* Posts by mark 177

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Apple faces Beijing blackout for iPhone 6

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WTF?

Where's the actual phone?

So many news articles on this subject. And not a single one with a picture of the phone that Apple allegedly ripped off.

Why not? I want to see it!

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Telstra's confession to DNS-messin' explains broadband borkage

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FAIL

So many Telstra customers!

"About 370,000 thousand customers copped that outage"

That's impressive, given the population of Australia is only about "22,000 thousand"

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BBC's Britflix likely dead before the ink has even dried on the news

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WTF?

OTT TV

So the BBC will " launch a paid OTT TV service in the US".

An over-the-top service? That doesn't sound like Auntie Beeb.

Or does OTT mean something else? I'm none the wiser as the writer doesn't seem to want to explain this TLA (three letter abbreviation).

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iiNet struggles through five-day outage to get thousands back online

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Re: And the Agony Continues....

And it is still going on.......another 20 minute outage on NBN today. I am now writing to complain as they won't even tell us what is wrong.

Whatever happened to the telco standard 99.999% network availability? iinet exceeded its 2016 outage allowance by 5th January!

This is easily the worst internet service I have had in over 10 years with iinet.

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Anf the Agony Continues....

Had another outage last night. Not only me - I checked and several other NBN subscribers had it.

Since I'm on NBN, I couldn't use my house phone to call iinet support. And then I found I had no credit on my mobile - and the only way I know to top it up is via the Web! So I couldn't even report the fault.

Fortunately the outage did not last too long, but this is really appalling - the first time I have known iinet to have widespread continued outages, as opposed to just my own line going down.

Surely El Reg's well- developed network of sources can tell us what's going on here. Can't it?

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mark 177

Re: For me, only a couple of hours

It thoroughly confused me. I'm on the NBN, and it looked like I had a connection but no DNS.

I wasted an hour power cycling my router, NBN box, etc. I finally called iinet, who told me that I was affected due to my connection to the NBN in Applecross. That surprised me a bit as I live in East Victoria Park, quite a few km away.

I think I lost Internet for about half a day.

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Ashley Madison blackmailers try again with snail mail

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WTF?

Why not report them to the police? If they require payment, they must be giving out their bank account details or address or some way you can contact them.

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Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'

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Re: The problem is multiple subscriptions

Surely, the easiest way to simplify streaming would be cross-licensing arrangements so you could get the content you want on any service.

There would still be competition, as each service would want to buy the best content that they could licence to other services at the highest prices, and offer consumers the best experience in terms of user interface, etc.

This is a little like how the mobile phone handset business works. You only need one phone with which you can call anyone else. Streaming is like having a dozen makes of phone that you can use on only one particular network.

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Tesla recalls every single Model S car in seatbelt safety probe

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I got a ticket for a noisy exhaust, even though I explained to the copper that I was taking it to a friend's house to help me fix it AND I had the new exhaust system in the boot.

Jobsworth indeed!

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Just the usual investment wankers making money at any opportunity.

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

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Re: Never had this problem...

What about off-site backups and syncing between different devices?

Not that I would suggest OneDrive for this for a second - although I get it free with Office365, I am paying $100 a year for 1 TB with Dropbox.

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Lawyers harrumph at TalkTalk's 'no obligation to encrypt' blurt

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Facepalm

Re: Ah yes fines...

No, the customers will not pay.

In a competitive market, shareholders will pay.

The last thing that a company with a trashed reputation is likely to do is to raise prices - it will probably need to drop them for a while to win back business after a cock-up of these Brobdingagian proportions.

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Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

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Windows

Photo

Those in the know, please tell - is it compulsory to jump around like a complete dork if you work for Micro$oft?

Is this part of the interview appraisal?

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

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Coat

Ho-Hum

Is it only me who thinks that Dr. Who becoming over-hyped crap these days?

And is it only me who finds the melodramatic music distracting and intensely annoying?

If you just threw in a few four-letter words, it would metamorphose into Torchwood, that dire "adult" (read "juvenile with swearing") spin-off.

