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Social misfits and group interviews: Yup, it's the startup interview circuit

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Then there is the Interview test

Where they try to see if you the dumb/ingornat/wanting to do your best candidate can fix the problem that has had them stumped for weeks.

so you write that nifty bit of code

does it get you the job?

What do you think then sucker!

Maybe not so prevalent over here but in parts of the USofA? yep.

don't even get me started on the phantom interview. The one where even the person doing the interviewing won't tell you anytihng of relevance about the company because they are so paranoid about telling anyone what they are doing that makes the whole procees a total waste of time.

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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It is Monday and ...

It's Jasper with his usalt Anto apple diatribe.

Move along there, not news.

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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What are the odds ...

That if the likes of Talk-Talk get access to BT's ducts suddenly all the non Talk-Talk connections get disconnected?

At least with BT only having the access if they screw up then it is their fault.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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What about?

the MATE spin for Fedora?

https://spins.fedoraproject.org/mate-compiz/

and for SUSE

https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:MATE

If MATE is so wonderful and you don't want Ubuntu underneath

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Brit mobile firms in FOURPLAY TUSSLE – how very French of them

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Re: MVNO

Manager Virtual Network Operator

or something like that

Tesco Mobile is an MNVO in that it uses someones elses physical network.

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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Re: Call me lazy

Add to that things like RAM expansion and (cough, cough) HDD updates. Are they possible etc etc etc

{If I am shopping for an i7 powered device then I'd like to put at least 32Gb of RAM in it plus a 1TB SSD }

If this site is going to do this sort of review then unless they have never, ever read a similar type of article in the dead tree press then they'd know that the bit at the end comparing the spec and making a choice of gold, silver and the 'you What? are you crazy?' awards is more or less mandatory these days.

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You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

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Another Laurel & Hardy moment

"Another Fine mess...."

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Stop calling it National Security

more like

National Insecurity

The more and more we hear about all this stuff, the more insecure we get. Naturally this is exactly what the spooks want... Well to spook us into letting them have even more draconian powers to invade our lives. A sel fulfilling prophecy?

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Everything your users ever need to know about BYOD

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WiFi connection for BYOD devices

A number of places I've worked at even the guest WiFi devices (including Phones) had to have their MAC Address registered. One place even required that guest devices were security scanned before and after use.

Then there is the fallacy about 'you leave and nothing goes with you when your access is disabled'.

Doh!

Do you insist on all BYOD devices have all possible removable or network storage disabled?

Even places that block all the USB ports on desktop devices are not secure. got a phone with a camera? Take a picture of the screen, sms it to your phone at home and delete everything.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Purchasing live in a different universe

from the rest of us.

For example,

you specify components A, B & C, give them the part numbers, the supplier and even the costings.

What you get is

Z,Y & T because purchasing decided that they could save 0.000000001p per item.

No consideration was give to the people who carefully selected the components that would work.

When you go back complaining that Z,Y & T don't work, all you get is

"It is company policy to buy the cheapest parts available".

Then you spend another 100grand re-engineering the product to use Z Y & T. Sadly by the time you do all of that those parts are no longer available.

Not only are Purchasing living in a different Universe, it is probably the same one as all the people who decide IT Policy for HMG.

Can we blow it up please?

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: Or use AdBlockers, a Hosts file, & NoScript for no ads whatsoever.

You must be spending a lot of time on the crapper then.

Commercial TV is fast becoming a constant stream of adverts interrupted by other stuff which is also laden with advertising through product placement.

I watched something on Sky as it was broadcast at a friends the other week. The 'other stuff' was ok but just as you were getting interested in the story, it was interruped by 5 mins od adverts. 20-25 mine per hour of this crap seems to be the norm these days.

It is little wonder that I record just about everything I want to watch on TV.

But it is increasingly closer to the time when I ask myself,

Is it time to get rid of the GoggleBox?

