* Posts by Martin Summers

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Virgin rolls out fibre to 1m

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Hmm, not sure where you get the 1 million figure from Ben. Looking at their press release yes they are doing some fibre but the big numbers are coaxial. If they were doing 1 million FTTP that'd be impressive but they're not.

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Ok, so you're a tech site and everyone here knows that what Virgin offer is NOT fibre it is coax. I cannot believe you are publishing their marketing bullshit as news. BT are the same crowing on about fibre when it's copper wire and fibre is only going to the street cab. By their reckoning we've always had fibre optic broadband since they started trunking using it. Seriously El Reg, please don't start shilling for them.

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Is VMware the power it once was?

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I might just be pissed off tonight for various reasons. But another Amazon is the future article? I didn't stop reading at the heading, I stopped reading when I read the first sentence about Amazon. It's great you think they are that special but I just can't see them taking over as you say. You're handing too much power and control to a company like that and they're at the other end of an Internet connection which in the UK at least is not always a good thing.

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LG: Stop focusing on Apple and Samsung. There's us. And our G5. Look at it. Look at it

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Taken a beating? What Basil Fawlty style with a tree branch? Oh no you said you were pleased with them didn't you.

I think Samsung have gone their own way now, I don't think there's a sexier phone than an S7 Edge right now. I agree the TouchWiz is rubbish and so is the ecosystem they tried to build to rival Apple. Then again HTC are just as guilty of trying to get you to sign in to their services clunkily on offer next to Google's. It should be one or the other.

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Re: IR Blaster

People had a great time doing that when casio released its IR watch. Back in the days when there were TV's in shop windows. Or of course if you fancied annoying the teachers by switching the TV on the trolley off.

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I personally think LG have an image problem, budget consumer electronics. I think LG and I think microwaves and white goods. I know Samsung do the same but I just can't get my head around LG doing phones. LG doesn't scream premium, it is screaming look at me look at me as your sub head says and I think most people just think 'meh'.

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What do you call an old, unpatched and easily hacked PC? An ATM

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Jackpotting

So everytime I've put my card in to one of those things and got money, you mean to say I haven't really won anything? Explains a few things...

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Chrome lives in dog years: It's seven years old but just turned 50

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I just got rid of the over bloated crap from my Nexus 6 (irony) as it used so much memory it caused the whole phone to be unstable. Switching to Firefox I have no problems now and my phone doesn't randomly reboot either. I do however have Chrome as my browser of choice on desktop PC's whereas I wouldn't touch Firefox for that.

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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It might be one of the ICO's few tools, you'd be a tool to think it'd make any difference though. It's not likely the public are going to remember and it will all blow over soon enough. If there were real disciplinary consequences for such a mahoosive and stupid breach i.e you lose your job, you might not be so careless in the first place. Severely screwing with someone's life is not worth the insult of taking public money from a public body that the victim presumably paid some tax towards and those in charge have no vested interest in!

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GitLab offers Digital Ocean to soak up customers' CI burden

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Digital Ocean have a UK London based data centre now too.

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Big telco proxies go full crazy over cable box plan

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Re: Rear Guard Action of an industry in retreat, and the Few in Dire Straits Need of Change of Feed

Someone's changed your programming for the worse amanfrommars. That drivel made no sense and I prefer bots to stay out of politics cos let's face it, you're not likely to have a clue.

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Ofcom promises to have details on duct and pole access by summer

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SEVEN Months...

...and counting to get a leased line thanks to Openwretch. The sooner they are broken off BT and have competition the better.

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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

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Malwarebytes

I needed anti virus for remote hosted desktops running on VM's. I got the first 5 licences online and emailed their corporate sales to ask if I could get more on the same key as we were going to clone the VM's with their software on them. Not only did noone answer me at all even to this day from about 2 months ago, I had to go through 2 of their support channels before someone finally decided to email me. I told this UK based sales rep what I wanted and after a 2 week gap he finally replied that their business model didn't work that and they couldn't support virtual machines. Bearing in mind their damn software was working just fine and I only needed to hand them more money. I emailed him and literally said "The software is working we don't mind that you don't support it, are you saying you actually don't want to take our money?" absolutely no response at all to that. Suffice to say I went somewhere else then.

