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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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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

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*shrug* Good camera sure, but needs OEM layer means updates will be slow/non-existent.

Not sure I need 20 megapixels for spur of the moment pictures.

I'm wondering if the new Nexus is going to be good enough until there's a real revolution...

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

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"Super-profits generate super investment"

*snigger* Poor naive fool.

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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I want to buy an SSD, but I'm terrified of the life span thing. What's the strategy?

Re-install Windows and all programs when the SSD decides it's going to die?

It's straight forward to relocate Documents/Music/Pictures to another disk?

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London slaps down Salesforce's bid to rename Heron Tower

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In Reading, at the end of the A329(M), was Oracle Park. Oracle has 5 or 6 large buildings there.

For some reason, when Microsoft moved into the park, it got a bit upset with the name.

And so these days it's called Thames Valley Park :(

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EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

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Those cheeky b*****s!

Regardless of the validity of the business model, it doesn't seem right that a supplier can force a customer to close, and then buy up the customer for peanuts.

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Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

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Really hope that any lobbying site utilises a way to avoid the generated CSV files from having common values.

The last thing you need is congress running a uniqueness filter on it and deleting half the comments :(

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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huh?

Since when did "2 miles away from Stonehenge" become classified as "beneath Stonehenge"?

If I'm in Trafalgar Square, am I actually in Buckingham Palace??

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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

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Re: A question and a kudo

Yep - contempt of court? Who cares! No-one goes to jail. Might mean they're fine a bit more in the future, but I'm sure their sofa contains enough spare change to fund that.

I'm more annoyed that companies are allowed to ignore the law/be unafraid of the law, because there's very little consequences to them.

Personally, I'm quite keen on the: if a company kills a man by manslaughter, someone at that company should be serving time.

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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

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Help me out here...

So Android (Samsung S3) had NFC 2 years ago, and no-one took it up (much to my annoyance!)

What's changed now? Is there something new that NFC didn't have then? Is it just that Apple (the brand for the rich, but gradually the more niche) is now behind it?

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FCC boss Wheeler: Lack of broadband choice is screwing Americans

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Actually quite impressed. Allowing states to create their own broadband network is a nice way of creating competition, without actually actively screwing the broadband companies. Nice move!

And with the amount of land and tech resources in the US, this should be able to happen quite rapidly.

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Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

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Yup - CPU power on my mobile means nothing to me. I surf websites, use GPS software/maps, make the odd phone call, chat on Hangouts/SMS, install a game (but we're not talking Half Life 2 here), etc.

What do I want from a phone? Bigger battery. Easier to integrate with PC and TV. More useful apps.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Re: ^^^ This

Backfire? So people will then use the alternative decent search engine.... ummm... oh...

Although to be fair, if you're working inside a company where they dictate what version of browser you use due to legacy Intranet websites, then you'll be unfairly stuffed by this :(

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Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email

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hahaah - question is... will Ireland use any European privacy laws to fight this request, orrr..... will they decide they like big American companies working in Ireland and don't want to rock the boat.

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New York looks to PROBE TWC over US outage

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Perhaps if there was competition, an entire state wouldn't be a slave to a single company...

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

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As it's a change of price, and due to new OFCOM rules, customers will be able to cancel their contract without fee....

... at which point Virgin will then waive the fee, and everything will go back to normal.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Um... what's the crime here?

"ISPs - You must prevent access to these websites."

"OK, no problem."

"Hey - person - you just allowed access to a website we didn't tell you, you couldn't access!"

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EE rolls out London bus pay-by-bonk app – only fandoids need apply

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Right - so the S3 LTE is supported, but the S3 with has NFC support is not?....

FFS - Can't believe I bought the S3 because of the NFC support, and no bugger supported it :(

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

cs94njw

Sounds like Wolfenstein: The New Order

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Isn't there a problem coming with shortages of Lithium?

And they want to double usage of it?

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18,000 Apple employees could get bite of profits with class-action lawsuit

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Offshore cash, fines, and taxes?

I had a thought about their off shore cash-piles....

... if they pay any court costs/government fines - do they pay tax on money used from abroad?

Perhaps this is a neat way of losing profits due to legal action, while still benefiting from tax avoidance in other countries.

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Oracle: You wanted SQL on Hadoop? How about SQL on Hadoop and SQL ON NOSQL?

