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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

Rabbit80

Re: Wrong Category

TalkTalk bombarded their customers for years with literature about their "HomeSafe" options - by mail, email and IIRC I even had a phonecall or two offering it to me! I also think it has been a preselected option for signups for years as well. I have had to actively refuse it each and every time rather than confirming that I wanted it.

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iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors

Rabbit80

Pretty sure my Samsung Note 2 does this already.. If I wave my hand towards it, the screen comes on and shows me the clock/notifications.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

Rabbit80
Joke

Funny, I am allergic to Apple products as well.. Not that I get a rash - but my blood pressure goes through the roof when I am forced to use them!

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ATTACK of the Windows ZOMBIES on point-of-sale terminals

Rabbit80

Re: Surely an easy fix for this...

Yup.. we have seen it on our Amazon AWS server.. fortunately, it is possible to firewall it in such a way that only specified IP addresses can log in! (That's possible using advanced firewall in Windows so long as you know what to do)

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Rabbit80

Surely an easy fix for this...

Why hasn't RDP been patched to only allow a certain number of login attempts / min.. My car stereos' have done this (With the security code) since as long as I can remember!

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Rabbit80

Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

Microsoft tried that with BOB years ago.. And it was spectacularly bad!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3chib6dGO4

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

Rabbit80

More recently, I went in to buy a HDMI cable and was told the gold plating would improve the picture quality.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

Rabbit80

In other news

Civilization V is now available for SteamOS :D

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

Rabbit80

Re: Costs?

Perhaps they could use the steam to drive a turbine and reclaim some of that energy?

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EE boffin: 5G will be the LAST WORD in mobe tech – literally

Rabbit80

Whats the point of super fast mobile broadband..

If i can burn through my monthly allowance in under 10 mins?

Rather than focus on speed, I want to see the ridiculous data caps gone. Then (and only then) I might consider 4G.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

Rabbit80

Re: Over reaction?

It is an "Open" reservoir in the sense that it is open to the elements, wildlife and such. However, these reservoirs contain fully treated water ready to go to the water mains for drinking etc.

There are no fish in them and they are not fed by rivers etc (Although I expect they get run off from rain)

IIRC they get some limited treatment before entering the water mains such as filtering.

They are supposed to be either covering them or giving the water further treatment by 2020.

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/Water/article/330807

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It's spade sellers who REALLY make a killing in a gold rush: It's OVER for graphics card mining

Rabbit80

GPU Mining is not dead

It will simply shift to other ASIC resistant coins based on scrypt-N or other algos such as Vertcoin etc.

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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

Rabbit80

I feel sorry for everyone with caps.. I downloaded over 900GB last weekend alone (after formatting my computer - I re-downloaded my entire steam library!)

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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

Rabbit80

Re: Since when...

Reading the actual patent, surely the heuristics is patentable - however the patent seems to cover interacting with the heuristics which are - quite frankly - obvious and should not be patentable in the slightest!

" Using a plurality of heuristic algorithms to operate upon information descriptors input by the user, the present invention locates and displays candidate items of information for selection and/or retrieval. Thus, the advantages of a search engine can be exploited, while listing only relevant object candidate items of information."

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

Rabbit80

Re: knackered battery

What in the hell are you doing to your batteries?

Mine gets run down to between 5-10% daily and I have NEVER had to replace it or those of any of my previous phones! (And they have always been replaceable - I totally disagree with fixed batteries just in case they do develop a fault)

Modern batteries should be good for 1000+ full charges and still hold >70% of their original charge!

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AMD teases workstation pros with 16GB FirePro W9100 graphics card

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The important stuff these days..

Is what hash rate does it achieve - and what's its power consumption?

AMD are making a killing on cards for mining - reviews and articles should include these all important stats!

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

Rabbit80

Access to bittorrent trackers has decreased..

Maybe because most people use trackerless torrents / DHT these days?

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AT&T waves its magic wand, turns that $30,000 Audi into a Wi-Fi hotspot

Rabbit80

Re: Stupid data limits again...

Agreed - 5Gb/month is crazy low - Imagine letting your kids watch Netflix for an hour each day on the school run!!

