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1825 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Re: Good on 'em

I think the main thing is that Halal / Kosher is more expensive than loading the animals onto a conveyor belt that feeds them into an automated killing / butchering machine.

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A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it

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Re: Whoooosh!

I have white buttons on the walls to control my lights, and will continue to use them until I find a more user friendly solution. An iPhone / Android app is not more user friendly, and lights with a mind of their own are likely to be annoying.

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LED bulbs are now about half-way there, and improving all the time. Give it another couple of years and I think we will have > 1000 lumen bulbs that are a reasonable size and don't require you to remortgage your house.

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Re: Certainly not acceptable

The kidney machine will have a battery backup. Maybe the light in the porch isn't that important. Mine is on a motion detector / timer switch and turns off after a couple of minutes. Lights in rooms where you are doing things are important though and the children could trip over things and cause themselves serious injuries if the lights were to go off without warning.

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Re: so you really

I have an off-peak circuit which is switched on between midnight and 7am every day. It has storage heaters and an off-peak water heater attached to it. Something like this could allow them to have more granular control over the off-peak devices in their area and avoid a surge in power demand at midnight.

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Watchdog warns UK.gov not to create 'them and us' digital divide

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Re: Suboptimal surveying techniques

You only need to file a VAT return if you are a business with a turnover of more than £77k per year. Your customers who actually pay the VAT only need to worry about finding the extra 20% on the selling price to buy your stuff.

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US bill prohibits state use of tech linked to Chinese government

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Re: USA, Land of the Slightly Free...

Who benefits from this? Their main competitor is Cisco, an American company, and I suppose Erricson from Sweden.

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Living in the middle of a big city? Your broadband may still be crap

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On ADSL, I get 4975k down, 1576 up. On 3G, I get 6219k down, 2301k up. Both on O2.

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Microsoft's 'Gemini' project will be the Windows Blue of Office

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Re: Gemini should...

File | Account | Office Theme | Light Gray[sic] or Dark Gray[sic] will do the trick as far as the washed out look is concerned.

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Oz shop slaps browsers with $5 just looking fee

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Re: I'm waiting for...

I do, if I need it now rather than next week, or if it is something that is so cheap that waiting around for it to be delivered isn't worth the saving.

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

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Re: Spamhous must really be hurting those parasites

My static ip from O2 was on the pbl, but I filled in the form to have it removed, and it was removed in about 30 mins.

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West Virginia seeks Google Glass driving ban

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Re: I forget...

Doesn't matter. Whatever it is, when you move your head, it will move with it.

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Re: I forget...

Well the thing is, I hardly ever actually look at the satnav while I'm driving. It is mounted on the corner of my windscreen, and I glance over to it when I'm approaching a junction I think I might need to turn at. With google glass, it is going to be in your field of vision all the time.

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Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

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Re: Windows 8 or just Windows Hate?

But I think Windows 8 is a whole different kind of disaster to Vista.

Microsoft got from Vista to 7 by improving things they started in Vista, and perhaps more importantly, by the time 7 came out, most applications were designed to run with restricted security permissions.

In that respect, Vista was a necessary step on the road to Windows 7.

Windows 8 is a disaster in the same way that Microsoft Bob was, except that at least with Bob, you could delete it and use the proper interface. That isn't so easy with Windows 8.

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Re: As odd as it sounds

Apple isn't falling, it is growing slower than the market as a whole, which is not the same thing. The stock price has fallen due to a reduction in forecast future growth prospects.

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App stores and start menus are not mutually exclusive, there is no reason why you can't have both.

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Re: Think I'll wait for Windows 9

The mouse works perfectly. Windows 8's response to mouse interactions on the other hand ...

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Brussels 'mulling probe' into brutal Apple negotiations with networks

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Re: @LarsG

My point is that compared to UK general elections, there is very little campaigning for Euro elections.

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Re: @LarsG

The last election was 2009, and campaign contributions were approximately zero, or at any rate around the same as for a parish council election, and a bit more than for a police commissioner election.

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Chinese graves use quick response codes to recall the dead

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QR Code supermarket

Why would someone want to go to visit a high street shop in order to order stuff online?

