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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

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Re: how fucking stupid is this

Actually there are quite a few horror stories about the warranty process.

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Re: Confused

OnePlus One refers to the total number of handsets they aimed to produce.

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YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

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Re: "Piracy often arises when consumer demand goes unmet by legitimate supply"

You can always move country - you pirates are always making ridiculous excuses for your thefts!

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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I suspect Google might think about having a system like the Android model, where car manufacturers could sign up to use Google's software.

That said they've built their own buggy-cars so they might not be against building their own.

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Unlike Google, Ford has the power to make driverless cars actually happen should the technology pan out

Why would Google be any less likely to be able to do this than Ford? They seem to be doing okay so far after all.

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Sophos to offshore American support operations

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"saying that there will be no overall reduction in headcount (ie no job losses)"

Surely it's irrelevant to laid-off workers that their job will still exist but will just be abroad where they can't have it?

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Mobile carriers keep the promised land on an ever-receding horizon

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Create a 4G WiFi hotspot so I can work anywhere? Please!

Unfortunately tethering is not included in your data usage allowance, as per the terms of your contract. You will be charged £21/MByte for tethering data usage. Thank you for your custom.

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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e-ink

It's a shame e-ink readers are not doing as well as the manufacturers had initially hoped, but really they've been a victim of their own success.

Everyone I know with an e-reader (no matter what brand) loves it, and only seem to replace them when they break as the new ones only really seem to provide incremental upgrades to an already excellent product. Everyone I know without an e-reader can't see the point of them for whatever reason and a new e-reader probably won't change their minds.

I just hope that there will continue to be enough of them being replaced that there'll always be someone willing to make a decent e-reader, because I for one won't be reading my novels on a tablet any time soon.

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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

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Re: So what's next?

Maybe we could have some kind of aerial robot wars before every match?

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during a Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbian and Albania

Who was the unlucky Serbian?

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

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I made the mistake of reading one of the many junk mails they drop through my letterbox when they first announced this new package, and remember thinking "woah, that's quite a good deal".

Then I read the small print and realised they were comparing packages without line rental, making it pretty much what their old deal was just with a new name and associated 12 month contract lock-in. No thanks.

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DOUBLE-PUNCHED?!

More like double-gently-prodded.

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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Re: Survey rated O2 highly?

Survey of O2 management? :-P

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Re: Population density

Indeed. As someone that uses Kings Cross (probably the same cell towers as St Pancras) regularly at rush hour it is very flakey using data sometimes, which is a pain when you're wanting to look up train-related data (the apps often display departure platform way before the departure boards do). At off-peak times it's much better.

I wonder if the testing of stations was done at the same time of day at all stations? Else I would expect the results to be a little flawed.

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Android's Cyanogenmod open to MitM attacks

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As I appear to have the first comment post, and The Register haven't updated the article, here is a link to Cyanogen Inc's response.

Of particular note to me is that it doesn't actually effect CM11 (the latest version) as the code isn't in Android KitKat, and is upstream in Google's earlier code anyway. Storm in a teacup.

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"The researcher responsibly disclosed the flaw to affected providers but had no luck with Cyanogenmod maintainers"

Let me guess, he approached some key developers directly and got no response? I suspect they get a lot of time-wasting contact from people who claim to have found vulnerabilities, and being a small firm probably don't really have the resources to deal with every out-of-channel bug report, so probably ignore them all unless they're from people they recognise.

Perhaps there should be a way of submitting bugs to their public bug tracker (which I think is Jira) in such a way that only the development team get to initially see the bug, to aid in responsible disclosure of security issues. Or is there such a way already?

As for the vulnerability itself, at least we'll get a flashable patch in a couple of days. That proves the benefits of CM over manufacturer firmware if anything does.

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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Re: Thank $deity for proprietary software

Presumably you missed the penultimate paragraph of the article

A dangerous worm has been discovered exploiting a zero-day flaw (CVE 2014-4114) in all versions of Microsoft Windows and Server 2008 and 2012.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: The new Reg Review style

4. Profit?

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Happy user of an N54L microserver here. Modded BIOS to allow me to use the CD bay for a disk, and I can have 5 drives in there now. Installed Ubuntu Server and set up my disks in a RAID1 array (maybe if I had more than 2 drives I might consider another), runs Plex, Apache and a couple of web apps like TT-RSS and works flawlessly. Sure there was some tweaking needed so maybe not for everyone but most techies reading the Reg won't have any problems following the tutorials.

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

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Re: How easy would it be...

I think the tenner is the monthly subscription. Those sort of specs, I wouldn't be surprised if there's a considerable up-front cost (or long contract term).

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Re: So wait...

"We didn't want to be constrained by TV thinking, we are mobile people."

And yet they do the latter so well!

Wait...

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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I must admit I do keep reading "J-Law" as Jude Law.

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For god's sake - these are people

Not all of them, surely?! Bieber too?!

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Hipster chimps are SLAVES to the latest social trends

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"A total of seven chimps then went to the waterhole and copied the alpha male"

I wonder if they would have copied if it was one of the loser non-alpha males. "Look at that weirdo drinking water with moss"

Anyway real hipster chimps would switch to some other way of drinking when everyone else started doing it.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

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Re: London FFS

"Yeah, move to Cambridge to get away from those insane house prices, crippling transport issues and high cost of living issues."

