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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

GreggS

Re: "producing superior products through innovative technology"

No, if they were joking they'd have started with something like - A depressed horse walks in to a bar, the barman says, "Why the long face?", the horse replies, "Because I'm depressed". And don't call them Shirley.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

GreggS

Re: Rumour Has it

Hey I just wanted to Make You Feel My Love

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Rumour Has it

He thought instead of a hard shoulder it was a Cold Shoulder and was just Chasing Pavements instead.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

GreggS

Three

I had a very similar 30 minute exchange with one of Three's "customer representatives". Best part of it was I was actually calling them in the Three shop so every customer that came in could hear my exchange. Even the shop staff were incredibly embarrassed

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

GreggS

Are you sure

they said "Bankers"?

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

GreggS

Gotham

In Nottinghamshire always has its signs stolen, can't think why. Perhaps they need to employ a vigilante law enforcer to stop it happening.

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Surely

This is nothing but a little prick in their revenues. The big pricks you still have to pay for directly via their site.!

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

GreggS

Funny

As Virgin Media's DNS was also lousy at the weekend. Switched to using both Google & OpenDNS and they were fine.

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27 Data-Slurping Facts BuzzFeed Doesn't Want You To Know!

GreggS

Stupid is..,

as stupid does

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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

GreggS

Re: Satisfied..

Agreed. I've been with them for several years now, via Sky & O2(before Sky bought them) and have found them to be very reliable and easy to deal with.

(also in no way related to the fact I just got an upgrade to their 150Mb/s service, saving myself £5 per month in the process for a one-off fee of £5)

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

GreggS

Or couldn't it just be

That the OS's are different by design?

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Monster croc 'the BALROG' tussles with mighty Titanoboa snake

GreggS

Are you sure

That's not just a still from this film?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1680138/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_6

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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I'm blown away

let's hope for all those self-gratifiers out there that despite the whole idea behind it, the product doesn't blow.

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

GreggS

Re: *Ahem*

I was going to come up with some witty response, but really can't be arsed.

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

GreggS

Re: If only i could get a Three signal at home!

Yeah they tried all of that, even changing the signal somehow on the nearest base station (Hey,I'm just quoting their "technical support" don't down vote the messenger), still didn't work and would have only fixed at home anyway, no good as soon as we stepped out the door.

I quite like the idea of a Femocell, are they like a bunch of women that come round your house to make up for the loss of signal?

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If only i could get a Three signal at home!

Both myself and my wife have had to leave Three as neither of us can get a signal at home or my wife at work. Do GiffGaff allow tethering? EE & Three do on all their packages.

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IBM shows off phase-shift LIQUID METAL storage tech

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Will they get hit by a Patent suit from Apple now then?

just because they dared to name it the same...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/28/apple_patents_liquid_metal_iphone/

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

GreggS

In the words of Darth Vader

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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GreggS

Not just his films but his TV series as well!

Believe (executive producer)- Cancelled after 1 series

Almost Human (executive producer)- Cancelled after 1 series

Person of Interest (executive producer) still going but getting very samey.

Fringe (executive producer) - Lost the plot in the later series.

Alcatraz (executive producer) - cancelled after 1 series

Undercovers (executive producer) - cancelled after 1 series

Lost (executive producer) - lasted 5 series too long

In fact probably the last good thing he did was Alias and that lasted 2 series too long.

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Bolshy investor takes another bite of Apple, ups stake to $4.4 BEEELLLION

GreggS

Aren't his intentions clear?

To make as much money for Carl Icahn as possible and to damn with anybody else.

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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Re: Hurrah

Ok we've started down this road so I may as well walk to the end of this cul-de-sac at the risk of turning this forum into a Done Get Done Get Dom or rip-off Britain tribute.

Scenario 1)

My wife takes out a loan in order to buy me a new car for my birthday. As we have a mortgage together, I get to see the details of that loan on my credit report, even though it is taken out in her own name. The loan was taken out solely in my wife's name so I have no more right to know about it then she would about me if I did the same. This isn't the 19th century when whatever assets the wife has automatically became the husbands on marriage and my wife has not given myself or teh credit reference agency permission to share it.

Scenario 2)

I have a business partner and together we buy a property portfolio with bank loans. That partner then on his own and separately from me, buys a new house(with a mortgage), a new car (on credit) and another portfolio with bank loans. I have no financial association with those other transactions but they appear on my credit report as we have the first association. I have no more right to see those non-applicable associations as the business partner would have of mine, especially as some of them may be commercially sensitive & confidential.

Why then, must all financial activity of my wife and/or business partner stay on MY credit report just because of one association to a person? Yes, the one association should show until either the mortgage is paid or one of us dies and I'm not arguing that point, (it is after all a legitimate association), but not EVERY single financial transaction for which we DO NOT have a joint financial interest. Not only is that an invasion of privacy, but also breaks all sort of boundaries morally, confidentially & quite possibly contractually.

