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EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers

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Refund?

I wonder if that means those of us who needed to use data urgently, and were prompted that we had to buy a top-up in our phone browser, will get a refund for that pack?

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London slaps down Salesforce's bid to rename Heron Tower

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Re: The naming rights of an edifice.........

@Dan Paul - you are confused, it seems. Thing is, in the UK, the government/local council have lots of legal rights. They're enacted via these things we call "laws" and "by laws". This means they DO have the right to prevent a building being renamed. Its as simple as that. They also have the right to kick you out of your own building if you don't comply with local laws too (eg. if you persist with, say, using a property as a drug den, or you have loud parties constantly counter to a noise abatement order).

You're confusing "fact" (in this case, aka "law") with "opinion" (in this case, aka "your view that private contracts are not subject to government regulation").

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Re: The naming rights of an edifice.........

Why do politicians have the right to insert themselves in a private contract? Because it isn't a purely private contract is it? Its a public name for a prominent building in a major city. What if the company wished to change the name to Penis Tower? Would that be acceptable?

Whether you like it or not, the local council have control over the buildings in their area.

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

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Re: Only moved to Windows 7 last year here...

The requirements of our organisation made us do it.

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Only moved to Windows 7 last year here...

Highly unlikely we'll end up migrating to something else for at least a couple of years - doing so is a BIG pain to do, ensuring application compatibility, user retraining etc...

So, not sure how many enterprise customers will be willing to move to 9 or whatever it ends up being called.

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Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

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Semantics

So, it appears the argument is actually just one of semantics. You dislike "poverty" and would rather people use "inequality" because the prior term is more loaded, emotionally.

Me? I don't care what you want to call it - throw as many facts and historical figures around as you want, I can see poverty daily. People who have to choose between heating their house and eating in winter, those who can't afford to dress their kids, those who don't eat so that their kids can eat. Faffing around with definitions isn't helping either.

Masking it by saying charities help (eg. food banks) is not helping. The problem exists.

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

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Re: Replacement cycle....

5-6 years seems very low! The monitors attached to my work machine are now, 11 years old and still going strong. The ones in one of our ICT suites are 8 years old, and that model has not had a single failure amongst the 50+ we had of them.

17" hard glass with DVI? That's a tough find, I have to say. You might have some luck speaking to a refurb seller like ICT-Direct. They might find some somewhere!

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Obsession with tablets

Why are the media so obsessed with tablets. Every article about sales of PC related equipment makes the rather giant leap that everyone is shifting to tablets, rather than looking at it with a bit more nuance and realising that a modern PC lasts a lot longer than it used to.

Example: A core 2 duo PC from 6 years ago is still perfectly fine for running Windows 7 or 8 in a business environment. Am LCD monitor from 6 years ago is also perfectly fine too. The LCDs here are mostly on their second generation, some even third generation, of desktop PCs.

In my experience, people aren't buying tablets *instead* of laptops and PCs. They're buying them *as well as* PCs and laptops.

But as always, people won't replace something if it still works in most cases.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Re: stacks of cash, stock certificates, bonds and other items

He could create a new charity of his own. I recommend "Yachts for Tots".

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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I thought America was all about the free market?

These rules regarding dealerships don't fit well with the whole "American free market" ideal that so many are obsessed with...

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: duh

Agreed. There's a whole heck of a lot of questions been asked, and very few answers given other than "we'll sort it out later" from the Yes side and "its all doom and gloom" from the No side.

Actual facts and figures are few and far between.

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Snapchat admits disappearing selfie app was actually lawsuit flinger's idea

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Re: Evidence in the "Reggie Brown" lawsuit

Ideas are patentable...

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Cloud? Nah, we're not bothering with that, say HALF of enterprises

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Cloud - not for everyone

Cloud isn't for everyone. We dislike it here because we don't like "guaranteed costs". IE. We find it difficult to predict what our finances will be able to support year to year (we're a school). So, sometimes we're able to upgrade things on our planned replacement cycle, and sometimes we have to stretch them out over a few more years. If we were paying for things in the cloud, we'd be tied to a yearly cost instead, which wouldn't make it easy for us to accommodate other costs in the school. Its the same reason we don't like leases here.

