* Posts by ad47uk

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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copying others

It seems like the type of design you have gone for is the norm these days, digital spy is almost the same, our local paper site is about the same. i think web designers seems to come out of the same mould these days. I hate these stupid menus at the top that seems to be on almost every site now.

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Takeaway order spewer Just Eat plans to raise £100 MEEELLION in IPO

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No British food

Just had a look to see what is around here and it all seems to be Pizzas, indian and other foreign food. I think I give it a miss.

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US megalocorp AT&T: We're NOT swallowing Blighty's Vodafone

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thank goodness for that

From what I have been told about AT & T we don't need them over here, we got enough problems with companies as it is.

Not that I am planning to stay with vodafone much longer,

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Connecting Gmail to Google+ is SENSELESS, says Digg founder

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Re: Google is freakin terrible

What about Mobile phones? My mobile phone is Android based, which is Google, i got it because it was a good price and a better Os than windows based phone and cheaper than a Iphone.

If someone came out with a good phone Os that is open source and no spying aat a decent price then i may look at it, so far there is none.

firefox Os is still not that good.

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No forcing google+

I have a Gmail account, not that I use it a lot, but I don't have a Google+ account. i don't understand why people have a problem with this as Google is not forcing you to get a Google+ account, it is just if you do have one then it will be linked with Gmail and even then you can set it up so no one from google+ can send you a message via Gmail.

Now You Tube was a different matter as google did force people to have a Google+ page if they wanted to write comments and if you have a new channel, you got to have a google+ page, which you can lock down with no problem at all.

I did set up a page to have a look, but now got rid of it as I don't comment on videos.

if google force people with Gmail to have a google+ profile then that is another thing, but so far they are not, you can even delete the profile when you set up a Google account.

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

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Too Limited

chrome Os is too limited, while it may be secure even if you do get spied on by google, you are more or less stuck in a browser.

If a secure Os is required then a Linux distro is the best way to go, maybe if there was a all in one with Linux, it may be a better buy.

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

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Re: Yes, make Radio 1 DAB

Classic FM is on Fm and the quality is far better than on Dab, even if Classic Fm do have a better bitrate on DAb than other stations. I listen to classic FM on FM, only tried it on DAB once and that was enough.

As for Radio one going to DAb, would we notice? the last time i tuned to Radio one it was full of junk and the sound quality was awful as everything is over compressed, sound wise.

Freeradio is the same and have been for years, even when it was Wyebother, I mean Wyevern.

Localy I like sunshine radio, but again I will listen to it via FM, not DAB.

sorry, but DAb is a waste of space for music, fine for chat,

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Check out The Register's Google+ page

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Re: FaceBook?

Never got into Twitter to be honest, hard to follow.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Re: Things that need to happen

Internet radio is better? I don't agree with that, the internet is not 100% reliable and what happens if you don't have the internet?

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BBC announces plans to spend your cash on digital goodies

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they are not using my money

i don't have a Tv licence, so they are not using my money to pay for this stuff. i am so glad I am not paying for a useless +1 channels or for a new Iplayer.

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Cognitive Networks to bring creepy awareness to LG's smart TVs

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i am glad I don't have a smart Tv and if I did it would not be connected to the net. My next Tv will also not be smart or 3D

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

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Next door neighbour had smart meters a few months back, the display just ended up in a drawer, not ever been plugged in, so what is the point?

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Google pools cloud storage

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so what happens to the storage if you are not registered for Google+? I don't really use Google stuff much anyway, just the contacts in Gmail to sync to my phone and the calender and that is it. I don't really use cloud storage, got a couple of documents stored in Dropbox that are a few KB.

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Yahoo! Axes! Yet! More! Products!

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know new email service for me

I noticed that Yahoo is getting rid of their classic email service,which for me is good bye to Yahoo. i don't use their email service that much these days anyway, so not much of a problem.

Classic email don't get spied on like the new mail service, which they now use to track keywords and throw adverts with those keywords back at us.

I have already started to move the couple of auto emails to GMX or even my own domain.

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Nowhere to hide for Google users as Play is given Plus treatment

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May have a look at the new Blackberry next year when I can renew my contract or I may just go back to a normal mobile.

Less hassle

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FAIL

I have not left any reviews yet, now I know I never will. I don't have Google+ and got no need for Google+. i know that Google want more people to use Google+, but the way they are going about it may get less people using other services.

The only reason i have a Gmail account is so I can sync my contacts to my phone, but if I go for a different Os in my phone next year I will cancel all my google accounts.

Not sure what you mean about you tube mind you, I use You Tube and got a you tube account, but I still don't have a google+ account.

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TalkTalk to Ofcom: 'Talented, lovely monopolist' BT must be reeled in

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Devil

Both companies as bad as each other to be honest. i am glad I am away from Bt and Talk Talk.

