* Posts by Rampant Spaniel

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Re: VICTORY!

I can kind of understand the municipality issue. If I had invested money in building out a network I would be upset if a local government used it's advantages to undercut me. However, I have seen first hand how these companies operate, they do the absolute minimum and charge a fortune safe in the knowledge that is too expensive for any serious competition, hell they frequently didn't actually build their own networks but buy them from companies bankrupted by building them. So frankly if these odious little thugs are upset by the challenge then all the better. Free market types are always saying that the market will always adjust to ensure the best performance, municipal ISPs ARE the adjustment. If they had invested in a quality service with periodic upgrades and realistic pricing then there would be no public desire for a solution and therefore no political will to provide one.

Free market ideology only really begins to work when there is a sensible level of competition. The idea of PUC's regulating commercial monopolies is ludicrous, the companies just buy off the PUC and do what they want. Whilst capitalism is probably one of the better ideologies out there it does need a level of effective regulation or it just descends into robbery.

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MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

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You could fix this overnight. Any patent used in a standard must be included in a patent pool. If you don't want to 'settle' for a share of the pool then don't fight to include your tech in standards. FRAND has proven itself nothing but a boon to lawyers paid for by us indirectly via increased costs passed on to us.

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Re: How on Earth is this patentable?

they have been awarded a patent but it is worth nothing until it is tested in court. The idea is (not sure I agree that it works) is that to keep the cost of patents down the process is fairly simple and virtually no serious verification is done. In theory that comes in court if there is ever a need, so patents that aren't ever challenged don't need to bear the cost of the verification. Sadly this allows for large companies to file for invalid patents then use their size the force smaller competition to cease competing. That and actually challenging them in court usually comes down to who had the most money rather than actual worth of the patent.

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Photoshop daddy: 'I’m not happy with body image issues it creates for a lot of women'

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He didn't create a new concept, he did however increase the range of what could be done and make it a lot more feasible. Minor work could be fine in a dark room, dodging and burning, colour balance, even using vaseline on the enlarge lens to blur detail. To go beyond that required huge amounts of skill and time. If you wanted a tuck in a waist it wasn't just a minor tweak and magic fill, you'd pretty much have to print it (very) large, manually cut and draw then shoot your doctored image. It is possible (especially with e6 or slide film) to draw directly on slides, easier with an 8x10 than 35mm, but still requires an amazing artist. Any hoon can doctor an image now, just move a slider and click a wand. It's massively abused at all levels now unfortunately, it's the tobacco / star filter of the modern age.

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Mostly, there's a tweak to the hue (possibly also the colour balance). The point is very valid however, for a fashion shoot there would be a lot more work done. Eyes would be brightened and saturation increased (the technique for touching up eyes often involves just working on a small 'pie slice' then duplicating and rotating it to fill the full eye, saves time). Any skin blemishes would be removed then the skin softened and lightened with a tweak the the hue if needed. Lips are reshaped. Teeth are whitened and straightened. Hair is tidied up. There would also be substantial tweaks to overall shape, tummy tucked, balloons inflated etc.

It's not something I ever felt I wanted to do. I know some photogs make some pretty amazing pictures even better in post, but usually by highlighting what it already there, i.e. removing superfluous information to highlight the focal point. Personally I haven't used photoshop since lightroom came out. That said, it's all down to what people buy \ want to see.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Re: Muffins

Avocado and hollandaise sauce for breakfast? Is Lester a pseudonym for Peter Mandelson?

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Re: LOOSE != LOSE

I do believe I got that right :) Google Oxford Comma.

As for how much, usually £40 an hour.

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Re: LOOSE != LOSE

Interesting point. On the one hand we pay nothing for accessing this site, it's us supported mostly by advertising. The financial realities of this probably impact the editorial practices. That being said, a professional wordsmith supported by editors shouldn't really be making basic errors. My command of the English language is tenuous (chalk that up to Yorkshire schooling where grammar is someone who knits you hats) so I hire a friend who is an author ,ex journalist, and Olympic class pedant to review anything I intend to inflict on adults in a professional capacity. Much like an editor would do ;)

That being said, we are rather constructing mountains out of mole shit here.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Re: This sounds horribly familiar

Amen. A certain UK cable company had an amusing process for reimbursement. You filed it the form online and v printed it (out also registered the claim in the payroll system pending verification). Then you photocopied your receipts. All sane so far. Then it had to be sent in a special 'expenses envelope' which we like the proverbial hens teeth. They rejected any requests in normal envelopes, they refused to send you envelopes and they shit entire housing estates worth of bricks when I got hold of an envelope and made duplicates on the colour copier. Amazing how quick they got me a stash of envelopes when I refused to buy anything myself.

