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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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Maybe that's why they were told not to come into work...

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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Re: Just as my phone got 8.1

I regularly have to reboot my Lumia 1020 to get the bluetooth to work with my Ford Audio. The text message reading works OK once it's connected, but for some reason it can't hear my replies. Phone works well. Music works OK, but since the 8.1 update I have to kick it off from the actual phone - which kinda defeats the point. Also after about an hour it turns down the volume to a stupidly low level on the basis that my non-existent bluetooth headphones might be damaging my hearing. Never mind that farting around with your phone's unlock screen and volume control at motorway speeds can be pretty terminal in itself.

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Fair play to them - they gave it a go - it didn't work out. Sounds to me like they found the whole experience frustrating as hell. As a user, I can sympathise.

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Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

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I've plumbed for a mixture of streaming and static (offsite) images. I spent £90 on three cheap IP outdoor wifi cameras, positioning them over the exterior doors and front garden. Once configured, I didn't use the built in web server at all, instead using a program called Motion on my media PC/home server to plug into the feed generated by the cameras and detect any changes in the image.

Each of these snapshots are then saved to an images directory and uploaded via SSH to a remote web server where a simple web page with a minishowcase JavaScript gallery picks up everything automatically and displays the historic stills in order. A cron job deletes everything older than 5 days old to preserve disk space.

There's also a live feed that runs from Apache on the home server, which picks up the snapshot.cgi of each camera and refreshes the images using JavaScript within the page. That way the actual web server of the camera is not exposed to the outside world.

Took a bit of fiddling about configuring the internal network, subdomains and url forwarding in Apache but it works pretty well. The idea is that you can see on the live feed if there is a problem, then trawl through the stills for the evidence. Unfortunately, the cheap cameras let the whole thing down a bit, my grass looks more purple than usual and I'm sure my bald spot looks bigger...

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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Ah, that will explain the gmail I got from my mate who was stuck in Cyprus with no money, bank cards or passport...

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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Re: Meh.

Ye I remember early versions of WebFerret.

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Not a downloader, but my sympathies are with Google. They invent a simple product that pretty much revolutionises how we use the web and can be run with a handful of people and a shed full of servers. Suddenly, every Tom, Dick and Lapdog Politician starts feeling all entitled and Google end up spending more on lawyers and administrators than they do on tech, research and development.

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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

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Re: Was everyone born yesterday?

I doubt it. This is a narcotics case, probably domestic, probably FBI. So 1) The NSA would not deign to get involved in such pedestrian affairs and 2) The FBI would need their evidence to be obtained through the proper legal channels in order to present before a court. Probably more cock up than conspiracy, this one.

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Europe's Google wrangle: PLEASE, DOMINANT Mr Schmidt? More?

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"They also occasionally annoy people with trying to uphold EU law"

EU law - now there's a contradiction in terms.

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"...A new commissioner would therefore have to get up to speed on the case, which probably wouldn't help matters."

It's true that it wouldn't help Google - they have better things to be getting on with. But the primary objective of the Commission is to perpetuate and expand their own bureaucracy. They live for this kind of stuff.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Please

Any thoughts on his behaviour re: shafting friends who loaned him £200,000 of bail money? Or maybe in his handling of the Manning defense fund?

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Russian PM's Twitter hacked to slap down Putin, post fake resignation

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I was going to make a snarky comment, but don't want to end up on the pointy end of an umbrella full of polonium-210.

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Yeah but they make enough money by fining motorists who missed the 50p night parking charge.*

* Hint - it's written in gold on a black background, buried about two thirds of the way down the right hand column, somewhere between charge for boats and camels.

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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Re: I'm more impressed

Personally, I always use a good old fashioned torch when burying a body.

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: Each year we get the 'new words' announcement...

There are. "Cyclogiro", "charabanc", "drysalter", "wittol", and (strangely) "aerodrome" have been removed from some dictionaries.

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Eh?

Most of these words are just stucktogethers. If we carry on like this, the dictionary will be full of randomcrap.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: The internet is full

Can't we just remove some of the cat pictures or something?

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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I don't think they've really thought this through...

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Example of a Breach

Hm. My brother lives in France and uses my UK proxy for exactly this purpose. Maybe I can expect a knock on the door too.

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Not a load of Tosh: 5TB 'surveillance drive' from Toshiba hits shelves

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Re: Toshiba drives are shit

I picked a low speed drive for my home server to reduce power consumption and noise.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Another happy VM customer, but it would be really great if the upload speed was even a quarter as fast as the download speed.

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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Re: Not Good

Your "rights" are imagined. If you don't like Google's T&C's don't use their service. They are acting in accordance with the law.

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EE rolls out London bus pay-by-bonk app – only fandoids need apply

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Simple payments...

If only there were some universal, simple payment mechanism that was easily accessible to tourists and locals alike....

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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Re: PEBCAK

Hehe, that reminds me of a response that a tour operator penned to one of its more belligerent complainers. It went something along the lines of,

"...You should be aware that over the past few years we have made great strides in improving all aspects of our holidays. We have also taken the decision to improve the quality of our customers, and as such we would appreciate it if you did not book with us again next year...."

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Any news on whether WP8.1 offers proper support for email attachments?

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Bit of a rubbish siege when they're still letting food and water in. This could go on for years, someone send a few smoke bombs in and pull the fire alarm.

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: Is this the review of a camera or a phone?

