* Posts by JetSetJim

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Are you an Olympian of software, a titan of tech? Prove it in our coding competition

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Re: Time limit

While upgrading to Win10

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Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

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Re: Happy days

Streetmap.co.uk is good for that, for certain resolutions.

A chum of mine once wrote a screen scraper to grab the entire British Isles from it, and then hacked together a quick script to auto-generate an A4 (or whatever) compatible printout of any area he wanted to cycle/ramble in.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Re: Doing naughty things 101

Yeah, but you do it on your cow-orkers PC when they wander off for a coffee and leave their terminal unlocked.

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Swede who spent 28 years vacuuming in the nude to be evicted

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Re: Typical landlord

It could have been inadequately ventilated which leads to condensation and damp problems wherever the steam settles.

Perhaps it would be interesting to know how much property maintenance had been done during his 30 year tenancy before judging on that?

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: The day I'll delete my account...

Bobby Tables ftw

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Orlando shootings bring Facebook's safety check to US soil

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Re: Hi victim count was caused by coconspirators

>Do you believe everything you read in online posts?

Only when posted by friends of my cousins hairdresser. Very reliable source.

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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IMEI blocking

You can get round that by exporting the phones to a country that doesn't participate in the stolen equipment registry. So the phones aren't worth much as they need covert shipping, and an interested party willing to sell them on.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Re: Just use a normal CC.

Not sure what protection you get on a pre-paid card - it's not "credit" being offered by the bank. Added to which, I'm sure the T&Cs have a long list of exclusions that you cannot object to, including legal acts of government representatives.

By no means am I saying that this is anything but unethical/unconstitutional/immoral and downright fubar, but that's what the legal systems of democracies seem to be racing towards.

I don't see any harm in asset forfeiture for criminal proceeds under certain circumstances - ideally this would be after guilt is proven beyond reasonable doubt, though (subject to certain provisions to prevent disposal of these assets by folks of dubious moral values who know/think they're going to get found guilty, but equally subject to provisions allowing them to live their normal life in the process). Additionally, allowing the local forces to keep what they confiscate is a magnet for abuse. As the main use here is to seize assets related to drug crimes, why not funnel it to local drug rehab facilities?

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Infosec newbie looking for entry level training? So is SWIFT

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Re: Any evidence SWIFT was hacked?

I thought the same based on reading only some of the early articles on the heists. However the Reg article linked to in this one does go some way towards implying that SWIFT were a bit backwards in improving their security - e.g. a lack of 2FA and monitoring s/w. Plus the CEO now coming out with an "action plan" to deploy additional countermeasures. Doesn't speak volumes about SWIFT being proactive in their approach to security, tbh.

But financial centres don't like change - firstly, it costs money, and secondly it probably adds risk, so they only change when it is demonstrably needed.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Re: Meanwhile....

> Turn up at airport, check bags in, get put to sleep, wake up in receivers lounge, customs, bag collection (which've been unloaded before you wake).

Would you trust TSA (and other counterparts) while you're asleep?

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Spitfire FTW, IMHO

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

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Divorce

Is it a more subtle way of getting a divorce? "Til death us do part" and all that. Come back to life and be unfettered forever more.

Assuming Jon Snow is brought back to life in GoT, it gets him out of the Night's Watch oath, too:

"Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come."

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Re: Parody?

Section 30A of the 1988 Copyright act states that a "parody" is something that imitates a work for humorous or satirical effect, a "pastiche" is a composition that is made up of selections from various sources or one that imitates the style of another artist or period, and that a "caricature" is something that portrays its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way, whether insulting or complimentary and whether for a political purpose or solely for entertainment.

So, it's a pastiche of The Wicker Man and Trumpton/Camberwick Green. Case closed.

Personally, I thought it was brilliant, and if anything could foster a mild revival of the old series if they cared to capitalise on it.

