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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

JetSetJim

Does that mean they continue to publish the watermarked version?

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

JetSetJim

Re: No different than ATT

Standard upsell to that is "you obviously need more channels". At least that's what Sky used to say

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Re: Of course ...

Or even the ones posted on Daily Mail articles noting his extreme wealth:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/09/16/article-2204154-04A4B75D0000044D-242_468x402.jpg

(from here)

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

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"I had to individually look up each soldier and then print his license.”

Is this a license to kill?

Still, nice to see that "back-office" work gets recognised

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Re: Nokia 3310

Knowing where everyone is (while on a call) is relatively easy - the company I work for does it all the time. Knowing where everyone is in realtime is hard(er) though. But not impossible. The data volumes aren't that great.

Knowing where anyone is when they are not on a call is not that straighforward without compromising the phone. You can get some location information, but it's much coarser (typically a collection of cells (location area/routeing area/tracking area, depending on tech) granularity. Thankfully, there's all those "normal" apps that ping the network for updates (weather widgets), location checks (google does this), content updates (email clients), and this can get you back into the "in call" state much more frequently than you'd think, hence getting a better fix on your location.

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

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Mushroom

Re: Why fibreglass cows?

Plus you could possibly power them on the methane emissions...

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Great ariticle

IIRC you can set your profile such that when you visit someone else it just says "a linkedin member" viewed them. I think it requires you to be not searchable to enable this, plus I'm not sure how that plays with the paid premium membership that allows you to see everyone who viewed you, but it's a start...

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JetSetJim

Re: best post I've read all day

Or install a new, all encompassing keyboard on your phone. Who needs more than one key?

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Re: Swirling JDs??

Thumbs up for the Balvenie - the first whisky I could actually stomach, a remarkably smooth and pleasant beverage.

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JetSetJim

Re: Revenge

The receiver of a new endorsement has to accept them - one of my ex-colleagues jokingly added "eating cakes" to my skill-set which, while true, wasn't necessarily something I'd stick on my online CV.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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Flame

Boilerjuice do it for domestic oil deliveries...

Title says it all...

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

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Re: Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Myself, I've got a Synology 2-bay box and the telly has a WDLiveTV box strapped to it. Upsides are that the WD box has iplayer (and other) apps on it - I assume stuff like Chromecast et al will have a similar feature set.

With regards to file permissions - stear clear of a media server implementation with DLNA as (unless they've changed it very recently) that protocol doesn't support user permission schemes. I had my box all set up with folders for kids stuff for the sprogs to be entertained with, and then grown up stuff in different folders - the media server indexes the lot and presents all of it to anyone with permission to use the media server app. The media server does look good, though - it's just not good for a household with kids around as they soon figure out how to use the remote for the WD box (although you could hide it and use the phone/tablet app instead).

So instead I log in via the file-share option, which does preserve user rights - so kiddies can only read their folder, and I can go in and read/write anything.

Also, Synology do some apps to sit on your tab/phone of choice for remote access if you open up your home router a bit.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

JetSetJim

Re: dead animals: yes

Is it true or urban legend that the sphincter muscles relax on death? If true, then there's poo in them thar dead varmints, leaking into that big pond. Do you wanna drink varmint poo (as well as all the bird poo that falls in, and fly poo, mozzie poo and all the rest of the ecosystem that poos in the reservoir)?

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Norwegians trial Oculus Rift in tanks: The ultimate battlefield simulator

JetSetJim

Re: Bad, just bad

Better yet, have it as Picture-in-Picture and it auto-points to where the driver/commander is looking.

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

JetSetJim

Prior art

There are numerous companies already selling s/w to do this in the cellular networks - location based services have been offered for donkeys years, with increasingly more accurate location derivation. Cisco sell location services for their access point stuff, too (I think it's part of the Cisco Insight platform, but could be wrong). Hence this is blindingly obvious and non-patentable - all they might be adding to the party is telling the mobile where it is based on this, rather than telling an operator/marketing partner.

Height is easy for commercial deployments of AP - it gets written into the database either as a floor index, or height above local ground in metres.

