* Posts by Martin Summers

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OnePlus phone fanbois flock for a shiny phondle

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You'd think after the success of the first phone they'd drop this crap and be in a position to supply on a larger scale by now. It's going to get to the ludicrous point where people are going to start saying "Why won't you take my money" follower by "if you won't take my money then I'll go elsewhere."

It's never hurt the iPhone to have 'scarce' supply so why can't they just open the gates, let people buy what they have and get on with it. I certainly don't think this will work for the OnePlus 3.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: Over a dinner time???

Yup, I set it upgrading before I went to lunch. By the time I came back it was pretty much finished. That was an i3 with 8GB RAM (you have 2? Ouch!) and yes I really was using it pretty much straight away. I didn't include download time in that as I was presented with the you're ready to upgrade message straight away as my machine is always on. Weirdly it took ages on my home machine (i5 8GB) tonight and that was using the media creation kit method after getting sick of waiting for the invite.

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In reality the only turgid thing about Windows 8 was its bolted on touch crap and lack of cohesion between that and WIMP. Underneath it is not so bad. I refused to use Windows 8 and got used to the compromise of 8.1. Windows 10 is what 8 should have been as is the pattern with Microsoft OS releases. It looks shiny and new,seems stable and it seems just after a couple of days serious use everything is where it should be again.

I really can't understand all the Windows hate these days as there's just no need. I use Linux too occasionally, I appreciate what it is and where it is going and have installed it for none techy people who I suspect will get infected easily that just need Web browsing.

I cut my teeth on Windows, I use and administer it at work as well as Linux Web servers, I can't imagine a world without Windows and don't see why there should be. I haven't used every Linux distro going but to me in my opinion from what I have used, the intricacies of using it and getting stuff working everyday are a bit too esoteric still. Maybe the day of Linux will come,but it hasn't yet. This really isn't a fight, it's just another Windows/Mac scenario playing out. At least there's choice now and that's the real winner for everyone.

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PS: I actually like Windows 10. Upgraded it over a dinner time from Windows 8.1 and started using it as I'd left off before. No glitches or anything. Very impressed.

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Wow, not sure if it was just my phone screen but Steve looked as if he'd been tango'd.

As for Windows subscription, an OS is one thing I won't pay for monthly. I want to own it and upgrade when I'm ready. I suspect they're about to shoot themselves in the foot if they think people are going to swallow this.

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ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!

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Re: Well

Yeah but how on earth would we point a shark at it?

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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Re: Not going to happen

WOULD read and PROBABLY making a GOOD point if it were NOT for ALL those EVIL CAPITAL LETTERS.

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Top German data cop slaps down Facebook's real name policy

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I think the Facebook users of Germany would understand, it is Facebook in the wrong here and are trying to wriggle out of responsibility in the way organisations like this try to wriggle out of their tax obligations. Who has more to lose? Facebook losing an entire countries worth of users or the people of Germany having to rediscover real life friendship once again?

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Be wary of that Russian. He might HAMMERTOSS a software nasty at you

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Re: eerrr

I would say they are 'subtley' implying that yes...

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Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

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I just checked my account settings and went to upgrade. It only offered me the £79 a year option or Amazon Instant which I already pay monthly for. So either you guys are in the US and they offer that there or you're in a secret Amazon club :-)

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"Amazon prime is available as a monthly subscription."

Is it? I must have been asleep... I've not seen the option promoted or advised to me when I finished my trial. I will have to check that out. Cheers guys.

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Now all they need to do is make that payment a monthly option and I might just take them up on it. Any company that wants my money upfront for a service that could change in some way during my sub isn't going to get it.

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'Untraceable' VoIP caller ID-spoofing website accepts Bitcoin

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Re: Yay!

Erm... They're already doing this!

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Boffins' audacious plan to blow up aircraft foiled by bomb-proof bag

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"Cue Ryanair's next announcement, "caravan class" "

I'm probably going to do time in the mod queue for this but there is a picture created many moons ago "Air Pikey" depicting pretty much that. Sure it's there if you google it.

