* Posts by jeremy 3

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Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

jeremy 3

T3100

Not quite as old as this guy, but those early Toshibas were great machines.

The 3100e was my first portable (probably early 90s?)... i don't want to call it a laptop because i would have burned my legs off if it had been on them.

It had an orange gas plasma screen that got really hot. Weighed too much to carry much.

Sold it to a collector in the end, ran for years and years in a construction site office.

http://38.media.tumblr.com/da8fb25523493a061b464e7c4fee75f1/tumblr_inline_n7lz8ltsHM1rzzdzb.jpg

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Smart toys spring dumb vulns. Again. This time: Cuddly bears, watches

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Personal information

I have said this before and being a typical reg reader, i will say it again...

The concept of our personal information being a tangible legal property is starting to become more important, companies don't really care about securing it, people themselves almost less so, but its value is recognised by the people making money from it now!

I think there was even a reg story about this recently....

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/02/uk_raises_concern_about_eu_consumer_law_plans_on_trade_of_data_for_digital_content/

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Samsung trolls Google, adds adblockers to phones

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Industry examples

What is being discussed here is web advertising.

Remember how apps used to cost between 99p and 9.99 ... but suddenly they all went free, because not enough people were paying?

The ad supported model switched to was much more careful about retaining customers, so for example play a game, first time you die and re-spawn you watch a ad video in payment, next time you die you buy yourself back to life with in game gold or in-app purchased gold. This approach is working when publishers are careful to get the balance right.

Mobile web ads still open pop-ups, which on a mobile browser is really annoying, especially if the pop-up redirects to some app on the play store.

I don't root my phone for my own reasons, and i don't think i should need to, in order to have control of the network details the way i do on a laptop.... eg. set fixed DNS for all connections (open DNS) and allow user access to a hosts file of some kind (perhaps a non root hosts file, so it could be separated from the core system stuff google doesn't want you to mess with).

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

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Total nonsense

"meaning that benefits such as reduced costs and greater speed of transactions are being missed out on"... I have yet to find any cost charged by the bank to be cheaper than another service e.g. transferring money internationally.

Also this speed is the slowest possible since speed = distance / time, so if we factor in the non-banking days when nothing happens, that speed drops very dramatically.

In the last few years the UK has got almost instant bank transfers domestically, but this is a pretty new thing. Where i am in Asia, i keep my money out of the bank so i can reliably get it when i want it, not when they decide to turn on the computers next (Chinese new year closed my bank for 9 consecutive days last year).

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

jeremy 3

Platitudes that are pointless and annoying....

"We take your security very seriously"..... maybe, maybe not, but telling me that when you announce how you've failed is not reassuring in any way. Just leave it out of security announcements.

Not from this story, but ...

"There will be lessons learned" ... again, maybe, maybe not, but i don't care about the future, i care about now and why you f*cked up today!

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Folk shun UK.gov's 'expensive' subsidised satellite broadband

jeremy 3
Facepalm

Island mentality

Its funny to read comments about BT having to put in fibre just for one person 12 miles away...

You folks really are living in the past when elsewhere in your own european union there are broadband providers who leapfrogged the incumbent (Telephonica) who put broadband to the mountain town (of around 1000 people + a school) of my parents when Telephonica bitched about cables for near 6 years.

Now there is a network of microwave antennas and a small (7inch) antenna on my parents house... they get the middle package of around 7 or 8 Gbps. Its probably Wimax or something.

There is technology to make provision of 100% broadband in the UK affordable for any supplier... any other excuse is just that.

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Mobile dev toolkit biz Appcelerator gobbled up by Axway

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Titanium was quite good

... used to use it for mobile dev.

I gave up with it about 3 years ago because while it lets you do some stuff cross platform, there was just too much more that needed to be done for each platform you published to.

The end result was that it took just as much time as two native apps to make one with Titanium, but clients saw the words cross-platform and thought "half the cost".

