* Posts by Vince

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Sir Jony Ive, chief Apple doodler, promoted – into job he already has

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...if you buy into "consistent" design, then Apple's products are a terrible recommendation.

The only "constant" is the quest for making everything thinner, even when not doing so would allow things people actually want... like better battery life on a mobile device.

Or separate, magsafe power supply design on the latest thinner-than-thin-itself netbook meets laptop.

If there is one thing Apple design isn't, it's consistent.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Another reason for a physical key..

I believe you have to maintain the "key in the area" thing - so the theory being that wouldn't work.

I have no idea if in practice, the car would stop, moan a bit (like the seatbelt warning in most, but not all cars) or apply brakes.

Anyone have any real world experience on how keyless start works in practice?

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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And in my experience, the roku struggles to play video content from serviio or similar.

I found it will just about play a 2 minute video, but any longer and it suddenly freezes.

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Free at last! Flogging off O2 fattens Telefonica’s financials

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Re: Consolidation?

It's good news for O2 customers if they merge - they might finally see that 3G and 4G thing which o2 seem pretty reluctant to offer.

It's not good news for Three customers mind you if it means they're given o2 service...

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Mobe network Three is the magic number for FreedomPop

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Re: Could be problematic for Three..

They're not giving the allowances to FreedomPop for free.. or at least I assume not.

FreedomPop are relying on additional spending to cover the free usage.In a sort of Freemium model as it were (see also much of the internet's free services..)

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EEeeeeek, complaints! Ofcom roasts BT-wannabe-spouse

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"They are very much the black sheep of the BT family, not being completely crap and all. The big advantage of being part of BT is that when something goes wrong, they get a BT engineer out fast, and none of this crap of threatening £99 call out fees if the problem is at the ISP end."

PlusNet have no faster an access to an Openreach engineer than any other provider. It's a legally binding requirement for equivalence of access. If you have any evidence to suggest they're able to bypass this then both other ISPs and Ofcom would be interested to hear about it.

PlusNet may not choose to pass any fees on, but that won't be the same as them being billed. It's the same (terrible shoddy overbilling under-servicing) that everyone gets - including response times.

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EE....

The mobile service sucks, patchy performance (having a "signal" is good, having a usable one preferable...), unreliable billing, unreliable speeds, inconsistent behaviour from data services. Rubbish customer services, just rubbish. Even the web site and brand suck. As for "Kevin No Buffering Bacon" I've never had so much buffering - got them to cancel the contract after several lengthy calls and a fight with them on the basis the entire service wasn't fit for purpose.

The landline/broadband service has never ranked well, regardless of Kevin Bacon's advertising, the claims or the EE TV deal.

...thus to find they're most complained about in any sector is scant a surprise

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Three's 'Home Signal' femtocells fail, restore mobile black spots

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Re: Three in Touch versus Home Signal

You only need a connection to normal 3 mobile network to setup the app, not after that or it would be pointless.

As for data, well yeah, you would need wifi so why would you then want to use your data allowance when you've already got data?

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Re: Three in Touch versus Home Signal

Calls made with intouch do use your allowance. Same with texts.

...but as most people on three have shedloads of both, it's academic.

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Easily fixed, use port 366 and no more issue.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: How to wear a watch

No Darryl, we're not prefixing stuff with an i now, so whilst iBelt makes some sense, it'd now be Belt Sport, Belt and Belt Edition.

The sport belt rather than the er, belt being vaguely sensible price wise, but still ridiculous. Yes, even though normally the 'sport' version isn't normally the entry level version.

You were naming it wrong, we've got a guide on how to correctly name our products too.

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Yeah... for now. Won't be long.

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I don't really understand why Sky are bothering, MS will change the name of Skype sooner or later anyhow, they change the bloody name of every other product repeatedly until nobody knows, including them, what to call it.

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BlackBerry Leap: Touching biz users with a budget(ish) device

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I must confess that this is a device that interests me, not as a standard device (I already own the BlackBerry Passport and love it), but I'm considering issuing a couple staff with the leap since they're reasonably priced and there's a good chance one person in particular will return it trashed in no time.

BlackBerry 10 is pretty damn good if you're not totally obsessed with apps and pretending it's a big deal to have trivial features.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Re: What do we actually need?

The Sony Smartband SWR10 has a 5 day battery, charges in very little time, no display, can alert you to notifications, calls etc

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Bloke, 22, in knockoff Microsoft Xbox ring gets 18 months in the cooler

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Why is it these companies have source code on internet connected kit in the first place!?!

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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You know I'd almost forgotten the watch became properly available today, because it's such an uninteresting thing.

