* Posts by jonathanb

1997 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Send dosh (insecurely) via email, Jack Dorsey's Square tells punters

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Re: not quite

Sometimes. relay.o2broadband.co.uk doesn't require a password if I connect to it from within the O2/BE network, and will let me put anything I like in the From: field. Most ISPs have something similar.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: sim locking

No this is a different thing. Even if you buy an unlocked Note, it will only accept a European SIM, so you can put a local French SIM in it, but not for example a local Japanese or American SIM. In a couple of years time, there won't be any reason to put a local SIM in when travelling around Europe. You will need an unlocked phone if you want to switch UK providers, but region locking will prevent you from putting in a local SIM outside of Europe.

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All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

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Re: Not like Skype then

Skype was never open source as far as I'm aware.

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

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Re: Cost effective .....

They will make a synthetic version of the active ingredient if it is useful as a medicine. That way there would be no risk of junkies stealing things to get their next fix.

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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I thought they already did

If I call 999, I want the authorities to know where I am, and anything that makes that easier is a good thing.

I can't think of any situation where you would want to call 999 and not want them to know where you are, other than if you are making a hoax call, and that is not something that should be encouraged. There are other numbers for when people want to contact the authorities anonymously, and obviously tracking should not be used when calling them.

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Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

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Re: Can someone explain

It is easier to use the remote than to get up and change the channel on the telly itself. It probably isn't easier tp use a smartphone app to do the same thing. This isn't about laziness, if it helps lazy people be more lazy, then there is a market for it. My concern is that using a smartphone or smartwatch requires more effort than doing it the traditional way.

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Can someone explain

What is the problem with the current design of light switches, heating switches and so on that home automation intends to solve?

until someone can figure out what is wrong with the current toggle switches and dials on the wall, nobody is going to come up with anything better.

Whether it is fumbling with a smartphone app, or fumbling with a watch app, pressing a button on the wall next to you is always going to be quicker and easier, and I've never felt the urge to turn things on and off at home while I'm somewhere else.

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

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Re: Gee Plus Only (for now)

Everyone with a Gmail or Youtube account has a G+ account, though the probably don't use it.

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Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box

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I have a couple of old ones with Green drives, but they hadn't invented Red drives at that point.

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Microsoft store staff to hold all night vigil for Surface 2

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Re: Pitbull photo

Given all the rent-a-crowd agencies out there, seemingly quite a lot of companies have to bribe people to turn up to their opening events.

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Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford

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Re: El Reg is getting worse....

The Fiat group does make bargain basement cars to cater for people who can't afford Ferraris.

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Thai kids find free tablets hard to swallow as govt scheme hits trouble

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Re: What is the point...

You can put all the school textbooks on it rather than printing them out. The students will most likely still use pen and paper for creating things.

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

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Re: They've done more than you ever will to promote some classroom coding, sunshine

Everyone[1] has an HDMI capable monitor, it is called a television set. The power supply is the same one you use to charge your phone, and everyone[2] has one of those. That just leaves the USB keyboard mouse and hub, which are not expensive.

[1] TV licensing certainly thinks it is everyone, but a lot of people do have one. I use one as a 27" monitor because it was cheaper than the equivalent screen without a tuner.

[2] Not quite everyone. People who have not yet graduated from nursery school to primary school don't generally have them. Some tin foil hatters and other luddite weirdos don't have them.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Apple devices can't do 4k, however their retina and cinema displays do have enough pixels for someone to be able to tell the difference between an HD movie and a 4k movie. There's probably more greater than HD displays in the wild from Apple than from anyone else. Also, a 27" iMac with retina display could well be one of the first 4k displays out there in the not too distant future.

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Two years after Steve Jobs' death, how's that new CEO working out?

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Re: Cook

I don't know what Apple could bring to the TV market either. If I did, I would do it myself, and be a lot richer than I am. However, I do know that they can do something.

