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* Posts by Richard 81

805 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Throttled customers rage over Virgin Mobile UK's tight cap

Richard 81

Re: Vote with your wallets

I was never offered a specific speed of connection, besides it being "3G". So no, it probably isn't.

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Re: I'm an EE customer

Me neither. I have, however, been getting a pretty lousy service with T-Mobile recently. Often when my phone claims to have a strong signal and is sending and receiving at H+ speed, it still takes an absolute age to download even the lightest website.

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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Re: Again?

"let's outsource the work to someone almost on the other side of the world who'll do it for 75p/hour"

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"We are disappointed that our customers have faced disruption to banking services"

"...and we expect them to try harder next time"

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Megaupload extradition bid - Feds WON'T have to hand in their evidence

Richard 81

Re: Look, 2.3 million prisoners

That sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory to me.

...at least I hope it is.

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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Piano player, I ain't

I have a enough trouble using a Galaxy S2 with one hand. My thumb barely reaches the other side of the screen and often bumps the back button.

Unfortunate that the PadFone 2 is even bigger, otherwise it would be perfect solution. I'd like to have something the size of (or smaller than) a Nexus S, but powerful enough to drive the 10" tablet when plugged in.

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth embraces tablet terror: Our PC biz will survive, too

Richard 81

Re: Interesting

I've considered Mint, but after that recent article on distros I think I'll go with openSUSE.

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Richard 81

Re: Poll

Yes. Next question..?

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Richard 81
Stop

One doesn't need to be a fanboi to think you're wrong.

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Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

Richard 81

"Will it? What will you be developing?"

Scientific software. Linux development won't be the core of the role, but it'll be a good bit of experience nonetheless.

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Oh good. I'm going to be developing in Linux in my new job, so the experience will be handy.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

Richard 81

When I read that article I just new El Reg was going to have a go.

I'll admit they did labour the point a bit.

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iPad? Pah. Behold the EYEPAD, patented by Sony for the 'PS4'

Richard 81

Re: Obligatory Hawk the Slayer reference

Hawk the Slayer's rubbish!

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Richard 81

Re: wtf?

"Why am i yet to read about the Microsoft Illumiroom? Which imho is going to be a gamechanging feature?"

I had to Google that. I'm afraid I'm less than impressed.

I agree that it's going to be a game changer though. It'll change games that were otherwise enjoyable into silly light shows.

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Fashionably slate

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Joke

Re: Staring them in the face

Don't forget to make video calls only possible if the person at the other end has the same brand of TV as you. Interoperability is for communists.

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Richard 81

Re: I want dumb TVs

More HDMI and USB ports would be nice.

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Richard 81

"Is the TV really be best device for web surfing?"

No, but then I don't even think tablets and phones are. There are too many websites that just don't like small touch screens.

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AT LEAST two-thirds mobile traffic will be video by 2017 - Cisco report

Richard 81

Re: Data cap anyone?

Do they have a clause in their contract that allows them to apply limits later?

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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1. Mug

2. Tea, normal English (e.g. Yorkshire) brewed strong as death

3. Milk, skimmed or semi-skimmed, just a spot

No sugar. That's for coffee, and even then it should be brown.

Earl Grey is perfumed rubbish. If it absolutely must be drunk, it should never be with milk.

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Richard 81

NAAFI break

I believe that's commonly referred to as NAAFI tea.

My granddad used to tell my dad the same thing. He was in the navy.

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Kids as young as FIVE need lessons in online safety - NSPCC

Richard 81

Re: I'm not sure what exactly is happening

frank ly, you have actually been on the internet right?

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Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

Richard 81

Re: Yeah right

Sorry, would Edinburgh be more you cup of tea? Or are you a "nothing north of the Watford Gap" kind of chap?

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

Richard 81

Re: Greedy bastards

That is an extremely good point. There really isn't much point in spending the time and money to make a 1 min advert when no one will ever watch more than 5 seconds.

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BT's 'six-month free broadband' offer is a big fat FIB - ads watchdog

Richard 81
Meh

And how much will BT be fined?

Oh, I see.

