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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

Ben Boyle

Re: EE - Cash On Tap

Same here in the US - vending machines, 7/11, CVS Pharmacy, McDonalds. various medical offices... still get looks from some people as if I just hacked their payment systems because while it's readily available there just aren't that many people using it. I know a couple of folks who had to go to their Verizon store to get an upgraded SIM for their phones in order for it to work, so I;m figuring most just aren't bothering and unless you already have it configured and working the networks just aren't pushing it that much.

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

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Same thing for immigrant visa in the US - list every visit ever made to the US, with dates, reason for travel and accommodation addresses.

Always fun when you've been back and forth at least every six months, for both business and pleasure, over the preceding six or seven years.

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VMware's Project Zombie gives dumb servers BRAAAAINS

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Black Helicopters

Re: Buzzword much?

All your data are belong to U.S.

FTFY ;)

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I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

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Facepalm

Re: "The only issue..."

office 2003, Excel, OLE... have to format the cell as a date first in MM/DD/YYYY then insert your data in that format, then reset the format to DD/MM/YYYY or it fails.

Every. Damned. Time.

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UK.gov stalks jobless online to axe work refuseniks' benefits

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Meh

Re: Bang on

Similar experience here - made redundant as a software dev in Somerset. JC wanted me to apply for an overnight data entry job in Plymouth because "you can type pretty well!"

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Google motors into cloud storage with Drive

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Re: Meh

Yup, and my educational SkyDrive account just got a bump to 7GB so I won't be jumping ship just yet

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The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects

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Happy

I read that as "well suited to dong"... no idea why

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Pixmania users report scam-spam bombardment

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Amazon here too

I've had mail to the account I only use for Amazon... but have bought from Pixmania through Amazon. Lucky I didn't send the big A that snarky email yesterday, then!

If it continues I guess I just create a new address for Amazon and block the old one.

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Barnes & Noble answers Microsoft's anti-Android suit

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Terminator

Title

You're thinking of Borders. As far as I know B&N is ticking along alright, albeit not in the rudest of health.

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Facebook traffic mysteriously passes through Chinese ISP

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FAIL

Facebook account security settings

Those will be the ones that magically reset themselves to OFF every couple of weeks. You have to keep an eye on the address bar as it's the only indication that you're using the SSL encrypted connection to failbook's servers.

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Giffgaff shudders to a halt

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Boffin

Thump it a couple of times

Ah, the old "percussive maintenance routine"

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Android rebellion: How to tame your stupid smartphone

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Go

FB Contacts

You can link facebook to your contacts and get the images... at least on AT&T's Galaxy S variant (Captivate). Bring up the menu in your contacts app and select "Get Friends", add your facebook account and it will download your facebook contacts and link them where the names are the same. You can manually link the ones where there are differences (e.g I have a contact named "Angie" on my phone but she's "Angela" on facebook) and if you only want the linked contacts to display in the list then turn off facebook in the display options.

Simples. And really quite effective.

The captivate has a dedicate search button too.

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Polaroid 300 instant print camera

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Stop

meh

it's a rebadged Fuji Instax Mini 7 (and Fuji Instax Mini film) with a different colour scheme and a higher price.

Buy the Fuji and save yourselves some money.

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UK border security ring-o-steel flagged 48,000 travellers

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Go

Purdah

Purdah as lifted last Wednesday (12th May) - at least for some of us.

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UK IT job outfit punts 491 private email addys

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Megaphone

Of course...

... the personal apology will be created by simply replying to "All" and sending everyone the mailing list all over again ;)

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Flat-pack plug designer wins top award

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So...

... when can we expect to see these hit the market? I'd LOVE to be able to pack my carry on and laptop cases with these rather than having to fudge the current plugs in.

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Doctors tell government to stop the health records roll-out

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Stop

Title goes here

My GP's surgery sent letters out to all their patients including opt-out forms and suggesting that people fill them in and return forthwith. Surprisingly, it was also accompanied by an intelligent fact sheet discussing pros and cons, with very little bias in the information.