If the likes of Sky etc don't watch out, the level of adverts will reach a tipping point and people will realise that they can't stand being bombarded with Adverts all the time and they'll just switch off.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: I seem to remember

There are examples of large scale renewable energy use. Google use some of them themselves.

The Apple Datacentres in North Carolina are mostly powered by Solar and renewables.

Then there was the story of the 'No 2' bus being powered by our own 'No 2's'.

The waste from 5 families can power a bus for around 300miles.

Yes the likes of China and their thirst for coal fired power stations is a problem but as the Tesco advert says, 'Every Little Helps'.

You have to start somewhere, out of little acorns do mighty oaks grow etc etc etc/

As has been said, yes there is a cost in making the kit for renewable generation but once that is a capital cost not a recurring one. The problem with most of our energy consumption is the recurring costs.

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Who is out there waiting to spy on you or steal your data?

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Re: Live our own lives (I'm sorry Dave...)

So the Con-Rod in your engine is continually sending data back to the motheship (manufacturer) and gets a message bacl because you have red-lined the engine more than once a year and the whole thing stops working because you are operating it out of the tolerances laid down by the manufacturer? And happens to do so in the outside lane of the M1 in Rush Hour?

Sorry, please stop the world, I want to get off. This is not a future I really would want to buy in to.

Or it could be that this so called expert is just embiggening his own ego?

(Does he have a book about to be released by chance?"

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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

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About time too

But...

1TB in a 2mm mobile package

and

10TB in an SSD

A 2.5in SSD enclosure is a lot more than 10 times the volume of a 2mm mobile package.

Something does not seem right here?

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Young Germans: PLEASE! ANYTHING BUT a digital STARTUP

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Errr? Perhaps there are other reasons?

1) It can be hard (on the brain)

2) Your job is always at risk of being shipped off to sweatshops in Asia when the startup is bought out by a big player and your boss retires to some tropical island and all you get is a P.45.

3) It is not a TV presenter and won't get you on the 'Z' Celeb list.

4) Not attactive to whichever type of partner is your preference. i.e. regarded as boring, nerdy

5) "I'm in IT" is a sure fire party killer line. Say it and like a doctor you'll spend the rest of the evening handing out free diagnosis to everyman and their dog.

Or at least half a dozen other reasons

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

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Re: How long does Ecuador's London embassy lease have left?

The embassy is part of the state of Ecuador. If there is a lease, the freeholder will find it impossible to evict the tennants.

The saga of the Iranian Embassy some 30 years ago plus the shooting of the WPC Elaine Fletcher outside the Libyan Embassy set the precident here.

There are all sorts of international treaties govening this. You could expell the ambasador etc but you can't take (legally) take over something that is part of a foreign country.

In the scope of things his crimes are fairly minor. There may come a time when it is no longer in the Swedish public interest to persue the case. (Not sure is Sweden has a statute of limitations but if they do, then when that runs out, that's it. The scumbag is safe.)

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What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

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Re: Destroy the company, buy it for pennies.

I don't see any evidence that Apple are even remotely interested in buying GT. With GT getting out of Saphire production what would Apple be interested in? They own the building already.

Remember that the GT CEO is under investigation by the SEC. His 'timely' (cough-cough) sale of his shareholding just before they went belly up is a might suspicious IMHO.

My take on this that this was the way for the CEO & CFO to fund their pensions and retirement to somewhere well away from US law.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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Strangely Poetic

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?

And where have you been my darling young one?

I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains

I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways

I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests

I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans

I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard

And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard

It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Kudoa Mr Dylan

{MS Blue... get it}

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Striesand effect in 3...2...1....0

Guess what Mr Hotel Owner, you business may well suffer because of this.

I wonder what the 'Hotel Inspector' would make of this?

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Get your CLOCK out, you coders: Apple emits Watch dev kit

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Re: Apple's delay with the iPhone

Your post demonstrated far too much common sense for this early hour.

