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Linode busts up Digital Ocean with price-matching speedy server

Paul

SSD speeds in megabits or megabytes/sec?

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Granny's Guardian: Acorn BBC Micro hero touts OAP watchdog kit

Paul

isn't this just a copy of AlertMe?

the alertme kit has PIR sensors, door & window switches, power sensors (so you can check if granny is using the kettle), has GPRS option too.

suddenly everybody's busy reinventing home monitoring.

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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

Paul

Re: Nobody has a problem with artists receiving their due

really, you think it's reasonable for people to be paid for something, potentially, their great grandfather did?

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

Paul

ETOOLATE Error, device too late on market

ENOHDMIFREE, Error, no hdmi sockets free on T.V.

I already have a Chromecast, a bluray player and a satellite receiver so my TVs HDMI ports are all used up, and if I want I can plug in an MHL adaptor and use my phone with the TV, I could also get a Miracast wotsit as well.

I don't know why Amazon haven't made it possible to run their Love Film app on all android devices and not just their android-based kindle fire OS. I wouldn't buy a kindle as it's too single-purposed and these days they can't easily be hacked to install the full Google Play services, so no thanks.

I see what Amazon are trying to do, creating their own ecosystem just like Sony and Samsung and Nokia have all tried to do and *failed*. Amazon's clever use of android as a base layer gave them a useful head start. I note Nokia are now trying to use Android as a base in the same way.

I think Amazon are big enough to make a dent in Google Play and iTunes, but do consumers really want to embrace yet another ecosystem, especially when you can have some of Amazon's offerings on your Android device already?

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

Paul

Re: Sounds about right

Your experience mirrors mine. In rural (Cambridgeshire) areas, if the signal is poor my phone goes to GPRS and it's a slow but usable network, but if the signal gets better and phone gets an EDGE sessions it becomes unusable!

Unfortunately it seems impossible to disable EDGE and leave only GPRS enabled; all I can do is force 3G or 2G. Android JB 4.3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

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Paul

Re: your milage may vary

Vodafone were very persistent trying to keep me. A year ago when it was renewal time I gave notice and they dropped the price significantly. This year because of poor coverage I was determined to move, and their retentions department called me three times!

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Paul

I just dumped Vodafone for Three. Although in Cambridge city centre V were good, coverage dropped off a cliff, and their 2G GPRS is poor, and the 2.5G Edge is worse despite in theory meant to be better!

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Paul

Re: Indoors or outdoors

most operators used "sectorized" antennae, i.e. they beam the signal to where they want the coverage rather than using a "co-linear" antenna to give a flat disk of coverage. It also means that each sector can in theory have a different set of users on it which allows more call and data capacity.

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

Paul

Re: Implementation of IPv6 is a farce..

I've had FTTC and before that ADSL2/2+ with proper (not tunnelled) IPv6 for over two years at home; I have a /56 block at home, and even my VPN to my house provides v6 communication.

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HP claims ProLiant server audits to stop 'competitive misuse'

Paul

I recently found an HP drive in the bin at a datacentre. It was a Seagate NS series near-line-sata. The controller was still alive, and I could read all the SMART data, but the disks were toast.

Had it been bought from Seagate directly it would still have been under warranty, but it had an HP sticker on it so Seagate's RMA site disclaimed responsibility. HP's site told me the warranty expired, because they only provide a one year one as standard.

A replacement drive from any online seller would have been much less than £100 and comes with a 5 year warranty. HP stick on an HP label, charge three or four times the price, and only give a one year warranty.

IBM do the same AFAIK.

Do Dell do that too? I wouldn't be surprised.

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Thought mobe banking apps were safe from nasties? THINK AGAIN

Paul

Re: Android SSL docs are nonexistant

99% of security protection holes are caused by people.

9% of people are caused by holes in protection.

