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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: C'mon

They're solid and reliable, and when you pair them with a nice Rega phono stage, along with an Ortofon Arkiv stylus, they're perfect for archiving your vinyl off to digital formats, because no matter how much of an event listening to vinyl is, it's most certainly not as practical ;-)

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

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Re: Renaissance

There's been one on the BBC News web site for a while ;-)

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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Re: 2G - 20 years on

"Sometimes I think we in the UK have a 3rd world level of service from the mobile operators."

I think that sometimes too, but then I to places like the US and Canada, and realise that while we may have annoyances with the mobile providers here, at least we're (relatively) only paying third-world prices for them.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Really in the post KitKat World.... (Or the shape of things to come?)

@ Michael Habel: "Whats's that Movies and Music? Isn't this what the Cloud was made for? I for One love XBMC (Movies), and Google Music... For umm Music streaming."

Streaming will probably be fine in 10 or 20 years time, but not yet; data is too expensive, service too unreliable, and coverage too patchy at present.

And that's if you never leave your home country of course - if you do, you try streaming all your music and movies for 2 or 3 weeks while on holiday or away for work - bill "shock" will be an understatement for what you feel when you get home, and that's only if your provider lets you use more than xxMB while you're off network.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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@ Johnr: "When you were in the gym and had one on your belt or arm you could adjust the volume , skip and pause without looking at it."

I thought that was what the controls on my headphone cord were for, and that works with an iPod or and iPhone.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Never understood this

@RAMChYLD: "So the consensus is, people don't like being tracked while on a desktop, but is fine with being tracked on a fondleslab or mobe?"

Good catch. Good question. Perhaps people are more ashamed of what they search their computer for than what they search their phone for?

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Re: Slow news day?

@AC: "Apple have finally cottoned on that they can make money from it"

Ugh. No. They're not making money from this functionality.

Note: I cite as many sources for that "fact" as you do for yours.

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Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Huh?

@Stacy: "Why should Apple also need a copy of the search request?"

This is answered in the article.

Apple takes your request, effectively anonymizes it (by using a fake UID that changes every 15 minutes, thus defeating any attempts by the search provider to build up a tracking profile of you) and then sends it on.

Guess what it all comes down to is: If you leave the functionality enabled, who would you trust more? Apple (who make profit by selling you the hardware) or the search providers (who make money by selling your profile to advertisers)?

Obviously, it's Apple in this binary choice. Only an idiot would argue otherwise.

However, Apple did do a "bad" here. They should have had a big alert come up with an In / Out choice, which would have gotten people's informed consent. Some of us (I would argue probably ONLY the kinds of people who read the Reg) would opt out. Most everyone else would opt in.

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Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Huh?

@maffski: "I might be thick, but why would it have to send the search to Apple in order to send the search to Google etc?"

Aside from the fact it's not Google, I guess it doesn't HAVE to, but it does, to effectively anonymize your searches from "Google" et al. or they would use your UID to track you - as Apple say, they change this for you every 15 minutes. Not something that "Google" would do for you.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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I don't see what the difference is?

..."when customers can switch operators and technologies in real-time the investment may dry up."

Why?

Why is this any different, really, to now?

I'm sure you'll still be able to buy carrier-locked phones and so on for the forseeable.

However, right now, if I buy an unlocked iPad or Nexus tablet, I can buy a SIM from any carrier I like in my home country, get a SIM-only deal and roll month to month, or indeed have two or more on the go and swap between them if there is poor service at home for example, and when I go on holiday I can get one from a local provider if I like (and I do - I have a Fido SIM from Canada and an AT&T one from the US)

Why does doing it in software make a difference?

Just because you can switch "SIM"s in software rather than physically doesn't mean you won't have to pay month to month or pay any less to the carriers you're choosing.

In fact, it might increase their profits. Off the bat I can think of a couple of ways - they no longer have the expense of manufacturing and distributing all those SIMs, and if you go somewhere on a long weekend, perhaps you can't be bothered to get a local SIM, but if it's just there in software and the offer of a 1-week or fixed-data plan is right there to buy, you may well go for it.

Change ≠ death-of-all-we-have-come-to-know.......

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Apple's iPhone bonk to 'Pay' app launches on Monday

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Re: But, but...

