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OUCH: Google preps ad goo injection for Android mobile Gmail app

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The service is free.

Not if there are adverts. (That just means someone else is picking up the tab for you.)

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Tightwad music spaffer Pandora opens box for Wall St to fill with cash

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Re: Equal terms and conditions for equal transmission

90% of all successful radio stations have an Internet Radio offering. How is that at all different than Pandora?

Radio stations are a fixed stream; the station decides on the programming and broadcasts it. Those listening over the air get the same songs and what-not as do the Internet streamers for the same station. They might take requests, but only those that fit within the station's chosen "format" (eg: Rock, Pop, Jazz, etc)

In contrast, Pandora lets each individual user create and customize their own music stream where they can skip songs and incorporate preference data in the form of likes and dislikes. It's more of a music concierge that learns what songs you like and automatically plays new ones it calculates you will also enjoy.

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Re: Equal terms and conditions for equal transmission

It's not quite the same... Radio (even satellite radio to a lesser extent) is limited by their broadcast power and location. The internet is theoretically available anywhere on the planet.

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Tracking the history of magnetic tape: A game of noughts and crosses

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"each reel could store 1.5 million characters (224kB)"

1.5M characters stored in 229,376 bytes is 1.2 bits per character, which seems awfully low to me...

Surely 1.5 million characters is 1.43 MiB?

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Senator halts Google's taxpayer-subsidized executive jet fuel deal

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Gallons?

Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't aviation fuel usually sold by weight and not volume?

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Verizon finally drags FCC into court fisticuffs to end one-speed internet for all

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Re: How would this even work?

What you're describing is co-locating or geographic content caching servers; I have no problem with this. What Verizon wants to do is to give priority service to certain packets based on how much money they've been paid by the packets' originator.

Really it's an extortion racket.

"Those are some nice packets you have there... It sure would be a shame if anything were to, you know, happen to them... Probably best if you let *us* handle them with our 'priority delivery' service. Otherwise it might take a surprisingly loooong while for them to reach your customers. Packets get lost all the time you know!"

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How would this even work?

How can a non-neutral network even function? No entity controls the entire Internet after all, it's a collection of many thousands of large and small companies working together.

An example: I get my Internet from Comcast. Lets say I want to watch a TV show on HuluPlus who for the sake of this argument have paid Verizon a big pile of money to give Hulu's packets priority over other video services.

So I start streaming an episode and the video packets race through the Verizon network getting green lights all the way... until they pass over to a segment of the Internet owned by Comcast. Hulu hasn't paid Comcast anything, so now what happens to the packets? Do they just wait in line with all the others like they used to? Or will ISPs honor each other's priority requests?

Could Hulu pay Verizon to specifically *degrade* a rival service's performance?

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Android malware spotted hitching a ride on mobile botnet

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To be fair, Apple abandons their devices too. Just usually takes longer.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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Re: Madness

I agree that the use of the trademarked name "Ministry of Sound" would be a copyright/trademark violation except that it is the end users that are naming the offending playlists, NOT Spotify who shouldn't be held accoutnable for users' decisions.

I will assume that MOS has some talent in making commercial mix tapes or they would have folded by now. It's perfectly fine to do what they do, but in all honesty they've not really produced anything "unique" IMO (at least not in the sense that the creators of the music they curated have done. But that's an entirely different debate anyway.)

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Re: Madness

Right, but so what? How does that hurt or injure MOS?

What kind of business model did they really have? They license music and resell it in compilations. I can do the same thing without them by buying all the tracks and making a play list in iTunes. Or I could buy all the individual song's albums and make a mix-tape (unless British law prohibits this.)

To quote from the linked article:

... the largest part of our business comes from sales of compilation albums. ... [Spotify] does not recognise that our products have any material value. It doesn't consider them worth licensing.

They're really just mad that Spotify didn't want to double-license the same material and Presencer wants his pound of flesh.

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Ofcom launches idiot's guide to traffic-shaping

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Apt analogy

Because in the future, if you can't afford to pay for packet priority then you get to ride the bus with all the other "unimportant" traffic.

Unless I, the consumer, have total control over what packets get priority and when, they can cram it with walnuts. If you don't want me streaming video at 10Mbps, then don't give me a 10Mbps connection. If you don't want me downloading hundreds of GB of data a month, then don't sell me an "unlimited" connection.

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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WFM

Just logged in to the Groups console... What is everyone complaining about?

Seems like they just did a "Modern UI" 2D/flat style CSS job and added some more Javascripty crap. Runs perfectly fast on Firefox 17ESR and the emails are still going through to our subscribers...