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BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES

Rabbit80

Other telcos are just as much at fault

Beginning of November I lose my broadband. Talktalk insist the fault is within the home and it will take 3 weeks for one of their own engineers to visit. I tried a different modem (fiber), router and replaced the faceplates and all wiring. I don't have any extensions so wasn't a problem. I then spent 4 hours shouting at TT India division before they agreed it was a fault outside the home - took 2 more working days for Openreach to come out and fix it, The fault was between the new and the old cabinets.

Beginning of December I come home to a complete loss of service which I report around 9pm. No phone - or even static on the line, just completely dead. Openreach arrived before 8am the next morning (I was quite impressed) - some bugger had disconnected my line in the box at the top of the telegraph pole the day before whilst repairing somebody elses fault!!!

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

Rabbit80

Been using e-cigs since June

Started out with a cigalike - which was crap. Moved on to a cheap battery/clearo which got me off the fags, but was poor build quality (like in the article the threads went very quickly) then finally moved on to an eVic with a Kanger ProTank - which is awesome.

Since then, I have not looked back - I stopped smoking without even intending to. My first experience with an e-cig was simply an experiment to see what the hype was all about.

I love some of the many flavours that are available and find the eVic is great in that I can adjust the strength of the hit. I also love the fact I can download my "smoking" history to my computer and see when I use it the most. Battery life is awesome on this device as well easily lasting a couple of days.

The ProTank (as featured in the article) does have its issues though. It is very prone to flooding, in which the coil / wick becomes too saturated. This results in a gurgling when you inhale and the occasional bit of unvapourised liquid getting into the mouth - thats a bit unpleasant.

Most of my friends and family don't mind me using it in front of them - my parents (who hate smoking) even let me use it in their house. I am also one of the lucky few that can use it in the office. The only objections I have had have been when smoking some of the stronger flavours which do produce a noticeable odour.

To date, I have converted 9 smokers to vapers. Every single one of them (and myself included) has seen health benefits from quitting the stinkies. In my case, I had a persistent wheeze and cough whilst I was smoking - that has completely disappeared. I also have more energy and my blood pressure has gone down.

Also worth noting - my wallet is MUCH better off.. Now I have discovered mixing my own liquids and I have some favourite flavours the habit is only costing me around £5-10 / month. Compared to £7-8 / day.

Anyone interested in trying to quit smoking should give vaping a go - get a cheap kit (they can be picked up for £10-20) and try it for a couple of weeks. After that - if your actual smoking is reduced it is worth investing in a kit that features variable volt / variable watt so you can get the most out of it.

As for the risks - much less than staying on the cigarettes so there is nothing to lose.

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Prime Minister David Cameron in TWITTER HOOKER SHAME

Rabbit80

Pr0n filter anyone?

Shouldn't his beloved censorship have filtered out this kind of filth - ya'know, so his kids can't see it?

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Win XP? Your PLAGUE risk is SIX times that of Win 8 - NOW

Rabbit80

Re: I'm upgrading a lot of WinXP boxes for friends and family at the moment

I'm sure there are lots of XP boxes out there that can play Battlefield 4! /S

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AMD details new low-bucks, high-oomph graphics cards

Rabbit80

I wonder how nVidia will respond?

Hoping they drop the price of the 760 - I fancy a second one for SLI !!

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Cognitive Networks to bring creepy awareness to LG's smart TVs

Rabbit80

Re: I don't understand something here...

Sorry - thats £200+VAT

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Rabbit80

Re: I don't understand something here...

Non-3D, Non smart. £200.

http://www.ebuyer.com/500668-lg-32ln5400-led-full-hd-tv-32ln5400

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

Rabbit80

Uploading 10TB

So - on a standard 1Mb ADSL upload speed, it would only take 2.66 years to fill? assuming perfect connection of course!

BT really need to get our broadband speeds sorted out.

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Air mattress blast blows German man across room

Rabbit80

Re: Something not quite right..

That's a different house to the one in the article linked in the story!

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Rabbit80

Something not quite right..

£129,000 for a few doors ripped off their hinges and some smashed windows sounds bloody expensive (even if you factor in hospital treatment costs for some minor cuts and bruises)!

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

Rabbit80

Thanks

Thanks for clarifying El Reg..

I will sleep better tonight knowing that I am not going to die from radiation poisoning the next time it rains.

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

Rabbit80

Might have been interested...

