* Posts by tin 2

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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Re: Great

Embrace and extend. Now the web browser == Google. We're sleepwalking into being IE'd again.

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Facebook: 'We don't listen'

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OT I know but...

...sorta along the line of app permissions?

When are Apple and Google going to ban their app for sending notifications which require a different app to read? WHEN!? That should make them behave a bit better? Too big to be told off I think.

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Outsourcery: We've had offers for our assets (and, er, shareholders might get nothing)

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Piers Linney's (current) Wikipedia entry appears to have been edited by el Reg.

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King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin

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First thought

Deluxe Paint.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Let's start going painting random MS exec cars green. Because they didn't opt out.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Re: Inevitable

Nope, it's corporate nature. There is too much money at stake to do anything else. The pension funds demand it.

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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I wonder what they're doing about...

...ad blocking. Seeing as it's fighting for top spot in the how-to-get-malware-on-peoples-PCs charts.

I wonder if for *some* reason they'll be slightly less active in that area.

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EU vetoes O2 and Three merger: Hutchison mulls legal challenge

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Re: Hypocrites

Maybe they have seen that it was shit and therefore have steered away from making the same mistake again. Possible isn't it?

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Re: Fud!!!

Well you're the lucky one then, mine was put up more than 100%, as were many others. Just because it didn't happen to you doesn't mean they aren't doing it.

TBH the only thing keeping prices where they are is the competition. BT weren't a mobile provider so on one level that's OK. They're also keeping Sky on their toes so that's useful for the consumer too.

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Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you'll scream

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Lest we forget

Hmmm. trust the file extension followed by mistrust the file extension. File extensions still going in 2016, who'd have thought it?

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Re: The opposite

Surely it's "not good enough"....

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Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

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Re: "this is something we take extremely seriously"

I for one absolutely do not.

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123-reg still hasn't restored customers' websites after mass deletion VPS snafu

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Re: Hmm...

Agree entirely.

"Whilst the 123-reg VPS product is an unmanaged service" needed to be at the very least something this idiot keeps in his head and never lets slip out. It's entirely unnecessary, yet he/123-reg seem to feel it's something that must be repeatedly pointed out as if that makes things better.

I moved most stuff away from 123-reg for exactly this attitude also. I best move the other stuff quick.

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UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

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Re: Haters Gonna Hate, but...

Crap. You just ruined my year. Been migrating from 123-reg to TSO very slowly for about 3 years now.

Looks like I'll have to set up my own domain registrar!!!!

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I know this is not about 123-reg's business practices, nor do I agree with the criticism of their technical support - I have always found them excellent when you can get through (which of course means when there's NOT a big outage), but there's no harm in reminding of this.....

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/03/123reg_shrugs_at_complaints_over_sudden_domain_transfer_fees/

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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Re: perhaps

Late comment I know but the ever helpful Apple software updater has just kicked in and recommended I install quicktime 7.7.9 because it "improves security".

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BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

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Not migrating the accounts? WHAT??!! ITS THE SAME BLOODY SYSTEM!!!

Just shows you how competent BT are at those computer thingies.

Not that this is the first time. A long time ago Dabs had a system upgrade in which they somehow lost my account (forgot my password didn't know my email address, but trying to re-register with it was blocked as there was already an account) and the answer from customer service was basically "we don't care". Haven't bought from them since.

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DevOps, huh? Show me the money. Show me the MONAY!

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The buzzwords aren't going anywhere much as we (I) might want them to.

Get on the gravy train, keep your skills sharp, get paid for doing whatever it is you already did just with the new buzzword label on it, and ensure you keep your eye out for the next one that CIOs worldwide are justifying their existence with.

Me? I'm going DIGITAL. DIGITAL all the things!!!!

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Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

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Re: Same here

Same experience. I use on average 3-4GB a month on the same plan. Just had it for the "luxury" of never needing to worry about limits.

Eventually got to discussing the 12GB plan with the bloke on the phone, but for £17. I said I wasn't really interested in paying more for a plan that offered a lot less. That's as far he was prepared to go and now my plan is £0 a month :)

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Re: Another way?

Yes indeed.