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Apple patent pokes at holographic iPhone screen

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Application description

Trying to read the engineering through the legalese in the patent application, it seem that Apple have "invented" a dual display for 3-D. The first one is in charge of the proper 3-D display, and the second one is a mirrored version of the first (or at least sensors of manipulations in a separate volume of space) that the user can poke to make the display change. It's not at all clear to me why you'd have a secondary display as it kind-of makes the primary one redundant - perhaps the resolution on the primary one will be greater.

Personally, it still smacks of taking existing stuff and slapping them together in an obvious manner (perhaps non-obvious in that they don't really need the primary display, so it's a bit of a waste of time!). There are already 3-D displays, and there are (probably) already sensors that can tell you where a fingertip is in a space (certainly can look at a hand, isn't that what Kinect can do? And what about the various VR/Glove combinations). Couple that with lots of Science-Fiction films and it is blindingly obvious to slap them together to make them interact and the only surprise is that no-one has made a commercial product that I know of (not that I've looked). One would hope that on examination, this patent is either chucked out or scoped right down to be so narrow it is trivial to avoid infringement.

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Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN

JetSetJim

It's not just 3 or EE you need to badger

Who made the HLR and Voicemail systems - I suspect they're made by someone completely different, and specced to "competitive" prices. I agree that it's shoddy by today's standards to not have these security features, but I wonder how old the current kit is and if there is budget to replace it (as, if it's quite old, chances are the firm that made it has been bought by someone else and EOL'd, so no more s/w upgrades).

Ask 'em who provided the kit, and then go knocking on their doors. Ask them for their feature list & roadmap to find out if the operator is being tight and not paying for optional features, or needs to fork out for a new platform cos the old one won't ever get a s/w upgrade.

I've disabled by voicemail, so no worries about hacking there :)

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Re: Just for this...

Go on there and wish for Ms Cole to give the £200K back to the taxpayer, as she clearly doesn't need the financing

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Son of Phillips: Northamber is not exiting Chessington HQ

JetSetJim

I'd be surprised if the planners went for it - I grew up around there and there is not much around - nowadays the planners want walking distance to facilities (school, shop, doctors, etc..) in any new developments and that place is not reasonable walking distance to anything (although I did on many occasion wander past rather drunk after the last bus had finished - but at that stage of inebriation pretty much anything is walking distance). As for bus links, there used to be a bus service that went past, but it was rather infrequent and only used small buses as the roads around there have width restrictions. II suppose it's reasonable for the commuter to walk to the Waterloo-serving train station in Tolworth (just under a mile) (or Chessington North station) - parking is a bugger around those stations. If local industry is shrinking enough to warrant them investigating a residential conversion, then there are unlikely to be any jobs around in the area, either.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

JetSetJim

Re: BT

Well, the problem is swings and roundabouts. Early on in the days, it didn't matter that it could take a long time to resolve a problem. But then managers started to measure the Cost of Poor Quality, and wanted to minimise it. That leads to targets, which leads to manipulation of the metrics. Then the managers would wander off wielding the torch of "Right First Time initiatives" to justify a further cut to support budgets & targets.

I don't think I've ever seen a metric system that engineers didn't try to game.

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

JetSetJim

Re: Meh

At least until you consider the dumb-assed s/w and design patents allowable in the US which means Apple and others can play this game in the courts rather than the marketplace

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Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

JetSetJim

Re: Spider Monkey 1, Homosap 0

I thought this was an article about Ballmer - naturally he'd quickly lose interest in the iThing

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

JetSetJim

Re: re Lionel Baden

>Suppose they all last for an average of 10 minutes

Standard industry models are calls lasting 90-120 seconds. Obviously it varies a bit by country and pricing plan, too (Italians talk a lot IIRC, for example).

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

JetSetJim

Re: Mobile phones and tracking

If you know the name & address of the user, you can pull the records of where they attempted to register once you've obtained their IMSI from their home network. Assuming the networks in the country in question have any data retention policies for legal intercept/tracking activities.

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JetSetJim

Re: Mobile phones and tracking

Maybe low to the ground, but up high it is rare to get reception due to the antenna patterns on phone masts - no sense in radiating power 7 miles straight up. Not saying it absolutely cannot happen, but the absence of such data for this flight is not indicative of anything.

