* Posts by Annihilator

3018 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

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Re: The joys of rural existence.

"Why will BT not use ADSL repeaters?"

Cost and the hassle of getting power to the repeater(s). Even FTTC infrastructure would probably end up cheaper.

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Microsoft teases possible Jan. 29 launch for Office 2013

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Re: Marketing without foundation

"I read a study once that even reasonably knowledgeable users, use only about 7% of Excels capabilites. I presume that with word it is not much different."

If it was the *same* 7% Excel's capabilities then that would be a point worth noting...

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Re: Jan. 29 launch for Office 2013 ...

"The retail version of Office 2013 has been available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers since October."

Maybe you've managed it via the magical way that was pointed out in the fecking article?

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China may axe 13-year console ban, games OK for kids after all

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Re: What's the difference...

@sabroni, I doff my hat to you. Have a pint.

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Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

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Re: Helium supply

"At least, until the deuterium runs out."

ONCE AND FOR ALL!

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More platters

"This opens the way to having more platters in a standard drive enclosure, seven instead of four in a present day 4TB, 3.5-inch form factor drive, giving you 75 per cent more capacity and no diminution in write speed"

Even better than no diminution (great word, aiming to use it in the real world today) in write speed, if managed correctly it can lead to an increase in read/write speed too.

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Re: With any luck .....

This is the same Lawrence Kasdan who did Dreamcatcher :-\ Granted the book was terrible too, but it's still worth noting

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"It wasn't called ST 9"

*cough* XI =/= 9. But your post still stands :-)

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Brilliant

Looking forward to see the opening crawl complete with lens flare

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Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices

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Re: Could this be translated into sales ?

"I would be quite happy to pay extra for things that are not built in the dodgy parts of the far east"

Buy a Lumia then, made in Finland.

The thing to remember is that the US and UK probably couldn't bring their manufacturing back from the Far East any more. All the skills that could make this stuff have long gone or never existed (in today's scales) in the first place.

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Re: Well

"Enjoy your slave-labour products, iTards. Do they come with the salty tang of childrens' tears?"

So where do you think HTC, Samsung or LG phones come from? Do they have the salty tang of childrens' [sic] tears?

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Broadband ESSENTIAL to life, titsup ISPs must cough up - court

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Re: Not about a refund

"Therefore, in addition to a refund, claimant was awarded the costs for a comparable DSL line according to market prices as the ISP failed to provide the line as it was obliged."

I'm confused, they gave him his money back, and the same again to go and buy a different DSL service? So they (effectively) gave him free internet? Doesn't quite stack up in that case, they've already given him the costs of a comparable DSL line - his money back.

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Consumer SLAs

Not sure about the rest of the ISPs, but mine offers my money back for 5 days of outage.

"Compensation" is a tricky word. In contract terms, it's liquidated damages, but generally you have to show that any costs incurred by the plaintive were reasonable and expected. On a consumer-level ISP, it's hard to show that any financial loss could be incurred.

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

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Re: I applaud these efforts

"Makes a million times more sense than "carbon capture and storage" which is the worst idea I've ever heard."

Sort of. The carbon will still exist in our ecosystem and presumably released again when we use the methanol for fuel. We've inadvertantly released more carbon from the earth than would normally happen, so it's worth trying to get some of it back in again, surely.

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Re: Hmm...

".a wind turbine should be able to exceed 0.2% efficiency. Could that be harnessed via this gizmo to produce methanol/ethanol/something?"

This would certainly explain why Scotland's government is so keen on having the largest wind farms in Europe. Free energy and booze?

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LOHAN premieres intimate REHAB vid

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Re: So you've lost one playmonaut...

Really awful line on Family Guy the other week, while trying to help the Griffins get back to earth after accidentally launching them into orbit on a shuttle, NASA reassure them over the radio:

"don't worry, we're pretty good at this - we're like 6 for 8"

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Still no name change?

Low Orbit Hydrogen Assisted Navigator these days, is it not? :-)

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

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Re: Loveflim disks by post is the killer

Lovefilm was painful to use for about 3 years when they had their Universal dispute, and zero mention of it on their website.

I've had issues with Lovefilm in the past, they consistently lower their prices on plans and don't apply it to existing customers, which is an insane way to keep customers happy.

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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

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Re: What a load of utter bollocks

I think you may have understood what "average" means and your relation to that number.

