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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

TonyHoyle

Re: I feel like I'm living in an alternative reality sometimes.

It's mostly press exaggeration... gets hits. The only place I haven't been able to get HSDPA is in the middle of wales, and apparently that was just O2 being shit (three have better coverage there).

In villages like the one I'm currently sat in there's nowhere that doesn't get plenty of signal.

OTOH one of the reasons to use free wifi is it doesn't come off your allowance - I pay £2/mo plus data, but that data is quite pricey, so free wifi is a net win.

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TonyHoyle

The local greggs has free wifi and continental style outside tables. They're the ideal breakfast/lunch destination.

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FAKE Google web SSL certificates tip-toe out from Indian authorities

TonyHoyle

Re: DNSSEC

DNSSEC + DANE does seem the best route, but DNSSEC rollout is basically nonexistant (none of the major banks even use it), and DANE isn't supported by any browser - it was added to Chrome then pulled.. they cynic in me says verisign is pushing out a lot of brown envelopes to keep it that way.

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Austrian Tor exit relay operator guilty of ferrying child porn

TonyHoyle

Re: Botnet

Spreading the packets across multiple exit points means that no one person has transmitted anything illegal, however I wouldn't put it past someone to define 1% of a CP image as equal to the entire image and lock everyone up..

Basically the authorities don't want TOR around, so they'll use any method to kill it. VPNs will be next, if they can find a way of legally distinguishing between business and private ones.

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

TonyHoyle

Re: For shame

Example of an LG TV with spying enabled and no option to switch it off:

http://revk.www.me.uk/2013/11/wtf-lg_19.html

Maybe they 'fixed' the buggy option by removing it completely...

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

TonyHoyle

Re: How things have changed....

Install StartIsBack (if Start8 if that's more your style). Banishes TIFKAM to a distant memory (although you can still invoke it if you really want to).

Win8 without the metro bloat is a pretty competent upgrade to Win7.

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Which qualifications are worthwhile?

TonyHoyle

Support is the wrong place to start

If you start at entry level support you're a receptionist. The reason the bar to entry is so low is you're not expected to know any IT and you won't have any chance to learn any either.

Agreed with much of the above - if the reason you want to get into IT is for the pay etc. then you've picked the wrong career. That ship has sailed.. I earn only 60% of what I did 5 years ago and my job is harder. And that's normal. The days of 20%+ annual pay rises are long gone.

OTOH if you're doing it because you like working with computers then it may be worth doing, but start at entry level programming not support... and you're going to have to get whatever qualifications are 'trendy' at the moment to get your foot in the door* (haven't heard of any of the ones mentioned above.. when I did it it was HND at a minimum), then be treated like shit for at least 5 years before you have the experience to work your way up the ladder. That much hasn't changed.

* The qualifications won't actually tell you anything - if you've got any interest in computing at all you already know everything (and more, probably) they're likely to teach - but without them your CV will be straight in the bin.

** Thinking about it, we have no formal qualification - it's all experience, and we don't read CVs until late in the recruitment process, if at all.. but as a small company we can get away with that. Larger companies often use recruitment companies - who basically strip your CV for keywords then match with requirements and send everyone to interview who appears to match. Hence having a CV with lots of relevant qualifications/buzzwords on it is essential.

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

TonyHoyle

And all the 'under construction' gifs.

Then there's the ultimate horror.. the marquee tag.

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Dixons returns to profit in UK, rubs hands as Comet circles drain

TonyHoyle

disxons? souk?

If I wanted spelling that bad I'd read the daily mail!

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Want to run your own Apple shop? Start with £70k of German chairs

TonyHoyle

Re: Planning restrictions

..and if you're in a shopping centre you have no choice on those specifications anyway.

The local apple store is barely a cupboard - I bet they don't meet their own standards!

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Apple, Spotify, Amazon: All your Cloud are belong to us, says firm

TonyHoyle

"Method and System for Supplying Products from Pre-Stored Digital Data in Response to Demands Transmitted via Computer Network"

Lolwut?

FTP predates that by some years

UUCP even further

How in *hell* did they get a patent on that.

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

TonyHoyle

"The worst gesture might be the one to reveal the list of currently running applications: you need to first swipe from the screen's left edge, and then immediately reverse direction and do a small swipe the other way, and finally make a 90-degree turn to move your finger to a thumbnail of the desired application. The slightest mistake in any of these steps gives you a different result,"

Seriously?!!!

How in hell did anyone even discover how to do that in the first place?

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BBC iPlayer downloads BORKED by Adobe Air update

TonyHoyle

Re: Sigh

"The BBC offers a perfectly workable HTML5 system based on Web standards. The Air stuff is *only* for people who want to download the programme to their machine for later viewing."

