* Posts by Andrew Jones 2

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Google turns creepy, predictive search tech up to 11 in Chrome OS beta

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Re: Good to see Google offering a choice as always

Pretty sure...... the privacy-invading part is actually in the Google Cloud where it ties everything you do or ever have done on any Google property anyway into a sort of database. The bit on the Chromebook / Android device / iOS Device simply returns information from the database.

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Facebook hopes devs will 'Like' how mobile SDKs, Graph API have scrubbed up

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But.... they are utterly incapable of making their F8 site work. For a while the Opening Keynote video was available to watch, but wouldn't actually play - and the Error Console was complaining about a referencing error with indexOf. Now the video and any other video is unavailable, the only thing that actually works/worked on their site was their live stream.

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Half of Android devices open to silent hijack

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Potentially open to attack......

While half might be running a version of Android that is vulnerable - half certainly haven't enabled the option to allow installs outside the Play Store.

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Facebook to fling open Messenger to third party apps – report

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But.... isn't Messenger / Facebook chat just using the XMPP protocol - and is in fact open to ANYONE to use? EDIT: Nevermind https://developers.facebook.com/docs/chat

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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Dodecaquid - I really hope that catches on!

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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What happened to the thing where Windows had copies of it's system files and if they went missing or were altered in somewhere, Windows was supposed to restore them from it's secure backup on boot? Did I dream that happening?

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Netflix: Look folks, it's net neutrality... HA, fooled you

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If you keep going down that road..... you could complain about every service.

So.... is it a good thing or a bad thing that Netflix have a cache server at TalkTalk so when I stream Netflix - I'm not actually going outside of TalkTalk's network and thus get really fast data transfer with no buffering? Surely in terms of Net Neutrality - this gives Netflix an unfair advantage? Whereas for me - it's the difference between being able to watch Netflix at any time of the day or night - while BBC iPlayer is restricted to only being usable without 10 seconds of buffering every 30 seconds - between the hours of 1am and 6am. If one were to keep going down this road - one could complain that (purely a hypothetical example) Amazon Instant Video might have a better peering agreement than HBO and therefore HBO are at a disadvantage to Amazon.

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I see what you've done, there, twiiter.com: Tweet troops tackle tech twin

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Chrome says:

The site ahead contains malware

Attackers currently on twiiter.com might attempt to install dangerous programmes on your computer that steal or delete your information (for example, photos, passwords, messages and credit cards).

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Android malware hijacks power button, empties wallet while you sleep

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Some phones don't have removable batteries - they do however have press and hold power button for 8-10 seconds. The Malware can't override that.......

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French minister: Hit Netflix, Google, Apple et al with bandwidth tax

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I can never understand this attitude that people come up with - oh let's charge them because they are providing content that has already been paid for twice, but let's charge them again anyway.

Netflix pays for bandwidth via however it gets content onto the public internet and the customer pays for the same bandwidth in order to consume that content. To then add another tax on top because Netflix are using bandwidth they have already paid to use - just makes no sense.

If we start taxing any company that dares to use bandwidth they have already paid for, we'll be watching more and more services shutting shop and there won't be any 'next big thing' being unleashed on the world.

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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OK, I want one!

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Interesting to note that once people started talking about legal action here - the page on the AudioQuest very quickly started returning 404 for the product :) Says a lot about their faith in being able to stand behind their claims......

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I'm tempted to report this company - because the science they use in the Audio world is bad enough - but how they could possibly claim Ethernet is directional, is beyond me - regardless of what data it is that's travelling down the cable - an ack needs to be sent back for every packet - making it bi-directional? Surely this falls foul of the trade descriptions act?!

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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The bit that always annoys me about all of this -

why isn't there an easy (AND FREE) way to verify you are registered to vote.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Those of us who live in rural areas are awaiting the results of this trial with hope. According to the Digital Scotland website our exchange is expected to be upgraded between July 2015 and December 2015.... which would be great - but we all connect directly to the exchange. The only hope any of us have is this trial which a few months ago was being called Fibre to the Drop Point and now suddenly has a different name. BT clearly are not going to install street cabinets and re-route 300-400 phone lines. So FTTdp is our next best hope.

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Titsup Twitter: We've swatted the bug that caused the outage

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And because Twitter refuse to just use industry standard and well tested 2FA and instead opted to create their own, which requires at least one device to be signed into your account - guess what happened when ALL devices got signed out? I've managed to get 2 accounts signed back in using the backup code, but my 3rd account - is refusing the backup code, and Twitter says that they have sent a login notification to my device (which was signed out) and now I can't get in. Dear Twitter, just use OTP like everyone else!!

