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

Jon B

Welcome to 2013

We've had general, real world availability of these speeds in NZ for over a year now

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Turnbull says NBN 'most reckless commitment of Commonwealth funds in our history'

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Re: Most reckless use of Commonwealth funds?

Quite a few things spring to mind. F-35 'stealth' jets, Colin class subs for starters.

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Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg

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make it subscription

How about ad-free (for those not in the know) Facebook for $10 per year then?

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US allows commercial use of sharper satellite snaps

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Re: Oh no (again)!

Loads of suburbs in the US have these bylaws

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Did Microsoft just paint TechEd Australia Azure?

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Come over to TechEd NZ for a four day conference then, 9-12 September

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NBN Co must wait until mid-2015 for fast cable modems

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Giganaire

NBN probably only used 'Gigasphere' as Giganaire was already taken:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6dr6vW3YXQ

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NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER

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We've already got VDSL available as a consumer product in NZ after the big FTTN roll-out a few years ago. It's a good solution for those within about 700m of the cabinet who don't have fibre yet, but any further out, unless your line quality is very good, the application usually gets rejected by the provider.

The people nearest the cabinet can get up to 70/30 MB/s, those further away get 30/10 speeds.

The high frequencies of VDSL makes it very susceptible to the problem of crosstalk interference, meaning the more people who have it the worse the performance gets for everyone else, especially when the lines aren't top quality. A Tragedy of the Commons situation which fibre largely avoids.

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Telstra 'snot boxes' challenge Turnbull's FTTN plan

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Meanwhile in New Zealand

At least here in NZ we seem to be going in the right direction. FTTN was in place for most urban areas about 5 years ago, and VDSL is available for those nearest the cabinet. I get 14Mb/s ADSL2+ on an unremarkable suburban street, and the fibre guys were digging around last month so 50/20 or 100/50 fibre broadband is on its way too, for the same price as ADSL. There are some funding issues with the fibre program but it should mostly all get done before 2020 at least.

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Treasure hunters dig up LOST RELIC of dead Steve Jobs

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Plunderers

They sound more like bandits robbing a tomb a few years after it was built. Aren't time capsules supposed to be found in the distant future, not just thirty years later when you can still buy the contents of it on ebay?

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Re: Diatoms, its full of diatoms!

Looks suspiciously like a microscopic intergalactic space transport to me. It's even got windows.

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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Re: I really dislike dyson

2-3 times a week?! Do you have OCD?

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Android chief leaves Google for Chinese fork seller Xiaomi

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Re: No non-compete agreements at Google ?

Good luck trying to enforce that in a Chinese court.

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Apple's head bean counter boasts WORLD'S BIGGEST PACKAGE

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Re: What on Earth is the point?

Because it's all the underlings doing the actual 'work' ?

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What work? Tablet owners prefer to slack off with their slabs

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Re: not ready for any work

Should have used Evernote then, or some other cloud based note app.

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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Re: <insert Googly NSFW expression here>

Exactly, you should be reading El Reg on the website, and clicking on all those lovely google provided adverts. Killing Reader makes perfect sense.

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Secrets of an ad broker: NoSQL, millisecond auctions and FLASH ARRAYS

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Wasted talents?

Reminded me of a quote by Jeff Hammerbacher (Cloudera / ex-facebooker) in a story from last year - "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads," he says. "That sucks."

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Samsung, LG 'lose confidence' in OLED TV tech

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Re: Well, that settles that...

What about the kid's TV? Or are you too occupied watching Sky in the bedroom to have reached that life stage yet?

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NASA confirms ice at poles of Mercury

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Re: enough ice to bury Washington DC in a layer two miles thick...

Is this a new unit measurement? I don't care about Washington DC - how thick would it cover Wales?

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Cutbacks hit CSIRO wireless unit

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Self Funding?

Shouldn't CSIRO be self funding now anyway, after it' recent big patent wins?

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Driverless trucks roam Australian mines

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Pint

Precise Dumping

I could do with that precise dumping tech after a Friday night curry session.

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Web users: We've got NO IDEA if we're stealing content or not

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Agree about Youtube - my kids watch episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine, Chip 'n Dale, and so on. Just because they're on Youtube that gives the impression that it's all legit, when I know they are most likely not and just haven't had a takedown request (yet).

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Samsung turns screws on Apple, hikes A6 processor price 20%

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It's not robbing Peter to pay Paul..