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BLABBERGEDDON BEGINS! Twitter lays off 8% of its workforce

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"A one trick pony heading for the knackers yard, soon to reappear in your local Tesco marked up as minced beef."

I do hope so. I'm sick of every BBC web article being punctuated by tweets from posing prats...sorry, I mean "pundits".

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‘Insufficient evidence’ makes Brit cops drop revenge porn probes

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Coat

This occurs "too often".....

How often is "too often" - and what would the "correct" frequency be?

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Netflix launch brings Australia's biggest ever download deluge

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Re: Consistent Growth?

No Netflix cache in Oz? Hard to believe, given the demands of HD transmission. Where does that info come from?

I do know that Netflix has at least three peering locations in Australia. So presumably Netflix handles the backhaul between Australia and the US.

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NOxious VW emissions scandal: Car maker warned of cheatware YEARS AGO – reports

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Coat

Re: VW had been cautioned not to rig the tests by its software supplier Bosch

Exactly right because as we know....guns don't kill people, etc etc

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Alert

Re: Today VW ...

I'm very confused by this urea/non-urea controversy. I have driven Euro 5 Golfs in the UK and they are "BlueMotion" models that use AdBlue (i.e. overpriced urea solution).

Similarly here in Oz, the Euro 5 models use AdBlue.

Where are the Golfs that don't use it?

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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Alert

Re: Band Wagons Ho

Obama spoke out because he is shit scared this will "radicalise" another few dozen angry young men who will plant REAL bombs that might actually kill people.

It's a damage limitation exercise.

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mark 177
Devil

No, you overestimate the police IQ in this case.

He should have said " clocks are for telling the time"

Police response: "time, what's that? Sounds scary though, book him Dan-O"

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Black Helicopters

It was easy to buy saltpetre at the chemist, though. Saltpetre, sulphur and carbon.....

OMG, I just wrote that! Sorry Feds, I didn't mean it.

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Et voilà: Violated Versailles vagina might stay violated

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Coat

Re: Er, why are we following this?

But if it really is a crane, it doesn't have the same meaning as "This is not a Pipe" because the painting - of course - was NOT a pipe, but a painting.;

Just added my own bit of "criticary" there. Et voila!

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Australia builds facial recognition as a service for plod, spookhaüses

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Coat

Pedantry

Please, el Reg! The plural of Spookhaus is Spookhaüser

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Malcolm Turnbull's run Australia's NBN for two years. How's he done?

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Holmes

Re: NBN Costs

Mostly agree, but please - no racism!

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Thumb Up

Re: What a sorry state the nbn is...

If it works I'll refund your outlay x10!

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British killer robot takes out two Britons in Syria strike

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Re: where is the proof ?

You mean the Syrian government? Since when was the UK working with them?

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Black Helicopters

Re: Victims?

You might remember that the British parliament voted explicitly against military action in Syria. So it looks like the government is defying parliament, if this is a war, as many here claim.

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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

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IT Angle

Re: As for the men

Yes, if you know what the integer codes mean.

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Re: I feel old

In the first half of the nineties, the profiles weren't fake - I know this from experience. But that was in the days of real profiles on paper, mostly.

But after the Russians learned the ways of Mafia-style capitalism on the Internet, it all went downhill.

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Devil

Re: Source?

Well, out in the real world, a "chat" does imply a two-way conversation. If it's not two way, I'd be inclined to call it "messaging" or something similar.

But as this is the Internet, who knows?

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Pint

How Many Men Actually used AM?

For completeness, could we have the stats on how many male profiles were similarly never used?

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

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FAIL

Re: WTF?

Definitely a joke. But a remarkably unfunny one.

Well below El Reg's usual standard.

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Black Helicopters

Re: Free country?

Yes, they seem to go through such phases, but surely Dubya's reign was even worse and its legacy lives on in the NSA.

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Australian online shoppers and Netflix to be fully taxed in 2017

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Happy

Double Taxation?

In the EU at least, VAT is not charged on exports outside its borders. So tax would only be charged once. A similar arrangement applies to sales tax in the USA - except it applies to any purchase shipped out of the retailer's state - even within the US.

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Ashley Madison hack – Tory MP Green denies registering account

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Coat

Re: Excellent.