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Re: And what you neglected to mention:

"...and move to the centre of a big city"

Sadly, no. Centres of big cities have many reasons to have crap connections, from difficulty routing copper in efficient manners (no shortcuts through fields), difficulty fixing existing copper, congestion as it's harder to put additional infrastructure in, less chance of FTTC as BT don't want their business customers working there moving off expensive leased lines, not to mention less room to put new FTTC cabinets in.

I live in the centre of a big city and experience all these problems.

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Re: Lies and statistics

"Presumably the tech itself isnt expensive as it isnt new, you just need more cabinets/exchanges to reduce copper length to the backbone to do it."

It's seldom the tech that's the prohibitive cost, it's the heavy lifting infrastructure work to get those cabinets and exchanges built and plumbed in. Combined with the very little revenue to be made from it as it serves fewer and fewer properties, it's not going to be a private company that does it, it would be a government funded thing. And you've got zero chance of this government thinking that privatisation doesn't work in various scenarios.

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Re: I'd love to sign up for a decent ISP

@AndrueC - all true, but only if you have the option of using a company that's not just a resell of BT's backhaul too, which many rural exchanges only offer :-| Many don't have any other option but BT.

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Boffins take the temperature of the cosmos

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CMBR

Isn't this the same as just measuring the cosmic microwave background radiation? Which coincidentally is the same temperature?

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

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Re: @Steve dedupe

A chunk has just as much chance of being all zeroes or ones as it has being any other combination :-)

However, I'm not convinced dedupe works on such random data (which in effect it will be). The key for reconstituting the deduped data would end up being the same size as the original data to begin with.

I've recently deduped 3TB of storage down to 2 bits, just a 1 and a 0. Reindexing it all is going to be a bit of a chore though...

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Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

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Re: 90 minutes?

It passes west to east every 90 minutes, it also drifts on each orbit. So as I post now, it's at the same point as the UK, but sadly it's south of Africa too :-) Otherwise you'd see it at the same time each evening. As it is, visible passes are in the early morning for the UK. Give it a few weeks and it'll be back to the evening.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Re: Do get real

"Exactly, it's like saying you should be on a business mobile tariff to be able to use your phone for the occasional business call."

No, it's like saying that you can do all the business calls you like on your phone, but you can't claim loss of earnings on it should it not work one day.

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Re: Do get real

"Maybe his business (like many businesses) works on a shoestring budget and is taking advantage of modern tech to reduce costs." and increase risk.

In that case, they've massively messed up the risk/cost assessment. Maybe they should understand the cost of actually being able to do business and recognising that if they need someone to work out of hours at home that a cheap broadband connection with (as good as) zero SLA is just not going to cut it.

Complain all you like, but it costs 33p per day for a reason. To put it in context, a 1st class stamp costs about twice that, and you wouldn't rely on it to deliver a business critical document within 1-2 days.

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Re: uhu

"If they wished I would connect them to BusinessBB sales so they could move/upgrade their service to the same shit service, packaged as a business product for 5 times the price."

But with the ability to recoup any losses, yes. You don't usually pay for a better product, you pay for a better service and the protections that brings.

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Re: Do get real

"He's not running a business - he's working from home - a pretty reasonable requirement in the year 2013."

Actually he's contractually obliged to work from home, which means that his company should be contractually obliging him with the means to do that. At my old company, that meant a £50/month DSL connection, which was certainly not a residential service. Added to that a 3G dongle was provided.

Screaming about losing £100s or £1000s when only paying £15 or less for the infrastructure to do it? I'd stop listening at around the 3rd syllable I think.

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Entire Reg readership would fill 205 Olympic-sized swimming pools

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70kg is being kind??

70kg = 11 stone something-or-other, right? Way to make me feel depressed! Though at 6 feet tall, I'm hoping there's some wiggleroom there..

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Lloyds TSB, Halifax tech stumbles into the cold, goes titsup for hours

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Re: Irritatingly vague system anyway

Depends who you ask, not all banks will tell you (not all are capable).

And it's not "many banks" that have an upper limit for fraud reasons, it's every bank. They're unlikely to tell you the answer either, for the very reason that it's in place. "Hullo Mister Bank, can you tell me how small I need to make these transactions to beat your system please? Many thanks"

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Irritatingly vague system anyway

While it's true that "most" payments will go the Faster Payments route, it's a largely pointless system if there's no way to predict that it definitely will. I've had payments go to the same recipient take 15 minutes, 1 day or 3 days.

An improvement, but useless if I can't reliably know when it will arrive. All I know for sure is "no more than 3 (working) days"

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Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV

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Re: This is very shortsighted

"The People own the spectrum and deserve vibrant free TV in return"

Sadly, they usually receive vibrant-free TV instead.. :-|

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Martian 'lake' said to hint at 'deep biosphere'

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Re: Why should there be life on Mars?

