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1730 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Chunnel mobile available – but only while heading towards UK

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Re: Should we read:

They would make their money from the data roaming fees charged to any Frogs or other foreigners who feel the need to announce on Twitter and Facebook that they are now in the Tunnel.

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UK.gov holds summit to stop satnav-driven smash-ups

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Re: Foreign lorries

But how many countries in the world still use imperial units for road signs? There's the UK, the USA, and that's about it. Ireland switched to metric a few years back.

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Election hacked, drunken robot elected to school board

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Re: Secure?

It is actually more difficult to completely remove all traces of a pencil mark than it is to remove all traces of ink. That's why pencils are used.

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Manchester biz raided in text message spam clampdown

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Re: How does this work over there?

Every new O2 contract has unlimited SMS messages, and the cheapest is about £10 per month. I haven't look, but I guess other operators offer similar deals.

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Proview's Apple iPad rights war goes global, reaches ESSEX

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Re: Re: Re: Seriously, Proview?

They wouldn't have a leg to stand on if they had sold the trademark to them with the agreement that they don't use it to compete with Apple. Apple didn't sell them the trademark, so it is a completely different situation. Having said that, Apple don't own the trademark to Apple in the records business. The Beetles own it.

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Re: Seriously, Proview?

Do Proview make fondleslabs? No. So the iPad isn't competing with anything Proview does. Apple does make monitors like Proview used to, but they don't use the iPad trademark for them.

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Crap mobile networks shamed by Carrier IQ API

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Re: Re: Re: Re: typical big business

No, because O2 don't use them. But if O2 did use them, the money they get to pay them comes from me.

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Re: Re: typical big business

As a user, I do sign the cheques, or at least the direct debit mandate. Where else might they get the money from?

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AT&T plan: Let content providers pay your bandwidth bill

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Re: Re: Just another attempt

The BBC doesn't get a free internet connection. They have to pay for bandwidth too for all the videos they upload.

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Samsung punts smartphone with built-in projector

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Just stick the Galaxy S with the original non-upgraded ROM in a jug of water, and it will boil it in no time. It is much better now with their "Ginger beard"[sic] ROM.

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Anti-phishing DMARC adoption gathers (free) steam

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Re: So will the next innovation in spam be...

He'd probably get round to it when people can't use the internet connection because it is on every blacklist there is, or the ISP disconnects them for violations of the AUP.

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GPS jamming rife, could PARALYSE Blighty, say usual suspects

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Much the same as an Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator. A civil service non-job.

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Re: 60 times in 6 months

It probably was. I guess that isn't the point. If you are relying on GPS for something, it gives you an idea how often it won't work.

My SatNav occasionally goes completely mad when I'm driving around. I put that down to it being a rubbish mobile phone receiver, but maybe I was driving past someone who was jamming the signal. I don't use it when I'm going somewhere where I know the route, and that is most of my journeys, so I don't have enough data for reliable statistics.

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Virgin boss victorious in .xxx Branson pickle

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Re: @ the-it-slayer

And also, as he doesn't do porn, not even 18 rated movies in Virgin Megastores any more, he isn't allowed to register a .xxx domain.

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Re: But more to the point

A whois search lists virgin.xxx as "ICM Registry Reserved".

I would have thought "virgin" was a generic term in the pr0n biz, much like "sex", which seemingly is also listed as reserved.

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Goldman Sachs developer cleared of code theft

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Re: Goldman Sachs and Open Source

If it was a mix of GPL software and Goldman Sachs' proprietary software, they wouldn't be able to sell it without releasing the whole thing as GPL. But Goldman Sachs didn't sell the software, they only used it internally, so licensing issues would not be a problem. It will be the same for any other licence that complies with the Free Software Foundation's "Freedom 0" - the right to use the software for any purpose.

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Re: Re: Go directly to jail, do not pass go...

You are presumably in court to hear the judgement. If the judge says "not guilty", you walk out onto the street. If he says "guilty", you get escorted back to the prison van.

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HP's Whitman suggests Googorola may close Android

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Re: Not hard to beat Apotheker...

I thought HP's core business was the sale of printer ink and manufacturing printers that use it.

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NHS Direct

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Re: I didn't read the article

You put in your symptoms and in return you get one of three results

OMG!!! U'RE ABT 2 DI!!! CALL 999 NOW!!!

