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47 posts • joined 11 Apr 2012

Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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The issue with these scumbags is that you cant "follow the money" that's why ultimatally the Bitcoin model, is deemed for failure.

Essentially Bitcoin circumvents the tax man, Accountancy etc. etc. Eventually, governments will have to agree to regulate this sort of venture, or close them down, as it undermines pretty much everything modern economics is built with

As for all of the spamming / scamming scumbags, Im sure Government agencies know enough to close them down. It appears, from a espionage point of view, they have pretty much embedded themselves into all aspects of the internet

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MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

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If only they understood the web....

Of course this really helps the "hard working, British tax paying" companies that happen to use Amazon as a sales channel

(Not)

If the Muppet in Government concentrated on making simple, un-ambiguous tax laws, they could leave the rest of us to do whatever it is we do best... run successful businesses and generate revenue for UK PLC

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

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It is really sad..

Firstly that the comment was made, it was disrespectful. Society seems to have degenerated somewhat

Secondly that we feel that adding "LOL " makes everything a joke. Much better to just say what you mean and stop hiding behind the veil

Thirdly that the courts / police seem to have had a brain transplant

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CLIMATE CHANGE forces women into PROSTITUTION - US politicians

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Well that is obvious

Of course it is a common fact (not) that all women in "warmer" countries are prostitutes

What a stupid debate

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Google report shows record rise in government takedown requests

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It is all about convergence

Across the world, humans that live in very disparate cultures and under very different regimes find the internet to be a very good leveller - in terms of trade, humanity, access to information and reason. Meanwhile insecure authoritarian type regimes and governments (some of which are in the west) try their hardest to maintain what is increasingly becoming a fragile position

This is why the internet is such a good thing for humanity. Eventually, no mater who you are or where you are, you will be able to communicate and see how the rest of the world lives, and have some hope, that the local despot's power is eroded

In the end, the people just wont put up with it

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jQuery 2.0 kicks old Internet Explorer versions to the curb

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It will be all about customers

If you are writing a website for young trendy some-things, you can make a broad assumption that they will have up-to-date browsers and OS's. However if your demographic includes, families, crinklies, people who work in an office, B2B etc.. then you virtually "NEED" to support older browsers and OS's

Example, If you run a bricks and mortar shop, would your sales manager be please that you disenfranchised 15% of your target audience in some way, say by not having a wheelchair ramp, or by having a window display aimed at 20 year olds only, when your stock covers the whole market..Your sales manager would be very annoyed. Not supporting some browsers is very much like this

As the cost to market for a e-commerce store (for example) is a minute percentage than that of a regular shop on the high street, it beggars belief that people will not invest in supporting users...

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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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amazing

Fossils at the top of the Himalayas were formed in the (very old sea) bed of the Tethys Sea

Go to the lake district in the UK, and see valleys carved by glacia

The continents have shifted (a lot) we have had many cycles of ice, weather and the like... this is all pretty normal behaviour on our planet

Of course the ice is going to melt, and it will all refreeze again, an we will be able to walk over the sea from the UK all the way to Greenland and beyond. Some time after that we will be experiencing droughts and the like

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

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While the app makers and Apple are cynical and to blame, so are the parents

While the app makers and Apple are cynical and to blame, so are the parents. We have had all this crap around for long enough to know that there is a scam round each corner. parents need to be educating their kids about this, not handing over the high tech goodies to the youngsters

For sure, pursue the scoundruls that make this shite, but additionally, dont do the Media equivalent of leaving your child in the middle of a busy road on its own

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Under the microscope: The bug that caught PayPal with its pants down

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Re: This should have been spotted sooner .......

You make a good point.

Many businesses use a third party payment provider to avoid the ball ache of making all of their systems compliant... in a way that's what you pay so much for

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Is this a case that ... No Welsh books have been offered by Welsh Authors/publishers for sale, or that Amazon just don't like the Welsh?

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Ban drones taking snaps of homes, rages Google boss... That's HIS job, right?

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Buy a room in the Burj Khalifa

Or.. buy a room in the Burj Khalifa, many of them re above 500M!