But that's the point - the merchant DOES NOT get the same data - every transaction you make using ApplePay uses a unique token (aka fake CC number). The merchant doesn't know your "real" card number. If they have an attack (hello Dairy Queen, Target, Home Depot, KMart, and others) then whatever information they have on you is USELESS and can't be used.

You're actually better protected using ApplePay than a regular swipe and sign CC in the US or an NFC or chip-and-PIN card in the rest of the world, partly because of these unique tokens, and partly because the CC number can't be read from the phone if it's stolen (like a CC) and there's no way it can be used (like a CC with copying the signature / looking over your shoulder at your PIN at an ATM and then nicking the card for chip-and-PIN).

You don't even have to trust Apple with your CC information - you only have to trust that they are being honest when they say they don't store it in the phone. Which if it turned out they were lying about, would cause massive outrage, so I think we can be pretty sure they're being honest.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: works fine for me

Works fine on N-3.

It's N-4 (or N-5 or N-6 depending on how you count) that it doesn't work on.

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Apple to unveil new iPads, iMacs and OS X Yosemite on 16 October, claim sources

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Well, I care - some innovation I came across..

While I agree with the general point, I would note that it's unlikely your test laptop will be able to use the Continuity/Handoff feature which you're describing of being able to take calls on the laptop / send SMS messages etc, because it requires Bluetooth 4, which your laptop from "mid 2010" won't have.

There was some talk of these features working if you added a BT4 USB dongle at some point, but I don't know if that was just with a beta version of Yosemite.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Why even bother with that?

For him, he should just put the CD in the drive and use iTunes to rip it, in lossless ALAC.

Done.

Other people might prefer FLAC or whatever else, but for him using iTunes, ALAC makes sense.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Hardly new news.

http://www.cultofmac.com/297404/get-bent-shocking-history-bent-smartphones/

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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"interesting to see if it's technically possible to do the same on the 6 Plus"

It is. And it doesn't feel (too) unstable (to me) while in the Apple case.

I bought it solely* because of the OIS, I would have preferred the vanilla 6, with the thought to return it or sell it on if I couldn't live with it, but it's really not stressing me out to use it - like you have found with your phone, you can do anything you need "one handed" it's just that you have to learn a new method.

* well, not solely, obviously, I like iOS, have lots of apps, don't hate Apple**, like the resale value etc.

** but neither am I a "fanboi" also owning a Nexus 5 for my work phone, and not hating that in any way either.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: @DougS @Vector

"The merchant's power lies in simply not adopting the system"

They certainly have that choice, but it has consequences - any merchant who does not make the switch (this is the US we're talking about - everywhere else in the western world already has, years ago) becomes liable for any fraudulent transactions which occur after the cut-off date.

And as we know from that experience in the rest of the world what happens is that fraud sharply falls off in the merchants which adopt and shifts over to those who haven't, which is why when your (European) credit card number is somehow stolen or cloned or generated by fraudsters it isn't USED in Europe, it can't be, it has to be used in places without these systems, hence the US or some Asian countries.

The same will happen in the US - those merchants who do not fall in line with what they payment processors are demanding will find themselves with an ever increasing share of the fraudulent transactions and will eventually (and by eventually, I don't mean in years, I mean in months) have to transition themselves or it will start to affect their bottom line, and that's something American shareholders will understand and ask questions of Management for.

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: The discs last 1000 years

Doesn't matter with M-DISC, as they can be read in a standard DVD drive, only the writer has to be special.

In 2047, when the last company making NX-Ray (TM) drives announces they're no longer going to make them (they had backwards compatibility to DVD, BluRay and UV-Ray (TM) you see) then whoever still has a (useless) archive on M-DISC will just read it off and transfer to Data Crystal storage.

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Banks ...

Well, Apple Pay doesn't (as far as we know so far) just require a single bonk - it needs for you to hold your iPhone to the reader while you pass Touch ID verification.

I'd argue that is probably as secure as Chip-and-PIN, which most everyone is happy with (at least compared to swipe/sign).

I add the "as far as we know" caveat because things may change with the Apple Watch. Perhaps with that, you can bonk with the watch and have your finger on the Touch ID sensor on your phone in your pocket, or perhaps you pre-authorise the Watch with a Touch ID verification when you put it on (remember - the watch monitors all the time, so it knows when you take it off, and locks itself and presumably won't do Apple Pay while off your wrist or until you verify with Touch ID at least once per "wrist session").

