* Posts by Andy 97

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Vinyl LPs to top 3 million sales in Blighty this year

Andy 97

Rev Ludd.

I know many people that profess to buy records, but when I go to their place it's always the digital material that's being played.

Yes, the album sleeve always looks better when it's bigger, but if you need that mushy sound, buy an Optimod.

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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This is a nonsense.

If the Congress people actually think this will have any influence on genuinely bad people and how they communicate with others - they are completely diluted.

"Did IQ's drop sharply while I was a way?"

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China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation

Andy 97

My daughter has a phrase she uses for occasions like this:

LOL

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

Andy 97

Re: Why not send it into space...

Has Donald Trump got a login for El Reg?

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

Andy 97

It's golden bonus day for every PR agency.

Can you imagine the fevered telephone calls following the exposure of this?

If I was a yacht or sports car dealer I'd be launching an extensive campaign of my own.

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William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

Andy 97

Mr Hague should go back to delivering barrels of beer in his beloved Yorkshire.

Not only are his advisors completely misguided, but they are also creating a situation where the 'bad people' completely circumnavigate any chance that GCHQ has of intercepting comms from people with sociopath issues.

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Judge roasts Chipotle for firing guy who grilled bean counters on Twitter

Andy 97

Re: Sacking illegal

Coming soon to a TTIP country near you...

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

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Re: HM SoS for Culture regards the adverts

Yes, absolutely I agree.

People are so used to content being free and the folk that write the content have families, mortgagees and food to buy.

If the content is worth is, I wouldn't mind paying a fair amount and (importantly) unlike News International without a firm commitment over 12 months.

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Microsoft sneaks onto Android while Android sneaks onto Windows

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Re: Microsoft's biggest enemy: Microsoft

You're absolutely correct.

If you only knew how bad the strategic view is for their other products and services...

All those clever people - led into a war by complete idiots that are only bothered about a short-term gain (which they get a bonus on).

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BT, Sky, EE, TalkTalk and Virgin to appeal website blocking ruling

Andy 97

It's as if nobody's ever heard of VPN or something.

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

Andy 97

Re: 'powered by beef fat'

As American corporations seek to monetise everything, perhaps the missiles that are fired are preceded by a PA message "this armed munition is brought to you by McDonald's... we're lovin' in".

I feel sad that the day has come that even the propellant of a warship is grounds for another press release.

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

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Re: I wonder how

A friend of mine who works for a "large content producer" demonstrated a new service they're about to launch. It will detect and defeat most VPN without needing to continually do the IP range cat and mouse.

I see Netflix having some share price warnings next quarter.

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Obama: What will solve America's gun problem? What could it be? *snaps fingers* Technology!

Andy 97

Re: Simple fix - Do what Australia did and ban them

The big problem with America is that whatever you do right now, there's a sizeable legacy of serviceable weapons stashed all over the US.

Can you imagine some mullet-wielding chap will surrender his prize 'plantation civilizer' (to a man from The Government) because someone in Washington says he has to?

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Lower video resolution can deliver better quality, says Netflix

Andy 97

Some OTT operators in Europe have been doing this for a while.

The process requires dynamic adjustment of the ABR in the player or the ability to rewrite a manifest based on other users' player telemetry.

This is not new technology or a "massive game changer".

Netflix just has a better PR team.

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

Andy 97

There isn't much we can do now that the horse has bolted.

Even now, I can sense an uneasy presence of total and utter nonchalance from the majority of voters.

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Ashley Madison blackmailers try again with snail mail

Andy 97

You can hardly believe that people would be as misguided to actually put their real address on a website offering services like this.

"Did I.Q's suddenly drop while I was away?"

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

Andy 97

Let's hope that they don't find the Christmas Tapes episodes...

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

Andy 97

Frequesnt flyer complaint.

I know the BA PR elves will be reading through all these comments.

YOUR LOYALTY SCHEME IS RUBBISH!

In these days of cost cutting by c-level people, us 'mere mortals' have to always fly cattle class.

Would it be too much to ask for some occasional love on long haul flights?

Perhaps a cheeky lounge entry once in a blue moon or even priority to book exit row seats if you're 80% near your next tier.

Even KLM/Air France has a better scheme.

Sorry for the moan all you non-flyers.

