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2036 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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What does she expect

The Telcos have been "stealing" money from punters for long and weary with these damned "roaming" charges which represent no value whatsoever for the client.

Since I live/work on the French/Swiss border I am only too aware of what it means to forget to turn off roaming- my bills remind me very quickly . Like many people that live/work around the European borders there are few solutions.

1 : Possess two telephones, one for each country.

2 : Turn off roaming on all phones.

3 : Have dual SIM cards.

4 : Pretend that Europe doesn't actually exist and that France /Switzerland are actually Beelions of Kms apart and that that is the justification for the excessive charges...

Anything but anything to avoid those charges which are nothing more than pure and utter theft.

And it makes no difference whatsover that I use Orange France and Orange Switzerland for both contracts, it appears that Orange doesn't actually speak to it's fellow Europeans counterparts/subsidiries unless of course they are fixing the roaming charges..

It cost me almost nothing to use my "landline" to phone 60 odd countries in the world and yet it costs me the price of a leasing a small car to phone my neighbours ( 2kms away) when I use the mobile phone.... go figure..

What's the point in having One Europe. Why can't we have One Physical Network, ie all the operators share the same masts/technology, they all provide the same services anyway and completely eradicate the ramiog charges once and for all.

C'mon Neely, push the laws into effect NOW. Stop the bribes and backhanders and show us that Europe really is a community.

[Rant off]

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Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

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Re: The Old Man Of Hoy

"The Adventure Game"

I honestly can't think of any television program that I enjoyed more that the Adventure Game. Even today I still play the Escape Room games as they remind me of the program.

I must admit to not ever hearing about McNaught-Davis, shame because he appears to have been an excellent all-rounder.

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Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

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Re: GSM-R

Preverlent ?

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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Employing people from 3rd world universities is not a problem.

Employing people from 3rd world universities with no 1st world experience is a problem.

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Re: Xenophobes rule..

"Xenophobes"

No, I don't think so. I think that what we are seeing is some of the failings of "Globalisation"....

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Who OWNS data generated by 'connected cars' sensor slurpers?

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@Elmer

That brings up another point, will it be the car manufacturer that actually includes an almost invisible paragraph within the Garauntee.

or

will it be a seperate Telco contract,

or even worse,

a pseudo DataWarehouseComeServiceProvider weirdly named company which in reality will be a see through heavilly disguised GCHQ(NSA) front end.....

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It doesn't matter whether it is Samsung or Apple that make my phone, whether the provider is Orange or Vodafone, the data generated through my phone is generated by me, I am ultimately the owner since the data concerns my usage.

I don't see why the car is any different.

I can only presume that GPS will be turned on permanently, I can't even begin to imagine the abuse that could result.

BIG question : Will the user be able to control/switch off the data transfer?

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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

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Long term [anything] = We will make a stab in the dark and pray that mother luck shines on us.

Mid term strategy : Someone came up with an almost feasible idea during one of our 4 hour meetings and we will give the project to a Junior in order that he prepares a long winded report detailing the possible microscopic chance of actually succeeding. It should shut him and the Regional Manager up for a month of two.

Short term strategy : Were panicking to find a solution, so a hurried response is all that is available.

Temporary Solution : Fuck we didnt think about that, so here is a hopeless solution in order to tide things over until the shit really hits the fan.

QBR ( Quarterly Business Report): A large PPT files containing lots of lies that will hopefully discourage the regional CIO from poking his nose into local business.

Future Business Prospects : The chance to have an all expenses paid lunch with people of a similar standing.

[Anyone notice the rather negative tone.......... welcome to the corporate world ]

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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Re: Alternatives are available

I use the same brand to cleanse my tongue and freshen my throat. I even went to the manufacturing source in order to verify that my product was bona fide.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Final Destiny

Didn't everything Darth Vaderish get blown up, burn or sent to oblivion....

Would it hold a plant pot ?

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Silk Road reboot claims: Hacker STOLE all our Bitcoin funds

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Re: The thing that strikes me as odd ...

Isn't this disparity exactly the same modus operandi of all the major stock exchanges ? Albeit the differences are much smaller.

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They should also start checking out Swiss banks for new accounts with a user name of "Defcon"...

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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Re: Why...

I was glancing at peoples screens this morning on the tram ride to work. I would estimate that about 80% were playing games......( Android and Apple grouped together here).

Therefore the majority were simply using their device as a means of relieving boredom. Since any of the current middle of the road, even some lower end phones are capable of providing the power/hardware required to play these games, the purchasing of latest and greatest iPhone, S4 etc can have no real objective other than as a status symbol or as a sheepishly consumeristic must have.

It is the personification of consumerism and both apple and Samsung are loving it..

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Satirical Personificiation

I presume that this is some kind of satirical personificiation of Apple's ultimate consumers.

Here's looking forward to the "forthcoming" iPhone 1242 ( only a few hickups to resolve and it will be on the production line).