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Re: Hurrah

That's all well and good but try telling the likes of Eperi(ence)(p)a(i)n that. They reckon, "Once a financial association has been added to your credit report it will remain there indefinitely and can only be removed if the two parties are no longer financially associated in any way or by the individual lender who has added the association to your report if you believe you never made the joint application or opened the joint account which created the association entry." So even if you query it and tell them the info is wrong, they ain't gonna do anything about it.

One association does not mean multi-associations and this is where this legislation falls down as credit reference agencies seem to like putting all eggs in one basket and insist that just because you may have a "Joint" mortgage with someone you must have financial associations even if either person has even sneezed on an application for credit. So the upshot is I get to know all my wife's dealings (even from when she wasn't my wife) and get associated with them by any bank that does a credit check until the day she dies.

Credit reference agencies are the real power in the financial markets, they need to be brought down a peg or two

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Hurrah

Now to go after the Credit reference Agencies who seem to think it's OK to retain your financial records for forever and a day.

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Google's Nest halts sales of its fire alarm – because waving your hand switches it off

GreggS

This thing isn't only a Smoke detector

it is also a carbon monoxide detector and has a 7 year product life (like nearly ALL CO/Fire alarms). You can link them so they tell you which of the the others is going off (as does the phone app, which can be set to ring the emergency services when the alarm goes off). It also tells you when its batteries are running out up to 6 months before they do and also provides an "emergency light" to help guide you in the dark. All in all a little bit more sophisticated than your common or garden alarms. Whether this justifies the price, remains to be seen.

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Re: Why would you make it convenient to turn off an alarm?

As the document says, this feature is turned off by default if you do happen to have the device connected to your wi-fi so it's a non-issue for those of us that do.

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

GreggS

The old

report first, get the actual facts later approach. Who says the media is not dumbing down or more alarmist these days.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

GreggS

Re: As much as I loved Star wars

Taloraan, Taloraan i love ya Taloraan, you're always a parsec away!

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Feds charge three in brain-ache $15m Pentagon payroll pillage plot

GreggS

We'd like to respond to the charges

But we're a bit busy cyber attacking the Russians at the moment

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This record-smashing robot solves a Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds

GreggS

Sorry

I blinked. What was it again?

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Vine's 'educational nudity': 'So if I write 1+1=2 on my boobs we're grand?'

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Boobs

Surely if she wrote £500 + £500 on her boobs she'd be (a) grand?

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Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

GreggS

Actually I meant the capacity to make cars do what they make them do in Fast & Furious, like give it 22 gears and magic a 25 mile runway out of thin air.

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Nothing yet known to man has that capacity!

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Arm-wave bye BYE! Apple grabs Kinect flail-sensor maker for $345m

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Apple v Microsoft round 1001

I can just see now, Apple suing Microsoft over patents they hold on this or for more licensing revenue. Then going after Sony.

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Facebook profiles go TITSUP! Mystery malady plagues piles of pages

GreggS

Re: Iphone

the power of posting on El Reg. looks like they've fixed it now.

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Iphone

Looks like they've managed to cock their iPhone app up as that still isn't working.

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Is this the silicon chip KILLER? Boffins boot up carbon-nanotube CPU

GreggS

Re: They really need a different three letter acronym ...

ahh yes. Perhaps they could get a load of them to run in parallel and call them a bunch of CNT's

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CRUNCH: 'Drunk' chap cuffed in high-speed car nookie prang rumpus

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Wasn't

trying to hide in a bush the source of his problems?

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

GreggS

Re: Look before you leap

I've been Virgin-Sky and back to Virgin again (mostly due to Sky having terrible customer service as soon as i was out of contract) and can honestly say that I've not had a problem with Virgin and my cable service has been very reliable. In fact, I've just been upgraded to their 30MB service for which they are effectively paying me as they've given me a discount on what I was already paying for their 10MB service.

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GreggS

Re: Hmm....

But the adult "chat" channels are free!

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

GreggS

So

It's basically clear aluminum?

Scotty, beam me up!

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Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

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half a shekel for an old ex-leper?

All right. Two shekels, just two

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

GreggS

Re: Alternative

You see that's the wonder of English prose, even when it's wrong, it's write.

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Apple: iOS 6.1 network overload caused by our Exchange SYNC OF DOOM

GreggS

What is Apple playing at?

The update appears to have goosed the mobile phone signal on my phone (O2), it's up & down like the percentage of horse meat in beef burgers.

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

GreggS

Video games kill people?

When was the last time the news reported a loner walk into a school campus and start throwing copies of GTA at pupils causing multiple deaths?

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MIT boffins demonstrate NEW form of magnetism

GreggS

Re: Herbertsmithite (named after its discoverer)

Surely even better would be one named after spending a night with El Reg's favourite clever person;

Fryingtonite

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YES! It's the TARDIS PC!

GreggS

Yeah, but is it bigger on the inside

for expansion capabilities of course

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Einstein almost tagged dark energy in the early 1920s

GreggS

But what about the cat?

have either of them bothered to check it?

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Data cop slap for Brit text pests

GreggS

Re: Or on Three network

Probably because these days it's extremely hard to find a Virgin anywhere

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Or on Three network

just to be awkward - 37726

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