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1864 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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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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Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH

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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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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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Apple ships new iPods in 'SPAAAAACE ... Gray'

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Re: Anyone buys iPods anymore ?

Yes, the iPod touch is a very cheap way to get an iOS device if you don't require GPS, and don't mind having wifi as your only connectivity option.

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Fancy a new iPhone 5C or 5S? READ THIS or you may not get 4G data

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Re: 3G is fine if its not bogged down by all those subscribers

HSPA+ is 3G, so pretty much every phone out there, except ancient and basic 2G models, and anything designed for companies like Verizon or Sprint that use obscure alternative 3G standards, will work.

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It does do that within for example the 800MHz band to find the various signals for the 4 mobile operators in the UK, however you need different chippery to receive the signals owned by the 3 operators that have signals in the 2.6Ghz band.

SDR means you it can find both 2G and 3G signals in the 900MHz band and both 2G and 4G signals in the 1.8GHz band with two sets of chippery rather than 4, but for different frequency bands a long distance apart, you still need separate chippery to receive the signals.

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

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Re: Affordability my arse

You have a faster CPU and a slightly better camera, which you get any time you get a new phone. Nothing particularly amazing there. I've never heard anyone complain that their existing iPhone 5 is too slow. The iPhone 5 camera is pretty decent, but it isn't the best, so Apple are playing catch-up here.

So you have a fingerprint sensor to replace the lock screen pin and iCloud password. Maybe it is better than some of the fingerprint sensors I've seen in the past that didn't really work. We will see, but it isn't really a compelling reason to buy a new phone.

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Boris Johnson floats idea of 'London visa' to attract tech talent

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Re: So if I live in Barnsley

No, but there will be a passport check when you cross the M25 on the way home to make sure you are not one of the people with a London only visa.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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More specifically, the lack of a domain name with a single TLD ending which is .uk, and a descriptive name to the left of the .uk

childporn.com for example is a valid domain name with an A record, but the website doesn't appear to be working at the moment. If there is a valid website there, I'm guessing it is more likely to be owned by some organisation who helps victims of paedos or campaigns against them rather than someone who offers the stuff for sale.

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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Re: sloppy

That's like saying you speak a European language, but not English. I know someone who speaks Hakka, a Chinese language. She cannot understand people speaking other Chinese languages such as Mandarin or Cantonese, because they are completely different languages.

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BAN THIS SICK FILCH: Which? demands end to £1.50-per-min 'help' lines

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Re: So misinformed it has to be trolling from Which

Why do you think phone operators bundle minutes on calls to 01, 02 and 03 numbers but not 0845 and 0870 numbers? It is because the termination payments are higher on the latter.

0845 numbers are not local rate numbers and 0870 numbers are not national rate numbers. It is illegal to describe them as such, as well as being just pain wrong.

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Re: So misinformed it has to be trolling from Which

Sorry, but you are completely wrong. That was the case about 20 years ago when those numbers were first introduced, but not now.

Geographical numbers cost you the same no matter where you call from within the UK. Most people have bundled minutes as part of their contract, so the marginal cost of calling a geographical number is zero. There is no such thing as local rates or national rates now.

0845 and 0870 numbers cost more to call than geographic numbers, and are called special rate numbers. They are very rarely included in bundled minutes, so it costs quite a bit to call them. Companies receive typically about 7p per minute when someone calls an 0870 number. The amount they receive for calling an 0845 number is quite a bit less, and is usually in the form of a reduction in phone charges rather than actual cash.

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Re: Rare though it be...

0345 numbers offer exactly the same features in terms of routing and so on, and are included in your bundled minutes. Anyone who has an 0845 number is entitled to the corresponding 0345 number so that only the second digit in their number changes. There is no reason, apart from the termination payments they receive when people call them, why they shouldn't change to an 0345 number.

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0845 has not been described as "local rate" for at least 10 years now. It is called "special rate". There is no such thing as local rate now as calls to a UK number cost the same no matter where in the UK you are calling from.

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It's about 30p per minute from a mobile. How many minutes do you need to spend listening to a message telling you that your call is important to them at 30p per minute before you have your 1 minute conversation with them?

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Amazon DENIES launch of iPhone-killing freebie smartphone

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Re: Free = very locked down?

The Amazon App Store has a resonable selection of apps, and for developers, it is just a case of resubmitting their existing Android app to a different store.

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