I have loads of different boxes attached to my TV, to receive signals from various sources such as DVB-T2, DVB-S2, Ethernet for steaming and on-demand TV, USB, Blue Ray and so on. Each has its own remote control, and different user interface.

Live TV should work the same whether it comes from IPTV, aerial, satellite or cable. And the UI for on-demand should be the same no matter where it is coming from. It also needs to be much easier to use.

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

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Re: "Electrical fire"?

I've seen a car in flames on a motorway once in my lifetime, and a couple of buses on fire. The bendy buses in London had a fault that caused them to catch fire when they were first introduced.

I've seen other burnt out vehicles, but that was due to people delibarately setting them on fire rather than a fire caused by an accident or vehicle fault.

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Re: Lithium + water?

Sodium Bicarbonate doesn't work on lithium either. Where it does work, it works by releasing CO2 when heated up which displaces the oxygen. But as I explained earlier, lithium can burn in CO2.

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Re: Lithium + water?

Correct. Water doesn't work because lithium will take the oxygen out of the water to burn, leaving hydrogen to burn with other oxygen. CO2 will not work because lithium will take the oxygen out of the CO2, leaving carbon to burn with other oxygen. Sand will not work because lithium will take the oxygen out of the SiO2. Foam generally contains water, so is no use for that reason.

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Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

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Re: dread pirate roberts

mtgox or whoever he used to launder the money will probably get away with a fine, just like HSBC.

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Cash is frowned upon, certainly in large quantities.

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Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY

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Re: The truth is something else

And Eurostar, which is majority owned by the French Government.

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Re: How does this deal with...

Only on the northbound tunnel which was given to the French to do. The southbound tunnel, which is in England as far as mobile telephony is concerned, is still a mobile free zone.

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Re: A fundamental problem with this...

That is fine if you are just looking at the Virgin West Coast services. It doesn't work so well if you also look at the Watford AC (London Midland), Watford DC (Overground) and Bakerloo Line Services that run alongside them.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, there was a debate about whether we should increase capacity on the A roads or build new motorways to take long distance traffic off them. In the end, we did a mixture of both, but looking at that particular corridor, the M1 was built to take traffic off the A5, and the A1 was upgraded in places to improve capacity.

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Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

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Re: @neamtoad

That is what the icon to the right of this posting is for ...

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Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

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Re: HOW much?

Given the price of "ink" for this thing, the price will probably work out the same either way, so Games Workshop won't be worrying just yet.

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Icahn to Cook: 'Buy back $150bn of Apple's stock, or tell me why you won't'

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Re: He can't think of a reason not to?

Please keep talking about Marconi. No point in making mistakes if we don't learn from them.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Re: Standardised connector

Apple chargers are USB at the wall socket end, but not USB at the iDevice end of the cable, so you need a different cable to charge it.

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Windows 8 fans out-enthuse Apple fanbois

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Re: "Windows 8 fans out-enthuse Apple fanbois"

I think the idea is that a small or medium sized business could have all their computers on the one corporate account.

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US regulators seek public input on plan to investigate patent trolls

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Re: One name missing.

Yes, the patents in question are Exchange Activesync, long filename support for the FAT file system, and the exFAT file system.

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WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP

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Dropbox integration?

I understand how dropbox integration could be a feature for a network drive, but for a USB drive? Surely you install the Dropbox software, and point it wherever you like, and yes I'm sure it will work with WD drive just like any other USB mass storage device that has a drive letter or is mounted on the file system.

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

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Re: Not getting it

My car has a 3.5mm socket which I can use to plug in an iPod. I haven't attempted to use any of its other audio features.

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Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH

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Re: I am screwing up the results!

And what does it count every time the National Express bus goes past?

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Re: Typical waste of money

Yes, you know which roads don't have enough capacity for the job, but do you know why they don't have enough capacity for the job?

For example, is the M25 at Heathrow so busy because lots of people want to go to Heathrow? If it is, then you improve public transport links to the airport, you add another lane to the 6 lanes each way it already has and so on.

