* Posts by Jamie Jones

1540 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

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Re: The child

Well, the tweet say the son is "with other relatives", so who knows?

And aside from the obvious thoughts about him strangling her, and then posting pictures, what sort of sick fuck would plan it so that her 13 year old kid would discover her body? He could easily have tipped off the police before that happened.

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UK superfast broadband? Not in my backyard – MP

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Re: Lack of ambition

"Fast broadband is now so critically important that it is an essential check-list item in business location and house purchase decisions"

Welcome to 'The Register' oh Dame Martha of Fox Lane, Soho.

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We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

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"Nothing personal, it's just business"

Here's hoping these new domains are as successful as .biz, .mob, and .museum, and go the way of the .dodo

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

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Re: I am in the market for a casual tablet

Check the cheap tablets from China. You can get an octacore 2GB/8GB 1900x1200 for 140 quid. www.focalprice.com

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Re: Maybe...maybe not.

You can buy a reasonable tablet for only £30 (free postage too) http://www.focalprice.com/7-Tablet/ca-013001018.html?Currency=GBP

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'National roaming' law: Stubborn UK operators to be FORCED to share

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Roaming onto UK networks

I'm old and ugly enough to remember when you couldn't even send a text to another network.

And as international agreements came before National ones, for a while we could text anyone in the world, as long as they weren't in the Uk on a rival operator..

Unrelated, but reminds me of when the UK's public internet link to the UK universities had to go via America and back - for bureaucratic rather than technical reasons.

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

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Huh?

So if I cry in public that I'm going to kill myself, and someone "unknown to me" (*shock*) "hears it without my knowledge" (*shock #2*) and reports it, they are invading my privacy?

A few years ago I was indeed that 'unknown someone' in relation to one unfortunate neighbour... I should be locked up!

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: Motor failure or breakup?

Indeed, and humans will suffocate if they ever attempt to travel faster than 40 mph, and as they once said 'air travel isn't going to get any safer. If we attempt to leave this ground, we are going to die etc'

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Re: on the up side

Ahhhh, people and odds... Like the many people who say 'it won't happen to them' ..... but yet they are convinced they are going to win the lottery that week

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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

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I'm sure there are many people with the surname 'Banks', who have been called 'Banksy' long before this Banksy was known

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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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Don't be silly, anon - we all know every download is a lost sale. The ass of America says so.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: Political Correctness gone MAD I tell you

"Never said it was just the monarchy but those who came with it fit the bill as well. Old Boys School tie types included. Anyone who talks with clenched teeth and patronizing manner as in "I'm special, you commoner"."

Is this the point where you start your 'quirky cockney' dance, after delighting us with that little speech no doubt voiced in a Dick Van Dyke style English accent?

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Re: Political Correctness gone MAD I tell you (@ Arnaut the ignorant)

"Any person who works hard can accomplish great things in the States,

... unless they get ill and need healthcare, or shot by yet another gun nut.

HTH

HAND!

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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Over engineering solutions

No surprise that their 'customer' for their toy is um.... themselves. I wander what those on the coal face actually think?

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Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals

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Great plays on at my local theatre at the moment

So great, I've been regularly spending money on the bus to get there.

To save a bit of cash, I bought a season ticket. Now the bus company is complaining I use the bus too much, and want to charge the theatre when I do so.

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Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

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Seriously?

Argos has been down all morning. Hold the front page!

Some of those twitter posts were sounding as if it was the end of the world...

It's not as if it's facebook, or email (yes, yes, i know, but some people can't go 5 minutes without their fix)

Just wait, or order that life-critical product elsewhere?

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GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

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Re: So where the f*** is this coming from?

1) Your ISP is wrong (or maybe they filter from the *internet* and these are being produced by another customer?)

2) Who cares anyway? It's not as if they'll get a response.

3) Occams razor etc.

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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Easy to circumvent if their only encryption is the https link...

Just install a https decoding/recoding proxy like 'mitmproxy' which let you view/alter data streams (even https) on the fly...

