* Posts by Badvok

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Spooky ghost town vid perfectly sums up YouTube's 8K playback: It's virtually no use to anyone (yet)

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@foxyshadis: Rules of Thumb

But there are some misleading rules of thumb. FTFY

FYI, most of the 'rules of thumb' rely on determining horizontal and/or vertical dpi and calculating what would be distinguishable by the human eye. There are two problems with that calculation, a) who on earth wants to see individual pixels anyway, and b) human eyes don't have linear grids of receptors that are perfectly aligned with the screen. A more realistic dpi to use would be a diagonal one and that would approximately halve the screen sizes you quote.

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Apple: Relax, fanbois! We never meant to read your heart rate during wild wrist action

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Re: "Yup, it's a feature, not a bug ..."

We need a 'fail at science' icon to cancel out the 'boffin' icon used above. Though giving the benefit of the doubt it could simply be a typo because X and Y are next to each other on the keyboard aren't they?

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Elon Musk's SpaceX: Now we help do SURVEILLANCE for the SPOOKS

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Re: Hmmm. . .

Oh dear, I can see your train of thought, yet you still hit the 'Submit' button anyway?

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

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In other news: Security hole found in all OSes!

It turns out that the 'format' command just changes a few blocks of data and doesn't overwrite the whole disk/store, thus allowing data to be retrieved afterwards.

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: Darwin slide has things backwards

Oh the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia.

A lot of the 'wonderful' content you think you remember so fondly is available on YouTube these days, take a look and see if it really is better than today's stuff. Once you take the rose-tinted specs off I think you may change your opinion. Entertainment TV is and always has been pretty dire.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Re: Details, details

"We know we can use around 300 AHrs of a fully charged battery bank"

Is that a 72kWh battery bank able to supply those 300 Amps for an hour at 240V, or a 0.3kWh battery bank able to supply those 300 Amps for an hour at 1V? I think there might be a slight difference in size and cost between the two but they are both 300 Ah battery banks.

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Re: Details, details

"But we don't think of its capacity in kWHrs, as that's useless. Amp-hour rating is more important."

Yes, of course it is totally useless thinking about the actual amount of energy available rather than just the number of Amps :rolleyes: I suggest you go back to school, you need Amps and Volts together, one without the other is meaningless. Watt do you get from Amps and Volts? (clue in question.)

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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Re: intermittent vs continuous demand

Richard Chirgwin also, probably to make his point, only quoted the continuous power output of the powerwall and then gave examples of non-continuous use, i.e. kettle. Tesla actually quote a 3.3kWH peak output which should be more than enough for most homes and certainly removes the need to double-up.

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Android tool catches apps silently pumping hundreds of ad, tracking servers red-handed

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Re: Let's play statistics!

I've just bothered to read the actual paper that this article is based on. They do identify the baddest apps and yes all the apps they examined were 'free', aka ad-funded. The bad apps are very much a minority of the sample, though not a small enough minority to be ignored.

The majority of URLs/domains are those you would expect from ad-funded apps, i.e. google ads and analytics, doubleclick.net, etc.

The 10,000 user interactions were per app, so lots of user interactions per URL.

The 'suspicious' score in the reg article of 5.6% is a bit misleading, in the paper the researchers identified 94.4% of apps as failing to access any url/domain identified as suspicious by any of 52 different sources. Since there are likely to be a few false positives across those 52 URL rating sources, saying 5.6% accessed suspicious URLs is not really a fair reflection.

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Let's play statistics!

2,146 apps requested internet access permission, of those 436 didn't bother actually connecting to anything - eh?

Of the 1,710 apps that did access the net they accessed 1 url for every 68 user actions. Or was that 10,000 scripted events split over 1,710 apps? But that seems like too little interaction - 6 user interactions per app?

Many of the apps were probably free and thus depended on ad revenue - no statistics provided - why not?

The only really interesting stats here are the 5.6% suspicious URLs, and the 2.9% malicious, but then no detail provided on what type of apps generated this, or even what proportion of the 1,710 apps did this.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Meh

National Identity Card

While I personally can't see why a National ID Card is such a problem, since most of us carry one in the form of a driving license anyway, it has been shown that Joe Public really dislikes the idea and therefore e-voting will never happen.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: @stucs201: Standards?