His stunt has worked though, he has managed to make the headlines of El Reg.

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10,000 km road trip proves Galileo satnav works, says ESA

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@John

I think that the real issue here is about ownership..... The good ol US of A can switch of / disturb NavStar GPS for others at the flick of a switch, whereas they don't have their finger on a Galileo button.

I also believe that it will have very accurate positioning, 1m for the general public, but that the precision service, I will guesstimate/speculate on 10cm, will only be made available to the Govt and/or Military.

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Lenovo cracks its first ever $10bn quarter

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How about some freebies

Or even how about droppong the price of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch to around 500$, for promotional reasons......

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

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Re: Listen in

The GCHQ and the NSA don't seem to have a problem recording non-criminal conversations, I can only presume that also include the criminal conversations and obviouslly share the info with the local plods.

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Re: Rollout?

And public transport.

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John McAfee declares war on Android

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Happy

That's what Eric keeps telling Larry.

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HP's hiring: UK jobs for, er, UK workers.... maybe

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Everybody or Nobody

When the upper echelons make these kinds of decisions I believe that it would only be fair if everyone on the board had to relocate to these "cheap" countries and that their salaries/bonus/fees were readjusted on a prorata basis.

If the lower workers can be replaced, then why not replace the entire company.

I wonder if their decisions would remain the same ?

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Time to pack in your job: Someone FINALLY needs a cat vids curator

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Re: Choices choices choices

@Ted

Its Friday, the article was a little bit tongue in cheek, notice the troll icon...

Have a beer and chill out a little ..all is forgiven.

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Choices choices choices

1 : Work in Pizza store, bad pay but free pizza.

2 : Work in arts festival thing : bad pay but all the best cat videos.

3 : Work in an Apple store: “awesome”, “amazing”, “brilliant"......

Fuck it, I'll become unemployed. Even unemployed Pizza is still affordabe, I get free entrance to the arts festivals, youtube already gives me too many cat videos for free and I won't have to look/behave like a twunt working for Apple...

And I can also reply to El Reg stories......

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Google admits 'garbage in, garbage out' translation problem

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Re: re. chat(s)

They have not yet mastered the use of the Babel Fish......

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CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

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Re: Is that really the best place to build these things?

My apartment is inside that ring, so I would much prefer that they move it to Australia.....ie as far away as possible....

If things went wrong, no-one would miss the Aussies anyway..... Suggestions required for an antipodean icon, possibly an upside down picture of Darwin ( Charles not the city), it could then be usefull for a multitude of comments.

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Think wearables are the next tech boom? Cisco's numbers beg to differ

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Too much smoke

The home computer brought computing into the home and allowed Joe Public access to a plenitude of possibilities.

The portable computer made it "portable", Joe Public could now take his plenitude of possibilities anywhere with him.

The portable telephone meant he could also communicate verbally whilst on the move.

The smartphone meant he could communicate and use his plenitude of possibilities whilst on the move.

The wearables: Difficult to relate them to anything other than fashion accessories or minor appendages to existing hardware. They won't actually give Joe Public anything more than he already has.

Personally I see this as a quick fad UNLESS one of them is capable of producing an interactive holographic image/screen/interface which has 7 day autonomy.

Gartner as usual are a "little overly" optimistic, they must be smoking crack again..... Cisco appear to be smoking on a very little light weed , good for Cisco.

Interesting article all the same

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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Go away JMJ - Your time is up.

So after you have bought your music, legally with all the various taxes included, you can then get charged a second time in order to listen to it.

JMJ - Un petit homme qui doit être classé dans les ranges de gens pathétiques.

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We want it HARDER: City bankers survive simulated cyber-war

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Re: Make it more real

I would further add the scenario, probably the most likely, whereby the attackers have inside help.

Imagine the advantage of hacking into an institution when one of your drinking buddies is the BOFH.

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

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Re: Long face, long schlong shurley..?

Bulls have very wide heads AND long schlongs.. therefore they have everything that a woman wants..

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

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Re: glad to see those minds put to good use

"Does this mean that this guy is now one of the worlds first true cyborgs?"

Not quite at T800 standards but definately getting there.

Impressive work all round, let's pray that the military doesn't invent a less positive use for it.

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

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Cheat Sheet

Dont forget to print out a cheat sheet which shows where all of the keys are placed.

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Forget ski-jumping – Russians setting records in Sochi visitor hacking

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Re: Malware may be the least of your problems

"The State Department warned that travelers should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms."

Welcome to America, Great Britain, China, Russia.

Alternatively, just don't travel anywhere with a laptop, smart phone, computing device, internet connected thingy if your data is that important.

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Crafty French hackers tweak 'My Account' page, slurp 800,000 Orange users' details

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Re: Clarification required

I wonder if they couldn't introduce a 3rd factor by using the NFC feature of newish phones or even something Bluetooth related?

