* Posts by BristolBachelor

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.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

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Re: .sucks sucks, but not for those reasons.

No. They'd put up a page that "lists all the people who have been affected" by Crappy-big-TV company, with an option for other people to add to the list. BUT - there would only appear 3 or 4 people on the list and their claims would be like "The TV is great, but the cardboard box it came in had fuzzy printing".

Anyone going to the site will think that maybe Crappy-big-TV company must actually be good with so few complaints, and the complaints all being minor.

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

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Not on mine. Time for a new phone?

Does it auto download all attachments and run them for all any any dodgy emails too, just to be helpful?

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Orange squeezed over Jazztel buy: Sell your Spanish FTTH network or else

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No effective competition

What she said doesn't make any sense, since there is effectively no competition in this market. Many households have no FTTH available, and almost none have more than one. E.g. Telefónica can charge what they want; it doesn't matter what Vodafone might charge, if the fibre to your house isn't Vodafone; you pay Telefonica's asking price, or you go without.

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Russia delays ISS crew mission over Progress launch safety fears

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Sorry for the delay. Roscos mos data shows that the oxidiseer tank deprurised, followed by the propellant tank . Also sorry for y h e typing. On a 3 hour journey by truck on unpaved roads :(

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Current theory is that separation happened early. It seems that it wasn't due to a pyro being fired at the wrong time either. It appears that it was caused by the tanks of the upper stage rupturing.

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They have no problem with coming back, but there is no point bringing them back now, and having the station only half-staffed. Also the Dragon may survive re-entry, but since it has no life support (or seats) it wouldn't make for a good experience!

I read that they wanted to swap the next crew launch with the next progress supply mission to have more confidence before putting astronauts on the rocket. When the next crew launch is set up, the retiring crew can come back.

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Door keys are an option. It's just a matter of time

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Re: Tell it to ...

or the Nest "thermostat" owners who find themselves without heating and hot water for a week or 2 after the clocks change (but it was only in the UK, so not so urgent to fix it).

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OECD nations gang up on internet retailers, tax dodgers

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Re: Not a burden?

The problem with this is what exactly are you selling? Let's narrow it down to "a film". Now depending on the media, or digital or not, it could be in a different class depending on the country. Now add in if it is "culturally important" - again the class changes (Note that culturally important in one country may not be in another). Continue listing all the parameters you need to work out the tax class for every country.

So to sell your 2€ DVD, you enter into your software the following:

Item: Film, Colour, with sound, format DVD, Produced in France, Culturally significant in Elbonia, .....

Do you see where this is going? Have a headache yet? It is a complete nightmare to do properly.

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EC probe into murky cross border e-commerce kicks off

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Re: Lets summarise

1. Surprisingly not that difficult. But e.g. Amazon starts in English before they bastardise it into other languages. If all else fails, hail the Google god and machine translation.

2. With you 100%. How come some sellers can ship across borders for almost zero extra cost, while others want an extra £45!

3.Depends. Postcode lottery and all that.

4. The Euro one (min 2 years) is often better than anyone offers anyway (Apple!)

5. Trading Stadards. Hmm. When I was in Bristol, I accidentally bought something in Gloucester. Not hard when you consider that Bristol's only mall was really in Gloucester. Bristol TS says "not in Bristol; can't help". Glouchester's says " not a Gloucestershire council tax payer; can't help" YMMV

6. With you 150% What a fuck-up. Also causing us nightmares here.

7. Really the same as 6.

8. Depends on the courier really. The fault of the seller for not really trying.

9. Serves you right for not using the £ :)

10. Really? You've found an online company that offers support. Fsking hell do tell. WHO!?

The thing is that you have touched on a few items that get in the way. But WHY THE FUCK can't I PAY FOR a UK Kindle book on the UK Kindle website using a UK account, with a UK address in UK pounds? I wonder how quickly things would change if they told Amazon et al. that people could legally copy their book/video etc. if they refused to allow people to pay for it across birders? (see icon.Time for a relaxing café)

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Please tell me; what is the shipping cost on a Kindle book? But no - here in Spain I can only buy Kindle books in Spanish from the Spanish Amazon (digital downloads are the same, including the Amazon UK credits that I have on my account). The problems with that are: the Spanish Amazon is in Spanish, the books are in Spanish (and the there are VERY few textbooks about spacecraft design in Spanish) and they want paying in Euros. In addition, they probably don't work on a UK bought Kindle. Don't try to tell me that isn't artificial.