Presumably though this weekend the pubs will be full of drunken twats stabbing at the wrists of friends instead of just stabbing each other. Well, if the battery lasted long enough that it was still working by the evening...

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

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Re: all academic

You beat me to the punch there - a train moving at any speed is the thing of spotters around here. Too hot, cold, or even indifferent for the services to run most of the time.

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NatWest and RBS' mobile banking apps go TITSUP

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Yeah if only you could hold accounts with multiple institutions and keep some cash in a wallet, maintain a balance with multiple current accounts and even hold now than one credit card.

Oh wait...

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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no joke icon!

The problem sir is that you assume we all see a joke icon. On the m.theregister.co.uk site, you see no icons, so it is rather harder to deduce the message as a joke.

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Presumably in disbelief that it's not just your favourite *nixland software can be exploited relatively easily?

Because as we all know, there's never been a vulnerability in Linux software, such as apache. Nope, never.

Oh wait, that's total bull... but then I live in the real world.

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

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Ah and there is the ultimate question...

I'll tell you why those units used Wi-Fi ...

Because when they were devised "Wi-Fi" was a new, cool, exciting technology and had to be on everything - in much the same way today, everything, no matter how pointless is being done on a tablet everywhere, even though it's often ridiculously expensive, or functionality draining... it's the "in thing".

...which is the very reason my old boss tried to force me - back when 11 meg was the best you got, to fit wireless cards to all the sales team's desktops, then install a buffalo airstation. All despite them all already having cabled network connections in place and working.

There wasn't a single good reason - we didn't need desktops to be "portable", we didn't need the near 10x reduction in raw speed (ignoring the other limitations of multiple devices on one AP), we didn't need to spend all that money which at the time was a fair bit, but it had to be done because the boss had heard that Wi-Fi was the latest and greatest thing.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Is there a particular reason, other than making it look bad, why we split Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1 up, but Max OS X is combined across all versions?

We don't split "XP Service Pack 2" vs "XP Service Pack 3" which is a broad equivalent of the 8.0/8.1 debate.

Presumably it is deliberately split in this manner - that's the problem with statistics.

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Tears of a cloud: Don’t be let down by backup and disaster recovery

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Presumably your idea of protection against some sort of disaster excludes any of the disaster scenarios where having the data in the same physical place is the sort of protection you think adequate?

Presumably there is no way on earth for someone to break in, steal the servers AND the ioSafe solution - because as it's fire proof (sort of), it's presumably theft proof? What is it they offer to protect against that, anti-climb paint you get in local parks on them?

Yes, it can be a long drawn out process to restore large volumes of data, or send it in some cases, but there are plenty of low cost, simple fixes to that issue, none of which require buying stupidly overpriced "NAS" style kit.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: HH3

I see HH3 devices all the time given to BT business customers, I assumed this was the expected behaviour and by all accounts it is...

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United Nations: For pity's sake don't use your iPhone in your car

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I dunno, I find catching up with a friend for an hour whilst driving mile after mile late at night in the dark, down a dark, empty motorway actively keeps me awake and active. It also makes a tedious journey feel much faster.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: If only 2 ports were allowed, why a 3.5mm jack?

Plus last I looked, or heard, Bluetooth sounded dreadful for audio.

Aptx does significantly improve this, but will this or any other notebook/laptop support that, and does anyone make the headphones with aptx capability??

I'm assuming not.

So yes, 3.5mm jack, although amazed apple didn't 'invent' 2.5mm all over again then tellvypu to buy an adapter... Would save a mm... Gotta be on what my colleague calls the thinnovation list...

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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Re: Apple Watch (BS) Sport Edition

No - they totally invented a brand new version. OK....

And when Graphene becomes mainstream... no doubt Apple will claim that too, despite being discovered/invented/created (not sure what the correct term actually is), in a UK university.

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"All Day" where "all day" is defined as 18 hours. My days are longer, as in I am awake longer than that.

I imagine the real world life is going to depend how much you use it. Arguably, it's pretty pointless, so it might well do. But so far the only people I've seen with "smart" watches, of any description seem to have them notify them of just about everything. Which means it won't last long.

Whilst there are undoubtedly fringe reasons for all the stuff it can do, I'm not sure it's so "useful" as pitched. Plus I wanna know... if the girl who left her key behind couldn't get into the garage or whatever it was, why didn't *she* have an Apple Watch to unlock it herself if they're so essential everyone has to have one (which is a paraphrasing of the way Apple promoted it).

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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

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Re: May be Microsoft is talking about DPM?

I disagree. In our experience, DPM has reliably backed up *AND* restored for us every single time, and it just works.

