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BT Mobile inks network deal with EE, dumps Vodafone

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Firepan... fire....

... if you're bothered about central London coverage.

Work recently moved from Voda to EE, and despite appearances it seems that another network CAN be as bad as Vodafone is in central London (had two call drops this morning already)

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

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It better be bloody good...

... I LOVED playing Elite on my Acorn Electron, and then on a BBC emulator on a PC years later.

The only problem is how to hide buying an Oculus Rift from my wife. If I start taking an extra £10 out of the bank each week, she may never notice...

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

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My S4 has a notification light

One of the reasons I chose the S4 for my work phone to replace an old blackberry

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Cisco, Google and SAP may buy BlackBerry's bits: report

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Mobility is a huge growth area for SAP

I can see exactly why SAP are interested in parts of Blackberry - they are pushing hard to have SAP modules as the mobility software that are used in supply chain, field forces etc.

I can imagine them using stuff from Blackberry to provide a more complete mobility offering, but I suspect a SAP phone isn't one of them!

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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Loved the early books, later ones not so much...

I thought his early books were great (Cardinal of the Kremlin etc), but the later ones (Executive Orders, Bear and the Dragon etc) just got more and more one dimensional - 'America is great, right wing libertarians are right and everyone else is wrong'.

RIP

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Icahn to Cook: 'Buy back $150bn of Apple's stock, or tell me why you won't'

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Corporate finance

Okay, so Ichan is a tool, but the idea in money to buy back shares is not stupid. A business is funded (with some exceptions) through debt or equity. Equity is expensive due to the expected returns of shareholders being generally higher than debt interest for companies like Apple. One way to reduce gearing (ratio of debt to equity) is to borrow money to buy back shares. That pushes up the share price and which increases shareholder returns and increases the amount of working capital funded by cheap debt rather than expensive equity - after all they do own the business, a fact Steve Jobs seemed to forget when refusing to pay dividends.

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MPs slam bumpkin fibre rollout, demand halt to further £250m cash spaff

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meant to reply to @j arthur rank...

Curse the lack of edit tools on here...

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lazy lazy lazy comment

Talk about mistakes or incompetence, or that the PAC dont really understand the complexities, but dont imply there was anything underhand, because there wasnt.

(Iwas there, so I know)

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

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Don't see the big deal with the 5C

It's basically a slightly updated 5 with a new plastic back - the pricing differential is almost exactly the same as Apple has done in the past with previous versions when a new one is out.

Plenty of people have opted for the previous version of the iPhone to save costs - Apple were still happily selling plenty of the 4S after the 5 had come out.

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BlackBerry inks deal to go private for $4.7bn

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Sad end for a once great company...

... other tech titans take note - collapse can come surprising quickly

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Left the wife's 4S running overnight...

... and it was sorted by the morning. Her feedback so far is:

- Picture gallery updates very good

- Control centre very good (particularly the torch button in the control centre)

- Changes to contacts and messaging very good

- Colours and icons awful, too bright and looks like something for my 3 year old daughter

She still wants an Android phone next though (not because of the operating system, but because she saw a Sony phone in purple - ho hum)

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Nokia Lumia 625: Quality budget 4G phone ... but where's UK's budget 4G?

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More and more frustration...

... that Nokia are Win Phone only with every review I read.

Nokia seem to have got their hardware mojo back, but its a shame they haven't (and now never will) have Android versions of their phones

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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Re: It'll be interesting to see how this is handled on Android when the time comes...

Only 4 thumbs down for daring to mention fragmentation on Android?

Come on Fandroids, you're not trying hard enough!

(I've just moved to an Android phone from iOS btw, and my question was genuine, not trolling. Very interesting answer from @DrXym to my point )

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It'll be interesting to see how this is handled on Android when the time comes...

Eventually the amount of memory in smart phones will move beyond 4GB, so Android will have to make the move to 64bit at some point.

Given the amount of control that Apple have over the hardware and development environments compared to Google and Android, if Apple are having problems I wonder how bad the fragmentation will get for Android when they make the switch?

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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Re: Dyson does not have to sue

Interestingly, this is the approach that Brompton uses for their folding bikes. Went to a talk by the guy who runs the company (not the original designer - this guy took over from him) and he said the patent files are like a little design library for Chinese bike companies - they pick out a patent, and get a handy reference guide for exactly how to rip off a design.

