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1735 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

'Brit Bill Gates' was powerless to stop HP's Autonomy acquisition

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HP were vastly overpaying even if you take Autonomy's accounts at face value.

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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Re: Where to go then?

They are 100% owned by BT, but completely unlike their parent company in terms of customer service.

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

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Re: Most excellent

@ac The powers that be like to call them "safety cameras". That is why I call them revenue cameras.

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Re: Most excellent

I think our revenue cameras are too stupid to understand malware. Most of them still use film cameras, so transferring the data means taking the film reel out, attempting to find a photo development lab that is still open and getting humans to look at the photos.

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Wi-Fi hotspots, phone masts: Prepare to be assimilated by O2's Borg

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Re: Huh tell me i'm an idiot

Have you tried using Skype while switching between wifi and 3g? What happens with me is that skype loses its connection and has to log back in. That takes maybe 10-15 seconds, long enough to drop the call.

If you are downloading torrents, that probably won't be a problem, because it is designed to cope with people joining and leaving networks anyway. You never get a constant uninterrupted download stream with torrents anyway.

If you are browsing, then each page view is a separate download, and if one download takes place on wifi and the next on 3g, you probably won't notice.

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I've never managed to get an Openzone hotspot to work. But O2 and the Cloud back when O2 customers could use them did work quite well.

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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Re: People used to laugh at the size of my smart phone.

The want a paving slab, not a brick. Big screen is good, but it needs to be as thin as possible while not compromising battery life.

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

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Re: Does it download Chrome any faster?

It is not the only thing people use IE for. Some people use it to download firefox. In Ukraine, they use it to download Opera.

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Success for Einhorn: Judge blocks vote on Apple's Proposal 2

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Re: Owners

Maybe Tim Cook just doesn't want Apple to go the same way as Marconi.

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Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE

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From memory, they forgot to renew the domain in that case.

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RIAA: Google failing on anti-piracy push

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iTunes on Google?

I'm surprised iTunes comes at all unless you specifically search for it, as you don't buy music from them off their website, you buy it from the iTunes app.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: Crap weather

It is easier to take photos in overcast conditions. If the sun is shining, you can only really take photos with the sun behind you.

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Re: Saw this on the ONE show last night

It is a bit bigger than Jeremy Clarkson's P45 - (the car, not the HMRC form you get when leaving employment).

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So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word

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Re: Simples -- get an old Sky box and mini dish

Or get a Freesat box, does much the same thing as an out of subscription Sky box.

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Just what does BT have planned for its 4G licence: We drill into UK LTE

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Re: Have Offcom moved the goalposts

Yes. The HTC Touch HD2 was one of the first phones to support it, along with whichever iPhone was current at that time. Now, most mid-high end phones support it.

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Is it a bird? Is it a cloud? No! It's just a new Seagate biz NAS box

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Proliant Microserver

How does it compare with a Proliant Microserver with FreeNAS? The Seagate model is more expensive, it is any better?

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Re: If I can't have it, nobody can...

Well Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd owns this trademark http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/4/EU008495368 for for a whole list of different things, starting with "non-medicated toilet preparations"

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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You have been able to download Mac versions of both of those for a very long time. You can also get Neo Office if you want a more native port, but the advantages of that over Libre Office are not as great as they used to be.

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Tesco dials 999 after Clubcard vouchers are 'nicked' online

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Re: Again...?

Closing the freezer door after the horse has bolted ...

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Top Firefox OS bloke flames Opera for WebKit surrender

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Re: WebKit alone

Just like there was no problem when everyone was using Trident back in the bad old days?

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Google to open flagship retail stores by end of 2013

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Re: Times are hard

They are dying because people go to the retail stores to look at the product, then buy it online.

If they die off completely, people won't be able to see what the product looks like, and then they might not buy it. That is why it makes sense for companies to have retail stores as part of their advertising budget to showcase their products.

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#Forwhy: American Express lets you pay by tweet

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There is a difference between tweeting to say you've bought for example a Findus hosemeat product, and actually placing the order for frozen horse by sending a tweet to the supplier.

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Can BlackBerry survive? Well, the woods are still full of bear poo

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Re: BBM vs iMessage

The main difference is the installed userbase. If you are a teenage girl, iMessage is no use to you because none of your friends have iPhones, they have Blackberries and use BBM.

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Australian Parliament issues summons to Apple, Microsoft, Adobe

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Allow / encourage parallel importing. Then people can buy a container load of fondleslabs in Hong Kong, ship them to Australia and sell them for less than the official channels.

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Review: Living with Microsoft's new Surface Pro

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Re: Damn.

I guess it is more comparable to the 11" MacBook Air. $100 more than the Surface, but with keyboard included and not detachable, and no touch screen.

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Ofcom ploughs up UK spectrum fields, reseeds them with 4G

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Same as when O2 switched some 900MHz bandwidth over to 3G, they will still work. There aren't so many 2G phones these days so they don't need as much bandwidth as they used to.

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Re: Plain English for us dummies?

Probably not. EE's 4G is on the 1800MHz band. Vodafone has hardly any spectrum in that range.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Re: But.. all of Apple's shops are different?

The design in the article looks like their shopping centre stores. Certainly it looks like the stores in both Westfield Centres in London, Brent Cross, Arndale Centre Manchester and Trafford Centre Manchester.

The Regent Street, Covent Garden and Buchanan St stores look a bit different. They are in old buildings and cover more than one floor. One thing those stores all have in common is a glass staircase.

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Re: Glue

No they don't. They have wired tag things stuck to the computer that beep very loudly if you remove them. You can lift it off the table, but you will deafen everyone in the shop if you move it more than about 15 cm.

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RIM ends Reg headline pun filth (and launches two new phones)

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Re: lol

That sounds a bit like OS/2 to me. Yes it probably was the best operating system available at the time, but where is it now?

