* Posts by Gordon Lawrie

20 posts • joined 17 Mar 2008

Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Gordon Lawrie

Re: Chrome cam

I was not aware of that. Thank you muchly.

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Re: Chrome cam

What about Chromium? There isn't an installer and you would be responsible for updating yourself but it might do the job? Dragon Browser from Comodo is also based on the Chromium code base.

http://www.chromium.org/

http://www.comodo.com/home/browsers-toolbars/browser.php

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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Re: Rise of the idiots

I rewatched Barley recently. You realise it's fast approaching a decade since that was made? I'm pretty sure Morris/Brooker have some crazy clairvoyant skills.

I still want a shark-proof mobile phone though.

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

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Re: Surely Fire Sales Are Always Limited?

"We shouldn't be wasting our hard earned tax wonga on this nonsense."

We don't. The ASA is funded through a voluntary levy on advertising spend. The levy is paid by many advertisers and agencies, largely because the existence of the ASA prevents the government from imposing a regulator that would do more than ban adverts and publicly shame non compliant advertisers.

That said, the ASA is very good at acting on a single complaint and recently ruled that many of the claims on the Society of Homeopaths website were utter bobbins, a fact which was picked up and reported on by the mainstream media.

Non-compliance can also lead to no mainstream media outlet touching your ads so they are not quite as toothless as some may claim.

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Apple will swap fanbois' killer phoney phone chargers for legit adapters

Gordon Lawrie

Re: A good opportunity to sell stock at cost and look big'n'caring

Google Nexus 4 16GB - £279. iPhone 5 16GB £529.

Thanks for playing though.

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Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

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Re: World War Z

Destroying the brain may be struggle.

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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Re: This time I feel sorry for Microsoft

"OneDrive (to bait Sky One and BBC One)" - Canonical has a similar product called Ubuntu One.

"StratoDrive (sounds powerful)" German hosting firm and Deutsche Telekom subsidiary STRATO AG has a similar product called HiDrive.

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Microsoft's canceled 'Project Brazil' took aim at Amazon, eBay

Gordon Lawrie

Re: Microsoft, NSA and Brazil

For goodness sake give it a rest.

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Microsoft links Skype to Lync

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Re: Not going to happen!

There has been no revenue sharing on the 0845 range for some time now.

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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@ Anonymouse Coward

Have you been on the roads recently? Tests and licensing in no way prevent idiots from getting access to deadly machines and proceeding to act like feckless morons with them, be those guns or cars.

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BT's 'six-month free broadband' offer is a big fat FIB - ads watchdog

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Re: @Gordon Lawrie, Three's products

I take your point regarding some websites not having mobile versions, however that doesn't change the fact that broadly speaking the usage patterns of someone who wishes to tether will vary from those of someone who only consumes data browsing on their phone. There may be the odd anomaly such as the example you gave however I am willing to bet that averaged across the entire customer base data use is going to be significantly higher amongst those customers who tether.

Three deserves kudos for leading the market in abandoning sneaky fair use policies on their data products and as long as they continue to be honest and upfront about the limitations I don't see a problem with them differentiating their tariff features.

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Gordon Lawrie

Re: Three's products

This isn't actually unreasonable. Three have simply decided to have two different types of unlimited data tariff, one solely for use on a single mobile device, and one which can be shared across multiple devices. Both allow you to use as much data as you want without caps or threats of extra charges. Let's face it, someone loading the full fat version of a webpage on a tethered laptop uses data than someone loading the mobile version of the same site on their phone.

A reasonable analogy is an all you can eat buffet. Whilst you are free to eat as much food as you want, you would expect the restaurant to charge more if you decided you wanted to share a plate with a buddy or take a doggy bag home.

The mobile spectrum is a shared resource and Three has decided that they want more revenue from users who are likely to have heavier data usage patterns than other users. That's fine, and as long as they are upfront and honest about the differences between the two products that is totally their prerogative. Equally if you are not happy with the terms and conditions or price of their products it is your prerogative to take your business elsewhere.

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Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

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Re: Yuck, 2 year contracts

It's actually remarkably easy, and in fact in many cases can be significantly cheaper than a standard loan. Simply apply for one of the many credit cards offering 12+ months interest free on purchases, buy your device, set up a direct debit to pay enough each month to clear it before the interest free period is done and at the end cancel the card so you can apply again to that company as a new customer a year or so later. If you want to be really clever you could engage in a wee bit of arbitrage by just paying the minimum each month and shoveling the rest into an interest bearing savings account until it's time to clear the card.

I have not only done this with phones, but with PCs and even my car. It's the cheapest finance you will ever get.

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Firefox, Opera allow crooks to hide an entire phish site in a link

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Re: Humph!

Genius!

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Virgin Media flogs off UKTV stake for £339m

Gordon Lawrie

At one point all of UKTV's channels started with the prefix "UK".

G.O.L.D. used to be called UK Gold. It had a sister channel which was called UK Gold 2 which showed different content. Eventually UK Gold was renamed to just G.O.L.D. and UK Gold 2 was renamed to Dave.

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Donkey Kong Country Returns

Gordon Lawrie

Nope.

That's Dixie Kong you're thinking of.

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New owner slips into unwitting BoJo's domain

Gordon Lawrie

May I offer an alternative?

As the current registrant of buffoonish.com, I would be more than happy to lend it as an alternative and highly memorable/apt URL.

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Free voice and video firm plans April 1 UK launch

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I tried this earlier...

...and was able to make a voice call and a video call to my mobile, all be it after watching a stupid advert for Silverjet. That said, now when I try again it just tells me that it launches April 1st.

Looks like you're going to get 15 minutes to a landline, 2 minutes to a mobile and 1 minute of video calling per ad, and it does look like it's real.

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