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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

chris 17
Headmaster

Better the devil you know

I'd rather deal with open reach than the cheapie cowboy subbies the isp's will end up using to clutter up the ducts. Think things are bad now, they'll get much much worse if there is a free for all and everyone will blame everyone else. At least now everyone blames openreach and they eventually sort it out as they have to, talk talk couldn't care less if they disturb a sky connection whilst the subbies will get double bubble for any mistakes they make, won't take them long to cotton on to that.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

chris 17

@ dogged,

Really? Google where the problem? Google produced the OS!! Nokia had their own OS's that Elop stopped developing & stopped product launches, burn't his platforms and jumped onto the M$ rescue ships that sunk. Thankfully the Nokia Platforms look like they can be rehabited and start producing again.

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And they're back!!!!

i want to buy one just because :)

A shame they couldn't have got rid of M$ sooner. That Elop has a lot to answer for.

For those too young to remember, Nokia married style with function. Many innovations we now take for granted where spawned in the Nokia Labs, Polyphonic/stereo ringtones, Cameras on your phone etc.

Apple arrived on the scene as Nokia was stalling and carried that style and function methodology forward where Mokia where confused and blinded by the Apple light.

Can't wait to see what they come up with next!!

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Pharmacist caught spying on friends' med records fined £1,000

chris 17

Re: We can breathe easy then

reactively addressing the issue is not sufficient enough. They should have systems in place to prevent those that should not be seeing those records from accessing them. If i haver a reason for checking a patients record, i should not be able to check some other patients record too. Perhaps some authorised person needs to grant specific permission to the viewer to view that specific record. That should stop opportunist viewing of unrelated records. Yes i appreciate it would cost more and take longer, but it would add trust into the system and perhaps people wouldn't be so against having their records digitised knowing there where robust checks and balances in place.

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US Marshals commit DIRTBOX INTRUSION on Americans, says report

chris 17

Nothing to hide nothing to fear

Until your phone imei is often coincidently found in these fishing expeditions & you'll suddenly find you're self under increased scrutiny from the security services for no good reason other than some bad guys happen to be doing business in your locality.

Guilty by unknown association.

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BOFH: SOOO... You want to sell us some antivirus software?

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Just use chrome for reading pdf's

If your just reading PDF's just use google chrome. Ok generally have 1 window with tabs of the PDFs I need to constantly refer too.

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EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in the heart of London

chris 17

Re: Caps

Fast access speed isn't important if what you really want is shed loads of data. If your done in under 60 seconds just buy more data allowance don't blame the access speed. It's like complaining about the size of the tank in a veyron when using it on the autobahn flat out and you'd rather cover the same distance flat out in a blue motion polo instead because it'll take you longer to travel the same distance at that vehicles max ability.

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NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

chris 17

Bought not leased

At least they purchased them and are not paying extra to lease them like the PFI contracts the NHS is so fond of

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BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems

chris 17

Re: lockit

How does a hardware lock and cpu lock stop someone remotely controlling the system from its connected controlling windows box that is connected to the Internet?

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Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

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Hopefully Apple, Visa etc will have the stomach to launch Apple pay in the rest of the world where it will flourish, before its abandoned in the US in favour of some backward technology.

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chris 17

Re: Plenty of retailer incentives for MCX

@Irongut What exactly is the incentive for consumers to walk around with a phone in their pocket when there are payphones everywhere?

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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FAIL

@jp19

1) why are they deliberately tampering with stuff they didn't produce or sell?

2) if their driver borks my fake chip, once I discover what's happened and get the repair app, what pid and vid settings did my chip have so I can restore it?

3) without destroying and forensically analysing my cable and chip, how do I know I have a fake?

4) FTDI should have just released a detector tool for consumers to verify their kit report fakes and procure real ones.

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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WTF?

Apple, which controls both the HW and SW side, does something alike when new OS releases no longer support older but still valid models.

can you cite examples? my 2008 Aluminium MacBook 13 inch is running Yosemite just fine, it's the non 64 bit intel Macs that can't upgrade so anything less than a core 2 Duo can't be os upgraded (that's Intel Core Duo & Intel Core Solo).