Anyhow, the short version is that a biometric is required for each transaction with Apple Pay as we know it now.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Paw Bokenfohr

2006 on MacOS. 10.5.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaces_%28software%29

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: So the watch then..

Kind of depends, doesn't it.

Perhaps (and we won't know for at least 4 months or so) this is absolutely the pinnacle of style *for its abilities*.

Perhaps it has more, and better sensors than others. Perhaps the screen is better than others. Perhaps the battery life is better than the rest. Perhaps a lot of things, but at present, we all know that form has to be traded against function with the smallest gadgets, because we can only miniaturise so far right now, especially thinking of batteries, so when it's actually released we can all judge whether this watch strikes the right balance for us or not.

But it's pretty much all down to the ecosystem anyway. If you have an iPhone, you're hardly likely to buy a Moto 360, and if you have a Nexus 5, you're hardly likely to buy an Apple Watch.

Really, when it comes down to it, it doesn't matter whether the Apple Watch is better than the Moto 360 or the Galaxy Gear or the LG G Watch or any other Android Wear based device. For an iPhone owner, it's the right choice. For n Android owner, well, that's where the others compete for business.

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Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Bah humbug

"wrong time to buy" / "if you'd waited a month"

No, he bought at the right time, assuming he wanted to buy new, and he wanted the 64GB version.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

Paw Bokenfohr

Again...

...I think everyone is asking the wrong questions.

It's not about what it looks like to a large degree - it just has to be reasonable, and not fugly (which it isn't - when you see them on people's wrists they look just fine - sure it's chunky but so is my current (normal) watch, it's not unusual).

Given that it is not fugly, what matters is what it DOES, and not even whether it does what YOU want it to do, being a Reg reader, journalist, or paid shill. It's whether it does what existing (and potential) iPhone 5 through 6+ owners want it to, since that is both their target market and a requirement - nobody will buy an iPhone to get the Apple Watch, but if you have an iPhone and you like the idea of being able to quickly see who's calling you before you grab your phone in a meeting, or read that text on the (crowded) train without getting your phone out or track your daily movements to get a little fitter, or get walking directions without anyone in a strange city you're visiting (and don't know how safe it is) seeing you head-down staring at Google Maps on your $1000 phone as you walk.

I suspect that tens of millions of the 200 million potential audience will want this.

It's not rubbish, it's not shit, it's not even overpriced really when you look at the functionality, it's well designed given the limitations of the technology, and it'll be improved on, in the same way as the iPad was, and people should just take a step back and a deep breath and stop with the vitriol.

If you don't like it, don't buy one.

If you do, do.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

Paw Bokenfohr

Bravo.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: A little over 110GB of music...

I suspect that a 128GB iPod Touch won't be long in coming, now that 2 models of iPhone are available in 128GB capacities.

And by the time your Classic fails, who knows, 256GB could be the norm.

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Paw Bokenfohr

While I agree, I also think this is a temporary situation. I suspect that as we now have iPhones with 128GB memory in them, it won't be long before we get an iPod Touch with 128GB and so by the time your trusty iPod fails they're likely to be available and may be all you need.

Or of course, there's always the option of having a NAS with iTunes server built in (most seem to these days) and keep your music on there and just stream it to the cheapest iPod available at the time that supports it.

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Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Other options

Why don't you trade in your "shite" Logitech speakers for the awesome UE Boom, and enjoy over 10 hours continuous great quality sound on one charge, via Bluetooth from just about any phone or music player including this rather nice looking Sony, or a rather nice looking iPhone?

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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At first, I'd thought this might be a sensible article.

...but then I got to the line "£10 a month to finance a Nokia, £15 a month to finance a Samsung and £20 for an iGabbler" and realised that this was just another AppleHate article, as I'm pretty sure that the author, if he can remember Nokia and Samsung properly, hadn't forgotten either Apple or iPhone by that point and substituted with "iGabbler" thus, proudly, showing the bias from which this article was written.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: @Steve Todd Unfortunate design choice

Why the hell should anyone care if the resolution of a 5.5" display is 1920x1080 or 2560x1440?