Oh and why is it I can buy something on the Spanish Amazon in Spain, and they still send it from the UK Amazon distribution centre, but buying the same thing in Amazon UK adds £15 to the postage charge?

Just to add insult to injury; in both cases I am buying from a "shop" in Luxemburgo!

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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Re: why should the coumtry in which the item is sold enjoy the biggest tax 'take'?

I'm not sure that they are saying that all the profit on manufacturing/selling the phone should be taxed in Australia. Rather what is not OK, is Apple Aus "buying" the phone for $999, selling it for $1000 and declaring $1 profit. Meanwhile Apple Ireland/Holland make $499 profit by buying the phone from the subcontract manufacturers for $500 and selling it to Apple Aus for $999

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Airbus to sue NSA, German spies accused of swiping tech secrets

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@HitSnooze

"How is this the Yanks fault? The Yanks made requests..."

So does that mean if I ask a hitman to kill someone for me, I haven't done anything wrong either? It is up to the hitman to decide if that is right or wrong?

And that's without even knowing if any pressure was put on BND to do it.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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App idea

OK I have a really unique app idea. It's a button that when pressed plays a far noise. Would this app be accepted - after all think of the utility - much more useful than a watch that told the time!

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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Re: Password rage

I wrote down my VbV password once (the horror) just to prove to myself that I wasn't going senile, and it still didn't work. When I managed to complain to someone knowledgeable there, he admitted to me that the password was automatically retired after 4 weeks of no use, so that was the reason why. Now I just reset it every time.

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MAYHEM in ORBIT: Russian cargo pod spins OUT OF CONTROL

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A couple of points. AFAIK the Progress is the only way of re-fueling the ISS now that there are no more ATVs (Anyone feel free to correct me on this).

There is no hope in hell of another ATV mission. The production line has been closed, and for example some of the standard "off the shelf" components take 53 weeks to arrive after ordering. Add in Assembly, Integration and Test, and you'd be lucky to still remember this failure by the time it arrived!

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Hubble hits 25th anniversary IN SPAAACE – time for telescope to come home

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However, servicing WILL be possible, and it's been fitted with a docking device to make sure it can be done safely. The problem though is that Hubble was designed to have units removed and replaced in orbit, but the James Webb, no, so it would be difficult.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Re: GPO

The "basic policy" fails when a Word file, Excel file, JPEG, etc. are all executable. That means that you can only save your Word files to disk D: and only open ones on disk E: At that point you have to revert to typewriters

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: Randomly add frames

Doesn't work very well for translations, believe me. You need consistency. Imagine that you have 3 episodes, sent to 3 translators. The first translates "constructor" as "carpenter", the 2nd as "brick layer" and the 3rd as "welder". All of a sudden in the 3rd episode, you find out the killer was the welder and you are left wondering who the he'll that is when you haven't heard of them before. For the same reason, you need a few episodes after the current one to work out how to translate things that evolve in the plot.

I often watch films with audio and subtitles in different languages, and some films lose all meaning because of botched translations.

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Stress me, test me, vex me ... boffins seek Hall Effect in frustrated magnets

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Re: Well? Did they or not?

and what did they find out about "the way the frictionless transfer of electricity works"? Mr Ohm is spinning in his grave as I write this.

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Re: ABS?

Most ABS sensors that I have seen are actually inductive. Not a bad idea considering that coils of wire are a lot more robust than pieces of silicon and high-gain amplifiers.

