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1864 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

BT's 4G bid WON'T lead to mobile network launch

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Re: "ofcom was touting how its pricing methods would ensure spectrum is well utilised"

They, and before that Netvigator and Tele2 have tried to sell the concept of wireless broadband that works at around the same speed as cable based products of that time in Reading, but nobody really seems to be interested. In the past they have advertised on local radio, had local billboard adverts, stands in shopping centres, and junk mail to all the households and businesses in the coverage area. If people won't bite in Reading, I doubt the rest of the country will be any different. Maybe people in rural areas would like to have it because they have no alternative, but range that 3.5GHz offers doesn't make rural coverage particularly viable.

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

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Re: Curious...

The difference is that activesync is far superior to the open alternatives and is much better supported by mobile devices (other than Blackberry), whereas docx and xlsx don't really offer any benefits over doc and xls and are also proprietary formats.

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PayPal founder funds 'tornado-driven' power plant

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That is essentially geothermal energy, which provides most of Iceland's electricity requirements.

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Microsoft 'surprised' by Google Gmail 'winter cleaning'

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Re: i have to use outlook.com

There is an outlook.com app for Android which is basically the same as the hotmail app with different branding.

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Dutch operators: Ugh, we really overdid it on the 4G last night...

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Re: mike@plokta.com

O2 of course did just that to switch some of their 900MHz spectrum over to 3G use.

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In the UK, it would be classed as capital expenditure which isn't automatically allowable. It certainly isn't covered by any of the Annual Investment Allowances on offer at the moment, so that leaves the Plant & Machinery allowance which allows you to deduct 18% of the cost against your taxable profits. The definition of Plant & Machinery is pretty broad, but I'm not sure that covers spectrum licences either.

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Phone-hack saga: Police cuff man in southwest London

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Unhappy

and doesn't live in South West London

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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Re: "Protest the funerals"?

I can assure you that out of the 1 billion or so Christians in this world, 999,999,900 or so of them absolutely deplore what the Westboro Baptist Church is doing, and there is plenty of material in the bible that says that what they are doing is totally against God's teachings. This is absolutely not how Jesus would have done things.

Secondly, it is not entirely clear that the word translated in the bible to "sodomy" refers specifically to gay people. It covers sexual deviance in general such as rapists, paedophiles and so on. Words change their meaning over time, and when you translate, there is never a perfect 1:1 relationship in the meanings of words in different languages. Take the word "gay" for example. 200 years ago, it would have meant "happy, carefree'. 100 years ago, it got the connotation of loose morals. 50 years ago, it referred to someone of homosexual tendencies. Now it is increasingly being used to describe an inanimate object that doesn't function as it is supposed to. Eg Windows 8 is gay, or Apple iOS 6 maps is gay.

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ITU to treaty haters: Enjoy your pricey roaming, boatloads of spam... suckers

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Re: The conference broke down for good reason

Well if for example I attempt to visit http://thepiratebay.se , I am informed that I'm not allowed to visit that page, so this sort of thing is already happening.

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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

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Re: What a deal

Darty actually paid them money to take the company off their hands. The money was to cover pension liabilities, but I suspect that will be dumped on the pension protection fund.

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Re: I was talking to the staff

The reason they went titsup before Christmas is because they couldn't get the stock in to cover the Christmas selling period. For example the liquidators were selling iPad 3s at 10% off original list price. Comet would have needed a stock of iPad 4s to get through Christmas, and Apple isn't going to send them any if they don't think they will get paid for them, and the credit insurers won't cover it.

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Employees are preferential creditors at least as far as unpaid wages are concerned.

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Wind, solar could provide 99.9% of ALL POWER by 2030

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Re: Let's do it.

The UK isn't big, but it is connected to a grid that covers Europe and North Africa, which is quite big. We quite often import electricity from France at the moment, and that won't change.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon will NOT be prosecuted in the UK

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Re: No real bar to a trial in London

Yes it was

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/18/section/1

Causing damage makes it a more serious offence

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/18/section/3

Which makes the difference between a maximum of 2 years in jail and a maximum of 10 years.

Realistically, it is going to be a few months at most, and that would be covered by the time he spent on remand, so he would walk free.

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1. Find the IP address of a Windows server (this was the difficult bit)

2. Fire up Remote Desktop. I think it was called something else 10 years ago, like Terminal Services Client

3. In the username box, type "administrator". Leave the password box blank

4. Press "Connect" or "Login" or "OK" or whatever the button said back then

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John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

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Re: This can only be a good thing

If I was Microsoft, I would focus on the mobile worker rather than compete with Apple and Android. For example a field engineer that has a laptop to manage his appointment book, access reference material, order parts and record the work he did at each of the jobs. The travelling salesman who needs access to the CRM database and to record orders and sales leads. The breakdown recovery person who plugs his laptop into the car to access engine management data. The surveyor who needs to record measurements and store photos relating to a site visit.

