* Posts by JetSetJim

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T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

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> It T-Mob is so incompetent they don't have proper billing and traffic accounting on server side they deserve to be taken for a ride.

> Edit - apparently all you need is to install third party wifi tethering app. Wow.

I'd imagine they actually do have proper billing and accounting. What Android does currently (and I assume iOS does too) is to tag data flowing through it with a "tethered" flag (I believe this is a relatively newish feature, and I suppose you could also bypass it with a very old Android version). That way an operator can detect the fact that the data is from a tethered source. You have to explicitly modify the OS behaviour to remove this tag, and then the network cannot distinguish between the two sources/sinks of data (phone or tethered computer) - they just look like plain old IP packets.

Not sure if you need a rooted phone to modify the flag - I suspect you do. But as you can get something like a half a dozen users consuming a huge chunk of network bandwidth due to such greedy behaviour, it's hardly surprising that they're being targeted for this attitude. It is, after all, quite clear from the ToS that they are abusing the service outside of their contractual bounds. Having to spend money to install servers to allow a single user to d/l 2TB of data in a month (which is equivalent to (hopefully my maths skills are correct!) 6 mbits/sec continuous use 24/7) must be quite irksome

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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

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Re: How Many Men Actually used AM?

I wouldn't be surprised if these stats mirror those on Match.com and other such sites

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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Re: What I'd like to see...

And a very limited opportunity to make boat loads of money on optional extras for the car, another reason for it not to happen

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Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time

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Re: You cannot be serious...

>So he wants Ofcom to send some poor sucker out to cover the entire land area of the UK, cities, villages, fields, mountains, swamps and all, stopping every 100 metres, to measure the actual reception on every network?

Don't have to do that - the operators have tools that get their punters to do it for them. Now, if Ofcom regulated the desired output of such tools, and the amount of data to collect, it would be relatively simple for the operators to comply and provide data sets periodically (although to a degree it also requires some effort from the network equipment vendors to support it).

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Good start

It's all very well bitching that the coverage map is at least partially based on predictive models, but if a particular location attracts no punters to make calls at it, then they can't very well say what the call quality will be at that point and are forced to rely on prediction models.

Additionally, anyone relying on a "green" pixel to say they will have good quality coverage in their basement faraday cage is also rather foolish.

There are tools around for the operators to produce these maps based on subscriber experience, but there is high variability in a variety of factors that influence the perceived worth of such maps:

a) geolocation accuracy - can be reasonably good in inner city, but out in the boonies if you only have coverage from one cell the accuracy can be a bit pants

b) statistical certainty - you need a goodly number of different mobes to make a statistical statement about the quality of the coverage in an area

c) environmental variables - leaves on trees cause problems, weather causes problems, so time of year will influence the results

d) overall network load - it's conceivable that a horde of punters doing something in a small area will have a detrimental effect on their surrounding area

Yes, you can normalise for all of the above, but it adds a lot of smoothing that makes the results less meaningful.

Short of the operators being forced to generate very detailed time series data for what happens to their network in every area, these maps are always going to have to be taken with a generous pinch of salt.

I agree that being able to do a network comparison would be quite nice, though.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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Re: Sky and UHD

> Is there anything on TV anywhere in the world where seeing it in UHD in an average living room would actually make a difference to the viewer?

It's more pixels, you fool - stop talking heresy. The pixels are what counts, not whether you can tell the difference.

Next you'll be moaning about having a 4K screen in a smartphone form factor, which is obviously even better.

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Re: paranoid or what?

>So what's to stop you from under-reporting your meter readings when you phone in? Nothing.

It will catch up with you eventually - e.g. when you move house the new residents may deliberately report a higher value to get a leg up :)

Also, while it may be a viable tactic to prevent the cash deposit build up, I wonder if you could get done for fraud because of the mis-reporting of the reading

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Assange™ to SQUAT in Ecuadorian broom closet for ANOTHER FIVE YEARS (maybe)

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Re: Statute of limitations

""Assange took asylum in London"

No, he's taken asylum in Ecuador."