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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

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Did the Germans have anything similar (to colossus) during the war? Or even a program to attempt something similar.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: "Satellite is the ideal way to distribute 4K. We will drive it just as we did with HD"

They pioneered HD by monopolizing a lot of the content then charging a fecking fortune for the box and the service. Satellite is a reasonable method for delivering TV content, but no better or worse than cable or broadcast IP in most situations (obviously some people will be better served by a particular provider in some locations). Download on demand / streaming UHD is not likely to cause the sky to fall in, not much content coupled with a slow uptake of sets and improving compression should mean that connections evolve fast enough to keep up for the majority of folks. Plus, the fall back of 1080 from UHD shouldn't be drastic so marginal connections won't be terrible. This sounds like marketing bollocks, so essentially just marketing.

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German 700MHz auction signals start of Euro spectrum flogoffs

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Re: 800MHz sell off may have been a mistake, 700MHz is Greed.

Have any of the UK mobile companies stated trialing 8x8 mimo yet ? Sprint is using it over here on their 25/2600 MHz and getting decent results even with dual antenna phones (so essentially 8x2. They reckon it makes it on par with 1900MHz). I noticed a decent jump in signal quality at the edge of cells when tmobile switched in the 4x2 mimo antenna here.

Also with cell sizes, you can often use tilt to shrink a cell without a huge drop in transit power. So you get the full benefit of the building penetration but a smaller area is covered.

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Re: 800MHz sell off may have been a mistake, 700MHz is Greed.

Not entirely correct. In rural settings cell density would remain constant with the superior propagation characteristics of the lower band spectrum extending range and the additional frequency increasing aggregate capacity. In urban settings lower band frequency is likely to be deployed on all masts (it certainly had been here) with antenna tilt and tuning (transmitting at lower levels than the maximum permitted) used to prevent overlap whilst still gaining an advantage in building penetration and again in aggregate capacity. You can always transmit at a lower power and our tilt the antenna to reduce range but you can't transmit above the legal limit, hence low band spectrum is more versatile and therefore valuable. Plus any additional spectrum is valuable as demand increases rapidly. Whilst your comments about cell size are superficially correct the lower band spectrum would be used in addition to existing mid and high band spectrum so the only load on the low band spectrum would be those subscribers out of range of the mid band spectrum. It hadn't been the case elsewhere that it resulted in any significant decrease in sites. Providers that typically had low band spectrum have actually been hard at work increasing their site density as a method of increasing capacity as well as adding mid band spectrum.

Also regarding iptv, you are mistaken, ip multicast or whatever is called this week had been around for a long time and would result in very little strain on fixed networks. It actually makes a fair bit of sense to switch to using an ip broadcast solution apart from for those wanting a mobile connection or those not able to be serviced by a fixed line connection.

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We can change a bit from 0 to 1 WITHOUT CURRENT, say boffins

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Re: ?

@amut

Do the cables have gold plated connectors? :)

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Norks: FBI's Sony Pictures' hacking allegations are 'groundless slander'

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So they have the ability to do it, the motive, evidence seems to point to them (not entirely sure how reliable it is though), and applaud that it was done but would like us believe it was them, honest!

The real baddies for me are the managers who allowed employee information to be stored in such a lax manner so they could collect a bonus for trimming their budgets.

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How much for a wrist job? A tenner normally, but for this one, over $30k

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Finally something that could replace the speed boat as Bully's star prize!

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Swiss McDonalds serves up no-holes-barred cheesy action to punters

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Re: And that's the news from Siwtzerland...

True, not surprising they foster that quiet image given how much tax avoidance they pay a part in. And don't ask who the paintings belong to!

They do seem to have a fairly decent political system, or isn't it as good in practice as it seems?

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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I can understand that beaches may occur if someone is determined enough but isn't that why you also ensure that everything is heavily encrypted so if someone does get in they don't find anything they can easily use, like stuff stored in plain text?

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

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Re: Shirly the value for money, per cent spent, matters?

And put in some footpaths for the love of God. Perhaps it's just here but if it isn't in front of a shop there isn't a space to walk. Most residential streets either have no path or a path on one side. Forget walking any distance. Forget footpaths between towns, along roads or otherwise.

More public transit would also help the drunk driving epidemic here.

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Re: Shirly the value for money, per cent spent, matters?

A small bus.

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Re: Sorta - Stalinist?