If you want privacy, buy curtains, good ones

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Re: Were you there? Yes I was

This is it in a nutshell, you hit the nail on the head

It was crap before Margaret Thatcher become prime minister. We need to remember she was democratically elected into office three times.

before Thatcher, we had rubbish piled in the streets, bodies awaiting cremation and burial, and a closed shop labour market

The country needed the medicine, and it was delivered. Yup, it didn't taste nice, however it took a politician with balls to deliver it

The rosy eyed view of British industry is only held by those on the gravy train. Mr Scargill, who fervently wanted strikes was sitting pretty on 70K a year, whilst "his" miners striked and earnt nothing. Let us not forget all of Mr Scargills shinnanigans since the 70's and 80's

Many miners didn't strike, because they had families to feed, the travesty was the "flying pickets" putting immense presure on the ordainary working man. The bottom line with the mining industry was that the pits were not viable, and they could have either had a slow expensive painful death or a quick one

Industrial relations are much improved, with far less hours / year lost due to industrial action post Thatcher

Additionally let us think about her legacy.... the EU rebate, peace in Europe after the fall of Soviet Union, the ability to buy a council house, and the general shift of power away from institutions and unions, and corporations - towards the individual

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eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money

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too diverse

The thing is that if you are looking for a blue widgety thing, you will search for that. If e-bay then dominate the search for what you are looking for 9i.e. a blue widgety thing) then it is likley they will broker your sale and make fees

The issue here is that as seller of blue widgety things, you are paying eBay a small insertion fee and a comparative small percentage of your turnover. So while you may be making a fat profit of £50 eBay may be making a profit of £2.00.. where it actually cost them £8.00 to advertise the fact that they could assist selling your widgets (not every one who clicked went on to buy

E=bays mistake here is to market too may diverse products (at too high a price) instead of the profitable (for them) products

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Photoshop fakery exposed by fake Photoshop tool

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What is real?

As a photographer, this is all a bit farcical

1. what does the woman actually look like?

I ask this because typically, I shoot a colour chart, and then do a custom profile for the shoot, and then do a custom white balance, working on profiled monitors and printers yada yada. Without all of the above, it is hard to make any judgement

And.. and then my software alters the image (a lot sometimes) to give a fair representation of the skin tone and colour

Some editing is very good, and gets closer to real, other editing goes in the other direction

2. What is the target media...

I sharpen differently for print and provide a different sort of file (CMYK) than say for web, where I provide a RGB file, both can look different from each other, and sometimes I then have to edit in a compensation for it

3. So what bout blemishes...

On say a wedding shoot, of course I clone out zits and spots, but I leave in permanent markings like moles and birthmarks. I also will clone off the odd straggly hair, or mark on a suit etc.. along with the fire extinguisher in the background..

There is a line which is about reality. Its akin to a room, it can be cleaned and tidy, or it can be a mess. If I am shooting for an estate agent, I will make sure the windows are clean, the room is hovered, the cushions are straight. It is the same room, but with a professional attention to detail

4. Its a studio shoot

And that is all about the lighting. I could take an average woman (or man) and produce 6 completely different looks (from scary and harsh, through to soft and beautiful) im a few mins, just by manipulating the lighting

This shoot is of a woman, in an un-natural pose, on a white background, and careful lighting. the environment is unreal, the lighting is unreal, the pose is unreal and the clothing is chosen for her..

It is all unreal

If they want a real shoot, I am available for hire...Week by week, I shoot real women and men in real environments, usually with the lighting that is already there.

If they want to REALLY connect with real people, then they need to shoot real people in real environments with thier own clothing, warts, wobbly bits and all. (and I am still available for hire on that one) LOL

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

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MS are simply confusing what they think we want, with what we actually need

Businesses need a simple stable OS, and a secure platform for workers to work productively (not play) with

Family's are looking for a simple to use computer that has no surprises

Only rich idiots can afford to upgrade every time a new phone / computer / tablet / OS comes out

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

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how dare they

how dare they

Tell us what we can or cant do on our computers that we pay for

Sheer arrogance. Seriously, they need to wise up to what users actually want

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

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Like many of my age, having been brought up with him "always there in the background of science" I owe him a debt of gratitude. He showed how to be committed, and remained inspiration and sharp till the end. There is a huge void now. A big pair of boots to fill. Will be missed by many RIP PM

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Its not about the money... its about the music

Im a hardcore audiophile, but then, I also have a wind up 78 player with a horn....

