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Hello? You'll never guess where I am ... I'm under a ferry

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Re: accidental roaming

Note to everyone.

Settings, network selection: Manual!

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Re: Je suis dans la train!

Big difference that will make, nobody ever polices such policies.

I remember sitting in the quiet carriage of a C2C train from Fenchurch Street. There was a guy (I have more colourful names I could use, but have controlled myself) who spent the entirety of my journey listening to some god-awful rap music played out through the high fidelity speakers (5Khz-8Khz +-1db) of his mobile.

Honestly, how can anyone think that sounds good or impressive, or was he just wanting to get into an argument?

At least if he had a ghetto blaster I would have had something I could have hit him with!

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Mobile underground

I was quite surprised to discover the Metro in Budapest had coverage. I say surprised because my phone started ringing in the middle of a tunnel.

Odd thing was I'd been in the city for three days, and in that entire time I hadn't heard a single phone ring, or anyone talking loudly.

Maybe they're just more polite than the people on the London Underground.

So for my loudly ringing phone, I humbly apologise.

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SHOCK: RIM PlayBook outsells Apple iPad

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Re: Don't take the sales figures too seriously........

Yes indeed!

In fact looking at the USA for any kind of mobile phone stats is grossly misleading. They'd hardly heard of Nokia before it got taken over by Elop and assimilated into the MS collective.

Have they even sorted out the cross network SMS interconnects yet? Last time I tried to text a friend in FL it never arrived, yet I can text friends in every country in Europe, Australia and Russia without any problems what so ever - well, unless they have a blackberry, then it's always better to email. In fact bad SMS interconnects *are* the reason the blackberry became so dominant. Whilst the rest of the world was happily using SMS to send short messages, the only way you could do this reliably in the US was to send an email.

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Samsung worker confirms April launch for Galaxy S III

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Re: What's starting to worry me...

Indeed. A friend of mine bought a Mac Book Pro thingy, it actually turned out to be the cheapest way to get the hardware spec he wanted. How times have changed eh?!

He then installed Win 7 on it.

I've dared him to take it to the genius bar if it develops a problem.

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But...

Will the damn thing have a notification light?

I honestly can't believe the S2 doesn't have one. I stood there gob-smacked when shown it by a work mate. Seriously, you have to turn the damn screen on every time you have walked away from your desk, just to see if you've missed anything.

Daftest thing I've ever seen.

Glad there are 101 other 'droids with lights for me to chose from.

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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

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Re: Legal or not

Sounds like standard student digs to me!

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Re: Pics...

Is that *the* picture?

He looks like he's just standing there. Couldn't tell he was Oui'ing at all.

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Archos touts Android tablets for toddlers

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Re: In my limited experience*,

I would think the most important feature for kiddy friendly would be being water/drink proof.

That speaker grill on the end looks rather permeable to me.

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MWC: Inscrutable slogans, Google toys and the invisible Apple

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Accelerating mobile revenuization

Someone needs to be shot for crimes again the English language... Assuming that is English - hard to be sure!

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Feds unlock suspect's encrypted drive, avoid Constitution meltdown

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No such luck in the UK

Failure to provide a password to the police when requested is a criminal offence. 2 years.

It hasn't been greatly tested in court yet, and I don't remember ever hearing "I've forgotten it" being tested.

Slightly alarming as I'm sure we all have several files which we have no key too, usually parts of software installs which will look like total gibberish to the cops and could easily invite a "what's the password?" when it might not even be an encrypted file, just a binary with an odd file extension.

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Tomorrow's smartphone tech today

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Unhappy

:-(

No sign of any new battery technology to power all the new shiny bits then?

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ISP Be admits crippling iPlayer demand burst its pipes

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Wow!

ISP in over selling of back-end infrastructure shocker!

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Fat margins squeeze Apple against Android

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I don't know which blinkered view of sales figures you are looking at (although from your phrasing I guess it's US only figures), but you might like to look at these.

http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1848514

Sorry they are Q3 2011, but I think they prove the point.

In summary:

Worldwide smartphone sales to end users Q3 2011

Android 52.5%

Symbian 16.9%

iOS 15.0%

RIM 11%

So getting ATF to kick out the Blackberry in their favour isn't really the fight they need to be fighting if they intend on domination.

Sure, Apple aren't hurting as long as people continue to feed their huge profit margins, but unless they are willing to remain a niche product, they will have to do something. Yes, I know, just like the Mac, but I know plenty of ex Mac users who have deserted to PC, usually because of software availability.

You only have to look at what happened to Nokia to see how quickly things can change in the mobile world.

As far as I'm concerned I'd rather have to many choices than none at all, and long may that continue.

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Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS

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Chortle...

Just went to have a look at uk.farnell.com. Midnight 1st march.

Their front page throws up a box saying "Are you looking for the Raspberry Pi? Click here". I suspect their search engine was getting rather bogged down and they had to divert the load away from it. First time I've ever seen that on the front page of Farnell.