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Paul

Re: Internet banking in don't do it over a public wifi connection shocker!

it's quite a bit harder for someone to MITM your home internet connection without compromising your computer first; whereas on public wifi it's relatively easy.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

Paul

IIRC, Buffalo already had a USB hub which allowed plugs to be inserted both ways up.

ah yes, here it is:

http://gizmodo.com/5887636/a-usb-hub-that-doesnt-care-which-way-you-stick-it-in

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

Paul

a simple thought experiment

Take a litre of water at room temp, 20C ish and two identical vessels.

Take two identical freezers and add internal camera.

Share the water two ways.warm one up to 60C. If any evaporation took place, add a small amount from the other to balance them again.

Put the vessel one into each freezer. Immediately press the boost button (did I mention that?) To override any cycling off the thermostat.

Surely the vessel that started at 60C will have to cool to 20C and meanwhile the one which was at 20C will now be colder. Logically the one which started hotter will always be chasing the cooler one.

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A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

Paul

I've lost track of what the patents were and whether Samsung actually tried to negotiate a fair price for their use.

The irony is that non-essential and essentially useless patents on things like square corners and central round single buttons become more important than patents which come about do to genuine innovation like UMS and LTE.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

Paul

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_3-5665.php

but take it with a pinch of salt

Available as:

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9000 with 3G connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9002 with dual SIM card support

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 with 3G & LTE connectivity.

Also known as Samsung Galaxy Note III

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network LTE

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accessing thecreg on a mobile device

Paul

Re: accessing thecreg on a mobile device

You wrote:

> The link to m.theregister is on the subnav bar on the front page. http://www.theregister.co.uk/Page/Apps/.

this disappears when you are looking at an article, which of course you are doing when your mobile device has followed a link from an rss feed.

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Paul

how about a cookie then which can be "auto", "forced mobile", "forced desktop".

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Paul
Holmes

accessing thecreg on a mobile device

For a site dedicated to technology The site is crsp at dealing with mobile devices.

Firstly there's no user agent detection and generation of a page for the mobile device

You have to go to m.theregister.co.uk .. But where's the link on the page for that?

If I come to theregister from rss I land on the desktop site. . Useless when I am on mobile device.

I also find that the page blanks on and off . The flicker is very annoying. It happens when the cursor is in the text box.

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How I hacked SIM cards with a single text - and the networks DON'T CARE

Paul

not relevant here, there's a about-the-register forum:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/section/forums/vulture/reg_stuff/

complaining there seems somewhat pointless, I've tried and been ignored.

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Australia to reveal tech giants' tax tricks

Paul
FAIL

thus proving taxation systems are broken

every time a new loophole is found, it's patched over. our legal and tax systems are like a badly written hacked-together overly complex computer program. no wonder it's possible for clever accounting practises to run rings round it. The winners are the corporates and the accountancy consultants!

we need simpler tax, simpler corporate law.

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Google's Larry Page: MY SECRET TO VAST WEALTH, SUCCESS

Paul
Holmes

People said that about mobile phones. Remember the Nokia N95?

Big screen for its time, great camera, multiband 2g &3g, huge storage.

Then along came touchscreen phones and Nokia were left behind.

I would say the innovation is in services now more than hardware.

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What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

Paul
Facepalm

managers hear what they want to hear

Some years ago I was working with two others on a monitoring system for an ISP. It was a fairly major endeavour intended to

One of my colleages developed the subsystems which collected netflow data, crunched it down and put into a database for analysis and graphing for well over a year, and he went off sick and it looked like he wasn't coming back.

Our manager asked me how long it would take to pick up his work and I said I didn't know, I had specific APIs and data dictionaries but no knowledge of his code at all, so we agreed that I would look into his code and report back in a week's time how long it would take. The next week's meeting didn't take place, so a fortnight later we sat down to review it.

The Manager asked how well I'd picked up my colleague's work, and I said I hadn't, that I'd only agreed to work out how long it would take to get up to speed with his work. Manager tried to rewrite history but I stood firm! I was finally asked how long before I could start on the bug fixes and new features, and when I said about two months, he was aghast! I had to remind him that this was a complex system written by people who'd never worked on this kind of thing having spent months prototyping and experimenting.

Fortunately by the time I was expected to do something useful with my colleague's code he came back to work. I knew his code was a terrible mess so was very relieved.

