* Posts by cs94njw

389 posts • joined 14 Jan 2010

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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Enthusiastically considered buying a Kindle from Amazon DE recently, but Amazon just says, "Oh no - you can't buy from here. You need to buy locally and pay the UK-surcharge" bah :(

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BT slams ‘ludicrous’ Openreach report as Vodafone smirks

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Whenever I think of BT, I don't think of a benevolent organization that provides value for money.

I think of an organization that offers a crappy service, and charges what it can get away with.

It may offer BT Infinity now, and substantial speed improvements in many areas, but when you've got to wait 5 days for something to happen, and with abysmal customer service - surely there's room for better companies.

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Re: Good

Visa and Mastercard are American companies though...

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BT set to undercut rivals with return to mobile biz

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With all the BT HomeHubs all over the country, perhaps they can abuse them to backhaul telecoms?

Or install apps which use HomeHubs/WiFi instead of a mobile signal.

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Another GDS cockup: Rural Payments Agency cans £154m IT system

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"El Reg understands that the Government Digital Service was responsible for throwing out a small number of suppliers working on RPA instead and went for a 40-plus suppliers approach"

What could possibly go wrong with that approach?...

And 40 suppliers would make a ground-breaking improvement to the front-end, how?

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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I had thought (and been told) the reason they could justify higher prices was because of the level of support afterwards. iPhone breaks? Walk into store and get a replacement, etc, etc.

To be this petty about something like this?...

Anyway - there's plenty of laws about Apple having to support 2 years warranty - and I can't see a judge accepting it's "cosmetic damage".

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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As a 39 year old, I've registered to vote, but having a tough time finding someone worth voting for.

Sadly, tabloid readers seem to dictate government :(

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China's BYD ramps up 'leccycar battery production in challenge to Tesla

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Thumb Up

Competition is good

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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I hope he had his potato*.

And surely if reincarnated he would say, "... this is -ing good paper..."

* Oook.

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Top Euro court ends mega ebook VAT slash in France, Luxembourg

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I'm more worried about this bit:

"that eBooks constitute an “electronically supplied service” rather than “goods”

Here you get into the problem of software licenses, etc, where you don't own the product, you're simply licensed to use it.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: Hidden TrueCrypt volumes

P.S. We have very little oil.

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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Actually, Kickstarter is worse than the stock market.

When you buy shares, if the company does well, you get dividends.

There was that Kickstarter project that started, floated/got bought out, and the original "investors"/kickstarters received nothing in return.

Sure, nobody said they would receive anything, but it feels like a kick in the teeth. Even VCs get something in this kind of situation.

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Net neutrality: Growing flames of criticism lick FCC chief's secret plans

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Europe is deregulating... but maybe because there actually is multiple Broadband options.

There may not be ADSL to rural areas, but line-of-sight is a possibility, and the local projects mentioned above are actually possible.

The USA is nowhere near Europe's situation - they need to spend a good few years regulating, before they can start deregulating.

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

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Re: Business class...

2.5 minute video taking 9 hours? Even a 2 Mbps line would cope with that.

So BT isn't even providing that much speed to an average customer?

Is 2.5 minutes of video a high bandwidth usage customer?

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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They need to start investing in the battery industry, before a Flagship phone becomes attractive at a high price.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Wow... don't know how they can make announcements like this when they're still shafting people in the "country".

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Oh blimey... um... that's a bit evil.

Much more of this from Google, and I'd be tempted to move away.

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Trans-Pacific trade treaty close to signoff says USA

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So depressing :( You can only assume Governments are getting bribes, because it's not clear how this benefits the people.

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Re: Any government that signs the TPP is comitting treason against its nation and its people

No no - every member of Australia joins a company, and sues the Government. The Government pays the compensation back to the company, and so the people get the money.

Of course, the Government may then raise taxes to pay for it... which of course the people company will need to sue the Government again...