This is where Microsoft is strong at the moment, and the App Store model of Windows 8 doesn't really work for these sorts of customers.

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Falling slinky displays slow-motion causality

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Re: So...

Yes, but you would need an extremely fast camera to be able to spot it.

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Re: They can explain why a slinky does its thing...

It is only used by people with expense accounts who aren't spending their own money. There they can get away with charging pretty much any number that comes into their head, so they do.

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Re: Is this 'signal propoagation' stuff...

It would go across the rod at the speed of sound rather than the speed of light. I don't know what the speed of sound in the metal rod would be, as it depends on the type of metal, but probably somewhere in the order of 6000 m/s rather than 299 792 458 m/s for light.

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In a mobile data eating contest, Brits would win - Ofcom

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Re: Source?

Mine works out about the same as you. £15 per month for "unlimited" data on my phone. £30 per month for broadband and home phone. That is one of the more expensive plans available, I could get the broadband cheaper elsewhere, but I prefer to pay more for a better service.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Works fine on my iPod touch. No iPad version though.

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Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

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Re: I have an idea

You want to have a bus with loads of them travel through some of the not so nice parts of London? And wait while people count them at some of the busier stops?

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Apple TV demand may drive Samsung-sapping sales

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Re: Vaporware

Maybe you could cut the networks out of the loop altogether?

News and sporting events benefit from being live, and I suppose things like The X-Factor benefit from being live as well, at least after the audition and judges house stages. For everything else, you probably want to watch a program rather than a channel, so maybe you could subscribe to a vodcast for the likes of Eastenders.

Of course it is worth bearing in mind that lots of people have tried to make money out of broadcasting English premier league football, and only Rupert Murdoch has succeeded, but still, I definitely don't think current smart TVs reach anything like their full potential.

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Re: What could Apple bring to the table?

To take one example: Channel up/down works in the live TV section. It doesn't generally let you switch between BBC 1 and BBC 2 in the iPlayer app. For that, you have a different set of buttons to press.

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Re: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

I suggest you study sampling theory. If you double the number of people you survey, it doesn't increase the accuracy of the results by much. That sample size is sufficient to give you a 3% margin of error, provided the sample was selected properly. Short of asking absolutely everyone, you aren't going to get much more accurate results than that.

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Re: If all they do is improve Smart TV UI's...

The UI isn't just about what input device you use.

If you are looking in the Live TV section, you have a particular screen layout and buttons to press if you want to do something.

Go to the iPlayer app, and you will find that the screen layout, and the buttons to press to perform similar tasks is completely different.

Go to the place where you find live TV shows that you recorded earlier, and everything is different again.

If your TV has ITV Player that is probably a completely different interface again.

Youview integrates the Live and On-Demand TV services. Maybe that is an improvement. I haven't seen one in action yet, so I can't pass judgement.

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Re: What could Apple bring to the table?

If I knew what Apple could bring to the table, my bank account would have a much larger balance in it than it does.

What I can do is outline some of the problems with TVs at the moment that need to be solved.

The main problem is the vast collection of remote controls and their associated buttons that you need to control the TV and all the other stuff attached to it. Apple would definitely sort that out by reducing the number of buttons you have to chose between to get the thing to do what you want.

The second big problem is the confusing array of different user interfaces you have to deal with, depending on where you are. Apple would make that much more consistent.

In terms of features, I would expect an Apple TV to have fewer features than other TVs, but this may not be a bad thing if you can actually use the features it does have.

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Review: Samsung Series 9 super slim notebook

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Re: 1600x900

You might have problems with Windows with a resolution that high. Windows itself will be fine, but not some of the programs written for it.

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Another Apple maps desert death trap down under

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Re: Source: Google StreetView

Yes, and that is what Apple will need to do if they are to match Google for accuracy of their maps.

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Revealed: The Brit-built GRAVITY-powered light that costs $5

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Re: Well gosh

I would say the light is gravity powered. The unit has a store of gravitational potential energy which it converts to light. Yes, the unit is "charged up" using muscle power, but that is no more sensible than saying that my wireless mouse is steam powered because the batteries in it where charged up using electricity from Didcot Power Station.

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Microsoft licence cops kick in TWICE as many customers' doors as rivals

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Re: Install Linux and let 'em come

Yes, you can save Excel files on Samba shares. As far as Excel is concerned, it is just another drive letter it can save to, and it doesn't care what software brings that drive letter into existence.

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RIM is really in trouble when even Windows Phone 8 looks great

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Re: I believe RIM is toast

Blackberries were able to do messaging before they were able to do voice calls. Back then you would have a Blackberry for messaging, and a separate breeze block sized luggable for making phone calls.