I put the same scenario to AVG on their sales line. "oh it sounds like you need technical support I will put you through" Tech support then asked me for my name then what I wanted, I explained again. "Can I have your email address so I can pull up your record please" I said I don't have a record since I'm not a customer with them. The reply? "How can I help you today?" she literally reset herself to the top of her script. In disbelief I just said I'd already explained twice and there was no way I was doing it again "goodbye". I was in utter disbelief and still am.

Thanks for giving me the chance to get my rant off my chest Trevor!

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'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

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"Whoever smelled it used an algorithmic odour plume-tracing strategy"

But they still dealt it.

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Soho baroness at Twitter

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Ha, yeah watch out Twitter more like.

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Microsoft smells Musk, splashes on 'Mune' space program

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So there really could be a great data centre in the sky. I thought that was where servers went to die!

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US government updates secure email guide for first time in a decade

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Re: Copy requested...

How very rude! I don't think you're going to get Hillary on that particular address,something quite different possibly.

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

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Re: I avoided a prank once

My boss has a penchant for ratemypoo.com to be waiting for a member of our office team when he quite often forgets to lock his machine. Of course his first mistake was to admit he was squeamish with such things.

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Re: I've been april fooled

Nothing to do with being an expert. Sometimes it's plain common sense. Plus this has bugger all to do with the intricacies of Operating Systems and more to do with Intel Graphics card driver software.

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BMW complies with GPL by handing over i3 car code

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To be fair to the CS agents it is a bit of a niche query they would not be geared up for as the guy said. What they did do wrong was just flat declining because they didn't understand, they either lack initiative and shouldn't be in customer care or are told not to escalate things which I'd have thought unlikely.

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US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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"Security researchers believe that the data could have been accessed with either hardware or software techniques"

As opposed to what, telepathy? I thought that was only in the higher end iphone.

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Ello ello ello: Bungling Met cops blew £100m on failing tech wheezes

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Re: £100M

This is the problem isn't it. The Government slash police forces budgets saying that efficiency savings can be made and plainly they can. So what do those in charge of said forces do in revenge? They cut front line services and try to make the government look bad. It's sickening. It's our money they're pissing down the drain and leaving us with inadequate police resources to boot. These empire builders should be put out to pasture, not before being held accountable directly for waste on projects like this.

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X-ray scanners, CCTV cams, hefty machinery ... let's play: VNC Roulette!

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Re: College lecture room?

Sniffs bespoke to me.

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Pebble axes quarter of its workers after fitness pivot

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They really shouldn't be jumping on the bandwagon. This is really a bad decision. I have little interest in the fitness features and I'm glad they couldn't foist that on my original pebble steel. Everyone seems so keen on forcing fitness and health down your throats these days. If they do make health the focus of their next products then I won't buy one.

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Comcast now touts unlimited gigabit service (that you can't get)

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Meanwhile back in the UK... _@_y

(that was a snail by the way)

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Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

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Wish you guys would make your mind up on which is the reason Apple won't talk to you! :-)

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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It will be presumably too distracted looking at pictures of naked circuits and sexy laptops. For most intelligent people have looked at porn on the Internet, so therefore it only follows that any AI will look at computer porn.

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Nest: It's no longer all about you. Now it can recognize your kids, too

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Now that's just too bloody sensible.

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Bloke pockets $15k for spotting Facebook password-reset blunder

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Not detracting what he did or anything, I'm just gobsmacked they paid out that much for something affecting the beta servers only when you'd expect things to be broken and indeed they aren't like that in production. Got to give credit to Facebook for not trying that one on.

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Austrian mayor spunks €40k on virgin-eating dragon

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Indeed it does but I couldn't think of a way to make that work :-)

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Shouldn't that be "Schmuck, Royer & Die Eins"?