Well done to the Raspberry team, hope you enjoyed the beer.

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GPS glitch leads perp-pursuing cops to wrong house

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Actually...

There isn't actually any proof there was a GPS problem. The house was empty, so someone could have been there earlier, and the cops just took too long to turn up, carry out a health and safety study of the splinter risk, check everyone had the correct training to use the door ram, and then finally make entry.

By this time the perp was probably in Lincolnshire.

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Nepal asks for a leg-up to nail Everest's height

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Re: Following his TomTom gig, a celebrity opportunity

This being Brian, I doubt you'd even need them to be nearby peaks!

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Orange to impose overseas data cap to beat bill shock

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Re: Something smells fishy.

What aren't they telling us?

You mean beyond the fact that all the mobile companies are still charging us way over the odds for roamed data and sms? If you're bored one day you want to work out the price per megabyte of a text message (i.e. less data than you could fit on the 3.5" floppy). Just make sure you're sitting down first.

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41-megapixel MONSTER mobe shutters Nokia knockers

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Re: Aren't we past this?

I imagine low light performance will be dire, then again, have you seen some of the posts your friends put up on facebook from a night out clubbing? Blurred and shaky appear to be this season's black.

Anyway, back to the subject... The clever solution when you're playing about with low light and photosites a fraction of the size of a human hair is to combine them, effectively dropping the resolution and then measuring the captured photons across a 3x3 block. Sure, your 41 megapixel silly camera resolution suddenly drops to 4.5mp, but you will at least have a hope of actually seeing something before you have to crank up the amplification so hard that you detect radio Luxembourg.

Although given the use of the horribly sales-pitch phrase "pixel over-sampling technology" I wouldn't be shocked to find out that the sensor doesn't have anything like 41 megapixels and is purely a clever image processor hooked onto the back of a far more humble resolution sensor.

More interestingly (and completely unmentioned in the article) is the flash, it's hard to tell from the picture, and I could be getting my hopes up here, but is that a *real* xenon flash tube there?

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iPad owners 'considerably richer than yow'

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Re: Confirming the demographic

I think you are under estimating Apple's marketing.

There is a whole other demographic which partake in the distortion field.

MCTS - More credit than sense.

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Apple files patent for 'polished meteorite' keyboard

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"Scissor-switch keys provide fine feedback, but are so 20th-century chubby"

Then long levers must be 19th century, if not 18th.

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Feds apply for DNSChanger safety net extension

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So...

Turning off the replacement DNS servers will prevent the infected (and unprotected) machines from resolving any URLs... Therefore protecting them from hurting themselves further, or sending more spam.

Sounds like a win win for the rest of the intarweb. Pull the plug!

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GPS jamming rife, could PARALYSE Blighty, say usual suspects

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@RayG

We did indeed, and IIRC the outcome was that it was trivially easy to block (simple RF interference would do it), but more complicated to spoof.

60 block/spoofs in 6 months isn't much. That could almost be due to accidental interference, or depending on the locations of these listeners, be down to the spooks and their anti tracking measures.

If the 6 months happened to included a visit from Mr Obama, I'd put money on the latter.

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For those thinking Private Cloud

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Headmaster

See me after school...

"They’re remit is ‘be helpful’ "

*shudder*

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Dell Latitude E6220 12.5in Core i7 notebook

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"when it comes to rolling up your sleeves and updating various websites, using content management systems and working on long documents, you need a proper keyboard"

And more than a 768 pixel high screen!

Sounds like a bit of a premium netbook to me. You could treat yourself to a Sony SE series lappy with a full HD screen and an i7 for less £££...

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Man surfs slopes at night in LED suit

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He's not the stig...

... but he is the Stig's radioactive cousin!

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Satnav blunders blamed for £200m damages

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Re: Its a Tool FFS

Exactly my thoughts Captain.

Before I set off I make sure I at least have a rough idea where I'm going, and what direction it is in.

This ancient technique came in handy on Malta recently, no sat nav, and they don't believe in signs before roundabouts telling you where each exit goes. If you are lucky they will have each exit labelled on the roundabout itself, but don't count on it. Luckily 'tis a small island, and keeping an eye on the sun keeps you going in roughly the right compass direction... I guess the satnav zombie would be all over the road purely so they can keep the sun in sight if they tried this technique!

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Bung a tenner to a mate's mobile number with new Barclays app

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Re: Tried it on my phone

Confirmed...

I didn't have any interest in this gimmick until you said this, but now I try it I see the same problem.

Lame.

I might have a play about later and see if I can stop it detecting the root.

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Pope's PR says Vatican in grip of WikiLeaks-style scandal

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It also has more than a passing resemblance to Terry Pratchett's Unseen University where promotion is via "Dead man's shoes".

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China clamps down on foreign telly on its channels

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Where? WHERE? Tell me!

I wanna emigrate!

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Space: 1999 returning to TV?

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I thought one of the other critical parts of a planet classification was the ability to retain an atmosphere?