They stay ahead of the game through innovation in the manufacturing process - the design of their bikes makes it really hard to manufacture if you don't have the custom designed tooling they have created.

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Ultralight party balloons in WEEK-LONG marathon flight

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Party balloons?

I've never had a foil party balloon that stays good for a whole week.

Has he done anything to seal them more effectively?

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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I *really* want one of the Nokia imaging units in my next phone...

... but there's no way I'm moving to Windows Phone while is seriously lacks apps.

Such a shame gems like their imaging and maps units got tied up with the rest of the car crash for so long.

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

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What I want from a smart watch....

Very disappointed.

My requirements:

- somewhat waterproof (won't go swimming in it, needs to resist getting dunked when I wash my hands)

- Tells the time & date

- Enough battery capacity to get me through a full day with moderate use

- Wireless charging (put charging mat on bedside table - watch gets placed on it each night)

- Functions like the notifications pull down in the phone - preview emails, texts etc. Don't want to have to configure notifications for watch separately, it needs to use my phone's settings

- Controls volume, play/pause, simple track and playlist selection for whatever audio apps I have (pocketcast, double twist etc)

- Maybe voice control for sending simple texts etc

- Tell me when it and the phone needs recharging

- Have the option to display phone connectivity status (wifi, cellular etc)

- Cost around £150. Will possibly stretch to £200 for something amazing - a half decent looking Seiko standard watch costs over £100 anyway.

Won't be getting a smart watch until it can meet the list.

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

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Disappointed with the xbox one

I have a PS3 but as no games are backwards compatible I was up for moving to xbox, but I cant see any reason to make the jump and lose my PS3 gamer tag.

More expensive, not quite as well specced and bundled with the Kinnect that I will never ever use. And I hate footie games so the bundled fifa game doesnt interest me (no choice of bundled games?)

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Am I the only one who quite likes Hershey's?

It's not chocolate, but I quite like the taste of the sweet brown stuff they wrongly label chocolate.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Rescue plan...

- Bring full range of MS assets to Winphone and properly integrate (Outlook, office, skydrive, Xbox etc)

- Make app store free for developers for the next 2 years (important to define the period to give certainty)

- Make available free / v low cost developer tools that make it easy to port code from Android / iOS

- Partner programme where they pay key developers for apps on winphone

- Bribe, sorry, incentivise key networks to carry winphones

Will cost a few $bn, but they have the cash and just spunked $5bn on Nokia so they can't pull back now!

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Meet the world's one-of-a-kind ENORMO barge-bowling bridge of Falkirk

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Your correspondent explains to some children how they ought to be doing it

"No no no. You're doing it all wrong. Give it here and I'll show you how the toy is meant to be used".

Never been tempted to do that.

Particularly never when the sprog has got hold of my old Lego technichs.

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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Re: At least he Tried

You're forgetting:

- Office 2003

- Xbox

- XBox 360

- Windows Home Server 2011

- Not screwing with Hotmail for ages after they bought it

- Versions of Visual Studio before the latest one

- Not screwing with Visio much after they bought it

That's it I think...

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Hurrah, a bit of love for the partially forgotten Electron...

Nice to see the Electron given a write up - it's the forgotten cousin of the BBC Micro and not usually mentioned in the stories written about the time.

I had an Electron, bought for me second hand by my Dad well after they had stopped production (couldn't afford a new computer). Still, it played Elite and The Last Ninja so I was happy!

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Workers at world's largest – and most remote – telescope go on strike

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Atacama is a pretty amazing place...

... one bit I visited had a shallow lake that froze every night and thawed every day.

During the daytime I was wandering around in shorts and a t-shirt, but at night I needed proper winter gear (base layer thermals + 2 warm layers + outer etc). Also, sleeping at high altitudes gave me the weirdest and most vivid dreams...

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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

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Re: So would this be the same Greenie arseholes?

Have you got a link to the CA moaning about poles and cabinets? Generally land owners like pole delivery of cables as they get cash from it, and plenty of rural areas have direct connections to the exchange so there are no cabinets.

The cabinet moaning brigade tend to be townies living in expensive bits of London.

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'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'

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Re: If the rumours are true

I want them to fail for the perfectly selfish reason I've chosen a Galaxy S4 for my work phone over a iPhone 5 (work not willing to wait to offer me a 5s) and my self esteem will get a boost if the 5s is the same as the 5 with a crappy finger print scanner, tacky gold colouring and fisher price inspired icons.