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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If the hotels get permission to boot people off a network that the hotel doesn't own, thereby breaking the computer misuse act (or it's equivalent) - then I see no reason for hotels to complain if some people decide to return the favour - and continuously boot all hotel customers off the hotel network. I also see no reason why the mobile phone companies can't sue the hotels - since as a paying customer of my mobile network, including the ability to tether, then the hotels are interfering with a service I am paying for.

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EU Google-bashing is making us look really bad, say Google bashers

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There is a surprise.....

Competing search companies get nervous when Europe starts talking about separating search from the rest of business. Who didn't see that coming?

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Re: Cloud computing?

No, I've been asking the same thing. Apparently we dipped our toe in the water last year but I can't say I heard anything about Black Friday last year. This year - I saw ASDA advertising it - and wasn't surprised because Walmart - but then all of a sudden everyone was advertising it - even Pets at Home are advertising Black Friday deals...... A little research however shows that apparently we aren't the only country to suddenly embrace Black Friday....

It still seems odd to me though - especially how they skipped importing Thanksgiving - wouldn't you think the supermarkets would want to jump into that one?

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Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix

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Amazon might one day learn an important lesson - the reason Netflix is popular is because almost every device in existence enables you to watch Netflix. If Amazon started there - they might have a chance.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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It's really just the N7 2012 that is affected, and it's not even really related to Lollipop. It's more likely people are starting to use their Nexus 7 again after the update to Lollipop because they want to see what it is like, but they appear to have forgotten how terrible the Nexus 7 2012 had become BEFORE the Lollipop update. I factory flashed Lollipop on to mine, and it wasn't terribly usable before the flash. The method of getting Lollipop onto the tablet whether via OTA or factory flash makes no difference, the problem of shitty NAND is hardware not software and one of the few things that helps (which of course a factory flash does anyway) is clear /cache which will bring the tablet back to life again for a few days.

It is worth noting - that the tablet does in fact run speedier between slowdowns - and in my experience the slowdowns thus far have been cause by heavier IO use, in particular - when updating or installing something via the Play Store - because ART uses more space than DALVIK did - the tablet spends a longer time writing to NAND and you might as well not bother touching the tablet while that process is ongoing.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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I'd imagine it probably is actually for the safesearch setting - the pfSense box we have in the internet cafe has the same issue - the only way to force safesearch to always be active at the moment is to force DNS for the Google domain to point to the nossl address. Otherwise pfSense cannot add the details that force the request to enforce safesearch.

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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This might help - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsFAokXCxTI though in general typing Tnetennba into YouTube will get you the right result.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Going to pot

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We could really do with knowing how long the batteries actually last in these things - especially the ones listed on page 1.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Well, this isn't the first time we have a Cyberman go against it's programming because of emotion -

In Doomsday a cyberman/woman (Yvonne) goes against her programming - and disobeys orders - and a tear of oil leaks out of her eye. Potentially in both Danny and Yvonnes case - they were so determined NOT to be "upgraded" that they were able to interfere with the process.

However it still has not been explained - how exactly - the digital dead minds can "feel" what happens to their physical bodies - providing of course that wasn't just a lie.

Nor has it been explained what "missy" has to do with Clara being the impossible girl. It is explained why the Doctor and the current Clara were destined to meet - but not what that has to do with the previous 2 Clara's......

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: illicit viewers?

"Back to vdr it is, then... They haven't yet worked out how to prevent us capturing the off-air signal, but I'm sure some "creative" is working on the idea at this moment..."

Well..... the HD channels on Freeview all have the copy protection flag set to on permanently so devices that play nice with the rules have been hampered already. My Panasonic freeview box will happily let me watch stuff it has recorded over the network, and by extension using something like MediaMonkey I can download said content. But it refuses to let me watch anything remotely that was recorded from a HD channel.

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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Hated it -

really was hoping the whole afterlife thing was going to turn out to be something gripping and new - but no - the usual enemies, now with huge holes in the plotline.

As for it's been done before:

The Library - conciousness' living in a computer.

The Bells of Saint John - uploading people to a data cloud.

Come on Moffatt - bring us something new!

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An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

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But..... I'm pretty sure when you upload a video to YouTube - you can specifically choose not to allow it to be embedded.....

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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I see so really there is only one real solution to this problem then.....