It appears you may have a problem, please leave your number and an NHS Direct Nurse will call you to advise on the situation.

There's nothing wrong with you, you hypochondriac, get a minor ailments consultation at your pharmacy tomorrow morning.

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HD bandwidth limits BBC Olympics 3D coverage

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Re: Not quite

Presumably they are showing the left eye on the BBC HD channel and the right eye on BBC 1 HD or something similar, and the TV combines the two? A bit like in 1925 when the BBC broadcast their first stereo transmission by broadcasting the left ear on long wave and the right ear on medium wave.

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Apple's Chinese labourers get 1.6 per cent of iPad loot - report

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Re: How does their salary compare ...

$8 gets 3.28 big macs, compared with 2.09 big macs in the UK.

Source http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/01/daily-chart-3

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I agree. Given that Foxcomm workers get free food, uniforms and accommodation, every Renminbi they get in their hand is spare cash for extras, or for saving up a nest egg for the future. $8 per iPad produced, for presumably more than one iPad per day probably isn't that bad considering how much things cost over there.

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Apple 'seeking part makers' for 8in 'iPad Mini'

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From el Reg's standards converter, the sizes in the order you listed them are

1.45, 1.27 and 1.76 Linguine.

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Cable thieves wreak havoc for cops, BT punters

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Virgin Media has problems with cable theft, and their network is fibre optic. Criminals just see cable and rip it up not really caring or knowing what it is.

Also, you can't just put a fibre optic cable in place of a copper cable. You need different stuff at either end of the line, and a much bigger green cabinet in the street to house it. If you want to get the phone lines up and running as quickly as possible, replacing all that at the same time isn't really practical.

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British Red Cross First Aid

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There is an emergency number that is the same everywhere, or at least pretty much everywhere; it is 112. Perhaps it could be more widely advertised so that people know to automatically dial it in case of emergency when abroad.

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Apple eyes ISPs to sell 'iTV'

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Apple's retina display is at least as good as Samsung's OLED screens.

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Any idea what this product will be called?

I'll bet anyone here any amount of money at odds of your choosing that it won't be called the iTV, mainly because there is a British television channel with that name that has been around longer than Steve Jobs has.

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An NT-powered Windows Phone? Not so fast...

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The linux kernel that android and a few other mobile phone platforms are based on is about 21 years old, you can trace the history of the kernel in iOS back to about 35 years ago and the NT kernel is at least 19 years old.

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Millions face Megaupload data deletion by Thursday

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like this case? http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/article-23939717-operation-rize.do

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Mickey Mouse Whois ban threat sparks privacy fears

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For .uk domains, if you register it as a non-trading individual, you can opt out of having the details made publicly available, apart from your name, so I don't see why you need a proxy registration service.

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Microsoft launches Office 15 Technical Preview Program

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It's user base. The whole point of things like Skype is that it enables you to communicate with other people, and if everyone you know is using Skype but not other VOIP platforms, you are more likely to use Skype.

Having said that, Skype's share of the entire telecoms market, in particular international calls where there is the biggest saving to be made, is pretty close to saturation point, so their current revenue and growth potential does not justify the money paid for it.

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Redmond campaigns for gay marriage rights

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Genesis 1:1-5

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

"Let there be light" was god creating the sun, or some argue, the big bang. Dividing the light from the darkness would be god spinning up the planet, or I suppose, all the fragments taking their requisite places after the big bang.

You slightly misquoted the last bit. The first day was from the first sunset to the second sunset, so there was no "day" before the earth existed, rotated and orbited round the newly recently created sun.

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Biblical references against gay people

"As a lapsed member of the Church of England, this El Reg hack is slightly baffled by the furore over this issue, and why marriage equality is such a threat to heterosexual marriage. Jesus certainly never mentioned gay marriage in any of the Bible's four accounts of his life, but he was unequivocal in condemning divorce among straight couples."

The biblical references some Christians use to oppose gay marriage are as follows.

Not all Christians agree that they ban homosexuality, but nevertheless, here they are ...

In the Old Testament

Leviticus 18:22 "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination."

Leviticus 20:13 "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

[But there's lots of things in the old testament that Christians don't obey now, eating pork for example.]

In the New Testament

Romans 1:26-27 "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."

[But what's an "indecent" act with another man? The same things that would be indecent if done with a woman?]

