* Posts by Annihilator

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Whee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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I live in an area where the exchange was upgraded, the cabinet installed, and then has sat languishing for 18 months waiting for them to switch the damn thing on and finish the job. :-(

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

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Re: Philae Phail

Because it's moving a heck of a lot faster than the one Philae landed on. Orbital mechanics are tricky, but the idea is to get into roughly the same orbit as the comet (matching speed and heading, Captain), and the Rosetta target was a lot closer to earth's than this one will be (given it orbits the sun every 200 years compared with 67P's 6 year period).

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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Re: blimey!

In fairness, it already was.

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Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane

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Re: All modern cars look the same ...

It's reminiscent because it's a delta wing (more akin to a compound/cropped combo than a cranked arrow). Delta wings have significant advantage at sub and supersonic speeds which is why pretty much all supersonic flight vehicles are of that sort of design. The space shuttle was ultimately (i.e. at the last phases of its missions) a supersonic flight vehicle, as is this.

I'm surprised by the winglets instead of a fin though..

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: I don't get Cortana either!

"You can write to her too, and as you're writing she automatically tries to pre-empt what you want to do with intelligent suggestions"

"It looks like you're writing a letter. Would you like help?" <shudder>

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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Re: Uh oh...

Exactly what I thought - it's uncanny!

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Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union

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Free and open

"I intend to protect a free and open internet"

As in, "our NSA bods are free to open any email message they feel like"?

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Re: I think it's safe to assume...

And probably the Nork government too, so kinda hard to call it on balance.. I use the word "government" loosely too.

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PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

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Re: Routers... in Space!

"I am not sure why it would need 100's of KW. The fact the signal can be buffered and re-sent means you can improve data rates and s/N with not a large power increase."

The inverse square law. The power of the signal diminishes exponentially over distance. So at one end of the communication you have to be shouting extra loud (lots of power) or listening extra hard at the other end. Fine between the relay and here, but not between the relay and the probe at Pluto. Two small and/or low powered dishes cannot talk over interplanetary distances.

As for the James Watt, getting to the sun/earth L2 point is a lot easier than getting to sun/jupiter L2 point.

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Re: Routers... in Space!

You'd need a lot of station-keeping to keep it at the Lagrange points (I assume you mean the Lagrange points of the Sun-Jupiter system), and you'd probably only choose 4 of them. But now you're talking about 4. And I'm not sure that we have any realistic nuclear generated propulsion designs that could cater for that.

"Size of dish" isn't the only consideration, it needs to broadcast in the 100's of kW range. For comparison, Curiosity's generates significantly less than a kW.

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Re: Wonder

The journey was only meant to take 6 months, the on-board time-machine was set to the same as the one in Back To The Future 2 which meant when it activated it took it to 2015...

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Re: Routers... in Space!

Three reaons against that immediately spring to mind:

1) Where are you putting these relays? They would either be in orbit around a planet, or in a sun-orbit similar to a planet orbits. Orbital mechanics means that they wouldn't be in alignment very often (so right now, Jupter is pretty close to Earth, but Pluto is further away from Jupiter than it is from Earth due to it being on the opposite side of the Sun, while Jupiter is currently on the same side of the sun as us. We're currently closer to Mercury than we are to Mars)

2) Power, as someone else has already mentioned - how long would these things last?

3) Interplanetary comms relies on a massive dish/array at one end (for ease of logistics, we tend to keep that one on earth), and a small dish at the other - massive dish to be able to hear the feeble signal coming back from the small dish in space, and powerful enough to blast a mighty signal out that will stand a chance of being heard that far away. A relay comms satelite in Jupiter wouldn't be powerful enough or have a big enough dish to talk to a probe near Pluto, even if it were halfway between Earth and Pluto.

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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"* (We note that Mr Freeman did not sign the letter. Whose side is he on? – Sub-Ed)."

He works for Black Mesa I believe, he's on their side.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: the mantra...