Given that it's "the family of Gordon Murray", and not Gordon Murray himself, methinks the 95 year old is prossibly non-compos mentis enough to bitch about it, or safely tucked away in a home where he won't be bothered by such trivialities as the real world.

Either that, or their legal dept said "you'll lose the case overall, but best rattle our sabres to show we're defending our IPR so we mitigate risk later on", which I know applies to trademarks and not copyright, but who knows what they've registered.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: +Gordon 10

> And you censored yourself from saying Damn???

D**n that's fucked up

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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> I do not use my smartphone for conducting illicit affairs. Unlike politicians, I do not use my smartphone for sending constituents photographs of my nob.

So you use something else then?

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That went well – NOT - Nokia's first post-Alcatel numbers dip

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Causes

It would be interesting to see the breakdown as to which company & market had veered away from the merged business (if there is a single contributor, that is). It wouldn't surprise me if the drop was in N. America - NOK has been attempting to buy their way into that market for some time unsuccessfully.

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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Re: Ahh the French

From a brief RTFA, the duck is already dead (and roasted) before it goes into the press, so I don't really see what all the fuss is about wrt this recipe. The finished article looks deeply uninspiring, though, so don't think I'll be bothering. For me, a better use of duck is crispy cooked, with a coating of hoisin and wrapped in a thin pancake with cucumber & spring onion. YMMV, though. If someone wants to pay €70 for half a duck prepared in this way, that's their prerogative.

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Removed How?

> Wow along with Ted Cruz dropping out could this week get any better?

Trump could drop out, too?

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29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

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Re: The El Reg article quotes from an article in 'The Conversation' ...

> Unless anyone on the Reg is a cancer specialist of some kind it's debatable whether reading the original research article would have helped.

I suspect it was harder to do the statistics rather than the cancer bit. All they needed were demographics of each incidence of cancer, and then develop a time varying statistical model over the study time window for "what are the chances of an X year old getting cancer of type Y in year Z". Then show that the Z variable makes bugger all(*) difference to the model

(*) "Bugger all" - a quantified statistical value near-enough equal to zero

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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My home DNS is stubbornly responding to a query for one particular server to an address that is not the originator of the request (and doesn't have a device attached to it either). No idea why, as it seems to work for everything else. If not "Out To Get Me", at least "Out To Vex Me"

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Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane

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Re: The kind of idiot who does that on a plane...

So the OUI most likely tells you it's Samsung (21.4%), or Apple (13.9%) or Huawei (8.9%). Others less likely.

WiFi tool may help you isolate the direction to look in, but as others have pointed out, it may well have not been on the plane - just because some user spotted it, doesn't mean it had a decent signal, so may well have been coming from the terminal/departure gate area.

Even if it was in the plane, a nice metallic Pringles can shape like that quite possibly makes for decent coverage in a large area from such a device.

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Intel told Irish council all was well just before 12k job cuts announced

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Re: Wonder how much

According to Wiki:

To base its European operations in Ireland, Intel received over IRE£87m in grants from IDA Ireland

From the context, it would appear that this was around 25 years ago, but no date is actually given.

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Re: Why does this always come as a surprise to politicians?

Two things - firstly, they may not have thought it all through yet. They may have just said "we need to cut $X from our headcount budget, which is probably Y staff". The senior management will currently be engaged in bunfighting to see whose empire is cut by how much. It doesn't seem like they have even got to this stage.

After that, there's a stage of allocating the cuts to sub-divisions, seeing which factory can do what and working out how best to fill desired capacity with available resource. At that point there will be a rough plan, and this is when the councils/govmts/workers will find out their probable fates.

Following that, in the UK at least, Intel may have to enter into consultancy with the workforce if the cuts are above a certain size. This consultancy may well adjust the plan (although I've not known it to make any significant changes ever), and could potentially get influenced by more govmt cash incentives (if this is legal!). If is no surprise that the party line is "We are not providing site-specific information at this time, and we are still evaluating our plans for Europe."

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail buying Yahoo?

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Perhaps he owns the Vote Leave website?