Don't worry, the Fruity Hater will be along soon to pour scorn on the whole thing.

As for me, I'm waiting until I can get my hands on one before deciding if this is another Zune or and iPod.

At the moment, my like/dislike rating is 'Meh!' trending towards 'So What'.

The only plus thing I can see for it is that it is not a solid band type device like the MS bit of kit.

Come Feb/whenever, we shall be able to try them out and make informed decisions. Until then... 'Meh!'.

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Bug fixes! Get your APPLE BUG FIXES! iOS and OS X updates right here!

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Re: Hmmm...

If you actually read some of the more sane posts on the subject, you might have grasped that TRIM is not developed to a common standard. What might be ok for a Samsung SSD is not Ok for say a Crucial one.

It is a venerable minefield.

Why try to 'trim' and SSD when you might do more harm than good. Then the outcry about 'Apple borking my SSH' would be far larger than this. The lawsuits would start flying in all directions as well. Better safe than sorry eh?

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How to keep everything fluffy in your hybrid cloud world

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Missing option

What to do when the NSA/GCHQ etc come calling at the Cloud provider and take down your whole business simple because someone who uses that provided might be doing somthing slighlty illegal (according to some law somewhere)

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TalkTalk wants more FOURPLAY, jumps into bed with Telefónica

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signs of Desperation if you ask me

Their normal BB service is shite in the evenings. (even worse than VM in my area).

Far too much contention to stream anything in real time.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Joke

I expect most of them will say...

I'm a Politician/Lawyer get me out of here!

Well, we know that the IT biz is a bit of a jungle don't we?

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

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A new El-Reg unit perhaps?

Is the amount of space left in the rear when the front seats are pushe right back.

My guestimate for thie car is about 1 hand.

What price 4 adults fitting in then.

To be honest most cars fail this test some more than others. The only car I've owned/leased that would pass this was the Citroen XM. Front seat right back and a 6ft+ adult could easily get in the back.

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

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Re: Windows 10

Until the product has been released and an offiical statement made by MS (and approved by their Legal dept) anything in the tech preview can be changed/renamed/deleted/whatever\

It is a preview. More like testing the waters to see what stick more like. But the above still applies.

If you take it a gospel that all current Lumias will run W10 (or whatever it is called) and base any purchasing decisions on that fact then you might be in for a rude surprise.

That's not to say it is not true but... this far ahead of the release anything and everything can and probably will change. That is MS's perogative. Otherwise, sorry, more fool you.

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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Re: So should we have good design or not?

If my designs were [bjust copied[/b] then I'd be peeved.

If my designs were copied and improved then I'd probably say 'well done'.

See the difference?

The same goes for my source code.

Copy it and leave my name on it. Good

Copy it, add nothing, remove my name BAD, very BAD.

Copy it and improve on it [leaving my name on it and adding yours...] Good.

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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

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Yeah right

And Pigs might fly.

That's how much hope this has of getting anywhere.

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4G is quicker than 3G, says Ofcom. Can't we get you on Mastermind, Sybil?

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And there are the...

Tesco Mobile ads for a whopping 512Mb of 4G Data.

Sigh. Ofcom, are you listening?

Nah thought not, you probably all do your shopping there...

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Vinyl never went away

I regularly use my Transcriptors Saturn TT. It gives the Quad Electrostatics something to do. )

I have more than 400 Albums, some even sold to me by the bearded one himself at the Virgin store on Oxford St.(through the shoe shop and up the stairs)

I can even be found about once a month browsing the offerings in Rough Trade Records just off Portobello Rd. From time to time, they have some really good pickings.

sitting on the tube reading the sleve notes is usually guaranteed to get a few comments like 'those were the days' from old Dinosaurs like myself.

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Apple gearing up for Watch BONANZA

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Sweat sniffing sensor?