--Any country that does not feed, educate and look after the health of all its people, good or bad, is a failed state in this day and age. It is no surprise that home grown terrorism or susceptibility to radicalisation is a worry in such a country.

Amene!

The health system here has many flaws, the per capita spending is roughly 3x that of the UK for not much better treatment (comparing experience of two births, one in each country and various other trips to ER for parent related stuff). The litigious nature of society here will play a part, sadly it's always the doctors fault if you don't make a complete recover and there's always some winnet freshly clipped from satans arse to take your case for you and ensure someone is to blame (for a 40% cut). The drugs angle is interesting, there's no single purchasing organisation here like NICE in the UK and I get the feeling that the USA pays a premium on drugs compared to these other countries as whilst they are sold at a profit on the cost of manufacture I think the R&D costs are largely shouldered by countries with large private insurance systems and no central purchasing.

Health insurance costs are frankly insane, mine, for me alone, runs around $600 a month. I'm perfectly fit and healthy, haven't been ill in probably 15 years now. Don't smoke, don't drink, no obesity, no genetic issues etc, work in the open air on an organic farm, yet my premiums pay for people who are less responsible with their health and have near unlimited access to an incredibly expensive 'take a pill' system. Right now there's loads of commercials for this diabetes drug with staggering list of side effects (I love how they say red coloured urine, not pissing blood) when we have a cure for type 2 diabetes that doesn't use drugs and some promising work on curing type 1. There's no incentive to prevent illness or steer people towards anything other than the latest fad pill and 20 different pills to deal with the side effects.

Copays are also dubious, I understand the concept of using them as a method of controlling use but they get high and frequently cover far more as a percentage of the actual cost than they would have you believe.

I'd be curious to see the difference between the amounts of work done, i.e. does higher gunshot injuries and car crashes significantly increase the total cost of healthcare between the usa and uk?

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FCC bigwig grills Netflix: If internet fast lanes are so bad, why did YOU build them?

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Re: Real Story: Corrupt or Incompetent

Given Ajit Pai used to work for Verizon (work are screaming to end NN) and now works for the FCC who couldn't get laid in a brothel, lets go with both?

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I assume this is his completely unbiased opinion as an ex Verizon associate general council? Someone needs to nail those revolving doors shut!

Netflix didn't go down the caching route because they wanted 'fast lanes' they did it because it makes sense from a network traffic point of view and also because they responded to the market, it was cheaper due to the way the peering & transit was positioned. What they are doing is technically no different to any other colo customer of a tier 1 network or CDN.

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Telcos spaff $36bn on gobbling Uncle Sam's radio frequencies for beefier cell coverage

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The auction is still going and the highest bid is about 2.2bn USD for the New York 10x10 with Orange County not far behind. To follow check https://auctionbidding.fcc.gov/auction/index.htm?CFID=3845691&CFTOKEN=67382551&jsessionid=g4y8JzDJ48BGYhv9tckSgNbyLXVJQLLnDg6xYJ6NQmpsrNcllGYp!819142837!-1117002762!1416872937974

Apologies for the long link :)

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Purchasing live in a different universe

Or we couldn't supply you with those parts because of our exclusive supply contact, but we got something vaguely similar.

Speaking of purple cat 7 I was at a business recently that was using purple cat 5 to link two buildings, via a metal and concrete bridge, without any kind of surge supression. They just put it in, any bets on how long that lasts given the immense number of thunder storms we get here?

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Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix

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Re: Yay!

Exactly! I already dropped Hulu due to the ads (and because a lot of stuff want on there). How about they take on Hulu with a higher priced service without ads.

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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

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Re: Long range weather forecast

Mobile networks that offer unlimited data will love it. Those that offer metered data will hate it :)

Mobile networks could massively increase capacity within a year if they wanted to without additional spectrum. Increasing cell tower density, MIMO, simultaneous transmission and reception on the same frequencies (assuming neighboring frequencies wouldn't be affected), increase the number of sectors per site. It's in their interest to ensure they keep supply and demand finely balanced so as to ensure they can offer tiered products and also to keep their capex as low as possible which keeps the shareholders happy.

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

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That will teach me not to proof my posts lol, I meant sexually insecure.

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Who or what is a Taylor Swift? I assume nowhere near as talented as the Scorpions?

I'm amazed how securely insecure the Russians are. It amazed me, after moving to the Pacific, just how accepting some cultures (frequently viewed as primitive by others) are of varying sexualities. Even the most macho, ultra Catholic Islands, it's just not a 'thing'. No Stigma, no harassment etc. The Russians think they are big tough men, they should meet a Tongan!