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Square Kilometre Array reveals its 1.6TB-a-day storage and network rigs

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Re: Not quite...

Not to mention, shipping tapes is a fair bit easier than hard disks. If you send a tape through the post, you can be pretty sure it'll arrive intact. If you send a hard drive, there's a fairly high chance that it'll get ruined by someone throwing the package across a warehouse.

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Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it

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Or, you could accept that publishing stolen photos of private and intimate moments in people's lives is, you know, morally reprehensible.

Its amazing really, people complain constantly on this site and on Reddit about government rules and regulations which infringe on privacy rights, yet supposedly the "fappening" is somehow acceptable as a part of free expression? I call bulls**t on that one. Hypocrisy of the highest level.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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Re: NFC?

@dajames - so, do you never get a phone out in public then? Or is it just in shops where you'd not reveal your expensive phone?

Do you not see any advantage to eliminating the need for a wallet full of cards and cash? A single device that can pay, be your membership card, be your health insurance card in countries that need them etc...?

Makes sense to me anyway! Not a huge fan of having a pocket full of stuff every day.

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The specific technology doesn't, theoretically, matter. Having mobile payments is the key - the devices in shops can be upgraded or replaced, as there are a heck of a lot less of them than phones.

So, there's no reason devices in shops couldn't implement multiple technologies. They certainly aren't going to drop RFID style tools (which are already compatible with NFC), as many banks have already implemented the tech into their own credit and debit cards! So, if Apple implement something new and closed, it'll actually be an extra cost for the card machine makers to support, on top of existing tech.

I'd also love to know why people are downvoting me - what part of my comment is wrong? Or is it that you don't like the comment? NFC hasn't taken off yet - that's pretty much fact. Android implementation has been spotty, another fact. Apple implementing a tech does give it mainstream attention, another fact. So what is it?

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Regarding the NFC stuff, yes Android has had it for years but it has been very poorly utilised so far.

There are only a few banks and services that use it, and then they end up only supporting a small number of devices (one app I looked at only supported the S4/S5 and Note 4!)

If Apple introduce it, it'll make it more mainstream and therefore might force the hands of other developers who are being slow to get their act together.

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Nvidia blasts sueballs at Qualcomm, Samsung – wants Galaxy kit banned

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Re: Where's Radeon?

I don't think nVidia needs to attack ATI/AMD at all. They are in a pretty fair market, with the competition between nVidia and AMD being pretty good - the market bounces between one and the other being the "best" for short periods of time.

Whereas, nVidia don't have a huge share of the mobile GPU market. The barely have a small share to be honest. So nVidia needs to do this in order to stop their competitors unfairly using their IP to beat them at their own game.

Or something like that.

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Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64

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Pseudo-simultaneous. The hardware scheduler is better at scheduling tasks than end users, so you see a speed up but in effect you're just getting better performance out of similar hardware.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?

@Jordan Davenport - surely that same argument applies to Windows XP when Windows XP SP3 was out? Microsoft usually only supports the latest service pack for non-security updates.

Them having switched from SP1 to .1 makes little difference.

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Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness

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Re: BGP

So, effectively, the BGP issue is caused by the lack of IPv4 addresses? As the larger blocks are reclaimed and chopped up into smaller subnets, and issued?

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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USB itself is universal. The bus is the same everywhere. Its just the connector part which has got a little mixed up...

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Re: In Service for 2 Months - Yum...

I have one word for this - what?

Type-C connectors aren't out yet. No-one has implemented them on any hard drives yet, as it has only just been finalised.

Are you referring to the USB 3 Micro-B plug? It entirely different from the USB Type-C connector. Or are you referring to one of the various proprietary USB-like connectors?

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Re: The reason Americans don't like it..

You're looking at chip and pin in isolation. You're not comparing it to previous fraud levels with mag strip/signature cards. It is so easy to defraud someone with a mag strip/sig card that the system is basically an open door to free money.