Even assuming life even got started its unlikely its survived the harsh conditions there now.

"Uhh life uhhh...uhhh... finds a way"

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This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

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Re: I put my foot through my cornflakes

"Seriously - do people think that there will or should be some huge effort dedicated to excising any and all reference to Saville from the BBC archives or something?"

I imagine the Beeb are treading very gingerly before broadcasting any of their usual BBC2/4 filler of TOTP from various years... Steve Wright is going to find himself very busy topping and tailing performances that are suddenly in need of an intro.

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Is "group of people get offended" still news?

You forgot " at slightest upset".

But you think it's bad here, you should try the States - entire "special interest groups" designed to generate the outrage on a scale the Daily Mail can only dream of. If you think OFCOM are bad (and they're largely toothless), you should see the awesome might of the FCC.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Re: Not bad for £25

And were any of those speed/battery improvements measured? And if they were, was the speed boost anything you wouldn't see from a reinstall of the OS anyway?

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VIA bakes a fruitier Rock cake to rival the Brit Raspberry Pi

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Re: Where's the market?

" I don't think the extra $44 for the VIA's VGA socket's good value!"

Ah, but for an extra EXTRA $20 you can have it without the VGA socket. Oddly.

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White House raises the signature threshold for petitions to 100,000

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Re: Petitions

@Lee Dowling - good post, one of the few loooooong ones I bothered to read :-) In summary though, you're right, all petitions are to a gov are a convoluted survey.

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Re: Heh

Though to be fair, for the US to reach the same population proportion that represents, they'd need close to 4,000,000 signatures ;-)

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Re: Double Solution

But that would mean only the wealthy could effect and influence policy and... oh, wait... Situation normal, carry on.

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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Re: An NRA spokespersons said...

"I tried wiping out my school witha cassette copy of Manic Miner. I got tired before killing even the weediest first year weakling and was easily overpowered by (unarmed) teachers"

And this is why it's imperative that we arm teachers with video games. Or something like that.

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Hyperspeed travel looks wrong: Leicester students

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Re: Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs....

"Shouldn't it be FEWER than 12 parsecs? :)"

You've confused parsecs for parsnips I fear.

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Re: "A Slower Speed of Light"

"Or they could read "Lost in Transmission" by Wil McCarthy."

Or they could watch "Lost in Translation". Or at least, time tends to slow down for me when I'm watching that, waiting for something to happen...

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Re: How the Kessel Run was run

"Also, the warp drives in Sci-Fi do not allow the spacecraft to fly faster than light, they allow the space they are in to be warped to the point that relativisticly, the craft appears to be travelling faster than light."

Yet in effect, they do move information from one point to another faster than causality allows. It's not so much the "how" that's the question, but the fact that doing it will make the answer precede the question ;-)

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

"It is done to our detriment and we should be pissed off about it."

Nope, it's done (partly) to our benefit. You think that if Starbucks et al were paying higher rates of tax that their prices would stay the same?

Anyone who ever used CD Wow or Play.com to effectively avoid paying tax (prior to them changing that rule) are probably blissfully unaware that's what they were doing.

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Microsoft flings out emergency patch for Iatest gaping IE hole

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Re: Unfortunately,

You can only name two? I'd wager that around 50% of the FTSE is still XP/IE7, not to do with Head Honchos living in the past, more to do with the fact rolling out to Win 7 is a helluvan outlay, and that the corporate environment will be littered with web interfaces accumulated over the years that only support IE7.

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'Mauro, SHUT THE F**K UP!'

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@Syldra

By the same extension I guess you support state RFID tracking of children when at home then? Using your same story:

" The parent is responsible for their kids and if a child says he goes to the park but doesn't and goes somewhere and has an accident, I'm sure the social services would come and say "How come you let him go to <insert dangerous place> ?". It's far less invasive than cameras too."

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Re: Linus

"If a change results in user programs breaking, it's a bug in the kernel. We never EVER blame the user programs"

Following from Dr Mouse about software deprecation, what if a user programme was exploiting a live bug and a kernel patch fixed the erroneous behaviour - can we blame the user programs then?

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Apple rubbishes rumours of iPhone for the masses

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Re: Snigger..

I was thinking more along the lines of Family Guy, when Peter tries to teach Meg how to date guys:

"Meg when I get through with you, you're gonna be beating guys off with both hands!"

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