* Posts by Panicnow

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Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

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Not broke, don't fix it!

We've had de facto net neutraity from day 2 of the Internet.

Now explain why all those $billions of investment to get to where we are today didn't happen because of net neutrality!

Once again, lazy businesses want to get the government to impose a rule that lets them rip off the voter.

(E.g. The ever extending period of copyright)

Then again, while voters vote for the party with the largest corporate funded ad campaign...

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EU bangs drum over its openness rules – from which it is exempt

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Yet another reason to vote UKIP!

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Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had GOOD REASON

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What else is out there?

Perhap Kaspersky Lab, F-Secure and Symantec can come clean with an indication of how many, "bits of bone" they are currently analysing.

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Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

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Bait and Switch

The oldest trick in the book

EU is totally captured by corporate interests, we need to get out NOW!

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Net neutrality, Verizon, open internet ... How can we solve this mess?

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US policyalways follows the money

US policy is governed by how many $s a lobby is prepared to spend to get the laws they want. ( Get rid of any ideas that the US is a democracy, or rational decision making, or indeed policy for the benefit of the US public!)

SO who has the deepest pockets/prepared to pay the most to the "lobby"?

The Cable companies have the cash flow, but the service providers have the share price.

My bet is the Cable companies as they have been playing the lobby game for longer and know the buttons to press.

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ICANN, ICAN'T, IWON'T: uWHAT? How the internet is actually run

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UDI

All the key gTLDs need to do is declare UDI and set up a new directorate.

They'd need to "steal" the .com and other non gTLD databases. But ICANN has "stolen" the new TLDs for itself anyway.

Personally, I think it is time for the balkanisation of DNS anyway. The whole system is corrupt and abused. From here-today-gone-tomorrow fraudulent domains, through to the ransoming of domain names and domain squatters.

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

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I'd do it!

1) Having an alternate route means "they" can't switch you off.

2) Having an alternate supplier keeps the monopolist honest

i.e. nothing to do with surveillance which can be sorted through encryption easier and cheaper

BUT

I'd create an data "Freeport"t at the landing site, encouraging Sao Paulo to become an international hub.

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Trojan Horse

The point of Smart Meters is to enable "them" to turn off electricity on a house by house basis. So when there is a shortage, the rich can outbid the poor for what power there is

It also will enable them to turn off the electric of dissenters etc. scary!

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Making an entrance: Remote door-opening tech

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Video ENtry phone for $50

Buy a noname android phone for $50 with a forward facing camera.

Glue to inside of window ( not double glazed )

Run 5v to phone and take the usb output to a electronic door lock.

Use Linphone to create a video voip app that just calls your own phone, switching on the camera.

Easy!

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ARM heads: Our cores still have legs ... as shares tumble amid 'peak smartphone' fears

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IoT

ARM will be the main benefactor of this fashion. Multiply volumes by 2 year on year!

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Euro Commission drags Belgium to court over telco regulator's independence

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French shut down UK Electricity

The integrity of the national infrastructure is a matter of national security!

Might foreign companies such as EDF/Eon turn off all of the UK's generation capacity to disadvantage UK business?

Oh, they are!

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Yes, but the ISPs won't co-operate

The solution is easy, default kill on selected traffic from all internet connections, then a small charge to re-establish them under suitable Ts&Cs. Most domestic users wouldn't even notice.

ISPs that didn't co-operate would find their whole net filtered. I.e the system is viral

All it needs is for one major ISP to value their customers sanity over the corporate "No one got fired for doing nothing" ( Being generous on their motivation here;)

( The authour founded PIPEX and Internet Watch, I DO KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!)

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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Break the cable twice

Break the cable somewhere difficult, then splice your tap in while they are fixing the cable.

As done in the Med a few years ago!

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Global Resource Observatory

The project is looking to map the worlds resources and test the system for fragility.

If you want to worry about anything, then it is POLITICS that you should care about!

It turns out that we now have a finely tuned world. Like any system close to optimum, it is sensitive to perturbations of parameters,with wild swings E.g. Low global rice or wheat yields have resulted in riots.

A major perturbation, such as a trade war between trading blocks, can make the whole thing collapse.

E.g Europe is dependent on Russian gas, China is dependent on imported protein, etc etc.

While a big earthquake or Volcano are non zero risks, the big risks are idiot politicians!

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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Who wull they target?

Not the CEOs of the Big Banks who happily shift funds to Nigeria from Joe Public accounts without any sort of escrow arrangement. Or the current scam where they allow a new account to be opened, fund transfer from a dupe and exit in a few days.

No they will target the "pub landlord" who changes money on the side because the banks charge so much to make a cash deposit!

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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1Mb Day

I remember 1Mb Day when the routing table went over the 1Mb RAM limit of Cisco's original 68000 based routers.

