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1827 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

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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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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But that is an objection to the use of the word "Sky", not the use of the word "drive", which is generic.

Sky has Sky TV, Sky Sports, Sky Broadband and so on. There cloud storage service would almost certainly be called Sky Drive.

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Try Kingsoft Office. It is pretty good.

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No reason for Office?

"Google's just taken away any reason for Steve Ballmer to consider productivity apps on non-Microsof mobile devices before his departure."

I don't agree. People will pay money for MS Office on Android and iDevices even if the competition is free, for the same reasons that they pay for MS Office on Windows and OSX even though Libre Office is free.

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

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Re: Whatever.

Good for you. I take it you have a large bag to fit in your alarm clock, watch, street map, train time table, news paper, text messaging device, diary, address book, camera, notebook, walkman and all the other things I've forgotten.

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Re: The proof is in the....

How many people get Chrome updates without them even realising it is being updated? It's on version 29 now.

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Re: Well, I suppose I should be the first fanboi to say...

I kind of almost worry that I will cut my hands on the sharp corners. What's the point of having a patent on rounded corners if you don't use it?

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Final preview of IE11 for Windows 7 uncanned

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Very few, but lots of people are running Windows 8 PCs that have been upgraded to Windows 7. A couple of them might be laptops with touch screens.

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

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Re: The way I see it...

The Kingdom of Scotland merged with the Kingdom of England to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.

A bit later, the Kingdom of Great Britain merged with the Kingdom of Ireland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

The "U" refers to the union between the Kingdom of Great Britain and what is left of the Kingdom of Ireland - Northern Ireland. If Scotland were to leave the Union, which it won't, then we would have the United Kingdom of England and Northern Ireland. Probably they would add Wales to the name to keep them happy. Great Britain would go, but the United Kingdom would not.

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Re: Hydopowered data centres

And also, saying as it is bl**dy freezing up there most of the time, you don't need to spend so much money on cooling.

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Re: Velv If I were the councils of Carslile or Newcastle

It is PIIGS, not PIIGs. Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain; and it will become the PIIGSS when Scotland joins them.

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Re: Well, if the Scots Gov can get this IT right

In the interests of fair and balanced discussion, you should also google the #omnishambles that was the Cambridge Misguided Busway.

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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Re: What they should do

It is 1.8 km from Parliament Square. I'm not sure how far away you have to be from there to be allowed to stage a protest, but there is an exclusion zone.

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Re: Trin Tragula......

Other shops sell iDevices on launch day, and they don't have queues of fanbois waiting in line. They could go to one of them if they really can't wait. Carphone Warehouse for example is just round the corner in Oxford Street.

There are companies with names such as "rent a crowd" that supply people to queue for events such as this. There is however no evidence that Apple has engaged the services of one of these companies.

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'British Bill Gates' Lynch laments HP's Autonomy 'botch-up'

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Re: >Lynch reckons there’s much that his Autonomy expats can offer young British startups

Fraud or no fraud, HP did overpay for Autonomy. The number that Autonomy published did not justify the valuation HP paid for it. Many people said so at the time, including some of the journalists in this esteemed organ.

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

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Re: I just up voted you

Windows is available in Urdu and Punjabi, but not Paschto.

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Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth

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Re: At last!

Use the stock Android email client. Configure it as an Exchange account using the server m.hotmail.com

Username is your email address, password is the same as your password for logging into the website, domain you leave blank.

ActiveSync is better than IMAP for email on a phone, mainly because it uses less battery and bandwidth.

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Microsoft announces iPad amnesty for fanbois

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Re: fencing

It is only of use to thieves if they can sell surfaces on eBay with a discount of less than $200 off the price when new.

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Re: only going to cause more embarrassment ?

That would obviously be a slightly better offer, but I still won't trade in my iPad 2 for a Surface. If they took it off me for £559 cash + a Surface, then I would consider it, because the £559 would enable me to buy the equivalent iPad 4.

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You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

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One use I've found for NFC

I've set up my phone so that if I tap my Oyster card on it, it loads up an app that tells me how much money is left in it. Probably it would be quicker to just tap the icon on screen though.

What I would really like to do is to be able to load my Oyster card onto the phone, and tap my phone on the gate to get in and out of the station. Apparently that will be possible at some point in the future.

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Re: short range is good, but...

Asking a patient's name is fine if the patient is in a fit state to answer. For that reason, patients have always worn name tags in hospital, though in the past they would be hand written tags.

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