* Posts by Paul

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Australia should be the 'Switzerland of data', Cisco head hacker says

Paul

How many different prime ministers have they had in the last six years?

"political stability"???

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This is the Australia which tries to censor the internet as if it's a TV channel?

The same Australia which has a monopolistic national telco?

It'd take ten years, massive investment in new fibre links to the rest if the world, and a total reeducation of their government before companies would host there.

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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Now most Apple kit is sealed, anything with a battery will only be useful whilst the battery has capacity or Apple are willing to service it.

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Police create mega crime database to rule them all. Is your numberplate in it? Could be

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Re: Peasants! It's all your fault

> you can demonstrate, if it's gonna make you feel better

Not without permission

https://www.gov.uk/protests-and-marches-letting-the-police-know

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Tracy Emin dons funeral shroud, marries stone

Paul

Kate Moss had been the stone's previous fiancee, but he still wanted to roll, and the relationship didn't survive.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

Paul

my car radio is pretty good, but doesn't have DAB.

still, it's only purpose is to be a bluetooth receiver so I can play podcasts from my phone. I listen to quite a lot of BBC R4, but as podcasts. I play them at 1.1x normal speed. I can rewind too and pause. far more convenient than radio.

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Re: DAB would have some great potential if you get propper equipment

there's an interesting related project:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/radio-4-matic/

grab and time slice the audio stream from the radio for time shifted playback

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

Paul

And in other news, GCHQ has found a way to make horses run backwards into the stables they bolted from, so that they can retrospectively lock the stable door.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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I note that the contact page on the portoftyne website is fscked, insists that the message field shouldn't be blank.

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and yet only 17 months ago...

http://www.portoftyne.co.uk/ews/port-of-tyne/photographers-urged-to-put-south-tyneside-in-the-frame-for-port-of-tyne-reflect-awards

"The Port sits at the heart of the South Tyneside community and we hope people will pick up a camera or smartphone and start taking pictures of what life means to them."

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Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

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Why am I reminded of "things I won't work with"?

http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2014/10/10/things_i_wont_work_with_peroxide_peroxides

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Ransomware scum add Joomla to their list

Paul

it's worth checking you've turned on the a bunch of headers that make the site less prone to these problems

try https://securityheaders.io/

on your site and fix it. I've been doing that.

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Blighty cops nab Brit teen for 'hacking' CIA Brennan's AOL email

Paul

You'd have thought they'd know about the Streisand Effect by new

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Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery

Paul

I remember streetmap being pretty crappy, and even the first version of Google maps being so much better that I stopped using streetmap straight away. Frankly, had streetmap been any good they would have been able to hold on to their user base.

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Cartoon brings proper tech-talk to telly

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Lazytown computers run Debian

Lazytown computers run Debian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58Sphh1QOpU

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The designer of the IBM ThinkPad has died

Paul

Re: Lenovo have lost the plot

At previous job I had a T540p. Same problems: no indicator lights for caps lock, wifi, hard drive, battery charging. Also there were no mouse buttons at all, just a horrible track pad. I was glad to surrender it when I left.

It seems that in the T550 that Lenovo went back to a previous design and brought back mouse buttons etc.

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CMA to review BT whinge over superfast broadband price setting

Paul

Since BT Openreach and BT Retail are the same company, it means Openreach can set their prices really high and then let Retail sell on the services almost at a loss, and thus Oreach make all the profits.

That then makes it almost impossible for third parties to compete as they have to make a reasonable margin on the prices set by Oreach.

This then allows BT to sign lucrative deals with sports entertainment industry and have it subsidised by their competitors.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook was paid more than $28,000 a day in 2015

Paul

I guess he's being paid in iWatches, he gets a couple of the most expensive ones every day.

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Was Android moving to OpenJDK really a Google gift to devs?

Paul

If found this article to be confusing, like it was written by someone who was very tired, by them dictating it to someone who simply spell-checked it and didn't bother to restructure it into simple clear english with good punctuation.

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EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

Paul

I find this painfully ironic. I recently bought and signed up to their mobile broadband service special deal.

Immediately my Osprey Mini started receiving premium text messages from T-Zones, run by IMI Mobile, with chart updates regularly, at 17p per message!

I called up EE and they failed to stop them. Eventually I tracked down the 3030 number to IMI Mobile and demanded they stop - they ignored the "STOP ALL" message I sent.

I then called EE again and they said they would block the messages, but I would have to wait a while before they could refund the charges.

So on this basis I would say EE are in cahoots with the text spammers.

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Vodafone joins calls to pry Openreach from BT's hands

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Re: Ok this isn't difficult

you do know, don't you, that even if you're a Virgin Media customer then part of your connection may go over BT infrastructure.

BT essentially have a monopoly in all but very specific parts of the country it's nearly impossible to not use at least some part of their infrastructure.

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Those football deals need to be paid by someone, and if the costs can be pushed into OpenReach, then all ISPs using Openreach's infrastructure can be made to subsidise BT's Retail operations.

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Paul
Holmes

Re: Link?

http://mediacentre.vodafone.co.uk/pressrelease/frontier-economics-report-into-bt-overcharging/

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Furious LastPass fans fear password wrangler's fate amid LogMeIn's gobble

Paul

If you use XMarks (once foxmarks) for bookmark sychronisation then maybe you need to be reminded that lastpass bought xmarks.

so you may need to find a new bookmark sync service too.

