* Posts by Test Man

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100s of Virgin Media customers hit by handset repair glitch, telco admits

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Re: I know I'll get downvoted but...

"They've been screwing my parents over for years but not letting them know they are on a crap, expensive service (been on them since the Telewest days)"

Why is it their responsibility? Surely your parents should be making sure that they are on the cheapest deal come renewal?

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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"My old car developed a fault with its keyfob which caused the doors to lock followed by all the windows to open fully"

You sure this was down to the keyfob? IIRC VW Group cars (SEAT, Golfs, etc.) can do that by putting the key into the driver's side, and then turning and holding the key one way.

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A lot of cars have electronic boot locks now, that's just the way it's going. Mine has, which means that there's no key lock to lock it manually at all, even though the procedure to centrally lock the car is the same as the VW Golf that preceded it.

My sister-in-law had a Honda with an electronic boot lock too, but unfortunately it developed a problem where it didn't work at all so needed to be manually opened from the inside (by opening the back seats to get into the boot to be able to access the mechanical boot unlocker).

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: uhd? i dont want hd!

I wish that the Freeview spec mandated the use of automatic update of the channel list. I had an old box that did do that but no other box or TV owned since does this, so I have to retune every few months only when I hear that there is a new channel or a reorg. It's worse than the analogue days, I mean we're in the digital age so why do we still have to retune? Come on, Sky have solved this one even when it was still analogue!

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They said that there'll be a "roll-back" EPG so you'll actually be able to go back 7 days and watch shows that are available on catch-up.

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: Speed limit reduction

"Was that after the very-public double-Volvo crash tests of exactly this feature where they totalled all the cars involved in front of the world's press?

Brave guy."

Wasn't that Merc cars? And wasn't that down to the fact that the tech wasn't actually ready at the time so they relied on a hidden wooden board on the ground to indicate to the driver to brake but the suspension cushioned the wooden board "ramp" far too well so the driver didn't realise he had to brake and he plowed into the car in front?

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Re: Good enough

Blu-ray

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Re: DRM again........

"My father's primary form of entertainment is TV and film due to reduced mobility and eyesight (50 inch screen up-close helps with that). BD though is a huge problem - he recently purchased Interstellar and it would no-longer play on his HTPC as the Power DVD 10 BD edition required an upgrade..... out of support.... want another £50 of him to upgrade to Power DVD 14 BD. This happened previously with Power DVD 7 BD edition..."

This is not the fault of Blu-ray, rather the fault of PowerDVD. Buy a different software player that doesn't require you to pay for an upgrade.

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

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Re: Rent a door lock?

"A lot of people already possess remote locks on hire-purchase - the locks on their cars." by your logic that could also apply to a house with a mortgage. So what's your point?

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Not sure what the problem is here. Seeing as we won't see Windows 10 on general availability till Q4 anyway, it's not a problem whatsoever.

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Well there's been a few Sky businesses operating in Europe for years now (Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland, etc.). And they've been featured in movies (Sky News in Independence Day, for example). So I don't think it's a case of "no one knows who Sky is outside of the UK".

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Re: so will they ship media codecs?

The Media Center for Windows 8 is the addon to buy if you want the media codecs, that was the point (to not include it but to make it available for people who want it, therefore only paying licence fees according to how many people actually opt for it). For most people, this actually didn't affect them considering most OEMs ship third-party DVD players anyway, which come with their own codecs.

In the article it says that there'll be a "DVD only" option. In other words, the current option will be stripped of the Media Center component but otherwise it'll be the exact same procedure as it is for Windows 8 and 8.1. Again for most people it's not going to be a problem anyway considering that again most OEMs ship third-party DVD players anyway.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Thank God we're getting rid of "Patch Tuesday". I remember how it was before and it was much better when updates were released as they were done.

I always thought that the excuse for "Patch Tuesday" (businesses like to have a date when they know patches are coming) was a bit weak, because they can and should be implementing their own patch schedule, and not stop others from getting the patches as soon as it's available if they want it.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: So...

"How often do planes operate, without shutting down, for more than eight months at a time?"

Think about it - when do you ever power down your car? Never. Switching the ignition to "0" isn't turning it off in the same way pressing the power button on your TV isn't actually turning it off either. The same with planes.

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This is Spartan? No, it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

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Re: Close, but still no cigar

" Why can't MS do this?"

Why should they?

Windows 8.1 - you're getting a free upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 8 - why are you still on this when you get a free upgrade to 8.1? Also, see above.

