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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

Dave Perry

Re: He *was* Prime Minister

He probably needs more than the average ex PM because of partly his fame, partly stupidity of his actions. Yet somehow he seems to come out with a clean nose, and earns a ludicrous amount of money.

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

Dave Perry

Apple (someone had to raise this)

This would far less likely get through on the iTunes Store - yes it's sometimes annoying how they do their what gets published and what doesn't approach, but security at least they are very tight on.

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Apple's Tim Cook: I'm risking my own MEELLLIONS if we sink

Dave Perry
Flame

Do you mean 'did' best to a degree? I know some people swear by the iPad minis, but it was too high a price point - for £130 more I got a refurbished 64gb iPad 2. If he signed off the new iTunes, complete and utter waste - avoiding upgrading to v11 until I absolutely have to. Download-only of Lion, with no OPTION to get a DVD, ludicrous.

I love my iPhone 4S, but won't be upgrading to a 5 as it's not noticeably better for what I need - I'd rather have the extra £15/mth in my pocket vs giving it to o2 (my other half wants the 4S when I come to be eligible for an upgrade, but I'd rather buy her an unlocked one one-off as they're going for about £150 round here).

Someone said when Jobs died that he'd put the next 5 years' roadmap in place, possibly (and probably sadly) knowing he wasn't going to be around much longer. But did he leave any innovations or seeds for them to plant I wonder?

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HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

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Re: English Taxpayers

I like Scotswomen personally - their accent gives me a nice feeling :)

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

Dave Perry
Meh

Proving stuff

I once had to send a copy of my pay slip (front over only - I'd have told them to do one if they asked for the inside) to prove I worked in an education for one of their hundreds of pounds discounts, which I could live with.

The next time I bought something, a couple of years ago, I went through the online HE store using work internet which is hard to get on without being at an approved institution - a stock spec MBP arrived days later without need of further documentation.

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Reseller giant Systemax bleeds red ink in Q1 of 'turnaround year'

Dave Perry
Childcatcher

Pay off your debt?

If you have $135m in the bank, and a loss of $6m, could you not use 6 of your banked cash to clear some of your debt so you look better to creditors? Or am I missing something?

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From stage to stream: The unseen tech at the BRIT Awards 2013

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As an occasional AV tech this is just what I wanted. Great production, shame about the host - the joke about the Adele speech being cut short was the most unfunny thing ever (and showed by distinct lack of laughs from the O2 audience). I agree with the point about using your own kit - a radio station I OB for usually uses 80% my kit as I know and trust it (leads and IT particularly - their folio mixer is about the one thing in the OB case I rate).

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

Dave Perry

My iPad 2 is fine

Bought a refurbished one last week, it arrived with 6.0.1 on it and went on wifi fine. Updated it to 6.1 and still rockin.

Not tried updating the iPhone (4S) yet, will backup tonight and give it a whirl then.

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Acer slashes book worth of brands by £76m

Dave Perry

We had a Gateway tower

It was a decent machine and came with a nice flat-glass 17" Mitsubishi monitor (which Evesham were also supplying at the time, but without a sticker covering the OEM logo). Only an Athlon-750 admittedly, so was replaced a few years ago, but bought in 2000-2001ish we got a decent life out of it.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

Dave Perry
FAIL

Bad experience

A friend was having trouble with his sky-issued netgear router a few years back, the 2nd one he'd been sent. And they wouldn't send out another. So he got a tech person on the phone who thought they were 'it' (like murdoch really), put them onto me, and I'd already done all the checks they went through before picking up the phone. My hate for anything to do with murdoch is great, so enjoyed verbally chastising said tech til they gave in. For my sins I'm stuck with KC (Hull-ite), and would far rather have a BT line with O2 broadband which no-one I know of has ever complained about.

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Lynch mob of bankers say they'll stump up cash to take Dell private

Dave Perry

If I remember correctly

Barclays got its finance in tough times from further East and no government input

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Microsoft ends Mac users' Windows Phone 8 misery

Dave Perry
FAIL

Re: Fashion statement

I'm happy with my mac (been a user for 8 years now). I do still prefer Adobe Audition for audio editing though, not a fan of soundbooth (in fact, it's bloody awful), I support Windows networks and accessing Citrix on a mac is a pain in the backside (oh, and logmein are incapable of writing a stable plugin for any mac browser) so an XP VM is, to me, 10gb of disk space well used (and with a 500gb drive I'm not worried).