Whilst flawed, the chip and pin system does actually provide some level of extra security.

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Re: Americans are so funny

You're both wrong about that now. The UK law changed in 2009 which made it legally a responsibility of the bank to prove it was a transaction authorised by the cardholder rather than them simply brushing it off as "can't be done, as only you know the pin".

So, the bank IS still liable by default, and regulators HAVE done something about it.

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Re: Restaurants?

If you're letting someone take your card out of eyesight, then you're basically an idiot in this day and age. Either go with them to the payment machine, or pay with something other than your card.

However, over here they just use mobile chip and pin terminals in most restaurants.

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Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch

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Still just speculation

I wish all these media outlets would stop speculating. Every time one of these articles appears, it isn't due to any new evidence, but is a link back to prior speculation! What happened to publishing articles when an actual source can confirm something?

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Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter)

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As The Reg seems intent on posting this useless info...

How about The Reg post their own staffing make up stats? Trotting these stats out repeatedly seems somewhat pointless to be honest, but if you're going to keep posting articles about how many women are in XYZ company or industry, you should eat a slice of your own cake and show us your own stats!

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Re: Odd

I think you've basically just repeated what I said originally. Companies should not be compared to the population as a whole - it is illogical. I use the term "appropriately qualified graduates" simply because the majority of people in the IT industry are graduates. People in the skilled roles/leadership roles are certainly majority graduates. But yes, the term should be "appropriately qualified people" instead, to catch those of us who are edge cases (myself for example - no degree, working hard in the IT industry).

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Re: Odd

I'm slightly confused by your post @Trevor_Pott. Are you saying that the industry as a whole should be made up, demographically, the same as the demographics of "new graduates"? Or are you saying this would be bad (it would) as it would basically tell the existing set of appropriately qualified while males "we don't want you"?

The reason I'm confused, is that I haven't seen anyone saying anything about the industry reflecting "new graduate" statistics here?

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Odd

Its odd how apparently intelligent people seem to obsess over things like this but use completely the wrong statistics and place blames in completely the wrong places.

The stats that need comparing are company make-up vs appropriately qualified graduate populations, not general population make-up. It isn't Twitter's fault if there aren't enough people from whichever ethnicity graduating with applicable degrees. No, that's the government's job to sort out.

This lack of understanding of appropriate statistics seems to exist everywhere too. The media is basically obsessed with it.

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Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales

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Re: Clever...

A good summary there. A lot of it can be further summarised down to "the stock market doesn't want long term returns, they want returns right now". Its the ultimate in short-termism.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Re: Not wanting to defend plod, but

@AndrewDu - and all you'd need is a witness called who explains how IP addresses work, how wireless networks and shared or public networks work and you've now got reasonable doubt that you are matched up to that IP address.

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Re: Not wanting to defend plod, but

The page you link to is for "commercial entities" not private individuals. A private individual can offer their home connection to whoever they darn well want without having to log anything. They might be breaching their terms and conditions of use with their ISP but it isn't a criminal matter.

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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

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Re: Oh the irony...

Not sure what you're talking about regarding subscriptions to get VS? You can buy a standalone license of VS2013 on Amazon for £536/£450 Upg. I've not seen any requirement to have an MSDN subscription for the coming V14 either?

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Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

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Yeah, IBM have definitely lost their way. They certainly didn't do $100bn in sales last year... *rolls eyes*

IBM is still synonymous with the enterprise, wherever you go.

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Mozilla and Facebook snip a further five per cent from all JPEGs

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Re: Open sauciness

I wouldn't discount any minor gains for Facebook. A while ago they stated that they serve 600,000 images per second. That's 51.8bn images per day. If they manage to shave even half a kb off each, they save 24TB of bandwidth costs per day.

Basically, minor saving scale massively.

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UK.gov warned: Small biz bods 'blunted' by broadband bumbling

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Semi-rural areas have issues too

Towns like the one I live in have no end of internet issues. Average speed here is less than 7Mbps in the "good" areas. Outside those areas the speeds drop like rocks.