Spot on - also known as the project management triangle, but ignored/dismissed by simpletons who believe you can nail all 3.

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

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Re: 12Mbps is more achievable

These go to 11...

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By the power of Xbox, WE HAVE THE POWER! - Leakers publish One's SDK

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Re: Homebrew with strings

"The main purpose of "modifying" a console is not to run homebrews, or "copy your [original I presume] games off an external hard drive"."

It absolutely can be. I've still got an original PS2 with a hard drive shoved in the back, HD Advance in the DVD drive and all the games up the loft. The primary reason for this was a) convenience and also b) speed of loading - the PS2 didn't have any internal storage and so loaded games painfully slowly off the DVD, making Gran Turismo an absolute bll-ache.

For some PS3 games this argument still holds, as they don't all install full content onto the HDD.

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Euro iTunes customers get 14 DAY refund option

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Re: The Library of Apple?

"now have access to a pretty impressive and free lending library"

Much like I've got today already? Not to mention I could already abuse amazon in similar ways with physical books.

https://www.gov.uk/local-library-services

You could also abuse it by re-encoding music that comes from iTunes now, given it's all unlocked these days, but I doubt the majority of people will bother.

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Here's Johnny! Top Ten fantasy Blu-ray boxsets and special editions

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"Bizarrely, this fan-friendly mix does not to include the 3D special version of The Day of The Doctor, which could irritate hardcore Whovians."

Good, frankly.

Worth mentioning that it also includes The Night of The Doctor short too.

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BT takes broadband to NEW PLACES. That's right: CITIES

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They don't dig up the roads to lay the cable, they run it through the existing ducting, either via push-rods or a little remote-controlled mole to pull the cable through.

The issue they have in cities is finding the additional space to put an FTTC cabinet next to any existing ones.

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Even cheaper

They could at least enable VDSL on exchange-only lines, ie those that can't get FTTC because they have no cabinet. IIRC most DSLAMs in exchanges are capable of VDSL2 but aren't allowed due to the apparent noise on the rest of the lines - though how this doesn't effect lines from the cabinet I don't know.

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HOLD IT! Last minute gifts for one's nerd minions

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"but I spend about 10% of my (quite expensive) time watching windows painfully redraw, or staring at the hourglass while a storm of page faults thrashes the disk."

They pay you for that 10% though, right? Happy days!

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"believe it or not it's noticeably faster than my USB 2 Thermaltake coaster toasters"

No trouble believing that at all. My USB 2 coaster toast topped out around 20MB/s which made for a painful backup process.

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Easy Tinder prank hack lets you play stupid cupid

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Re: And..?

Quite. I could do it without faffing around with nicking cookies either - just use the fecking terminal they left unattended to directly play with it.

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Kepler's STILL GOT IT! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away

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Indeed - imagine how good it would have looked with all 4 spinning reaction wheels working. I expect you could have even spotted the telescope's reflection in the watery surface!

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ESA: Venus probe doomed to fiery death on weird planet's surface

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Quagmire

" ESA engineers decided to risk a deeper insertion."

Giggiddy

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If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

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Re: Priorities

"While I agree, I'm still hoping the tech will quickly reach the stage of docking with a high-res desktop KVM setup and allow a light-weight desktop OS. In that case, 2560x1440 is a good idea."

Yes but if you're docking with a KVM, why do you care about the size of the screen on the mobile device.

Ability to drive a high res screen doesn't necessitate an actual high res screen on the device.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Judgement Day

"You know, when thinking about it it struck me as odd that postponing Judgement day was seen as a good thing"

They also assume that what they're doing is a positive thing. In their existing timeline, the human race exists (barely) - who's to say that it would exist at all when they meddle with it?

It's like the argument over whether you would kill Hitler by time travel - Hitler lost the war and was an atrocious war tactician. Would you really want someone better skilled to take his place?