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Re: Good alternative

Blackberry is for kids who want to be able to send unlimited texts to their friends for a fixed sum of money per month, while ensuring that people who aren't their friends aren't able to send an unlimited number of messages to them.

I would have thought that very few if any kids are on contracts. They mostly have pay as you go phones.

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LOL: Twitter faces fines for late UK financial filings

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£30 to file paperwork?

It doesn't cost anything to file the accounts with Companies House.

The Annual Return costs £40 to file if you do it on paper or £13 if you do it online. It used to be £30 or £14. Tweetdeck filed their annual return on 15th February 2012 and the next one is due on 4th March 2013. It is the accounts that are overdue.

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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

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When I was last in Edinburgh, I installed the bus app before going out, then when I was at the bus stop, I found it quicker to type in the numerical code than try and focus on the qr code and get the phone to recognise it.

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Data gobbling app lands Delta Air Lines in the dock on privacy charge

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Re: States!

Imagine if European companies had to cater for the whims of France, but not Portugal. Of course complying with the EU privacy directive should be good enough for both countries, and in that way, the EU is probably more centralised than the USA, but most people wouldn't have a problem with the idea that different countries in the EU = different laws.

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Re: wait a minute ...

I've never used the Delta app, but I guess they could use location information to show you the airports nearest to where you are. Those are the ones you are most likely to want to depart from, so they can be shown at the top of the list when booking.

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Apple: 27-inch iMac won't ship until next year

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Re: "Before making this backup, first run a virus scan"

Mac Hard drives are just as likely to fail as PC hard drives, as they are the same hard drives. I don't know what the SSD drives are like.

Being able to go back in time to recover a file you have accidentally deleted or changed is very useful, and you can do that with out having to call your IT guru for help.

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Re: @JDX

Well the 8TB hard drive I would like to have in my computer in a couple of years time hasn't been invented yet. Why should I have to buy a brand new computer when the only problem is that my .mkv collection won't fit in it?

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Re: Much as I love...

There are 51 articles on the front page of El Reg. Of them, 7 are about Apple, and another 4 mention Apple or iDevices either in passing, or alongside competing devices.

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The top of the range iMac is $1999, which is £1237.03 at 19.54 GMT 7/12/12 exchange rates. Add 20% VAT and you get £1484.44. Apple charge £1699 in the UK.

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MySQL founders launch MariaDB Foundation at Oracle

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Re: Yet I can't help wonder...

Well Oracle own the bulk of the proprietary rights to MariaDB. MariaDB, like anyone else, can only use the GPL licenced code under the GPL licence. They also own outright any improvements they make to it, but those improvements are useless on their own.

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EU, US launch biggest ever global fight against online child sex abuse

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Re: Erm

Better send the cops to those paediatricians at the National Gallery. Didn't take me very long at all to find this

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/guercino-the-samian-sibyl-with-a-putto and there is plenty more like it

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Re: The sky is falling! the sky is falling!

The thing is that not every image is an act of abuse.

Certainly actual photographs of children can be an act of abuse. But here are some examples of other things that have been held to be child porn images:

A story written in text form describing a child being abused - distasteful, not the sort of thing I would want to read, but not an actual act of abuse

Cartoon drawings of children in inappropriate poses - again not the sort of thing I would want to look at, but not an actual act of abuse

A photo of a fully clothed child, with another photo of a naked over 18's waist area taped on top of the child's waist area

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McAfee seeks asylum in Guatemala

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Re: North Korea? Really?

I think the idea was that the decoy would be arrested and the authorities would think the real McAffee was in custody allowing him to escape across the border while they were looking the other way.

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A tweet too far: UK contempt law reform push begins

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If it was the girl who was found in Bordeaux, I thought her name was public knowledge, mainly because the police and all the media published it so people could help find her?

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John McAfee 'captured'

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Apple maps has a gap in the border at the North Western corner of the country. Maybe he tried to cross there?

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Sex offender wins case against Facebook vigilantism

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Re: From my own experience...

Well I got it a lot when I was about 15-17. They were probably nearer 14 than 11 though.

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Re: what Is Wrong With You People

Kiddie fiddling is actually very rare in this country, and rarer than it has ever been in the past, and that is mostly down to the amount of attention it receives.

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House passes, Obama disses 55,000 visas for educated immigrants

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Re: This is unlikely to pass

If, as you point out, the alternative to employing loads of Chinese people in the USA is employing loads of Chinese people in China, then isn't it better to have them move the USA and spend their wages in the American economy?

In his biography, Steve Jobs says that Apple indirectly employs around 100,000 production engineers in China. They don't have to be particularly brilliant engineers, just have a good high school education and a bog standard production engineering degree, but nevertheless, you just can't find engineers in those sorts of numbers in the USA.

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