The BBC only support HTML5 on apple devices. And it's a non-standard HTML5 too as if you change your user agent to pretend to be an ipad it doesn't work.

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A bitter spill to swallow, or 'how to smeg up your keyboard'

TonyHoyle

Sounds familiar

Had this happen to SWMBO's Macbook Pro. Just a few drops of liquid FUBAR'd the keyboard completely - even unrelated keys.. it seems the way they're wired means one failure takes the others out too.

Since it was out of guarantee the apple store didn't want to know - the old 'it would cost more than a new laptop to repair this' line. Her new one (an MSI) has nice chunky keys that look like they'll survive better. It also cost half as much, which is a bonus.

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Brit 4G live TODAY: At last you can bust your data cap in 5 minutes

TonyHoyle

Re: three should make more noise about its service

Three has HSPA+ in a lot of places which caps at 21Mbps (although I believe a variant is capable of double that).

Since the BBC were quoting vodafone as saying 'speeds of between 8 to 12Mbps' for 4G I think Three should definately be shouting their specs from the rooftops.

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Windows 8 'bad' analyst says Store is a weakness

TonyHoyle

Re: Weak Store Strong Legacy

Windows 8 on tablets - which is what this article is about - is 100% dependent on the new store. The only thing it shares with Windows 7 is a similarity in name.

With technical people getting this wrong the average uneducated user is going to have no chance.. Lots of returned tablets.

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Microsoft Surface priced up for Blighty

TonyHoyle

Nope

It's not a 'full blown OS' if you mean what I think you mean. This is the ARM version. It runs WinRT only, which is just Windows Phone on a tablet.

You want the intel version.

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Microsoft Halo 4 launch countdown continues as game leaks online

TonyHoyle

You may have a point.. they had it at a show I went to at the weekend.. It didn't look any different to anything else of that ilk to me (those that were playing it didn't even appear to have a learning curve, which could be counted as a good thing depending on how you look at it).

Graphics were pretty though, and I'm sure it'll sell by the truckload & be a big hit .

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Femto fail: Vodafone's Sure Signal gets a bit shaky again

TonyHoyle

Re: why

VOIP still requires setup - it might be built into most phones now but you still have to enter stuff.. OTOH a normal voice call doesn't require any setup at all.

I'm a fan of VOIP - it lets me have a 'vanity' phone number and I don't even care any more what the number on my SIM even is (so I could change mobile providers tomorrow without any downtime).. but it's not mainstream yet.

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Windows 8 ads hit US screens: Death Metal, exploding laptops

TonyHoyle

Re: Win8 FAIL - touch screen PC's will FAIL

I'm the opposite.. I hate having to touch things on the transformer. Android is designed around touch, so some things are just clunky on the keyboard.. but that context switch bugs me.

On a full PC it'd be worse - a TF is a small thing, sits on your lap, so you're not moving your hand much. My main monitor is about a foot away.. if I had to keep stretching my hand to touch it I'd get tired fast - never mind 8 hours of it..

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Warner Music daddy chucks €130m at Spotify rival Deezer

TonyHoyle

Only on 18 and 24 month plans though.. not SIM only, and since their data allowance is only 250MB a month (for this they want 20 quid!!!) you really need the free streaming otherwise it'd be a bit useless.

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The frustrating thing about Orange is they have plans that are *almost* good, but their data plans are aimed at old fashioned phones.

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TalkTalk's YouView: Why no Wi-Fi?

TonyHoyle

I expect in the context, they mean a BT MSO which is a major service outage.

Another fun one is MBORC (matters beyond our reasonable control) - this is a get out of jail free card for BT, hence after any inclement weather they immediately declare it across the entire country.

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Google Wallet: Rub our button, cough 15p for quick read

TonyHoyle

It's not talking about NFC just google wallet, which works (more or less) everywhere and everyone with a google account has one (if you've ever paid for an app you'll have an active wallet account).

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Guild Wars 2 game review

TonyHoyle

That's a pity, because that's what killed SWTOR for me too - the levelling is nice with a good story then.. nothing to do but daily grind.

I'll see how it pans out, but it seems that every time a new game is released it's claimed to be the MMO that 'gets it right' and a month later everyone says it sucks. WoW gets a pass out of sheer inertia at this point.

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O2, Vodafone allowed to hop onto each other's towers

TonyHoyle

Re: Different frequencies

No, but it'll make rollout cheaper as they can use each others existing towers to expand coverage rather than building entirely new ones.

