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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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Re: Im not impressed either

"Then to top it all off youtube doesnt work in the evenings without either degrading to a jumble of coloured blocks or severe buffering if you try to set it to a sane resolution"

The best trick I've found to deal with this problem, is a freeware java app called JDownloader.

It monitors your clipboard & parses downloadable files, so all you have to do is open your youtube clip & copy the URL. JDownloader then wibbles through the page & offers to download the highest resolution version of the clip it can find.

I consider it to be the restoration of the "buffer all before playing" option that youtube removed a while back.

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Waiting for fibre

Another one here who got moved over from Be last month.

I'll be staying with Sky for a while as I'm on an "exchange-only" line (no cabinet for fibre gear - BT aren't allowed to put it in actual exchanges!). "Superfast Cymru" have assured me that they will be providing either a new cab or FTTP soon.

No new contract (meaning I can leave at 1 month's notice), using my own router (Billion 7800DXL) with Google's DNS server.

So far, no problems (touch wood!).

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

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Coming soon...

Apple receive patent for patenting things.

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Japan plans SEVEN satellite launches to supercharge GPS

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Re: Address confusion

The houses on each block are numbered in the chronological order that they were built. The trick is to ask directions from the oldest person you can find.

This is why neighbourhood cop & postie are generally considered to be "jobs for life", as it takes that long to learn where everyone is.

It's also why shop adverts in Japanese mags always include a map.

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Japan airport staff dash to replace passcodes after security cock-up

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Re: Please tell me

> "Japan airport staff...", why not "Japanese airport staff..."?

"Japan airport staff" implies staff at a Japanese airport.

"Japanese airport staff" implies airport staff anywhere who are of Japanese origin.

Better overall to say "Staff at Japanese airport..."

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Re: Epic fail

"You have obviously never managed a helpdesk."

And for that I shall be eternally grateful.

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FAIL

Epic fail

Notes containing passcodes are supposed to be stuck to the bottom of ones keyboard!

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EE & Vodafone will let you BONK on the TUBE – with Boris' blessing

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Re: EE and Vodafone?

"It'll all be OK in a year's time when the innovative geniuses at Apple patent NFC."

FTFY!

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Re: EE and Vodafone?

Not really. NFC requires specific hardware on the phone. Which rules out anything Apple flavoured.

Worse than that, these "trials" only seem to involve specific models of phones, rather than any phone with an NFC chip.

You may be able to get away with some kind of NFC sticker on your phone (or just stick an extra PAYG Oyster card in your phone case).

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

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3 Million Points

Once you passed 3 million points, the original version of Pacman would display its source code, but only on the left-hand side of the screen.

This made getting much further almost impossible.

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Obligatory "Weird Al" song...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=941ssF8yIr8

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: At full arm's length?

Good point, but I would've titled your post "Should've gone to SpecSavers".

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Re: Laptop resolutions...

MSI's recently-announced GT60 laptops have a 15.6" 2880x1620 screen.

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There is a market for this.

I expect Zuckerberg to order a bunch of these for his newly-acquired Oculus Rift headsets.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Re: Karma is a female canine

I see as many as 3 mumsnetters have read this thread.

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Karma is a female canine

If Mumsnet didn't try to get CallMeDave to legislate the net down to CBeebies-friendly levels instead of ACTUALLY SUPERVISING THEIR CHILDREN'S NET ACCESS, the script-kiddies probably wouldn't have targeted them.

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SpaceX Falcon tests HOVERCRAFT tech – despite ISS outage

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Re: ohoh

Until the US pork machine got involved, the shuttle was intended to be air-launched from a manned mothership, in much the same way as Virgin Galactic are planning.

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Launch streaming live on Space.com @ 19:45GMT

Hope that doesn't happen! ----->

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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Monty Python has "Prior Art"

Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you "Julius Ceasar on an Aldis Lamp".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLWUSka0HOw‎

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Gov cheerleader Sajid Javid gets nod from PM to park in Miller's spot

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Re: Rigorous Selection Process

"Dave: Will you do whatever your Permanent Secretary says?

Sajid: Yes!

Dave: You're hired!"

FTFY!

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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"Not required to" != "Prohibited from..."

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US Supreme Court declines to hear NSA mass phone-slurp case

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Section 215 of the PATRIOT act (which is what is being ruled on here) expires June 1st.