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

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Re: In theory

"a parallel Universe also doing the same experiment at the same time?"

Same time according to...? Time is unique to the observer. Not to mention more powerful collisions happen frequently in nature without any adverse effects.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Re: @annihilator

"Plus the £22.5bn raised from 3G auctions that wouldn't have happened had we had a single state owned operator. And the many billions gained from the sale of BT. And the corporation tax from its profits."

The money "raised" from the 3G auctions though - who do you think paid for it (and the effort required to run the sale)? You - the consumer. All you've done is be taxed in a massively inefficient way, allowing a portion of that to be carved off to private equity funds.

As for the corporation tax on its profits - you realise that we'd still have that plus the actual profits?

It's like the people who were very excited to purchase shares in the Royal Mail's IPO and get very excited that they now own part of it. They always owned it, but are somehow pleased to be able to pay for something they already owned.

I'm not a complete communist though, I'm well aware that the broadband market we have now has driven faster speeds and that BT would probably still be doing 512Kbps broadband if it weren't for LLU and competition, but let's not get excited about us going back to single companies and expecting that we'll benefit from it.

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"I want several companies who compete with each other to have the best products and best customer service"

That's not gone particularly well so far though, has it? Looks like we're giving the ol' monopoly approach another swing.

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" A near monopoly broadband/landlind provider in the UK, will own a major mobile provider."

Ah, takes me back to the late 80's when all you could see round here were BT landlines and subsequently BT Cellnet masts...

Remember when we owned that company? But then the powers-that-be decided that privatising would give us cheaper prices, and subsequently opened the industry up to multiple players when they realised that wasn't working.

Good to see that we're gradually regressing back to being spanked by one big company (it'll be cheaper cos of the synergies I'm told). That we used to own.

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Sony quietly POODLE-proofs Playstations

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"Hey, I know a joke! A squirrel walks up to a tree and says, "I forgot to store acorns for the winter and now I am dead." Ha! It is funny because the squirrel gets dead"

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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Re: Typical households need 10Mbps

"Why do they need such a thing? To keep in touch with their relatives? To check their e-mail? To look at ads? To exchange cat videos? To watch pornography online? What could be motivating the dear, caring government to insist on ensuring that EVERYBODY has at least 10 Mbps broadband at home?"

I'm sure there were arguing the same when they built 3-lane motorways.

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Re: Errr WTF?

Weird stats all round:

"The telecoms authority said 97 per cent of folks in Blighty are able to get at least basic broadband of 2Mbps, and altogether 15 per cent of people are stuck below the 10Mbps mark."

So 85% gets at least 10Mbps? Rather strangely worded headline suggesting that "97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband" when really it's "97% of UK could get *at least* 2Mbps *if they wanted it*"

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Bloke, 36, in the cooler for leaking ex's topless pics on Facebook

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Re: Good, good

"How do we know the photo subject wasn't the one getting revenge by privately agreeing to the photo upload and then denying it afterwards?"

Because it went through the justice system, the standard by which we judge and measure guilt.

I'm not sure why these sorts of crimes invoke such a response. I never see these ass hat responses to murder convictions: "How do we know the victim wasn't getting revenge by murdering herself and setting her husband up?"

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FOUR, count 'em, FOUR big rockets launching in next seven days

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Re: Hayabusa bombing the asteroid

It's going to be there for about a year - it'll be in orbit around the asteroid, not hovering behind it.

It won't be an explosion though - it's a collision from its first probe, so will be pretty small. Besides, all the crap will still land on the asteroid, it'll just take a few hours to do so in the low gravity (see Philae's 7 hour bounce)

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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"have any of these people ever tried pulling a car out of a parking spot? Or reversing into one for that matter. Reversing out of a driveway?"

Absolutely - one of the entire points of reversing around a corner is to test your manoeuvring skills in tight spaces.