We listen to music for

- enjoyment

- to change our mood

- to distract us

- to take us somewhere else

As a person from a pretty musical background, I find Hi-fi's that cant deliver the full range of notes, without the energy of "real life" a disappointment. However there is very little need to spend bonkers money on it either

They don't use particularly high end gear to listen to the music when they say do a final master at Abbey Road or similar

Most of this is the law of diminishing returns

BTW, what about horns and valves

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Fake sandwich shop's big fake Likes leave Facebook looking flaky

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in the real world.

I paid by people actually booking me, not liking me

Lots of noise isn't the same as turnover

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Move over Raspberry Pi, give kids a Radio Ham Pi - minister

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many more steps to take

by pushing kids away from the separated physics biology and chemistry into a single "science" subject, science education as a whole is diluted. what is the challenge is that "way back then" electronics and optics were only skirmished with, digital electronics was ignored totally

so yep, split the sciences back up again and teach each one properly, and yep - add modern tech like electronics and digital electronics to the physics curiculum

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Disable Gadgets NOW says Redmond

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whats the difference?

Whats the difference between a gadget from a third party, or any other third party software?

MS are drawing a line, but the implication is that philosophically all non MS approved SW is bad, so cant be used

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Capita ITS asks to-be-axed staffers to pose for marketing pic

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Sums it up perfectly

http://funnypicturesplus.com/indian-call-centre-sigh.html

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They should book me

In a couple of months for a photo-shoot in India. I am sure I could produce some images that faithfully represent the best of British

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'You don't have to take Prozac to work at Capita - but it helps'

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WTF?

Morally Crapita

While they may have the law on their side (how?) I fail to see how this is in the slightest bit moral

The government give (for us) contracts to Crapita, absolutely huge contracts, on the basis Crapita will save us money as the job was outsourced to a "smarter organisation". An organisation who can do more for less

However, In true Crapita style, they treat their staff like a resource and not as humans. They dump 1000 hard-working employees back on the scrapheap, for whom income support and the like will need to be paid to, and take (our) money to pay staff in India To provide us the services that our government (who represent us) procured from Crapita in the first place

First up. How on earth can it be OK to make a redundancy, solely on profit grounds, when the same job is outsourced to someone else in a different country... It might be Legally ok, but it feels wrong

Secondly, why do we continue to award huge contracts to companies that exhibit no moral backbone.

We have robbed Peter to pay Paul and screwed the lives of 1000 families in the process

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EU lurches behind copyright free-for-all landgrab

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Re: Why doesn't it apply to everythong then?

It works both ways

- I get a commission to shoot a wedding, I charge a fair fee for the volume of work. I hand over the images along with the rights which lets the Bride and groom use them as they wish

- I get a commission to shoot some products - I get paid, I hand over the files and a document outlining the usage rights

However... I could

-using my own funds, use all my gear, experience and time, and fly to the Arctic, and sit freezing my nad's off fro 2 months to shoot a picture of a baby penguin emerging from its shell, that is an absolute jaw dropper of a photo. When I get home, I then sell the rights to National Geographic, to use as their main promo picture.. In this instance, moth myself and National Geographic are going to be very annoyed if the image is copied left right and centre, or even passed off as someone else's work

- additionally, because I give the image to National Geographic under a strict licence, next year, I can re- licence the image to say a calender or something else

In the same vein, say The Artic Monkeys music is used for the next Coke-a-Cola advert, it would be easy to see why they want paying for it. Coke will be making millions, and the artist whose work "just got used Gratis" starves

OK I have cited a few extreme commercial examples, but essentially, all the smaller lesser examples are just as valid

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Re: Database?

Good idea.

It may be costly, as provenance is a hard thing to prove on-line. I imagine there would need to be a lot of policing of submissions. It would need to be 100% reliable, fast to upload to. The database of images (in terms of file sizes) would be enormous (Google sized)

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FAIL

Tin Tin

Tin tin - nice idea, but it doesn't work in practice. I just searched for 20 images each of which are all:

- on my blog

- on facebook (at least once)

- on my wifes blog

- in my gallery

- on my clinets website (we do a free wedding planing website)

So they have at least been published to 5 different domains - and most of them for more than a year

It failed to find any of them. To make it really easy for the duplication finder, I had not even bothered changing the file names or EXIF

Tools like this add to the problem "I didnt find it on TIN TIN, it must be OK"