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FCC Commissioner argues for delaying February net neutrality ruling

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"universal service fee"

Uh-huh... because the service they're receiving, is already so cheap...

Any fee would hopefully be dwarfed by actual competition making prices go down.

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Shipping News: Docker 1.5rc1 arrives in port … NOW!

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Stupid question.... what's Docker?

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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Three will remain as good as Three, but with more cells to get a signal from?

Or Three will do what Sky did - buy Be Broadband, and instead of inheriting the better service, it actually imposes the larger crapness.

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Crap broadband holds back HALF of rural small biz types

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The FSB! That tricksy Russian Secret Service!

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BT bemoans 'misconceived' SUPERFAST broadband regs

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Unless BT wants to give higher prices to their customers (which they are unlikely to do, due to competition) they will have to reduce their Wholesale price, so their margin is still there.

BT still gets the same amount of money from the retail customer, but third parties can now compete on an "even" footing.

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If cities want to run their own broadband, let 'em do it, Prez Obama tells FCC

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The technology isn't rocket science these days, and I think there was an article where some guy installed a microwave link on his house, and then relayed the internet to his local village.

Get the city to buy a fat pipe from a provider, and then the city can install the infrastructure locally.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Unit tests are almost a better implementation of a Spec than code is.

You know what you expect to happen.

Unit tests have saved me when refactoring code - does this code still behave as it was expected to? Yes - phew!

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

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Re: Let me get this straight

So if someone in the Hotel started sending disassociation packets, that's allowed, right?

Oh... or is that a DOS attack?

Marriot - pick one, and live with the consequences ;)

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Net Neut: Verizon flips the bird to FCC on peering deal crackdown

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"ISPs say traffic-heavy websites should pay towards the bandwidth they consume"

I don't think this has ever been disputed. If I need a 1Gbit line to serve all the content I have, then I have to pay someone to provide it. What is disputed, is then trying to charge again.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Ummm... wuh?

*shudder* A near monopoly broadband/landlind provider in the UK, will own a major mobile provider.

Grrr I hate BT.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Yep - it was boring. Once you've seen the battles in the LoTR films, there's nothing new to see.

The only "good" bit was the first 15 minutes where the Elves are actually bad-ass. Although I notice they did f**k all in the LOTR movies in comparison....

The ending is like... "meh". Boring as a boring thing.

Also.... unless I was really tired... I didn't think the HFR was as good... or something. It didn't seem that special.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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But where does it stop?

What if you write popular software which happens to block the ads that an adblocker has allowed.

You blackmail^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H ask the original advertiser for more money to unblock them?

What if you write adblocker-blocker software? That adblocker is missing out on revenue....

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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To be honest, what I feel more sorry for, is that even though people pay through the nose for access to watch football/rugby/etc, they still get adverts!! Cheeky fokkers!

If I pay a premium to watch content, I don't want to get advertised at as well :(

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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How the hell did they manage to get 50,000 signatures?

I would say that 50,000 GTA fans should create a similar petition, and send that.

Surely Target would have to decide their fans want GTA.

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Manchester festival marketers fined £70,000 over spam ‘mum’ texts

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How did the messages appear to be sent by mum? The name would be looked up by the receiver's phone.

Where people recently lost their mum, I hope they received some of that fine.

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

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Oh bloody hell :( Looking to move soon and was going to go for Virgin :/

I'll be buggered if I'm going to give money to BT... but my only option might be Plusnet, and I'll probably be giving BT money anyway :(

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US retail giant Target fails to get banks' MEGABREACH lawsuit slung out of court

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Fines are stupid. They'll either increase their prices and make the customer pay for the fine, use some of their assets set aside for this kind of stuff, or reduce the dividends (which admittedly wouldn't be popular with shareholders).

I agree with AC - start sentencing executives. If a till girl can be fined/sent to prison for selling alcohol to a minor, then surely the same should apply for even worse crimes?