The people who tout having a Full HD display, the same as on your TV, only 10 times smaller (and so 10 times sharper) as a FAILING are falling in to the same trap as many low-end device vendors who still believe that we are in the 80s or 90s where SPECS are the thing which people are looking for rather than FUNCTION.

Nobody cares whether the device has 401ppi or 426ppi or 550ppi if they actually all look the same when you look at them. Nobody cares if your PHONE has a 2GHZ or 1.8GHz CPU, so long as it runs Angry Birds the same.

Yes, 30 years ago, it mattered if you had a 386SX at 25MHz or a 386DX at 33MHz, but this is 2014.

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iPHONEY: Fake iPhone 6 images splattered over Chinese internet

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: slow day?

Reese, Finch, Shaw or Root? Or maybe Fusco?

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Re: If they are indeed real ...

Agree with that. The worst looking iPhone since the 4 (I wasn't a fan of the plastic 3G / 3GS, though I didn't hate it). Even prefer the 5C to these mock-ups.

Guess I'll still be buying one, though - I want the 128GB and can hide the ugly with a case and looks aren't everything after all - but if they don't have that storage option I may well stick with the 5S for a cycle.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Guessing here...

iPhone 6C (a "recased" and "downcosted" 5S much like the 5C was from the 5), an iPhone 6 (the 4.7"), and an iPhone 6X (the 5.5")

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

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Interesting. Apple seem to be going the same way; iMessage is already shared across your iOS devices and Macs, along with your calendar and contacts etc. With Continuity in Yosemite+iOS8, they're extending that to SMS and MMS, along with phone calls etc. Seems like the same kind of deal here.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: So that's it?

RAMChYLD: I'd say something rude and probably question your parentage if I weren't such a gentleman. Before you spout off on the NHS, you should check yourself - it's the best in the world. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/17/nhs-health

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Comfortable local market ≠ world beating products.

You only have to look to Blackberry to see what happens when you have a local market which will support you no matter what.

In that case, it was Canadians good-natured patriotism to the plucky RIM which enabled them to continue, supported, down a path which others had abandoned because of the prevailing moves in the market, and if Russian and Chinese businesses and people are required to support local vendors, the same thing will happen; lack of competition → stagnation.

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

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Re: Seriously

"It's been leaked everywhere. Everything from the case to the ribbon cable that connects the buttons has been leaked and can be viewed online."

...while I'm personally not getting excited about the iPhone 6 launch, the case and ribbon cable are not what people care about / get excited about.

"I think the Apple excitement on a phone launched peaked at the 4S."

...wishful thinking.

"Only phone launch I'm excited about is the Galaxy Note 4 since Samsung have done a good job at suppressing all leaks so far."

...yawn, just like iPhone 6 launch.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Avoid these phones

Firefox runs fine on my Nexus 5.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Couldn't agree more

I only have my own experience of the online services from Xbox and PS for this, but I'd say that Xbox users are more raving, but I think that's just an extension of the relative immaturity of the gamers I seem to encounter on the two platforms.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Cheltenham again?

@AC:

VM are quite clear with their users (of which I am one) that their email service is provided by Google, and it's very obvious that this is the case when you use webmail anyway, so you really have no need to be concerned about it.

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Maybe this could work with the right regulations

I was thinking this too.

But I don't think that you can realistically stop those charges getting passed on to the customer, and I don't think you actually need to either.

Say it turns out that O2 actually has the best coverage overall, and 3 the worst, with Voda and EE somewhere in the middle.

O2 will be getting more in revenue from this forced sharing, and will of course reap the profits and not bother to build new infrastructure because, hey, they're a mobile phone company and they're all a$$holes.

3 will end up paying a lot more, to O2 and Voda / EE than they get from the reverse, and will be taking a hit. They will either (a) pass on the costs to their customers or (b) build new infrastructure in the places where they see the problem. If (a) (which seems more likely - all mobile phone companies are a$$holes remember) then their customers will leave them for O2, or Voda / EE. They will eventually go bust, or find a level, or realise they need to build more infrastructure to get a slice of that sweet forced roaming agreement deal that O2 have been basking in.

Voda and EE may do nothing, being revenue neutral here, or they may see the opportunity. But when 3 starts investing and they start being the ones paying more out than they get, they may start seeing infrastructure as a benefit.