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3696

Supporting 6 year old machines is quite good i think.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

chris 17
Paris Hilton

where do i apply for a job at Facebook? At an average ~£240k i think i'd be bothered to get out of bed and login lol!

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

chris 17

Re: Average?

@TheOtherHobbes can you give examples of where top and low salary are bound by some ratio?

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Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe

chris 17

Re: Real design changes

@m0rt

When was the last time you changed a battery or a memory card in a phone?

most people i know who complain of these things being non replaceable on iDevices bought the cheapest crappiest memory cards and batteries from ebay for their phones and then complain when they are crap and don't work properly. Then they put loads of junk they never use on the memory card and boast about how much stuff they have on it but never use. Its like they don't understand that everything is at worst a net connection away!! Not so great on a plane but then 8GB+ is enough music for most people on any flight.

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Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

chris 17

Whitman just sees that HP can't react quick enough in its core markets and needs to properly focus on its business at hand. Hardware, Software & Cloud work in different ways and need nurturing differently. She's probably just saved HP from dwindling to obscurity.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

chris 17

Re: Why I didn't update

@qwertyuiop

yes Apple acquired SoundJam and rebuilt it into iTunes. What's the big deal? i don't see any soundjam competitor still out there that are as ubiquitous as iTunes.

i really don't understand this fascination with highlighting things that apple bought/acquired and made successful.

when i look under the bonnet of my car i see loads of items made by other manufacturers, i don't hear people banging in about how the car company didn't make it themselves though.

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chris 17

Re: Why I didn't update

@returnmyjedi

there really is no pleasing some people!

either update from the iPad over the air (requires free space on the device)

or plugin to a pc and use iTunes, you know the tool apple built to service iDevices.

Not sure how Android or Windows does it but Apple have covered all the bases with their update procedure.

What would be your third option?

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Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

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@fanboi #451

limited company so limited liability to debtors etc. Hopefully the employees get a good payout.

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chris 17
Holmes

Re: Have to Agree

@Otto is a bear.

Private Equity business loads debt onto its buyouts to avoid paying taxes. You only pay taxes on profit, interest on debt is deducted when doing the accounts to leave much smaller profit that is then taxed. If they loan is payable to a company in a foreign country, UK gov does not get the eventual tax on the profit earned in the foreign country either.

This is a Tax Scheme / Vehicle designed to reduce tax paid in the country of earning and increase profits in the foreign country likely with a lower rate of tax than the UK.

Many companies, especially IT companies, operate this way.

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

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@ Kristian Walsh

my point was that the release of IOS 8 does not suddenly unleash 3 billion devices to run WebGL. There are many more non iDevices capable of running WebGl than there are total iDevices in existence (which is more than the 600k you quoted). In fact i'd suggest by now, there are actually more than 600k idevices running IOS 8.

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chris 17
WTF?

"Starting today, three billion devices can render WebGL content"

umm, there are a staggering number of iphones, not all of which can upgrade to ios 8, & their number does not total 3 billion. The release of ios 8 will add a lake to the ocean of webgl capable devices, i don't think it'll suddenly kick start the adoption of 3D content on the web.

I would suggest the lack of demand is because no one really wants 3D. How many 3D channels are ther on tv despite loads of people having 3D capable tv's?

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

chris 17

Re: Return of the Ramdisk?

@AC in 2014 traditionally i would call 8GB ok, 4GB as a little tight, as the OS would typically have to rely on virtual memory cached to slow disk to keep current apps in RAM. My point is that with very very fast disks, 4GB is now ok as the user will likely not notice the penalty for using virtual memory.

Have you got only 4GB in your main rig? i have 8GB in my 2008 macbook with ssd & 16GB in my work m4800 with ssd. she only has 2Gb in her 20067 Macbook but the new ssd significantly improves its performance.

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chris 17

Re: Return of the Ramdisk?

Yup,

fast local storage is the next big thing, The current thinking of loads of RAM and disk will change to 'Just enough RAM and very very fast Disk' aka Non Volatile Memory. This is the direction apple is taking with the comparatively low RAM, fast PCIE Disk and clever OS that compresses and intelligently pages unused content to cache on that fast disk.