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This rings a bell. This smacks of Microsoft's "Embrace & Extend" tactics, which introduced incompatibilities and dragged customers away from the original technology.

*shrug* It's certainly tempting to use a proper SQL language...

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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Umm... unless something's changed... he does own Sky doesn't he? Sky, which is an ISP in the UK?

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Samsung rebrands store as Galaxy Apps, eyes up Google Play customers

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“At Samsung, we continuously strive to create value for our customers by providing differentiated solutions and services coupled with innovative devices,"

Show me the value. Please. Where? The S Health app on the S3 was perhaps value, then you made it only compatible with the S4 and S5. So again, where is the value?

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

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Unless you're Barclays, in which case you fire then.

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Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

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My timex is resistant to 200m, has temperature, altitude, and a compass.

While any phone can do compass these days, I've not seen the other features on a mobile. Let alone barometer.

So a smartwatch needs to start with the above, and provide integration with a phone.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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Re: Tough choice

If they included a SmartWatch, I'd think about it.

The dual-download is snazzy, but probably not used much.

The best feature on the S5 for me seems to the Ultra Battery Saving Mode. Still, not worth another 2 year contract/£500 for.

If only the Nexus 5 had a slightly better camera...

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Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

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If even NetFlix can't deliver content to US customers without a load of hassle, what makes Amazon think it can do any better?

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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I'm surprised Windows 7 market share is so bad. I do like it - it is a better XP.

Windows 8+ is a Toy OS for consumers. Where's the version for workers/professionals/developers?

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Qantas' biggest problems are … Apple, Samsung and Google?

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Really? Wow.

I had to fly Economy from England to New Zealand twice last year. Once with Air New Zealand, and another with Quantas. I was very happy with both flights. Food was fine, comfort was good, hostesses were friendly, etc.

The worst part of those trips was returning from Sydney to England on BA. OMG. There's an airline that does NOT represent England, or comfort, or quality.

Tiny video screens, crappy-looking cramped aircraft, no "full service" here.

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BT demands end to Ofcom wholesale broadband subsidies for BSkyB, TalkTalk

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Re: As much as I hate to say this....

Apart from providing an un-bundled service which provides higher speeds for less money to the consumer.

Sounds like an investment to me.

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China in the grip of a 'NUCLEAR WINTER': Smog threat to crops

cs94njw

You continue to send us cheap electronics, and perhaps offer up more of your rare ores for sale.

We send you food. Although, our farmers are very slow at picking the food...

Deal?

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

cs94njw

S5 looks mostly nice, but it does feel like a small upgrade - even on my S3. If they threw a watch/fit strap in with the S5, it's a deal...

Otherwise maybe Huawei is the last hope for something interesting...

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

cs94njw

Hang on a sec. If the networks in the US don't like Netflix, what the hell makes you think they're going to allow WhatsApp traffic on their networks?

Either the US Gov plans to make net neutrality a reality, or Facebook has wasted a lot of money.

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Re: I remember the last time

You can still store offline maps, but it's harder to get to. Deselect something on the map, click on search bar, when it expands scroll to the bottom, and it'll have the "Cache map offline" option thingy.

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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Meh.

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Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

cs94njw

Ahem, I think perhaps this south park clip sums it up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVhLQIBCckE

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Google to banish mobe-makers using old Androids: report

cs94njw

I have my S3 from Three, from almost 2 years ago (yep, renewal in April.)

But my phone isn't upgraded from 4.1.2 yet :(

I hope Three get their finger out, or a lot of their customers are going to be stuffed.

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Judge: Odds of bankrupt Lightsquared sorting itself out are 'zero'

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It may have been close to the GPS band, but in their defence the GPS manufacturers were apparently a little lazy, and didn't keep within their band - hence the interference.

Feel sorry for this guys - fighting against goliaths, to provide something nice for the country.

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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This story is a myth. You're not allowed to drive and wear Google Glasses.

Those angry police people on the west coast said so...

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Cisco asks court to bin Rockstar patents

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NDA!? Cheeky sods.

Wanting to negotiate a license for a patent, but being forced to sign an NDA first, doesn't sound reasonable, and probably wouldn't be reasonable to a judge either.

Especially if this was FRAND.

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