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British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

Richard 81

@Flawless101

They should also be taught to fire a rocket at their feet while in mid jump will boost their jump considerably, thus allowing them to reach even more inaccessible locations.

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Well

"when your pinned down and targets 500 yards away" ...you'll feel very silly for leaving your SA80 on the kitchen counter.

A pistol is for when you're caught with your trousers down at close range and, for whatever reason, you can't use your main weapon. .50 cal is for heavy machine guns (less important these days) and ridiculously long range rifles (hardly ever needed).

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

Richard 81
Boffin

Re: Deadly

Isn't it specifically the phosphoric acid in colas that does that? It's certainly been linked to osteoporosis in women.

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Richard 81

Re: Dyslexic analysis disorder

The same way everyone else does when reporting statistical findings.

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Richard 81
Flame

Splutter!

"Dr Chen is indisputably a real doctor and a proper boffin - as opposed to the larger and less distinguished category of "scientist" - being an MD as well as a PhD."

How dare you Sir! Such an inflammatory statement just caused this doctor* to splutter his delicious and health-giving juice of the naughty bean across the desk.

*PhD only and you can cram it where tech news hacks traditionally cram things.

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

Richard 81

Re: Asus PA248Q

1080p is fine for me. Glad my eyes are rubbish.

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Big screened quad-core Chinese beasts splash down at CES

Richard 81

"and I still don't understand why we need 3g tablets when wifi will link up to your mobile hapilly.."

Dunno about you, but that's expressly verboten on my contract. I wouldn't have a network contract for a tablet anyway, but tethering isn't always an option.

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Victory on mobile belongs to Google in 2013

Richard 81

Re: that's the point.

Build a better mousetrap...

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Ten... tech stocking stuffers

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Unhappy

Re: I want to live in Bob's world

Some of them cost more than my total Christmas budget.

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Richard 81

£40 phone case a throwaway gift?

I'm clearly in the wrong line of work.

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Richard 81

Re: Yay, stocking fillers on the 19th December.

Don't worry, there'll be plenty of these in the shops. No one else will want them.

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Richard 81

Re: Yikes!

Indeed. These are a bit pricier than the usual chocolate oranges.

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Judge: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either

Richard 81

Good

They can sue each other for money if they must, since it largely seems to balance out, but full bans are bad for the consumer.

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Forget about fondling that slab... within 2 years, it'll fondle YOU

Richard 81

Re: And you think privacy is invaded NOW?

One day they'll tell us they "like us", and then we'll really be in trouble.

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Richard 81

Re: But will it help Arthur Dent ...

No, but then he's just an ignorant monkey that doesn't know any better.

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Richard 81

Re: Excuse me.

"This leash demeans us both"

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

Richard 81

Re: Out of Control?

I wouldn't have thought its course would deviate unless it was spraying something to give it thrust.

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Re: "is thought to house a camera"

Well the US used to dump it in the sea and go pick it up. Of course NK aren't allowed out, and they can hardly knock on anyone else's door to ask for their ball back.

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Richard 81

Re: Meanwhile Britain

Ah, so you're Lewis.

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Musos blast US copyright bods: 'ARTISTS MAKE LOUSY SLAVES!'

Richard 81

So that's where all these down votes came from.

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Shoebox?!? Get a load of His Majesty living in a shoebox!

I'd sell my left knee to live in a shoebox!

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Spanish airport cops seize cocaine-packed Bulgarian airbags

Richard 81

Re: OMG!

Assuming you're not joking: RTFA.

The wounds were already open. The bandages were holding them closed in lieu of any sutures.

This is seriously horrible.

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Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

Richard 81

Outrageous!

Apple's word can not be called into question. The town must be moved at once!

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The best tablets for Christmas

Richard 81

Re: The best tablet for Christmas

Fizzygood makefeelnice

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Richard 81

Re: What about the no-names?

A few unheard of brands sneak into some of these articles, but they're always crap in some way or another. If there are any good ones, I wouldn't mind knowing about them.

Oh but Kobo, or any other obscure e-reader-tablet-hybrid, don't count. They're all shite.

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Richard 81

Re: keyboard-cum-covers?

You need massive hands, apparently.

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