In those days, the "new" but limited supply of Cisco 4000's were handed around between ISPs to ensure that core routers could be upgraded first.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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Coding School

I've just founded a TV school where the student make real TV in real time for broadcast on real deadline, budgets and quality. They pay for the professional mentors, we get free TV programmes

Anyone fancy setting up a dept to do the same for coders. ( and get some code written for free at the same time!)

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Panicnow

40 years ago I got 2Es and 2Cs, I can demonstrate I'm not stupid, nor lazy. So it is obviously the crap teachers I had!

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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FAIL

"Mega Corp" proves command and control can work!

Command and Control DOES work. BP, HSBC, Ford etc all perform over decades, and typically out perform.

It's that POLITICIANS can't run anything, what every the system they choose to operate under!

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Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins

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Thumb Down

Optimise the network, not fiddle with TCP

It is either the routing protocols, or weak links in the network.

(Trivia :- BTW the P in TCP stands for Program not Protocol, check the RFC!)

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HUMMING about standards is NOT VOTING, says IETF RFC

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HURRAH

Dave Clark: “We reject: kings, presidents and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code.”

I can think of a LOT of other places where this method would be transformational.

UK Parliament for one!

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Watch this: IPv4 must die! So let's beef up on IPv6

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IPv7 is a National Security Risk!

If the Internet returns to a full meshed true Internet, The ability of our security services to monitor Internet traffic will be severely compromised. They currently rely on IPv4 NAT to bottleneck traffic making monitoring much easier.

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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FAIL

Read the paper, not the report

Lazy journalism is where they recycle other journalists output, without going back to the original source.

Certainly the UK running out of energy report, was about the LOCAL reserves, if International trade shutdown. E.g. The Ukraine became a east-west showdown.... The report SHOULD be a wake-up call to pollicy makers who assume business as usual has permanence!

Second, true we will never "runout" of resources. But the price and the cost of extraction can change very rapidly.

Third, one has to look at the timing supply chain adaptation. It has taken nearly a decade to restart the non-chinese rare-earth extraction supply chain. Converting refineries to changing raw materials...

Poo-pooing these reports is a dangerous game.

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Indian climate boffins: Himalayan glaciers are NOT MELTING

Panicnow

Is 0.2pc "NOT MELTING?

At 0.2% (linear) the glaciers disappear in 500 years,

Can I have 0.2% of your salary Andrew? Its nothing!

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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Re: A step backwards

Gee A Journo that can't write and shoot!!

Reminds me of the KGB joke...

Why do the KGB go around in threes?

One can Read, one can write, the other is there to keep an eye on the intellectuals!

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Spooks don't want ipv6

NAT helps keep all your data going through a small number of gateways. IPv6 returns us to the Internet where all traffic is routed peer to peer, with the ability to multi-route etc.

Make private file sharing much easier too.

... Wonder why the ISP aren't deploying IPv6!

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You'd better get out before the sync 'n' share bubble POPS

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Re: Hard to compete with "free"

Free, but not for ever!

Once you can make the pain of moving high, you can extort as much as you like. Plenty of examples from many sectors. Would iTunes exist without MP3 ripping? and MP3 ripping is still out there.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Re: sooo.....

You may live above the flood line, but most of the worlds food comes from sea-level +10m or less

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Difference between Web and Internet?

The Web is the toilet, the Internet is the sewer!

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Some points about using balloons

USE

Getting anything heavy around the third world is a nightmare. THis is where the sweet spot is IMHO i.e. getting equipment to third world minerals.

Also getting the minerals out is a nightmare too. Taking High value low wieght minerals such as Tantalum, Gemstones...

VARIABLE BOUYANCY

Steam has an attomic weight of 18 so converting water to steam would add bouyancy nicely, and its much lighter to keep it warm, rather than holding helium at pressure.

KEEP TETHERED

Why not keep the thing tethered to the ground and just use it to lower the axle weight. I love the concept of the Balloon Assisted Donkey (BAD) pulling a tonne along some mountian track. (But not on a windiy day!

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Fence will need planning consent

As a Heritage site, it is almost certainly listed, surely they can't put up a fence.!

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EC trade secrets plans: Infringing kit may be DESTROYED by order

Panicnow

When did patents protect SMEs?

Patents protect patent portfolio companies from small innovators.

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KILL SWITCH 'BLOCKED by cell operators' to pad PROFITS, thunders D.A.

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UK Cell Cos got caught misleading the minister on this years ago

I was at a meeting of children's charities and Cell Cos at the UK Telecoms ministry. The Cell CO's said to the minister they couldn't kill mobiles. I was there and pointed out that every mobile broadcasts the IMEI every time it moved cell, and that it would be a trivial task to kill mobiles on IEN.

The minister was SO angry that the senior Cell CO execs were prepared to lie when children were being mugged, that he made the Cell Cos do this is a few weeks, rather than the usual prevarication

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Facebook hitches skirt, flashes 'Cisco-slaying' open network blade

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Sue ball approaching

So Cisco et al won't protect their numerous and essential patents Not

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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What happened to...