I know people who did great cross-platform apps with it, but I wasn't going to bet the farm on single platform that just not improving very quickly, bugs in APIs didn't get fixed for ages... they were too focused on making an IDE to improve the core product.

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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

jeremy 3

Re: Nice Idea

"We see you have Adblock installed... this site requires you to..."....

I don't require this site :)

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European human rights court rules mass surveillance illegal

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Sadly...

While the ECHR is a good thing it does applies it's rulings in a totally (some might say stubbornly) blind way (again good).

This means that people like Mr Hook (whatever his name was), went back to Jordan and effectively got set free.

This is a failing in the Jordanian system still using torture, but it fuels people like Cameron saying nonsense about rights affecting national security.

Just call me Dave doesn't want to leave the EU, but if we did then he'd be the first to drop the ECHR... well maybe, 2nd after Teresa the Terrible.

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Group rattles tin in bid to snatch TfL licence from Uber's paw

jeremy 3

Black cabs are the only ones who....

....have said "Sorry mate, not going sauwf of the river this time 'o night"..... but also ....

have returned 2 iphones i drunkenly left in separate cabs... one accepted the £20 i offered on its return, the other wouldn't take any reward / expenses.

Good and bad.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

jeremy 3

Mis-direction

Trump is actually a mega hippie who wants to make the USA into a walled commune where there is peace and love and guns and everything lives off the burgers and fries that grow on the Wendy's tree.

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Which poor to help?

By preventing a local Facebook (or whatever service) from starting isn't Mark putting a limit on how far the nations poor can be lifted? ... You can get enough to be a consumer of ads but don't go getting rich from internet entrepreneurial activities! !!

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

jeremy 3

diversity

Years working as sys admins and they want to make a game to play at being sys admins when they are not being sys admins.

I know i sound their mum but wouldn't it be more healthy to play another type of game, i don't something with lots of blood and gore?

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Video game retailer GAME in email marketing FAIL

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Agree with the platitudes being half the problem

As the other person said above... to me 100% percent of me has been affected, so i don't care how small or large it is in the context of the company.

... and telling me my privacy is important to you while explaining how you demonstrated that its not is simply lying to me. Just don't say it.... we know that in general you probably do care about privacy, and yes in general you probably didn't want to f**k up today... but the fact is you did so stop insulting me.

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Facebook tries to defend its troubling masterplan to own India's internet

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There is an impact... conveniently overlooked

As a developer of web services, i took a look at the requirements to be on the free basics service.

At the very least it is another lock in development situation, where i need to dedicate at least some man hours to providing and maintaining this service, in addition to all the other channels that i must already.

So while Mark says there are absolutely no downsides, its clear he has never run a simple business where costs and income are important (not a silicon valley BS arrangement where you have no idea how you'll make money but people give you millions for years on end).

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Star Wars BB-8 toy in firmware update risk, say UK security bods

jeremy 3

Toy review

... the researchers said there are no useful sensors to speak of and no personal information.

Sounds like a great toy... matches the description of lump of coal... only that goes faster (when i throw it).

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IT security is a safe job? Tell that to Norse staff laid off this week

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Holmes

Ah VCs

Worked for many as a contractor .... doesn't feel so personal when you then get laid off after completing the contracted 3 months or whatever.

I really do wonder why people endlessly bemoan being laid off. Its the way things are these days, I'm not saying it is right or good... just its happened enough times that people who fall foul of redundancy ie. without a plan in place ... probably aren't the level of smarts you want in a company. Hankering for the old days of 1 job for life with a good pension doesn't make it happen. Adapt or die.

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

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Um

Masspoem4u considers the messages "tiny postcards flying across the net, without using any sort of centralized service like Twitter or Facebook."

But the article says it was HTTP, so they themselves provided the hardware and bandwidth to send out 55 million HTTP requests?

Sorry to be boring but I really don't see the point of what they did. At least 25 million of those requests returned empty responses..... are these kids just there to burn up electricity and bandwidth on empty responses to spurious requests.....i wish they'd go out in the cherry blossoms and stay the f**k away from computers.