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WTF is... NFC

TonyHoyle

It's not really not liking change, it's not knowing what terminals support it, what the staff in the shop would do if you attempted to pay in that manner (they'd probably look at you condescendingly and explain you had to insert the card in the reader - how many minimum wage costa employees even know what NFC even is?).

I'm told Costa does, but i don't go there because their sandwiches are shite. Never seen the symbol anywhere else... The local pub definately doesn't (their card reader still uses dialup).

The card version isn't actually any quicker - Wave card over terminal/type pin is exactly the same as insert card/type pin. In theory fractions of a second quicker.

Putting the cards on the phone could be a win except (a) the banks etc. can't agree on a standard that actually allows you to do it because they all want a cut, and (b) it means if you leave your phone somewhere you've also left all your credit cards.. and I don't trust the security of the average phone as far as I could throw it.

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

TonyHoyle

Or the hallway light is on. That's a sure sign of 'I've gone out and left a light on to deter burglars'.

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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

TonyHoyle

ahahahahahaha

Journalists checking facts? Have you *read* a newspaper in the last 10 years?

They all just reword press releases, and if that doesn't come out sensational enough, pull 'facts' out of their arse.

Unless you're talking about something like fullfact.org, who *are* paid to check facts but they're a blog so not journalists (according to the 'real' journalists).

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UK.gov lays out what cities will get in broadband cash divvy

TonyHoyle
WTF?

So.. give cash to the cities where broadband is already good (due to having large populations who can pay for it), not to rural areas where it's non-existent due to it being not cost effective, and needs government subsidy.

How does that make sense?

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UK.gov squatting on £1bn IPv4 motherlode

TonyHoyle

Re: Time of the essence, I think

It's worth what someone would pay for it... Nobody has $1b to spend. They'd also have to do it underhand anyway as under RIPE rules they can't sell it, only relinquish it back to RIPE for $0.

The whole thing's pretty silly. Even if it *was* released back into the pool it pushes back exhaustion about a month. Then you're back to square one except you've spent millions forcing several government departments to restructure for no reason.

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Sceptic becomes UK Environment - but not Climate - Secretary

TonyHoyle

Great reshuffle

So we have an environment secratary who doesnt care about the environment

A health secretary who's on record as saying he wants to destroy the NHS

An equality minister who's solidly against equality

Whatever criteria Cameron is using to appoint these people.. it isn't 'suitability for the job'.

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Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

TonyHoyle

Re: Renouncing Witch-Hunts

Witch hunts are bad not because there aren't any witches, but because of collateral damage - the assumption of guilt until proven innocent (and often no genuine way of proving innocence).

Hence we use the term for things that really exist.. murderers, rapists, communists, etc. because it's a bad thing.. we have a legal system for these things, and in a civilised society we should be using them so that when the innocent are accused they are protected*

* Not that the system is perfect, but it's a damned sight better than the alternatives.

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

TonyHoyle

Re: You're not alone!

Except it's *not* a large start menu - it's flat, not heirarchical. Try enabling the administrative tools menu and watch as your screen turns into a complete cluster fuck.

To get to most apps you have to click on the bottom middle of the screen (which you have to find out by accident... whoever thought that was a good UI should be shot. I hope MS have put proper icons in the right places in the final release rather than this 'click randomly until something happens' stuff) - where it brings up a list of applications in apparently random order.. again, not sorted into their correct folders.. and, for good measure, not using any of the application icons... they're all document icons (another thing I really hope they've fixed).

TBH I'm bloody glad I don't have to be one of the support guys on this - it's hard enough for some people to handle start menu -> all programs -> company -> support without having to search a completely flat namespace where your support icon could be *anywhere* and might clash with another companies support icon.

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TonyHoyle

Re: trying it now

I found it Ok on VirtualBox - not brilliant but usable. That's with a core i7 running off SSD though

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OTOH I found metro so annoying it didn't stay around long.. will load this release to see if they've fixed some of the issues (and always worth learning it a bit, even if it'll never be my main OS).

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TonyHoyle

Re: Windows 8 isn't aimed as an upgrade

This. I don't think they're seriously expecting people who use windows for a living to suddenly install an experimental UI (We'll probably have one for support purposes - we even have a vista box.. but that's it). This release is for new hardware - mainly their surface tablets and possible future touch enabled laptops.

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Blizzard pwned: Gamers' email, encrypted passwords slurped

TonyHoyle

Re: Wrong advice

You can't.. it's permanent for a reason. If you think about it, if you could change your security question what do you think the first thing a hacker would do when he gained access to your account?

