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* Posts by Martin Summers

17 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011

OpenSSL bug hunt: Find NEXT Heartbleed, earn $$$ – if enough people donate cash

Martin Summers

Why should you get to use it or have benefit from it with an attitude like that? No bugger else bothered developing it and the small team who did bother get no reward. None of this is really their fault. It's the fault of the millions of people who use it without giving a toss about where it came from so long as it was free.

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A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

Martin Summers

You activate it...

How about you activate the device when you know it is lost and it emits and ear piercing tone or a little voice from within the suitcase stating "I am lost". Granted it will probably be ripped open so they can make it STFU but it could work!

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4G auction helped keep mobile networks competitive ... for NOW

Martin Summers

Why charge?

Who else in all reality is going to use this spectrum other than telecoms companies? What is the point in charging them to use it when only they will have the means to do so and it's usage benefits a large amount of the population.

If they gave the spectrum out for free, then we (yes this is utopian) *might* just might be charged a decent price for mobile packages and have amazing fast coverage with more of the operators cash being sunk into network investment. In fact, if the regulator wanted to they could even make it a condition of the licence that they do this.

All this auction cash just gets absorbed into government, then what,what do we see of it? We end up paying for mobile tariffs that cost more than a fixed bloody phone line.

Give them the spectrum, with emphasis on the conditions, they can't moan then when it's taken away from them for not fulfilling them. Stop wasting everyone's time and trying to justify your jobs to your paymaster, Ofcom you are a regulator, not Sotheby's. Get your priorities straight.

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Microsoft admits: We WON'T pick the next Steve Ballmer this year

Martin Summers

It's Elop

Nokia underperforming under Elop was exactly what it was meant to do on the path to becoming a Microsoft acquisition. Nokia was Stephen's initiation into the big chair, he brought home the goods for Microsoft at a reduced price and they were conveniently already a major customer to boot.

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

Martin Summers

NSA PR Opportunity

They could offer a public service to decrypt the data for everyone affected. But would you rather pay the money or let the NSA have your files, oh wait...

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4G, quad-core, pah. Now connect the next billion bods to mobile web

Martin Summers

Re: " ... 10 per cent of internet growth causes GDP to rise by 1.2 per cent ..."

600 million out of poverty, erm yeah... Dream on. I think this is one of those rich get richer situations again.

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Skype denies system upgrade enables in-call spying

Martin Summers

Re: Phorming a Profile is one thing ...... Making Great Use of it with IT and Media is quite another

Was this auto generated spam crap or what?

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Vodafone silences punters in mini-mast upgrade bungle

Martin Summers

Just a shame Vodafone don't return the favour to the UK!

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Martin Summers

Re: Question

Would kill your battery using Wi-fi and an always on app for VOIP calls all the time.

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Martin Summers

Re: O2 & 3 give away femtocells for free.

I am apparently in am excellent Vodafone indoor coverage area. Am I heck. I too had to go near a window to get decent signal and I was fobbed off with the device and sim card being faulty excuse. It is the first time with any network I have had signal problems in the areas I live and work so I felt I had cause to complain.

It was only when I contacted their excellent tech team via twitter that I got any decent customer service and got a Sure Signal for free. I said bluntly I wouldn't pay for it, especially having to use mine and my broadband providers infrastructure to do operate it. I now have full signal throughout the house and I'm really pleased. Shame they can't sort the rest of the network out, I'm still miffed at myself for switching from Virgin just to get my mitts on an S3 quickly, the t-mobile orange combo provided excellent coverage (at least for me) wherever I went.

Moral of the story, if you need a sure signal and don't just want your own personal base station as a new shiny then get in touch with their tech team.

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High Court: TVCatchup reproduces copyrighted films ... in buffers

Martin Summers

Of course I meant clutching at straws. Shame the mod team don't have time to correct careless mistakes :-)

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Martin Summers

Reproduced in buffers? That is tenuous at best and the phrase 'cluthing at straws' comes to mind. No doubt the judge will be fooled into thinking that is means enough to switch them off.

Broadcasters should be ashamed of themselves if they can't provide the type of service TV Catchup provides and make money out of it. TV broadcast signals are all around us, so what if i decide to receive it over the Internet via a third party service cos my phone doesn't have a tuner built in.

Stop spending time money and effort going after stuff like this that in the grand scheme of things doesn't matter. TV Catchup is popular because you broadcasters can't come up with a decent alternative.

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Survey: '4 million' Brits stung by ID theft

Martin Summers

Locked credit file? Seriously utterly bloody fantastic idea!

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OccupySF BOFH runs protest network on pedal power

Martin Summers

"More than a few IT administrators complaining about underfunding should pop down to their local protest and learn a thing or two."

That rings hollow when management expect a professional service to be run on a shoestring and expect everything to work properly. No comparison.

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Verizon in court to block net neutrality ruling

Martin Summers

I want to pay for an Internet pipe that gives me whatever I want through it. The day anyone forces me to pay extra for that is the day I stop using the Internet.

Who the hell do these companies think they are. You provide a dumb pipe, get over it!

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Facebook wants to poke politicians 'who share our goals'

Martin Summers

At least the American's get to see it all in the open and can make a judgment knowing that, rather than it being kept a dirty secret like over here.

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BBC engineers see PLT knocking out DAB

Martin Summers

Sheer Poetry

Something the majority don't want (DAB) knocked out by something Ofcom refused to deal with. The powers that be get their comeuppance in the end :-)

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