If WP8 is as hard to use as that metro thing on a desktop Windows 8, I'd run a mile - currently arguing with a vendor about getting a PC licensed to downgrade to windows 7 and them doing the licensing wrong (I've seen 1 windows 8 machine, that when it got its network settings in a pickle was quicker and easier to rebuild the machine with windows 7 again). Even the owner's Microsoft partner of an exchange provider couldn't get the W8 integrating with his email like it's supposed to be able to.

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Divorce lawyer spots increase in Christmas 'text message bustings'

Dave Perry

Re: Password required

My gf doesn't always have credit so uses mine, but always asks. Mind you she'd lop my wedding tackle off if she found out I'd strayed and kicked her last bloke out for cheating, and she is good to me so it would be mean (not to mention she's now expecting my first child!).

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OMG: RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network

Dave Perry

..in and in the case of EE in Hull...

...3 stores within a 5 minute walk of each other - 2 of them are about 20 seconds apart on foot!

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Sharp clarifies doom-laden English earnings report

Dave Perry

Re: Interesting

We have Sharp MFDs at ALL our sites (3 towns across a county). And they aren't bad bits of kit, though our IT people are glad that someone else comes and does the installation/maintenance on them.

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Google expects Apple to block its not crap iOS maps app

Dave Perry

Re: Non Apple user.....

I'm holding off the iOS6 update on my 4S currently - and see no reason to worry about upgrading to a 5 or iOS6 right now. Other half updated hers (I always told her to update it if it asked to, but forgot to warn her about this time) and we compared the two side by side, new Maps app unusable for me.

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UN locks Apple, Google, Microsoft in a room for patent peace summit

Dave Perry
FAIL

The statement from that guy suggests..

...that essential patents can't get a ban, but Apple's behaviour is acceptable (i.e. not being marked down for widely noted bullyishness).

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BYOD trend could kill off role of CIO – SCC

Dave Perry
Meh

Erm

Whilst the statement about BYOD being a BIG change for IT is fair, I always thought CIOs did more policy than implementation. And getting the policy right and practical seems to be the big issue at the moment, so I wouldn't write them off just yet

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Apple slip-up slows iOS 6 upgrades

Dave Perry

Re: 20 hours

My MBP minutes are pretty accurate. I did put a 7200RPM drive in there though, which has noticably made things 1/3 faster to get done (particularly boot, and firefox).

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Virus lab blogger collared by blundering copyright cop bot

Dave Perry

Malware authors should have no copyright claim against their work

That is all

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Apple: I love to hate, and hate to love thee

Dave Perry
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Mac resellers helpful too

When I wanted a bigger drive in my MBP, I bought one from a Mac reseller (KRCS) who fitted the drive for free - I was told there would be a £20 charge, but I'm guessing it was waived as I did the Time Machine restore myself (which helpfully didn't need a full OS X install to run, just popping in the 10.6 DVD then attaching my USB drive).

I've not found a PC reseller that will replace a laptop hard drive for 0 labour charge (although if you don't buy the laptop from them, suppose it's fair game to charge).

On that note, can anyone recommend a PC equivalent of time machine? I use disk imaging in PCs I maintain, and hardly touch the desktop PC now but would just backup to external what I valued, but for standalone systems I think Time Machine's simplicity is superb.

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Office 2013 to offer one-off apps on demand

Dave Perry

Re: What could pssibly go wrong?

Presumably there will be offline players available. Powerpoint has had one for a decade or so hasn't it?

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Cook's 'values' memo shows Apple has lost its soul

Dave Perry
WTF?

A friend of mine works for Samsung

And summed up her feelings as 'Apple are just scared'. The IBM created, Compaq evolved thing seems to sum up how Apple are doing this wrong. I own a 4S and am typing this on a MacBook Pro, but prefer the South Korean judgement of 'Apple infringed some patents, Samsung infringed some, pay each other some money and be done with it'.