Odds on it being extended no later than May 30th?

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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Re: fudging numbers

As an exchange-only subscriber, the "Superfast Cymru" BB project has assured me that they WILL be connecting EO lines in a timely manner.

They have described 3 ways to do this:-

1: Install new street or pole cabinet on my street

2: Install new street cabinet in exchange car park

3: FTTH

I'd like 3, but my money is on 2

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Get ready for software-defined RADAR: Jam, eavesdrop, talk and target ... simultaneously

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"So bringing artificial intelligence to the battlefield might be the best way to bring an end to conflicts...."

yeah, that turned out real well in "The Terminator", didn't it?

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MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe

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Dilbert is right on the case today.

http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-04-02/

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Intentional confusion of TLAs?

Infringing Websites List - list of sites deemed nasty by MAFIAA*

Internet Watch List - list of sites deemed nasty by Mumsnet & Daily Fail

* (Music And Film Industry Associations of America)

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Fee! Fi! Foe! Fums!

I can smell a Net of Mums!

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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FAIL

Politicians fail to understand rules for "Whack-A-Mole"

Film at eleven.

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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Wouldn't work in the UK

Where withholding passwords is a criminal offense.

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

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You forgot the third option - sales are going down because current music is complete & utter Cowell (pronounced cr@p).

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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I haz an idea!

Bletchley Park sounds like the ideal place to be compulsory purchased to house the new Alan Turing Institute.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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"Another reason to choose a phone from a company who refuses to pollute or downgrade their product at the instance of the phone operator."

No longer applies - even my "direct from Google" Nexus 5 came with an unwanted/unremovable HP printer driver app.

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Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

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Holmes

Next steps

1: Locate scum who wrote malware

2: Arrest same

3: File murder charges

4: Everybody profits!

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: So what is going on?

"Why is there a need to have the functionality to allow an identification beacon on a civil aircraft be switched off in flight?"

All the electrics are protected by circuit breakers on the flight deck. Sadly it's equally possible to use these to deactivate a functioning transponder as well as kick one back into life after a power spike.

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Re: It's obvious!

I disagree.

It's obviously the first episode of Lost - from the outside!

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eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

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PayPal sale?

It'd be ironic if a bank bought it.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Your all up your own arse

'They are called "normal people"'

I thought they were called ATMs.

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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Re: Closed captions?

I suspect the subtitles are intended to fill Quebecóis language requirements.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Backdoor fundraising?

Perhaps the Beeb are doing this to make a TV license necessary for using the interwebs.

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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Re: Tail wagging the dog.

"The most troubling thing to me is that we know some of what goes on in the US but have no idea who is running the UK. The elected government, however ineffective, or the likes of MI5 and GCHQ."

I take it you've never watched "Yes, Prime Minister" then?

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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Re: Really bad idea actually...

"if they sound UK based I just put the phone down"

My favourite response is to say (in my best BBC accent):-

"I'm terribly sorry old chap, but I don't speak a word of English. Good day." - THEN put the phone down.

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Crack Euro banker team to probe whether virtual currencies should be regulated

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Of course BT should be regulated...

How else will they be able to tax it?

</sarcasm>

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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I have just the place...

Site it straddling the San Andreas Fault... and wait.

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Re: You missed the real story

No.

A US Senator is _claiming_ something facilitates criminal activity on the orders of his corporate backers.

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

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Alien

To state the obvious...

We now know where the next lunar lander should be targeted.

Training videos: Apollo 18, Moontrap.

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WhatsApp founder: Believe us, internet! 'Twas a DODGY network router WOT DONE IT

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Tinfoil Hattery...

The servers were taken down to update the NSA packet sniffer software.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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FAIL

Prime without Lovefilm?

Can't see any option for this.

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Big Beardie's watching: Gaze into the screen... it shall gaze also into you

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FAIL

Screens in the shop?

Use the card reader on the pump.

Seriously? What part of "DO NOT WANT!" do adbots not get?

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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Actually no.

Back in the 1960, Hoover produced a spherical model without any wheels at all.

The "Hoover Constellation" floated around on its exhaust like a hovercraft.

It's still available in the USA:- http://hoover.com/products/details/s3345/constellation-bagged-canister/

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