* Posts by jacobbe

49 posts • joined 20 Jun 2011

SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

jacobbe

"A terrible vision of some distant future in which the BBC filled its schedules with cheap cooking shows and talent contests filled the room"....

"He feared that the BBC go downmarket and start chasing audiences"....

Does he not watch his own channel output?

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Snapchat vows to shut its hole in wake of 4.6 million user data breach

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Data Security still not taken seriously

These data breaches are now pretty routine, but do you hear about any prosecutions for running insecure systems?

Perhaps if the law enforcers took data security seriously then the IT companies would too!

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

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UT02SER

B'ah. That just means its not insured.

Last time I heard, the owner who paid £400 for it, had it up for sale for £22,000

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

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Happy

Re: Nooooooo

who would not want to see this epic adventure acted by beautiful and handsome americans with their perfect white teeth and bronze Californian tans?

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

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FAIL

my thoughts exactly.

my thoughts exactly.

A summary of the article is "you can print lots of useful things that you dont need, dont want, have not use for, or dont function properly because they require the purchase of additional parts such as cables which cant be printed"

d'oh.

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

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jacobbe

Re: I agree...

problem solved with one easy download from.... www.classicshell.net

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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FAIL

CUT CUT CUT

Half of the output is utter tripe. They could do a basic TV service of news and current affairs for half the current licence fee, say £50 and let the market provide the entertainment .

How many mind numbing game shows and celebrity challenge shows or chat shows do we need?

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Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

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Facepalm

Oh dear.

Having looked at some recent photos online, all i can say, is....... i really hope she can loose a few pounds, find a decent plastic surgeon and loose the frumpy granny look.

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BBC Vision and Audio tossed on bonfire, replaced by 'TV', 'Radio'

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FAIL

Dont worry, the idiotic department names live on through the "BBC Academy" , which is actually "BBC Training" and "BBC People" which is HR or the old Personnel department.

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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

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Its no coincidence that articles that i read here first then appear in the dead tree press. Congratulations.

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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FAIL

After reading this, I doubt that their nuclear bombs work correctly either.

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Copying Wikipedia's lies is not just for hacks, right Lord Leveson?

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FAIL

Hopefully there will be a proper full page printed grovelling apology and hefty fine for this woeful lack of double checking sources.

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US and UK spooks alerted over massive Swiss data leak

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Coat

par for the course

Employees are the biggest security hole in systems. ... Taking a copy of a databases from a previous employers, is par for the course, wherever i have worked. This is mostly for personal reference rather than for flogging off to the highest bidder.

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Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

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Facepalm

gritted teeth...... And the charger! you definitely need the charger.

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Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

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Devil

Capitalism will be destroyed

Marx was right afterall, Capitalism will destroy itself. Starbucks, Amazon and Google are leading the way. Hats off to them !

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APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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FAIL

Re: Called it > obfuscation

No apology required. The judge states that he does not want Apple humiliated, just to publish the statement.

By putting all this extra nonsense about other courts, the UK courts decision is obfuscated.

I would hope that they made to remove the extra non-sense and have to statement sit on their front page for 12 months rather than 6.

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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

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WTF?

Clearly Illegal

Public sector spending can only be justified where the market fails. This is in rural areas where you cannot get BB at speeds of more than 0.5Mbps not in the centre of Birmingham where 99% of people can get 20Mbps or more.

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I just LOVE Server 2012, but count me out on Windows 8 for now

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Meh

Used the win8 trial for a couple of weeks and I agree with most of what you say. It seems most odd not to allow (at least) the "Pro" version to stay in "Workstation" mode.

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And the latest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is ... the EU?

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Alert

They are really scraping the barrel of ideas.

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BT Infinity customers hit by outages at 'third party peering network'

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WTF?

its been working flawlessly for at least a month..!

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Major Freeview EPG revamp to go ahead after appeals rejected

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FAIL

why do they keep moving the adult / prn channels. I have to reset the child block each time.

Cannot they stop fiddling with the numbers. Have they got nothing better to do?

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Hackers leak 120,000 student records in raid on world's top unis

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IT Angle

look ive got Stephen Mottley 's password! but not in clear text : | L\c4x.\02\d9u\c7\e3f\da\bc\c7\fa,\80~4\9c\a0

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jacobbe
Facepalm

cant believe IT pros still being caught out with simple hacking techniques.

nothing much is there. all the email addresses for all the staff at university of manchester is probably on the website anyways.

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Google skids car insurance comparison engine onto rivals' lawn

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WTF?

Re: Have used...

They are a waste of time and fraud and best avoided because :-

1 . The biggest and best insurers are not on comparison sites. ( So you have to enter your data several times any way as per pre-internet days)

2. The cheapest quotes are not cheap; when you click through the price increases.

3. You get harassed by phone calls from India or where ever for days afterward trying to sell you insurance.

Never ever bought anything from one yet.

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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

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WTF?