OS-9

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Snowden: 'I have data on EVERY NSA operation against China'

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Re: Stupid

There is a well funded conspiracy to topple the current US government. It is obvious that the tools of state should be used to neutralise this threat!

So Obama is now justified to spy on the Republican party!

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

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Wealth follows small families not leads!

Please stop repeating the great myth that education and wealth leads to smaller families.

It is, and has always been the reverse. That is why the landed gentry carry on enjoying priviledge, How China has transforming its wealth demographic, and why Nigeria isn't

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Happy

Steam option

There is another lighter than air gas... steam. Just need to keep enough of it >100C tripple glased cells would do.

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Huawei CTO insists: 'We are not a threat to UK and US national security'

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Surely the threat to our security is the fact that there is no NSA back-door into NTC kit. Spying through Back-doors are essential to our governments to identify threats to their rule. Err like Watergate!

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Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands

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Universal service, or Subsidising others life choices

Hmm, Do I want to pay taxes for people who CHOOSE to live in the middle of no-where.

I know plenty of people who move to accessible places to enjoy the benefits.

Next thing these people will be asking for subsidised petrol to help fund their unsustainable life styles

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SIM crypto CRACKED by a SINGLE text, mobes stuffed with spyware

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Re: Like I said a million times.

... People who have no problem with being spied on by law enforcement agencies are obviously ultra-right wing and need to be locked-up for our safety.

And why post as Anonymous Coward, if they have nothing to fear!!!

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Credit card donations to WikiLeaks restored as Mastercard breaks ranks

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We know who you are

They've realised tracking these payments is a great way of identifying the awkward squad!

You too can be a "domestic extremist!"

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Hey, wannabe Murdochs, yet more chances to run your own telly station

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Go

Cambridge Red TV

I ran Cambridge Red TV for several years and we had no trouble making 15 hr a week watchable local content. And we lost money slow enough that the BBC funding would put it into profit!

But its too late to apply, as you had to register interest 3 months ago to be eligable to apply.

If anyone local to Cambridge wants to volunteer.... redtv@dawe.co.uk

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Google donates £1m to child abuse charity ahead of Whitehall meeting

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Happy

IWF

IWF check complaints from the public against a checklist of ILLEGAL material and if they judge it ILLEGAL, they simply advise ISPs, Phone cos and Web sites that their is in-their-judgement, illegal material at a site. It is up to the service provider if they take it down or not.

IWF may inform the police if a service provider does not take it down.

It is neither a censer, nor a court room!

It allows the public a single clearing house for complaints regarding ILLEGAL material and provides the service providers with a simgle filter for getting ILLEGAL material off their sites. Thus keeping the CEO out of court!

This is an eligant solution to ONE problem, but then I designed it and got an OBE for the trouble!

Founder IWF

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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FAIL

Apple didn't invent those

"features like menu bars or buttons on window title-bars at all – Apple invented most of that stuff with the Lisa and later Macintosh projects."

Er, Not Apple, Xerox maybe, but most of these innovations had parentage elsewhere.

(EEK am I the oldest still reading this stuff?)

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Amazon cloud threatens entire IT ecosystem – report

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Devil

Prediction :- Google wins over Amazon

If you look at hte history of computing the architecture of choice is a (simple) function of the cost of use and utility of :- CPU, Storage, Bandwidth ( Bus, LAN, WAN) and a I/O, skill base plus the curved ball of applicable laws and taxes..

Mainframe - Mini- Micro - LAN mini - LAN Micrtos - Distributef WAN mini - Distributed WAN micro - Cloud...

Historically the price of moving the data has been the biggest factor. Putting all data into one place and just moving the I/O is currently best.

Note that if this is the case, then the BIG DATA farms where everyone can access the "global data flows" will win.

I.e. Google will win as they collect the most

Amazon's only defence is to put in a DATA sharing collective into their model. Though Google doesn't have the "privicy" problem as they "own" most of the data in their cloud, so don't fall foul of privicy laws

BTW. This doesn't just apply to computing, physical sales have followed the same function. with corner shops - super markets- hypermarkets- On-line - off-shore...

Exercise, do the line for virtual sales such as games and predict the future for yourself!

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Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

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Pay tax, get protection

If a corporation fails to pay reasonable local taxes, surely they should enjoy the protection of the local law!!!

No representation without taxation!!!! to reverse the original Revolutionary rallying call

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Lost inventions

Shame if he dies without verification though. And his claims do make him a target.

I remember the Thermal insulation paint demonstrated on Tomorrows World that is lost to the world as he kept the secret and then died on us!

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How smart does your desk phone need to be?

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FAIL

Android on the Desk

We put the VOIP service straght to the employees mobile when they are in the office.

Linphone or the native voip app does fine. Though there is an accasional unacceptable delay!

With £90 androids, phones a 7in tabs, <£100. Why would anyone use anything else!!!!!

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