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Re: I hate DRM....

Th silly thing with DRM is that it simply does not stop copies being made available, as those who upload copies of things know how to circumvent it.

Put it this way. If someone wants a copy of some film/song/book/program etc. without paying, their first port of call will be the internet.

I don't think anyone thinks anymore: "I want to copy this, I'll buy it, copy it, and return it", or "I'll copy this off my mates", so they are never affected by DRM. The only people that are affected are the ones who have to put up with needless restrictions on stuff they've paid for.

DRM is ultimately, therefore, bad for the content producers themselves, and they will do themselves a big favour by finally getting this.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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meh

http://www.focalprice.com/CE1019W/Ampe_A78_3G_7.0_Tablet_PC_Capacitive_Retina_Touch_Screen_1920x1200_Android.html

Currently typing this on a tablet costing similar, but:

Ampe A78 3G 7.0" Tablet PC Capacitive Retina Touch Screen 1920x1200 Android 4.2.2 Egiht Core MTK6592 1.7GHz 3G Phablet with Built-in 3G/2G Calling, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS (16GB) (White):

Just needs all the preinstalled crap removed.....

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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

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"All I can say is thank goodness for the Bayesian spam filter that we use here. In the last three years there has been only one legitimate e-mail that got caught in with the several hundred a day spams we get."

But how do you know?

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Uni boffins: 'Accurate' Android AV app outperforms most rivals

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Re: Drebin?

Poor trolling, Mr. coward.

This malware is dodgy stuff installed by users directly, if unwittingly.

It's nothing to do with hacking vulnerabilities, so even if your comment was true, it would just mean that malware writers haven't bothered with those platforms.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: Votes - not a concern

"I doubt if posh boy gives two figs for those living in Swansea. You have to go back over 90 years for the last time they voted for any other than Labour, and then it was for a Liberal."

I'm actually born and bred and live in Swansea, and I agree with you totally.

But government departments are generally well protected, as if one goes down, they all protest, and there is a political effect. It's why there are so many bloated departments out there.

Also, departments are generally run by their mates. Jobs for the boys, cronieism etc

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@Ledswinger..... Politics.

It's obviously a much saner and logical solution, would be far cheaper, and would also then include foreign drivers, and not penalise those that have cars only for emergencies.

It would also encourage 'green' use, as currently people may be more inclined to use their cars due to having 'paid anyway'.

But, government jobs down in Swansea would be affected, and that means votes.

When the government talks about efficiency and savings in spending, they really mean focus on the disabled and ill.

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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Re: @Ross K - Statistical Observation

Matts posts are also annoying due to his crappy paragraph-less punctuation.

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OpenVPN open to pre-auth Bash Shellshock bug – researcher

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" Yes, you are. No sensible distribution has used bash for anything but interactive shells for as long as I can remember. That's what bash is, sh/ash/dash + interactive features. Only an idiot would use it for batch (non-interactive) processing. This whole thing is just natural selection at work."

Very much this.

From what I gather from the story, bash isn't a requirement of openvpn, it's just that some stupid scripts/system configurations use it.

You can hardly put the blame onto them.

That's like saying Openvpn is vulnerable on systems which use the password 'password'.

Even forgetting security, bash shouldn't be used in scripting because of portability and efficiency/bloat reasons.

Despite your somewhat provocative tone, it's shocking to see you get all these downvotes on a technical forum. No wonder software today is bloated, unportable security-less shit, and these days the Linux fanatics are just as bad and insular as they accused Microsoft of being.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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How I miss the days when there was no internet or smartphones...

Ahhh, those wonderful days before the internet, and smartphones, when child abuse and terrorism didn't exist...

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PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

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Re: I'll take my best shot

" I am not a network engineer, but I'll take my best shot."

Well, you speak like one! A perfect response on the state of things, IMHO.

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Re: BT?

....which is a shame, as a number of years ago, BT were at the forefront of IPv6 utilisation.

