* Posts by Ben Rose

233 posts • joined 17 Apr 2008

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

Ben Rose
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Re: Just do broadband properly

Sure, but being able to use home streaming service might be nice...I signed up to 152meg for a reason, not because I wanted 20 - like being back in 2005.

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Ben Rose
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Just do broadband properly

Never mind email, which is optional, I just wish my VM cable connection would work as advertised. For the last month or so I have been getting circa 20 meg from my 152meg connection, with VM claiming capacity issues as the cause - although the problems appeared to happen overnight.

Nothing on the service status page, as usual, you have to call to confirm the issue.

In the interests of balance, I should point out that VM have offered me some compensation - but only for their own service, not the other services like Napster/Netflix etc. that are continually failing due to lack of bandwidth. I'm also unable to work from home effectively as the VPN connection is restrictively slow.

I can get email from anywhere, but not without a reliable connection. That's what we pay you for at the end of the day.

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Cloud provider goes TITSUP? Will someone think of the data!

Ben Rose
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There's no such thing as "the cloud"...

...it's just somebody else's computer.

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Azure Australia went TITSUP for about seven hours

Ben Rose
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There's no such thing as "the cloud"...

...it's just somebody else's computer.

In this case, that computer doesn't work right now.

Outsourcing at its best.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

Ben Rose
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@James Cane - Re: and the electricity?

Hi James, I downvoted. I explain why.

Firstly, as Graham pointed out, you failed to take into account transmission losses etc. Even charging losses local to the vehicle are quite significant.

Secondly, it's not all about efficiency. Sure, ICE engines aren't massively efficient, we know that, that's why we'd like to replace them all with EV's - WHEN THE GRID IS CLEAN.

At the moment, ICE engines are wasting petrol and diesel. Recent fuel prices confirm we have plenty of that for a while. However, inefficiencies in an EV waste electricity...wasting that means burning more coal than you need as I outlined above.

The biggest inefficiency in an EV, as supporters always try and gloss over, is the heater. The irony is, all that waste heat in an ICE car isn't waste...it can be used. It heats the cold, it defrosts the windscreen and saves you having to sit there in an anorak on a cold day.

Simply using the heater in the same way you would on an ICE car can reduce EV range from ~100 miles in Summer to ~60 miles in winter. That's a 40% reduction.

EV manufacturers combat this by allowing pre-heating when connected to the charging cable. Your car gets heated by using electricity directly from the grid, not the battery. This isn't taken into account on any efficiency figures and would totally void figures like the 30mpg equivalent quoted by somebody above. In cars like the leaf they are trying heat pumps, seat heaters and other techniques to help the situation but, ultimately, it uses a shed load of electricity to keep the car comfortable for its occupants whereas an ICE car is effectively heated at no additional cost.

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Ben Rose
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Re: Unless your grid is entirely coal based

I'm not sure where you get that claim from, it's a bit myopic.

Electricity grids are based on supply and demand. Each day, the renewable sources (wind/solar/hydro) produce as much electricity as they can. It's pretty much free to produce so they sell as much of it as they can - although it can still oddly make financial sense to put the brake on a wind turbine at times.

Any remaining electricity requirements have to be filled from nuclear, gas and coal. These are more "on-demand" producers and can turn up and down as required, especially in the case of gas.

If you plug in your electric car, more electricity is needed on the grid. The _only_ way to fill this gap is to burn more fossil fuel. No exceptions.

As the grid improves, as does the carbon footprint of everything. Oddly, even IC powered cars get greener with the grid.

EVs will have their moment, but we're still decades away. All the current generation of EVs will be in the recycling bin long before it arrives and we'll wish we'd saved all those heavy metal batteries for when they were actually useful.

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Ben Rose
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and the electricity?

She does realise that, until they clean up their electricity grid, the whole car is pretty pointless anyway?

Sure, EVs can reduce "local" emissions, but that depends where you live. If you live next to a coal power station, EVs are only going to make your air dirtier.

Yes, I know, superchargers, solar panels etc...but these in no way offset the total electricity consumption of the nation. The target has to be for total green electricity generation to exceed total electricity usage. EVs only add to electricity usage so take us further away from that goal.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

Ben Rose
Happy

Re: All of a sudden, my decision to learn Linux

If you hold a UNIX shell up to your ear, can you hear the C?

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

Ben Rose
IT Angle

WTF has this got to do with IT?

Are times so hard that you need to try and steal page views from car mags?

I sort of understand the electric car reviews, they are kinda techy and have apps for control etc.

This is just a stinky diesel.

