* Posts by aidanstevens

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Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that

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I have a little sympathy for BT: in the early/middle twentieth century when the infrastructure was being built and the lines being laid they weren't exactly weighing up the pros and cons of G.Fast vs. FTTP, were they?

That said, they do need to improve on things for those with truly poor speeds. I don't know if a government subsidy is the answer, but a good connection does at least need to available to those who want/need it. Otherwise rural communities will suffer, and we should be reversing the influx of people into cities in order to take the heat out of the housing market and ensure food supplies (says he, a city dweller).

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Re: All well and good but....

In Rotherhithe (zone 2, in the shadows of Canary Wharf) you get 1.5 megabit/sec if you're lucky.

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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FAIL

May I be the first to say...

....BWAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!

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NatWest tightens online banking security after hacks' 'hack' exposé

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Re: communicating with them using ALL of their registered methods

The authenticity of phishing e-mails tends to be so pathetically bad that spotting a genuine e-mail from my bank is extremely quick and easy.

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Thousands fled TalkTalk after gigantic hack, confirm researchers

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Re: You have to hand it to TT

VM regularly send me what I can only describe as A4 brochures in the post. If you call them they say they cannot take you off their mailing list (BT, to their credit, are happy to oblige and actually do it). I have zero intention of ever getting VM and every bit of marketing they send me makes me despise them even more.

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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Flame

WPS

And they still can't implement WPS push-button connect. As that's the first thing I want to do when I boot a fresh OS I can't help but feel disappointed.

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Skype finally catches Google with group video chat

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More bloat

My current Skype for Android installation is over 140MB, that's just app data, no cache. I don't think I can tolerate it getting much bigger.

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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FAIL

The problem I find with LibreOffice is not so much functionality, which is adequate, but performance, which is absolutely pitiful!

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Teenage boy bailed until November over TalkTalk incident

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Stop

Hold on a minute..... assuming it is this kid (and your guess is as good as mine whether it is or not), for any real damage to be done he would either have to have sold the data already, which would require a buyer, which he would probably have had to source beforehand, or he has used the data already.

Neither of those scenarios seems likely to me, especially if he is, as expected, a script kiddie doing it for the lulz.

If he has still got the data and the only copy wasn't on the equipment seized by the cops then he will have to do something with it very shortly, which would take a great deal of nerve, as I would imagine he has been shaken up enough by the whole experience.

Of course it could be nothing to do with him (maybe he was just running a Tor exit node or something).

Either way we haven't heard the last of this yet, that's for sure.

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TalkTalk website STILL down on day TWO

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I'd rather trust my e-mail to an ISP over a budget web host.

Typical problems include the SMTP server keeps on getting blacklisted, e-mails do not get delivered and with no bounce/error message (only running an e-mail trace in cPanel shows a delivery failure), hosting providers not backing up servers properly and then their hardware failing, and so on and so forth.

I still use the e-mail account associated with an ISP I left many years ago. There are no ads on the web interface and I have IMAP access on my phone. I am using 700% of my disk usage but thankfully they don't seem to have noticed and/or care. Only problem is finding a reliable SMTP server (see above) but on my phone I use my network's SMTP server which is pretty reliable.

To piss the El Reg forum purists off even further, I also use TalkTalk as my home ADSL provider and they have been reliable and more than fast enough for my admittedly modest needs, whilst caving in to threats to leave which ensures that I get as cheap a price as the cheapest competitor. They also were the only people willing to install a new phone line for free.

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EE: Yes, our broadband service is a total clusterf**k – but we promise to improve

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"the firm said it would integrate its mobile and broadband customer service systems"

...so the broadband customers can, er, "benefit" from the "top class" customer service that the mobile customers get, yay!

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Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank becomes TV reality

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Yes!

Jurassic Park!

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Hated Care.data scheme now 'unachievable', howls UK.gov watchdog

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Stop

Hopefully they will scrap Universal Credit as well

But I'm not holding my breath

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse taunted with sausage sarnie snap

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Pint

Sauce

Do those figures include the calorific content of the super strength lager shown in the first photo? Drink that on an empty stomach and you'll know about it.

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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off

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Prices

I hope that this doesn't mean EE broadband is going to increase in price - it's currently a lot cheaper than BT.

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Re: Well, that's what passes for EE customer support ...

EE "customer service" couldn't possibly get any worse anyway.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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FAIL

Asking the public their views on climate change is fairly pointless. A better way to gauge the importance of an issue would be to ask actually scientists (you know, the people who have an in depth knowledge on these matters) who are screaming from the rooftops.