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Mobile-phone wallet stymied by lack of understanding

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@Matt K

My understanding is that it's predicated on two concepts - the first that you always have your phone with you and the second that you already have a billing relationship with your phone provider. I seem to recall that early trials were based on adding the cost of the item you're purchasing to your phone bill but I may well be wrong.

The whole concept always struck me as flawed anyway.

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Whatever happened to the email app?

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Title goes here

Which is fine, but most people running office on their home PC aren't necessarily using it for group collaboration, are they?

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Stop

No mention of the dark side?

A piece on mail clients and not one mention of Outlook? OK, it's a Microsoft product and you have to buy *cough* Office to get it but it's not just for exchange. I've been (relatively) happily running my email with it for YEARS and so long as you keep your pst files down to sensible sizes (I archive year on year) it's perfectly good - and has calendaring, tasks, etc. built in.

It's not everyone's cup of tea but for it to be left off the list is, frankly, inexcusable.

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Home Office advises Police to break the law

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Stop

@John 186 - Two rules of law

One for us, one for them

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Oz driver prangs ute during 'amorous activities'

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Joke

One wonders

just how she knows that $5 is cheap for a blowjob....

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Palm Pre re-re-introduces iTunes synchronization

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Stop

Of course

Palm are pissing of the non-Pre iTunes user too, because we keep getting update notifications every time Apple release a new build to block them.

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Orange issues Heroic update

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Title goes here

My Hero has been updated - but not with the Orange firmware. Never know what additional crap they see fit to foist on you.

Now the lag has been sorted, it's the phone it should have been at release.

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T-Mobile's G2 denied the update Touch

Ben Boyle
FAIL

Hero on Orange...

.... can't download from HTC, it reckons it's not valid for my serial number.

Thankfully, MoDaCo to the rescue and my hero is now the whizzy lag free device it always should have been. Fringe benefit is the lack of additional crap that orange install for you ;)

Fail - because operator specific firmware is a pain in the ass.

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Finn turns to ECHR after arrest for discussing DRM

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Joke

"Use to try"

"DRM systems are what music and film companies TRY TO USE to stop people illegally copying CDs and DVDs."

There... fixed that for you ;)

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Orange calls up LG watchphone

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If this becomes available...

...on Orange before the HTC Hero (still waiting, Orange!) then I will be incredibly pissed off.

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Olympics bosses probe mobile tracking tech

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Black Helicopters

Of course

...terrorist cells would never think to circumvent this technology by using short range radios... that would be FAR too obvious (and would give the ACPO no excuse to appropriate the technology once it was in place)

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BT abandons Phorm

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Go

@Debaser

Another chance? No! Follow through and leave the phuckers, dropping the scheme now is no excuse for past actions.

Go... because that's what all their subscribers should do

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Film industry turns up P2P heat on Carter

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Stop

3 strikes,..

... would be workable if, and only if, the user has been properly found guilty by a court of law, not by some idiot in the music industry pointing fingers.

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Peugeot preps 4WD diesel hybrid

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And surprisingly for a hybrid

it's not totally fugly

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Windows 7 — It’s like Vista, only less annoying

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@James Pickett

"Polished Code" should of course read "polished turd"

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Half of 10 year olds now mobile connected

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Joke

Hello?

i'm in Wendy's house! Stealing the DVD Player!

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Police, Cameras, Inaction!

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Stop

Public confidence?

"serving officers who are beginning to spot the pattern and are very worried about what all this is doing to public confidence"

I think they should have started worrying about that a long time ago. Mind you, it's not necessarily the fault of the officer on the street, more to do with government mandates that have them spending more time filling in paperwork and acting on media led initiatives of the day than actually being involved in effective policing.