For a big ticket purchase, I can understand that you might want to look at the display model and discus things with the shop assistant; and it is probably too big to fit in your car/bus luggage rack anyway. But for supermarket food, either you want to walk out of the shop with the stuff in your bag, or you can order it online at work or on the way home for delivery when you arrive back.

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PayPal glitch stalling Admob payments to developers

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Re: Is their year end

They are an American company, their year end is December. Not that many countries in the world have March year ends. The only ones I'm aware of are UK, India and Japan.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Re: A little bit I don't mind

If I'm following this correctly, it will be filmed with a generic car which will transform itself into a Ford / Ferarri / Tata Nano depending on what it thinks your demographic is.

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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

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Re: Coming to a wallet near you...

They would get the money from users in the same way that all other credit card cos do, by doing credit checks and having direct debit mandates.

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Hong Kong plans cavernous underground data centres

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Re: Say what?

Presumably in the same way that it was owned by the Queen before the handover and all land in England is owned by the Queen today. For all practical purposes, the private "owners" do actually own it, just like in for example Scotland.

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Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

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Re: Same old same old....

Anchor used to be made from New Zealand milk, but it is now made from English milk.

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Re: good for the soul..

Harvard Graphics and the one that came with the Corel Office Suite. Now the competition is Keynote.

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World's largest solar collection plant opened in Abu Dhabi

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Re: Questions

Basically, you can store the hot oil and use it at night when the sun isn't shining.

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FCC waves big fines at political robocallers

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Re: Stop the threats

I think Compuserve v Cyberpromotions covers that. You have a right to say what you want. You don't have a right to use other people's equipment to force them to listen to it.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: Sounds great

That's where O2's TuGo app comes in handy. If your local SIM has a reasonable data allowance, then you can make and receive calls on your UK number for the same cost as in the UK. If you have that, then you probably don't need to worry about voice minutes or texts at all on your local SIM, and you can just go for the one with the cheapest data.

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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Re: Tested a drivers skill...

Another point. If you send a text while stuck at a red traffic light, the worst thing that can happen to you is that you miss it going green and you get lots of irate drivers sounding their horns to let you know it has gone green. Of course if you send a text while driving at 60 mph on a country road, you deserve every punishment coming to you, and more.

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Freeview telly channels face £240m-A-YEAR shakedown by Ofcom

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Re: what a useless shower

An ITV digital box purchased in 1998 will not work any more.

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France demands Skype register as telco

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Re: Skype is a phone company

If you dial 112, the telco will route the call to your local emergency call centre. Dial 112 on Skype and it won't have a clue where to route the call. If it ends up in Luxembourg rather than South London, it isn't going to be much use.

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BT engineers - missed appointments

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Re: BT engineers - missed appointments

Well they are 100,000,000 times better than ntl: (as they were known at the time I left them), but that isn't hard. Still useless though.

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ITV catches up with TVCatchup

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I'm sure if they ask nicely, TV Catchup will tell them exactly how many people are watching.

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

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Re: I doubt it

One where the PHB will only release funds for repairs when there is an actual service failure.

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Re: Linux Desktop ? Yes

Does Excel tell you anything about what the program does? Or Lotus, Skype, Acrobat, Flash, or I'm sure I could come up with many more examples.

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Re: Huh.

SATs in England, and possibly other parts of the UK, are exams taken at the end of years 2, 6 and 9. An 11 year old would be doing the Key Stage 2 SATs in year 6. After that you have GCSEs (year 11) and A Levels (year 13). Scotland has different exams at those stages. English A Levels are equivalent to American SATs.

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O2 pops out vital new feature: Making phone calls from phones

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Re: Should I Skype or should I TU go now....

I plan to use both. Skype for calling other Skype customers, and Skype-out for international calls. Tu Go for incomming calls and calls to UK numbers covered by my bundled minutes.

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The benefits as I see it are that you can make and receive calls if you have wifi, but no phone signal, and you can make and receive calls abroad without roaming charges if you have wifi or a local SIM.

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Euro watchdog bares teeth at Microsoft over browser gaffe

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Re: Who cares

Windows still dominates the desktop, and is likely to for some time, but the desktop doesn't dominate the computer market to quite the same extent that it used to. Many home users find that an iPad is all they need for what they do.

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'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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