On yes I forgot that there is only one internet protocol isn't there and every vendor implemented it correctly? (For the uninitiated there is a movement towards version 6 of the protocol. Servers using version 6 can not communicate with servers using earlier versions without intermediaries but this is apparently an example of a good standard that works everywhere without fail.)

Red Book Audio - I guess you must be too young to remember the early days of issues between vendors then. There were always some discs that would only work on certain players. We also had years of using caddies to try and stabilise discs so they could be read. And lets not get into how writable discs written on one machine would often fail to read on another when they came along.

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@stucs201: Standards?

"but once done it'd be around for a very long time and work with whatever combination of client software+hardware and service provider the user wanted."

Go on name one, just one 'standard' that was compatible and would just work across multiple vendors of software, hardware and service.

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: So....

@dkjd: "oh goody, I can de-install "play store" from my phone then?"

Err, yes, well at least disable/hide it on most phones. What was your point again?

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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Re: Just one question; what permissions does this thing want?

In case you have forgotten how to use a web browser:

This app has access to:

Photos / Media / Files

modify or delete the contents of your USB storage

read the contents of your USB storage

Other

view network connections

full network access

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D-Link router patch creates NEW SOHOpeless vuln

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Re: FOSS that you can rely on

Sorry @Lost all faith... I had to downvote you for getting your maths wrong, it should be the other 99.999999986% of the worlds population :)

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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WTF?

" The lack of open source drivers really, honestly and truly does affect them, as there are regularly things they need to be able to change, and they have to fight tooth and nail to see them changed."

This is the thing I really, really don't get. If it is so hard why the fu** are they buying NVidia cards and thus pouring more money into their hands?

If these rather special 'Linux Devs' really can't abide using something for which they don't have absolutely all the source code down to the lowest level (microcode included?) why don't they just avoid those manufacturers who don't provide it - last I looked it was still a pretty free market.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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The story is a little confusing in the details. It does appear that the Credit Card company have accepted his claim that he didn't authorise the transaction and hence they have refunded the charge and pulled the money back from Sony. However, at one point the case is apparently 'under investigation' by Sony whereas at another point it is claimed that Sony acknowledges that the purchase was fraudulent. Definitely a little piscine odour in either the original story or the reporting of it.

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Pirate

His account was 'hacked' and all they did was spend £49.99? And that sounds awfully like the price of a single game, which would then be permanently linked to the account just like the rest of his online purchases. Something smells a little piscine to me.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Happy

Oooops, I knew I shouldn't have downloaded my 25GB Easter Surprise from a certain game company all at once, sorry people!

(And as someone who remembers seeing GIFs loading line-by-line I still can't believe that it took less than half an hour.)

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Virgin Media takes its time on website crypto upgrade

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Re: And they have a ludicrous mandatory weak password policy too

@handle: if you really are such a paranoid privacy freak that you really worry that there are people out there who would want to see all that information about you then I guess you have a problem - though trusting VM to keep secret your activities is not your biggest issue. Maybe you don't realise that pretty much anyone at VM can also see all that stuff and, horror of horrors, without even knowing your password!

And no you can't get your package changed without phoning them, or that's my experience anyway.

I never said that you can't use a high quality password if YOU want but I fail to see there is a need for VM to require their users create a complex password. Most users will not need it, and it just leads to more support calls for forgotten passwords, which in turn leads to easy password bypass.

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Re: And they have a ludicrous mandatory weak password policy too

"Agreed, it's comical.. "

No, what is really comical is people who worry about using secure passwords on sites where the only real issue* if someone hacks the account is that they could pay your bill for you!

I recently had a water company insist on mixed case, numbers AND at least one symbol - Why? I really don't care if someone else pays my bill for me, no I really, really don't.

* Assuming you aren't using VM's email that is, and who in their right mind would.

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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Re: new nickname

Not sure you can really give George the same nickname that Ed "Two Kitchens" Miliband has already staked a substantial claim to (by having been caught posing in his second smaller kitchen so as not to appear too well off).

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Who's Gideon Osborne?

Perhaps I just don't get this puerile humour but what is it with people who can't use other people's actual names.

Note: Gideon Osborne is not the name of anyone associated with the budget, though it was George Osborne's previous name before he legally changed it in his youth.

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Google tells world where Apps users live after WHOIS SNAFU

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Re: No doubt Google will keep ...