Even worse, I foolishly said go ahead at 2 in the morning or whatever and - despite the PC coming out of standby every night as windows has made it do for months - it didn't once manage to install it, re-nagging that it wanted to start in the middle of the day and being put off again by me till the following night.

One day it just silently gave up and started presenting the GWX reminders again.

Even worserer, I very foolishly *bought* a laptop with Windows 10 on it. It failed to install itself properly with lots of "something went wrong" errors. Once it got to something looking like a desktop everything was black aside from an empty start menu, an edge tile icon thing and a few others proclaiming a new app will appear here soon, and still nothing worked.

Deffo complete and utter refusenik now. Time to learn a bit of Linux or Mac I feel.

Shame they haven't put as much effort into the Win 10 as they have done with the malvertising!

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Airwave drops lawsuit against Home Office over EE contract win

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Interesting. I used to* make it a hard and fast policy not to deal with any organisation that sues (or lodges FOI requests with) my organisation.

Why on earth would I want to do business with any company that thinks wasting my organisations time & energy by having a hissy fit is appropriate behaviour?

and... BT... hmm good luck with that.

* not in that line of work any more thank goodness.

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Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

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Funny cos this assumes Apple want a product that appeals to the masses. They don't. They're quite happy having just a massive slice of the high end of the market to themselves.

The 5E or whatever it's going to get called is just for those people that want a new iPhone without it being frickin massive. Apple's doubtlessly enormous team of market researchers will have told it that the size of the 6 is putting a decently sized chunk of the market off.

And if it's even a bit cheaper, businesses will buy that model.

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OnePlus X: Dinky little Android smartie with one or two minuses

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LOL love the downvotes on this. You are bang on. IMHO Apple are leaving a hole in the market by getting worse at each version that comes out and Android is still amazingly and confusingly miles and miles off.

The fact that your post was downvoted and replied to so negatively proves your last sentence.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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Re: And before the Amiga...

Except that it wasn't because Atari tried to buy (or rather *take*) the Amiga and developed the ST in response when they failed.

although.. OPs icon acknowledged :)

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Too right! "It's hard to imagine the enormous leap that was Windows 3.1" yeah I do remember being quite incredulous at how much of a step BACKWARDS it was.

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MPs slam mandarins over failed GP IT system

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Interesting....

"may have met the letter of its contractual obligations"

and

"while knowing full well that the whole system had not been properly tested"

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Properly testing the system is not in the contractual obligation? If I attempted to write such a contract tomorrow, I'd expect to remember to put that one in.

However this does prove once again that a proper, well managed in-house team is needed for this kind of work. Always.

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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patently stupid

Yes indeed. And now I know the reason that it was invented, so it could be patented, "migrate" everyone over to it and then sue anyone that tried to copy.

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Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

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Re: Ahh, Amiga

I actually don't think we've caught back up quite yet. My PC takes about as long to display all the BIOS crap as my Amiga took to boot back in '95. Now phones hundreds of times more powerful take multiple times longer to boot. Makes you wonder where these people are learning their lessons from....

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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Re: Somebody's already taken the reigns

Well I still use vanilla Firefox and my addons don't work all the time anyway!

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BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

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Re: If you wanted Discovery to be advert free?

^^ this. Sky's best move ever (and the unfortunate British viewing public's worst one) was to invent the EPG.

Before Sky Digital and the EPG, advertising funded channels managed to survive FTA. Once Sky figured out a way to extract money out of these channels by charging them solely for enabling a viewer's satellite box to be able to tune into them - something we managed perfectly well without before the EPG - the game was over.

Add in some discounted services like uplinking, managing their advertising, and now you have all that Mr Broadcaster, how about some cheap encryption? - all money to Sky rather than someone else and the broadcaster might as well as it's a cheaper service for them - then you can see why they are laughing all the way to the bank. They're having their cake, and yours, and the broadcasters', and smearing it all over their dirty greedy fat faces.

These days Sky do next to nothing except charge broadcasters money to sell the same old stuff to customers for ever increasing prices because they've manoeuvred themselves right in the middle. And there's a whole bunch of us cribbing about the TV licence?