No, the embassy is not in Ecuador, it's in London. Just because the embassy is there, doesn't make it Ecuadoran sovereign territory.

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W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

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Re: Up to no good or just some tax shenanigans?

- it will be interesting to see what happens to the prosecutions galore they have ongoing. I'm not sure what happens to a court case when a company in court changes shape, but I can imagine that not being a good thing for the case.

Has no impact on deciding if there were shenanigans going on - the case is pertinent to events in the past from when the case was brought. The interesting bit now will be working out who will be punished, and by how much, if the court decides someone was naughty

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Return of the Jedi? StarWars.co.uk bod to fight the Empire (Disney)

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Someone hand the man a slingshot...

David vs Goliath, round 2...

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Yahoo! parties! like! it's! 1999! with! retro! billboard! revival!

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Re: "feel free to let us know if you require or appreciate such illumination"

It would be here, on 6th Street, overlooking I-80 from the South

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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

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Re: Reduced drag coefficient?

> Audi were achieving 0.29/0.30 drag coefficients over 30 years ago with the 100/200 series.

Apples and oranges - the 100 & 200 series weren't SUVs - you'd want to be comparing them with the A4. Additionally, I suspect the manufacturers at the time weren't also that hugely concerned with survivability of pedestrians in impacts with their cars, which has an impact on design and aerodynamics, also.

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

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Re: You b*&%d

Well, you can have a rule that runs a script if it receives a meeting invite, so it's not inconceivable that a script could rummage in the calendar, detect a clash, and trigger/send a reject. I assume the script is in VBA, so probably not that traumatic to cobble together... not sure how to get it onto the server to run, rather than only on the local machine, but that's a leap into BOFH land

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Never mind falling revenues, BT watchers, look at the footy offering

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Re: It is NOT fibre ...

"homes passed" is just shorthand for "homes passed by"

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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Re: "an application to put up surveillance cameras has been denied."

I'm a Freia addict, although getting worried now that they've been taken over by Kraft.

Still, there's always aquavit

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Re: "an application to put up surveillance cameras has been denied."

> Most Norwegians I know buy their booze at Heathrow!

Hmm not sure if they're still being ripped off at times, but agree with the sentiment.

Every time I visit I load up on my allowance for giftage to relatives. Plus add some hermetically sealed bacon & sausages, and some decent cheddar (gammelost is not quite the same thing!), and some Twiglets (!) and that keeps most of my relatives happy

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Re: "an application to put up surveillance cameras has been denied."

Norway is a lovely place full of fine beer & chocolate, and magnificent scenery (of many types), and is also amongst the happiest places on the planet. Very high standard of living, mostly courtesy of the govmt's rather good approach to managing the extraction of their oil and the revenues obtained thereby.

My only complaint would be the price of booze and the limited availability of shops to buy it in. But that may well be a good thing, overall...

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EU rubber-stamps Nokia's proposed Alcatel-Lucent gobble

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My, buying a company to get access to N. America. Funny, when they bought Motorola Wireless they (as NSN) said they would be "the third largest wireless infrastructure vendor in the United States". I guess that didn't go too well, then. Better luck next time, eh?

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AT&T: Sorry vendors, SDN is eating your lunch

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Re: They sure as hell aren't laying fibre.

The article is commenting on how SDN/NFV is giving an opportunity to not spend quite so much money on their mobile network as the expensive ATCA chassis/boards typically used to house the core functions like MSC, GSN, MME, SGW, etc... can be replaced by cheap "clouds" where each function is a program running on an Intel board, scaling up as demand ramps by dint of just adding another VM into the mix.

It's not a comment on their domestic broadband market, which doesn't have this opportunity.

Not that AT&T won't want to spend the least amount of money (and perhaps even a bit less) to meet (or narrowly miss in a manner that's able to be spun appropriately to make it seem like it's been met) their obligations.

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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Moving "users" folder

WFT - the MS KB article linked states:

"Caution Using the ProgramData setting to redirect folders to a drive other than the system volume will block your ability to upgrade to future versions of Windows.