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

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Re: Tricky!

> SPACE sharks. . . .

Surely it's the "logical" next iteration of Sharknado.

Or the Muppets ("Shaaaarks Iiiiin Spaaaaace")

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Telstra hauls in Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper to explain TITSUPs

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Re: 15% increase causes overload?

No that is not a correct reading as I see things. Most handsets are registered on the system as they are switched on. They remain on line until switched off, they go flat or move out of range. The system will be dimensioned on the basis of expected traffic demands and expected new service request demands plus any other relevant factors such as normal surges. Suddenly removing 15% of connections and then all of them automatically trying to reconnect is a very different thing. That is not 'normal' traffic it is a very specific type of traffic all focussed on very specific resources, those associated with control of the network not the traffic on the network.

Indeed, the registration process for a mobile involves it talking to the HLR and exchanging some handshakes, potentially with the HLR generating and delivering new authentication keys back to the user. If this is what was rebooted, it's entirely possible that it fell over trying to generate authentication keys for too many people at once. It's not designed to cope with everyone attempting it at the same time, and there's no mechanism around for telling the mobiles to back off and wait a bit before attempting to register with the system because (drum roll) there's no way of talking to the mobile if it's not registered. As mentioned, you dimension for normal peak behaviour (everyone switching phones on over time in the morning) plus a fudge factor. This won't help if the thing falls over in the middle of the day - you normally do upgrades on such a box in the depths of the night on your idlest day where the impact is minimised.

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Your broadband speeds are up by 6Mbps, boasts UK watchdog Ofcom

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Re: BT aren't rubbish if you are lucky

I think you mean "BT aren't rubbish if you make a bloody nuisance of yourself and you are bloody lucky".

FTFY.

BT & Openreach are a shambles, for the most part. There are some good people working in the field, but they are crippled by BT processes. I built a house next to a BT pole that the local engineer said had an empty port or two on and gave up trying to get BT to connect up to it after 3 months when Gigaclear strolled through and installed the day after I requested it. Never looked back, and have 100mbps up and down, and a land line with a decent set of features (auto-transcripted voicemail emailed to me, along with a WAV of the message, using the landline from my mobile, and all the other VoIP calling features IMS gets you) - all for less than what BT would have charged me.

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Re: Urban areas

On the economics side, IIRC Gigaclear publish roughly how many households it needs to achieve "critical mass" to determine an economic return in deploying FTTP. It's not that many as my village of no more than a couple of hundred households has it. Admittedly, the cost of FTTP may well be higher in urban environments due to digging up paved ground and issues with blocking the road, rather than hiding most of the conduit in soft diggable verges, but even the runs through the roadway were achieved quite rapidly.

On the speed side, YMMV but Netflix in HD to at least one device is 5mbps minimum (https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306) so you'll probably realistically need double that to guarantee it. Ultra HD is billed at 25mbps, but I don't think the uptake of capable tellies is quite there yet. But it will be.

On the other hand, my last house peaked at 1mbps, and everything on the internet was pretty shit. Slow page loads, even email went slowly (sending attachments was a joke). It made it impossible to work from home even - establishing a VPN actually killed the entire connection. In my mind, with the services offered over the internet nowadays, this speed is not fit for purpose.

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Just read the Ofcom press release:

"The 27% rise in the average UK download speed was due to growing take-up of higher-speed connections and increasing average speeds for these packages."

So, in summary, the shit connections have remained shit

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I have to wonder what the actual distribution of speed is. They've said the mean has shifted upwards, which is nice, but has anything improved for those at the bottom end? Or has it been mainly driven by increases in topline speed everywhere there's FTTC, and the occasional FTTP deployment (BT or not)?