But the resolution is too low for my liking. I love my Note 2 but resolution and slow GPU lets it down :(

Why do I need the resolution? I often log into remote desktops on my phone - an increased resolution and screen size would make life much easier. In normal phone use, the resolution of the Note 2 is just fine!

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Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to PORN

Rabbit80

Porn addict?

Sounds like a bit of a tosser to me!

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Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'

Rabbit80

Re: The feds are not going to stop themselves

"Also, there is no mention of backup media for the data. If the data itself is important and it is no longer on the servers, could it be restored elsewhere if needed?"

Some of the deleted servers were backup servers.

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

Rabbit80

This is one of the reasons I use Android.

Swype style keyboards are pretty fast to type on if you are using real words - and Samsung (at least on the Note 2) has swype functionality built in - and there are loads of alternative options available on Play. The trouble with hardware keyboards on a phone is they make the phone bulky and the keys are too small - I usually press three at a time!

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Rabbit80

Samsung for me

I used to love HTC having owned an Orange SPV C500 (made by HTC), TyTn, Touch Diamond and a Desire HD. Then I got a Samsung Galaxy S2. It was the first phone that I never got bored of. Of course it was rooted and running a custom ROM.

Now I have the Note 2. Touchwiz and the extra apps on the stock ROM actually complement this device. I have it rooted and a custom Kernel on it, but stock Touchwiz firmware. Everything about the Note 2 is simply awesome.

Also, the S2 and so far the Note have been mega reliable - though I have seen a few faults on S3s.

Can't stand iPhone due to walled garden, iTunes, Lack of removable battery, no SD card, lack of keyboard options (especially the all CAPS) and not having a back button.

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TalkTalk ads banned by watchdog over 'misleading' YouView offer

Rabbit80

I got my TalkTalk YouView box for free... There is an option on the website for "self-installation" which allows you to bypass the £50 fee.

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EE extends network: Soon, 1 million users will pay us for 4G

Rabbit80

I won't see 4G for some time I suspect..

Living in a city that is forgotten by telcos, 4G isn't even close to coming for me - however on EE's 3G network, I get speeds of around 17-18Mbps which isn't too shoddy! My landline broadband is pathetic at only 4Mbps though - fiber is supposedly coming in September :(

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MISSING LINK between HUMANS and MONKEYS FOUND

Rabbit80

For anyone who wants to hear the sound of a male Gelada

The Beeb have a sound clip in their story!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22067192

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

Rabbit80

Re: 3.2 Million reasons to love speed cameras

"-speed cameras in theUK are placed where someone has died."

Have they changed the rules? I was under the impression that there had to be a number of accidents within a specified time frame - and that there was no verification that the accidents were caused by speeding.

"but you would rather get from A to B 3 mins quicker"

That 3 mins soon adds up. If you imagine losing 3 mins twice a day - thats an hour each fortnight or over a day every year in time just wasted. In my current job which I have been driving to virtually every day for 12 years, I have lost over a fortnight of my life due to time wasters on the roads (actually - I lose approx 6-7 mins daily each way due to 40mph drivers - so I have lost over a month of my life!)

I don't condone speeding in built-up / residential areas, but on a main road where it is safe I would expect traffic to maintain 60mph and when it is quiet such as at night, I don't see any issue with breaking the speed limit a little as long as it is safe to do so.

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Brit biz stops coked-up moist pocketstrokers ruining your pub lunch

Rabbit80

Puzzled

If this coating stops the electrical conductivity to the water when submerged, does it not also affect the electrical properties of contacts that are used? - eg.. sim card, SD card, headphone and charging sockets?

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Apple-HTC patent deal doesn't include designs, 'cloned' iDevices

Rabbit80

Re: Did you learn nothing from the Samsung trial?

"If it were so obvious, why wasn't it done previously?"

It was done previously, but according to the jury foreman it didn't count because it didn't run on the same processor. The Ah-ha moment.

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Convert your iPad into a foosball table and relive the dot-com days

Rabbit80

Re: I hate iPads and all things Apple...

I agree.. i await the tab 10.1 version :)

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Judge to Apple: You WILL tell Samsung what you got from HTC

Rabbit80

Re: Apple are doomed

"Whilst you a correct that the technology, screen or otherwise is manufactured by other companies, its the design expertise that makes it happen. Whether that is simply throwing money at said companies to make it work or Apple supplying their own staff, or designing in house, its still Apple getting the technology to market.