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

Paul

According to ARS VW have known for years

http://arstechnica.com/cars/2015/09/report-vw-was-warned-about-cheating-emissions-in-2007/

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Pope Francis' first act in America: Halt iPhone 6S, 6S Plus deliveries

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Re: Oh the Ronny

"the pool will always be with us"

... especially if they keep upgrading their iPhones!

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Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

Paul

IPv6 adoption is doing fairly well

http://blog.mythic-beasts.com/2015/09/24/uk-ipv6-council-forum-2nd-annual-meeting/

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PSINet was one of the first dotcom collapses. I lost a fair few $$ in the value of my options :-(

I think 38/8 is now controlled by Cogent. Buying the remnants of PSINet for their IP addresses might have been the best part!

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Curiosity Rover's OS has backdoor bug

Paul

Quite a few domestic routers use VxWorks, the venerable WRT-54G for example was one where the switch from linux to VxWorks garned a fair bit of publicity, and the 54GL was created to keep hackers happy.

I now wonder how many consumer devices there are on the internet potentially at risk to these vulnerabilities

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

Paul

Re: But new -GOOD- products can be priced high

nowadays people would simply photograph the page on their smart phone whilst pretending to text a friend.

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Google wants to take a bite out of your apples (NOT your gadgets)

Paul

webvan all over again?

anyone remember webvan?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/07/10/webvan_drives_into_dotcom_death/

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Return of the Pocket PC: Acer shows off Jade Primo PC Phone

Paul

Re: net books dammit!

My Toshiba Click Mini is a pretty nice device.

If I was picky I'd say it needs an extra gig of RAM and a bit faster CPU

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Storage boosters: Six mSATA format SSDs on test

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Re: What is sustained write performance?

For sustained performance you need to see the Anandtech reviews where their testing runs for sufficiently long that it properly exercises the controller and its ability to recycle (erase and add to free pool) disused blocks

http://www.anandtech.com/show/9451/the-2tb-samsung-850-pro-evo-ssd-review/2

many SSDs improve their sustained performance if you don't use their full capacity.

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Dear Simon Crisp,

please can you add a table to the results showing GB/£ so we can see which is the cheapest drive for the storage offered?

thanks

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

Paul

Being a sysadmin or IT support like parenting

You spend a lot of time fixing up the s**t left behind by other people, dealing with people who feel they're more important than anyone else, dealing with feelings of entitlement, dealing with people who are willfully ignorant and unable to learn.

It's like being a carer in a teenager's foster home sometimes.

A woman who's already a mother might not want a job that's like being at home.

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

Paul

Sometimes The Onion turns out to be an Oracle

http://www.theonion.com/article/tobacco-companies-ordered-to-pay-reparations-of-80-833

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

Paul

can you not simply disable the MMS service centre in the APN settings?

who cares about MMS anyway?

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US yoinks six Nigerians to Mississippi on '419 scam' charges

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Re: How Quaint

Am surprised they didn't just nuke Nigeria from orbit just to be sure

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

Paul

Re: Kodi/XMBC

I use my fire tv stick instead my Chromecast now, much easier to control Netflix with a simple remote control.

That and kodi are its main purpose

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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Holmes

I think it's much miss about public perception and confidence than the actual money.

Since western economies are a confidence trick to create money, the governments must do what people believe will work.

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Vodafone: So what exactly is 'ludicrous' about the Frontier report?

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that BTOR decided to can FTTPoD because it was inconvenient, even after jacking up the price massively, suggests something is badly wrong.

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All right, who guessed 'street mapping' for those mystery Apple vans? Congratulations

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Mushroom

crashed into a Apple Streetview Van?

then you must have been driving it wrong

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American Idle: Seacrest keyboard startup Typo goes nowhere after BlackBerry bust-up

Paul

Re: The struggling Canadian smartphone mogul ????

there's reasonable evidence that governments have entered into key escrow deals with Blackberry, the US and Indian governments were quite well publicised.

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Web tracking puts lead in your saddlebags, finds Mozilla study

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Install the ghostery plugin and enable the alert bubble

then weep at the state of the internet

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Low price, big power: Virtual Private Server picks for power nerds

Paul

I found my VPS provider through the lowendbox blog, and signed up with Cloud Shards and found them to be excellent.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: How to wear a watch

> No Darryl, we're not prefixing stuff with an i now, so whilst iBelt makes some

> sense, it'd now be Belt Sport, Belt and Belt Edition

surely the Apple Belt Sport....

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Re: Huh?

> making fun of Samsung for the size of the Notes?

> Yup. I remember. That was me

it's very nice of you to decide what's best for everyone. are you related to Steve Jobs by any chance?

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FCC wants to know if carriers can grab some of YOUR WiFi signal

Paul

If there's a capacity problem with USA cellular systems, then surely the answer is that they deploy more cells, each cell covering a smaller area. In a simplistic way, isn't that the whole point of GSM, UMTS and LTE cells?

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

Paul

Re: Tipping Point

At the very least, the end of the dominance of the x86 instruction set.

I imagine Intel regularly look back at their sale of their StrongArm product/licences to Marvell and kick themselves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StrongARM

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Acer introduces a REVOLUTION in tablet tech: The PENCIL

Paul

Some Sony tablets and smartphones have sufficiently sensitive touch screens that a pencil will work, so this is nothing new.

I can use a soft pencil with my Xperia Z Ultra, I say soft for two reasons: a hard pencil doesn't have enough graphite, and secondly the anti-shatter film on the screen is easily scuffed (but light scratches polish out easily).

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