Windows 7 - old, and Microsoft are clearly pushing 7 users to 8 and 10 anyway, this is yet another carrot. If you don't want to, fine, IE11 is perfectly fine, as well as the multitude of other browsers.

Windows Vista - LOL

Windows XP - double LOL

Windows 2000 - fool

Windows ME/98SE/98/95 - *pfffffffffftpppfpfpptptpppp!*

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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Re: Apple...

We know what you mean but technically speaking it wouldn't have been possible as 1. the apps wouldn't have been delivered from the App Store and 2. they didn't have wifi onboard so any deliberate "pulling" of apps would never have been possible.

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

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Microsoft managed to kinda do that with their Windows 7 Starter Edition OS...

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TWO-FACED Facebook: Vid calls slapped into blabber app

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Who cares though when everyone is using Facebook Messenger? This is good news when all your friends are also on this app.

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Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

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Re: What I want from NFC phone payments

This is exactly the same as for every single payment in history ever, so I don't see why you're making out as if it's a negative. Obviously it's up to you to view the amount on the cash register display whether you're paying via cash, card, cheque, Apple Pay, whatever.

The whole point is to just pay in a near-instant, so you're not going to be able to have your phone display the amount on it at the time of "bonking" because by then it's too late, you've paid.

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Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

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Re: All change please!

Why would it need GPS? Google already knows where you are even with GPS off (from cell and wifi data).

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Android finally shows up for work, app in hand

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Something missing from the article is that the app is for Android 4.x only. Android 5.x has no need for the app because the support is already built-in.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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"How can Google be said to control billions of desktops when the people involved can all switch search engines tomorrow if they wanted to."

I think you're missing the point. The billions of desktops don't know how or don't desire to switch engines tomorrow, that's the problem! I know someone who, instead of putting in company name and adding a .com to the end will fire up Google and put in company name in there, every single time. She doesn't know anything, because Google is the defacto and default search engine, hell, Google IS the internet. Therefore Google can promote ANYTHING and she will simply lap it up without querying it. This is potentially DANGEROUS.

What hope is there for others when Google has such a wide reach they can influence people at will to the total detriment of other companies?

"How can Analytics be said to have no competitors when anyone could write one tomorrow, or how about using Piwik or KISSmetrics or Clicky or Woopra or Open Web Analytics or FoxMetrics or ClickTale or Mint or GoingUp! or Crazy Egg or Mouseflow or Chartbeat or GoSquared or Moz Analytics or etc or etc or etc."

Have you actually tried to write a competitor site and then tried to actually get it promoted? When Google is the one controlling the views of billions of desktop, how do you think your company, who is a direct competitor, is actually going to fare regarding promotion when Google controls the view and, unchecked, will also stop you from being noticed at all?

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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"(although I think I need to know why my eldest son can unlock my phone and not my youngest!)"

:D

Ask your wife ;)

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

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Re: What amazes me...

Actually, it took a picture of the whole web page, including the bits that aren't visible in the browser (that needs scrolling to see).

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Re: Popular?

It doesn't replicate the Print Screen feature. It took a picture of the whole web page, including the bits that aren't visible in the browser (that needs scrolling to see).

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Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

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Re: Turkey holding hands with America.

So, nothing like the Americans then.

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Intel shows Google how to stick it real good

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Re: This should be compared to the Amazon FireTV Stick

"Doesn't the FireTV Stick compete with the Chromecast?"

Yes, so indeed not the same thing, as it's not a full computer.

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Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

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Re: Disappointing

"They know they broke VS and Hyper-V, but were willing to distribute it anyway. This does not inspire confidence in the quality or stability of the final product."

It's a beta. Obviously things may break. That's how they TEST things. Fool.

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

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Re: BT subsidiaries?

No, because PlusNet is PlusNet, not BT, obv.

Yes, PlusNet is owned by BT, but being owned by them doesn't suddenly mean they are BT.

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Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

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Re: I don't really like Apple/iOs

"I'd rather have that sensation than Google scanning through all my documents...<snip!>"

Shut up.

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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Re: Yeah...

By that reckoning, nor is (central) London (using the EE network here is an AWFUL experience)

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

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They were banned at the Emirates and White Hart Lane by Arse-enal and Spurs weeks ago, too. Thank God, because if you're too stupid to bring one in, instead of concentrating on the flaming match you paid for, then you deserve it confiscated.

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

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Total utter idiot.

