* Posts by dotdavid

1701 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010

UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

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"Given I read articles on the register et al I am not a subscriber to the grass is always greener brigade."

Surely it's better to have x providers all claiming to have installed fibre broadband to your area rather than have to put up with just one provider claiming to have installed fibre broadband to your area?

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"Well I have an Unlimited "up to 80Mbps" FTTC service from Plusnet. I get between 50 and 60Mbps depending on which way the wind's blowing, and I pay £22.49 a month."

Plus £16.99 line rental. Still not sure why the advertised prices of broadband don't include this mandatory charge, even if you never use the landline.

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Prof squints at Google's mobile monopoly defence, shakes head

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Re: The Fire Phone flopped in the famously fair but fickle marketplace

Yeah, interestingly the main differentiator between the phone and the tablet was the price; the Fire Phone was horrendously overpriced. Do we need any other reasons for its failure? The tablet sold well and is relatively cheap, despite a lack of Googley ecosystem.

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Three to chop off £3bn of its network in bid to woo EU over O2 merger

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Re: That pledge on prices...

"Hutchison responded that for five years it would not hike up bills for consumers"

Also doesn't guarantee that they'll drop bills for customers if industry-wide costs decreased for whatever reason.

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Contactless payments come to in-flight entertainment units

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Re: "Some even charge for in-flight entertainment."

I'm honestly surprised that the likes of Ryanair et al haven't spent the money outfitting their aircraft with seatback screens that play adverts constantly at you until you pay to turn them off.

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ESA decupboards asteroid-dusting brush-o-matic

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" designed and lovingly built by Spanish outfit Added Value Solutions"

What an excellent name. If the space sweeper business doesn't work out you could literally create and sell almost anything and the company name would still work.

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Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

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Re: So...

"You need some goggles, two LCD screens, and an accelerometer? And after you've paid six hundred bucks for that, you need to pay twice that to get a computer that can drive it fast enough... amazing what people will spend money on."

Yeah I can't believe that they needed Facebook's money to develop it at all!

On a related note a car is just four wheels, a steering wheel, a few pedals and an engine, why do people spend so much on *those*?

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How to make the trains run on time? Satellites. That's how

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Re: Attention passengers

"There fixed it for you. The Swiss do use 24hr clocks for railway operations unlike the USA."

Why do you assume it wasn't a train at 5:17 AM?

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Linus Torvalds wavers, pauses … then gives the world Linux 4.5

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Re: PS/2 Mice

"do you still need to reboot after inserting a PS/2 mouse or keyboard for it to be recognised"

In my experience it would be fine to detach/reattach a PS/2 mouse/keyboard as long as you initially booted with it plugged in, but I don't know how typical that was.

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Virgin bins Webspace, tells customers they can cry to GoDaddy

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Re: ISP Email

"And I bet despite another service going (Usenet seems to be either dying or closed) my bill won't come down at all."

Virgin Media bills come down in the same way that rocks fall up.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

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Re: 1280 x 720 on a 5.7" screen?

You find the strangest things funny.

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Re: DAB would have some great potential if you get propper equipment

"But remember the Pure Bug radio? It was, to my knowledge, the only one that came close to the promises with ability to record. I don't know why."

I'm guessing record company execs decided that radio taping would kill music just like home taping did.

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Beer-powered bid to build mobile network goes flat

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"Anyway, I'd loke to know more about why the talks tanked."

It sounded like a great idea last night but everyone had their doubts the morning after?

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Google emits Android N developer preview early to smoke out bugs

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WTF?

Rearranging the deckchairs

Every new Android version I hope for a saner update mechanism, and every new Android version I'm inevitably disappointed.

I got briefly hopeful when Android-based things like Android Wear came out with updates direct from Google and I naively thought it was a sign of things to come, but nothing has materialised. Android-on-phones is probably the only Google product I can think of that *doesn't* auto-update by default and that leaves the millions of Android users that don't have Nexii vulnerable. Yes I know Google patches AOSP even on past versions, even if OEMs rarely distribute/use those patches, yes I know there are custom ROMs but both are workarounds not solutions to Android's support problem.

So no improved security. Still I'm sure cosmetic tweaks to notifications are a very important feature to have too...

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Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

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Re: "Make me a sandwhich"...?

Didn't work

make: *** No rule to make target 'me'. Stop.

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Between you, EE and the lamppost ... this UK cell network is knackered

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"Funnily enough, there is one thing still working at least: EE was able to text people today warning them that their tariffs are going up in March."

I'm quite surprised that they're still doing that; none of the other networks have within-contract price rises inflation or not and it was one of the many reasons I left them.

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Feds spank Asus with 20-year audit probe for router security blunder

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> > The free market would have fixed this

> There is one, and it didn't.

Speaking as a capitalist running dog, internet of things security, like automobile safety standards, seem to be winding up as a thing that the free market cannot adequately handle mainly because the average purchaser lacks the expertise to even know that it's a problem. We don't have to be mechanics to have a safe car; we shouldn't have to be networking engineers to have a safe router. I don't see a problem having regulators impose standards in these sorts of situations.