Backup Exec on the other hand. now that *does* deserve to do one...

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Revisionist History

Presumably you think the more sensible plan would be for Microsoft to rewrite code to do the same thing over and over.

I suspect you'll also be the one constantly moaning about how 'bloated' it all is.

What is the better plan you had then squire!?

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

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Re: There are still Blackberry users?

Yes, because if you care more about productivity, devices like the Passport really hit the spot.

I wouldn't swap my Passport for any other non-BB device, I've tried them all and it just isn't as efficient - and efficiency of getting things done is a big deal for me.

Sure, it isn't for everyone, but I certainly am glad I can have a decide that suits my needs well.

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Expired router cache sends Google Cloud Engine TITSUP

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Re: Remind me again

""Hell, I have to reset my home router about once a month and if it's out for five minutes at a time, that means in a year, I have an hour's downtime just doing that."

Clearly your router sucks. Get a better one.

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: FOSS for all...

I think you might entirely misunderstand the problem sadly.

Licensing costs aren't actually that significant a figure in the sort of spending we're talking about. The vast majority of the money goes in all kinds of other ways, with the most expensive being the consultancy style services, implementation, that kind of stuff. Essentially "human" resource (which is also very very expensive and does not achieve the required goals).

I'm working on a project right now where we've been successful in getting the gig, because we can do the same work at the same (arguably better) standard, but for considerably less money, by simply cutting out the processes that just rack up those costs.

Big Corp likes to have lots of meetings, planning charges, pre-work visits, surveys and so on that just push the costs up, but aren't wholly necessary, and in most cases in the private sector would be part of the process. In the Public Sector, paying for things that are really part of the sales process is considered the norm. Then paying for the people who quoted the work to decide if the price they quoted is reasonable by "planning" after agreement, then racking it up with all the things that weren't in the incredibly tightly written specifications that allow zero movement...

...and so on and so forth.

Meanwhile we've agreed a day rate, a scope of works, we've allowed contingency up-front and the project comes in, with a healthy profit margin (because private companies do have to make a profit to exist in the future) but a good level of service and result for the client, and can just get on with it.

The issue isn't the licensing, it's always the incredible markups, the ridiculous processes and the red tape, which takes so long it allows the entire project to be rescoped in the meanwhile. Buying licenses is no big deal at all.

Meanwhile, just saying FOSS is an answer is bonkers. FOSS won't implement itself, won't integrate itself, and won't deal with the training any better than licensed software. And those costs aren't free.

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Re: Better than expected

"Any private company that wasted less than 1% of their IT budget would call that an unqualified success"

Wherever you're employed clearly considers that a success. *ANY* waste is not considered "OK" in any sane business.

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It's not the cloud: The problem lies between the chair and the computer – Gartner

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"The biggest problem is that for most businesses there is no real need to chase the latest buzz word solution so they don't really know why they're doing it!"

Yes quite. I've had people tell us they want the cloud, but they don't know what that is, other than they're being bombarded by everyone and told it's the best thing.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: Well, since the 930 isn't affected...

Really? I've had my phone lock up ONCE since I've had it - which was since launch of the 1020. I use it all the time, especially for the camera side, and it doesn't seem at all unreliable. I've rebooted Android devices far far far more often.

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FOCUS! 7680 x 4320 notebook and fondleslab screens are coming

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Re: An 8K fondleslab?

...although when Apple do release it 3 years later, they'll claim it's new, a first and everyone will go out and buy it as if that's true...

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Great, and given that a good number of apps can't handle the 3200x1800 on my current laptop without exhibiting some really obscure issues, I can only imagine the joy that will arise with even higher resolutions.

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Crap mobile coverage costs UK biz £30m a week, reckons survey

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The odd thing is that we can fix this in software - and had already done it - as someone else pointed out - they had UMA - which meant that I could get back to my mobile network provider via another connection, such as that rarely seen thing called Wi-Fi. Of course this was the sort of feature found on proper devices like Blackberries, and since it was straightforward, just worked and required no major ballache, it has been binned.

Because whizz bang "apps" are the order of the day and have been used to replace sanity. Applications that worked just fine are now "apps" and don't work well, have loads of missing functionality and aren't at all smooth.

And now we're papering over those cracks with more silly ideas.

We could instead have just used the technology that was already developed and was doing a damn good job.

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UK mobile networks LOSE to France and Germany on data speeds

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In my experience, this report is about right.

Three offers me the best overall speed and pretty good availability of a 3G service (it does really help having no 2G network - especially as 2G roaming is mostly disabled).