Well when the Fanbois see the price of the thing, they'll probably break out in a cold sweat then the lack of a sensor will be moot (IMHO)

As to the 30-40 million, this is more than likely someone trying to big up their blog (and get ad-income) than any hard facts. 3-4 million might be even an over statement but that would dwarf the 10k/day that samsung managed so even that low number could be considered a success.

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America, here's what the FCC's Rosenworcel REALLY thinks about your broadband

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without a lawsuit?

Having spent the entire week swamped with net neutrality, the FCC might just welcome the chance to modernize its broadband policies without it involving a lawsuit or leading to protests or Presidential videos

Who are you kidding. filing suit for things like, 'my coffee was too hot', 'my coffee was too cold', 'You said it would rain today and it didn't' are pary of the US way of life. Even back in the 1980's I was sued three times for things so trivial that it made us laugh (and get another lawsuit in the process). There are whole ranks of lawyers just waiting to get your call to start a suit. All those thousands of lawyers graduating every year have to do something to pay off their $200K debts for getting that degree in the first place.

Yeah, I'm cynical. Having been travelling to the US since the mid 70's and living there for two years I have good reason to be.

The FCC will be opposed in this measure all the way by the likes of AT&T, Comcast etc. Now that the GOP have control of both houses the likelyhood of this going through is even more remote.

If by some remote chance this goes through you can be sure that the Telco's will find ways t oadd more wacky charges to everyone's bill that will more than compensate for the costs. They'll probably do that anyway given their track record.

viz,

$9.95/month(+ tax) for household WiFi provision yet supplying a router that has no WiFi...

use your own router? that will be $9.95/month unapproved hardware levy.

etc etc etc

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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Standard reply when asked for directions

"I wouldn't start from here"

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Re: You should have linked the hi-res

It's a lump of coal on a black sheet I tell ye!

{See Icon}

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Of couser...

The nay-sayers and those who refuse to admin that there was ever a 'One small step...' broadcast from the moon will say that the picture is just a lump of Coal.

To the ESA team wherever you are a big 'Jolly well done Chaps/Chapsesses'.

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Samsung: Every breath you take, every step you make, we'll be watching

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anyway, anyhow, anywhere

I can go anyway, way I choose

I can live anyhow, win or lose

I can go anywhere for something new

Anyway, anyhow, anywhere I choose

My Samsung will be making sure that I don't get fooled again

Mines the parka with an RAF roundel on the back perfect for riding my LI-150 that's adorned with 20 wing mirrors.

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Pay-by-bonk chip lets hackers pop all your favourite phones

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Re: iPhone 6?

don't you mean

Seems a bit odd that they didn't use such an outdated device viz, the iPhone 6

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Redmond aims to outshine Eclipse with FREE Visual Studio

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Re: about time

Don't forget the ability to cross compile for

Solaris

AIX

Z/OS

IOS (iSeries)

(HP/UX is a waste of time IMHO)

Lots of Java runs on those platforms week-in, week-out, year-in,year-out.

Yes, the task of raplacing Java will be an uphill battle but MS really needs to make a viable alternative to Java's compile once, run anywhere mantra and support every platform where Jave has a commercial presence.

But, to be honest, they will probably fail. Ok, I'm not an MS .Net expert but where's the equivalent to WAS/WebLogic etc application servers? Lots and lots of server side java runs in these containers.

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Microsoft .NET released from its Windows chains... but what ABOUT MONO?

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The last throw of the dice?

Well IMHO lets hope so.

My question about the .Net source code is...

Are all the patched included in this and next and next and next and .,... months Patch Tuesday going to be included or are the people who use the published code doomed to use insecure versions?

For something so small, the sheer number of patches is mindblowing.

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DAY ZERO, and COUNTING: EVIL 'UNICORN' all-Windows vuln - are YOU patched?

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Ouch!

But will head roll inside MS?

somehow I doubt it.