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Apple sucking triple the phone switchers as Samsung – report

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Re: Old?

I've just turned 35 and have just swapped from an iPhone to a GS4. I thought I was a maverick, but according to this I'm just one of the crowd :(

Oh, and I'm out of the 18 to 34 demographic so I'm now old. Double :(

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Flab-fighting LOHAN fettles fantastical flying truss

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Re: Am I the only one...

Excellent - I await further shed-related boffinery with much interest!

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Am I the only one...

... who's not sure if the rocket motor will fire yet?

I seem to remember from the REHAB chamber test that there was a significant pause before the motor fired properly - one interpretation was that the motor was burning a little and the exhaust gases built up increasing the pressure within the REHAB chamber, and once the pressure had built close to 1atm the rocket then fired properly.

I remember there being a comment in the article about investigating this, but I don't think anything ever came of it. Coupled with the only partial success of the igniter trial with the SPEARS board recently, how confident are you that it will actually fire ?

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Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

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Google translate...

Am I the only one who plugged 電視螢幕大 into Google Translate to see what it made of it?

"A large electric florescent curtain"

Genius.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Article incorrect to suggest they were Ultra Viries...

If you read the legislation carefully, you'll find that they can detain him for up to 9 hours and nab his stuff for up to 7 days in order to work out whether he is a terrorist (as defined by 40(1)(b) ). They do not have to have grounds to suspect he is a terrorist - see para 2(4).

So, they have not exceeded their powers, and as long as they return his stuff within 7 days (assuming they find out he isn't Bin Laden's twin brother in the meantime) the law will have been complied with.

That's not to say it is right though. This legislation gives the border force carte blanch to perform a dragnet on people coming through the borders, and leaves it option to (alledged) abuse in cases such as this.

I shall be writing to my MP, who, being a Tory in a marginal seat might actually pay some attention. Or not. We shall see.

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

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£43k?

Nearly fell off my chair.

A better mix would be a VW BlueMotion diesel which is nearly as cheap to run, with £15k left to spend on a second hand Caterham to feed the 0-60 beast in you.

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Telefonica and Arqiva set to mop up BILLIONS in smart meter cash

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Re: Shame

BoPL on a mass scale for anything other than low bandwidth applications (like smart meters) is not a great idea with current technologies, and it difficult to implement in the UK given how the power infrastructure is owned (liabilities if there is an accident, who fixes it etc).

An explanation is probably worthy of an article in itself, but one of the many things is that you have to either inject the radio signal into the cable after the final network transformer (as the transformer blocks the signal completely) or rig some kind of bridge on each transformer to allow the radio signal to span it and inject it further back in the line (but not too far due to attenuation). For mass consumer broadband, you may as well keep going down the fibre to the cabinet or fibre to the home route due to the additional network nodes you'd have to build.

They do use BoPL for smart metering in Italy I think, and I seem to remember that powerline networking was in the mix as part of the bidding process for the UK.

Been a couple of years since I worked on this stuff so things may have moved on.

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Auntie touts e-babysitting ... and no £15,000 in-app purchase shocks

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Re: How About...

Can't tell if this is real or in the line of the comedy torygraph comments earlier...

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Nice

This will be appearing on the Nexus tablet at home very soon. An app is much easier than setting up the Cbeebies website for the little'uns.

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Apple trademark filing may provide peek into iTunes Radio capability

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El Reg expenses budget looking a little low?

I would have thought following up on that Trademark application would have been a perfect excuse for a junket over the summer...

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Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

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Re: cap

It's better than the current EE offer - I struggle to hit the 1GB cap on my phone at the moment - can't see me (or the majority of other punters) hitting the 4GB cap each month (comparable to the £31 a month I pay now)

Voda data capacity in central London still sucks though, so they wouldn't be my provider of choice.

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Virgin Media blames scruffy students for HUGE drop in cable subscribers

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Nervous posting this...

... in case the gods of Sod read it and strike me down, but my Virgin connection is rock solid and has been for ages.

*Ducks and waits for the inevitable broadband wrecking thunderbolt*

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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Poses some really interesting questions...