If you have no way of being 100% certain that the product you are buying is all real and above board, then don't buy it. Thus - we should probably just never buy anything.

The proper way of dealing with this issue - would of been for FTDI to have issued the driver update right at the beginning when they discovered the first counterfeit devices. Instead they have waited 5+ years until the problem has gotten so far out of hand that there is no way for the average consumer to know if what they are buying is legit.

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Sorry but the people in here who are claiming changing a setting in the EEPROM is totally justified and reversible don't really seem to get the point.

Fake hardware or not - when a "normal" customer bought whatever kit it was from eBay or wherever - they more than likely did not know it was fake. They certainly don't have the knowledge of how to find a tool and go changing things in the EEPROM themselves. And as this article points out - even if you do change the setting back - it just flat out won't work with Windows - which is what the vast majority of people will be using. This is criminal damage - and is no different from writing a virus to kill another virus and then purposefully infecting peoples machines with it - which is also considered illegal.

If you are using Linux - this doesn't affect you - you more than likely know how to get hold of the tool and change the EEPROM setting - and you more than likely knew or at least suspected that the hardware might be a bit on the dodgy side.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Re: Webcams are vitaly important

Sure..... "a friend".....

We know what that means.....

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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So a privacy storm is going on - and they think the best way to handle that (knowing it is being very publicly reported too) is to stick their fingers in their ears and go "LA LA LA LA LA, I CAN'T HEAR YOU, LA LA LA LA LA"

Even Apple realises it has to make an attempt to quell people's fears - eventually.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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I'm not sure how this articles went from being about Apple to being about Google, especially since I've never seen Google advocating a software SIM for anything - nor can I understand why they would want to. Google's mission is simple - Google services everywhere, for everyone - being able to reject certain networks from the device makes absolutely no sense, from a user standpoint nor from a data collection standpoint on the Google end.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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It's also on O2 in the UK.

But clearly it's what we have all been crying out for -

first it's tablets with a data contract

now it's watches with a full blown phone contract.

Yup - just what I need 3 mobile contracts to pay for every month.

No thanks. WiFi Tablet, Android Wear will do me fine. Happy with just one mobile contract thanks all the same.

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The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event

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This may very well be the best page on the entire internet today!!!!

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Re: Explain?

He means Motorola is not owned by Google. It's owned by Lenovo. (or will be)

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Breaking news: Man with Apple shares really wishes they were worth even more

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Well, I mean clearly if my shares were only worth 5.3 billion, I'd be quite upset too - I mean what can you buy for 5.3 billion these days?

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£150m, three years... TWO base stations. Gov.uk? You guessed it

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Sorry what -

2G?

Rural broadband?

EDGE is slower than even 256k broadband. I thought there was supposed to a minimum of 2mbps?

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It's not you, it's Three. Mobe network goes titsup across UK

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Re: remember for a lot of people

Agreed,

Just tested here in the Scottish Borders and my internet is still working - voice calls connect.

I don't think this is UK wide at all.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Moffat strikes again.....

Personally we were frustrated by 2 things - which made the rest of the episode nonsensical anyway.

1) The absolutely terrible CGI when they first stepped onto the moon was jarring and immediately took us out of the fantasy.

2) As soon as the power came back on in the mining colony, despite the fact they had not entered through any sort of airlock chamber, they were immediately able to take their helmets off and breathe oxygen - because apparently (although never explained) in the future we seem to of discovered a way to immediately fill a space with breathable air. Further, although the moon has gravity and that must be exactly the same level of gravity as on the earth, because there was no floating on the moon, nor being crushed - when there is a breach at the mining colony - suddenly things start flying towards the breach - despite the fact the pressure inside the colony must be the same as the pressure outside the colony - because there was never a need to pressurise or de-pressurise anything.......

How Moffat can destroy something the way he is with Doctor Who - while at same time create something as entertaining and full of real logic as Sherlock - is baffling.....

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: I don't want it

Open mail app.

Move mouse to top of screen to reveal window title bar

Move mouse to the app icon in the left of the title bar and right click on it and choose "split left" or "split right"

In the blank pane left click with mouse to bring up TIFKAM (metro) screen and choose desktop.

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Re: No silver bullet

My Acer laptop bought in the Comet (WIn 7) closing down sale recently stopped performing as a laptop (won't charge and the trackpad died) so I bought a new laptop from PC World (I know, but choices these days aren't much better online either) it's running swanky Windows 8 and it's a HP. I'm actually quite liking the laptop, Windows 8 - not so much. Anyway - I'm keeping the Acer switched on because it's a decent i5 and I'm currently ripping my 1000+ DVDs for Plex as we have 3 Chromecasts.