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"Wouldn't solve the earlier-cited scenario of the dildo bomber, who would have the bomb INSIDE during the flight and only pull it out just before zero time."

Oh but there would be probing, you mustn't forget the probing after the de-robing. It's almost inevitable if they got you that far.

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Just solve the problem by getting people to fly naked (or perhaps morph suits at a push). Have the luggage travel behind in a cargo plane shared by the airlines. Nothing dangerous in the cabin then unless there's someone willing and with a cavernous cavity they're happy to use. Airlines also get to squash more people on to one plane. Win win.

Warning,someone somewhere with the means and influence, might just make this happen. I say buy shares in sick bag manufacturers now.

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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Re: OK, let me get this straight..

"any company that uses an external mail service like gmail for business purposes needs its collective head examining."

Have you not heard of Google Apps for business?

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Reg reader? Work at the Home Office? Are you SURE?

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Ok I'll try, but first, where are we running to?

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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I wonder how many reg readers there are that saw that word and were reminded of something else very similar. You will know exactly what I mean if you do ;-)

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Pray for AMD

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When buying a PC it's never been clear to consumers exactly what an AMD processor is or what its equivalence to Intel processors is. Equipment with AMD chips in them have always just appeared in cheaper products but for no apparent reason to an ordinary buyer, so they've just got associated with cheap and therefore 'must be crap compared to Intel'. AMD are the Aldi and Lidl of chip makers and they need to do what those shops did and play up to that as these retailers have successfully done. It's their marketing that has failed not their products. Even I don't recommend AMD stuff to people and truly I don't know why that is. Yes they're not as good as Intel but neither are they crap.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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Re: Bah!

"Bacon troll is late to the table. We went through this six months ago."

It is universally known by even people who have not had your bacon, that your bacon is crap. It is not however known universally that the one service station you have singled out is crap (which it probably is). So which opinion shall we attach greater importance to then? I think our opinion matters quite a bit when it comes to bacon thanks!

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

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Re: One wonders as to

One word"Akamai"

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

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Re: Let's see.. @LucreLout

"That's not wholly accurate... I can't expand on why publicly, but its not wholly accurate."

There's always AC ;-)

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Re: Let's see..

If you don't ask questions then you never find things out. I'd rather ask questions that people think I'm stupid for asking than remain in a state of ignorance.

As for taxable benefits, surely there's a loophole Jimmy Carr style that would allow you to receive the taxable benefits. What if the family were treated as guests of the company or were perpetually loaned the use of facilities etc or even paid a loan they never had to pay back?

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Re: Let's see..

I've always wondered what would happen and even if it is possible to run your household as a Ltd company or such. I imagine it's too bloody complicated but the thought of claiming all the vat back and claiming food for the family and energy bills etc as a business expense is quite appealing. Has anyone ever done this or is it really only a pipe dream?

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The Empire Strikes Back: Disney tractor-beams StarWars.co.uk from Brit biz

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Aren't they meant to persistently enforce their trademarks to keep them? How does 10 bloody years indifference count as that? I'm just amazed no one grabbed it when it first lapsed. Nominet are idiots for this decision.

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HTC in crisis: How did it get to this point? How did it get this bad?

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Re: Hehe

"So just doing this will not be enough, it will have to innovate on top of that."

It will do it for me and I'd buy it. I miss HTC Sense enough that those few things even if they aren't particularly innovative would bring me back as a customer.

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HTC, quite simple, stop your phones from looking like crap after a few months of ownership, do some water and dust proofing, try and innovate on battery life, sort the God awful camera, bring back external storage and you're probably set. The only reason I'm not a customer of yours this time around is for all the above.

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ICANN running the global internet? It's gonna be OK, it's gonna be OK, US Congress told

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Re: tmm;fm

"Too motormouth for me."

Erm... Good for you Mr Coward... Happy for you.

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There's no reason for the US to give this up and to try and make out its because of the Snowden stuff is rubbish as they've got their fingers in pretty much every pie they need to already. I would have it stay in US control because to be honest they've done a pretty good job of keeping it running all these decades and they have the influence to make sure it stays that way. We don't need an uncertain future for the Internet.