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

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Re: YouTube would need to offer a better way to find content

If I had to choose between a YouTube subscription and a BBC subscription, I would go for YouTube as a matter of principle, as unlike the BBC, Google don't constantly send thugs and threatograms to my house.

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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

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Re: Re-ThornH

If you are on-site and want to record measurements, a fondleslab could be useful. Likewise if you are with your customer and want to show some design ideas, you could use a fondleslab, though I suspect traditional dead-tree paper might be better because you can leave it with them.

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Who ate all the Pis?

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Re: My PI

And if you need the cable *now* rather than when the postman next passes your house, then Currys Essentials hdmi cables aren't too much of a rip-off.

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Twitter must unmask racist French twits or face $1,300-a-DAY fine

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Re: Mmmm

In the Spamhaus case, they replied to the state court saying it was a matter that should be considered by a Federal court. Then they ignored the Federal court summons.

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

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Re: Hmm...

That is the case in the US, where individual farms are typically the same size as Wales. In most of the rest of the world, we get more energy out than we put in.

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Apple shares dive after quarterly report disappoints Wall Street

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Re: The real story here

The $13bn profit is a 2.1% return on their market capitalisation. Before the share price went down, it was a lower return than that. A 10 year US government bond will give you 1.83%.

You can have the best company in the world and still have a share price that is too high for what the company is worth.

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Re: "Post-PC Era"

People buying new PCs to replace an elderly or broken one are not as profitable as people buying one for the first time.

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Re: The Downside Of Being Fashionable ....

The share price is based on the assets of the company + the present value of expected future profits. The fact that profits are the same as last year means that future profits are expected to be lower than what they thought they would be last year.

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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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Re: We are not doing anything illegal or immoral

I don't know about the koran, but the bible says it here:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2022&version=KJV Matthew 22:21

17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

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Re: You have to admire the cheek

They lend it back to the home country, at usurious rates of interest, which means they get to spend the money, and reduce their US tax bill.

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AT&T 'violates net neutrality' by NOT charging twice for same data

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Re: There's no issue here.

You would use Wifi for data on the phone when in range, but getting voice calls over wifi is a bit more difficult, especially if you want incoming calls to hand-over seamlessly between wifi and 3G outside the house.

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Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

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I don't get it

Mega charging by the MB for storage is not like Tesco charging a flat price per kg of food whether it is horse burgers or single malt whisky. It is like a courier company charging by the kg to move stuff, or a storage company charging by the m^3 to store it.

Why on earth should Mega charge different amounts for storage of files depending on some "perceived value" of the data being stored. Their scarce resources are bandwidth and disk space, so that's what forms the basis of their pricing strategy.

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

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Re: Surface Pro will also fail

"I can't see spending a thousand bucks for a tablet when you can get a great laptop for that price"

I think you are making much the same mistake that Microsoft is making.

You don't buy a tablet because it is cheaper than a laptop. You buy a tablet because it is easier and quicker to pick it up to check emails and the latest news on El Reg than it is to do it on a laptop.

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Re: Surface Pro will also fail

To be honest there is no reason at all to buy either of them.

I have an iPad, a MacBook Pro (and a Galaxy Note, Windows 7 desktop, Windows server and SuSE Linux server). I use the correct tool for the job I want to do, and what Microsoft still don't get is that laptops and fondleslabs are used for different things, and therefore require different user interfaces.

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Google sinks millions into plush new £1bn London HQ

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Not quite as simple as that.

You have two offshore companies in different tax havens. Lets call them Google Finance Co and Google Property Co. You have the trading company in somewhere like Ireland or Luxembourg, and a service company in the UK.

Google Finance Co lends the money to Google Property Co. Google Property Co rents the building to Google Service Co. Google Trading Co outsources work to Google Service Co.

The tax rate on rental income for an offshore company (20%) is lower than the tax rate for trading profits for a UK company (24%). Rent is an allowable expense for the service company. Loan interest is an allowable expense for the property company. Interest received by one offshore company from another offshore company is outside the reach of the UK Exchequer. The service company has to be competitive with outsourcing providers in countries like India, so it won't make a lot of profit, if any.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Re: Shooting themselves in the foot? - yes, by releasing Win 8.

"It has a poor driver model (each hardware device usually wants a specific driver installing)"

Huh? Is that any different from any other operating system?

"It only runs on Intel."

Not that much of a problem for its target market of Intel computers. Previous versions have run on Power PC, Sparc, Alpha and Itanic. Nobody wanted to buy them.

"The directory layout is crap - "program files(86)" - Users/My Documents" etc. No! I want to work from a subdirectory that hangs directly off "C:\""

You can work from a c:\ subdirectory if you really want to. Other operating systems have similar directory structures, albeit with different names.

"Also, compared to, say OSX or Linux operating systems, Windows 7 has an utterly terrible command line. Unix command line is simply a must-have for power-users."

Have you tried PowerShell? Certainly it's not the same as Bash. I find it does somethings better, some things not quite so well, but overall much the same.

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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

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Re: greetings from Austria

There's only 5mm at the moment, and the country is already at a standstill.

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Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work

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Re: Is this a Verizon press release?

Vodafone owns 49% of Verizon, so yes, they are the US version of Vodafone.

My PHB hires companies like that to do security audits because they are big companies, so they must be good.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Re: Trevor Moore

He was at Comet before those two ...

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Re: And once again, gift cards are not being honoured

Legally once the warehouse man (or woman) goes to the shelf with the picklist (it might be on a handheld computer, doesn't matter) and lifts the goods of the shelf, they are legally yours and they must give your them. If they have not been picked off the shelf when they go bust, then they are not yours, and they don't have to give you them.

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