I thought - I'll not faff around with VNC because the only decent one that works everytime is Real VNC and that costs money these days, no I thought, it's Windows - Remote Desktop is actually not the worst thing Microsoft ever did - I'll just use Remote Desktop to access the broken laptop......

Then I learn that after XP - for some backward reason - Microsoft don't supply Remote Desktop anymore unless you are on whatever passes for the Professional version of your version of Windows.

So - I've seen quite a few people rave about how wonderful Chrome Remote Desktop is and thought I'd give that a go. Wow. Yet one more thing Microsoft messed up that Google swooped in and fixed. And I have to say - I'm using pfSense as my firewall and with no configuration at all, I can access my Win 7 laptop from my Android phone over the mobile network.

So yes - they really are making us turn to Google.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Surely this will just come under the "if you don't hand over the necessary data to decrypt your mobile phone, you will be considered to be a terrorist and thrown in jail" law that we already know and love?

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: Now they have cocked this up

Yes,

that's why when we renewed last month - we only did so for 6 months.

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Home Automation is easier and cheaper than people think.

Why on earth would anyone choose to use XMPP?

MQTT exists for a very good reason - XMPP has so much overhead!

It's not rocket science people, I have an Ubuntu Server running Domoticz which is free open source and constantly upgraded. I have those DIY remote sockets you speak of -and I discovered RFXCOM who make a lovely USB transmitter/receiver specifically for talking to home automation kit on the 433MHz band - which Domoticz supports wonderfully. OpenZWave is also supported by Domoticz and I currently have 2 devices which are ZWave. Domoticz will run happily on a Raspberry Pi so you don't need a full blown computer running.

I have a second machine (a laptop) running in a different building (but attached to the same physical LAN) which is using th Teldus Tellstick which again speaks 433MHz - unfortunately Domoticz doesn't support the Tellstick hardware, but it has a lovely commandline utility called tdtool. So I use MQTT to send commands across the network to the laptop which a python script intercepts and sends commands to tdtool.

Home Automation is cheap these days to get started, the kit is not terribly expensive and you can start at the low tech end of the scale and upgrade to the higher end stuff as you feel comfortable / time allows.

As a bonus - Domoticz supports my OWL Electricity monitor so I get lovely graphs and comparisons to previous months / years. For the Theatre (the other building) I'm using a 3 phase Current Cost Envi-128 that I poll every 30 seconds using a Python script and then update the values in Domoticz using a JSON web request.

If anyone is at all interested - take a look at www.domoticz.com

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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

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Re: So that's yet another thing missing from Android...

I believe something like that is coming in "L"

But until then -

Settings > Wireless & Networks (More) > VPN > Overflow Menu (3 dots) > Always On VPN

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: That's all very nice

Well.....

you're closer than those of us who have an exchange without a date - that has never had a date......

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Re: 80% within 66m?

The BBC are incorrect -

This new idea means that the fibre equipment will installed on your telephone pole (or the ground beneath it) - BT claim 80% of people are within 66m of their pole (or drop point - FTTdp)

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Re: I really wish they'd hurry up and offer us this gigabit internet speed

According to the thinkbroadband site I read yesterday, which has considerably more information about this - an average FTTH / FTTP install is around 7 hours - that's the reason BT are dragging their feet about it.

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

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The self service machines have enough trouble scanning barcodes in the clubcard app - or responding in a timely fashion to an item being scanned. The "Activity" light which I assume to the be HDD light is flashing away like a disco light at a rave, and often when it speaks the sound is choppy.

The Tesco self service machines also behave like tech support on the phone - they don't like you jumping ahead when you already know what it is you want to do. For instance, my Tesco won't let me enter my PIN number in until it has told me to, but it's still spieling out the ways I can pay - while I have already selected to pay by card, and been told to put my card into the machine (on screen) and the little light on the card reader has turned on, I have already said I don't want cashback - but the voice hasn't even reached the part where it says "sssselecccct ccccaasshhhbaaack amounnnnnnt"

ASDA used to be the same but they upgraded their machines recently - and the voice actually gets stopped if it is still speaking at each step. So my checkout process goes something like "beep, beep, beep, unexpect.... beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, blah blah blah notes are dispensed below the scanner, please insert you..... select cashback am..... please enter y..... Thank you, please take your shopping.....<10 seconds later> Please take your shopping"

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