Yep, I'm sure they will keep the $0,000,000,000 they made. FYI, Google don't charge extra even though if you go direct to enom there is an extra fee. I suppose there is a case to say that some people wouldn't have signed up for Apps without privacy protection but that's a bit tenuous given this is Google we're talking about.

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Consumers beware! Ofcom's seen a scary new mobe nasty: APPS

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Re: "Don’t download from places which are not official app stores"

Really not sure what you are saying here, there is no Official UK National Lottery app available from Google Play, so yes, this app is definitely something that should be avoided.

If however, you are implying there is supposed to be some kind of link between Ofcom and the UK National Lottery then I think you've got your wires crossed somewhere. Although the regulators of both are of course funded by the same ministry of fun.

Or perhaps you are talking about some other country's lottery, if so I'll shut up now.

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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@Lee D: Amazon <> Apple Pay

I wouldn't really compare Apple Pay with Amazon in their use of number only.

With Amazon you have to have an account, perhaps with dodgy details but you do typically need to get stuff delivered somewhere (well except the digital stuff though I doubt crims would bother with stuff they couldn't fence). With Apple Pay you can walk into a store, buy real stuff and walk out without anyone the wiser about who you really are.

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

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WTF?

Amazing how many commentards log into a web site that says "you're vulnerable" and believe it.

This article refers to report that conflates two very different but slightly related vulnerabilities that most here would appear not to have a clue about.

Yes, some browsers are susceptible to CVE-2015-0204, but that flaw actually just means that if you're connecting to a server that decides to degrade the temporary key to export grade then you will not know about it. This is a server problem and is not possible with a man-in-the-middle attack unless your browser's root keys are also compromised. The only issue with the browser is that it continues without telling you.

However, browsers still supporting export grade keys when negotiating security is a big problem and it would be nice to have some idea of how big. Unfortunately dumb sites that conflate the two problems are worse than useless.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Calm down dear, it's just a commercial!

A commercial for Snowden that is.

Given how easily GSM, UMTS, and LTE call encryption can and has been broken using fairly little computing power I'm surprised they even bothered trying to get the keys.

Why bother trying to steal someone's house keys when you can just jiggle the lock anyway?

(Euro cylinders seem to be the physical equivalent of mobile communication encryption.)

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: The BBC science coverage is useless ...

"I'm 100% sure Jesus did not ride a dinosaur."

You wanna bet? Water into wine, raising the dead, walking on water, surely time-travel would not be beyond such a being's ability.

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Linux kernel dev has gone well and truly corporate – report

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Re: Snowballing

I doubt I'll ever understand why an OS architecture with hardware drivers built into the kernel has become so popular.

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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"If the promises aren't kept the SNP would be completely justified in asking for a new referendum and I think they would win under those circumstances."

Given the current oil price and that it is not expected to ever reach the levels Salmond anticipated when working out whether Scotland could be economically independent, I doubt very much that another referendum would yield a different result. If anything it is more likely to swing further away from what the SNP want. England has always supported Scotland financially and probably always will.

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Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

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Re: BBC Death

@SuccessCase: Not sure how you can expect people to take your comments seriously when you keep using OTT (Over-The-Top) when you obviously mean VoD (Video-on-demand), or perhaps you don't know the difference? Maybe your references to BBC is another TLA you got wrong, it would at least explain your POV.

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Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

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Re: Hopefully they'll fix it...

"So that the bandwidth that I'm supposedly paying for actually is available"

It is, you are getting EXACTLY what you are paying for. If you want more bandwidth (I hate that term) you simply need to pay for it.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: Wht's the point really ?

Well since Apple have already patented having both displays overlaying each other they must see some mileage in it (it being extended battery life), just a pity that rules out anyone else doing it 'the nice way' rather than the Yota-way.

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Ofcom can prise my telly spectrum from my COLD, DEAD... er, aerial

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Re: "Broadcast is efficient"

Wow, what an amazing negative response from readers of an IT focused site.

A few additional points that might be worth mentioning:

It is almost impossible to buy large screen monitors for living room use, so many people have a TV even if they don't use it for broadcast TV much. What we really need is actual viewing figures, hmm, I wonder if there is someone who does that?

The number of people actually watching broadcast TV live is only ever going to decline, it is old, done, on its way out whether you like it or not. Live events could be streamed more efficiently over CDNs and/or DSat.

Just as regulations were changed to allow a TV antenna to avoid planning regulations the same can be done for satellite dishes (and already has to a certain extent). DSat can also be used to provide high-bandwidth digital delivery of content to places where broadband connections are more difficult or constrained.