Unfortunately (and ironically), their voices are being deliberately ignored, thanks in part to the efforts of the fossil fuel and associated industries, who really do use underhand tactics in order to influence policymakers and the media, who are far more important than the public.

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BT bemoans 'misconceived' SUPERFAST broadband regs

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Re: ugh just re-integrate BT and tell the rivals to build their own damn networks

Serious accusations. Have you been to the CAA or whomever about that?

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Ha ha, fooled you! Shares tumble over G4S fake website profit warning

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It's no borders activists

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2014/11/518675.html

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Sky ponders 200,000-customer MVNO 'trial'. Soft launch, anyone?

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Re: When will they learn ?

What happened to the Vodafone/O2 signal sharing deal that was on the cards a year or two ago? It would actually make a Vodafone based network a viable option rather than the complete joke it is at the moment.

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Feedly DDoSed by ransom-threat crims: 'We refused to give in'

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Re: grooveshark

And, similarly, Deezer.

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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This tells us what's been obvious for years: that people choose to deny the science that doesn't fit in with their view of the world. If you look at climate change from a purely scientific viewpoint the consensus is undeniable.

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EE boffin: 5G will be the LAST WORD in mobe tech – literally

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16-32 users in 50-150 metres?

Well that's not encouraging if you live in any kind of big block or estate. EE's 2G/3G network is unreliable enough as it is.

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EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

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Orange are terrible

Phones laden with crapware, customer service agents that just lie through their teeth, a network that gives you a decent number of bars reception then texts you to tell you someone tried to call you an hour ago when the phone hasn't moved from the "full bar" location (infuriating!), calls taking three attempts to connect. They give me a good deal since I verbally tore them a new one which is about the only reason I still use them.

But who to move to? Vodafone? No thanks, I actually want a signal sometimes, believe it or not. T-Mobile and EE will just offer the same incompetence as Orange. O2? Never been convinced by them for some reason, though they are looking like the best bet. And I don't like Three's requirement to use a 3G phone.

So Orange stay, for now. Reluctantly.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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$25??

You're having a laugh. You can rent a VPS for that much (just about).

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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FAIL

Phew

Thank god for that, now we can carry on burning fossil fuels to our hearts' content safe in the knowledge that pine trees are guaranteed to save us from catastrophic climate change. Cheers, Lewis!

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Re: BIOS malware eh?

"Financial apocalypse" sounds like fun compared to the police state the NSA, GCHQ and respective governments want us living under.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

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Re: Blimey, it's Chrome

This isn't going to save pixels, it's going to waste them as the rounded corners stop text from being displayed so the amount of text for each tab will be less.

I'm in favour of saving pixels as I use a netbook and pixels are in short supply in my little 10 inch window to the world. If you want things bigger, which is understandable with a large display, then increase text scaling in your OS and (hopefully) your browser will follow.

Agree that Firefox is becoming more and more like the intolerable Google Chrome. Mozilla need to start to improve things that actually matter like performance and resource usage.

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Ding-dong! Bye bye Sunday lie-in, your Amazon package is HERE

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Stop

Anti competitive?

This seems anti competitive to me, giving Amazon special treatment (as if it needs it), this is only going to turn them into a huge monopoly and hurt smaller online retailers.

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

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Re: Oh dear...

You can use Skype To Go (using your Skype credit via a local rate access number), you don't even need a smartphone. Good for freephone numbers too.

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Warming: 6°C unlikely, 2°C nearly certain

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Stop

Positive feedbacks

It's all well and good looking at the carbon cycle, but unless you look at the positive feedbacks caused by 2 degrees of warming (which will almost certainly push us towards 6 degrees in short order) then this study can't be taken seriously.

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Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

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FAIL

Re: Well

This is perhaps the most ridiculous comment on climate change I've read on the El Reg forums, and that's saying a LOT.

So desperate are you to attack climate science, you dream up a theory that climate scientists are secret psychopaths and want to wipe everyone other than themselves off the face of the planet .

I completely despair.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Plane plummet plod probe phone

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Stop

Orly?

SIMs store last numbers dialed? In that case, why do you never see the last dialed numbers if you put a SIM into an unused phone? And if it's true, what other data is stored on SIMs that isn't obvious?

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Mozilla devs plotting to put a stake in <blink> tag – at last

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Meh

Choice

I would prefer to have the choice, like an option in about:config, rather than Mozilla devs deciding what I do and do not want to see.

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Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

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FAIL

What was so good about Google Reader?