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Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe

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Re: Let go?

Git, I'd gone a good few months without that song in my head.

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Samsung, Oppo collared in smartphone bloatware probe

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Wow, this is the Chinese doing this you say? Not even our UK regulators can be bothered to do stuff like that. Still, I'd rather not have the compromise on everything else the Chinese have to suffer. Quite ironically they are looking after consumer rights but not human rights generally!

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Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

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Hey no need to get teste!

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Wikipedia: YES! we’ve SAVED the INTERNET again!

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Not agreeing with Wikipedia's actions, however I guess there is a case for kicking up a stink about something even at the 'never going to happen' stage, just so that it doesn't escape those that would have some dodgy legislation pass that the population do not in fact want it. If you don't cause some noise it might make them think we are quite happy about it and they begin to get more serious ideas.

On the subject of Wikipedia, I say bring back the Encarta brand fully online with ads and have contributors wiki style but who are paid and held accountable for what they put in to it.

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Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

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@Mark 85 Oh I see, bless 'em, I wasn't criticising Ford, rather the keyless system, so the bot or Ford devotee or whatever can sleep easy tonight.

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Lol, I get a thumb down for asking a question and stating a fact. I will cry myself to sleep tonight.

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What happens when there's no key? I believe most Ford's don't come with one any more. I'm not sure I'd like that personally!

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Humongous headsets and virtual insanity

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I hadn't seen your comment until just. What I was trying to say is that if a dev has given up on it and has sold it to CeX then what does that say about its future as in I think it has a dismal one. Unless I'm missing something.

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I saw an Oculus Rift development kit for £300 in my local CeX the other day. I think that says it all for its future doesn't it?

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

Dear AC. What would you suggest instead then? Vetting is currently the best there is and better than nothing at all. Other than implanting someone with a chip there is no alternative unless you have the genius solution?

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Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

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Well he got the publicity he wanted by spouting rubbish at the expense of Google. Job done for him and then his firm quietly correct it afterwards.

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BT hit by data centre fire: Some ISPs just love watching the net BURN

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Is there any equipment that isn't delicate and can resist ungraceful shutdowns? Isn't it about time there was if there isn't? I know you generally have UPS in place but surely kit should be able to recover better these days.

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Oi! 'Hands off America's Wi-Fi spectrum' yells, er, the cable lobby

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It might grab currently unused spectrum. But will it give it back when someone/something else wants to use it? If not, then it's just a land grab.

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Facebook and Twitter queen Taylor Swift: Facebook and Twitter are RUBBISH

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Business sense, common sense, a pop singer with some brains. I hope her fans take some notice of her message as well as others as it is utterly sensible.

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

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Tado

I see no mention of Tado here. It is simple, does the job and has severely reduced my gas bill and more than paid for itself. I put that entirely down to one feature, the geolocation. Quite simply it saves me money by switching off the heating if me and my partner are out. Something you can't do with a dumb thermostat with just a schedule. It is worth the money just for that feature alone.

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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Re: Only in the movies...

@Mike Bell. Given the answers I've already had, how did the Libyan guy manage to do that if Assange apparently can't?

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Re: @ Martin Summers: Huh?

AC, I was asking a genuine question. Hardly babbling. You're such a nice guy aren't you. As for nothing to do with the US, it has everything to do with the US why he is holed up in there. So I could ask you what you're babbling about. The rest of your comment, you at least try to answer the question without malice so thanks for that.

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Ah, I see. Of course a diplomat being a wanted criminal isn't going to be accepted. I wasn't sure how these things worked, I thought they could just give it to him and he'd be home safe. Thank you for answering guys.

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Re: What prison sentence would he be looking at if found guilty?

It won't count as time served as he is in a self imposed prison. The plonker may as well have stayed at his bail address and avoided the second mess he's got himself into.

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No I don't because I've never been on the wrong end of them. At the end of the day he did something to piss them off and in some people's views put many lives at risk by what he helped to do. Of course they want to try him and punish him for it, whether they are right to or not is not what I was getting into with my comment. What I do know is sometimes what people fear is nowhere near the reality.

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