Granted we're a small private list so maybe it only affects those with 100s-1000s of members? Or perhaps they've just fixed it already?

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WTF is … Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks?

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Re: Isnt this what USENET was designed to do?

[...] they'll all have to come with 1TB of flash memory.

Sure but by the time this sort of thing is in wide spread use 1TB of flash (or equivalent) will probably cost $10, so who cares?

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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Re: A slightly different problem

That's not an Android specific issue; I often have the same kind of trouble with my iPhone.

The worst is when I'm leaving the office and start to send an email right as the WiFi signal is at the edge of reception. I hit send, the WiFi goes out of range, and the f'ing thing will wait forever for the timeout error before switching over and resending my mail over the 3G connection. The timeout for TCP/IP must be set in the 1,000s of ms; probably a good idea for 3G/Edge but not so much for WiFi.

I'd leave WiFi off, but my office is in a lead-lined room (they used to do X-Ray crystallography in here) and we get next to no signal on a good day.

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Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan

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Joke

Additional new errors

42 - Question unavailable (still calculating.)

007 - File has been designated "For Your Eyes Only."

22 - Request denied; you clearly requested it.

747 - Resource is in holding pattern. Please retry your request later.

88 - Resource unavailable due to time travel. Please retry your request sooner.

420 - Server reports "Munchies" (file has been eaten, even tried multi.)

666 - Resource busy being tortured. Please retry in: ∞ years.

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Week's Headlines?

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Week's Headlines?

WTF happened to the "Week's Headlines" page?

It used to be just text headlines, grouped by day of publishing, and showed ALL the articles from the last 7 days, not just whatever weird subset it's showing now.

Rabble rabble rabble!

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DON'T PANIC: Amazon's Chromecast late-ship email was a blunder

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Re: It's cool beans

"The attraction is not what you seem to think it is."

OK I'll bite, what is the attraction for you then?

"[...] so it isn't like you are going to talk anybody out of buying it before everybody knows how amazing it is."

Ummm, I wasn't trying to. I don't begrudge other people for buying a Chromecast nor do I wish to prevent them from doing so if they want, I just don't personally understand the attraction.

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At least it's cheap?

Chromecast seems like the latest thing people don't understand but desperately want for reasons they can't articulate. Usually this is Apple's line, but Google can play that game too apparently.

Myself, I don't see the attraction. But then again I've had an HTPC for about 8 years, so getting Internet things (web pages, streaming video, etc) on my TV isn't much of a novelty.

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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

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Re: Lack of Office a negative ?

"If you've used 2012 Office [...]"

Then you're either from a parallel reality or using knock-off software.

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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This is why...

the first setting I turn off on a new browser install is "remember passwords" and why I won't log in to anything on a friend's browser outside of that browser's porn mode.

A password is a secret, and if two people know something, then it isn't a secret any longer. Especially when the second person is your web browser.

Obligatory related XKCD link: http://www.xkcd.com/1200/

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Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

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Facepalm

"Probably because not everyone knows what 'au' means."

Right, because God forbid anyone have to *learn* anything.

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Unit of Measure

"30 times further out than the Earth"

Why not just say "30 au" and be done with it?

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US feds: 'Let's make streaming copyrighted content a FELONY'

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The Task Force [calls] for Congress to enact legislation

Whew, I was worried for a minute there...

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Mobe networks hacked phones to fix SIM hijack flaw, says bug-finder

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So if the flaw is fixed...

Then why not release the details of the exploit?

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

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People seem to like them once they buy them

I know several people (who know absolutely nothing about computers) that bought a Surface Pro. They really seem to like them a lot as I have only heard positive comments.

It's only the IT folk I know (me included) that belittle and malign the devices.

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

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Re: What a lot of rubbish.

"the terminator from T2 couldn't form complex shapes and machines [...] but the one in T3 could."

*pushes glasses up* Actually, T3's "T-X" is a hybrid of a Series 900 chassis surrounded with the mimetic-polyalloy of the T-1000. The advanced weapons are built into the base chassis and the polyalloy allows it to imitate human appearance for infiltration. (See also: http://terminator.wikia.com/wiki/Series_T-X)

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Facebook: 'Don't worry, your posts are SECURE with us'

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"how to upgrade users to secure connections 'in flight' if they happened to navigate to a Facebook page from an insecure link."

RedirectMatch (.*)$ https://facebook.com$1

Boy, that sure was hard...

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How did Microsoft get to be a $1.2bn phone player? Hint: NOT Windows Phone

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"But not a phone, apparently."

Actually, you're correct. I never owned a cell phone prior to getting a friend's used iPhone in 2009 and I make less than 10 minutes worth of voice calls a month. I would get data-only service if I could.