As for the reason for doing away with mechanical points in ignition systems, you only have to look at a set after a few thousand miles to know that a transistor could do a better job. Add in the fact that the advance timing for optimum spark doesn't just depend on manifold vacuum, and you'll probably want to calculate the optimum time for the spark, and drive the coil electronically.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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Re: Amazon

Amazon have got really bad recently. I often buy from the UK (where a DVD costs £2.50 instead of the 15€ here in Spain). Also Amazon UK has so many things that Amazon Spain does not.

Now they smack an instant charge on buying anything, and at the last minute say it can't be shipped to Spain, with a helpful link. The helpful link says that it can be shipped to Spain. If some Bozo came here, I'd explain the problems to him personally.

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Part of CAP IT system may be scrapped after digital fail – MPs

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Re: Digital Savings

You forgot to add in the 600M fine last time, so it cost 950M in total.

The icon is because if it was in a film I wouldn't think it credible.

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Re: Shameful (Shoe is on the other foot?)

Apples and Oranges.

"I agree that the US Legal system should have no direct authority beyond US borders" and "...assumes that European courts have no jurisdiction of US companies"

I see how you have confused legal borders with who a shareholder is. If "Facebook Ireland", which is a company firmly within the borders or Ireland (and also within Europe) does things that are contra to Irish or European law, then why shouldn't the Irish or European law system be able to rectify the problem? What difference does it make if "Facebook Ireland" is owned by an entity in the US?

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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"...and they only want outgoing audio to work..."

Do what now? If I set a firewall to outgoing connections only, can I make outgoing conenctions? Even though to make a connection the other end has to say "YES" to my connection request?

Or are you saying that "outgoing conenctions" means that it makes no connections, because it can't hear the other end say "YES"?

and if outgoing connections only means that it can't recceive anything, how does outgoing audio work, without knowing that the connection has been opened, or without negotiating a codec?

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Yeah it will also be great driving on the continent with 120MPH speed limits because no one thought about MPH vs KPH. Also they tend to have speed limit signs with arrows just before the exit telling you that the exit road has a speed limit of 40KPH for example - be fun driving along at 120 and the car suddenly deciding that 40 is better!

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Hawk like an Egyptian: Google is HOPPING MAD over fake SSL certs

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Re: Odd?

Came here to say the same about self certs - if you control the machines. The comment about China doesn't make sense - they could've just issued the certs themselves if they wanted them. More likely is that someone with a hold over the company in Egypt wanted to spy on machines that they don't own.

More to the point is the number of organisations with their hooks in private companies, plus the number of data breaches, means that even if SSL wasn't broken it almost wouldn't matter.

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EU creative collection agencies want YouTube et al to pay their wages

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Re: Organised crime is in the wrong business @Ratfox

"On the other hand, there is something to be said for protecting people from exploitative conditions."

You mean like a European law saying that you have no choice, you have to use Agency XXX or YYY (who are in a cartel) to sell your product (even if I don't want to sell it, but give it away free!).

As an aside, would this also mean that free apps that include something "creative" would suddenly become illegal?

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

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Re: Tricked to visiting site...

It's even easier than that. You just hack a site like CNN, Reddit, theregister, etc. where you know your identified targets will be going, and place the code on there. We've seen sites that are very professional specific hacked to be nice watering holes for this type of thing.

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Re: Hang on...

"So a flaw in the Flash player needs the .SWF files re-compiling. "

Is this the case though? Or is it that the SDK compiled buggy code that could be compromised?

e.g. if your C compiler builds code that allows out of bounds memory leaks even when you ask it to do bounds checking, would you agree that it's an error in the compiler, or would you say that the processor that actually runs the code is at fault?

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: An odd decision by Apple

"Snow Leopard is 6 years old."

Bought a MBP new in 2012 and it came with Snow Leopard. Bloody Apple ripped me off then? Selling me a 3 year old OS?

Lion came out shortly after in 2012 (or 2013?) and is OK. Mountain Lion never worked. The latest greatest also seems to have lots of problems amounts those I know who upgraded, not only that networking doesn't work!

