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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

fLaMePrOoF

Interesting idea but mainly limited to the author's imagination...

As someone who works in and has contacts across the industry I can simply say that this is not, and almost certainly never will be a thing, (at least not here in the UK).

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Shrew'd boffins spot TINY ELEPHANT species

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No pic - PAH!!!

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

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Re: Blast from the past

Or you can play it in your browser here... http://bbc.godbolt.org/?disc=elite.ssd&autoboot

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fLaMePrOoF

For those who simply can't wait I highly recommend the little known but excellent unofficial Elite clone; DarkStar One.

It doesn't, however, have multi-player, for that we'll just have to wait for the real thing...

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The quid-a-day nosh challenge: Anyone fancy this fungus I found?

fLaMePrOoF

I have to recommend instant noodles and cup-a-soup:

Buy the cheapest noodles from any supermarkets (Asda I believe sell them for about 20p per packet) along with some cheap cup-a-soups of your preferred flavours.

Add a soup sachet to the noodles, cover with boiling water and microwave for a couple of minutes.

Provides a quick, easy and relatively tasty & filling meal for around 50p

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EU regulators quiz mobe industry over Hong Kong group's new bid

fLaMePrOoF

"If it succeeds in slurping O2 Ireland, it'll reduce the number of operators in the country from four to three, with just Meteor and Vodafone as rivals, potentially reducing the amount of competition and therefore hiking prices for users"

I don't think so if the example set in the UK is anything to go by - while the 'old boys network' which runs the main operators here have been price fixing for years, 3 has been very much the outsider aggressively and consistently undercutting prices...

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Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

fLaMePrOoF

If you'd made that comment in relation to Super Hub 1 I'd have to agree, but Super Hub 2 has an extremely good wifi signal / range; far better than any other ISP equipment and better than most retail dual band routers < £150

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MIT wants quasars to help put free will to rest

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Seems flawed to me as everything in existence had causal interactions at the big bang if space and time are not precedant to quantum interactions but rather are a product of them...

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

fLaMePrOoF

Edward Snowden's whistle blowing has massively advanced the cause of personal privacy, however, the exposure of this kind of material worries me greatly; up till now ES has been able to say that he has not compromised national security but the revelation of international espionage projects like this most definitely does undermine national security and the capabilities of security agencies.

On a technical level I find this fascinating, but I can't get past the thought that I / we really shouldn't know this; security agencies and governments deserve to keep SOME secrets :o/

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Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina

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Poontang stadium?

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

fLaMePrOoF

Anyone stupid enough to open an email attachment claiming to be from a bank these days frankly deserves to get *ucked.

Perhaps these idiot's systems are off-line we won't have to put up with quite so many 'Like and Share to win an iPad' Facebook posts.

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Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco

fLaMePrOoF

Hasn't something gone wrong in their admin when they fail to use BCC when sending out emails to large lists? DUH!

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Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete

fLaMePrOoF

Score 2 for Roddenberry / Star Trek - first it was the warp drive, and now 'photonics'...

Just waiting for a working holodeck...

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'Occupy' affiliate claims Intel bakes SECRET 3G radio into vPro CPUs

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Re: Serious Business

It's called sarcasm...

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MPs: This paperless health service plan isn't worth the paper it isn't written on

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Happy

This has to be the most eloquent sub heading of late :)

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Oh snap – AWS daddy disses IT's 'old guard': You're so 2000-and-late

fLaMePrOoF
Meh

I was there yesterday, and while I accept these quotes and references are accurate, I have to say this story is straining out a gnat...

While the event lasted a full day with several keynote speakers and sessions from AWS partners, this whole article is based on a couple of minutes from Andy Jassy's presentation which charted the growth of AWS since 2007.

AWS boasting about their dominant market position? Definitely and rightly so. Tanks on the lawn? Hardly.

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That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

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Big Brother

"What the NSA appears to have done is circumvent or nobble the software and hardware that underpin widely used encryption systems, rather than all-out breaking the mathematical foundations of modern-day cryptography."

This puts the US / UK attitude towards Huawei & other Chinese firms in an interesting perspective...

It may be that western spooks aren't so much concerned with China's ability to compromise Chinese built kit, but rather THEIR INABILITY to compromise it...

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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Boffin

Pretty much blanket permissions.

All dialogues are in Chinese however, so not practical for most western users...

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

fLaMePrOoF

None of this is relevant though if any link in the electronic chain can be presented with a court order or threatened by the security services to reveal data. we've already seen 2 businesses fall to this with one possibly facing obstruction charges.