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Microsoft job ad advises 'Xbox 720' out by Feb 2014

TonyHoyle

Possible.. if they did a version that got the power usage down so could be used as a DVR (<10w idle would qualify) then they could have a nice platform - provided they don't cripple it in the UK (which they probably will.. seems to be way these things go).

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HSBC brands EVERY Apple iPhone 'an insecure PC'

TonyHoyle

Re: Time for tubby bye byes...

Indeed.. they tout rapport as the saviour of your bank account but don't for one moment say what it actually is or does. It's not getting anywhere near any of my machines without that. I'm guessing it's something like a cookie-less browser.

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TonyHoyle

Re: Time for tubby bye byes...

They don't even need to do that - they just phone up pretending to be a director and give information freely available from companies house as 'proof'.

I know a company this happened to.. I'd not be suprised if it was common.

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India crowned global spam-spewing zombie king AGAIN

TonyHoyle

India??

I'd trust Spamhaus any day over an antivirus vendor, given that it's their area of expertise. Their chart makes more sense too.. (India? I don't think I've *ever* had a spam from India).

That has:

1. USA

2. China

3. Russia

4. UK

5. Brazil

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Microsoft promises Metro developers 'fame and fortune'

TonyHoyle

Re: But it's NOT Windows 8

It's kernel version 6, just like Win2k and XP both version 5.

It's Windows version 8.

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Yes, yes, the Olympics are near. But what'll happen to its IT afterwards?

TonyHoyle

Re: I smell some sport!

You even bothered gawping at the torch?

Complete irrelevant yawnfest start to finish.. the only entertainment has been watching how surprised people are the only people making money out of this are the corporate 'sponsors'.

OTOH if any politician claims there isn't enough money after blowing 10billion on some berk running around with an 99 cornet that someone has set on fire then they're going to get two fingers and a belly laugh.

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Rovio chucks up Angry Birds successor, hopes it will fly

TonyHoyle

Re: Mr Pedant writes...

Indeed there's a free version on the Android Market.

It seems to be just a bog standard puzzle game.. got half a dozen of them already.

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Climate was HOTTER in Roman, medieval times than now: Study

TonyHoyle

Before I even clicked this I guessed it would be a Lewis Page article

It's a bit predictable.

So it was warmer in the past.. it was also colder too. This doesn't really add much to the argument. As a data point it's interesting (warm climate then didn't cause mass extinction, so why should it this time?) but doesn't say anything about what's happening *now* is (a) man made, or (b) significant... which is what the argument is actually about.

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Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

TonyHoyle

It has bluetooth.

No SD card - Nexus devices haven't had SD cards for years (TBH never missed them.. I've filled <1Gb of my Transformer, but they're important for some).

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TonyHoyle

Re: In the interest of balance...

'Big G' has always rebranded phones.. The G1 was T-Mobile (not sure which manufacture), the Nexus 1 HTC, The Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus Samsung. It's Asus' turn.

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TonyHoyle

£159 for a nexus tablet? At that price it's well within impulse buy range. As I just did, in fact.

Probably doesn't tick everyone's boxes, but Nexus are reference devices (basically there's a nexus per android version).. they're google saying 'this is the minimum spec we expect.. do better'.

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

TonyHoyle

Re: Product placement

As I watch films these days I play 'spot the sponsor' - If you see a brand in a film it's never there by accident.. they paid for it. No matter how small a part it plays.

Sometimes it's comical - eg. when a Virgin Airlines plane slowly taxied past the camera for about 30 seconds (a bond film IIRC). Other times it's more subtle.. a particular brand of phone, or watch, being used.

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TonyHoyle

Re: Content

Very little of what's broadcast is time sensitive.. news and sport, and maybe eurovision. Linear TV is expensive to produce (requires satellites, or terrestrial broadcast networks), requires all sorts of scheduling (one programme at a time, fixed slots of 30/45/60 minutes) and ends up being pretty inconvenient a lot of the time.. so everyone uses DVRs, and skips the ads. That can replaced completely with internet VOD and live streaming (something that I think Sky are realising with their 'Now TV' idea.. if that actually happens).

Advertisers are going to have to be smarter. Arguably that boat has already sailed - when I first got Tivo 10 years ago they pretty much lost that route to my eyeballs. 10 years later everyone has DVRs of some sort and the number of ads actually viewed must be a tiny fraction of what it was.

These days I view TV entirely via Roku and iplayer, so never see itv/c4/c5 programmes (or their adverts). Plex fills in the gaps - again no adverts. In fact thinking about it the only ads I see these days are on billboards - advertisers have completely lost contact with the likes of me.

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Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

TonyHoyle

Re: Layers of scorn

The IT crowd depicted the men far more negatively than the women.. in fact Jen was the only one with her head screwed on right.

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