Or is it so busy because people want to get from eg M4 or M40 to M3 or A3, and that is the only realistic way to do it at the moment. Then you complete the M31 (currenty A3290/A329(M)/A329) so that they have a shorter route. Or do they want to get from North to South, and not pay the toll at Dartford? Then there might be a different solution.

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Re: Compliance and Annoyance in One Easy Step

The traffic counters tell you a vehicle is in that particular location. It doesn't tell you that if you put another road in a different part of the country, that vehicle would find a quicker route and would need to be there.

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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Well this one - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/10317940/Aristocrats-daughter-works-as-high-class-escort.html is £140 per hour. I would say no even if she offered her services for free, but then I guess I'm not the target market for that sort of thing.

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Re: This does not surprise me

I'm assuming it wasn't this ANV - http://www.avn.co.uk/ you are referring to.

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Robocars, backseat fun, satnav 2.0: Meet the bit of Nokia Microsoft didn't buy

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Re: Normal Nokia, nothing to see here.. ;0)

And remember they started off life as a paper manufacturer.

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Look out, world! HP's found a use for Autonomy - rescuing Win XP bods

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We've already migrated to Windows 7, however ...

We did not have a problem with data migration. People do not save data on local drives. If they do, they risk losing it.

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App Store ratings mess: What do we like? Sigh, we dunno – fanbois

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Re: Commentard reading comprehension service

Does anyone look at the App Store on the browser? Does anyone even know how to look at the App Store on the browser?

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

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Re: Just join Shengen and get over with it

You need a passport to get a job, claim benefits, open a bank account and so on, so people will still get them.

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Re: Let's face it, they're stuffed.

You can't "close the border" between Northern Ireland and Ireland, because there are far to many crossing points, due to the fact that it was originally the same country.

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The target: 25% of UK gov IT from small biz... The reality: Not even close

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Re: Unrealistic target

25% to SMEs is very easy to do if you engage the actual workers via personal service companies rather than put them on the payroll.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

Additional pedant note: Scottish £1 notes have never been officially demonetised, so are still legal, though they are very difficult to find these days.

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USB 3.1 demo shows new spec well on its way towards 1.2GB/sec goal

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Re: The question is...@jonathanb

Setup is a Macbook with a 2.5" external hard drive with Firewire and USB 2 ports. I have a few drives from different manufacturers. Time measured is the total time to move a large video in either direction between internal and external drive.

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Re: The question is...

If USB 3 is anything like USB 2, you won't get anywhere near the nominal speed.

I have some FireWire hard drives. They run about 5 times faster on FireWire than on a nominally faster USB 2 connection.

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EE still has fastest, fattest 4G pipe in London's M25 ring

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Re: " couple of high-definition video streams is enough for any mobile user"

If you are using Skype or similar, that is two high definition video streams, one of you, and on of the person you are communicating with.

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Lighting bods blind designophiles with LED-powered lounge lamps

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Re: still waiting

Toshiba sell them as streetlights

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Re: I'd be happy with ...

I picked up an 810lm Osram LED bulb in B&Q today for £15. It is there in terms of brightness, but not quite there in terms of light quality. I also have a 600lm Philips LED bulb, £13 in Sainsburys. It is there in terms of light quality, but not quite there in terms of brightness. I'm using it in a cupboard, and it is bright enough for that. Philips apparently have an 806lm model. I haven't seen it, but maybe that is the the one that makes it for both brightness and light quality.

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

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Re: Hey, we have another source of money

The difference is that Microsoft is pricing Windows Phone and Windows RT with the intention of it being profitable.

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The couldn't go with Microdrive, because a hard drive manufacturer owns that trademark. It was originally IBM. They sold there entire hard drive division including the Microdrive trademark to Hitachi. Hitachi then sold most of it to Western Digital and some of it to Toshiba. I don't know who got the Microdrive trademark, but I'm guessing it is Western Digital because Toshiba got the 3.5" bit of it.

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