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Re: Free Markets

"Personally I think there s no hope until routers go fully open and run Linux (for example, OpenWRT) so that security updates happen in a timely manner"

Not knocking OpenWRT or its controversial cousin DD-WRT (which I use myself) but AFAIK you don't get automatic security updates even with these firmwares, and the average user won't want to nor should need to install a third party firmware and more importantly keep it updated to remain safe.

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Virgin posts increase in profits and sales amid 900 jobs chop

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Re: That's the idea silly? (!)

"and then what?"

Shareholders sell, happy with the Shareholder Value they have earned, and skip off into the sunset. No-one but the customers and staff care about the failing business and they're not Key Stakeholders.

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

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Re: RE an unlamented fragment of my past

"where do you want to be in 5 years"

On a beach sipping cocktails enjoying my lottery winnings, I think.

Oh, sorry you wanted me to pretend to *want* to have to go to work? :-)

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Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

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"I am unable to discus this"

They may not be able to discus this but nevertheless I think they're throwing your query out of the window.

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Computer Science grads still finding it hard to get a job

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Re: Unfortunately...

"CompSci's are skilled, just not 'skilled' in the way employer's want, like or need, so there's still a skills gap"

Indeed. Until I joined the "real world" I had very little experience in key business skills like filling out a career development plan that's worth more than the time and effort put into filling it out, learning how to suck up to the right managers and setting SMART objectives that sound terribly important to the business but are nice and easy to achieve with flying colours. A module or two of those sort of things in my compsci course would have gone a long way towards giving my first employers what they appeared to want ;-)

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Re: Degrees these days....

" even once had a bloke bring in some code that was hassling him and we debugged it in the interview. The interviewers fixed the interviewee's bug!"

I wonder whether the technique would work for some DIY I need doing at home ;-)

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Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go

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"The Lego Movie, which enjoyed huge public and critical acclaim, but inexplicably and controversially failed to get nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar"

Strong competition. The Lego Movie was good, but IMHO How To Train Your Dragon 2 was better.

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Three scoops 'most reliable network' crown, EE takes every other title

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Re: Another EE win?

Still better than when I was with them and they had three impenetrable and awful web sites; one for each brand.

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Re: re.Mutti

"It is meant affectionately, i.e. mother of the nation... Mutti der Nation. ;-)"

In Britain we have a Nanny of the nation, perhaps we should call Cameron "grossmutti" ;-)

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Go phish your own staff: Dev builds open-source fool-testing tool

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An ex employer sent me a snotty email once when I reported one of their phishing test emails as abuse to Google and told them I had. I very much doubt that Google did anything with the report but some wannabe-bigwig emailed me telling me my action had been "escalated" as it might have effected the success of the education campaign. Of course nothing further happened to me, but it did leave a sour taste in my mouth for doing the right thing.

I think ignoring phishing emails, legit or otherwise, is the best policy.

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Big Ben belittled by Infosys' plans for enormous erection

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"The Chamberlain Tower at Birmingham University at 99, 100 or 110m depending on who you talk to"

And presumably how cold it is?

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Built-in LG smartphone app created data hack risk

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Re: Grrr - so far I've been really happy with my G3

"I've just received the update to Smart Notice."

Me too. I'm glad someone at LG decided that a way to update built-in apps would be a good idea, although I wonder how many people would bother checking their "Update Center" app at all.

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Re: Grrr - so far I've been really happy with my G3

"On my stock unlocked G3 (software version V21a-EUR-XX), I can add and remove Smart Notice just like any other widget"

The widget, sure, but I can't disable the app in Application Settings like you can some other "built-in" apps.

"My experience with Cyanogenmod (on Galaxy S2) is that it's ... bad for stability."

Samsung's fault because of their horrendous record of not releasing code for their Exynos chipsets. The G3 with its Qualcomm-based chipset should be much better.

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Re: Grrr - so far I've been really happy with my G3

I'm running an OEM unlocked G3 with latest stock firmware.

No you can't disable Smart Notice, I've just looked. Also it doesn't appear in LG's "Update Center" app nor Google Play so I'm not entirely sure how I'm supposed to patch it.

I had always intended to migrate to CyanogenMod in time (was waiting for the Marshmallow update to see what that was like first) but this sort of thing makes me wonder whether I should do that at the weekend.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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Re: To all of you with older phones...

Hmm, never heard about the Barclay's app before. That does seem pretty ridiculous - xposed and rootcloak has always worked for me with other apps like Three's wifi calling one.

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Re: To all of you with older phones...

"* Continue using your device for financial stuff and have the whole thing compromised exposing all that data to the bad guys.

* Have a secure device but lose the ability to do financial stuff with it."

While I agree with your sentiment I must point out that some custom ROMs, like CyanogenMod, actually don't execute as rooted by default. In the latter case you have to enable root using a developer option, so you can still get the benefit of the quick updates without root.