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Google literally dangles its new dongle in front of gasping TV audiences

Andy 97

Re: Hmmm...

None of it. Nasty compressed audio, but would you really expect full resolution audio over wifi from Google?

Saying that, the target market (mostly) is hardly one that demands 24bit.

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NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS

Andy 97

Ridley Scott in: NASA bods free tickets to see The Martian shcoka!

I'm sure the former Hovis Bread commercial man had nothing to do with the timing, but I bet the 'shouty' marketeer types thought that all their Christmases had come at once...unless (of course), it's a rock.

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If you got Netflix for Miss Marple, you're out of luck (and a bit odd)

Andy 97

So many bad rights deals (for us).

Netflix, Prime etc will always be cursed by the buying power of Sky and it's strangle-hold on the studio rights for most big titles.

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

Andy 97

Re: Point of information

Thanks for the correction.

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Re: VW's fines and costs...

Once in international waters they can do what they like and they'll burn the cheapest fuel they can.

Most engineers switch to bunker fuel because it costs a fraction of refined and shipping is all about the reduction of cost per kilometer.

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Re: Thanks a lot, hippies.

Many of the activists here [in Oxfordshire] drive particularly horrible diesel vehicles.

There's a 1994 (former Post Office) van with a bunch of unsubstantiated crap written all over the side of it.

I watched one of the candidates of the Green Party (at the last election) start it. The exhaust threw some ugly stuff out of the back.

On a central Oxford back street, one of their number has seen fit to drive a 70's Mercedes that looks like a Napier locomotive engine doing a cold start [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv_cGG56QA4] when it's cruising around the Cowley Road area.

I suspect they'll say it runs on strained tears of Nicaraguan shoe factory workers, but I bet if I checked it would come from the local Tesco.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

Andy 97

Re: Who should take the credit for this?

I bet Jezza C would reverse this ridiculous nonsense... no.. wait... oh.

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Andy 97

Too late big Parma, the horse has bolted.

The actual hardware can't be banned as it's glass or plastic, a battery.

Hardcore vape 'modders' now build their own.

To make the fluid, it's pretty simple to go to any garden center and buy the raw materials.

http://www.nicvape.com/How-To-Make-e-Juice

Does public health really want to spark a new underground of vape industry.

I like using my home-built mini vape with a stealthy mixture that has no visible mist. Nobody can smell it and (after all) it's only water vapour which all living creatures with lungs exhale.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Andy 97
Paris Hilton

I was over in San Francisco (near the Visa office) last week.

On Friday at a building across the road - was a fenced-off back yard-type area where employees were allowed to roam like prison inmates during exercise hour.

It was Friday and I spotted a Casual Friday notice saying "It's all about Mexico today", some dev were standing around wearing sombreros while eating burritos. All of them looked throughly depressed.

They looked like they'd been ordered to a relative's birthday and had been told by their Mum to wear a tie. I suspect that working there wouldn't exactly be a bundle of laughs.

Wonder when the top tables will realise that it's better to hide the folks who don't really do 'smart' as opposed to making them conform?

Paris because I miss her antics now that she's an international DJ.

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Austrian court rules online radio streaming is not broadcasting

Andy 97

PRS lawyers on standby....

The gravy train has hit an antipodean landline.

Saying that, the artists who worked hard to craft the music we all enjoy should get some cash.

I spy lawyers getting very very large paydays soon.

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

Andy 97
Mushroom

DAB is only useful for big stations.

The cost of putting a station onto DAB is prohibitive for all except the big players.

I have actually investigated DAB carriage (where I live) for a small radio station, the economics make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Radio is all about putting bums on seats and then selling this audience to advertisers.

Going on DAB isn't about simply pushing a transport stream into a transmitter on a hill a few kilometres from your studio - no, you have to back-haul it to somewhere hundreds of miles, then you're at the mercy of the franchise holder's pricing model. If you're lucky you'd get 64kbps in mono on their mux.

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

Andy 97

Work in progress.

At this rate Kia will have an extremely good alternative to my Toyota Aygo in about ten years.

I'm happy to let the city dwellers lead the 'early adopter curve' until then.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

Andy 97

Best one I've seen today..

Saying that, it wasn't a tough lineup this year either.