I guess we should all standby for a Patch ***day (*** change as required)

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

It's unusual for El Reg readers not to know about this stuff

some of us never use IE so how would we ever have to know about the command line options?

Perhaps you meant to say

It's unusual for El Reg readers who use IE on a daily basis not to know about this stuff

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Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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And if Apple had gone with Vodafone?

Would EE have been saying the same thing?

Basiaclly, NIH

IMHO the actions of Vodafone seem to be very much like those of the CurrencY consortium have with ApplePay.

Love or hate Apple they do have a knack of pissing off some very big companies (Voda and Walmart etc) in their quest to shake things up. With ApplePay, I fully expect Google Wallet to gain market share as a result. Win-Win for them both.

Their insistence of no Carrier Crud on the iPhone has helped Google no end. Without their stand, Google would have had big problems selling phones with Valilla Android on them.

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Re: It seems simple enough

It seems simple enough

1. Don'tLearn to sing. Instead rely on electronics to change your croaning to something hald decent.

OR

1. Lean to play Air Guitar and Mime and rely on the Session Musicians to actually produce some sounds.

2. ?

3. Profit!

There fixed it for you.

Now I'm off to listen to some 1960's Dave Brubeck Sessions.

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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Re: This is Microsoft we're talking about

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Why would anyone in this day and age would pay attention to MS in other areas than how expensive and confusing their licensing is, its a mystery to me.

Isn't that their key modus operandii? Confuse the hell out of everyone with their archane licenisng and when you get audited by FACT/BSA etc you are found to be non-compliant. Then you pay them lots of money to get compliant. Then the next year it is repeated all over again...

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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

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Re: Malware on my wife's iPhone

So you can't be bothered to disable it all then?

Well, you deserve all the pain and grief you are going to get but we know you don't like anyhing Fruity so get over it and buy an real phone like a Dumb Nokia. Then you won't have anything to complain about...

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Samsung, Vietnam in talks over another BEEELLION-DOLLAR mobe factory

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Re: Underrated Location

Vietnam was run by the French before about 1960. As a former colony I found French still spoken in parts.

Back to the topic,

Yet more production capacity for Samsung to produce yer more different phones. Ok but how much profit will they extract from each one?

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

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Errr What about the Electrification schemes being done now?

The GW Mainline

Midland Mainline

Manchester - Sheffield - Leeds

Edinburgh - Glasgow via Falkirk

I agree these are decades overdue but at least this Government (love or loathe them) has started a good number of projects off. The OHL Masts at Reading are evidence of this.

The special train that cost around a million squid that can put up a mile of masts a night without stopping existing services is evidence of the investment being put into Leccy Railways.

It is not all good though. The Dept of (no) Transport seem to have got it into their heads that it would be a good idea to replace all of the 3rd Rail with OHLE in Southern England & Merseyside.

Daft buggers.

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Re: MTU makes me sad

Why does MTU make you sad?

MTU is now a fully owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems

As evidenced by the bottom of this page

http://www.mtu-online.com/mtu/products/diesel-engines-overview/

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Russian internet traffic detours through China's Frankfurt outpost

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No errors here - move along

The routing is good (well from an NSA POV).

The routes traverse both China and the US so they are fair game to the spooks of both countries.

Does El Reg really think this is not happening on a daily basis?

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

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Re: FTTH - Difficult locations?

Hows about everywhere that the likes of NTL/VM have not yet cabled.

Even whate they have ripped up the street, it might have been 20 years ago so only Co-ax is running through the ducts. Where's the plan to fit fibre there? My street has Co-ax VM and between 4pm and midnight Mon-Fri the internet speeds are just above dial up due to contention.

Going from FTTC to FTTH for the majority of us is something in the realms of never-never land. The ROI for doing the last 100m (in my case) is simply not going to happen.

Then there is the cost/month. The current costs of the full monty package from VM etc is getting close to a 1000GBP/year. I expect that you could double that to get non contented FTTH. Silly money really.

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