1 Corinthans 6:9-11 "Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers, none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God."

1 Timothy 1:8-10 "Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it legitimately. This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers, fornicators, sodomites, slave traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me."

[The translation of ἀρσενοκοίτης as "sodomites" is disputed. Some scholars think it refers to things like prostitution, rape, incest and so on]

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Groupon banned from selling SNAKE OIL

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Not this time. They get that if they do publish the same ad a second time.

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Nothing. They were told not to show that ad again, which of course they weren't planning to do anyway.

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Facebook 'contributes' €15.3bn to EU economy... bitch

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If for example, the business is a small music band that isn't mainstream: If you "like" them, they post details of their gigs on their wall, and their fans get details of them and are more likely to attend.

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O2 leaks 3G users' mobile numbers to every website visited

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Mostly they compress images so they are almost unrecognisable. Also makes it faster and use less bandwidth.

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FilmOn

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The background graphic for that section is an Irish Tricolore, so I expected to see channels like RTE 1&2, TV3 etc, not channels from the British part of the Island.

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Geography lessons required

If you go to the "Irish channels" section, you get two channels, BBC 1 and UTV, neither of which are Irish. You have to go to the task manager to close the app. I will probably continue to use the TVCatchup website unless FilmOn has a channel I want to watch that TVCatchup doesn't offer.

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How to tell if your biz will do a Kodak

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"The cloud" won't make a difference

The cloud in itself won't make a difference. Cloud backup means storing things on someone else's storage media rather than your own. The options for what to store it on up in the sky are much the same as down here on earth.

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Tablet, e-reader ownership doubles over Xmas

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Boffin

The population size is irrelevant when determining what sample size to pick. You can get pretty accurate results, about +/- 3% from a sample size of 1000 whether the population is 5000 or 5000000000.

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Vodafone manages to fight off £3bn tax bill, claws back cash paid

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I guess they will have declared the capital gain in the Cayman Islands and paid tax at the appropriate rate there.

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I guess in some island state where the tax rate is 0%.

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Feds: Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, Pixar had wage-fixing no-poach pact

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I guess movie studios tend to hire people for a particular film, then when that film is finished, they go off and work on a different film. You do see actors working on lots of different films for different studios over the course of their career.

On the marketing and distribution side, and the people who decide which movies to produce, I suppose it could be a different matter.

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Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

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Wee Timmy knows a lot more about firewalls than his parents do.

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The Register to publish other sites' blacked-out content in SOPA protest

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"Dear Ascio Technologies Inc [registrars of theregister.co.uk domain name]

I declare under penalty of perjury that I own the trademark for headings with white text on a red background. El-Reg is infringing on my trademark, and I demand that you take down their website domain name immediately.

That is the sort of thing we will see a lot more of if this law goes through, and yes, people claiming damages etc for infringement of works where they don't own the copyright is a big problem. It happens in this country as well, as reported a few days ago on this very website http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/16/crossley_banned_for_two_years/

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A preview of SOPA: Web shut down before my eyes

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JCB not only major credit card?

I would go further than that and say that JCB is not a major credit card. Here in the UK, I see the JCB logo in shop windows next to the Visa, Mastercard and Amex logos, but I've never actually seen one of them.

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Xmas actually accelerates Dixons sales drop

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Unlike Comet, who had, on the product description card next to the computer

Dual Core Processor - enables you to run two programs at the same time

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Flog secondhand MP3s at your peril - law guru

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If you have money in a bank, what it really means is that the bank owes you some money.

When you "transfer" money, what you are doing is telling the bank to repay that debt to another person instead of you. There is no electronic copy of money being transmitted from one place to another.

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Probably not, if you can argue that your mp3 is a "computer program".

"50ABack up copies.

"(1)It is not an infringement of copyright for a lawful user of a copy of a computer program to make any back up copy of it which it is necessary for him to have for the purposes of his lawful use.

"(2)For the purposes of this section and sections 50B [F3, 50BA] and 50C a person is a lawful user of a computer program if (whether under a licence to do any acts restricted by the copyright in the program or otherwise), he has a right to use the program.

"(3)Where an act is permitted under this section, it is irrelevant whether or not there exists any term or condition in an agreement which purports to prohibit or restrict the act (such terms being, by virtue of section 296A, void)."

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