It's a massive crying shame our regulators are so shit. TBH Sky the broadcaster needs splitting from Sky the digital platform far more urgently than BT retail needs splitting from BT openreach. Cos at least BT are making a fist of looking like everyone can do business with openreach on the same terms.

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Telecity's engineers to spend SECOND night fixing web hub power outage

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Another source reckoned customers had paid Telecity for the use of dual, fully independent power suppliers to avoid outages but the fact their service was down indicated they hadn't actually got what they'd paid for.

LOLOL yeah more fool them for thinking they got it more like!

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Virgin Media whines about Sky's customer service claims, ad watchdog agrees

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Wow, I've been a customer of Sky 3 or 4 times - most recently when O2 threw their broadband customers to the wolves and I was too lazy to get out before I was transferred.

I can safely say that the customer service experience in every case was the most downright miserable incompetent load of shit in absolutely every respect that I have ever experienced. And I've been a British Gas customer so there's the benchmark.

I had my customer service expectations lowered more than I ever could have possibly imagined by this lot, so I really really struggle to think that any other company could be worse.

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Woah woah woah woah woah!

"perfectly legitimate advertising"

I paid good money for an operating system. Not an advertising billboard.

Money for operating system. Features added surreptitiously later to advertise another product is absolutely NOT part of the deal. Decidedly, definitely NOT legitimate.

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Deutsche Bank to axe 'excessively complex' IT, slash 9,000 jobs

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Seeing as "virtualised" == the same hardware just with a hypervisor burning 50% of the resources, and private cloud == the same hardware just with a different name on it, plus - as many have already mentioned - it all admined by a small subset of the Gurus supplemented by cheap idiots....GLWT!

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OpenBSD source tree turns 20 – version 5.8 of project preps for show time

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There's ALWAYS a song isn't there?

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Twitter reduces BBC hacks to tears with redundancy notice

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How on earth...

...does a smaller team do more stuff? Answer: it doesn't unless the big team you're comparing it to is actually full of wasters.

In which case the whole text of the message is entirely corporate double-speak and should just read: "there's a lot of dead wood in the team, and your time is up".

They just have to hope the management is skilled enough to identify the dead wood and not accidentally cull lets say 16% or more of the people actually doing the work.

Also, Twitter has ~4000 people? doing what exactly?

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Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

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Re: If only there was a way

No, because the cloud prevents you from needing all that. All the resilience is in the super-massive-cloud provider's infrastructure and software, thus negating your puny little business needing to try (and fail ofc) to do all that stuff.

Except it doesn't does it?

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Native hypervisor coming to OpenBSD

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"an idiotic Silverlight payroll system"

holy, holy, holy, holy. Holy holy poo!

Genuinely... what... seriously? someone did that?

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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well given that CM12 on the oneplus one is an absolute train wreck, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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"But Zoz found this solution rather boring and moved on to explosives"

tells you a lot about the real motives of this research :)

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BT Sport website AND app go TITSUP – footie fans weep

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This is also why delivery of TV over IP is *not* the future. Way too much to go wrong. BT are a shambles but if they can't do it...

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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I remember it a little differently. Maybe my brain is addled after so many years but I recall the CD32 was a last-ditch quick-and-dirty attempt to get a product that would sell, and was a surprising success. It was just that C= were already pretty much dead, the banks were circling and they couldn't finance building enough of them to haul themselves out of the pit they were already in.

They were in that mess by various management regimes dithering about what they should be making next. There are hundreds of stories about products in the very late stages of design that got canned, and/or replaced/redesigned to products that then bombed (such as the aforementioned CDTV). It seems really only the C64 and Amiga actually got through the management BS to get onto the market, and they dined out on that for far too long.

Another story I remember reading was about ESCOM, the only company that bought the Amiga and really actually did something with it. I understood that they re-introduced the aging A1200 & A4000s via ESCOM stores, and - perhaps surprisingly again - were selling modestly, but they were looked upon with disdain by the vast majority of PC-familiar sales dudes and weren't pushed as they might have been. However the profit on the Amigas was so much better than the generic PCs they were selling that if they had pushed them more, or in most cases actually set them up demo-ing something, ESCOM might still exist, as might Amiga in some form.