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a-hem...

"It told the story of boffins working on Moonbase Alpha who were propelled into fantastic adventures beyond imagination after a massive nuclear explosion on the moon on 13 September 1999 sent our little satellite planet into deep space."

Our little satellite planet? No. The Moon orbits planet Earth, so it is a moon. Planets orbit the sun. Moons orbit planets. Once it was blown out of earth orbit and shot out across space it still wasn't orbiting the sun, so I guess it became a sodding great asteroid.

Still not a planet.

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Germany stalls over ACTA treaty ratification

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Bit of a difference between UKIP and the BNP. (Can't comment on the SNP, although they do look amusing on the TV). UKIP are for the UK's interests and against the EU bureaucratic steam roller.

Given the way national governments go round implementing pretty much anything which comes out of Brussels you would be forgiven for wondering why we both to pay for all their second homes and duck houses.

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Actually...

I think that was the original posters point, most countries have a "no using the mobile phone whilst driving" law, despite them all having a "driving without undue care and attention" catch-all law on the statute books already which allows the cops to prosecute anyone for anything which they think is dangerous from eating a sandwich to receiving oral pleasure.

Unfortunately they don't seem to ever apply it to parents with screaming kids on the back seat, possibly the most distracted and dangerous drivers I see.

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Iran draws veil over secure internet access

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My thoughts exactly... We can't read it, so it must be bad.

Someone need to throw a big roll of cat5 over the border into a neighbouring stable country... Oh, yes, sorry, I see the problem now.

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Revealed: Apple's plea for fairness in mobile patent war

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Wow!

29 up and 0 down.

Not a single down vote to a post which takes a dig at Apple and the US patent office?

Don't tell me the fanboys have actually started to see the light!

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

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Hmmm...

Come America, solving every problem with a gun? It's getting boring now, be a bit more inventive.

Personally I like thermite. Unfortunately that's getting a little popular too.

How about covering it in blood and going shark fishing?

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IT crowd sorts out the Mars Science Lab

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Seriously impressive remote maintenance.

Then again, the standard expenses mileage allowance would have bankrupted them if they had had to send out an engineer.

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Met thumbed through Oyster card data up to 22,000 times in 4 years

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@Thomas 4

Gonna be a lot of that when the Olympics arrives.

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I hate to be the one defending the met...

...but... that's not many requests given the number of little twerps we have kicking about in London. Can't wait for them to all centre on Stratford for the Olympics.

Plus the information could be used to defend yourself from prosecution...

Cop: You have been identified by a witness as the person that stabbed Mr Bloggs on Friday night

Me: Can't be, I was 25 miles away.

Cop: Can you prove it?

Me: Check with my Oyster and the CCTV of the same time. See, I was 25 miles away just 5 minutes before he was stabbed.

Cop: Thank you Sir, you can go.

(We're still keeping that DNA sample though).

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Ofcom: Make it easier for punters to switch ISPs

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It gets worse...

I'm getting an engineer visit to install a Type B Home Hub 3 to replace the type A one I currently have (which has 101 bugs).

I've tried telling them I don't need an engineer to install a silly little router, and that I program Cisco routers and firewalls for "fun" in the office, but no, I need to wait for their approved replacer of boxes (Kelly Communications) to come and do it for me.

Which means I have to sit in all morning or afternoon and hope he turns up... Unlike the one who was supposed to to the initial install last year.

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Olympus goes retro with µFT snapper

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Blimee..

You could buy a "real" camera for that money... And from a manufacturer who will still be trading in two years time...

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Parliament ponders £400,000 iPads-for-MPs plan

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Upgraded within 5 years? I'll be amazed if 50% haven't been left in the back of taxis within 6 months.

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Toshiba releases 'world's thinnest' Android tablet

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Not required, I'm sure their legal department have already climbed from their coffins and are just waiting for the sun to drop below the horizon.

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Mac OS X ARM port by Apple work experience kid revealed

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Respect...

Porting an OS to an completely different chip in 12 weeks is no mean feat.

No surprise they offered him a job!

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NASA: Solar system may have alien origin

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Sleeping with the light on would be a mistake. You'll only be helping it photosynthesise!

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@FredScummer

I would say essential!

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Seagate slam-dunks flood-hit rivals with triple-profit Q2

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"notched up a brilliant second 2012 quarter"

More impressively, the seem to have nailed time travel!

The rest of us have only just got into February 2012!

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OFFICIAL: Smart meters won't be compulsory

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Who wants to bet...

It won't be compulsory, but those that install them get a discounted tariff... Sorry, I mean those that don't install them suddenly find there tariff rate increases, and the new cheaper one (the original tariff price) is only available to those that say yes to the meter.

I might say yes, just to see their reaction when they discover the mobile signal in the cupboard under my stairs... I have to put my mobile on a window ledge to get a signal, and even then it's hit and miss.

Even if it does get a signal, a remote switch off can be easily prevented by some strategic use of tinfoil (no not on your head you nut!).

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