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Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH

Andy 97

The data they collect isn't as accurate as the media would have you believe.

A "large mobile network" has a system in place that can give this data correctly to around 3 meters if it's employed. Indeed, this system has been used in the past to find missing people and criminals, however, it's not designed to give big data and the best the agency can hope for is connection to a single cell.

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

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Snooty fanboi activity fuels Apple PR machine shocker.

"uuuuhh, like... coloured, plastic iPhones..duh"

I worry for the future of humanity sometimes.

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

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Re: Chicken / egg

The point I was making Len is that it means a potential DAB broadcaster can now circumnavigate all th at tedious back-haul to the central mux area (forget where it is, but someone will), pay a huge sum for a 64kbps allocation and spend the rest of the time adjusting the dynamic range of the audio to compensate.

The cartel that runs a majority of these facilities counts on an ability to charge for their investment.

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Chicken / egg

While I fully support the Ofcom gentleman for his efforts in running this pilot broadcast, I wonder how long the major mux owners will stand for this kind of thing.

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Is it a BIRD? Is it a plane? Right first time – and she's in SPANDEX

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Torture Garden must be hosting a party this weekend or something.

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Hey, wannabe Murdochs, yet more chances to run your own telly station

Andy 97
FAIL

Let's have a look at local radio - a warning from history.

Hello all you people involved in community radio, this isn't aimed at you. I believe CR's offer a really local output and have to deal with an unbelievable torrent of effluent thrown at them from other broadcasters and prohibitive legislation that a local radio group owner was instrumental in influencing in his favor.

I have one thing to say on the possibility of local TV: Heart FM.

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Jaguar to open new car-making factory in Blighty (virtually)

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UK better at building, but rubbish at owning.

Saw the news yesterday that the UK now makes more cars than France and nearly all the owners are not based in the UK

We are now the 'salary slave' of Europe.

Congratulations unions of the 70's, your socialist utopia has arrived.

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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WTF?

Just wait for Space 1999...

As noted above, everyone seems scared of doing original formats now.

I wonder how Space 1999 will look once they've shrunk the flared trousers, jumpsuits and lost Vaseline on the lens during Barbara Bain's close-ups.

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EU wants the Swiss and pals to cough up IT giants' hidden bank info

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Swiss shouted at for hiding stolen gold.

Now where have we seen that before?

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NEW ITV Player app IS HERE ... for Samsung fandroids only. Ha ha

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Re: "Watching ITV Player is like watching iPlayer from ten years ago."

Not to the public...

The prototype did however.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Re: Kiss FM?

Welcome to the future.

Ever listened to US-based 'hit' music radio?

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O2 scoffs at call-centre outsource fears, forgets to rule it out completely

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Shareholder value

I do feel sorry for the people that work for O2, but it's the nature of corporate beast; reducing cost comes before granular growth because it's easier to accomplish and shows on the end of year statements before any increase due to clever marketing or a brilliant product.

Director's bonuses are usually based on profit and removing cost is the fastest way to getting that new Range Rover (or apartment in Florence) for many boardroom 'zeebs'.

Not to mention the pressure these people get from investors (such as pension funds etc) when they issue profit forecasts.

I'm not a socialist, but let's face it, capitalism is the guilty party here.

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Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

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Joke

1979 technology... Phone makers take note.

11BN Miles away and is still working and it's still managing to poll home AND it takes better pictures.

*I do realize it also has a plutonium reactor thing strapped inside too, that could be problematic*

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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FAIL

For 41p a day, I say, keep the tax.

Has anyone actually watched ITV recently?

Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.

The BBC isn't perfect (far from it), but compared to the alternative, it's premium content.

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Earthquake killed your network? Satellite-over-balloon to the rescue!

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Microwave backhaul?

On a moving object?.... good luck with that then.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Re: business package

I agree with you on so many levels.

On a domestic package, Zen were excellent, when I asked them to build me a special product for an event, they delivered exactly what I wanted and they only cost a few quid more than other providers.

If I didn't have BT Vision they'd have my business now.