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We're all really excited about new smartphones, laptops, tablets – said no one ever

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Not impressive enough

Sorry manufacturers, but the stuff you are peddling is not impressive enough compared to what we have and what you gave us before...

The step from a big box tv to a flat screen was enough to keep us buying TVs in the HD phase.... but now with 4k, i'm not even sure my eyes are 4k let alone ANY CONTENT ANY TIME SOON.

Tablets, smart phones ... both still have first time purchasers buying them, but only just after so long.

What are you offering me know ? A $100 light switch? (yeah, not sold on that one).... finger print scanner on my phone?? - really not sure i need that one. ..... dunno what else really... stopped listening.

What are you NOT offering..... Batteries suitable for today's tech...... Holographic projection..... Security....

Meh.

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Americans massively back call for more police body camera tech

jeremy 3

USA is a "War" nation

Since WWII and the whole war economy thing [blah blah blah conspiracies about constant war being good for the economy] ...... blah blah

Now everything is a "War" in the USA... you people have no words left for peacefully sorting something out.

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Hello Kitty hack exposes 3.3 million users' details, says infosec bod

jeremy 3
Coat

Is it the headline writer's day off?

"Hello Kitty, Bye Bye Identity"

"Bye Bye Kitty, 3.3 million user profiles leave "

etc etc....

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Who would win a fight between Cortana and Android?

jeremy 3

voice recognition

is still crap, higher fail rate than typing... life is too short.

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Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

jeremy 3
Facepalm

top down

I will probably sounds like a parent saying this (im not one), but i have always thought that our esteemed leaders forget that they themselves are role models for society.

They "pre-emptively strike" countries that didn't hit us first ... like a playground bully...

They lie directly to us without any conscience.

They stir up disproportionate feelings through emotive language......

Then they wonder why everyone else sees that "might is right", "lies are more profitable than truths" and "i can get away with anything if try hard enough".

Not a great surprise the world is turning to shit when we only get "do as i say, not as i do".

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13,000 Comcast customers complain to FCC over data caps

jeremy 3
Holmes

Re: Yep... I figured half as much

"The comcast executives sit around in the board room and figure out way to gouge their customers for more money" .... while this may be true, isn't it the purpose of *ANY* executive in a capitalist society?

Dodgy metering is plain fraud and should be criminal investigation, not exactly the same as plain corporate greed.

I find it funny when people talk of greed about banks, corporations, individuals .... I have never heard anyone in any company say "we shouldn't increase our prices, our customers pay enough even though they are now using more" or "I don't think we've paid a fair amount of tax this year, ask HMRC/IRS if they will take another 20,000".

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Windows' authentication 'flaw' exposed in detail

jeremy 3

subheading

I particularly liked the sub heading for this article....made me chuckle!

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Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

jeremy 3

Never clear

I support my olds IT (like many here) and while windows 7 made my 80 something get into the use of OneDrive, there is nothing at any point (maybe in the EULA, page 765) that says its a free or otherwise service.

It is so integrated with Windows, it is practically impossible to not use it.

Apple is not much better, but if i never sign into iCloud when i start up.

I still have a local user password setup there... not a system that requires online verification to log into a laptop.

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Bangladesh shuts down its internet during war crimes trial

jeremy 3

A Useful Example..

For Teresa May to see how the separation of services on the internet to selectively affect just one service is not as easy as it sounds!

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

jeremy 3

re-reporting the daily mail?

So... there is no evidence, there is no WHO report yet and you are spreading this typical daily hate horror story.

It sounds like being a journalist just means reading the made up news in a fairly shoddy newspaper.... can i have your job!!

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Is streaming pirate video legal? Europe's highest court will take a look

jeremy 3

hardware

So hardware enabling law breaking can be made illegal... so gun makers can be responsible for murders?

I know its an extreme point of view (and I am only posting it to be contrary),

Also guns don't come with plugins and embedded links, but its a different view on the hardware side of things.