And 95% of those bushes have been heavily pruned back.

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Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

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Re: Pot? Kettle?

The system itself is not lunacy, just the corporate shenanigans that accompany it.

Who would spend money on R&D if their competitors copy it without paying? That would be a classic "free rider" problem, leading to a dearth of innovation.

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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Joke

Re: Breakdown by tech company was interesting.

Well, once you've got used to being screwed, it kind of gets addictive.....even outside working hours

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Black Helicopters

Re: Who is paying the bill for the mobile data?

I'm not paying for 3G to Internet in my new Tesla Model S. Tesla pays. So I can't cancel.

It does have its uses, like free software upgrades every now and then, enabling cool new features.

But long before this story broke, I did have concerns about the system being hacked. On the Tesla, just about everything is electronic, so a hacker could have a field day.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Coat

Re: Argh!

No cable acually costs 30 quid. It's just the really ridiculous mark-up that you get in PC World etc. They sell you a cheap PC and make it up on the cables.

The difference in cost between the most basic cable and a fully-wired one is probably no more than 10 pence.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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FAIL

Newcastle Building Society Fail

"The Newcastle" asks for a memorable date. Now most people will choose a date of birth or marriage, etc. of a relative or friend.

Say 8th June 1950 (08061950)

Then they ask for three digits from that date:

Digit 3 - can only be zero or one

Digit 5 - for the last millennium or so at least, 1 or 2

Digit 1 - can only be 0,1,2 or 3

That means I have approximately 1 in 16 chance of a completely (well, almost) random guess being correct.

Also for dates in the recent past, digit 6 is likely to be either 9 or 0.

I told them about this years ago - did they change it? of course not.

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TPG ups offer for iiNet to AU$1.56bn, includes clever cash kicker

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FAIL

Why TPG, and not M2?

The spineless board of iinet has folded miserably.

You would have thought they could extract at least a *slightly* better offer for TPG, rather than one that is arguably worse than M2's existing bid.

Breach of fiduciary duty to shareholders, anyone?

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Wham, bam... premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges

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Re: the solution is simple...even simpler

Tell your phone provider to activate "barring of all premium rate calls" on your phone....or find an app to do it (I'm sure there are some out there...)

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Sorry, Qualcomm, Apple – your patents don't scare us

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Headmaster

Time for Pedantry

"Google neutrality pacts has shifted the balance"

What has happened to the pedants today? Still asleep?

Oh well, I'll have to do it then - plural subject requires plural verb, El Reg!

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You go fast, but we go 'further' and 'deeper' – Voda tells 'Speedy' EE

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Happy

Re: 500Mb/s on 2 x 20MHz?

Clever multiplexing with a high number of baud per bit.

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

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Facepalm

Sale or gift - doesn't make any difference

Calling it a "gift" doesn't help. Gifts are still subject to tax and duty at normal rates on the declared value.

I know this as a friend of mine sent presents to Poland from Australia for her family. The family had to pay VAT, duty and a handling charge to the post office.

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Hey look! Microsoft's workforce isn't all white men

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WTF?

Strange Minority

"Yet women are by no means the least represented minority in Redmond"

Minority? Er, isn't the majority of the population female?

Which of course, makes their representation in tech companies look even worse.

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The electronics island where COPS shoot ARMY and workers are rioting

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Alert

Re: I kind of expected more focus on Simon's fake iPhone

Good argument, but you start from a false premise - global inequality (between the world's people as a whole) has been decreasing:

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/hot-topics/worldinequality.aspx

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Re: Is Old English The Only Real English?

No, only the characters were simplified - fewer strokes making them easier to write.

Since then the two have diverged somewhat, but this has more to do with political differences (Taiwan v. The PRC). They were originally identical in meaning.

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Steelie Neelie orders Germany to sort out its mobe charges – or EU will go FULL LEGAL

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Stop

Re: 5th time warning or else

Germany's net debt to GDP ratio is a whopping 78.4%, compared to the UK's 90%.

So about 10% better is the difference between "addled with debt"and "stable and balanced public finances"?

Still facts always get in the way of a good rant, don't they?

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