For our school, we have to go via our LEA for our connection for a leased line. We couldn't afford a true leased line ourselves - BT would want £31k for a 100Mbit line.

The problem isn't that there's a lack of customers here, its that we're a relatively isolated town - our nearest proper town is about 25 miles away, so we are always at least 5 years behind everywhere else. It is significantly affecting the development of our town, to the extent of businesses giving poor connectivity as a reason for moving out or refusing to move in.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Grouped shortcuts? You can do that with, you know, the desktop. Internet favourites? You can do that with the desktop, or in your web browser. Live tiles? You've got me there. I've never used any, as I've not found a single one that aids my computer usage.

When my PC is idling, I have my email client open and it gives me a notification sound when email arrives. It even does this when it is locked.

Weather, headlines and photos are just toys. Want those things? Get them on your personal phone.

Just seems odd that you're arranging your productivity around non-productivity related things.

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Re: Every other edition...

The typing of program names is one of the things that vastly improved Windows 7. Windows 8 just continued that one.

It was something that I even installed additional software to be able to do in XP, as having to do everything via the mouse is massively inefficient.

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Tech industry IGNORES customers: 'It's a supplier-driven world'

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Very true

An awful lot of ICT is supplier driven - due to the inability of those making the purchasing decisions to get local expertise to check what is being bought. Many such decision makers actively ignore their local advice in fact, and get drawn in by the smooth patter of the sales people.

Its particularly prevalent in the printing industry, and in the education world. Many headteachers get themselves in a pickle due to their lack of knowledge.

Danwood have traditionally been one of those companies to avoid, mainly due to their "Evergreen" contract, which has screwed over quite a number of schools in its time. Hopefully, this new boss will scrap it, or at least actually get their sales staff to sell it properly and clearly!

Until I hear of positive changes, I'll continue to avoid them.

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German government orders local CIA station chief to pack his bags

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Re: NSA....National Security Administration is ASN....American Stasi Network.....

Whut? The NSA was "set up" in 1952. So, unless Dubya had amazing abilities at the age of 6, I doubt he'd've been creating many spy agencies...

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

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Re: why not take it all the way in.

@JeffyPoooh - not really. Most high density urban areas have conduits in place to large buildings.

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Re: Dumb concept - stop being lazy and just run the fiber to the home

You seem to think that everywhere is like where you live. It isn't. Not to mention, you're comparing the costs of replacing the "last mile" copper with fibre, compared with running new copper. The problem with that is the copper already exists, so the cost of running the fibre is being balanced against a zero cost for upgrade of the copper...

If you've got a highly dense urban population, running FTTP is relatively cost effective, but reduce that density and suddenly the costs are high enough that the company would never make their investment back. Ever. This is why the UK government is investing in rolling out high speed internet to rural areas itself. Its why the cable companies that exist now are not the ones that ran the cables in the first place - they have all just been bought out over time as each little company failed.

So, I'd counter that your "tiny fraction" is actually a "majority percentage" of the cost.

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Re: why not take it all the way in.

Its nowhere near that simple. The company needs permits to do any form of digging. They have to work with all the householders to gain access to do the install. They have to deal with any bylaws, or protected buildings. If they're using existing conduit, they need to ensure it has space etc...

Its isn't so simple. Not to mention the disruption to the streets being dug up.

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Airbus to send 1,200 TFlops of HPC goodness down the runway

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Re: PUE of 1.25??

Why? Google claim to have a PUE of 1.12 in their data centers last time I checked. Facebook is at 1.08...

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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They can't actually make that claim at all, without simultaneous studies of the rest of the planet's land. Were there more forests elsewhere, for example?

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

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Tin foil hat time

Interesting that BT have a similar issue a short while ago also... Maybe a new government back door being installed that broke things?

Or, without the tin foil hat, more likely incompetence.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: I name this ship White Elephant..... @localzuk

Amazingly, the Royal Navy have other ships for anti-sub operations... For example, the Astute class subs. My point was more one of why is it a problem that the Type 45 surface vessel has a purpose specific to how it is actually going to be used when other ships and boats can do those things already...

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