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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

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I've seen something similar with Time Warner Cable and believe it or not Youtube.

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Mystery bidder plunders the whole haul in Silk Road Bitcoin auction

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Kim dot com?

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Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service

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Re: Ridiculous

The perceived loss is from the fees the channels might have got from the cable companies Aereo's customers might have been subscribed to. Personally I think FTA broadcasters charging fees to cable companies or anyone else for that matter is a bit like having your cake and eating it, considering the ad revenue they already get from their broadcasts. This whole scenario is indicative of the mess that is broadcasting/cable/Satellite/ISP, (in fact anything to do with consumer tech, the judiciary are about 20 years behind in their understanding of it), in the US, a cold hard look at charges and practices is required, perhaps an independent body like the FCC but with clear teeth and legal jurisdiction without those lawyer beloved grey areas that seem so widespread in the US.

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FCC boss says he'll SHAME broadband firms for fibbing on speeds

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Re: TWCable

Yep Mbps, got carried away with the shift key.

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Re: TWCable

Plus you don't get to pay their $6 a month rental for a 10 year old modem!

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TWCable

As a broadband customer of Time Warner I can say that they're biggest issue in my experience is that the modems they give out are DOCSIS 2.0, get a few Netflix addicts on your branch and your 20MB/s dives to below 1MB/s which mine did every day between 5 and 9 pm. I sent their modem back and bought a DOCSIS 3.0 one and never had another issue.

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

Efros

Wont be a hit until

version 3.11, Surface Pro for Fondlegroups.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

Efros

$723

Quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 25GB SSD, dual band 802.11ac/g/n, 4x USB 3.0, 15.6" screen, HDMI output, no contest.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

Efros

"questioning our estimate of her net wealth – we'd heard £7m, Cole says it's a "fraction" of that"

Presumably that's not a vulgar fraction... probably a posh one.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Overly Harsh

The alleged killing of Edward II with a red hot poker could be reimagined only with a light sabre.

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Efros

Not a NAS but...

I have 3 dumb LCD TVs in the house hooked up to 2 media players, 2 chromecasts and an HTPC. The media players are AIOS boxes and are hardwired into the network.

The HTPC is homebrewed and sits in the basement about 12 feet below the living room TV to which it is connected by HDMI. The media software on the HTPC is MediaPortal, it's free, highly configurable and can do a lot more than most other offerings can. The PC is now relatively old, 7 years, and is a quad core (Q6600) based machine and it now has an SSD boot, I used to use a dual tuner in it but the upgrade to digital TV by my cable provider (spit) means I don't use it as a DVR anymore. I do however have an external USB 3.0 Disk enclosure with 4x4TB drives in it and this is where all my TVs get their content from. 8TB in storage and 8TB of mirrored backup. The content drives are shared over the network and are mapped in the AIOS's, Playon and the HTPC. In the background I run playon server through which I can stream Amazon VOD (I live in the US), Hulu, Netflix etc to my dumb TVs via the AIOS boxes.

Pretty much the HTPC is on 24/7 and this is why I went with an external disk enclosure rather than a NAS. The external disk enclosure (iView HFR2-SU3) replaced a couple of 4 drive backplanes I had in the HTPC case, these were very compact and ran very hot. The disk enclosure is much roomier and the drives run a lot cooler. The iView has some bad reviews around the web but that is for the RAID setup, I use mine simply as a disk enclosure and have not encountered any issues.

The AIOS boxes are now almost obsolete but they are a good indicator of the sort of thing available out there, quite simply I haven't had a legit video file that these things couldn't play, the quality of their output in 1080 actually puts my HTPC to shame.

One thing I have seen with NAS is that the disk read/write speeds on the affordable end of the scale suck! My USB 3.0 connected box will write at about 100 MB/s, makes backing up and copying new BRD images across less painful. My disk setup cost about $650, $150 for each of the drives bought on sale and $50 for the enclosure bought on sale also.

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6TB - big? Pah! Seagate plans to put out 8TB and 10TB MONSTERS

Efros

One wonders at what point does the storage density start to approach that of a black hole, but given the MTBF of some drives (actual, rather than calculated or indeed claimed) the idea of all your data disappearing forever into an effed up HDD is already extant.