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Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that

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Re: RE: subsidy

Agreed - I was just answering that there *is* a subsidy of up to £3,500 for new installs, but yes, ringing up and saying "my 1mbps isn't good enough, gimme 10mbps instead" is not going to attract that subsidy

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RE: subsidy

The govmt/OpenReach subsidises up to this amount for new connections to new premises, as I was told when I was attempting to get BTOR to provide one. A shame they can't manage a drinks-related party in a brewing establishment, so I went to an alternative provider and got a FTTP connection for <£200 connection (admittedly this was luck as Gigaclear was rolling out in my village at the time).

On larger new developments, BT are laying FTTP (apparently), but yes, they're not going to upgrade the last mile copper to the premises any time soon.

I'd ruther have govmt mandate that all new connections must be FTTP, with new adaptors deployed to the green cabs to pipe the fibre into the copper backbone if that's all that is there. Then you could add a rule for "once green cab load > threshold, mandate copper-fibre upgrade on all connections & backhaul". Might be expensive, but it's a far better long term strategy.

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How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript

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Re: Timing

>> whether the brands could be confused, i.e. whether they cover the same 'class of goods'

>By threatening to sue, Kik implicitly asserted that that's the case. Oops... muahahah.

It may well depend on what classes of goods Kik have trademarked with this branding - while they may currently be known for some shoddy messaging app, they may have also trademarked "Kik" in a variety of places/contexts.

A long time ago, there were a few articles laughing and pointing fingers at Mick Jagger for filing trademarks on his name in a variety of classes involving soap and perfume. Lawyer-type back talk was that he did this merely to prevent someone else from doing it.

I still think Kik are behaving shittily, though

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Microsoft files patent for 'PhonePad', hints at future Windows plans

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Re: Linky

Out of time to add to post, so here go's a precis of the patent (IANAL, but have read a few patents in my time):

It basically seems to be an "invention" that device A auto-detects presence of device B (doesn't Bluetooth do that?). In one instance, device A has limited i/o capabilities (e.g. a small form factor phone) and so control of device A can be made via the i/o interface of device B - e.g. a larger form factor tablet. Of particular note is that the i/o device (B) may have crap compute power, whereas the original device (A)has the processing grunt. So you combine the two and have a Better Experience (TM).

Another pertinent example given is "Consider a game scenario where four players in a room are playing a multi-player game. The phone of one user may run the game and the gamers may interact with the game through their own separate tablets. In one embodiment, the phone may cause different gamers to have different interfaces and different presentations.".

Not sure it seems hugely inventive

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Ben Nevis embiggened by a metre

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Cracking job by the team back in '49, agreed, but what was the precise height then? Was it 1,343.50, or 1,343.49? The article says it increased by centimetres, but it would be interesting to know precisely how many...

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Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

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The answer is more, shorter ranged masts with their own backhaul. This lets you have more users of the same spectrum in a given area.

And much higher CAPEX and OPEX costs for the network....

Networks are complicated, expensive beasts. The operator will first deploy for coverage, and then hopefully monitor what capacity is doing in their network to do infill with extra sites/carriers to boost capacity at "hot" areas, all the while hopefully optimising for subscriber quality on core services - e.g. Voice MOS, and managing profit margins against deployment plans and subscriber churn.

Small cell densification of the networks is being touted as the answer - as a CAPEX they are much cheaper to buy, plus have fewer hurdles to planning permission. But there is still the problem of backhaul availability with LTE sites needing O(100mbps) to run at decent capacity.

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Watch six tiny robo-ants weighing 100g in total pull a 1,769-kg family car

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Re: Mighty tiny car?

Aye, they're only overcoming the resistance to rolling caused by the bearings in the wheels. The weight of the entire car merely influences the speed at which they can pull it.

Good engineering, though

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Staff 'fury' as penny pinching IBM offers legal minimum redundo payoffs

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Re: Owners matter too

> IBM has to be 100% confident they have clearly followed every letter of the law otherwise they could end up with some rather expensive employment tribunals costing far more.

