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8 posts • joined 13 Mar 2009

Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

Simon Beckett

PIPCU holding page

That holding page is highly reminiscent of the page used by browser hijacks purporting to be from the Metropolitan Police... All it needs is a "click here to proceed" button.

On a wider note they are on a slippery slope if they start closing off websites because there is an accusation against them; even if a case is in progress this still implies guilty until proven innocent, which is the new backbone of UK law enforcement. Next time Apple and MS get in a spat maybe they should have their sites closed down?

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

Simon Beckett
Paris Hilton

Re keyless start

My neighbour has a Jag with keyless start which he parks very close to his house. Last week he managed to get in, start it, and drive 30 miles, at which point he remembered his keys in his jacket in the porch at home. Unfortunately not before he'd turned the engine off.

Paris - because she rarely has trouble turning anything on.

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Microsoft rolling out Windows Phone 8 update in Europe

Simon Beckett
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Warning, may contain positive comments

I've had my 820 for a couple of weeks and for a brand new product with a brand new operating system it seems pretty sorted. Irritations? Yes of course... My WM6.5 had the ability to reject calls with a text, and I missed it. The call quality at my end isn't great so I find myself using my Jabra a lot. The calendar takes ages to sync unless I add something to it and then it does everything. Battery life's not as good as my HTC HD2 but then I'm using it a lot more. Positives? The voice recognition is excellent out of the box with no training (more than could be said for the first incarnation of Siri), it reads me my text messages and allows me to dictate responses. The interface is easy to use and a lot more flexible, I haven't needed to buy windows mobile 8 for dummies yet. The back button is truly inspired, probably the most useful thing I've seen in ages.

It is all horses for courses, as an earlier poster said at least they are issuing fixes, and I'm sure they'll fix my gripes. And as a later poster said, all the phone OS's have their problems, some inherent in the OS, some inherent in the hardware, and some inherent in the manufacturers implementation of the OS.

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TVShack O’Dwyer strikes deal to avoid US extradition

Simon Beckett
Stop

Re: will they let him in

Theoretically because he cant use ESTA (even if he had been arrested in the uk only this would still be the case, a fact that very few people know until its too late) he will need a visa to enter the US, I assume since this deal is brokered at a high level that will be issued. He'll have to visit the us embassy in london and pay for that as well of course, and the PoE officer (that's point of entry not power over Ethernet) can still refuse entry if he/she feels like it.

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Capita ITS asks to-be-axed staffers to pose for marketing pic

Simon Beckett
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No-one reads the title anyway...

Capita certainly have a knack for taking expert customer focussed companies and turning them in to faceless short term money making machines.

For example, I was working for them through the millenium change over and they just couldn't understand why, having replaced 80% of the kit at our fixed base of clients in12 months, we were unlikely to meet the compulsory 20% on top of the 1999 income.

Capita owes its success to the lazy nature of public sector and large customers - you'd like to think that that this kind of corporate and manglement failure would lead to a mass exodus of customers, even the public sector ones. What happened in my case was that within 12 months the 10 strong team of fantastic engineers were all but gone, but unbelievably most of the clients were still there.

Mine's the one with the Dummies Guide to Being Outsourced and a letter saying simply "ya boo sucks" in the pocket.

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Seagate poised to swallow LaCie, haul fattened bod into channel

Simon Beckett
Coat

Never mind the build quality...

I choose LaCie as a manufacturer for the same reason I choose many suppliers - their technical support. Never had a bad experience, competent and flexible, although in fairness I've probably had to use their support more than I ought to, which does bring in to question the build quality. New power supply anyone?

I suspect the support will be the first thing to get flushed away, like an expensive cache.

Si.

(Mines the one with the "My other external drive is block-paved" badge)

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Matrix 4 and 5 in works, threatens Keanu

Simon Beckett
Go

@ Jon Double Nice Re: Vic Reeves

Hmm I can just see him rubbing his knees at The Oracle while she bakes cookies.

Or maybe Jim Reeves? Oh wait...

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ISS crew flees flying space junk

Simon Beckett

"inverse the polarity"

I thought that was Dr Who?

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