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Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!

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Devil

or Do not track plus from Abine. The good thing about DNT+ is that it just makes cookies up with the opt out set, so the ad companies like google can see that you don't want to be tracked.

The other good thing is that it works with Chrome or chrome clones, where Ghostery as good as it is on Firefox is not so good.

Abine is http://www.abine.com/dntdetail.php

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Thank Freeview for UK 4G by mid-2013 - NOT the iPhone 5 nor EE

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Re: Wait!

3G is fine for most people with mobile phones, Maybe people who got pads or use dongles may need a bit more speed, but most phones and services work fine with 3G.

i like my analogue radio, so why should I give that up just so people can get faster speed that they don't need?

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Mozilla's Persona single sign-on service enters beta

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been tried time and time again

and more or less failed. how many people uses these sort of service? OpenId was suppose to be the only one thing we needed to sign in and yet even after all these years very few websites uses it.

i don't use firefox any more, but if I did, I would still carry on using the way I normally use to sign into websites.

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Bonking payment by NFC doubled by Olympics splash

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Re: I've done my best to disable mine

Can you not change the amount of times you can use the card without it asking for your pin to 0, or one, in that way you should then always be asked to enter your pin when you use it.

A mate of mine got a cerdit card with NFC and his bank refused to change it, so he had it changed so that it could never be used without it asking fro his pin.

Bank was not happy about it, but they allowed him to do that.

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The banks don't seem to be giving NFC cards out anyway, i have not been given one, not that I want one to be honest.

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Google+ claims 100 million 'active' users

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Not for me

i got Gmail because it is a easy way to sync contacts on my mobile phone, that is the only reason I got a Gmail account, i signed up before google started pushing people into having a google+ account.

I got a facebook account and that does me, never seen the need for a Google+ account.

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UK's pay-by-bonk mobile network threesome wins EU approval

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thankfully i don't think my phone is able to do this pay by bonk stuff, i want to stay as far away from it and NFC for that matter as I can.

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Vodafone: Do you take Visa?

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FAIL

NFC is a security risk, will not touch it with a bargepole, thankfully my phone will never be able to cope with NFC as it is a cheap HTC wildfire.

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Microsoft mum on leaked Phone OS plans

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I am happy with my android phone, it may not be the fastest, but it does what I want and any phone that got NFC i will stay well clear of.

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Seagate sucks hard disk biz from Samsung

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So Seagate now got Samsung, Weston digital getting hold of Hitachi, that is really going to be good for the consumer.

Lack of choice, just like there is in the CPU and Graphics card market.

I hate Seagate drives, I used to like Maxtor until seagate got their grubby hands on them

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Microsoft copies Google with silent browser updates

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Use Iron

Use Iron, it is chrome but without Google spyware, do a search for Iron browser. I disabled IE on my computer or was far as Microsoft will allow you to disable it. Use Iron all the time now

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BT fibre rollout reaches Scotland, Wales

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Hereford is on the list, which shocked me, Ludlow is pretty small to be honest, so Bt have to be sure it is worth while.

i am surprised that Ludlow is still up to ADSL2 yet. Be careful changing to Talk Talk, if you want to change back to BT or any other service, it can cost.

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Seagate embiggens hybrid drive, won't say how...

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I got the older 500Gb version and yes it is certainly faster than a normal drive on some things, I also found it unreliable. My computer would just freeze or other software just played up. It was due to a problem with the drive going into sleep mode.

I did update the firmware on it, but it made no difference, which is why I went and got myself a SDD and now the seagate is the second drive and it is fine as that

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WD cleared to gobble Hitachi GST

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So even less competition in the hard drive market, with Seagate trying to snap up Samsung drive business, we will be left with two, Seagate rubbish and WD. as bad as the video card market and the CPU market.

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Microsoft to offer dual upgrade path for Windows 8

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I only just built my Desktop, so are you saying that when windows 8 comes out next year I should build another one?

I don't want to do a fresh install for a few years, my system is backed up using Acronis true image, so if my hard drive goes belly up I can just put the image back on.

All the software i got with plug ins galore makes it a pain in the neck to do a fresh install, sop if I was going to update to Windows 8, which I am not, then a upgrqde that keeps my settings and software is the best way to go, if it works.

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Devil

You don't, I am not going to bother, don't see the need for MS tiled interface and ribbon menu system.

I updated pretty quick to window 7 even using the beta for months, but not to with windows 8

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Netflix raises $400m to steady its global expansion

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since I am not interested in streaming I will be staying with Lovefilm, Broadband in this country is too flaky for streaming

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Pickles plans curry colleges to halt Indian immigration

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Then they will close simple as that, the amount of Indian and other foreign takeaways, restaurants and shops that have opened around here in the last 12 months is beyond it, they all can't be making money, so my money is that they are a tax dodge or a way to get people over here.