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BLABBERGEDDON BEGINS! Twitter lays off 8% of its workforce

jeremy 3

Business plan for twitter

"So, we're going to do something you can already do (messaging), but with only 140 characters (or whatever)".

"Also you have to view it in almost real time, there is basically no historical aspect to this like email or facebook or etc"

"and you can't send pictures" (until later iterations of it).

"and did i mention there is no income stream imaginable for it".

.... where do i sign up? let me give you millions.

Twitter is for people who just can't distinguish something useful from something they are told they must like.... kind of like fashion really.

Like Take That & Justin Beiber, i will be happy to see the end of it... pointless waste of time in so many ways (Justin Milley Cirrus's transgender twin Bieber is not over yet? Thats news to me).

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Laser razor binned from Kickstarter resurfaces on Indiegogo

jeremy 3
Joke

airports

Since there is no blade, can i finally take a razor in my hand luggage or is the hipster thing (which is 100% a result of frequent travellers attending meetings after a short haul flight) going to have to stay?

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

jeremy 3

Doesn't matter

Just like Rebecca Brokes (in the phone hacking thing), if you take the exec salary then you are responsible, no question.

You have rogue software engineers, your problem, you are C level, that means responsibility for more than just getting a big pay cheque.

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Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used

jeremy 3

a video?

... to show you how to use emoticons?

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Rise of der Maschinen: Daimler trials ROBOT LORRY in Germany

jeremy 3

when they're dead

.... they're called hookers.

(*Archer).

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Nice try, Apple. The Maxi Pad is no laptop killer – and won’t scratch the Surface

jeremy 3

mixed stats

There seems to be an industry drive by journalists to give mixed stats that cannot be easily understood by anyone with even a basic understanding of maths...

"According to the big brains at Forrester, 59 per cent of laptop users at work spend more than three hours using the device, but only 22 per cent of their time on a fondleslab."

So, some laptop users spend more than 3 hours on laptops... so the amount of time spent on their "fondleslabs" should also be in hours. "22% of their time" cannot be compared with 3 hours.

Really, El reg, i would have expected more than a BBC level of tech reporting!!!!

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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

jeremy 3

So its at the top of google... how many sales is that?

SEO companies treat the the concept of "Sales" as a dirty word that is someone else's problem.

As a web developer and owner, I have had far too much contact with these charlatans who really can't seem to connect the dots... it is the nebulous business model sites (like facebook and twitter) that only care about traffic... most of the SMEs are looking for SALES, CUSTOMERS... traditional things like that.

Its like marketing, but even less accountable (if that is possible).

I hope they all disappear up each other's butts.

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Thousands cut off from email after EE bungles domain renewal

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and yet....

Of the people's whose email has now been restored, how many will be spending this weekend taking steps to stop this in future.... probably only a handful... and i bet about 0% will actually spend any money on paying a local techie to do it for them (y'know those people at the indie IT shop that advertise virus removal and the like).

Like the other poster said above... EE can be expected to F*uck up, if you are using a 10 year defunct ISP email you deserve these problems.

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SONY HACK WAS WAR says FBI, and 'we're still struggling to hire talent'

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Joke

Re: stupid FBI

This is the basis of all the "more women in IT" bollocks... because someone somewhere thinks "the man" is too gender specific.

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Android 5 lock-screens can be bypassed by typing in a reeeeally long password. In 2015

jeremy 3

Re: And nobody considered...

I'm not telling you my password but I'll give you a clue ... it about 20,000 words long and its the Apple T&Cs... after the UK's GCHQ said to use more nemonic passwords, i opted for that one.

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Twitter sued for 'reading' private direct messages

jeremy 3

Re: Torn

Unless it is encrypted by the client, it is not end to end encryption.

Also if they scan such messages for malicious code... (as most email providers do) is that reading the message?

I agree with you that its hazy at best and a cash driven spurious law suit at worst.

I think there are lots of words that need some definition in this (based on previous re-definition for lawyers)...