It was through a free BT tunnelbroker (I believe the only one at the time) that I first got into IPv6.

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The infrastructure has finally caught up to make this usable

I've been using IPv6 for more years than I can remember.

The problem then was that with overloaded tunnelbrokers, and numerous 6in4 and 6to4 hops between most long links, the link was always slower and less reliable than IPv4, so not a desirable preference.

Now I find long-distance links particularly (UK to NJ and UK to LA specifically) are always faster with IPv6, and so I mainly use that now.(*)

Indeed, over the last year, I've switched all my servers to use IPv6 in preference to IPv4 (although admittedly this basically affects outgoing initiated connections rather than incoming ones) - the majority using native IPv6 and the remainder using the very fast and reliable free Hurricane Electric broker. (http://www.tunnelbroker.net/)

So, the thing is, we've finally reached the point where IPv6 is better (or at least, not worse) than IPv4 which should be the tipping point in speedier takeup.

(*) I realise there is nothing inherent in IPv6 to make it faster - I'm guessing that my IPv6 connections are simply tending to use more modern and less congested links.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

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London

When it was suggested they spend this money in a place with overflowing traffic problems, expensive land, and somewhere which already gets a disproportionate amount of *UK* tax spending, did the government miss the sarcasm?

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Nicked iCloud snaps: Celebrities were 'dumb' – new EU digi boss

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WTF?

" "might not even have been aware of the backups’ existence, since they are created automatically in the background on many phones"

Sounds like stupidity to me whether they were male or female."

Typical geek response.

On what planet inhabited by other than the typical Reg Reader would that be considered stupid?

Seriously, there's nothing stupid for someone not into tech to not know that their phone sends copies of the photos they take over the internet. I struggle to understand the mindset of someone who really thinks that is a common-sense obviousness.

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Bad boy builds beastly Bash bug botnet, boxen battered

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Re: CGI - The New Java/Flash

CGI is nothing like flash/java etc.

Chalk and cheese.

As the 'G' suggests, it's a gateway API, and a rather simple one at that.

Any half-competent web site is already setup to be 'sanitized' as you suggest as a matter of course.. It should run under it's own id, with executable scripts owned by a different user (and therefore not writable), should be chrooted/jailed if practical, and generally be sandboxed from any functionality that it would never need.

P.S. I didn't downvote you

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@Lee D

Bash isn't useful for startup wrappers etc. That's what the bourne shell is for.

Bash should only be used as an interactive shell. Period.

Everything else is a lazy Linuxism

If you replace every mention in your post of 'bash' with '[generic] shell' you are bang on point.. Maybe that's what you meant? (Especially as you mention its use in a size critical boot floppy)

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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This *shouldn't* have been a big problem

bash is large, and some would say bloated.

It has it's use as an interactive shell, but it shouldn't be used as a programming shell - especially for potentially vulberable network facing tasks unless there is a VERY GOOD REASON to do so.

Even worse, are those Linux morons that #! scripts to /bin/bash even when /bin/sh will do.....

The same sort of insular people who will happily type a long bunch of privileged commands prefixing everyline with 'sudo'.

The same idiots whose solution to a bugged api implementation is not to fix their inplementation, but instead write a new 'standard' from scratch.

The sort of people who used to moan about Microsoft software being unportable, chanting 'software should be open' when they really meant 'software should run on Linux'.

The same people causing the same unnecessary portability problems to the community that they used to criticise MS for.

If someone produced scripted code for me that was dependant on bash (or zsh/tcsh/mksh/ etc.) for no good reason, I'd seriously question their ability.

This isn't a rant against Linux itself, or indeed a lot of the users, but if you are the sort of Linux user mentioned above, feel free to downvote!

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Re: Why, oh why, in this the twenty-first century common era ...

Oh dear.

I'm left-handed, and whilst it's true many things favour right-handed use, I've never once thought of myself as belonging to a persecuted minority!

FFS That's what people mean when they say 'PC gone mad'... It's seems just about everyone is a victim these days!