While a lot of the commentary has suggested some pretty illiberal solutions, this kind of thing does pose some interesting problems. How do you deal with the small minority of sad gimps in their bedrooms acting badly? In the past they would have limited impact - using twitter etc the reach of the numpties is so much greater than before.

More stringent ban hammers? Sharing of numpty's ip addresses between websites for an uber ban? Not sure.

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Plods probe death threat tweets to MP - but WHO will rid us of terrible trolls?

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Tell Trolls Mum button - great idea....

.... my Mum died years ago - I'd be immune!

One Jeremy Clarkson will be my first target....

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Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

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Re: Dongles all round

To do this the Premier League would need to develop / lease it's own broadcast infrastructure (cameras, operators etc), and hire some presenters to give commentary etc. Possible, but not as easy as you think.

As far as I know, the Premier League don't do their own video feeds in the way that Formula One do for example.

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Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless Plus: Triple-tech connectivity for the home

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Re: 100Mbps < 500Mbps

I suspect, like me, all of his AV kit plugged in to it only have 100Mbps network ports so a gigbit switch would be wasted.

TV, Sky box, DVD player in my lounge don't have gigabit network ports.

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Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

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Re: Automation...

It's like a Chaos Monkey on steroids....

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

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@Ragarath

I think what they mean is the data doesn't contain any direct customer identification info (name, address etc). It'll have a unique identifier that can be matched with a customer record at the other end. Someone intercepting the info would also need to have the data table matching identifiers to properties and people.

The eventual plan (you can decide whether you believe it or not) is that you'll have appliances that talk to the smart meter and can (if you want, and have signed up for the right tarrif) wait until the spot price is low (as a proxy for demand being low) before they switch themselves on. Obviously there is a set of demand that can't be time-shifted in this way.

The other cost saving in the business case is the removal of the current requirement to have a meter read from a visit at least once a year.

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Sky asks Ofcom to unlock BT cabinets

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Madness

Surely this is madness. IIRC as part of the GEA product Sky should already have the ability to move the traffic onto their network from the exchange backwards - I can't see any benefit in installing their own dslams in the cabinets (which are pretty small anyway - there's probably no room with the current cabinet design) and running their own fibre back to the exchange (through ducts that may be full already).

If it's to reduce costs, surely the best thing is for OFCOM to look into GEA rental for that part of the network and lock OpenReach down on the wholesale price. I can't believe it is more efficient to have additional companies DSLAMS in a cabinet, or even worse multiple cabinets!

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Spending watchdog SAVAGES rural broadband push

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Re: Do I understand this correctly?

Glad you're not accusing me (or the people I used to work with) of taking bribes or being under undue influence. It's very easy to make the usual 'it's all a stich up, they're taking back handers' comment when it's not directed at anyone. Much harder when you put a face (well, anonomous internet hande anyway) to it.

As for the revolving door, if you don't have people moving in an out, particularly in more specialist areas such as telecoms, how do you expect to get any kind of expertise at all? In my view there are already too many Civil Servants with generic policy skills and no commercial or delivery nous - banning movement would make this situation worse.

Of course there needs to be rules to stop abuse going on, but in my experiencep people who move both ways do for geniune reasons - I would say in most situations the company the person has left to join the government is at a bit of a disadvantage as they will be able to see through the FUD easier!

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Re: Do I understand this correctly?

Ah, the lazy assumption that its all a stitch-up. It's very easy to make when it's a faceless department but harder to make when you have someone specific to accuse.

I was one of the small team who set up BDUK (haven't been involved for a while), and I was there when the decisions were made on how to approach this. If you're accusing anyone of fraud or being bribed particularly in favour of BT, then it's me, and my old colleagues.

Substantiate your claim, or shut the hell up.

If I was being bribed, I'd have wanted a Porchse, or maybe a great foreign holiday. Instead I drive a Skoda and go to Norfolk for a week.

Of course, if you want to accuse us of incompetence (particularly on the back of this report), that's another thing...

@Dave Glasgow - good reminder, must drop Mike a mail and meet him for a coffee

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Awesome...

Beats my 'liberated from a building site' portakabin shed hands down (aquired by the previous owner I might add).

Must get creative with it...

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A short, sharp tool kit to get you to the top in financial IT

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Great stuff

Understand the rules and play by them. Don't try and change the rules of the game until you're sufficiently senior.

If you don't agree, you won't progress!

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