By changing the default location of the user profile directories or program data folders to a volume other than the system volume, you cannot service your Windows installation. Any updates, fixes, or service packs cannot be applied to the installation. We recommend that you do not change the location of the user profile directories or program data folders. "

Not an impressive data storage architecture constraint after so many iterations of Windoze. Do Not Like :-(

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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Re: "If there's a shiny new Jeep Cherokee sitting in your driveway..." @AndyS

But you can't kill a Hilux

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BT's Openreach plots G.fast end-user trials

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@rhydian:

Located in a small village, <1000 inhabitants

@AC regarding Openreach doing/not doing cabling - the answer to that is "it depends". If you're a large developer, it makes sense to have some form of entry point into the development that you cable up during groundworks phase, and then politely ask Openreach to connect to (and even invoice Openreach for the work done). You may even contract Openreach to do it for you, but you don't have to, I agree. As to precisely what cables they lay, you have to adhere to their design rules, which cover both copper and fibre.

In my experience - I've just built a house that has an Openreach pole on its boundary, with the nearest junction box one pole further down the street, and I was informed by their engineers that there were spare sockets on that junction box. Annoyingly, you have to go through a service provider to commission Openreach to make the connection - you can't actually talk to Openreach and get them to do it for you, and then contract a service provider. Unfortunately, the combination of BT, the BT ordering system, BT call centres and the occasional idiot meant that 2 months passed, 3 new line orders were cancelled, and two engineers appointments were ignored. Thankfully I had a fibre provider passing at just the right time, and they did the whole thing in 3 days from initial enquiry to me actually making a phone call on a whizzy Vonage box.

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Re: fibre

Bless their cotton socks - so their latest & greatest FTTP is 300Mbps DL + 30Mbps UL (less contention). Not sure what "long twisted-pair runs" have to do with measured speed across a fibre link, though, unless the fibre connection is plugged into something at the exchange connected that way.

I'm quite happy in my 3rd party FTTP running 100Mbps UL + 100Mbps DL at £44/mo. Perhaps I might splash out a fiver and test out their 1Gbps each way service for a couple of days, although I can't really think of a use-case for it right now beyond bragging rights.

Not entirely sure why a small company can roll out this fibre, and Openreach can't. Admittedly perhaps the small company are splurging some VC capital, perhaps have some govmt grant, and so can afford it as a loss leader for the moment, but BT *should* have the resources to hand to do this sort of thing efficiently (yeah, I know, not a word I'd associate with BT).

Yes, upgrading the existing network is a different kettle of fish, but perhaps running FTTP to all new properties (or developments over a certain size) might be a good policy for Openreach to take... And then use these opportunities to upgrade cabinets in prep for mass FTTP deployment.

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Greece? Zzzz. EU bank says TWEETING can move the stock market

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@Nick

Well, I suppose as soon as someone gets wind of what's driving your algorithm, they'll (ab)use that to try and make money out of your trades.

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> Certainly it's enough to base a trading strategy upon, assuming you can gain access to the firehose of the information

Get it here, for the full fat stream of twats, although you don't need it and can instead subscribe to/pay for a filtered version.

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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Well done folks!

Congrats to the New Horizons team.

They should sit back and have a beer or two while waiting for the data to come down. 16 months for 15Gbits of mission data! Perhaps they should torrent it instead of relying on BT download :)

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Re: Revolutionary Stuff

> The community limitations of 2 to 3 thousand have been broken by social media / internetworking, an individual can be a member of many communities whereas in the original each individual was a member of only one.

I seem to recall some study from a while back that looked at the average size of a medieval village vs the number of "friends" people had on FB and they were roughly the same. I suspect that you are right, though , in that community sizes remain roughly unchanged, it's just that people may now more easily identify with more than one community due to this "social-meeja" thing.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

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Re: And the carriers smile

Tethering? I don't think any of the UK carriers care any more - certainly VF and EE don't

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Yep, world+dog's spies are in our network, says Vodafone as it bares all

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Mis-quote

The Vodafone spokesperson on p2 seem to be commenting on the separation of BT and Openreach, rather than their own laudible efforts at openness. Perhaps he was not allowed to comment on this piece due to govmt legislation?