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Apple TV: Rubbish, you don't like documentaries – I'll just flick to porn

Dave Perry
FAIL

Killing radio

I read an opinion piece from the man who used to be head of the BBC's innovation area (I think he was the man who took iPlayer to market, can't remember exactly). Anyway, he knows his shizzle, and this is being discussed on a respected media website:

http://www.mediauk.com/article/34058/new-apple-patent-could-kill-commercial-radio

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Amazon exploited by hacker in scribe's epic Apple iCloud pwn

Dave Perry
Stop

Re: @GettinSadda

If you value your data and it's security, don't trust iCloud. I had to look at it for sync with the day job (education), and Apple's own advice was don't use iCloud for really critical stuff.

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Dave Perry
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Would have been nice if he'd helped to get the guy's stuff back

But I suspect said scribe will now be using Time Machine and syncing away from the cloud as well now.

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Don't download that app: US presidential candidates will STALK you with it

Dave Perry
Meh

Protect users from themselves

My other half has my 3GS now, and installed something she liked the look of. Then she asks me about it, and I suspect it's doing in-app purchases. Turned that off, and lo and be feckin hold it's trying to rinse my iTunes account for 'extras'. Said app was promptly deleted. I never got round to checking if it made clear on the app store whether it would make use of the facility.

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BBC gives itself a gold in 700Gbit-a-second Olympic vid sprint

Dave Perry
Stop

Re: ch 4

And wasn't it Endemol who invented/own the rights to BB anyway? Mind you they also did Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, the format of which was devised on the back of a napkin and the game tried out by an exec over dinner / a drink iirc

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Dave Perry

Re: Too right

You either say that the people watching broke the law, or the IOC will say, to the next provider, you need to make a reasonable effort to block VPN services. And I've not tried doing it myself to know how hard or easy that is.

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Scribe's mobe, MacBook pwned after hacker 'fast-talked Apple support'

Dave Perry
FAIL

This is why

I advise nobody I deal with to trust iCloud. They've said themselves it's not fit for enterprise, it surely has no chance of credibility in that field now.

My macbook pro gets backed up weekly to an external USB drive, and regular iPhone syncs mean at worst I lose a day or two's pictures.

And I keep account linking down to a minimum, at best my gmail pulls in other POP3 accounts.

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M-Tech Data: Grey import battle with Oracle has ruined us

Dave Perry
Mushroom

Two reasons to dislike Larry today

I thought ripping SAP off for lawyers bills was bad enough. But at least they can afford to take a hit.

Successful from being spineless is one thing, but this really is heartless (you could say that's business, but it's disgraceful business - even Alan Sugar's advisors questioned the business ethics of one of this year's Apprentice finalists' business proposal).

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SAP to bung Oracle at least $306m in software piracy row

Dave Perry

Lawyers fee

That should be criminal. Wouldn't be surprised if that's a fradulent claim itself

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Does Box really need $284m in VC cash?

Dave Perry
Trollface

Expensive to be simple

Sounds like apple. Spend loads on r&d etc to make simple to use, innovative products. But charging a fortune, and not looked at what Box costs.

Icon cos it's Friday and I'm feeling cheeky

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Russia slashes space station ship trip to just six hours

Dave Perry
WTF?

Recycling?

I appreciate there is probably some waste on there that would otherwise end up in landfill (so inceneration is fair game), but is there really so little or no recyclable waste coming from the ISS? Let alone the metal and stuff in the craft that could be recycled or the whole craft reused?!

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Twitter titsup: Our failover was actually just FAIL ALL OVER

Dave Perry
FAIL

Re: Have they not heard of load balancing?

Not lack of investment overall I suspect. Lack of the CORRECT investment maybe/usually.

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Coles signs up for Office 365

Dave Perry

On the sharedpoint for holidays thing

We use that at our place, but HR refuse to let anyone bar the odd remote manager use it off site. It's less paper basically, and more secure than bits of paper flying around / having managers signatures faked.