I'm still on 8.0. If you can live with (amongst other things) the mandatory synching of your data to the MS cloud, random battery drainage, a mail client which can't handle Postfix "plain" SMTP authentication, the inability to switch off the phone while charging, a Skype client that doesn't allow old style Skype logins, a screen which locks while you're driving, delving through interminable menus to perform the simplest tasks, a search button that's hardwired to Bing and a satnav that has apparently never heard of the M62 it's really not too bad.

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Teensy card skimmers found in gullets of ATMs

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Pin hole cameras.

Always a good idea to hide your pin, even if there's nobody in the queue behind you.

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

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So put the Superhub in modem mode and use a decent wireless router instead (I recommend the Asus "Black Knight" with Tomato firmware). Keep the ISP's kit upstream of your private network.

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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"You can download the report..."

Grief, I think I'll pass. Sounds like just the kind of expensive hand wringing diversity obsessed rubbish that the Beeb is constantly being parodied for.

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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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"...under Ed Miliband’s leadership..."

Unintended irony? I wouldn't trust Ed to fetch a newspaper.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Re: What puzzles me ...

I guess it's some kind of homage to ancient pagan cultures - there was lots of genital worship along with the blood sacrifices back in the day.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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"The Indego Robotic Lawnmower comes in at £1,300, inclusive"

Inclusive of what? Road tax?

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EFF wants you to open your Wi-Fi to IMPROVE privacy

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Free WiFi

As a user, you have no idea who is slurping your data. As a donor, you have no idea what your freeloaders are up to on your connection. Think I'll sit this one out.

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DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

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meh

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Hey! Where! are! the! white! women! at!? It's! Yahoo!

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Re: Sigh, one subject that drives me ...

Speaking as a one-legged Chinese lesbian of restricted height I'd have to say I agree.

Actually, whenever presented with that part of the form, I always write "prefer not to say".

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Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

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I remember a Coke bottle in the style of Pamela Anderson, but I don't know that there ever was a phone that looked like Angelina Jolie.

So really, it seems like a bit of a random statement.

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

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I take it you don't bank in Cyprus.

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The EU is nothing but a bunch of unelectable power hungry kleptomaniacs who like to bribe us with our own money. Good for nothing but submitting dodgy accounts, re-running referendums when they don't get the desired result, deposing elected leaders of sovereign states, and hounding honest market traders to an early grave.

The best thing Google could do at this point is to refer them to the reply given in the case of Arkell vs. Pressdram.

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Former Azzurri project manager who stole £1.3m ordered to pay back £146k

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Re: Crime doesn't pay...

There's a big hayfield in Buxton, and at the north end of that hayfield there's a rock wall, right out of a Robert Frost poem. And somewhere along the base of that wall is a rock that has no earthly business in a Maine hayfield...

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Re: In France

"Proceeds of crime act" - in the UK too.

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eBay faces MULTIPLE PROBES into mega-breach

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Wouldn't it be ironic if the crooksters sold the hooky data on eBay.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Re: certificate management

Ah! Just for completeness,Postfix needed "LOGIN" as the auth mechanism. One more problem fixed.

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Re: certificate management

...Got a feeling that's why my Lumia refuses to talk SMTP with my mail server.

The inability to remove a profile picture, or the pointlessness of the Search button pales in comparison...

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Hacktivists hijack BNP Twitter account, crayon over leader Griffin's too

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Re: Poor guy.

Some good points, but the "trade" argument seems weak on two fronts. Firstly, who is to say that leaving the EU would affect our trade with the EU? Other countries (Norway, for example) manage quite well. Secondly, and more importantly, this argument would suggest that in the event of a tradeoff between international commerce and representative democracy, it is democracy which must be sacrificed. The only elected body in the EU is the European Parliament, but their job is to provide a fig leaf of democracy, while rubber stamping the plans of the unelected Commission.

If you look back through the history of the EU, democracy, and therefore freedom, is sadly lacking. Case in point is the "second" Lisbon treaty referendum - held as the people did not vote the "right" way the first time. Or you could look at the spectacle of the men from the European Central Bank parachuted into the highest offices of State in Ireland or Italy following their bailouts.

The stated agenda of the EU is an "ever closer union". Great for roaming phone charges, not so good for democracy.

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Ads bandog berates Virgin Media in BSkyB broadband bumf bust-up

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Re: ASA

I caught 5 minutes of police interceptors the other week. They found a cannabis farm and a bypassed electric meter at someone's house, the CPS obviously didn't catch the episode as there was "insufficient evidence to prosecute". (Probably too busy with celebrities who'd touched someone's bum in the 70s).

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Handbags at 20 Paces

Another week passes, another ASA story...

Just moved house, took my cable service with me. Gave VM 2 days notice - they switched me off on the right day, connected the new place the next morning. Small hitch was that the cables from the street had been cut, so the engineer ran a cable from next door as a temporary fix, and ordered a re-pull the next week. Left me his card (and his pliers) with a note to say that if I phoned the switchboard I'd be put through to his mobile.

Aside from the text messages confirming appointments (had to stop answering them as the wife was getting suspicious) an all round excellent service.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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For me, WP8 was the price I had to pay for getting my hands on the Lumia 1020's excellent camera.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Because there is nothing on my Lumia...

hehe, touched a raw nerve there did I?

Get back to me when the file explorer app can actually explore the file system, or the eBay app can actually relist an item, define a new postage type, or let you scroll to the end of your description in edit mode. How about when the tide tables app actually has details of more than just a handful of surfing beaches, or there's a decent web browser, or a free putty type client that actually supports use of the CTRL key, or when the app in question doesn't pop up with a little message saying "We try reely hard to make nice app. Love you longtime, plz rate us in the Windows stor".

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