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Andy 97
Paris Hilton

The differential cost for a well-run ISP.

A previous employer demanded I claimed for [only] the cheapest provider I could get.

Three outages later and one reoccurring problem; I managed to get them to pay slightly more for an ISP that knew their arse from their elbow.

Surprise surprise, never had another outage.

The cost differential?

£10 a month.

Paris because she knows that's it's not the size of the pipe, it's how you use it.

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Major Freeview EPG revamp to go ahead after appeals rejected

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Now I'll have to spend hours deleting all the shite again.

Thanks a lot numpties!

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Simon Cowell plans X Factor for Tech

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Paris Hilton

Entertainment and technology?

It's a marriage made in...

*Orders handcart and map to hell*

Paris because she hardly ever gets an outing these days.

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Freeview kit to require retune tomorrow

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FAIL

Now I'll need to spend ages *again* deleting all the shite off the EPG.

Sometimes I really miss the simplicity of four channels.

*Offers Spangles around*

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Mars rover harangues empty landscape with loudhailer

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Alien

Amazing..

It's very exciting to be alive when people can actually do this.

Is the atmosphere dense enough to support sound to a microphone?

"hey earthlings, enough with the autotune crap please..."

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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Yay, just heard Ian from The Reg's question

How bizarre, dropped onto the live stream of the press conference just in time.

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Dish Networks locks horns with broadcasters over ad skipping

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Flame

Subscription TV

I used to pay the "evil Murdoch empire" a subscription to watch TV and then had to sit through yards of adverts. The economic reality is that someone has to pay for the programmes and I do feel some sympathy for the networks*, but following several trips to the states I can see why people need an add-skip.

U.S commercial TV is a powerful ecosystem and you'd expect Dish will get a good kicking in the courts.

Lawyers are (even now) ordering new yachts bought from the proceeds of this.

*except for the Fox network.

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Sony denies Netflix app to older Bravia smart TVs

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I got LoveFilm - which wouldn't be a problem if the content wasn't such a shoddy offering.

Saying that, all the online film offerings are pretty poor in the UK.

And they wonder why there's so much downloading...

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Who killed ITV Digital? Rupert Murdoch - but not the way you think

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FAIL

Interesting comments, decent article.

Turning the encoder QAM up to squeeze as many channels as possible onto a mux made the picture quality and reception problematic too.

Content is king, but if you can't watch a programme without the "puppy drowning in mud" soundtrack, would you watch?

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Everything Everywhere's 4G monopoly stalled by Ofcom

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FAIL

Re: This isn't about handsets for EE...

I doubt EE having 4G will mean corporates will run from their existing provider.

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Medieval warming WAS global – new science contradicts IPCC

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Mushroom

Business as usual.

Nice research grants for scientists funded by oil companies and "well meaning" ecologists.

The whole thing is a massive gravy train IMHO.

Humanity will change to deal with whatever is the reality, I'd be more worried about population growth in the short term.

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

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Alert

Scare story?

Now far be it for me to call the writer on this, but it seems inconceivable that this kind of a 'blind' story can be taken seriously.

Which billionaire I.T mogul was spotted in a trendy West London club hooting charlie off a high-class call girl's boobs... see it's easy.

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Competition officials snap on fresh glove after 4-year Sky Movies probe

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Unhappy

Re: Comparable?

And we all know that the only way to get a decent Netflix experience is to use the <cough> work-around method to obtain Netflix US.

Senna in HD there + other treats as well.

The Evil Murdoch Empire must be congratulated for congealing the UK movie market as it has.

Hardly surprising that movie piracy is still as popular as ever.

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Everything Everywhere grabs UK 4G wheel, rivals thrown off bus

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Joke

Dear Ofcom

haaa hee haaa hee.

Love

EE

x

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New Yorker sues Apple: 'Misleading and deceptive' Siri ads

Andy 97
Mushroom

Just tried Woz's test on my Android

... worked fine for me in a busy office.

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iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

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I'm all for this.

The method of delivery has changed, but people still need paying.