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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It's not hard. They should have just served up children's ads regardless of signed-in status full stop. No need to segment. Considering it was content "suitable for all" they should have simply erred on the side of caution.

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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Not sure what the problem is. It's customisable. So customise it.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: I sincerely believe

"You can go to Google news yourself and check out the facts...news.google.com."

Or news.google.es... oh! :p

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Sony Pictures email hack: The bitter 'piracy war' between Google and Hollywood laid bare

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Re: Bending forward?

Correlation doesn't equal causation.

This is basic stuff, so pull your head out of your arse.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Yeah, I didn't think it was possible to close UK (or even London) airspace either, because clearly they CAN fly airplanes without radar, etc., but obviously they'd have to resort to pen and paper, and fly airplanes into the area one at a time.

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Re: IN HARTFORD, HEREFORD AND HAMPSHIRE.....

"IN HARTFORD, HEREFORD AND HAMPSHIRE....."

*HERTFORD - get it right!

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Microsoft tries to defend Irish servers from US g-men invasion, again

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Re: Crank up the farce to 11

"It could actually end up in the Judge directing an officer of Microsoft Corp directing an Officer of Microsoft Eire ltd to hand over the data and the Officer of Microsoft Eire refusing on the grounds of Irish/Eu law."

They already have - what do you think this whole furore is all about?

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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Re: dumb question... how to install "out of band"

They pulled it. Otherwise you could have installed it at will.

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US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

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I'd also run that question to Amazon as well... the Amazon that operates in the UK that is.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: The answer is still no.

"I paid for Win7 when my last laptop died (XP) and won't replace it until it also dies."

Most people do the same, you're no special.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Here's a thought. The Crossguard lightsabre is wielded by Luke Skywalker and the crossguard is there to stop his hand from being sliced again.

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Re: Are they dropping legacy apps???

"As I understood it, the version number allowed apps to run in compatibility mode if they weren't the latest and greatest. It'll be interesting how this plays out if that was true."

No. The main reason why it's been the same major version number since Vista is to accommodate those awful programmers who solely rely on the major version number to determine whether their apps are compatible or not. For these applications, changing the major version number may cause those programs to insist that your version of Windows isn't compatible, even though there is no actual reason for it to not work.

However, we're in 2014, and those lazy programmers have had nearly 10 years to change their ways, and with VMs and virtual layers within Windows (like the previous poster mentioned) as well as a Windows Store that works differently with regards to versions of Windows, there is no excuse now.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Ah! The hotel I stayed in in Cheshire was stripping SSL from my Google searches, despite me being logged in (the hotel wifi was provided by BT Wifi). I thought it was weird but Google reckoned that it was the choice of the hotel admin.

Still, they couldn't stop me from using https://encrypted.google.com though, so fuck 'em.

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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Re: Reality and Reason?

Who cares if Microsoft Corporation partly or wholly own Microsoft Ireland, or the former begat the latter, or whether Microsoft Corporation controls Microsoft Ireland?

Fact is Microsoft Ireland is in Ireland and is subject to Irish and EU laws.

Therefore, Microsoft Corporation cannot compel Microsoft Ireland to break those laws no matter what any idiotic judge says.

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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Re: Just not hard.

Exactly. Simple icon overlay would do it. Anyone who wants everything synced can simply use the relevant option that is already there in PC Settings.

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"After it was finished I copied back all her personal files from her OneDrive"

That's your mistake there. When it's in OneDrive and you have to reinstall Windows 8.1 you don't need to "copy" anything, you just simply find the folder and mark it as "Always Available Offline". Voila!

No need to copy things to another folder, ever.

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Re: Exactly

"MS should just copy dropbox. (I would say buy drop box but I like dropbox and want to continue to use a good product.)"

What Microsoft are doing to OneDrive in Windows 10 is exactly how it works in Dropbox, and exactly how it worked in Windows 8. It was Windows 8.1 that introduced the "placeholders" feature, and judging by a rep for Microsoft's comment on the matter, they plan to drop it.

However, if you read the article, there are numerous problems with readopting a "selective sync" approach, one of which is that if you hide files in Windows Explorer, they aren't viewable or useable in Windows Explorer. The proposed "fix" for this (allowing you to search offline) isn't good enough - how do they think you're going to be able to find that one pic of your 8-month old in a cute outfit amongst thousands of "DSCFxxxx,jpg" filenames?

No matter how it's spun, removing placeholders is a step backwards, plain and simple.

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