I tried the same with the Google image search - same result

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TheWeddingPhotographer

Re: IP IS Theft

There is the small matter of

- paying the bills

- eating

Bottom line.. while I love photography, loving it and being generous does not put food on the table for the family

The only difference between my product (an image) and another product - say for example a motorbike is the fact that my product can be stolen, copied and duplicated in moments

If the owner of a widget factory was loosing stock, the police would get involved. When the value of my work is diluted or simply the work is ripped off, like the owner of the widget factory, I loose income. Unlike the owner of the widget factory, I cant get the police involved, in fact, laws are virtually encouraging it as OK

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Re: IP IS Theft

The bottom line is...

To make a living, i need to be paid. I am either paid to shoot it in the first place (i.e wedding phootgraphy / portrait session)

Or

I speculate, take a risk, go shoot stuff and put it up for sale. I.e. Freelance press, stock photography, producing original work/art etc.

Generally in the first instance, I'm happy with my fee, the client is paying me ought-right for a job, the job gets done, I get paid, and I eat, and the images are used as I intended

Generally in the second instance, I am paid a pittance, I am ripped of, my images are ripped off and I am never attributed properly. Because I am an original artist, policing things is a bloody nightmare. There is only one of me. To give everyone an idea of how bad this is, some other "professional photographer" who lives within 25 miles, not only ripped off my marketing images, they ripped of my marketing copy, specifically my "all about me" web page.

In a world where "creative professionals" have this level of respect, basically, everyone else in the business is screwed

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Re: Its worse than that

That exactly describes my thoughts

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TheWeddingPhotographer

Its worse than that

An average freelancer is shafted in all directions. Want to take your camera to the Olympics - nope - the rights have been sold to the big boys. Want to shoot on NT land - not allowed yada yada

Enter a competition, sign over the rights

Your average consumer / small bossiness has no concept of copyright or rights management.

Couple that with most novice/semi pro photographers producing reams of photographs and pumping them out there fro free, with no concern its hardly a surprise this is becoming a bigger and bigger problem.

Like the article indicates, its the creative individual, not the librarian that loses out.

If I add EXIFdata to an image, and then it is stripped out, copied and placed on-line elsewhere by a third party, there is no way the image will ever be attributed to me, or I can manage the rights for it. I'm seriously looking at different ways of embedding data / watermarks into an image to make it more traceable. Possibly the widespread adoption of Digimark (or similar) is needed

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10m years ago there was less CO2 - but the Earth was WARMER

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Re: Yea right

Then contribute to the debate, write your own articles, get them published. Slating someone who has contributed over 2000 articles over 5 years helps no one.

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TheWeddingPhotographer
WTF?

Yea right

You wave a big stick, and make a lot of noise, but I cant see any evidence within the article of Lewis doing this.

This is the whole problem when politics meets science - the blinkers come out, and the shouting gets in the way of the science. It is often the people making the most noise that have the most entrenched views.

In this case, the scientists have stumped up a result that feels unusual or needs more explanation, a reporter has reported this, and even comments that the scientists themselves were surprised.

What would you have them do.. not do any research, or only publish stuff that conforms to your way of thinking? What would you have Lewis do - only report on findings that match the general consensus, your way of thinking? Or maybe, he writes a report on a paper published by a bunch of real scientists from a good uni with some interesting results?

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CISPA passes House of Representatives vote

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Happy

Looking at the bigger picture

At least we have moved from the old world of "Comunists" vs "the West" and visa versa. The day we see the West doing something to try and protect its trade interests, as opposed to some "they are the bad guys "Because we said so"... is a good day in my book.

It means we are all seeing ourselves on a more level playing field.

+1 for the internet - it has opened the eyes of the world (including the West) to the fact that the people on the other side of the fence are just people, and not enemies. the people know this, even if the politicians have their heads up their buts

+1 for the ordinary people / ordinary business - we all know where we are, and we are all doing what we can to get on, regardless of what part of the planet we are on

I'm optimistic. Borders will fall to bits over the next 50 - 100 years, and people can be people rather than victims (or successes) of their geography

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Doh! Sage Pay forgets to renew SSL certificate

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FAIL

It is minor issue, which has no impact on our customers.