..it's robbing Peter to pay Peter.

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

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Re: Hplasm

It would be too late now to be of any use. Water under the bridge and all that..

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Man who put the manhood into the Speaking Clock dies

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Re: replaced in 2007

Didn't Tom Baker do the 1471 - who rang you last - job for a while?

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A lesser-known new feature in iOS 6: It's tracking you everywhere

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Re: Tracking my interest in sauerkraut

And you only need to buy sauerkraut once every couple of years, at least in our house. The Piccalilli relish has laid dormant in the cupboard for five years now.

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Apple begs ex-Google bods to fix crap maps app

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Re: The problem is ALWAYS the PEOPLE.

Sort out the flaws in the apple mapping data by opening google maps on your second monitor, and then copy and paste the coordinates?

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Apple scrambled to hire iOS 6 maps engineers DAYS before launch

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Holmes

Long hours

'Hard-working and proactive' sounds like a euphemism for 'working for 12 hours a day to fix this mess'

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Apple iOS 6 review

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Re: Not that useful on a 4

It's obviously a purely business decision, rather than wanting to provide a better user experience.

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New Zealand's Copyright Tribunal to hear first cases

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no jury..

..a tribunal. I don't think they'll be fined that much either.

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Wireless Power breakthrough: Iron Man can lose the chest reactor

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Gimp

Re: Patent

Don't worry, Apple will have patented it already.

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Techies cook up Minority Report-style video calling

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Re: Taking EU taxpayer dollars then making patents is a disgrace

At least it's more preferable than Apple taking out another patent on something they didn't invent themselves.

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WD's 2TB Green giant can't jam hardness into standard slot

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NAS?

Fill it fit in most network area storage boxes?

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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

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Happy

Re: HHHHmmmmmmmm

Don't forget all the Kiwis moving there, bringing even better coffee..

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Hidden Grand Canyon-sized ICE-HOLE hastens Antarctic melt

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Re: Of course...

er, because the scientific paper was all about a specific valley feature in the West Antarctic ice sheet?

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DARPA aiming for Mach-20 hypersonic rocketplane 'by 2016'

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Survivable?

Sounds like the next advert for Ryanair.

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Assange's Ecuador asylum bid has violated £200k UK bail, say cops

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Re: @AC; Wednesday 20th June 2012 15:49 GMT

With the UK extradition law so biased towards the US, surely he'd have *less* chance of being extradited there from Sweden?

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Internet Explorer bug patched only a week ago now being exploited

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Re: Those legitimate websites

Pretty much any website that serves up advert banners can be susceptible, if the advert is malicious.

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Inside HP's latest global bit barn

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Interior Design

Looks like the designer of the lobby took his perspective drawing classes at college a bit too literally.

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Facebook tears wraps off its own app store

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A bomber pilot in WW2?

He may have been an independent thinker, but he was still just one stray ack-ack round from oblivion

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Jon B

Re: D'oh

Apparently the Facebook iOS integration is coming in iOS 6

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White AMERICANS will have become MEKON brain-men by 3000AD

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Re: Unlikely to be evolution

Probably more likely due to the advent of caesareans, and the removal of the evolutionary pressure of big headed babies killing themselves and their mother at birth?

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Pocket

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WTF?

Capturing buzzards?

Capturing buzzards to stop them eating young pheasants? Is that for real?

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NSW gov orders two new green data centres

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100% Pure

Should've built it in NZ for true green credentials

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SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Re: Go SpaceX -- waste?

And those cell towers then rely on GPS and GPS time data for handovers..

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Audi proposes PC-packing stunt bikes

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Re: The Raleigh Vektar rides again!

I had one of those, but my parents were too tight to buy the FM radio add-on.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

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Re: I'm confused...

er.. Greece, Turkey, Cyprus ?

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Jon B

Re: Omnishambles a new word for a new standard in incompetence.

It'll be UAVs doing all the AWACS soon anyway.?

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HP and Epic 'preferred bidders' for UK eHospital plan

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Meh

Cambridge != UK

Reading the headline, I would have thought it was for every hospital in the UK, rather than just two..

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Australians love mobile devices, but not mobile downloads

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Just about every Android phone..

..since version 2.2 can be a wi-fi hotspot, and there's no carrier restrictions on tethering in Australia too (I believe). There isn't in NZ anyways, where both fixed line and mobile broadband is EVEN MORE expensive

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