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Google: Maps editing is back – but, please, no more p*ss-taking robots!

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Re: In other words...

Took them two months to come up with that?

I'm sure there will be badges for "Gold/Silver/Bronze Contributor" levels, and all that gubbins to hit the dopamine cycle of the masses updating their maps for free

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Comcast: We're twice as fast as Google's 1Gbps Fiber (for x4 the price)

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Re: And...

Seems pricey. I'm fortunate enough to be able to get 1Gbps symmetric for £70-£80/mo (£100 connection fee, £130 install fee), although quite happy to have only bought the 100Mbps service.

No BT in my house - they (incl Openreach) couldn't organise a p*** up in a brewery, let alone get me a copper connection to a new house with a pole on the site boundary with well over two months notice.

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BT issues formal whinge to Ofcom over Sky dominance in pay telly

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Re: Competition is usually great for consumers,

If breaking up Sky would be anything like the break up of BT it will be nowt but painful for any consumers.

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Re: Transrapid

I suspect it's the extension project that actually takes the MagLev into the middle of the city, rather than terminating outside the city (albeit near the tube, which is remarkably easy to use as Johnny-Foreigner if you know where you want to go).

When in Pu-Dong, I used to get the tube from the bottom of that large pin with round bobbles on that features on the BBC news intro videos out to the station to get to the airport - cheaper and much safer than the local cabbies.

Saying that, rumours abound of shoddy construction practices on the existing MagLev where substandard concrete was used in the foundations of the supporting pillars for the train line. Not sure what the realistic lifespan of the MagLev track is before something falls off it - perhaps that's why they've slowed it down a bit...

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Vodafone tests Ericsson Radio Dots on corporate big cheeses

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Not the best solution

...although Ericsson won't agree. The Dot seems to be just a remote radio head, so needs a fairly high bandwidth connection back to the "proper" base station which does all the donkey work. No more clever than a low power DAS, and doesn't scale up well to larger buildings, IMHO as you still need to parent it with a base station - rather than the option used by regular small cells that are only aggregated by a gateway box somewhere.

Fine for smaller deployment if you have spare capacity in the base station, but not that great otherwise.

Also, the CAT5 they use can't be shared with anything else at all or you'll really bugger up the throughput.

This is basically Ericsson's "I'm late to the small cell party - here's a small vegetarian quiche for the buffet"

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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Re: A four-switch panel to control two lights?

Part of the problem may well be the information sources to hand. When constructing a man cave in the garden (ostentatiously calling it a summer house, but secretly digging a beer/wine cellar underneath it), my dad naturally ran an armoured power cable to it underground, and from then into its own fuse box to distribute some power & lighting. To read up on this, he purchased a "DIY bible" from some store - B&Q probably, and pored over the electrical section.

The next day he went back to the store and asked why they were recommending connecting the earth to the live terminal, or some such blunder of epic proportions.

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Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

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Re: What about torrent downloads?

Or just run it through a VPN.

Wasn't there a fella who demonstrated that another US ISP throttled video by doing this?

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

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Re: Use the market

Meh - proof-reading. Who needs it

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Re: Use the market

Make the rent proportionate to the number of trees left - might help do something about deforestation, too. (Or have some other unintended consequences, I've not really thought much about it!)

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Re: Hoist by there own petard

> I think there might be some groups of ferocious warrior-women who'll have something to say about that.

Perhaps instead of needing to live on the banks of the river, they need to live in the basin that collects the water for it.

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US FINNISHes Nokia-AlcaLu acquisition waiting period

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Nokia shareholders have yet to vote on the acquisition, which the companies hope will yank €900 million out of their combined cost base (read: mass layoffs around the world).

Since Nokia's home is in mobile network infrastructure and Alcatel-Lucent is kicking its goals in the fixed-line business, the product rationalisation process ought not to be horribly savage.

Two incompatible statements!