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Californian tycoons stole my sharing economy, says Lily Cole

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Re: Lily!

And the complete berk who authorised them not once, but twice now should be fired for blatantly throwing tax payers money at a sinking stinking ship.

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BlackEnergy malware activity spiked in runup to Ukraine power grid takedown

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They should have just released a bunch of squirrels, told them to go nuts and saved themselves the bother. They can't give anything away by interrogation either.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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It's ok for them to take swipes at Musk, but at least he got product out to market and did something. How long are they going to sit on this stuff before the masses get to use it? We hear of new battery technology on these pages so many times but have any of them made it into products we use yet? No, not one.

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Feel old? You will now: Blighty's mobile network Three is a teenager

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I still have a 3toGo tariff active, I still have not used it properly since I signed up when they launched, their coverage is still too bad for my liking. Strangely they've not hassled me once to come off it. I bought an e606 for some reason God only knows why when I had absolutely no one to make a video call with. I think I only made a video call much later on with a different phone and network,three were definitely just a novelty at the start and boy were the networks ripped off for their 3g licences.

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Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

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Re: Trouble ahead

Doesn't half make me laugh when people say they have taken such extreme action as "blocked “bbc.co.uk” by firewall for years" as if the BBC would know or care and you're making out as if you don't trust yourself to just not visit it!

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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

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Re: even when he’s doing his best to offload it

I got that email too, never heard anything back. Presume the cheque got lost in the post. He did give me a free upgrade to Windows 10 though. Right, back to my Nigerian friend who needs help with some kind of deal, I seem quite blessed with opportunities.

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Dead Steve Jobs owed $174 by San Francisco parking ticket wardens

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Re: What's a "parking day"?

I would imagine they are working days when everyone and his chihuahua are trying to find somewhere to park and hence the parking restrictions are in force. Like in the UK when it is free after 6 in most municipal car parks but you'll be charged before and fined if you overstay or don't pay.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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"the WiFi not only reaches into his office perfectly well, but also the next door pub garden..."

And you are still working in the office?

Granted it's winter but surely during the summer at least?

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Toaster cooks network and burns 'expert' user's credibility to a crisp

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Re: Aftermath

Now *that's* closure AC and would have been great in the story!

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I need closure, what did the guy say when he learned the truth, was he appropriately humble? Did he sneer and blame the network again? Enquiring minds and all that...

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Humans – 1 Robots – 0: Mercedes deautomates production lines

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"Robotic workers will in future be found working hand-in-hand with human staff"

Until the sneaky bastards get their revenge. Don't trust 'em.

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Surprise! British phone wins Best Product at Mobile World Congress

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I didn't think there was anything else they could possibly put in a smart phone that I could want. I was getting quite bored. I really really want a thermal imaging camera!

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

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Re: Shady moi?

If it's a material fact then they can't be sued. If that is its functionality then he is just stating it as such. Hence the post hasn't disappeared.

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Spotify hits the G-Spot, leaps into Google's cloud

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Re: What about redundancy and DR ?

I thought Spotify used P2P?So wouldn't need to worry so much about eggs and baskets.

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Feds spank Asus with 20-year audit probe for router security blunder

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I would say now is the best time to buy an ASUS router. Why? How many other companies are having full blown security audits of their software punishable by fines for none compliance right now? They could even use that in their marketing ;-)

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What's wrong should be quite obvious. You are not using the router as boxed and shipped out by your own admission. So it is technically not an Asus router anymore, the Asus firmware on Asus routers was at fault here.

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Intel, Verizon et al loom over 5G, tapping their feet, coughing politely

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I'm bored of it now. 4g 5g, great, just another technology the networks will roll out at snails pace just to be first. Ubiquitous coverage is what they should be spending their money on, make it so you can't go anywhere in the UK without a mobile signal (although I understand that will make getting away from it all harder, switch it off perhaps?). It's just one big push after another to tack on yet more crap that the marketing guys no doubt think is the mutts nuts when really who could give a shit anymore.

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