates

Re: Personally I'd be quite happy with a one-use licence

That sounds dangerously like WORKS to me....

Are you really, really sure?

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Australia cuts Microsoft bill by AU$100m

david bates

Re: Free Is Good

Are you quite sure?

I thought you could, at the very least, virtualise it.

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

david bates

Re: I want a new netbook

No-one will put Linux on them.

The Linpus that was on the EEEPCs was barely fit for purpose - you pretty much HAD to swap it out for another distro or XP if you wanted to do anything. Things like that killed Linux on the netbook sadly.

Acer had a go with the Revo. Mine shipped with a Linux with a nice appliance front end, but sadly no wireless driver. If a non-techie had bought that they would have assumed the wireless was broken and sent it back. Ubuntu and Mint sort the wireless out without issue, so why a major manufacturer cannot escapes me...

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

david bates

Re: Advice please

Lol yes I have the same.

I ASSUME they mean "We sell X gigawatts of power, and buy X gigawatts of power from the windyman, as and when he has it available.".

That is VERY DIFFERENT to saying "We have this demand curve, and we fill it completely with wind power"

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Apple 'slashes iPhone 5 screen orders', tight-fisted fanbois blamed

david bates

Re: Problems

I fairly sure they corrected it with a mission, a space walk and some optic gizmo...

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Review: Vodafone Smart Tab II 7 budget 3G tablet

david bates

Re: Slightly off topic query

I do at home on the tablet. Saying "Find such-and-such on Youtube" is much easier that having to type it in on a virtual keyboard

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david bates

Re: Let's be honest...

FoxFi on the phone, PDANet Tablet on the phone does the bluetooth thing between my Froyo Nexus 1 and my Nexus7.

Plus FoxFi can throw a proxy in to (apparently) obfusticate tethering checks

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Nuisance calls DOUBLE, Ofcom vows to hunt down offenders

david bates

Re: If I get a computer...

Start forwarding them (with the number they came from) to your networks 'spam' number. I did this about half a dozen times, and the texts have actually dried up.

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Mega-res telly demand to boom, say ball-gazers

david bates

Re: If you've got a TV big enough for this to make any difference,

What do you plan to DO with the wall when you're not projecting on it? Presumably the addition of art, shelves etc would detract from the projected media.

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John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

david bates

Re: Consider me baffled

Perhaps you should....

If people did manufacturers might improve things. In this day and age there is no excuse for wireless networking to be problematic.

Mind you, only 2 years ago Acer sold me a Linux powered Revo with NO wireless driver at all! It had the hardware, and Ubuntu had no issues whatsoever, but Acer couldn't be bothered. £80 less than the Windows version, but still unforgivable.

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Slash A THIRD off Surface RT price or it's toast, Microsoft told

david bates

Re: Low end?

7" screen means I can put it in a pocket. 10" would be too big for me....

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Rumour: Asus rejects $99 Nexus 7... rumour

david bates

Re: Cheaper Nexus 7

Backcountry Navigator Pro gives you all the OS maps (courtesy of Multimap) for a £8.00. Search isn't perfect, but its better than you get on paper maps.

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Analogue TV snuffs it tonight on UK mainland

david bates

Re: TVL

A loud, angry letter worked for me, and bought me a groveling apology. ..

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david bates

No you dont...

read the back of your TV licence - or Google it...

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Ghostbusters

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Re: Toasted marshmellow

S 20203002 tang billy?

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Surface slab WILL rub our PC-making pals the wrong way – Microsoft

david bates

Re: This will not end well? Legacy?

But its a Windows Tablet, so its portable and the kids will be able to play all their Steam games on it, wont they?

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