The problem with Xcode is a bit unfair. I think that officially Lion is no longer available, but see if you can beg permission to buy an upgrade - it was only something like £10

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Re: Looks stupid from an enterprise perspective...

"It's been said before that the best Windows laptop is a Macbook

Yeah, but that was some time before. Now no option for a power user - 17" screen? Nope. Anti-mirror screen? Nope. Just been looking, and shudder - the upgrade for a MBP seems to be a Dell mobile workstation - twice the ram, twice the processor, 4 GPU options (no idea if they'll fail the same way as the one in the MBP though) - heck it even has a network port to connect to a network!

At the last moment Apple agreed to replace the motherboard in the MBP, so it's staying, but the replacement wouldn't have been a new MBP.

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

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Re: energy for cloud-cuckoo land

Why from space? Because except for a few days around the equinox, the satellite has sunlight 24/7 (and even then, the longest "night time" is about 70 mins in 24 hours). The Sahara has nights in between all the daytimes, which is not great if you want 24 hour power.

As far as the amount of power and birds, etc, the normal plan is to beam the power with a density of about 1kW/M^2, which is the same a normal sunlight. One thing missing from this report is efficiency - normally conversion to microwave is normally only about 50% efficient.

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Ping-pong sueballs: Bankruptcy dogs LightSquared's chances

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"It remains uncertain whether the FCC will reinstate the licence. Despite the issue of GPS interference, LightSquared is certain that the network is viable, and that the interference issues can be managed. "

But this is the license that says they can transmit signals between satellites and the gound. They have always been free to do this. What they are not free to do is transmit high power ground-ground signals on a band that was specifically set aside only for satellite to ground use to avoid interference with GPS.

Meanwhile they are still finding money to pay to Inmarsat in return for Inmarsat not using their own license, even though Lightsquared is not using it. I can see this going on for a while yet.

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

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Re: Much as I like android..

"waiting not just for the handset maker but also the network (depending on your device) to bother to update it."

It's worse than that. I always buy my devices directly, not through the networks. I had to watch as each network OKed the software update and rolled it out. Only once every network was happy with the new version, did the stock manufacturer version get the update.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Re: Sort of related question

Depends on your boiler, but the better thermostats don't just tell the boiler to run at full wack and then switch off for a bit, and then on for a bit...

The better ones measure the actual temperature compared to the set-point, and then tell the boiler to heat the water to a certain temperature. A friend has one, and during the day it only heats the water to about 28°C, so the boiler runs at about 98% efficient. Over night the temperature increases to about 55°C as the temperature drops outside and the losses from the house increase.

Bare in mind that at full wack, the boiler can maintain the house at 20°C, with the outside at -10°C, and the outside is almost never that cold! However, this means running the water at a much higher temperature, so the boiler is much less efficient.

Check if your boiler supports "Opentherm" and if it does, look for an opentherm thermostat.

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How does a global corporation switch to IP Voice?

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Re: Interception law

"Unless your company name has 6 letters and means a really really big number, then you wont own the communications network used to transmit the VOIP traffic, so interception is still just as possible as with the ISDN used previously."

I'm sorry, but your WAN is unencrypted between your sites? Someone sitting in the middle can just read all your docs, emails, etc.? Next you'll tell me that you don't have a firewall, and any user on the internet can just connect to your file servers?

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: wait, what?

Fail. You have seen the marketing words 13MP and Zeiss and think it must be excellent.

You have missed the 30 second shutter delay, failure to auto-focus 99% of the time, and requirement for a 1kW light because of poor low-light performance. (Parameters made up to show how MP and Zeiss are not everything, and probably don't apply to this particular phone)

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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Re: If the SIM is compromised, what does it matter?

All the SIM does is effectively validate who you are via key checking and allow some normal encryption between you are the base station. Since you can't trust the network anyway, the data needs to be separately encrypted on the phone, and decrypted by the receiver's phone. In that case having the key to the normal encryption only allows you to decrypt that part of it in the air between phone and base station. However, the separate encryption would still be intact .

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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I'm not sure if this is really news, or is just being said again to highlight the tensions.