Anyhow, there is product rationalisation abounding in the wireless space, with nightmares for those in charge of it. ALU make a reasonable chunk of change selling LTE/UMTS kit into the USA. Nokia has never been successful in N. America (they tried buying access by snapping up Motorola, and that got them nowhere), and the telco's are unlikely to be hugely happy with swapping ALU kit for Nokia stuff - so Nok is stuck with maintaining 2 LTE product lines.

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Re: Was there pr0n on

try < i > tags for italic

or < b > tags for bold

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

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Re: Sure, I'll contribute

http://www.desertec.org/concept/

Not sure if they plan on making the solar cells with "local sand", though

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Re: What a complete and utter pile of crap

> I find it hard to believe anyone has the cheek to produce a website so devoid of any useful information and even harder to believe people are taken in by it.

If you don't like it here, shove off then.

Oh, wait, you meant Pavegen's website?

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The oracle knows all. Not THAT Oracle, of course

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Re: Quick Questions are better than

Don't knock Columbo!

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Nokia declares war on data centres to win back telco customers

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Re: "act and think differently"

> " having absorbed the Siemens and Motorola sub divisions" I think you ment Siemens and Alcatel-Lucent.

No, it's all three. Siemens first, and the transition to "Nokia-Siemens Networks", then Motorola wireless division - which was basically bought for contracts and access to the N. American market (which didn't pay off), rather than kit. Currently they are proceeding through the acquisition of ALU wireless division, again for contracts and access to N. American market. By inference, this also absorbs Nortel, as that's buried somewhere deep inside ALU, and don't forget that ALU is also a conglomeration of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies.

So there's a whole bundle of stuff inside the NSN-Moto-ALU(NT) basket.

Anyhow, good on them for playing in the cloudy market. As usual, PR-speak on their part is saying they're "first", but there are private cloudy data centres being installed already in a whole bunch of telco operator premises.

Not sure I'd want (as an operator) to rent space/time on it out to third parties, unless it's physically partitioned off from my own data.

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Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing

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Re: That reminds me

Beware the Scunthorpe Problem in such scenarios, though.

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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

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Re: Just on the web?

Not sure about apps you install after this one, but the ones before will probably just keep running their last cached ad, or just stop working completely (if they've any sense).

For example, Real Racing 3 won't even work without an internet connection to download new ads every time you fire it up (not sure what would happen if I bought something from their store which in theory removes all that).

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

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Re: Progress - what progress..?

> Similarly it's a bit annoying that there doesn't seem to be any third party plugin for my Synology NAS that will allow an iOS device to pick up music directly from the NAS, rather than having to go via iTunes on the Mac.

Why use a 3rd party plugin when a Diskstation should do it itself? (Although, in all honesty, I've not tried it myself as I've got a WDTV box instead of the Apple variant).

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/87489-setting-up-synology-nas-media-services-with-apple-tv

It does has the added step of having to do a "Play to Apple TV" from your Video Station app on your iDevice (or Android device, I assume), rather than browsing content on your telly, though.

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TalkTalk unveils best results ever – and its share price dips

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Re: News is not good?

Meh - I get the same from BT. A few months ago the HH4 started losing connection to the exchange (which is miles away). Repeat broadband (more like "plump-band", as it tops out at 1mbps) outages, with the usual "3 working day resolution" times.

One of their customer support teams even promised that it would definitely be fixed for good this time as they'd put a note on the trouble ticket to that effect (which to the cynical implies the option to not fix it for good - possibly even the default value for that, too!).

Can't wait to move house - fingers crossed they don't screw that up, too (although for some reason last night's technical support person thought that because I'd initiated the house move, my service would be instantly deactivated, despite the move date being in July, and that was why my BB was no longer working).

Icon ---> the only solution, and from orbit

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Re: DRM again........

> it would no-longer play on his HTPC as the Power DVD 10 BD edition required an upgrade

Install MakeMKV and rip the BD. Play result through VLC. If you're strapped for storage space, Handbrake it down in size. No need for BD player software on the PC,

Admittedly, not as convenient as shoving a disc in a slot and hitting "play", and probably not within reason for someone with reduced vision.

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