Nearly six months later there was a big purge and we were "let go" despite being the only people who really understood how it all hung together. I heard that the people redeployed onto our project quickly turned it into a bug-ridden unstable mess in trying to add all the version 2 features and never got it to work properly.

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Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 Android media player

Paul

Re: I think it comes with DAB+ too

the YP-G70 has FM radio. perhaps there was a prototype one with DAB? In Japan and Korea they use different digital broadcast standards anyway.

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Paul
Boffin

Re: were 99 at comet.

BTW, to upgade to Gingerbread, it's very easy:

http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/android-tablet-hacking/25778-upgrade-your-samsung-galaxy-wifi-5-0-gingerbread.html

although I backed up the memory, all I had to do was wipe the cache and didn't have to restore movies, photos or music.

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Re: Hang on...

yes, it has compass and GPS. use gmaps with pre-cached map squares and it's a winner.

the hires screen makes my tomtom XL seem crap.

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Paul
Boffin

were 99 at comet.

These are excellent android devices.

I bought a pair of these for 99 quid each for my kids when Comet had a special offer. I wish I'd bought three so one extra for me!

With FM radio, GPS, compass, stereo speakers, twin cameras, microphone, big display etc they make a fine toy, and cheaper for games than Nintendo DS's.

I've upgraded them to gingerbread and they run v well.

Anyone who tells me I should have bought SGS2 or Note is invited to give me the 400 quid each for the difference.

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Freeview TV shoved aside for iPad-compatible 4G

Paul
Boffin

Re: @AC 11:58

Quite a few European countries use dvb-t1 and hd as does Australia.

There are many people who bought Freeview dvb-t1 TVs which could decode such HD and didn't know they'd be stuck with SD

OTOH we are stuck with DAB when Offing could have mandate DAB+ compatible receivers years ago to prepare consumers for a better quality radio system.

The management of spectrum resources and use in the UK has been appalling and too often seen as a way of milking revenues instead of a public asset to be stewarded for the benefit of the people.

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Re: Today's sets ?

I decided long ago that terrestrial broadcasting was a bad idea and satellite made sense, except for places overshadowed by mountains or high-rise buildings.

I took an old 1m sat dish, fitted an eight output LNB and now all my viewing is off freesat.

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The Register Comments Guidelines, 2012

Paul
Flame

only good links to the best free pr0n

so long as it's free-range organic pr0n without advertising pop-ups and pop-unders and uninfected flash movie players, there's no problem :-)

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Jonathan Ive is knighted in New Year Honours list

Paul
Coat

held it wrong!

He wasn't able to read the writing on his gong because he was holding it wrong, luckily Her Maj had a rubber ring to put round it so he could hold it better.

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Paul
Boffin

designer not engineer..

..because an engineer wouldn't have fscked up the antenna

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Jobs: 'I'll spend my dying breath destroying Android'

Paul

PalmOS Clone?

Remember PalmOS? A handheld touch screen, with icons.

Just add gestures, kinetic scrolling and you have most of the elements of the iphone user interface.

Move the system bar/notification bar to the top and you have a bunch of elements of android notification bar.

Expand the user interface to a larger panel and you have an ipad or android tablet.

The special sauce in the Apple product is the attention to the details in the hardware, and the integration with itunes, which you either love, hate or accept. None of the individual features are new or magic, the "reinvention" is the way it's a converged device.

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Thai floods flush storage channel clean

Paul

SSD?

This could be a big nudge to mass SSD adoption, certainly prices seem keener than ever.

it's a bit easier to wash an SSD and it's more likely to work after immersion!

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Hey, Music Industry. You're suing the wrong people

Paul
Mushroom

pricing of music vs movies, and globalisation

how many person-years does it take to make an album? perhaps 20 (the composer, the band, the editors, the graphics designers and the upfront manufacturing tehnicians).

how many person-years does it take to make a movie? perhaps 400 (writers, screen writers, actors, musicians, crew, editors, CGI, etc).

so how come a newly released CD of music doesn't cost about £1 compared to a new DVD release at £20?

what irks me is how the manufacture of DVDs and CDs has moved overseas to take advantage of lower manufacturing prices (as has many goods), but when grey importes attempt to buy them at the market prices in the country of manufacture, they get stamped on. See the case of CDWOW who got slamed for importing legitimate media. Or SuperDrug and various expensive perfumes.