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Clarification required

The article is slightly confusing about numbers here

1 : Is that 3% of 800 000 users therefore 24 000 accounts

or

2 : 800 000 is 3% of the total users therefore orange has 24 000 000 users.

I verified my own account and did not see any mention of the hacking.. Should I presume that I am safe, no, quick change of password just for the sake of it.

Why is it that the major operators/telcos and ISPs dont force a password change every 6 months for example.

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Anonymous means NO identifying element left behind – EU handbook

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Re: "Data are anonymised ..."

"Data are anonymised " just doesn't roll of the tongue correctly, there are too many hard a's.

Whereas "Data is anonymised " is far easier and therefore sounds/feels more correct.

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Re: "Data are anonymised ..."

(or even the British)

or the Americans, Canadians and Australians.

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

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Re: Sir, You Are Being Hunted

@ foxyshadis

Never heard of this either, it reminds me a little of Alone in the Dark...

Tweedpunk Stealth ( quite original if I say say old chap)...

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Re: Why Zombies

Watch Dogs looks promising, it even has an IT theme. If the game really is as good as the video then it will become a must play... Hopefully there won't be too much travelling/driving about which tends to get really tedious.

Assassins Creed was just far too boring.. Eternally repeating the same missions, shame because some of the places were superb.

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Why Zombies

If there is one thing detestable in games, it is Zombies. I honestly can't think of anything less appealing that shooting something that is already dead ( well half-dead). The Zombies don't have guns, don't shoot back and are generally unintelligent.... They play the role of mere cannon fodder.

Or are they used solely on the premise that the games companies are "relieved" from the responsability that "Shooting games result in real world scenario shootings" ? Sorry guys but Zombies look a helluva lot like people to me.... ( just not very healthy ones)

How about a game where the targets are the silly law makers, the corrupt politicians and the thieving bankers. No, I am not putting all law makers, politicians and bankers into the same cart, just the bad ones....

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Spiceworks scoops $57m in 'last funding round before IPO'

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Purchasing - No thanks

Trevor,

I didn't fully understand from the article how exactly they will make money. Ok, there will be an app store but what will that AppStore sell that will interest the existing userbase - ( I already pay the vendors for their hardware, I don't want to have to pay them for their apps as well) and I can only hope and pray that it won't sell the SpiceWorks Core App....

SpiceWorks has been free for as long as I can remember and is indeed and excellent tool but should it become "Non-Free" ..........it will probably end up going down the same road as WinRar and Winzip.....

I must admit to not being to happy about this announcement but such is the way of all things Web.......

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'I had a rare Twitter handle... I was extorted into giving it up'

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Re: "I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it."

Because the greedy bugger was holding out for someone to offer him 1 Beeeeellion dollars.

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Microsoft veep Satya Nadella now frontrunner in race for CEO spot

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Yes, like having a big bag of cherries and removing all the good ones until all that is left is the rotten, worm eaten, acrid tasting blob of mush that no-one wants.

A lot of existing CEOs in other multinationals must have a pretty negative idea of where Microsoft is going and therefore don't want to be associated.... it would be like jumping on a burning wagon...

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Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp

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Re: Keep on popping those NSA piggies

Lol, I had never heard of Godwin's law until mentioned above, OK I will put on my numpty hat and go sit in the corner of the barrel.

I never make any comments regarding Nazis, now that I have I fell straight into the well... We learn something new every day.. That's memetics for ya.

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Re: Keep on popping those NSA piggies

Stasi works too.

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Re: Keep on popping those NSA piggies

Strange the similarity between the letters NSA and NAZI....

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This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

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<Quote>However, that doesn't necessary apply to partners.</quote>

This is the phrase that says it all........

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New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

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Re: DMs...Hmmmm

Couldn't agree more about the comfort of DMs. To this day I still buy shoes with a wide fit because that's what DMs provided me with at the time.

I still remember the day I unboxed my first pair of boots, the smell, lacing them up and walking round the block, the dogs bollocks in all glory.......

I was in Edinburgh recently and saw a Dr Martens shops on Princess Street, popped in for nostalgias sake and was stunned by the "cheap" feel of what they are producing now.

I did some Googling on the subject later only to find out that almost all are now made in China or Thailand. Apparently some are still made int he UK but are difficult to find.

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Right wingish

Cut his hair a bit shorter and we would have the first skinhead Doctor....

On the whole looks quite cool though, it's clean and dynamic.

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BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update

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The thorn in the foot

The problem with recent BBs are that they now require BES10, Blackberry ( RIM or whatever they are now called) needs to make the phones at least semi-compatible with existing BES servers. Then the corporate buyers would at least accept to include them as possible candidates....

Updating to BES 10 is probably not a major requirement for many of the corporates at the moment.

The phones ready but the essentials are not mainstream.......not an easy position...

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Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

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Is this another way of saying that there are only 250 "potential" world terrorists that use an iPhone ?

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