* Posts by chris 17

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Should Google play carriers at their own game? There's never been a better time

chris 17

Re: why would anyone want to be an operator these days?

some one has to deliver the message from source to destination. The Cellcos and Telcos are merging, IoT and all things digital rely on moving the bits around. There will be great consolidation in the near future likely around the quad play (tv, landline, broadband, mobile) with Three likely to try and "Think Different" with the O2 acquisition.

There will be:

Premium:

Sky: with Vodafone (C&W backhaul for sky BB & Vodafone Transmitters)

Main Stream:

BT: with BT Vision & EE (BT for EE Transmitters)

Value:

Virgin: with Three (Virgin backhaul for Three transmitters)

Seems like NTL:Virgin will never shake loose their "National Transcommunications Limited" founding and will seek to push others produce on their net which fits Three's ideology.

The consolidation is not good for customers or staff but the operators are far from done, there are plenty of profits to be made just by consolidating.

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If BT gets EE, it will trigger EU treasure hunt for fixed lines

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Re: In theory....

up vote only for every thing starting the last sentence of the second paragraph.

Open reach de merged from BT will just be a cash cow for openreach share holders and the other ISP's who'll acquire controlling stakes and see costs further increase to up the end cost to the consumer.

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Outsourcer Capita snaps up Solid State Solutions for undisclosed wonga

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It noted that it will now have access to a datacentre accredited to a level which can offer enhanced security to protect sensitive information - a common requirement for central government departments and some agencies.

It's a co-location Data Centre meaning anyone with the cash can rent space, yes List-x and BIL3 too soo they also need a proper business case and likely customers too to park their gear in the secure bit. Capita can't be that stupid to think they needed to splash £22 for access to a co-location facility?

http://www.arrowecs.co.uk/ArrowECS/media/Main-Library/Corporate%20Brochures/Brochures%202013/SOURCE/SOURCE_FARNBOROUGH.pdf

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

chris 17
Big Brother

As they have conceded they can't readily read what the real baddies are doing, they should now stop spying on the rest of us. We all know they won't do that so although the innocent have nothing to hide, we do like our privacy so in order to maintain it we need to enhance our use of cryptography and start encrypting data at rest as well as in transit.

If they didn't want an arms race they shouldn't have carpet bombed us.

Precision strikes with minimum collateral damage would be the way to go. Mass surveillance just gives the baddies more places to hide.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Re: Bah!

I remember when i had Man Flu at my last job, the IT Director told me to stay at home and rest for as long as it took, but would i mind the occasional call if needed, of course i said that'd be fine, cue 5 days of working from my sick bed, attending conference calls and working as normal. Similar thing happened the other week, the week before 2 guys from my office where out with flu,the following week i was covering a US shift in the UK from home and was ill too, working certainly beats daytime drivel TV. Did the same when i was recovering from knee surgery, used the sick leave to catch up on things i couldn't when in the office, ensured i was ahead of the curve when i came back, my public sector colleagues where outraged when they found out, just didn't tell them when i had my second & third knee ops.

All said and done, if you need to take a cerebral brake then do so, its better to be rested and fit for work than out of sorts and tired. a career change or brake can often help too. Its important to find a role that ticks your boxes & that should ultimately tick the employers boxes

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Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

chris 17

Re: Separate LANs

All bets are off if the separate LANS are just VLANS on the same infrastructure.

You'd want to be using fibre to the host (not as expensive as it sounds) and ensure complete physical separation. I've worked in so called secure locations where those in the know (as they've been there longest) will argue these systems are air gapped despite sharing infrastructure somewhere in the path which they deem as acceptable as they can't see it.

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No NAND's land: Flash will NOT take over the data centre

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Re: Last hurrah

Not sure how well a cold disk will respond after a few years on the shelf.

Use it or Loose it

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

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@Wattsy

Its called Sky Movies, many many channels of movies all for a monthly fee

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chris 17

Re: Control your media better.

Studios already have very tight control over playback of current releases in cinems

its called Digital Cinema Initiatives

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_cinema#How_digital_cinema_works

no license no play, 1 license per play, file is encrypted and can only be decrypted with a valid licence. Its not like anyone can just steal the file from teh DCI server and play it, you need to hack into the movie studio and rip the unencrypted file to do that.

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Europe rubber-stamps IBM Lufthansa outsourcing gig

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IBM paid them $1.25bn & they save $70m per year. I wonder how much IBM expect to make in profit over that time?

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Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

chris 17

Re: more of it goes .. where?

Also causes inflation

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chris 17

Re: Questionable logic

@Teresa

Just like the Gas & Electric companies then

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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WTF?

Re: @cyke1

@stizzleswick

they purchased a package that as part of the service included a public wifi facility or whatever, which if the bill payer wanted could be disabled. They subscribed to a complete package that included that facility. Its like buying a car that includes see through windows and the salesman offering to tint the windows any time you want and then complaining that the windows are not tinted. Any normal person would just accept the offer to free of charge rectify the issue.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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Boffin

@SMabille

are you complaining about BT or Virgin? Both do the same thing for their fibre services, unless you get FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) which as suggested in its name is a fibre connection to your home, Virgin's Fibre broadband is coax from the street cabinet to your home. I can never understand why the ASA let Virgin get away with calling their service Fibre broadband whilst BT's FTTC is essentially the same arrangement but is banned from being labelled a Fibre broadband service.

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BlackBerry's turnaround relies on a secret weapon: Its own network

chris 17

dare to sight any articles to back that up?

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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!

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@ 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

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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

chris 17

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

chris 17
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

chris 17

@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

chris 17

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?

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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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