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

Efros

Re: Genius Bar

Read that as 'roids

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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

Efros

Doesn't surprise me, neither the borkage nor WDs ineptitude in fixing it. Their attitude to their customers hasn't changed either.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

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I did post on this forum, but it seems to have been disappeared, foil hat anyone?

Anyway my comment was that the swipe to unlock feature patented by Apple had tons of prior art and the patent should never have got beyond the trash can. USPTO will at some point live up to their name, or at least we live in hope.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Efros

Re: Back to school

Had to be anaglypta!

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

Efros

Living in the colonies I've had access to the Chromecast for a few months now. I recently bought a second one if that tells you anything about what I think of it. The advent of local content casting with the Plex app has really increased this doodads appeal. A poster up the page a bit quite rightly says that tabcasting is not the main use of this, although it is useful, using your phone or tablet to control content on your TV is. At this, the Chromecast excels. 30 pounds is a bit steep, my second one cost me $30, the first one was $35 with 3 months of Netflix free.

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

Efros

Probably tired of paying legal fees, wish this fatigue would spread throughout the industry.

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Speaking in Tech: 'The iPhone DIDN'T do everything at first'

Efros

Nice to have the timings, do you think you could put a timer on the reg player?

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

Efros

Okay not on the bezel

But my 6 year old lenovo Ideapad Y550 has a bunch of soft controls above the keyboard that are part of the casing and are touch sensitive. Not a leap of imagination to shift them up about 1/2 an inch onto the bezel of the screen, shurely not patentable, hopefully the filing is filed where it is most appropriate.

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Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

Efros

Not a mention of him on the BBC site

for shame BBC.

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Time Warner merger great for Comcast, but not for anybody else

Efros

Re: What?

I've noticed too that TWC seem to throttle the connection at peak viewing times, they will probably claim it's traffic, but it seems to consistent in terms of timeframe.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

Efros

I'm sure this has been said but...

The so called tax pays for some of the finest programming in the world, consider how much most of us pay for cable or satellite telly on a monthly basis and equate that with the quality of the programmes delivered. I am an ex-pat and would happily fork out $100 a month for BBC access. If you think the mindless pap you get there is bad you really need to spend some time on this side of the pond and watch some really really shit TV. Mindless pap is a compliment to most of it and it makes Channel 5's offerings look like Bafta award winning material.

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Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

Efros

Customers to get shafted

I would suggest buying shares in lube, but I'm sure Comcastwarnercablecorp will go in dry.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

Efros

Hmmm

Not exactly the same piece of kit but I have a 16TB box which I put together for about $650, taking that down to 8TB it would have cost about $350. Also it's not WD which means not having to deal with their not Smartware.

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

Efros

"The second objection is more practical: levies just don’t raise very much money. Apple sold 51 million iPhones in the last three months of 2013. Even with a levy of £23.60 per iPhone, that would have only realised £200m for labels, publishers and artists. It would make more sense to grow the market for Deezer, Spotify and the other dozens of me-too streaming services."

Am I being dense, not unusual, but at 23.60 per phone that means in excess of 1.2 billion raised on 51 million iPhones. Personally I'd be annoyed by the levy as I use my phone to text and make phone calls, I like my music to have some fidelity.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

Pulling a USB flash drive out of a Mac without ejecting properly can trash the drive let alone your data. You also have to allow the mac time as the drive will continue flashing after the drive icon has disappeared from the screen, it lies I tells ya!

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Re: Floppy Eject

Logic of that has never scanned for me. I want to eject the disk so let's throw it in the trash.

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

Efros

No choice

For a fair amount of America there is no choice in the ISP that you use. You can have multiple dial ups (they still exist here), maybe a crappy DSL connection, or a cable connection. Outside of major population centers in the US it is the norm to be subject to a monopoly or, at best, a duopoly as far as broadband is concerned, while that is the case the providers can pretty much charge and do what they want. Same market forces apply to mobile phones here, the consumer get's screwed.

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Steam and Origin gamers knocked offline by SEPARATE DDoS attacks

Efros

Seems to have been widespread major DDoS attacks going on

3 of the largest private trackers have been under attack for the last 4 days, two have been knocked off the net. Conspiracy theories abound, zeiko has been blamed, Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, and Old Uncle Tom Cobbley.