Content owners need to be paid for their investment, just look at it as hiring a DVD or paying $ky for one of their movies on demand.

The BBC sells DVD box sets of DR Who and people buy them, what's the beef with charging a nominal fee for an episode of something made by Tiger Aspect or All 3 Media?

If The BBC get this one sorted out now, it could mean they become a fair alternative to other publisher's platforms.

If it means no commercials - sign me up doc!

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RIP: Peak Oil - we won't be running out any time soon

Andy 97
Mushroom

Reason has left the building

If there is peer reviewed figures available to back-up either claims, I'd be happy to digest them.

In a world of media madness and funding-starved scientists...

As Danny Baker says: "If you're not scared, we're not doing our jobs".

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Cameras roll on 'blockbuster' new Who series

Andy 97

Possibly the best Doctor ever (imho).

"Why won't you just die?"

It's so camp now I just wonder why they don't paint the monsters/villain day-glo.

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Iranians get some services back

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"The more you tighten your grip, the more they will slip through your fingers..."

</geek quote>

*Admittedly slightly modified for the purposes of this post.

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Space: 1999 returning to TV?

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News story of the week.

Considering the huge number of posts on here, this has to be the most exciting thing to happen for a long time.

2099? Nice idea....

Gerry must be rubbing his hands in royalty glee.

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Vodafone squirrels cash into Blighty nightly as Europe falters

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Good

I'm glad they run the company well; as my pension (and most of yours) are in some way invested in their success.

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Halliburton latest biz to dump BlackBerry for iPhone

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Which company's PR department is running this campaign on RIM?

Devalue the company, buy the shares cheaply and then grab the patents.

It all seems too easy.....

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Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4

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Never knew about Rockbox, thanks.

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BT Vision throws Microsoft Mediaroom under a bus for Linux

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Am I the unique customer?

I've had BT vision (*and I don't work for them or their marketing/PR team*) since it started.

Opting for this service because I refuse to pay for adverts on TV - and it's been fine.

The VOD is good (now) and the choice is good too.

I don't live in an urban area and the only problems with the network have been caused by faulty hardware (which BT replaced overnight).

I don't care what o.s drives the box (it could be BBC Basic for all I care) as long as it does the job.

Personally I think there's too much choice of channels.

Now if BT did a deal with Tivo...

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Iranian gov mouthpiece Press TV finally gets taken off the air in the UK

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"You gone taken a wrong turning there boy..."

I think you'll find the BBC are rather left of center and always have been.

Thankfully this does balance the other media outlets which aren't.

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McDonald's punters offered sex in exchange for Chicken McNuggets

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Facepalm

And if you ever wondered what goes into a Chicken Mcnuggett

http://docakilah.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/can-you-guess-what-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-food-item-this-is/

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Moog goes boom with itty-bitty bass synth

Andy 97
FAIL

Oh no - more of that dubstep stuff.

I thought LFO went out in the mid- 1990's

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Xbox 720 to double-up as a DVR

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Meh

What about fan noise?

My 360 is so loud when it's hot it's a wonder they can call is a media extender.

Quieter fans perhaps eh MS?

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Apple shoots for Premier League soccer streaming rights

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Any chance you can make me even more depressed today?

Fucking hell, Apple, Google & Sky - the axis of evil.

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Jobs' 'nuclear war' is not doing Apple any good - analyst

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FAIL

I dare.

I am a confirmed Macbook Pro user, it's the only tool for music production if you take it seriously, but I pray for the day (and as a humanist that's not easy) that someone else makes a decent alternative.

Apple are not the sort of company I want anything to do with.

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Apple land-grabs fuel cells for mobiles

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FAIL

Apple - The Catholic Church of the 'modern age'.

Seems the new religion of pious obedience and using governments and laws to further your aims and fill the accounts.

It's like the middle ages all over again.

* I realise i have stretched the metafor to almost snapping point *

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LOHAN fires up sizzling thruster

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Top stuff

Excellent stuff lads!

I especially like the authentic Heath-Robinson verification apparatus.

Much success to you in this project.

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