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BT cuts phone charges for prisoners

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@Andy O'Rourke

My contract just came to an end too and I told them to go phuck themselves ;)

Oddly enough the gyuy I spoke to knew exactly what "WebWise" was and didn't argue at all apart from asking whether price was a phactor.

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iPhone 3.0 beta reveals mixed blessing

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Kudos to Apple

Kudos for adding these missing and much whined-about features, in the same way that any other OS builder adds functonality the users want. I'm not a huge fan of either Apple or the iPhone but I do think it's a positive move from Cupertino and removes a couple of my bug bears with the device.

Still won't buy one though, I'm not a fan of the whole closed system for apps and development. For now I'll stick with WinMo, and cope with its quirks and oddities.

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Minister trashes ex-spook chief's liberty warning

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Coat

Leaving....

...on a jet plane - just as soon as I can manage it.

This country is going to the dogs, led most ably by our fear mongering, thought policing, movement controlling government, reactionary NIMBYs and their allies in the media.

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US Navy spends $12m on electric hypercannon

Ben Boyle
Pirate

Meanwhile...

... Her Majesty's Royal Navy are looking to classic alternatives - the spud gun.

I would imagine that if the yanks can get it right, it won't be too long before we see (or don't see, as the case may be) similar tech ending up in orbit

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Is the UK.gov IT gravy train heading for the buffers?

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Coat

"plays to the public fears..."

"plays to the MEDIA DRIVEN public fears whipped up by the incumbent government to justfy orwellian data retention"

There, fixed that for ya!

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Apple quietly releases Safari 3.2.1

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Joke

Hmmmmm

.... and will they be sneaking this one onto people's PCs via Apple Software Updater too?

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Police vet live music, DJs for 'terror risk'

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Go

Jesus wept!

Leaders of the free world? Ha! Not bloody likely.

Not sure the US is any better but the rot that set in with Nu-Labour is a major factor in my current plans to depart this "Sceptred Isle"

"Go", because that's what anyone with any sense should be planning on doing.

Would the last sane, non-PC, non-NIMBY, non-Draconian person to least please turn out the light?

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BT's third Phorm trial starts tomorrow

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Stop

Goodbye BT

Anyone know where I can find a list of "decent" ISPs that don't plan to Pharm my browsing habits?

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New York threatens Comcast with anti-porn suit

Ben Boyle
Dead Vulture

First...

...they came for usenet, aNd I said nothing...

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French gear up for biofuels retreat

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Stop

Prince Charles

One assumes he's paying fuel tax on the wine he's using to run his vehicles?

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Intel shows Atom-powered Eee PC clones

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Coat

Non existent set of ports...

"The specification, like the brand, of the third machine remains a mystery, and its non-existent set of ports suggests it's a prototype rather than a system that's ready to roll."

Much like the MacBook Air then?

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Data breach costs soar

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Stop

If only...

... we COULD desert UK.GOV, sadly we're a captive audience to the shambles that is HMG data management

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Video games blamed for England Euro flop

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Coat

Jumpers for goalposts

I suspect the woeful state of play areas in this country may have something to do with the "lack" of kids playing too... it's hard to use jumpers for goalposts when the local authorities keep selling off playing fields to property developers.

Well that and the fact that the little scrotes seem to prefer hanging around town centres smoking, drinking and intimidating OAPs :p

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Mobe, mobe, mobe. There - we've said it

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Jesus mobe inversion syndrome?

Surely that should be "insertion"?

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Local govt think tank slams road pricing plan

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Stop

WHat we're of course missing..

... is that national road pricing also gives our friends in Whitehall and the local constabulary the ability to track what we're doing and where we're going on an almost real time basis. This government has shown time and again that they want this ability and they'll get it by any means necessary.

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Get a passport, enjoy casual sex with foreigners

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Club 18-30 anyone?

Almost like Club 18-30's brilliant yet short lived advertising from some years ago... "Wake up at the crack of Dawn..."

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