P.s. Any downvoters are intolerant handist scum, who should be jailed forthwith!

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Alien condoms. Stuck to the wall. That's entirely normal, y'know

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WTF?

What the hell was all that?

If that's what goes for practical and good design these days, we're all screwed.

Please tell me the whole event is a belated April-Fools joke by a bunch of jokers popping acid..

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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

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FAIL

He believes it

I think he is so warped to his sense of entitlement that he honestly believes the hypocritical bullshit he spews.

In his eyes, what he does is just, and what others do isn't, and the big injustices are against him.

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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call that a queue?

Again, weird Apple cultists, but this time in Japan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cwXWb_Rei0

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Ten years on, TEN PER CENT of retailers aren't obeying CAN-SPAM

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But....but... the dots are in the wrong place!

Only the middle finger should be showing a fingernail - the others should be dotless i's!

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New Snowden leak: US and Brit spooks 'tap into German telco networks to map end devices'

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Headmaster

"Deutsche Telekom: 'completely unacceptable, if true'"

....bu perfectly acceptable if false?

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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Re: Just keep near the surface

" I've been in the pools and containment building at the Shearon Harris facility outside of Raleigh, NC. I've actually been all over that place in many areas that humans rarely see."

"All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.

Time to die."

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

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Re: "A particle accelerator that reaches 100bn GeV would be larger than Earth"

"Power is NOT the problem 100Billion GeV is only 16 Joules. I can do that by lighting a fart."

Well, don't light your farts then!

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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Re: maybe

Googles argument (which I consider weak - and wouldn't be an issue with properly written software) is that it makes support harder for the developer, as he/she has to then debug/support many more possible configurations.

In my opinion, it would mean programmers being more specific in what permissions they require (and besides, coding for unexpected failures is a basic requirement of reliable software)

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Re: Is the default for apps to want everything?

I don't know about WP or Apple, but one thing that causes this in Android is backwards compatibility:

All apps are coded to an API level based usually on the release at the time.

If a future android version now requires permissions for something it didn't need before, to retain backwards compatibility, when the app is installed, it's assumed that it requires this new permission.

So some older apps don't just request permissions that they don't need, but also request some the author never intended to request!

I know it's not ideal, but on android at least, there are many third party apps that allow you to retrospectively remove events and permissions.

I find event abuse the most obnoxious - apps can request to be run on startup, when switching to mains power, when switching to battery, when another app is installed/removed, any many more.

It's impossible to fart without loads of apps starting in the background. In my opinion, Googles own apps are the worst culprits.

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

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Re: Verifying the source of the data

@Trevor, fair enough, I concede there are many ways it's been unsuccesful too, but I would still maintain it's an overall success story. (We've managed to disagree without insulting each others mothers..... that's an internet first!)

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Re: Verifying the source of the data

Trevor, I totally agree with you about privacy/anonymity/civil liberties.

I was just pointing out that whichever way you cut it, TCP/IP has been a success story (and I didn't say 'commercial' success, although it's probably implied somewhat, in that the internet companies wouldn't exist if there was nothing in it for them)

Cheers, Jamie

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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*facepalm*

Their blog spins it as a feature to make viewing videos easier.

My questions:

1) How is pressing 'play' considered difficult? Especially as you apparently need to click it somewhere to get audio, which is less intuitive than before!

2) If you do want to watch the video, by the time you get to it, you'll probably have to hit 'restart'.

3) As 'heyrick' mentions above, does this mean multiple videos playing at the same time?

I'm not one of those hate-facebook-whatever-they-do commentards, but I struggle to see how even their most loyal fanboi could say this is a good idea.

And amore general rant: As with 'Only me!', I use my tablet with mi-fi, and although the 15GB/month cap is generally adequate, I'm fed up of all the sites/apps that assume cellular == cost, wi-fi == free

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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

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Re: Poacher turned gamekeeper

Fair points.

However, the difference here is that he did what he did because he was paid to do it, not because it was some sort of hobby or general interest of his!

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