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7 posts • joined 30 Jul 2009

Virgin Media sales are a bit flat under the Cable Cowboy's reign

indie

Re: @ James 51

The last two houses I've lived in have been less than 20 metres from their existing network (they cabled part of the housing development I lived in during the 90s, then more houses were built) yet they just refuse to invest in expanding the network to the newer houses.

The estate has been under constant construction from the late 80s and will be into the foreseeable future. At around 8000 households that's a lot of access to customers within a small geographic area. The estate is also just 2 miles from their Tesside headend, it's just completely ridiculous that they won't provide services.

In late 2012 BT eventually came along with FTTC then I moved and my new place is in exactly the same position as before, surrounded by VM cabinets but no service. Yes the council have adopted the roads but VM are just not interested in expanding.

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Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

indie

They've got that covered...

"For this purpose, a year shall be presumed to have either 365.25 days, or 365 days for non leap years and 366 days for leap years, or 52 weeks, or 12 equal months. An equal month is presumed to have 30.41666 days (i.e. 365/12)."

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M&S shoppers make quarter of a million NFC payments a WEEK

indie
Meh

POS software needs fixing!

I use my contactless card where I can, for the majority of the time it's quicker. The only thing that annoys me is that for some POS systems it looks like the person at the till has to select my method of payment and they have an option of 'Card' or 'Contactless', I get my card out ready to wave it by the reader, they see my card and assume it's a normal chip and PIN transaction.

They get annoyed when I say I want to wave it and at that point it's quicker for me to just put my PIN in.

Subway's system lets the buyer choose either chip and PIN or contactless, M&S also gives you the choice. But places like Boots and Caffe Nero, the person at the till has to make the choice unless you say before hand, it's not very streamlined and even then there's not a lot of people behind the tills who seem to have heard of it!

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Google open sources its Mac deployment engine

indie
Jobs Halo

(ARD)ly worth it

I used to admin around 100 macs and ARD regularly refused to play nicely with the odd machine, a minor pain if the machine was sat in a room at the other end of the building.

Try looking after thousands of Macs in multiple buildings in multiple countries, needs to work first time every time!

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Apple Mac Mini 2010

indie

Almost there...

The new mini does have an internal fan, it's the fan looking object under the base plate. Looks like a good machine, disappointed it's not an i5 CPU and that replacing the HDD looks like brain surgery!

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Firefox to warn users of insecure Adobe Flash

indie
Unhappy

The oldies

Sad thing is it won't stop my parents calling me up asking if they should install the update...

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Sky switches on 3D TV channel in 2010

indie
Paris Hilton

Paris knows the answer

"However, the broadcaster hinted to Register Hardware that it’ll sit somewhere between SD and 1080p."

So, 720p then?

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