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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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Re: So is it true about cheaper contracts getting a downgraded service?

I suspect the downgraded service is spread around the contracts that have low lock-in. I have always been on PAYG (because I value the ability to switch at the drop of a hat over the convenience of monthly billing) and I can't recall my data connection ever being as good as that of my pals.

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

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So even more of the game is played FOR you instead of BY you now. Awesome.

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Re: Browser emulator

To be fair if I had to review browsers, I too would skip actually using IE if I had any chance to get away with it.

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Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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Honeypot

If you're accepting that bad guys will get in the door and walk out with something, why not have your servers littered with useless files called LOGINS.txt and ADMIN_ID_LIST.xls? Fill them with crap data that looks like real logins, and rig a red alert klaxon to ring whenever these are accessed?

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

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Re: works for me

I hypothesize (completely without anything better than anecdotal evidence I admit) that they made an absolute bollock of amalgamating the Orange & T-Mobile network infrastructure. The already less than stellar connectivity turned into a flat-out insult around that time.

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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"Mrs C then saw these connections in the real world and began to follow what she considered tasks set by a organisation, likely a sect, for her to complete."

Whatever this "Pen Fifteen" club is, I'm in it.

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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Re: or we wait until the batteries go flat or catch fire

Yes it does. Now imagine suicide bombing being a viable (in terms of doing it intentionally and repeatedly without getting sacked) tactic for American commanders. Scared yet?

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Re: or we wait until the batteries go flat or catch fire

I would imagine Musk's quote would make much more sense with context (coincidentally available in the book he's plugging. I doubt machines will ever become sentient and rebel (at the very least not in our lifetime.) It's what 'AI' might do under human instruction that is dangerous.

Imagine a bipedal robot or other system capable of covering rough terrain that can fight it's way into a power plant, secure bunker or target of your choice and then blow itself up.

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Re: Somebody got a universal translator handy?

" China has huge debts which are hidden by its shadow banking system."

Would you mind elaborating on the Chinese debts? I thought they practically owned the West. Unless they're worried that our debts to them won't be honoured when we collapse?

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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These 'unrelated matters' they were stopped for, were they enough to warrant a search of their effects or did plod overstep their boundaries? Come on el Reg.

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HP says it will sue former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussein

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Re: Wow

They had already gone far enough with accusations that any backdown will cost them serious money long before this latest bout. If the various Fraud offices don't take action after completing their investigations they'll have to make some hefty settlements to the old Autonomy board.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Re: Why won't they sort it out?

They have zero incentive to sort it out while the main alternative to Windows 8 is Windows 7. They are making their money, just not with the latest windows release which is a problem to fix down the line with Windows 9.

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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Re: muppet show

Everyone has off days, even when something dodgy has wound up in your downloads folder and you're trying to get rid of it, the delete and return keys are only half an inch apart

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Was it AVG or Norton that brought XP based businesses to a standstill a few years back with an update that quarantined a critical OS file and locked you into nonstop reboots? I'd thank them for the half day if it had struck a little earlier than quarter past four.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Re: Tablets are neither phones nor PCs

Another reason that there is little need to upgrade every year is that the software / UI side of tablets is still constantly evolving, backed by interests that want the ecosystem to be so comfy you don't want to leave. So most tablet users are getting incremental improvements anyway without shelling out for the latest shiny.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: Will your car kill you to save another?

I struggle to see a realistic scenario where the auto-car has to 'choose' someone's life to endanger. Any time it is travelling at lethal speeds it should have safe stopping distance in the road in front of it (if programmed correctly) and any obstacle suddenly appearing within that space, such as another out of control car weaving into that lane, takes the 'choice' element out of the equation. The robo-driver can have absolutely perfect reflexes, but momentum will decide whether there is a collision or not.

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Fares fair, says New York: Lyft finally gets in gear for the Big Apple

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Who won there?

I suppose this deal depends heavily on how well the entrenched interests control the possibility of becoming a licenced commercial driver in NY. Given the stranglehold they (allegedly) have on the rest of the red tape I wouldn't be surprised if this is tailored to their desires too; anyone with better knowledge of the NY regs care to chip in?

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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I have to wonder

Exactly how controlled the control groups in this experiment were; after all paracetamol is one of the most readily available pain medications in the developed world. Did the placebo group think they were taking paracetamol when they were popping the sugar pills? Were any measures taken to control for them picking up paracetamol at the corner shop?

P.S. For the commentards living with back pain, as I haven't heard them mentioned yet I will chip in that adjustable desks which allow you to stand for a portion of your day are becoming more and more common.

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June Whitfield and EE to old folk: Would you like a nice cup of tea and some internet, dear?