So we as consumers who've lost our jobs to cheap overseas labour don't get the benefit of the cheaper manufacturing costs, only the greedy businesses.

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Google gobbles Big Blue IP stash

Paul
Boffin

google don't necessarily need 2G, 2.5G, 3G or 4G patents

google don't make their own phones with GSM or CDMA modules and firmware in them, they only need to be certain that their hardware manufacturers have adequate patent portfolios to make them or defend against patent trolls.

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Paul
Boffin

boycott the heavies?

agreed, the moment Google start acting like Apple, Oracle or Microsoft, I will actively seek alternative services.

as it is, I don't and won't own Apple products, actively avoid buying any MS software, and will never buy another Sony product after the PSN fiasco and locking out otherOS etc.

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Nokia punts NFC touch-data biz cards at £11 each

Paul
Unhappy

cheaper alternatives

quite expensive compared to tikitag, er, touchatag

http://www.touchatag.com/e-store

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Fujitsu installs Windows 7... on a phone

Paul
Boffin

a revival of the Sharp willcom d4?

http://www.pocketables.net/2008/08/review-willcom.html

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Paul
Boffin

try the Fujitsu U820 or U900

see umpcportal for more geek pr0n

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Paul
Boffin

poor translation?

CPU freq is probably a mistranslation, it probably idles at less than half the speed?

see also "xpphone" and "sharp willcom d4".

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UK will obey barmy Euro unisex-insurance rules from 2013

Paul
Boffin

another way to discriminate on sex

the insurance companies use a set of metrics to determine risk and therefore the price;it's not about age, sex, race or any other thing that might offend the PC brigade, just a way to put a driver into a pigeon-hole of likely risk categories.

if they can't use the sex of the driver, they can use the first name instead; there's some overlap of men's and womens names, but it'd be a lot better than nothing.

they could also ask for information about the hair-style and also use that. or shoe-style. it doesn't mean they have prejudice about, say, blondes, if they do.

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Panasonic opens TV app developer programme

Paul
Boffin

neglecting legacy customers

shame on panasonic for neglecting legacy customers

at least there are people willing to experiment with vieracast:

http://customvieracast.blogspot.com/

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NotW accused of hacking Milly Dowler's voicemail

Paul
Black Helicopters

the problem is the people who buy the newspapers

demand feeds supply. if the demand is sufficient, and the price willing to be paid high enough, someone will fulfil it, whether it be drugs, sex, dubious entertainment etc.

the race to the bottom has been very successful for newspapers.

people read these junk news "comics", and so create a market. if the people demanded and only paid for quality journalism, these "hack rags" would die a well deserved death.

unfortunately, educating people to stop caring and paying celebutard news sources is not trivial and may be impossible.

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Skype brings cross-platform video to Android

Paul
Boffin

why these models and no others?

what's so special about the designated phones? is it the video chips? specific android release (gingerbread)?

thanks

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Spam volumes show massive drop - but why?

Paul
Black Helicopters

DKIM? SPF?

ever head of SPF? DKIM? not spam preventers, but they form part of a wider solution.

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Programmers urged to code with their tootsies

Paul
Joke

ideal for an iPad

at last, a useful input device for an iPad; all users should carry one of these around

:-D

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Apple sues teenager for white iPhone conversion kits

Paul
Flame

protecting trademarks can force this

much as I despise apple and pity iDrones, unfortunately the way trademark law works - use it or lose it + enforce it or lose it, it does mean that companies develop twitchy trigger fingers when it comes to setting the dogs of law onto potential infringers.

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Official: phones sting bees

Paul
Troll

tin-foil hats for bees!

it's clearly about time we set up a factory to make tin-foil hats for bees!

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