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JetSetJim

Re: "Disillusioned pilot possibly with a political motive"

> Still, I still can't quite see how destroying your aircraft (having first ensured to as great a degree of certainty as you can that it will never be recovered or the truth known) and killing 239 innocent people advances any personal or political agenda, no matter how deranged you are

Didn't you know - killing people is a good way of changing their minds.

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PAF! MPs go postal over postal location data sell-off by Coalition.gov

JetSetJim

Obviously..

> The proposal, which we expect to finalise very soon, aims to widen take up, encourage greater use of PAF, and meet the current and future needs of users, solutions providers and developers of PAF based products in today’s marketplace.

So that's a price hike, then?

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It's not just incredibly hard, it's really quite pretty: Dark Souls II

JetSetJim

Ringu vs Pingu

Had to say I initially mis-read it and conjured up all sorts of weird imagery of little flightless birds attacking castles...

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

JetSetJim

BBQ

Sterling work, although I think there's going to be an issue selling it to the public for use as a BBQ fuel. Hickory smoked - fine. Poo-smoked - maybe less fine

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Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

JetSetJim

Re: Nonsense

Ah - but think of the scratches. Think of the screen replacement revenue...

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John Lewis unzips mega Oracle ERP package

JetSetJim

Parallels

If it's anything like the "upgrades" of the Waitrose Online over the years, expect a few weeks of fail before they adjust for new load.

On the other hand, stick some orders in during that time as, when they inevitably fail, they'll probably give you some decent presents to compensate just like Waitrose did

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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

JetSetJim

Batteries...

> Won't this kill battery life?

No more than the updates for Angry Birds to squeeze yet more adverts into it.

Seriously, there's other stuff in the LTE spec that allows the operator to suck the juice from your phone. Take MDT, for example - a feature designed to make your mobile a radio test station and let the operator suck up the logs to do radio optimisation. It'll be a lot cheaper for the operator to do this than send out a van stuffed full of expensive electronics - and it will obviously let them collect data in places the vans can't get to.

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

JetSetJim

As someone else has noted...

It's a Pez dispenser - only it spits out iPhones

Still fugly though

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Mobe operators, need to check your network? There’s an app for that

JetSetJim

not always

A lot of this info can just be sniffed by the mobes - no need to transmit and interfere.

Obviously more advanced tests could be done with transmitting data, but you could easily imagine a good build of this s/w being able to schedule calls/downloads for each device from one central point

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JetSetJim

There's an app for that (already)

Or even like the Root Metrics app, which aggregates data from lots of users and then sells it back to the operators. It even plots it on a pretty map for folks to browse.

Saying that, drive testing type data is always useful as you get the proper GPS track along with it, rather than the cute hexagons offered by Root Metrics (not sure if the data they sell to the operators is better, though, as it obviously does log the GPS for each measurement)

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

JetSetJim

Re: NHS blocking the NHS

Or try https://faxyourgp.com/ - this site, linked to from the one blocked, will fax them your opt-out.

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

JetSetJim

Re: The picture ..

The Sammy variant also available with a smattering of blue or red, at least:

http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/home-appliances/vacuum-cleaner/cylinders/VC21F50HDER/EU

Not quite as garish as the Dyson, admittedly.

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JetSetJim

Re: The picture ..

Upvote for pointing out the lack of reading comprehension, although one has to admit that they do look decidedly similar:

http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/home-appliances/vacuum-cleaner/cylinders/VC20F70UKGC/EU

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

JetSetJim

even easier

Operators are currently playing with tech to geolocate every call in the network. just run an analysis, list all IMSIs that made calls from that area and put those that make calls in the prison on a blacklist that all operators share. could do some other tests to see if those numbers make any calls elsewhere too. or check the subscription address. lots of other things you could do to gain confidence in the decision to mitigate false positive chances.

this would not require installation of extra masts, either

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

JetSetJim

Re: I don't think 3 uses any 2G service any longer

Apparently they still have a little bit of 2G, but it depends on where you are. They started disconnecting from 2G in some areas back in 2010:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/08/3uk_orange_roaming/

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JetSetJim

> Given that your phone has to register with a cell tower, I wonder why they couldn't send you a text telling you that there is a problem when you enter the affected area?