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I foresee a wave of "Blue Flu" overtaking EE store employees on the day this is scheduled to kick off. If they wanted to do this properly they should have hired or partnered with actual trainers instead of foisting it on shop staff. The communication gap between those who have grown up around mice and clicking and routers and hard drives and those who haven't is immense and fundamental.

I know that's a generalisation and there are plenty of silver surfers, but remembering I've lived with this stuff nearly all my life and it's a different story if you haven't helps me be patient with dear ol' mum when 'the internet isn't working.'

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Faced with stiff competition, Facebook just can't satisfy – report

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Bad for the 'Sector'

To be ranked lower than ISP's (especially American ISP's) has got to be a hard punch in the gut.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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Re: BT

We got Fibre at the gaff last month, and every bloody device I hooked in was forbidden from seeing webpages until I had chosen one of the "I am feeble minded and would like to be inconvenienced by not seeing half the internet / I am a grown man and I quite like pornography thank you very much" options. To be fair I think you can turn that behaviour off from the router manager.

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Re: Wrong Category

Given TalkTalk's old reputation for coming top of the customer complaints league for several years in a row, I would speculate that their customer base has a built-in bias towards the less tech literate members of the population who wouldn't think to do online research before choosing a provider.

From there it's not that big a leap to assume they're going with the filters because the signup page says it 'protects them online' or whatever convincing bollocks the opt-in page shows.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Once you've gone Quad-Core, you'll never go back. For my money the only budget android worth entertaining is the Moto G.

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Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet

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Re: Well done Nick!

IIRC he lost some climbing kit in the storm and he is considering the possibility he'll have to just punt it into the sea and pick it up from the recovery vessel (if it doesn't sink.)

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Stephen Elop: 'Hello there' (and goodbye to 12,500 of you)

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Major companies cooperating with IBM do develop enterprise software has historically gone wonderfully given IBM's willingness to compromise and adapt to their partner, and previously blessed us with wonders like OS2.

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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Re: Do I detect...

They're not merging, they're allying against the hostile forces of Microsoft and Apple who are beating them up in the patent wars. Agreeing to not step on each other's toes is just the groundwork.

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Also, £6M? Bollocks.

A dozen bobbies should be more than enough for a round the clock stakeout. Round it up to 20 just because. Make the generous assumption that the poor low ranks, probationers and others who have pulled this beat get the national average salary of £25Kp/a. In fact let's call it £30K because London. That gives us 30x20= £600K/year, so it should have cost much closer to £1.2M for the two years Assange has been holed up. Even if I've massively underestimated the London salary, you could pay your bobbies £45K/annum and still come in under £1M/year.

If the Met genuinely think they've spunked £6M on this, someone needs to go over their accounting policies asking serious questions.

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Re: Mad

"his rights and fears shouldn't be subjugated to the comfort of the state."

Neither should they be pandered to because he has gone to extreme lengths to avoid extradition (to Sweden).

As for the US wanting him, that's a very tired old argument considering if they wanted him they would have just asked their best bumchums in the UK government to sort it out long ago. [Speculation] In fact if the US wanted to pump him for info they'll probably just infiltrate his online circle of friends (if they haven't already).

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Devil's Advocate...

Isn't having CP in your possession strict liability, i.e. someone else put it there is no defence? If Google have such content on UK servers plod are surely duty bound to get cuffing Google employees...

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: "If Scotland get independance, I'll be the first one to move there."

I think you'll have a hotly contested race on your hands if you want to be first out. Good to know some people would move TO Scotland though, more houses for the people who want to stay in Britain.

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BT: Whew, we've been cleared of major privacy breach. Oh SNAP, another webmail blunder

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Re: not surprised on either front

Weren't the EU supposed to be considering suing the UK government for doing sweet Rockall about protecting citizens over the whole Phorm thing? Any update El Reg?

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Hypothesis

The real reason 'The Man'* gets irate about downloading is negative word of mouth, i.e. when they have spent millions upon millions on a film that turns out to be utter shit, they still have a chance to recoup most of the costs in the opening weekend before the news of how horrible it is spreads. With leaked downloads, they don't get to control the PR message and when word gets out that it is horrible sales plummet. discuss.

*'The Man' used because I can't remember the name of the shill being used this week.

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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

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The big difference between the all pervasive surveillance of a CCTV society vs. a Glasshole society is agency: All these Glasshole cameras are being actively directed and are linked to a user who immediately gets to decide if the footage is worth doing something with, probably without the subjects knowledge or consent. Footage can also be constantly buffered dashcam style so users can retroactively decide to save something for posterity.

My concern is that in both the CCTV and Glasshole worlds I can do an embarrassing trip-stumble-faceplant combo in the street, but only in one of those worlds I can worry about being on Youtube within the hour.

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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Re: Is it just me.....