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'Sacrifice another goat!: iCloud is Apple's biggest failure before Google

Dave Perry
Megaphone

iCloud good for personal

A friend of mine has restored apps and backups from iCloud to his iPhone several times and is happy with it. I found the what it would backup bit confusing when moving to iOS5 so have disabled it on the iPhone (so it's not backing up my photos). I sync photos to my Macbook using a USB lead and iPhoto, and am happy that my Apple ID means if I download a song from the iTunes store on one device the other gets it next time I'm on wifi (no 3G at work due to faradays cage office).

I read somewhere Apple's own advice for enterprise however, was not to trust it. I was looking at what was the best platform for syncing educational-owned iPads which is a big PITA in establishments, and we concluded Dropbox was the best bet for non-confidential data (as they are not safe harbour, even though Amazon S3 which Dropbox sits on is actually SH and so is Google).

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US deploys robot submarine armada against Iranian mines

Dave Perry
Stop

Rayguns

Wouldn't they be more cost effective, or would the light refraction distort the beam direction too much? If I remember my physics, can't you calculate the necessary angle?

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Cabinet Office names bean counter as chief buyer

Dave Perry
Coat

Re: Weren't they Andersens?

Well he couldn't write a bean that could count could he?

Mines the one with the crap joke book in the pocket ;)

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'Apple is corrupting App Store downloads', warn angry devs

Dave Perry
Meh

Re: Having a distribution monopoly...

Over £70? My bill is usually about £40. £36 for tariff, a bit extra cos I sometimes need to ring 08 numbers in a hurry, and that's where we get stung as mobile users. Data less of an issue as when I need heavy use I have home wifi for that

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41 London tube station platforms now WIRED for Wi-Fi

Dave Perry

VPN passthrough?

Does this work on it? Don't live in London, but sure I could live without connectivity for 20mins at a time when I will be there later this summer

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Apple patent may foretell an end to iPhone autocorrect Tourette's

Dave Perry
FAIL

Disabled

As in I disabled it on my iPhone. Keep meaning to it on my old 3GS (it got factory resetted before I gave it to my other half, and it bugs her lots)

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Teleconferencing 'shifts hundreds of NHS bed-blockers out the door'

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Re: wonderful

Any project that only costs £6k per year to an outside provider, is working and actually getting results, has to be commended though

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Chess algorithm written by Alan Turing goes up against Kasparov

Dave Perry
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Whenever I had to do that in university programming modules, I'd always submit it in a long comment at the header of my code (or the main file if there multiple files/classes involved).

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Must try harder: Cumbria tells BT and Fujitsu to resubmit fibre plans

Dave Perry

Would wireless broadband not be cheaper? Using the right sorts/targeting of radio transmission and receiving beacons / antenna / hardware?

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Court delays Apple Proview ruling

Dave Perry
FAIL

Remember apple lied about the purpose of buying the trademark - they should have paid far more than they did given they've ended up in numbers size being the largest vendor in the tablet market as a result. With $100bn in the bank they should have been more careful. I have an iPhone and Macbook Pro, and love them muchly, but no problem saying what they did came to bite them in the backside.

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SpaceX Dragon freed to push off home

Dave Perry
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Mistake of how long it was 'docked' aside

It's quite impressive that a private company has got this far - fingers crossed there are no hiccups on the return journey.

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Why Zuck will go soft for Facebook Phone - and rebrand Android

Dave Perry

Re: "FB OS please"

Admittedly 5mins with an S2 and I was quite impressed. Didn't try one for a week though, which would be better test

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Dave Perry
Meh

Re: Lack of services

"I really don't see any potential partners having the slightest interest in providing service to someone else's branded product"

If you take home broadband as a product, Google are quite happy to host Virgin Media users' email. Better to have some money from providing a backend than none from that group of users' (ISP's) customers...

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EU beaks to rule on Microsoft's $1.1bn fine appeal in June

Dave Perry
FAIL

Re: Since the EU could do with the cash,

The money would stay in Brussels probably, so no guarantee it would actually go back into the financial system. Nice as that would be. Tempted to take a shot at the last government for all the borrowing, and how other countries were careless, but it would be off topic :)

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