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14 posts • joined 12 Mar 2010

Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

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Worth looking at SIM-free if you're happy with what you've got.

They're doing the one plan for £15 a month on SIM only. Can't beat it for the cash really.

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Back here too.

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

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Re: Shivers...

I was waiting for that. That comic always makes me a little bit sad. Poor Spirit...

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EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

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Re: Brilliant.

That brilliant moment where you realise afterwards, and the lack of an edit button. ;-)

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Brilliant.

So you can burn through the paltry allowances (or very expensive ones) even faster!

Seriously, aside from mobile broadband usage with a dongle and PC, what's the point? The 3 SIM in my Nexus 4 has happily churned out 22mbit down and 4mbit up recently, and gets a solid 10mbit most of the time even indoors, and has a nice unlimited data package. How fast do you want your mobiles? And does this suitably eat battery life to compensate for the speed too?

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Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

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Re: Knowing little about these things

Lifehacker has a post on it. http://lifehacker.com/5889158/turn-a-99-nook-into-a-fully-fledged-android-tablet-in-four-easy-steps

I suspect it'll need a bit more updating (see XDA forum, http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1199 ) from the guide, but the basic premise stands no doubt.

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Security firm in Tor Project 'mass surveillance' row responds

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This doesn't look like news. We use something similar on our network routing our data through a SaaS cloud which does our URL filtering and virus scanning, and I've installed suitable certificates on the network to make sure all HTTPS as well as HTTP traffic gets scanned, because a virus can just as easily come in through HTTPS. Am I missing something? Unless they're just talking about the fact they're hardware devices with shared certs... suppose a company could issue one cert across multiple devices for their kit, but it still seems to be being blown out of all proportion...

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Steelie Neelie calls for copper price cuts to drive fibre

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With copper prices so high...

... why don't they lay down fibre replacements, take out the copper, and flog it to offset the costs?

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Cloud startup's business model defies laws of physics

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RIAA/MPAA/etc?

So, these duplicate file hashes... will the MPAA/RIAA be able to get hold of said hashes / create them, then request Bitcasa to hand over everyone who has an MP3/video matching that hash? Possible instant mass lawsuit ensues?

Other than that, it sounds a great plan, but I suspect a lot of freetards would get potentially nailed.

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OnLive streams towards Blighty

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Hmm...

According the US video, unless they've advanced it somewhat, that you can only view on the ipad/android tablets. It's a shame if it's true, would be pretty impressive to have that sort of cross platform compatibility.

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PM promises change as police interview ex-spokesman

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Hmm.

"which prompted News International to reach the bold and ruthless decision not to sack Rebekah Brooks but instead to close the 168-year-old paper."

... Yeah, and replace it with the "Sun on Sunday".

Thought that was pretty much what it was already...

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Sega celebrates two decades of Sonic the Hedgehog

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Ahhh...

I did have the original Sonic on the Master System too... and Sonic Chaos, later on. Didn't realise the level select worked for that too... would have saved a good few hours replaying the game to get back to where I was after the parental units turned it off on me!

Ahh, back when games were harsh, and they took months to complete, because there were no saves, and there was no nice easy continues... when you were dead, you were dead, and completing a game was a real achievement...

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The level select code...

... wasn't it up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, ABC+start?

Well, that's how I always did it anyway...

Points for anyone who can remember the sound test codes on Sonic 2... I seem to remember the beginning was 19, 65...

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BT rolls out new, 'competitive' consumer deals

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Beware of just looking at your synced line speed...

A lot of people are still on standard ADSL MAX, which is only ever going to show a maximum speed of 8mbit down/842(ish) up, whereas your line may support quite a bit more than that.

It's not guaranteed though, of course.

If you want a realistic(ish) idea, the calculator at http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/max_speed_calc.php can help, following the instructions on how to get your line stats.

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