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Google's Eric Schmidt's shock confession: Steve Jobs is.... MY HERO

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And how many of the mighty jobs' s Iminions were upset that Steve was compared to their barista?

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Sprint starting mass layoffs to 'improve operational efficiencies' in mobile network

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Hopefully they for rid of the people who are responsible for the slow build out of the network vision tech. There's still plenty of places without let where even tmo has it. Sadly they have probably managed to avoid blame and only the decent staff who actually know what they are doing well get the boot.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: There be dragons here

It varies hugely state to state how tip credits work. There is an underlying scam there for sure but I didn't think housekeepers were in a category that could offset a tip credit against wages. Perhaps their thinking is that if they increase the amount of tipping housekeepers get they can buy a politician to have it declared a tipping job.

Personally I treat housekeepers the same as servers, poor service no tip, mediocre service is a small tip but I do tip well for great service. If the rooms spotless I tip unless the resort forbids it, then I just hand them the money or bitch at the manager until they allow me to tip them.

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Re: Time for guests to sue

Couldn't agree more. I don't get how they are fined a tiny amount which will go in some junket fund and the public won't see any benefit and those that were defrauded aren't made while. Perhaps a class action would be in order for this.

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Re: Greasy.

Noooooo, corporations are people too! At least that was the line trotted out when they wanted to bribe politicians. Put the entire company in jail, or at least everybody at HOD level and above.

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FAA clears SWARM of MOVIE DRONES for take-off

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Re: or maybe

Maybe a little harsh there but I sympathize. This seems pretty harmless as it will be trained pilots within sight and restricted to sets. Personal usage is becoming a huge issue here. I have no issues with people wanting to fly them over public land (or their own land) assuming they can do so safely but sadly some morons think it's ok to fly over private property and film. If I sit in a tree behind your house and took pictures of your kids in the garden I'd likely get arrested for voyeurism or something similar, how is it any different to do it with the camera on a drone? Luckily our HOA have for once managed to do something positive and dealt with the last two drones flying over, I haven't seen the old men so agitated since the great leaky taps disaster of 2011). There's no public land or roads within half a mile yet some nonce wants to film on HD (last one looked like a 5d mk3 with a 16-35 on it) low enough to be within range of a garden hose? I just don't get how people think it's ok.

I think we need some firmer guidelines add to what's ok and what's not. As long as we are sensible we can probably allow more commercial use but the amateurs seriously need some restrictions.

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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How about banning all tablets from stadiums. Even better remove all rear facing camera from tablets so inconsiderate twonks don't block everyone's view because they just have to record an entire event rather than just watching it.

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Alcatel-Lucent techie: Race for ‘5G’ technologies is 'ridiculous'

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Re: We don't even have 4G yet!

Yeah there was a lot of fluffing going on with 4g. We do have 100 mbps. A 20x20 MHz FDD LTE deployment exceeds this on paper but that is shared and assumes perfect signal (in theory you might get 140mbps) etc but on a lightly loaded network fils are seeing 80 mbps.

Using LTE A or cat 6 or Rev 9 or whatever name you want to use :) will allow bonding of channels but in all honestly that's marketing fluff for gaining the highest speed tests. Thera not much you need to do with a phone that uses more than 4mbps. The overall capacity isn't increasing with carrier aggregation. It's just you can access multiple carriers at once which is actually not ideal add the lower spectrum carriers should be left for people who can only access those. You would be unimpressed if you were near the edge of a cell, out of range of higher frequency carriers and the lower frequency was crowded with chumps closer to the antenna who are just phallus stroking over the higher aggregate speed.

Mimo is already ruled out and working here, extra capacity and better quality at the edge of the range which is great, that's probably the next thing you'll see along with CA. Some mid 2000-3000MHz will probably come along to boost capacity as well.

I'm very interested in the ability to operate full duplex that they created last year. That blows the Shannon limit out of the water. That had to be on their list of tricks for 5g.

I realize it is country dependant but 100 mbps even when mobile is a reality for quite a few cities here. Even in the sticks I can get 30 mbps here and that'd on a 5x5 carrier.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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+1 for Waitrose. I always found their prices to be very close to Asda and Tesco but crucially their vegetables lasted longer. I got sick of stuff like broccoli only lasting a day or two before discolouring from Chavco. Waitrose had an own brand vegetable line that comes from their own farms, I guess it just cuts out some of the process so it's quicker to the shelf.