It's rare but not unheard of for construction to accidentally uncover a forgotten plague pit (I seem to recall it happened in London a few years back.) Knowing more about the lifespan of the virus in an isolated environment is definitely worthwhile.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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I wonder what flying your drone through a firework display does to your insurance premium?

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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I feel your pain. But conversely, when they have put it in Safe Mode and "all my little pictures have gone" they suddenly lose the ability to turn it all the way off when you ask her to switch it off and on again.

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I got my mum a tablet a few months back thinking it'd be pretty foolproof and I'd get some peace from this sort of thing. Within a month she'd lost the wifi login, installed about 50 different copies of Mahjong and put the tablet into Safe Mode - even I don't know how she managed the last one.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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Re: 50Hz hum randomiser

That's okay if you're the one in control of the recording equipment, but the noise randomiser could 'poison' another's covert recording and cause it to fail the non-tampered test.

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Re: I actually prefer to work at the office...

I find it's a mixed bag myself. I can focus much more when I'm left alone to concentrate, but I prefer the office 2 screen setup as opposed to the hell that is trying to work out my shortcuts on my laptop screen. I suppose I could ask for an office, and when that inevitably gets laughed off I could lead into "well, could I do a few flexi hours then?"

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Reasons for rejecting

Per the Gov website include:

extra costs which will damage the business

the business is planning changes to the workforce

Vague and nebulous enough that this can be another tickbox exercise like the 'maximum working week' we were expected to immediately opt out of.

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HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up

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What's the point of Shareholders suing the company they own? Unless they are trying to get the board personally on the hook for negligence, they're all in the same (per share) boat, aren't they? Unless it was a tactic to tank the share price temporarily?

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Google: Glass goggles are a 'fairly lousy surveillance device'

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Windows

If glass ever takes off the way smartphones did, I think we could be heading for a legal clash between the right to use cameras in a public space versus the level of intrusion inherent in ubiquitous worn recording devices. Under the 'people are bastards' theory it's not hard to imagine surreptitiously catching people off guard becoming an urban sport. We all know the dark side of some folk comes out when you give the the safety and anonymity of the internet; the cynic inside me is screaming that www.lookatthisuglyfucker.com is only years away.

Trampjuice icon because I'm rambling. It's Friday, need to pass the time somehow

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Montana loses data on MORE PEOPLE THAN LIVE IN MONTANA

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Re: Monitoring Service Costs?

The $2 cost is government mandated, not the actual cost. My hazy recollection of how it works is that the credit report services keep all this financial data already as part of their business of selling credit checks to companies; because citizens usually have the right to see information held about them under whichever Data Protection Act is applicable in the region by paying a 'fair' charge for the admin cost of providing the records, the government(s) usually set the price of this charge to prevent the credit agencies gouging people or setting the fees arbitrarily high.

In practice what usually happens is the option to get your credit report at the cheap fee is either hidden away in a tiny corner of the website or only available on written (snail mail) request. If you do get the cheapie report it will be nigh on unreadable with unexplained acronyms and horribly formatted layout. Below that will be an advert for the 'Extended' credit report at the 'low introductory cost of $6.99/Month' followed by the small print that shafts you.

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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It's been a long time since I saw the chillingeffects site, but I seem to remember the detailed document listed the link that Google had been asked to take down. For a while it looked like they were circumventing the laws as you could still get the link via Google, there was just one extra clickthrough on the way.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Revenge

You could do that with positive skills they don't have as well, with designs on finding the perfect set of buzzwords to cram into a 'skillset' that will leave them permanently fending off recruitment sharks and thus both getting a taste of their own medicine and having no time to continue spamming friend requests.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Oh good

Let's have this argument again.

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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Re: Double-edged sword this is

Where are IT forbidden from striking? Would it affect overtime bans or work-to-rules?

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Elon Musk: Just watch me – I'll put HUMAN BOOTS on Mars by 2026

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Re: That about wraps it up for SpaceX

Indeed, a repair / refueling company might even manage to get someone to pay them to start deorbiting some of the hazardous debris we've been leaving up there over the past few decades.

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Re: That about wraps it up for SpaceX

I think you're massively underestimating the barrier to entry for other new companies. For once, it IS rocket science. Any new entrant would have to do all the development, building and testing that SpaceX has already got out of the way, sort out their own launch facilities and hire a shitload of scientists and engineers just to get to a position significantly behind Musk. They'd still need a compelling reason for send-stuff-to-space customers to switch from a proven company, and SpaceX would still have lucrative NASA contracts until they run out.

It took a visionary billionaire to get his company to where it is today, to get another SpaceX you'd need another Musk and they're few and far between.

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Re: Float? More like Sink!

Excuse me for going off on a massive tangent to the space stuff, but that's just struck a note with me: If Amazon genuinely barely make a profit, why do they bother with the whole double Irish Dutch sandwich half hitch shave and a haircut stuff?

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