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"it's just a handful of apps that customers really want and are eager to use."

I agree. All I ever wanted from a smartphone is an Internet connection with Web, Email, and SSH apps. The rest is either fluff or nice to have, but not required.

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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

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"Healthcare leads all industries, enforcing passwords on 97 per cent of their devices. The public sector comes a close second, requiring an alphanumeric or complex passcode on 18 per cent of their devices."

This must be some new definition of "a close second" that I was not aware of.

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NSA security award winner calls for hearings into agency's conduct

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Oh They Are, Are They?

"Companies [...] collect large amounts of data [...] but such commercial systems are opt-in"

Odd, I don't recall ever giving corporations permission to collect my data...

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Mozilla ponders blinkers for your browser

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Re: No

"Did I miss something?"

Yes you did. FF23 removes this setting for some reason or another.

(https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=873709)

Seems like a dick move to me, but there are plenty of add-ons to overcome it.

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Re: No

"Like there is for JavaScript?"

Ker-blam: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/quickjs/

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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Re: For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the USA if you want to live

This seems apropos: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3020

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Boffins DREAMING of a WHITE CHRISTMAS ... on MARS!

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Re: No Lightening Then???

It has rained many a time on Earth without the presence of lightning; same as well for snow fall.

Also, "lightening" is making something less dark or reducing its weight. Lightning is that which Mighty Zeus lets forth from the heavens and/or YHWH uses to smite the wicked. (Or so I am told.)

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Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

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Re: Storage Crystals

Any imperfections in the recording are likely a result of the explosion that destroyed Vreenak's shuttle craft.

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Dell warns stockholders that Icahn's plan would 'hamstring' company

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Unhappy

I hope Carl fails

I *really* don't want to have to start buying HP desktops at work...

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AT&T's adds 'Next' plan to allow phone, tablet trade-ins after one year

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"Basically, this move puts AT&T into the same sort of class as those rent-to-own stores and payday loan companies."

So you're saying it's a move *up* for AT&T...

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Malware-flingers do it back-to-front : scaM snaps, spans Macs

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I thought it was pretty obvious...

When the computer backwards-asks you if want to run a program, click the "No" button.

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

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Misleading Article Title

For an article titled "Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?" there sure was a whole lot of text talking about his activities and statements. The word "Snowden" appears 22 times in the article, but "NSA" only 14 times.

Still enjoyed the article, I'm just saying...

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'Clippy' coup felled by Microsoft twitterati

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Devil

I am pretty sure that what you see in that photo is a costume given its apparent size and arm holes.

And that horrifies me beyond words.

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Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

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Re: "most trusted services in the world if they actually desire to do so."

"9/11/01 was thirteen years ago."

My good sir, if you subtract 2001 from 2013 I believe you'll find that the answer is 12.

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Apple: Ta for blowing £££s on apps, fanbois. Now we've set them FREE

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Re: I like it when some non-name-blogger calls me an idiot ...

I knew what he meant, but I was being a little pedantic and a lot sarcastic in my reply. However, El Reg doesn't have an icon for that...

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Re: I like it when some non-name-blogger calls me an idiot ...

His name is Jasper Hamill, it's right up there in the slug line... Also I'm pretty sure that El Reg moderates articles, though they probably prefer to call it "Editorial Control" or something suitably newsy.

Where is the indignant eye-roll icon?

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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

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I disagree...

Night not withstanding, they get an awful lot of sunlight over there.

http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/Nevada/annual-days-of-sunshine.php

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Yahoo! announces last hurrah of ancient AltaVista search

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Re: Performance

Mainly? Publishing breathless, gossipy headlines (like "Dog finds Bizarre Object in Colon?" or "There's A Monster at the End of this Article!") designed to cajole/trick you into clicking on the article and drive ad revenues.

Other than that, Email, Web search, postponing Google's anti-trust suit, and giving Bing users something to be smug about.

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FTC tells Google and pals: Not labelling ads properly is 'deceptive'

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Re: Doesn't everybody do this already?

"There could and perhaps should be a Firefox plug-in to change the FFF7EC to something a bit more contrasty to the white FFFFFF."

There is such an add-on, it's called "Color That Site!"

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/color-that-site/

I found it to be a little confusing to use at first but after a short while I was able to shift the Yahoo! advertising div layer background color from #FAFAFF to something much darker and more obvious.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

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Re: Just so you know....

> NES Property Investments Limited

Do you have thier number? I've been thinking of getting a summer home in Hyrule or the Mushroom Kingdom...

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First look: iOS 7 for iPad

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@JDX

Clearly you remember Geocities differently than I do...

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