Some of their stuff is more expensive and if you want to live like Patsy and Eddie then sure it's going to cost you but I managed to feed my family from there for the same money as the other places. My only real indulgence was their fresh dijon mayonnaise :)

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Re: Flaw in the argument

Couldn't agree more re healthy eating. Plus that twat Oliver had a lot to answer for. Everything that used to be cheap but decent he featured and the price went stupid. Cod cheeks, scrag of lamb (perfect for a crock pot curry), oxtail etc as soon as he mentions it the price triples.

At least horse carrots are still cheap, only decent thing the EU ever did.

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Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

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Re: Anonymous Coward and Revisionism

Wow, a post deleted by a moderator. I don't think I've seen that before here, to the sites credit they are very liberal with their moderation. The post in question was literally bonkers.

I'd you want to blame anyone for Israel and similar situations a good place to start would actually be my home country, the UK and also France who let uncivil servants sit down with a map and a ruler and carve up large sections of the world with little regard for the people that lived there, their history, religion, language, or tribe.

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TBH I wasn't coming at it from a left or right angle, just an honest observation. The US has been a global police force and military force for quite some time. There are some links between the arms industry and politicians that give cause for concern. What confuses me, perhaps worries is a better word, is that there isn't really a consistency. Take Somalia and Rwanda for example.

I try and believe the motives are genuine, most peoples probably are, but often the implementation is sub-optimal. Perhaps it's worse that other countries are slow to move if they do at all when it comes to international military action?

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The USA is hardly shy in using force either.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: Spot on, ElReg.

I have a note 3 with a zero lemon 10k battery which fits fine in most pockets. Just avoid skinny jeans.

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ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee

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Re: Right upto the point where the Netflix exec demonstrated on camera

Then they would need something akin to DPI to track it, which would be expensive to do with that volume of traffic, it would be cheaper to simply expand capacity. They could simply be targetting IP ranges or hostnames as well, although it's easy enough to switch with a dynamic setup like streaming. Rather than saying they are or aren't doing it, I'm simply trying to suggest ways of narrowing down the variables to find out if they are. I'm discussing the method not the outcome.

DPI tends to work where there is a value added element, such as providing virus scanning for a large network of hosted machines or in a targeted environment, such as with a specific target IP looking for types of traffic. To do it at a backbone level would be expensive. That isn't to say Comcast et al couldn't target netflix traffic, just that the method they would use would likely just be based on rate limiting certain ports or ip's. It would certainly be interesting to find out, but the situation is a little more complicated than simply, its faster via a proxy ergo they are rate limiting.

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Re: income will then come directly from consumers

Actually, yeah let's have free transit! I'll cancel my cable account and get a 1 gbps drop for free please!

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This I agree with totally. I would be interested to see how cable companies reacted to Netflix if they weren't also competitors.

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Re: income will then come directly from consumers

Entirely directly rather than directly and indirectly :) these days transit costs are mostly to do with install costs and the cost of maintaining enough capacity. Whilst you do pay per mbps the cost is actually very low. This is also guaranteed capacity, you home connection isn't guaranteed, it's a shared connection. You may have your own link to the dslam or similar but after that is a contended service. It's likely you will get your full speed most of the time but just like the phone system (pots) I'd everyone tried to use it at once it would fall over. If you needed guaranteed phone access you could pay for it but the average consumer didn't get that, nor did they pay the same price. Contended service equals lower cost.

When you buy transit you get guaranteed access to the full capacity or a partial refund. You also get support 24 7, if there's a router dropping packets somewhere you call and a real tech reroutes it while it gets fixed. This is well worth the low fees paid for transit. You can also blend cheaper and more expensive providers to get a more cost effective mix.

Say Skype can me out with a 3rd holographic Web calling service that used 20 mbps connections and it took off. If you didn't use it and just used your connection for say YouTube and downloading iso's how would you feel if the cost of your service went up to pay for additional backbone capacity that want related to what you use the Internet for. Transit fees just help place the cost where is accrued and are very different to charging an extra fee for priority status for traffic already on a network. NN is all about providers wanting to charge extra for data they have already been paid (with either currency or services in kind) to carry via intermediaries.

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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

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Re: I repeat my comment from the last article on this subject:

I would like to see any legal action resulting in the removal of the executives who made the decisions rather than just a fine which will likely result in front line staff (who weren't at fault for the breach) being fired to 'make economies'.

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Net Neutrality? Hold my coffee, I got this: FCC says it's still considering all options for Open Web

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Re: <rolls eyes>

Depending on the stage at which it is added to the bill it can actually remain anonymous, so not only can they do crap like this (or at least something similar) they can do it without being found out.

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