RAM is just a fast disk cache, make the disk fast enough & you can get away with less RAM.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

chris 17

Re: @h4m0ny, re Capitalism

the carriers will not be losing a single cent on sales of iphones.

you need to breakdown the components of the monthly cost to see what you are paying for.

You could argue they make less airtime profit on an iphone than they do a dumb phone and dumb phones are contributing more to the carriers underlying profits, but that is not subsidising a loss leader.

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chris 17
Facepalm

Re: OnePlus One

i have a fiat 500, its got doors, wheels, seats is red & italian designed & manufactured. Its just as good as a Ferrari or Maserati but costs just a fraction of their cost. I can't think why anyone would spend any more on something that does essentially the same

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chris 17

Re: OnePlus One

@bpfh, maybe an iphone is not for you, have you seen any of the competing phones? they often have similar features and are often much better value.

anyone seen any carrier iphone6 pricing yet?

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

chris 17
WTF?

Re: Bah humbug

if you waited a month you could have got a nice discount on that 5s

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

chris 17

Re: Look at the bright side

how is market share relevant?

if you want maximum return for your outlay you will target the biggest market possible, Why write for WinPho when IOS and Android have many more potential customers?

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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Compared to the 4, the 5c is fast and stylish, and does not look cheap. If there was no 5s, the 5c would be a top seller. If the 5s and 5c where same on spec and price i'd wager there would be more sales of the 5c than 5s just due to number of colours available.

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

chris 17

Re: 1000 quid!

@Efros Yes i see, its exactly the same but cheaper.

I'm reminded of that VW add where the car sales man says it sounds just like a golf, and teh daughter looks at him like he's crazy!!

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

chris 17

Re: Airport Extreme

The option is there but you need a password to manage the base station.

No password, no administer Airport.

Neither apple, nor your iDevices know you don't know the password, hence they offer you the convenience of administrating the base station but you have to enter the base station password to do so.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

chris 17

Re: We don't need no new meters

Just need one central account linked to one smart meter then utility providers can provide billing from the data sent to that 1 account.

1 Regulator in the customers favour can then work through billing and other disputes with the providers.

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chris 17

Re: If these meters were truely smart.....

If the complexity is the problem, then they should rip up the established procedures and start again. Keep It Simple and cut out the hidden costs. I don't in principle have an issue buying a service contract to cover the meter & distribution, & pay separately for my billing & then separately again for social contributions and green levies, if overall it is cheaper. I'd look to piece together a portfolio of cheap components to build and satisfy my energy supply needs.

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chris 17

All accounts should be registered with OfGem and the accounts and billing data sent from OfGem to your chosen provider at the mutual pre arranged schedule. There should be less changes required for changing provider and OfGem have all the data to check if the market is working properly and if people are paying over the odds.

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'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones

chris 17

they'll bill hundreds of millions for unspecified IT losses in their balance sheets for this

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

chris 17

This is a very public opening salvo in the race to censor the internet.

I fully support Google in complying with & letting us know it has done so.

Google is an index to content others have produced. If Google is forced to censor a search result it does not mean the information does not exist. Will we find info on Darwinism, the crusades or WWII censored next?

This ruling should apply to those hosting the offending material and ensure its completely removed from the net.

It does however highlight the power search engines, and Google in particular, have on our use of the internet.

Remember how we used to use the net before the big search engines, all those online communities etc.

I remember discussions on how search engines framing our view on the net was so terrible (do no evil etc), well it seems western governments are now using them to censor us on a par with how we are told fundamentalists are censoring views and opinions in the lands they seek to rule.

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

chris 17

Re: You're right for the wrong reasons...

Its great we all have a choice of hardware vendors. Just because you prefer to clump your chosen hardware together to build your ultimate custom rig, others prefer to buy something that is already complete and just works.

Who else builds a sleek system like that with 1 cord that just works out of the box, no plugging multiple cables in, no downloading drivers, no creating backup os disks, no licensing.