Re: Thanks dad, but....

Yes but most people's dad is not Bruce willis with 40,000 itunes music files. I would not prejudge Mr Willis's musical tastes, but with 40k tunes, there has got to be some good music in that Library....

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Lords blast UK.gov's fixation on broadband speed over reach

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Re: Damn right

FWIW. Lovefilm and Netflix are U.S. companies, that pay no tax in the UK and the only jobs you will be creating is middle manager jobs in the US and exploitative ones in their Indian call centres.

If you are worried about creating jobs, then perhaps you should subscribe to SKY. British and at least their call centres are in the UK.

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jacobbe
Holmes

The Lord on Radio 4 this morning, saying that no one needed speeds of 100Mbit and that 2Mbit was all most people needed, sounded much like Bill Gates in the 1980s saying that computers would never need more than 640kb of memory.

Id like to think our (un)elected parliamentarians would have more vision.

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Global warming: It's GOOD for the environment

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Pirate

Sponsored by the big oil companies no doubt. ..... The end of the world is nigh, I tell you. we are all doomed.

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Brit telco flagship BT joins blockade of Pirate Bay

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WTF?

captain slow

must be slow to roll this out..... as it still works in the home counties as of wednesday morning.

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Two new Jovian moons confirmed

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FAIL

apollno

it cannot be a moon ; its not even big enough to host a moon base!

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EU lurches behind copyright free-for-all landgrab

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Stop

Re: Its worse than that

Laws taking photos on private land and legal stuff on event tickets prohibiting photographs are long established precedents. Got bollocked for taking a picture in Sainsburys car park (not that long ago).

Some laws to protect honest and creative individuals yes, but if there is no system to check work for copyright, then not worth the paper it is written on.

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Bill Gates' used car sells for $80,000

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Angel

perhaps

one very careful owner ; perhaps that explains the price

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Ten... Star Wars videogame classics

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X-Wing (1993)

Best £30 I ever spent on a set of floppy disks!

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Apple design chief Jony Ive knighted - but not by the Queen

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Doubt it

Her Majesty may own both an ipad and ipod. But I really doubt she uses them. Palace PR BS! Cant say my granny is the least be interested in anything Tech.

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Dole Office staff snooped into private data 992 times in 10 months

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WTF?

Meaningless Law

What is the purpose of the law if no one is prosecuted? For gawds sake, Its happened 992 times. Clearly the law needs enforcing.

A few prosecutions are need to give the message that this behaviour should not be tolerated.

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UK man to spend year in the clink for Facebook account hack

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Holmes

Re: Note to Home Secretary

Yeah, am somewhat confused why this guy was not extradicted; as this seems to be the normal procedure these days.

perhaps it is because Gary was guessing military computer passwords rather than facebook passwords (which according to all accounts are just as weak) . So its a bit more naughty.

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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

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Half of UK smart TV owners don't know what the 'smart' bit is for

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"internet TV" button

My Sony smart TV has an "internet TV" button on the remote. Thats quite easy to press.

Although i would say navigating content on the BBC iplayer can be a problem!

The other problem is the bandwidth it consumes. At approx 1Gb per hour watching BBC iplayer HD content it is very hungry and can cost if you are not on an unlimted deal

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jacobbe
Happy

try yer phone

There is suppose to be an android app for that!!

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Apple IP details tech for 'iTV' innards

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Happy

Apple TV >= iTV.

They will simply just buy the name from the folks at iTV. I believe they have a few quid in the bank.

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Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe

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WTF?

protect yourself

After a bad experience with an employer not honouring a perk offered verbally in an interview situation, i now tape any job interviews. I think that it is prudent to protect yourself from this nonsenese.

Any employer asking for passwords is a very bad sign. It is probably not worth taking the job.

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Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts IN A YEAR

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Megaphone

My problem with the BBC is the shear size of the output, which has ballooned in the last few years. It clearly crowds out the private competitors. There are at least 8 TV stations and 7 national radio stations. This is far too much content to be considered "public service" ; it is every bloody service.

Cut the BBC to the core, half the unaffordable licence fee.

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Teen hacker claims smut site hack

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Unhappy

disappointed

the dude must have been a tad disappointed to find that the users' passwords were all encrypted.

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GCHQ code-breaking challenge cracked by Google search

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FAIL

common sense not required!

Doesnt make you want to apply does it?

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Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET

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ICAAN- Daft as a brush

Daft Idea.

There is no need or much demand for this any way. And I mean the only organisation that i have ever notice use ".eu " is the european union itself.

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Virgin mobile users get tariff tweak treats

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Leaving Virgin

will be moving off virgin mobile.

huge increase in call fees (twice in six months)

the offers are for media customers only.

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British Library hands 200 years of history to Google

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valuable collection

Clearly the collection is unique and thus very valuable. I do hope that the BL has not given away our heritage too cheaply or have entered into a restrictive deal.

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