Rather than the hardware though, which of course just dates by years passing, I mourn the loss of AmigaOS which while dated in many respects still has a lot of stuff nobody seems to have learned. I'll use modern OSes accepting clicks (or taps) on GUI elements that weren't even on screen at the time of the click/tap as an everyday example. Crazy stuff.

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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"creating an antidote to modern smartwatches"

surely

Creating modern smartwatches?

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: Interesting view on history

^ This. And to add, with something as universal as the (several) TVs in everyone's house, you can't keep changing the standard every 10 years or so and expect everyone to buy a whole new pile of kit. A line has been drawn and we need to stick with it for a time.

IMHO the line in the UK is not too bad, the problem is the commercialing* of it where the commerical entities are hell bent on (or have to, depending on your view) stuffing the muxes with as much as they can get away with fitting in.

*or re-commericalising, after our hated BBC essentially rescued it out of the catastrophe of ONdigital. TBH for all the thanks they got, I would have just let it die!

Also, we're not using DVB-T2 for standard def contrary to what the article currently says.

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But... how do you control the cards

This is a multi-faceted matter with arguments on each point all over the place, so let's suppose for a moment the BBC goes subscription, with some kind of CA card, and all everyone's kit can handle it, or it is deemed acceptable to scrap.

How do you maintain the household eligibility or do you scrap that too?

If a house has 6 TVs, do you give them 6 cards? How do you stop them giving them to their mates? Or do you have to subscribe 6 times? Or do we go back to only one TV in the house (which is basically one TV with one crap-technology VOD channel, not a suite of channels, so it should be a boat-load cheaper). How do you let your kids watch cbbc in the back room while you watch the golf?

The tech - and also the human interaction involved - doesn't exist, and I can't really see how it can be made to exist. The BBC were completely right to try to make a DVB-T and -S system that is based on no CA. It requires the licence fee, but so does elimination of one hell of a unanswerable ball-ache.

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

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"However Whittingdale said he was doubtful that a full switch from a flat rate poll tax to a subscription model wasn’t possible just yet, for technological reasons."

Halle-bastard-lujah! While I assume there's a mistaken double negative in there, making the BBC subscription is not currently technically possible without introducing at least a lot of potential for compromising the system.

Certainly even if you did get 100% of current TV owning households recieving the BBC, you would get far less than 100% actually paying for it. And then it would probably go completely down the toilet and the argument is over.

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Re: to make sure it remains a valued public broadcaster

^ this. Read it 100 times. The BBC is as unbaised as you can get, cheifly proven by it being possible to find people who will swear to you it is biased towards either side of any given argument.

Further, while it may not be able to achieve perfect balance - I imagine it's not possible without shutting up shop completely - everything else we have is very much less balanced. I'm not sure why we keep trying to hold the BBC to a standard that is not actually set anywhere.

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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Re: Public service remit

Another excellently well thought out post on this forum, on this subject of all things. The Sky point is an excellent one that's almost always forgotten. And claim a decidely odd apparently reg-penned defence to boot! bonus!

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Loving all the people (government included I presume) who think the BBC should/will be able to go subscription only at some point. Nobody can explain how the technology for that would actually work in practice.

Also love the government thanking the BBC for resucing digital terrestrial - sure as hell it wouldn't have survived as a commercial venture after ondigital - thus enabling big chunks of spectrum to be re-sold by giving them a royal shafting.

Short sighted? not much.

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Want to be an unpaid SLAVE for Tim Cook? How to get the iOS 9, El Capitan public betas

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1) Archive an iOS backup (but haha we didn't put the archive option in iTunes for Windows, MS LUUZERS)

2) Download Profile (but beta.apple.com is running on a classic powermac that's stuffed in the corner of Tim Cook's old bedroom, so it might not work all that well)

3) Update your iOS device (but you can't cos you actually have stuff on your phone taking all the space cos we put you off buying the bigger one by charging $100 for an extra 16GB of flash).

Winner, Apple. Furiously deleting stuff off my phone right now.

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