I would hope that the soon-to-be-ex-IBM'ers are lawyering up. The notice period seems fine - it used to be 90 days for mass-layoffs, but I seem to recall it was reduced to 45. For the amount, IBM *may* be treading a fine line in reducing the offering , but it may well depend on for long long/often the previous offering has remained unchanged. I was once told that because my employer had not varied the payout in 10 years (with it being used a lot in that time), it would be difficult for them to offer anything different as it may become an implied contractual term.

Additionally, there is the complexity of working out if there have been cases of someone being refused the earlier redundancy terms when they were offered for volountary, and then subsequently getting shafted in this round. And if you can find cases like this, you can argue for everyone getting the old, enhanced package.

IANAL, but individually it will cost you <£400 (means tested) to bring a claim to the employment tribunal - but there will be a possibility of being responsible for some legal fees if your claim is judged to be very weak....

Pretty poor show on IBM's account, either way.

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Amazon douses flames, vows to restore Fire OS fondleslab encryption

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I'd at least like to be given the option. Tesco's forced encryption on their HUDLs, slowing the boot time to ~1 minute or more. As the ones I have a purely for kids games with no data beyond save-games, I'd have preferred faster boot times and no encryption, but I don't get that option.

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Google risks everything if it doesn’t grab Android round the throat

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Re: So why did it sell Motorola?

Because it made economic sense at the time. Nice juicy tax-write-off enabling purchase, gobble up the juicy IPR, and then flog off to someone else willing to wrestle the Moto-silos and give them money for the privilege.

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

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Re: Ad free please

So the PRS-equivalent keeps a record of which sites you've been to. Interesting.. I wonder what they'd be tempted to do with that sort of information...

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Meh - 85% of all statistics on the internet are made up. So said Abe Lincoln, and this site is selling a bargain wooden plaque to commemorate this.

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Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

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Re: Rag Week?

Doubt it, but there's loads of drunk Brits, usually.

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We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins

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Re: I do not necessarily agree with the following comment

> pair up the intelligent, whether they like it or not, for the good of humankind, and the planet

Is this the only way you think you can get a date?

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Re: Smarter than us

Or they've already been and thought, "blech, not baked yet. Leave it another million years or so"

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Phorm suspends its shares from trading amid funding scrabble

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Yay

Couldn't happen to nicer people. Hopefully the door will hit them on the way out.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Re: WiFi calling

Indeed, the networks are awfully backward in coming forwards with support for this feature. I had a brief glimmer of hope on the chat with one of EE's upgrade folk, who said:

"Me: The website currently says "WiFi calling is available on the iPhone 5c and all later models of the iPhone but is only available on the EE version of Android and Windows devices, which can only be bought directly from us in one of our stores, online at EE.co.uk, or through our telesales team. Android and Windows devices bought from other retailers will not be able to support WiFi Calling.", so you are saying this is not the case for the S7?

EE rep: Thanks for pointing that out as this was the case a while ago, since then wifi calling feature has been changed so as long as a handset has wifi calling built you will be able to use it on EE."

However, on a subsequent call to their customer services, this was disavowed. Will be calling a few more times to see if the votes pile up one way or the other.

On a side note, it does seem that EE support it on more phones than the others. Vodafone require the latest and greatest iDevice only in the iOS space, and not many Androids, for example.

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Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

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Re: At least Murica still has call centres!

Nope - Birmingham is a no-go area for non-Muslims. India is only 14% Muslim

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Between you, EE and the lamppost ... this UK cell network is knackered

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Re: To EE customers - it could be worse

Could be many reasons to still be with them - perhaps all the other networks have zero bars. Perhaps it's a work phone. I'm in a house with near-zero bars from all operators. May well have to invest in a phone that supports wifi calling - although conflicting messages from EE customer support as to which phones will work (might ring a few more times and see how the votes tally).

Reasons to get shite thru'put: your account profile may be such that you're deprioritised, your phone may not be of the correct category (e.g. if it's old, or a grey import that doesn't have the right frequencies) to use the service better, the network may be misconfigured, an annoying neighbour is sucking up all the resource (unlikely for 5 years, tho).

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