DTT and its extensive, expensive network of transmitters needs to fade away to leave room for more modern content delivery methods.

I recently had to consider whether to replace my broken PVR, it was a tough choice and the only thing that swung it was SWMBO and the quality of ITV Player. ITV programs are the only things we record these days because they are the only ones that are not available on a high-quality stream.

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"Broadcast is efficient"

Yep, broadcast is efficient given one important caveat: that there is a large number of people who want to receive the same thing at the same time.

Also, DSat is a lot more efficient and provides greater coverage than DTT for a similar cost if new equipment is going to be required anyway.

So why not let DTT die, those few die hards who want to continue to be fed broadcast TV at scheduled times can use DSat and the rest of us can get better mobile connectivity.

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G.Fast sand-slinger says it's slung bits at 500 Mbps over 200 metres

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Usain Bolt carrying a DVD?

Isn't a DVD a bit old fashioned, perhaps a 1TB SSD/USB stick would be more appropriate?

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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

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@Bassey

There is this novel (last 20 years or so) concept called 'web search', there are a number of players in the game but pretty much any one you pick will allow you to search for 'wi-fi roaming settings' along with the model of your laptop and I bet you'll find out how to sort out your problem.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Use an ad/content blocker, don't ever install flash. It is also worth blocking 'regmedia.co.uk' with whatever blocker you use to avoid the annoyingly large, spurious, and often NGFW (Not Good For Work) images the register has taken to using,

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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WTF?

"Roider stats"

What on earth are "Roider stats"? Something about how much your steroids have grown your muscles? Are you sure you are on the right web site?

P.S. If you want to know smartphone market share figures I think there is a very famous search engine you can use to look them up yourself.

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"Where's the evidence they're coming from Android?"

There isn't any, Apple's market share hasn't increased, it has fallen.

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"Samsung’s fall from grace"

Fall from grace? By this do you mean that Samsung have gone from 32% market share in 2013 down to 25% market share in 2014? Meanwhile Apple's share has also fallen a bit. Apple are still a long way behind Samsung with only 15% share, they certainly haven't gained any share from Samsung, other Android makers have.

The truth is that MOST PEOPLE still prefer non-Apple smartphones.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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@VinceH: "Her own uploads will be blocked, and content ID will no longer be available - she will no longer receive any earnings from existing uploads by others that are recognised as containing her music, and she won't be able to use it to identify such uploads."

Re-read that transcript, Content ID would still be available and she would still be able to use the anti-piracy tracking for free.

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@Anon Coward: "Do try to read what is writ, @Badvok."

I did, you obviously didn't. See the bit about "content owner attached to the agreement" which can be changed (as mentioned in the transcript) and if it was changed then nothing would be blocked.

She is still entitled to issue take downs for any Copyright infringements, Google will not automatically pay her when someone uses her stuff, they'll just tell her that someone is doing so instead.

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Yeah, totally evil that is, wanting to continue to pay an artist for their music even when someone else uses it in their upload. The only thing they are actually saying is that unless the artist signs up to the new service terms then they'll stop paying the artist when someone else uses their content in an upload.

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Re: Should be easy enough to clear up

@joeW - did you actually bother to read the transcript? Obviously not. Keating has taken a lot of things as mandatory when that was not what was said. She's published a transcript that does as much or more damage to her case as it does to Google's - the only thing saving her is that most people like you probably will not bother actually reading it.

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"is google now saying it owns all the material you post on youtube "

Nope, Google is saying that if you want to continue to monetize your content when others use it in their videos (as you currently can) then you need to sign the new agreement. Otherwise they are not going to pay you when other people put your stuff on YouTube, however you can still track the use of your content and issue a take down request if you want.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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"Once you add that back in, you're back to or exceeded the broadband only cost."

At the moment VM 152Mb broadband only is 50p cheaper than broadband + phone. Personally, I think having an emergency phone line is worth the extra 50p, I just wish they'd be a bit more honest in their pricing (silly me, this is the UK broadband market after all).

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: Honestly, what's the point?

@John Sager

"You would need to be pretty much touching the screen with your nose to resolve detail at the pixel level."

You missed the point, the whole point of higher definition is so you DON'T see the pixels! You only want to see the superbly smooth and distinct curves they make - nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

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