You can't subpoena a face to face conversation (provided you avoid it being monitored / recorded in any way0 and that's the whole point of Rusbridger's stance and why this article is virtually pointless...

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Universal Credit: ONLY 6 job centres to get new dole system in October

fLaMePrOoF

How fucking hypocritical of the government when all MPs are lining up to pour vitriol on the BBC for running a shitstorm of an IT project...

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IT salaries: Why you are a clapped-out Ferrari

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Thumb Up

Re: As a software tester...

Couldn't agree more.

I started 'at the bottom' in testing in 2008 and since then my career, (as a 'permie'), and remuneration, has progressed rapidly.

I've worked on countless fascinating projects for 5 major companies and today my weekly pre-tax income as a Test Engineer / Analyst is well over £800 (although without the Ferrari).

Sure, there are the Accentures of this world who will work you to ill health for a pittance, but the 'Emperors New Clothes' that was the off-shoring 'revolution' has been largely called, decent contractors can still get £300-£500 / day, (in the south at least), and heaps of medium to large sized companies are bringing more and more of their testing in-house and offering excellent packages and career prospects for permies.

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fLaMePrOoF

Good article but your comments on testing are WAY off the mark.

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Dalek designer Ray Cusick passes away aged 84

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Thumb Down

"Terminated"?!!!

Just shameful =OC

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BBC Vision and Audio tossed on bonfire, replaced by 'TV', 'Radio'

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Trollface

Personally I think 'vision' and 'audio' were more fitting terms given the widening of scope to multiple media platforms; e.g. viewing iPlayer on a laptop is not TV and downloading a Podcast is not radio...

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Mega launches with mega FAIL

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Stop

OK, might not be the best launch ever but looking around it's a great product / service.

C'mon Reg, do you absolutely have to crap on everything?

Credit where credit's due...

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NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies

fLaMePrOoF
Headmaster

Photo caption... "NASA should no better"?! 0_o

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Iran draws veil over lolcats, launches local YouTube knock-off

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Meh

Wonder how much extra traffic will end up at mehr.org (Mission For Establishment of Human Rights in Iran)..?

Although that site will almost certainly be blocked in Iran.

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

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Trollface

Then there's the Daily Mail perspective...

Half a million quid eh? How much does it cost to keep the average wrong 'un for the duration of their prison term..?

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Mmm, what's that smell: Coffee or sweat? How to avoid a crap IT job

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Pint

Good one, looking forward to part 2 :o)

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Save hefty Dr Who and Bond girl 'Flossie', pleads vintage computer man

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Boffin

Corrections...

Actually Flossie has significantly more than 2kB of 'memory'...

On-board storage is comprised of ferrite cores, a type of iron-based magnetic core, which holds around 12 kilobytes of storage space, as well as three magnetic drums which can store around 72 kilobytes each of data.

The main storage system is formed of exchangeable reels of magnetic tape, each containing 2mb of data, when formatted. A maximum of eight reels can be used at once, giving the machine a maximum operational storage space of around 16 megabytes.

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Liquefied-air silos touted as enormo green 'leccy batteries

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FAIL

Smoke and mirrors...

"The company that took the proposal to IMechE, Highview Power Storage, says scale is the key. A large cryo-generator could be co-located with a large-scale conventional industrial plant or power station, to harvest waste head otherwise released to the atmosphere. This heat could be used to speed up the warming of the stored air, boosting the power output. Also, when the cooling process has been completed, excess low-temperature air could be passed through gravel-filled tanks, to help prime the cooling process on the next cycle. This, the company says, could yield efficiency of as much as 70 percent (if its calculations are accurate)."

This is quite obviously bollocks, designed to attract funding / interest - the first part of this supposed 'efficiency' increase is nothing of the sort - they are simply proposing to put more energy into the system in the form of captured heat from a power plant. And I VERY much doubt that the second part - pre-cooling gravel could bring anywhere near the efficiency improvement proposed.

Even accepting the above; 70% MY ARSE!!!

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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Flame

It's getting difficult to express (without resorting to a barrage of expletives and obscenities) just how much I LOATH Apple...

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Archos pushes out 7-inch GamePad, slaps on dual thumbsticks

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Meh

Good but...

Archos missed a trick here - if they'd designed it so that the 'tablet' could pop out of the 'surround' with the games controls they's have widened the market considerably.

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Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

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WTF?

Pretty sure this would count as blackmail here in the UK, and prolly Germany as well?

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Anti-gay Uganda's premier backs pride march in protest hack

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Joke

"Ambrose Ruyooka, commissioner for the Information Communications Technology ministry, said the breaches had been rectified."

