* Posts by Martin Summers

42 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011

Google reveals where AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable will next offer Gbps broadband

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UK

Has Google even considered offering this in the UK? I want it!

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Facebook: Yo 'people'! Zap fake news on our giant ad farm, would'ja?

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Racial Hatred

If only they could do something about the dredging up of old inflammatory news stories regarding minority ethnic/religious groups that some low life found and reposted as if it were new. Normally round a time when said group is making an appearance on the news such as recent European events. Although the comments below them do have the added benefit of showing up some of the pond life that infest Facebook.

If I had a quid for every time I've been asked if something was true or not that could be easily found as bull by going to snopes I'd be very rich.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: Linux?

Yes I do use Linux, occasionally, I don't contribute to it, I don't code. But surely you want people to use Linux, otherwise what's the point?

As for bricking things, it's not really just that is it. Linux people love to demonstrate how powerful Linux is on small less powerful devices. Which is fantastic.

Also, what's wrong with Linux being used by people who can't afford an OS? Or the powerful device? Again, surely a good thing and the kind of thing that makes Linux Devs feel warm and fuzzy inside? The fact it is free has opened computing to many who can't afford it or the devices.

I don't see why you feel you have to prove how wealthy you are or why you are trying to disassociate Linux from those less less fortunate than you. But good on you for contributing anyway.

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Re: Linux?

"Why Linux people are always in search of something cheap?"

Are you telling me you'd rather risk bricking something expensive?

Could you lend me some of the folding currency you wipe your bum on please? I obviously have a much greater need for it than you do!

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Re: Linux?

Yes, I'm 33 and I use upvote downvote buttons, especially downvote when you just really cannot be bothered to engage in someone's utterly mindless garbage post. And upvote, well that's just a quick expression of solidarity and agreement with your comment. Simple. And don't pretend you don't like the upvotes either cos thousands wouldn't believe you.

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DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

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Freesat

If you're on Freesat, go look in the 900 channel area for the BBC regions. If you can drag yourself away from babe station of course.

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An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

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Re: Missing a trick?

You don't have to turn the page after every single page read with a normal book and that's the point. Trying to make the electronic device better replicate the experience of what it is replacing. I take your point on being more expensive but anything new and outside the norm is until everyone buys it. That's just how things are so it's a moot point. We also have hinges on items like laptops and they don't fail frequently so I would say that's moot too.

If some product designer got to work on it I'm sure they could overcome the things you mention. After all we have yet to see the foldable e-paper stuff being used in a product. I can imagine that would help.

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Missing a trick?

Are these manufacturers of ebooks missing a trick? My partner and no doubt many others doesn't like using a device like this preferring to hold a real book. Why don't they make an ebook reader with 2 screens that you hold and can close up like a book. That way you can read on to the second 'page' without faffing around pressing buttons. Surely that might win people over who prefer books a bit more. Naturally they'd have to be fairly thin and light for this to work even if real books can be heavier!

Disclaimer: I must admit I've posted this assuming no one has had a stab at making something like this.

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Kindle sparks Fire, Clouds emerge from Amazon data center

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Embarrassing?

How is it an embarrassing setback? Fire happens and it's not pleasant for anyone, least of all the builders. Why the snidey comments that I am seeing more and more in articles knocking companies and mocking them for things outside of their control?

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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Still Happening

My kids watching Stampylongnose videos today have been presented with a trailer for "Woman in black angel of death" which is just great. That's with family safe settings switched on on the Xbox YouTube app.

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: on the up side

Jealous much?

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Food

All of this irrelevant. Until you solve the food problem by inventing the Star Trek replicator we all need to eat and that needs paying for by earning, which relies on the consumer economy. Until this is taken care of this is just a communists wet dream. Communism doesn't work so get over it.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: Abolish it

We should absolutely follow the Jersey system. To me it's more important to know that someone is insured than they've paid their road tax as the scum who don't insure are likely the ones who will leave you for dead at the roadside after crashing into you. They are much more easily weeded out and reported by other drivers if they didn't have a valid insurance disc in their window. Of course as usual the government are putting the emphasis on making sure they get paid rather than people's safety.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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Congratulations Notch

Well done to the guy. He seems a rare specimin of a decent human being and he deserves the success his hard work has brought him.

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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Re: Call Up

Fair point. But also the reason why we will never be rid of them.

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Call Up

Would the author of this article and all commentards with up votes only, please proceed to senior political office forthwith. Thank you.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: Was it or wasn't it?

Correct AC.

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Re: Was it or wasn't it?

Fail whilst taking the piss. Ironic.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Re: 'Tis true.

Well worth posting, cos he's bang on.

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

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Re: @Eponymous Cowherd

If I could up vote you multiple times Peter I would. You have written there exactly what the system needs. Americans get referendums on the important stuff, we have no voice and we are ignored completely. There is no real democracy here.

Could you imagine if we made our shires into states and governed ourselves!

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

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Re: Old McDonald

Don't look now but he might soon just be opening a McSpace Port...

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Google Ventures opens new fund in London

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Re: Dodgy Dave Characters and Wannabe Emperor Type Casting .... is not AIMedia Role ForePlay Style

Got to hand it to you amanfrommars the fog has started to clear. Your programmer must be proud.

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Re: Dodgy Dave Characters and Wannabe Emperor Type Casting .... is not AIMedia Role ForePlay Style

You don't come here often I see AC. Interesting thought, I wonder if you can sue a robot for libel?

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Re: Humbug

Aren't you a joyous individual. The man is proudly displaying and honouring his father's achievements and heroism. Not passing off as your sick suggestion would make him out to be.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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I wish that was a troll. Call yourself a tech site reader? Go on, get out with you, don't come back.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Re: Question

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

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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

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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

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Locked credit file? Seriously utterly bloody fantastic idea!

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OccupySF BOFH runs protest network on pedal power

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"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

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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'

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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

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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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