Vodafone does offer me great speeds, on the occasions they bother to rock up with 3G (yet to enter any Vodafone 4G service area). Trouble is when you're on Voda 2G, you have basically not got GPRS, or EDGE, whatever the handset is technically connected at, it just doesn't sodding work.

EE offers me a very variable service - falls back to 2G service a lot (despite my devices being pretty good at clinging on to weaker, but faster services), but coverage is reasonable - not amazing though. Plus, for me, having 2G is like having nothing, it's practically useless for data services.

O2... well if you like calls (at terribly low quality) and text messages are your life, they're solid. Great coverage, robust messaging. Unfortunately the internet seems to be something they struggle with. 2G data is mostly duff and doesn't work most of the time, 3G is pathetically weak - and even now, several years after promised getting coverage in my home town city centre is really hit and miss despite O2 saying it should be excellent outdoors it is.

That's my survey, based on my real world findings every day, everywhere I go with a range of devices.

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Sky bathes in cash - then adds FIVE BEELLLION to its debt mountain

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Tuner? There's no tuner in any of the Roku boxes I've seen. Let's try and be vaguely accurate occasionally el reg.

And @bex - actually weirdly I've always found the customer service good. It's the way they give no toss about high spending long term customers that annoys me.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: Surface 2 with Win 8 RT-edition

Why, does the IE not have the "tracking protection" option where you can install the EasyBlock lists which is what Adblock uses? I haven't bothered to turn my Lenovo Yoga RT device on to check, but pretty sure it does allow it.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: Sigh

Right.. so based on some data I can get my hands on without much fuss...

Sky had an ARPU (average revenue per subscriber) of £548 per annum, excluding VAT in 2012.

They had 10.6 million customers.

That's £5,808,800,000 from subscriptions per year before all the other revenue (eg. advertising for example)

The profit after tax was: £906,000,000 on the entire business, after all the other revenue was added (for example advertising, wholesale service etc), or 15.6% net margin. That might sound like a lot, but it's not that big an amount when everything is factored in and given that a healthy business needs cash in the bank - and a business of the size of sky needs a reasonable amount to continue to exist.

I'm not convinced you've understood the reason we have advertising still (not saying I like it, but I'm living in a real world).

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Re: Sigh

"Of course if 100% of us block 100% of ads !00% of the time then the ad model fails. A happy day for me and it would be market choice that decided it, not backroom bribes and mind manipulation."

Presumably then the content that is paid for by the ads you don't want no longer existing will also be fine and a happy day for you? Like it or not, advertising is what pays for a considerable amount of content.

I'd imagine if there was no advertising on pages, there'd be considerably less content. Whether that is a good thing or not is another debate, much as it would be a different debate as to whether the quality of content would improve or decline. Eitherway, advertising is part of what enables a lot of services and content.

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Dixons Carphone clings to EE, Three in Phones 4U bullet dodge

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Mobile Contracts for what things?

"This, of course, makes sense for the Dixons part of Dixons Carphone, which is much more at home selling things like cameras and televisions. As such devices become “smart” – by which they mean “connected” – they will need contracts."

Will they? I'm not convinced my "Smart Fridge" (if I had one) might need a mobile service contract. Nor my "Smart TV" (if I had one), or anything else along those lines - if they're "in the home" there's a good chance they'll have service via Wi-Fi or Cabled Ethernet (and I can't imagine that's going to change).

Possible areas it might be useful would be "a Car" or "SatNav" (mine does already, but I don't have to negotiate with someone specifically for that, it's part of the subscription), so even then the interest is limited.

Perhaps the author can suggest some areas where those "internet of things" things will need a mobile service contract?!

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Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY

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Part of Microsoft's problem is the total inability to listen or understand.

They've gone full pelt into pushing Cloud as the answer to everything, and even when you're not interested, and actually want to purchase products the "traditional" way they're making it considerably more expensive than the cloudy version, pushing people into considering alternatives (note to MS: The alternative is not that we get forced into cloud, but instead go elsewhere or just don't change anything).

If they'd actually let people buy things the traditional way without so much fuss they'd actually get more sales!

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Symantec sources claim exec teams in place by April Fools' Day

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Yes the name was well loved because the products did actually work. Unfortunately the name won't put the products that Symantec have butchered and totally destroyed back together again will it!

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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Re: Line installation

They still do offer this - if you move into a property with an available line (eg it's still connected all the way back to the exchange...) you'll get reconnection at wholesale level for a lot less (whether your provider passes that on is another matter...)

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Seagate's spinning rust most likely to crash, claims backup biz

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Re: Seagate 3TB

You'll be wanting the WD Red PRO version if you want 7,200rpm

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