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UK govt right to outsource everything 15 years ago – civil service boss

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Re: "doing "what everyone else was doing at the time""

"Government + outsourcing = even slower progress, even more overspend and later delivery"

In my experience it's "Government + civil service + outsourcing". Oddly enough, adding another organisation to the plus list doesn't make things more agile.

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Hackers mirror 250GB of NASA files on the web

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Re: Terminator seeds

"I'm curious to know, why the downvotes?"

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/a-blog-around-the-clock/files/2013/01/10yvf8m.gif

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Re: Oh the conspiracies ...

"Heavy metals? Last year it was mind control chemicals..."

Evidently the mind control chemicals worked.

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AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

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Re: WTF?!

"Even less intelligence is required to design a commentard trolling program!"

That's what you think, but amanfrommars has been under development for years.

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"At some point, perhaps, no-one will have a job any more, which would mean no-one would have any money to buy or run the machines anyway, and the world economy would be forced to reboot."

I rather like to think we'd end up with some kind of universal basic income and a barter system. All our needs would be provided for by the robots, but we could spend our time freely doing what we liked and exchanging stuff we produce as a hobby for other stuff other people have produced as a hobby. A bit like Iain M Banks' Culture.

I'm sure there'll be problems though; we don't want to end up with a universal basic income as depicted in James SA Corey's The Expanse, for example. Still I don't see robots making us all redundant as a particularly scary thing - after all machines have been taking our easier chores away for years; wouldn't it be nice if no-one needed to work unless they wanted to?

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Death to clunky, creaky rip-off cable boxes – here's how it will happen

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Re: Interesting

"Because, ironically, the UK has competition in cable providers whereas in the US the vast majority of homes are supplied by only a single cable TV provider"

AFAIK Virgin Media is the only major cable TV provider in the UK, there may be small local ones but hardly adequate competition. And even in the past where there were a few more major providers (NTL, Telewest etc) they never served the same areas. I guess the only difference then is the widespread availability of DSL.

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Interesting

I often wondered why the cable companies in the US do this sort of thing. Virgin in the UK give you a box (well, it's included in your package price) and will replace it for free if it breaks. The flipside is that you can't really buy your own with more features. They do try to sell you better packages that come with better boxes though (originally HD, though that's standard now, or boxes that can record TV).

Why is the UK so different?

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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Flawed car analogy. Better would be you can lock your car in a garage, but you need to make sure the key to the garage hasn't been copied for someone else to use (patching), that there's some kind of surveillance that flags people you don't recognise or people you do recognise acting in ways they don't usually act (intrusion detection) and that you're not handing your key to anyone who rocks up at your house claiming to be the car repairman (spearphishing).

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Sensors, not CPUs, are the tech that swings the smartphone market

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"Every major manufacturer will have their own Gear VR-like plastic case for wearing their latest top-of-the-line handset"

I can see that; all the manufacturers are looking for ways to differentiate considering they basically all run Android. Unfortunately it won't work - I bet I'm in the majority of people that would never buy a Gear VR or similar unless it was compatible with all Android phones.

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Re: Swiss Army Phone.

"When my very old Nokia phone fell apart (it was that old) I ended up with a very cheap smartphone because that was all that was available at the time"

You know I've never understood that. You can get a Nokia 105 from Amazon for under £20 that will do anything an old Nokia can do (including last for weeks on battery) plus more, and that certainly isn't a smartphone.

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Oracle to kill off Java browser plugins with JDK 9

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Re: Will they depreciate.... [sic - SPELLING]

Yahoo is depreciating already with little help from Oracle.

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GitHub falls offline, devs worldwide declare today a snow day

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Re: re: when GH goes down its like a free holiday

Shhhh! Our manager doesn't understand that!

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Pubs good for the soul: Official

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Re: giving head

"Visitors were often intrigued by this and you'd get customers asking you to to pour out successions of pints alternately with and without the head without changing anything on the pump."

"Wait, I missed it. Pour another one; let me see what you did there? Damn, missed it again..."

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Fretful Amazon wishes it could get more Android action

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HTC Sense was pretty good, yeah, based on their earlier "TouchFlo" work on Windows Mobile.

But the way they went about it was all wrong. Rather than being a simple default launcher replacement with a bunch of other things using as many standard Android API features as possible* it was crowbar'd in using proprietary hacks, meaning any changes Google made to Android would mean HTC had to change a lot of stuff that suddenly broke. Didn't exactly help them release timely OS updates for existing handsets, if that was even a priority for them.

* Really the first OEM to do this was Motorola, and only after being bought by Google

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Re: Extended Director's Cut Edition

Wouldn't a Director's Cut need to be resubmitted to the BBFC?

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I think so. Directed by Wall Disney?

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Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

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Re: If Only...

Considering what they charge for what they do, some of these "Solutions" firms are undoubtedly terrorists (inspiring terror in procurement circles anyway)

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