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YOUR DATA could be SOLD in RadioShack's bankruptcy auction

Ben Rose
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Re: El Reg Hacked? El Reg sold my data...

Ian,

Serious answer...

It wasn't just my email address but my name, company name, job role and direct line number that they passed on. The third parties confirmed from where they received the information and El Reg confirmed they did indeed supply it.

I've received apologies from many of those involved but, in real terms, this is illegal marketing and fraud.

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Ben Rose
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Re: El Reg sold my data...

Happy with all those Ts&Cs, just not happy when data gets passed to 3rd parties WITHOUT my permission and information passed to me about stuff I have NOT requested.

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Ben Rose
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El Reg sold my data...

To NetApp and FalconStor...without permission.

Pot meet kettle.

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Twitch stitch-up: Gaming vid streamers in data breach hack alert

Ben Rose
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Thankfully not signed up to Twitch, I've got enough trouble with El Reg leaking my personal details to third parties.

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

Ben Rose
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Not much use...

Not much use for the new Samsung Galaxy S6 though, is it?

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

Ben Rose
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Who cares?

To be honest, why are all these people demanding WiFi?

All I need is a service that runs to the timetable and doesn't have constant signal failures.

If the services ran on time, we'd spend less time on our phones and more time where we want to be.

South West Trains, I'm looking at you.

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Sonos revamps Wi-Fi speaker app, admits: 'We made things worse'

Ben Rose

Re: UK Pricing

"I do get tired of correcting people who don't do the tiniest bit of research into their ill thought out rebuttals."

Feeling that pretty well right now.

Which part of property, staff and other costs being significantly higher in the UK didn't you understand?

Let's put it another way, would you swap a £50k salary for $50k one? No, I thought not.

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Ben Rose
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UK Pricing

UK Shoppers being robbed? Not really, I do get tired of these arguments.

US pricing doesn't even include sales tax.

Feel free to buy one, add shipping cost, add import duty to that total price and then add 20% VAT to that total - plus a likely handling charge from the carrier.

It's not vendors that rip the UK off, it's purely our economy. The high rate of VAT alone is crippling retail prices, this is predicted to go up further after the next election to the 23-25% seen around mainland Europe.

UK retailers have to pay UK building costs, cover it with UK insurance, fill it with UK staff, pay UK National Insurance and wages for those staff who want to live in UK housing. They then have to advertise their business at UK rates and ship their product using UK carrier charges.

In many ways, UK pricing isn't actually that bad when all is considered.

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Ben Rose
Megaphone

Re: What, so bad they fixed it twice ?

If Sonos is in the mood for admitting its mistakes, do you think perhaps they will now add DTS to the PLAYBAR? All my blu-rays are still silent.

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Pirate Bay data now tugged by IP-address-tracking current

Ben Rose
Joke

Cloudflare

Isn't Cloudflare just a front for GCHQ?

"Route all your sites through us, we'll store copies of all your content and serve it up if you go down"

Hmmm/

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Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM

Ben Rose
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Re: Sweet...

I had similar buffering issues for a long time on YouTube. After moaning for years, I replaced a network switched - replacing a Netgear one I'd had for years. The buffering issue vanished overnight.

The Netgear switch was perfect for LAN file transfers, file downloads etc. but just hopeless at streaming media. Never had an issue since it was replaced, even streaming to multiple TVs concurrently is successful.

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

Ben Rose
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Azure

El Reg plugging Azure? Surely not...

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Concerning Microsoft Azure Active Directory

Ben Rose
Megaphone

Advertorial?

Should this kind of content be labelled "this is an advertisement"?

All I can see is Azure advertising and daily articles about Azure. Clearly there is a marketing push going on, maybe the odd bit of corporate lunch here and there?

This kind of stuff is what makes me read other sites a lot these days. I know you scribes need to make a living but if this content is sponsored, shouldn't we get a bit more transparency?

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

Ben Rose

Re: "Never noticed the problem"

This is NOTHING to do with being American or where you live, just nonsense. It works no better in the USA than it does here.

The problem is with the source, not the device. If somebody in the USA chooses to watch a 25fps encoded episode of Doctor Who, they will surely get the same issue.

In reality, a massive majority of content is fully compatible. US TV dominates broadcasting.

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Ben Rose
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None issue for me

I own 3 Chromecasts and can confidently say this is a complete none issue for me, never noticed it once and I'm hypersensitive to this stuff.

Analysing closer, it must be because I simply never really watch any 25fps content on it. Pretty much all the video I watch is US or blu-ray sourced. You won't notice judder on YouTube, for example.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

Ben Rose

Re: Plex?

Thanks, if it's not up to Samsung app standards I'll pass for now.