Good work hacks.

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Carphone Warehouse, RootMetrics ink data deal, declare customer love

Andy 97
Facepalm

Be sure thy sins will find ye out.

Oh noes, independently provided data on coverage?

I just hope this data can be continually verified and not open to 'seeded' data.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

Andy 97

Yay! non-WinMo trolls on the rampage...

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

Andy 97

Interesting to note that the carrier who always markets itself on being the best is now languishing at the bottom of the compost heap.

Personally, I'd be happy if I could walk through my relatively large home town (which isn't up on a hill, at the bottom of a valley or near an MOD installation) and they managed to provide voice calls without interruption.

How long before dual-sim phones begin to become much more popular?

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Microsoft: We bought Skype. We make mobiles.. Oh, HANG ON!

Andy 97

I work (from home) for Americans based in Nevada.

Lync is the desired tool of choice for them and I can honestly say that if MY business relied on Lync I'd be deeply concerned.

Thankfully; Skype seems to fill the void.

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4G Mobile data suck stiffens Vodafone revenues

Andy 97

I envy you city slickers and your fancy 4G stuff.

I'd be happier if they could get their act together and just provide useful 3G in the center of my home town (of 120,000 residents). I know I'm not the only person here who thinks the same way.

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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

Andy 97

And we still do business with these savages?

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

Andy 97

Never mind all that nonsense...

What I want to know is if Aunty will move Family Guy to BBC 2 in the evening?

If you condensed all the programme material and removed the trails and continuity, would it really need more than four hours a day?

Wouldn't the solution be to move BBC Parliament onto the internet and use that bandwidth instead?

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

Andy 97

What a waste of parlimentary time.

When things get bad, the first thing politicians address is personal liberty because, "it's for your safety".

What exactly have these people got against human sexual freedom?

Producers will simply move to other parts of Europe to produce their features.

We live in a global economy.

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

Andy 97

On our second one.

My current wife loved the original one so much, she demanded a replacement.

I own a 'sporty' Golf, but 9/10 I'l always grab the Toyota keys for most jobs.

Yes, the stereo is so crap (I can't even describe how bad), but replace the speakers and you're golden.

MPG is good, running costs are excellent.

I live in the countryside and have never found it wanting in any situation - it's also huge fun to drive.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

Andy 97

Gongratulations El Reg

Click fodder of the week.

Glad to see Google Ad Words is now fully functional.

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Andy 97

Re: "most important book"

This is not a sectarian rant, merely a statement of factual history.

Organized Protestant Christianity give our ancestors access to a universal education system in this country. Without the Protestant Christian free schools many would still have been subject to the horrors of (almost) serfdom or worse.

I'm sure there are examples of exemplary Catholic schools too, but let us not forget that reading was discouraged and that's why the Pope resisted the translations of the Bible from Latin.

Perhaps the list should start with The King James Bible?

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Andy 97

Re: The Bible

I believe that was the book of Moroni (Mormon).

Same players, but a new twist in the sub plot.

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Andy 97

Re: "most important book"

Hitler's book was just as influential I suppose, thankfully it's not part of core syllabuses on many B.A (hons) courses. That could change of course :(

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Andy 97
Mushroom

"most important book"

Das Kapital doesn't even feature in the top 10?

That's 90% of university lecturers up in arms then.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

Andy 97

Re: So does this mean

Ah, but they invest SO much in their 'high quality' product.

It's not all about the football.

Just think about all of the ...er.. homegrown quality drama they make.

*tumbleweed*

No?

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

Andy 97
Pint

Makes sense.

Hope this can save time (and lives).

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

Andy 97

Fiat, do they make cars that last?

£16k, that's a lot of cash to invest in a small car made by a company with a dubious history of build quality.

As it's a Fiat, I wonder just how 'fabulous' it will be once it's had some wear.

Has anyone here got a 5+ yr old 80,000 miler?

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

Andy 97

Love the 80's schools television music.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

Andy 97
Paris Hilton

See...that Greenpeace bloke was right!

Usually I treat this kind of thing with skepticism, but if it's good enough for a Greenpeace Director, it's good enough for a sanctimonious, environmentally-friendly person too.

Coming next: how staying at home means we all win!

Paris; because I miss her world of wisdom.

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