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Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

Efros

The biggest hit

About four years ago I bought my kids' families each a media tank that gave dumb TVs a little bit of smarts, access to online material, local media on their built in drive and network shares, and through a media server access to Hulu, Netflix etc. They have pretty much been in constant use ever since then, last year I upped their storage to 1TB and the kids and grand kids love them.

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

Efros

POV

Just got more sneaky.

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

Efros

He's probably

Like Captain Vimes, without a few drinks under his belt he is knurd, he needs those drinks just to achieve the normal level of sobriety.

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Zuck you! Facebook introduces 'Dislike' button... in Messenger

Efros

I always found

:poop:

in a reply works well.

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Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?

Efros
Big Brother

Nope they have to

Complete Skynet before they can move onto the robots.

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Massive! Yahoo! Mail! outage! going! on! FOURTH! straight! day!

Efros

Yahoo still does mail!

really they do?

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

Efros

Similar type of person totally different experience. I've had a tablet for about 4 years now, it is used for reading, playing games, casual pre snoozing browsing, and that really is it. For anything requiring extensive use of a keyboard, I dig out my laptop at home or get my backside in front of a desktop. Tablets are just no use to me for productive work, wonderful for wasting time and for leisure though.

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Apple bests Dell for first time as preferred US consumer PC choice

Efros

Robert Heinlein

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

*I'm sure he nicked that from elsewhere.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

Efros

I think this is definitely to do with what Americans find difficult to say compared to Brits. I too ran this through a few times and had no difficulty with it. Leith Police and Sheikh's sheep I find a lot more difficult.

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iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

Efros

I'd like to think

That what we're seeing is a move to "I'm not paying that sort of money for a F#@*ing phone".

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Vintage WINE laid down in SIXTEEN HUNDRED BC was 'psychotropic'

Efros

Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

The Independent a propaganda site?

At least you agreed he was a dick. I have no problem recognizing his accomplishments I also have no problem realizing that his "wildlife" exploits are indeed exploitative and little to do with the wildlife.

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Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

Nope nothing to do with cultural superiority, the man was a dick. Even as a kid watching his programmes I twigged that what he was doing had nothing to do with observation of animals in their natural habitat but everything to do with playing to the cameras.

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Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

Cousteau was a dick who didn't observe animals but molested them. His brother's antics earned him a trial after WWII, it seems that Jacques beliefs may not have been that different fomr his.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/20000-lies-under-the-sea-the-fishy-world-of-jacques-cousteau-1102346.html

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Cupertino clears Apple's Fruit Loop HQ - provided it coughs up more taxes

Efros

Agreed

Any community in the US at the moment would have bent over backwards to get this sort of investment in their area, I'm just glad they managed to get some dosh out of them.

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Apple's secret 12.9-inch MONSTER needs a good fondle, say biz sources

Efros

Becoming a bit like

very expensive Willy Waving. I wonder what they reckon as the fanbois tax on one of these things. I'd say a minimum of $1000, more likely closer to $1200.

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WHO ate all the PIs? Sales of Brit mini-puter pass 2 MEELLION

Efros

They're in my class

I use them with my electronics students as a means of showing them how to use digital I/O.

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Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

Efros

Re: Why the obsession with thin?

First thing you do is stick it in a case which normally doubles the thickness of the tablet and then actually makes it gripable rather than slipoutofyourhandstosmashintosmithereens-able.

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

Efros

Re: Old hand meet new hand

1) I find hitting the power button will do a proper shutdown, provided you've set it up right.

2) Typing "Control Panel" in the address bar of an explorer window will bring it up.

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“You cannot install Windows on a USB flash drive from Setup”

If you get this error, which seems to be common if you have an original w7 upgraded to w8.0, then the value of PortableOperatingSystem key in HK_Local_Machine/System/CurrentControlSet/Control/ needs to changed from 1 to 0. Apart from that hiccough the upgrade was pretty smooth, SSD system.

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

Efros

Without getting you high

And where's the fun in that!

If you have to take the stuff this is probably a situation where the side effects would be quite welcome!

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