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Top Apple exec: 'I knew [ebook] prices were going to go up – hell, the whole world knew'

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Re: Shock: Vendors want prices to rise

Yeah - would LOVE double-play!

Book for the bus to work, eReader/phone while on the bog.

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

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Re: Qi burger

I was thinking about this recently.

Phone manufacturers can't build good enough batteries at the moment.

Solution: Invest in wireless power, by installing in restaurant/bar chains.

Once people can charge their phone at easy to find places, and places they regularly visit, they'll no longer fixate on bigger batteries.

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AT&T to FTC: I'd like to see YOU install 1Gbps fiber across the US. Which we're still doing

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And then, under TTIP, the new monopoly sues a government to maintain their dominance.

There's a monopoly in a country giving shit service and costing too much for citizens.

Government intervenes and tries to break up/force lower costs.

Company sues government for lost profits.

Government can't justify legal bill to defend.

Monopoly continues.

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Re: Brilliant plan: Piss off the Government.

I wish it really worked that way.

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Where the HELL is that Comcast technician? Finally – an app for that

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If they're 30 mins away - that almost certainly means they are on the way now.

Which isn't the problem that needs to be solved.

Gits.

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Hunt for Higgs Boson and dark matter now starts ON YOUR SOFA

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Doesn't sound like a "Reverse the Odds" style app - playing games to research cancer.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Poor ElReg.

Didn't ElReg do a trial or survey a while back about paid for content/advertising?

I read an article a while back about why Google wouldn't create a paid-for business model. If you pay for something, you expect a service in return, and you can't change your business/T&Cs at the drop of a hat. So I'm surprised they're going for this.

Otherwise I would be happy to pay a subscription (not much I admit) for Gmail/Keep/Google Drive if it meant no ads.

I would pay ElReg too, but I admit it would also have to be a small amount.

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

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Re: No option?

Some people want to be there and enjoy the atmosphere - and as a fan of no sports, it was actually quite good.

Some people want to watch at home - perhaps they can't/won't afford the tickets, avoiding the cold, crap food, queuing, trying to park, etc.

Both are very valid - and essential. You can't fit a million viewers into a stadium.

I guess the clubs are worried that supporters won't buy tickets anymore.

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SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS

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Interested to see how evolution deals with this...

... I wonder if the seals will catch some kind of Penguin STD and die or something.

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FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools

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With the FCC's recent behaviour, my initial thought was to treat this with scepticism.

Maybe a better joined up strategy, is to better provision the towns around the schools, and then the schools can use that...

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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

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Oh God.... and these days if you want cheap car insurance you fit a GPS tracker to your car...

... are life insurance/travel insurance people going to insist you wear them just in case you claim!? :(

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FCC: You, AT&T. Get over here and explain this 'no more gigabit fiber' threat

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At last!

Now that AT&T are blatantly blackmailing the government, can we start regulating their ass.

If the FCC capitulates now, then forever give up on decent broadband for America.

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Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

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I've always tried to nail down why I find Apple irritating, and maybe this is it.

They charge premium prices for painting their kit white, and then making you buy proprietary hardware to go along with it. Which is irritating and quite blatent.

But after all that, if you can't then expect a certain level of service from that company, you are being screwed.

You go to a posh/premium car showroom, they will give you nice tea/coffee, and even food.

You go to a posh/premium hair dressers, they will give you wine.

You buy from John Lewis, they give you a good warranty, and less crap when you have problems.

When you pay premium prices, you expect an above average service.

Apple are getting arrogant, and they need to think about the customer more.

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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Re: Bad, but could be good

I think you're right. Apple will probably instigate "premium" contracts in the same way it has premium cases, usb cables, etc - 10 times more expensive because it's Apple branded.

But I LOVE the idea of easily being able to connect to a provider in another country. When I've been abroad, I've known that a local SIM is probably much cheaper and functional than my British one, but I get nervous about buying one and all the complications. Being able to browse a list and pick one would be much easier.

Although if the operators sorted out their roaming support in the EU...

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