Because your phone doesn't have to register with an individual tower if it's not doing anything. Instead it registers on the Location or Routeing Area, which can be a large collection of towers covering a reasonably large geographical area. In theory you could still probably do something, but it wouldn't be that cheap to implement on the expensive big boxes in the middle of their network.

In terms of "having a strong signal, but no data", basically it means that the 2G side of things was probably working fine - so making calls may have been perfectly OK (I don't know, and the article doesn't say). But as 3 piggyback on 2G networks (I forget whose) and have their own 3G network, it's not that much of a surprise that if their 3G network falls over all the impacted subscribers can still fall back onto the 2G network.

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Want a touch-friendly solar-powered laptop? Apple just patented it

JetSetJim

Re: At last!

You can already get electrically switchable transparent/opaque glass - it's been in Grand Designs, for a start. I think you can get it in one of two flavours - either "unpowered = transparent, powered = opaque", or the other way round. Thus there is a default setting that does not use power at all.

A lot of this patent looks like "take a bunch of existing stuff and glue it together", which is not patentable. The devil is in the detail, however, and some claims may well be valid patentable ideas - even if the assignee is Apple Inc

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Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

JetSetJim

Surely it needn't eat his data plan

Just stick a filter on the sender email address (I'm guessing that at the very least it was all from the same domain, if not the same email address) and stuff them all into a separate folder that is not set to sync with the phone.

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WTF is... NFV: All your basestations are belong to us

JetSetJim

Re: If it walks like a duck...

Indeed - most mobile phone core networks run on standard boxes anyway - be they Sun servers, ATCA chassis, or bog standard routers. Just not Intel boxes, AFAIK.

The key differentiator here is what they want to do at the edge of the network. Now, with traffic density going up and up, you will need more and more masts. This is quite possibly the most expensive part of the whole network. Some masts can be dumber than others, but LTE ones need a fair few smarts. But, perhaps it can be pooled in the cloud - who knows. But then, if you dimension your "cloud" incorrectly, and a few different and unexpected conditions start placing demands on the resources in rather large ways, you're still going to have blocking due to congestion. Perhaps Intel are on to something, but UMTS had an intermediate "clever" box (the RNC) and they got rid of it as it added too much latency to handovers and call setups. You'd need a moderately major shift in the 3GPP standards to put it back in.

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Apple patents technology to STALK YOU in your own HOME

JetSetJim

Re: Patenting...

Hmm - not even reaching that far back in time, IMS presence is supposed to enable this sort of thing, as well as a raft of other tech. I'd be fairly certain that this "idea" is just a logical extension of something that already exists (who will no doubt start quaking at the thought of the cost of lawyering up when Apple serve a Cease & Desist (or pay up) order on them).

The patent was filed in July 2012, too, so there's all sorts of stuff out there. Doesn't Sonos do something like this?

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Google Street View goes INSIDE a Royal Navy submarine

JetSetJim

Re: Upholder class

I imagine Lewis is eagerly tapping away at an article as we type. The BBC has a write up, though

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JetSetJim
Joke

Disappointed

The SV camera does not allow for exit via the launch tubes.

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Alca-Lu posts loss, share price rises

JetSetJim
Headmaster

Errata

It's "Michel Combes", not "Michael"

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TalkTalk to block nuisance calls with no help AT ALL from Huawei

JetSetJim

No, that's a computer ringing you up, waiting for something that doesn't sound like an answer phone, and then begins playing you it's spiel, whether it's "Congratulations, you have won ....", "Have you been mis-sold PPI?..." or "Your mobile contract may benefit from renewal...". Either way, hoping you press the correct button to be connected to someone, with a similar hope that you can then either be scammed out of some cash, or scammed out of some personal information that can be sold on further.

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Like iPads? Like stuff called AIR? Here's our REVIEW ROUNDUP-squared

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Happy

Re: Quote.... It's just an iPad, FFS

> You could say this of anything - my washing machine still washes clothes, my fridge still keeps beer cold etc. - it is probably a lot more efficient and had other 'under the hood' changes but essentially it does the same job.

...and your car may still get 20mpg, just like the 1908 Model T Ford :-)

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