Is it just me and my puerile schoolboy humour or is this is just begging to be spoonerised...

"Ambrose Ruyooka, commissioner for the Information Communications Technology ministry, said the rectums had been breachified."

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Samsung's Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple

fLaMePrOoF
Trollface

There are only two possible outcomes to this trial:

1. Apple gets well and truly Beaitch Slapped

2. They bought the judge...

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'$199' Surface tablets: So crazy it might work, or just crazy?

fLaMePrOoF
FAIL

"Then we know the tablet space is a fight between Android and iOS"

Didn't we already learn this from the TouchPad and PlayBook???

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Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo

fLaMePrOoF
Black Helicopters

Caution...

No doubt Anon can and will pw0n the retailer in question, but they should consider the possibility of a bait-and-trap from either the French or more likely another government (USA for example) designed to draw out members of the Anon hierarchy, hoping that they will get involved in actions personally.

It just seems WAY too obvious and dumb to me to be a legitimate business move.

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Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley

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Stop

Obviously some are more equal then others in the eyes of the law...

This kind of thing happens thousands of times every day and the police receive hundreds of complaints relating to similar acts of 'online bullying'... But would they arrest and cuff a teenager if this particular case had only involved 'normal' members of the public? Would they fuck.

Every sympathy for Tom Daley but he's obviously just a naive 18 year old with a lot to learn about media and PR - re-tweeting something like this in the first place was just plain stupid.

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Surface slab WILL rub our PC-making pals the wrong way – Microsoft

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Windows

Re: Nail biting end?

Windows 8 won't replace Windows 7 in the same way previous new versions have, no matter how much pressure MS put on OEMs it is simply too different a product and Windows 7 has far more life left in it than previously superseded versions.

Touch displays / UIs have been very poorly taken up in the desktop market in the face of the tablet revolution and this is Win8's natural habitat; I predict that tier 1 OEMs will be cautious in rolling out their Windows 8 offerings while continuing to develop and base existing lines on Win7

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fLaMePrOoF
Windows

MS and Nokia make good bed fellows; two companies who have lost their way...

With recent Office offerings and now Windows 8 MS are looking to be about where Nokia were 4-5 years ago, striving for relevance in a market they increasingly fail to understand and sitting on the brink of a long decline.

Although MS's decline will undoubtedly be a slower and less drastic affair than that of Nokia, my advice to anyone holding onto MS stock - SELL NOW, because over the next 4-5 years it will slide to a around half it's current value or even less.

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Expert: BA doesn't need permission to google your face

fLaMePrOoF

By reason of prejudice...

According to BA's own justification for the service it could be in breach of the DPA due to the prejudicial way in which they propose to use it...

"The Google Images search app helps our customer service team to recognise high profile travellers such as captains of industry who would be using our First class facilities enabling us to give a more personalised service"

The act states that this would be:

"unwarranted in any particular case by reason of prejudice to the rights and freedoms or legitimate interests of the data subject"

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Did your iPhone 'just stop working' - or did you drop it in your BEER?

fLaMePrOoF
Facepalm

Another bogus Apple patent, what is it about Apple that allows them to patent systems and methods that have HUGE amounts or prior art?!!!!

This system had been in use in mobile phones for several years before Apple even entered the market - a small patch impregnated with a water reactive dye inside the housing so that manufacturers can detect water submersion - not sure who came up with the idea but is certainly was NOT APPLE!!!

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

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WTF?

"The portrayal of IT workers as sexist and women as technically inept and foolish in the programme was unhelpful"

What UTTER bollocks.

Sarah Lamb obviously has a massive chip on her shoulder...

She refers to 'workers' plural and 'women' plural in relation to two INDIVIDUAL characters; one man (the 'big boss') and one woman (the 'lesser boss') in The IT Crowd - these characters' genders could just as easily have been reversed, they are not relevant - the program in NO WAY implicitly or explicitly exploits gender stereotypes for laughs.

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Pirate Bay struggling to get on feet after DDoS to the knee

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Holmes

I would have thought these guys would be firmly in the frame for this...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/13/pirate_pay_dos_against_torrents/

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Sony to add full HD display to 15in Ivy Bridge laptop

fLaMePrOoF

Pricing?

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

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Black Helicopters

I'm reminded of the following quote by Sir Sydney Camm re the demise of the TSR-2 in 1965...

"All modern aircraft have four dimensions: span, length, height and politics. TSR-2 simply got the first three right."

BAE have the fourth dimension pretty much wrapped up where UK defence is concerned :o(

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