It was a clean, fast, reliable RSS reader.

But somehow Google's "brainbox" Yonatan Zunger (six figure salary no doubt) has obviously not realised this.

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Global smartphones sales set to outpace standard handsets in 2013

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Definition please

How does one define a smart phone? Does something like a Nokia Asha 201 (basic qwertyphone with no 3G or wi-fi) count?

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New WordPress vuln emerges

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Minor correction

That should be the .htaccess file, not .httaccess

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AARGH! We're ALL DOOMED, bellows UN - right on schedule

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FAIL

Not surprising that no meaningful action on climate change is being taken when we have the integrity of journalism that Lewis Page brings.

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20 years of GSM digital mobile phones

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Memory lane

I've owned, and destroyed, loads of phones in this list, even ones I'd forgotten about.

Nokia 5110 - everyone had one of those. Stupidly I sold mine for a Ericsson A1018 which was rubbish.

The Ericsson R380 was a great phone but took over an hour to free the message memory (about 100 texts). I dropped it in a Tesco car park and the buttons all fell out, it was never the same after that.

Nokia 7650 was a phone ahead of its time but I bought one with a faulty earpiece on eBay and tore the ribbon connector trying to replace it.

Orange SPV - buggy as hell and mine packed up in short order. Shame as it had potential.

Nokia 6310i I had for 5 years (longest yet) - the power button fell out die to being dropped too often and soon after I was given a E65 which got nicked soon after.

Current phone is a Nokia C1-01 - good hardware and software. I bought a N95 on eBay a few months ago only for the display connector to pack up, so the C1 it is for the foreseeable future.

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Boeing recipe turns cooking oil into jet fuel

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Meh

So?

Even if it does turn out to be technically possible (and it seems to me like the aviation industry is just pushing the dream of abundant supplies of biofuels in order to argue for expansion), aviation would still be an incredibly fuel inefficient form of travel, so you'd still be better off using the fuel in buses, trains, even small cars instead of gas guzzling planes.

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New science: SEAS WILL RISE due to CO2 ... but not for centuries

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FAIL

Re: The IPCC

The head of the IPCC is an unpaid role. 1/10 for your trolling attempt.

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Alert

The IPCC

Is inherently conservative in their estimates of future climate change.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipcc#IPCC_processes

[...]The structural elements of the IPCC processes have been criticized in other ways, with the design of the processes during the formation of the IPCC making its reports prone not to exaggerations, but to underestimating dangers, under-stating risks, and reporting only the "least common denominator" findings which by design make it through the bureaucracy.

Also...

[...]Conservatives promoted the IPCC's clumsy structure, which consisted of representatives appointed by every government in the world and required to consult all the thousands of experts in repeated rounds of report-drafting in order to reach a consensus.

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DAB dad Pure deploys DVR

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FAIL

Alan Carr Chatty Man?

Just the mere presence of this makes the review invalid IMHO

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Humanity facing GLOBAL BACON SHORTAGE

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Idea

Instead of feeding cereals to pigs which then get slaughtered and eaten, why don't we just eat the food we grow directly? Would make sense in a world of 7 billion people and rising.

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T-Mobile puts 'Full Monty' tariff on diet

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Tethering

How do they know when your phone is being "tethered"?

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Skype denies system upgrade enables in-call spying

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Find out for yourself

Look at Resource Monitor (or equivalent software for your OS) for network activity for the Skype process, if the destination IP matches your friend's IP, chances are you're alright.

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Facepalm

What was the point of that?

All El Reg did was to Google really expensive hi-fi seperates and then list them, it's not like they actually ordered them and listened to them, let alone in comparison to other equipment. I could have done the same in 15 minutes.

Hi-fi articles are very welcome but can we at least have something a bit more serious?

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Global warming: It's GOOD for the environment

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FAIL

And in other news...

the world is only 6,000 years old.

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Nokia's Great Software Cleansing scrubs off everything since the '90s

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Happy

Re: Sad day

You can still do the menu number combination on my budget year-old Nokia C1, though if you use one of the softkeys for a "Go to" menu you hardly ever need it.

I would agree on the excessive number of phones in their product line-up, it's too confusing for users and the support suffers.

I'm sad to see Nokia self-destruct. I'm loyal to their brand having exclusively owned Nokias for the last 8 years but doubt I'll get another one. I'm happy with the C1 though, with Opera Mini and Google Maps it's pretty powerful for a cheap phone, despite the lack of processing power and a few software bugs (but what phone hasn't?).

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