WTF - not trading has a massive impact on their customers, perhaps they forget who their customers are and who makes them their money

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BT's 'unbeatable' Infinity broadband ads banned by ASA

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Re: They should have used "Unbeatable*"

It is limited... very limited by the size of the pipe! and as you say torrents are throttled

I

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4 times faster

I take the advertised speed is aspirational - that is it is up to 4 times faster than the speed they actually deliver

What makes me smile is that the ASA only do something when they are pushed hard. They ought to me monitoring and squashing this sort of thing themselves

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Rare! Yahoo! revenue! growth! spotted! in! Q1!

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Found some growth?

They must have searched on Google for it!

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Gmail goes titsup for 30 MILLION PUNTERS

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remember Google calender?

That went tits up too, and for a lot of users never recovered

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Dad sues Apple for pushing cash-draining 'free' games at kids

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Do we "need" this crap

Does a kid need a smart phone?

Does a kid need I-tunes?

Does a kid need a MP3 player?

Does a kid need a laptop?

Does a kid need the latest trainers?

Does a kid need a TV as a babysitter?

Unfortunatally as a society and as parents, we confuse what we actually need, with what marketing tells us we need

I survive quite well, and so have many generations before me without Mp3 players, smartphones, the latest trainers, a TV spewing crap at me, I-tunes etc.

We have literally spawned "the consumer generation" where desire and need are totally blurred

We need to grow a backbone, and learn to say no

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ISPs should get 'up to' full fee for 'up to' broadband

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Re: Wispa...

The thing is, its marketed and charged for "up-to" regardless of the facts on the ground.

If BT said "honestly" "in this property the speed currently available is only "up to 2 meg so the packaged offered is thus a smaller cheaper one, as we cant offer you our 20 meg package, because we know we cant deliver it... "

... there would be nothing to complain about

They however don't do that

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TheWeddingPhotographer

What does up to 20 Meg actually mean?:

Lets flesh this out with some numbers...

What does up to 20 Meg actually mean? Well here in the countryside where I live, it means "just about" 1meg" download, and 0.5 meg upload

So what can I do about it? BT say I can have a "uncontended 2 meg leased line" with a install fee of 1000's and a yearly charge of 1000's - I could go rent an office in the local city for that and still have change

What's annoying here is that in areas where there is no competition (what no Virgin / cable!) BT are uninterested in upgrading the exchanges, as they are happy to charge me for "up to 20meg". Ironically, they are happy to pay to compete with virgin and supply fibre connections elsewhere

It's appalling and dishonest marketing and billing.

In areas where it is well known nobody gets 20meg, the price should be reduced accordingly. The teleco's do a fairly good job of (over) estimating speed at a given postcode (they can even do that online), because they know the infrastructure up to that point, so in essence, They ought to know they can only sell me "up to 1.2 mg" as that's what their own sites say is the speed I can currently receive

see: http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/consumerProducts/displayTopic.do?topicId=25795

The data model is OK, however, if im sitting here wanting to upload 2 gigs of data, the fact it could take me 2 hours or 2 days is a big deal, as it ties my connection up for anything else I'm doing. So yes I might want to be charged be GB, but yes I expect that GB to shift in a timely manner too. The argument that say gas is sold in a volume basis is OK, However there is a caveat - that is it also needs to be supplied fast enough to heat your house and cook your food

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BT fattens fibre customer pipes for free - with a contract extension

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FAIL

How about concentrating on the customers with no access to Infinity?

All well and good... I have BT's "UP TO" 20 Meg broadband. AKA 1 Meg broadband (on a good day)

I have no option for Virgin, and no way of upgrading

BT ought to invest in rolling out Infinity to the customers who have no options before they invest in upgrading Infinity for the lucky ones that already have the option

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Capita poises axe over 1,000 staff - jobs headed to India

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90 days consultation

90 days consultation always means - "in 90 days what we have decided will happen" It's a loophole, needs plugging. There is no consultation about it.

I have been through this Mill at Capita - their strategy also is to push the decision least 2 management tiers outside of the local business, but make the local managers enforce the bad news - In this way, the person making the decisions sees nor deals with any of the pain, but instead can have a jolly good back slapping session at a job well done.

Meanwhile, it ought to be government policy not to award contracts to businesses that feel it is great "value" to outsource work out of the country. Whilst project A might be on budget, the fall out costs even more money, stopping project B and C

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