I don't think we would have the very high res screens we all enjoy in our mobile/tablet devices today if Apple hadn't pushed that approach forward."

Right, because its really difficult to design a square/rectangular slab that takes a similar shaped screen? Or is it that it is difficult to pixel double so that the image fills the screen?

Perhaps it is more to do with the fact that hardware tech is moving forward at a blistering pace, and Apple are usually early adopters. "Retina" class or high dpi screens are a natural evolution - my first computer had a display resolution of 320x200 and could display 128 colours. My current PC has a resolution of 1920x1080 and millions of colours. My first mobile had a low resolution monochrome screen - My current mobile has a WVGA Super Amoled screen and each generation in between has been better than the one preceding it.

Don't be so gullible in thinking the sun shines out of Apples backside - most of the "new" tech they have introduced has been acquired from other companies.

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Rabbit80

Re: Apple are doomed

"If Apple's tech is so shit then why is their tablet's screen resolution class leading? why are ultrabooks made with much more inferior screen resolution?"

Perhaps its because Apple don't actually make the screens and they use other peoples tech?

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Android and Apple OS shares show mountain MS must climb

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WinPho 8 should show much better sales in the next quarter

Since Microsoft are forcing it down our throats on new PCs, Laptops etc...

That's the only reason I can think of for the abomination known as TIFKAM!

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iPhone 5 is the 'most difficult, scratchy device Foxconn has ever made'

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Re: Still the best test

You would have thought the plastic would have lost big time in that test!

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Rabbit80

Re: Poor choice of materials?

The back isn't

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Rabbit80
FAIL

Poor choice of materials?

Why would Apple design the phone out of such easy to damage materials in the first place? Mobiles have a tendency to be thrown in pockets with scratchy items such as keys, lighters, coins and are often thrown onto tables or taken to the beach. As a result, most touch screen phones now use gorilla glass to try and stop scratches on the screens, as well as thin screen protectors.

Seems like a poor design decision to me. If you have to wrap your phone up in a protective casing, all the effort into designing it thin and light is simply wasted. And as a fashion product, if it looks like shite within a couple of months because of the marks it picks up, once again all that design effort is wasted.

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Paid secur-o-ware is generally better than free, but not always by a lot

Rabbit80

Re: Performance

Sorry - maybe I wasn't exactly clear. It is our client (the food mfr) that was using McAfee (and has switched to Kaspersky) - and yes, they are both the enterprise products! I didn't know about the default option not to scan over a certain size of archive - and yes, Kaspersky is attempting to scan the file.

My point is simply this - Due to the settings in Kaspersky, and the slow scan times, I ended up spending over 1 hour (possibly even two hours+) on our customers site longer than I needed to. This was partly due to an error in our data which meant I had to extract everything a second time. This translates into real costs for my company. (We were not charging for my time since we have just had a number of internal processes change which meant the chance of an error with the data was high and is the only reason I was on site in the first place!)

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Rabbit80

Performance

This happened today...

The company I work for processes batch production records for a food manufacturing firm. We return the data in a specific format on DVD contained within a self-extracting RAR file. This file today contained approx 70,000 tiffs and xml files compressed and the total size was approx 2.6Gb.

Recently, they have switched from McAfee to Kaspersky.

Using McAfee, the file would open the self extraction window in less than a minute, today, using Kaspersky the file took over 30 mins to open - copying it to HDD first didn't help.

We use ESET as we find it has an excellent memory footprint and lightning fast scan times. Both Kaspersky and Symantec / Norton cause us massive issues as we typically have 100M+ files on our servers at any given time and they simply kill our servers when running a scan.

Moral of the story - sometimes scanning speed is more important than detection rates for rarely seen wild viruses.

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MYSTERIOUS GREEN GLOW seen on iPhone 5s

Rabbit80

Re: So What?

My Mums HTC failed an automatic update and was stuck on the loading screen. She pulled the battery resulting in a completely dead phone. We called HTC directly and sent it for repair - we got the phone back within 3 days (they promised it back within 7 days of receiving it). They replaced the main board and some of the shielding according to the report. I honestly cannot fault HTC customer services in the UK. Try calling them directly.

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