When the US (Europe?) originally said that the ISS would only have a short life, Russia was already saying that they would look at keeping their kit up and even building more on it. The fact is their last module will still smell of new paint on the planned retirement date (how's it going? got a launch date yet?)

However, the way that the sabre rattling is going on all sides, I'm worried that the politics will get in the way.

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Hellooo, NSA? The US State Department can't kick hackers out of its networks – report

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“We deal successfully with thousands of attacks every day,” ... it's just the other 500 that get in past the Welcome mat.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Speed of electrons

"Vacuum Reference Cable"

We have quite a complex compressor and liquid helium to maintain our vacuum. How do they do that in a cable?

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Re: too much hate

"Oh, and no mention of the Terry Gilliam cameo?"

Well that was quite good, but wasn't the steam punk a bit out of place considering everything else? or was it a comment about the standard of IT in social services?

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Privacy alert: Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev

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Man-in-the-middle servers?

I might be a bit uneducated on things, by why does the app need a separate server to fetch the email from your mail-server and then serve it to the phone?

My current (non Outlook/non exchange) setup has the app directly connect by IMAP to the mail-server and handles push notifications without polling. What is wrong with that solution?

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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I can't comment on why people don't like your post, however I want to answer what you have said. I don't think that the FCC has said that commercial premesis must allow anyone to carry anything they want onto their premesis; nor have they said that they have to allow any activity.

However, the RF bands used by WiFi are open, un-licensed bands free for use by the public, as long as certain rules are obeyed. The FCC is claifying, in un-technical terms, that blocking peoples use of that band it not allowed (you are not allowed to broadcast noise with unlimited power to block people, nor are you allowed to send otherwise legal transmissions that block people).

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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Re: nice one

"You may be surprised to learn Reader and Flash are not their only products."

Perhaps the original poster knows this already.

For example, we use Lightroom, and still now in 2015 it does not support the idea that you store your photo library on a network and allow you to have your photos and the catalogue for them on that network. Allowing concurrent users to access that same catalogue would be even better!

Wake up Adobe. The network has existed for more than 50 years, and I don't see many laptops that support 8TB of photos without them being stored externally. (I'm not even going to mention CC - oops!)

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Some Androids can be HOSED by WiFi Direct vuln

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Re: A charming mental image.

"So basically android is bollocks, and google is being a c*nt then."

Android is pretty good IMHO, however, you are spot on with point 2.

As an aside, this bug would not be possible on an iDevice - no WiFi Direct. If you shoot a video of your friends kid on your phone and try to transfer it to him, you are met with:

"What's WiFi Direct? My iPhone doesn't have that."

"OK, so you have copied the video to your NAS over WiFi, how do I connect to that with an iPhone?"

Me: How about transfer by Bluetooth? - "No only bluetooth works for headphones."

"OK, tell you what, you'll have to email it to me." so that the video is sent all around the world to get from one phone to the one 2cm from it.

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Re: Not sure why that was downvoted @DougS

Hasn't MS just done the same though? Haven't they said that they are not going to fix the security bugs in IE 9 (The default in most corporate PCs), and that the solution is to download another browser?

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INTERNET of STUFF: Google to replace old Dropcams for $0.00

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"Few vendors would be as generous in this situation"

To be honest, if Ford decided to flick a switch that means all previously bought cars suddenly stopped working, they'd have to do something similar. Of course, if Google didn't want to do that, they'd just have to keep the old service working without change and switch on a new, independant service for the new cameras.

Alas this is the problem with buying a piece of hardware that needs a connection to the borg back home just to relay video from a camera sitting next to me to the laptop on my lap!

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Seagate's spinning rust most likely to crash, claims backup biz

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Re: Seagate 3TB

I don't know how the greens perform, but last upgrade of my small NAS saw me switch from Hitachi to WD reds (for capacity reasons). The WD reds get about half the data throughput compared to the Hitchi (Hitachi were 7200). That is despite the special pixie dust that WD claim to put in them for high-performance Raid use.

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