I understand this must be sarcasm, considering Cambridge is Britain's sixth most expensive city, at least according to Halifax who did a survey a couple of years ago.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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"until it was pointed out that there isn't enough farmland to grow enough to replace even a fraction of the fossil fuels that we use"

I'd heard they were looking at algae, which doesn't need farmland. Although I'm guessing it might have a negative effect on marine ecosystems.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Re: The trouble with "older" sci-fi...

"What, did, the, comma ever, do, to, you??"

Mr Shatner, is that you? :-P

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Speaking of cinematic panache, I'm quite looking forward to the TV adaptation of James S.A. Corey's Expanse series. But yeah a Peter F Hamilton series would be cool - I just wonder whether as a British author he isn't known as well in the US?

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One million people have bonked on London public transport

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Re: "Bag o' Sh.... shellfish"

I quite like the Oyster card.

I lost my national rail season ticket and oyster card once. Replacing the season ticket involved a trip to a ticket office, having to fill out a lengthy form (and another to claim for journeys I'd had to pay for separately) and a stern warning from a disapproving operative of First Capital Connect that this was the only time they'd let me lose a ticket this year.

Replacing my Oyster card involved getting a new one, logging onto their website and transferring the balance across. I lost no money. Much easier. I could lose it as much as I liked in the future.

I've used pay-by-bonk a couple of times on the bus when I've forgotten my Oyster card at home, and so I'm very much for it. I do think Oyster would be great as a national ticketing system for trains however.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Burner phones?

That's nothing. Many celebrities have entire burner weddings!

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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Re: WOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yup, but it also sells other fresh fruit and veg :-P

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CloudFlare: You get SSL, and you get SSL, EVERYBODY GETS SSL!

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Good news

Brings a lot of the benefits of SSL within the reach of a lot more websites, including not-for-profit and low-traffic ones that it wouldn't have previously been cost-effective to buy an SSL certificate for.

I use CloudFlare for almost all my sites and have been quite happy.

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Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

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Re: Smartphones run for days, no need for "ancient Nokia" for better standby time

Unfortunately smartphones' batteries don't last as long in standby, mainly because they're usually doing things (like checking emails, checking for social network updates, uploading your photos) when they're not actively being used.

Turn off background sync and it can last quite a few days.

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Labour outsources digital policy, Tories turn up to finish it

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Yes but they're too expensive. No, wait, I mean we have a "skills shortage".

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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

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Re: I have to say that this is...........

...or if it had been developed by Apple... ;-)

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Tearful LOHAN Playmonaut bids adiós to Spain

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now we have to get the bloody box heated to a minimum of 56°C for at least half an hour and then branded with hot iron to prove it

You'd better remove PANTS before things get too hot.

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EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

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Re: What I'd like to do...

"Why the hell can't I, as UK citizen, buy a SIM for use on a German network (which is where I'm going in a few weeks) with the same kind of package that a German citizen would buy, and use it?"

Huh? I don't know about you but I've bought local PAYG SIMs in several EU countries and not had any problems. Just go to a phone shop or supermarket.

http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/Germany has some info about German plans.

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Four caged in UK after cyber-heist swipes €7m in EU carbon credits

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They CC'd their emails rather than BCC'd them.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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Feasibility study

They looked at the UK and found many towns had a similar distribution system in place for the weak tasteless lagers that can be found in many of our public houses.Unfortunately they had simply mistaken the purpose of our sewers.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: Moon is a harsh mistress

If you can get nuclear waste out of the Earth's gravity well wouldn't you just fire it at the sun?

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Huawei prez: A one-speed internet is bad for everyone

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Ding said it was absurd to have a put up with one-speed slow cheap dumb networks when different consumers and applications had different requirements smart networks are so much more profitable.

FTFY

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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And another thing...

Clearly The New iPhone can become a flip phone.

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Re: Spot on, ElReg.

"On the other hand, we might suggest that a phone which can't be carried in one's pocket hardly qualifies as a mobile phone at all in this day and age."

Why? It can be carried place to place and can make telephone calls. "Mobile phone" would seem to cover that.

"If it fits in a pocket comfortably it's a phone"

My cordless landline doesn't, and that's a phone.

I can quite understand some people don't like large phones, but arguing they're not phones is a little silly IMHO.

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Google goes Dutch with new €600 MEELLION DC

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Re: Grey water?

I'm guessing salty seawater is somewhat more corrosive.

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Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes

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Re: All this dewie-eyedness.....

"if you were drowning Messrs Gates and Ellison would sell you an anvil!"

FTFY ;-)

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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Hear hear. I hate thieves. Only yesterday I was in a shop trying to buy a copy of Watch Dogs, but the shelves were completely empty thanks to all these thieving pirates downloading games from The Pirate Bay.

Wait...

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EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

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Re: Smash and grab

"Why would EE continue selling them phones and airtime at a discount when they could sell the same package through their own store and make more money? "

Except they won't do that.Phones 4U and CPW often seemed to have better deals than the networks themselves for whatever reason. Now the networks won't have to compete with their own agents, which makes sense I guess, but you're deluding yourself if you believe that means they'll offer P4U/CPW-style discounts.

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They're just going to paint EE in front of the existing Phones 4U signs. EE customers are used to confusing branding nowadays, what with the multiple brands the company runs in parallel.

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Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files

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Re: just no...

MP3s sound warmer and more authentic than CDs.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: safety standards as high as those set for the space shuttle...

"More than 1 death per 10 launches"

Dunno about you but I think that's a pretty good record, considering they were blasting people out of Earth's atmosphere by means of very large explosions happening directly underneath them, and then almost always bringing them safely back down again afterwards.

True, catching the bus is safer, but new complex things are always going to be dangerous. For some it is worth the risks.

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