Also a few of the Easton European food shops around here have been raided by police for illegal tobacco.

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Mozilla promises more speed with Firefox 9 beta

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Meh

Most people don't even know Chrome is updated because it is a silent update, also add ons normally work from one version to another, something Firefox seems to have problems with.

i don't use Chrome myself, I use Iron, so I got to download the updates and install them myself. I think I am still using 2 versions below what is available.

I liked firefox, it is not the updates that is the problem for me, it is the fact that it don't improve, in fact Firefox seems to get worse with each so called update.

I may try 9 beta and see if that is any better, but no doubt it will take a age to start up

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Pay-by-wave: At least it's better than being mugged

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Happy

new debit card

is not NFC, yeah, so I am safe for another 3 years.

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ad47uk

not for me

NFC may come, but I can't see how it can be forced onto people, no doubt there is a way to set the amount of times the card can be used before a pin is needed, I would set mine to zero, so a pin is needed all the time.

Thankfully my debit card is not a NFC one, or it was not when I lost it on Monday, just waiting for a new one, I doubt it will be NFC either.

I have shivers thinking about how easy it could be for someone to have used my card if it was NFC.

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Gov: DAB must battle on, despite being old and rubbish

ad47uk

He is right, DAB is awful, on a small radio it may sound okish, but on better speakers and an a better AMP it is a waste of time. Not buying another DAb radio, I will stay with FM.

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Google leads shoppers into pay-by-wave future

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I am never going to use NFC, on a card or phone, too unsecure for me. Cash first or chip and pin if i really have to on my debit card. If my debit card comes with NFC next year which i doubt, I will get it disabled

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New UK 'leccy meters remotely run via Voda 2G

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more expensive?

First utility do smart meters, their smart meter tarrif is more expensive than their normal tarrif, so do that mean prices will go up even more once these new meters are installed?

thankfully I am not with British gas and my supplier have no plans at the moment to install these spy meters.

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Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft

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another reason to stay with windows 7

i hate the ribbon, total useless waste of space, why change something that works fine? If Ms stick this ribbon system into windows 8 then it will be a good reason to stay clear and stay with windows 7.

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Post Office going tap-cash in 2012

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um, nope

I am so glad I am not the only person that got no interest in this, thankfully my bank have not started to give the cards out around here.

i know you can change or suppose to be able to change the amount of times it can be used without a pin, so if I am forced to have one it will be set to zero.

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Has Steve Jobs killed the consumer hard disk industry?

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i DON'T THINK SO

Well not for a fair few years. i do a fair bit of video editing, how am I goiong to work on Hi-Def video clips if they are stored on the cloud and how long will it take to upload a 2gb or more clip onto the cloud at my 3megabits connection speed?

Spinning disk drives are coming to the end now, but again it will be a good 2 to 3 years before they vanish, because solid state drives are still expensive and still too low a capacity

there are also people who will never trust the cloud be it Icloud or another other with their data.

Maybe in the next 10 years or so, people may start using services like Icloud more, I use drop box for some stuff, but only stuff that is not that important.

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Seagate to buy Samsung's disk drive biz?

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lack of choice again

Here we go again, lack of choice, I not that fond of seagate and Weston digital is not that great,. also with less competition prices will rise. so we are going to be in the same boat as we are with graphic chips, only two Nvidia and AMD/ATI.

Never rely on the cloud, it is fine for small amount of data, but without super fast internet connections, it is useless for larger amounts and then what about security?

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Google preps YouTube movie service 'for UK'

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Google getting my bank details, no way

There is no way on this earth that I am going to give Google my bank details for any of their product.

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Logitech unveils first Google TV box

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more google spying

it is bad enough to have google trying to find out what you are doing on your computer, but at least we can stop them on the computer.

i think even if it comes to the u.k, i will leave well alone

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Google's 'instant' search springs keyboard controls

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Bing is King

but I thought you have to be logged into Google to use instant search? i have not used google for nearly 5 months now, i prefer bing as well.

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AMD to dump ATI brand

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ATI is well known

ATi is well known, anyone I talk to who is into computer hardware know that there is Nvidia and ATi. It will be a shame to see the ATI name go.

Hardware wise ATi is great, but their driver let them down, building a new computer at the end of the year, deciding weather to stay with Nvidia, which have been rock steady, or go for ATi/AMD Graphics card.

I will go for another AMD CPU, I hate Intel, but not sure about their video cards, because of their drivers./

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Google Slides away from Wave FAIL with social network buy

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If google got hold of Facebok, I would leave

Then I would leave Facebook and I know a few more that would do the same thing.

i tend to stay clear of Google, don't trust Google what so ever, I don't trust facebook much, but htye are a bit better than Google.

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