"Private", "Direct", "Reading"...

I would argue that the only true private direct messages that can be read are ones you write in code on a piece of paper and hand to your buddy in high school... (as recently seen in that Turing movie).

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

jeremy 3

my bandwidth is paid for by me...you're the thief!

Autoplay video files burn my mobile bandwidth more than anything else... mobile bandwidth for me is email and the odd pub-quiz-google... so i don't buy much (still pay $ for it though, not cents that i am "stealing").

Since we need to be looking and clicking on your ads how about someone (maybe me) writes a little ad clicker bot... hit ads hundreds of times to make them simply unviable and bring the ad-peddler into disrepute.

Or, sites could be responsible about their advertising... like this site... but then we would not have new words in the lexicon like "click-bait". Actually, now i think about it, its how much i trust a site that decides if i click on their ads....

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You want to DISRUPT my TECH? How about I DISRUPT your FACE?

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Re: I can do that!

Reach out.... i can't stand that phrase and insist on taking it literally whenever it is said... its usually the Merkins who use it and then get confused about my confusion over "reaching out, what through your screen..you know i am 6000 miles away right?"... then i come in with the killer .. "Ta very much"

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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landfill mining corp

I am going to register this company now and start to get going on it... so that when do have to start mining our own landfill sites (as we've run out of stuff to make new telly with) i might have the start of a monopoly... until then those who have a clue (El Reg readers) will save their pennies on buying new hardware to get new software... and the rest will put their platinum in bin.

It was only 60 or 70 years ago that the original gold rush ended in northern america and already their stuff is being re-mined as we can now afford to get the stuff they left behind.

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Should all Europeans be able to watch Estonian football? Consultation launched

jeremy 3

commissioners agenda

.. so how do i (a citizen of EU) decide which of the commissioners agendas i want to support and vote for it accordingly... oh wait, I can't vote for stuff in Europe... I have to trust that these guys represent my interests... yay, lets export this "democracy" to evildoers.

(bored with EU and want Brexit just to shake things up a bit)

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C For Hell: Data centre meltdown for irate customers as C4L GOES TITSUP

jeremy 3

Colocation

co... location......

co...

location....

So, this is everyone's secondary system right, they are doing their own redundancy... or are the tweeting customers expecting C4L to manage ALL redundancy?

(I'd still be bitching, but worth pointing out that its never down to the supplier alone).

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

jeremy 3

Whale and dolphin

I can only think about the South Park episode where the Japanese explain the kill whales and dolphins because it was a whale and a dolphin flying the Enola Gay.

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EE Harrier Mini grounded by errant Wi-Fi calling upgrade

jeremy 3

How do people contact them?

I have undfortunately been an EE customer for a week now, and i cannot find any way to contact them atall about anything..

Call 150 they say, but there is no humans on that line, you can go to tech support and pay 25p per call... which is nice, but you can't actually get to a real person.

EE are terrible, i don't even have problems (yet) but they refuse to help in any way .... with anything.. they also text me daily (4 times) to tell me i need to buy more credit... something a PAYG phone would need like a car needs fuel... so rather redundant and annoying. F**k ee.. fortunately, i can put a second sim in my (Samsung) phone because i bought it in Asia where the phone is always separate so the models available reflect consumer requirements, not telco requirements.

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We're saving tax payers' money on Oracle licensing, honest, says Gov.uk

jeremy 3

oooh... ooh ... i can play this buzz word bingo game

"Procurement"..... "Procurement"..... "Procurement"..... "Procurement"..... "Procurement".....

do i win?

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Government embarks on futile mission to censor teen music vid viewing

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Advertising?

I was recently informed (true or not, I don't know but sound legit)... that most music videos now are funded by the product placing advertisers... every video has the latest phone/toy/gadget that someone wants you to buy.... so assuming everyone abides by the ratings (the ideal scenario that politicians plan in), then sooner or later less young impressionable eyes will be hitting these adverts... so they will enforce the PG videos?

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