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Ben Rose

Plex?

I see Plex is the screenshot, was it tested?

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

Ben Rose
Megaphone

Re: What? No KITT?

We can't even do driverless high speed trains yet, and they run on rails.

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

Ben Rose
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Gigabit over copper?

You mean like CAT5E?

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Virgin Media hit by MORE YouTube buffering glitches

Ben Rose
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Re: You get what you pay for

I think you'll find VM's issues existed long before Branson came along. They've been known a NTHell by many for a reason.

For me the main issue is their P2P blocking, it appears to screw up many modern games such a FIFA and Payday 2. Reports on the forums fall on deaf ears.

It's no longer a network I would recommend for gaming.

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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

Ben Rose
Megaphone

Train Reception

Reception on trains is still awful, on any network. Considering that, versus driving, train passengers are in a much better position to be using mobile data, I'm surprised networks don't pull their fingers out to improve that situation.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

Ben Rose

Re: Point of Issue

Far worse than "expiration", I have it equal with "compliancy".

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

Ben Rose

Re: Storage cost

So the average person (with savings) can't afford $50,000 of storage? Unless £1=$2.5

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Ben Rose
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Re: Storage cost

Given the current economic climate, I'd say that the average person doesn't have savings.

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Ben Rose

Are you implying...

...that perhaps the article author is a Drobo fan? I hear they work in ReadyNAS too.

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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

Ben Rose
Pint

Office 4.3

Nobody ever needed anything more than Office 4.3.

Word 6, Excel 5, sorted. It had a spell check and a Thesaurus, no stupid paper clip.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

Ben Rose
Big Brother

Cheltenham again?

Were they activating their new link to GCHQ this time?

All your data are belong to us.

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Elon Musk: Just watch me – I'll put HUMAN BOOTS on Mars by 2026

Ben Rose
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Re: Off topic

I've always quite appreciated Richard Branson, but a lot of people moaned that he was a bit of an attention seeking a-hole who was constantly in the media due to press releases about non-events, publicity stunts etc.

Now I understand what they mean. Will Musk ever shut up?

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Apple vows to squash iMessage SMS-KILLER

Ben Rose
Angel

Re: SMS Problems?

I live for downvotes.

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Ben Rose
Megaphone

SMS Problems?

If your friends are having problems receiving your text messages, it's because you're the last one with an iPhone.

Bin it off, switch to Android...get WhatsApp...sorted.

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FBI floats $5 MEELLION bounty for alleged Chinese WMD purveyor

Ben Rose
Stop

Everytime you say MEELLION...

...a puppy dies.

Stop it.

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China's customs cops grab 76 MEEELLION tech products

Ben Rose
Stop

Jesus...

Enough with the "MEEELLION" stuff. Tedious!

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Japanese schoolkids arrested in £2.4 MEEELLION phone fraud bust

Ben Rose
Megaphone

Re: RE: "I know this might be a little inappropriate....."

I'm wondering how many people in this thread would get a senior job at Mozilla?

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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

Ben Rose

Re: "showing a Firefox install running on the console."

Clearly AC/DC then?

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

Ben Rose
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Streaming

"It said that file-sharing had dropped by 11 per cent in the countries where such measures were imposed on ISPs"

Of course this has nothing at all to do with it being even more convenient to use services like Spotify and Netflix?

Pirating is not down at all due to enforcement measures, it's down purely as it became more convenient for people to listen legally.

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Dragon's Den star's cloudy biz still losing MEEELLLLLIONS

Ben Rose
Stop

MEEELLLLLIONS

Enough with the MEEELLLLLIONS already.

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Takeaway order spewer Just Eat plans to raise £100 MEEELLION in IPO

Ben Rose
Megaphone

MEEELLION!

Anybody else bored with the whole MEEELLION thing in the headlines?

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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

Ben Rose

Re: De-Dupe on a gloibal scale

Google Play Music got it wrong for many of my tracks, how do I tell them?

Particularly annoying that they have replaced tracks on Mix CDs with entirely different versions that don't run into the next song at all.

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Apple iOS 8 'will put end' to crap map app rap flap misery

Ben Rose
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Fixed in the next version

Is it just me, or is the iPhone always fixed in the next version?

No doubt they'll be addressing concerns about battery life too? And reception difficulties that cause phone calls to be cut off?

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

Ben Rose
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Trademark

Of course, as soon as it does start generating revenue, those Apple people will be all over them claiming they own the iPlayer trademark as it begins with a little "i" and plays videos.

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

Ben Rose
Black Helicopters

Re: Last 5 mins of Small Soldiers

Maybe it has a Halo style app that will call black helicopters?

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