Whenever a family member buys a new windows machine i get a call asking to set it up, i never get a call asking to setup iDevices or macs as they are able to do it themselves, including getting on the network, printing and scanning. I do however install the free sophos AV when i visit.

There is a world of people out there that are not techies and are willing to pay extra for something to just work rather than abusing my spare time for free to get their cheaper windows machines to do the same as the Mac does. As i don't get paid to be their desktop support (that's not my day job either) I encourage them to pay more upfront for less of my time in the future.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

chris 17

Re: Lower CO2 emissions maybe

I'm with you Spartacus, but there is an incredibly large amount of concrete in dams with the associated CO2 emissions.

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TalkTalk whips BT with riding crop over sport fibs in telly ad

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So this add wasn't clear enough (was to me but i don't have a business that i want to show BT sport in) but offering unlimited stuff that has an ever decreasing limit mentioned in some small print is perfectly fine? And delivering broadband over coax can be marketed as fibre broadband?

I'm glad the regulators are finally sharpening their pencils, hopefully they'll start tackling the proper ludicrous claims we punters have to put up with like insurances that don't cover you despite intimating it will.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

chris 17

Re: two errors

& what is "IPv6bis"? i can't find a sensible link for the term.

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chris 17
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IPv6 is flawed

There are numerous issues with IPv6. Privacy issues being the obvious glaring one, despite the supposed randomized use of the devices MAC as part of the address.

If IPv6 wasn't flawed we would all be on it now, with IPv4 left for the ghost net, outlaws/crims and lagards.

We need IPvNG with large scale proxying to legacy IPv4 by the regional number authorities for ~ 10 years.

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New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

chris 17
Big Brother

Re: There are already...

why do i need a vpn back to my home router to access an ssl protected site?

tracking mac addresses gives you the following info

vendor and likely model of handset

age of handset

this info can start to influence the how you market to those people like on how much disposable cash they may have, or how much people with certain handsets like to browse, how certain users like to use comparison sites instore whilst shopping. Also, live tracking linked to cctv could aid in the hunt for shoplifters trying to hide from security, or if they frequently revisit stores on reconnaissance, or if they simply return to stores once banned.

The more you think about what the tracking can reveal about you the more worrying it is.

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chris 17
Happy

Re: So if your router is filtering by mac address

the idevice will only use a fake MAC address when scanning. It will use its real address when connecting and using the network.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

chris 17

At least when the power is off we won't have to listen to the greens evangelising about how great renewables are.

Maybe that's the plan to make shale gas more attractive to those who live above the deposits?

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

chris 17

as has already been said, if you encrypt (use a sufficiently strong algorithm) end to end, then they can't read it in the middle.

Want to use the 'free' services google offer but concerned about your privacy, then encrypt your stuff before putting it on or through.

Yes we are all doomed as the collectives harvest our data in the clouds, but the masses are too busy face booking, sms'ing and generally living their lives blissfully unaware and grateful for the way these 'free' services have enriched their lives.

yin yang

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

chris 17

Re: Getting lost in tunnels, sigh...

Mine shows the direction of travel & position whilst in underground car parks. The older satnav's had gyros's etc that where used to determine location when gps signal was lost, hence part of their expense. Not sure on how the newer ones are working, i suspect a newer cheaper gyro.

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Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

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Project Kangaroo aka SeeSaw

YouView is the remnants of Project Kangaroo from circa 2008 after the competition commission decided it would be too powerful and we all needed saving from a single platform that would have served as the VOD/catch up tv system for terrestrial TV.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_(video_on_demand)

Project Kangaroo/SeeSaw would have been awesome. Imagine every Smart TV being SeeSaw compatible, it would have allowed the terrestrial channels to have competed head to head with Sky, & we'd all be benefiting right now through greater choice and competition. Instead, the competition commission decided Tony's mate needed extra protection at the expense of us mere taxpayers.

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chris 17

Re: YouView

i think there is some crap licensing law about not being able to centrally store broadcasted material, Obviously the broadcaster can get around this when they license the content, but bt, talk talk et al can't.

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