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Shift over, TV firms: LTE Broadcast will nuke current mobile telly tech

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Sorry, but you're talking nonsense.

Indeed, you only need for one person in a cell to be watching the stream for it to be efficient. For the proposed scenarios, this will free up a metric shit tonne (that's a real thing of course) of bandwidth because rather than having 10 or 50 or 1000 LTE streams in the cell doing broadly the same thing, you have just one, and all the rest of that bandwidth is spare AND you have less stress on the backhaul (as often the problem as cell capacity) so it's all awesomeness all the way.

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EE in giant VoLTE-face as it tries voice calls over Wi-Fi... again

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: I thought EE had the .......

He wasn't trolling, Mark, he was making a funny.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

Paw Bokenfohr

UE Boom

Totally vouch for that one; great sound for the size, micro USB charging, lasts for 10+ hours, can pair them up if you have two for even more volume.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Alleviate anxiety with a hybrid perhaps

The P stands for Plug-In.

And although I'm not buying one (no need) it doesn't get bad reviews. Though I am sure the OP will be immediately cancelling his order now that your (Anonymous) judgement has been given.

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: And at the end of the day ...

Absolutely.

I can't believe anyone uses TrueCrypt to protect actual state secrets or anyone is naive enough to assume that it's impossible for XYZ agency to crack it or get at it another way. If they want the data enough they can crack it, or more likely crack you to get your passphrase whether you use the obfuscated volume in a volume method or not.

What people use it for is to hide their porn, or protect their family pictures from becoming someone else's porn in the event the machine is stolen, or surely in the most extreme case to keep their work documents secured from possible theft by a competitor, and even then, they're more likely to use BitLocker.

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ARG! A GHOST SHIP! Pirates sunk by UK cops return from watery grave

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: Torrent site ?

I understand what you're saying, but it's sophistry; yes, they are both search aggregators, but google.co.uk is a general search engine which indexes as much as it can from the web whereas torrentz.eu specifically and only provides search results from web sites which are hosting torrent and magnet links which are overwhelmingly copyright infringing.

Now, I'm not arguing the merits or morals of copyright or distribution rights, or the price content creators are putting on their works for digital distribution, or saying I'm comfortable with these seemingly back-hand tactics on the police's part etc, but equating torrentz.eu to google.co.uk isn't really helpful.

In UK law, intent is a large part of things; for example, you can carry a large knife (home, from Tesco, where you just bought it) but you also can't carry a large knife (hidden, under your coat, to mug someone with).

It's the intent that changes the legality of the action here, and I'm sure that even before a court of law (which is where I would prefer the police get their authority!) they could argue the difference between google.co.uk and torrentz.eu.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Is this worse than the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner?

Not technically worse I mean, but it seems to me that it's a worse vulnerability. The iPhone sensor only allows you to unlock the phone, and to sign in to (and purchase from) the Apple stores. Sure, that's not ideal if someone's got your phone and can circumvent the fingerprint reader....

....but, your passcode is required when you switch the phone on (and it's likely they'll have switched it off to avoid being tracked after the theft) or after ~5 failed attempts (as the article mentions) and even if they get past it all, all they can do is buy you music and apps. Which Apple will refund you for when you report it stolen etc.

If the Samsung one doesn't need your passcode, AND you can have infinite attempts AND you can spend real money through PayPal (and other apps?) then that seems a lot worse to me.

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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: ummm wait what?

I suspect that this will be the first step in a program to eventually integrate WhatsApp and FB Messenger in some way; they may maintain a separate WhatsApp app, frozen at the current functionality, but the FB Messenger app will get all of the functionality of WhatsApp (meaning those that want can ditch the WhatsApp app and keep only FB Messenger to get FB and WhatsApp messages in one place) and then start adding in IP voice calls, add in WhatsAppIn and WhatsAppOut services for regular phone calls etc etc to get everyone to move to the one app, and monetize further.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: So what are the alternatives that people recommend?

I switched to No-IP where you can get a free service with up to 3 host names on the account:

http://www.noip.com/free

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: It's a shame

If I may quote George Takei:

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. This man donated money to a campaign designed to keep LGBT people from full equality and to deny our families equal rights under the law. He was free to make that choice, but we are free to hold him accountable. If he'd donated money to White Supremacists to help outlaw interracial marriage, there'd be little outcry over his ouster.

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