Get rid of 3-point turns and reversing round corners, and you've lost the ability to turn your car around when necessary. Such as dead ends. Or car parks as mentioned.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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"That's the most unmitigated nonsense spouted since someone inferred that Ed Miliband was electable"

You mean implied.

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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Re: Oops!!

"I thought Apple iMessage would send a message via SMS if it can't deliver it via iMessage, so how can it be clever enough to be able to switch when both users are using an iPhone, but not when one switches to Android?..."

You can configure the sending device to do that, or not. But it's up to the sender whether they want to use SMS as a fall-back (given there are potentially carrier charges involved).

I have my set to "no" as I message a number of people in Australia and wouldn't want it to send SMS without my knowledge.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Re: The problem with "cloud" as backup in this context...

"Oh, and c: finding somewhere (if you worry about these things) that doesn't keep your data in the US and is therefore subject to US data (non)protection regulations."

To be fair, storing it anywhere in the world is pretty much susceptible to a data (non)protection regulations. Do you really think the rest of the world's outrage at the US is anything other than hypocrisy?

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

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"In a future where hydrogen was widely used it would obviously not make much sense to keep making it from natural gas - you might as well just run the vehicles on gas, as indeed is often done today."

You're dodging the significant advantage of being able to shift the burning of hydrocarbons away from the centre of big cities. I don't see people arguing to have petrol generators attached to houses instead of a national grid...

Getting towards a green mode of transportation will be a two (interdependent) step process. Getting the internal combustion engine out of the car. Figuring out a means to cleanly generate whatever fuel source replaces it.

At the moment, batteries aren't nearly as efficient enough to take the place of a fuel cell.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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According to one of the press conferences, nuclear wasn't "allowed" due to safety and political concerns - the ESA hasn't ever developed one for that reason.

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Looking GOOD, probot. Philae good, humans: 'Yes ... YES! The lander is sitting on the ground'

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Radio 4 presenter asked one of the scientists following the announcement that Philae wasn't capturing as much solar energy as hoped:

"So, how are you coping having a probe where the sun don't shine?"

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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Re: shock absorbers for landing

"Is there a Nobel prize category for this? The whole team deserves it!"

For Physics, maybe, but doubtful - they didn't come up with new physics to do it. Peace, perhaps, at a stretch.

The challenge is who gets it. It can't be shared across more than (I think) 3 individuals.

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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Re: Awesome Toy

"I'm quite surprised that it cannot go down as fast as it can go up? Can anybody explain?"

It can when the battery runs out. Significantly faster.

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

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Re: You aready can

Much like every cordless phone in existence too. I had a similar charging dock for a Nokia 8310 and miss it dreadfully.

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

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Re: Spec creep?

"Then they'll never release. There will always be a potion of the population who get motion sick in VR environments - if you have a sensitive inner ear and the eyes say "moving" and the ear says "no you're not" then they feel sick. They can minimize it perhaps, but they won't solve it for everyone."

It's really a minority of people who have that though - otherwise they wouldn't be able to have darkened cinemas.

The nausea they've been apparently experiencing is more to do with keeping framerates up, latency down, and reducing image tearing, as the human sensory sytem apparently goes haywire over that.

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Space Oddity redux: Hadfield's cover back for two years

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Paris Hilton

That confuses me a bit though - I thought that changing the lyrics made it a parody that was allowable under fair-use laws. Weird Al doesn't *have* to get permission, but he does out of good will and under the guise of keeping good relationships with artists.

http://www.weirdal.com/faq.htm

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Re: 23 million views.....

About as bored as people who choose to read such articles and then comment on them to register their disappointment.

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Manufacturers SLAM UK.gov: 'High speed broadband' rollout is TOO SLOW

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Almost exactly the same story, the difference being that in September it changed to March 2015. No reason or explanation, but the FTTC cabinet was installed about 9 months ago and since then abandoned. Really annoyed, and obviously no-one at BT can give any information as it's all down to BT Openreach who they're not allowed to talk to.

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